Clothing budget recap: April 2017

Oh boy… turns out April was the month for big spending! Between finally picking up the Stay Home Club shirts I’ve been eyeing for the last 3 years of my life, the blogger closet sale also did me in! Needless to say, I made it under budget just shy of $16… Let’s see what was in the haul, shall we?
clothing budget recap: April 2017

Purchased new:
1. Stay Home Club t-shirt – $25 (exact)
I have wanted this t-shirt for as long as I can remember. There are cats on it. Surrounding a lady. I finally caved…

2. Stay Home Club crewneck sweatshirt – $48 (exact)
As if the t-shirt version isn’t enough, I went ahead and splurged on the crewneck sweatshirt version of this print as well! On my first day of wearing this, my cat also decided to claw me and poked a hole in the sleeve! *cries* It’s ok. Still a cute sweater!

3. Striped tie-knot tee – $66 (exact)
After taking my beloved striped tie-knot tee in blue on vacation, I knew I needed another one of these. The fit is just so perfect! Thankfully, the Moorea Seal store stocked a white version of this top for 2017 and I managed to snag the last one in my size.

Thrifted:
1. J.Crew striped maxi tank dress – $5 (exact)
The jersey knit on this dress is unreal! If thrifting has taught me anything, it’s being able to feel the quality of materials before looking at brand tags. The fine knit jersey caught my attention on first touch and I knew I could not leave without the dress.

2. Zara high neck sweater – $10 (similar)
This was a great find at the Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale! Can you guess which blogger’s closet this was picked from? Rebecca of Blogger Not Billionaire had some of the best layering pieces and I could not leave without this sweater. I’ve already worn it twice and it’s barely been in my closet for a week!

3. Community ammonious sweater – $15 (exact)
This was another amazing find at the closet sale. This piece was from the founder of Fresh Tangerine, Kim’s, closet. With an almost fully monochrome rolling rack of pieces, it was hard to stop myself from buying everything from her closet!

4. L.L. Bean Bean Boots (8″) – $15 (exact)
My partner actually found these for me on our last date to the thrift store. He has the same pair which he thrifted a few years ago. While I already have a pair of the All Weather Bean Boots (worn in the apple picking post), the heavy liners are a little overkill for rainy days. Depending on how well these signature Bean Boots wear in, I may end up letting go of the All Weather pair. We’ll see!

Total for April: $184

While I still stayed under my monthly budget of $200, I spent a bit more than I thought I would. The Bean Boots were a bit of an impulse buy, but sometimes that’s the nature of thrifting! See how this month compared to past clothing budget recaps here!

Fitcode x AG

Ahhh, buying jeans. This is a personal topic that I like to talk about because I struggled for a long time in my teenage years and early 20s to find jeans that fit right. As someone who has a non-ideal proportion combination (hourglass + big hips + cycling thighs + long shins), jeans have been always been a bit of a pain to shop for. Mix all the different combinations of measurements between premium denim brands sizing and trying to buy jeans online and I have a lovely pickle of a problem on my hands!

Fitcode x AG x the demure muse, shot by Tawni Eakman

I posted about Fitcode back in 2015 when Fitcode first launched, and I’m excited to share today’s post in partnership with where the brand has come almost 2 years later!

If you’re not familiar with Fitcode, this company’s mission is to help you find the perfect pair of denim no matter what the brand. By taking a quick fit quiz, you can find out what your “Fitcode” is and how it maps to multiple denim brands. Once you have your Fitcode, you can shop personalized recommendations of styles and sizes in the boutique.

Fitcode x AG Jeans (legging Easton) x the demure muse; shot by Tawni Eakman
Fitcode x AG Jeans (legging Easton) x the demure muse; shot by Tawni Eakman

Earlier this month, Fitcode announced their partnership with one of my favourite denim brands, AG, and I’m excited to get to be part of this launch! What this means is that you can now shop across all of AG pieces using your Fitcode to find your next perfectly fitting pair of jeans! All of the outfits in today’s post feature pieces styled from AG’s Spring 2017 collection paired with their latest denim styles. What a treat it was to get to play around in the AG collection!

Fitcode x AG Jeans (legging Easton) x the demure muse; shot by Tawni Eakman
Fitcode x AG Jeans (Sloan lyric with bell sleeves) x the demure muse; shot by Tawni Eakman

A huge thank you to the Fitcode team for continuing to be one of my favourite Seattle-based companies to make shopping for jeans online so much easier!

All photos by Tawni Eakman

Bright whites and stripes

It’s been raining Spring Showers non-stop in Seattle, which makes looking back at Punta Cana vacation photos super fun! Dug up these gems from the last night in the Caribbean when we went out to a steak and ribs house for dinner. Of all days, I of course decided to wear white denim on the day that we had to eat dinner with our hands! Lets just say that these were the first and last time that the jeans looked so pristine… ;)

Outfit ideas: white jeans and striped tee
outfit details:
striped crop top: Moorea Seal (similar)
white denim: Michael Kors (similar for under $50)
sunglasses: thrifted & borrowed from T
tennis silhouette sneakers: c/o Brooks Heritage (exact)

Brooks Heritage white tennis shoes
striped-crop-top


This crop top is one of my absolute biggest wardrobe favourites. I picked it up from the Moorea Seal store last Summer and wore it all Summer long (here). Although this blue version is no longer in stock, there is a super cute white version with thin stripes available this year!

If you’re in the market for other cute clothes this season, don’t forget to stop by the Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale tomorrow in Pioneer Square! It’s going to be a ton of fun!

Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale!

Today’s an extra exciting post because of an upcoming event this weekend! If you’re in the Seattle area, I’d love to invite you to the Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale (FB event details here) happening on Saturday in Pioneer Square. Along with 6 other bloggers/small business owners in the city, we’ve teamed up to throw an afternoon hangout with drinks and snacks while opening up our closets for folks to shop!

Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale
Where: Fresh Tangerine studio (89 Yesler Way, 2nd Floor)
When: April 22, 2017; 11am – 3pm

closet-sale
Jenn of Hello Rigby, Lisa of Story of My Dress, Alyson of Circa 1988, Rebecca of Blogger Not Billionaire, Me (!), Kim of Fresh Tangerine, and Moorea of Moorea Seal

I will be sharing a rack with the lovely Alyson of Circa 1988 and cannot wait! I have about 30 items pulled from my closet (some – embarrassingly enough – still have tags on them) and am so excited to find new homes for them. Here’s a little teaser of what I’ll be bringing to the event. You may notice from familiar pieces from the blog!

blogger-closet-sale-preview

Hope to see you on Saturday! (FB event details here)

Carry-on essentials for sunny destinations

I’m a huge proponent for always traveling with nothing but carry-ons. Why? Because waiting for suitcases at the luggage carousel can add so much extra time to getting out of the airport when arriving to a new destination. Plus, I may have had one too many scares about checked-in luggage going missing, so I’ve learned to travel light with only the essentials.

Ibex leather and wool travel organizer is a carry-on essential for travel

Today, I’m sharing my carry-on essentials for sunny destinations. I just came back from the Dominican Republic just under a month ago (wow, it feels like forever ago!) and found great products to bring along to this sunny destination that not only helped to keep me entertained while in transit for 12+ hours, but are also TSA-approved for carry-on bags.

For starters, let’s talk about a product that I cannot travel without when going on any plane rides in general. The Mario Badescu aloe, herb, and rosewater spray is such a refreshing treat! I’ve talked about this product before in my TSA-approved toiletries bag, but I cannot get enough of this stuff. It really helps my skin feel refreshed, especially after sitting on planes with recycled air circulating. The 2oz travel size also meets all of the TSA requirements.

After some less-than-pleasant experiences with lotion-styled sunscreens exploding in my purse, I’ve started carrying the Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen. Although this may seem a bit pricey at the $25 price point, the stick-applicator really makes this a dream to put on. The formula glides on smoothly, smells slightly sweet, and moisturizes without feeling thick like most sunscreens. I like to carry this in my carry on because of the ease of access for application straight off the plane.

The last must-have is this Ibex Urban Tool Roll Up Queen City case. While I received this item for review from Ibex in exchange for this post, I am considering purchasing another one of these for my partner. As someone who has suffered from spending the first 15 minutes of a flight untangling my headphones from charging cables in my purse, this roll-up case is such a dream for staying organized. Each of the 3 loops are adjustable, which makes the customization of sizing for storing pens, cables, etc endless. I also love the snap-button pocket for bigger items like my Anker battery pack, which I bring on every flight since not all aircrafts offer charging outlets. Aside from the practicality of this case, the material combination is so beautiful. The Merino wool and leather combo is such a dream!

And there you have it! Aside from wallet, passport, and some snacks, this is all I pack in my carry-on purse when traveling. I like to stay organized and not have to fret about digging through a bottomless-pit bag to find what I’m looking for, and these are my bare essentials!

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