WISH LIST: Booties, booties, and more booties!

by thedemuremuse on September 10, 2014

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1 // Yosi Samra “Delancy” single buckle bootie $220
2 // Hinge “Dresden” caged booties $78 (on sale!)
3 // Naturalizer “Braeburn” bootie $99
4 // Seychelles “Haywire” over-the-ankle booties $150

Booties is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Fall. I’m going to have to trade out my beloved Franco Sarto Venezia flats for a pair of more practical shoes with the impending layering weather. I used to think that cutouts on booties were silly because the point of having fully closed shoes meant warmth in cooler temperatures, but here I am, lusting over every pair of cutouts!

I actually bought the Hinge booties (#2) over the weekend after trying them on in person at Nordstrom. They’re so comfortable and one of the easiest pairs of caged booties to transition between seasons. With the rainy Fall on the way, I usually try to avoid any material other than leather (or rubber, for rain boots), but the Yosi Samra pair is making my heart flutter so hard. Alas, it’s also out of my budget, so I’ll only get to dance in them in my dreams. ;)

What are your thoughts on the whole cutout trend? Are you into or over it?

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Hiding out

by thedemuremuse on September 8, 2014

As of late, all I want to do is curl up in bed and nap. The last handful of months have been nothing but go, go, go, and my body is definitely feeling it. Yesterday was spent doing nothing but catching up on errands, followed by a long nap, and I cannot even begin to tell you how great that felt! I only have 3 boxes of stuff left to unpack (moving really, really, really sucks. Promise to remind me of this the next time I mention wanting to move?), and I picked up a bunch of woven baskets for under-the-bed storage to help with the closet-less situation, and to reorganize the slew of products on my bathroom counter top. If this level of accomplishment in everyday life is what adulthood feels like then sign me up!

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outfit details:
slouchy blouse: H&M
destroyed boyfriend jeans: Joe’s Jeans (similar)
coral-toe wedges: Clarks (c/o OnlineShoes, exact)
layered wooden necklace: DIY by me!
boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto (exact, on sale for $80!)

With my closet situation still being sorted out, I’ve been living off of half of my wardrobe. You’re probably noticing a lot of pieces on high rotation (these boyfriend jeans are definitely near the top of the list), which I thought I would’ve been bored with by now, but I’m surprisingly unmoved by it. To be honest, this whole lack of storage for clothes is making mew realize how much material excess exists in the current state. Funny how it takes losing 4/5 of previous closet space to come to this realization!

On top of everything else I managed to cross of the (never ending) To Do list, I made a big donation of shoes and clothes to Goodwill on Sunday night. As I sifted through the last box of shoes (sounds like there were so many of these boxes, but really, there were surprisingly only 2!) I felt silly for even packing 1/4 of the shoes. Some of these shoes were pairs that I packed when I first moved from Toronto to Seattle back in 2011 and super impractical for walking around in the hilly neighbourhoods– To the donation pile with those!

Gosh, it feels so good to feel on top of “real life” things again.

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Creative on work days

by thedemuremuse on September 4, 2014

Work is always an interesting topic when it comes to wardrobe. I know I’m lucky when it comes to fashion and office rules since my workplace is pretty laid back and casual. Without having a strict dress code, I find myself sometimes getting too lenient and showing up in graphic tees and jeans more often than I probably should. It doesn’t help that with the recent move, majority of my clothes are still stored in suitcases and only the t-shirts have found a permanent spot outside of those rolling bags.

This season, I’m hoping to fill out my closet with some versatile layering pieces that are fun for the office and still casual enough for weekends.

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tank top: H&M
blazer with accordion detail: c/p Jaleh (exact)
boyfriend jeans: GAP (similar)
peep toe wedges: Franco Sarto
Face a Face glasses: c/o Vizio Optic
necklace: DIY by yours truly

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I’ve been living in boyfriend jeans lately (again, partly because I can’t remember which boxes the rest of my pants were packed in during the move) and wanted to dress up my usual outfit a bit more than with the usual cardigan. The accordion detailing on the back of the Vera blazer from Jaleh is perfect for just that. The fit of the blazer has a slightly oversized fit with ruched sleeves (thank goodness because I usually have to roll up blazer sleeves from being an awkward length on my dinosaur-long arms) and a hook-eye closure on the front which keeps it looking relaxed, even when closed.

If you can’t tell, I’m stoked to finally be able to bust out all the layering pieces! Summer was fun and all, but I’m ready to retire the shorts now.

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WISH LIST: Back to school 2014 – Backpacks

by thedemuremuse on September 2, 2014

Today kicks off the new school season and I am super bummed out because I don’t have a real reason to buy school supplies or a new backpack. The best part of being a student was stocking up on school supplies. Yes, I was that person in the class with a pencil case full of Hello Kitty gel pens and the largest assortment of highlighter colours. I was always a bit of an organizational nerd for notes and how to colour code all of the underlines and highlights. It made studying so much easier!

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1 // Dooney & Bourke nylon flap backpack $139
2 // Herschel Supply Co. city backpack $50
3 // Everlane snap backpack $65
4 // Fjallraven foldsack No. 1 $110

Even though I’m not in school anymore, I’m still drooling over all the cute backpacks this season. I just recently bought a new backpack for traveling (it’s a backpack and duffle hybrid) and couldn’t help but do some window shopping for regular everyday backpacks too.

With Fall on its way, I’m looking into practical bags that’ll work well with my bike so that I can easily tote things around the city. I tried biking with a cross-body bag recently and that went really poorly. Hopefully one of these bags will make it into the repertoire at some point… for now, I’ll just lust over them with heart eyes.

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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.

Golden Gardens Park Seattle

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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