Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Makes My Heart Race {In the Closet}

Kelly, who hosts Wardrobe Wednesday, asked us to share an outfit or a piece of jewelry that makes our hearts race. I had to think long and hard about this theme because I have a lot of things in my closet that have sentimental value but I guess the things that get me most excited are the things that I own that help others.

Floral Peasant Shirt, Jeans, Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine told me about these adorable sandals by Sseko Designs. Profits from the sale of each pair of Sseko Designs sandals goes to help women in Africa with scholarship and employment opportunities. I purchased mine at a sweet little store in Cape Girardeau called Philanthropy, where a percentage of the proceeds from every purchase goes towards a charitable organization.

Sseko Designs {Living Outside the Stacks}

The straps on the sandals can be tied in a multitude of ways and there are all sorts of colors and accessories available for the sandals. Love.

Ring from Target {Living Outside the Stacks}

Another one of my favorite pieces is this ring from Target. I absolutely love the size, shape, and color of this ring. It’s just so funky and exotic looking, no?

 Floral Peasant Shirt Jeans and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks} Floral Peasant Shirt Jeans and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you have something in your closet that gets your heart all aflutter?

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Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

1. Last week,  a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York ordered that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration make the morning after pill available without a prescription to women of all ages. This includes girls under the age of 17. I’m not going to get into the discussion over whether abortion should be legal or not because this isn’t about abortion, this is about preventing a pregnancy before it occurs. However, I will get into the discussion over whether or not children under the age of 17 should be allowed to get medication, any medication, without a prescription or parental knowledge. You can read the story here.

There is something fundamentally flawed with that way of thinking. Anyone under the age of 17 is still a minor. They can’t even go see certain movies without their parents’ permission, but they’re allowed to self medicate? There are people under the age of 17 who commit heinous crimes but are not allowed to be tried as adults because society says they’re too young to know right from wrong, yet they can buy pills to end a life? Without a prescription and without parental consent?

The courts have essentially usurped the rights and responsibilities of the parents and bypassed the medical opinions of doctors. Parents and medical professionals should be helping young girls to make these decisions for the sake of their physical, mental, and emotional health.

2. And speaking of pregnancy, when I was with child(ren), there were a lot of things that I wanted to do: breastfeed, snuggle, sleep, bathe, but preserving my breast milk to make jewelry was not one of them. Seriously, you can do that! But my question is why?????

3. What would you do if your teacher told you to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and then step on it as part of an assignment? Students at Florida Atlantic University were faced with that decision a few weeks ago. One student refused to participate in the activity and was brought up on academic charges. You can read the full story here.

I’m not sure of the resolution of this issue but I do know that this young man stood by his convictions and for that I applaud him. I look at what’s going on in so many different countries (and, to an extent, right here in our own country) and I see people being vilified for their belief in Christ and it breaks my heart. There are people who are being thrown in jail or having their lives taken because they refuse to renounce their faith. People are being called haters because they hold true to their convictions…

I wonder would this exercise have been performed using the name of any other religious leader? For that matter, would this exercise have been done using the names of “protected groups”? I don’t think so. The Associate Press just recently announced that it would no longer use the term “illegal immigrant” to describe undocumented workers. Read that here. There is this general fear of offending everyone except Christians. Why?

The Bible says in Philippians 2:9~11:

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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Weird Compliments {In the Closet}

Last week I shared an interesting grocery store encounter with my Facebook friends, so I decided to share it here because it was, well, weird. Although deep down inside I’m sure it was meant as a compliment…

Cashier #1: “When we go out tonight, I wanna wear what she’s wearing.” (looking at me)
Cashier #2: “You wanna go shopping?”
Cashier #1: “No, I want what she has on right now. Take her clothes…”
Me: “Uhhhh” I didn’t know what to do with that conversation so I backed away slowly

Denim Jacket Black Tee Brown Skirt and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I didn’t think there was anything particularly theft worthy about my outfit. Just about everything was purchased either second hand or on clearance.Denim Jacket Black Tee Brown Skirt and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}


In fact, the most expensive thing I’m wearing is that handbag. It’s by Sharif for HSN. I love most of his bags. They’re just this side of funky and you don’t see everyone carrying them.

Denim Jacket Black Tee Brown Skirt and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Now I’ve had people compliment my outfits before but I’ve never had anyone want to take the clothes off my back. So that brings me to this, have you ever received a compliment that kinda freaked you out?

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