Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Florals and Stripes {In the Closet}

“Only you could pull off stripes and florals…”, the hubs upon seeing my outfit. My response? Smile and nod.

Taupe Cardi Striped Tee and Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Of course, I would never admit to him that I was having second thoughts about my choice but I didn’t have enough time to change. Pattern mixing is so far out of my comfort zone but I’m trying to broaden my sartorial horizons.

Taupe Cardi Striped Tee and Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is the second time I’ve worn stripes and florals. Of the two, I think this is my favorite version. I like the mustard against the turquoise and browns. And, of course, that skirt is probably my favorite thrift store purchase ever. It goes with everything. And it’s incredibly versatile ~ I can wear it cool and casual in the summer and pair it with tights, boots, and a chunky sweater for winter. I think the only thing I’d do differently with this outfit is wear a darker cardi, maybe in blue or dark brown.

What’s your favorite color combination?

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The Snugg iPad Case Review {#Sponsored}

When the hubs first presented me with Inez, aka my sweet little iPad 2, I was all What am I gonna do with this thing? I mean I was grateful and everything but it wasn’t at the top of my list of must haves or wants or even kinda sorta would like to have. I really was not interested. At all.

Well, I can honestly say, this is one of those cases where the hubs knew me better than I knew myself. I take my iPad just about everywhere. It’s convenient and fits perfectly in my handbag.

To protect it, I was using a hardback case with a zippered pouch, cute but not convenient. And sometimes the hardback case was a little bulky if I wanted to carry one of my smaller handbags. But it never really occurred to me to try to find something different. Until I received an email from The Snugg asking if I’d like to review one of their iPad cases…

The Snugg Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

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Thrift Store Chic {In the Closet}

Happy Wednesday! I hope you guys had a great Labor Day Weekend. I did, I got to see my twin sister and her family. Two days. In a row. By accident. The first trip to Nashville was on purpose, as in we fully intended to surprise her by just showing up at her front door. Which we kinda did. We ended up giving her a head’s up, ’cause, you know, driving 3 hours and then finding out she wasn’t home wouldn’t have been cool. That night as we were driving home, we realized that I had her boots and her stroller in my car, so we turned around the next morning and drove back to her house to return them. Crazy, no?

I don’t have any pictures from our visit because we were so busy talking and laughing that I forgot to whip out my camera. sad panda But trust me when I say we both looked incredibly cute. And so did her kids.

Cream Cardi, Turquoise Tank, and Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

The ladies at work are always talking about how I seem to have a lot of cute clothes and I tell them that they could have the same wardrobe, all it takes is $20. Every pay day, I take a little cash and head over to the thrift shop and peruse the skirts. Have I mentioned how much I’m digging skirts? I figure I work hard for my money, I deserve to get a little something something for myself.

Cream Cardi, Turquoise Tank, and Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know  thrift shopping isn’t for everyone but I enjoy it. I like clothes, shoes, and handbags, but my taste changes so much that I don’t want to spend a fortune on something I may not like in a few months. I also figure if something is in good condition then why not? And whoever is donating to our thrift shop has incredibly good taste and is making me oh so very happy.

Cream Cardi, Turquoise Tank, and Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you shop at second hand stores? Do you tell people?


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