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Wonder Woman casual outfit for the Tacoma Festival of Sail

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I enjoyed an outing to the Festival of Sail which blew into Tacoma for a weekend. Tacoma is one of only a handful of Pacific ports that hosts the historic ships, and the weekend festivities included ship tours, day sails, entertainment, free admission to the Working Waterfront Maritime Museum, and “The World’s Largest Rubber duck.” (Warning: This is another photo-heavy post!)

First up, having fun on the boats:

Librarian for Life + Style | Festival of Sail scape

Festival of Sail Sound-scape

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my Wonder Woman tee on the schooner called 'The Adventuress'

The adventuress Wonder Woman aboard “The Adventuress” schooner.

Librarian for Life + Style | Festival of Sail scape

The bowsprit of the Zodiac schooner, with fog rolling over the Puget Sound in the distance

Librarian for Life + Style | At the wheel of the Hawaiian Chieftain ship

At the helm of the Hawaiian Chieftan, a modern variation of a ketch

Librarian for Life + Style | The Lady Washington ship, the state ship of Washington

The Lady Washington, our official state ship, portrayed the HMS Interceptor in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie!

Librarian for Life + Style | On the Lady Washington during the Festival of Sail in Tacoma

Aboard the Lady Washington brig

As I knew we would be walking a lot up and down the waterfront in Tacoma and getting into and out of boats all day, I dressed comfy. (But then, when do I not?) These metallic sandals are the most comfortable sandals I own, with rubber soles that would be ready for any slippery surfaces. My new Wonder Woman tee came next, and then the rest of the outfit was based on incorporating shades of red, navy, and black to go with the Wonder Woman theme. #WonderWomanAlways

The last bit of my outfit was this checkered fedora that I borrowed from Sam, because (a) it went so well with the rest of my outfit, and (b) it kept both the early morning drizzle and the later afternoon sunshine off my face. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

And if you’re wondering, “Is that a huge yellow rubber ducky out there in the harbor?” the answer is YES. You’re not hallucinating! As part of the Festival of Sail, we enjoyed the company of a huge yellow rubber ducky. It was awesome! The ducky is one of several designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and stands roughly five stories tall.

So OF COURSE Sam and I had to have some fun with such a wonderful photo opportunity! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Clowning around with the yellow duck docked in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Clowning around with the yellow duck docked in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

And the closer we got to the rubber ducky by walking down the waterfront, the better the photo opportunities! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow duck docked in Tacoma during the Festival of Sail

Librarian for Life + Style | The yellow duck wants to see the glass sculptures at the Museum of Glass, too!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow duck docked in Tacoma during the Festival of Sail

And a couples selfie — with an EPIC rubber ducky photobomb! 

Librarian for Life + Style | Just a selfie... with a huge rubber ducky!

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

Weather:  A typical summer day in the PNW, drizzly rain in the morning changing to sunshine

Where:  Festival of Sail and a walk along the downtown waterfront

What:

  • Wonder Woman tee:  New, local comic book shop
  • Fedora:  Kohl’s, my husband’s, old
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Ankle pants:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Metallic sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar dark denim jacket  //  similar black Wonder Woman tee  //  very similar red ankle pants  //  similar checkered fedora  //  very similar metallic sandal by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Outfit collage for Wonder Woman tee + red pants + denim jacket

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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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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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