Notes on hair curling wands and totes

by thedemuremuse on March 4, 2015

Over the Christmas break, my bff Ines (aka Tiny Tourist) introduced me to the world of curling wands and convinced me to buy one. She spent 10 minutes tops curling my (super thick) hair and showed me how versatile nicely tamed waves can be. As someone with naturally wavy hair (and admittedly trying to be insanely budget conscious this year), I was like, “Do I really need to pay for a tool that makes my hair look almost exactly like what it looks like on a good day of air drying?” I ended up buying this Conair YOU CURL wand, which is the exact one that Ines taught me with. At 1/5 of the price of my straightening iron, it’s not a bad tool to have on those mornings where the bed-head-cow-lick can’t be hidden with a messy bun!

The photos below are my first attempt from curling my own hair. The back was a bit sloppy because I ran out of patience and time to get it right, but overall it was really easy to do!

outfit details:
leather trimmed blouse: Ann Taylor
houndstooth jacket: Sanctuary via Le Tote
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand (exact)
custom booties: Shoes of Prey
cateye glasses: Rivet & Sway


I’ve spent the last month or so rewearing a lot of the same pieces over and over (hello, dress pant yoga pants and these booties!), trying to figure out how to build out the rest of my wardrobe after selling/donating a bunch of it earlier in the year. I experimented with Le Tote a bunch, trying pieces and silhouettes that I had seen a lot on other blogs/Pinterest, trying to figure out if it made sense to commit to any of them as part of the working layers or basics.

A longer convertible sweater to jacket is something that’s been on my list for a while. This Sanctuary one is beautiful and I absolutely loved the idea of it, but couldn’t quite figure out many more ways to wear it differently than this outfit. That’s pretty much how I felt about every other new style that I tried in my last tote. Alas, I held off from making any clothing purchases in the last month and decided to put my Le Tote subscription on hold since I’m done experimenting with the silhouettes this season. It was nice to have the option to try lots of styles for $50 a month without further commitment to buy anything, and with Spring just around the corner, I’m going to try to come up with a better game plan for filling the remaining gaps in the wardrobe.

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Big hair, don’t care

by thedemuremuse on March 2, 2015

This past weekend, the girls and I spent some time in Eastern Washington, exploring the wine countries of Walla Walla. It was a bit of a last minute trip and a much needed getaway from the city. There’s not much that comes close in comparison to being away from the usual hustle and bustle of the city views and getting a taste of that fresh, country air.

outfit details:
button down blouse: H&M
wool jacket: ASOS (similar)
Work-It pants: Betabrand (exact, $25 off with this link)
alpaca scarf: gift from friend
buckled booties: Sam & Libby (similar)
ampersand & stacking rings: c/o Fresh Tangerine (exact)


This week is a busy one and I’m pretty nervous to jump into it, to be honest. In true Katrina fashion, I’m retreating to my usual uniform of black and whites with an accent of navy blue. Not having to think (too hard) about outfits is one less thing to fret over during the next few days. Sadly, I wish my hair would cooperate more easily. It definitely has a personality of its own and refuses to be tamed on certain days.

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Swap & Style: Neon stripes

by thedemuremuse on February 28, 2015

outfit details:
pink striped top: c/o Aeropostale
organza full skirt: Forever 21
mesh-topped booties: Jessica Simpson
boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto


Going to keep this one short and sweet today because, well, it’s the weekend! Erica and I honestly share a fashion brain. We both sent each other pink items in this round of Swap & Style, which made me laugh because the reason I sent her this top is because I had no idea how to style the colour in my wardrobe. I’m all for stripes, but neon pink stripes are a whole different beast!

I love that we both paired it with a skirt, despite the casual, ribbed henley style.

Don’t forget to stop by Erica’s blog, Sweets and Hearts, to see her full outfit details!

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How to look 5 years younger with a single accessory

by thedemuremuse on February 27, 2015

I’ve been trying to figure out ways to make biking for a portion of my daily commute doable to supplement the weekend training. With this comes trying to think up creative ways of carrying my laptop, lunch, and other goodies during the commute that works both for the bike and bus. My everyday Jack Spade messenger bag is not exactly the most bike-friendly. I experimented with a backpack this week and let’s just say I think people were confused about which bus I was waiting for…

outfit details:
plaid button down: c/o Aeropostale
herringbone puffer vest: J.Crew Factory
Work It dress pants: Betabrand (exact, $25 off with this link)
DV8 buckled Laurel bootie: c/o Aeropostale (exact)


With a backpack, I could definitely pass as a college student. Maybe even a high school senior? haha! I can’t quite tell if it’s the outfit or the addition of the backpack that makes me look like such a kid, but I’m going to go with the latter. There you have it: Add a backpack to look at least 5 years younger! ;)

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Blushing from infatuation

by thedemuremuse on February 25, 2015

Is this even real life? It’s been beautifully sunny for the last few days and I can’t believe this is considered to be winter weather. Back in Toronto, my family has been telling me about the -30C chills coupled with ridiculous amounts of snow, and here on the west coast I’m about ready to pack up my winter jackets for storage until next year.

outfit details:
pink trench: Dahlia via Emerging Thoughts (exact)
jeans: 7 for all Mankind
buckled booties: Clarks Shoes
trifold crossbody: BEVEE (exact, borrowed for styling)
statement necklace: c/o Sterling Forever (exact)


I added this blush pink trench to my close back in January and have been trying to figure out ways to wear it. I usually shy away from colours, but I’ve been seeing so many beautiful outfits on Pinterest where women converted the blush into a neutral and mixed it flawlessly into their black, white, and grey wardrobe. My only qualm with this jacket is the fact that it’s a bit lighter weight than I would’ve imagined a $100 jacket to be. The design is beautiful but the material is so light that it gets picked up by the wind pretty easily. I’m excited for Seattle to really warm up so I can wear this more often.

Until then, this is my styling of a blush trench with some everyday work wear. I try to keep outfits pretty casual on days that I don’t have a slew of meetings. I spruced this t-shirt and jeans combo up with this statement necklace, which was complimented all day long! The weight of the piece is perfect (not too heavy, but weighted enough to keep the sparkly gems forward-facing) and was just enough glitter to spruce up an otherwise boring outfit. I’m going to try to figure out a way to incorporate it into my outfit for Friday’s Young Professionals of Seattle event!

Speaking of the YPOS 4th anniversary party, will I see you there?

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