WISH LIST: Stocking stuffers

by thedemuremuse on December 8, 2014

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about gift giving! I’m bucketing this one under the “wish list” category since I would not be opposed to buying sets of things and doing a “one for me, one for you!” kind of deal. Does anyone else do this? *hides in a corner* Sometimes you just want to get a little matchy-matchy with friends and family, y’know?

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1 // Moorea Seal golden fern iPhone case $40
2 // L’Occitane Beautiful Hands Trio $28
3 // Julep The Wish List nail polish set $30
4 // Betabrand 3-pack unicorn socks $36

1. Having just switched to an iPhone a few months ago, I’ve been introduced to the world of cute cases. Some of my friends admitted to having multiple cases for their phones to better accessorize with outfits. I haven’t quite reached the point of wanting to have more than one case just yet, but would love to add to a friend’s collection! This golden fern one from Moorea Seal‘s shop is such a beaut, don’t you think?

2. Dry hands: one thing I never seem to get enough of in the winter time. Battling the mixture of moist air and cold means having to keep lotion at my desk at work at all times to avoid cracking hands. I recently got to try out a gift set of hand creams from L’Occitane, which not only helped to keep my hands from bleeding, but also smelled ah-mazing! I have pretty sensitive skin, especially when it comes to scented creams and perfumes, but I didn’t have an allergic reaction to these creams. In fact, I ended up getting asked by a few friends who were standing around when I put on hand cream to share since they loved the subtle scent of the lotions too!

3. Love the set of these holiday colours! This palette would be perfect for dressing up or down for this holiday season. The mix of neutrals with the sparkles would be perfect for mixing and matching for different layered looks too!

4. Because UNICORNS!! As a sucker for houndstooth print, I cannot get enough of these socks. Betabrand is always tugging at my heart strings with their genius prints applied to different accessories. These socks are no exception. Imagine having unicorns peek out from the bottoms of your jean cuffs during a meeting– I would definitely be jealous of anyone with these!

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THE herringbone vest

by thedemuremuse on December 5, 2014

Remember this vest from J.Crew that everyone was going gaga over last year? It finally went on sale towards the beginning of the Fall and I decided to pull the trigger on it (big thanks to Fran and Bri for the peer pressure to act on the sale ;) haha). It has been styled so many ways on Pinterest that I thought, “This piece is totally going to be on high rotation once it gets chillier out!”

WRONG!

I had such a tough time trying to match it with anything in my closet. Not having any plaid flannel buttondowns or chambray shirts proved to be one of the biggest challenges for this styling. What was supposed to be an easy-to-wear piece ended up sitting in my closet for majority of November while I tried to figure out cute ways to wear it. For a weekend of sitting in a coffee shop and working, I ended up with this:

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outfit details:
herringbone vest: J.Crew Factory (exact)
cocoon sweater: c/o Aeropostale
woven scarf: Ann Taylor
jeans: AG Jeans
combat boots: Madden Girl
messenger bag: Jack Spade (exact)

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Can we talk about how cute Fran’s styling of this vest is?


Gah! This vest is supposed to be super cute and versatile, yet I feel like I’m struggling a lot more than I should be to get it together! Any ideas on what to do without mixing the herringbone with plaid?


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Holiday outfit: work to play

by thedemuremuse on December 3, 2014

In partnership with Zappos I styled my new Paige jeans and Freebird boots for a fun-to-wear holiday outfit that transitions easily from work to play.

It’s slowly becoming that time of year when everyone starts to send out their holiday party invites! I can’t tell you how excited I get about seeing friends during the holidays because it gives us an excuse to dress up – even just the slightest – and belt out our favourite holiday carols together that we used to hate singing during elementary school choir class (or was that just me who couldn’t get into the holiday spirit as a kid?).

One thing that I struggled with in the past was coming up with holiday outfits that were appropriate enough for both work and post-work parties. Most of the holiday parties are starting to fall on weeknights, which means I don’t have spare time to change between work and heading to friends’ places. I’ll usually bring accessories with my in my purse that are a little too fancy to pull out in the office, and style them with somewhat casual palettes.

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The Freebird boots and Paige jeans, which have been on high rotation in my wardrobe since last month, were a perfect base to build this holiday outfit on. To be honest, I am really surprised with how well these Bolo boots have held up. I’ve worn them almost every other day since the start of November in rain or shine, taking them on long ~2 mile walks. Not surprisingly, the boots are handcrafted from start to finish, using a traditional Goodyear construction, in which stacks of leather are hammered together and carefully stitched to create a virtually indestructible sole. This technique has been used to create the highest quality boots for centuries, which makes my harsh footsteps seem like no big deal!

Similar to the boots, I’ve been wearing the heck out of these jeans. They’re just so comfortable and make me want to live in them! It’s not surprising how faithful Paige denim remains devoted to the details in their designs. They only partner with the best wash-houses in the country, which happen to be in their hometown of Los Angeles. Every style they create is wear-tested, and tested again, which has proved itself again and again as I wear these jeans multiple times a week.

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outfit details:
Paige Verdugo ankle jeans: c/o Zappos (exact)
Betsey Johnson bow purse: c/o Zappos (exact)
Freebird Bolo boots: c/o Zappos (exact)

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Aside from dressing for the holiday parties, gift shopping is high up on my list of things to worry about these days. I’ve been creating my shopping list on Zappos since they offer fast and free shipping on all of their items (not just shoes!) and really great gift ideas in their holiday gift guide.

What are you wearing to your holiday parties this year?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Eat your… hands off?

by thedemuremuse on November 29, 2014

Hope all my American friends are having a great Thanksgiving weekend! I may or may not have stuffed myself silly with turkey over the last two days and I cannot wait to start digging into the leftovers over the course of the next coupled days. I have no willpower when it comes to mashed potatoes. Especially first thing in the morning… straight out of the fridge. Don’t judge!

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outfit details:
sweatshirt tunic: H&M (on sale for $10, exact)
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand (exact)
Freebird Bolo booties: c/o Zappos (exact)
Hamburger fingerless mitts: Twinkie Chan (exact)

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With all the Black Friday sales wrapped up last night, I’m excited to start shopping on Small Business Saturday. Every year, I try my best to incorporate either self handmade or items from independently owned shops into 50% of birthday and holiday gifts. It feels really great to know that supporting small businesses helps individuals (or small teams) grow to meet their goals. There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that you helped to make a difference, no matter how big or small, to help someone else achieve their goals!

Here are my picks for small businesses to support today (and throughout the weekend):

31 Bits – 15% off sitewide until 11/30 with code BITSWEEKEND
Emerging Thoughts – 25% off storewide with code GOBBLEGOBBLE
Havok Designs – 25% off storewide until 12/4 with code BFCM25
Jaleh clothing – 30% off sitewide until 12/1/14
Moorea Seal – up to 70% off on items and free shipping on orders $50+

Happy shopping!!

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WISH LIST: Shopbop sale picks

by thedemuremuse on November 25, 2014

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1 // Nixon Kensington watch $125
2 // Rebecca Minkoff Zoey tech wallet $108
3 // Michael Kors Maritime Link triple wrap bracelet $125
4 // Rebecca Minkoff Jules satchel $375

Every year, I add a bunch of stuff to my wish list hoping to cross them off sooner than later. Majority of the list are covered by purses and watches, but there are only so many of those one can own, right? Unless there’s an awesome sale, it’s hard for me to justify buying another watch/purse/necklace/etc.

This week from Nov 25 – Dec 1, Shopbop is having their biggest sale of the year with these discounts:

Spend $250= 15% off
Spend $500= 20% off
Spend $1000 = 25% off
(coupon codes are here)

I’ve been eyeing that Nixon watch forever but really couldn’t justify spending $125 on another watch when I have two other ones that work perfectly fine as is. I’m definitely going to be reconsidering buying it now that the sale is on!

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