Category Archives: Stripes

Things Are Getting A Little Harry

This year will forever be remembered as the years Harry Potter took over my wardrobe. After my jaunt in Wizarding World, I’ve been rocking the crap out of my Gryffindor House sweater- I wear it to work, I wear it while shopping, and yesterday, I even wore it to the spa (it was cold out…so cold we even had our first snow! How wintertime in Hogsmead of us!). I’m kind of addicted to this sweater.

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Yesterday, I met up with a friend for lunch (it’s amazing how much time I have for friends when I’m not doing both school and work! I’ve seen more friends in the last week than I had in the last three months) and we exchanged some pretty epic gifts. Imagine how thrilled I was when I opened this little gem?!

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Yeah, I was beyond excited to be holding my very own golden snitch necklace! (Shout out to my friend Ashley who handcrafted him for me!) You bet you’re going to see him pop up on the blog from time to time. I can’t wait to figure out how I can make him be a work appropriate accessory. She also got me the fanciest snuggie out there…check the poms on this guy!

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Impromptu photoshoot while blogging! Yay! Spontaneity!

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Sweater:Wizarding World of Harry Potter//Shirt:Ross// Scarf:Found//Jeans:Gap//Snuggie:Pier 1

Yay! Goofy Face Picture!!!

And so it has begun. Pretty soon you’ll be seeing me rock a robe and tie like it’s no big deal, I’ll be working my time-turner like it’s my third year at Hogwarts, and I’ll have a magic bag where I keep all my possessions stashed away…or maybe not. Guess you’ll just have to keep an eye on the blog to see just how far bad my Harry addiction gets. But be sure of one thing, I’ll be wearing my snuggie as the coolest blanket cape ever for the next six months straight.

Happy Sunday folks!

Orphan Christmas

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None of us are orphans, really, but somehow the name stuck. This is the third year that Kim, Kels and I have gotten together for Christmas tree decorating and fun holiday festivities. We also throw gifts into the mix, and this was mine to them. I printed them each a print to remember the tradition with.

 

Dear Kels

It’s been a while since we’ve talked. I know things are crazy busy in your world, and I’m sad that I haven’t been more available with all the hectic uncertainties in mine keeping me preoccupied. That is a poor excuse. To make up for it, I have a series of pictures I took of my sister’s cat discovering balloons when we set up for a recent birthday party.

One of my favorite things about you is how entertained you are by the Little Things in life. It’s one of the reasons I thought you’d like this particular series of photos.

Despite the stressful curveballs life might be lobbying in your direction, I do know you have some pretty darn exciting things as well going on, and I’m totes excited to hear more about them. In fact, I’m hoping that as the quarter nears an ending, maybe I can talk you into visiting Seattle over the weekend. We could meet up on campus and catch up over coffee, then you and I can hop into a library for some studying time. I don’t think I’ve told you in-person about my novel, but I think a quiet study environment would be very welcome focus point for me. Selfish, I know, but still true. Let me know if you’re interested.

Oh and this is kind of a side note, but I recently stumbled across this blog and the name alone, Looks Good From The Back, always makes me chuckle. Like, I can imagine you saying it as I walk out of a dressing room wearing some bold thing that you can’t stomach and I think is awesome amazingness dripping with unicorn drool. Also, being them seems cute. Their friendship is adorable.

That last photo is my favorite from the series. I hope you enjoyed them, but even if you didn’t, it’s okay. They were a ton of fun to take, since getting snarked on by kitties is somehow one of my secret favorite hobbies.

Take it easy,

PS I made you an equivalent signature and uploaded it to the library if you like it. I mean sure, I could email you this information, but somehow this is more fun.

Days Like This

As promised in my last post, Marci and I had quite the little meetup/coffee date/photo shoot in Seattle this last weekend and boy did I miss her (and her fancy pants camera). We had fun, sipping coffee, catching up, and being slightly vain while posing on a bunch of rocks.

It’s strange how different life feels being removed from our little college town. I really miss having meet ups like this with friends, bumping into people I know all the time, and spontaneity in general. I realize that I spent a huge portion of college yearning for some semblance of routine but now that my life is all routine I miss the fluidity, flexibility, and occasional chaotic moments.

Despite how much I miss my old lifestyle, however, I have found some serious benefits to this new big girl era-benefits that make me remember how awesome growing up is. For example, being able to go on trips whenever I want (ok, on weekends or with my VACATION TIME…oh heck yes I can get paid to have fun). Or getting to buy cute new clothes on a whim (and shoes…eh, eh! Check these babies out…just got them at Target for $30-Uhhhhmazing). And for finally being able to plan for some big life changes that I think will bring full-on happiness to every corner of my life.

Sweater:TJMaxx//Dress:A&E//Tights:H&M//Shoes:Target//Bag:Lucky Brand//Belt:PacSun

But at the end of the day, I feel especially glad that I can always have a coffee date with and old friend, catch up, and take photos just like we’re back in our old, college town ways soaking up the nostalgia. Although most parts of me are moving, fast-forward, toward the future, there will always be some bits and pieces craving and appreciating these moments of old school bliss and, for that, I’m glad for days like this.

Kels is Traveling Back in Time, Too! (Also Known as: What Happens When Marce and Kels Get Together)

Oh yes I am because I just so happened to be Marci’s date to this event. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last year, it’s that when the two of us are together epic amounts of pictures are taken. Some very silly pictures are taken.

Some unintentionally serious ones are taken.

Dress:Gap (thrifted)//Sweater:Romy//Shoes:Lucky Brand//Clutch:Old Navy

And some blogingly perfect ones are taken.

Yes, when we get together we take lots of pictures. And this is why I miss us getting together as much as we used to be able to but it’s always nice to take a little time travel trip down memory lane and look at all the good times we’ve had. It’s also nice to know we’ll meet up again, take even more ridiculous  slightly vain pictures of ourselves, catch up like we’ve been apart for two days not two weeks, and enjoy some good coffee (spoiler alert, there may be a post just about this in the works). That’s the beauty of good friends, everything can change but when you’re reunited it’s all the same again.

Channeling My Inner Marci

Happy Monday! These last couple of weeks have been crazy in Kels-land and are only set to get busier as my paralegal classes start in a week. To burn off some steam what have I been doing? Taking some fashion risks on the weekends!

Oh yes, what you can’t really see in these pictures is that I did, indeed, pulling a page directly from the Marci book of everyday fashion , layer tights! Heck yes!

I also got to bust out this scarf- a gift that fly all the way from Thailand just to be worn around my neck. Oh yes, This scarf was pretty much begging to be worn with my new, ballsy layered tights look and I have to say, it wasn’t hard to say “yes, scarf, you would make the perfect addition to this outfit.” (And, yes, I do totally have conversations with my clothes…that’s normal, right?)

Shirt:OldNavy//Tank:Target//Skirt:Gap//
Blue Tights:F21//GrayTights:H&M//Shoes:Lucky Brand

 

I leave you with my most Marci pose. Have a great Monday, and let us know what you think of the new layout and “about me” sections in the comments! We’d love to hear your feedback!

Stripes: Of Bangs and Hair

A day has come that I never ever, ever, ever thought would come: I have mastered the art of styling bangs.

Oh yes, I finally consistently pump out bangs that look like this in the morning. 9 year old me, with the goofy bangs going all directions, is so freaking proud. This was a long time coming, The first month or so of bangage was filled with weird gaps and flyaways. Luckily, after a bunch of experimentation, I’ve mastered the blow drying to hairspray quotient.

There are the bangs at the end of my work day. Seeeeeeee?! I think I’ve finally conquered the cowlicks.

Jacket:Charlotte Russe//Sweater:Old Navy//Tank:Banana Republic//Bracelet:H&M

I also thought you all might be proud of my accessorizing! I picked up this rose bracelet this last weekend at H&M and I think it’s my new favorite thing ever. I seriously want to wear this every single day ever but, alas, I’ve got to try rocking some other accessories too. I can’t be a one trick pony, now can I?

Stripes: A Little Brady

Can I just take a second to say how awesome big girl paydays are? For Reals, folks, this first paycheck of mine went almost completely a little towards some new wardrobe pieces that I’m really excited for…especially this Brady-licious shirt.

Oh yes, I took it there. I’m going all groovy on you, folks, and bringing out my inner Florence Henderson with this new shirt. I got a little excited at H&M and found out they have a shirt (that comes in about 10 different colors and patterns) that is cut perfect for my body…and only costs $20. Yeah, I had to get on that bandwagon. Luckily, I’ve been working on having more self-control so I was able to walk out with just one shirt, not the 15 I wanted (the pair of snazzy new jeans I shelled out for definitely didn’t hurt my self-control either).

Oh moderation, how very Brady Bunch of me. I’ve realized, however, the older I get, the more I am like the Bradys-is that weird? Eh, I enjoy it and they *do* have some pretty out of sight wardrobes so I don’t think I’d have it any other way.

Shirt:H&M (recent)//Pants:Gap//Shoes:Target (recent)

Stripes: That Business Casual Thing

Hey guys, good news! I think I’m starting to get the hang of this whole “business casual” thing. Whew boy, just when I was afraid I’d never fit into this new, big girl world I’m navigating, I’ve finally started feeling comfortable in my slacks and nice shirts. But trust me, this transition has been full of weird feelings about clothing and fashion.

It felt (ok, ok, still feels) like when I started fashion blogging: a sense of uncertainty, not really knowing what went together or how to make a “look”, not having much to work with, and still feeling out the rules. Yeah, fashion is a definitely a journey and this has been the maiden voyage of my fancy pants ship of business casual.

I did finally invest in some new work clothes so I have some exciting outfit posts planned for the near future! Get excited, folks, things are about to get epic up in here. Having more clothes to choose from definitely makes me feel much more confident in my outfit choices and I am really beginning to not only appreciate the art of accessorizing but also realizing just how much I need to work on my fear of wearing necklaces. I’m not sure what it is but I am horribly uncomfortable wearing any jewelry, especially necklaces. I’m for sure going to be working on this in the near future because who doesn’t love a well accessorized, professional lady?

Blazer:Charlotte Ruse//Top:TjMaxx//Pants:Gap//Shoes:Lucky Brand

Have I mentioned that working so much is exhausting? Ho.ly.cow. So I’m sorry if I’m rambling or not making sense to well rested brains, mine is on a planet of it’s own right now…I suppose you’re just getting some greater insight into the inner workings of my crazy mind. Yeah, it’s like a party up in here-a weird party filled with 2 parts wonderland, 3 parts business casual, and 1 part totally awesome. And there I go again with my rambles…

Anyone else feel like fashion is a crazy journey or share my fear of necklaces? What about imaging a puddle of awesome floating around in their brain (yeah, that’s probably just me)?

Stripes: I Must Admit…

…I’ve been a bit busy this week. I promise things are slowing down and I should be back to a regular posting schedule this week. I’ve been trying to stockpile some pictures and get a little ahead which, ironically, has left me a little behind this week but fear not! I’ll be back in full force this week.

Back to the reason you likely read our blog: I have this little gem my sister’s boyfriend took of me while we were doing her senior pictures this weekend!

Skirt:Macys//Sweatshirt:Farmers Market

I think I’ve finally hit the pinnacle of Hipster…long bags, a-line skirt, playing a uke in an ally while  the sun’s setting behind me while I look dramatically off to the yonder. Yep, I’m pretty sure I’m quickly becoming Zooey Deschanel Jr. I’m also completely in love with it and I am ready to fully embrace all that is this part of my personality (so you should totally expect to be seeing more of this kind of thing because now that I have a big girl paycheck I can afford some rad new duds).

I guess all I have to say, hipsterness aside, is “to new beginnings, sunsets, and not taking life too seriously”. Happy Sunday friends!