Hunting… for bargains

by thedemuremuse on July 30, 2014

I refuse to believe that summer is already halfway over. At least here in Seattle, our Summer starts in July and usually goes until the middle to end of September. The good part about this is the fact that Fall clothes come out earlier than needed, which means Summer sales start even before the season is realistically over, which means hitting the jackpot in the sales racks!

sleeveless black maxi dress
outfit details:
maxi dress: H&M
camo jacket: Lovemarks Co.
flats: Franco Sarto (exact, via onlineShoes.com)
necklace: made by yours truly
boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto

maxi_dress_camo_jacket

Sometime last week, I randomly went into H&M and walked out with the perfect fitting maxi dress!! I know I complained about not being able to find out in this post, but I finally found one! Truth be told, I didn’t even have the patience to try this dress on in store because the lines for the fitting rooms were so long, and the dress was only $4 (can you believe it? ME EITHER!), so I figured worst-case-scenario the dress could be hemmed to make a cute midi-dress. I wasn’t exactly looking for one when I went shopping, but it’s true what they say, “you’ll find it [a good sale, long-enough maxi dress, love, best ice cream bars, etc] when you’re not looking for it.”

Now if only every other item on my lust list could be found in a sale section for under $5, I’d be set for the rest of the year! Guess I’ll just have to keep an eye out for more spontaneous sales rack finds!

P.S. a huge thank you to Kimmy of Twenty Something Style for helping with these photos!

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Procrastinating from real life

by thedemuremuse on July 28, 2014

The last two months have been full of broken boxes, packing tape, and many, “I just want to burn everything I own!!!” moments. Moving is at the top of my most dreaded things ever Ever EVER. There’s nothing motivating about packing, especially when you’re in a half-here-half-there phase. (My favourite moment was realizing that all my tupperware was in an apartment different from the one I needed it in, and I ended up rolling slices of bell peppers in plastic wrap, only to have the bff side-eye me the whole bus ride that I spent snacking on peppers.)

Now that the move is over, I have a whole other beast to deal with: Unpacking! If there’s anything less exciting than packing, it’s unpacking. Of course, I’ll be unpacking based off necessity, so it’ll all eventually get done. haha!

high-low dress
Paradise Heights Sinatra Necklace
outfit details:
sweetheart neckline dress: H&M
pleated blazer: c/o Sammy dress (exact)
peep toe wedges: Franco Sarto (similar via OnlineShoes)
Sinatra Necklace: c/o Havok Designs x Finely Crafted (exact)
simple silver dot earrings via Etsy (exact)

A week before the move, I took a handful of outfit photos that I’m slowly working my way through instead of doing what I’m supposed to be doing (aka unboxing the kitchen supplies). Procrastination at its finest! Looking back at these photos makes me want to dig out all the pieces! If only I could remember which box everything was packed into…

havok designs
havok designs

P.S. How gorgeous is this necklace? My sweet friend, Kristen, recently launched a collab collection called Paradise Heights with Finely Crafted. Not only are the pieces themselves gorgeous (I first fell in love with her laser cut and engraved magnets on Etsy), but the styling is too cute! Lampshade turned necklace? GENIUS!
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My first bicycle!

by thedemuremuse on July 23, 2014

My friends started a “bike club” (aka start an email thread and ask if others are free to go biking on the weekend) back in the Spring and I got super excited to join. I’ve always wanted to try biking on the city streets, but grew up in the suburbs and never veered far from the sidewalks unless crossing the roads. To be fair, Toronto isn’t the most bike-friendly city (good luck finding dedicated bike lanes!), so the idea of biking on the city streets of Seattle was much less intimidating.

For the first couple months, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to this sport. See, I have slight commitment issues when it comes to physical activities and my infatuations never last more than 4 months before I get bored and want to try something new. With bikes being on the pricier end of the equipment spectrum, I wanted get my feet wet with a few 30k+ rides before taking the plunge to invest in a bike of my own. To start, I borrowed a friend’s race bike and was a little spoiled by the lightweight beauty.

Chrome bags - utility pack, Torker interurban bike

Buying a bike as an adult was such a different experience than as a kid. I remember my childhood and always having a hand-me-down bike from one of my siblings. It was awesome because I loved their taste in aesthetics as a kid and would be patiently waiting for them to outgrow their bikes. When it came to buying my own bike, I really only had a couple requirements:

1. MUST be multi-geared – none of this fixie business… there are too many hills in Seattle and my jelly thighs aren’t quite ready for that
2. Minimalist frame design – the less logos and colours = the better! This is a lot more challenging than you’d think…
3. Under 30lbs – I have a tendency to take “scenic detours” (aka where I sometimes get lost) and end up on some path that has stairs and I need to be able to carry this thing!

After a lot of debating, I ended up splurging on a Torker (similar) because it met all 3 of my requirements and didn’t break the bank as badly as the other bikes that I was swooning over. I never thought I’d become one of those people who falls in love with the frame of a bike, but I definitely fell hard for some of the bikes – that were wayyy out of my price range- that friends linked me to. Can I interest you in this “Bianchi Green” number, a Bianchi by Gucci (holy $$$$!!!), or a classic Redline? See what I mean about beautiful bikes?

Chrome bags - utility pack, Torker interurban bike
outfit details:
bike: Torker (similar) (I guess this is technically an article you’d wear? haha)
pullover hoodie: Brandy ♥ Melville (exact)
jeans: Joe’s (similar, similar pair on sale)
peep-toe flats: Franco Sarto (exact, via OnlineShoes)
utility pack: c/o Chrome (exact)

If you’ve ever wondered what a typical Sunday morning looks like for me, this would be it! I absolutely love being comfortable for short errand-running rides, and this day was no different. My favourite thing about this outfit is the fact that you can’t tell the utility pack is stuffed with my cheque-book-sized wallet (it’s seriously a BRICK!), giant handful of keys, cellphone, and half a chocolate bar. This bag really holds everything tightly together and I never have to worry about losing anything because of the bazillion strips of velcro!

Chrome bags - utility pack

P.S. I usually wear a helmet, promise!

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Currently: July 2014

by thedemuremuse on July 18, 2014


Kayaking along Lake Union in my go-to Franco Sarto Venezia sandals (via onlineShoes.com)

Loving: Summertime! Honestly, Seattle has the most beautiful summers I’ve ever come across. Every summer, a friend and I volunteer to be part of a summer camp-type program where we take anywhere from 20-30 kids (are they still considered kids if they’re 21-24? I feel so old around them… haha) out around the city on weekends. So far, we’ve walked through almost every neighbourhood within a ~1 mile radius of the Seattle downtown core, kayaked along the water to Gas Works Park, and are planning a pool party in a few weeks. We were hoping to sneak in a few short hikes, but it’s been pretty hot out lately and none of us are excited by the idea of sweating in the wilderness.


Reading: Went on a bit of a book-buying binge back in June and have been slowly chipping through the stack. #GIRLBOSS was the first on the list and I finished it in under a week. Sophia Amoruso’s unusual journey and honesty in storytelling was really compelling and made me want to get up and do something at the end of every chapter. If you haven’t yet read this book, I highly recommend it! One of my friends borrowed it and finished it within 3 days!! Next to be finished is Bossypants.

Watching: Master Chef is back!! And so is Suits! Two of my favourite shows in the same season? I love it! I’m hardcore crushing on Daniel from Master Chef this season… something about dudes with sleeves of tattoos and nice glasses who are great in the kitchen. dayuuuum.


Listening to: Currently tuned into the Iggy Azalea Pandora station. Sam Smith’s Stay With Me gives me goose bumps every time the track comes on. He has an amazing set of vocal pipes!


Working on: Building furniture… specifically closet-type things. I’m setting up a new space (more on this later) and of all the apartments I looked at, somehow I picked the one with NO CLOSETS. WHAT? Yeah. I’m a sucker for a nice kitchen and interesting interiors, so I wasn’t exactly using the rational/logical side of my brain when signing the dotted line on this place. The last 4 weeks have been spent trying to build a make-shift storage spaces and the current state of a closet is about 1/4 of the size of my current closet. I have no idea how I’m going to fit all my coats and clothes in one tiny wardrobe and I don’t have a whole lot of time to figure it out. Any suggestions?
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Favourite thing about blogging? Hang outs!

by thedemuremuse on July 16, 2014

One of my favourite things about having a blog is the community behind blogging itself. Since my day job doesn’t have anything to do with fashion or clothes or anything related to this blog at all, it’s nice to talk to other people who have similar interests. Even better than swapping comments or emails is meeting up with these ladies in person!

franishblogvisitsSeattleoutfit details:
swan button down: Target (similar)
roll-up shorts: H&M
necklace: made by yours truly
boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto

If you’ve been following me for the last couple years, you’ll probably recognize the bloggers in this group. All being Seattle-based as is, Lindsay, Bri, and I see each other a handful of times a year. Fran carried on her tradition (can I even call it that yet since last year was the first year?) of visiting Seattle in the summer and we met up for dinner last week. I was really hoping for a repeat of the bubble tea run, but we opted for a pie bar (yep. Seattle totally has a bar that serves pie and pie-themed cocktails) instead. I was super bummed that Kimmie couldn’t make it this year, but hoping that we’ll all reunite again for bubble tea again soon!!

YAY for blogging friends! Seriously, these ladies are AH-MAZING and just as sweet and hilarious in person as they are online.

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