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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His & Hers: Matching without being obvious

Happy (American) Thanksgiving, y’all! T’is the season for spending time with your loved ones and fretting over what to buy for them for the holidays, am I right? This year, I vouched to start my holiday shopping extra early. I’m pretty much done shopping for my family and close friends, with just a couple people left on the list. One of the hardest people to shop for is my significant other.

I haven’t been very open on this blog about my personal life, but I’ve had a small goal for 2016 to start being a bit less of a closed book. If you’ve ever been curious about who has been shooting the outfits on this blog for the last couple years, it would be my fiance! He likes to stay behind the scenes, but I thought we’d put him in the spotlight in today’s post about his & hers outfits.

Brooks Heritage Women's Vanguard
outfit details:
wool & leather jacket: Calvin Klein (similar)
mock-turtleneck: Banana Republic (exact)
jeans: AG Jeans (exact, on sale at Shopbop this week!)
Vanguard sneakers: c/o Brooks (exact)
oversized pom pom beanie: Uniqlo (old)

Brooks Heritage Women's Vanguard, black & white palette
Brooks Heritage Men's Chariot
outfit details:
knitted cardigan: Banana Republic (similar)
v-neck tee: H&M (exact)
484 chinos: J.Crew (exact)
Chariot sneakers: c/o Brooks (exact)

As you might be able to tell from the photos above, we’re quite similar in the way we dress. We both have neutral colour palettes, favouring layering of basics to bold statement pieces. I often laugh whenever we meet up for date nights and realize that we’re wearing almost-identical-but-not-exactly-the-same outfits.

Don’t get me wrong– I love it when we’re matching! (I might even encourage him to do it, at times ;) haha!) But I also don’t think we need to be head-to-toe in the exact same pieces; #twinningstatus, if you will. This is why I love the Brooks Heritage line so much. The sneakers we’ve both styled in this post are from the most current F/W 2016 line, but I’m wearing the Vanguard style, and he in the Chariot style. While they’re similar, we definitely do not looking like the twinning emoji!

The mix of materials to modernize the classic styles make these shoes perfect for everyday wear. This ultimately means there are more chances of us matching than not… at least in the shoe department! If you’re stumped for gift ideas for a significant other this year, check out the other Brooks Heritage options linked below!

More Brooks Heritage Vanguard & Chariot palette options:

P.S. If you’re not following me on Instagram, you might want to start today! There’s a special giveaway going live this weekend that may or may not have something to do with the gorgeous shoes in today’s post. *hint hint, wink wink*

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Finding balance

One of the many things I love about the Seattle blogging community is how inspiring each and every one of the women are. Majority of the bloggers (that I know of) in this city somehow manage to juggle a full time job on top of writing for their blog, managing their social media platforms, and maintaining a personal and social life. With a blog taking almost as much time to style, write, and copy edit for (not counting the numerous hours a day to handle social media), I don’t know how some people manage to do it daily!

minimalist cowl neck outfit
minimalist cowl neck outfit ft J.Jil and Zara Basics
outfit details:
cowl neck tunic: c/o J.Jill (exact)
textured leggings: Zara (similar)
Gee’WaWa short booties: c/o J.Jill (exact)
glasses: Warby Parker (exact)

monochrome, minimalist weekend outfit ideas

Over the last 6 years of running this lil ‘ol blog, I’ve learned a lot of things. One of the biggest lessons is learning to set boundaries and to find balance. This means finding balance between how much time is spent working on the blog vs living life to the fullest.

There are definitely days that I feel like my outfits are not blog worthy. While today’s outfit may have originally felt non-blog worthy with my intentions of holing up in a coffee shop reading in this outfit, I look at these photos now and think how true to my personal style this outfit really is. Much like finding balance in time, I’ve been working hard to find balance in style. My wardrobe now represents my life of easy-to-wear pieces that work for the office, weekend coffee dates, and lounging.

The cowl neck tunic, specifically, is a piece that I think exemplifies balance when it comes to clothing. The luxe tencel fabric is so comfy, but it still works for the office. The cut of the tunic is an updated, modern take with the subtle high-low. Versatility in a piece makes finding the balance a lot easier, and that’s what I’ll continue to strive for, always.

If you’re a fellow blogger, where do you find yourself striving for balance?

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