Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sequins & Stripes: A 30 for 30 Adventure!

Okay, so of the two of us, I (Sequins), am an avid fashion blog follower. Really, I’m an avid blog follower. I love blogging, and I really admire a lot of the bigger-name fashion bloggers out there. I love how blogging has become this tool for them to explore their sense of style and sense of self, as well as using it as an opportunity for them to push their comfort boundaries. When I talked to Stripes about starting this blog, I was so excited about the possibilities it would open up for my own sense of style. Which, despite my funky wardrobe, has never really been a priority. Already I’ve seen myself develop a “look” that serves me well when I’m scrambled about getting ready in the morning.

The funny thing is, I’ve also fallen into the blogging rut of feeling (self-imposed) pressure to make “perfect” outfits on Mondays & Wednesdays, our photo days. Which is silly, since I’ve just ended up loving my Tuesday, Thursday & Friday outfits way more. I’ve also been growing my closet like a fiend, which is no good for anyone–it’s crowded in the apartment and a little too empty in my wallet. It’s time to step back and take some perspective.

Which leads us to announce our new adventure–in true blogging style, we’re commandeering a fabulous idea from one of my blogging idols, Kendi Everyday. We’re embarking on our own 30-for-30 challenge throughout the month of April, and we hope you have fun for the ride! We’re going to do our very best to get each of our outfits up daily on the blog, school and work schedules permitting, of course. Our disclaimer is that this is totally originally Kendi’s idea and we definitely don’t claim ownership over it. We just want to try it out. So here are the rules:

  • 30 Days of No Shopping
  • 30 Outfits from 30 articles of clothing from BOTH of us (Hopefully within the 30-Day time period. But we’re flexible)
  • Shirts, Dresses, Pants, Shoes, & Sweaters count
  • Coats, tights, belts, and scarves fall under the “Accessories” category and are fair game (for the record, April is the weirdest month, weather-wise, so it’s pretty much impossible to figure out if we’ll need light jackets or snow coats this time of the year!)

It was at this point that we were planning on unveiling our thirty for thirty picks–and trust me, the way we unveiled it was going to be SUPER fun. However…. The best laid plans, right? It’s not quite ready. So stay tuned to see what we picked!

Stripes: That Person

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a running joke that in the Pacific Northwest on the first sunny day of spring everyone throws on shorts even though it can’t be more than 60 degrees outside. Well, this year, I fell into the stereotype.

I looked out the window and saw sun so, after I rejoiced and did a happy dance, I threw on some shorts. It wasn’t until I made it to the grocery store and every one there was wearing parkas and long pants that I realized I am *that* person. Though, admittedly, I felt a lot better after seeing Sequin’s post yesterday where she, too, broke out the shorts and have decided it must be a fashion blogger thing. We’re just so excited to widen our outfit potential that we don’t mind being the weirds in shorts in 58 degree weather.

Sweater: H&M (recent), Shorts: Old Navy, Sunglasses: Ray Ban.

Has anyone else been *that* person this week? Are there other kinds of *that* person outside of the Northwest? Anyone else rocking shorts and sweaters? I am kind of in love with this look and I’m pretty sure it will make quite a few reemergences over the next couple seasons.

Sequins: Spring Is In The Air

And I have proof of it, after my trip to Seattle this weekend! It was a glorious weekend, full of wonderful, ever-increasingly-rare time to myself as well as good, solid quality time with my parents. My dad and I had a strange adventure before we ended up at the Moisture festival (never heard of Moisture Festival? Well it’s time you did!)–an adventure that resulted in us spending a little over an hour in the car, where we had some good time to catch up. We’re both super distractable people, so being in the car forced us to talk. My mom and I managed to squeeze in some time as well, including visiting her  with my sister in tow at my mom’s turf (Home Depot’s gardening department) where I managed to talk myself into growing succulents (I’m a plant killer. We’ll see how well this goes).

Sweater Shorts & Flower: H&M, Shoes: Modcloth

The real proof of spring, though (if the Moisture Festival and succulents weren’t enough for you), popped up when my sister and I met up for a lunch date on Sunday. We got together near the local college campus, which has beautiful cherry trees–that were in full blossom. I was wearing shorts (oh trips to the city are never complete without a trip to H&M) with no tights, and we enjoyed the sun, frozen yogurt, and cherry tree blossoms. Proof that Spring is making her debut, even in our corner of the country. Marvelous!

Stripes: Start of the End

Yesterday was my last first day of a quarter for my undergrad career. While that day is, for the most part, arbitrary in that it’s just another day closer to graduation, it’s still a pretty big milestone because these will be my last professors here, my last chance to positively influence my gpa, and have the “college” experience. At the same time, however, I feel as though it is the preface to the start of a new book in my life rather than the conclusion of the last one. I am really looking forward to the adventures that await me after I graduate.

Also, it is officially spring quarter which is my favorite of all the quarters! Why you ask? Because I get to wear fun outfits like this!

The sun actually comes out!

People go outside again and do fun things (sing, play frisbee, spin fire, ya know!)

There are adventures to be had-hiking, swimming, skim boarding, sunsets, long walks with long talks.

Classes also seem to go faster and people in general seem happier…we all forget during the winter months how much the gray effects us up here.

Shirt: H&M (recent), Sweater: Old Navy, Pin: Handmade by Sequins herself!, Earrings: Target, Jeans: Gap Outlet, Shoes: Toms, Sunglasses: Ray Ban.

And so marks the start of a new, exciting part of my life (though not as exciting as what June and July hold!!). Anyone else on the cusp of a life change? Enjoy the sun? Wear gifts from their friends?

Sequins: All You Need Is Love

Sweater: H&M, Skirt: Thrifted, Tank: Sojourner, Scarf: Vintage

Oh cliche, I know, but what else could I title this outfit? This skirt has been sitting in my skirt drawer for a while now, but it felt perfect for today. I knew it had a purpose…. However it does need hemmed. Pretty severely. The waistline goes all the way to my chest, practically. It’s a little silly. But, then again, so is wearing two different heart patterns on the same day.

The sweater came home with me after my trip to the big city, since what trip to Seattle is complete with a trip to H&M, I ask you?



PS Now I have this song from Moulin Rouge stuck in my head. I know, I know, I don’t even have the original song with those lyrics stuck in my head. But 20 points to whoever guesses what movie I’m watching tonight…

Sequins: A Special Guest Blogger

Hey guys! We both are super stoked to introduce this new guest blogger, Lyra (pronounced leer-ah)! She’s a pretty chill, down-to-earth chick and is the kind of friend you go to whenever you need a hug. And, you know, she’ll never say no to a cookie! We figured we’d set this guest post up interview-style, so enjoy!

Hey Lyra, thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview! So why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself? What kinds of things do you like to do?

Hey, yeah I’m really glad to be here! I love Sequins, so when she asked if I’d guest post I was totally excited! Her and I go way back–she’s known me even before I was born! So, about me… I live with my mom, who’s totally my best friend, a couple of cats, and a turtle. They’re all pretty chill. When I’m not sleeping, I love rolling around in the backyard, poking the cats, and having my picture taken!

Aww, I love you too! And man that sounds like a ton of fun. How would you describe your life philosophy?

I think my life philosophy can be summed up pretty easy–life can be hard, and it can get you down, but you just have to remember how beautiful it all is. You have to remember to smile.

That’s a great life philosophy. You’re such a positive one! How would you spend the perfect day?

I like to get up fairly early in the morning, so a fresh quick start out the door for a romp with my friends in the back yard, then after a breakfast I’d love to nap in the sun for a bit. I’d probably fill my day with a long walk and some duck chasing, then wrestling around with my mom until I’m worn out. I’d finish the perfect day off with some cuddle time on the couch and some snacking on cheesey or bbq-ey chips! Yum! Oh, and the day would be even better if my brother, Bandit, was in town visiting! He usually stops by once a year or so.

Definitely not a bad day! One last question before I let you head out the door for a walk–what’s one secret that we wouldn’t have guessed about you?

One thing you can’t guess? Jeez, I’m a pretty open book! I guess I’d have to say I’m a romantic at heart–I love everyone, and will always give out hugs to people who need it. I’ll even bring you flowers!

Stripes: Awesome Stuff Sunday 3.25

It’s that day of the week again! Here are some of the awesome things I found on the internet this week, hope you enjoy!

It’s killing me that I do not own these tights from BZRshop’s Etsy! OMG if you were to buy these for me, you would be my favorite person ever.


This is a really great article from Psychology Today about resiliency and not giving up in everyday life. I really like that it applies to pretty much any life situations and how it emphasizes the ability of the individual to improve their own situation. There’s nothing like taking action to make you feel empowered!

Best.Photobomb.EVER.

Like I needed another reason to think a’capella is amazing.

I’ve also been addicted to this song. I’m not sure why but I can’t stop listening.

Happy Sunday!

Sequins: DIY Creepy Love Gift

So I’m not actually in town this weekend, I took the train south to the big city. It’s my birthday in EXACTLY one week and one day, and my family insisted I visit so they can shower me in love and affection. Which, you know, I’m always down with. In the meantime, though, I had to leave Monsieur behind. He works weekends and couldn’t make this trip. ONE* of us (and I won’t name any names) isn’t very excited about spending the weekend apart. ONE* of us might be a bit of a baby when it comes to things like this.

So to make the parting a little less sorrowful, I whipped this up! Warning: It might be the creepiest love note I’ve ever left him. Ever.

Want to make your own? (Oh man, though, seriously if any of you ACTUALLY make this, I want pics. Pics or it didn’t happen.) Well here you go!

Supplies: Color printer (or black and white, I guess, it doesn’t really matter), colored markers (I used two highlighters & an ink pen), heavier cardstock, scissors, post it notes, tape & glue (I used both, but only because I went really fast), and a BIG sense of humor.

  1. Start with a picture of yourself. I chose one from this post. Print it out and cut a close outline. I find that using a full body picture works best, so you don’t look like a scissor monster cut your feet off.
  2. Draw random patterns and designs on your cardstock, a little more than the height and width of your cutout.
  3. Glue your cutout down on the decorated cardstock, and move on to step 4. Or, if you want to do it the way I did it (which I don’t recommend) cut a slightly wider outline.
  4. Draw a base on cardstock for your cutout to stand on (if you’re really smart, unlike me, you’ll just incorporate this part in step three and only use one piece of cardstock. If you’re smart.).
  5. Cut out the base, and attack your person (or don’t, if you were smart enough to combine steps 3 & 4. Unlike me).
  6. Draw speech bubbles on your post it notes, making sure to draw the arrow part of the speech bubble on the adhesive part of the sticky note. Cut out the silhouette.
  7. Stick to face and repeat! Make as many silly sayings as you can think up! I made a separate (even creepier) stand up piece of cardstock that holds all the speech bubbles (not picture, but use your imagination!). Some of my favorite speech bubbles included “…did you just fart?” (take another look at that picture and tell me that’s not what my face is saying!).
  8. *BONUS STEP* Don’t tell your loved one/friend/family member/freinemy what you made, and then leave this in a place where they’ll find it. I put mine on Monsieur’s night stand, so he won’t find it until he’s just about to go to sleep. Mwuahahaha.

Enjoy!!

*Okay, I’ll admit it. It’s both of us. Both of us are really bad about spending more than 24 hours apart from each other. It’s embarrassing.

PS: I definitely think that my DIY belongs here, but since I haven’t been able to stop laughing since I decided to do this, I think it’s worth it. He’s laughing, too. Trust me.

Stripes: Hunger Games

Confession: Sequins and I are both HUGE nerds (ok, this is less of a confession and more of me stating the obvious). Now that you are armed with that piece of information, you can better imagine how excited we were when the opportunity arose for us to go to the midnight showing of the first Hunger Games movie.

So, late last night, we made our way to the movie theater with Plaid and Monsieur for the show of the year (aside from Titanic 3D…I’M SO EXCITED TO SEE THAT!). Since Sequins got Monsieur and herself matching t-shirts* I decided to make some matching t’s for plaid and myself so we wouldn’t be left out of the nerdy festivities. It was my first time freehanding lettering so I was pretty proud of the end result (though, admittedly, I got a little too into it and made my left hip fall asleep not one but three times in the quest for the most ideal angle to approach the fabric).

To make my (and Plaid’s) shirt, I just bought a cheap t from Michaels and painted it using Tulip brand fabric paint and some throw away brushes from another project I did last year (just incase the paint ruined my brushes-I do this every time I try a new paint just to be safe). To do the glitter section, I used Tulip brand glitter and glitter glue because it is supposed to withstand the washing machine…we’ll see. I’m not too worried about it, I just had a ton of fun making the shirts and getting a chance to channel some of my repressed crafting urges.

As far as the movie goes, I thought it was done in a very interesting manner. I definitely prefer the book but I thought the movie was artfully done although it leaves out some important details that would not have taken all that much time to incorporate. Aside from that, I really liked the shifts in perspective and how human the movie felt. The costuming and make up designs were awesome! So much better than how I had imagined it from the book. It would be really fun to have a Capitol themed party and dress up like we came from the Capitol because their outfits and styles were so cool!

All in all it was a great night (and my very first mid-night premiere!) and I am so glad I got to share it with so many great friends.

*Sequins here! Just a quick note on my shirt: Ilene over at Much Love Ily shared her Hunger Games shirt, found from an adorable etsy shop and I quickly snagged up two more for Monsieur and I– this one for me, and this one for Monsieur. The whole movie was super exciting, and mad props go out to Plaid, who introduced us to the whole book series. She turned me on to the books right almost exactly two years ago, before the third book came out. We sucked them down and talked about them endlessly, until finally Monsieur read the series a couple months after I finished them. We brought Stripes on board when we started planning the midnight premiere, and she was totally gung-ho. It probably didn’t help that I threatened her repeatedly that I would spoil the endings if she didn’t finish the book before the movie. She rocked, though, and no spoilers were necessary! (Although Pinterest spoiled a MAJOR devastating plot twist for her). Bye!!

Sequins: Overcoming Irrational Fears

Okay so I’m not going to post about overcoming my irrational fear of driving, or my irrational fear of burning (although, really, it’s not so irrational. It’s just that it’s to the point of a phobia), or my irrational fear showers, or of the 15,689 other things out there that I’m irrational afraid of. <— ew gross, totally ended that on a preposition. And even grosser, I have no intention of fixing it…

Skirt: 36point5, Jacket Shirt & Belt: thrifted, Sweater: New York Co., Cowl: Anthro (gift)

No, rather, this is about overcoming my irrational fear of pleated skirts. I mentioned this earlier, when I introduced Sassafras, but I have a very strange fear of pleated skirts. Kokimo’s post on them, through Delightful Dozen, definitely helped me cope with this a little, and then when I found this beautiful mint green skirt at Buffalo Exchange, I knew it was to be mine. Further proof of how right it is is evidenced by the fact that I found itin the same trip that I found Sassafras, the Skirt That Fulfilled My Dreams. I’ve worn this skirt twice, now, and both times with tops that I never previously felt like I could style. Like I said, this skirt is rocking my world pretty thoroughly.

Also, as a side note, I think it is physically impossible tonot feel like a classy-class fashion blogger whilst rocking a mint green pleated midi skirt. It’s a fact. Especially since I was even (attempting to) rock my own version of victory rolls. You can really only see them in the top picture, though.

Further side note: is it just me, or does it look like I’m starting to go gray? I mean, I’m not even 24 (that’s still two weeks away), but man alive! I think I’ve over-dyed my hair, but my only response is to cover that up with some more dye.

Last little side note: windy days make fuller, pleated skirts tons of fun to photograph in, but are the complete opposite of  “practical choice”. Unless, of course, you enjoy flashing complete strangers. I won’t judge.

How about any of you, little bloggy-lurkers? Overcome any irrational fears lately? I’m thinking now that I’m comfortable in pleats, I might take my manual-stick-shift driving lessons a little more seriously.

PS I take it back, this is the last little side note: Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh who else is super excited for midnight tonight? Anyone? Anyone? Stripes, Plaid, Monsieur & I are super stoked. We’ll be watching this. Only for like two hours instead of two minutes. Plaid turned me on to the books a couple months before the third one came out. Ohmygoshohmygosh. I’m like a little fan girl. Monsieur & I even have shirts. We’ll show you.