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Stripes: I Hate to Admit It, But I’m Not Superwoman

Ahh the last 5 years have been intense. I’ve learned how to multitask, keep lists, and rock projects for both work and school. How to prioritize. How to push my limits and do more things than I ever thought possible. I’ve also learned that sometimes I can’t do it all.

I was initially excited to blog about this outfit because it was the first themed Friday we had in my department and we did Fancy Friday. How fun is that? (the answer, jsyk, is way fun). But see that face? That’s an exhausted face after fighting an hour of traffic to make it home from the office after a full day at work. I’m exhausted. And I haven’t even started my paralegal program (which starts this week making me both a full-time worker and full-time student).

Seeing this photoshoot was the last straw for me (and you’re getting the least tired looking pictures in the bunch). All the photos showed just how tired I am: bags under my eyes and no color in my face despite the blush I layer on in the mornings and, suddenly, I realized I don’t think I can do it all. Especially once I add school in to the mix.

So I’m sad to say, starting this week, I am only going to be able to post twice a week until next summer once I’m back to only having one full time occupation. I’m so sorry. This is not a decision I am taking lightly, but I don’t want to post just to post nor do I believe the quality of my writing will be up to my usual level if I’m falling asleep while typing.

Dress&Black Tights: H&M//Blazer&Blue Tights:F21// Shoes:Lucky Brand via Macys

Despite the fact that I feel like I’m letting people down by doing this, I realize in order to not fully burn out, I need to take care of myself and my commitments. This is not easy for me to admit (what you’re not reading are the two paragraphs of excuses and attempts for me to legitimize this decision which were way more for me to help comfort my type-A mind than to help you understand me), but I want to produce quality posts for this blog and I’ve learned enough about my sleep deprived brain in the last 5 years it’s not going to happen if I’m posting 3-4 times a week while holding two full-time occupations.

Again, I do, fully, plan to come back to posting every other day once I’m done with the craziness that is going to be the next 9 months but until than, I’m going to have to accept that I’m not Superwoman and sometimes I just need to accept that I need rest in order to function (crazy, right? Who’da thunk?).

And on this note (kind of), any advice from people who have worked full time and gone to night school? Any tips about how to stay awake when you’re only getting 6ish hours of sleep every night? Any suggestions of how to not go absolutely crazy while juggling a lot? I’d LOVE (ok, let’s be real, I’d freaking love) to hear all about it in the comments!

Stripes: 1 Bag, 13 Days…Can it Be Done?!

The answer is yes, yes it can. Way back when we started the 30 for 30 we had joked that it was a way to gear up for my impending travels because I knew I was going on some epic trips this summer and was only planning to bring my backpack and a purse which would require a level of packing discipline that I have never before exhibited. I knew this challenge would be worthwhile and really fun to blog about, so I embraced it with open arms and started making plans to travel more efficiently than I’d ever traveled before. Luckily, the weather really helped me out. I knew to pack for really freaking warm which meant lots of thin clothing, minimal coat-age, and relatively few accessories.

The only “tools” I used to pack was a Space Bag (yes, like on the infomercials), some ziplock baggies, my trusty backpack, and the purse I’d been dreaming of. And with all this I was able to bring all THIS as carry on.

My final clothing count:
Tank Tops: 9 colored, 6 white (for layering)
T-Shirts: 6 (two for sleeping)
Dresses: 5
Pants:0!! I’m still very much so rebelling against pants.
Shorts: 2 pairs
PJ Shorts: 2 pairs
Leggings: 1 (just in case it gets cold)
Sweaters: 1
Coats: One blazer, One raincoat (Florida is known to have some wild weather…better to be safe than sorry), One Sweatshirt
Shoes: Three Pairs- Toms, flip flops and the sandals I am wearing on the plane
Swimsuits: 3 tops, 2 bottoms (If anyone knows of a great place to buy bottoms that actually fit girls with a little junk in their truck, please tell me in the comments section!)

Final Accessory Count:
Jewelry: One Necklace, One Ring, One Pair of Earrings, One Bracelet
Belts: 2-one thick one thin
Sunnies: One Pair

Extras in Backpack:

One quart sized bag of liquid stuff (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, ect)
A wash cloth- cause it sucks to get stuck without one
A Brush & Hair ties
Hair clips and pins
Empty Brita WaterBottle
Full Sized Hairdryer…you heard me right!

What’s in that Purse?
Make-Up & Brushes- the one thing I totally ran out of space for in my back pack
Stripes-Friendly Granola Bars
My Book-Portrait of a Lady
My Journal & Pen-cause I often have a lot to say (crazy, huh?)
My Lapop
Cords for laptop, iPhone, and earbuds
Gum
Wallet & Cellphone

What you’ve all been waiting for, The Packing Process:

I started with this preliminary clothing pull…”what’s missing from this picture?” you may be asking. The answer was underwear, tank tops, and shorts. All very important when traveling somewhere warm and in all seriousness, I almost forgot to pack underwear! That would have been a disaster and a half!

The prelim packing pull from my closet. 

The next step was to actually pull everything out, pull out a few things I didn’t actually need to bring (pretty much just a couple t-shirts), and make sure I had the essentials-yep this is when I added the underwear to my packing pile.

Then I counted and took a bunch of pictures of everything I packed just for the blog. This took a little longer than I’d wanted but now I know I’m traveling with 15 tank tops, one bar of soap, and no pants.

Then I moved all the clothes, except underwear, swimsuits, and accessories, into the space bag. It looked like this before the air was pushed out:

And let me tell ya, rolling the bag was not nearly as glamourous as the infomercial leads you to believe. I created my own process and system to get the air out (much like rolling a sleeping bag while trying to not pop a plastic bag) and was able to get it in my backpack without any trouble.

Then I had all of this stuff to stuff in the bag. No problem, though, there was a ton of space and this backpack has a lot of space in the side pockets.

The only thing I ran out of space for was my make up but there was plenty of space in my purse. So I threw everything in the purse, was surprised to still be able to zip it up, and called my packing adventure done!

Dress:H&M//Blazer:Charlotte Russe//Purse:Sorial via TJ Maxx//Backpack:Kelty//Sandals:Mi Shoes//Sunnies:Ray Ban

Sorry, it’s a little on the blurry side, we were a little rushed trying to get out the door, but it gets the point across-I was able to fit a crap ton of stuff in a backpack and purse while still looking fabulous!

So there you have my most epic packing adventure! Holy cow, I was a little worried going into it, but I know I have enough clothing for the whole trip, I have plenty of options (the constant fear of us over-packing types), and I can comfortably carry all my stuff on my own. If you have any questions about how I did it, or any suggestions of how to make a little extra space for the return trip (admittedly, there isn’t much space for my mouse ears or any clothing I might pick up in NY) I would LOVE to hear about it in the comments!

Stripes: A Small Hometown Layover

I have a little something to tell you, dearest blog readers (but I’m sorry if I’m sounding like a broken record because I can’t remember if I already mentioned my news because it’s been in the works for quite some time): this is my summer of epic vacationing. And as I am finishing this post, I am sitting in the airport waiting to take off to New York City!

The last few years I’ve barely left my little college town for more than a night or two-aside from my summer on an alpaca ranch in Idaho 4 summers ago which did, admittedly, help me to explore all sorts of cool places as I had many car adventures in those days before I had a smartphone or GPS (*cough cough* getting so lost I ended up 80 miles into Montana….)-but since I was leaving my town for good, I decided to do things the Stripes way, and do it all the way. So this has, somewhat unintentionally and mostly by great luck and generosity, become my summer of jet-setting.

This is my favorite picture from my alpaca days. His name is Boss and he was such a little flirt! He has nothing to do with this summer’s travels [unfortunately] but he is quite the eye candy nonetheless.

I meant to write you all a post about it before Portland (stop number one) but, because of some stuff going on in my non-blogy personal life, I’ve been a little spacey. But, better late than never, right? So over the next 2 weeks I’m going to be having a blast over the East Coast living one exciting little life! My first stop is NYC then I’m off to Florida for some epic theme park hopping (oh yes, there will be some Micky Mouse ears and a Magic Wand from Ollivanders) and getting my burn tan on!

I’m going to try my hardest to keep up on the blog, but I can’t promise I won’t miss a day or two…traveling is exhausting business! What I can promise you is a post about how I’m pulling off 13 days of travel with just one carry-on bag and my purse (mainly because I am going to finish it and schedule it while I wait for my flight…but let me tell you, it was kinda epic how much stuff I was able to fit in my bag). And yes, you heard me right-a fashion blogger making it almost two weeks on one bag’s worth of clothing. Packing has been a real process and I fully plan to explain (and show via tons of pictures) how I made it work because I’m not going to lie, I am pretty darn proud of myself.

And of course, a cute picture of me leaving my house for my grand adventures!

Dress:H&M//Blazer:Charlotte Russe//Purse:Sorial via TJ Maxx//Backpack:Kelty//Sandals:Mi Shoes//Sunnies:Ray Ban

I can also promise you a bunch of pictures from the East-partly because I love you all and wanna show you the cool stuff I’m going to see, but also because my mom made me swear I’m going to take a million pictures so there will a zillion pictures for me to show you all what I’ve been up to! Also, I’m going to try my hardest to get a few outfit photo shoots in because I’ve been hoarding some cool new stuff for this trip and am planning to up my fashionability factor (while in NY any ways…I make no promises for how cute I will look in Orlando-that leg of the trip will mainly be denim shorts, bikinis, and a complete lack of make-up).

Anyways, I’m off to have some adventures and make some memories!