Living Outside the Stacks

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Weekend in Review: Week 14

Hi! How was your weekend? Mine was long and emotionally exhausting. My twins are seniors this year, so I’ve been trying to adjust to the idea of them not being home anymore. So very difficult. The Hubs, The Boy, and I spent a couple of days at Missouri S&T, where The Boy will be an engineering major in the Fall. I’m so not ready. I know I should be celebrating the fact that our jobs as parents have resulted in two young adults who’re ready to take on the world, but all I keep seeing are my babies. Leaving home. OK. Enough.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite coffee picture from last week. The skirt, the jewelry, the colors, everything just screams Spring. And I’m so ready.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Is this not the most intense rainbow you’ve ever seen? Miss 18 came running out of her bedroom, yelling: “Mom, get your camera! Get your camera!” So worth the near heart attack.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I’ve recently discovered an artisan named Dottie Angel. I adore everything about her: the granny chic clothes, the quirky home decor, and the handmade wares. In fact, I heart everything so much that I can even look over the random chickens.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

I have a soft spot in my heart for old buildings, be they rundown barns or abandoned homes, they just capture my attention. For as long as we’ve lived here, I’ve been trying to get up the nerve to take a picture of this old barn, and I finally did it. I’m so happy.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are you on Instagram? Join me, @4daenelt, on Fridays for #FistBumpFriday. It’s a way to celebrate and share the things that made us happy during the week.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz. Don’t let the sweet face fool you. That dog is trouble.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yesterday, The Hubs and I took The Boy to Missouri S&T where he’ll be enrolling as a freshmen in the fall. I’m so proud of him and so not ready for him and his sister to leave the nest. This was also my contribution to Instagram’s weekend prompt: #WHPHANDINHAND.

What was the highlight of your week?

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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Casual Wear: Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Wedges

 Black Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Black Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is what I wore to work yesterday. Usually, I try to save my casual wear for Thursdays and Fridays, but I’ve been in super casual mode lately. I have no real reason for it, I’m just having a hard time with the whole getting dressed up, put on full face makeup thing. I’ve even started going with wash~n~wear hair…

 Black Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Black Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

I am so in love with this embroidered top. It’s comfortable, flowy, {read: I don’t have to suck in to wear it} and incredibly pretty. I think it looks like something you’d find at an open air market in Mexico.

 Black Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Black Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Aren’t these wedges too cute? I couldn’t resist, I had to get them in both colors: black and tan. They’re so retro and just my style. Right now, I’m on the hunt for a pair of clogs. Maybe something like these or those. I just don’t want to pay a small fortune for them. Unreasonable? Probably. Doable? Yes.

 Black Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Black Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are you a shoe girl? What’s your preference, flats, chunky heels, boots, or sneakers?

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.
Daenel T

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Find the Beauty in the Brown

Find the Beauty in the Brown {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every day as I stare out my kitchen window, this is my view. Brown withered leaves, crunchy flower pods, splintered stems… Dead plants. sigh Yesterday, as I stood there preparing dinner, mentally complaining about the lack of life and color in my front yard, I started thinking about the things that are going on within me. And I realized, my problem isn’t external, it’s internal.

I’ve always been a creative person. And every job I’ve ever had has had an outlet for that creativity: when I was in the Army, I got to assist with meal planning {Have you ever planned a Thanksgiving meal for roughly 300 soldiers at a remote location? Trust me, you can get creative and have fun.}, when I was an archivist, I got to set up displays and write descriptions for the pictures, and when I was a librarian, I got to create and maintain our social media accounts… With this position, I’m all admin all the time. My days consist of paperwork, putting out fires, and making sure that things run smoothly. There’s no time or room for creative expression.

As I studied the dried plants through the window, I realized something, they’re not really dead. They’re dormant. In a few short months weeks, they’ll be bursting with color and alive with butterflies and hummingbirds. Within that dried crunchy foliage is hope and life.

Find Beauty in the Brown {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I took out my camera, and started trying to find the beauty in the brown. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” And I firmly believe that. Right now, I’m going through a dormant phase in my career. But, it’s up to me to find the beauty in the brown until I can dance in the colors.

Are you going through a dormant phase? How do you deal?

Daenel T

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Weekend in Review: Week 13

Are we all agreed that we need a day between Sunday and Monday? It really feels like the weekend goes by too quickly…

Did you notice that I changed the title of this post? Well, I noticed it’s less about selfies and more about documenting my weekend and sharing the memories. I’ll be the first to admit that my life isn’t glamorous, nor is it always fun and exciting, but it’s my life and I truly believe nothing is ordinary…

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite coffee picture of the week.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not sure why, but sometimes The Boy likes to stick his thumb on my forehead. This was one of those moments.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

The always fabulous Zsa Zsa.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you remember these fuzzy little bunny banks? My mother bought my sisters and me one when we were little kids. When I saw this one at the Cape Girardeau Heritage Museum I had to have it.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cape River Heritage Museum Fire Truck

I’ve been waiting for a long time to visit the Cape Girardeau Heritage Museum. I was so excited that it was opened on Saturday. We talked to Phyllis, a staff member, and Denise, a researcher, who’s doing research on African Americans and the history of Cape Girardeau. So fascinating! And speaking of fascinating, isn’t that cash register just cool?

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

As beautiful as the Mississippi River was on Saturday, oh my word, it was incredibly cold and windy. But we can never go down to the River Walk without actually visiting the river.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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Sloan + Themis: Vintage and Repurposed Jewelry

Sometimes my real and online worlds collide and it’s a fabulous thing. That’s what happened last Saturday. My worlds collided and it was all kinds of cool…

Cape Girardeau {Living Outside the Stacks}

On Saturdays, The Hubs and I have a routine that involves breakfast, running errands, and wandering the streets of downtown Cape Girardeau. We love walking along the water front and roaming through the historic district. It’s a beautiful area, full of quaint little antique stores, restaurants, and galleries. That’s one of the things I absolutely adore about this area, there’s a vibrant local community of folks who’re really interested in restoring, developing, and maintaining the history of this area and reaching out to new people and making them feel at home

A few weeks ago, I noticed that I had a new follower on Instagram and Twitter. So I checked them out and saw that it was a locally owned jewelry company called Sloan + Themis. Yay, I love when local companies follow me because it gives me new places to explore.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

As we were walking, I noticed a sign and said to The Hubs, “Hey, let’s go in there. They just started following me on Instagram…” So we walked inside and I was immediately swept away.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

The interior reminded me of a mix of the grottos in Italy, the historic buildings of New Orleans, and those really cool silver stream campers that have been all glamped up. Everything was perfectly thought out: the paint colors, the music, even the smells mixed to create a warm and inviting environment. Y’all know I’m in the process of redecorating my family room and seeing this space made me totally rethink my original plan

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

While we were looking around, the owner came out and introduced herself. “I know you,” she said, “you’re the librarian!” giggle Claire is such a sweet and funny person. It turns out that she and I have a lot in common: we’ve both lived in Mississippi, have sisters who live in Tennessee, and share a love for all things vintage and slightly bohemian.

She told me about the store and how it came to be…

Sloan + Themis started as an online store and became a brick and mortar store when she discovered the current location while out jogging. A fellow runner, y’all! The store specializes in vintage pieces and handmade jewelry made from upcycled materials.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

This bracelet is made with a vintage glass charm, fresh water pearls, and turquoise. Isn’t it just lovely? I can so see this all edgy stacked between a black leather cord bracelet and silver bangles with boyfriend jeans and a plain white tee or earth mothery nestled between a cuff and an armload of beaded bracelets, which Sloan + Themis carries, with a cute sweater and a flowy peasant skirt.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

And don’t you just love these necklaces? I think they’d make beautiful bride’s maids gifts or, even better, an “I love me and I deserve something special gift”.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say “hi” to Claire. You can also follow Sloan + Themis on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter, or shop online at Sloan + Themis.
Daenel T

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this post, I’m just a very big fan of buying local and supporting small businesses.

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