Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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The Big Chop

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}I finally did it! I chopped off my hair and am now 100% natural! I’d been transitioning {going without a chemical hair straightener for almost a year} and was getting fairly bored with my hair and frustrated with the dual textures. In fact, I got so frustrated that I shaved off the right side of my hair. For two days, I absolutely loved it. Then I thought OH MY GOSH, WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?! Now I had a partially shaved head, two different textures of hair, and absolutely no way to do a quick fix hair do if I needed to run to the store real quick. cue the tears

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}

During one of my crying bouts, The Hubs looked at me and said something I never thought I’d hear him say: “Why don’t you just cut it off and start all over?” This was big for him. He does not like my hair short at all. So I kind of shrugged it off, because I wasn’t sure what to think. Then our oldest daughter arrived to attend our youngest daughter’s high school graduation and I thought, hmmmm, why not? She’s studying to be a stylist, so why not let her do her thing on my head? She did a fabulous job and cut it so that I can blow it out and wear it straight if I like. To see what it looks like straight, click here.

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}Really, it seems only fitting that I’d begin our new life in a new place with a new style, right? And I’m in an area, Georgia, where I can get my hands on all sorts of natural hair care products that are specially created for women of color.

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}l’m totally digging the ease of care. Wash and go? Yes, please. And the new hair fits with my easy boho vibe. I’ve worn this skirt before {to see how I styled it previously, click here}. This time I decided to keep things relatively simple and let the skirt take center stage. Because of all the colors, it’s easy to find something that matches. I think next time I wear the skirt, I’ll pair it with a fitted tank, scarf, and flat sandals.

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}So what big changes have you made in your life lately? Or what change would you like to make?

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Dress Over Jeans {Repost}

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}

You guys, today we’re having my going away party at work. This makes my leaving all work official and e’erything. As of today I have 6 work days left and that’s it. Things go into overdrive. The packers will be boxing up my stuff and shipping it off to Georgia, my daughter will be graduating from high school, and then it’s the long drive to our new home. It feels like time is speeding up and slowing down at the same time.

Needless to say, with all of the prepping for the move, I haven’t taken any pictures of myself for this week. And, honestly, I wasn’t going to post anything until I saw Suzanne Carillo’s post: How to Wear Jeans with A Dress. If you haven’t checked out her blog, do so now. I’m such a fan of her eclectic style and her tongue-in-cheek writing. She asked if anyone else wears jeans with a dress and I thought, yep, all the time.

If you notice, Suzanne and the ladies that she highlights wore their dresses with fitted jeans, whereas I tend to wear mine with bootcuts. I like them both ways although I don’t think I’ve ever worn my dresses with skinnies before. I think the fitted bottoms give the look a more upscale (think denim tights) look, whereas the bootcuts and flares are more run through the woods chasing butterflies. Oh gosh, maybe I am more Mori Girl than I thought.

Anyway, I’m off to partay! Have a fab day!

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Where is Spring?

 

Neutral Cardi Tanks and Multicolored Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Seriously, where is it? I’m trying so hard to usher in Spring. I really am, but the weather just doesn’t seem to want to cooperate with me. It has been raining almost daily since Easter and the sun has been visible for only small clips at a time. So I figured I’d just add some color in my clothing…

Neutral Cardi Tanks and Multicolored Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I interrupt this post to bring you this important message: Also it’s driving me nutty that this picture is all lopsided and e’erything. I promise I wasn’t trying to be artsy or anything. My remote arrived too, so now I have to figure out how to use that little focus thing and all will be good. OK, I’m finished…

The skirt is from a sweet little store in Cape Girardeau called Hempies. It smells soooo good in there. Weird, I know, but I thought I’d share. I like all the mutlicolored panels and the mixed prints. When Summer finally arrives, I’m going to love mixing and matching my tees and tanks with this skirt.

Neutral Cardi Tanks and Multicolored Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Neutral Cardi Tanks and Multicolored Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are those not the coolest shoes? I absolutely adore them. I like that I can change the look and feel just by changing the straps or adding different accessories. And money from the purchase of each pair of Sseko sandals goes towards helping a young lady in Uganda further her college education.

Neutral Cardi Tanks and Multicolored Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Shout out to The Hubs for the pretty coral bangle. He said he thought it’d look cool in my coffee pictures and I totally agree {you can check it out here and, please, feel free to join me for coffee in the morning via Instagram}.

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