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Modern Hippie: Faux Fur Vest, Poet Shirt , and Jeans

Dani Blue Sky Eagle Feather. That’s my hippie name. Everyone has one, right? I can’t remember exactly how I got that name but I do know that my cousins, my sisters, an old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, and Buckingham County, Virginia were involved. I really wish I could remember the story because I’m sure it’s a good one. Well, as good as a story involving a bunch of 10~year~olds can be, anyway.

Faux Fur Vest, Black Poet Shirt,  Jeans and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Even at that age I knew I was born in the wrong decade. I used to tell my mother that I should’ve been a hippie. Not a pot smoking commune dwelling hippie , but a protest sign carrying daisy pushing bell bottom wearing hippie. For the most part, I keep that side of me under wraps at work, but yesterday I really didn’t feel like fussing with my clothes so I threw on a poet shirt, flare legs, boots, and called it a day.

Faux Fur Vest, Black Poet Shirt,  Jeans and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

For all of my hippie/bohemian ways, silver jewelry has only recently made it on my radar. For years, I was a strictly gold kinda girl. I liked the warmth. But the more I look at silver pieces, the more I like them. They add a bit of funk to an outfit that I just don’t think you can get with gold jewelry.

Faux Fur Black Poet Shirt Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Those boots are probably one of the most flexible articles of clothing in my closet. I can wear them with dresses like I did here and here or jeggings like I did here and here. I’m not completely sold on them with flare leg jeans though. I think flare legs require a clog style shoe or, at least, something with a more substantial heel.

Faux Fur Black Poet Shirt Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

PS Don’t let the sun rays fool you, it was cooooold out there but I kept getting all sorts of funky shadows in the house. The sacrifices I make for these Wednesday posts…LOL

What’s your favorite clothing decade?

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Daenel T

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Run for God Cape Girardeau: 5K

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every time I look at this picture I’m struck by two thoughts:

  • I crossed the finished line!
  • My girls were right, I need to work on my runner’s face

I remember that day so well… I was incredibly nervous as I made my way to the starting line. Part of me wanted to throw up run back to the car and tell The Hubs to get me out of there as fast as he could. Who was I that I thought I could get out there with all of those runners? They were real athletes, I just played one on my blog. I was an imposter. A poser. A fake.

But it was too late to turn around, the race had started. I said a prayer and started mentally chanting: “I think I can. I think I can.” I needed to drown out the negative thoughts. I needed to encourage myself. But something else started to happen…

The support was coming from external sources. I started noticing white signs with Bible verses and words of encouragement posted along the race route. As I ran, I focused less on the distance covered and more on the next sign to read. It was like someone was speaking directly to me. Then I started hearing voices around me cheering. As runners passed me, they held out their hands to give me high fives, some patted me on the shoulders, others yelled: “Keep going” or “You can do it”. I was able to run the first 1.5 miles nonstop.

That’s when I noticed that many of the people who were offering words of encouragement were wearing t~shirts that read “Run for God”. I knew then that I wanted to be a part of that group.

And last night, I did just that. I registered to train for a 5K with Run for God Cape Girardeau. As I sat through the informational meeting, I wanted to stand up and cheer. I wanted to tell the people sitting around me how I felt on race day. How much it meant to me that some of the people standing around the room had cheered for me last year. I wanted them to know that they could do it because I did it. But I sat in my chair and smiled.

Miss 17 attended the meeting with me. I saw her smile as she watched the video of last year’s participants. I listened to her laugh as Run for God leader, Scott McQuay, made a joke. I sat silently as she read through the release forms, book information, and t~shirt prices…

On the way home, Miss 17 said she wanted to run it with me. Can you say mother~daughter bonding? I cannot wait to see her “Run Face” when we cross that finish line!

Daenel T

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2014 Daily Selfie: Week 12

Happy Monday, y’all. How was your weekend? Mine was pretty nice. The Hubs and I did our usual weekend thing: breakfast and window shopping {which led to me meeting an online acquaintance face to face, more about that later this week}, laundry doing, and family time with The Walking Dead. I also caught up on some blog reading, online game playing, and laughs with my sister. Overall, a weekend well spent.

And here are some pictorial highlights from last week:

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

All that’s left of my birthday flowers are the dried heads. Kinda morbid but romantic, right?

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

My family room is BORING. As in there’s nothing down there but a sofa, desk, futon, and treadmill. So I’m going to redecorate and this pillow from Target is my inspiration. What do you think?

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

When did fortune cookies become opinion cookies? {hat tip to @essveecee}

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

Throwback Thursday contribution: My wombmate aka twin sister and I when we were about 3 years old.

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite coffee picture of the week.

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

It’s like the mothership is calling me home.

What was the highlight of your week? Are you Instagram? Give me a yell at @4daenelt.

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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Happy Fist Bump Friday: Spring is Here

#FistBumpFriday {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

This week I’m happy that Spring is finally here. I know that doesn’t mean that it automatically gets warmer, but it brings hope. I’m also happy for a day off from work that’ll be spent hanging with the hubs.

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

Daenel T

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Happy Spring!

Happy Spring {Living Outside the Stacks}

Daenel T

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