REVIEW: Burberry BE2128 3001 frames via SmartBuyGlasses

by thedemuremuse on January 30, 2015

The best part of being back home? MAIL DAY PICKUP!! I’ve been excited about this package for weeks and was so stoked to tear into it. Earlier this month, I picked out a pair of frames to review from SmartBuyGlasses. They offer a really wide range of designer frames at discounted prices and free shipping worldwide. The frames I picked were the Burberry BE2128 3001 frames with the 54mm lens size.

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The minimalist design with just the slightest bit of detailing on the arms is what drew me to these frames. The measurements of these frames fit perfectly within my range for frames that I know fit well with my face shape. It’s taken me years of trial and error for buying glasses online to learn what my numbers are, but now that I know them, buying frames online is a breeze!

I haven’t gotten a chance to fit lenses into the frames yet, but here’s a side-by-side of what the frames look like next to my current glasses…

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On the left are my current frames, and on the right are the Burberry frames. You’re probably thinking the exact same thing my siblings were thinking when I showed them this pic… What can I say? I’m a lady that knows what I like and am consistent in my style haha!

There are other really great Burberry styles offered on SBG, which made the decision for me pretty hard. I always think, “I’m going to try something different this time around,” but then fall back to tried and true styles that I know work with my face. I didn’t expect shipping on these frames to be so quick (they arrived within the week the order was placed), and can’t wait to get prescription lenses fit into these frames so I can add them to my rotation.

Disclosure: I received these frames courtesy of SmartBuyGlasses.com. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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Simple with a statement necklace

by thedemuremuse on January 28, 2015

And we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming! Gosh, the last week still feels so surreal but I’m excited to jump back into the regular routine in Seattle. I had this 8telier Modern Ella tee (which was styled earlier this month when talking about elevated basics) packed in my suitcase and wore it on the way home since I had to layer to transition between the warmer to cooler climates. I still cannot believe how well this tee traveled given how non-wrinkly it is after being rolled up in my suitcase for days and then sitting on a plane for 6 hours.

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outfit details:
Modern Ella tee: c/o 8telier (exact)
white blouse: H&M (similar)
skinny jeans: AG Jeans
suede wedges: Report
quilted bag: THEIT bags (exact)
eagle necklace: Topshop

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I know I mentioned this in the original post introducing the Ella tee, but I am so grateful for sizing up in this top. Originally, the upsizing was for the added length and looser fit. After realizing I could comfortably fit a button-down blouse under it, I am stoked with the limitless ways to style this top! The fit and cut is just so perfect. Not to mention, the weight of the material with the double-finished hemlines makes for an easy transitional piece from morning meeting, to hopping on a plane (and sleeping), to a full day of work.

PHEW! What a long day.. and I think it’s time to sneak in a nap!


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Aloha from Hawaii

by thedemuremuse on January 26, 2015

Happy Monday!! It’s been exactly a week since landing in Maui island and let’s just say that the past 7 days have been nothing like a vacation. I’m currently here on a work trip and every day has proven itself to be quite the adventure. If you’re following me on Instagram, you might’ve already seen some of these. Here’s what’s been going on in the background!

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Day 1 was an interesting one. I flew in with one of my coworkers and we met with the rest of our group on the island. That night, we learned that the next week would be filled with a handful of adventure activities. Over our first dinner as a group, I was asked questions like, “What kind of sports are you into? Have you ever jumped out of a plane? How do you feel about free diving?” which I was slightly confused by. When talking about our past-time sporting choices, I mentioned enjoying kayaking, which lead to the question, “Kayaking in rapids?” and I’m just like… no. Turns out I’m the least sporty of the group!

Long story short, I immediately regretted all the carb-loading and inconsistent exercising since the Christmas holidays after learning about all the activities we would be participating in over the next week. Don’t get me wrong– I am SO excited to have this opportunity and get to join in on this project, but at the same time I wish I could have prepped a bit better physically. My body is not used to a full morning of snorkeling followed by an afternoon of hiking. In any case, it has been awesome so far and I am loving every minute of being here! Aside from the daily hustle of confirming itineraries, getting work done at each location, and then packing up and quickly moving to the next, getting to know 2 other people – who essentially started off as strangers – as well as I have in the last few days has been so much fun! You get to know a lot about a person when traveling in a car together for 12+ hours a day. Who would’ve thought? ;)

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Top left: Drive up to Haleakalā Crater. The view from 10,000ft elevation is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! After dropping the guys off, I had a couple hours to myself before picking them up for our afternoon adventures. I ended up makinga handful of stops on the drive down and admiring the view of the pillow-like clouds from above. Seriously, how cool is that view? I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say I’ve looked at clouds from the top-down when not in a plane.

Top right: Going to take a moment to give a big shout out to the delicious food here! On this particular day, we stopped by a fish house for lunch. I had a spinach salad, topped with salmon, honey, papaya seed dressing, and roasted macadamia nuts. Just looking at this photo again is making me drool…

Bottom left: We drove to the south end of the island to spend the day at Big Beach. Apparently Taylor Swift was here on the same day we were (!!!) but we didn’t see her. I was probably too busy getting washed up in the waves (no joke). This is the day I lost my snorkeling mask and breathing tube thanks to the super harsh waves. This is also the same day my coworkers coined the term “sand-druff” to describe the state of my hair. Getting swept up to shore, literally, results in a ton of sand in the hair. This is one lesson I wish I didn’t have to learn the hard way!

Bottom right: Perched on the side of a cliff at Pe’ahi to watch some extremely talented people surf the biggest breaks on the north shore of the island. It was absolutely incredible!! I don’t even know how else to put this experience in words. Between the view of the clear blue waters, the perched viewing point, and the surfing talent, it’s so hard to pinpoint a favourite part of this whole experience.

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Sadly, this adventure is about to end in a few hours and it’ll be back to reality before we know it!
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Swap & Style: Adventures in the kids section

by thedemuremuse on January 23, 2015

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Going through the backlog of outfit photos, Erica and I realized that we both styled this piece towards the tail-end of the summer of 2014… which was basically 6 months ago. It feels a little silly to be posting these photos now knowing what the weather back in Seattle is currently like, but hey, better late than never! Plus, now I get to use these outfits as a fine example to talk about one of my particularly bad shopping habits: browsing the kids section!

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outfit details:
tulle dress: H&M (girls section)
skull t-shirt: c/o W Concepts
coral wedges: Clarks (c/o OnlineShoes)
tote bag: c/o DVF

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This tulle dress was one of my finds in the girls section of H&M last year. I couldn’t pass it up… especially not at $10. I had been on the hunt for a light tulle skirt for a few months at that point, and thank heavens for stretchy dresses made for 14 year olds! This was my latest purchase from the kids section and will be my last for the foreseeable future. Even though clothing from the kids section is cheaper than the women’s section, I’ve learned from my closet purge that majority of these pieces will not survive more than 2 years. I’ve outgrown – in style – almost everything that I bought from the kids section. It was such a weird feeling to watch all the owl and fox-printed things get placed into the donation bag, knowing that I used to love those pieces. My mom would be so happy to see the current state of my closet. She used to always joke that it looked like an overgrown 5-year old’s closet with the amount of animal prints haha!

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Swap & Style: Plaid for everyone

by thedemuremuse on January 21, 2015

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Did you miss these Swap & Style posts? So did we! Today we’re showcasing how to transition some of your summer favourites into the winter. This Tommy Girl plaid top is from Erica‘s closet, and she had it over the summer. I love the way she styled it with the scalloped shorts, and especially the way she tied the bow on top. I’m always so impressed with the way she challenges me to think outside the box with items from closet. I was honestly stumped about how to get creative with this piece because I feel like plaid is such a loud print on its own and stands its ground well on its own.

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outfit details:
plaid shirt: Tommy Girl (via Erica’s closet)
PAIGE denim: c/o Zappos (exact)
riding boots: Franco Sarto via Nordstrom (exact)
Ms G Glasses: Rivet & Sway

Looking back on this photo set, I’m really wishing I had a pair of scalloped shorts right about now. The contrast between the winter scene and the Maui sun is like night and day! Don’t forget to stop by Erica’s blog for her outfit details!


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