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Birthday outtakes + bloopers 2017

Happy birthday to me! It’s become a tradition for me to celebrate my birthday on the blog with an outtakes post. (I also celebrate the New Year with outtakes, as well as my blog anniversary in April.)

This year, I’ve mixed in some collages that feature common kinds of outtakes. And since my birthday is on the 12th, there are 12 collages in total. Enjoy!

Zoom, zoom

I often ask Sam to take closeup pics, in order to zoom in on pattern-mixing or textures. And because Sam just keeps clicking away, whatever I’m doing, he often captures me gesturing to him to take closeups and where.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from top left):
Books, books, books | Little free library + book-print scarf
Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color
SIA interpretation: Flowering tree
Raspberry velvet, if you please

When the backdrop rebels

We had set up an all-white backdrop on the side of our house to take our first set of photos for an Audrey Hepburn style inspiration mini-series. The wind that day kept blowing the backdrop up and around me. It’s a wonder that we got any usable shots on the day! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

Original post:
Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: All black + silver hoop earrings

Flailing arms

These kinds of outtakes happen when I’m moving my arms to change poses. Not the kind of “action” shot I prefer! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from top left):
Never forget | Library tee remix
Silk tunic + vintage earrings
Day-to-night holiday casual | Wearing scarves for 4th of July
Equestrian-style remix

Missing limbs

Sometimes, my limbs temporarily go AWOL when Sam clicks the camera — equal opportunity legs, feet, or arms!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (left to right):
Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms
Day-to-night holiday casual | Wearing scarves for 4th of July

Reaching for the camera

I’ve featured these kinds of outtakes before, and I have a handful of new ones each time I do an outtakes post. Like I said before, Sam just keep clicking the camera in hopes of capturing outtakes like these. This outtake happens when I reach for the camera to check on photos, usually in the middle of a photo shoot, to make sure the photos are coming out okay.

He really is SO pleased with himself when he gets a “good one.” Here ya go, sweetie, a handful of “good ones” (har har) 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from top left):
Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan
Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print
Pairing orange floral with black
SIA interpretation: Bold portrait

Smooooooth

When I do something goofy, I often follow it up with a “smooth” hand gesture, like a cat resetting itself after an embarrassing incident. (I am a total cat person.) As always, Sam is happy to catch these oh-so-smooooooth outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from top left):
Remixing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan
Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work
Casual canvas
Pencil skirt work casual

Trippin’

When we were taking photos by this mural, I tripped — I have a tendency to trip on, um, nothing — and Sam was there to capture the magic! (He was soooooo pleased with himself that he got these pics!) I kind of like that they kind of came out like weird dance moves. Trippin’. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

Original post:
White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Photobombing dog

OMG, I laughed SO HARD when I went back over the photos from this day, to discover that a little dog had totally photobombed me while I posed against a large rhododendron bush in a local park.

This is as glamorous as it gets for a style blogger, y’all. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

Original post:
SIA interpretation: On the road

Reacting to Sam

Sam likes to capture reaction shots, so he will often make jokes or make weird noises when he’s taking photos, in order to capture a funny facial expression or burst of laughter from me. I am sure that the outtake below is a result of Sam saying something SHOCKING.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post:
SIA interpretation: Venus poster

Making adjustments

Have I mentioned Sam just keeps clicking away no matter what I’m doing? No? 😉 Well, here’s another benefit (or drawback, whatever your perspective) of him doing that — catching me make adjustments to my clothing or my hair or just NOT BEING READY OH MY GOODNESS JUST STOP TAKING PHOTOS.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts:
Top row, left to right:  Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest  |  SIA interpretation: Garden Center roses  |  Remixing my Wonder Woman tee at a local comicon  |  Statement necklace + necklace extension trick
Bottom row, left to right:  New eShakti skirt | Teal + brown + white |  Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print  |   Mixing small-scale patterns again | Yellow + brown  |  Equestrian-style remix

Weird facial expressions

I do have a (sometimes frustratingly) expressive face! Evidence below, running the gamut from “Whut?” to “I dunno” to  “Ew” to “Enh?” 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts:
Top row, left to right:  Remixing my Wonder Woman tee at a local comicon  |  White lace dress + cargo vest combo  |  Books, books, books | Little free library + book-print scarf  |  Silk tunic + vintage earrings
Bottom row, left to right:  Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan |  SIA interpretation: Chagall in love |   Casual canvas  |  Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Just being goofy

And for the final collage, here is a motley collection of me just, being, well, goofy. My natural state of being! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from left):
Remixing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan
Wine + flowers | Spring floral
New eShakti skirt | Teal + brown + white


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Pencil skirt work casual

If you haven’t already voted, a quick reminder that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month! 😀

This outfit is quite similar to this outfit that I wore last month:  same color palette of red + grey + black; a grey library-themed tee; the same red cotton jacket + black striped canvas flats. But there’s one major difference — this time, instead of black ankle pants, I wore my stretchy black pencil skirt. This simple swap really changes the whole look for me!

Also, as I frequently like to say, remixing = real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual closeup, with a bold red lip

Pairing a pencil skirt with sneakers feels so cool and sporty! I loved wearing this combo! And OF COURSE, I felt compelled to wear red lipstick with my red cotton jacket!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

It was a bit cooler this summer work day, so the cotton jacket worked as a light layer, for outside breezes and for inside air-conditioning. But the outfit worked without the jacket, too, for a casual work combo.

Also, there’s a bonus outtake below, enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Weather:  Clear and cool

Where:  Work

What:

  • Tee:  Out of Print Clothing, old {still in stock!}
  • Pencil skirt:  ModCloth, old {still in stock!}
  • Jacket:  Style&Co for Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Payless, old
  • Cat tote bag:  ModCloth, Christmas gift this year from my mom
  • Earrings:  Local boutique, Christmas gift this year from my husband

Shop my outfit:

similar red jacket  //  exact tee  //  exact black pencil skirt  //  similar black striped canvas flats  //  similar cat “meow” tote

Librarian for Life + Style | Pencil skirt + tee work casual in red + grey + black

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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.)

#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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