Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Denim Jackets and Playing Dress Up {In the Closet}

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you’re all having a beautiful week so far. I know I am, the sun is shining, we’re on our summer schedule at work… life is good.

This week’s theme for Wardrobe Wednesday is denim jackets…

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

I own two of them but rarely wear them. I’m not really certain why, because once I put them on, I’m like Hmmmm, I look cute in this. And, truth be told, a denim jacket really is the perfect completer piece. It can be formal or informal, it can be relaxed or structured. It can be boho or preppy. The denim jacket is quite possibly the most versatile piece of clothing you can have in your wardrobe.

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

I feel the same way about skirts and boots. This skirt is probably one of my favorite pieces of clothing because it’s just so girly. Did I really just say that? It also doesn’t hurt that I get compliments almost every time I wear it.

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

I’m also including a picture from my 40th birthday series, “Celebrating Me.” I decided to take a picture on the 10th of every month to celebrate my 40th year because these weekly wardrobe posts aren’t enough. insert eye roll

Celebrating Me {Living Outside the Stacks}

The best part about turning 40 and taking my own pictures is that I get to have way too much fun playing dress up. For this picture, I was inspired by one of my celebrity style icons, Nicole Richie. You can see her picture by clicking here. I went a little more 80′s Glam Rock while she’s 70′s Disco Queen but I think it still works. My other photos are here and here.

What fun photo would you like to take?

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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 there may be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

1. The big news story last week was the rescue of the three missing ladies in Cleveland. This story has so many victims beyond the missing women who I hope will have their requests for privacy respected: the women’s families, the abductor’s family members, investigators, etc. How does a town even begin to recover from something like this? And, for the rest of us, how do we not look at our neighbors without just a hint of suspicion?

2. Of course with the news of the rescue of the three women, I couldn’t help but to start thinking about Terrilynn Monette, the teacher from New Orleans who went missing while celebrating her “Teacher of the Year” nomination. I did a quick search to see if anything has changed since I first talked about her nearly two months ago, and the case has gone cold. And, as is the case with many missing people of color, there still has been precious little media coverage.

3. I added another picture to my 4oth birthday photography series “Celebrating Me”. I thought about posting the picture here, but, honestly, I’m tired of looking at my face, so if you’d like to see it, click here. I’m actually kind of proud of that picture, I used an old one of Nicole Richie for inspiration. In case you didn’t know, I’m a Nicole Richie fan. So bizarre, right? Considering I’m 40 and she’s, what, thirtysomething? Ooooh, do you remember that television show? Loved it!

4. And speaking of photography, have you seen this picture of a 1930′s Harlemite? People swear up and down it’s Jay~Z. Ummmm, I don’t know about all that but they say everyone has a twin… Do you have a celebrity twin? I think mine is probably Lisa Bonet, from The Cosby Show.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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Happy Mother’s Day {In the Cafe}

Mom and Us {Living Outside the Stacks}
This is one of my favorite pictures of my sisters and me with my mom; it was the first time we’d ever seen snow. We totally gobsmacked. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I did absolutely nothing, which is exactly what I wanted. Thank you to my children who threatened to force me to spend the entire day with them.

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