Fall vibes

by thedemuremuse on September 14, 2015

This past week has been a bit of a whirlwind! Between brushing up on photography to shoot a wedding on Saturday, I was lucky enough to have some familiar faces visit from back home and played tour guide for a few days, showing off my favourite restaurants and other obligatory touristy things, like the Ride the Ducks tour. Luckily for the visitors, the Seattle weather played nice and we had clear and sunny skies the whole week through! Of course, Seattle decided to rain on the parade on Sunday and temperatures cooled way down, and I got super excited to break out these chukka boots!

chukka boots for women
sebago hutton chukka boots with jeans
outfit details:
moto jacket: Michael Kors (similar)
blouse: Old Navy (similar)
skinnies: AG Jeans (similar)
desert boots: c/o Sebago (exact)
scarf: c/o Moorea Seal (exact)

moorea seal arrow scarf

I’ve been trying really hard to keep up with my shopping ban that started back in July. I caved this month and allowed myself to buy accessories, as needed. It’s been fascinating to see the difference between my credit card bills since the self-inflicted shopping ban started. I didn’t think my spending habits were that bad, but I guess the “occasional” sweater, top, jacket, or pair of joggers once every few weeks really started to add up. My credit card bill dropped anywhere from $100-250 each month, which blows my mind. I didn’t realize how many unnecessary online purchases I was making monthly. Each purchase that was justified as “oh, this is a staple ______ that I’m missing in my closet” ended up costing me a lot more than I knew. The saddest part is that I can identify almost every piece that I purchased over the summer in my closet, and I’d say 50%+ of them have only been worn once.

I am so embarrassed for how reckless I was with spending on unnecessary clothing purchases last season and will be better about it moving forward. October is when I expect myself to be off of the shopping ban to start rebuilding my Winter wardrobe, but who knows? Hoping to miraculously figure out how to layer all of my existing wardrobe in such a way that I don’t have to buy anything, which would be awesome!

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GIVEAWAY: Moorea Seal 52 Lists Project Journal

by thedemuremuse on September 9, 2015

Everyone loves a mid-week giveaway, right? I’m extra excited about today’s because this one is near and dear to my heart. My sweet friend, Moorea Seal, launched her first book, The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration, this week! If you aren’t familiar with Moorea Seal, she used to have a project called the 52 Lists on her blog a couple years ago that encouraged positive thinking to help make your dreams a reality. Each week, many blog readers participating in her weekly lists would share their dreams and aspirations on a linkup in her blog. Now, there’s a hard copy version available!

moorea seal 52 lists project

Every chapter of the book is divided up by season. I’m starting midway through at Fall, and then working my way through it in seasonal order. For me, this journal has been an extremely personal and a journey through being introspective and getting to know myself better. 2015 has been all about pushing myself and pursing things that I’ve been dreaming about for years and never took action on. Having this journal is an incredible reminder of what my goals are and how to take small actions to make them a reality. I’m not going to lie– I’m super nervous to share what I’ve written down so I’ll be leaving that out for another future post.

Now you can enter to win a copy of your own! This contest is open to all residents of the US and Canada.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you’re not interested in trying you luck, you can always pick up your own copy online from Moorea Seal’s store here, or on Amazon here.

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Blushing in the rain

by thedemuremuse on September 7, 2015

It’s that time of year again! I’ve just about unpacked all of my Fall clothes and am starting to box up the Summer shorts and swimsuits. Highly doubt I’ll be able to use those again before the end of the year given then last few days of consecutive rainfall we’ve had. I pulled back out the pink trench coat that I bought earlier this year (wore it in the Spring time) and am trying to learn how to mix it in with my Fall palette before the temperature drops again. As much as I love this coat and thought I would wear it non-stop on repeat, that’s not at all what happened. I wore it a handful of times and then pretty much forgot about it. :\ I’m considering parting ways to make more space in the closet, but this season will most likely by my last hurrah with it.

blush pink trench coat
dvf lip print umbrella
lace print rain boots
outfit details:
pink trench: Dahlia via Emerging thoughts (similar)
lace print rain boots: c/o Plueys (exact)
skinny jeans: Joe’s Jeans (similar)
wood watch: c/o Jord (exact)
lip print umbrella: DVF (similar)

emerging thoughts dahlia pink trench coat

These lace print rain boots are something, aren’t they? I was lucky to receive a pair from Plueys (Ooh La Lace) before Seattle settled into its daily rain patterns and had a ton of fun styling these in my current wardrobe. The lace pattern was nice and girly without feeling too over-the-top. I also appreciated the fit of these rain boots. My previous pair were extremely wide in the toe area, which made it a bit hard to walk. In these Plueys, I feel like I could run and not trip over myself. The only thing I would change is the circumference of the calf area. While I appreciate the space to stuff my pant legs into, as someone who wears skinnies a lot, it is extra spacious back there, which usually means a few drops of rain usually gets in during my walking commute.

P.S. I’ve officially decided to try to grow out the patch of hair that got shaved over the summer. I think it’s hilarious that, when my hair is parted normally, you can’t see the little fuzzy spot! These photos really put into perspective how much hair I have on my head– still enough of a mop to properly cover up the undercut!

P.P.S. Take 15% off your whole order on Plueys.com with the code DEMUREMUSE. Coupon expires on 9/30/15.

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Petal City: Sunshine in a vase delivered to your door

by thedemuremuse on August 31, 2015

It’s been a while since highlighting the last independent business, but I am really excited to showcase this one today. This one is a bit more personal because of the attachment I have to the product, flowers, in particular. When I first moved to Seattle, I used to live close to the Pike Place Market. If you have ever been to the market, you’ll know about the handfuls of fresh flower stands that paint the inside market full of colour. I used to make it a point to take a stroll on Sunday mornings, before most of the rest of the city was awake, to pick up a bouquet for myself. I had never really been a flower person prior to moving to Seattle, but it was hard to say no to having gorgeous, full blooms on the kitchen table to greet me after work.

I’ve since moved away from the convenience of strolling down the street to Pike Place Market, so I was ecstatic to be recently introduced to Petal City, a new company that specializes in flower arrangements delivered to your door in Seattle. I had the pleasure of receiving an arrangement of flowers to review for the blog and I could not have been more excited for these!

petal city seattle
seattle flower delivery

The flower arrangement that I received was made custom, but most closely resembles The Alki. When I asked Emma, the owner of Petal City, about the inspiration behind this arrangement, she told me that each of the arrangements are inspired by different parts of Seattle. To no surprise, The Alki is inspired by the colours and playfulness of the Alki Beach area. The bright, cheery, sunflowers light up any room and were beautifully complimented by the warmer pinks and purples included in my vase.

One thing I also really appreciated was the handwritten note and care instructions that came along with the arrangement. As someone who is usually pretty terrible at caring for plants (remember that time I drowned all of my cacti? Yes. I kills cacti. WHO DOES THAT?? They’re supposed to be the easiest plants to keep alive…), I appreciated having instructions for watering as well as the temperature of water to refill the vase with, and storage location recommendations. I would’ve left these in direct sunlight if it weren’t for the care card that said to explicitly leave the bouquet in a cool spot out of direct sunlight.

petal city seattle the alki arrangement

The flowers stayed in bloom and fresh for just over a week, which was awesome because the last bouquet I bought from the grocery store, prior to having this one delivered, decided to get all droopy on me a few days after bringing them home (half of the flowers didn’t even bloom fully!!). I love that both the flowers and the vase were locally sourced.

If you’re in the market for some beautiful, locally sourced, hand-delivered flowers within an hour, I would highly recommend giving Petal City a whirl. They’re currently delivering to all the neighbourhoods within the main Seattle area and growing in delivery locations as the business grows.

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Fall wardrobe prep: Jackets

by thedemuremuse on August 24, 2015

It’s the last full week of August and I can’t help but think about dressing for the Fall. After doing a wardrobe clean out this season and donating over 5 bags of clothing, I decided to put myself on a clothing shopping ban for the next month. It’s pretty embarrassing to admit, but I found almost a bag’s worth full of clothing that I had purchased within the last 3 years where each piece still had tags on it or had only been worn once. Seeing this really put into perspective how wasteful I have been in the past. I used to buy a piece or two extra just to get free shipping when ordering online, and in hindsight I really shouldn’t have. Here we are a year (and then some) later and these items have been sitting in a corner collecting dust. :(

I’m trying to be better about my spending habits and making the most out of my wardrobe. I’ve put myself on a shopping ban for the last half of August and will reevaluate at the end of September. It sucks because I see all these amazing back to school sales happening right now, but at the same time, I want to make the remainder of my wardrobe that survived the closet purge work for the upcoming season.

With that said, I saved these 4 jackets (and a couple others which have also been worn on heavy repeat last year on the blog) and will be wearing these exclusively for the next season.

fall jackets 2015
1. Michael Kors dual zipper moto jacket (similar)
2. J.Crew quilted boyfriend jacket (exact, similar)
3. Calvin Klein asymmetrical zip coat (similar)
4. Michael Kors asymmetrical zip trench (similar)

All of these jackets were purchased either off-season or during an end-of-season sale in previous years. Although buying off-season means you might be off trend for upcoming seasons, the savings can be significant. For example, the quilted boyfriend jacket from J Crew was originally part of their Fall 2014 line, but I bought it at the end of the season (during a Black Friday sale) when it went on sale for over 60% off. I absolutely love the style and knew that a military-looking jacket is a hole in my closet that I needed to fill. Since I only got a chance to wear it a handful of times last Fall/Winter before it got too chilly, I’m excited to break it out of storage in the upcoming weeks!

After buying multiple faux-leather jackets from Forever 21 over the last few years that started to fall apart after a season or two’s worth of wear, I decided to splurge on a proper leather jacket. I ended up buying a similar MK moto jacket to the one above from Nordstrom Rack at the beginning of the summer. It’s awesome to find one-offs on the sale racks and I scooped this up immediately after seeing it from across the aisle. After last year’s purchase of the MK asymmetrical zip trench, I love the fit (and quality) of MK coats and will continue to look for them whenever they’re on sale.

I can only wish that pairing down the rest of my closet will be as easy as it was for the coats. Finding Fall wardrobe essentials while on a budget is totally doable, and I’ve found the easiest way to do it is to shop off-season.

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