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Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol building

During the last couple of weeks of our first summer in Washington, Sam and I took the opportunity to visit our new state capitol building in Olympia. (Did y’all know that Olympia has always been the state capital of Washington? That’s a rarity, as most states have had multiple capital cities.) We love visiting capitals, which we have made a point to do in every state (and country) we’ve lived in.

My outfit that I wore on our day trip was inspired by an outfit I spied in the recent issue of People’s Style Watch, a red + black + white casual outfit from Color Me Courtney. (And wow, her style is so fun!) Pattern-mixing stripes? YES, PLEASE.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes inspiraiton collage

Inspired by People’s Style Watch feature

You can tell I didn’t do a literal inspiration (although I could have, minus the leather); instead, I just focused on the idea of pattern-mixing stripes and the classic color palette of black, white, and red. Cue up my own take on pattern-mixing stripes, with my striped canvas flats and striped tank dress. I brought in the red with my red cardigan and red lipstick — and there are touches of red in my “banned books” pouch, too! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

It’s been said many times, but red lipstick really is a great finishing touch. I’m so glad I’ve embraced a bold red lip! And this is a true red, the L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in the “Red Ruby” color.

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know I’m a goofball. If you’re a new reader, then my outtakes posts will provide proof of this. Sam LOVES to be there to document my goofy side. Like when I was playing around with the lion-head knockers on the front doors of the capitol legislative building. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes at the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

The grounds and buildings in Olympia were planned as a “capitol campus,” complete with a lake, statues and memorials, fountain, and sunken gardens. Truly lovely!

Librarian for Life + Style | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Librarian for Life + Style | Visiting the Washington state capitol

And the final photo below is at midday (hence the full-on sun) overlooking the lake. I joked that with my iced coffee, I was totally doing the blogger photo cliche of “coffee as accessory”, like I lampooned years ago during my “funny blogger poses” series. So OF COURSE I had to add it to the blog! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspired by pattern-mixing stripes | Visiting the Washington state capitol

Weather:  Hot and sunny (high 90s)

Where:  Olympia, Washington, on a trip to the state capitol building

What I wore:

similar striped dress // similar red cardigan // similar black hoop earrings // similar striped flats // similar necklace with charms // very similar books-themed clutch // exact lipstick // exact lip liner

black stripes + red accents

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Tacoma casual Sam

During our recent day trip to Tacoma, Washington — you can see what I wore in yesterday’s post — Sam also wore light layers, which turned out perfectly for the sunny spring day with a chill in the air. (We also took rain jackets with us, just in case.)

The unexpected sun — the weather forecast had called for on-and-off showers — made for fantastic views of the Puget Sound. And more pics of the stunning Chihuly glass art!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam along Ruston way in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Along the Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

Along the Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | One of the Crystal Towers, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a pedestrian overpass in Tacoma

One of the Crystal Towers, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a pedestrian overpass in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | The Seaform Pavilion, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a pedestrian overpass

The Seaform Pavilion, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma casual: Sam

Details:

We have been looking for lighter-weight cardigans for Sam for the past year or so — a harder task than you would think, as most men’s cardigans seem to be bulkier in design and made with chunkier knits. We finally found what we were looking for at J.Crew Factory, including this light grey cardigan. (Sam also got versions in navy and black.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma casual: Sam

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma casual: Sam

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie in front of the Venetian Wall, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Couples selfie in front of the Venetian Wall, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Can’t get enough of my husband’s style? I don’t blame you! 😉 You can check out past outfits of Sam’s here. Enjoy!

Tacoma casual

During Spring Break, Sam and I enjoyed a day trip to Tacoma, Washington, which is a city just a couple of hours north of Portland. Sam has relatives living in Tacoma, and we enjoyed a midday break and lunch with a friend and librarian colleague who works at the University of Puget Sound.

The weather forecast called for on-and-off showers all day, but the showers didn’t show up until early evening, so we enjoyed unexpected sunshine most of the day! But Sam and I were glad we layered, since there was a definite chill in the early spring air.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing beneath one of the Crystal Towers, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Posing beneath one of the Crystal Towers, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing beneath one of the Crystal Towers, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking across the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a pedestrian overpass

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing in front of the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma

Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington, and there is a revitalized downtown area, with the UW-Tacoma campus and a row of museums, including the Museum of Glass, featuring the amazing glass artworks by Tacoma-born artist Dale Chihuly. There is a “Bridge of Glass” on the pedestrian walkway, from the Washington State History Museum on one side and over to the Museum of Glass on the other side.

We ate lunch in the Shake Shake Shake diner and burger cafe in the Stadium District, which is located a couple of blocks across from the Stadium High School, which was the school featured in the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You.

Librarian for Life + Style | The famous sign in the Shake Shake Shake diner

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my new burgundy brogues

We did quite a bit of walking around the city, so the brogues were a good idea. (I dressed up a little bit more than I might have otherwise, since I was meeting a librarian colleague during our visit.) I would also definitely wear this outfit on a more casual day at work!

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International travel flashbacks

As the official summer season winds down, and I’m about to start in-service next week, OF COURSE I catch myself longing for long summer days and travel. To ease the wanderlust, I thought it might be nice to round up my international travel posts and relive travel memories.

Hope y’all enjoy the mini-vacations! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel flashback: UAE

Librarian for Life + Style | Fashion flashback: From UAE with love

Fashion flashback: From UAE with love (2008-2011)

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel flashback: Vancouver

Librarian for Life + Style | Visiting Vancouver, BC

Visiting Vancouver (Spring 2014)

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel flashback: Thailand

Librarian for Life + Style | Thailand toes

Travel flashback: Thailand (Fall 2010)

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel flashback: Amsterdam

Librarian for Life + Style | Amsterdam trip, Spring 2010

Travel flashback: Amsterdam (Spring 2010)

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel flashback: Vienna

Librarian for Life + Style | Vienna trip, Winter 2009

Travel flashback: Vienna (Winter 2009)

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel flashback: Scotland

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel flashback: Scotland, Spring 2008

Travel flashback: Scotland (Spring 2008)

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel flashback: PEI

Librarian for Life & Style | PEI, Summer 2006

Travel flashback: PEI (Summer 2006)

Late summer layers | Visiting Oregon covered bridges

This summer, my husband and I started visiting covered bridges in Oregon. I didn’t realize we had so many! We’ve gone out a few weekends, and these pics are from our first outing. It’s a great way to see the Oregon countryside and small towns from the back roads.

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

For the casual outing, I wore light summer layers for a (thankfully) cooler late summer day. My new chevron canvas tote was perfect to add a bit more texture and pattern. Add another red, white, and blue outfit to the list! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers and textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

Details:  Chambray shirt, Old Navy, old {very similar}  //  Red eyelet sleeveless shirt, Kohls {similar eyelet tank}  //  Tan ankle pants, Style&Co at Macy’s, old {similar from same brand}  //  Chevron tote bag, new, gift from my mom {very similar}  //  Striped canvas flats, Target, old {similar}

We took these photos by the Gallon House covered bridge over Abiqua Creek just outside the small town of Silverton. It’s the last of the original covered bridges in Marion County, and its style has been described as that of “an overgrown doghouse” — LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

Librarian for Life + Style | Gallon House covered bridge over Abiqua Creek

And last but not least, some funny outtakes! You’re welcome. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Being goofy on Gallon House covered bridge

Librarian for Life + Style | Librarian for Life + Style | Being goofy on Gallon House covered bridge

Next time I spotlight Oregon stay-cation ideas, I will have to add covered bridges to the round-up! You can also view a directory of covered bridges in Oregon on this website.

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