Young professional

by thedemuremuse on February 20, 2015

Happy Friday, y’all! This is the first weekend of no solid plans, which means I get to look forward to doing fun things like cleaning the apartment and doing laundry. No joke, laundry is my favourite chore of all time and I get excited to fold all the things! Folding clothes fresh out of the dryer is super therapeutic for me… plus this is when I catch up on all the episodes of The Bachelor. Don’t judge!

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outfit details:
quilted faux-leather jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
oversized tunic: Iris Basic via Crossroads Trading
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand (exact, $25 off with this link)
custom pumps: Shoes of Prey (via Kim’s closet)
dipped messenger bag: Jack Spade (similar)
alpaca scarf: gift from friend

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The outfit in today’s post is actually something I’ve been wearing to the office quite a bit, with the exception of the shoes. This is a variation of the black & blue outfit posted back in January, but elevated with a pair of customized pumps that Kim designed through Shoes of Prey. It’s funny when I look at these shoes because they are pretty much the pumps version of the booties that I customized (and wear all the time). Great minds think alike?

Outfit talk aside, I’m excited to spend this weekend unwinding because next week is going to be a busy one. Next Friday, February 27, is the Young Professionals of Seattle’s 4th anniversary! Is anyone else planning on going? This will be my first YPOS event, but I’ve heard great things about past ones. As a transplant to Seattle, I’ve always found it challenging to meet new people outside of my immediate group of friends (which, let’s be honest, are mainly awesome people that I’ve met at work), so I’m excited to give this a go. Let me know if you’re going– let’s meet up!!

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Modern day Twiggy

by thedemuremuse on February 19, 2015

A couple weekends ago, a friend and I packed up the car and took a drive down to Portland. It was actually a last-minute trip where we only prepped a very loose agenda and planned to pick up pit stops along the way. If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s the fact that I’m an incessant planner. It usually drives my friends insane trying to make same-day plans because I usually plan my evenings at least a week in advance. It may sound inflexible, but it helps to keep structure in my life (and gives me things to look forward to)! Long story short, this trip was completely outside of my usual comfort zone, but a bit of spontaneity is exactly what I was looking for, as I was going (and am still going through) some big life changes.

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outfit details:
skater dress: c/o Boohoo (exact)
blush blazer: c/o Boohoo (exact)
custom booties: Shoes of Prey
printed lips umbrella: c/o DVF

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While meandering around the downtown core of Portland, we came across this cute intersection that reminded me exactly of one my favourite style icon’s photos. In conjunction with Boohoo, I’m doing a special #tbt on Instagram today to channel one of my favourite style icons of the past, Twiggy. I’ve always admired Twiggy’s ability to look extremely feminine in her signature tent or shift dresses while donning the short bob. I wanted to channel my inner Twiggy with an updated version of her signature look by incorporating this skater dress in a monochromatic print with some of my everyday go-to pieces.

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Eventually, our mini-post-breakfast-photoshoot got rained out, so we headed back to the car and drove to get tea. On the way, I couldn’t help but give the crummy Portland rain a bit of attitude. I wasn’t planning on sharing this pic below, but if you’ve ever wondered what stank-face-attitude-come-at-me-bro-Katrina looks like, here ya go! Popped collar and all. ;)

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Reason to laugh

by thedemuremuse on February 16, 2015

Hope you all had a fantastic Valentine’s Day weekend!! I had a blast celebrating with the ladies, decorating way too many cupcakes and putting up a handful of heart decorations and red fringe banners all over a friend’s place. Who said anything about needing a significant other to enjoy this holiday? ;)

Instead of going ultra girly for the day before Valentine’s Day (at work), I ended up wearing the outfit below. I know, I know. It’s quite a far cry from the handful of pink and red I was originally planning on wearing. I was having one of those days where I couldn’t bring myself to get dolled up. I was running late for work after staying up super late baking triple chocolate brownies for my team and writing Valentine’s Day cards that I didn’t have enough time to put together a frillier outfit.

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outfit details:
grey sweater: H&M
plaid button down: c/o Aeropostale (similar)
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand
Freebird boots: c/o Zappos
conversation heart pins: Emerging Thoughts (exact)
trifold sidekick clutch: BEVEE (borrowed, exact)

These Danny Brito conversation heart pins and the BEVEE clutch were as girly as this outfit was going to get! Everyone seemed to get a nice kick out of the cynical nature of these pins. From far away, someone would say, “Aww, what cute pins!” and as they came closer and read them, they’d laugh about how unexpected the attitude of the messages are. I’m a fan! Can’t wait to try to figure out how to accessorize non-Valentine’s Day week outfits with these babies!

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So I mentioned the BEVEE trifold sidekick earlier last week in the Valentine’s Day gift guide and am super stoked for the next few weeks because I got to borrow one to style! For the rest of the month, I’ll be showing you different ways to style this bag. It’s such an amazing piece because of the versatility. On this particular day, I detatched the cross-body strap and toted it around as a clutch for some last minute weekend errands. Perfect way to make this somewhat tomboy outfit girlier, am I right?

Hope you’re all having a fab Monday!

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Swap & Style: Modern day ballerina

by thedemuremuse on February 13, 2015

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outfit details:
tulle sweater: Forever 21 via Erica’s closet
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand
Freebird buckle boots: c/o Zappos (exact)
Betsey Johnson bow purse: c/o Zappos (similar)
Herringbone puffer vest: J.Crew Factory (similar)
necklace: DIY by yours truly

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Erica’s always got the cutest items in her closet. After the last round of Swap & Style with the tulle dress from the kids section of H&M, she wanted to continue the tulle trend and sent along a sweater dress with what I’ve been calling, “adult, modern ballerina” accents. How cute is Erica‘s styling? I wish I could pull it off as a dress but it’s a wee bit too short on me.

This is seriously the cutest piece ever and although it’s not exactly something I would wear regularly, it’s perfect for this weekend’s Galentine’s Day plans! Don’t forget to stop by Erica’s blog, Sweets and Hearts, to see the full details of her outfit!

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Valentine’s Day nails 2 ways

by thedemuremuse on February 11, 2015

After playing around with some nail polish colour combos, I finally picked one that I felt wasn’t too in your face for Valentine’s Day and could easily be worn any other time of year. Here are two simple looks for this weekend’s celebrations (or this week, if you’re like me and having a hard time containing all the pink and red in your life haha).

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Both of these looks are based off the same main glitter tip gradient for majority of the nails. Start with a solid base (I used three coats of the nude polish) before starting the glitter gradient. Apply a thin layer of glitter polish starting from the tip of the finger to the middle of the nail. From there, generously dab glitter on the tip of the nail. Let fully dry before finishing off with top coat.

For the first look, I did four coats of the glitter on the accent nail, letting each coat dry before applying the next.

For the second look, I used gold nail tape instead of glitter polish to do a more subtle accent nail.

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The colours used in these looks were:
Butter London: Rosie Lee
Zoya: Rue

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