Go Seahawks!

by thedemuremuse on September 29, 2014

Truth be told, I had never seen a full football game from start to finish until the Superbowl game at the beginning of this year. Bandwagon jumper, much? Yeah. Totally. It’s hard to stay away from the Seahawks craziness when you live in a city with so much team spirit! I mean, can we talk about this insanity? No doubt I’ll be reppin’ the 12th man at work in this sweater for next week’s game.

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outfit details:
Seahawks sweater: c/o 47 Brand (exact)
lined parka in khaki: c/o Aeropostale (exact)
Hinge “OfCourse” ankle bootie: Nordstrom (exact)
skinny jeans: Citizens of Humanity
glasses: SEE Eyewear

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Hinge "OfCourse" bootie
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I had a really tough time last season buying Seahawks gear because the only options seemed to be ill-fitting jersey made for men, or sequin-studded v-necks (why did this seem like the only option for women?). I ended up settling for this t-shirt to tie me over for the final game but hoped to find better gear for the next season. Thank goodness for 47 Brand, who has a line of sports gear specifically made for women that is both game and work friendly! I’m all about not having to change between work and heading off to watch a game with friends.

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Getting thrifty

by thedemuremuse on September 27, 2014

FALL IS HERE!! I was so excited to finally pull out the cozy sweaters, jackets, and, of course, the hats! I can’t seem to find any of my beanies after moving (they’re buried somewhere in a tub full of off-season clothes, I think?) or my light sweaters, so I’ve been trying to find budget-friendly ways to tie myself over while the weather changes and the unpacking drags on.

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outfit details:
jacket: Michael Kors (similar
dolman top: The Limited (c/o Goodwill)
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand (exact)
pointed ballet flats: Nine West (exact)
baseball hat: J. Crew (exact)
laptop bag: c/o Brenthaven (exact)
cat ring: Forever 21

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I had the pleasure of getting thrifty with Goodwill to help fill in some of those gaps in my current wardrobe. Being exposed to thrifting growing up taught me the patience to look for those gems hidden between the racks. This knitted dolman top is the gem from my most recent thrifting excursion (the last one was the vintage Coach stewardess purse) and I am now going to be lurking the South Lake Union store every time I’m in the area since these are where the last two amazing finds were from!

My love for thrifting was ignited by the trips to Goodwill in the summers that I spent with my grandparents. If you’re curious to know more about my favourite Goodwill find with my grandma, or why I think thrifting is so fun, I shared a couple stories in this interview on Seattle Goodwill blog!

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The line above is one of my favourite quotes from my coworker. He always has a can-do, positive attitude about every situation that is so infectious! I know I’ve whined about the lack of storage in my current place more than once now and finally decided to take a step back and apply this “can do” attitude to the problem. I may not have any closet space, but I did have unused space and needed to get creative about how to best use it.

This past week was spent organizing things on my “second floor”, which is the most impractical space as the ceiling clearance is only 4ft. Instead of leaving the space unused, I’ve decided to use half of it for storage (all my jackets now live in a mixture of cardboard moving boxes or plastic tubs) and turn the other half into a yoga space. There will be zero tree poses happening here, but there is more than enough space to do floor poses, so I’m excited!

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outfit details:
tank top: Le Tote (c/o monthly subscription)
boyfriend jeans: c/o Betabrand (exact)
caged booties: Hinge via Nordstrom (exact)
convertible duffel to backpack: MEC (exact)
leather bracelet: Ken Diamond

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Moving stuff to the second floor was definitely a challenge in itself. Thank goodness for having a backpack handy, as this made moving up and down the ladder a lot easier. The bff and I originally tried to throw (filled) boxes up, but failed miserably. Let’s just say that neither of us are particularly equipped with upper body strength, so the boxes barely clipped the edge whenever we tried to throw them haha!

This is probably the most I’ll be sharing of my new space for the next little while. The rest of the space looks like quite the disaster with a pile of furniture taking up about half of my living room… a task for another week! ;)

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Boba Guys Kickstarter open house

by thedemuremuse on September 18, 2014

If you’re a new reader, one of the most important things to know about me is that I L O V E bubble tea! I would drink this stuff every day – multiple times a day – if I could! My all-time favourite bubble tea shop is Boba Guys, who I started following a few years ago after my friends took me to their their pop-up shop. Not only am I hooked on their perfected craft of bubble teas, but I have so much respect for the brand they’ve cultivated over the few short years they’ve been in business.

Last week, I shared some snaps of the latest additions to my mug collection and am really excited to share more about the Kickstarter open house party that Boba Guys hosted on the last weekend of August for their new shop in Union Square, San Francisco.

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After backing the Boba Guys Labs Kickstarter back in May, I was super excited to join in on the open house party. Any excuse to hang out with the co-founders of this amazing company is a good enough reason to hop on a plane for a weekend in SF! What most people don’t realize is that these guys both have full time jobs on top of growing this company. Both Andrew and Bin are super smart and really awesome to talk to. I feel like I’m getting mini-MBA lessons whenever we chat. They’re also incredibly humble when it comes to the success of their shop, which blows my mind because they are moving mountains in the coffee and tea industry by positioning bubble tea as an everyday drink.

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In case you thought I was kidding about being addicted to bubble tea, I’ll admit to having 2 cups on this single visit. A regular jasmine milk tea (my fav!) was the first cup, followed by a strawberry tea fresca which is made from all fresh ingredients. I may or may not have been in a bubble tea coma by the time my friends and I got back to their place… haha!

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If you’re in the San Francisco area next weekend, their grand opening is on September 27!

Boba Guys – Union Square
429 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA
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Picture perfect mugs

by thedemuremuse on September 12, 2014

After a short weekend getaway to San Francisco for the Labor Day weekend (has it already been 2 weeks since?), I have a big backlog of photos to go through. Aside from visiting friends and doing our usual food tour of favourite places in the Mission, we also stopped by the Boba Guys new shop location in Union Square (more on that later).

Before posting about the open house for their new shop, I couldn’t help but share some photos of these camping mugs that were newly released in their Mission store. There were only 100 produced and by the time I got there (2 weeks after their announcement), there were only 3 left!

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So glad I could call this pair my own. They’re handmade and topped with enamel for a one-of-a-kind treat! I’m obsessed with the clean design, both of the mug and the packaging. There’s nothing that makes me happier than clean, thoughtful design.

Happy Friday!

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