Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, and welcome to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. I have a little message for President Vladimir Putin: Yes, America is an exceptional country and we are an exceptional people. We are a nation founded on the concepts of freedom, equality, and hard work. We may not always agree with each other but at least we have the right to say it and believe it without fear of imprisonment or worse. So, thank you, Mr President for expressing your views on our country but understand this, I don’t like it and I don’t agree with it but at least you have the right to say it in this country, something the people in your country don’t enjoy.

2. George Zimmerman has an O.J. Simpson complex. When you get away with murder, you should disappear. Spend your life helping lepers. Feed orphans. Do something other than be a jerk.

3. Miss 16 and I were watching Diff’rent Strokes the other night and, dude, I didn’t realize how many tough topics that show covered: child molestation, drug use, teenage sex, etc. I think we were so much more naive as kids because I didn’t remember any of those episodes until I started watching with my daughter. Crazy.

What had you scratchin’ your head this past week?

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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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