21st Oct2013

Pantone~Inspired Fall Color Challenge: Day 1 {In the Closet}

by Daenel

I love a good challenge, especially when it’s hosted by librarians. Add in clothes and I’m all in.

Magenta Cardi Floral Blouse Khaki Skirt Black Tights and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

The first color up is “vivacious”: which is described as magenta. The whole time I was looking for something to wear, all I kept hearing was Blanche Deveraux from The Golden Girls talk about how she uses magenta to describe her mood when she’s not quite blue with depression and not quite green with envy…

Magenta Cardi Floral Blouse Khaki Skirt Black Tights and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think I kind of understand where Blanche was coming from… Magenta is one of those colors that isn’t quite happy but not really sad either. Or maybe it has the potential to go either way, depending upon the colors it’s paired with. Like our emotions. My emotions.

Magenta Cardi Floral Blouse Khaki Skirt Black Tights and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Today was one of those days that had the potential to go either way: magenta sad or magenta happy. It was magenta happy. I was able to help a couple of students find some information they needed, my meetings went well, overall, I had a blessed and happy day.

How about you? Was your day magenta sad or magenta happy?

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Daenel T

16th Apr2013

First Impressions {In the Closet}

by Daenel

For the most part, I’m comfortable with myself. There are days when I think I look like a big hulking figure clunking through the stacks at the library but then there are days when I feel like I’m strolling down my own personal red carpet. The times when I’m most unsure are when I’m meeting someone for the first time. First impressions are lasting impressions. So I usually try to wear something that makes me feel confident.

Cream Cardi Floral Dress Mustard Tights and Brown Mary Janes {Living Outside the Stacks}

And, believe it or not, short hair does it for me. I’d been wanting to cut my hair short for a long time but I’d been resisting the urge. Short hair makes me feel both funky and feminine.

Cream Cardi Floral Dress Mustard Tights and Brown Mary Janes {Living Outside the Stacks}

With short hair, I have to really work to keep from looking too masculine, so that means wearing girly clothes, fun accessories, and more makeup. Yes, Shontel, that includes lipstick. My sister is forever telling me that I need to wear lipstick.

Cream Cardi Floral Dress Mustard Tights and Brown Mary Janes {Living Outside the Stacks}

What makes you feel confident when you have to make a good first impression?

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03rd Apr2013

Weird Compliments {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Last week I shared an interesting grocery store encounter with my Facebook friends, so I decided to share it here because it was, well, weird. Although deep down inside I’m sure it was meant as a compliment…

Cashier #1: “When we go out tonight, I wanna wear what she’s wearing.” (looking at me)
Cashier #2: “You wanna go shopping?”
Cashier #1: “No, I want what she has on right now. Take her clothes…”
Me: “Uhhhh” I didn’t know what to do with that conversation so I backed away slowly

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

I didn’t think there was anything particularly theft worthy about my outfit. Just about everything was purchased either second hand or on clearance.Denim Jacket Black Tee Brown Skirt and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: TEES FROM WALMART ~ $5.99 each

In fact, the most expensive thing I’m wearing is that handbag. It’s by Sharif for HSN. I love most of his bags. They’re just this side of funky and you don’t see everyone carrying them.

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

Now I’ve had people compliment my outfits before but I’ve never had anyone want to take the clothes off my back. So that brings me to this, have you ever received a compliment that kinda freaked you out?

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27th Mar2013

Warding Off the Chill {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Hi, everyone! How’re things going in your neck of the woods? It’s still kinda chilly cold here. And I am so over it. Seriously, y’all where is Spring?
 Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

To ward off the chill, I decided to dress in layers and add a handmade scarf. You can’t tell but that scarf has gold thread woven through it that gives it just a bit of glitz.

Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Those jeans are rapidly becoming my faves; I like that they’re all broken in and kinda baggy. A couple of more washes and they’ll have the perfect amount of softness to them.

 Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: Corduroy Jacket from Goodwill ~ $3.99

This is what I wore on Saturday to hang out with the hubs. We went out for breakfast, ran some errands, and then visited a couple of antique shops. The hubs found some candlestick holders that he liked; I found a vase and a vintage embroidered handbag from India. You can take a sneak peek at the handbag by clicking here. My plan is to use as a decorative accessory for the end table but I may carry it on a date night.

 Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

How was your weekend?

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19th Mar2013

Pattern Mixing {In the Closet}

by Daenel

It was bound to happen, after months of watching other bloggers do it and do it well, I’ve finally mixed my patterns! I don’t know what took me so long, I guess it was nerves. We were always taught to never ever mix florals and plaids or stripes and dots.

Salmon Cardi Floral Tee and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

But then we were also taught not to wear white after Labor Day and I threw that out the window years ago. So, you’d think I would’ve tossed this rule too. Maybe I’m a little bit more traditional than I like to think. shudder

Salmon Cardi Floral Tee and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

This pattern mixing worked for me because the main color of the cardi matched the accent colors in the tee. I don’t know if I could do pattern matching with mixed matched colors. Which is so odd for me considering my matching code goes something like this: “If you see the colors together in nature, you can wear them together on your body.”

Salmon Cardi Floral Tee and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: Target Tee from Goodwill (with the tags) ~ $3.99 

And speaking of being traditional and all that, I recently read a discussion about how female bloggers (specifically, fashion bloggers) are all starting to dress alike because they’re we’re being so influenced by each other. Hmmm, interesting thought but I don’t agree. I think, if anything, there’s more celebration and embracing of the uniqueness and diversity of style that exists among women.

What do you think? Are we all starting to dress alike?

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12th Mar2013

Geek is Chic {In the Closet}

by Daenel

A few weeks ago I was asked by a friend if I ever have a casual day. Ummmm, yeah. All. The. Time. Most of the pictures that I post for What I Wore Wednesday are taken when I’ve either just gotten home from work or before I head off to church. If I’m just hanging out around the house, I’m in jeans and a tee or, much to the hub’s horror, sweats and an over sized tee.

Citron Cardi Geek Tee Jeans and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

However, last Friday I was feeling pretty rushed casual, so I wore a tee, cardi, and jeans to work. I “amped” it up a bit by adding a pair of funky oxfords. Fortunately, for me, I work in a relatively casual environment so I didn’t raise too many eyebrows. Although I was called “geek” all day long. I didn’t mind. I own my geekiness.

Citron Cardi Geek Tee Jeans and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

And, you know what, you can never go wrong with Kermit. AmIright?

Citron Cardi Geek Tee Jeans and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: Tee from Dollar General ~ $6

 What do you wear when you’re having a super casual day?

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05th Mar2013

Neutral Boho {In the Closet}

by Daenel

For the past year or so I’ve been posting a fashion post of some sort on Wednesdays, but I’ve never really addressed why I decided that this is something that I wanted to do consistently. So I like that Kelly at Kiwi Women’s Style decided to make this the topic for this week’s Wardrobe Wednesday.

Gray Cardi White Tee Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Like many of you, when I first started participating in these weekly linkups, I was a stay~at~home wife and mom who rarely felt the need to dress in anything more than comfy sweats and a stolen borrowed tee. On the rare occasions when I did leave the house, I would go all “Models, Inc.” as the hubs likes to say. The weeks of sweats with the few breaks of dress started to take a toll on my self~esteem. I started to feel like nothing… Like I didn’t matter. Or worse, that I was invisible. Crazy how much putting on clothes can influence the way one feels, huh? And, yeah, it’s easy to say Why didn’t you just get dressed every morning then? But it’s hard to get dressed just to sit around the house, ya know? I’m telling you, Abby at Dear Abbyleigh hit the nail on the head when she said “dress for the day you’re having and not the one that’s having you.”

Then I discovered Lindsey’s What I Wore Wednesday posts on The Pleated Poppy and I was stunned to realize there were other women out there who felt the same way I was feeling. It was great to be a part of a community of women who were sharing similar experiences. As time progressed and I started reading beyond the style posts, I found women who offered advice on moving through the various life stages. This connection became crucial to helping me through a tough time {I was unemployed for what felt like forever and my children were at that stage where they only needed me for taxi and ATM purposes, etc}. Life was hard.

Gray Cardi White Tee Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Gray Cardi & Socks ~ Target

White Tee ~ Dollar General

Necklace ~ The River Runs Thru It Antique Shoppe

Belt & Skirt ~ Thrifted

Boots ~ Payless

Reading the comments from different bloggers has helped me to embrace my quirky style and try new things… Who knew I was a lover of skirts? And, omg, if it weren’t for these weekly linkups I never would have discovered the joys of thrifting. I also wouldn’t have found so many dear friends whose blogs I enjoy reading on a daily basis.

So why do you participate in the weekly fashion linkups?

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27th Feb2013

Casual in a Black Maxi Skirt {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Hi, all! I hope you’re having a great week so far. Mine has been so~so. And it’s only Wednesday. Like I tell the hubs, sometimes my job interferes with my ability to live. Know what I mean? I get off work at 5, have about a 15 to 20 minute commute depending on traffic then I get home and really want to do nothing. Instead, I change clothes and start cooking; I realize this is every woman’s routine (whether she works in or out of the home) but it’s exhausting.

Gray Cardi, Black Scarf, Citron Tee, and Black Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs has precious little free time too, so when we do get a chance to spend time together, I get all excited and I start planning my outfit waaaay in advance. When I first looked in the mirror, I wasn’t sure if the actual picture was as nice as my mental one.

Gray Cardi, Black Scarf, Citron Tee, and Black Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

I wanted things to be simple yet dressy because we really didn’t have a plan for how we’d spend our time together. Cute initial necklace, huh? It was a gift many years ago from one of my kids from the school Christmas store. I didn’t start wearing it until this year, who knew my kids had such good taste?

Gray Cardi, Black Scarf, Citron Tee, and Black Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

For weeks, I’d been looking for a black maxi skirt. Thank you, Pinterest, for these random fashion obsessions. But it was almost impossible until last week when I walked into Walmart and saw this one hanging on the rack all by it’s lonesome. It was just begging to come home with me; naturally, I obliged.

Gray Cardi, Black Scarf, Citron Tee, and Black Maxi {Living Outside the Stacks}

When I walked out of the room, the hubs whispered “Wow”. Let me tell ya, that’s the best compliment ever. You can see some of the pictures from our wandering by clicking here.

What’s a typical date night outfit for you?

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13th Feb2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

If you follow me on Facebook, then you know the last week at work has been nothing but meeting after meeting after meeting. These endless meetings have only solidified my belief that meetings should never occur before noon or after 3 PM. Nor should they happen on Mondays or Fridays. And whoever calls it should have to supply food and coffee.

Coral Cardi, Brown Cami, Brown Skirt and Black Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I mean, seriously, what is with 2 hour meetings? Unless, of course, we’re discussing something fun like shopping, decorating, or playing with makeup. You know, stuff I really enjoy doing.

Coral Cardi, Brown Cami, Brown Skirt and Black Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

But, hey, I was comfortable and felt relatively cute, so I’m not complaining. Too much. Really, is there anything worse than having a good hair day, fab clothes day, or spectacular makeup day and not having anyone to show it to?

Coral Cardi, Brown Cami, Brown Skirt and Black Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Also I’m thinking now that I’ve moved the picture taking inside and am using a mirror I probably need to clean it. Funny how you never notice those things until it’s too late.

How do you get through meetings?

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06th Feb2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

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 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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29th Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

I’m sitting here in my living room watching the news, we’ve been under a tornado watch for the last 45 minutes or so. Still such a surreal feeling. I keep texting my staff at the library to see if they’re OK. I’m sure I’m getting on their nerves. But I worry. I told them that when they started working with me. So far everything is OK on our end; a lot of wind and rain with a bit of lightning. I can handle this…

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

The weather has been rather bipolar lately. Last week it was freeeeezing, like in the 30s. This week we had two days where it was almost 70°. Seriously, what is this? Yesterday I was complaining because it was cold and dreary and tired of winter, well, I don’t want it flip flopping either. Silly humans, we just can’t be satisfied.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

This faux fur vest is absolutely perfect for the crazy weather we’re having. I still haven’t quite figured out how to style it though. I see ladies wearing these vests with turtle necks and dresses, both of which I’ve tried with varying degrees of success. At first, I thought I was too ummmm, how should I say this too round to wear a faux fur vest. That’s also why I’ve mostly avoided animal prints, I have no desire to look like I should have a target on my heiny. But with ahem age comes wisdom and confidence. So I’ll be adding the faux fur vest into the rotation.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Paired with these Sofia Vergara jeans have I mentioned how much I heart these jeans I think it all has a kinda retro hippie chic vibe that is so me.

Faux Fur Vest, Black V Neck Sweater, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you own any faux fur pieces? How do you style them?

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23rd Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

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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16th Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

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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09th Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

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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04th Jan2013

Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}Hi, if you’re a regular reader you know that on Fridays I write a little post that I like to call “Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head”. It’s all about the crazy stuff that  I’ve read on the web or heard about on TV during the week. After writing that post for a year, I’ve learned one thing: there is a never ending stream of bizarre among the human race. And I love us for that.

With the new year I’ve decided to do a little revamping of these posts. The only things I’ve changed are the title and the picture. I like to think of these posts as if they’re conversations you and I would have over coffee. So I hope you’ll continue to join me each Friday for a cuppa and some head scratchin’…

1. Rape isn’t funny. And those who commit it, regardless of their age or athletic ability should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This past week a young lady who was gang raped in India died from her injuries. In Ohio an underaged girl was raped by members of a football team who videotaped the incident and then texted and tweeted about the incident. Reportedly members of the football boosters and others in the town helped to cover up the incident to protect the reputations of the football players. This is why Penn State happened. Stop giving athletes carte blanche to be jerks. Social media activists, the victims parents, and Anonymous are collecting information to help prosecute the rapists. I applaud them and the others who’re helping to bring this young lady’s rapists to justice.

2. I didn’t watch CNN’s New Year’s Eve show. I never watch it. And I’m glad I didn’t as it seems the big drop was Kathy Griffin falling to her knees and kissing Anderson Cooper’s crotch. Seriously. I don’t know who keeps telling her that she’s funny, she’s not. I don’t know who keeps telling her that she’s edgy, she’s not. I don’t know who keeps putting her on television, stop! This is one of  the reasons teens don’t appreciate the intimacy of sex.

3. When I was a kid I suffered from the ugly trifecta: thick glasses, braces, and freckles. I remember when I was about 15 years old a guy actually said to me “Someday you’re going to be irresistible.” I wanted to throat punch him. After nearly 5 years in braces and promises of all sorts of good things, my parents bought me contact lenses and I came into my own. But those braces were hard. And they hurt. That’s why I find it so mind boggling that there are people who’re wearing fake braces. Apparently, fake braces are all the rage in Asia and kids are dying from them. Black market braces I can’t believe I just typed that cost about $100 and can contain lead. Some teens are even putting them on themselves and then choking on the pieces when they come lose and slide down their throats. Hey, teens, you know what’s really cool and fashionable? Sending me your $100!

4. Another college student has nearly died because of hazing. deep sigh How many stories are we going to read like this before students get it through their heads that being whipped with a paddle, drinking as much alcohol as quickly as possible, or any of the other stupid stuff they do is not the way to acceptance? Of course, the parents are planning to sue the school because they didn’t watch their kid close enough; but my question is, Mom and Dad, what’re you planning to do to your kid? When are parents going to make their kids take a little responsibility for the dumb things they do? Theoretically, your kid is an adult meaning they’re supposed to be making smart decisions, and on some level they have to know that hurting themselves to join a sorority or a fraternity is ridiculous.

So what had you scratchin’ your head this week?

02nd Jan2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

How excited are you for 2013? I have finally accepted that I’ll be turning the big Four~Oh in March. I had planned to do sort of a big lead up to my fortieth birthday until I realized a few days ago that I no longer have two years to plan this because March is just a couple of months away. Seriously, I thought I was 38. Isn’t it sad when you can fool yourself so completely? So I don’t know what I’m gonna do to mark this milestone birthday but I know it has to be big. If you have suggestions please leave them in the comments. I’m game for just about anything.

I’ve also decided to document my outfits on Flickr in a set called 52 Weeks of Style, you can check it out here.

What I Wore Sunday

My inspiration for this outfit was found on Pinterest, where else? I was attracted to the bold and unexpected use of color and thought I could replicate it with items already in my closet.

Orange Cardi, White Button Down, Brown Skirt, Teal Tights, and Brown Booties {Living Outside</a></p>
<p>I wore this to church on Sunday and felt pretty comfortable. It was kind of drizzly outside, so I was certainly one of the more colorful parts of the day. <em>smile</em> I think that’s a good thing though. Who wants to blend in to a sea of blacks and browns? Not me.</p>
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<p>Notice that I’m wearing my cardi belted? Yeah, I kinda like that look. And because I don’t really have a defined waist, I think the belt helps me out a lot. It breaks up the line of color, so I think that’s a look I’m gonna keep up.</p>
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<p>The one change I would make to this outfit is that I’d leave the bottom two buttons on the white button down undone. I tend to do that with my cardis, so I’m not sure why I didn’t do it with the blouse. Other than that, I really felt comfortable and enjoyed my Pinterpretation.</p>
<p>I’m linking up with:</p>
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<li><strong><a title=Create Hope Inspire ~ Wardrobe WednesdaySharing handmade and store bought clothes along with tips and tricks

  • Dear Abbyleigh ~ Dress for the DayClothes can affect your mood; dress for the day you want to have, not the day that’s having you
  • The Pleated Poppy ~ What I Wore WednesdayEncouraging ladies everywhere to forgo sweats and yoga pants for fashionable looks
  • Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

    I’ll also be documenting my style for the next 52 weeks, you can follow along by clicking here.

    26th Dec2012

    Fashionable Legs {In the Closet}

    by Daenel

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

    I learned something about myself this year: I absolutely love skirts. For years, I was anti~skirt. I thought they were just too fussy for me and, honestly, I thought the only things that looked good on my body were jeans and sweaters. After a couple of trips to the thrift store, I found out that I was wrong; all it takes is a great pair of tights, cute shoes and some fun accessories and anyone can rock a skirt.

    One of my favorite brands for tights is No nonsense because, well, I like the control tops. I’ve given birth to four kids, I needed a little added support in the tummy area and these give just the right amount. And I don’t have to worry about VPL (visible panty line).  So when I was given the opportunity to be a part of the campaign for No nonsense tights and leggings I was all kinds of excited.

    No nonsense is a leading brand of women’s tights, leggings, hoisery with 90% of its products made here in the USA. And this fall, they teamed up with fashion expert, Jill Martin, to introduce their new colorful tights and leggings collection. Jill will be active on a variety of social media platforms, offering tips for how to incorporate these bold new looks into  your wardrobe.

    Here are two looks that I created with my No nonsense tights and leggings:

    Cream Cardi, Black Button Down, Gray Skirt, No nonsense black tights, and Mary Janes  {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Cardi, Button Down ~ Walmart

    Skirt ~ Goodwill

    Tights ~ No nonsense

    Mary Janes ~ Madden Girl, Burlington Coat Factory

    This skirt has been hanging in my closet for about a month and a half now, just waiting for the right completer pieces. Because of the fringed edge and the embroidery around the bottom, I knew I wanted to go bold on the bottom. I know, you’re thinking Daenel, you’re wearing black tights; but the old me would have worn nude pantyhose or bypassed the skirt altogether.

    The black patterned tights stand out against the gray skirt and the gray, navy and beige in my Mary Janes.

    Teal Cardi, Greige Blouse, Aubergine No nonsense corduroy tights,  and Booties {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Cardi ~ Deb’s

    Blouse, Necklace, and Booties ~ Target

    Corduroy Leggings ~ No nonsense

    The No nonsense corduroy leggings were incredibly fun to wear! One of my fashion goals this year was to step outside of my normal neutral color range and these leggings certainly helped.

    And purple is my all time favorite color but I still wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate these corduroy leggings into my wardrobe.

    I ended up pairing them with a floaty top with deep purple and pale lavendar flowers and a teal cardi. The booties were also something I normally wouldn’t have worn with leggings. I tend to go with knee high boots but I thought the booties added a little bit of edge. Side note: when my daughters saw those leggings, they started begging me for them. Fist bump to No nonsense for capturing the attention of my teens.

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    26th Dec2012

    My Favorite Outfits {What I Wore Wednesday}

    by Daenel

    Hi, everyone! How was your Christmas? Mine was wonderful. The hubs read the Christmas story to the kids and we talked about why we celebrate Christmas, how we’ve been blessed over the year, and then gave the kids their gifts. Even though our kids are teenagers, I like the tradition that we established when they were little people. It feels comfortable. Do you have any Christmas traditions?

    Another tradition I have is to do a review of the past year’s blog posts. It’s fun to look back and see how I’ve changed and to see what goals I’ve accomplished and what goals I need to push with me into 2013. So I thought it’d be fun to start my review with some of my favorite outfits from the past year.

    What I Wore 6 June

    Brown, Cream and Green Sleeveless Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Dress ~ Dress Barn

    I bought this dress to wear to a wedding years ago. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend the wedding so the dress sat unworn for months. Since then I’ve worn it twice. And every time I put it on I feel so elegant. Almost like I should be on the cover of a magazine.

    What I Wore 11 July

    Print Blouse and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Blouse ~ Deb’s

    Jeans, Wedges ~ Kmart

    Hands down, this is one of my favorite summer outfits. The colors on the blouse light up my face and the jeans fit like a dream. And, well, you can’t go wrong with wedges.

    What I Wore 5 September

    Denim Jacket, White Sundress  and Cowboy Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Denim Jacket, Sundress ~ Walmart

    Cowboy Boots ~ Thrifted

    This outfit was totally built around those cowboy boots. When I saw them at the store I literally squealed; I’d been wanting a pair of cowboy boots forever. And, come on, they’re red and they’re fabulous.

    What I Wore 8 October

    Citron, Purple Polka Dots, Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Cardi ~ Target

    Blouse ~ Thrifted

    Jeans ~ Kmart

    Boots ~ Payless

    I’d been trying to get more color into my life and I think I nailed it here. The citron in the sweater goes with the purple, greens and oranges in the blouse without being all matchy matchy. Nothing but fun.

    What I Wore 17 October

    Black Cardi, Tank, Khaki Skirt, Tights and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Cardi, Boots ~ HSN.com

    Tank, Skirt ~ Walmart

    Tights ~ Rite Aid

    Again, it’s all about the boots. Aren’t they fabulous? They’re Sebago and they’re sold on HSN.com. I do believe they are the best boots ever. They’re incredibly comfortable and versatile; I can wear them with anything. And that sweater? I waited months for it to go on sale. It was totally worth it.

    What I Wore 13 November

    Teal Cardi, Tank and Brown Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Cardi ~ Deb’s

    Tank ~ Kmart

    Skirt ~ Thrifted

    I absolutely adore the color combination here. Normally, I would’ve played it safe and worn a brown sweater but popping it with the teal just pulled it all together. I also stepped outside of my comfort zone and wore a belt around my waist. I almost never do that but I like the way it defined my waist. You can check out my favorite thrifted outfits by clicking here.

    What I Wore 11 December

    Black Sweater, Brown Cami, Floral Skirt and Black Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Sweater ~ Walmart

    Floral Pins ~ Handmade by Me

    Cami ~ Kmart

    Skirt ~ Thrifted

    Boots ~ Payless

    I heart this skirt so much! It makes me feel all girly and fun. I just wanna grab the hem and twirl like a little girl. And the boots keep everything from feeling too precious.

    So that’s it, my favorite outfits from 2012. I’m looking forward to sharing a happy, healthy and fashionable 2013 with you.

    Are you doing an outfit review? If so, leave a link in the comments below.

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    22nd Dec2012

    Weekend Fun {Saturday Share}

    by Daenel

    Teal Cardi Teal and Brown Floral Skirt Mustard Tights {Shoe Style Saturday}

    The hubs and I went on an impromptu date last night to Starbucks for some coffee. The hubs always gets a plain coffee. Drives me insane. I usually get one of the seasonal flavors, last night it was a Salted Caramel Mocha. While we were sitting in the parking lot we decided to go see what was playing at the theater; we ended up seeing “This is 40″.  That movie was alternately hilarious and sobering. Honestly, it was quite possibly one of the most realistic portrayals of what happens to individuals and couples as they see middle age staring them in the face. If you do go to see it, I have to warn you, there is a lot of vulgar language. And I do I mean a lot.

    I was also able to catch up on some blog reading this week and thought I’d share some of my favorite posts with you:

    • Easy 4 Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies {Mama Dweeb} ~ Annie is making cookie baking so easy for me this year.  Four ingredient cookies? Yes, please. And they’re four ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard.
    • Last Minute Gift Making Ideas {Oh, Sweet Joy!} ~ I’m the queen of procrastination. Also I’m not very good at picking out gifts for people. Are you the same way? Well, Kim shared 5 tutorials for some really cute last minute gifts that’ll leave establish you as the chicest gifter of all.
    • Macadamia Nut Bark  {Kleinworth & Co.} ~ Gina shared a recipe for Macadamia Nut Bark that’ll make your mouth water just from looking at the pictures. This year the kids and I plan to spend Christmas Eve baking cookies, I’m hoping to give these a whirl.
    • Molly {What I Wore 2Day} ~ I’ve always been told that I have a quirky fashion sense, but Kasmira takes it to a whole new level. I just love the way she mixes patterns and color. You can tell she has a lot of fun with her clothes. And, um, can I mention how much I heart her Miz Mooz Boots?
    • Spray Painted Twigmas Tree {Five Days… 5 Ways} ~ Raise your hand if your house doesn’t have any Christmas decorations up yet. Oh, it’s just me? Well then, I think it’s a little late to start decorating for Christmas now but I do need to decorate so my house can look more, um, finished. And these painted twigs by Abbie are absolutely perfect not just for Christmas but for filling in empty corners any time of the year.

    How was your weekend?

    19th Dec2012

    Thirty~Three {What I Wore Wednesday}

    by Daenel

    I have a problem. First step crossed. I totally dig thrifting. Second step conquered. I don’t want to stop. Third step failed. I so enjoy taking my $21 that’s my limit and  going into the thrift shop and coming out with 7 skirts. Yep, it’s always skirts. Well, except last week when I found the cutest sweater that I cannot wait to show you next week. Anyway, skirts were never a part of my wardrobe until I started hitting the thrift stores, now I can’t get enough. And they’re all so fashionable. I mean they are really trendy pieces, yet oh~so~classic. I don’t know why whoever is getting rid of these skirts is but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

    What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

    I felt so girly in this outfit. I’ve never really been a tweed girl but when I saw this skirt I simply had to have it. I like it with the cream turtle neck, but I think I could wear it with just about any color sweater and it’d work. Add a denim jacket and it’d be all kinds of funky.

    What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

    The one accessory I’m still trying to get used to wearing is a belt. When I look in the mirror, I feel like it’s not doing much for me but when I see myself in pictures, I can see the waist definition. And that’s where I need the most help.

    What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

    Can you believe I found that skirt at Goodwill? How cute is it? That bottom ruffle is everything, right? And those tights are from Dollar General! They’re actually sweater leggings.  So warm and cozy.

    What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

    What have you added to your wardrobe this year that you never thought you’d wear?

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