Seeing stripes

Crop tops are usually something that I stray far, Far, FAR away from when shopping. Why? As someone who hasn’t been working out as regularly as I should be after completing STP last year, I haven’t been feeling particularly confident in my own skin this season. It wasn’t until after doing a small “real bodies” styling and modeling for Moorea Seal‘s Snapchat stories last month, I tried on this striped crop top and changed my tune.

summer striped crop top
outfit details:
front tie top: Moorea Seal (exact)
high waisted jeans: “Farrah” AG jeans (exact)
strappy sandals: c/o Musse & Cloud (exact)
vintage purse: thrifted via Goodwill (similar)

Moorea Seal front tie crop top Blue & white striped crop top

What I really love about this striped crop top is the fact that it isn’t too cropped. Paired with my high waisted “mom jeans” (haha they’re really not mom jeans, but I love calling them that), only a tiny bit of skin shows. The adjustability of the “croppedness” is also awesome because it can be fully controlled by the front ties. Since the knot isn’t fixed, I could decide how much or how little to pull the knot up.

Seattle’s weather has been absolutely gorgeous this Summer! I am excited to keep this striped crop top in heavy rotation until the end of September (aka when Summer in Seattle ends). Can’t wait!

First time crabbing

Summer in Seattle is (finally) in full swing! After a few waves of chilly days sandwiched between hot scorchers, we’re just about to wrap up the first full week of mid to high 20s (or 80s, as most of this country refers to temperatures)! Everyone always refers to Seattle as being the rainy city, but the Summers are what we all live for. This year, I’m trying my best to stay busy and make the most of the sunny days.

Crabbing in Seattle: Throwing the crab cage
A few weekends ago, a handful of friends and I woke up bright and early and headed to one of the piers to try crabbing in Seattle. Having never been before, I had no idea what to expect. With one friend in the group having crabbed before, he sent out a list of supplies we needed to bring in order to participate, in addition to a crabbing license. All together, we brought a couple ring traps, a couple cages, and a few law chairs to hang out on while we waited for the crabs to take to the bait.

tiny pacific crab
Pulling the traps and cages in every 20 minutes made for a super exciting – and tiring – morning. With every pull, there was so much excitement in anticipation for what we would find. More times than not, we’d either come up empty or with crabs that didn’t meet the minimum size requirement and had to be put back in the water. The tiny Pacific crab baby in the photo above definitely had to be returned to the water, but I loved being able to hold her and get a better look at her beautiful shell.

crabbing in Ballard, Seattle
The most prominent type of species we caught was the Red Rock crab. After being camped out at the pier for a little over 4 hours, we ended up with 1 Pacific and 8 Red Rock crabs. Not bad for a morning of learning, soaking in the sunshine, and great laughs!

crabbing in Seattle
If you ever get the chance to go crabbing in Seattle, I’d highly recommend it! Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and a good book to help pass the time. I can’t wait for the next trip to the pier for more crabbing shenanigans!

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Caseapp custom iPhone case

At the beginning of this year, I became what I feel like I’ve been destined to become… a cat mom. It’s been a hard journey in being a crazy cat lady because, as much as I love cats, I’m actually super allergic to them. I tried to adopt a cat back in 2014 (remember Gramps?), but my allergies flared up beyond control after only a month of living with him, and I thought he was the be-all-end-all for adventures in being a cat mom. Thanks to the stars aligning almost 2 years later, I’m now the proud mom of a sweet, fire point Siamese kitty named Sushi Magoo.

caseapp custom iphone case
In true obsessive cat mom form, my fridge is covered in photos of dear little Sushi Magoo. After given the opportunity to create my own custom iPhone case through Caseapp, my phone is now covered in her face too! haha :)

Caseapp has a handful of pre-made templates that made it super easy to design this custom phone case. The hardest part was trying to figure out which photos to use. Taking one of my favourite photos of Sushi ever (with her signature deer-in-the-headlights look), I made this fun collage of her face on a case!

I asked what she thought about the case… she didn’t seem to find it as funny or cute as I do:

caseapp custom iphone case

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’m super stoked to be partnered with Caseapp to give away a custom iPhone case on the blog today. This giveaway is open to all readers (including international ones!) so enter away! Giveaway ends on August 21, 2016.

If you just can’t wait for this giveaway to end and you’re looking to make a case ASAP, the friendly folks over at Caseapp are offering 20% off your whole purchase with code THEDEMUREMUSE20 from now until September 1, 2016.

DISCLOSURE: I received the custom iPhone case courtesy of Caseapp in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed about the product and process is 100% my own.

Staying confident (and comfy) while on the road

The first half of this year has been incredibly travel-intense. Taking on a new job in design has been really exciting and challenging both in and out of the office. Before taking on this role, I had no idea what the expectations were for traveling, going from one office to the next and needing to be “on” as soon as I walked off a plane. It’s crazy to think that it’s only August and I’ve already been on 20+ flights… that’s more flight segments in the first 7 months of 2016 alone than I’ve taken in the last two years combined!

Today I’m excited to partner with Hanes to share some of my travel outfit essentials that help me stay comfy and confident – Comfydent – when transitioning from being the road straight into a meeting.

Hanes Comfydent

The most important outfit to me is the one that I wear on the plane. When on long flight segments, especially red-eye segments, I like to wear pieces that are comfortable enough to fall asleep in, but also acceptable enough to walk straight into a meeting with. Most of my trips this year have required me to go straight from the airport to a meeting room with no time to change. Arguably, the under garments have been more important, if not the most important, pieces to plan for. I’ve been loving this Hanes Ultimate Comfy Support ComfortFlex Fit Wire-free bra. The tag-free label ensures itch-free comfort (a must when sitting on a plane for hours!), and the sleek silhouette is perfect for no-show under any outfit, making it the travel essential that can easily be transitioned from day to night.

Hanes travel outfit
When I can, I try to avoid bringing more than just a carry-on on the plane because I worry about checked luggage getting lost in transit. Sometimes – especially for longer trips – it’s just not possible to avoid checking a bag. After having gone through the stress of having a piece of checked luggage go MIA for a day, I’ve learned my lesson and always pack a set of essentials in my carry-on just in case.

In my carry-on backpack, I’ll bring a full extra outfit (t-shirt and jeans, plus undergarments), a toothbrush, and some deodorant, just in case:

Hanes ComfortFlex carry-on essentials
Included in the outfit is the Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit Wire-Free bra, a pullover styled bra that provides all day support and comfort, designed with a sleek silhouette for no show under any outfit. I like to bring this bra along because the lack of wiring makes it an piece to fold compactly for easy storage.

I also bring an extra pair of underwear, the Hanes Cool Comfort Cotton Hipster Panties, because my biggest nightmare is not having fresh underwear to change into in the case of lost luggage! These are my current favourite to bring along because the ultra-soft cotton feels great against skin, and the covered elastic leg bands don’t ride up, which makes them the perfect pair for wearing on long days of hunting down lost luggage, or back-to-back meetings.

For me, when I’m comfortable and wearing clothes that help me bring out the best version of myself through these transitive states in a work day, I feel confident.

Join the #BeComfydent movement, using this hashtag on social media to share and explore all the outfits that show when you’re comfy, you’re confident!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

REVIEW: Carbonated bubble clay mask

A few weeks ago, I saw an ad pop up in my Facebook newsfeed for a carbonated bubble clay mask review. I watched this ad video for 2 minutes and still couldn’t quite figure out what was happening in it (yay for non-English product review videos with no subtitles!), so I decided to look for the face mask myself. I ended up purchasing the top-rated Korean product, Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated bubble clay mask, for under $11 off of Amazon. Here’s what my experience was like using face mask!

carbonated bubble face mask review via the demure muse

For starters, all of the labels on the box and the product itself are in Korean, so I had to look up instructions online for how to even use the face mask! Application was simple: paste on a thin, even layer of the mask on the face and let it sit for 5 minutes. The carbonation and bubbles formed quite quickly and it felt like my face was being tickled within the first 30 seconds of applying the mask. Once the bubbles start to pop (after the 5 minutes), wet your hands and gently massage the remainder of the mask on your face for another 2 minutes.

The product claims that the carbonated bubbles help to better clean out pores and blackheads, so I’m basing my review off of this claim on top of my overall experience with the face mask.

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