I’ve been scouting out interesting sights and public art around town for possible photo ops (and future SIA challenges?), and when I discovered the “Umbrella Wall” mural in the Dome District here in Tacoma (near the “Tacoma Dome” stadium), my eyes lit up. Yessssss!
This simple mural of dozens of colorful umbrellas is so cheery and whimsical — and oh-so-perfect for the rainy Pacific Northwest! Of course, we happened to take photos there on a perfectly sunny summer day. I dressed in all solid colors — a rarity these days — no prints or patterns! Unless you count my purse. 😉
The “Umbrella Wall” mural is part of the Tacoma Mural Project, which began in 2010; this mural was painted in 2012. (The mural was also vandalized last year — such a shame! — but they’ve since cleaned it up, although you can still see bits of the defacing up close.) There is a LOT of public art here in Tacoma, as well as local government support for public art initiatives, which is awesome. Individually and collectively, the art really highlights the character and diversity of the city and each neighborhood.
You can tell I had a LOT of fun posing for pictures against this cheerful backdrop! 😀
In keeping with the whimsical nature of the mural backdrop, I also went for whimsy with my accessories, choosing dangly earrings handmade by my paternal grandmother and a handbag made from a vintage book cover. My bright pink cork wedges coordinate with my bright pink blouse (and with my lip stain!).
I don’t think I’ve showcased this vintage book cover purse before on the blog. At a librarian conference years ago in Wisconsin, I won both this “Beach Club” book cover purse and this “Candid Confessions” book cover purse, last seen here, in a prize raffle.
I also brought along my dark denim jacket, for colder indoor air conditioning. I like how the dark denim also adds to the colorblocking theme. And even though it’s all colorblocking — which tends to visually “chop up” the body — I did actually feel “long ‘n’ lean” in this outfit. This was helped, of course, by the height of these platform wedges. 😉
Gotta say, I am LOVING Tacoma and our first summer here. The different places we’ve been to and taken photos thus far have also made for really dynamic photos and posts. Hope y’all are enjoying Tacoma, as well!
Weather: Sunny and hot (in the high 90s!)
Where: Lunch with Sam, errand-running, and grocery shopping
- Blouse: Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
- Denim jacket: Tommy Hilfiger for Macy’s, old
- Shorts: Tan shorts, Kohl’s, old
- Shoes: Pink strappy wedges, Payless, old
- Purse: Vintage, prize winner at a librarian conference years ago
- Lip stain: Revlon Just Bitten Colorburst Balm Stain
Last but not least, a gold star for those who get the pop culture reference behind this post’s title!
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