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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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SIA interpretation: Sing Street

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! This week’s inspiration artwork was chosen by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, and she chose the bright and colorful poster for Sing Street, which was one of her favorite movies this past year.

My interpretation

I think this is the first time to feature this infinity scarf I thrifted back in December — and what better way to feature this chevron-print scarf of multiple neon colors than with an ’80s-inspired challenge?! And the background color of this part of the fence matches up almost perfectly with the background color of the movie poster! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage for my Sing Street SIA interpretation

I wanted the scarf to be the focus of the look, so I paired it with an outfit of neutrals that also fit in with the movie poster.

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored chevron scarf closeup

Yep, I’m wearing denim on denim:  black skinny jeans and a dark-wash denim jacket. But it works because the colors and washes are different — but no ’80s acid wash! And no “Canadian tux” here! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Multi-colored backdrop

The backdrop is a fence that’s been painted in multiple colors. (I believe it’s a fence that encircles a local child’s day care or playground.) I spied the fence a few weeks ago and thought at the time it might make a good backdrop for future photos. Multi-colored scarf, multi-colored fence — and just perfect for the movie poster inspiration! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainbow fences collage

Weather: A day of sun after a week of snow and rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Scarf:  Thrifted, this winter
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last spring
  • Flats:  Payless, old

Shop my outfit

similar infinity scarf  //  very similar dark denim jacket  //  exact skinny jeans //  similar black round-toe flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Double denim with a multi-colored scarf collage


Still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight Monday, Feb. 27th. Salazar will be traveling, so she will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, March 1st.

Can’t wait to see the round-up!

And I’ll be back next Monday to choose the next SIA challenge… stay tuned 🙂


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Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

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Remixing blue + chevron

I recently remixed my black-and-white chevron skirt with a blue top, a formula I first tried out a little over a year ago, as seen in my “Chevron skirt debut” post from November 2015.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my chevron skirt with blue

The tops are different but very similar in color. In 2015, I wore my royal blue button-front camp shirt, and tucked it into the skirt. This time, I wore my royal blue sweater and left it untucked. I also switched from black flats to black high-heeled boots.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

I didn’t initially plan on mixing chevron prints together. I had an early morning shift at the Reference Desk that day, so right before I walked out the door, I grabbed this knit infinity scarf in a chevron print, to help keep me warm. (The sweater is quite thin, and it has a wide, curved neckline.) I ended up needing the scarf all day, and I ended up quite liking the effect of mixing the two chevron prints together. I think it works because the colors in the scarf are neutrals and kind of play off the colors in the skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Awkward…

Midway through our quick photo-shoot, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that directly across the street, a group of guys gathered around a truck were openly staring at us. It felt… uh, awkward, to say the least. They weren’t challenging us or calling out anything — which has happened before when we lived in Portland — but rather just staring, very openly and obviously, in confusion. They had left by the time we finished.

Later, going through the photos, I realized that Sam had captured the transition of my facial expressions, as I went from realization straight on through to awkwardness. It’s all in my facial expressions and arm movements! Left to right, I go from “Wait, are those guys staring at us?” to “Oh crap, they ARE staring at us!” to “Eeeeeek, this is awwwwwwkward” to “Oh, well, let’s finish what we started!” LOL!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Backdrop mural

The backdrop behind me is a 2004 set of murals entitled “Welcome to McKinley” by artist Bob Henry. The mural, fittingly, is located in the McKinley neighborhood of Tacoma. As described on Bob Henry’s site, which has more pics and closeup details of his public art:

“This mural was design[ed] to welcome visitors to the neighborhood. Using the past and progressing to the modern, faces of the owner and friends, Mt. Rainer [sic] and the 34th Street bridge which bridges two canvases 8′ x 20′ into this welcoming, warm mural”

I took photos of the two halves of the mural, and merged them together as best I could into the following collage, so you can get a sense of the contrasting time periods. Click on the photo to enlarge the details.

'Welcome to McKinley' mural collage, 2004, Bob Henry

‘Welcome to McKinley’ mural collage, 2004, Bob Henry

Bob Henry also included a sweet painting above the mural, depicting children of different ethnicities. This reflects the ethnic diversity in this particular neighborhood of Tacoma.

Detail of 'Welcome to McKinley' mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Weather:  Cold and icy

Where:  Work day, which included a faculty meeting

What:

  • Skirt:  eShakti, last year
  • Sweater:  Mango?, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from Stephanie, old
  • Boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old

Shop my outfit

very similar blue ribbed sweater //  very similar chevron skirt  //  similar chevron infinity scarf  //  similar black heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + chevron outfit collage


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Jewelry review of Pearl & Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you will know that my favorite gemstone is the pearl. Both of my grandmothers loved pearl jewelry, so that’s probably where I was first learned to love pearls. I also love that pearls are gemstones that come from organic, living organisms — mostly mollusks and oysters — which makes them very special. (The vast majority of gemstones come from minerals.) Pearls come in such a variety of shapes and colors and textures, it’s no wonder they’ve been highly valued for centuries.

I’ve worn pearls for years — including at my wedding! — and you can see previous outfits that I’ve worn with pearl jewelry here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings

So it should come as no surprise that I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Pearl & Clasp, an online company that provides pearl restringing services as well as quality pearl jewelry at a variety of price points. Plus, the company was co-founded by two women, Tara and Sari, and y’all know that I love to support strong women leaders and entrepreneurs! The selection at Pearl & Clasp includes bracelets, necklaces, earrings, along with a variety of clasp options.


Full disclosure: This is a post done in collaboration with Pearl & Clasp, and I received a pair of earrings of my choice in exchange for a review. As always, I am 100% honest about sharing my personal thoughts and experiences with you.


I chose a simple and classic pair of black pearl earrings, the 9mm button black freshwater earrings. The $34 price is a totally fair price, in my opinion, and reflects the more affordable variety of freshwater pearls. They also have Tahitian black pearl earrings, which are more expensive, of course.

Here are closeups of the earrings I selected. I love that the black of the pearl is more of an iridescent black, which reflects surrounding colors. It gives the black pearl earrings a warmer, richer look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Here’s a closeup of these earrings in my hand, so you can get a better sense of their size.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Pearls are so classic and timeless, yet I have often have heard other women say they don’t wear pearls because they see them as too formal or stuffy. I do not share this sentiment; on the contrary, I believe there’s a pearl for everyone!

So for my first time out wearing these pearls, I wanted to wear a more casual outfit, in order to demonstrate that you can wear pearls with all kinds of looks, including casual ones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

I am super pleased with my new earrings from Pearl & Clasp. They’re a lovely, warm color, plus I like the weight and feel of the earrings when I am wearing them. They are lightweight but also feel sturdy and secure when they’re in my ears. Highly recommended! This particular style of earring also comes in other colors, including soft pink and classic white.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

I wore this more casual combo — black skinny jeans with my grey Pride & Prejudice sweatshirt and knit chevron infinity scarf — on a day off from work, a day in which I also had lunch with a friend. So I wanted to be comfortable around the house but also nice enough to go out to eat. These pearl earrings were a perfect addition to help me feel a bit more polished and put-together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Weather:  A bit warmer, in the low 50s — but definitely still winter!

Where:  Around the house and a lunch out with a friend

What:


Do you like these new earrings from Pearl & Clasp? Do you also love pearl jewelry? Please leave a comment and share!


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Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

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I am all about the remixing! Earlier this fall, I had subtly remixed my heart print dress, wanting to highlight how small changes can make a difference. This time, I’m going bold with the remix — but still keeping it within the same burgundy color family.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress, Fall 2016

Left, Remixing hearts + shades of red

I also am lately all about layering long sweaters over dresses, like I did last week with my SIA interpretation outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

I guess I’m also technically pattern-mixing in this outfit, with my chevron tights and my heart locket print dress. There are so many ways to mix prints and patterns!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

I really liked wearing this outfit. It was comfortable, and I felt good in it. The long sweater over the dress is an unexpected, and slightly ’20s-retro, silhouette, but the tights, asymmetrical collar, and the booties provide modern touches.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Weather:  Cold and brisk

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Macy’s, old
  • Dress:  eShakti, last fall
  • Tights:  ModCloth, old (but still often in stock!)
  • Booties:  Naturalizer (sold out, but I’ve linked a very similar option below)

similar long burgundy sweater  //  similar novelty-print dress  //  exact chevron tights  //  very similar burgundy booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy sweater + print dress collage

And one last photo, an outtake, for y’all! It’s like I’m saying, “Ta-da!” 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

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