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.
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! 😀
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.
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. 😀
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!
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! 😀
Weather: Hot and sunny (high 90s)
Where: Olympia, Washington, on a trip to the state capitol building
What I wore:
- Dress: Old Navy, old
- Cardigan: August Silk via Macy’s, old — my favorite line of cardigans!
- Striped canvas flats: Payless, gift-carded last winter
- Clutch: “Banned Books” pouch, Out of Print Clothing, old
- Lipstick: L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in the “Red Ruby” color
- Lip liner: L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner, in “Always Red”
- Earrings: Made in Oregon store, Christmas gift years ago
- Necklace and charms: James Avery jewelry, gift from husband years ago
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
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