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Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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

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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Florals and Stripes {In the Closet}

“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. You can see it styled different ways here and here. 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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Thrift Store Chic {In the Closet}

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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Mustard Cardi and Vintage Floral Top {In the Closet}

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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Denim and Pearls {In the Closet}

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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