Fall wardrobe to winter

Here we are, the last day of February. What an insanely weird Winter we’ve had in Seattle where the temperatures would bring snow one day, almost-shorts weather the next, and then pouring rain for the rest of the week. I’ve been having a tough time trying to keep up with all the mid-season changes, but doing my best to roll with the punches.

With the goal of 2017 being quite light in clothing purchases in an attempt to stabilize my closet (and number of belongings, in general), I’ve been getting creative with the pieces that I already own in my wardrobe. A lot of the pieces in today’s outfit are reworks carried over from last Fall. The only new additions are the floral print shoes, which are part of J.Jill’s February collection.

Floral spring outfit via thedemuremuse.com
outfit details:
raincoat: c/o Helly Hansen (exact, also worn here and here)
wrap-front top: c/o J.Jill (old, also worn here and here)
Farrah high rise skinnies: AG Jeans (exact)
carnation print sneakers: SUPERGA c/o J.Jill (exact)

SUPERGA carnation print shoes via J.Jill
Spring floral outfit ideas
One of the biggest requests I received after making a post earlier this year about blogging more authentically was to share more “real life” outfits and show how pieces in my closet are getting reworked from season to season. All of the outfits shared on this blog are ones that I wear out and about in real life. It’s a little challenging when I only post an outfit once every 3 days or so, but I hope to keep showcasing what a real life, working minimalist closet, can be!

In the outfit details above, I’ve added links to old posts wearing the same pieces. As much as I love to read traditional fashion blogs that are geared more towards style aspiration, living in a city with small closets is not exactly conducive to owning a lot of clothes. Here’s to continuing to inspire one another to make the most of our closet and transitioning pieces from one season to the next.

Clothing budget recap: February 2017

Welcome to the clothing budget recap for February! This month was particularly light. I was in and out of town for a couple weeks and completely avoided buying online (I don’t really know how this happened, tbh. I experienced so much insomnia this month and ended up abandoning a bunch of virtual carts halfway through the checkout process. Maybe they’ll be revisited in March? idk). Here’s what I ended up adding to my closet:

monthly budget February 2017

Purchased new:
1. Zara Woman high wasited dress pants – $10 (similar)
This purchase makes me feel pretty darn hypocritical. Earlier this year, I said I would be giving up fast fashion, and here I am posting about a pair of fast fashion pants. Argh. I know, I know. Before you start to side eye, hear me out on these. The pants were purchased while on a trip to Vancouver. I was in the downtown store, where it looked like a tornado swept through and there were piles of clothes – literal mountains of clothes – on all the tables (and some on the floor, tbh). There was no rhyme or reason to the sorting or display. My friends and I were all shopping together and I happened to put my hand in the pants pile and magically pulled these pants (similar to the photo above, but without the attached belt)! I wasn’t going to get them because I really did not want to feed into the cycle of fast fashion, but I also knew that this was the last leg of the liquidation sale for these pants (the were marked down 3 times after originally priced at $50)… I would either buy these in store or end up thrifting them later in life when they finally ended up being donated post-liquidation.

Thrifted:
1. H&M textured long vest – $4 (exact)
Similar to the Zara purchase above, this one is also an out of the ordinary purchase for me. I don’t usually pick up fast fashion brands while thrifting (or I try not to), but here we are. I loved the texture of this vest! Plus it was 50% off blue tag day and this vest was a steal… with the original H&M tags on it! After all is said and done, this purchase felt a bit better than the Zara pants, mainly because the vest was already in a thrift store and not purchased straight from the H&M racks.

2. Alternative Apparel draped maxi dress – $2.50 (exact)
This dress is so soft considering it’s made of an eco jersey knit and it’s the perfect length! I’ve been looking for a replacement Summer maxi dress after I shrunk my last one in the wash a couple years ago. The drape design on this Alternative Apparel piece is really flattering, especially for hiding food babies. ;)

Total for February: $16.50

Truth be told, I was quite uninspired while shopping this month. Every rack that I sifted through felt pretty unappealing, for the most part. Maybe it’s because all the post-Christmas sale items are still making their way through the main floors to the sale racks, or because it’s the lull period before the Spring merchandise launches. Either way, February was a very wallet-friendly month from the perspective of my closet!

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER Ceramic Curling Wand

Happy hump day! We’re halfway through the week and I have a really fun treat for you all today! I’ll be reviewing one of the most interesting curling wands ever, the Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER ceramic curling wand, and giving one away. How’s that for a mid-week surprise!?

For starters, here’s something you should know before I share my review: this review and giveaway is in partnership with Lee Stafford (thank you!). When I tried out this curling wand, I had 2-day old hair with no product in it. I always wait 2 days before styling, as newly washed hair tends to not hold as nicely.

Lee Stafford chopstick styler curling wand review and giveaway
The barrel on this ceramic curling wand is just under half an inch, making it the smallest barrel of any curler I’ve ever owned (including the thinnest end of my tapered curling wand). Having never had tight curls before, I was really excited to try this out.

This curling wand only has a single temperature (200°C) and was fully heated and ready to start curling in less than a minute after turning it on. As I continued to curl, I became more and more impressed with how uniform the tight curls were, and how much volume I was getting from them. Granted, I do have a lot of hair to begin with, so this was a lot more volume than I’m already used to.

My hair, when straightened, hovers around chest-length. After curling, my hair was hovering around shoulder length! It was so fascinating to see what a length difference and to feel like I could rock a lot of versatile hairstyles just from having tight curls with an overall shortened length.

chopstick-curling-wand
Lee Stafford chopstick ceramic curling wand
I specifically chose to only curl onwards from the temple so that I could style my hair by pinning the curls behind the ears. It’s truly night and day between the volume of my straightened hair vs after using the curling wand.

This curling wand was really easy to use. I appreciated the single temperature (no fuss to have to pick my own heat level) and the safety glove that was provided. Although I really like the results and look of the tighter curls, it took almost double the amount of time to curl my hair with the CHoPstick wand than my regular curling wand. The thin barrel meant being able to curl only small sections of hair at a time. This is a curler that I think would be perfect for those special nights out when there’s a bit of extra time to prep for the night, but I don’t think I would be able to work the almost 30 minute curling session into my daily morning routine.

All in all, I had a really great time testing and reviewing this product! I’m also extra excited to offer one lucky winner a curling wand of their own through the giveaway below. Good luck!

Win a Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER Ceramic Curling Wand #33

My first pair of ‘grown-up’ pants

This month marks a big milestone in my closet. For almost the last decade, the only pants purchases I’ve made are skinny jeans, leggings, or Dress Pant Yoga Pants. Because I’ve been working at companies that have allowed employees to wear jeans (or even leggings as pants) in such casual environments, I’ve never really had a practical or functional reason to own any other types of pants. But here we are today; Making a post about “big girl” pants… aka trousers.

Parallel Lines crop top and Zara high-waisted trousers

moto jacket with olive trousers
outfit details:
crop top: Parallel Lines via ASOS
cropped moto jacket: MISSGUIDED (similar)
high waisted cropped trousers: Zara (exact in nude pink)
leather booties: All Saints (similar)
Coach Dinky crossbody purse: c/o Coach (exact)

I still don’t have a reason to own “grown-up” pants, but there’s something about pressed seams that makes me feel fancy in these pants. The extra bonus is the fact that the back waistband is elastic, which gives the illusion of professional-looking pants from the front while still providing the stretch to make these the perfect all-you-can-eat-buffet pants. ;)

Galentine’s Day goodie bags

It is no secret that Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite Hallmark holidays. With Valentine’s Day also comes Galentine’s Day: the day we celebrate not only romantic relationships but relationships with the important gals in our lives. Because I’m clearly a 5 year old at heart and still love passing out store-bought Valentine’s Day cards (Hello Kitty won again this year… as she has in the last 3 years haha!), I’m pairing these with some of my favourite candy in the form of goodie bags! With the pouty face of my all-time favourite gal, Sushi Magoo (my lil kitty cat), this year’s goodie bags are too cute to pass up:

Custom goodie bags for Galentine's Day with Stickerapp
Through the site StickerApp, I made a set of 50 custom die-cut stickers of Sushi’s face to adorn the backs of the goodie bags. As she’s my ultimate gal pal, I couldn’t pass up a reason to send her grumpy face along with a bag of chocolates!

With limited supplies (glassine bags and a magenta brush-tipped Sharpie), these goodie bags were a breeze to make in an afternoon. The hardest part was picking out a set of candy to include in the bags because I wanted to buy one of everything at the grocery store! haha… If you’re looking for a last minute surprise for your gal pals, there’s still time!

Galentine's Day gift ideas
Goodie bag ideas with customized stickers from Stickerapp
I wasn’t planning on sharing these stickers with Sushi Magoo, but she somehow found me on the day I was making these goodie bags and approved of her pouty-faced stickers on the spot! :)

A huge thank you again to StickerApp for letting me try their service to make these stickers in exchange for this post! It was so easy customize them to be exactly what I was looking for. Now that I know I can make more small-sized batches of Sushi Magoo stickers… watch out, pen pals!

For custom stickers of your own, StickerApp is offering 20% off with coupon code DEMURESTICKERS20 (expires Feb 28,2017).

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