Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Happy New Year and 2014 Plans {In the Closet}

Happy New Year! Do you have big plans for 2014? I don’t have any resolutions. I have a hard time with those because I never follow through with them. I do have a few goals for this year:

  • Read the Bible in a Year ~ I read the Bible in 90 days a few years ago and enjoyed it. I think it’s time to do it again but on a less intense level.
  • Sign on for One Word 2014 ~ last year’s word was “Life”… I’m still not sure what this year’s word will be but I’m sure God will reveal it in His time.
  • Learn to use my Nikon D3100 ~ it’s a shame that I have this beautiful piece of equipment and I don’t know how to use it properly.

Gray Cardi Black Belt Dark Purple Skirt and Black Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is my last Sunday in 2014 Church outfit: a denim shirt under a cardi with a skirt. I’ve had that skirt in my closet since Summer. I wasn’t sure when, if, or how I’d wear it. But I knew I had to try. I just love the tulle panels. It makes it dressy without being too precious. I could easily see it with a t~shirt and a pair of black moto boots. Funny, how all of these ideas are coming to me now.

Gray Cardi Black Belt Dark Purple Skirt and Black Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let’s talk about the necklace, shall we? That little piece of fabulous was purchased from a vintage store when I lived in Pennsylvania. The clasp weakened and finally broke about a year ago so it’s been hanging in my closet since then. Because, well, I didn’t want to toss it. It’s so pretty. But I had the brilliant idea on Sunday to secure it with flowers and YAY, my necklace is reborn.

Gray Cardi Black Belt Dark Purple Skirt and Black Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

And then there’s Clayton, my new Florentine leather bag from Dooney and Bourke. I am so in love with that bag right now that if I had a child, I would name him or her Clayton. In fact, I love this bag so much that I may just legally change one of my kid’s names. The bag is huge, like toddler stealing size. This bag is definitely my new PFF {Purse Friend Forever}.

Gray Cardi Black Belt Dark Purple Skirt and Black Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

How did you spend the last few days of 2013? Do you have any goals for 2014? Please share.

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Daenel T

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Some of My Favorite Outfits of 2013 {In the Closet}

Wow, you guys, this year is rapidly coming to an end and, like every good blogger, it’s time to do that year in review. Normally, I’d wait until the last year of the week but, I think this year, I’d like to take that week just to kick back and relax. So, here goes…

Cream Cardi Citron Tee Denim Leggings and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I remember when I found that cardi at Goodwill, I immediately knew how I was going to wear it: with citron and brown. Seriously, can you think of a better color combination? It’s neutral but still has POP! And I think the wooden bracelet and the fabric wrapped bracelets just add to earthy feel of my outfit.

Faux Fur Collar Gray Cardi and Navy Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

This outfit totally made me feel like I’d just stepped out of a vintage ad. I’ve had that faux fur collar in my closet for yeeeears, attached to a sweater I knew I’d never wear but couldn’t bear to part with because of the faux fur collar. Then it finally dawned on me: TAKE THE COLLAR OFF, SILLY GIRL! Paired with a full skirt {thank you again, Goodwill} and those super cool Mary Janes and, yeah, I was prepared to give June Cleaver a run for her money.

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

I like this outfit for two reasons: the blazer and the boots! I’m so not a blazer girl, but this blazer has totally converted me. It’s another Goodwill find. Can I tell you how much I appreciate our donors at Goodwill? They have fabulous taste. And, um, hat tip to the citron and gold that bring this outfit to life.

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

The hubs and I were grocery shopping the first time I wore this outfit. It almost became the last time. The cashier looked at me and yelled at her friend: “I want her outfit.” Her friend asked me where I got it and as I started to reply, the cashier said: “No, I want to take the outfit off of her and wear it out tonight.” blank stare Needless to say, it was a long time before I went back to that store.

Brown Corduroy Jacket Neutral Scarf Gray Cardi and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Of all of the outfits pictured, this is probably the one that most closely matches what I wear to work on a regular basis. Again, it’s all the neutrals with the pop of color. And the layers. I just feel all warm and cozy. And incredibly self confident.

My Favorite Outfits of 2013 {Living Outside the Stacks}

What was your favorite outfit of 2013? Did you take any fashion risks?

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Daenel T

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Mustard, the Perfect Neutral {In the Closet}

Mustard, the Perfect Neutral {Living Outside the Stacks}
Mustard, the Perfect Neutral {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard, the Perfect Neutral {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard, the Perfect Neutral {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard, the Perfect Neutral {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard, the Perfect Neutral {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard, the Perfect Neutral {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard is quite possibly the most perfect color on earth. And I say that as a serious lover of purple. Seriously, is there a color that mustard doesn’t go with? You can pair it with reds, blues, browns, greens, grays… Neutrals and brights. It serves as a great base for prints and a pop for solids.

You absolutely positively cannot go wrong with mustard!

What’s your favorite mustard color combination?

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Daenel T

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