Friday, March 23, 2018

Contrasts and Variety

We did this photo shoot last weekend at the University of Washington in Tacoma. It's a beautiful campus nestled in the hills of Tacoma right in the heart of the city, from where you can see Commencement Bay and the Port of Tacoma, and take a short walk to the three museums across the street - Washington State History Museum, Museum of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum.

Tacoma Art Museum (note the view of the port seen through the architectural arch)

The UW Tacoma was opened in 1990 as one of three campuses of the University of Washington, the biggest and oldest one being in Seattle (founded in 1861, it's one of the oldest universities on the West Coast), and the third campus located in Bothell, WA. The UW Tacoma moved to its permanent campus in 1997. As you can see, it's a combination of historic and modern buildings, and I really think that the urban planners and architects did an amazing job. The campus works as its own complex, while also being an integral part of the city as a whole, which is most probably not an easy task to accomplish in such an old, established city as Tacoma.

My outfit that day contained of all familiar things, the one exception being this beautiful pair of vintage earrings which I found at Goodwill for $2.99. The scarf in aboriginal print is also genuine vintage, you can see all the details of its fun pattern and colors in my old MARCH 2015 post. I was pleasantly surprised to be complimented on this outfit a couple of times while we had lunch in a cafe, before we headed to the campus.

The rest of the outfit should be familiar to my long time readers and friends. The blouse is thrifted, by Urban Outfitters, made from the dead stock vintage fabric, and I adore it (also shown in APRIL 2014MAY 2014SEPTEMBER 2014MARCH 2015). The orange fake leather moto jacket was seen in APRIL 2017, and the yellow skirt was worn too many times to mention, most recently in  the popular post COOL AS A CUKE, JANUARY 2018.

I just love that from the top of the stairs (not the highest top of the hill, but the highest point of the campus), you can see layers and layers of what makes Tacoma the beautiful port city that it is. From here, you can see the main street, Pacific Avenue, with the arch of the Washington History Museum which echoes the shape of the grand historic Union Station opened in 1911 (Wiki article), Museum of Glass, Port of Tacoma, waters of Commencement Bay, green tops of Indian Hill (which is the highest hill in Tacoma and also our home) and the Cascade Mountains with their snowy peaks. I think that geography has the ability to influence our way of thinking - how can such a stunning and complicated perspective not impact the way we view the world, with all its wide variety and at times mind-blowing contrasts? Which makes it a pretty perfect location for a school, the purpose of which is broadening students' perspective, doesn't it?

The view of Washington History Museum and Museum of Glass

All items remixed from my closet.

You might enjoy similar posts:

Another photo shoot at the UW Tacoma HERE (December 2014).
Another beautiful campus in Tacoma, University of Puget Sound, HERE (February 2017).

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  1. this is a yummy outfit!! no wonder you got compliments!
    and i love your musings about landscape influencing our mind.....yes! and it makes a difference too if you SEE that landscape much time of the day or if you just live/work in houses and narrow streets without a view. did you ever look in the eyes of a native nomad?
    much love my dear!! xxxxxx

    1. Thank you, Beatushka! I must admit, I haven't seen the eyes of a nomad. But I can imagine it's a powerful experience!

  2. You're like a breath of warm Summer air in your gorgeous outfit. I've been looking for a skirt in that exact, delicious shade of yellow, and yours is just perfect in shape and length as well, Then there's the orange jacket, and the additional colour pop added by your bag. I love the view from the top of the stairs, with all those layers eventually leading the eye to the magnificent arch and the mountains beyond. And how unexpected to see the port through the arch of the museum, almost like looking through a window! Lots of love <3<3<3

    1. I too love how the city architects used arches in this part of town to emphasize the beauty of the natural surroundings, it's brilliant. I am glad you appreciated it too! I hope your golden skirt will find you soon!

  3. Thank you for this walk with you :)
    I love these warm colours, you look stunning Natalia. Huge hug Tina

  4. Our University where Cris works is similar in its separateness. It even has its own postcode.
    We have some architectural interest too. That also would broaden students' minds.
    You must have blazed a trail through your day as the all warming sun in your sunset outfit! I love your green bag complementing it.
    xo Jazzy Jack

    1. You said it so poetically, dear Jazzy Jack! Yes, architectural beauty also counts! I dream about living in a very old place with beautiful architecture... maybe some day!

  5. Dearest Natalia,
    why was my fist thought "Lady Sunshine" when I saw you with this outfit? ;-) The sunny colors are so eycathing, heartwarming and so soothing, they are both, spring and summer together! You see: I love this outfit and it's great to see you in between all this (interesting) architecture: you are a shimmer of colorful nature in it! ;-))
    Hugs from here,

    1. Thank you so much, dearest Traude! You are so very kind!

  6. Ślicznie wyglądasz:))takie piękne kolory przywołują wiosnę:))Pozdrawiam serdecznie:))))

  7. Indian Hill is beautiful! What a wonderful vista.
    I love these zingy Spring colours on you, they're so joyful! x