Monthly Archives: February 2012

Stripes: What Do I Eat?

With all my crazy food allergies (seriously; coconut, peanuts, eggplant, pears, honey, swordfish…the list goes on) the biggest question I get is “What do you eat?!” I have to admit it is not easy and requires a ton of planning ahead but I am able to adapt just about anything into something I can eat it just sometimes takes a little effort and often times, when I don’t feel especially creative, I eat boring meals. (But really, that’s hugely affected by the fact that I am a busy college student, I usually have less than a half hour a day to dedicate to food preparation. If I had more time-ok, if it were a bigger priority to me, I would be able to make much more complicated and flavorful meals.) Since this is really one of the biggest questions I get asked, aside from what happens if you eat _____?!, I thought one “what I ate that day” food post might give the best insight into my eating habits.

Just a reminder that I am in no way qualified to tell anyone else what to eat or hand out medical advice…this is just what I eat on a somewhat daily basis.

Breakfast: Quinoa with Cinnamon & Brown Sugar and a cup of coffee.

I make my Quinoa in my rice maker while I get ready in the mornings. I do 1 part quinoa, 2 1/4 parts water, and a dash of cinnamon then set it and forget it (yes, I do say that EVERY TIME I turn on my rice cooker. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?). This is one of three of my breakfast options (the other two being Rice Chex and Gluten Free, Egg Free french toast sticks made by Vans found in the Frozen foods section of my local Fred Meyers).

Lunch: Spinach Salad w/Raspberry Vinaigrette, an Apple, and a Banana.

I am usually in a rush for lunch so I grab easy to eat stuff. This lunch was a little light for me so I got this awesome chocolate bar! SUPER good and a surprise find on campus.

Dinner: I had round two of quinoa, admittedly I eat a lot of the same couple foods all the time. This time around I microwaved some of the leftovers from this morning. Its microwavability is one of the best parts of quinoa!

But I also had a variety of snacks throughout the day which are so varied because I happened to be traveling today so I just had to eat what I could find; potato chips, fruit leather, dried mango, a cup of coffee (not pictured), and some tortilla chips (also, not pictured). I also drink a ton of water throughout the day. 

Pretty much this is how I make my restrictions work on a college budget. I do make quinoa and corn pasta with meat sauce, dirty rice & red beans, and lots of homemade soup. I mainly go for easy to microwave, several serving meals with some sort of nutritional quality (even if it isn’t that great. but I figure I can get away with this for a good year or two longer :P).

If anyone has questions about what I eat , why I eat it, how I prepared it, or needs any suggestions about what to make for someone with a food allergy please do not hesitate to ask! I am a pretty open book when it comes to the food in my life.

-Stripes

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Sequins: My Clothes Are The Same As The Chinese Population

“You can never count them all because of the rate of reproduction”*

For the most part, Monsieur manages to say nothing about the (obscene) amount of clothes. The other day, though, that joke slipped out. It’s pretty true, though, because I do have a lot of clothes. And I acquire them at a steady trickle rate. Every week, it seems, an article or two finds its way into my closet. I try pruning them out on a regular basis, but they just always seem to find a way in.

The sewing doesn’t help. I haven’t actually sewn an outfit in a while (which makes me really sad), but I had a total pencil-skirt-sewing kick for a while, there. This one is one of my favorites. I promise I didn’t intentionally sew it that short–it may have been sewn ten pounds ago (what? these things happen. especially when you have an obnoxious, impossible-to-cope-with stomach condition. oh, you thought Stripes was the only one with weird food issues? just wait till my post 😉 ).

I think the best part of sewing your own clothes is that you can make whatever you want (my mom always has to remind me, so I’ll remember to tell you: in my world, sewing=drafting your own pattern). And you can make it in any fabric. It’s so exciting to just say “Hey, I want a pencil skirt”, and then five hours later, there it is!

The worst part of sewing? Definitely a toss up between seam allowances and breaking your needle. I have this paralyzing fear that a needle is going to snap off and fly right into my eye. Never mind I wear very thick, large glasses–it could happen! (I think)

The best compromise? Having someone else sew your clothes. The flower in my hair from the same local artist that made the sweatshirts Stripes & I are modeling in our All About Moose page!

*Seriously, though, is that an urban legend? Or true? I feel like it’s been a fact my whole life but I have no idea of it’s actually a fact. Sad. I should Wikipedia that…

Stripes & Sequins: Favorite Laptop

Every week thus far we have presented something that we own that is both similar (usually in function) but distinctly different (usually in style). This week, we thought we’d shake things up a little bit because we both actually have the exact same computer! Don’t you fear about us suddenly seeming *so* similar, we each have our own motives for why we chose MacBooks over PCs. (Also, we were not, in any which, way or form, paid to write this- though, it would be seriously awesome if Apple [ok, anyone] wanted to pay us to talk about why something is cool!)

Sequins My story isn’t nearly as long as Stripes, so I’ll go first. I have a Mac because I’ve always had a Mac. My family has always been a Mac family, and I’ve never seen any reason to change my ways. My dad has this really long drawn out story about printing something when him and my mother were newlyweds, some very important document, and the PC he had at the time would not work with the printer. Frustrated, he went out, bought a mac and mac printer, and then he came home, plugged it in, turned it on, and hit the very simple Print button (he tells it in a much longer format, but I’ve given you the shorthand). I love the design, I’m used to the structure, and it will always be the superior quality computer for doing one of my favorite hobbies: design! There are occasional moments where I feel the pang of no computer games, especially since Apple did away with backward compatibility, but honestly, I’m too much of a Mac fan to really change my ways now.

Stripes I would like to preface this with a slightly sad story. This summer I got a MacBook Pro and I was ecstatic! I loved it and I think it may have even loved me back a little. But, one night I came home from work and my Mac and backpack were MIA. After calling the police, it turned out that in my neighborhood (read: the areas surrounding my college campus) dozens of Macs, including iMacs, iPods, and MacBooks had been stolen in the last couple of months. I was so mad that no one had talked about it and, after doing a bunch of research on the internet because that’s what I do when anything new and remotely upsetting happens to me, I found out that Macs are stolen all the time!

So why did I buy another one? I love the design of my computer. The developers clearly put a ton of thought into the small details when making my computer. For example, the computer remembers what volume level you last had your headphone jack turned to so if the regular volume is all the way up and then you plug in your headphones, unlike my old PC, the computer self-adjusts the volume down so you don’t kill your ears/headphones. But beyond the small thrills, I love how easy the computer is to use. The trackpad lets me move between screens and control the page I am on in a way that my old PC just never let me do. I love the metal body of my MacBook Pro because it won’t chip like my old plastic PC which lost a chunk of plastic less than 2 years into it’s life. I think this is a really well thought out and beautifully designed computer that will proudly take me into my impending professional career.

Now to turn my sad, little story into a learning experience. I didn’t post that to bum people out but rather so I can share what I learned from the police and internet about how to keep your Mac safe because it sounds like stolen Mac products are fairly commonplace in the modern world. When the robbery happened to me, the robber was able to pop out the board we kept in our window (yes, the board everyone keeps in their windows and sliding glass doors to keep bad people out). So please screw the board into any easily accessed windows! Our landlord was more than happy to do that for us. Also, professional robbers are tracking how many Macs are in a building from outside using a handheld device (in all honesty, probably an iPhone) by reading the wireless and/or bluetooth signals from inside a building. So, If you have to leave your computer at home, make sure you turn off the wireless and bluetooth signals before you leave so someone walking down the street can’t figure out if you have a Mac, PC inside, or absolutely nothing inside. I also try to keep my Mac with me at all times and away from open windows as much as possible, I know it can be a pain, but it is much less likely to be stolen when it’s with you than when it is left unattended. I hope no one else has to go through the distress of having a computer stolen.

What about all of you, our lovely readers, are you Mac or PC lovers?

-Sequins & Stripes

Stripes: Awesome Stuff Sunday 2.19

I hope everyone’s weeks have been fabulous. Here are some things that I came across that are particularly awesome and felt like I should share…enjoy!

An easy how-to pastel your hair from Oh So Pretty! I’ve been considering adding some bright colors but this is was less expensive [and permanent] than dye.

If you like this underwater dog, you should follow this link to see the whole collection!

I’m really itching to sing a similar arrgangement of this…we’ll see if it’s in the cards for spring.

I don’t usually like Cracked.com’s articles too terribly much but I thought this one on what won’t make you happy in life was extremely well thought out. And as a bonus, they include a list of what really does, scientifically speaking, make you feel happy. (once again, I am a sucker for cute animals :P).

Ok, so I’d be lying if I said that Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir was new to me BUT he has been such a part of my week that I want to support his unqiue project by spreading the word. The most recent virtual choir submissions were due this last week or two (?) but I’m sure there will be more opportunities in the near future. For news, check out his facebook page!

Thanks for reading- I hope everyone has an awesome new week!

-Stripes

Sequins: I Am A Walking Blanket, And That’s Okay

I kind of hope color blocking is still in, because then I can pretend that’s what was I was going for with this outfit. Mostly, though, (mostly = entirely) I was going for comfort. This outfit was so comfortable my coworker teased me for falling asleep and drooling on myself at my desk.*

Dress& Shoes: Thrifted, Sweatershirt: American Apparel, Tights: Macys, Necklace: Fireworks & Lisa Leonard, Hair bow: DIY'd from Modcloth Shoes (long story)

I wore this outfit for no reason other than Monsieur really likes the dress, and it was Valentine’s Day. Poor planning (re: poor brain function) meant that I wore the dress while I was at work (re: not with him), and that the moment I came home all I wanted to wear was sweatpants.

Fortunately, I have a hunch he likes me regardless of what I’m wearing, and we still had a pretty snazzy Valentine’s Day. He cooked (and did the dishes, which means I’ll definitely keep him) and we settled in to watch Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which is one of my all-time favorites. And, you know, he was even okay with turning it off early because it was a work night and I was falling asleep.He’s definitely my favorite Valentine. And as I spend today wearing that same sweatshirt, only with an old tshirt and jeans while he officially moves in (instead of living here 90% of the time, unofficially), let’s hope I keep liking him that much!

Shirt: 7 Diamond, Pants: (he has no clue), Shoes: (probably) Nordstroms

*Okay so that didn’t happen at all, but this outfit is so comfortable it could happen. If I’m not careful.

Stripes: Food Allergies

As you may or may not already know, I found out several weeks ago (via a blood test, so it is legit) that I have a ton of food allergies. 28 foods to be exact with the most obnoxious being wheat, gluten, dairy, yeast, eggs, fish, shellfish, and peanuts (yep, that’s 6 of the top 8 most common food allergens). Since finding out what all I am allergic to, I have [for the most part] successfully removed all these foods from my diet What I did not expect, however, is how hard it can be to fully remove these foods from your diet!

I feel like I should preface with I am in no way a medical professional (the last science class I took was geology and that was 4 years ago…yeah 100% not a doctor/nurse/dietician). So you should of course run everything by your doctor before making any huge life changes in regards to food allergies. Furthermore, everyone’s bodies react differently to different allergens so what works or happens to me may be totally different from what happens to someone else.

In these past weeks I’ve turned to the internet-I mean what else is a modern girl supposed to do? I’ve done hours of research, chatted with several friends with similar (or worse) food allergies, and even created a pinterest board of foods I can eat so when I feel sad about not being able to eat my old favorites I can find something equally as awesome. Since I’ve relied so much on info from other bloggers (seriously, dozens!) I decided that every once in a while, when I find something awesome pertaining to food allergies, I want post about it so we can keep the info flowing around the internet.

I suppose my advice for anyone who has recently discovered they have a (or ten or twenty or fifty) food allergy is that it is so worth it to take the food out of your diet, even if just to test to see what the food actually does to you. This detox period will be frustrating. I experienced intense, sudden nausea, headaches, and a lot of emotional distress- realizing that you can’t eat anything aside from a side salad on a menu is beyond upsetting especially while you watch your friends and family eat all your old favorite foods. The cravings suck. I’m not going to lie and say I never craved anything while I was detoxing; I missed all my old favorites so bad. In turn, though, I did learn that I have a level of will power I did not previously know I had. Through my detox process I learned that all the stomach aches and pains I perviously thought were normal could just disappear, I actually have a pretty flat stomach (seriously, not to brag but I almost have abs! I was beyond thrilled the morning I realized this fact!) when I’m not bloated from wheat, my sense of smell and taste improved, I respond differently (way healthier) to stress, and I am generally happier.

Sweater: The Gap Outlet (old), Shirt: JcPenny (old), Belt: PacSun (old), Leggings: The Loft (recent). Of course I had to add one silly picture-I'm not quite sure how I ended up like this in this picture but it sure felt right in the moment it was taken.

I guess what I am trying to say is I totally think it is worth getting tested by a doctor via blood or scratch test and if you are allergic to a lot of stuff (or, of course, just one or two foods) there are a ton of resources on the internet and I hope to be one even if it is not the main intent of this blog. Through my own journey to an allergen free life I hope that I can help other people live a healthy and allergen free. I am hoping to post links to other blogs, recipes (including my attempts at gluten/egg/dairy free baking which I have been too chicken to try thus far), tips, and my personal experiences as I settle further into my new lifestyle.

Anyone else have food allergies? What are some of your best tips, tricks, advice, blogs, or pinboards that have helped you?

-Stripes

Sequins: My Talent for Talking

Sweater: H&M, Shirt: Thrifted, Dress: One Tree, Tights: Loft, Boots*: Clarks

…During photos, that is. It’s genetic–it is almost completely impossible to capture a photograph of my father without him being mid-word, and I’m finding that it’s pretty much true for me. Which I’m sure is a ton of fun for Stripes to have to compensate for every photo session.

Oh and also during movies. I’m totally one of those people and it got so bad on Valentine’s that during the movie MOnsieur rented for our romantic, cuddley, stay-at-home-in-sweatpants evening, I started talking about the social lives of some bloggers I read and he stopped responding.

“Do you not want to hear about them?” I ask.

“Wait? I was… just watching the movie, babe,” He responded.

Point taken.

It’s also super hard to take a picture where I’m holding still. This skirt’s super fun pleats, though, made holding still not very appealing. Also, you know, it may have been super short and I may have had to shake it out to ensure it was laying as low as possible. Maybe.

Also I don’t hold still during movies. Is it just me? I feel like I’m incapable of watching a movie without a sketchpad in my hands, or a piece of crochet. It just doesn’t work otherwise.

This whole layering-a-shirt-with-a-tie-collar-under-a-dress style might be my new favorite thing. Or, rather, old favorite thing since I’m pretty sure I’ve been doing it since the dawn of time. Or something like that. Also this outfit makes me super happy with the shirt-with-tie look. Also because I might be in love with 99% of the things in her wardrobe. And her hair (but not enough to actually grow my own out…).

Flashy pose and we’ll call it good!

*See those boots? Yeah they’re new. I hope you want to know why I have new boots, because I’m definitely going to tell you. The day I bought them I was wearing these absolutely perfect 90s black riding boots with a two inch square heel that I found for (I kid you not) $3.00 at Goodwill. But, apparently, $3.00 shoes from Goodwill have a 3 year shelf life. Because not one, but BOTH heels exploded on my walk to work, and I was flapping like a pidgeon-toed duck until I managed to make it to the shoe store on my lunch break. I had a coupon, though, so I wasn’t too upset about buying a new pair of shoes. Plus, these are super friggin’ awesome. I have to work really hard not to wear them every single day (I even almost wore them on my romantic weekend getaway to the big city, but then I remembered that I like dressing up, especially for the most perfect guy ever).