Nordstrom half yearly sale picks

by thedemuremuse on May 22, 2015

What are you all up to this long weekend? I have a day to myself to do whatever I want, so I’ll be spending it in my jammies shopping the Nordstrom half yearly sale! If you asked me a few years ago where I shopped most, Nordstrom probably wouldn’t even come close to my top 5 stores. After learning the importance of buying better quality items and realizing how amazing a great return policy is (oh, the joys of shopping online and having to buy items in multiple sizes to try different fits), Nordstrom is now one of my top 5 go-to places!


I’m personally using their half yearly sale to update some of the staple basics in my closet. Some of these items are not exactly seasonal appropriate (jackets in the summer??), but I can’t say no to a good sale!

Hope you all have an awesome long weekend!

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Floral print on the brain

by thedemuremuse on May 21, 2015

When springtime hits, it’s like clockwork for bloggers to break out the floral print, am I right? This Prabal Gurung for Target dress was on my wish list as soon as the line was originally announced two years ago. Because of the popularity (and success) of the line, I ended up buying this dress for way more than I probably should have off eBay because I just had to have it and the pieces in store sold out so quickly. Fast forward to two years later and I can count the number of times I’ve worn this dress on one hand.

Prabal Gurung for Target floral dress
outfit details:
floral dress: Prabal Gurung for Target (2013)
wedges: c/o Naya Shoes
statement necklace: Target (similar)
glasses: SEE Eyewear

Prabal Gurung for Target fit & flare floral dress

In an effort to downsize my closet, I’ve been consciously trying to wear pieces that I’m on the fence about. This dress is going to survive another round of closet cuts, even though it is a bit of a struggle for me to find places to wear it to. The fit is perfect and the print is gorgeous, but I have to be in a particular mood to want to wear it. I’m not usually one for loud colours, but something about this piece gives me the heart eyes emoji look on my face every time I see it on the hanger.

P.S. Remember how I said springtime = bloggers in floral prints? Turns out that Alyson of Crushing on Clothes and Erica of Sweets and Hearts styled the exact same dress earlier this week! Check out their posts (linked above) to see how they styled this closet favourite!

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Five year blogiversary

by thedemuremuse on May 19, 2015

Checking my inbox this week and seeing a “you have to renew your domain!!” email sitting in there made me realize Holy crap! It’s been 5 years since I started this blog! Can you believe it? I can’t. It’s crazy to look back at where my style used to be and how it has evolved over the years.

To be honest, this blog was never intended to be a style blog. I originally started it as a way to document when I first moved to Seattle back in 2010. Having a place to share all the photos of food and other fun things that my roommate and I did while exploring a new city was the original intention of this blog. It was Kendi’s 30×30 remix challenge that got me to start blogging my outfits and it kinda just… stuck.

Looking back on the last 5 years, if you had told me that starting a style blog would mean meeting some of the most incredible friends (thank you, internet!!), getting opportunities to work with and find inspirations in industries that are so far from my day job, and falling even more in love with photography (apologies to friends who have been victims of my shutter-happy moments), I would’ve never believed you. It’s been such a fun creative outlet so far and I can’t wait to see what happens in the years to come!

Here are some of my favourite photos from the last five years. I love the progression of under-eye bags and dark circles… haha


2010: Hands in my Pockets


2011: Black Friday


2012: Ahoy summer!


2012: Cross Country Style Challenge


2013: Sanctuary between the bookshelves


2014: More leaves, please!

A few things I noticed when going through old outfit posts:
– I’ve since retired all cat-print skirts and sweaters. Said bye to that Hello Kitty sweater from the kid’s section
– Mustard yellow was my favourite accent colour in 2011 & 2012
– Faux-leather jackets have been in my closet – on high rotation – since early 2011
– I’m still a sucker for granny-sized cardigans
– My hairstyles have remained in these 3 buckets: wavy, straightened, in a messy bun

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Confessionals #2: Body image and changes

by thedemuremuse on May 15, 2015

It’s almost the weekend! Which means it’s almost time for the weekly bike ride with my awesome “Sunday Bike Club” group of friends! In all honesty, I had never intended to talk about body image on this blog because I know it’s a touchy subject, but it’s something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. Since the first Confessionals post, I’ve been wavering on posting something biking related again, but this one’s only tangentially related.

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been nervous about doing the Seattle to Portland (STP) bike ride. Despite training pretty regularly every Sunday for a larger ride (we just hit our 50 mile mark in a single ride, as a group!), I’m still feeling pretty uneasy about the 125 mile goal for Day 1 of the 2 day ride. With all of the cycling in the last few months, my body has started to change. Some days I feel great about it, and other days frustration gets the best of my emotions.

One thing that I didn’t – but should’ve – expected to happen with all the training was slimming down in some places and growing in others. As someone who has always been pretty self conscious about having thunder thighs (no one tells you this is what would happen if you grew up skating and swimming!), I can’t say that I am 100% thrilled for my thighs to have grown again from biking. One part of me was excited when I first noticed the change because it meant that all the uphill cycling was finally building muscles! The other part of me was like, “damn girl, my favourite pair of jeans feel like sausage casings and my thighs are about to burst out.” (How’s that for visuals? haha)

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outfit details:
peplum top: H&M via Kim’s closet
sleek pocket dress pants: c/o SlimSation (exact)
cutout flats: Chocolat Blu
necklace: DIY

The seams of my favourite pair of jeans haven’t popped, but the body changes are making me rethink a lot of my wardrobe (again). This year was started off on a mission to minimize and distill down to a smaller number of pieces, but I’m now having to rethink my wardrobe and buy new pieces to accommodate the shift in body changes.

Dress pants are a big nervous spot for me. While I’m used to wearing a lot of stretchy, legging-like pieces to work (yep, these Betabrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants are still a top fav), I’ve been finding myself gravitating more towards straight leg dress pants lately to mentally balance out my figure from hips to ankles. It feels so ridiculous to type all of this out, but I’m more self conscious of my body now than ever. Being so unfamiliar with its current shape makes me feel confused– like I don’t know how to feel good about the skin I’m currently in.

Originally, I had hoped to do a review post of these sleek pocket dress pants from SlimSation, but not realizing how much my body has changed, I’m not sure I’m doing these pants justice. Personally, I feel awesome in these pants and love they way they fit on me (nicely fitted in the thighs and loosely throughout the rest of the leg), but the way they look on me look nothing like on the model. Looking at this photo, the top half of the pants definitely make me look slimmer and the 4-way stretch material didn’t make my thighs feel like they were trapped in sausage casings. The bottom half, while I personally love the way they look, aren’t particularly in line with the skinny fit shown on the model.

All in all, I’m super jazzed about these pants for work and excited that they’ll still fit comfortably if my legs decide to keep growing as training continues. I just want the body changes to settle sooner than later so I can start learning to love it and dress it again, y’know? It feels weird to not know my own body shape or what shape it will net out to be after all this biking is done.

Sorry for the novel-length post on a Friday filled with personal ramblings on body image. It’s been a tough topic for me to personally come to terms with and I’m hoping that typing it out helps me cope with it moving forward.

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GIVEAWAY: Title Nine sports bra of your choice

by thedemuremuse on May 11, 2015

As someone who just started to get into road cycling and is still pretty awful about avoiding pot holes or bumpy paths, a good sports bra is a must-have in my wardrobe. I got the chance to learn about how to shop for sports bras, the different levels of impact that each style provides support for, and was introduced to a huge assortment of fashion-forward bras. Who knew?!

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This week, Title Nine is hosting a few FitFest events here in Seattle and Bellevue! These events will include:
– Personalized bra fitting advice from a “bravangelist” expert
– An expanded assortment of bras
– Bras for sports, work-to-workout, everyday and date night
– A “Bounce-ath-a-lon” for those who want to put Title Nine’s bras to the test, with stations like hula hoop, jump rope, cup stacking, run around the block, hippity-hop ball & burpees

WHEN/WHERE:
May 13-14, 10am-8pm
Title Nine Bellevue
10237 Main Street
Bellevue

May 20-21, 10am-8pm
Title Nine Seattle
7000 Woodlawn Ave NE
Seattle

If you’re not local to Seattle, that’s ok too! FitFest events are going on nationwide all summer across all participating retail stores. Anyone interested in participating should RSVP at the local Title Nine Retail Location.

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If you can’t make it to a FitFest event, I’m really excited to be able to offer one lucky reader a bra of their choice! This giveaway is open to US residents only and can either be picked up in-store (if you live near a Title Nine retail store, you’ll also get a personalized fitting session), or redeemed through their call center with a gift card.

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Good luck!

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