Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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The Thrifted Coral Lace Dress

Coral Lace Dress and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coral Lace Dress and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Happy Wednesday! I hope y’all are having a fabulous week. This is my last week with all of my kids at home. big ugly cry Three of my kids will be moving into the dorms this weekend and in to next week. And my youngest starts her senior year of high school tomorrow. so not ready  I remember thinking when they were little that they were never gonna grow up, now I’m thinking how did they grow up so fast? But grow they do, so if you have littles at home, treasure them. Hug them. If your daughter want to wear jeans and a tutu to the grocery store, let her… Mine wore angel wings. If your son thinks headbutting you is an appropriate display of affection, teach him to fist bump… Yeah, mine did that.

So before I start weeping at my desk, let’s get to the dress. I picked this up at one of the local thrift stores for $6.99. Tags still attached. Normally, I’d wear this with jeans because of the shorter length but I decided to be brave and pair it with my Sseko sandals and call it a day. The dress is a really cute coral color with an attached slip that’s a couple of shades lighter so that it gives an almost nude allusion. The back, which I wish I’d taken a picture of, has a really cute exposed zipper which I LOVE LOVE LOVE! Normally, I’m not a big fan of lace, it tends to be stiff and a bit itchy, but this is stretchy and soft. And when fall comes, I can so pair it with a scarf, leggings, and boots. Win!

So what’s going on in your world?

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Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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#ActiveLivingChallenge with Fit Approach and Lorna Jane

At the end of my running streak challenge post, I gave you a little hint about a new challenge that I’d be exploring for the month of August: well, here it is! I’ve joined the #ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach.

I decided to join this challenge for a number of reasons:

  • find new ways to stay fit
  • encourage myself and others
  • opportunity to win some really cute workout gear

But, more than that, it’s about discovering exactly what active living means to me. This week, I’ve learned that active living keeps stress at bay. When things got really difficult at work, one of the things that got me through the day was the thought that I’d be able to go home, slip into my running clothes, and hit the pavement. When I run, I don’t think about anything work related. I hum to the songs on my playlist, I look at the sky, I say a prayer, and a I listen to my feet as they hit the ground. It’s relaxing and helps prepare me for the next day.

4 August: Favorite summer workout move

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Running. I was never athletic in high school. In fact, I’m probably one of the few people who managed to graduate from high school while attending the bare minimum number of gym classes. But I turned 40 and needed to do something. That something was run a 5K.

5 August: Favorite healthy recipe

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Homemade Corn and Potato Chowder with Shrimp and Bacon. I’m not sure if this qualifies as being “healthy” but it’s made with love for my family.

6 August: What active living means to you

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Challenging my body to do more and be more. This body has carried five children and given birth to four. This body has beat seizures and cancer. This body has survived car accidents. This body saw me through Basic Training and four years of Army service. This body has praised God and cried out to Him. This body can do anything.

7 August: Favorite place to relax/have quiet time

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The Hubs and I like to go down to the Mississippi River and watch the river. Sometimes there are barges and there are canoes. Most of the time the water is calm, but every now and then it’s angry and swirly. No matter what, there’s something so soothing about sitting on the side and just being.

8 August: Snap a #workout sweaty selfie

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I’ve been running drills on the hills in my neighborhood. Seriously, you never realize how not flat a place is until you decide to run.

9 August: Moving/working out with your friends

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Squeekerz. He’s not a very good running partner because squirrels. And cars. Our dog gets so distracted by everything but he’s still a good friend if you’re not in a hurry.

10 August: Something you’re grateful for

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I’m grateful for my partner in life and love. The Hubs supports/encourages/laughs at my crazy and I love him for that.

About the Active Living Challenge

The #ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane is an Instagram/Twitter challenge hosted by Fit Approach to celebrate #BlogFest. This is an opportunity for participants to share what active living means to them. Participants are encouraged to be creative with their pictures and share them wit friends and family.

#ActiveLivingChallenge with #LornaJane and #FitApproachParticipants are asked to post pictures of themselves that reflect that day’s inspiration. And, at the end of each week, write a reflective post on that week’s challenges.

The contest runs from 4~24 August 2014. The grand prize winner of the challenge will receive $500 to shop at #LornaJane.

You can see other participants’ pictures by checking out the hashtags #ActiveLivingChallenge, #FitApproach, or #LornaJane.

I’m linking up with Move Nourish Believe and Lorna Jane. Feel free to visit Fit Approach on Facebook.

How do you live active?
Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Channeling the Seventies

Sheer Blouse Flare Leg Jeans and Platform Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sheer Blouse Flare Leg Jeans and Platform Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sheer Blouse Flare Leg Jeans and Platform Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sheer Blouse Flare Leg Jeans and Platform Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let’s talk about that sheer blouse. Thrifted for $3. Is that not the best price ever?! I picked it up because, well, the price and the color. It’s sort of a dusty rose brown color. Very seventies. Even with the bow, I think it’d look cute layered with a bunch of pearls and metallic necklaces.

I don’t wear jeans often but when I do, they’re almost always flare legs. I know they’re not everyone’s style but, for me, the bigger the flare the happier I am.

And wedges. Deep heavy sigh. I love a wedge. They’re comfortable. They give me height and they offer stability.

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