Golden hour

by thedemuremuse on July 1, 2015

What do you do when you’re in a rut, frustrated with plateauing in bike training, and your bestie down the street calls you to hang out? Put on the prettiest, most sparkly dress in your closet and twirl around in the forest at golden hour!

Faviana dress
Faviana Bling Jewelry headband
outfit details:
dress: c/o Faviana (exact)
headband: c/o Bling Jewelry (exact)


Can we talk about this dress real quick?!? Holy wow! *heart eyes emoji x 100* I gushed so hard when saw this hanging and it felt like being in a dream while twirling around in it. If you want to feel like a princess and live in a dream world, go outside as the sun is just about to set, put this dress on, and bask in the beautiful light with your blogging bestie. All of your worries will be forgotten… at least for that hour.

Back to reality: I’m not going to sugar coat it… I’ve been bummed out for the last few days. Apologies that this post is getting a little bipolar, as it’s pretty much exactly what I felt like the other night while shooting these photos. Being in dreamy, La-La-Land with Kim at the forest for an hour and then coming home to the realization that STP is only 9 days away made me panic. The Seattle heat has been insanely gnarly and it makes me so nervous for the STP ride next weekend. Not only do I feel extremely unprepared, but the thought of passing out mid-ride shakes me at least every few days.

Positive vibes for next weekend, please! :)

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Smile Brilliant update #1

by thedemuremuse on June 29, 2015

At the beginning of the month, I received a complimentary kit from Smile Brilliant to try their teeth whitening system. If you’re curious to know how this at-home kit works, I outlines the process that I had to take to have my trays made in this first post. I’ve tried whitening my teeth in the past through a procedure at the dentist’s office which was almost 1:1 to the process that Smile Brilliant offers, but stopped after a couple of treatments because of the inconvenience of having to travel to the dentist between treatments.

Here’s where my teeth started before the treatments. You can see the calcium deposits (the white spots) really well on my front teeth, but there are a few pockets of these throughout all of my teeth. They’ve been there for as long as I can remember– one of the many “perks” of teeth being allergic to fluoride ;)

Smile Brilliant before

For this whitening update, I only did my top teeth. I had originally planned on doing the tops and bottoms separately due to known teeth sensitivity from my previous treatments at the dentist, but I was also forced to only do the top teeth because I didn’t receive the trays for my bottom teeth. I actually got 2 top trays (my own, and someone else’s top teeth?) and couldn’t make a new set of bottom trays in time for this post. Usually if this shipment error happens, a new tray can be created right away and be reshipped, but since my molds were sent to me along with the trays, I will be redoing the impressions for my bottom teeth. desensitizing gel

Even before whitening, I used the desensitizing gel and let it sit on my teeth for 15 minutes. The desensitizing gel is necessary and really helps to prime the teeth for the whitening gel. Each of the desensitizing gel and whitening syringes are good for about 5-6 uses. As you can see below, only a small amount is needed in the trays for each treatment: desensitizing gel

Keep reading to see the results

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What do you wear in “real life”?

by thedemuremuse on June 26, 2015

Oh, “real life”. It’s funny because I don’t think I dress very different on the blog than I do in real life. 100% of the outfits that I wear on the blog are outfits that I wear outside the blog. There are definitely some outfits that aren’t super blog worthy (I mean, graphic tees and jeans aren’t super exciting or inspiring) and are the types of outfits you will catch me wearing when I’m actually working on writing for the blog.

outfit details:
NASA t-shirt: c/o Aeropostale (similar)
mid-rise jeans: 7 For All Mankind
booties: Hinge via Nordstrom

I’m super excited for a post that’s going to go up next week! I spent a night on a fun DIY project that involved power tools (it’s been so long!) and wore this outfit to build in.

Now I’m curious to know what your outfits are like behind the scenes of your blog!!

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The final stretch… ~20 more days!

by thedemuremuse on June 22, 2015

And so the countdown begins! There are just under 20 days left before the big Seattle to Portland ride and I’m so nervous!! Full transparency: I almost withdrew from the ride a couple weeks ago. While on a usual training route, I nearly passed out from heat exhaustion despite being fully hydrated and eating every few miles. It was was one of the scariest and most frustrating experiences I’ve had in a long time. Nothing could make me feel like more of a failure on that particular ride where I knew my body was physically capable of cycling those miles, only to have some external factor like the weather crippling my body from continuing on.

Since that ride, I’ve been trying to get acclimated to riding with the warmer weather by biking home 2-3 times a week after work, on top of the long weekend training days. The commute from work can be anywhere from 20-30 miles depending on the route. Since I can’t exactly show up to my day job in biking gear, I’ve had to poke around for alternatives. I have a few pieces from the Betabrand Bike to Work line as is, but these pants and shoes are my new favourites!

Biking Home
Biking Home
outfit details:
cocoon sweater: F21 via Kim‘s closet
racer-back tank top: H&M
Bike to Work pants: c/o Betabrand (exact)
FlipSlip shoes: c/o Betabrand (exact)
Reid backpack: Hershel Supply Co (exact)
elk antler necklace: Sticks & Stones (exact)


On top of getting a new backpack (so that I don’t look like I’m going hiking/on my way home from college classes), these Betabrand FlipSlips have been a huge lifesaver! I usually wear heels to work, but I can’t exactly cycle properly in them. I got a chance to try out these FlipSlips, which roll up conveniently and lightweight and easy enough to stash in my backpack to tote to work and ride home in. Much like the Bike to Work Dresspants, these pair also have a reflective flat that folds out of the back pocket. Having the flag definitely helps put my mind at ease, especially some nights when my commute home from work is a bit later in the evening and the sun starts to set.

betabrand flipflips

It’s been a little tough trying to balance real life with bike training (literally all of my hours can either be placed in buckets of: at work, on a bike, or in bed), but I owe it to myself to know that I trained as hard as I possibly could for STP! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate and it won’t be scorching hot 3 weeks from now, but we’ll see what happens on the weekend of the ride!

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GIFT GUIDE: Father’s Day 2015

by thedemuremuse on June 19, 2015

Gift Guide: Father's Day
1 // L’Occitane Cedrat Skincare Collection – $60
2 // 3-in-1 clip on phone lenses – $20
3 // Timex “Easy Reader” leather strap watch – $65
4 // Korbata handmade bow tie – $35

This Sunday is Father’s Day and what better way to spend it than to spoil your dad? I’ve rounded up a few gift ideas under $100 and purposefully included items that can be found in-stores since we’re only a few days away.

Growing up, I used to borrow ties from my dad’s closet (had to spruce up that high school uniform somehow!) and occasionally tried on his watch whenever he put it down. I may or may not have included this beautiful, handmade bow tie from Korbata, and the “Easy Reader” watch in hopes that if I get these for my dad, I can continue to borrow his accessories.

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