Cliff jumping into the blue

Heights: one of the top three things I am terrified of. On the scale of 1 to 10 on the fear scale, I’d put my fear of heights at a 12. Growing up as a kid, I would freak out whenever walking within 5ft of the railings of the second (or third, or forth) floors of a mall because I was scared of flipping over the railing and breaking my neck. This was an extra weird thing to be afraid of as a 6 year old kid who could barely see over the railing… Ridiculous? Yes.

My fear of heights is still as irrational as an adult. Now that it’s physically possible to flip over the railings at the mall, my tolerance for walking (or even standing) close to one is waaaaay low.

Funny thing is, there have already been a handful of experiences where I forced myself to grow a pair, man up, and conquer my fears… even if it’s for a few seconds. A true test of this was crossing the Capilano Bridge back in 2012, but again on the trip to Eastern Washington when cliff jumping.

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Even though the cliff I jumped from was only just a smidge over 10ft, it took a lot of pep talk to jump off the edge. After throwing the tube off first (which hit the rocks and landed much further to the right than I had originally planned), I stood overlooking the rocks thinking, “shoot… so, do I really have to go get that?”

Super glad that the irrational fears went away just long enough to make a full leap off the edge for this photo:

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Not going to lie… now that this photo exists, I can die happy and never have to jump off another cliff.

P.S. How insanely beautiful is this water? The whole area was pretty much a dream in itself.

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The importance of “me time”

This month has been off to such a strong start! Day 5 in June already, whaaaat?

Last month, I promised myself to be true to myself— To embrace who I am 100% and be honest about it in every facet of my life. Part of this is knowing when to keep charging through and when to slow down and take a break. One thing I struggle with is being a workaholic. I’ve struggled with this a lot over the last few years… to the point that some relationships suffered because of it. It’s sad to think about and I know I need to be better about it. It doesn’t help that for a short while, blogging felt like another job, even though it’s supposed to be my creative outlet in my spare time.

This week made me realize that even in the days that I love what I’m doing for hours on end in the office, I need to step back and take care of myself too. There was a period of time earlier this year when I continuously dined out (breakfast, lunch, AND dinner… yikes those credit card bills were bad), didn’t work out, and slept late every single night. At first, I felt fine but as the time passed, I started to feel like garbage. It got harder and harder to wake up in the mornings. My body felt sluggish. I would get grouchy thinking about dinner plans and be extra irritable when hangry (hungry + angry… I am one of those people)!

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outfit details:
tank top & trousers: H&M
sweater: Brandy ♥ Melville (exact)
sandals: Franco Sarto via OnlineShoes (exact)
messenger bag: c/o Brenthaven (exact)
Ms. G glasses: Rivet & Sway
oversized boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto (similar)
necklace: SheInside (similar)

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In the wake of a crazy schedule, I made a conscious effort to prioritize myself. I did a huge grocery shopping haul (oh man, it’s embarrassing how long it’s been since there’s been at least one home cooked meal a week), cooked for myself for almost a week consistently for all 3 meals a day (big achievement!), and started to work in workouts before heading to the office.

It took longer than it should’ve to realize that I needed to take more time for myself, but better late than never! In trying to keep up these habits, I started reading #GIRLBOSS. Having a book on hand usually motivates me to take at least an hour out of my night to get through some chapters before bed.

I’m going to work really hard to keep this “plan” going and be better to myself. With that said, I’m stoked to get back into editing trip photos and sharing them again. It’s been a long enough break from vacation, right?

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Style On Call with Ann Taylor

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I seem to be in a bit of a style rut lately. I keep wearing the same pair of pants with the same shoes and accidentally re-wearing the same cardigan week after week like it’s nobody’s business. I feel like the tail end of 2013 got super ambitious with remixing and with the start of a new year, the motivation’s been misplaced.

Anyway, Ann Taylor is offering up an awesome free service in the next week for all your Valentine’s Day needs! Visit any of your local stores for tips with their personal stylists. More details below!

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This Valentine’s Day weekend, whether you are single and looking for something fun to do with girlfriends, or need help finding an outfit for a date with that someone special, book a date with Ann Taylor for a special Style on Call in-store event weekend.

WHAT: Style On Call with Ann Taylor – Personal Stylists help you build your modern closet, plus get styling tips, gorgeous gifts, treats and more!

WHEN: Friday, February 14 to Monday, February 17

WHERE: Ann Taylor stores nationwide

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UncommonGoods winter lookbook x The Demure Muse

I’ve been super excited about this collaboration for a while now and couldn’t wait to share it on the blog! UncommonGoods teamed up with four bloggers to put together a Winter Jewelry Lookbook that features our favourite things to do in the upcoming season. I’m really honoured to be working alongside such fab bloggers (Amy Christie of This Heart of Mine, Katherine of Of Corgies and Cocktials, and Nicole of Rose Runs Wild) to style the impeccably handmade jewelry.

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The theme of the lookbook is time spent with loved ones over the late autumn/early winter. For me, this was a no-brainer! My favourite thing to do is go out for early breakfast on a patio when the morning air is still brisk and dry. Being a morning person definitely has its perks– especially when there are no cars out and the only sound is the fresh autumn breeze and rustling leaves.

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The pieces that I styled for the lookbook were the Fern Fond Hoops, stacking ring set, terrarium necklace, and the aquamarine branch ring. Each piece is so beautifully made and one-of-a-kind. Being a jewelry maker/seamstress myself, I really appreciate all the work that goes into creating such well-created, unique pieces. I also love to support handmade during the holiday season, as I feel these gifts are much more unique and personalize-able compared to what can be bought at the mass market.

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outfit details:
jacket & t-shirt: H&M
scarf: Forever 21
cocoon sweater: Aeropostale
jeans: AG jeans
riding boots: c/o Cushe (exact)
necklace, earrings, and rings: c/o UncommonGoods
purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

Let me know what you think of the casual look that I put together for the UncommonGoods winter jewelry lookbook! I can’t wait to share a more formal take using the same pieces. Here’s a little sneak peek:

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Ahnu Himalaya styling contest

I’m super excited to announce this month’s collaboration with Onlineshoes.com! Every month, they pick four bloggers to style a pair of shoes and you guys get to vote on your favourite styling. In exchange for your vote, you get entered to win a pair of these shoes for yourself! Pretty sweet deal! :)

The Ahnu Himalaya boots are really comfy, ankle-height boots with a knitted fabric lining featured on the fold-over cuff. The soles have memory foam for a cushion-y fit, which is super important on the upcoming days where the sidewalks are covered in ice. Nothing like getting a good grip on your step!

You’ll probably notice a familiar face on the voting block (Hi Fran!!). When Fran was in Seattle over the summer, we learned that we were styling the same boots for the same contest, which was an awesome coincidence. It’s so crazy how small the blogging world has become over the years– I love it!

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One of my friends offered to help me with photos for this contest (bless his sweet heart and patience) and ended up spending over an hour trying to style these boots (ahem, 4 outfits later and this is what I came up with) and scouting photo locations. We originally wanted to head to the waterfront, but given the time of day we were shooting at with really harsh reflections, we ended up picking an interesting alley way instead. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have friends who are willing to help out with this blog! Makes taking photos in public waaaaay less awkward than toting around a tripod.

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outfit details:
sweater: Brandy Melville
blouse: H&M
jeans: AG jeans (exact)
weekender bag: Target
necklace: Forever 21
Ahnu Himalaya boots: c/o Onlineshoes.com (exact)

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Check out how the four of us styled these Ahnu Himalaya boots and vote for your favourite styling to win a pair of these boots for yourself!

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