Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Things I’m Looking Forward to This Fall {About Me}

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it never hurts to say it again, “I love sweater weather!” Fall is by far my favorite season of the year. I love snuggling up with cozy sweaters, eating comfort foods and watching my favorite TV shows. “Hell on Wheels“, anyone? But there are a few other things I’m looking forward to this Fall, some are old and some are new, either way I’m looking forward to everything that Fall has to offer:

1.  Seasonal Coffee Flavors

Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}
Oh sweet coffee! Not just the regular flavors but the seasonal ones like Salted Caramel Mocha. I’m so not a Pumpkin Spice Latte fan. Going to coffee houses to get my fix can be pretty expensive, so I searched high and wide for a recipe that I could make at home and I found one at Raves, Faves & Must Haves. ‘Cause that’s what librarians do, we find stuff.

2. New Boots

Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite pair of boots finally kicked the bucket. I adored those boots. I wore them with everything ~ skirts, dresses, jeans, etc. I even wore them after the uppers started to crack and the layers started to peel. I drew the line, however, when water started seeping through the cracks and getting my feet wet. So now the search is on for the perfect replacement…

3. Feathering the Nest

Globe {Living Outside the Stacks}

Since moving to Missouri, the hubs and I have discovered that we enjoy antiquing and checking out second hand shops. In fact, every weekend for the past few weeks, he and I have gotten up bright and early to check out some of the local shops. We enjoy finding pieces that will will fit into our new home. I’ll show you more of our purchases in a later post, a little hint: that globe was our latest purchase.

What are you looking forward to this Fall?


New Family Member {This or That Thursday}

A few weeks ago, our beloved dog, Squeekerz, ran away from home. To say the kids and I were devastated would be an understatement. For days, the kids and I would go outside calling his name, every time I drove to work, I’d look out my window to see if I saw him roaming the streets, we contacted every animal shelter in the area and posted his pictures all over the web and the local newspapers. No dog had ever been more sought after…

Squeekerz {Living Outside the Stacks}

My parents, didn’t want to replace Squeekerz, but they thought refocusing our attention would ease the pain. So they brought us a present…

Junior {Living Outside the Stacks}

Junior is a feisty little Chihuahua who hasn’t given us a moment’s peace since his arrival. He jumps, he steals, he runs circles around us but, mostly, he makes us laugh…

Junior and Squeekerz {Living Outside the Stacks}

Junior and Squeekerz {Living Outside the Stacks}

And gets on Squeekerz’s nerves.

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What I Wore Monday

Earlier this week, my friend Keisa,  leanlibrarian on Instagramchallenged me to ditch my sweats and flip flops in favor of actual clothing, to include makeup and combed hair. Even on days when I don’t plan to leave the house. You may think, oh that’s not so difficult but it is… I’m one of those girls who only does the hair and makeup thing if I’m leaving the house. Otherwise, it’s sweats, oversized tee, flip flops and what the hubs affectionately calls a “nub” but I call a “messy bun”. He really has issues with just about any hairstyle that requires a hair tie. When I’m in the mood to get him going, it’s really kinda funny to see how many pony tails I can create to provoke

Back of Hair {Living Outside the Stacks}

Anyway, Keisa and I have been holding each other accountable on Instagram, using the hashtags #nomorefrump and #nomorefrumpymom, if you’d like to join us, we’d love to have you. It really is a lot of fun sharing ideas, encouraging each other and just talking about how to mix and match different things.

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}

As you can tell, my style is somewhat eclectic. I’m almost certain it’s a result of growing up overseas. I also firmly believe that things do not have to match, they just have to go together.  Hmmmm….what is up with my weird expression? Maybe it had something to do with my photographer?

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}

Floral Hair Pins ~ Dollar General

Necklace, Cardi and Blouse ~ Target

Skinny Jeans ~ Walmart

Bag ~ Maxx New York, QVC

Boots ~ Delia’s

What I Wore Tuesday

On Tuesday I stepped way out of my comfort zone and wore a denim shirt that’s been hanging in my closet since the beginning of summer.

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

It was on sale and I’d seen a ton of cute denim shirts on Pinterest and thought I could pull it off but when the time came I chickened out. But this week, I decided to throw caution to the wind and the shirt a try.

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think I pulled it off. I also tucked my shirt in. gasp And wore a belt. double gasp My waist isn’t quite what I want it to be so I try not to emphasize it too much but, again, I think I pulled it off.

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

Denim Shirt, Ribbed tank, Necklace ~ Target

Belt ~ Thrifted

Corduroy Pants ~ Kmart

What fashion risk did you take this week?

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