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Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Distracted Students and Shattered Dreams {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. “Leggings are not pants!” Every time I look at the black leggings folded up in my drawer, my daughter’s voice echoes in my ears. She said that the first time she saw me in a denim shirt, leggings, and boots. You can see the offending outfit here. For the record, the denim shirt was long enough to cover the junk in my trunk but still my daughter said I was a big ol’ don’t. I didn’t agree with her and wore the outfit anyway. Upon further reflection, the socks were also a big ol’ oh no you don’t.

However, in recent weeks, I’ve come to realize that leggings are best worn not as pants but as an alternative to tights. Or as a layering piece under a sweater dress. One of the main reasons I’ve come to this conclusion is there are too many women who don’t know that they’re supposed to cover their bum when wearing leggings. And at no point should WHITE underwear be visible underneath BLACK leggings. But that’s a discussion for another post…

The reason I’m talking about this is because a school in California (as well as one in Washington, D.C.) labeled leggings/jeggings as inappropriate school wear. You can read the story here. The complaint is that students and staff are becoming so distracted by some of the attire that it’s making teaching/learning difficult.

I don’t disagree with this decision at all. The schools aren’t saying the girls can’t wear leggings or jeggings at all, what they are saying is if you’re going to wear them, make sure that your butt is covered. There are plenty of cute tunics, longer sweaters, and tees that are both modest and fashionable.

2. I remember when I was in junior high and I was in the spelling bee, I was soooo excited. I had dreams of making it big; being on the Today Show with Jane Pauley, the two of us becoming bffs, and me edging Bryant Gumble out of his seat. Yes, I was that big of a nerd that I thought the bee was a stepping stone to celebrity. I was eliminated in the second round. I’m not sure what word took me down; I’ve blocked it from my memory. Anyway, as I grew older and focused less on spelling bees and more on, ummm, boys, I realized something: spelling bee winners do not get celebrity endorsements.

I’ve followed the Scripps Spelling Bee off and on for years, because danged if those kids aren’t impressive with their “Can you give me a definition?” as you see them mentally spelling out the words before vocalizing… Anyway, there’s a new wrinkle to the bee this year: the kids will now have to know the definition of the words. Say what now? During the bee students will have to take a multiple~choice vocab test. Things have just got real. You can read the story here.

I don’t know if I’ll watch the entire competition this year I’m still a little bitter; but I do know that the little girl who so desperately wanted to win the spelling bee will be reading the dictionary, but now she’ll be memorizing the definitions too.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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What I Wore {In the Closet}

Hey, everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. I know I am. Nothing particularly great is happening, I’m just happy to be able to see another day. Throwing my hands up and praising God! Good health and a fabulous hair day, what more could a girl ask for?

Teal Cardi Floral Shirt Tan Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers said “You have just got to stop coming to work looking so cute!” I started laughing and said “But I’m a blogger.” Because that’s the answer to everything. But it’s true, when you know you’re going to post pics of yourself, you step up your game. That’s not to say I don’t have days when I wanna take it down a notch but dressing nice does make me feel better.

Teal Cardi Floral Shirt Tan Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

It also makes me feel pretty confident. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a tucker but I wanted my outfit to resemble this one that I found on Pinterest, so in the shirt went. And you know what? No one pointed at me and laughed. No one said “Girl, you know that gut is too big to be wearing that.”

Teal Cardi Floral Shirt Tan Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

And even if someone had said something, I wouldn’t have cared. Well, maybe just a little bit. But I was having a good day and my confidence was on full display.

What makes you feel confident?

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What I Wore {In the Closet}

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought Dang, I look cute? Yes? Well, that’s how I felt all day Friday. I got up to go to work and I just felt like wearing something bright and cheery but relatively warm. Dude, I am so over these freezing cold temps. I know it’s winter and everything but seriously? We can’t have temps in the 60s? So anyway, I started fumbling around in my drawers and I found the citron tee and was like JACKPOT!

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

And let me tell ya something, when you know you look cute, it makes even the little buggeries easier to tolerate. I’m starting to think there may be something to Abbyleigh’s motto: “Dress for the day you want to have, not the one that’s trying to have you.”

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know it sounds kinda superficial but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being confident, squaring your shoulders, and facing the day.

Cream Sweater, Citron Tee, Brown Cami, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

And it doesn’t hurt that that absolutely adorable sweater only set me back $6! I’m telling you, I absolutely love our Goodwill. I never thought I’d ever say that… I remember having to shop there as a kid and hating it, now my girls are all “Mom, next time you go to the thrift store, take us with you!” My how things have changed.

Do your clothes affect your mood?

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What I Wore {In the Closet}

Blue Scarf, Black Tunic, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yesterday was one of them days. You know the one you want to hurry up and end so you can go home, get into your comfy cozies, drink coffee and watch mind numbing nonsense like The Sisterhood. I honestly don’t know what was wrong with me. I kept forgetting how to do the simplest of things. My coworkers chalked up to my having been out with the flu for 10 days, I think I just needed a big ol’ cosmic do over.

Blue Scarf, Black Tunic, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Maybe I should’ve taken a cue from my outfit and played artist for the day. If it hadn’t been so cold outside I would’ve taken my camera on gone on a photo walk during my lunch. I really needed to take some time to collect myself.

Blue Scarf, Black Tunic, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think this outfit reflects my personality, it’s relaxed and easy going but intricate in its detail. Or maybe I’m just over thinking everything because I’m all caught up in my own feelings. I don’t know. It’s one of those days so that makes it one of those posts…

How do you deal when you just want to hole up with a cup of coffee and not too much else?

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What I Wore {In the Closet}

I’ve spent the last four days in the same pair of sweat pants and tee, huddled under my blankets with tea, tissues and the TV to keep me company. That’s right, 2013′s gift to me was some horrid nastiness that completely stripped me of my voice and, at times, my will to live. But I survived. For that, I’m incredibly happy. Funny, how one’s desire to die, lessens when one is no longer hacking up a lung. Of course that means that I don’t have a “real” What I Wore Wednesday post because, well, my sweat pants are disgusting.

So I decided to highlight some of my key leg looks from last year and one from this year. I know, you’re thinking Leg looks? Whatever do you mean? When I was a teen in the ahem 80s, I loved wearing colored and patterned tights. It drove my family nuts. Seriously, there wasn’t a striped hose or neon patterned leg that I didn’t like.

I don’t know why I stopped wearing colored tights. I know why I stopped wearing neon ones, what I don’t know is why I started wearing them in the first place. But I absolutely adore them now. I almost never wear them as a match to my outfits but more like a contrast to my outfit, I just think that makes my clothes more fun.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite leg looks from last year:

Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Although I’m wearing five different colors, I think this works because everything is sort of muted. Your eyes sort of graze over the entire outfit instead of getting stuck in one place. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

Mustard Legs

This had to have been my favorite look of the year. I don’t know if it’s because of the mustard colored tights or the mustard against the teal or what, but I just adored this. In fact, I liked the look so much that I spent weeks looking for a mustard colored cardi. Cannot wait to show that to you. Anyway, you can see the original outfit by clicking here.

White Sweater Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Whoever invented white sweater tights should get some sort of medal. I think they’re highly underrated but they’re so versatile. Really, next time you see a pair, grab them, you’ll wear them with everything and you legs will stay toasty warm. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

Blue Legs {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think this is one of the outfits that would’ve totally freaked out my parents back in the day. I’m not sure if I’d wear this again, it was fun but it was a little too bold for me. You can see the original outfit by clicking here.

What’s the craziest color tights you’ve ever worn?

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