Monthly Archives: January 2012

Stripes & Sequins: Favorite Bags

After realizing that we both have a ton of similar possessions that are stylistically unique to each of us, we thought it would be fun to do a weekly compare and contrast post. You can read the initial post here. We hope you enjoy the series!

Bags!
I got this bag for Christmas in 2009 after lusting after Lucky Brand bags for years (sensing a trend? Yeah, I LOVE Lucky Brand!). I loved to go to Macy’s and just clutch the stylish leather wallets, bags, and satchels dreaming of the day I would own one. And then I got one and it has seriously been everything I could ask for in a bag. I love how well the leather has held up and that the constant Northwest rains have had little to no effect on the leather. I also can fit everything I need in it including (but not limited to): wallet, make-up, notebooks, books, my laptop, gloves, and a snack all at once.

This purse also is a little sentimental as it was my first big wardrobe investment piece. I know I am going to be able to use it for years and I still get as many compliments on it today as I did on the first month I had it. Also, to my surprise, I also have felt little temptation to even look at other purses since I got this one because it really is my dream bag and why fix what isn’t broken?

This bag first caught my eye after I finally invested in a new laptop. I knew I wanted something that would keep my precious laptop safe, as well as something that would serve as a purse. The reviews I read initially commented on the limited space–saying even that it wouldn’t hold a charger or wallet. I was warned that my bag wouldn’t hold more than my laptop and possibly a thin notebook. I accepted the inevitable, and reminded myself that the top priority was mainly my laptop. So you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw that it would, indeed, hold everything I need!
In addition to my laptop, of which you can see a glimpse of its shiny corner, this bag holds two books (I’m only thirty pages from the end of Siege of Krishnapur, so I live in constant fear that I’ll finish it without a replacement book), my sketchbook, my planner, my wallet, charger and phone. I’m not sure what computer the others girls who bought this bag have, but mine is plenty small enough! Yay!

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Stripes: What I’ve Been Listening To 1.22

Hey all! Hope you’re weeks haven’t been too killer. Because of snowpocalypse this week,  I’ve had extra time to listen to music and chill out. It has been so nice to  snuggle up under blankets and listen to music. So without further adieu, here are my song picks of the week:

After listening to pandora excessively this week, I realized I pretty much forgot about Vertical Horizon…how could I forget about them?! So, in case you forgot about them too, here’s one of my favorite songs of theirs.

I have been really into slower music this week so Mat Kearney was there, ready with an awesome song to chill out to.

I had a really hard time choosing between Ellie Goulding’s regular version of Lights or the Bassnectar version because both are so good. The dubstep remix only won out because it has been a long week and I love the energy it gives off. But if you like this song you should totally youtube the original, so good!

And another classic, Muse’s  Starlight. This song came out the same week I attended my last High School Homecoming dance and I can remember listening to it all that night. And, what’s more amazing, is that this is one of the few Muse songs I haven’t gotten tired of, I’m pretty sure it has been consistently in everyone of my most listened to playlists on my iPod for the last 4 years.

And this is my silly song for the day! I seriously ❤ Charlie!

I hope you all have a great week!

-Stripes

Sequins: Professional Snow Day

Snow is still here (but the forecast says it should be gone by the end of the weekend, and it’s starting to freeze rain–yuck!) and life goes one. Including work. This is how I juggle wearing professional, office-appropriate attire when it’s 12′ outside.

Shirt: Modcloth, Vest: Thrifted, Skirt: Kensie, Gloves & Tights: Target, Boots: Sorel, REI, Scarf: Knitted by Yours Truly!

That was as far as I was willing to strip for the photo shoot! Also, before you all start thinking I’m a bad person for showing off my sweater vest when just a few posts ago Stripes was lamenting her lack of one, the real conversation went like this:

Stripes: This outfit really makes me want a sweater vest.

Sequins: Did you seriously just say that you want a sweater vest?

Stripes: Uhh.. Yeah? Why, is that a bad thing?

Sequins: Aren’t you the one who, just weeks ago, mocked me and my desire to wear one?

Stripes: Probably? So?

*Sigh. It’s a good thing I like her. Also, the rest of the photo shoot I looked like this:

It’s super cold outside. I hope everyone reading this stays nice and warm and dry!

Stripes: Snowpocalypse Continues

Snowpocalypse 2012 continues in our little Northwest town! Admittedly there is not *that* much snow up here, but what’s different about our snow from other places’ is that ours is wet and turns to ice really easily. And have we mentioned that all of the Northwest is built on hills? Yeah, terrible combination. I think this article really outlines why people shouldn’t be quite so quick to call us total whimps…though it is funny to think about how much we’ve all been changing our routines and plans because of a measly 2 inches of snow.
I have been really excited, however, to get to wear my snow boots for a week straight. Usually they live under my bed waiting for our normal two days of snow and the occasional trip to the mountains for some snowboarding-but this week they’ve been taking me all over town! I also LOVE wearing so many layers. “Layers?! She’s not wearing that much clothing!” you may be saying to yourself. But I am actually wearing a ton of hidden layers under this stylish outfit. I’ve got my snowboarding thermals (Little Hotties Brand, seriously amazing!) and a pair of soccer socks on under my jeans as well as a tank top on under my shirt. And that scarf is way warmer than you’d expect…or at least than I expected the first time I really layered with it and was covered in sweat because I was overheating.

Coat: H&M (old), Scarf: Salvaged (old), Gloves: F21 (recent), Shirt & Jeans: Gap (old, both), Boots: The North Face (old).

And of course, my silly picture. It was about 5 degrees out with the windchill when I unbuttoned my coat! This was one of the first times Sequins and I have questioned our own sanity while taking pictures. Man it was cold!!

How’s everyone else’s weather? I read the Midwest is getting hit soon…stay warm folks!

-Stripes

Sequins: The Perfect Snow Day

Our area gets fairly consistent snow, but I think collectively we as a community forget that, since it never snows until mid to late January. We also get a decent snowfall every other year or so in Thanksgiving, but I think by January we’ve given up believing the forecast. So when it dumps a foot of snow overnight, the whole town is in this beautiful state of sparkley white shock.


Coat: JCPenny, Dress: thrifted, Jacket: local crafter, Tights: Target (with leggings underneath), Boots: Sorel from REI, Cowl: handmade (crocheted by me), Earwarmers: gift

Stances differ drastically on who you ask, but I friggin’ love the snow. I’m a pedestrian/biker who doesn’t even have a license, and I live in walking distance to everything I need, so I never feel inconvenienced enough by the snow to hate on it. Plus I grew up in the desert, so cold weather will perpetually hold a deep fascination with me. The trick is just preparing for the cold! My handmade cowl and (non-homemade) earmuffs did the trick perfectly

Monday was a work holiday (thanks, Martin Luther King Jr!), which meant that I actually got to enjoy a snow day instead of watching the flakes fall down out my window. Monsieur and I bundled up and spent the entire day literally walking all the way around town (which goes to show how small it actually is). We encountered a surprising amount of snowmen.

The whole day was entirely magical, as well as perfect for an indie film (I mean, seriously, me and my mister walking around the town encountering all types of people we’re familiar with. A hipster indie film is just dying to be made from that). It’s supposed to snow throughout the rest of the week (haha yeah we’ll see…), but I’m just really grateful that I got to spend Monday taking advantage of my small town in all it’s beautiful, winter glory.

Stripes: The Snow Is Here

Winter has finally hit mine and Sequin’s little town! In the 5 years I’ve lived up here this is the latest we’ve ever had a first snow of the season. Luckily, it means snow is still fun rather than just annoying. And it means it’s our first time being able to post pictures of our snow gear!This is my attempt at posing with a tree…

This is me and the tree sharing a wistful moment together while looking off onto the yonder. It was one of those deep moments…or I might have burst into laughter as soon as the picture was taken, you know, cause I’m such a pro modeler.

Coat: Body Glove (old), Zip Up: Paradox (old), Tank Top & Belt: American Eagle (old), Jeans: Gap (old), Boots: The North Face (old), Gloves: Forever 21 (recent).

And this is what was inside the coat. Judging by the forecasts, we’re going to have a few more winter wonderland posts in the next couple of days-what a fun break of pace?!

Is anyone else out there getting a ton of snow? Anyone want snow? Anyone totally over the snow?

-Stripes

Sequins: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

In the past couple of months, I’ve gotten two free books! One was from a work seminar, about boosting your email marketing efforts, but the other was hand’s down way more exciting–I won The Scrabook of Frankie Pratt, by Caroline Preston, through the Modcloth blog! Yay! It was this post, to be exact.

Anyway, while Monsieur was taking pictures of me in honor of Whiskey Day, he noted a small little package next to my front door.

It’s so beautiful! I’d have to put it in the top five most beautiful books I have on my shelf (competitors include The Fountain and most of my Flight books). I started reading it in the car, and I just love the layout. This book instantly makes me want a typewriter more than I already did. I also have the sudden urge to go to my local antique shop and look for old photos to faux-scrapbook with….

I’m sure I’ll have more of an update when I finish reading the book! I’ll keep you all posted.

**Disclaimer: I don’t think this post needs one, but yes–the book was given to me from Modcloth. It was through a giveaway, though, and I’m under no obligation to write this post. Just felt like it, was all!