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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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Work to weekend | Jane Austen tee

I’ve worn my Jane Austen feminism tee a few times already since buying it in February, but I hadn’t featured it on the blog — until now!

And you get a two-fer, with a “work to weekend” post. If I have a Friday work day that doesn’t involve teaching, I often wear a more casual outfit, when I then remix for the weekend.

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee collage

For work:

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

The tee features a quote from Pride and Prejudice, in which Lizzy Bennet is admonished as being an “obstinate, headstrong girl!” — which Lizzy turns around to be a compliment, of course. As I would, too. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee outfit

For the weekend:

And above are the common elements I kept for the weekend look. I remixed the tee, the dark denim jacket, the geometric-print canvas flats, and my colorful earrings. The only piece I changed was the trousers I wore for work, which I switched out for light grey jeans on the weekend. I also changed out my bag.

Note:  I forgot to put in my earrings until after we took photos. But I did wear them with this outfit! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

And I cheered out loud when I realized that the perfect finishing touch for my weekend variation of this outfit would be my new Pride and Prejudice tote bag. Perfect!

#JaneAustenForTheWin #PrideAndPrejudiceFan #MrDarcyForever

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride and Prejudice tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Weather:  Sunny and cool both days

Where:  For a casual work day on Friday, then errand-running on Saturday

What:

  • Jane Austen tee:  Teespring, this winter
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Trousers:  Worthington, old
  • Grey jeans:  Jones New York via Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Mossimo for Target, new
  • Pride & Prejudice tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, new
  • Earrings:  Gift from friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar feminism-themed tee  //  similar denim jacket  //  similar wide-leg trousers  //  exact shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday tee + trousers outfit collage


Which variation is your favorite? Please leave a comment and share 🙂


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SIA interpretation: Garden Center roses

SIA inspiration pick:

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks. She has posted before on her blog about her friend Annabelle’s job at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. One of their programs is called GrowArts, and its goal is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. For SIA this week Erin chose one of the pieces they have for sale, a striking painting of roses.

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Garden center SIA collage

My very first idea was to wear my green, rose-print scarf. I wanted the focus to be more on the rose print, so I went the green-and-tan color scheme route, rather than pulling focus with a bright red clothing item. (But I did add in a touch of red with the ladybug on my brooch.)

The SIA painting is part of the Garden Center Services project, so I wanted to stick with that theme by taking photos in a local community garden. We took photos in the Dometop Community Garden, which is right beside the Rogers children’s park and overlooks a restored 1907 school building.

Can you tell I was ready for spring?! You might say I was so ready, I was jumping for joy… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

I mixed in more florals with my rose earring studs and my floral clutch. More pattern-mixing with multiple kinds of roses! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral scarf and jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

By the way, this clutch is pretty roomy! I can fit in my wallet, sunglasses case, tissues, chapstick, and my cell phone, with room to spare. PLUS this clutch is pattern-mixing all on its own, with an interior of striped fabric! I also love that the external fabric is a scuba-like material.

Librarian for Life + Style | What's in my clutch?

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Weather:  Early spring day with off-and-on sunshine and drizzly rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Floral scarf:  Lands’ End, old
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger for Macy’s, old
  • Ankle pants:  Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Grasshoppers via DSW, old
  • Floral clutch:  Lulu’s, c/o giveaway, old

Shop my outfit:

rose print scarf //  very similar beige ankle pants  //  rose stud earrings //  similar beige canvas flats  //  very similar dark denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral-mixing outfit collage

How you can participate in this SIA challenge:

There’s still time to participate!

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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, this Wednesday, so get those photos in to her before then!

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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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Remixing hearts + shades of red

Last week, I highlighted past fall favorite outfits I would wear again… which is basically what I did with this outfit. This is essentially the same outfit, only with the “completer piece” changed from a light blue cardigan, when I wore it last fall, to a denim jacket this fall. I also changed up the placement of the red fabric belt that came with this eShakti dress.

But those small differences make an impact. My 2015 outfit looks more 1950s retro, with the belted cardigan, while my denim jacket topper this fall helps make my outfit look more modern. Either way, I love this outfit and this heart-print dress!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart-print dress

And the house behind me in the photos? Yep, it’s our new home in Tacoma! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of red fabric belt + heart-print dress

Last time, I wore this belt with the cut-out to the side. This time, I placed the cut-out front and center. I liked that from afar, it looks like banding on the waist of the dress!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

I really liked how all the colors came together in this outfit, even with all the different shades of red. I am mixing together bright red (belt), a bright burgundy (coat), a slightly warmer burgundy (tote bag), and a brownish burgundy (tights). Yet it all looks cohesive. Why? I think it comes down to the print of the dress, which has both bright red and burgundy shades in it. Plus, everything else is a neutral, including the white background of the dress, my bronze heels, and my denim jacket.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Weather:  Rainy + overcast fall day (it was actually raining while taking these photos — thank goodness for my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, which is water-resistant.)

Where:  Busy work day which included reference desk duty, meetings, and a presentation

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, last fall
  • Belt:  Came with this dress
  • Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Overcoat:  LOFT, thrifted, old
  • Tote bag:  Kmart? Kohl’s?, old

similar wrap dress with novelty print  //  similar light denim jacket  //  red belt  //  similar dark burgundy tights  //  neutral Mary Jane heels  //  similar burgundy tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of red collage

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