ANDREA CLARE

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

6.17.2016

I'M IN SWITZERLAND! AND SNAPCHAT UPDATE!

interlake switzerland harder klum lookout point

I'm in switzerland! Holy Smokes! 

If you follow on snapchat (username : aandreaclare), you'll know that we had no idea where we were going to end up on this trip. We had nothing booked until 9pm the night before we left! So unlike me, but so far it's been a blast. 

Since we only have a few short months left in the UK, we decided to spend a final 3 weeks travelling around. Everywhere and anywhere. We are so close to so many beautiful places it seems crazy not to take advantage! So we had 3 weeks available with nothing planned but to hop on a train to that takes us somewhere amazing.   Our first leg of the trip took us to Paris for an hour (ha!) before we hopped on another train to Basel, which is in northern Switzerland. We spent the evening there (in the pouring rain!) before catching another train to Interlaken in the morning, just 2 hours south of Basel (all the photos in this post were taken in Interlaken). We couldn't believe the luck we had with the weather! It was meant to be pouring rain with thunderstorms, but we ended up with blue skies and a rainbow! 

harder klum lookout
funicular to harder klum

We will be here Interlaken for another day before we find another train to...somewhere! Haha! At the moment we are thinking we will head over to Lake Como, or possibly straight to Venice! It'll depend on hotel rates and what trains we can catch easily. As 'type A' as I am, I sure do love this spontaneous travelling!

Since I'm no good at keeping up with posts while on the road (as we all know by now...), make sure to follow on instagram (@aandreaclare) and snapchat (aandreaclare) - I post on those two places constantly! 

I put together a short video of the last two days below, just click on the video to watch :)

London to Basel to Interlaken, Switzerland!


Xo, Andrea

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6.12.2016

SPRING SUMMER FAVOURITES 2016


I'm having fun filming these little videos! Always a little nerve wracking talking to a camera alone in a flat but I hope you enjoy anyways :) This is the most recent one from my youtube channel. I share a few things I have been loving recently and will use over the summer - a whole fix of things from makeup to food to clothing! Let me know what you think!

Make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel HERE to be notified of new uploads!

Xo, Andrea
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6.10.2016

RETRO

wandering notting hill in 60's outfit
60's inspired hair and outfit

Off the shoulder top - H&M
Skirt - Vintage (Similar here, here)
Neck scarf - Zara
Sunglasses - Asos (Similar shape here)
Shoes - Asos

If you watched my recent Favourites Video on Youtube, you would know that I'm starting to get into this updo thing. I think it's the sweet English (Notting Hill in particular) influence that is starting to get to me. I find myself leaning towards very feminine, lady-like silhouettes and pushing my boyfriend jeans to the back of my closet. Ken even said to me the other day "you are dressing more normal recently - I like it!" haha. By normal he means non trendy or edgy outfits. He will always prefer me in a girly dress or a simple pair or jeans and a t-shirt.

The retro updo's are starting working their way into my every style. I'm slowly learning how to make them work with my baby fine hair that refuses any type of volume, after many youtube videos and too many hours on Pinterest, haha. The best part is, I don't have to wash my hair! In fact, these up do's work best with dirty hair. The dirtier the better! Maybe that's secretly why I love it so much, haha. Lazy girl problems.

notting hill london
pretty spots in notting hill
beautiful flowers in notting hill in the summer
high waist vintage skirt, off the shoulder top and cat eye sunglasses

If I was going to sport a full on 60's undo for the day, I thought I'd go all out with an off the shoulder top, neck scarf and cat eye sunglasses. Just missing the bold red lip.

chignon up do
beautiful london sightings
how to do a retro updo
retro 60's outfit
sparkle sandals and retro outfit

My heart breaks thinking about leaving this sweet little area we live in. I don't think it has really sunk in that we are moving back home yet. I really feel like my heart belongs here and Ken feels the same way. If we could relocate all our friends and family, we would move here permanently in an instant. But I must say, I'm pretty excited to find an apartment in Vancouver to decorate before I head back to work at the hospital.

sparkle sandals from asks
how to style and wear and neck scarf
notting hill buildings



I've got a ton of new stuff up on my youtube channel, so make sure to subscribe here to be notified of new uploads!

Xo, Andrea
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6.09.2016

SCOTLAND : OUR TRAVEL VISA STORY, FALCONRY SCHOOL, GLEN EAGLES

glen eagles gold resort
what to wear in scotland

We are going way back in time today. I almost forgot about our Scotland pictures from months ago! I just got so excited about sharing our photos from Spain, that I complexly missed the photos from this trip!

So the story goes : We originally had an entire trip booked to Barcelona. Just a few weeks before we were suppose to leave, we had flown from Vancouver to London and were grilled by immigration when we came back through. I was genuinely scared that we weren't going to be let in. At one point, we both thought we were going to be shipped back to Canada straight from the airport. Despite being told by several officers that because we are part of The Commonwealth, we don't require any sort of visa to be in the country, we were still questioned to death. Shaking in our boots. 

We had a few weeks to think about what were were going to do about our trip to Barcelona (leave England and risk not being let back in again, or cancel the trip). Leading up to the trip, I was determined to go and risk it and Ken was more than happy to go for it (living on the edge, haha). But the night before the trip, I panicked. What if they really sent us back to Canada? What would we do with our flat? We wouldn't get to travel the rest of the summer. Ken would have to get back in to finish school and I'd be moving back in with mom! In the end, we cancelled the trip, re-scheduled our Air B&B rental and booked a ticket back home to Vancouver to organize a proper travel visa (even though we were told over and over that we didn't need it). To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I went from wonderful beach vacation mode to having to unpack and head home to Vancouver to do paper work that was going to cost me a butt load of money!

So, there we were, all packed up and no where to go. Our flight home wasn't for another week, so we had some time to kill. We started to brainstorm a little and decided we'd use the time to travel elsewhere. Somewhere not too far and where we wouldn't have to cross any boarders. Scotland seemed most fitting. Ken is Scottish, I had never been and it was a quick train ride away. Done and done. After a quick one night stop in Edinburgh, we hopped on a train to Glen Eagles Resort.  It was one of Ken's bucket list adventures, so we splurged. Let me tell you, it was glorious. The best accidental trip we've ever taken!

front entrance of glen eagles golf resort in scotland

The resort itself it out in the middle of nowhere. There is almost nothing around. The train station we arrived at was completely empty, with the occasional train running by. The resort has a shuttle that comes to pick you up at the station and takes you about 5 minutes drive to the hotel. The front entrance of the resort it pictured above.

falconry school with hawks in scotland

Glen Eagles offers a ton of really cool activities to do during your stay, falconry school was one of them. At first I wasn't so sure I wanted to do it, mainly because of the price tag, but Ken turned to me and said " when are we going to be in Scotland with an opportunity to fly hawks ever again?" And its true, probably won't happen again. So we went for it and it was one of the coolest things I've done to date. Since it was off season, we had the hawks and the instructor all to ourselves. Ken also tried clay pigeon shooting, golf (of course!) and I spent a day at the spa. It was all a bit of a day dream stay.  You can watch our Scotland Video HERE to see the hawks in action :)

scotland golf course
twirling in scotland

On our second night at the resort, we had booked a table at the "fancy restaurant". We got all dolled up and spent the night with some delicious food and the most expensive bottle of wine that had ever touched my lips.

over sized faux fur coat
glen eagles golf course scotland

The day we arrived (the above and below photos), the area had experienced a light dusting of snow, which unfortunately closed down the golf course. Ken was pretty devastated but we decided to take a mini tour of the course on bike anyway. Luckily, things cleared on our last morning at the resort and the course was reopened. Once Ken heard he could play, we quickly rearranged our train departure and he hit the golf course!

where to go in scotland
scotland travel
glen eagles stables

The resort also has a fully functioning stable just a few minutes walk from the main hotel. They offer lessons and trail rides during the summer months, so I was gutted our visit was a little early for the trail ride.  I grew up riding, so I got crazy for all the sounds and smells around a stable.

glen eagles resort in scotland

The whole trip was a bit of a fairy tale experience and I would highly recommend a visit, if you ever get the chance. It's short train ride from Edinburgh, so it's very easy to get to!

More to come on the dress above, as well as our day in Edinburgh :)

Watch our whole trip in our Scotland Diaries Video by clicking the image below :)


Xo, Andrea

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