Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Thursday Likes {In the Cafe}

I thought I’d try something new on Thursdays; instead of just posting a picture and linking to my flickr account, I thought I’d share a couple of things I’ve found while surfing the web. These may be links to products I think are cool, blog posts I find interesting, or outfits I absolutely love… I hope you’ll find these things as interesting as I do.

Thursday Likes {Living Outside the Stacks}

1. Coffitivity ~ When I work, I like having a bit of ambient noise to help get my mental motor going. I also used to like working in the coffee shop before I started working in the library. I liked the hum of conversation, the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and the warm comfy feel of that was my local coffee shop; this website evokes those feelings. All you do is play your music slightly louder than the sounds of the simulated coffee shop. So cool.

2. Kleinworth & Co. ~ I don’t know what’s more nom worthy, Gina’s pictures or her recipes but let me tell ya, you will be drooling when you look at her blog, so wear a bib. Her recipe for Blueberry Pie Bars will have you running out to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients.

3. Women Need to Say ‘No’ More ~ I shared this article from Christianity Today with one of my church groups because I think it’s important that women learn the power of the word “No” for their own spiritual, physical, and psychological protection. No one should feel pressured to take on more work than they can handle or accept unwanted help from a stranger because they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by saying “No”. That one word could save your life.

And a few things from me that you may have missed:

What did you find interesting this week?

Disclaimer: Unless explicitly stated, I don’t receive any compensation for anything I’ll be promoting on this post. I’m just sharing ‘cause that’s what I do.

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Neutral Boho {In the Closet}

For the past year or so I’ve been posting a fashion post of some sort on Wednesdays, but I’ve never really addressed why I decided that this is something that I wanted to do consistently. So I like that Kelly at Kiwi Women’s Style decided to make this the topic for this week’s Wardrobe Wednesday.

Gray Cardi White Tee Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Like many of you, when I first started participating in these weekly linkups, I was a stay~at~home wife and mom who rarely felt the need to dress in anything more than comfy sweats and a stolen borrowed tee. On the rare occasions when I did leave the house, I would go all “Models, Inc.” as the hubs likes to say. The weeks of sweats with the few breaks of dress started to take a toll on my self~esteem. I started to feel like nothing… Like I didn’t matter. Or worse, that I was invisible. Crazy how much putting on clothes can influence the way one feels, huh? And, yeah, it’s easy to say Why didn’t you just get dressed every morning then? But it’s hard to get dressed just to sit around the house, ya know? I’m telling you, Abby at Dear Abbyleigh hit the nail on the head when she said “dress for the day you’re having and not the one that’s having you.”

Then I discovered Lindsey’s What I Wore Wednesday posts on The Pleated Poppy and I was stunned to realize there were other women out there who felt the same way I was feeling. It was great to be a part of a community of women who were sharing similar experiences. As time progressed and I started reading beyond the style posts, I found women who offered advice on moving through the various life stages. This connection became crucial to helping me through a tough time {I was unemployed for what felt like forever and my children were at that stage where they only needed me for taxi and ATM purposes, etc}. Life was hard.

Gray Cardi White Tee Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Gray Cardi & Socks ~ Target

White Tee ~ Dollar General

Necklace ~ The River Runs Thru It Antique Shoppe

Belt & Skirt ~ Thrifted

Boots ~ Payless

Reading the comments from different bloggers has helped me to embrace my quirky style and try new things… Who knew I was a lover of skirts? And, omg, if it weren’t for these weekly linkups I never would have discovered the joys of thrifting. I also wouldn’t have found so many dear friends whose blogs I enjoy reading on a daily basis.

So why do you participate in the weekly fashion linkups?

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

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Wishing for Spring {Living Outside the Stacks}
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