Lost in the woods of Pittock Mansion

by thedemuremuse on March 10, 2015

Continuing with the Portland road trip recap, day two was filled with random adventures along the drive back to Seattle. We stopped off at the Pittock Mansion, known as the historic renaissance castle in Oregon. Just behind the mansion is a picture-perfect view of the city, complete with a glimpse of Mt. Hood on a clear afternoon. We decided to take a detour for the highly rated hike in the forest on the property. Little did we know what was in store…

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outfit details:
The Nor’Easter jacket: c/o Betabrand (exact)
nautical rope sweater: Banana Republic
jeans: AG Jeans
Dv8 Laurel Booties: c/o Aeropostale (exact, on sale for $45)
twig necklace: local Portland artist

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Let’s just say that I wasn’t prepared for the kind of hike this forest had in mind on this particularly rainy day. Although there is a path, where you’ll find a lot of daily runners whizzing through, to walk on, the rain-coated dirt did not provide much traction for walking on. It was by chance that I packed this Nor’Easter rain jacket for the trip, which was perfect for the light rain we dealt with while attempting to do a simple hike. A few feet in, we turned around and decided to explore parts of the surrounding areas of the mansion instead.

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Even with all the rain clouds, Mt. Hood decided to grace our presence before jumping back into the car for the final stretch of the drive back. What a view!
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Work to play uniform

by thedemuremuse on March 9, 2015

Hope you’re having a fab Monday! I’m kinda wishing I was back in Portland right about now…

About a month ago, a friend and I took a quick trip to Portland to get away from our usual errand-running-filled weekends in Seattle. It was one of the most spontaneous trips I’ve done in a while, given my incessant need to constantly plan my weekends at least a week in advance. I rented a car out for a few days, called up one of my girl friends, and asked her to come along to get donuts from Voo Doo. hahaha! Yes, it’s true… I’m completely motivated by food.

We packed up the car and hit the road bright and early. I found my comfiest clothes (which also happen to be one of the top repeating offenders in my day-to-day work outfits) and got settled in the driver’s seat for a lovely 3 hour drive in ridiculous downpour.

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outfit details:
Stargazer wool wrap sweater: c/o Betabrand (exact)
Dress Pant Yoga Pants in grey: c/o Betabrand (exact)
quilted faux leather jacket: Forever 21
“Friends” beanie: Rodarte for Target (old)
combat boots: Steve Madden (similar)

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Road trip outfits are all about comfy pants (which still look amazing at the end of a 3 hour sitting session) and layers that can easily be removed as we overheated from the ridiculous amounts of “careoke” (car + karaoke) and dancing happening along the drive. It’s kind of crazy to see how much Betabrand I wear in my day-to-day life. Ever since buying my first pair of Dress Pant Yoga Pants last summer and falling in love with them, I started accumulating them and wearing a pair almost daily to the office because of how well they translated between work and play. The grey pair above are actually really neat because the fabric has an illusion of being textured like real dress pants, compared to the other solid colours (black and blue) that I own.

This wool sweater is also something else. Since taking it on this road trip (aka the first time I’ve ever styled it), I’ve taken in on bike rides, worn it to work with almost every top possible in my closet, and always get complimented on the fit with the effortless draping. My favourite part, hands down, has to be the thumb holes. As a lady with longer arms than the average gal, these sleeves fit perfectly and help to keep my hands from freezing on less-than-sunny days.

What are your favourite road trip outfits?

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Notes on hair curling wands and totes

by thedemuremuse on March 4, 2015

Over the Christmas break, my bff Ines (aka Tiny Tourist) introduced me to the world of curling wands and convinced me to buy one. She spent 10 minutes tops curling my (super thick) hair and showed me how versatile nicely tamed waves can be. As someone with naturally wavy hair (and admittedly trying to be insanely budget conscious this year), I was like, “Do I really need to pay for a tool that makes my hair look almost exactly like what it looks like on a good day of air drying?” I ended up buying this Conair YOU CURL wand, which is the exact one that Ines taught me with. At 1/5 of the price of my straightening iron, it’s not a bad tool to have on those mornings where the bed-head-cow-lick can’t be hidden with a messy bun!

The photos below are my first attempt from curling my own hair. The back was a bit sloppy because I ran out of patience and time to get it right, but overall it was really easy to do!

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outfit details:
leather trimmed blouse: Ann Taylor
houndstooth jacket: Sanctuary via Le Tote
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand (exact)
custom booties: Shoes of Prey
cateye glasses: Rivet & Sway

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I’ve spent the last month or so rewearing a lot of the same pieces over and over (hello, dress pant yoga pants and these booties!), trying to figure out how to build out the rest of my wardrobe after selling/donating a bunch of it earlier in the year. I experimented with Le Tote a bunch, trying pieces and silhouettes that I had seen a lot on other blogs/Pinterest, trying to figure out if it made sense to commit to any of them as part of the working layers or basics.

A longer convertible sweater to jacket is something that’s been on my list for a while. This Sanctuary one is beautiful and I absolutely loved the idea of it, but couldn’t quite figure out many more ways to wear it differently than this outfit. That’s pretty much how I felt about every other new style that I tried in my last tote. Alas, I held off from making any clothing purchases in the last month and decided to put my Le Tote subscription on hold since I’m done experimenting with the silhouettes this season. It was nice to have the option to try lots of styles for $50 a month without further commitment to buy anything, and with Spring just around the corner, I’m going to try to come up with a better game plan for filling the remaining gaps in the wardrobe.

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Big hair, don’t care

by thedemuremuse on March 2, 2015

This past weekend, the girls and I spent some time in Eastern Washington, exploring the wine countries of Walla Walla. It was a bit of a last minute trip and a much needed getaway from the city. There’s not much that comes close in comparison to being away from the usual hustle and bustle of the city views and getting a taste of that fresh, country air.

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outfit details:
button down blouse: H&M
wool jacket: ASOS (similar)
Work-It pants: Betabrand (exact, $25 off with this link)
alpaca scarf: gift from friend
buckled booties: Sam & Libby (similar)
ampersand & stacking rings: c/o Fresh Tangerine (exact)

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This week is a busy one and I’m pretty nervous to jump into it, to be honest. In true Katrina fashion, I’m retreating to my usual uniform of black and whites with an accent of navy blue. Not having to think (too hard) about outfits is one less thing to fret over during the next few days. Sadly, I wish my hair would cooperate more easily. It definitely has a personality of its own and refuses to be tamed on certain days.

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Swap & Style: Neon stripes

by thedemuremuse on February 28, 2015

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outfit details:
pink striped top: c/o Aeropostale
organza full skirt: Forever 21
mesh-topped booties: Jessica Simpson
boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto

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Going to keep this one short and sweet today because, well, it’s the weekend! Erica and I honestly share a fashion brain. We both sent each other pink items in this round of Swap & Style, which made me laugh because the reason I sent her this top is because I had no idea how to style the colour in my wardrobe. I’m all for stripes, but neon pink stripes are a whole different beast!

I love that we both paired it with a skirt, despite the casual, ribbed henley style.

Don’t forget to stop by Erica’s blog, Sweets and Hearts, to see her full outfit details!

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