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The Post That Has Been A Long Time Coming

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while…kind of. I had my reservations: I like to keep a (admittedly small) bit of my life private, I wanted to keep this part of me safe-almost harbored inside of me, and I know things change fast in life and I wasn’t sure I could handle the heart break of this changing and me having to tell you. But I’m here today to tell you, with much anxiety and anticiaption (from a small collection for friends *cough cough Marci*) that I have a boyfriend.

Say hi to Matt (previously known as Mr. New York).

 

(This is us in New York this last summer with the sunsetting behind us over New Jersey)

Matt has been lurking around, behind the scenes of Moose like my personal Quasimodo for a while. Though thinly hidden, he has been here for months making many of my posts possible. So, folks, here’s what you haven’t been seeing…

You all saw this scarf on this post but what I didn’t mention is that Matt brought it to me from all the way over from Thailand.

This picture was taken after this picture…

This picture:

Was taken just before this picture:

And this last weekend’s pictures from Leavenworth,

Did not include these pictures:

I realize this is not the most profound nor life changing news I could be throwing your way (unless you have my face tattooed on your chest and you’ve been secretly trying to seduce me for years in which case, I’m sorry, but it might be time to go get a new hobby) but it’s still a little nerve wracking. Regardless, it was time to let you all in on my little secret (not to mention make it way easier to talk about all the exciting plans we’ve made for Christmas and New Years).

Here’s to many more adventures, great times, and lots of kisses!

PS- Seeeee Matt? I know you’re reading this…our relationship is officially blog official.

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Stripes: Of Wining and DIning and Adventures pt. 2

Hey-o it’s time for part 2 of this NY adventure!

Day 3: I was super excited to meet up with an old high school friend and walk down to the financial district. Later that day I crashed hard. I think all the excitement finally hit me and I took one epic nap…no pictures of that part of the trip. I know, you guys are all SUPER bummed you don’t get to see my little hot mess self napping away my vacation. That evening, after all napping had taken place, we had dinner at a really good South American restaurant in Brooklyn and grabbed drinks at a cute little hipster bar where I had a drink made with artichoke…I was beyond excited when they showed me the bottle with a majestic artichoke beaming out at me.

Day 4: This was my last real day in the city so I decided to add some culture to my trip and visit the Natural History Museum. I took about a million pictures of the animal and dinosaur models and I laughed (out loud even) when I found some alpaca artifacts in the South American area. That night Mr. New York and I decided to go out with a low key bang (is that even a thing? I think I just made it a thing…it will catch on) so we went to a gluten free Italian restaurant by Central Park drank wine like actual grown ups (without realizing it even!!! bonus points for us!) and topped that off with some blueberry lemonade at a really cool lookout where we could watch the sunset (over Jersey, luckily we were guido free) annnnnd I got to see my very first lightning bug EVER. That may have been a serious highlight of the trip-all my friends on the West Coast get me. We’ve heard about them since we are little and dream of chasing them but where are they? Not anywhere near us. So my childhood was made as we found a little patch of the glowy bugs!

And there you have New York via my phone and stories! I only have 2 more vacation posts, no worries, and one is an outfit post from Disneyworld, getting my theme park on!

Stripes: Of Wining and Dining and Adventures pt. 1

I know, I know, I just posted pictures from Florida but I didn’t really get a chance to tell you (slash show you via a zillion pictures) what I was up to on the New York leg of this trip. I did so much, in fact, that I am having a hard time paring down the number of pictures I want to post…so excuse my ridiculously long, two post series about New York. I had such a blast over there that I didn’t want to leave out any of the fun, so, without further adieu, here’s NY through the lens of my iPhone and a couple vignettes.

Day 1: Mr. New York and I made our way through the Village. Initially, we headed out with the goal of checking out an allergy free bakery but we turned it into a full day of poking around, finding all sorts of landmarks, and admiring the architecture. We ended the day with popsicles on the High Line-such amazing views!-and then dinner at an amazing gluten free Italian joint where we ordered wine like grown ups and made friends with the owner. We followed up dinner with some bar hoping and found our way to a speakeasy. Oh yes, themed drinking at it’s best! Though they were playing Backstreet Boys…I’m not sure it was the most historically accurate place but our drinks were served in tea cups which made up for the lack of mood music.

The first picture is of us post brownie noming at the awesome allergy free bakery and the rest are of some of the cool places we passed on our little tour.

Day 2: I took off on my own and headed towards Central Park. After taking an obligatory Strawberry Fields picture and lunching by the pond where kids race model sailboats (admittedly, I chose this spot because of how it was described in the Gossip Girl books…I had to see a few of my GG landmarks!), I headed off to Madison Ave to window shop. I don’t have many pictures from this leg of my trip because I didn’t want to seem too touristy…I’m sure I blended in like a golden retriever in a herd of Pomeranians (I was wearing a Hollister top and A&E shorts, after all) but I still had fun nonetheless. I ended my adventure by walking to the UN building and I successfully got myself home via subway all by myself-to say I was proud of myself would be an understatement. For dinner, Mr. New York and I whipped up this little dish…SO FREAKING GOOD!

The first pictures are from Central Park, the next is a really neat Dior window display, then a really pretty brownstone, and finally the UN building.

And there you have the first half of my New York trip! The second half of the trip will be up on Sunday and then we get to talk all things Disney…my “regular” posts should be starting back up just in time for Sequins to start telling us about some of her epic, impending adventures so I kind of feel like we should have temporarily renamed our blog Moose on the Run or Where in the World is Moose? or Moose Gone Wild-tell me your travel moose blog name ideas in the comments! I wanna see what you come up with for us!

Stripes: In Need of Some Advice

Alright guys, I seriously need your help. The East Coast has been wreaking utter havoc on my face…we’re talking 13 year old girl acne status up in here. So I was hoping you guys might have some suggestions for how I can clear my face up fast  because I’m officially job hunting as soon as I get back to my hometown and I would feel way more confident if my face was back to it’s normal (only a pimple or two…my skin is far from perfect) status before heading into interviews.

So this is where you guys come in: PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE leave any suggestions for how I can quickly (preferably cheaply but I’m pretty desperate so I am open to any and all suggestions) clear up my skin. I would seriously love you all forever (not that I don’t already) if you could help me look interview ready after this East Coast skin disaster.

A quick insight to my current and usual skin care routine:
-Currently-Neutrogena Face Bar and Oil of Olay for Sensitive Skin Lotion with SPF twice a day
-Usually-Neutrogena Face Wash (liquid) twice a day with the same Olay Face Lotion and 2-3 times a week I use a Neutrogena face scrub.

Anyways, heres a picture of a spotty seal partly because I don’t have any pictures of my pimply, slightly sunburnt face but mostly because this guy is SO ridiculously cute!

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Again, pretty please leave any suggestions you might have in the comments section-I would super appreciate your help!

Stripes: Alma Mater

Whew-all this traveling is exhausting! Currently, as I’m writing this, I’m sitting in JFK getting ready to fly off to destination #2 and let me tell you, the last 5 days have been just surreal. I have seen so many things, meet so many people, eaten so much good food that I’m kind of in sensory overload so I thought the best way I could start off my series of NY posts would be to show you the most well received outfit I wore on this leg of the trip.

This statue is the Alma Mater on Columbia’s Campus. Having just graduated from a relatively small school in a more suburban setting, Columbia’s campus was a little mind blowing. The buildings were all giant and, for the most part, rather old. The attention to detail on these buildings still blows my mind, the scroll work, the elaborate entrances, and the carvings just made the architecture out here amazing! Not to mention, the campus statues are pretty epic!

Leave it to the hot pink zebra dress to make New Yorkers friendly but I seriously had the best luck ever while wearing this gem. While at a coffee shop at NYU (one of the most hipster coffee places I’ve ever been to) a really beautiful woman with the best Zooey Deschanel bangs leaned over to me to tell me she loved my dress and wanted to know where she could get one. OMG it was like Zooey herself had complimented me and I pretty much walked on sunshine (also, God awful humidity) for the rest of the day.

Dress:H&M//Shoes:Mi Shoes//Bag:Sorial via TJ Maxx

Then, later that day, my lovely host, Mr. NY, and I found a lovely little gluten-free Italian joint in the Village and it was the first time I’ve ever had such awesome, allergy friendly service! They asked us when we were seated if anyone had any allergies and helped me to pick out a friendly meal. The food was absolutely delicious so when a man walked by who looked like a waiter I mentioned how much I appreciated their attention to detail and how happy I was that I could eat food right off the menu. Turned out this guy was the owner of the restaurant and he sent us home with a ton of uncooked, gluten free pasta! Behold the power of the dress!

Stripes: A Quick NY Update

Hey lovely readers! New York has been amazing, like, OMG-sooooo-many-adventures-awesome.  So awesome and fun and *insert 15 more adjectives* that all I’ve got for ya is this picture of me infront of the Seinfeld diner. I totally ate lunch today and let me tell you, they have the fastest service ever and their food was DELICIOUS, so delicious that I think I’m going to go back there one more time before I head off to destination #2.

But because I’ve been having so much of a blast, I’ve been a little too busy to write a quality blog post for you all (y’all…seriously a little itty bitty part of me is a country girl at heart) so I suppose I am just popping in today to tell you that I will be a little delayed in posting my outfit pictures and stories but, rest assured, I’ve got some good ones to relay back to you. If there’s one thing I can tell you, it’s that New York is a total blast!

Oh, and SEQUINS AND I NEED TO DO A NY ROUND 2, LIKE PRONTO!!! (See, I do read your posts! :p)

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!