Cabin fever

This past weekend, my partner and I took a short road trip to Crystal Mountain (~2 hours outside of the city). While I usually opt to stay indoors on chilly Winter days, we’ve found ourselves on a mountain snowboarding almost every other weekend since the end of December. Even though I was still recovering from the last snowboarding trip, I tagged along for the drive to enjoy being outdoors in the powder. I go a bit “crazy” (aka have too much energy for my own good) when I get cabin fever!

pnw outfit
This has got to be the most stereotypical west coast, Pacific Northwest-er, outfit I’ve ever worn! I call it my “cabin outfit” because I dream about wearing it to a cabin on a winter getaway. In reality, I wear it to work on an almost weekly basis. I love this outfit because it incorporates: a thrifted piece, a gifted top from my family, and a borrowed beanie and backpack from my fiance (what’s his is soon-to-be-mine, right? haha!). I haven’t owned a flannel buttondown since I was about 10 years old, which my grandma bought to help me brave the winters as a kid who hated being outside at recess. Over the holidays, my family (back in Toronto) decided it was about time for me to own a flannel shirt since apparently not owning one and living in Seattle is a faux-pas.

Seattle winter hike
UGG Cecile boots styled
outfit details:
plaid flannel buttondown: American Eagle (exact)
cable knit cardigan: thrifted via Goodwill
UGG Cecile boots: c/o J.Jill (exact)
leggings: Lululemon (similar)
Especial Primo backpack: Timbuk2 (exact)
beanie: borrowed from the fiance ;)

how to style flannel
If you’re wondering what’s up with my thigh-high snow legs, there’s a funny story behind that. You might’ve already read it on Instagram over the weekend, so feel free to gloss over this paragraph if you did! While we were taking these photos, there was a really cute spot I wanted to walk further over to. T was asking if the snow was packed enough to stand on, since he was only wearing sneakers after having changed out of his snowboarding boots. “Trust me! It’s packed solid!” was my response and then not a moment later after making that statement, I fell through into thigh-deep snow!

Of course, we couldn’t stop laughing about it and that’s how we ended up with this set of silly photos. Moral of the story is to never trust me as your snow tour guide. I will get too excited jumping around in it and end up with soaking wet socks for the 2 hour car ride home from falling through non-packed piles of snow.

… aaaaand blooper! This was taken right after falling through the surface of the snow into thigh-deep powder. As you can tell, I was having a splendid time with snow down my boots!! This is my, “hey can you help me out of here?” face.

plaid flannel outfit - blooper
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REVIEW: Betabrand indigo travel jeans

I cannot thank you all for the comments, feedback, and constructive conversations around this weekend’s post about the future of this lil ‘ol blog. I read every single one of the comments, emails, and DMs and cannot thank you enough for the ongoing support. I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store for all of us and will keep the transparency going on my end if you promise to keep the feedback coming too! ;)

With that said, I’m excited to kick off the first review of 2017 with an item that was purchased last year. A few of you requested reviews for items that I purchased that I thought I would love, but in the end may not have kept. Today’s review is highlighting one of these items.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and these jeans were purchased on my own. While Betabrand is one of my ongoing partners here on the blog, I have been a customer and huge evangelist of their products even before we started collaborating on posts.

With that said… Remember this outfit from October 2016?

Betabrand_travel_jeans
In trying to avoid wearing leggings (or dress pant yoga pants) all the time on travel days, I pre-ordered these Betabrand Travel Jeans back in April of 2016. They were slated to ship a few months later in July, which would’ve been perfect considering that my travels were going to pick up starting in the middle of the Summer. Unfortunately, due to some fabric manufacturing issues, the jeans didn’t arrive until September. No sweat, though! Still lots of flights and road trips to take these jeans on… or so I thought.

I love the way these jeans were intended by design: 2-way stretch, classic 5-pocket design with 2 sets of invisible zippers for extra pocket storage on the front and back– nothing short of what I would want in a perfect pair of jeans for the road! Sadly, my hopes may have been set too high.

Betabrand travel jeans review via thedemuremuse.com (more…)
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Working off the holiday cookies

Happy holidays!! Hope you all had an amazing holiday season (for those who celebrate)! This time of year always makes me extra grateful because of all the quality time I get to spend with those who I may not get to see very often during the rest of the year. This holiday season is particularly special because of the fact that this is the first time my partner and I are splitting time between our families together. Historically, we’ve spent our Christmases separately, only reconvening in the new year to have our own little holiday party for two (or three, now, as Sushi Magoo the cat has come into our lives).

Aside from spending our days in sweatpants, eating holiday cookies, and replaying our favourite childhood video games, my favourite part has been sharing our love of winter activities with each other.

outdoor skating outfit ideas
outfit details:
Cambridge coat: c/o J.Jill (exact)
blanket scarf: Moorea Seal
leggings: Lululemon
oversized pom pom beanie: Uniqlo

outdoor skating trail
red pea coat styled for skating
We spent Christmas Eve on an outdoor skating trail, listening to the pop-country-oldies mashups of holiday tunes. Skating is something that I loved to do as a kid, but haven’t had the opportunity to practice much as an adult. As T and I tried to out-skate one another, I snagged the toe pick of my right skate in a small divet of the trail and fell straight onto my knees! The price to pay for trying to be a show-off, I guess! ;) haha!

Thinking back to the last few days with the family, I can’t help but think about all the holiday traditions we have and what new traditions T and I will start in the future. Keeping my fingers crossed for Christmas Eve skating to make the list (although I could do without the giant bruises on the knees)!

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Holiday party outfit

Unlike previous holiday parties in the past, my party outfit prep took a bit of a difference approach this year. As a refresher, my outfit last year was the show stopper piece. It was light, frilly, and nothing short of festive! While I felt awesome wearing this to holiday parties and on NYE, I didn’t feel so awesome all the times I saw it hanging in my closet unworn this year. Without a fancy occasion to re-wear the Chi Chi London dress to, I didn’t want to repeat the same mistake this year.

This year, my approach was to find pieces that I could easily re-wear to other events throughout the year, both for casual or formal events. After all, my goal is to build a versatile closet with the least amount of items. The more I thought about buying a single dress to fit these purposes (this gorgeous crushed velvet maxi dress was a top contender), the more I realized I would end up in the same situation I was in with the Chi Chi London dress from last year. In the end, having separates to work with felt like the route that would provide the most versatility and re-wearing of either pieces in the future.

holiday party outfit idea: blush maxi wrap skirt
outfit details:
cropped moto jacket: MISSGUIDED (similar)
twist front crop top: Topshop c/o Octer.com (exact)
blush satin maxi skirt: Lulu’s (exact)
Gentle Souls wedges: c/o J.Jill (exact)
14k gold filled line earrings: Fresh Tangerine (exact)
glamorous over-the-top statement necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique (exact)
glasses: Warby Parker (exact)

This satin blush maxi skirt was the first piece that was purchased. I absolutely love the weight and the sheen from the material. What I don’t particular like is how easily the fabric pulls. I’m usually expectant of satin material to pull (a little bit, when something pointy rubs it), but this skirt fabric pulled from a car seat belt, the corner of a gift bag, my jacket zipper lightly rubbing on it. If you can name an object, I can probably point to a pull on my skirt from it!

everyday wear transformed to holiday party outfits ft Happiness Boutique statement necklace
The top was a bit of a challenge to find. I originally thought I was going to get a flowy, cold shoulder top to pair with the skirt, but ended up finding this crop top using Octer.com (more on this in the next post), when shopping across stores to find the most complementary top.

Being able to re-wear my beloved cropped moto jacket (purchased earlier this year), along with the wedges from September, as part of my holiday outfit, felt really great! Also knowing that an accessory like a statement necklace helped to jazz up the outfit while keeping the base pieces basic enough for everyday wear, I’m excited to reintegrate the crop top and maxi skirt into my daily rotation.

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Holiday statements

T’is the season for all the holiday parties to kick off! I was lucky enough to attend two back-to-back over the weekend, which meant scrambling to find an outfit that would be family appropriate (for the day time party), and glam enough for an evening out.

As I’ve been hard at work to keep my wardrobe size to a minimum, I opted for less of a statement dress this year. Instead, I went for statement accessories to compliment the otherwise everyday pieces that were paired together. A huge thank you to Happiness Boutique, who partnered with me on bringing to life my holiday outfit dreams!

holiday party outfit ideas - statement necklace
accessories details:
glasses: Warby Parker (exact)
cropped moto jacket: MISSGUIDED (similar)
glamorous over-the-top statement necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique (exact)

This was my exact outfit for Saturday night’s festivities. I’ll be sharing the full outfit details this week, but wanted to highlight the accessory that made it all possible today. This statement necklace is beautifully intricate with shimmery gems all over! What I loved the most about this necklace is its weight. Having owned statement necklaces in the past that looked beautiful but felt light and flimsy, this Happiness Boutique piece is on the total opposite end of the spectrum. When worn, it feels like there’s a purpose to its weight, and the quality of the production is so obvious on closer inspection.

holiday statement necklace
Aside from holiday parties, I also like to wear bold necklaces in my everyday life. Since a lot of my closet now consists of basics, like pocketed tees, I like to pair these necklaces with the “basic” outfits for work. I think the bit of sparkle definitely helps to amp up the rather subtle plain tees. If you’ve been following along my IG stories, you may have recognized the Love Story Statement Necklace making an appearance a few times last week.

Although I selected statement necklaces from Happiness Boutique, they offer a huge variety of pieces, ranging from dainty minimalist layering necklace to earring cuffs, to rings, and more. The best part is the free shipping as well as the customer reward program, where you can earn free jewelry using points redeemed from purchases, reviews, or sharing photos of your styled purchases. They also host bi-monthly giveaways, hosted on their website that do not require purchases for entry.

By the way, Happiness Boutique is offering a 10% discount with code thedemuremuse. By inserting the “thedemuremuse” code at checkout, you will get a 10% discount for orders over 19 euros, valid until December 24th, 2016. Happy shopping!

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