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Stripes: Procrastination in 3 Steps or Less

Life I mentioned in my last post, this is my most intense mid-terms week of the quarter and I realized I could write a manual on procrastination so, written (for the most part anyways) while I should be studying, here is “How to Procrastinate in 3 Steps or Less”.

(Sorry for the blurriness, it was really rainy during our shoot!)

Step 1: Add Sound

Procrastination is not nearly as entertaining if you’re sitting in a silent room, I mean that’s why libraries are quiet. Silence increases productivity. And that’s not our goal. So, please, plug in those headphones and do one of the following things:

Youtube: a classic. How can you possibly study while there are 50,000 videos of puppies trying to climb onto couches or little kids giving motivational speeches? These will pump you up and help you feel empowered when the time really does come to bust out a bunch of work. Then there’s the music video aspect of this site. Gotta have your tunes! So why not select, song for song, what your study playlist should be? I mean the songs really need to portray a “I’m ready to kick butt” and “Getting stuff done” vibe otherwise all future attempts at productivity will be essentially futile.

Pandora: tunage at it’s best. If you’ve realized that after watching 27 music videos on youtube, that you need a more structured approach to music selection but want to listen to music you don’t have on iTunes, then this is the place for you. So why not try out Beyonce, Rihanna, Drake, Muse, Adelle, or 90’s pop music stations and get the creative flow started. No better way then letting other people’s creativity rub off on you, right?

-iTunes: As alluded to in the previous section, this is one of the more limited music options but you have the most control. So why not make a playlist filled with songs that really get your brain going and time it down to the second for when you’re working on whatever you’re supposed to be doing?

Step 2: Get Visual

Blog time. Now that you’ve gotten pumped, empowered, and created the best playlist ever it’s time to take a break (that was a lot of work) so what’s the first logical choice? Blogs, duh! These blogs are my favorite for kicking back, relaxing, and remembering that life is alright while in the midst of a study marathon:

Yes & Yes: Always good for an article about some far away place, interesting stories about people’s lives, and links to the coolest things out in the interwebs. This will help open your mind to new thoughts and help you think outside the box when you just can’t think of anything to do for your work. It’s always good to get fresh perspectives!

Living Yellow: She is a favorite ’round these parts. Her posts that read like you’re talking to your bff and she is the epitome of adulthood coolness…so why not spend sometime dreaming about how awesome your life is going to be when you’re done with whatever you were supposed to be doing?

The Great Fitness Experiment: Charlotte is one of my favorites out here in the blogosphere. Not only is she ridiculously awesome and funny (not to mention hers was the first blog I regularly followed) but she also can teach you how to get that booty you’ve always wanted. Wether you’ve always wanted to try martial arts, ballet, or P90x she’s done it all and will tell you the good, bad, and ugly of her adventures. What better resource to look at so you can dream about the workouts you’ll be able to do when you don’t have so much work to do?

Psychology Today: So you can figure out why you’re so stressed and how to stop procrastinating. Yep. Pretty much.

Step 3: Socialize

Now that you are inspired and the future looks delightful, it’s time to share your thoughts and feelings with the world. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this, but when there are things that people just can’t seem to start on (aka-procrastinating) the total amount of time these people spend on a social media site goes up by approximately 900%.

Facebook: Of course, the classic. Who could try to procrastinate without checking with site (aside from ‘those people’ who don’t have one >.>)? Now that you can chat with your old friend from elementary school to finally catch up and try to figure out why it’s been so long since you last hung out while watching the creep crawl on the side, you will be in the know. And what’s more important than that?

Twitter: Admittedly, I am a recent convert to this social phenomenon and all I can say is there is something always going on in the land of Twitter. So while you’re trying to take a few minutes to regroup and refocus, why not read through your twitter feed and remember how many cool things are going on in the world as we speak?

Pinterest: Gotta have somewhere to organize everything you learned in the last several hours of distraction.

And there you have it, how to procrastinate like a pro in 3 steps or less. Or less? You may be asking, yes, it really only takes one of these steps to keep busy for hours on end so feel free to mix it up and put the pro in procrastinate!

Shirt:Delias//Jeans:Gap//Shoes:Asics//Sweatshirt:A&F//Coat:The North Face//Backpack:Kelty

How do YOU like to procrastinate?

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Sequins & Stripes: A Sunday Adventure Day 29

Early* this morning Sequins, Stripes and our good friend Plaid all piled into the car and headed over to the Skagit Valley Yearly Tulip Festival to look at some flowers, have some lady bonding time, and take a bajillion pictures. Also, side note, Sequins definitely drove us home. Because she’s awesome like that. Check out some of our pictures! The titles, if you hover over them, will tell you which one of us took it. Enjoy!

This is what happens when I don't remember I zoomed my camera in to take the previous shot!

Sequins Outfit:

Shirt: Sojourner/ Vest Scarf & Shoes: Thrifted/ Shoes: H&M/ TIghts: Gift

Stripes’ Outfit:

Shirt: Target/ Jeans: Gap/ Shoes: Toms/ Sweatshirt: Aerie/ Coat: The North Face (seriously awesome raincoat….if you’re in the market for one, this one is great!)

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*So only two of us (*cough cough* Stripes and Plaid) thought 8 am was early…Our lovely Sequins is much more adjusted to such grown up hours and was bright eyed and fully awake by that point in the morning. The other two of us needed some more wake up time and coffee.

Stripes: Windy!

Man this week has had the craziest weather! First there was snow, then there was wind, now there is wind and rain. Bleh, some days it is much harder to love the Northwest than others.

This horribly rushed photo captures the rain off to the left there. MAN! I am not exaggerating (you can ask Sequins), but those raindrops were enormous! There were so many of those raindrops all of the sudden that we decided to take our pictures in the drive through of a bank that was on the way to the ally we were originally going to go to. It was insane out there!

Shirt: Target (recent-ish), Belt: American Eagle, Jeans: The Gap Outlet (recent), Boots: Lucky Brand (recent-ish).

What’s more rediculous is the fact that a guy pulled up behind us and watched us take pictures. Ok, so he was using the drive thru window and not just trying to creep on us, but still, this moment may take the cake for our ballsiest photoshoot to date.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays dry out there (though today was super sunny up here, so I guess that storm was well worth it). Has anyone else been having crazy weather? Anyone actually like the rain? If so, I know a great town for you to live in! Anyone have any suggestions for a slightly more discrete rainy day photoshoot place?

-Stripes

Sequins: Shelter From The Storm

*I’m totally in Canada with my Monsieur, being decadent, drinking, and visiting art museums, so enjoy this scheduled post while I frolic! I’ll be sure to have him snag a photo or two, so be on the look out for a “foreign” post soon!

Stripes and I got together to do our usual on-my-lunch-break-photo-session, stepped outside, and were just blasted by the wind. And rain. We pouted our way to the only public facility that would provide adequate shelter, all the while bemoaning our lack of a contingency plan in such a situation (which is really silly on our part, considering we live in one of the rainiest, windiest areas in the country). All the photos from this session were taken inside because the outside photos looked like this:

Coat: H& M; Ear Warmers: Gift; Skirt: Kensi; Tights: Macys; Boots: I will never remember

It was really miserable. Like, really really miserable. 20-30 mph winds, with 50-60 mph gusts. Yuck!

Stripes and I have been super covert about our photo sessions because, well, we live in a really small town and we’re shy. So covert operations inside a public library proved a little difficult. These photos are the best we managed to snap:

Sweater: thrifted F21; Sequined Top: Charlotte Ruse; Pin: Made it myself

Every ten seconds or so, it seemed, someone would wander by and every time, without fail, Stripes would pretend to browse the books on the shelves. As if it wasn’t super obvious what we were doing (my camera is noisy. there was giggling. it was not covert at all). And, of course, the second she faux-browsed, I’d panic and do the same.

Stripes was giggling too hard to take non-blurry photos, so blame her for the quality 😉

Also, the second we left, I remembered there’s a parking garage a block away from my office where we’ve previously discussed doing rainy day photos. So, you know, hopefully next time we’ll manage to remember before we make silly blogging fools of ourselves in the Public Library. Whoops!

Stripes: Skinny Jeans

Hey!

The weather up here in the Northwest has been AWFUL! Although Sequins and I have been very fortunate to get lots of pictures between showers, this whole week has been one big storm. We realized we have yet to come up with any good covered locations to take pictures. While we have since brainstormed some really excellent options, we decided to take these pictures in the library downtown.

It was seriously one of the funniest photoshoots we’ve ever done (and that includes the myriad of weird pictures we took in the Canada trip). First off, it is super hard to find a secluded section of the library. While this is great, we both support reading, it makes it very hard to take pictures without being noticed or getting epic photobombs. Secondly, libraries are quiet. Sequins camera makes a little noise every time you take a picture and it made us laugh every time it happened because while we don’t usually notice it it seemed like it was 1000 times louder than usual in the quiet room. Needless to say, this will be the last set of pictures you will see from this library.

Now on to the actual post: as you probably read (in this post) I got the boots I have been lusting after for months and LOVE THEM. A lot. The only problem I encountered (aside from convincing myself I was just weathering them while I wore them in the pouring down rain) was that my wardrobe isn’t all that boot friendly. I have a handful of skirts but they don’t really go with the boots, so Sequins accompanied me on my first leggings/skinny jeans buying adventure. This was the only decent, non-blurry picture from my first day wearing them in public. But, as you can see, I was indeed successful in my shopping trip (and much thanks to Sequins for being there for emotional support-nothing like breaking out of your usual jeans style to transform a girl back to the throes of pants shopping during that awkward stage of puberty…you know the one). But one thing lingers: I am having a hard time accepting my body in skinny jeans.

I have been a die-hard fan of boot cut and flare style jeans (straight leg when I’m feeling adventurous) ever since Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear told me if I wear jeans that taper towards my ankles I will look like an ice cream cone. And, as a girl with an hourglass waist, I’ve got my fair share of hip.

Time to be honest: I’ve been self-conscious of my hips/thighs since I was a kid. My mom did a pretty good job at convincing me to embrace myself as I was but I still cringe at the idea of wearing jeans that are so tight on my legs. Going into the fitting room to try on these jeans, I really did feel like the 13 year old girl who couldn’t find a pair of jeans that fit in a stack of 15 (true story from when I was a kid, man I’m glad that awkward stage is over). Sequins can vouch. I was nervous. I complained. I was whiny.

But I’m glad I got them. They (along with the leggings from the original boots post) marked the start the transition of my wardrobe from youth to grown up. It looks weird typed out like that but that’s exactly where I feel like I am right now. I am graduating in a little over 5 months and I want to be ready. I (perhaps falsely) believe having the clothes to feel confident while navigating this new world I am about to enter is going to help me feel more comfortable on my quickly approaching new journey. Although I’m still adapting to the feeling of nervousness that comes with trying new styles and breaking away from some of those fashion rules I’ve clung to for years I’m willing to try new things and move away from the same styles I’ve relied on since I was in high school (have no fear, though, I’m not going to toss all my rules aside. I’ll still never wear light pink ever again if I can help it…Irish complexion+light pink=one very pink hot mess). But I do see value in seeing myself in a new way and showing that 13 year old girl that you can indeed find jeans that fit that aren’t the same old boot cut (though, you’d be hard pressed to see me buy real pants from a store other than The Gap. Old habits die hard :P).

Coat: The North Face via REI (old, but seriously a must up here), Backpack: Kelty Redwing via Amazon (new), Gloves: F21 (new) Sweater & Tank Top: American Eagle (old), Jeans: The Gap Outlet (new), Boots: Lucky Brand via Dillards (new).

And of course a silly one! Gotta love the Northwest rain…

Has anyone out there overcome an insecurity? How did you tell that dumb voice that tells you to continue hiding a part of you to shut up? What about transitioning from college to the real world? Any monumental purchases that revolutionized your wardrobe? I’d love to hear all about it!

-Stripes