Category Archives: outtakes

Fall casual with a light sweater + slip-on sneakers

Transition from summer to fall can be a tricky transition up here in the Pacific Northwest. We go with the actual seasons up here, so it now officially fall. We’ve had a hot summer with very little rain (and lots of wildfires!), so I am SO READY for the cooler temps that have come our way this past week or two. Right before the college fall quarter began, we had a cooler day, with breezes to blow out the residual wildfire smoke, so Sam and I took the opportunity to go up to Seattle for a day trip.

So in that summer-to-fall transition period, I paired a light, three-quarter-sleeved sweater with skinny jeans and slip-on sneakers. I pulled up the pant legs to give my legs and feet a little air, as it was a day we were planning on doing a lot of walking (we took the train up to Seattle and then went around town on the light rail, so we knew we would be on out feet!). This combo felt just right for this in-between seasonal time and weather.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of pink lip stain and pink heart sweater

We were headed for the Henry Art Gallery — we signed up for free tickets through the museum pass program through the Seattle Public Library system! — which is on the University of Washington main campus. So we took the train up to Seattle and then took the light rail subway system up to the UW campus and then had fun walking through campus and seeing all the new students on orientation tours.

We took photos along the way across campus. There’s a large fountain on campus, surrounded on four sides of roses, which felt like a picturesque spot for pics.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

And OF COURSE there is always time for an outtake… or two… or three. 😉 We took jumping photos in front of the fountain on the UW campus, and then I felt inspired to do a little twist on the top level of the Henry Art Gallery.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated gif in sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Weather:  Cool and crisp with bits of sun

Where:  Day trip to Seattle

What:

  • Heart sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, this past spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar heart sweater  //  similar skinny jeans  //  similar patterned canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + slip-on sneakers outfit collage

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Black + teal summer date outfit

Last Friday, I highlighted what Sam wore for a summer date night — it’s only fair that I share what I wore that night, right?! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Puget Sound selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

I’ve worn these teal ankle pants with black accents before, as seen here. This time, I tried the trick I had done before with this V-necked tee — I turned the tee around to have the V-neck in the back!

I also borrowed my husband’s black fedora, as the teal stripe in its ribbon totally coordinated with my ankle pants. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Black fedora closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Washington mural + Tacoma closeup

The backdrop is the Puget Sound, along Ruston Way. We discovered a floor mural of the geographic region along the Point Ruston shopping and recreation area. I had to get a photo of the Tacoma part of the mural — and of course, I had to scale Mt. Rainier! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents outtake

Outtakes alert! 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Weather:  Cool and sunny

Where:  Date night for my birthday

What:

  • V-neck tee:  Local boutique in Wisconsin, old
  • Ankle pants:  Ann Taylor, old
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old
  • Fedora:  My husband’s, Kohls, old
  • Earrings:  Birthday gift, old

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Shop my outfit:

similar black fedora  //  similar v-back tee  //  teal ankle pants  //  similar black strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black outfit collage

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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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