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Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Dress Over Jeans for Work

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let’s give it up for jobs that don’t have dress codes! When I first re~entered the work force, I remember wanting a job that required business casual attire: skirt, hose, and pumps. It made me feel all grown up, you know, after years of wearing nothing but oversized tees, scrunchies, and sweat pants. Hey, it was the early 90s, we didn’t have all of these lovely blogger ladies encouraging us to shower get dressed. Now that I’ve been in the field a while and I’ve become more comfortable in my skin, I enjoy being able to express myself through my clothing.

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

My job consists of a lot of desk duty and paperwork, so there are very few real opportunities for creativity. So on days when I’m fairly certain I won’t be doing anything weird like climbing on furniture, it happens, I like to do interesting things with my clothing.

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of my favorite things to wear is a dress over jeans. I’ve mentioned before that I struggle with dresses. Sometimes I think they’re too short or too shapeless or too something for them to be worn on their own so I add jeans and call it a day. For work, I had my cardi buttoned because that’s a whole lotta shoulder to be showing in the library, ya know? The funny thing is that my 18~year~old daughter now rocks a very similar look. Hmmmm, come to think of it, maybe she should change her style. I’ve been wearing this look waaaay longer so I shouldn’t have to change just because an 18~year~old and I are dressing alike, right? As I was saying, she wears a similar look except she prefers jeggings and boots, which look absolutely adorbs on her. You’ll just have to take my word for it, she’s so not a picture person.

Do you have a “go to” outfit for work? What is it?

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.
Daenel T

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Coffee Photography: VSCO Cam

Coffee and Bling {livingoutsidethestacks.vsco.co}

When Instagram announced that they were releasing an app for Android, I cried tears of joy and patiently waited for it to become available. And as soon as it was, I downloaded it and started snapping pictures. I was in filter paradise.

Over time, Instagram has gone from a place to share photos and create stunning images, to a space where friends meet to share the every day with some beautiful images in the mix. I’m not complaining. I enjoy seeing my friends’ kids with messy faces, it makes me feel like I’m a part of their lives.

During the time that I’ve been on Instagram, I’ve noticed something about myself: I post a lot of coffee pictures. I mean, a lot. But I want my Instagram feed to be more than just coffee pictures, I want it to be a way to connect with my friends.

So I’ve decided to create an account focused strictly on my coffee pictures. This account is located at VSCO Cam. I like that VSCO Cam is streamlined and uncluttered by comments, likes, and smiley faces. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just want something that’s more gallery style, that’s more artist/photograph centered. I also think this will provide me with a greater creative outlet for my coffee photos. If you’d like to check out my coffee pictures, visit my grid at livingoutsidethestacks.vsco.co.

This doesn’t meant that I’m giving up on Instagram. Not on your life. I’ll just be using it as a way to document my daily life.

If you’re on Instagram or VSCO Cam, please give me a shout out and leave a link to your account in the comments.

Cheers,

Daenel T

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Happy Fist Bump Friday: Run for God, Week 1

#FistBumpFriday {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

This week I’m happy that Miss 17 and I completed Week 1 of Run for God, a 5K training program with a Jesus focused theme. We’re all kinds of excited about crossing that finish line in 12 weeks. If you’d like to cheer us on, you can follow us on Instagram. I’m @4daenelt and we’re using the hashtag #TeamLOTS.

Want to know more about why we chose Run for God? Click here.

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

Daenel T

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Eclectic Outfit: Cardi, Top, and Thrifted Skirt

Gray Cardi, Cream Shirt, Brown Skirt, Black Tights, and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sometimes I dress like I still live in Europe ~ an eclectic mix of styles: bohemian, modern, ethnic, and vintage inspired. Everything just mashed together to create me.

Gray Cardi, Cream Shirt, Brown Skirt, Black Tights, and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

When I was a teenager, I thought I was the black version of “Andie Walsh” in Pretty in Pink. I just knew that some day, some totally hot guy would look at me and my interesting style and think, yeah, I dig her. Turns out real life high school guys aren’t as romantic as movie screen high school guys. Go figure…

Gray Cardi, Cream Shirt, Brown Skirt, Black Tights, and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

And speaking of old movies that take us back, isn’t it funny to think of Molly Ringwald and the gang as parents? I mean, I know we’ve all grown up, married, had kids, etc. but doesn’t it seem like they should still be in high school? I don’t want to think of The Breakfast Club as The Metamucil Club. I don’t want to know that they’re dealing with male pattern baldness and menopause… I want them to still be sliding across the floor in their tidy whities and Raybans.

What movie sums up your teen years? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I’d love to visit but Disqus doesn’t make finding blog links very easy. Thank you!

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Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.
Daenel T

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Walking on Tucker Blvd

Tucker Blvd {Living Outside the Stacks}

When I was a little girl, the one thing I wanted more than anything was one of those personalized license plates that I saw in stores. Actually, I wanted anything that was personalized but that was never gonna happen. My name is Daenel. Not a very common name.

So now whenever I see some variation of my name, I have to take a picture.

When you were a kid, did your parents buy personalized items for you? Or do you have an, ahem, creative name too?

Daenel T

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