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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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Monthly budget adventures (March 2017)

It’s time to see what my monthly clothing budget adventures were for this month! This month was mostly about replacing items, and here’s a sneak peek at what I got this month:

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (March 2017)

Links to exact items:  striped fit-and-flare dress //  black gingham button-front shirt  //  raspberry gingham burton-front shirt  //  black tote bag  //  metallic pewter flats  //  black sneakers  //  brown sneakers  //  tan sneakers

Replacing shoes

I have been working on identifying well-worn items in my closet that need replacing. That has included almost all of my Skechers sneakers, which lasted me for over a decade. Time to stock back up! We happened to find all three colors I needed — brown, black, and tan — in stock in my size at a local Famous Footwear store.

Librarian for Life + Style | New Skechers sneakers

  • Tan sneakers, Skechers via Famous Footwear:  paid $54.99 (original price $64.99)
  • Brown sneakers, Skechers via Famous Footwear:  paid $40 (original price $64.99)
  • Black sneakers, Skechers via Famous Footwear:  paid $54.99 (original price $64.99)

I also have noted that my beloved grey metallic flats have cracked in the back and sunken down, and they’re not as comfortable to wear anymore for long stretches of time. Bummer. These beauties lasted me over six years! I happened to find these metallic pewter flats on the sale rack at the same Famous Footwear we were scouting out Skechers. Score!

Librarian for Life + Style | New metallic pewter flats

Replacing my black tote bag

My trusty black-and-grey tote bag, which I’ve used at least weekly for 5+ years now, is also starting to crack around the handles. Y’all have seen this bag many, many times (here and here, for example), so I’ve been scouting out a possible replacement for over a month. My requirements for a replacement included:

  • a tote bag shape — my preferred kind of work bag
  • handles big enough to fit over my shoulders
  • a zipper along the top so as to prevent rain from getting in — a PNW reality

Then I spied this tote bag at Target, and bingo! I love the structured shape, classic design, and what looks to be sturdy handles. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | New Target tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | New Target tote bag

Lands’ End gift card

I also have had a few Lands’ End gift cards, so I have been browsing the Lands’ End site for a couple of months now. When this past weekend saw a 30% off sale PLUS major savings on the gingham button-front shirts I’ve been wanting to stock up on, I finally placed an order. I paid less than $2 for the following 3 items!

And yes, that’s another striped dress in my favorite fit-and-flare shape. This marks the THIRD fit-and-flare dress I’ve picked up from Lands’ End. They’re SO comfortable and flattering, and they are great to pack when traveling. See here and here for the other two Lands’ End fit-and-flare dresses I’ve bought.

Librarian for Life + Style | Lands' End purchases, March 2017

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $206.21
Total savings for this month:  $285.74

Total spent for this year:  $400.98
Total savings for this year:  $350.24

I’ve definitely spent a chunk of change this month, with most of that spent on my sneakers! I’m okay with that, considering that my previous Skechers sneakers lasted me over a decade. I saved the most at Lands’ End, paying less than $2 for items originally priced at over $195.


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

Double the foxes

I picked up this fox-print scarf back at the beginning of summer, as documented in my monthly budget adventures post for June, and as the scarf colors are so autumnal, I was waiting until fall arrived to bring it out. And why not double the foxes, by pairing this fox-print scarf with my “Ferdy the Fox” sweater?

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf closeup

This was a very comfortable casual weekend look for me, with cords, sneakers, sweater, and lightweight scarf. Sam and I enjoyed a walk through Old Town Tacoma and the Job Carr Cabin Museum. Job Carr was a founding father of Tacoma, arriving in the region in November 1864 and building a cabin near the site where the replicable cabin stands today. The small museum is quite sweet, and the histories of Job Carr and his family members — especially his very independent wife! — are fascinating.

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Weather:  Sunny fall day

Where:  Lazy Saturday, walk and lunch in Old Town

What:

  • Sweater:  J.Crew Factory, last fall
  • Scarf:  Thrifted in Portland boutique, this past summer
  • Corduroy jeans:  Fashion-swapped, last fall
  • Sneakers:  Fashion-swapped, old

fox sweater in tan  //  fox sweater in navy  //  fox sweater in orange-y red  //  similar fox-print lightweight scarf  //  very similar navy corduroy jeans  //  similar burgundy sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf collage

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Zoo casual | Light layers on a chilly summer day

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

As Sam and I wrapped up our final weeks in Portland — in amongst all the packing and buying stuff for the new home — we took the time to visit the Oregon Zoo again, to round out our membership. It happened to be a chilly summer day with off-and-on rain, a not-uncommon occurrence here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s also always colder in the mornings here, and we had an early start to the day, so I dressed in light layers.

My outfit on the blog today is definitely one of my more casual outfits, and it’s not really about style — it’s more about comfort and practicality. Some days are like that. And I wore it, so here it is.Librarian for Life + Style | Casual layers, outside the zoo at the Washington Park transit stopThe layers included a teal long-sleeved tee, my olive cargo vest, my green “Anne of Green Gables” infinity scarf, and my light grey hooded jacket. The hooded jacket was perfect for the off-and-on rain showers we had during the day. I also combined old and new by wearing my newly gifted library card socks with Skechers sneakers I’ve had for over a decade.

And even though I’m super-casual here, I’m still color-coordinating. (I am my mother’s daughter!) My teal socks tie in with my teal tee, and my light green scarf plays off my olive green cargo vest.

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my new library card socks

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual layers at the zoo

Sam also caught a shot of me gazing at the lions, below. As a Leo, I obviously have a special affinity for lions! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Gazing at the lions at the Oregon Zoo

Do you like going to the zoo? I’ve showcased several zoo outfits here on the blog throughout the years, including here, here, and here.

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Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

I continue to have the best luck in finding awesomely patterned outerwear at my favorite local resale boutique, Here We Go Again! I had spotted this teal houndstooth tweed coat on the HWGA site and popped by the nearest location to see if it was still there. Success! I tried it on and did a happy sigh. I don’t need another coat — see here for my “12 coats for Christmastime” retrospective post — but I just couldn’t resist. (Also, I got a $100 HWGA gift certificate for Christmas — thanks, Mom!)

Here I am, trying on the coat at the shop:

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on my new coat at Here We Go Again resale boutique

Although this coat is modern — it also still had the tag! — it has an awesome vintage feel, with its faux fur collar, fun patterned lining, and oversize buttons. It just feels very me, doesn’t it?

Also, HELLO to cool details like the patterned lining.

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifted coat tag and lining

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style| Closeup of my new hairstyle and thrifted coat

I love the faux fur collar, as it means I don’t have to wear a scarf! It has its own built-in scarf. 😀

The saleslady also mentioned that my hairstyle went well with the coat, hah! This is my newly trimmed hair, with slightly thicker and shorter bangs, and a darker demi-permanent rinse. My hairstylist curled the bangs slightly, which I thought gave my ’20s-style bob a little bit of a ’50s flair!

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

I didn’t plan on taking pics immediately — my outfit is obviously very casual, with my sneakers-and-jeans combo — but I couldn’t resist. I loved this coat so much that I wore it out of the store! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

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