25th Mar2015

Mori Kei? Bohemian? Still Working It Out

by Daenel

Neutral Top Scarf and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few days ago, Miss 21 (my daughter) introduced me to Mori Kei. She says this somewhat accurately describes my style. When I looked it up, one of the first things that popped up on my screen was an image of a bird skeleton that had been turned into hair décor. What the heck have I been wearing that my daughter thinks I’d wear bird skeletons to work? In the library. Or, at all, for that matter. I’m afraid of birds. Like deathly afraid of birds. And real {un}live bird skeletons?! Are you kidding me?!

After she stopped laughing and I decided against grounding her for life, she showed me some of the images that had popped up on her screen. Now I’m wondering what Google knows about me that I don’t know. Once I looked at her screen, I totally understood why she said the style describes me. It does. Sometimes.

Neutral Top Scarf and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mori Kei is Japanese street fashion marked by the customization of outfits with a mix of homemade, vintage, and store bought items. Some people call it “forest style”. I’m not a fairy, I can’t with that.

Random thinking here…

But I do like the terms: granny chic and prairie style. ‘Cause I do love myself some frocks a la Olivia Walton. I have a soft spot for the house dresses Edith Bunker wore. And Louise Jefferson’s beaded tops and flowy caftans take my breath away. But I can’t wear those items every day.

Neutral Top Scarf and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Back to Mori Kei…

I absolutely adore all the flowy layers coupled with the chunky knits. And the funky footwear just makes my sartorial little heart sing all kinds of happy dancing songs. I’m also a fan of the many neutrals of the style but I’ll wear the heck out of some brights too.

So, I think I’m still working on coming up with a term that describes my style. But, gosh, it’s fun and a little scary trying to figure it out.

Is there a specific style of dress you’re drawn to? Do you love a particular decade? How would you describe your style?

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18th Mar2015

One Dress, Two Ways: Whimsical Horse Print

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One Dress Two Ways {Living Outside the Stacks}

Truth be told, I have a love-hate relationship with this dress. I absolutely adore it because The Hubs picked it out for me. And if you’ve ever met him, you’ll know that he’s a strict black, white, and khaki kinda guy, so picking out a navy dress with multicolored horses on it? Just beyond! But I also hate it because part of me feels like I’m way too old to wear novelty prints. I’m 42! Especially novelty prints on a short{er} dress.

But then there’s the rebel in me that screams: “WEAR IT AND WEAR IT PROUDLY!” So that’s what I choose to do.

For Spring

Target Black Cardigan Horse Print Dress and QVC Wine Shooties {Living Outside the Stacks}

Target Black Cardigan Horse Print Dress and QVC Wine Shooties {Living Outside the Stacks}

Target Black Cardigan Horse Print Dress and QVC Wine Shooties {Living Outside the Stacks}

Spring in these parts can be iffy. For example, we had temps in the mid 70’s on Monday and today it’s a chilly 40something, so cardigans are a must. And as soon as February ends, the library turns on the AC but don’t get me started on that. While I could have chosen a complimentary colored cardi, black is always a favorite of mine. It’s longer in length and it acts as a nice contrast to the deep navy.

I also think the tights help to extend the length just enough that I won’t cause a scandal and the shooties {don’t you love that word?} keep me from looking like I’m trying too hard. I grew up in the age of “the higher the hem, the lower the heel.” And I still abide by that rule. A girl can’t break every rule!

For Summer

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}

Ahhhhh… warmth. Sun. Bare legs. This version is definitely much more playful and just a tad bit sexier, without being too much. Again, you’ll notice I added a cardi, this time in a soft pink. And the shoes are just bold. They don’t match the dress at all, but they “go with”, which is a style I happen to prefer.

How do you transition your clothes from Spring to Summer? What’s your favorite style season? 

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05th Nov2014

Blues and Bangs

by Daenel

Tan Cardigan, Blue Dress, Burgundy Tights, and Gray Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Tan Cardigan, Blue Dress, Burgundy Tights, and Gray Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Tan Cardigan, Blue Dress, Burgundy Tights, and Gray Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, my lovelies! Hope y’all are doing well. I’m OK. This is just one of those days where I think I’m gonna let the pictures speak for themselves. There’s no real rhyme or reason for the outfit, other than it was chilly, I like tights, and my gray boots were begging to be worn. With socks.

PS

Notice the bangs? I wore them for maybe 3 days before they ended up clipped back with bobbie pins. Why do I do that to myself?

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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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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}

Do you wear tights? Do you prefer for them to match or to stand out? Share your tips for how you incorporate tights into your wardrobe in the comments below.

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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.

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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

by Daenel

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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