Getting thrifty

by thedemuremuse on September 27, 2014

FALL IS HERE!! I was so excited to finally pull out the cozy sweaters, jackets, and, of course, the hats! I can’t seem to find any of my beanies after moving (they’re buried somewhere in a tub full of off-season clothes, I think?) or my light sweaters, so I’ve been trying to find budget-friendly ways to tie myself over while the weather changes and the unpacking drags on.

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outfit details:
jacket: Michael Kors (similar
dolman top: The Limited (c/o Goodwill)
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand (exact)
pointed ballet flats: Nine West (exact)
baseball hat: J. Crew (exact)
laptop bag: c/o Brenthaven (exact)
cat ring: Forever 21

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I had the pleasure of getting thrifty with Goodwill to help fill in some of those gaps in my current wardrobe. Being exposed to thrifting growing up taught me the patience to look for those gems hidden between the racks. This knitted dolman top is the gem from my most recent thrifting excursion (the last one was the vintage Coach stewardess purse) and I am now going to be lurking the South Lake Union store every time I’m in the area since these are where the last two amazing finds were from!

My love for thrifting was ignited by the trips to Goodwill in the summers that I spent with my grandparents. If you’re curious to know more about my favourite Goodwill find with my grandma, or why I think thrifting is so fun, I shared a couple stories in this interview on Seattle Goodwill blog!

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The line above is one of my favourite quotes from my coworker. He always has a can-do, positive attitude about every situation that is so infectious! I know I’ve whined about the lack of storage in my current place more than once now and finally decided to take a step back and apply this “can do” attitude to the problem. I may not have any closet space, but I did have unused space and needed to get creative about how to best use it.

This past week was spent organizing things on my “second floor”, which is the most impractical space as the ceiling clearance is only 4ft. Instead of leaving the space unused, I’ve decided to use half of it for storage (all my jackets now live in a mixture of cardboard moving boxes or plastic tubs) and turn the other half into a yoga space. There will be zero tree poses happening here, but there is more than enough space to do floor poses, so I’m excited!

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outfit details:
tank top: Le Tote (c/o monthly subscription)
boyfriend jeans: c/o Betabrand (exact)
caged booties: Hinge via Nordstrom (exact)
convertible duffel to backpack: MEC (exact)
leather bracelet: Ken Diamond

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Moving stuff to the second floor was definitely a challenge in itself. Thank goodness for having a backpack handy, as this made moving up and down the ladder a lot easier. The bff and I originally tried to throw (filled) boxes up, but failed miserably. Let’s just say that neither of us are particularly equipped with upper body strength, so the boxes barely clipped the edge whenever we tried to throw them haha!

This is probably the most I’ll be sharing of my new space for the next little while. The rest of the space looks like quite the disaster with a pile of furniture taking up about half of my living room… a task for another week! ;)

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Boba Guys Kickstarter open house

by thedemuremuse on September 18, 2014

If you’re a new reader, one of the most important things to know about me is that I L O V E bubble tea! I would drink this stuff every day – multiple times a day – if I could! My all-time favourite bubble tea shop is Boba Guys, who I started following a few years ago after my friends took me to their their pop-up shop. Not only am I hooked on their perfected craft of bubble teas, but I have so much respect for the brand they’ve cultivated over the few short years they’ve been in business.

Last week, I shared some snaps of the latest additions to my mug collection and am really excited to share more about the Kickstarter open house party that Boba Guys hosted on the last weekend of August for their new shop in Union Square, San Francisco.

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After backing the Boba Guys Labs Kickstarter back in May, I was super excited to join in on the open house party. Any excuse to hang out with the co-founders of this amazing company is a good enough reason to hop on a plane for a weekend in SF! What most people don’t realize is that these guys both have full time jobs on top of growing this company. Both Andrew and Bin are super smart and really awesome to talk to. I feel like I’m getting mini-MBA lessons whenever we chat. They’re also incredibly humble when it comes to the success of their shop, which blows my mind because they are moving mountains in the coffee and tea industry by positioning bubble tea as an everyday drink.

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In case you thought I was kidding about being addicted to bubble tea, I’ll admit to having 2 cups on this single visit. A regular jasmine milk tea (my fav!) was the first cup, followed by a strawberry tea fresca which is made from all fresh ingredients. I may or may not have been in a bubble tea coma by the time my friends and I got back to their place… haha!

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If you’re in the San Francisco area next weekend, their grand opening is on September 27!

Boba Guys – Union Square
429 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA
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Picture perfect mugs

by thedemuremuse on September 12, 2014

After a short weekend getaway to San Francisco for the Labor Day weekend (has it already been 2 weeks since?), I have a big backlog of photos to go through. Aside from visiting friends and doing our usual food tour of favourite places in the Mission, we also stopped by the Boba Guys new shop location in Union Square (more on that later).

Before posting about the open house for their new shop, I couldn’t help but share some photos of these camping mugs that were newly released in their Mission store. There were only 100 produced and by the time I got there (2 weeks after their announcement), there were only 3 left!

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boba guys enamel mugs (bottom)
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boba guys enamel mugs

So glad I could call this pair my own. They’re handmade and topped with enamel for a one-of-a-kind treat! I’m obsessed with the clean design, both of the mug and the packaging. There’s nothing that makes me happier than clean, thoughtful design.

Happy Friday!

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WISH LIST: Booties, booties, and more booties!

by thedemuremuse on September 10, 2014

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1 // Yosi Samra “Delancy” single buckle bootie $220
2 // Hinge “Dresden” caged booties $78 (on sale!)
3 // Naturalizer “Braeburn” bootie $99
4 // Seychelles “Haywire” over-the-ankle booties $150

Booties is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Fall. I’m going to have to trade out my beloved Franco Sarto Venezia flats for a pair of more practical shoes with the impending layering weather. I used to think that cutouts on booties were silly because the point of having fully closed shoes meant warmth in cooler temperatures, but here I am, lusting over every pair of cutouts!

I actually bought the Hinge booties (#2) over the weekend after trying them on in person at Nordstrom. They’re so comfortable and one of the easiest pairs of caged booties to transition between seasons. With the rainy Fall on the way, I usually try to avoid any material other than leather (or rubber, for rain boots), but the Yosi Samra pair is making my heart flutter so hard. Alas, it’s also out of my budget, so I’ll only get to dance in them in my dreams. ;)

What are your thoughts on the whole cutout trend? Are you into or over it?

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