The hunt is finally over! After months of searching for the perfect fitting summer maxi skirt (also attempted to find a maxi dress, but that went even more poorly…), this is the first one that I didn’t end up returning! I went through similar frustrations last summer and ended up compromising on high-low skirts because I was so frustrated with trying on mid-shin-to-ankle-hovering “maxi skirts”. Before this gem, I even went as far as ordering a Stitch Fix back in early June in hopes that a stylist could help me in a search for the perfect fitting maxi skirt (or dress). The picks in my fix didn’t quite work out and I was just about ready to revert back to the high-low skirts until this chevron beauty showed up…

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outfit details:
tank top: H&M
chevron skirt: c/o Vanity (exact)
Birkenstock sandals (exact, via onlineShoes.com)
Jaco aviator sunglasses: c/o Hobie (exact)
Molly Moon necklace: c/o 31 Bits (exact)

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I kid you not, I pretty much squealed when I tried on this skirt for the first time and it wasn’t awkwardly hovering above my ankles!! I’m really not that much taller than average, but maxi dresses and skirts have been such a nightmare to shop for. Pinterest makes me realize how much maxi dress envy I have pent up because everyone makes them look so easy to wear and are always styled beautifully. Is it too much to ask to want in on the maxi skirt action? Super happy to finally get to join in on the party!

If you’re wondering where I went with this outfit…

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The maxi skirt was so easy to change into/out of for kayaking, and was the perfect piece for post-kayaking lunch plans. This was also the first time that I took the Hobie polarized Jaco aviators out on the water. With this past weekend being one of the sunniest, hottest days in Seattle so far, I may have underestimated how many times I was supposed to reapply sunscreen and may or may not have reverse-raccoon eyes… yep! Talk about attractive tan lines! :P
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Romper remix

by thedemuremuse on July 13, 2014

Confession #1: When Erica first sent over her romper for the last Swap & Style, I was stressing out super hard about how to style it. It sounds silly to admit because our Style & Swaps are supposed to be fun and exciting, but I was a nervous wreck with this piece. To be honest, I struggled a lot with how to wear it because I was super self-conscious about the fit and length of the shorts in proportion to my legs.

Confession #2: Because of #1, I originally styled the romper differently with a knee-length skirt over the shorts. The proportions of the romper were fine, but I was too self-conscious about taking photos in a standalone romper, so I tried the romper 2 ways as options for the post.

Decided to dig these photos up out of the outfit backlog to share my silly story about being intimidated by a romper. I know, I know. It’s so ridiculous now that I’ve written down the thought process that went behind the whole romper ordeal, but this is what happened when I let my nerves get the best of me. It’s funny to look back on all of this now because the romper Erica sent is one of my favourite recent outfits!

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outfit details:
romper (work as a top): Forever 21 (swapped from Erica’s closet)
accordion skirt: c/o AngelEye London
tote bag: Moorea Seal
sandals: Franco Sarto (exact, via onlineShoes.com)
“meow” necklace: c/o Snake and Fawn

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Romper talk aside, I wanted to quickly talk about this “meow” necklace from Snake and Fawn. I’m a little (ok, a lot!) obsessed with cats and will usualy substitute the word “meow” into random everyday conversations. For example, I could be talking about a song that I just heard on a radio and attempt to sing it. If I don’t know the words, I replace the lyrics with “meow meow meow” and sing that along to the tune. Ridiculous? Yes, very. When I was offered a premade necklace from S+F, I immediately gravitated to the “meow” necklace!

I love the idea of the uniquely handwritten necklaces offered by Snake and Fawn. All of them are in the style of the inspiration, or you can request a custom necklace formed from your own handwriting! Pretty neat, eh? All of the necklaces can also be made with vintage deadstock chain (mine came on a beautiful, blackened gold chain) for that one-of-a-kind special look.

If you’re looking for a unique, everyday piece, I highly recommend checking S+F out! I’m currently debating getting a custom made necklace from my own chicken scratch handwriting.

Random: here’s a silly outtake from when the wind decided to pick up:

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HAPPY SUNDAY! ♥

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GIVEAWAY: The new braiding handbook

by thedemuremuse on July 7, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone! Starting this week (and month of July) with an awesome giveaway for a copy of Abby Smith’s The New Braiding Handbook! This book has seriously been a lifesaver for me this summer and I have been having a ton of fun playing with new hairstyles to prep for wedding season that kicks off next month. Want to join in on the hair fun? Here’s your chance to win a copy of the book for yourself! :)

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

– Winner will be chosen within 24 hours of giveaway close
- If I don’t hear back from the winner in 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn
- Giveaway is open to international readers. YAY!

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Tough cookie

by thedemuremuse on June 30, 2014

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Today’s off to an amazing start, thanks to a case of really really awful insomnia. The lack of sleep is kicking me in the butt today, which sucks because I hate being bed ridden on a work day, but kinda nice because between the naps I’ve been writing this post.

If you’re following along on Instagram, you would’ve seen a sneak peek of this outfit already. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve already worn this out, but it’s definitely in my top 3 outfits of the season. The jacket might be overkill as summer continues, but until the nights stop being so cold, I love it! I tend to plan my outfits around what I’ll be eating (priorities!) and a flowy top to cover a food baby never hurt anyone, right? ;)

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outfit details:
quilted faux-leather jacket: Forever 21
blouse with gold accents: H&M (similar)
shorts: H&M (similar)
velvet wedges: Report (similar via OnlineShoes)
glasses: SEE Eyewear
necklace: SheInside

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How cute are these gold accents on the drawstrings? I wouldn’t have normally gravitated to a top like this, but the attention to little details gets me. every. time.

Just for kicks, I tried to be super cool and pull off a look where all my fav bloggers wore jackets without putting their arms in the sleeves. I laughed so hard when this photo came up in the viewer… my face pretty much sums up my feelings about this photo trend. I felt as ridiculous taking this photo as it looks below…

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Bookshelf Must-Have: The New Braiding Handbook

by thedemuremuse on June 27, 2014

I don’t know if this needs to be said, but I’m not one for fancy hairdos. My current repertoire of hairstyles is only 4 styles big: natural waves (thank goodness for mousse!), top knot/messy bun, tucked in half-ponytail, and now a French-braided messy bun. I’ve always pinned beautiful hairstyles on Pinterest, but I get stumped quite easily whenever trying to follow hair tutorials if I can’t figure out a step from a certain angle. Doing hair has never been my forte (you can ask my mom about all the awful braids I tried to do growing up), so I was super excited when offered the chance to review The New Braiding Handbok by Abby Smith.

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The full-colour guide walks through, step-by-step (in much more detail than past hair tutorials I’ve tried to follow), how to do an array of 60 different hairstyles. My favourite part of this handbook is the fact that there are modern twists on classic looks. The first look that caught my eye was the French braid with a messy bun.

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No matter how hard I tried to do a French braid in middle school, I could never perfect the symmetrical, centered braid down the back. With the clever modern twist tugging on my asymmetry-loving heart strings, the side braid paired with the messy bun look was super easy to recreate with the instructions! Bonus points: the hairstyle is dressy enough to get through a full day of work, while still being playful enough to continue through Happy Hour.

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I’m pretty stoked to continue to try new styles from this book! With wedding season about to kick off, I’ve already started tabbing the styles I hope to recreate for each of the weddings I’ll be heading to this summer. As said, the styles range in such a broad spectrum for every occasion that I really don’t have excuse to not try all of them out before the end of this year!

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