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Summer festival jewelry + accessories round-up

I started the year with a “no shopping” rule, and for clothing, I’ve stuck to that, excepting items I’ve bought with gift cards. But this summer, Sam and I went to a lot of local and regional festivals, and I decided that helping support local artists and small businesses — with booths full of interesting jewelry and accessories — was also a good exception to this rule.

So I’ve rounded up all the jewelry and accessories I purchased this past summer at local festivals, arranged chronologically by festival. (And please note that whenever possible, I am linking to jewelry sites, but I am not getting any commission from any clicks or possible purchases.)

Tacoma Pride Fest

At our local Pride Festival, I bought a recycled leather tote bag, with matching clutch/makeup bag, at Patrick Kdep’s booth, Patrick’s Creations. You’ve seen this bronze tote bag several times throughout the summer, including here with a black maxidress and here with a paisley top and dusty rose jeans.

Librarian for Life + Style | Patrick's Creation tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze clutch bag closeup

Point Ruston local vendor fest

One day when Sam and I were strolling along Point Ruston, we stumbled upon a local vendor fest, and Sandford & Daughter had a booth there with jewelry made from copper tiles salvaged from the old City Hall building in downtown Tacoma. Variations of these earrings, plus other jewelry made with salvaged copper tiles, are still available online!

You can see where I wore these earrings on this Instagram post from July.

Librarian for Life + Style | Earrings made from Tacoma City Hall tiles

Ethnic Fest

At Ethnic Fest, I snagged these wood rainbow earrings by Green Tree Jewelry. They’re so lightweight, and I like that I can showcase my LGBTQ+ advocacy whenever I wear them! 🙂 And these “Pride Earrings” are still available on the Green Tree Jewelry site!

Librarian for Life + Style | Green Tree wood rainbow earrings

Also at the Ethnic Fest, I couldn’t pass up these awesome patent leather circle bag with magazine cover photos of Michelle and Barack Obama. The bag also came with a coordinating wallet, as seen here in this post. I got this purse at Nikky’s Niche Designs booth, who also gifted me a cute little purse charm of a lady in a black-and-white print dress. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Nikky's Niche purse charm

Glass Fest NW

At the Glass Fest Northwest, located at the marina behind the Museum of Glass, I picked up this brass bracelet from the SquirrelVsCoyote booth. I love love LOVE the bold and feminist statement juxtaposed with the delicacy of the bracelet design itself. This bracelet is also still available on the SquirrelVsCoyote Etsy shop.

You’ve seen me wear this bracelet in several posts over the summer, including here, here, and online in this Instagram post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brass bracelet by SquirrelVsCoyote

Librarian for Life + Style | Brass bracelet closeup

Sumner Rhubarb Fest

As you’ve seen in several posts on my Instagram feed, including here, here, here, here, and here, I’ve been wearing the three lightweight leather earrings I got at the Koko Made What booth our first time attending the Sumner Rhubarb Pie Festival. I will always support a girl entrepreneur, and these earrings are so fun — and easy on the earlobes!

You can custom order earrings through Koko Made What’s Instagram. (And isn’t that name just the best?!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Koko Made What leather earrings

McKinley Hill Street Fair

At this year’s McKinley Hill Street Fair, I picked up wood African circle earrings at Kijiji Village Craft booth. And you’ve already seen me wear these fun earrings here in this post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wood circle earrings

Looking back over the items I’ve purchased at local fairs and festivals this past summer, I have definitely been drawn toward lightweight statement earrings! I’m also into recycled jewelry, as evidenced by the recycled leather tote bag and earrings made from salvaged copper. And best of all, I get to wear interesting and unique jewelry and accessories made by local or regional artists and support small business owners at the same time!

Any personal faves of yours? I’d love to hear from you —  please leave a comment and share! 🙂


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Red + black + patent leather circle bag

This past weekend, Sam and I enjoyed going out to a couple of local festivals, including Ethnic Fest at Wright Park and Glass Fest Northwest down by the harbor and Museum Row.

Here’s what I wore to the Glass Fest, with a circle bag that I picked up the day before at Ethnic Fest. It was a beautiful summer day by the harbor, and I felt cool and comfy in a sleeveless eyelet top, a cotton jersey skirt, strappy sandals, and this retro-inspired circle bag. I was feelin’ it. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Below is a closeup of this cool patent leather circle bag, which I picked up at Nikky’s Niche Designs booth at the Ethnic Fest. Although I’ve been on a general shopping ban these past six months, I don’t mind scouting out clothes or jewelry or accessories at local festivals, because I’m helping support local artists and small business owners.

The bag is covered in a collage of Michelle and Barack Obama magazine covers, and I just love every little thing about it, including the gold studs on one side. It’s retro-inspired and timeless at the same time. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

The purse also came with a matching wallet, seen below, and a crossbody strap (which you can spy in my Instagram post yesterday!), which made it really comfortable to wear while we walked around the festival — which included free day passes to the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass! We took photos outside the Museum of Glass’s hot shop tower.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag and wallet closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Weather: Quintessential summer day

Where: Local festival by the harbor

What:

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2017 recap, favorite purchases + 2018 shopping goals

As I mentioned in my final “monthly budget adventures” post of 2017, I spent less than $900 total on my clothing budget for the year.

Looking back over the items that I purchased throughout 2017, it’s interesting to note that several of my favorites were actually replacement items, including the black tote bag, sneakers, and wallet I purchased last year.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of favorite purchases for 2017

My favorites overall were:

2018 shopping goals

My shopping goals for 2018 are pretty simple — Both Sam and I am embarking on a year of no shopping for new clothes! (This will not include replacing necessities like underwear, nor will it include any c/o items.) I’ve felt this coming for awhile, as it will give me a chance to really get to know what’s in my closet and reassess my style and my wardrobe.

So my shopping goals for 2018 are really #noshoppinggoals.

How about you? What are your shopping goals for the new year? Please leave a comment and share.


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Monthly budget adventures (December 2017)

A quick reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from December — thanks in advance! And now it’s time for my monthly budget adventures… this past month, I spent just a little over $20.

Lands’ End sales

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got @ Lands' End (Dec. 2017)

I stacked multiple Lands’ End gift cards to score 6 items for a total of $6! I took advantage of a 50% promo code when Lands’ End was having a massive online sale — and I made sure my promo code was good on sale and clearance items, as well. The biggest score of my Lands’ End clothing haul was this beautiful wool coat, which originally was priced at $219, and I used promo codes to get that price down to below $75! You can see more of the details for each clothing item below.

Details + shopping links:

  • Women’s Suede Moc Slippers, in leopard {exact style}:  paid $0 (original price $44.95, used 50% off promo code for $22.47, used gift card)
  • Women’s Traditional No Iron Dress Shirt in “Rich Red Check” {exact}:  paid $0 (original price $59.95, used 50% off promo code for $29.97, used gift card)
  • Women’s Combed Cotton Cable Sweater in “Wild Cherry” {exact}:  paid $0 (original price $49.95, on sale for $20, used gift card)
  • Women’s Combed Cotton Cable Turtleneck Sweater in black {exact style, some colors out of stock}:  paid $0 (original price $49.95, on sale for $20, used gift card)
  • Medium Two-Tone Zip Top Canvas Tote Bag in “Serene Gray/Black” with the zip top {exact style tote}:  paid $0 (original price $40, used 50% off promo code for $20, used gift card)
  • Women’s Wool Car Coat in “Gemstone Teal” {exact coat, still on sale!}:  paid $6 (original price $219, on sale for $149.96, used 50% off promo code for $74.98, used gift card and paid remainder of balance

And here’s a look at the Lands’ End items in real life:

Librarian for Life + Style | Lands' End collage, Dec. 2017

J.Crew Factory sale

I also took advantage of a holiday sale to snag my husband a couple of cardigans via the J.Crew Factory site, and I added a simple black shell to the shopping cart to take advantage of free shipping.

Librarian for Life + Style | J.Crew Factory black shell

Details + shopping link:

  • Cotton “Caryn” shell {exact}:  paid $15.60 (original price $39.50, on sale)

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $21.60
Total savings for this month:  $482

Total spent for this year:  $854
Total savings for this year:  $1,202

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Giveaway + gifts

Last month, I was the lucky winner of a name necklace giveaway on Nancy’s Fashion Style blog! It arrived in the mail — all the way from the Netherlands! — this month, just in time for Christmas.

Isn’t the card Nancy sent sweet? (It translates to “lots of love,” FYI.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Name necklace giveaway

Librarian for Life + Style | Name necklace giveaway

Recent clothing gifts also include a faux fur scarf from my mom and “Bob Ross” socks from Santa… a pair for Sam and a pair for me! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Faux fur scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross socks

I also have an idea for the monthly budget series for next year… so stay tuned!


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Monthly budget adventures (November 2017)

A quick reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my monthly budget adventures! I spent a grand total of $12 this month, all on new-to-me items that I picked up at an estate sale in Portland over the Veterans’ Day holiday weekend. We had gone down to Portland to stay with some friends, who happen to be experts at estate sales. (Tips they gave us:  Be polite; Dress well but not fancy; bring cash; and be prepared to walk away if the seller won’t agree on a lower price.)

We went on the final Sunday for an estate sale in the very nice Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, where I found these lovely items for half-off the original price:

  • Patent leather pumps with velvet bows, Franco Sarto {similar}:  Priced at $12, paid $6
  • Snakeskin and patent leather cap-toe flats, Bandolini {very similar!}:  Priced at $8, paid $4
  • Small square silk scarf {similar}:  Priced at $4, paid $2

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Librarian for Life + Style | Brown patent leather bow heels, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Snakeskin and patent leather flats, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $12
Total savings for this month:  $125 estimate

Total spent for this year:  $832
Total savings for this year:  $720


I have a few gift cards for Lands’ End that I’ve saved up, so I’m planning on some Christmas shopping for myself!