Category Archives: outtakes

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.)

#LibrarianNerd #AgathaChristieFan

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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5 more fun facts + 5 outtakes PLUS 5th blogiversary giveaway winners

Last week, I began celebrating my 5th blog anniversary, which culminates today in getting to announce the 5 winners of my 5th blogiversary giveaway. I thought a little extra celebration was in order. 😀 (Are you the winner? Scroll below.)

For a special thank you that ties in with one of my fun facts from last week’s post, I wrote out a thank you message in backwards cursive handwriting! (And provided a mirror image below, so you wouldn’t have to scramble your brain trying to read it or holding your computer or phone up to a mirror.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Giveaway thanks handwriting graphic

It’s funny how my backwards handwriting is basically a window into what my regular handwriting looked like at age 9. My regular handwriting looks very different today, but it’s like time stood still with my backwards handwriting. Weird, huh?

And now for one extra twist, today’s fun facts AND outtakes will all focus on Sam! He’s a huge part of this blog behind the scenes, as he takes almost all of the photos. Plus, he’s quite stylish — and just as goofy as I am in real life! 😀

Fun fact #1 about Sam:

He voluntarily attended a Marine Military camp as a teen and thought seriously during that time about joining the Marines and having a military career. I’ve seen the video of his camp experience, in which they show footage of him getting all his hair buzzed off!

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Original post:  Sam’s style | Grey fedora + cords

Fun fact #2 about Sam:

And that’s just about the last time he got a major haircut… Sam’s hairstyle — long, curly hair parted in the middle plus a goatee — is essentially the same hairstyle he had when we first met, over 20 years ago. He’s had hair trims, of course, but it’s the same look. I can’t imagine him without a goatee! The beard is relatively recent, only the last couple of years.

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Oooooooops, I forgot to post about this outfit that Sam wore earlier this spring. I will correct that oversight next week! In the meantime, enjoy this outtake 😀

Fun fact #3 about Sam:

One of his nicknames during high school was “Cheese Man,” because his jokes were so cheesy. (And continue to be!) He even had a little “Cheese Man” drawing because OF COURSE he was proud of this nickname. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Original post:  Sam’s style | Mixing brown + grey

Fun fact #4 about Sam:

Sam courted me by letter. He wrote his first letter to me the very day we met — on handmade paper, no less! — and continued to write letters to me the next few months. (This was also in the dark ages, before cell phones became commonplace.) I still have all those letters. And he still has all the letters that I wrote him! He is a true romantic!

♥ swoon ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Original post:  His and hers | Celebrating our anniversary with JORD wood watches + GIVEAWAY

Fun fact #5 about Sam:

This final fun fact is more about us together than just Sam. We got married over 15 years ago in a little one-steeple church in Poetry, Texas. Awwwwwww. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam jumps for joy over his new JORD wood watch

Original post:  His and hers | Celebrating our anniversary with JORD wood watches + GIVEAWAY

Announcing the giveaway winners

And now, without further ado, the winners of my blog anniversary giveaway, a $25 Out of Print e-gift card each that I will purchase myself. There were 84 actual entries, which I then put on a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. (Putting the entries on a separate spreadsheet also allowed me to respond to all your lovely comments on the post itself!) I then used the random number generator on the Random.org website to select the winning entries, which were entries #20, #83, #23, #8, and #51.

Winner #1

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #2

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #3

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #4

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #5

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Congratulations to all the winners ! I will be in touch shortly so I can send you each the $25 Out of Print e-gift card. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

A huge THANK YOU to all who entered the giveaway to help me celebrate my fifth blog anniversary! I hope you enjoyed all the fun facts, including those from fellow readers, as well as all the outtakes.


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5 fun facts + 5 outtakes to celebrate 5th blogiversary PLUS giveaway for 5 readers

Tomorrow is my fifth blog anniversary (!!!!!), and we are celebrating the occasion today with fun facts and outtakes and a reader giveaway, oh my! One fun fact and one outtake to celebrate each year of style blogging. 😀 You can also read the backstory of my style blog here in this post.

The giveaway is an Out of Print $25 e-gift card to FIVE lucky winners (!!!!!), and it’s an international giveaway that I am personally gifting (meaning, it’s not sponsored) to show my appreciation for all my readers! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for giveaway entry info. The giveaway opens TODAY and is open for entries through next Thursday, April 13th.

Fun fact #1

I taught myself to write backwards in cursive when I was young, at age 9. At that age, I was obsessed with handwriting and graphology (analysis of handwriting patterns and characteristics), and I thought it would be a fun trick to know how to write backward in cursive. It’s not a particularly useful trick, however. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post:  Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Fun fact #2

I taught myself how to type on a typewriter at age 10. When my paternal grandmother passed away when I was young, I also got her travel typewriter (in addition to a lot of her jewelry, as seen here and here). My older brother was learning how to type in junior high at the time, so I thought why not give it a go myself?

And thankfully, typing IS a useful trick. 🙂

 Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post:  Casually professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Fun fact #3

In third grade, almost every piece of clothing in my closet was pink — a bright, eye-searing Pepto-Bismal kind of pink. And I looooooooooved it! I had gotten a multi-piece wardrobe set from the JCPenney or Sears catalog, and every single item was that shade of pink. I also had pink shoes! ♥♥♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post:  Statement scarf + Fabulous Friday co-host link-up

Fun fact #4

I am weirded out by photographs or ads that use photographs of animals whose limbs are human. So essentially superimposed animal heads on humans. It FREAKS me out, y’all. {Shiver}

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post:  Statement necklace + necklace extension trick

Fun fact #5

I had verrrrrrrrrrrry long hair for most of my childhood, not intentionally cutting it until junior high. (I had to have my hair trimmed in 3rd grade, but that was because of a gum accident. Life happens, y’all.) My hair was so long, I could sit on it! I also remember how liberating it felt in junior high when I cut it all off! And I’ve obviously never looked back… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post:  Feeling very PNW in navy stripes + olive vest + scarf

Gift card giveaway

To celebrate my upcoming 5th blog anniversary, I am offering 5 lucky winners each a $25 e-gift card to one of my favorite online stores, Out of Print, which offers literary-themed t-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs, and other items. This giveaway is NOT sponsored — these are gift cards I will purchase myself for the purpose of thanking y’all for your readership!

Out Of Print Gift Card

Out of Print has items with artwork from classic works, like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (I have the purple P&P tee, seen here), literary terms (my husband owns the “Plot” tee), as well as collections like the Library Collection (I have the library stamp tee, seen here; library card socks, seen here; and library card pouch from this collection, seen here) and the Banned Books Collection (I also have the banned books pouch, seen here, and socks, seen here).

I also didn’t know about this when I decided on this giveaway, but it just so happens that Out of Print is getting a jump start on celebrating National Library Week (April 9-15) by donating 10% of its Library Collection proceeds through April 9th to the Liberation Library in Chicago. You can read all about it here.


Note:  Out of Print is NOT sponsoring this giveaway or this site. I’m just a personal fan! The e-gift card giveaway prizes are coming out of my own pocket, as a personal thank you to readers.


How to enter the giveaway:

I’m going old-school on the giveaway entries — no fancy Rafflecopter entry system, just comments on THIS blog post.

  • Mandatory entry: Leave a comment below with a fun fact about yourself!
  • Optional entry #1: Leave one additional comment below detailing how you follow Librarian for Life + Style (via email, Instagram, Facebook, Bloglovin‘, Pinterest, ShopStyle, etc., and/or combination). If you follow via multiple ways, please combine them into one comment.
  • Optional entry #2:  Visit the Out of Print Clothing site and leave an additional comment below about what you might purchase if you win.
  • The giveaway will be open for entries through Thursday, April 13 @ 10 pm Pacific Standard Time.
  • I will announce the winners on my blog next Friday, April 14th. Come back to check if you’re one of the 5 lucky winners!

Details:

  • Please only leave comments on THIS post if you are entering the giveaway.
  • Please do NOT include your personal email address in the comment field itself; include your email address only in the required email address field, which is visible only to me.
  • This giveaway is open to both U.S. and international readers. Out of Print Clothing does ship internationally, yay!
  • The winners will be randomly selected using the Random.org random number generator.
  • After the post goes live, I will also contact the winners by email and send the e-gift cards via email.

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SIA interpretation: Bold portrait

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I knew I wanted to choose a piece of art of a woman created by a woman. I chose a modern painted portrait by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site. I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this painting, as well as by the bold expression on the woman’s face.

And there’s still time to participate in the challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art collage

My starting point was actually the background. I knew I wanted a red wall and a red lip. And if I found a red wall to take pictures in front of, that meant I didn’t have to have any red in my actual outfit. So then I focused on mixing the lighter (creamy yellow) and darker (black) tones of the painting, hence my yellow cardigan and black skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

I didn’t actually set out to pattern-mix, but it just seems to naturally happen! My yellow cardigan has a starburst pattern up close, but from further away, it looks more like a solid color, a soft, pale yellow. I hadn’t worn my black dotted skirt in awhile, so that I thought that would be a more fun choice than my solid black skirt. And of course, my red lipstick finished off the look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

This was a day that included snow, rain, and wintry mix. That explains my umbrella, and you can actually see in these photos the wintry mix raining down. It’s hard to capture rain or precipitation of any kind in photos, so for it to be this visible in photos, you know it was really coming down that day!

And of course, there was time for twirling and outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit outtake

Weather: Snow, rain, wintry mix, and sunshine all mixed into one slushy mess

Where:  Work day and then eating out for a campus fundraiser

What:

Shop my outfit:

similar yellow cardigan  //  very similar black dotted skirt  //  similar black waist belt  //  very similar black heeled boots  //  similar black and gold teardrop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black outfit collage


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Red + black + smiley faces

When I’m tired, I tend to go for easy color combinations that I know flatter me. I’m quite pale, and a true red brightens up my skin tone. That was the basic motivation behind this outfit, when I winterized my sleeveless red dress by layering it over a black turtleneck.

Sam also really liked this outfit because it’s very similar to the outfit I was wearing when we first met, a little over 20 years ago. Back then, I wore a red button-front shift dress over a black turtleneck, along with black tights and black suede flats. Very simple, very mod. There are differences with this outfit, of course — a fit-and-flare red dress and tall black boots — but the color combination and overall visual effect are essentially the same. Like I said, I like tried-and-true combos. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

And of course, wearing red lipstick when I’m wearing red is a no-brainer. So easy! We also took pics after I got home from work, so you’re seeing an accurate depiction of what my L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge 10-Hour Lipstick in “Refined Ruby” looks like… after almost 10 hours!

I also rewore my “Hammer Time” necklace made out of microfiche, which I picked up at a librarian conference a couple of years ago. It’s the first time I’ve worn this necklace at my new workplace, so all my librarian co-workers got a kick out of it! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

It was a rainy day, hence the umbrella. And WOW, is this smiley face umbrella photo-bombing my outfit photos or what?!

Sam also captured a couple of fun shots of me twirling our smiley face umbrella!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

And more cheesy photo fun! You’re welcome. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Weather:  Raaaaaaaaaaaaainy

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Leggins (worn as tights):  Spanx, this fall
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Red lipstick:  L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit

similar scoop-neck red dress  //  very similar black ribbed turtleneck  //  very similar tall black boots  //  very similar smiley-face umbrella

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces outfit collage

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