Spring cleaning

by thedemuremuse on April 7, 2014

Happy Spring!

I wore this outfit on the weekend while cleaning out my closet. It’s pretty embarrassing to admit how much I’ve accumulated since living in my current apartment. I never realized how much closet overflow was happening until I tried to hang every garment in my closet (I usually keep the most recently washed load of laundry folded in a basket in the corner of my room) and ran out of hangers before finishing with the pile of clothes. Yikes!

outfit details:
blouse: H&M
boyfriend jeans: Joe’s (similar)
necklace: DIY by me
ankle booties: Clarks (exact)
Fikay weekender bag: c/o Surfdome
glasses: c/o SEE Eyewear
watch: Anne Klein


These photos were taken after a trip to the local Goodwill. This weekender was perfect for toting a small load of clothes and shoes for donation.

There’s still a long ways to go with the cleaning, but I’m excited to see progress! Is anyone else on a spring cleaning kick this season?

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B is for beautiful

by thedemuremuse on March 27, 2014

It’s not often that I am overcome by the beauty of packaging and stop to do a photoshoot of a box before ripping it open to get to the goodies inside. To me, packaging is often something that gets overlooked, especially in this day and age of online shopping, but can make the biggest impact in terms of first impressions. I can’t tell you how excited I was to unbox this gorgeous piece from Zelma Rose. Zelma Rose specializes in bow ties, ties, and other accessories, handmade in Northern California.

Zelma Rose - unboxing
Zelma Rose - out of box
Zelma Rose - unpacked

I wasn’t planning on sharing these photos without a styled outfit post, but I couldn’t help it. The packaging is too gorgeous to not appreciate on its own! Everything from the personalized letter to the perfect weight of the inserts (I’m a bit of a paper nerd) to the presentation of the bow tie itself.

Can’t wait to learn how to tie a bow tie and style this piece! Until then, I’m going to keep gushing over the little details that made this package so special and fun to open!

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All things new and old

by thedemuremuse on March 24, 2014

A couple weekends ago, I was at Target doing my usual errands and ended up taking a detour through the clothing clearance racks (I swear the store is designed with the clothing purposefully a couple feet away from the cleaning supplies). Instead of buying disinfectant wipes like I was supposed to, I ended up buying one of the Peter Pilotto for Target skirts. I wasn’t super stoked when I first saw the collection, mainly because I’m slightly adverse to large patterns, but loved the quality of the material. When I saw the sale price I figured, “sure, why not?” This skirt matches so nicely with the rest of the monochrome section of my closet (aka 70% of it).

outfit details:
blouse: SheInside
skirt: Peter Pilotto x Target (exact)
necklace: c/o Tryst Jewellery (exact)
brogue flats: Nine West
knee socks: c/o VIM & VIGR (exact)
satchel: 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target

As much as I’m loving the warmer weather these days, it’s still not warm enough to go bare-legged. On the bright side, this means I get to wear knee-socks again! I received a pair from VIM & VIGR that I was really excited to style specifically in the month of March because it’s Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness month. DVT is when a blood clot forms in a deep vein and commonly occurs in the legs, thighs, or pelvis. These socks have a cool “gradient compression” built into the amount of stretch at specific points of the socks to encourage healthy blood flow.

Being someone who sits at a desk for almost a whole day straight at work, I usually find myself with a case of “stiff legs” by the end of the day. Putting the socks on for the first time felt like my calves were being put into sausage casings (they’re a little tight to start), but over the course of the day, they started to fit really comfortably. At the end of the day, my legs felt slightly less stiff than usual after taking the socks off. I think they’re going to take some getting used to, though. The socks were a smidge tighter than other knee socks in my closet, but I’m hoping with a couple more wears they’ll stretch out a tiny bit.

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Good mistake

by thedemuremuse on March 18, 2014

Sometimes there’s no denying an ultra feminine palette with an edgy twist, am I right? Whenever I’m having a tough day, an awesome outfit usually cheers me up. I know it sounds silly, but feeling good on the outside usually has a positive affect on how I’m feeling on the inside. This outfit is actually from over a month ago when I was going through some big changes. Thinking back to those times, I don’t even remember how I honestly could’ve felt the things I did back then because I’m so happy with where I am now!

outfit details:
blazer: c/o OASAP (old)
blouse: Old Navy
layering bralette: c/o Second Base (exact)
shorts: H&M
houndstooth tights: GAP
boots: Steve Madden
bow & knuckle rings: c/o Born Pretty (exact)
arrow ring: Oh, Hello Friend
boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto

nail polish colours:
Marc Jacob: Delphine (exact)
Julep: Vivien (exact; on sale for $4.99)

Can we talk about these cute rings real quick? I was lucky enough to find the wrap-around arrow ring late last year when Dani from oh, hello friend was in Seattle for Urban Craft Uprising. To this day, it’s one of my favourite rings. I paired it with this gorgeous set of rings from Born Pretty, which I was originally super excited to style. Sadly, majority of the 7 piece ring set was too small for my fingers, which was a huge bummer because I really liked the skull and mini heart rings! In retrospect, you’d think for the price of $1.99, 3 out of 7 ain’t bad! However, after wearing the bow and knuckle rings for almost two months, I must’ve accidentally exposed them to water because the gold plating started to tarnish and now the bow and band are different colours. Still really cute with the patina finish, but with my sensitive skin, I’m unable to wear them anymore.

P.S. If you’re interested in purchasing any Jewelry & Accessories from Born Pretty, use coupon code KAKT10 for 10% off.

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REVIEW: Snugg Surface wallet case

by thedemuremuse on March 13, 2014

As an avid tech lover, I’m always on the hunt for cute, practical cases. It’s been pretty sad to see that there aren’t a lot of options for the Surface compared to the huge selection for iPads. The Snugg is one of the only companies who I’ve seen cater specifically to the Surface and also offers a modest range of colours to pick from.

I recently got a chance to review the distressed brown leather case and couldn’t be happier!


I was a bit worried about having a touch cover with the tablet because I wasn’t sure it would fit in the main compartment of the case. I ended up detaching the cover and putting it in the back pocket, while the tablet itself sat snuggly within the main compartment.


My favourite part of the case, aside from the sleek design, is the dedicated space for business cards. My cards usually get crushed competing for space in my wallet, so it was nice to have a slot in this case. Since I usually take my tablet out on weekends when hanging out in a coffee shop, I’m excited to swap out the business cards for a credit card in lieu of having to lug around a full wallet. Everything I need fits perfectly into this case!


Disclosure: Thank you again to The Snugg for providing the opportunity to review this great case! The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.
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