ANDREA CLARE

A fashion and lifestyle blog created by a Canadian living in the United Kingdom

1.17.2017

6 OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT OUR RENTAL APARTMENT

grey ikea pinterest living rom

COZY CORNER LIVING SPACE

I still (4 months later) get gitty when I walk in the door to our new apartment. I can't believe how lucky we were to find this place just a few days after we moved back from London. It was one of those things that really felt meant to be. Everything fell into place. I've taken a good long time decorating it (and am still passively working on it) but I've finally got it %95 of the way there. We recently hung a few photos on the wall behind the couch and it has made all the difference to the feel of the room. Not only does it bring a smile to face to see a few of our engagement photos on the wall, but it also makes the room feel much more cozy and bigger!

Aside from the living area, there are a few other bits and pieces in our place that make my heart happy.

heritage building in vancouver with marble floors and persian carpet

MARBLE BATHROOM FLOOR

I'm pretty sure I gasped out loud when we viewed the apartment and I laid eyes on this marble floor in the bathroom. It feels like we have a sliver of our London flat here in Vancouver. The persian carpet also adds a cool, casual look that I love. It was a craiglist find that cost me a whopping $30.

heritage building and french doors

FRENCH DOORS

Nothing says charming more loudly that an apartment full of french doors. The building we live in has done an amazing job maintaining the integrity of the building.  When something breaks, they do their best to replace it with something very similar, even if it doesn't work as well as a new fancy one, which I absolutely love. For example, almost none of the doors in the place actually latch and shut. After years and years of repainting, things just don't line up anymore.

how to style a bookshelf

DECORATIVE BOOKSHELF

When we first moved in, we had nothing. Literally all we kept from our last Vancouver apartment (we didn't ship any furniture from London), was an old bench and a few carpets. And since this new place is about double the size of anything we've ever lived in, I wasn't really sure how the heck we were gonna fill the space. But I did know I wanted something simple and inexpensive. These shelves from Ikea were the perfect solution. I filled it with nicknacks from HomeSense I picked up over the past few months and I really love the end result. Everything I picked is in a muted tone, gold or wooden. I wanted to keep the colours pretty streamlined to ensure it wasn't going to look too messy.

letter from 1949

CHARM

I don't know why I love this so much, but I do. The pervious tenants actually found this very old envelope stuffed in the back of a closet in the apartment. It's dated Decemeber 8th, 1949, at 11pm, to a single women that lived in the apartment, all those years ago.

how to style a bar cart

BAR CART

I'll have to credit our wedding planners for this one (Smitten Events). We visited their office for a meeting and I fell in love with this brush gold bar cart from Walmart! Yes, Walmart! It's the perfect mid century modern piece and fits perfectly in a corner of our dinning room. It's not totally styled the way I want it, but it works for now. I love the idea of a bar cart in any space really. An office, a dinning room, the living room! It adds a cool, inviting vibe.

how to decorate a bar cart
wet cat picture

I hope you love our new place as much as we do! It's still a work in progress, but that's the fun in it! I think once it's "done" I would start redecorating all over again, haha!

Have a good week!


Xo, Andrea 

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1.12.2017

WINTER HAUL + TRENDS


I'm back with another Youtube video! I have really been enjoying making and editing these style based videos lately, so I hope you're liking them as well!

This one is a cumulative haul. I searched my closet for all the things that I have bought lately and also highlighted a few trends for the season. My favourite find was probably the Gucci Princetown dupes I found on Shein.com. They have them in all sorts of styles and colours at the moment. You can shop yours HERE :) Get them before they run out of stock! Many colours are already gone!

(click the video below to watch)

Happy Thursday!

Xo, Andrea

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12.29.2016

GRANVILLE ISLAND PUBLIC MARKET

public market vancouver

Cable Knit Sweater - stolen from Ken :)
Jacket - Dorothy Perkins
Pants - Topshop
Boots - ASOS
Bag - Vintage
Hat - Primark (similar HERE, HERE, HERE)

All that hustle and bustle and POOF - Christmas is over for another year. Sad times in my books. I'm always a little blue for a few days after Christmas as I come to the realization I won't get to watch my beloved Christmas movies for a whole year. But the cool thing about this year is that it was our last year as singletons! Crazy! Next Christmas will be our first year as Mr. and Mrs. and I can't wait! Who knows where we will be and what we will be doing in a year from now! 

how to style a wide brim hat
inexpensive winter outfit

Jumping back a few weekends ago, when Ken had a VERY rare afternoon away from the computers and books. He had originally planned to study all day but being the very supportive fiancé that I am, I convinced him to ditch the books and spend the afternoon with me! Seriously though, the guy was JUST getting over a flu and works non-stop. I'm a firm believer in letting your brain rest and waking up feeling more motivated than ever when you just give yourself a moment to breathe.

frozen lake in canada

Since the snow was coming down with no signs of stopping, I wanted to take full advantage and head into the cold. We live relatively close to Granville Island, so we decided to make to short trip over there for a wander around. The small body of water just under the bridge that is usually occupied with ducks, was completely frozen over and had been taken over by a bunch of eager hockey players. We couldn't believe it was actually cold enough to freeze hard enough to skate on, but those guys were playing hard enough that they must have been pretty confident in it.

vintage clothing
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If you've followed my blog for a while now, you might recognize this sweater from THIS post. It was one of Ken's expensive sweaters that he mistakenly struck it to half its size not long after buying it. His loss is my gain :) It's turned into one of my warmest and most loved knitted sweaters :)

what to wear in the snow
how to layer clothing
cute winter outfits
old fashioned cocktail and irish coffee

I definitely should have been wearing my cozy winter boots for this adventure, but in true blogger fashion, I went with the impractical but stylish ones instead. Needless to day, I couldn't feel my toes after about 20 minutes of walking around Granville Island. Ken was pretty darn frozen himself (plus he was still kicking the tail end of his flu), so we opted to head inside to one of our favourites restaurants on the Island called, Sandbar.

sitting fireside
winter cozy in beige cable knit sweater sipping a cozy christmas cocktail

What better way to warm up than with some cozy Christmas cocktails while sitting fireside! I went with my classic old Fashioned and Ken had an Irish Coffee.  We sat there for a good hour, warming our extremities, watching the snow fall on the water outside. It was exactly what both of us needed.

cheers with classic cocktails
beautiful british columbia canada

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season! Now, onto 2017!

Xo, Andrea

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12.22.2016

HOME DECOR HAUL - MID CENTURY MODERN - GOLD THEME

youtube video about home decor from home sense

I've been dreaming about doing this video for literally years.

I'm a shopper. I think that is pretty evident. So living in London, in a very small flat, that we knew we would only be living in for a year - let me tell you - it was SO hard not to shop for home decor items. I'm the biggest thrift shopper I know, so living in London, one of the best places the hunt thrift - it took everything in me not to shop!

Now that we are back home and found an apartment that we will hopefully be in for a while, I finally have the green light to decorate! As you might be able to tell from my last decor post HERE, our new place is in a heritage building. It's full of charm! We added to the charm by going with a mid century  modern vibe (and as you'll see in the video - GOLD theme). The gold was very unintentional and I swear, the whole house isn't gold, but it just so happens that I love gold accents and accessories :) 

I hope you enjoy the video and that it brings some sort of inspiration!

Click the video below to watch the whole thing :)

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Xo, Andrea
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