Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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What I Wore: How I Choose What to Wear

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Recently I was asked what motivates me when getting dressed in the morning. Good question. There are days when I stand in front of my closet and think I have nothing to wear. There are also times when I look at what I’m wearing and think It doesn’t all have to be weird. I envy ladies who have it all together. You know, the ones who wear stilettos like I wear sneakers… Yeah, I can’t do that. Suits make my butt itch and button downs, cute though they may be, restrict the girls {but I do try, goodness knows I try}. As I’ve gotten, ahem, older, I’ve learned to embrace my quirky. Most of the time. And that’s what motivates me to get dressed in the morning. That and focusing on a few key pieces…

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

My outfits generally begin with one focus piece: shoes, necklace, blouse, socks… Something that’s captured my attention. In this case, it’s the necklace. Because the necklace is the focal point, I wanted to keep everything else simple. The black tee and baggy jeans are as basic as you can get without veering into the realm of boring. And the black laser cut brogues are just fun. I like the juxtaposition of the feminine necklace and the peek of lace under the black tee against the masculine boyfriend jeans and brogues.

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I found this string of {faux} pearls at a second hand store in Pennsylvania. About 2 weeks after bringing it home, the clasp broke so the necklace sat in my jewelry box for almost two years. This is ridiculous, I thought, there has to be some way to fix it or, at least, make the necklace wearable. Because there was no string left at the end near the clasp, I ended up “mending” the necklace with a safety pin and 3 flower pins I found at a craft store. To keep the necklace from flipping and showing my “repair work”, I pinned it to my tee to give it a placed but not placed look.

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not sure how many of you know, but I’m a Thyroid Cancer Survivor. So for years I’ve been wanting to put pink, purple, and teal streaks in my hair, but I haven’t been brave enough. Last night I decided to dip my toes into the purple pool. I didn’t think it was visible but I can see it in these pictures. And I like it. I’ll definitely be adding the other two colors in the near future.

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

What motivates you to get dressed in the morning? How do you choose your outfits?

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Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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What I Wore: Fashion Flashback

Have you ever gone back through your outfit pictures, looked at something and thought: Hmmmm, why haven’t I worn that again? That’s totally what I was thinking when I looked at this picture from 2012. Like, seriously, this is such a “Daenel outfit”…

So I’m resharing the post in the hopes that you’ll be inspired to go back through your closet and revisit a fashion fave.

What I Wore Sunday

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, I absolutely positively love Junk Gypsies on HGTV, so when I went to their website and saw that mug on sale, I just had to have it. Unfortunately, you can’t see it very well in that picture, but trust me, it’s one big honkin’ hunk of ceramic fabulousness. I didn’t receive any compensation for this, I just big puffy heart that show and, well, that ginormous mug helps me to get my coffee happy on.

What I Wore Sunday

Anyway, I wore this outfit to church on Sunday, the dress is a little somethin’ somethin’ I picked up from Walmart a few years ago but rarely wear. Not really sure why, since I absolutely adore it. And, yo, it was a steal for something like $12. The jacket has been in my closet forever.

What I Wore Sunday

See how I’m finally starting to work accessories into my outfit? I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, I have so much great stuff that just sits in my drawer…

What I Wore Sunday

Ever since we moved to Missouri a year ago, I have been dying to get a pair of cowboy boots. I mean, like seriously scoping out cowboy boots only to get sticker shock. As much as I love shoes, there’s no way I could justify the price. So when my coworkers and I went into this little consignment shop called The Clothesline, I about fainted when I spotted a red pair sitting on a shelf. Honestly, how perfect are those boots? And they only cost me $8.50. Shut the front door! Total score, right?

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

So what outfit will you revisit?

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Black and Gray Kind of Day

Gray Cardi White Tee Black Maxi and Black Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Gray Cardi White Tee Black Maxi and Black Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Gray Cardi White Tee Black Maxi and Black Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Gray Cardi White Tee Black Maxi and Black Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week. sigh It’s only Wednesday and it has already been a week. Nothing bad has happened. Nothing good has happened. It has just been one of those weeks where I feel like I’m existing instead of living. If something good or bad happened, at least I have an explanation for what I’m feeling. Right now there’s nothing…

This is what I wore to work on Tuesday. In my mind, I thought the striped socks with the black cutout oxfords would be a fun twist to an otherwise neutral outfit. And, while there was a little spark of something flickering, most of the day I just wanted to be anywhere but where I was.

Do you have days like that? How do you deal?

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