ANDREA CLARE

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

5.24.2017

BACHELORETTE PARTY INSPIRATION



In honour of my own bachelorette party happening next weekend! EEK! I thought I'd share a few different ideas for your all white bachelorette looks. I haven't totally decided what I'm going to go with yet, but I do know it will be all white. I picked up the blazer and white shorts the other day from Zara thinking I might want to do something other than my usual dress ensemble. As much as I love the combo, when it comes down to it, I have a feeling I'll go with a dress. Who knows! Follow along on Instagram (@aandreaclare) to see a few bits and pieces of the weekend. If you saw my recent WEDDING VIDEO, you would know that it's taking place in Las Vegas - so it's going to be wild! And hopefully not too embarrassing....

Xo, Andrea
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5.22.2017

YELLOW BIKINI - OAHU HAWAII

inexpensive swimwear

Bikini - Shein.com
Skirt - Forever21 (also comes in a darker denim HERE, also really love THIS one)
Shoes - Aldo
Bag - Vintage (last seen here)
Sunglasses - Rayban

Yes! There is still lots more Hawaii coming your way! As much as I love looking back on these photos, it also makes me so sad! I still can't get over how much we loved this little piece of paradise and CAN NOT wait to go back again some day. 

north shore hawaii surfing
beach day in oahu

When we first started our research on where to go in Hawaii, almost everyone told us that Oahu wouldn't be for us. The common breakdown we heard was that Kauai was romantic and jungle-like and Oahu was city shopping and nightlife. After digging a little deeper on our own, we quickly realized that most people were referring to Honolulu, which we now know is very city-like and mostly shopping. We definitely weren't looking for the type of vacation that would be filled with shopping. We can do that at home anytime. However, for the most part, flights and accommodation are cheaper in Oahu, so we didn't wanted to give up too quickly. We ended up finding a last mint deal for a 5 night stay in Turtle Bay, which is on the most northern tip of the Island. The area is called The North Shore and is very famous for surfing, food trucks and lots of public beaches. 

If you've even seen the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you would be familiar with Turtle Bay Resort. The movie takes place on it. For a good reason, the resort is gorgeous! And not only that but it is no where near the city of Honolulu. It takes about an hour to drive there through thick jungle (picture driving through Jurassic Park). We were so happy with our decision to explore Oahu. It really is the most beautiful place if you are looking for an adventurous beach vacation in Hawaii. 

castles beach, north shore hawaii
beautiful beaches in hawaii
beach day outfit

Although Turtle Bay is way at the top of the island, if you have a car, you have access to dozens of nearby beaches. From the resort, you can take off down the highway either way and find yourself a private beach within a few minutes. 

On this particular day Ken was on the hunt for a few waves (as he usually is). I was still battling my heat rash, so all I was looking for a was a little shade :) We ended up on this little patch of sand called  Castles Beach. Most beaches on the island have a spot to rent surf boards, so Ken grabbed one of those and hit the water. I made myself comfy on the sand and cracked open a beer. 

fedora hat and ray bans
beach hairstyles

This bikini was a last minute buy from one of my favourite inexpensive sites called Shein.com. Bikini's are always hard to buy online but I loved this one so much that I went for it. The top fit me almost perfectly but the bottoms were a flop. They were made of a really thick scuba material that just wasn't comfortable. But for the price, I was happy just getting use out of the top.  I wore the bottoms from another bikini I had and it worked out just fine!

maui brewing company
cte and simple hawaii outfit

Adding a high waist skirt over my bikini has been my go-to beach look for years now. It's so easy to only have to add the skirt and keeps me covered enough that I feel comfortable walking around in it.  This one from Forever21 comes in two colours but I love the light wash for a beach look. It's kind of my version of a bathing suit coverup. Plus, it's Hawaii! People go to the grocery shop in their bathing suits! I love it!

look cute at the beach
exploring oahu hawaii
bright yellow bikini

A little side braid is another beach day go-to. I love keeping my hair up and out of my face when I'm in the sand and water but always prefer to have a little hair down. I always feel bald with my hair up, haha. Still working on that one.  I'm also still so in love with my ray bans, as well as a dupe pair that I have (much like these ones from H&M). They look good on everyone! A classic you can't go wrong with. I recently picked up a dupe for the club master version that I love almost as much as my aviators

You can see the post on those sunglasses HERE

favourite online shops
happy on the beach in hawaii
hair ideas for the beach

Holy smokes, I can't wait to get back to this little piece of heaven. We've only been home a few weeks and I'm already trying to figure out a way back there. Keep in mind, spring STILL hasn't shown up here in Vancouver. Other than a few days of sunshine, we've been in nothing but rain since we got home - how depressing!

Xo, Andrea

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5.19.2017

TROPICAL MANICURE - HAWAII INSPIRED

cupcake nail art

Just a super quick post today to share the nails I had done just before we left for Hawaii. You can kind of see them in action in our hawaii posts here and here

As I'm sure many of you now, I work as nurse in an Operating room, which means I can't have my nails painted most of the year. This is simply because I scrub in with the surgeons on a daily basis and having painted nails (although beautiful) is far from sterile or clean. So, as you can imagine, when I have a few days off or am on vacation, my nails are one of the first things I sort out! 

I was particularly excited for this nail visit because I was planning something a little different. Usually I go with a neutral pink tone, but since we were headed to Hawaii in a few days, I couldn't help adding a few little characters. I searched the internet and pinterest for probably hours before my appointment so show them exactly what I wanted and was SO happy with the result. She did each nail by hand, so it took a LONG time but it meant I got to customize each colour and character, which I loved!
I ended up with a turtle, a pineapple, lemons, a watermelon (which turned out to be my favourite!), an ice-cream cone and a flamingo. The ice-cream cone was a very close second :)

Just thought I'd share since I loved it so much! So perfect for a tropical getaway :)

cute tropical nails
watermelon nail polish
easy nail art

Xo, Andrea

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5.17.2017

6 TIPS ON WHAT TO WEAR TO A BRIDAL APPOINTMENT

what to wear to a bridal fitting

Although I said "yes to the dress" over a year ago now (whoa time flies!), I thought it would be worth while sharing my little tips and tricks on what to wear when heading to a bridal appointment. Whether you are looking for the dress, going in for a fitting or are a bridesmaid trying on a million dress - these pointers will come in handy! They certainly would have been for me, and would have saved me struggling through my first outing hunting for the dress!

what to wear wedding dress shopping

SPORT SHORTS

This is the biggest one. I'm the type of person that never really feels comfortable wearing a dress or skirt without a little extra coverage underneath. I have about 4 pairs of sport shorts like THESE that I wear under any skirt/dress outfit. They came in SO handy when dress shopping. Not only did I not want to give my dress consultant a show of my bottom, but I'm sure she didn't want to see anything she didn't need to either! It made it SO easy to hop in and out of dress in no time flat when I didn't have to worry about being indecent every few minutes while changing. 

STRAPLESS BRA

Most people don't already have their wedding undergarments when they go dress shopping (if you do - wear them!) so I would really recommend wearing a strapless bra instead of your regular strapped bra. It makes it much easier to envision the final look of the dress if you don't have extra straps hanging out everywhere. Even better, if you have a small chest like myself, I would look into a set of nipple covers like THESE. After my first few appointments, I changed to the nipple covers because I don't plan to have a fancy bra under my dress, so it gave me an even more realistic idea of how the dress would fit.

SHOES

This might be a really obvious one, but wear shoes you can get on and off in a flash! No laces, buckles, or strappy shoes. I think every single bridal shop I went into did not allow any foot wear on the floor. From the front door onward, you are bare foot! On more than one occasion, we didn't spent more than a few minutes in a shop (I knew exactly what I wanted, so I would take a quick peek and be on my way), so you don't want to be wasting any time fussing with your shoes at the door.

saying yes to the dress

YOUR OUTFIT

Not everyone will agree with this one, but for me, it really helped.  Even though dress shopping isn't an official wedding event, I really wanted to make sure I looked and felt good while shopping. That didn't mean fancy (I mean, I'm in a denim skirt and was wearing slip on shoes!). But I just wanted to feel a little bridal to help get me in the right head space and really envision all these dresses on the big day. On and day to day basis, I always feel my best and do my best when I'm dressed and have my hair and makeup on - so why not integrate that idea it into your dress shopping day! The little lace top I wore that day reminded me of a two piece wedding dress and just made me feel bridal and girly!

HAIR + MAKEUP

This one is along the same lines as the last pointer. Even though it can be a pain in the butt, I would really recommend putting the time into doing your hair and makeup that day. It doesn't have to be what you have planned for your wedding day, just put together. I always find it really hard to shop when I feel and look dishevelled. It always seems like I come home empty handed on these days! Although that would be a get tip for saving your wallet on normal shopping days, we aren't hoping to come empty handed on wedding dress shopping day! Having your hair and makeup looking polished will really help you get a good idea of what you'll look like on your big day!

HANDBAG

This is something I always do when I go shopping for anything. I always, always use a cross body bag. That way I have both hand free to sort through things. Especially when wedding dress shopping, those dresses are heavy! You need one hand to push others away and another to grab the dress you want to try on. Of course most places will let you put your bag down in the change room, but I get a bit paranoid when my belongings are out of my sight, so personally I'd just rather have it attached to my side :)


bridal tips and tricks

EXTRA THINGS

One other tip to consider is to throw on a little self tanner. Maybe not the night before dress shopping because it could end up in embarrassing moment when you ruin the sample dress by leaving brown stain all over it. But if you think of it a few nights before, everything looks better with a bit of a tan going on :)

Lastly, don't forget a hair tie. Each time I found a dress that was in the running, I always threw my hair up into a very quick up-do. I'm still not sure what I'll be doing with my hair, but just to give myself an idea of what I would look like in the dress, with and up-do and a veil on.  Getting "jacked up", as they say :)

I hope a few of these were helpful! I put each one of these pointers into play each time we went shopping and overall, really enjoyed my shopping experience! (Although I did run into a dress nightmare - find out about that HERE)

Let me know if you want to see any other bridal posts! Now that we are getting SO close to the wedding, I feel like I've gained a lot of knowledge about planning a big fancy wedding!

Xo, Andrea

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