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Camel camel | What I wore to the Tacoma zoo

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know my husband and I like to go to zoos. And today’s outfit post documents what I wore to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, which is located in the Point Defiance Park on the north tip of Tacoma. It’s a smaller zoo, but they definitely make the most out of what they have.

I didn’t realize the zoo had camels — and a camel ride! — when I picked out my camel tee to wear to the zoo. Style synergy! And yes, the zoo handlers with the camels went gaga over my camel tee! As did Sinbad the camel. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

It was unusually hot that day, and I knew we would be walking a lot, so that’s the reason for wearing the most comfortable sandals I own plus the fedora to help shade the sun. The¬†Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium¬†also has an¬†interactive children’s area as well as a carousel.

And yes, Sam and I are “fedorable” together! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing our fedoras at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Librarian for Life + Style | Octopus art above Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium sign

Librarian for Life + Style | At the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel closeup

The rest of the photos in this post features a mural on the side of what used to the be the local food co-op (sadly closed a few weeks ago) along 6th Avenue. The mural showcases a nature and mountain scene of what I am assuming is Mount Rainier.

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Mountain mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Hats off to summer! Next week, our fall term begins!

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Weather:  Heat-advisory hot and sunny

Where: ¬†Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and clothes shopping afterwards (you’ll see the fitting room pics tomorrow!)

What I wore:

  • Camel tee: ¬†Kohl’s, birthday gift from my mom a few years ago
  • Ankle pants: ¬†Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Metallic sandals: ¬†Naturalizer via DSW, a couple of summers ago
  • Fedora: ¬†Stetson, vintage, bought at vintage hat store in Amsterdam
  • Hoop earrings: ¬†InPink, c/o giveaway, old

elephant print tee // similar ankle pants // large bamboo hoop earrings // similar metallic sandals by same brand // similar straw fedora

Novelty animal tee + fedora collage

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SIA interpretation: The Great Wave

Happy Labor Day to my American readers! And a¬†quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from August — thanks in advance for voting! ūüôā

Now it’s time for my interpretation of the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!¬†It was¬†Salazar‚Äôs turn to curate, and she chose the iconic Japanese woodblock print,¬†The Great Wave off Kanagawa (also known as¬†The Great Wave or¬†The Wave), by Japanese¬†artist Hokusai.¬†It was published between 1830 and 1833, the¬†first print in Hokusai‚Äôs Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.

Librarian for Life + Style | The Great Wave SIA collage

My initial starting point was the bright blue, the “Prussian blue” in the¬†woodblock print that was so revolutionary (and described in last week’s SIA post). My blue cotton¬†knit dress fit the bill. I then layered¬†different shades of blue, with a¬†light blue sports bra (continuing my trick of layering with¬†sports bras!) and a navy cardigan. I added my striped scarf, wearing that as a head scarf, to tie all the shades of blue together. Plus, if you look closely at the underside of the waves in the print, the different shades of blue look like stripes. I chose my tan-and-gold t-strap sandals as they reminded me of the long, thin boats you can spot amidst¬†the waves.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

I knew that we had to take photos down by the Ruston Way waterfront, although we don’t get the waves here like the ones in the print. And then I remembered this large sculpture down along the waterfront, and I thought the tall, swooping curves of the sculpture kind of echoed the tall, swooping curve of the big wave in the block print.

Come to find out, that sculpture is a sundial! It was added as public art to Jack Hyde Park, formerly called Commencement Park, in 1978.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

A closer look at the stripes in my head scarf, which I have remixed several times, including here with long hair, and¬†here with shoulder-length hair. And I thought my recent jewelry set, a birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, also reflected the subtler colors in the print, plus the “dipped effect” on the porcelain¬†earrings and necklace gives¬†a nod to, say, dipping into water.

Yes, I really do think of these things, on a daily basis, when putting together outfits and accessories. It just comes naturally to me — I’ve always been one for details! And I’m glad I have an outlet for sharing those kinds of details, here on this blog. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

We really do live in a stunningly beautiful place. And Ruston Way along the waterfront of Puget Sound — Tacoma’s located in what is¬†called the “South Sound” — is an area I find particularly beautiful and peaceful. There are a series of parks all along the waterfront, so you’ll definitely see more of Ruston Way on the blog!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Weather:  Summer day, overcast and low 70s (perfect summer weather, in my opinion!)

Where:  Ruston Way waterfront to enjoy the weather, and then out to an appointment

What I wore:

blue sleeveless dress // similar navy blue cardigan // blue striped lightweight scarf // teardrop silver earrings // similar t-strap sandals

shades of blue collage

There’s still time to participate in this week’s SIA round-up!¬†Deadline to participate in this SIA challenge is tonight, and just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week‚Äôs artwork to this week‚Äôs curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. She‚Äôll post the round-up the next day on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

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Black maxidress with metallic accessories

I almost wanted to title this post, LBM, and christen a new acronym, for “little black maxidress.” But then that would be an oxymoron (like “jumbo shrimp”). Regardless, a black maxidress can be as versatile as an LBD, in that you can dress it up or down.

Today, I decided to dress my black maxidress up a bit with metallic accessories, just because I felt like it. Sometimes, a lady needs a little extra glimmer in her day! ūüėȬ†My metallic accessories included my metallic sandals, rose gold stack of bangles, crocheted earrings with beads and bronze, and orange wicker purse.¬†This could also serve well as a day-to-night kind of look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

I wore this outfit during an afternoon outing with my husband and my visiting in-laws to the Museum of Glass here in Tacoma, which has amazing glass artwork plus a working studio called the “Hot Shop” (click that link¬†for a live video stream and previous webisodes of visiting artists and their teams working on glass art pieces).

The backdrop of these photos is a stunning collection¬†of clear glass sculptures atop the main plaza’s reflecting pool is just outside the museum entrance. Collectively, they’re¬†called “Fluent Steps,” made by artist Martin Blake during his¬†Visiting Artist residency at the museum in 2008.

Fluent Steps glass sculpture outside the Museum of Glass

Below is a fun outtake during out quickie photoshoot when my father-in-law was goofing around in front of the camera!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

And even though we once again took pics¬†in full sunlight (generally the worst time to take photos, because of the shadows and harsh light), the backdrop was too stunning to pass up. My “LBM” also really popped against all the clear glass.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories -- closeup of earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

You can see more pieces of glass artwork in Tacoma-themed outfit posts on my blog here and here.

Are y’all enjoying posts featuring¬†artwork and sights in and around Tacoma? Please leave a comment and let me know! ūüôā

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SIA interpretation: Una and the Lion

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

I chose the artwork for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and now it’s time for my interpretation! I chose¬†Una and the Lion, painted by British painter¬†Briton Rivi√®re (1840-1920), which depicts figures from a story in Edmund Spenser’s epic 1590s poem,¬†The Faerie Queene. Una represents “Truth,” and the lion represents “Honor.” You can read a translation of the story here¬†and more details about why I chose this painting in last week’s post here.

I represent all three major figures in this painting: ¬†the “fair lady” (the meaning of my name, Jennifer), the lion (my Western zodiac sign), and the lamb (my Chinese Zodiac sign). I totally get symbolism. Hah! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Una and the Lion SIA collage

Even though the colors in the painting are quite autumnal, I wanted to still look summer-y, as there’s still plenty of the summer season left up here in the Pacific Northwest. (We follow the actual seasons, with summer lasting through late September.) No maxidress; instead, I chose a floral skirt and tank top in shades of cream, to echo the color of Una’s dress. There are lacing details in Una’s hair and dress sleeves, so I chose accessories with criss-crosses and textural details, like my cognac rope tassel belt, my metallic sandals that criss-cross in the front, and my vintage wicker purse with darker-colored lacing details along the front. I also criss-crossed my hair with a rope braid in front! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

The backdrop of the painting is in the woods, so I also chose accessories of wood, including my copper-beaded bracelet with a wooden clasp, wood beaded earrings, and my stud earrings made from petrified wood. (My father’s mother made the last two on that list, the two sets of earrings!) The backdrop in these photos features trees along our new backyard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wood and bead accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

And one extra fun detail: ¬†the lining of my vintage wicker purse features logos and illustrations of famous car manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Hillman, Porsche, and more. I wore this outfit on an outing with my husband and visiting in-laws to¬†America’s Car Museum here in Tacoma. I am NOTHING if not coordinated! ūüėČ

The museum also has a lovely deck with a panoramic view of downtown Tacoma and the marina. I could not resist getting a photo so y’all could¬†enjoy the view, too!

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage purse liner of car logos

Librarian for Life + Style | Deck view from the American Car Museum

So there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a picture of an outfit inspired by my artwork choice this week — flat lays and selfies are also just fine — by tonight at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. I will post the round-up on my blog here on Wednesday morning.

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Olive + black remix | Weekend casual

Once again, I’ve remixed olive + black! Both are great neutrals on their own, and together, they are magic — at least for me, obviously! I wore this casual outfit on the weekend, when it was super sunny and gorgeous. We walked down to one of our favorite local pubs for a dinner in the sunshine.

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + black remix | Weekend casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + black remix | Weekend casual

Details:

This is also not the first time I’ve worn this mint-and-black-polka-dotted crossbody bag with black stripes, as evidenced here and here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + black remix | Weekend casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + black remix | Weekend casual

With dinner — we got to eat outside and enjoy the great weather! — I enjoyed a really fresh cocktail called “Garden Party,” mixed with gin and mint. The green also coordinated with my outfit! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + black remix | Weekend casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + black remix | Weekend casual

Linkups:  Hello Monday, Monday Mingle, Visible Monday, Shoe and Tell, Confident Twosdays, Turning Heads, Who’s Wearing What Wednesdays, Trendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Top of the World, What I Wore to Work/Summer Style, Thursdays Fashion Files, Thursday Moda, Fashion Friday, Passion for Fashion, Fun Fashion Friday, Charming Friday, Friday Favorites