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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!

Stripes: New Shoes and A New Era

Today’s post is going to be quite short and sweet because I’m in the middle of packing/moving (also, my apologies for the conscise nature of my next week’s worth of posts, movie and acclimating to a new environment usually takes a lot out of me…which makes me sound like an animal moving from the wild into a zoo so please imagine me as a sloth or panda bear exploring their new habitat). Heading out of my little college town and back into the real world is really the start of a new era for me and what better way to start a new era than breaking in a new pair of shoes?!

The other day, Sequins and I met up for our usual lunchtime pictures and as we moseyed around town we found our way into a little shoe shop (it’s small, independently owned and local…we are true hipsters). I’ve been looking for a new pair of shoes for my upcoming summertime travels (more on that later, I promise) and the owner informed us that all the spring shoes (all but three pairs of shoes in the store) were 30% off. This was a serious recipe for disaster for our little blogger selves. Luckily, we both walked out with just one pair of shoes apiece and these were my little gems! So far, no blisters (my biggest new shoe fear) or weird marks on my feet.

Blazer:Charlotte Russe//Tank:Banana Republic//Jeans:Gap//Shoes:Mi Shoes

Stripes: Wish List

Ever since entering the big leagues after graduation, I have been really excited to buy my “big girl” clothing and accessories which means I’ve been actively seeking out new clothes (something I didn’t do too much of in my poor undergrad days). Here are a few of the itms topping my wardrobe wishlist:

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I am SOOO in love with this skirt and the only thing keeping me from buying it is the fact that, on sale, it costs $420.00. Yeah, that’s a little more than I can shell out for a skirt at this point in time for a single article of clothing.

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I just think this is the cutest little necklace ever!

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I have been dying for a pair of flower sandals since last summer…and these are SO CUTE! And way cheaper than the Anthropologie ones I originally fell in love with.

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And finally, I would do almost anything for a pair of these bad boys. Like, OMG. Why aren’t they already in my closet? This is probably what I get for having been born a Muggle…

And there you have it, a Saturday wish list of things I would go crazy for if they magically appeared in my closet (and no worries, I did totally try swishing around a stick while saying ‘Accio skrit/shoes/necklace’ with no luck, *sigh* once a Muggle always a Muggle).

Stripes: A New Kind of Stripes

When I saw this dress at H&M this week I knew I had to have it even before trying it on. My mom looked at me like I was crazy, and I have to admit for a second I questioned my own judgement; pink zebra print, with zebras, on a dress. But, fortunately, it was crazy enough to work. And boy am I excited to, as my idol Tim Gunn would say, make it work.

 

This was my attempt at “Stripes in the Serengeti”. I totally nailed it…yeah, or totally not.

I would also like to introduce you to the newest addition to my collection of leather goods; say hello to my sea foam purse. It is officially known as my first big girl purchase (I made the second yesterday…pictures of that should be here sometime next week depending on the weather) and I got it for my summer travels. I needed a bag that was purse sized that zipped close at the top, was close to my body, could hold my MacBook along with some other purse things, and, of course, was stylish.

I’ve actually been looking for a bag that met these requirements for a couple months now but nothing was quite perfect enough (“Hi, I’m Stripes, and I’m a perfectionist to a fault). So imagine my surprise when I walked into our local TJ Maxx to return a bra and I happened to see this beauty that had just been placed on the floor 5 minutes earlier. It fit every requirement. It was leather (a huge plus, once you’ve had a leather bag it’s really hard to go back…it just feels different. Although it should be noted that as a former vegetarian of sorts for 8+ years I do still have a moral battle over leather goods). It fits my laptop. The color that accents so much of my existing summer wardrobe. It was marked down $300 from the original price (though, still about $50 more than I had originally budgeted for a bag but it should last forever which makes the investment worth while). This bag was meant to be mine if you ask me.

Dress:H&M (recent)//Shoes:Aldo//Sunglasses:Steve Madden via TJ Maxx//Bag:Sorial via TJ Maxx//Bracelets:Fred Meyers

And there you have it; my two most favorite purchases ushering me into this new chapter in high style.

Stripes: A Manicure

A manicure you may be asking, what’s so great about a manicure that a whole post was needed to commemorate it? Well this wasn’t just any old manicure, and while it wasn’t my first time in the nail salon, it was my first time getting a shellac manicure. And let me tell ya, this stuff does not disappoint.

Shellac is a type of nail covering (such a weird way to phrase that…) that is really hard, does not chip, and makes nail color last forever all without the damage to your nails that comes with fake nails. In other words, this was promised to be a nail miracle treatment. After a friend tried this stuff out a few months ago, I was really curious if this stuff was as awesome as she kept saying it was so after taking my last undergrad exam Sequins told me I should treat myself and I headed off to the nail salon to try my first fancy treatment.

The place I went applied the shellac (a really hard clear polish that is hardened under a UV light) under the color so I could change the color of my nails as I wished; the only thing is that you have to use acetone free nail polish remover which really is NBD because that’s what I happened to have under my counter when the time came to take off the polish (acetone removes the treatment and nail polish remover with acetone can damage the finish).

I still had the original polish on in these pictures and it lasted about a week which is hands down a record for me and the only reason I took it off was that the color had rubbed off the tips of my nails and it looked a little messy so now I am wearing it as a clear coat and my nails look amazing. But no chips and no peeling (which, for whatever reason, always happens when I wear polish), just a little bit of color missing from the tips that get abused at work (hello hand washing 30 minutes of dishes). The only place where I really experienced the shellac layer chipping was where my knife slipped while I was mincing garlic and I took a chunk of polish/shellac off with it. And, in all honesty, it was probably a good thing I had the extra layer otherwise the knife would have cut into my nail and that hurts SO BAD. Maybe I psychically knew this treatment would serve a rather practical purpose!

Shirt:Old Navy (recent)//Skirt&Belt:Macys (recent)//Purse:Lucky Brand//Shoes: Aldo

If I could afford to keep on top of it, I would totally get my nails shellac’d every two weeks like the nail tech recommended but until then I will for sure fall back on this essentially damage-free treatment (the UV rays can cause skin cancer and I know some people are really against acetone) for special occasions (aka-times I wanna feel hella fancy). I really enjoyed this treatment and if you’re looking for something fun to do with little upkeep and relatively low cost, I would definitely recommend making an appointment to get your shellac on.

As a side note, I was not in any way paid to endorse this product; I don’t even know the name of the company who made the product I used.

Stripes: Babyface

After seeing these pictures, my first thought was “Man, I look like I’m a kid”. This isn’t the first time I’ve been blatantly aware of my tendency to look a little young, since I was 5 years old people have come up and told me-to my face-that I had such a sad looking face which, which as I got older, turned into “you look stoic” (read: super grumpy) because my eyes were disproportionately big on my face and when my mouth is in a neutral state it is slightly turned down kinda like a frown. I’m not quite sure why people decided to say things like that to me since they aren’t particularly nice things to say, but it has made me aware of my youthful appearance for a while.

Funny enough (seeing as I had just taken these pictures), yesterday in my psychology class we were discussing 2 kinds of faces: the babyface and the mature face. While my face doesn’t fit all the criteria for a babyface it is about 1000x more baby than mature (yes, that’s an approximation…I don’t promise you good math around these parts but I can promise poor use to estimation!). And sometimes that kind of sucks. Babyface people are deemed “cute” and I think that’s great and all, but it can be kind of hard to look like you have sex appeal and for that I am infinitely jealous of my “mature face” friends who look super hot and effortless in their yoga pants and t-shirts while, when I sport the same outfit, I look out of place and like I’m going to a slumber party. I suppose I had never thought about it in such black and white terms before that class, but yes, some people’s faces are just “cute” and some are just “hot” (Megan Fox, I’m looking at you). I’m sure there are those super lucky ladies who tow the line and pull off both those looks, but I’m here to tell ya, I don’t. I am stuck with my cute babyface and that “hot” look utterly alludes me.

(Dress&Headband:Target//Sweater:A&E//Shoes:Aldo)

While I have found several perks to having a babyface over the years (let’s be real, people often underestimate me largely because they assume I am in high school, and I take some serious joy out of blowing their minds when I prove them wrong…have I mentioned I am somewhat competitive? Yeah just a little.) I have also realized that there is no ideal face and both have their perks and downsides (though the downsides tend to be similar across the spectrum of lady faces and probably are symptoms of our own society’s issues with women and sexuality…woah things just got deep).

Anyone been called out for looking sad or anything else (the reactions to my face have spanned the gamete-sad, angry, stoic, cute) but it’s really just how your face looks? That’s always an awkward conversation with people…”no, I’m fine, seriously, that’s just how my face looks”. Anyone else feel like modern day society underestimates or make false assumptions about you? How do you like to prove society wrong?

Have a happy Thursday!

Stripes: My Big News

(This is me looking off into the awesomeness that is the future.)

I realized this afternoon that a week ago I promised some exciting news but I hadn’t hd a chance to come up with the time to write out a proper post to tell you all about it. Well folks, THE TIME HAS COME.

I got into the paralegal program of my dreams at a really cool university not too far from my parents’ house. 

Which means, logistics aside (like the massive amount of driving to and from home/school/work I’m about to do), that next year is going to be crazy awesome!

Time for a little background on all this, I originally thought the only place near my parents’ house (yes, I’m moving home. yes, it is also an amazing gift my parents are offering me so I can finally save enough money to be completely independent) that had a paralegal program was one of the local community colleges. The classes would have been during the day and did not require any prior higher education (although a BA took one year off the total finish time). The program I ended up getting into is specifically intended for working individuals with their BA which means the classes are all in the evenings and it will only take 9 months to complete the program. Not only will I be able to live at home and go to school but I can get a full time job and save more money than I ever thought possible. So, yes, this is really, really exciting on my end of things.

I’m also pretty sure this fueled a good amount of my frustration toward summer fashion that I was complaining about on Wednesday; I know I am about to transition into a whole new style and self-identity as I transition into a “business woman” and I’m not quite sure how I want to adapt my style into a more mature sense of self. I’m SO excited to see where I take my wardrobe and the person I become in the next year. Clearly a lot of that will depend on where I end up getting a job. While an office setting is ideal, I might end up in a coffee shop or doing retail or something to make some money (and save hella! Seriously cannot wait to be out of the poor college student phase of my life).

dress:Gap//Purse:Lucky Brand//Sunglasses:Ray Ban//Sandals:Aldo

Anyone ever become a certified paralegal? What did you think? Any suggestions for things I should do (or not do)?