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Red + black + patent leather circle bag

This past weekend, Sam and I enjoyed going out to a couple of local festivals, including Ethnic Fest at Wright Park and Glass Fest Northwest down by the harbor and Museum Row.

Here’s what I wore to the Glass Fest, with a circle bag that I picked up the day before at Ethnic Fest. It was a beautiful summer day by the harbor, and I felt cool and comfy in a sleeveless eyelet top, a cotton jersey skirt, strappy sandals, and this retro-inspired circle bag. I was feelin’ it. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Below is a closeup of this cool patent leather circle bag, which I picked up at Nikky’s Niche Designs booth at the Ethnic Fest. Although I’ve been on a general shopping ban these past six months, I don’t mind scouting out clothes or jewelry or accessories at local festivals, because I’m helping support local artists and small business owners.

The bag is covered in a collage of Michelle and Barack Obama magazine covers, and I just love every little thing about it, including the gold studs on one side. It’s retro-inspired and timeless at the same time. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

The purse also came with a matching wallet, seen below, and a crossbody strap (which you can spy in my Instagram post yesterday!), which made it really comfortable to wear while we walked around the festival — which included free day passes to the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass! We took photos outside the Museum of Glass’s hot shop tower.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag and wallet closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Weather: Quintessential summer day

Where: Local festival by the harbor

What:

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Eyelet + gingham summer casual

I’ve worn this eyelet + gingham combo more than one weekend this summer. It’s been a hot one, y’all! I can’t remember if we took pics the second or third time I wore this outfit, but never late than never… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

And below is a closeup of the mix of textures and prints, the eyelet and the gingham. And along with the checkered fedora, which I borrowed from Sam, this is yet another example of subtle pattern-mixing! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

And I’ve been wanting to take photos in front of this fountain in downtown Tacoma, on Broadway and 11th. On a weekend while doing multiple errands downtown, we took advantage of the opportunity. It’s often easier for me to pose for photos in front of a “tourist-y” location or backdrop, since I don’t stand out or attract any extra attention for taking photos. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Fountain in downtown Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Fountain in downtown Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Fountain gif

And when I wear this eyelet top, I wear a red sports bra underneath — a variation of my sports-bra-as-tank-top trick — to cut down on sweat around the middle. Real life, right? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Weather:  Hot hot hot

Where:  Running errands

What:

  • Eyelet button-front shirt:  Bealls, old
  • Gingham shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Strappy sandals:  Lands’ End, old
  • Fedora (borrowed from Sam):  Kohl’s, old
  • Tote bag:  ModCloth, Christmas gift from my mom this year

Shop my outfit:

similar red button-front top  //  similar gingham shorts  //  similar checkered fedora  //  similar meow tote bag  //  similar black strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Red button-front + black gingham shorts outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Art of Independence

Just a quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she chose a glass beadwork art piece, “My Sea, My Sister, My Tears,” from the “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” exhibit. Since the U.S. was celebrating Independence Day last Monday, Erin chose an artwork that also celebrated independence. These beadwork pieces are done by a community of women living and working together, and you can learn more about that by clicking here.

Here is a detail of the overall work, and click here to view the entire piece, which is beadwork done on black cloth.

Detail of glass beadwork art -- My Sea, My Sister, My Tears - 2011 - Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

Detail of glass beadwork art — My Sea, My Sister, My Tears – 2011 – Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

I wore my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration artwork around the Fourth of July holiday, as the art piece included red, white, and blue. And luckily, I still had all these pieces in my de facto capsule collection — and I was able to take pics before we moved! I combined textures with my sleeveless eyelet blouse and cable knit cardigan. I also thought the swirls of the cable knit echoed the swirls of white in the artwork.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

I wore my polka-dotted navy blue skirt because the artwork has swirls, so I thought it fit thematically. And of course, twirling! Or should I say, swirling?! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to participate, and all you need to do is take a picture — selfies and flat lays also count — of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork. Then send the pic to this week’s curator, Erin from Loop Looks, at looplooks@gmail by tonight, Monday, July 11. She’ll post the round-up on her blog soon after.

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Late summer layers | Visiting Oregon covered bridges

This summer, my husband and I started visiting covered bridges in Oregon. I didn’t realize we had so many! We’ve gone out a few weekends, and these pics are from our first outing. It’s a great way to see the Oregon countryside and small towns from the back roads.

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

For the casual outing, I wore light summer layers for a (thankfully) cooler late summer day. My new chevron canvas tote was perfect to add a bit more texture and pattern. Add another red, white, and blue outfit to the list! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers and textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

Details:  Chambray shirt, Old Navy, old {very similar}  //  Red eyelet sleeveless shirt, Kohls {similar eyelet tank}  //  Tan ankle pants, Style&Co at Macy’s, old {similar from same brand}  //  Chevron tote bag, new, gift from my mom {very similar}  //  Striped canvas flats, Target, old {similar}

We took these photos by the Gallon House covered bridge over Abiqua Creek just outside the small town of Silverton. It’s the last of the original covered bridges in Marion County, and its style has been described as that of “an overgrown doghouse” — LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

Librarian for Life + Style | Gallon House covered bridge over Abiqua Creek

And last but not least, some funny outtakes! You’re welcome. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Being goofy on Gallon House covered bridge

Librarian for Life + Style | Librarian for Life + Style | Being goofy on Gallon House covered bridge

Next time I spotlight Oregon stay-cation ideas, I will have to add covered bridges to the round-up! You can also view a directory of covered bridges in Oregon on this website.

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SIS: Style Imitating Stephanie | Dark teal + brown

Lots of different votes for your favorites from last month! Click here to vote for your favorite. 🙂

For last week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up on Salazar’s 14 Shades of Grey blog, Stephanie wore a cute and casual summer outfit. She put together a dark teal t-shirt, a brown skirt, and beaded jewelry. I loved her outfit so much — and I got to see it in person! — that I immediately thought, “Oh, I have all those pieces in my closet!”

And thus, an outfit idea was born. 😉

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Style Imitating Stephanie

I added my own beaded necklace and strappy sandals to also echo the inspiration.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

Details:  Dark teal tee, Nordstrom Rack, old {similar} {dressier blouse option}  //  Dark brown eyelet skirt, thrifted, old {similar style in white} {similar style in yellow} //  Metallic sandals, Naturalizer via DSW {very similar from same brand}  //  Bird print tote bag, gift from Sam {similar} {similar style in a super cute sunflower pattern} //  Beaded necklace, gift from Sam {colorful option}  //  Topaz drop earrings, local boutique {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown eyelet + accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

I wore this outfit on a day of errand-running, starting with getting a hair trim. (These pics were taken before my haircut, btw.) We took quick pics in the Pearl district in the northwest of Portland, which is a great neighborhood for interesting photo backdrops!

I love this eyelet skirt because it’s designed like a flamenco skirt — made for twirling!

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

And, last but not least, further proof that I’m a goofball:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet outtakes

Thanks, Stephanie, for the style inspiration! 🙂

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