Four days of Portland sight-seeing

Our eldest nephew, who is 12-going-on-13, recently came to Portland to visit — his first flight, and all by himself! — and we had such a good time traveling together around the region and getting to show off some local sights and eats with him. Here’s a quick round-up of the visit — think of it like a mini-travelogue, as it combined a vacation for our nephew, Aidan, and a staycation for us. ;)

Before his visit, my husband had put together a list of possible activities. At the end of each day, we then went over the list, and Aidan got to choose what he wanted to do the next day. We also traded turns to pick what restaurant, or kind of food, we were in the mood to eat each day.

Day 1

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Four days of Portland sight-seeing

Our first full day involved a morning of disc golf (for the boys) and the finishing of library systems training (for me). We then spent the rest of the day at Oaks Amusement Park, which included rides (Sam and I had to take turns on the rides, as our tummies and aching bodies needed rests inbetween!), roller skating (it has been over 20 years since I strapped on roller skates!), the century-old carousel, and miniature golf. We had lunch at Old Town Pizza and dinner at one of our favorite local spots, Russell Street BBQ.

And just look at those major pattern-mixing skills of our nephew! Dude is sartorially fearless! :)

Day 2

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Four days of Portland sight-seeing

The next day was more low-key (Sam and I were still recovering from Oaks Park!), as we spent the morning at the college where my husband is teaching a summer class. We then hit downtown Portland, and OF COURSE had to stop by Voodoo Doughnut. It is a Portland rite of passage! While waiting for the bus, we all took turns swapping sunglasses, and Aidan proved that he can wear any shape of shades and still look cool! 8-)

FYI, we had dinner at Cha Cha Cha, a local chain of traditional Mexican food. And on our way back across the river, we came upon a neighborhood street party and concert!

Day 3

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Four days of Portland sight-seeing

Sam and I have been wanting to visit the Portland Children’s Museum for quite some time — you have to have a kid to get in! — so WE were the ones dragging our nephew to check it out. He was good-natured about it, and my husband especially had a blast! There were themed rooms, including a treehouse room and a mass transit room (hence the goofy pic of me by the miniature bus stop). The best part of the Children’s Museum was the outdoor area, which included a mural, a miniature waterfall, a maze, and dwelling-like twig sculptures that reminded me of the shapes in Spike Jonze’s 2009 adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, as seen here.

I also enjoyed that Sam and Aidan were mirroring plaid patterns. :)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Four days of Portland sight-seeing

The rest of the day included the Oregon Zoo — we’re members, woo-hoo for free entertainment! — which is right near the Children’s Museum. Aidan bought a zebra face mask, which we all took turns wearing (and scaring others). My husband and nephew then enjoyed a boys’ night out at the drive-in movie theatre in nearby Newberg.

Day 4

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Four days of Portland sight-seeing

On our nephew’s final full day in Portland, we enjoyed the traditional Saturday brunch at Bridges Cafe (yum) and then set out for some of the area’s natural wonders. Our first stop was the view atop Larch Mountain — Mt. Hood was gloriously clear! — as well as sights along the Historical Columbia River Highway, including the Vista House, Horsetail Falls, and of course, Multnomah Falls. On our way back, we then stopped for dinner of buffalo wings (they also have vegetarian-friendly options) at Fire on the Mountain.

We had a LOT more on our possible to-do list, but as Aidan’s shirt proclaims above, what we were able to do was “money well spent.” :D It was a great visit! And please feel free to share sight-seeing tips of you own and/or other great places you’d like to see on a trip to Portland.

Happy Friday!

Wedges + work casual

Day 2 of library systems training! The theme of this summer so far has been “casual work-related attire,” hasn’t it? Soon, I promise, I will ACTUALLY be on vacation.

Continuing the wedges theme from Day 1, I broke out my navy-and-green Old Navy wedges. Yes, my new “wedge friend” and I continued to wax rhapsodic about wedges, particularly in sandal form. And if that sentence sounds odd — and I agree, it does! — then you need to read yesterday’s post for context. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Wedges + work casual
I also just realized while putting this post together that I am wearing head-to-toe Old Navy! Too funny! And yes, I am doing the dress-as-skirt trick again. :)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Wedges + work casual

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Wedges + work casual

Details:  Blue gingham shirt:  Old Navy, gift-carded spring 2012  /  Blue dress:  Old Navy, gift-carded last spring  /  Navy-and-green wedge sandals:  Old Navy, gift-carded summer 2012  /  Pearl cluster earrings:  Old Navy, gift-carded last fall

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Wedges + work casual

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Wedges + work casual

Link ups:  Spotlight Weekly  /  Summer Style  /  Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday  /  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Passion for Fashion  /  Fashion Friday

Hot pink + floral

I still have some slots open to showcase different style perspectives on my blog while I’m on vacation in August… read all the details here and send me an email if you’re interested! Bloggers and non-bloggers welcome to share! :)

I obviously have had florals on the brain lately! I wore this outfit to a library systems certification training before I chose my latest SIA inspiration piece — original challenge post here, my interpretation post, and here for the SIA round-up post — but it totally would have worked for the challenge as well, right?

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Hot pink + floral

How did this outfit start? I really wanted to wear these hot pink wedges. Simple as that. And this abstract floral print peplum vest/top is the print that keeps on giving, as I’ve paired it in the past with black, mint, teal, and pink. What makes the shoes make sense with this outfit, however, is the addition of the hot pink skinny belt. I almost didn’t wear the belt, but it really does tie it all together.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Hot pink + floral

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Hot pink + floral

Details:  Floral peplum top:  Philip Lim for Target, last fall  /  Tan ankle pants:  Macy’s, gift-carded winter 2013  /  Pink skinny belt:  Kohl’s, gift-carded spring 2012  /  Pink wedges:  Payless, gift from my mom, old  /  Tan-and-black tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, winter 2013  /  Pale pink earrings:  Made by friend in Wisconsin, old

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Hot pink + floral

I got sooooo many compliments on these wedges at the librarian training. I struck up a conversation with one librarian — who was also wearing her own kick-ass pair of wedges, which had tan-and-navy stripes — about wedges and the best places to shop for them. Afterward, she started calling me her “wedge friend.” :)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Hot pink + floral

I also brought along my denim jacket in case it got cold at the venue. (It did.) And I am nothing if not thorough — and prepared. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Hot pink + floral

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Hot pink + floral

Link ups:  What I Wore Wednesday  /  I Feel Pretty

SIA: Floral beauties

Anyone interested in helping feed and water my blog while I’m away in August? Read all the details here and send me an email if you’re interested! :)

Woo-hoo, my turn to showcase the round-up for Style Imitating Art (SIA)! Once more, the inspiration painting I chose for this week’s style challenge:

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). Pot of Geraniums, 1912. Oil on linen.

First up, once again, is my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie Debner, who looks so pretty and fresh in her celery green cardigan and floral skirt. I love the abstract nature of this print — it’s like flowers and fireworks at the same time! I took these photos when she stopped by the house one day, and we thought the white garage door in the background gave a nice horizontal echo to the steps in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Floral beauties

Next is another local librarian, Diane — a first-time SIA participant! — who I met up with again recently at a library instruction conference. She looked cool and casual in her bloom-worthy t-shirt and greyish-blue capris. My phone didn’t get a great close-up of her earrings, which were also floral, but you can click the second image below for a better look at them.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Floral beauties

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Floral beauties

Next up is SIA co-host and co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey. She put together an outfit from what she packed for vacation — I am massively impressed she participated while traveling! And the pink sweater, floral scarf, and orange bag she packed are absolutely perfect for the inspiration painting. And make sure you click below to visit her outfit post, which includes more photos and close-ups.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Floral beauties

Next is my friend Erin @ Loop Looks, who “accidentally” participated by adding some kick-ass pink heels to her green + navy work combo. I love how Erin’s outfit ends at the pink color in the shoes, turning the inspiration painting on its (floral) head. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Floral beauties

Next is Stacey from Whimsical Preppy, who is retro fabulous in her plaid floral skirt, vivid green top, and flower necklace. Be sure to check out her post for close-up pics!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Floral beauties

Finally, my interpretation. The timing worked out perfectly to wear my new orange floral dress! You can see more details of my outfit in yesterday’s post.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Orange floral

Quite a variety of prints and bright colors in this small-but-beautiful round-up. Thanks again, ladies!

For the next SIA challenge, be sure to visit Jess @ Animated Cardigan, next Monday, August 4.

SIA: Orange floral

I’m still gathering guest posts for August while we’re away on vacation… read all the details here and send me an email if you’re interested! Bloggers and non-bloggers welcome to contribute. :)

It was my turn to curate the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge again, and now it’s time to reveal my interpretation. (And there’s still time to participate in SIA! Just send me a picture of an outfit inspired by this painting by tonight, July 28,10 pm PST, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, and I will post an SIA round-up tomorrow morning. Both bloggers and non-bloggers welcome!)

But first, another look at the inspiration, Henri Matisse’s “Pot of Geraniums” (1912).

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). Pot of Geraniums, 1912. Oil on linen.

It wasn’t until I put together Friday’s budgeting bloggers post that I realized that my new orange floral dress was PERFECT for this challenge. I swear, that did NOT go through my head when I bought the dress — I do not buy new clothing just for style challenges. For one thing, I could never afford it, and for another, I enjoy remixing pieces from my wardrobe in different ways.

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  SIA:  Orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Orange floral

This time, I remixed my vintage wicker purse and denim peep-toes with my new orange floral dress. I wore this outfit last week to a librarian conference reception.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Orange floral

Details:  Orange floral dress:  Loco Lindo, thrifted this month  / Denim peep-toe wedges:  Payless, old  /  Wicker purse:  Vintage, art fair in Chicago, 2007  /  Rosebud earrings:  c/o Pacific NW Blogger Party gift bag, last fall  /  Turquoise stud earrings:  Local boutique, spring 2013

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Orange floral

I felt so pretty in this dress! We had on-and-off rain that day, hence the umbrella — at least the colors went with my dress. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Orange floral

I kept the jewelry minimal, given the bright and oversized floral pattern of the dress. I paired two stud earrings together:  one pair turquoise and the other pale rosebuds.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Orange floral

And obviously, I like to pair this vintage wicker-and-Bakelite purse with patterns!

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Mixing wicker + pattern

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Link ups:  Mix It Mondays  /  Monday Mingle  /  Monday Bloom  /  On the Daily Express  /  More Pieces of Me  /  Sophisticated Style  /  Style to Inspire  /  Thrifters Anonymous  /  How I Summer  /  Wardrobe Wednesday  /  Look What I Got