31st Jan2013

A Quote About Shoes {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know I’ve mentioned that I’m doing the 365 Project: 2013 Edition but did I mention that I’m also doing the 52 Week Project: 2013 Edition? I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. I didn’t even come close to finishing last year but this year will be different. This year I’m celebrating my 40th year of life by documenting life.

Anyway, last week’s theme was “Quote”. So I shared my favorite quote with a pair of my favorite shoes (A gift from my mother. I know, right?) This photo wasn’t my original intent but I’m more than thrilled with the final outcome. And it sums up how I feel about shoes perfectly.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday. I just read that Deb will no longer be hosting This or That Thursday as she starts to focus more on her scrapbooking business. I’m so excited for her and if you haven’t checked out her scrapping, you really should. I will continue to share my favorite photo from the previous week’s 365 Project or 52 Week Project right here every Thursday. I hope you’ll continue to join me.

29th Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

I’m sitting here in my living room watching the news, we’ve been under a tornado watch for the last 45 minutes or so. Still such a surreal feeling. I keep texting my staff at the library to see if they’re OK. I’m sure I’m getting on their nerves. But I worry. I told them that when they started working with me. So far everything is OK on our end; a lot of wind and rain with a bit of lightning. I can handle this…

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

The weather has been rather bipolar lately. Last week it was freeeeezing, like in the 30s. This week we had two days where it was almost 70°. Seriously, what is this? Yesterday I was complaining because it was cold and dreary and tired of winter, well, I don’t want it flip flopping either. Silly humans, we just can’t be satisfied.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

This faux fur vest is absolutely perfect for the crazy weather we’re having. I still haven’t quite figured out how to style it though. I see ladies wearing these vests with turtle necks and dresses, both of which I’ve tried with varying degrees of success. At first, I thought I was too ummmm, how should I say this too round to wear a faux fur vest. That’s also why I’ve mostly avoided animal prints, I have no desire to look like I should have a target on my heiny. But with ahem age comes wisdom and confidence. So I’ll be adding the faux fur vest into the rotation.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Paired with these Sofia Vergara jeans have I mentioned how much I heart these jeans I think it all has a kinda retro hippie chic vibe that is so me.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you own any faux fur pieces? How do you style them?

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28th Jan2013

Tired {About Me}

by Daenel

DSC_1108 TwentyFour

I don’t know if it’s the blah weather or what, but I haven’t been sleeping well. I know, I know, people say it’s all the coffee I drink but it’s something more than that… I think it’s the winter blues. There’s just a general feeling of “I don’t wanna” as in “I don’t wanna get out of bed”, “I don’t wanna go to work”, “I don’t wanna do anything”, etc. It’s hard to feel all energetic and bouncy when you’re facing cold temps and gray skies.

I’m ready for spring. I want to see color. I need to feel the warmth of the sun. I want to smell the fresh air. It’s time.

How about you, are you ready for Spring? What are you most looking forward to doing?

25th Jan2013

Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Did you hear about the Houston waiter who refused to serve a family because they asked to be moved away from a family who had a child with Down syndrome? The father reportedly said “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else.” It takes a special kind of idiot to be that insensitive towards a child, any child. The waiter overheard the comment and told the customer that he would be unable to serve them. Fist bump for the waiter because he lost a tip on that one (I’m guessing the family weren’t big tippers though just from the butt headedness displayed, so he may not have lost much). Now, I’ve been out and about and come across some unruly children, in fact, I’ve even left stores because children were just so obnoxious that I couldn’t deal. But from what I gather, this child was just chattering but not misbehaving. I think what the waiter did was pretty cool and I’m glad he didn’t lose his job over it. I do hope, however, that the family learned a little lesson on tolerance.

2. I don’t dislike children and, goodness knows, I heart puppies but if I see one more Facebook post that says some kid is gonna get a puppy if he or she gets a bazillion likes, I’m gonna scream. Getting Facebook likes is not a reason to get a puppy. Puppies are living things that require a lot of work and a lot of patience. And, much like kids, they don’t stay cute and cuddly forever. They grow up, get sick, poop on the floor, and act like two~year~olds forever. Y’all, please stop encouraging all of these “I’ll get this for so many likes” posts.

3. I hope you’re not eating right now. If you are, I’ll wait… I have two totally disgusting pieces of “art” to tell you about but before I do, I wanna know WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO’RE BUYING THIS STUFF? AND IF YOU REALLY JUST NEED TO GET RID OF YOUR MONEY, GIVE IT TO ME! OK, now that that’s out of my system… A “designer” had a piece of his own skin surgically removed and mounted on a $500,ooo 24~karat gold band. You can see it here, if you’re so inclined. Another designer has started creating jewelry from finger and toe nail clippings. It’s called “Human Ivory”. You can see it here, if you’re so inclined. When you first see it, it kinda looks like shells or something and then you realize, it’s human “scales”. I just threw up in my mouth. A lot.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

24th Jan2013

The Alley {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Alley {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition is “Tilt Shift”. I’m still fighting a lingering cough from my bout with the flu and bronchitis. For those of you keeping count, this is week 3 ofThe Plague“. So going outside in 2o and 30 degree weather just wasn’t in the cards for me this week, so most of my pictures have been re~edits from the archives. From my understanding, in order for a tilt shift to be really effective, the photographer should be looking down on a scenic landscape when taking the picture. So that’ll be my goal in the near future, find a high point with lots of color and snap a picture. I think tilt shift could be a lot of fun and lead to some interesting photos. You can see the rest of my images from the 365 Project: 2013 Edition by clicking here.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday.

23rd Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought Dang, I look cute? Yes? Well, that’s how I felt all day Friday. I got up to go to work and I just felt like wearing something bright and cheery but relatively warm. Dude, I am so over these freezing cold temps. I know it’s winter and everything but seriously? We can’t have temps in the 60s? So anyway, I started fumbling around in my drawers and I found the citron tee and was like JACKPOT!

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

And let me tell ya something, when you know you look cute, it makes even the little buggeries easier to tolerate. I’m starting to think there may be something to Abbyleigh’s motto: “Dress for the day you want to have, not the one that’s trying to have you.”

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know it sounds kinda superficial but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being confident, squaring your shoulders, and facing the day.

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

And it doesn’t hurt that that absolutely adorable sweater only set me back $6! I’m telling you, I absolutely love our Goodwill. I never thought I’d ever say that… I remember having to shop there as a kid and hating it, now my girls are all “Mom, next time you go to the thrift store, take us with you!” My how things have changed.

Do your clothes affect your mood?

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22nd Jan2013

The Power of the Tongue {In the Church}

by Daenel

Speak wisdom {Living Outside the Stacks}

On Sunday morning we had a guest speaker at our church named Evangelist Rodney Warren. He often speaks at our church in our pastor’s absence and I enjoy listening to him because I always learn something. Which is a good thing because, well, that’s part of the reason why we go to church, right? For the past year or so, the Lord has been dealing with me on two fronts: my temper and my mouth.

I have a pretty bad temper. Not an I’ll cuss you out or cut you kinda temper but an I will verbally cut you down to size and do my best to inflict as much emotional harm as possible kinda temper, which can be just as bad as cutting someone. The hubs likes to say that words are like mud against a white wall, you can wash it away but the stain remainsAnd over the years I’ve done my fair share of staining.

Anyway, as Evangelist Warren was speaking the two verses that kept bouncing around in my head were:

Ephesians 4:26

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:


Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Wow! How many times have I laid in my bed thinking of all the hurtful things I could have/should have said in response to whatever has gotten me going? How many times have I wrestled against the angry text? How many times have I thought people should be grateful we now have cell phones and I can’t call them and slam the phone down? I was the queen of the phone slam, y’all. In my anger, I was sinning because I was going to bed and waking up angry. Actually, I was going to bed, laying there, falling asleep and waking up angry. And, goodness knows, I was thinking all sorts of awful stuff. For the record, if you’re thinking it, you might as well say it….

The Bible doesn’t say don’t get angry; Jesus got angry (remember he threw the money changers out of the temple in Matthew 21:12~13) but Jesus did not sin. As Christians, we are called to be Christ like in all aspects of our life, on a daily basis. I know that I haven’t lived up to the standard that he has set for me but I’m publicly acknowledging my sin and asking for God’s grace and forgiveness. And to all of those who’ve been hurt by my words, I ask that you forgive me as well. From this day forth, I speak life, love and blessings on you and your loved ones.

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Internet Cafe Devotions ~ Word Filled Wednesdays

17th Jan2013

Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Soon after the kids started taking health and sex ed courses, we made a list of words that were banned from the house; at the top of that list was the word “moist”. shudder Over the years, the word has made it’s way into conversation, most notably at Thanksgiving dinner when my parents, sister, and her family were all gathered around the table. It was the most awkwardly funny experience ever. Anyway, I led with that so you can understand why I am truly skeeved by the thought of moisturizing jeans. ewww  Wrangler has solved a problem I didn’t even know we had: we need a spa like experience in our pants.  There’s just so much wrong with this product and, you know what, it’s another reason for people to hate Americans. Yes, I went there.

2. When did Oprah gain the power to absolve people of their sins? It irritates the living daylights out of me that celebrities think if they go before Oprah and confess all they’ll be forgiven. It also irks me that Oprah believes she has this power. But that’s a whole nother issue.

3. Come closer. A little bit closer, I have a secret to tell you… People are idiots! A Belgian woman drove 900 miles out of her way because her GPS told her to. head desk Her initial destination was a mere 90 miles away from her home. Goodness knows I’ve heard my fair share of “Recalculating” but if my GPS tells me to turn right and I see a lake or a brick wall, I don’t turn right because some clipped accent tells me to. Common sense, people! If it doesn’t feel right, pull over and ask questions. Buy a map.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

17th Jan2013

Chain Link {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Chain {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition is “Minimalism”. I’ve had a lot of fun with this particular theme because it’s challenging to focus on a single object and still try to tell a story. My inclination when trying to capture an image is to get as much into the picture as possible, this challenge has forced me to pay attention to color, detail and cropping. I’ve also tried not to do much editing, other than a bit of sharpening and, of course, cropping. You can see the rest of my images from the 365 Project: 2013 Edition by clicking here.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday.

16th Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Blue Scarf, Black Tunic, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yesterday was one of them days. You know the one you want to hurry up and end so you can go home, get into your comfy cozies, drink coffee and watch mind numbing nonsense like The Sisterhood. I honestly don’t know what was wrong with me. I kept forgetting how to do the simplest of things. My coworkers chalked up to my having been out with the flu for 10 days, I think I just needed a big ol’ cosmic do over.

Blue Scarf, Black Tunic, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Maybe I should’ve taken a cue from my outfit and played artist for the day. If it hadn’t been so cold outside I would’ve taken my camera on gone on a photo walk during my lunch. I really needed to take some time to collect myself.

Blue Scarf, Black Tunic, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think this outfit reflects my personality, it’s relaxed and easy going but intricate in its detail. Or maybe I’m just over thinking everything because I’m all caught up in my own feelings. I don’t know. It’s one of those days so that makes it one of those posts…

How do you deal when you just want to hole up with a cup of coffee and not too much else?

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15th Jan2013

Life {My Word for the Year}

by Daenel

Life {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ll be turning 40 in March, this has been a difficult thing for me to accept. Forty has always symbolized something I never wanted to be: old. please read that word with the appropriate amount of shuddering and nose crinkling I remember looking at the forty~something~year~old women of my youth and thinking they were looking at me with something that bordered on pity, mingled with contempt, and tinged with jealousy. And they looked frumpy. Looking back, I realize that was just my own youthful misperception of grown women. In reality, they weren’t paying me or my silliness any attention. As for looking dowdy, everyone in the 80s and 90s looked old compared to now; chalk it up to the heavy makeup, big hair, and thick shoulder pads. And, truth be told, that neon wasn’t helping anyone either.

In the last few weeks, as I’ve watched the news and listened to stories of  lives ended way too soon, I’ve realized something: forty is not old. Forty is a blessing; a blessing that not everyone is given. Psalm 103:15~18 {NIV} says:

(15) As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;

(16) the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

(17) But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children ~

(18) with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

So I will accept this blessing of life and the wrinkles that come with it. The grays, I may have to fight until I come across the last bottle of dye. But I want my life to be one of gratitude for the continuous gift of His eternal love, mercy, and grace. I know that He did not spare my life from premature birth, car accidents, and cancer for no reason, Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that He has plans for my life. Therefore, my vow to myself and to God is to live this life that He has blessed me with to the fullest.

2013 is the year of LIFE!

11th Jan2013

Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. It’s no secret that I absolutely positively hate birds and cats. Birds because they fly over head and are, um, inconsiderate. And cats because of that jumping thing they do. Well, I’ve found out that I’m in good company. Apparently Zach Randolph of the Grizzlies hates cats too. Fist bump, dude, they are some scary critters. He doesn’t like the scratching, I don’t like the jumping. It’s like we were separated at birth.

2. I know art is subjective buuuut…. I think this is stupid. A performance artist in China stripped down to his skivvies, hung three roasted chickens across a plank that was tied to his back and then had an art student cover his body in hickies for an hour and a half. At the end of the “performance”, she doused him in cold water. The message? That Chinese youth should “seek out the excellent genuine love and feelings of traditional China.” What the what?

3. Jerry Sandusky is requesting a new trial on the basis that his attorneys didn’t have enough time to properly prepare for the first trial. eye roll When is this man going to do the decent thing and just go away? I’m so sick and tired of child  rapists and killers turning victim after they get caught. But I’m even more annoyed by a judicial system that allows these creeps to keep wasting tax dollars by rearing their ugly little heads every now and then. Once they’ve been tried and convicted can’t they just be banished to a cave deep in the bowels of the earth never to be seen or heard from again?

4. The list of potentially life threatening weapons seems to be expanding. A Portland man was arrested this past week for trying to choke his girlfriend with his dreadlocks. blank stare The man was arrested and charged with kidnap in the second degree along with several other Domestic Violence felony crimes. Does this mean that people are going to want to legislate hair length? And, if so, I’d like to side with the people who believe hair length is a personal choice. After all, it doesn’t matter how long or short a person’s hair is, the hair only becomes dangerous when on the head in the hands of a crazy person.

So what had you scratchin’ your head this week?

10th Jan2013

Today I’m Whining {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Leaves {Living Outside the Stacks}

The above picture is from my 365 Project. This week’s theme is monochrome and I thought this perfectly captured my mood for the day week. You can see my other pictures by clicking here.

This has been the longest week ever. I’ve been sick with the flu. Not fun at all. Today I was supposed to begin my monthly self portraits in anticipation of my 40th birthday on 10 March but the last thing I want is a picture of me with tissue smooshed up to my nose. Yes, I’m whining. And you know why? Because women so rarely get the chance to do it.

We get sick and we suck it up. Wake the kids and get them dressed. cough cough sneeze Make sure the hubs has his work stuff and is ready to go. sneeze sneeze cough Clean the house, feed the dog, start the laundry drip sniffle cough

My stomach and my head hurt from coughing so much. I’m alternating between freezing and burning up. I want this nastiness to end. Now.

OK, I’m finished whining. Thank you for indulging me and, please, ladies, stay healthy.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday.

09th Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

I’ve spent the last four days in the same pair of sweat pants and tee, huddled under my blankets with tea, tissues and the TV to keep me company. That’s right, 2013’s gift to me was some horrid nastiness that completely stripped me of my voice and, at times, my will to live. But I survived. For that, I’m incredibly happy. Funny, how one’s desire to die, lessens when one is no longer hacking up a lung. Of course that means that I don’t have a “real” What I Wore Wednesday post because, well, my sweat pants are disgusting.

So I decided to highlight some of my key leg looks from last year and one from this year. I know, you’re thinking Leg looks? Whatever do you mean? When I was a teen in the ahem 80s, I loved wearing colored and patterned tights. It drove my family nuts. Seriously, there wasn’t a striped hose or neon patterned leg that I didn’t like.

I don’t know why I stopped wearing colored tights. I know why I stopped wearing neon ones, what I don’t know is why I started wearing them in the first place. But I absolutely adore them now. I almost never wear them as a match to my outfits but more like a contrast to my outfit, I just think that makes my clothes more fun.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite leg looks from last year:

Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Although I’m wearing five different colors, I think this works because everything is sort of muted. Your eyes sort of graze over the entire outfit instead of getting stuck in one place. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

Mustard Legs

This had to have been my favorite look of the year. I don’t know if it’s because of the mustard colored tights or the mustard against the teal or what, but I just adored this. In fact, I liked the look so much that I spent weeks looking for a mustard colored cardi. Cannot wait to show that to you. Anyway, you can see the original outfit by clicking here.

White Sweater Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Whoever invented white sweater tights should get some sort of medal. I think they’re highly underrated but they’re so versatile. Really, next time you see a pair, grab them, you’ll wear them with everything and you legs will stay toasty warm. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

Blue Legs {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think this is one of the outfits that would’ve totally freaked out my parents back in the day. I’m not sure if I’d wear this again, it was fun but it was a little too bold for me. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

What’s the craziest color tights you’ve ever worn?

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07th Jan2013

Happy Birthday, Miss 16 {In the Family Room}

by Daenel

Happy Birthday, Miss 16 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Dear Miss 16,

Girl, you have been a source of joy and laughter since the day you surprised us at the doctor’s office. Nothing like going to the doctor’s for a tubal ligation and finding out that you’re pregnant… We should have known then that we were going to be in for a ride.

I remember when you used to crawl up in my lap, curl your fingers around my blouse and go to sleep. I’d sit there for hours, stroking your hair and wishing you’d get up so I could get something anything done. Then one day it all stopped.

You stopped sitting in my lap, you stopped being my sweet little girl who swore she could fly because she was dressed as an angel and had wings. Do you remember that? Running around the yard flapping your arms and yelling, “I can fly, Mommy! I can fly, Mommy!”  

You’re now a beautiful young lady with a quick wit and a snarky tongue. A while back you asked me “Besides me, which of your other kids did you want?” The truth is, I didn’t want any of you little buggers but now that I have you, I couldn’t imagine life without you. I love you all. Peering at you over my glasses. Every single one of you.

Thank you for 16 years of laughter.

Happy Birthday, Miss 16! I really do like you!


PS There will be no blowing out of the candles on the cake; you know how I feel about that!


04th Jan2013

Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}Hi, if you’re a regular reader you know that on Fridays I write a little post that I like to call “Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head”. It’s all about the crazy stuff that  I’ve read on the web or heard about on TV during the week. After writing that post for a year, I’ve learned one thing: there is a never ending stream of bizarre among the human race. And I love us for that.

With the new year I’ve decided to do a little revamping of these posts. The only things I’ve changed are the title and the picture. I like to think of these posts as if they’re conversations you and I would have over coffee. So I hope you’ll continue to join me each Friday for a cuppa and some head scratchin’…

1. Rape isn’t funny. And those who commit it, regardless of their age or athletic ability should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This past week a young lady who was gang raped in India died from her injuries. In Ohio an underaged girl was raped by members of a football team who videotaped the incident and then texted and tweeted about the incident. Reportedly members of the football boosters and others in the town helped to cover up the incident to protect the reputations of the football players. This is why Penn State happened. Stop giving athletes carte blanche to be jerks. Social media activists, the victims parents, and Anonymous are collecting information to help prosecute the rapists. I applaud them and the others who’re helping to bring this young lady’s rapists to justice.

2. I didn’t watch CNN’s New Year’s Eve show. I never watch it. And I’m glad I didn’t as it seems the big drop was Kathy Griffin falling to her knees and kissing Anderson Cooper’s crotch. Seriously. I don’t know who keeps telling her that she’s funny, she’s not. I don’t know who keeps telling her that she’s edgy, she’s not. I don’t know who keeps putting her on television, stop! This is one of  the reasons teens don’t appreciate the intimacy of sex.

3. When I was a kid I suffered from the ugly trifecta: thick glasses, braces, and freckles. I remember when I was about 15 years old a guy actually said to me “Someday you’re going to be irresistible.” I wanted to throat punch him. After nearly 5 years in braces and promises of all sorts of good things, my parents bought me contact lenses and I came into my own. But those braces were hard. And they hurt. That’s why I find it so mind boggling that there are people who’re wearing fake braces. Apparently, fake braces are all the rage in Asia and kids are dying from them. Black market braces I can’t believe I just typed that cost about $100 and can contain lead. Some teens are even putting them on themselves and then choking on the pieces when they come lose and slide down their throats. Hey, teens, you know what’s really cool and fashionable? Sending me your $100!

4. Another college student has nearly died because of hazing. deep sigh How many stories are we going to read like this before students get it through their heads that being whipped with a paddle, drinking as much alcohol as quickly as possible, or any of the other stupid stuff they do is not the way to acceptance? Of course, the parents are planning to sue the school because they didn’t watch their kid close enough; but my question is, Mom and Dad, what’re you planning to do to your kid? When are parents going to make their kids take a little responsibility for the dumb things they do? Theoretically, your kid is an adult meaning they’re supposed to be making smart decisions, and on some level they have to know that hurting themselves to join a sorority or a fraternity is ridiculous.

So what had you scratchin’ your head this week?

02nd Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

How excited are you for 2013? I have finally accepted that I’ll be turning the big Four~Oh in March. I had planned to do sort of a big lead up to my fortieth birthday until I realized a few days ago that I no longer have two years to plan this because March is just a couple of months away. Seriously, I thought I was 38. Isn’t it sad when you can fool yourself so completely? So I don’t know what I’m gonna do to mark this milestone birthday but I know it has to be big. If you have suggestions please leave them in the comments. I’m game for just about anything.

I’ve also decided to document my outfits on Flickr in a set called 52 Weeks of Style, you can check it out here.

What I Wore Sunday

My inspiration for this outfit was found on Pinterest, where else? I was attracted to the bold and unexpected use of color and thought I could replicate it with items already in my closet.

Orange Cardi, White Button Down, Brown Skirt, Teal Tights, and Brown Booties {Living Outside</a></p>
<p>I wore this to church on Sunday and felt pretty comfortable. It was kind of drizzly outside, so I was certainly one of the more colorful parts of the day. <em>smile</em> I think that’s a good thing though. Who wants to blend in to a sea of blacks and browns? Not me.</p>
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<p>Notice that I’m wearing my cardi belted? Yeah, I kinda like that look. And because I don’t really have a defined waist, I think the belt helps me out a lot. It breaks up the line of color, so I think that’s a look I’m gonna keep up.</p>
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<p>The one change I would make to this outfit is that I’d leave the bottom two buttons on the white button down undone. I tend to do that with my cardis, so I’m not sure why I didn’t do it with the blouse. Other than that, I really felt comfortable and enjoyed my Pinterpretation.</p>
<p>I’m linking up with:</p>
<li><strong><a title=Create Hope Inspire ~ Wardrobe WednesdaySharing handmade and store bought clothes along with tips and tricks

  • Dear Abbyleigh ~ Dress for the DayClothes can affect your mood; dress for the day you want to have, not the day that’s having you
  • The Pleated Poppy ~ What I Wore WednesdayEncouraging ladies everywhere to forgo sweats and yoga pants for fashionable looks
  • Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

    I’ll also be documenting my style for the next 52 weeks, you can follow along by clicking here.

    01st Jan2013

    Happy New Year!

    by Daenel

    Welcome to 2013! I’m so excited about the possibilities that come with a new year. It’s almost like life is giving us some sort of cosmic do over. And boy do I need it! I missed some of my goals for last year but I’m pressing forward and not dwelling on the past. I hope that you’ll continue to share this journey with me and that you’re just as excited for 2013 as I am…

    Morning Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

    I began today much like I do any other day, with a cup of coffee. This is how I prepare myself for the day’s activities: a cup of coffee and a few minutes of silence. And with this being the beginning of a new year, I used my quiet time to think about all the things I will accomplish.

    This year I’ll be turning the big 4~Oh! This is so hard for me to believe. There are days when I feel like I’m barely out of my twenties. And a lot of days when I look at those four teenagers living in my house and wonder why they’re calling me “Mom”. You’d think after nineteen years I’d be used to them by now. I’m not sure what I’m going to do to mark this milestone birthday, but I know I have to do something big.

    I’ve joined not one but two photography challenges for this year. Like last year, I’ll be joining in the Photo A Day Challenge hosted by fat mum slim and posting the pictures on Instagram (be sure to follow me there). The second challenge is the one I’m most worried excited about because it requires that I use Nikki (my Nikon D3100). Poor Nikki hasn’t been getting out as often as she used to since I started working. Mostly she’s been relegated to taking outfit pictures but we all know she’s capable of so much more. So I’ll be stretching my creativity and, hopefully, learning some new tricks along the way. You can view my photos from  365: The 2013 Edition by clicking here.

    At church I’ll be busy with the women’s group. Pastor Z asked me if I would help lead the women’s group. squee and eek I agreed because I thought it might be fun and since I’m not reading the Bible in 90 Days this year, I thought this would be a fun way to engage myself with other ladies in a study of God’s word. Our first study will be True Woman 101: Divine Design by Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I’ve already run it by the ladies and they’re all kinds of excited about the study and the discussions that we’ll be having.

    I’ll also be doing some product reviews, sharing some of my favorite books and, hopefully, hosting a whole lot more giveaways. As always, I enjoy reading your comments, so please don’t be shy, leave a comment whether you agree or disagree; life is all about learning and sharing.

    And I look forward to sharing 2013 with you! Be blessed and be happy!

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