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Some changes have been brewin’

Not least of all that I’m wearing a tshirt. I mean, really, when do you ever see that?

Haha alright, okay, so maybe the whole blog redesign is a slightly bigger change…. Slightly. Seriously, though, it’s been in my brain for a while, so it’s nice to finally have the time to update it. What do you guys think? Yes to the three columns? We have new About pages, too, so be sure to check them out.

But really, back to me. And how I’m dressed like a commoner. I kept this tshirt in my (very limited) stash of clothing for the month because I wanted to teach myself how to wear a tshirt without feeling like I’m slummin’ it. Because really, nothing against tshirts or those who wear them, but I always feel weird when I’m in them. I feel like I should be heading to bed or camping. There is no middle ground. Until now….

Shirt: April Brews Day, Dress (worn as a skirt) & Bag: H&M, Scarf: Vintage, Sandals: Saltwaters

By all means, let me know what you think of the new blog look, as well as my commoner’s tshirt ensemble*.

*If you don’t know me well enough to know I’m kidding about the whole passing judgement upon tshirts, then you clearly need to read the blog more. Or send me an email. I’m so full of snark it’s not even funny.

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)

Sequins: Twinsies!

So Stripes and I are friends, if you haven’t already picked up on this. Pretty good friends, actually. Almost a year ago (right before the birth of the blog) we had a really lifetime-tv-perfect conversation about being BFFs. We’re precious. As the time grew closer towards our inevitable moving, and leaving each other, we discussed jewelry. Some cute token signifying our BFF level. We even found a couple, too, but never pulled the trigger on any. Until we went shopping in Seattle that weekend, that is…

Dress & Bag: H&M/ Scarf: WWU Campus Store/ Sweater: Target/ Shoes: Hiltons

Look familiar? Stripes and I have coveted items in the others’ closet multiple times, and we always agree that it’s kind of weird to have the same thing. But when I tried this one, it was perfect. Not exactly like Stripes’, and super cute. And that’s how we decided these dresses are the perfect (albeit dorky) BFF symbols we’d been looking for.

And in case you couldn’t guess from my strange faces already, this was a strange photoshoot. So I leave you with my face, fully expressing how it feels to have your two best friends (Stripes AND Plaid) leave you and your tiny pond for bigger ones.

Stripes: Non-Hipster Portland

Believe it or not, everything I did on my Portland trip was not totally hipster…shocker, I know. Besides the Barbershopping (which I couldn’t take any pictures of because the show was copy-written) I did check out some old-school/classic features including the Rose Garden-which I had surprisingly never been to before so one of my friends Mr. Mykal took me, and I took myself on a little walking tour checking out the cool old houses. Here are the highlights of my adventures!

Little known fact: flowers like coffee, too!

Tie-Dye Flower!

Mr Mykal trying to om nom nom these awesome hanging flowers. He appears to be coming up a little short.

This is my grumpy zebra look. Oh yes, I’m already aware; I’m sexy and I know it.

This is flat out gorgeous! Also, note the ridiculously cute couple having a date in the corner ❤

Ok, I had to do one instagram…it’s still Portland (aka Hipster Capitol of the NW).

A really cool red house complete with epic tree fort off to the bottom right!

Some of the lawns on these houses (under?) are soooo beautifully manicured! I was in love with how much effort was put into maintaining the charm in this neighborhood!

A GIANT house!

A really cool mosaic walkway form the street to the curb.

And who doesn’t love Tillamook Cheese?! So clearly I had to sieze this opportunity to get a picture of the sidewalk of Tillamook Street!

While this week in Portland has been a ton of fun, it’s time for me to head home so I can make my way to my next adventure: New York City!

Any suggestions of things I should do while in NYC?! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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.