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Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Dress Over Jeans for Work

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let’s give it up for jobs that don’t have dress codes! When I first re~entered the work force, I remember wanting a job that required business casual attire: skirt, hose, and pumps. It made me feel all grown up, you know, after years of wearing nothing but oversized tees, scrunchies, and sweat pants. Hey, it was the early 90s, we didn’t have all of these lovely blogger ladies encouraging us to shower get dressed. Now that I’ve been in the field a while and I’ve become more comfortable in my skin, I enjoy being able to express myself through my clothing.

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

My job consists of a lot of desk duty and paperwork, so there are very few real opportunities for creativity. So on days when I’m fairly certain I won’t be doing anything weird like climbing on furniture, it happens, I like to do interesting things with my clothing.

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of my favorite things to wear is a dress over jeans. I’ve mentioned before that I struggle with dresses. Sometimes I think they’re too short or too shapeless or too something for them to be worn on their own so I add jeans and call it a day. For work, I had my cardi buttoned because that’s a whole lotta shoulder to be showing in the library, ya know? The funny thing is that my 18~year~old daughter now rocks a very similar look. Hmmmm, come to think of it, maybe she should change her style. I’ve been wearing this look waaaay longer so I shouldn’t have to change just because an 18~year~old and I are dressing alike, right? As I was saying, she wears a similar look except she prefers jeggings and boots, which look absolutely adorbs on her. You’ll just have to take my word for it, she’s so not a picture person.

Do you have a “go to” outfit for work? What is it?

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

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Daenel T

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Eclectic Outfit: Cardi, Top, and Thrifted Skirt

Gray Cardi, Cream Shirt, Brown Skirt, Black Tights, and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sometimes I dress like I still live in Europe ~ an eclectic mix of styles: bohemian, modern, ethnic, and vintage inspired. Everything just mashed together to create me.

Gray Cardi, Cream Shirt, Brown Skirt, Black Tights, and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

When I was a teenager, I thought I was the black version of “Andie Walsh” in Pretty in Pink. I just knew that some day, some totally hot guy would look at me and my interesting style and think, yeah, I dig her. Turns out real life high school guys aren’t as romantic as movie screen high school guys. Go figure…

Gray Cardi, Cream Shirt, Brown Skirt, Black Tights, and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

And speaking of old movies that take us back, isn’t it funny to think of Molly Ringwald and the gang as parents? I mean, I know we’ve all grown up, married, had kids, etc. but doesn’t it seem like they should still be in high school? I don’t want to think of The Breakfast Club as The Metamucil Club. I don’t want to know that they’re dealing with male pattern baldness and menopause… I want them to still be sliding across the floor in their tidy whities and Raybans.

What movie sums up your teen years? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I’d love to visit but Disqus doesn’t make finding blog links very easy. Thank you!

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Daenel T

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Casual Wear: Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Wedges

 Black Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Black Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is what I wore to work yesterday. Usually, I try to save my casual wear for Thursdays and Fridays, but I’ve been in super casual mode lately. I have no real reason for it, I’m just having a hard time with the whole getting dressed up, put on full face makeup thing. I’ve even started going with wash~n~wear hair…

 Black Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Black Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

I am so in love with this embroidered top. It’s comfortable, flowy, {read: I don’t have to suck in to wear it} and incredibly pretty. I think it looks like something you’d find at an open air market in Mexico.

 Black Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Black Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Aren’t these wedges too cute? I couldn’t resist, I had to get them in both colors: black and tan. They’re so retro and just my style. Right now, I’m on the hunt for a pair of clogs. Maybe something like these or those. I just don’t want to pay a small fortune for them. Unreasonable? Probably. Doable? Yes.

 Black Embroidered Top, Jeans, and Black Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are you a shoe girl? What’s your preference, flats, chunky heels, boots, or sneakers?

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Daenel T

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Modern Hippie: Faux Fur Vest, Poet Shirt , and Jeans

Dani Blue Sky Eagle Feather. That’s my hippie name. Everyone has one, right? I can’t remember exactly how I got that name but I do know that my cousins, my sisters, an old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, and Buckingham County, Virginia were involved. I really wish I could remember the story because I’m sure it’s a good one. Well, as good as a story involving a bunch of 10~year~olds can be, anyway.

Faux Fur Vest, Black Poet Shirt,  Jeans and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Even at that age I knew I was born in the wrong decade. I used to tell my mother that I should’ve been a hippie. Not a pot smoking commune dwelling hippie , but a protest sign carrying daisy pushing bell bottom wearing hippie. For the most part, I keep that side of me under wraps at work, but yesterday I really didn’t feel like fussing with my clothes so I threw on a poet shirt, flare legs, boots, and called it a day.

Faux Fur Vest, Black Poet Shirt,  Jeans and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

For all of my hippie/bohemian ways, silver jewelry has only recently made it on my radar. For years, I was a strictly gold kinda girl. I liked the warmth. But the more I look at silver pieces, the more I like them. They add a bit of funk to an outfit that I just don’t think you can get with gold jewelry.

Faux Fur Black Poet Shirt Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

Those boots are probably one of the most flexible articles of clothing in my closet. I can wear them with dresses like I did here and here or jeggings like I did here and here. I’m not completely sold on them with flare leg jeans though. I think flare legs require a clog style shoe or, at least, something with a more substantial heel.

Faux Fur Black Poet Shirt Jeans and Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

PS Don’t let the sun rays fool you, it was cooooold out there but I kept getting all sorts of funky shadows in the house. The sacrifices I make for these Wednesday posts…LOL

What’s your favorite clothing decade?

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Daenel T

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An Original by Joy: Handmade Prairie Skirt and Lace-Up Boots

Do you see what I see? Yes, it’s sunlight! Can you believe it? I think everyone in Southeast Missouri was alternately confused and excited by that beaming ball of warmth ~ it’s been so long since we’ve seen it.

Blue Cardi White Tee Brown Striped Skirt and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

It was nice being able to go outside and take pictures without having to worry about ice pellets hitting me in the face. In fact, my biggest fear was that the wind would whip my skirt up. Fortunately, the material was just weighty enough to stay in place.

Blue Cardi White Tee Brown Striped Skirt and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

This skirt has been in my closet for almost a year now. I wasn’t sure how to wear it. I kept looking on Pinterest and searching Google but to no avail. Finally, I just threw caution to the wind, put on a deep blue cardi, a white tee, my lace~ups and called it a day. I think the contrast of the blue works with the different shades of brown and the white is a nice bright neutral.

Blue Cardi White Tee Brown Striped Skirt and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I didn’t realize when I purchased this skirt is that it’s handmade. Yeah, I know, right? Look at all the detail work on it. The lace trimmed part is actually a separate piece that works almost like a petticoat. Just love it.

Blue Cardi White Tee Brown Striped Skirt and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hand sewn tag on the inside of the skirt reads: “An Original By Joy Springfield, Ohio”. Thank you, Joy, I’m totally digging this skirt.

Do you wear handmade items? What’s your favorite piece?

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Daenel T

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