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

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

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First Impressions {In the Closet}

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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Weird Compliments {In the Closet}

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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Warding Off the Chill {In the Closet}

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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Pattern Mixing {In the Closet}

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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