Yoga pants at work

by thedemuremuse on August 11, 2014

Yep, today’s title says it all. I went there and wore yoga pants to work. One of my favourite companies, Betabrand, introduced a pair of dress pant yoga pants a few months ago and I knew I had to have them. As someone who doesn’t have time to stop at home between work and the gym (or the beach), yoga pants disguised as dress pants are the next biggest thing since sliced bread, in my mind. Not only am I comfy in these pants while looking put together at work, but not having to pack a change of clothes in my work bag was awesome!

It’s super chilly in the office (it feels almost like winter indoors with the AC cranked up on mega blast) which is why I always have a sweater on hand. It feels silly to walk around outside in the sweltering heat with it, but it wasn’t so bad on this particular night since we were on the beach while the sun was setting. Fair warning: this is the aftermath of 4 hours of sleep and a 10 hour work day.

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outfit details:
boyfriend cardigan: Todd Snyder (similar)
crepe silk tunic: Leanne Marshall
yoga dress pants: Betabrand (exact, or with pockets!!)
sandals: Franco Sarto (exact via OnlineShoes)
necklace: SheInside (similar)
leather bracelet: Ken Diamond (exact)
glasses: SEE Eyewear (Spring 2014 collection)

Does this ever happen to anyone else where you tie your hair too tightly to the point your scalp hurts? This happens to me all the time and I want to rip the hair tie off as soon as I’m out of the office. Apologies, but this is what real life looks like when my hair is a wild mess, straight out of being in a bun:

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Also, because I am never going to take my camera to yoga class but wanted proof of the true comfort of these pants:

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Cliff jumping into the blue

by thedemuremuse on August 6, 2014

Heights: one of the top three things I am terrified of. On the scale of 1 to 10 on the fear scale, I’d put my fear of heights at a 12. Growing up as a kid, I would freak out whenever walking within 5ft of the railings of the second (or third, or forth) floors of a mall because I was scared of flipping over the railing and breaking my neck. This was an extra weird thing to be afraid of as a 6 year old kid who could barely see over the railing… Ridiculous? Yes.

My fear of heights is still as irrational as an adult. Now that it’s physically possible to flip over the railings at the mall, my tolerance for walking (or even standing) close to one is waaaaay low.

Funny thing is, there have already been a handful of experiences where I forced myself to grow a pair, man up, and conquer my fears… even if it’s for a few seconds. A true test of this was crossing the Capilano Bridge back in 2012, but again on the trip to Eastern Washington when cliff jumping.

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Even though the cliff I jumped from was only just a smidge over 10ft, it took a lot of pep talk to jump off the edge. After throwing the tube off first (which hit the rocks and landed much further to the right than I had originally planned), I stood overlooking the rocks thinking, “shoot… so, do I really have to go get that?”

Super glad that the irrational fears went away just long enough to make a full leap off the edge for this photo:

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Not going to lie… now that this photo exists, I can die happy and never have to jump off another cliff.

P.S. How insanely beautiful is this water? The whole area was pretty much a dream in itself.

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Adventures in Eastern Washington

by thedemuremuse on August 4, 2014

It’s pretty rare that the opportunity to venture into Eastern Washington ever happens. The only other time a 3 hour drive east has happened was a couple years ago to go blueberry picking, but the drive out is always worth it. There’s nothing quite like the greenery, quiet neighbourhoods with lush lawns, and acres of farmland for as far as you can see out.

Deep Lake, Eastern Washington
outfit details:
cheetah top: c/o Aeropostale (exact, currently 50% off!)
striped ruffle bikini: Victoria’s Secret
ruffled shorts: Dear Creatures
peep toe flats: Franco Sarto via OnlineShoes.com (exact)

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Last weekend, a handful of friends – both new and even newer – hopped into a few cars and headed towards Deep Lake for an afternoon of lounging on the water. The lake was surrounded only by cliffs, trees, and nothing more. Crazy to think that such a place exist just a few hours outside of the regular city life that we’re used to seeing day-to-day.

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Here’s a dorky outtake where I was probably being awkward because “the squirrels are watching”:

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Hunting… for bargains

by thedemuremuse on July 30, 2014

I refuse to believe that summer is already halfway over. At least here in Seattle, our Summer starts in July and usually goes until the middle to end of September. The good part about this is the fact that Fall clothes come out earlier than needed, which means Summer sales start even before the season is realistically over, which means hitting the jackpot in the sales racks!

sleeveless black maxi dress
outfit details:
maxi dress: H&M
camo jacket: Lovemarks Co.
flats: Franco Sarto (exact, via onlineShoes.com)
necklace: made by yours truly
boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto

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Sometime last week, I randomly went into H&M and walked out with the perfect fitting maxi dress!! I know I complained about not being able to find out in this post, but I finally found one! Truth be told, I didn’t even have the patience to try this dress on in store because the lines for the fitting rooms were so long, and the dress was only $4 (can you believe it? ME EITHER!), so I figured worst-case-scenario the dress could be hemmed to make a cute midi-dress. I wasn’t exactly looking for one when I went shopping, but it’s true what they say, “you’ll find it [a good sale, long-enough maxi dress, love, best ice cream bars, etc] when you’re not looking for it.”

Now if only every other item on my lust list could be found in a sale section for under $5, I’d be set for the rest of the year! Guess I’ll just have to keep an eye out for more spontaneous sales rack finds!

P.S. a huge thank you to Kimmy of Twenty Something Style for helping with these photos!

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Procrastinating from real life

by thedemuremuse on July 28, 2014

The last two months have been full of broken boxes, packing tape, and many, “I just want to burn everything I own!!!” moments. Moving is at the top of my most dreaded things ever Ever EVER. There’s nothing motivating about packing, especially when you’re in a half-here-half-there phase. (My favourite moment was realizing that all my tupperware was in an apartment different from the one I needed it in, and I ended up rolling slices of bell peppers in plastic wrap, only to have the bff side-eye me the whole bus ride that I spent snacking on peppers.)

Now that the move is over, I have a whole other beast to deal with: Unpacking! If there’s anything less exciting than packing, it’s unpacking. Of course, I’ll be unpacking based off necessity, so it’ll all eventually get done. haha!

high-low dress
Paradise Heights Sinatra Necklace
outfit details:
sweetheart neckline dress: H&M
pleated blazer: c/o Sammy dress (exact)
peep toe wedges: Franco Sarto (similar via OnlineShoes)
Sinatra Necklace: c/o Havok Designs x Finely Crafted (exact)
simple silver dot earrings via Etsy (exact)

A week before the move, I took a handful of outfit photos that I’m slowly working my way through instead of doing what I’m supposed to be doing (aka unboxing the kitchen supplies). Procrastination at its finest! Looking back at these photos makes me want to dig out all the pieces! If only I could remember which box everything was packed into…

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P.S. How gorgeous is this necklace? My sweet friend, Kristen, recently launched a collab collection called Paradise Heights with Finely Crafted. Not only are the pieces themselves gorgeous (I first fell in love with her laser cut and engraved magnets on Etsy), but the styling is too cute! Lampshade turned necklace? GENIUS!
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