Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol building

During the last couple of weeks of our first summer in Washington, Sam and I took the opportunity to visit our new state capitol building in Olympia. (Did y’all know that Olympia has always been the state capital of Washington? That’s a rarity, as most states have had multiple capital cities.) We love visiting capitals, which we have made a point to do in every state (and country) we’ve lived in.

My outfit that I wore on our day trip was inspired by an outfit I spied in the recent issue of People’s Style Watch, a red + black + white casual outfit from Color Me Courtney. (And wow, her style is so fun!) Pattern-mixing stripes? YES, PLEASE.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes inspiraiton collage

Inspired by People’s Style Watch feature

You can tell I didn’t do a literal inspiration (although I could have, minus the leather); instead, I just focused on the idea of pattern-mixing stripes and the classic color palette of black, white, and red. Cue up my own take on pattern-mixing stripes, with my striped canvas flats and striped tank dress. I brought in the red with my red cardigan and red lipstick — and there are touches of red in my “banned books” pouch, too! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

It’s been said many times, but red lipstick really is a great finishing touch. I’m so glad I’ve embraced a bold red lip! And this is a true red, the L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in the “Red Ruby” color.

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know I’m a goofball. If you’re a new reader, then my outtakes posts will provide proof of this. Sam LOVES to be there to document my goofy side. Like when I was playing around with the lion-head knockers on the front doors of the capitol legislative building. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes at the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

The grounds and buildings in Olympia were planned as a “capitol campus,” complete with a lake, statues and memorials, fountain, and sunken gardens. Truly lovely!

Librarian for Life + Style | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Visiting the Washington state capitol

And the final photo below is at midday (hence the full-on sun) overlooking the lake. I joked that with my iced coffee, I was totally doing the blogger photo cliche of “coffee as accessory”, like I lampooned years ago during my “funny blogger poses” series. So OF COURSE I had to add it to the blog! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Weather:  Hot and sunny (high 90s)

Where:  Olympia, Washington, on a trip to the state capitol building

What I wore:

similar striped dress // similar red cardigan // similar black hoop earrings // similar striped flats // similar necklace with charms // very similar books-themed clutch // exact lipstick // exact lip liner

Librarian for Life + Style | black stripes + red accents collage

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10 thoughts on “Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol building

  1. Mike

    A great look for you Jen, all the way around!
    And thanks for sharing that fact about Washington’s capitol. I didn’t know that most states have had multiple capitols. I know that Ohio here has had three capitol cities so far; Zanesville, Chillicothe, and currently Columbus. So for Washington to have only one sounds pretty amazing to me. Learn something new everyday!

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Lifelong learning is the best! We also bought a book about the 50 state capitol buildings, and I’m learning so much about state capitol buildings! The ones in Hawaii and New Mexico are particularly interesting, as they have non-traditional shapes that really reflect the cultures in their states.

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      1. Mike

        I know what you mean. I always love discovering and learning new things. Ever since I began writing to my pen pals, I’ve been so interested in geography and wanting to learn about different countries, particularly the one that they live in. I’m always checking out books about other countries and learning all that I can about them.
        I can honestly say that I love learning more as an adult than I did when I was a kid. Whether it’s geography, mathematics, science, history, art, even language and grammar, there’s always something new and exciting to learn. 🙂

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