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Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Just Being Me {In the Closet}

I so feel like the camel from the GEICO commercial… The week is almost over, y’all! I’m going to get to see the parental units this weekend, so that has me pretty excited. I enjoy seeing them, we make each other crazy like most families but we also have a lot of laughs. I’m also looking forward to breaking out the camera, it’s been so long since I’ve taken pictures of anything besides ummmm myself. Naturally, I’ve been mentally planning my outfits since we started talking about the visit. Oh, did I mention this is also a family reunion? Yeah, it is. I haven’t seen any of these people since I was like 10. That’s gonna be fun.

This outfit will not make the cut. It’s cute and all… But not go out in the dirt or whatever people do at family reunions kinda wear. This was actually one of my work outfits. Can I say again how much I appreciate not having to wear a uniform? Or abide by a strict dress code.

Beige Cardi Olive Tank and Lavender Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

Normally, I keep my accessories to a minimum: wedding set and earrings. Every now and then I’ll throw on something extra if I remember. The day I wore this, it was all about that ring. That is one big honkin’ ring but I love it. It looks all fancy and e’erything. Just makes me wanna throw my pinky up when I drink. And it only set me back a buck. Yes, $1.

Beige Cardi Olive Tank and Lavender Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

Did you notice the nails? I got the idea from Pinterest. I thought it was just too funky not to try. My girls were like “Mom, that’s just crazy.” It’s not something I would wear on a regular basis, but for every now and then? Yeah, I can handle it… Next time, I want to try adding little gold bits similar to what’s in the original photo.

Beige Cardi Olive Tank and Lavender Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you want to know a secret about my skirt? It’s really a strapless dress. Clever, right? Well, I wanted to wear the dress to work, but ummmm strapless is hardly appropriate in the library, so I figured why not shimmy that baby down around my hips and see what happens. My co~workers were all “That’s soooo cute.” And I was like “Thank you.”

Beige Cardi Olive Tank and Lavender Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you have a dress code at work? How do you add your own personality to it?

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Maxi Skirt or Seamless Yoga Pants? {In the Closet}

I read somewhere {Pinterest, maybe?} that all girls feel dressed up in a maxi skirt but deep down inside we all know it’s just a pair of yoga pants without seams.  That statement made me laugh and nod my head in agreement. Really, jersey is probably one of the most fabulous fabrics ever.

Denim Jacket Animal Print Blouse and Black Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know I look like I’m dressed for Fall or Winter, except for the sandals,  in this outfit but this is what I wore to church last Sunday. It was burning up outside but ohmyword was it cold in the church. Seriously, what is up with the AC being on “morgue”? I think I should be granted control of the thermostat in all public spaces.

Denim Jacket Animal Print Blouse and Black Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are you an AC fan? Or are you Team Keep It Comfortable?

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Five Things {In the Closet}

Do your remember those old fashioned “Get to Know Me” memes that were so popular back in the early days of blogging? I used to love those! Such a fun way to get to know my fellow bloggers.  Anyway, I haven’t participated in one in forever. So imagine my happy when Mrs AOK, one of my newest bloggy buddies, tagged me in her post and asked me to answer some questions. So here I go:

Olive Tank Denim Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Five Things I Have a Passion For:

  • My God
  • My family
  • Coffee
  • Helping people
  • Shopping

Five Things I Would Like to do Before I Die:

  • Hold at least one of my grandchildren while they’re still new
  • Watch my 3 younger kids graduate from high school
  • Spend a weekend with my sisters
  • Have a big ol’ fashioned holiday meal with all of my kids and grandkids
  • Run a 5K without stopping

Five Things I Say A Lot:

  • Cool beans
  • Y’all
  • Huh?
  • Dude
  • Seriously?

Five Books or Magazines I’ve Read Lately:

  • Runner’s Devotional
  • Never Again Good~Bye
  • Reach: How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God
  • 11/22/63
  • Glamour

Five Favorite Movies:

  • Imitation of Life
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • The Stepford Wives {both versions}
  • The First Wives Club
  • Left Behind

Five Places I Want to Visit:

  • Grand Canyon
  • A bed and breakfast in an historic town
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Italy
  • Madagascar

I tag each of you, I’d like for you to answer the questions {all or some} either in the comments below or on your own blog. Make sure you link back so I can see your answers.

Olive Tank Denim Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

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Zigzag Maxi Dress and Platform Shoes {In the Closet}

I’ve often said that I was born in the wrong decade. I should’ve been a flapper {I totally would’ve been hanging off some gangsta’s car} or a hippie {my hippie name is Dani Blue Sky Eagle Feather. Kid you not.}. But since my parents didn’t get their timing right, I have to play a hippie on my blog.

Gray Cardi and Print Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

From the zigzag print and the funky colors to the layered tiers, doesn’t this maxi dress just scream retro? And can we talk about the length? I wasn’t sure about the hi~lo hem because the back is so long that it actually drags on the ground… But when I found those shoes, I may have squealed a bit in the store. Those fabulous babies set me back a whopping $3.99! Aren’t they fab?

Gray Cardi and Print Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}
About the bag. That bag is one of my favorite summer totes. My kids call it my “Toddler Stealing Bag” because it can fit a toddler quite comfortably. I won’t tell you how we know this. I know it doesn’t match {or even go with} my dress but I like it and, really, that’s all that matters.

Gray Cardi and Print Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

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Shoespiration {In the Closet}

This week’s outfit was inspired by…

 Pink Cardi Black and White Top and Green Tweed Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

 Pink Cardi Black and White Top and Green Tweed Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

…My shoes. I’ve had these pretties in my closet for years. This may be the second time I’ve worn them. What attracted them to me in the first place was the multi~colored floral pattern. They were unique and very different from anything else I owned.

Pink Cardi Black and White Top and Green Tweed Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Dressing around my shoes led to a whole lot of pattern and color mixing. Florals with Dalmation spots, really? I think the black belt helped to ground all the colors and different textures from the knit of the cardi, to the sheen of the blouse, to the tweed in the skirt. Honestly, I think this may be the most I’ve ever had going on in one outfit.

Pink Cardi Black and White Top and Green Tweed Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

And before I go, can we discuss that Dalmation print blouse? It has a sweet little Peter Pan collar that just left me stumped. I tried leaving it unbuttoned but I didn’t like the way it fell. Maybe if I’d had a chunky necklace to fill in the gap? Have you noticed that seems to be a lot of my problem, a lack of necklace? Maybe it’s time for me to go jewelry shopping.

Do you have plans for the 4th?

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