Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Feeling Flirty Over Forty

Old Navy Dress Over Jeans with Sseko Sandals and Sloan and Themis Earrings{Living Outside the Stacks}

You guys, this is it! My last week of freedom before I start working again. I can’t lie, I’m both excited and nervous. I’m excited because, well, new place and new co-workers. And I’m nervous because new place and new co-workers. Make sense? Oh, I guess I should tell you where I’ll be working, huh? I’m going to be the Electronic Resources Librarian at Darton State College.

I’ve spent the last 6 weeks getting to know the area, setting up the house, and simply relaxing. It’s been nice. I’ve found that I’m much more relaxed since moving here. I don’t know if it’s the heat, being in the South, or what but I’m so <insert angelic choir voice here>. I’ve also discovered that I have a flirty side. I’m 42 years old and I’m just discovering that I have a flirty side.

When I’ve worn this look before, I’ve always topped it off with a cardi because I’ve felt I was a bit too, I don’t know, not quite young enough to go without some sort of cover up. Boy, was I wrong.

I’ve found that since moving here, I’ve been experimenting not just with my hair and clothes but with my makeup as well. I’m wearing brighter colors on my lips {this particular shade is “Fuchsia with Blue Pearl” by Wet N Wild. I have “Crushed” by Sally Hansen on my toes. Who is this woman?

Maybe this new found freedom is because I spent so many years dressing as a mom, that I forgot how to dress for The Hubs and myself. Because, trust me, he’s totally digging this new me.

Old Navy Dress Over Jeans with Sseko Sandals and Sloan and Themis Earrings{Living Outside the Stacks}

Old Navy Dress Over Jeans with Sseko Sandals and Sloan and Themis Earrings{Living Outside the Stacks}

Old Navy Dress Over Jeans with Sseko Sandals and Sloan and Themis Earrings{Living Outside the Stacks}

Earrings – Sloan + Themis

Fitness Tracker – Fitbit

Bracelet – Annie Laurie’s Antiques

Dress – Old Navy {similar}

Jeans – Kmart

Sandals – Sseko

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On My Mind

Vintage Globe {Living Outside the Stacks}

Nikon D3100 | Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens | ISO 100 | f/1.8 | 1/160 ss

Here are some of the things that are on my mind:

  • We had company the other night and I made Chicken Florentine Lasagna using this recipe by The Cozy Apron. It was so very good. It was the first time I’ve ever made it. Everyone kept saying I was brave to try something new with company. It was worth the risk.
  • I’m thinking about joining a gym. I’m just not sure if I should do it now or wait until after I start work and get into the groove. My fear is that if I wait I won’t do it.
  • I really want some seafood. Like true blue so authentic I can taste the oil from the last oil spill seafood. I have no idea where to go for this.
  • It seems that food is on my mind… I know I think about other things.
  • Sometimes The Hubs asks me what I’m thinking about because of the faces I make and I tell him “Nothing”. Sometimes so many thoughts go through my mind that I can’t even keep track. Other times my mind really is a complete blank.
  • I enjoyed seeing all the pictures of everyone with their fathers yesterday. Father’s Day is always bitter sweet for me. My birth father passed away, so there is no calling or saying “I love you”. But then I remember all the wonderful men who stepped in and filled that gap and I know that I’m loved.
  • I don’t understand why people want to give the Emanuel AME Church shooter a pass. He is not mentally ill. He is not a kid. He was not targeting those folks because of their religious beliefs. He knew exactly what he was going to do when he walked into that church and he knew exactly what he did when he walked out of that church. He was sane enough to go into a place where he knew the people would be unarmed and unable to protect themselves. He did not walk into the hood or go up to a group of black guys.

What’s on your mind? Share in the comments and let’s talk!

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Week 24: Food {#OurProject52}

I am so not a food photographer. I see the photos that others have taken and I literally want to lick the screen/monitor/window/whatever. I see pictures that I take and I think what the heck?

Dinner {Living Outside the Stacks}  #OurProject52

Nikon D3100 | Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens | ISO 356 | f/1.8 | 1/20 ss

This was dinner from a couple of nights ago. I mostly wanted the sweet potato casserole, but the family felt that protein and vegetable were necessary.

Eggs {Living Outside the Stacks}  #OurProject52

Nikon D3100 | Nikon 18-55mm f/5.6 lens | ISO 900 | f/5.6 | 1/200 ss

I went to the archives for this shot because, well, it was just so fun and creative. I actually took the photograph for challenge that I’m participating in on Instagram, but I didn’t want to take a picture of eggs. I wanted to take a picture of eggs. Make sense?

Food {Living Outside the Stacks}  #OurProject52

This photo is also from the archives. The Strawberries and Creme Pie from McDonald’s is my kryptonite. I don’t care what anyone says, those things are delish. So is the Peaches and Creme but they don’t sell that one as often…

Happy Clicking,

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How to Dress Like a TV Personality

Black Maxi Dress and Gold Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Alright, I think I’m just gonna let The Hubs start picking out my clothes. This is another dress that he hit out of the park {you can see the other dress he picked out by clicking here}. We were watching “Fixer Upper” ~ have you seen that show? I would totally hand over the keys to my house to Chip and Joanna and give them free reign ~ and Joanna had on a pretty black maxi dress and The Hubs said, “You’d look nice in something like that.” I nodded and smiled. Did this man just give me permission to shop? I do believe he did.

Black Maxi Dress and Gold Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

I checked out a couple of our local stores and none of them had what I was looking for: a black maxi with a “V” neck {I find they’re more flattering on me} and thick enough straps that I can, ummm, support the girls {that is an absolute must, I’m waaaaay past the bra~less days and strapless always migrate to that space between the rolls in my belly}. So I decided to check one of my go-tos for hard to find pieces: EVINE Live {the other two are QVC and HSN ~ kid you not, these are great places to shop if you want something that not everyone and their mother will be wearing}. And, lo and behold, there it was!

Black Maxi Dress and Gold Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Maxi Dress and Gold Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

I paired the dress with my Sseko Sandals and added the gold straps for a little splash of color. This was just the right outfit for a little Saturday errand running with The Hubs. I felt so glamorous and sexy and beautiful without being overdone.

Black Maxi Dress and Gold Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Dress: Kate & Mallory from EVINE Live

Bangles: Target

Sandals: Sseko Designs

Do you ever watch TV and find you’re paying more attention to the clothes than the show? Have you ever tried to shop a show?

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On My Mind

Do you remember when I used to write a post called “Coffee Talk“? I kinda miss it. It was an opportunity to talk about random things and get to know each other. So, I decided to bring it back, just in a different version…

Magnolia Blossom {Living Outside the Stacks}

Nikon D3100 | Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G lens | ISO 100 | f/5| 1/800 ss

  • I’m kind of ready to start work but I want to enjoy the rest of my break because once work starts, it won’t end again for a while. I get that way. I can’t wait to go on break or vacation, then about 3 days in, I’m like alright time to go back!
  • What’s the deal with that Rachel Dolezal chick? I know some people think what she did was harmless, but I can’t help but to wonder how many opportunities she took away from real women of color? And, if the stories about her filing false reports of harassment due to race are true, she needs to face the consequences.
  • My daughter, who’s still in Missouri, and I’m wondering if she’s OK. I know she is but, still, I worry. This is the first time we’ve ever been this far apart and for this long. I’ve been sending her messages on how to make quick, easy and CHEAP meals. My biggest hint: chicken goes with everything.
  • I need some area rugs for the kitchen nook, the living room, and the dining room. I absolutely love our hardwood floors and I want to keep them pristine. That’s why I want to cover them up.
  • I read this opinion piece about how people dress too casually for church and, yes, I have to agree. Dressing for church shows respect for the place {the house of God} as well as for your fellow church members. I remember when the mothers of the church used to put hankies on ladies’ laps if their skirts were too short…
  • When you were elementary school did you have to do a family tree? I did, and I had so much fun with the assignment. I’ve recently started digging into the family history and was able to find a copy of my grandparents’ marriage license on Ancestry.com. Such a very cool thing to see.

What’s on your mind? Share in the comments and let’s talk!

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