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flatform outfit, all white outfit, summer time in vancouver

Vest - Primark - Similar HERE and HERE
Purse - Forever21 (no longer available) - Nearly identical options HERE ($25) and HERE ($99 - plus free shipping)
Shoes - Forever 21 - Similar HERE 

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This vest was one of those exciting Primark finds. I think I even gasped to myself when I first spotted it.  It reminded me of a few I had seen on oxford street but at a much lower price point.  So I was thrilled to have spotted it among the madness of Primark. I think I paid about £8 for it.  I also bought mine several sizes too big so that it would almost look like a dress but I also like to wear it over jeans or untied as a layering piece. 

Primark is one of those shops that is really hit or miss.  There is a TON of stuff in there, and if you have the patience to make your way through all the crowds, you can find some really great stuff.  

brick wall in gas town vancouver, portrait photography, blonde girl poses for photo of dress
a perfect and pretty dupe of the chloe drew purse in cream, engagement ring
flatform trend outfit at sunset in vancouver gastown

My second favourite thing about Primark is the line up of exhausted husbands/boyfriends sitting on the ground outside the shop, completely surrounded by shopping bags, desperately hoping their lady will appear from the shop sooner than later.  It isn't much better inside.  Around every corner there is a guy sitting on shopping buggies or on the floor resting.  I can't blame them though, it's like Boxing Day everyday in there. Those men must really love their ladies to be willing to tag along for a trip into Primark.

prim ark cream coloured dress, styled by fashion blogger at sunset in gas town in front of red brick wall
a blonde fashion blogger demonstrated how to wear an all white dress for a casual date night, also wearing black flatform shoes for forever21
how to style black platform shoes
red brick wall with blonde women taken with 50mm lens and canon camera, walking alone the street in vancouver, how to style a vest

What are your thoughts on Primark? Are your bargains worth the craziness of the shop? It's kind of a toss up for me.

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Also, Black Friday sales have begun. Here are a few that kicked off today: 

SHOPBOP : Spend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% with CODE: GOBIG15 DATE: 11.24 – 11.30

TOPSHOPup to 50% off selected lines - DATE: 11.26 – 11.30 //  30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches with CODE: 30BLACKFRI - DATE: 11.26 – 11.27

RIVER ISLAND : 20 % off everything with CODE: BFRIDAY15 - this one starts tomorrow but fill up your chart now and buy tomorrow!

These are just a few of my favourites so far.  I'll be doing a complete breakdown of the sales and the best items on Sunday :)

Xo, Andrea



collage of gifts for men, christmas 2015, fashion forward, scotch drinker, cigar lover, mini arcade machine, mens grooming, burberry trench for men

(The whole picture is completely shop-able! Just scroll your mouse over the picture and small white boxes will appear over the items. Simply click the item your interested in, and it will take you directly to the item to shop! Easy peasy!) 

 Holy smokes. The holidays are right around the corner! And I don't know about you, but I always find it sneaks up on me. Especially if you're an online shopper - you gotta plan ahead to make sure those presents get to your door step in time!

Luckily, I've done part of the leg work for you. I spent some time hunting down some really cool items for the man in your life. I think this gift guide is directed towards the cigar lovin', scotch sippin', fashion savy kind of guy - but there are few things in there that would be great for any guy as well. I think this mini keg fridge/dispenser is one of my favourite things. Plus it ships for free! Ken and I both really love beer, as well as hosting gatherings, so it would be perfect for our home. The USB cufflinks are pretty cool too. I think they would be pretty fun to give to the James Bond fanatic in your life. 

The Burberry trench is certainly a spend-y item but if you're more of a quality over quantity kind of person - this might be right up your alley. Ken bought himself this coat a few seasons ago and absolutely loves it. It's something he'll be wearing well into his old-man years :) Plus who doesn't love a stylish man in a trench? I know I do ;)


I Hope you like some of my picks! They are (almost) all approved by Ken, so you can be sure they are good choices for your guy. 

I also have a gift guide for the ladies coming up next week. So send your men to check out my blog next week to give them a gentle push in the right direction. 

 Xo, Andrea



"Dirty" hair days are something I struggle with all the time.  I try my best to wash my hair every 2-3 days, so I'm always trying to come up with new things to do with my hair.  If you follow on snapchat (aandreaclare) you'll know that I'm constantly trying out different braids in the evening on the couch.

So, in much trial and error, here are a few that I really like! They keep that scraggly hair off my face without having to resort to a top knot all the time. Don't get my wrong, I love a good topknot too, but it's nice to switch it up every so often :)

I hope you like it and it brings you some inspiration!

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Xo, Andrea



how to wear the bandana trend, off the shoulder stripe dress on blonde blogger at sunset in front of pink flowers

Dress - Garage (old) - Love THIS and THIS option
Bandana - Vintage
Purse - Prada (see my review on the purse HERE)
Shoes - H&M

Ok, so this outfit is a little out of season. Or maybe a lot out of season.  No way could I be out and about with bare legs and shoulders this far into fall.  We took these pictures quite a while ago, and I almost didn't bother posting them but I figured what the heck! Not everyone is stuck in the freezing cold rain like me, haha! If you're lucky enough to be somewhere lovely and warm, I hope this offers some sort of inspiration :)

girly outfit in london, pretty and simple off the shoulder dress in the streets of notting hill
summer vibes in notting hill, blooming flowers, blush toned flowers, girl wearing casual date night outfit

The bandana trend really took off this summer. And I really embraced it. I ended up buying three of them - black, white and red. I really love the way they spice up any outfit!  And there is so many ways to wear them! I wore them on my purse (which you may have seen on my Instagram HERE), on my wrist, on my neck - endless options.  

Worn with this super simple dress was probably one of my favourite combination. I don't really wear very much jewellery so the bandana kind of acts like jewellery. It makes an already super feminine outfit, even more feminine. 

walking through the old streets of london wearing a simple striped dress for a date, pussy bow neck tie, prada purse and H&M shoes
off the shoulder dress, feminine a line cut outfit, flattering for all body types, natural makeup at sunset, portrait photography

I actually remember picking this dress the day we took these pictures because it is SUPER stretchy.  We were heading to an Indian feast, so I wanted to make sure I was going to have plenty of room for a food baby :)

prada purse in london, happily strolling through the streets of notting hill, beautiful flowers in the background, easy go-to date night outfit, vintage shopping

What are your feelings on the bandana, yay or nay?

Xo, Andrea

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