Out and about

by thedemuremuse on October 16, 2014

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outfit details:
jersey knit dress: 2020ave (similar)
caged booties: Hinge via Nordstrom (exact)
tote bag: c/o Shillingford Co
glasses: SEE Eyewear

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I can’t believe October is already halfway over! Looking back at the last two weeks, all I’ve done is bake a ton of pumpkin-themed things, marathoned a handful of cooking shows, stayed in on rainy weekends curled up with my favourite books, and not much else. It felt pretty nice to finally get outside to hear the leaves crunching on the sidewalks and occasional sprinkling of misty rain. This is my favourite season for fashion and being outdoors and for some reason I’ve been a huge hermit this year.

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Pumpkin ALL THE THINGS!

by thedemuremuse on October 8, 2014

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It’s been pretty quiet around here lately. Why? Well… the sudden realization that Fall is actually here (hello perpetually cloudy Seattle!) means I’ve been obsessed with finding ways to bake pumpkin anything. In the last three days, I’ve managed to make pumpkin pancakes, a pumpkin & chocolate loaf, and last night the oven cranked out 60+ soft-baked cookies (above)!

I think it’s safe to say that I’m officially all pumpkined-out.

(at least until Thanksgiving rolls around and there’s an excuse to make pumpkin pie…)

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Getting comfortable outside of comfort zones

by thedemuremuse on October 2, 2014

This week was an awesome one for mail! I got my second tote from Le Tote full of pieces that I added to my virtual closet as “things that I want to try but am not sure I would ever buy”. I’ve always wanted to try a bodycon dress, but have been really nervous about how clingy they can get. Not even going to lie… the number of Chipotle burritos eaten on a weekly basis is slowly starting to show… haha! After seeing this Saint Grace piece in the new arrivals section on Le Tote, I quickly added it to my virtual closet and didn’t expect it to show up so soon (but super glad it did)!

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outfit details:
quilted faux-leather jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
ruched dress: Saint Grace via Le Tote
elk antler necklace: Sticks & Stones (exact)
cat & bow rings: Forever 21 (similar)
combat boots: Madden Girl (last season)
knitted beanie: H&M

You would not believe how incredibly comfy this jersey-knit dress is! It was ruched in all the right places (ahem, burrito belly) and super comfortable. I went straight from work to helping my bff move in this piece. (Disclosure: the moving plans were super last minute. Would’ve definitely not worn a dress if I knew ahead of time that moving boxes would be how I’d spend post-work hours, but this dress made it through the whole day!) The ruching is also great because most of my dresses or skirts would get crinkled within the first few hours of sitting at a desk, but the lycra-polyester blend on this one showed zero signs of winkles even at the end of my 12 hour day.

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Here’s to pushing style comfort zones while still staying comfy!

P.S. Remember how I’m awful about keeping nail polish on my nails? Guess how long this look lasted. Chipped them in less than 4 hours after these photos were taken. argh!

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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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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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