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Seattle staycation + travel casual

During Spring Break a couple of weeks ago, Sam and I enjoyed a bit of a staycation. We took the train up to Seattle and explored some of the typical “tourist-y” sights in town — and enjoyed every minute of it! It was quite drizzly, which was PERFECT for Seattle (and meant less tourists). Win-win!

First stop was the Pike Place Public Market downtown, with its collection of cobblestone streets and alleyways and fish-throwing workers.

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Public Market sign

Next stop was the gum wall alley, located along Post Alley under Pike Place Market. It’s become a local landmark since the early ’90s. It’s… pretty gross. So OF COURSE we had to take pics there. All for y’all, dear readers. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall

It was also a good spot to take pics of my casual travelling outfit. I love wearing cargo vests for travel, so this time I wore my new burgundy cargo vest (which is still available, wow!). It was rainy and cold, so my long-sleeved black tee, comfy jeans, and new black sneakers rounded out the practical parts of my outfit. My chevron knit scarf was practical while also adding a bit of pizzazz to my casual, comfy travel ensemble.

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle gum wall selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + Sam's travel casual outfit

So grosssssssssss! But these pics of us in front of the gum walls crack me up! (And yes, I totally had hand sanitizer gel in my bag!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit

Weather:  Rainy and overcast, stereotypically perfect Seattle weather!

Where:  Typical tourist travels around Seattle downtown

What:

While we were in the vicinity, of course I had to pose with the famous bronze Rachel the Piggy Bank, the “mascot” of the Pike Place Market!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Public Market pig statue collage

Seattle waterfront and overcast vista near the Public Market:

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle vista

And of course, a stop just down the street to the first Starbucks store!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Visiting the Seattle Starbucks flagship store

Next, we took the monorail up to the Seattle Center, which is the location for the Space Needle and loads of museums, including the Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture, and The Children’s Museum. And there is public art EVERYWHERE — even to shield the view of parking lots! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle public artwork collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Space Needle and fountain

We didn’t go up the Space Needle as the wait was a bit too long. (Plus it was a super cloudy day, and with the steep ticket prices, we figured it would be better to visit again on a clear day.)

And when we visited the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library, I lit up with glee when I spied a miniature of the Space Needle in its collection!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Space Needle miniature in the Seattle Public Library

And OF COURSE we had to visit the Seattle Public Library, to see up close the iconic and award-winning glass-filled design of its Central Branch, which opened in 2004. It has 10 levels, with tons of views and built-in way-finding by incorporating Dewey Decimal call numbers into the floor tiles. Brilliant!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Public Library collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Built-in wayfinding in the Seattle Public Library

Librarian for Life + Stye | Views from the Seattle Public Library

And finally, as you can see below, I had some fun playing around with the library’s copy of Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library! 😀 😀 😀

By the way, I’m documenting on Instagram my current reading goal of reading, or re-reading, all the Agatha Christie books in the order they were published. I’m currently up to Peril at End House, published in 1932. (For reference, her first book The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920, and The Body in the Library wasn’t published until 1942.)

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Librarian for Life + Stye | Having fun with Agatha Christie's 'The Body in the Library' at Seattle Public Library

Even though Seattle was ranked low in a recent national tourism poll — which had me cracking up! — that’s just fine with us! There’s plenty more for us to see and explore and enjoy.

Have y’all ever visited Seattle or the Pacific Northwest? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂

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Sam’s style | Argyle + layers

As promised in yesterday’s post, here’s another opportunity to highlight my husband Sam’s cool style. Yesterday, a shoes selfie; today, a regular selfie!

Librarian for Life + Style | Waterfront selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle cardigan closeup

Sam is such a pro at layering. And layering with interesting pieces. I’d also like to think my love of color-coordination has rubbed off on him. I mean, a brown argyle sweater cardigan over a a grey button-front, paired with a grey fedora with a brown ribbon, PLUS cognac-tipped shoes that tie in with the cognac diamonds in the argyle print. That is master-level color-coordination that also doesn’t come off as gimmicky. PRO.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, shoes closeup

Sam and I both love these shoes, which have a kind of old-school but classic look. I think they’re his current favorite right now. They’re from Payless! My husband’s a vegetarian, so we have to get shoes made out of man-made materials, rather than leather — which is harder than you’d think! But Payless always has at least some options with faux leather.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Overcoat:  Zara, bought years ago in Abu Dhabi
  • Sweater cardigan:  Zara? Also bought in Abu Dhabi
  • Button-front:  ???, old
  • Jeans:  Gap, new
  • Shoes:  Payless, new
  • Fedora:  Goorin Bros., bought in Portland a few years ago

I go back-and-forth on whether or not I should provide outfit details when I highlight my husband’s outfits. Would y’all prefer me to include outfit details or not for Sam’s outfits? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Another day of rainy day layers? You’d think I lived in the Pacific Northwest or something… 😉 Seriously, y’all. So. Much. Rain. And it’s funny to me how it really is hard to capture rain in a photograph. It was legit raining while we took these photos — none of the drizzly rain we’re (in)famous for in the PNW, but honest-to-goodness rain — and you really can’t tell.

On to today’s outfit! I don’t wear my burgundy zip-up sweater cardigan all that often, because it is 100% wool and really warm. It’s also wool, and therefore itchy, which means I have to wear a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck underneath it. So now y’all know that it was both rainy AND very cold when I wore this sweater cardigan.

And I’ve worn this sweater cardigan with these boots before, as seen in the collage below. But this time around, I wore it with a denim skirt and leggings (and a different-colored turtleneck). Remixing = real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a sweater cardigan collage

2013 outfit — which I really want to rewear soon! Also, it’s fun to pair up photos like these, like I’m looking at myself across time and space.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Sam joked that it the gentleman in the mural who’s facing outward, as seen above, looked like he was enjoying my posing in front of his mural. That made me laugh! Sam always does manage to make me laugh, especially when we’re taking photos! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

And more info about this backdrop! I’ve been wanting to take photos at this location for awhile now. It’s a series of murals made out of ceramic tiles, and they look so different depending on whether you’re viewing them up close, like in the pic above, or from further away, like in the pic below.

The murals depict historical views and buildings from the Stadium District neighborhood in Tacoma around the turn of the century. There’s so much public art here in Tacoma, and this is a great example of public art integrated into a private building. You can read more about the murals here and here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ceramic tile murals in Tacoma, Stadium District

And of course, as we walked across the street after taking photos (where there is an iron fence), Sam suggested I mimic the gentleman in the central mural who is gazing out over the city. No city view for me — the view past the trees is industrial, hence the trees — but we like to be thorough, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Weather:  Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head…

Where:  Sunday brunch with friends in Stadium District

What:

  • Wool cardigan:  Smart Set, bought during PEI trip, 2006
  • Denim skirt:  Thrifted, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx for Kohl’s, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Peacoat:  Bealls, old

Shop my outfit

similar burgundy cardigan sweater  //  similar a-line denim skirt  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar cognac tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater cardigan outfit collage


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Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit from February. Thanks in advance!

I mentioned this yesterday on my Facebook page, about how it’s nice to see spring clothing starting to pop up on some other style bloggers’ sites, as spring is becoming a reality for many people in many part of this country. But not this part of the country, and not this site. Yesterday, we experienced snow and wintry mix. Last week, we had hail. So y’all will continue to see several outfits featuring winter layers, tights, boots, and coats — including today’s outfit!

The germ of today’s outfit was inspired by this casual winter outfit I pinned years ago from Crazy Style Love. The starting point for me — what turned on the lightbulb, so to speak — was the idea of an attention-getting scarf on top of a classic tan overcoat. Simple as that. Jenny’s scarf is bright pink and attention-getting in terms of color, whereas my scarf is neutral-colored but attention-getting in terms of its novelty print of foxes. If it had not been raining, I would have also worn my animal-print flats (Jenny’s heels are animal print), but alas, I had to err on the side of practicality. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

I wore this outfit on a casual weekend morning, on our way to coffee and a late-morning movie. (We found a local movie house that plays new movies on weekends before noon for $7! Cheaper prices plus fewer people in the theater = mutual movie-going happiness.)

The dock was less crowded, as well, with more birds than people. I enjoyed that this bird decided to hang out with us during our quick photo-shoot. It was decidedly non-plussed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

We stopped off before our morning movie date to stroll one of the docks along the Ruston Way waterfront. This is also the same dock we took photos at this past summer! We often enjoy walking or going places in the rain — it always means less people! 😉 And I think the water, as well as the waterfront, are beautiful in different ways in the rain. There’s a unique kind of serenity to gazing out over a body of water when it’s overcast and a bit foggy.

But in addition to a multitude of birds taking advantage of a mostly deserted dock, there was a lone fisherman on one end — decked out (har har) in a bright yellow slicker. We couldn’t resist taking photos of the opportune moment. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

One final look at my neutral winter layers and fox-print scarf. And another example of mixing black and brown neutrals together!

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Weather:  Rainy, rainy, rainy

Where:  Late morning movie on the weekend

What:

  • Scarf:  Thrifted, last summer
  • Overcoat:  Bealls in Texas, very old
  • Jeans:  Old Navy, old {but still available!}
  • Boots:  Shoe boutique in Texas, very old
  • Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old
  • Hat:  Hat boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

similar peacoat  //  exact boot-cut jeans  //  similar black sweater  //  similar webbed belt  // similar brown ankle boots  //  similar black newsboy cap  //  same fox print scarf design in teal

Librarian for Life + Style | Neutral layers + fox print scarf outfit collage


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Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Today’s outfit is one I wore out on the weekend (coffee date with the hubby!), and it was inspired by multiple similar combos pinned on my “Casual inspiration” Pinterest board, including this pin, this pin, and this pin. Pattern-mixing along with a red, white + blue color scheme? Right up my alley!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

We enjoyed one of those chilly but bright winter days — a rarity to enjoy actual sunshine during February up here in the Pacific Northwest! We made the most of it. 🙂

Also, the picture below with my scarf enjoying the breeze just cracked me up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of stripes and nautical with pops of red

There are subtle bits of a nautical theme in my outfit, including my rope knot earrings, the chain on the crossbody purse, as well as my vintage scarf featuring Dutch tiles (some of the tiles include ships).

I chose my grey overcoat to tie in with my grey-striped tee and grey ankle booties, but after-the-fact, I also thought it fun that the coat has military touches with the button details. Also ties in with the nautical elements!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you’ll now I love these leather-and-suede grey booties. But I think this is the first time I’ve featured them with wider-leg bottoms. I’ve always worn them with skinny jeans or pants before, to show off more of the boots themselves. But they’re comfortable to wear — and super practical with their rubber soles — so it’s good to use more opportunities to wear them.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey booties + boot-cut jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

The backdrop, by the way, is the imaginatively named “East 34th Street Bridge,” located — you guessed it! — along East 34th Street in Tacoma. There are two halves to the bridge, one newer half and one older half. This is the older half, from when the bridge was originally built in 1937, and it has those special kinds of details like the picturesque ledges and carved-out arches. Because the bridge overlooks a lot of trees in a gulch, I want to take outfit photos on this bridge in every season, to showcase how the seasons change here in Tacoma. What do y’all think?

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Going for coffee on the weekend + work the next week

What:

  • Striped tee:  J. Crew, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Thrifted, vintage
  • Overcoat:  Mango in Abu Dhabi, old
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  From my mom?, old
  • Crossbody bag:  c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Red lipstick:  L’Oreal 10-Hour Color Riche in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee from same brand  //  similar scarf  //  exact boot-cut jeans  // very similar grey ankle booties  // similar red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped + pops of red outfit collage


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