29th Oct2013

Conquering Bird Fear with Florals and Stripes {In the Closet}

by Daenel

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

OK, I’m totally digging florals and stripes. Ever since I put the two prints together here and here, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do it again. As you can tell, the mustard striped tee is my favorite base piece. Why? Because it’s the perfect neutral. Mustard works with everything. Don’t believe me? Check out my Pinterest board, it celebrates all things mustard.

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

It even goes with owls! Isn’t that necklace just too cute? It’s crazy that I own this necklace for one very big reason: I AM SCARED TO DEATH OF BIRDS! They’re flying rodents. I also have issues with cats but that’s another story. But I just couldn’t resist this little guy. Look at those eyes…

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

And about that skirt. $3 plus tax. Kid you not. I know I’ve said this before but I’m gonna say it again: to whoever it is who’s cleaning out her closet, THANK YOU!

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11th Sep2013

Florals and Stripes {In the Closet}

by Daenel

“Only you could pull off stripes and florals…”, the hubs upon seeing my outfit. My response? Smile and nod.

Taupe Cardi Striped Tee and Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Of course, I would never admit to him that I was having second thoughts about my choice but I didn’t have enough time to change. Pattern mixing is so far out of my comfort zone but I’m trying to broaden my sartorial horizons.

Taupe Cardi Striped Tee and Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is the second time I’ve worn stripes and florals. Of the two, I think this is my favorite version. I like the mustard against the turquoise and browns. And, of course, that skirt is probably my favorite thrift store purchase ever. It goes with everything. And it’s incredibly versatile ~ I can wear it cool and casual in the summer and pair it with tights, boots, and a chunky sweater for winter. I think the only thing I’d do differently with this outfit is wear a darker cardi, maybe in blue or dark brown.

What’s your favorite color combination?

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04th Sep2013

Thrift Store Chic {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Happy Wednesday! I hope you guys had a great Labor Day Weekend. I did, I got to see my twin sister and her family. Two days. In a row. By accident. The first trip to Nashville was on purpose, as in we fully intended to surprise her by just showing up at her front door. Which we kinda did. We ended up giving her a head’s up, ’cause, you know, driving 3 hours and then finding out she wasn’t home wouldn’t have been cool. That night as we were driving home, we realized that I had her boots and her stroller in my car, so we turned around the next morning and drove back to her house to return them. Crazy, no?

I don’t have any pictures from our visit because we were so busy talking and laughing that I forgot to whip out my camera. sad panda But trust me when I say we both looked incredibly cute. And so did her kids.

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

The ladies at work are always talking about how I seem to have a lot of cute clothes and I tell them that they could have the same wardrobe, all it takes is $20. Every pay day, I take a little cash and head over to the thrift shop and peruse the skirts. Have I mentioned how much I’m digging skirts? I figure I work hard for my money, I deserve to get a little something something for myself.

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

I know  thrift shopping isn’t for everyone but I enjoy it. I like clothes, shoes, and handbags, but my taste changes so much that I don’t want to spend a fortune on something I may not like in a few months. I also figure if something is in good condition then why not? And whoever is donating to our thrift shop has incredibly good taste and is making me oh so very happy.

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

Do you shop at second hand stores? Do you tell people?


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21st Aug2013

Mustard Cardi and Vintage Floral Top {In the Closet}

by Daenel

The struggle is real, y’all. For the last year or so  I’ve been obsessed with searching for a mustard cardi.  I’ve been pinning outfits with mustard cardis, combing through online shops, driving all across the State {OK, maybe I haven’t gone quite that far but close enough}, and, finally, I have one. It’s not quite as mustard/gold as I wanted, nor is it as dressy as I want it, but it’ll do. For now.

Mustard Cardi Floral Blouse and Flare Leg Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is the last week before school begins for the Fall Semester and everyone is feeling the pressure. Some of the students have started to come back on campus. Parents are ducking in and out of offices, trying to make sure their kids’ Financial Aid Packets have come through. And we are straddling that line between Summer wear and business casual.

Mustard Cardi Floral Blouse and Flare Leg Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

That blouse is one of my new favorite thrifting finds. In fact, I like it so much that I bought two of them. I know, right? Two of the same tops at the thrift store? The one I’m wearing is cream with vintage wash flowers and the other is white with the same vintage wash flowers. Usually, when I go thrifting it’s with $20 in hand and that’s all I allow myself to spend. Sometimes I hit the jackpot, other times it’s a bust.

Mustard Cardi Floral Blouse and Flare Leg Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I make the oddest expressions… I don’t know if I need a handheld remote or one of those little puppets above my camera to look at, but goodness knows I need something.

What do you think about when you’re taking your pictures?

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14th Aug2013

Denim and Pearls {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Happy Wednesday! Hope y’all are having a good week. I’m having a week. We’re preparing for the return of the students and no matter how much you think you’re ready, you’re not. All the stuff you kept putting off because “it’s summer” is now due. Eek!

Pearls, Chambray Shirt, and Tiered Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

But I’m not gonna lie, I love it when the students are on campus and things are busy. Although I don’t have as much interaction with the students as I used to when I taught, I still enjoy seeing them wandering the stacks, sitting in the chairs, and just hanging about.

Pearls, Chambray Shirt, and Tiered Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Besides the students, the return to school signals the return of Autumn. This makes me incredibly happy. I love the coziness and casual comfort of the season.

Pearls, Chambray Shirt, and Tiered Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is one of the outfits I can’t wait to transition to Autumn wear: a fisherman sweater, grey ribbed tights and brown riding boots. I already have it planned.

What summer outfit are you ready to make Fall worthy?

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10th Jul2013

Zigzag Maxi Dress and Platform Shoes {In the Closet}

by Daenel

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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03rd Jul2013

Shoespiration {In the Closet}

by Daenel

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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19th Jun2013

Dressing Cute on a Budget {In the Closet}

by Daenel

Gray Sweater White Dress Black Tights and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}
A couple of days ago, the hubs and I were talking to a friend about our shopping habits after the friend asked if he has a problem with how much I spend on clothes. Obviously, this person doesn’t read my blog, because I state quite clearly where my clothes come from. Anyway, the hubs pointed out that much of what I wear comes from thrift stores, discount stores, and the sales racks, so, no, he doesn’t have a problem with my wardrobe. And, even if there was some question, I make my own money, so as long as I’m not shorting the family, the hubs is pretty easy on me about the spending. And the same goes for him.

Gray Sweater White Dress Black Tights and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

That being said, I do follow a variety of fashion bloggers and there’s a part of me that wonders how they manage to spend so much money on one blouse. Or a tube of lipstick. Is there a part of me that wishes that I could drop a couple of bills on a skirt or a pair of shoes at will? Yes, let’s be honest here, I’d love to have a cute pair of red bottomed shoes in my closet. But, I also know, that’s not my reality. I have kids and bills, I have to watch what I spend.

Gray Sweater White Dress Black Tights and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I compromise. I spend when and where I can. I want to prove to women out there that you can look cute on a budget.

Are you a shopper? How do you balance your need for style with your family’s need to eat?

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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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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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20th Feb2013

What I Wore {In the Closet}

by Daenel

I have to admit, I haven’t been doing such a good job of taking pictures the past few weeks. It’s just been so dark and dreary by the time I get home from work that all I want to do is slip into my comfy cozies and veg in front of the television. The few times that I have taken pictures, they just haven’t come out nice enough for me to share. So I’m sharing bits and pieces from some of my favorite outfits this week…

Cream Cardi, Green Tee and Brown Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi & Tee Shirt ~ Walmart

Skirt ~ Goodwill

I think this is one of my favorite skirts, it’s a soft floral corduroy that warm but not heavy. I like the muted creams, berries, browns, greens and teals because I can wear it with a variety of tops. And don’t get me started on the boots, tights and socks.

Brown Boots Mustard Tights and Blue Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi ~ Walmart

Dress & Tights ~ Target

Boots ~ Sebago via HSN.com

By far the best clothing purchase I’ve made this year are those boots by Sebago. I wear them with just about everything ~ skirts, jeans, dresses, etc. I like that they’re versatile and add a bohemian flair to everything I wear. If you’re looking for a great pair of lace ups, those babies are on sale at HSN.com right now.

Citron Cardi, White Button Down and Sequin Tank  {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cardi ~ Target

Sequin Tank ~ JC Penney

Button Down ~ Walmart

My daughters are always making fun of me because I’m obsessed with sequins. I firmly believe that sequins are always appropriate. Even in the library. And, yes, I did wear this sequin tank to work. I felt so funky and dressy all at the same time. And, seriously, how can you go wrong with citron and gold?

What quirky item have you added to your wardrobe?

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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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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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04th Dec2012

Thirty~One {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

As much as I love Autumn, there’s one thing about it that I simply cannot stand ~ the time change. It gets so very dark so very early. This makes it darn near impossible for me to take pictures for my Wednesday posts. Seriously, by the time I get home it’s pitch black outside. So I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I’ll probably only be able to take pictures on Saturdays and Sundays. How do you ladies deal with time change and photography?

What I Wore Saturday

What I Wore Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I spent Saturday grocery shopping and chillaxin’ with the family. The kids said I was dressed up. Hmmm…. I’m thinking I must look like a hot mess on Saturdays because I thought this was a casual outfit. Really, just a step up from my usual Saturday uniform of jeans and a sweater.

What I Wore Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

Thursday Threads, a link~up for ladies who love thrifting!

So if you’ve been following my What I Wore Wednesday posts lately, you’ll know that I finally hit the thrifting jackpot. This has me beyond happy. So this week, I’m co~hosting

If you love thrifting and you wanna show off your stuff, just hit the link below!

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28th Nov2012

Thirty {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

What I Wore Friday

Friday was a total down day for me. If it wasn’t for the fact that breathing is an automatic occurrence, I probably wouldn’t have done it. That’s just how incredibly lazy I felt. I think all the excitement of Thanksgiving got to me. My parents were here, my twin sister and her family… It was just an incredibly overwhelming laugh infested exhaustion inducing day.

What I Wore Friday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Friday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve been seeing the denim shirt and leggings look all over the place, so I decided to give it a whirl… And, well, I’m glad I didn’t really have anywhere to go. The hubs thought it was a thumbs up, I thought it was a thumbs down. Maybe if the shirt were a little more fitted and longer. And if I had something around my waist.

What I Wore Saturday

Nothing but jammies.

What I Wore Sunday with a Special Link Up

On Sunday I went to church and had the most amazing time. It’s a beautiful thing when you can walk into church feeling overwhelmed and walk out feeling renewed.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

The white eyelet skirt is another one of my thrift store finds. Love it. If I could have twirled around all day, I would have. I wasn’t sure about wearing it since it’s Autumn and everything but then I was all rules are made to be broken…

Thursday Threads, a link~up for ladies who love thrifting!

So if you’ve been following my What I Wore Wednesday posts lately, you’ll know that I finally hit the thrifting jackpot. This has me beyond happy. So this week, I’m co~hosting Thursday Threads with Rebecca from Grown~Up Plus

If you love thrifting and you wanna show off your stuff, just hit the link below!

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20th Nov2012

Twenty~Nine {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I cannot wait to slip into a food induced coma. I’m hosting this year, which means that I’m supplying:

  • turkey
  • ham
  • brussels  sprouts and bacon
  • candied yams
  • glazed carrots with craisins
  • green beans
  • mashed potatoes with garlic and sour cream
  • corn bread
  • sweet potato pie
  • pumpkin pie
  • pecan pie

My sister is supplying the macaroni and cheese. Now, I have to tell you about this mac~n~cheese, I am not a mac~n~cheese eater BUT one year my sister made one that was so good that I didn’t let her leave my house until she’d made several more and frozen them for me to eat later. It was that good.

My mom is bringing the stuffing. This makes me happy too. There are so many good memories wrapped up in that stuffing. Memories of my whole family gathered in the kitchen, helping my dad cook. Everyone except me. I hated cooking. But I did wander through periodically to “sample”.

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday was a regular work day for me. I’m a librarian, so I have a lot of flexibility in what I wear. I’m not a business suit kinda girl, so being able to express myself in my clothing is pretty important to me. In fact, it’s so important the before my interview, I went to the library to check the staff out. I’m not saying I would have turned the job down if it had been more formal but there definitely would have been so hesitancy…

What I Wore Wednesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Wednesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Thursday

I’m trying desperately to get into the colored tights trend. I think it looks so cool on other women, I’m still not sure how I feel about it for myself. I did read that ladies over 40 (I’m not there yet. I’ll be 40 in March so….), should stay away from patterned tights. How do you feel about patterned tights on ladies 40 and over?

What I Wore Thursday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Thursday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Sunday

Remember last week when I talked about all the cute skirts that I purchased at the local thrift store? Well, this is another one of them. I think this is by far my favorite. You can’t tell but it’s oh~so~very swingy. It took everything within me not to twirl. And can I tell you how much I paid for this little piece of floral happiness? $3.00!  Yeah, I’m pretty darn happy.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What will you be serving for Thanksgiving dinner? More importantly though, what will you be wearing?

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