Currently: August 2014

by thedemuremuse on August 31, 2014

Can’t believe it’s already the last day of August! Where did the summer go? I’m spending the last few days of summer hanging out in California and soaking in the rain-free sunshine. It’s been nice to escape for the weekend doing nothing by eating good food, drinking lots of bubble tea, and playing hours and hours of video games with some of my favourite people on the west coast.

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Loving: All of the photography collaborations and outfit posts with Kimmy! You’ve probably seen her pop up on this blog and on Instagram a bunch of times in the last few months and that’s because we’ve been spending a bunch of time together talking clothes and blogs. It’s been really awesome to spend every couple weekends together to brainstorm on new projects. The first collab on the Meta Ink summer look book proved that we have really similar fashion and work styles, so we’re going to try to keep this up! Plus, this now gives us an excuse to hang out more often. ;)

Reading: I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi. Real talk: I’ve had this book since 2011 and didn’t really start digging into it recently. This is partially because I lent the book to Ines back in 2012 and didn’t pick it up again until my most recent trip back to Toronto, but I never got further than the first chapter until recently. I’ve always been pretty strict about my budget, but as I get older, I’m becoming more aware of planning for the future and eager to learn about these options. This book was actually a recommendation from one of my coworkers who is the same age as I am, but he’s so much more of a real adult in terms of these types of decisions. This is, by far, the easiest-to-understand book I’ve ever read about finances. It’s funny too!

Listening to: Woman’s Hour – Conversations. This is such a sharp turn from the hip hop kick from last month, but my musical tastes have always been all over the map. Spending more time working at coffee shops on weekends means less time spent dancing at home in a party for one, so you know, more mellow music makes sense! :)

Working on: Getting comfortable in the new place. It’s been over a month since I moved into a new place and half of my belongings are still packed up in boxes. Why? Well, not having any storage space or closets built into the unit is proving to be a much bigger problem than originally thought. Only about 1/5 of my wardrobe (which really isn’t all that big to begin with) fits into the closet that I built. I’m really not sure what to do with the rest of my clothes at this point. I’m still in that awkward phase of living out of suitcases until I can figure out a more permanent solution. I’m running into the same problem with my kitchen stuff, as well. Half of my dishes and tupperware don’t seem to fit in the cupboards (the shelves are at such strange heights), so I don’t know what to do with my stuff. Ahhh!! why does moving have to be so hard?

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Tatted up with MetaInk

by thedemuremuse on August 27, 2014

As the summer is starting to wind down, I’m starting to think about all the awesome things that have happened in the last couple months. It’s kind of crazy to look back at the last 8 weeks and all the amazing things that Seattle summers bring. For me, these months mean being outside and hanging out with friends more often because we’re not all being poured on by the rain like the other ~9 months of the year. This summer was especially exciting for me because I met a lot of new friends through volunteer programs and friends of friends who are just all-around awesome as is (Hi Kimmmy!).

One really fun thing this summer was meeting the beauty and brains behind Meta Ink and working with Kim to style and shoot a summer look book for them. Aside from this blog, it’s been a loooong time since I’ve purposefully gotten to take styled photos – especially with other people – and had SO MUCH FUN.

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Can we seriously talk about how gorgeous these ladies are? It really wasn’t hard to get a couple of us together with the promise of getting to play with metallic temporary tattoos, getting all prettied up to shoot during golden hour in the forests just outside of the city. This is quite possibly the best way to spend a Monday night after work, don’t you think?

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If you haven’t already, I would highly recommend checking out Meta Ink. They make temporary tattoos that bring me back to all my childhood memories of walking around my parents’ house with sleeves of skulls and roses, but more mature and age-appropriate ;)

This photo didn’t make the cut for their look book, but it’s one of my favs from the set. Why? Well, the banter that you can’t hear through the photo is the fact that Kim was telling me to take the bra off – because the back was too high- so that we could shoot the back of the dress (which I borrowed from her closet) and I was laughing because I was all shy and like, “Nooo, all the forest animals are going to see this?!?!” Yeah, we’re ridiculous. (& for the record… the bra stayed on)

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Life snippets: Toronto in a weekend

by thedemuremuse on August 19, 2014

The last few days were spent in Toronto, catching up with friends from university, celebrating one of our closest friends tying the knot, and stuffing my face with way too much good food. If you follow along on Instagram, you might recognize some of these photos already. Ines, aka Tiny Tourist, was a gracious host for part of my stay and made sure to take me to all the amazing restaurants and bubble tea shops that have popped up in the city since I moved to Seattle. (She’s the best, right?!?)

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1 // the sweetest “welcome home” note and my favourite chocolate :D
2 // did I mention that she also has amazing style?
3 // Chatime– the hottest new bubble tea chain to open up shop in Toronto. Grass jelly in roasted milk black tea is on point!
4 // DIY project #3 for the weekend: matching Hello Kitty keychains. Don’t judge!

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1 & 2 // Taiwanese-styled pulled pork baos from Lucky Red
3 & 4 // flower crown making (& the aftermath of being burned by a glue gun)
5 // obligatory cat photo while shopping for prints at Off The Wall
6 // Brunch at Smith: brisket hash and mascarpone with pistachio crepes

Back to real life in Seattle…

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Fancy work wear

by thedemuremuse on August 15, 2014

Hi from Toronto! Right now, I’m in a bit of a bubble tea coma, blogging in my jammies, and taking a bit of a vacation from real life. :) Here’s my last work outfit before jetting off for a weekend of wedding festivities! I thought I would follow up on the last outfit post featuring the Betabrand dress pant yoga pants since I got a few questions about how passable these are as real dress pants. I kid you not, they look legit business professional while being as comfortable as yoga pants can get. I may or may not have even worn these pants a second day in a row for the plane ride and slept in them on the flight.

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outfit details:
beaded shoulder top: Lipgloss & Black
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand (exact & 10% off with this link)
peep toe wedges: Franco Sarto (similar via OnlineShoes.com)
messenger brief: c/o Brenthaven (exact)
necklace: DIY by yours truly
glasses: SEE Eyewear

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As a tribute to being in Toronto, here’s one of my closet favourites from Toronto. I bought this top last year from my fav Canadian sister duo, Lipgloss & Black, and have been a bit shy about wearing it because the sequined shoulders make this much louder than my usual work wear. Let’s be clear: the sparkles and sequins are the whole reason I bought this in the first place, but that still doesn’t mean it’s 100% in my comfort zone.

Hoping to sneak this top in to a few more outfits before Fall rolls around. *fingers crossed* the rest of the Seattle summer weather plays nice!

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Do redheads really have more fun?

by thedemuremuse on August 13, 2014

I’ve always had a theory but needed to test it first hand. Kidding, kidding. I have zero theories about redheads. You may or may not have noticed in the last handful of posts that there were some beautiful red streaks mixed into the usual jet black locks, which I’m super excited to share the story behind in today’s post! It’s been a little over a month since I had my hair done, but given that this was the first time I’ve ever coloured my hair, I wanted to wait it out to see if my hair was going to react any differently on day 30 from day 1 after the hair treatment before writing about it.

Back in June, I stopped by the Robert Leonard Salon for a Beauty Bootcamp event (thanks for the head’s up, Jess!) where I learned how to curl my hair (yeah… I’m a wee bit behind in the hair styling department) and ended up chatting with the amazing stylist, Diny, about the downsides of having super thick, jet black hair. Since it took a bit of time to teach my lack-of-curling-abilities self how to use a curling iron, Diny and I ended up chatting about his specialties and that’s how colouring came up.

I’ve always wanted to dye my hair (I swear there’s a wishlist to Santa back in the day asking for blue highlights) but have been scared to do it because I know I have super dark and thick hair, which is extra tricky to work with. Turns out, Diny’s sister’s hair profile is exactly like mine and so he has a ton of experience with colouring hair like mine. We talked about options and techniques for a long time before I decided to take the plunge on making it real.

Here’s where we started:

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Keep reading to see the step-by-step colouring process

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