ANDREA CLARE

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

8.21.2017

SUMMER HOLIDAY OUTFITS VIDEO


Ken and I filmed a few outfits I wore while we were in Barcelona last Summer and I thought it would be a fun source of inspiration as to what to wear on a summer holiday. Even when we are travelling, I like to put outfits together :) I hope you enjoy it!

Xo, Andrea

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8.17.2017

WEEKEND IN TYAX, BRITISH COLUMBIA


It's wedding season indeed! Just a few weeks before Ken and I walked down the aisle ourselves, we had the pleasure of attending one of Ken's best friends wilderness wedding in Tyax, B.C. It was quite the trek to get there (we took a wrong turn and ended up arriving about 2 hours later than planned!), but it was a so worth it. This place is beautiful! But I will say, if you plan on visiting, you need an SUV or 4x4 car to get there, the roads are pretty rough!


We ended up arriving pretty late on the Friday night, mainly due to our poor direction planning, so we basically joined the group for a few drinks and hit the hay pretty early to make sure we were fresh for the big day. On Saturday, we woke up to the most beautiful view from our bedroom window. It looked straight out onto the lake and mountains. Tyax is so far from town that you wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and the sound of the lake swishing around. 


If you've never heard of Tyax resort, it's a quaint hotel/resort that is known for having many avid skiers visit in the winters for its quick access to heli-skiing. Obviously we weren't there for that, but it is also a beautiful place that has the most relaxing wilderness vibe to it. It's perfect for skiers or non skiers - it's just a pretty place to relax for a few days - or to host a wedding! The hotel is made up of a what I would describe as a HUGE log cabin, which has about 20 hotel rooms for rent (most with balconies that overlook the lake), a restaurant, a bar, a spa and hot tub and plenty of activities like canoeing, swimming, float plane rides and down hill mountain biking. 


On Saturday morning, we got up early and headed to the restaurant for a hardy eggs benny breakfast before heading down to the lake. The resort has quite a few of these canoes for their guests to use for free! I think most of them were out all day, the wedding guests loved them! Most people brought a few beers into their canoes and we had a bit of a lake party when one guest had the smarts to bring a wireless speaker out on the lake. It was so peaceful out there on the lake that the music travelled so easily!

And just like that, the party was started by mid-afternoon, out on the lake. But considering the group of people we were with, I was actually surprised the party didn't start at breakfast, haha!


The bride totally loved the lake party - she even went for a dip in the lake before heading back to the house to get ready for the day.


Ken did most of the paddling, I did most of the drinking of the beer and picture taking :)


Since we were only in Tyax for a few short days, I packed very light. I really only brought this one outfit and my wedding outfit. Now that I think about it, this plaid outfit it mostly Ken's clothing. The denim shorts were a pair of jeans Ken passed down to me and I chopped into shorts, and the plaid shirt was also Ken's wayyyyy back in the day. I call it my camping shirt. It's so comfy, oversized and keeps me plenty warm! It was a perfect comfy outfit to wear in the car on the way up, as well as the next day on the water.


There are about 20 photos of us doing this, and only 1 decent one of us (below). And this was before the margaritas!


I love this dress! I think I've worn it to 3 events this year - two of which were weddings. Ken loves it too. I often go to him with my top 2 or 3 outfit choices before an event and all summer - this one has been winning. It's from a website called Eshakti.  I love that website because you basically design your own dress. I chose the fabric, the cut, the length of sleeve, the length of the skirt, the neckline! Everything! It turned out perfectly and I've got to much use out of it.


The beautiful bride and groom :)


The boys couldn't help themselves to a little pre dinner football in the field. The bride even got in there! You've got to be one cool bride to be chasing a dirty football in your all white wedding dress!


Later in the night, we took the party inside for a huge dance party. They had one of their closest friends DJ for the party and I have to say, it was amazing. Everyone was dripping with sweat! Dancing all night has got to be one of the best workouts, haha. We certainly burned off dinner and a few margaritas! Tell tale of a awesome wedding.

Xo, Andrea

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8.03.2017

OUR LAST SUNDAY IN NOTTING HILL


I apologize it's taken me almost a year to get these out, but I buckled down on my day off and even though it was beautiful summers day, I sat on the couch editing vlogs for about 10 hours. My back was soooore after that marathon. But they are finally here, our moving vlogs! This video is a series of about 4 that give you a glimpse into our move from London to Vancouver. I hope you enjoy them :)

Xo, Andrea
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7.31.2017

I GOT BANGS

long hair bangs

Ok, I know this might not be a big deal to most people, but it is for me!!! I haven't had a major hair change in years. Definitely not since we got engaged. Once your engaged, you start growing your hair, haha. 

The idea was starting to form months before the wedding, when I was getting really antsy to make a change but couldn't.  I made the final decision to go with the bangs when I told Ken about what I was thinking and he was more than excited. He LOVES bangs! I haven't had them since I was about 19, and he was sad to see them go.

off the shoulder top

We got married on the Saturday, and I made the chop to following Sunday. I would have done it sooner but we left on our little getaway vacation I spoke about here very quickly after the wedding, so I decided to wait until we got back.

blonde bangs

Obviously they are going to be a lot more work than my usual style, but I was itching for a change post wedding! I'm so glad I went for it. I especially love that I can sweep them to the side for slightly different look. They work both all pulled to the front or side :)

styling bangs
long wispy bangs

So far I've been having a lot of fun with them! Of course I have them pinned up most days because I wear a cap at work, but on the weekend they are out to play! Ken is always sad when I come home from work with my bangs still pinned up. He says "AW! Where are the bangs! Get em' out!" Haha

long girly bangs
neutral makeup

What do you think? Hate or love? I won't be offended either way. It's probably a phase that I'll quickly grow out of anyways :)

Xo, Andrea

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