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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.)

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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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Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from March — thanks in advance!

With my pale skin and dark hair, I’ve always looked best in more saturated colors and jewel tones. Today’s outfit is an example of that, with my teal green cardigan and navy tee. But the real “jewel” of the outfit — har har — is my silk scarf with a plaid print of jewel tones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

I love this scarf! It’s one of the three scarves I thrifted back in the fall, and it’s an Anne Klein scarf. I love its jewel-tone colors of purple mixed in with stripes of teal green, white, and red. The bronze-y trim finishes everything off — and makes it quite a versatile piece to wear with other colors! I debated about whether to keep the scarf longer and looser or tied more like a neckerchief. Obviously, I went with the latter, to keep the color and interest up top.

I also wore my topaz drop earrings to tie in — another pun! — with the scarf trim. The same reasoning went into wearing my bronze brogue heels. Color-coordinating for the win! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague was talking about how she never wore scarves, that they were “too much” for her. I understand that reticence to wear scarves, because I used to feel that way, too. There was a time that I never wore scarves. I didn’t understand them or how to wear them; I always felt awkward even trying to wear them. But while I lived overseas in the UAE, where scarves and shawls are so common, I was inspired to start wearing them — and loved them! I appreciate now how scarves are an instant pick-me-up for any outfit.

The trick to wearing scarves? It really comes down to confidence. It’s that simple but also that scary. Yes, scarves command attention, and you have to be okay with that. I am now okay with that, because I want to wear things that I love — and that includes pretty patterns and jewel tones! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Scarf:  Anne Klein, thrifted
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Tee:  Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old {but still available!}
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar teal green cardigan  //  very similar navy scoop-neck tee  // exact dark-wash jeans from same brand  //  similar jewel-tone silk scarf  //  similar bronze heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones and a scarf outfit collage

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Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit from February. Thanks in advance!

I mentioned this yesterday on my Facebook page, about how it’s nice to see spring clothing starting to pop up on some other style bloggers’ sites, as spring is becoming a reality for many people in many part of this country. But not this part of the country, and not this site. Yesterday, we experienced snow and wintry mix. Last week, we had hail. So y’all will continue to see several outfits featuring winter layers, tights, boots, and coats — including today’s outfit!

The germ of today’s outfit was inspired by this casual winter outfit I pinned years ago from Crazy Style Love. The starting point for me — what turned on the lightbulb, so to speak — was the idea of an attention-getting scarf on top of a classic tan overcoat. Simple as that. Jenny’s scarf is bright pink and attention-getting in terms of color, whereas my scarf is neutral-colored but attention-getting in terms of its novelty print of foxes. If it had not been raining, I would have also worn my animal-print flats (Jenny’s heels are animal print), but alas, I had to err on the side of practicality. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

I wore this outfit on a casual weekend morning, on our way to coffee and a late-morning movie. (We found a local movie house that plays new movies on weekends before noon for $7! Cheaper prices plus fewer people in the theater = mutual movie-going happiness.)

The dock was less crowded, as well, with more birds than people. I enjoyed that this bird decided to hang out with us during our quick photo-shoot. It was decidedly non-plussed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

We stopped off before our morning movie date to stroll one of the docks along the Ruston Way waterfront. This is also the same dock we took photos at this past summer! We often enjoy walking or going places in the rain — it always means less people! 😉 And I think the water, as well as the waterfront, are beautiful in different ways in the rain. There’s a unique kind of serenity to gazing out over a body of water when it’s overcast and a bit foggy.

But in addition to a multitude of birds taking advantage of a mostly deserted dock, there was a lone fisherman on one end — decked out (har har) in a bright yellow slicker. We couldn’t resist taking photos of the opportune moment. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

One final look at my neutral winter layers and fox-print scarf. And another example of mixing black and brown neutrals together!

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Weather:  Rainy, rainy, rainy

Where:  Late morning movie on the weekend

What:

  • Scarf:  Thrifted, last summer
  • Overcoat:  Bealls in Texas, very old
  • Jeans:  Old Navy, old {but still available!}
  • Boots:  Shoe boutique in Texas, very old
  • Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old
  • Hat:  Hat boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

similar peacoat  //  exact boot-cut jeans  //  similar black sweater  //  similar webbed belt  // similar brown ankle boots  //  similar black newsboy cap  //  same fox print scarf design in teal

Librarian for Life + Style | Neutral layers + fox print scarf outfit collage


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Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Today’s outfit is one I wore out on the weekend (coffee date with the hubby!), and it was inspired by multiple similar combos pinned on my “Casual inspiration” Pinterest board, including this pin, this pin, and this pin. Pattern-mixing along with a red, white + blue color scheme? Right up my alley!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

We enjoyed one of those chilly but bright winter days — a rarity to enjoy actual sunshine during February up here in the Pacific Northwest! We made the most of it. 🙂

Also, the picture below with my scarf enjoying the breeze just cracked me up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of stripes and nautical with pops of red

There are subtle bits of a nautical theme in my outfit, including my rope knot earrings, the chain on the crossbody purse, as well as my vintage scarf featuring Dutch tiles (some of the tiles include ships).

I chose my grey overcoat to tie in with my grey-striped tee and grey ankle booties, but after-the-fact, I also thought it fun that the coat has military touches with the button details. Also ties in with the nautical elements!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you’ll now I love these leather-and-suede grey booties. But I think this is the first time I’ve featured them with wider-leg bottoms. I’ve always worn them with skinny jeans or pants before, to show off more of the boots themselves. But they’re comfortable to wear — and super practical with their rubber soles — so it’s good to use more opportunities to wear them.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey booties + boot-cut jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

The backdrop, by the way, is the imaginatively named “East 34th Street Bridge,” located — you guessed it! — along East 34th Street in Tacoma. There are two halves to the bridge, one newer half and one older half. This is the older half, from when the bridge was originally built in 1937, and it has those special kinds of details like the picturesque ledges and carved-out arches. Because the bridge overlooks a lot of trees in a gulch, I want to take outfit photos on this bridge in every season, to showcase how the seasons change here in Tacoma. What do y’all think?

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Going for coffee on the weekend + work the next week

What:

  • Striped tee:  J. Crew, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Thrifted, vintage
  • Overcoat:  Mango in Abu Dhabi, old
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  From my mom?, old
  • Crossbody bag:  c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Red lipstick:  L’Oreal 10-Hour Color Riche in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee from same brand  //  similar scarf  //  exact boot-cut jeans  // very similar grey ankle booties  // similar red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped + pops of red outfit collage


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Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

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More subtly holiday-appropriate outfits for work! This time, it’s a “casual Friday” kind of combo, when I layered a red striped tee under my black textured jazer.

This outfit is super practical and comfy. Rubber-soled boots so I wouldn’t slip on the ice that formed overnight. Stretchy jersey knit and long-sleeved tee. Knit jazer (jersey blazer) that’s pretty unstructured but still nice enough to give a slight “professional” look to my outfit to make it more work-appropriate. You could totally switch out my dark jeans for trousers, and you’d be good to go!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering closeup

By the way, we took these pics in front of the iconic glass tower that’s part of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. It makes for a simple yet still visually interesting backdrop, yes?

It’s also an example of how our pattern has shifted over the years when it comes to taking photos. To alleviate any stress of “OMG, how do we squeeze in extra time to take pics?” and seeing it as a burden, we just look for opportunities to take pics while we’re out doing stuff in our daily lives. We do this particularly on the weekends, or when I work later in the day and we’re out in the morning doing errands (like what happened today). This works particularly well in the middle of winter, when it’s already dark and impossible to take photos when I get home at night. I also loathe having to dress in the same outfit after the fact in order to take photos, which I did the first couple of winters for this blog. It always felt like wasting time to do that, plus you didn’t get the sense of how I chose to do my hair, etc., on the day. (I make a lot of those kinds of decisions in the spur of the moment, often right before I walk out the door.) The photos all tended to look same-y to me, because my hair and makeup were the same throughout.

The way we take a lot of photos now, while we’re out and about, I get to stay true to capturing what I actually wear, while going about my regular day-to-day life, on the day that I actually wear the outfit. Plus, it helps us capture different backdrops so you often get a better sense of where we live. Win-win! Do you like this way of capturing my outfits? Please leave a comment and share!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

True story, it was LITERALLY freezing cold that day. This photo shoot was quick, y’all. And of course, it was really windy, too, so that was SUPER FUN for me. Sam captured all that fun in the pics below. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

And below is how a shift in perspective can change everything. I took three steps forward and turned, Sam pivoted the camera, and voilà, a gorgeous backdrop of the waterfront and marina in downtown Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Waterfront Tacoma backdrop

Weather:  Freezing and breezy

Where:  Errands in the morning, work at night

What:

  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, old but still available!
  • Jazer:  JCPenney?, super old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old but still available!
  • Ankle boots:  Hush Puppies, old
  • Skinny belt:  Target, old

similar jazer  //  exact tee from same brand  //  exact jeans from same brand  //  similar red skinny belt  //  similar black leather ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + knit blazer collage

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