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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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Feeling very PNW in navy stripes + olive vest + scarf

I am in the habit of repeating an outfit on the weekend that I happened to wear for a casual Friday work day. And that happened with this outfit! I wore it to work for a professional development day for all faculty and staff, and then I wore it again on Saturday when Sam and I went to another $7 mid-morning movie. (We saw Logan, and it is goooooooood.)

I felt like I was definitely in the Pacific Northwestern style groove in my new navy-striped tee from J.Crew Factory that I paired with my trusty olive cargo vest and cognac riding boots. It’s a combination that’s casual, comfy, practical, and not at all fussy or trying too hard. That’s PNW style in a nutshell.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

We took photos out by Ruston Way waterfront, up on the north end where there’s a new cinema. There’s a path that leads along the waterfront, but we decided to take photos up on the upper steps that then lead down to the path. I liked that it looked like the edge of the steps went right into the water. This was a beautifully sunny morning, a brief respite before more rain.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Book genres scarf closeup

I don’t think I’ve highlighted this scarf on the blog before. It’s a scarf that my mom gifted me years ago, and it’s made out of knits repurposed from old sweaters. It has a heart on one end, and a stack of books on the other end, with literary genres listed inbetween. The genres included are:  adventure, poetry, fantasy, fiction, history, biography, thriller, religion, travel, military, science fiction, western, romance, mystery, classics, and nonfiction. A perfect scarf for a librarian!

It was a last-minute decision to throw on this scarf, as I thought it might be chilly where we were all meeting for the keynote address that was kicking off the professional development day. (I was right. I wore the scarf all day.) But what I didn’t realize is that the scarf, with its green and blue tones, has the colors of regional sports teams, specifically the Seattle Sounders (Major League Soccer) and the Seattle Seahawks (National Football League). So all day long, colleagues came up to me and asked if I was either a Sounders or a Seahawks fan! 😀

To help illustrate this, here are the logos for the Sounders and the Seahawks, which both incorporate similar shades of green and blue:

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

It was like I was getting bonus credit for being a PNW sports fan! I will take it. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Weather:  On-and-off rain and sunshine

Where:  A casual work day and then a morning at the movies

What:

  • Cargo vest:  Fashion-swapped years ago with Erin @ Loop Looks
  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, new
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

exact navy striped tee  //  very similar olive cargo vest  //  similar knit scarf  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  very similar cognac flat-heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | PNW outfit collage

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Remixing my pink sweater with cargo vests | Pink + burgundy

One last reminder that poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from November. Thanks in advance!

It might go without saying that I loooooooove my new burgundy cargo vest, but it doesn’t hurt to visually demonstrate that on the blog, right? 😉

I was inspired to pair my burgundy cargo vest with my pink sweater after seeing again the post when I paired this pink sweater with my olive cargo vest, back in 2013. That remains one of my favorite outfits, so I reimagined it for this fall season. Remixing = real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my pink sweater with cargo vests

2013 post: Feeling pinkish

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + burgundy together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + burgundy together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + burgundy together

And true to my color-coordinated spirit, I wore my rain boots because (a) the pink bits on the back of the boots matched my pink sweater, and (b) it was a rainy day. I am also very practical! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + burgundy together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + burgundy together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + burgundy together

The backdrop is another mural from the Tacoma Murals Project, this one on both sides of a bridge on the eastern side of Tacoma, a bridge that overlooks old railroad tracks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Murals Project, 2013

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + burgundy together

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Weekend shopping

What:

  • Cargo vest:  American Rag via Macy’s, new
  • Sweater:  Mango?, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Rain boots:  Hunter, old
  • Scarf:  Christmas gift from sister-in-law, old

exact burgundy cargo vest  //  similar pink sweater  //  similar skinny jeans  //  similar rain boots from same brand  //  similar striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy vest + pink sweater collage

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Monthly budget adventures (November 2016)

No Black Friday shopping for me! I’ve already done my shopping for this month, and here’s a sneak peek:

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got, Nov. 2016

fingerless gloves  //  burgundy cargo vest  //  black Spanx leggings  //  heather grey Spanx leggings

Fingerless gloves

My hands and fingers tend to get very cold — pretty much all the time — so I’ve been wanting some fingerless gloves for awhile. My husband listened! At the most recent Wordstock writers’ conference in Portland, he bought a pair of literary-themed, fingerless gloves as a gift for me. The pattern has passages from Pride and Prejudice, one of my personal favorite books! (And these gloves were made by the same creator who made the Anne of Green Gables literary scarf my husband gifted me last year!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Literary-themed fingerless gloves

These were a gift, so I’m not including them in my  monthly budget, but I still wanted to give them a shout-out. And bonus, these gloves make it easier to type on my laptop. A great gift for a blogger or a writer! 🙂

Restocking favorites

I took advantage of a Macy’s Veterans’ Day sale to restock (or extend) some favorites. I so love my olive cargo vest — Erin @ Loop Looks and I swapped cargo vests a few years ago — that I was on the lookout for a similar style in other colors. Then I read about Carylee’s purchase and review of this burgundy cargo vest, and my eyes lit up. (Note:  I read the customer reviews for this burgundy vest on the Macy’s site, and I’m glad I did, because a lot of the reviews gave theadvice to size up because the vest runs small. I bought the vest in the large size — I’m usually a medium on top — and it fits perfectly.) I’ve also already worn this burgundy vest, as seen in yesterday’s post.

I also took the opportunity to replace pairs of black and grey leggings that hadn’t held up and that I had gotten rid of before our move to Tacoma. Spanx leggings are more expensive, yes, but I’ve learned that they are WORTH IT. I now have five pairs of Spanx leggings; these black and heather grey pairs join their siblings in brown, berry, and royal blue.

Librarian for Life + Style | Macy's purchases, Nov. 2016

  • Burgundy cargo vest, American Rag {exact}:  paid $44.50 (original price $69.50, on sale for $54.99 + 20% off sale promotion)
  • Black leggings, Spanx {exact}:  paid $48 (original price $98)
  • Heather grey leggings, Spanx {exact}:  paid $68

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $160.50
Total savings for this month:  $75

Total spent for this year:  $474.79
Total savings for this year:  $698.70

What’s in store for next month? I’m hoping to just stick to Christmas presents and gift cards, and finish off the year with under $500 spent on my clothing budget this year. Wish me luck!


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

What I’m wearing for Thanksgiving this year

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
~ William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans, here in the U.S. and those living abroad. And Happy Thursday to all my readers! (As always, thank you.) Here’s an outfit I wore last week and am re-wearing for Thanksgiving day.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

By the way, I am loooooooving my new burgundy cargo vest, which is by the American Rag brand. I first paired this vest with a teal long-sleeved tee and plaid infinity scarf in autumnal colors. I particularly like how the vest curves down in the back, providing more coverage. The burgundy color of this vest is so deep and rich! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy cargo vest + plaid infinity scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

The backdrop, a mural on the east side of Tacoma in the McKinley Park district, is “a snapshot of the way life used to be for Native American people centuries ago in the very location where the mural is situated – two Native American hunters moving in on a bear while a third acts as a lookout from behind a tree.” This mural “honor[s] our region’s rich tribal history, as the McKinley Park area was once a fertile hunting ground for the Native American families that lived there centuries ago,” particularly the Puyallup Tribe. (The Puyallup tribe’s original name for Mt. Rainier was, in fact, Takhoma!) The mural was created by artist and Puyallup Tribal member Anthony Duenas, and the project was sponsored by the Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council. You can read the origin of these quotes and more about the mural here.

It is a beautiful, striking mural, and it felt like a fitting backdrop for a Thanksgiving-themed post, to recognize and appreciate the roots and history of the area we now call home.

Collage of Puyallup mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Weather:  Chilly fall days

Where:  Weekend errands last week + Thanksgiving this week

What:

  • Cargo vest:  American Rag via Macy’s, new
  • Infinity scarf:  Old Navy, old
  • Jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Long-sleeved tee:  Gap?, old
  • Ankle boots: Texas shoe store, very old

exact burgundy cargo vest  // very similar long-sleeved tee (also available in teal)  //  similar plaid scarf (also available in rust tones)  //  exact boot-cut jeans in “Rinse” color  // similar brown ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy vest + plaid scarf collage

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