29th Oct2014

Subtle Mixing: Polka {Puppy} Dots

by Daenel

Black and White Polka Dot Sweater and Black Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

I see that pose in magazines and thought I’d give it a whirl, um, it feels as weird as it looks…

Black and White Polka Dot Sweater and Black Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Seriously, polka dots and Scottie pups, what’s not to love?

Black and White Polka Dot Sweater and Black Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

I totally look like a librarian…

Y’all know I love myself some pattern mixing. I think it’s a fun way to mix up my clothes and add a little personality to my outfits. Usually when I mix my patterns I go for something bold and flashy but every now and then I like to take a walk on the subtle side, like with this outfit. By keeping everything in shades of black, the polka dots and the little Scottie pups take center stage without being too overwhelming.

Are you a pattern mixer? Do you prefer bold or subtle?

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23rd Oct2014

Librarian Chic with Modcloth

by Daenel

Every so often I like to peruse the web and do some virtual window shopping, especially when the weather starts to change and all the fun new styles start to come out. But I’ve never been challenged to create an outfit and share it on my blog until now.

One of the ModStylists at Modcloth contacted me to see if I’d be interested in pulling together an Autumn look and sharing it with you all… At first, I was kind of hesitant because I wasn’t sure if I’m in the Modcloth demographic. I mean, I’m 42 years old. But once I started looking around, I found that there are pieces that I could easily incorporate into my current wardrobe without making me look like I’m trying too hard to be young.

Anyway, here’s an outfit that I’d wear on a typical day at work:

Autumn Look with Modcloth {Living Outside the Stacks}

A look at the individual pieces:

Your Fireside of the Story Cardigan in Navy {Modcloth}

Your Fireside of the Story Cardigan in Navy {Modcloth}

I chose this cardigan because, well, cardigan. And who doesn’t love a cozy cable knit cardigan? Especially when you’re working in a cold library. I also like the patch pockets and the big ol’ buttons. The deep rich navy color is just one of those shades that’ll go with any and everything.

Come Check It Out Tee {Modcloth}

Come Check It Out Tee {Modcloth}

During the rare times when I wear graphic tees to work, I like for them to be library related. I think it adds a bit of humor to my day and gives me the opportunity to highlight some library kitsch. I also find that “V” neck tees are particularly flattering on me. For the sake of modesty, I’d add a cardigan in a contrasting color

Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt in Stem Green {Modcloth}

Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt in Stem Green {Modcloth}

Because I’m “fluffy” in the middle and the hips, I prefer fuller skirts. You know, nothing that’s gonna grab or hug… I also like to balance out the top — everything above the waist is fitted so below the waist has to be a bit lose and flowy. I also think the bright green is a nice contrast to the neutral gray of the tee and the tights. And, seriously, how fab do green and navy look together?

Layer It On Tights in Light Gray {Modcloth}

Layer It On Tights in Light Gray {Modcloth}

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I LOVE TIGHTS. They can be patterned or solid, thick or thin, cabled or not. I just love them. I think they add a nice layer of warmth and they can either pop or ground an outfit. In this case, I’m using the gray to ground the outfit.

Cause for Collaboration Heel in Burgundy {Modcloth}

Cause for Collaboration Heel in Burgundy {Modcloth}

And now for the wild card: the shoes! Are these not the most fabulous looking oxfords ever? I like that the heel is high enough to give me a little lift but sensible enough for all day wear. The burgundy color is also fifteen shades of wonderful and all kinds of fun.

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22nd Oct2014

What I Wore: Bold Legs

by Daenel

 Citron Sweater Sequin Tank Denim Shirt Khaki Skirt and Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Confession time: I big puffy heart tights. I view them as an accessory and not just something to keep my legs warm. I wear my legs warm. I wear patterns, bold colors, subtle shades, neutral blacks, deep rich chocolates… I also like that they make a nice background for my morning coffee pictures.

 Citron Sweater Sequin Tank Denim Shirt Khaki Skirt and Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

 Citron Sweater Sequin Tank Denim Shirt Khaki Skirt and Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

As you can see, I’m still trying desperately to get that chambray shirt to work for me but I really don’t think it’s happening. At what point do you give up on trying to fit something into your wardrobe? I think if it were a darker wash I’d like it better. I don’t know… I guess that just proves that I never outgrew playing dress up.

 Citron Sweater Sequin Tank Denim Shirt Khaki Skirt and Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

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15th Oct2014

What I Wore: Transitioning from Summer to Fall

by Daenel

Black Cardigan and Horse Print Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hello, My Lovelies! Hope you’re having a good week so far. We’ve been having a crazy amount of rain and wind. In fact, we spent part of Monday hunkered down in the basement thanks to the tornado sirens. I know I said I wanted sweater weather but I don’t recall asking for storm shelter weather. It’s too soon for all of this…

Black Cardigan and Horse Print Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

Thankfully, I was able to stockpile a few pictures before the days started getting shorter {and windier and cooler}.

Black Cardigan and Horse Print Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve worn this dress several times before. You can see it here and here. One of my favorite ways is with the suede wine colored shooties, black tights, and black cardigan. I think the black tights and shooties keep the dress modest {it’s a little on the shorter side}, while the cardi wards off the chill.

Black Cardigan and Horse Print Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

My pup, Squeekerz, joined me for a picture. Usually he runs when he sees the camera, but lately he’s been, ummmm, posing for me. Check out his best poses here and here.

How do you transition your clothes from Summer to Fall?

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08th Oct2014

What I Wore: Denim Maxi Skirt

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Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

As I was walking to the truck I caught The Hubs giving me “The Look”. I smiled at him and said “Whaaaat?” He nodded and said “You look nice.” swoon There’s something about being told you look nice by your husband that makes you stand a little taller and smile a little broader, amiright?

Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think the new eyeglasses are a confidence booster as well. Nothing like being able to see the world around you…

Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I love denim maxi skirts. And have styled this one in the following two ways: work and bohemian. I’m a hippie at heart and would live in denim maxis if I could get away with it on a daily basis. Once it starts to get cooler, I’ll be pairing this skirt with a big ol’ chunky grandpa sweater and a pair of rugged ankle boots with tights and socks. And loads and loads of necklaces…

For this outfit, I wore a simple mustard cardi {an absolute MUST HAVE} with a brown and purple floral top. Both items have been in my closet forever. The owl was a spur of the moment Target purchase that has more than earned its keep. The shoes are comfortable and a little bit quirky. Gotta love Clark’s, right? And the skirt was purchased with a gift card from Amazon.com.

What’s your favorite statement piece?

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01st Oct2014

What I Wore: How I Choose What to Wear

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Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Recently I was asked what motivates me when getting dressed in the morning. Good question. There are days when I stand in front of my closet and think I have nothing to wear. There are also times when I look at what I’m wearing and think It doesn’t all have to be weird. I envy ladies who have it all together. You know, the ones who wear stilettos like I wear sneakers… Yeah, I can’t do that. Suits make my butt itch and button downs, cute though they may be, restrict the girls {but I do try, goodness knows I try}. As I’ve gotten, ahem, older, I’ve learned to embrace my quirky. Most of the time. And that’s what motivates me to get dressed in the morning. That and focusing on a few key pieces…

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

My outfits generally begin with one focus piece: shoes, necklace, blouse, socks… Something that’s captured my attention. In this case, it’s the necklace. Because the necklace is the focal point, I wanted to keep everything else simple. The black tee and baggy jeans are as basic as you can get without veering into the realm of boring. And the black laser cut brogues are just fun. I like the juxtaposition of the feminine necklace and the peek of lace under the black tee against the masculine boyfriend jeans and brogues.

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I found this string of {faux} pearls at a second hand store in Pennsylvania. About 2 weeks after bringing it home, the clasp broke so the necklace sat in my jewelry box for almost two years. This is ridiculous, I thought, there has to be some way to fix it or, at least, make the necklace wearable. Because there was no string left at the end near the clasp, I ended up “mending” the necklace with a safety pin and 3 flower pins I found at a craft store. To keep the necklace from flipping and showing my “repair work”, I pinned it to my tee to give it a placed but not placed look.

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not sure how many of you know, but I’m a Thyroid Cancer Survivor. So for years I’ve been wanting to put pink, purple, and teal streaks in my hair, but I haven’t been brave enough. Last night I decided to dip my toes into the purple pool. I didn’t think it was visible but I can see it in these pictures. And I like it. I’ll definitely be adding the other two colors in the near future.

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

What motivates you to get dressed in the morning? How do you choose your outfits?

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17th Sep2014

What I Wore: Fashion Flashback

by Daenel

Have you ever gone back through your outfit pictures, looked at something and thought: Hmmmm, why haven’t I worn that again? That’s totally what I was thinking when I looked at this picture from 2012. Like, seriously, this is such a “Daenel outfit”…

So I’m resharing the post in the hopes that you’ll be inspired to go back through your closet and revisit a fashion fave.

What I Wore Sunday

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, I absolutely positively love Junk Gypsies on HGTV, so when I went to their website and saw that mug on sale, I just had to have it. Unfortunately, you can’t see it very well in that picture, but trust me, it’s one big honkin’ hunk of ceramic fabulousness. I didn’t receive any compensation for this, I just big puffy heart that show and, well, that ginormous mug helps me to get my coffee happy on.

What I Wore Sunday

Anyway, I wore this outfit to church on Sunday, the dress is a little somethin’ somethin’ I picked up from Walmart a few years ago but rarely wear. Not really sure why, since I absolutely adore it. And, yo, it was a steal for something like $12. The jacket has been in my closet forever.

What I Wore Sunday

See how I’m finally starting to work accessories into my outfit? I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, I have so much great stuff that just sits in my drawer…

What I Wore Sunday

Ever since we moved to Missouri a year ago, I have been dying to get a pair of cowboy boots. I mean, like seriously scoping out cowboy boots only to get sticker shock. As much as I love shoes, there’s no way I could justify the price. So when my coworkers and I went into this little consignment shop called The Clothesline, I about fainted when I spotted a red pair sitting on a shelf. Honestly, how perfect are those boots? And they only cost me $8.50. Shut the front door! Total score, right?

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

So what outfit will you revisit?

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10th Sep2014

Black and Gray Kind of Day

by Daenel

Gray Cardi White Tee Black Maxi and Black Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Gray Cardi White Tee Black Maxi and Black Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Gray Cardi White Tee Black Maxi and Black Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Gray Cardi White Tee Black Maxi and Black Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week. sigh It’s only Wednesday and it has already been a week. Nothing bad has happened. Nothing good has happened. It has just been one of those weeks where I feel like I’m existing instead of living. If something good or bad happened, at least I have an explanation for what I’m feeling. Right now there’s nothing…

This is what I wore to work on Tuesday. In my mind, I thought the striped socks with the black cutout oxfords would be a fun twist to an otherwise neutral outfit. And, while there was a little spark of something flickering, most of the day I just wanted to be anywhere but where I was.

Do you have days like that? How do you deal?

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03rd Sep2014

What I Wore: Denim Shirt, Eyelet Skirt, and Sseko Sandals

by Daenel

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Happy Wednesday! Hope y’all are having a great week. I am. Any short work week is a great week, am I right? How did you mark the unofficial end to summer? I slept. A lot. The past 3 weeks have been emotionally draining, so being able to veg just felt right. Ever have a day like that?

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

The eyelet skirt has been hanging in my closet since last year. It was a cute little something that I picked up at our local thrift store for $3. I thought it’d made a cute petticoat {or skirt lengthener} but I haven’t tried it that way just yet.

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m still trying to work this denim shirt into my wardrobe. I don’t know why I’m having such a difficult time with it. I keep trying to think of it as jeans but for my top half, but it’s just not working. I’ve even pinned outfits on Pinterest but I feel like the shirt just isn’t me. BUT I LOVE THE SHIRT! How would you wear it? The belt is pretty old. I can’t even remember where I found it now. But it’s all kinds of fabulous, right?

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of the things I’ll miss most about summer is wearing my Sseko Sandals. These are my go~to shoes during the summer. I like that the ties are interchangeable and that they can be tied in variety of ways. When I’m in a hurry, I do a quick banded classic tie; when I have time, I love to experiment.

Denim Shirt White Eyelet Skirt and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

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13th Aug2014

The Thrifted Coral Lace Dress

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Coral Lace Dress and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coral Lace Dress and Sseko Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Happy Wednesday! I hope y’all are having a fabulous week. This is my last week with all of my kids at home. big ugly cry Three of my kids will be moving into the dorms this weekend and in to next week. And my youngest starts her senior year of high school tomorrow. so not ready  I remember thinking when they were little that they were never gonna grow up, now I’m thinking how did they grow up so fast? But grow they do, so if you have littles at home, treasure them. Hug them. If your daughter want to wear jeans and a tutu to the grocery store, let her… Mine wore angel wings. If your son thinks headbutting you is an appropriate display of affection, teach him to fist bump… Yeah, mine did that.

So before I start weeping at my desk, let’s get to the dress. I picked this up at one of the local thrift stores for $6.99. Tags still attached. Normally, I’d wear this with jeans because of the shorter length but I decided to be brave and pair it with my Sseko sandals and call it a day. The dress is a really cute coral color with an attached slip that’s a couple of shades lighter so that it gives an almost nude allusion. The back, which I wish I’d taken a picture of, has a really cute exposed zipper which I LOVE LOVE LOVE! Normally, I’m not a big fan of lace, it tends to be stiff and a bit itchy, but this is stretchy and soft. And when fall comes, I can so pair it with a scarf, leggings, and boots. Win!

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06th Aug2014

Channeling the Seventies

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Sheer Blouse Flare Leg Jeans and Platform Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sheer Blouse Flare Leg Jeans and Platform Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sheer Blouse Flare Leg Jeans and Platform Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sheer Blouse Flare Leg Jeans and Platform Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let’s talk about that sheer blouse. Thrifted for $3. Is that not the best price ever?! I picked it up because, well, the price and the color. It’s sort of a dusty rose brown color. Very seventies. Even with the bow, I think it’d look cute layered with a bunch of pearls and metallic necklaces.

I don’t wear jeans often but when I do, they’re almost always flare legs. I know they’re not everyone’s style but, for me, the bigger the flare the happier I am.

And wedges. Deep heavy sigh. I love a wedge. They’re comfortable. They give me height and they offer stability.

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30th Jul2014

Color Burst

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Pink Cardi, Mustard Striped Tee, and Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Pink Cardi, Mustard Striped Tee, and Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Well, hello there! I hope your week has been fabulous so far. Mine has been great. I’m two days in to a seven day running streak, so yay! My muscles are sore but my mind and spirit are clear. And can you see the muscle definition forming in the front of my legs? I’ve always thought I somewhat resembled Sponge Bob Square Pants. giggle

So today I’m all about color and pattern. My theory on color is if you see it together in nature, you can wear it on your body. Really, isn’t God the ultimate designer? You are familiar with His work, right? Stunning! As for pattern mixing, I’m all about quirky. In my head, florals and stripes go with everything! Florals and dots. Stripes and plaid. Floral and plaid. Stripes and dots. It’s all interchangeable as long as there’s something in the mix that unifies the look.

For example, I use mustard as a neutral {you can see how I use it as a base color here as well}, so it’s a non~color color that just so happens to make the golds and browns in my skirt and shoes pop. The pink cardi is an add on piece that goes with {not matches} the cream in the stripes of my tee and the beige in my skirt. And the shoes? Well, they’re just a fabulous pair of buckled men’s wear inspired oxfords that I always seem to forget are in my closet.

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23rd Jul2014

Dress Over Jeans

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Pink Polka Dot Dress Over Jeans and Sseko Sandals Living Outside the Stacks}

Pink Polka Dot Dress Over Jeans and Sseko Sandals Living Outside the Stacks}

Pink Polka Dot Dress Over Jeans and Sseko Sandals Living Outside the Stacks}

Today was supposed to be the last installment in my How to Wear a Denim Maxi Skirt series but… I’ve been working with sick family members for a few days and now I’m sick. Some weird stomach thing that doesn’t have the decency to know when it’s no longer welcome. So I had to go through my “stash o’ pics” and see what I had floating around…

I’ve worn a dress over jeans looks before, you can check them out here. In fact, it’s one of my favorite looks. What I don’t do very often is show my arms. Or define my waist with a belt, for that matter. I did both with this cute little dress {which set me back a whopping $2.50 from the clearance rack at JC Penney} and I absolutely love the look. My sandals, which you can see here, are incredibly bright, as is the dress, so grounding them with a black belt just seemed to fit.

My daughter asked me about the pink and green color combination, it’s not something I’d usually wear. But I was totally inspired by the top in this post {women over twenty should have fun with their clothing} and the wall in this post {that green just spoke to me} by Glenda at So What to Twenty! Honestly, Glenda is just an inspiration all the way around… I love how she weaves stories in with her style posts.

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16th Jul2014

How to Wear a Denim Maxi Skirt: To Work

by Daenel

White Button Down Denim Maxi Skirt and Flats {Living Outside the Stacks}

White Button Down Denim Maxi Skirt and Flats {Living Outside the Stacks}

White Button Down Denim Maxi Skirt and Flats {Living Outside the Stacks}

White Button Down Denim Maxi Skirt and Flats {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last week, I showed you how to wear a denim maxi skirt boho style. It’s one of my favorite ways to wear my denim maxi, but it can also be dressed up for work. Button down shirts are a wardrobe staple. If you don’t have one, go out and buy one now. They can be paired with anything from skirts to shorts and slacks to jeans.

A simple metallic belt and a couple of bracelets are my only accessories. Minimalism is key in the workplace. Especially when you work in a place like a library {which I do}, you don’t want a lot of jingling. And a cute pair of flats to finish things off.

Next week, I’ll conclude with How to Wear a Denim Maxi Skirt for Play!

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09th Jul2014

How to Wear a Denim Maxi Skirt: Boho Style

by Daenel

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I absolutely positively love skirts. Especially maxi skirts. But denim maxi skirts have totally stolen my heart. They’re quite possibly one of the most versatile pieces of clothing, you can dress them up or down. They can be worn to church, to work, or to simply hang out with family and friends.

When I first purchased this skirt, I tried looking up different ways to wear it but all I kept seeing were black maxis, white tees, and denim shirts. Where oh where were the denim maxi skirts? I can’t possibly be the only one who likes them. Can I? I mean, if I am, it wouldn’t be the first time I was the only one who rocked a special look. “Boy” suspenders, anyone?

So I decided that I’d do my own little series because I know there are other ladies out there who love a denim maxi skirt. Notice how I keep saying that? I really don’t want to be the only one…

Denim maxi skirts are perfect for creating a boho chic look. Like jeans, denim maxis have a relaxed laid back feel to them. And when you pair them with a flowy  blouse, a ton of chunky jewelry, and 70’s inspired wedges like I did, the look is total flower child meets suburban mom. Quite a mix, no?

Next week I’ll show you how to take a denim maxi skirt to the office. Or, in my case, to the library.

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02nd Jul2014

Faking Self Confidence

by Daenel

Cream Polka Dot Shirt, Floral Skirt, and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cream Polka Dot Shirt, Floral Skirt, and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cream Polka Dot Shirt, Floral Skirt, and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cream Polka Dot Shirt, Floral Skirt, and Oxfords {Living Outside the Stacks}

Earrings: Sloan + Themis

Necklace: CharlotteisChaCha

Blouse: Target

Skirt: Kmart

Oxfords: Marshall’s

Photos courtesy of Miss 20. Thank you.

I love wearing these two {really there’s three, if you count the collared tee underneath the polka dot shirt} pieces together. When I’m having a bad day, this just picks me up. Which is funny because the shape does absolutely nothing for me. In fact, it emphasizes everything I want to hide…mostly my bulging middle and my skinny legs. But it also makes me smile. I think this is a case of pattern/color overcoming insecurities. Or maybe it’s just that I have to fake a certain amount of confidence to highlight the parts of me that I don’t really like… Then again, I could just be over thinking this whole thing…

Do you have an outfit like that? Something that requires that you fake self confidence?

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25th Jun2014

Black Shirt Dress and Clogs

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Black Shirt Dress Brown Sharif Bag and Black Clogs {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Shirt Dress Brown Sharif Bag and Black Clogs {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Shirt Dress Brown Sharif Bag and Black Clogs {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Shirt Dress Brown Sharif Bag and Black Clogs {Living Outside the Stacks}

So this week has been full of win! Earlier this week,  I found out that I won a gift card from Sylvia at 40+ Style. Yay! This made me all kinds of happy because I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of clogs for~evah. I’ve had my eye on these and soon they will be mine. Happy Dance And, yesterday morning, I found out that I won a year’s supply of shoe ties in the 12 Ways/12 Days/12 Women contest hosted by Sseko. Have you tried those sandals? They’re cute and money from the purchase of each pair of sandals goes to support a woman in Uganda to finish her college degree. You can see my Sseko sandals here.

Lest you think I’m being all Braggy McBraggerson, last night I dropped my phone into a sink of water. I could’ve cried. Actually, I think I did shed a few tears. Losing my phone is like losing a limb… A small, smart child… My life… A slight exaggeration but you know what I mean.

What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to your cell?

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18th Jun2014

Whimsical Horse Print Dress

by Daenel


Pink Cardi Horse Print Dress and Blue Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Pink Cardi Horse Print Dress and Blue Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Pink Cardi Horse Print Dress and Blue Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Pink Cardi Horse Print Dress and Blue Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have you ever had a day when absolutely nothing in your closet feels right? Like you go through ten or twelve outfits and nothing’s comfortable ~ too tight, too lose, too long, too short, etc. That was my day on Sunday. The Hubs took one look at the pile of clothes on the floor, sighed deeply, and walked out of the bedroom. If I could’ve separated myself from me, I would’ve done the exact same thing.

In the end, I grabbed this cute little horse print dress and called it a day. When The Hubs first picked it out for me, I could only imagine wearing it like this because of the length and the print. But I like it styled for summer too. While the shoes and cardi don’t exactly match, they kinda go with. I’m so in to “going with” instead of matching these days.

The shoes have been in my closet forever. I rarely wear them but every time I do, I think Gosh, I really need to wear these more often. They’re a funky shade of blue that isn’t too bright or too dark, almost a neutral, if you will.

I didn’t wear much jewelry. I’m still trying to figure out how to fill in that neckline. It needs something, I just don’t know what…

What about you, do you prefer to match or to go with?

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12th Jun2014

All About the Shoes {Repost}

by Daenel

This week it’s all about the shoes. Specifically, the sandals. I absolutely adore these bejeweled babies. They make me feel feminine and funky at the same time. They can be dressed up with slacks and white top or dressed down with maxi skirt and tank.

Turquoise Button Down White Eyelet Skirt and Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week I chose to pair them with a simple white eyelet skirt and turquoise button down blouse. Simple yet chic. With just a hint of funk.

Turquoise Button Down White Eyelet Skirt and Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Electric blue toes and big ol’  jewels.

Turquoise Button Down White Eyelet Skirt and Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}Turquoise Button Down White Eyelet Skirt and Sandals {Living Outside the Stacks}

Just perfect for the summer.

What are you wearing on your feet?

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04th Jun2014

Vintage Pin-Up with a Modern Twist

by Daenel

Floral Peplum Top Camel Pencil Skirt and Black Pumps {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about watching my children grow up is seeing their individual style develop. When she was younger, my daughter’s style was very similar to my own: very bohemian. But in recent years {actually, since she started college}, she’s found her own fashion niche.

Floral Peplum Top Camel Pencil Skirt and Black Pumps {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Floral Peplum Top Camel Pencil Skirt and Black Pumps {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think her style is both eclectic and classic. I call it vintage pin~up with a modern twist.

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