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For years I always felt like I had to be wearing a red (or pink) dress on Valentine's day. I think a lot of people think that. I actually still have that thought. "3 days until Valentine's day, I don't have a dress to wear!" Sound familiar? 

Today I'm sharing a couple of ways you can show your spirit without racing out to find a dress.

how to wear red on valentines day

1. The Footwear

I remember thinking when I bought these little lace up flats that I wouldn't have many opportunities to wear them. They are such a vibrant, bright colour that I just didn't think that I'd be able to incorporate them to many of my outfits. Well, quite the opposite has happened. I find myself reach for them far more than I thought I was going to. What better day to wear them than Valentines day for a little pop of red on your feet!

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2. The Red Lip

A red lip is one way to make a statement, especially if you don't often wear a red lip. I hardly ever wear a red lip simply because I find it to be too much work. I hate having to think about wether is smudged all over my face and touching it up all day long. Although, I have to say, I do love the way it looks. If there's a day I'm going to suck it up and wear a red lip - it's Valentines day.

non traditional ways to wear red or pink on valentines day

3. The Dress

The most traditional of the options but you can't go wrong. I will use any excuse to pull this little number out of my closet.  I feel over the top girly and feminine in it, which is exactly what I want on Valentine's day. From the colour, to the tea length cut, to the all over lace - it's perfection.

ways to wear red on valentines day

4. Accessories  

Ok, I agree, these bright red heart shaped sunglasses are a little over the top. Ken could hardly look at me when I was wearing them all day in Paris (See the whole post HERE). But the point is, they are FUN! That's what fashion and days like Valentines day are all about. Adding a corky detail to your outfit might give your date a giggle and spark a light conversation.

what to wear on valentines day

5. The Neck Tie

The neck tie was a booming trend over the last year and I'm all for it. I love the way it adds a tiny pop of colour and a bit of a unique twist to an outfit. When worn with a sweet off the shoulder dress (as seen HERE), it creates a playful and girly look that's perfect for date night.

What do you plan to wear for Valentines Day? Do you have any big plans? 

Shoes - River Island, Lipstick - Loreal, Dress - Choies (no longer available - Love this option HERE), Heart shaped sunglasses - Amazon, Neck tie - Vintage

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I also have a new vlog up on my youtube channel. If you want to see some of my sweet dance moves  and watch me struggle skiing down Mt.Baker - make sure to check it out :) You can watch the video HERE

Xo, Andrea




how to wear thigh high boots

Skirt - ASOS
Sweater - Vintage ( similar grey sweater)
Boots - Office (similar ones here and here)
Handbag - Chanel
Scarf - I stole from Ken ;)

Nothing like a pair of over the knee boots and an A line skirt to make me feel like the ultimate girly girl. Even without any pink or frills in the outfit. Over the knee boots are incredibly flattering so I always feel my best when I'm in them. The A line skirt fits perfectly at the small of my waist and then flares out over the hips - again, VERY flattering.  Often I'll reach for an outfit similar to this for date night.  

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Lately I've been all about the grey on grey layers. I've bought another grey scarf, a grey jacket and 2 grey sweater. I don't know how many grey sweaters a girl needs in her closet, but it seems as this girl needs them all.

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What do you feel your best in? Yoga pants, casual outfit, all dolled up or somewhere in the middle of all that (like me)?

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Xo, Andrea




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Scarf - Vintage
Handbag - Prada
Skirt - old - Similar ones HERE
Boots - (I've since thrown them out and replaced them with THESE)

Another day, another coffee.

One of my favourite things to do here in London is to drag Ken away from the library and head out to brunch. We do our best to try something new each time but we are also creatures of habit (especially if we are hangry) so occasionally we will end up at the same place over and over again (like I mentioned in THIS post).

. I had heard about this little spot from another London blog and thought we'd try it out.  This was our first time to Canela and we weren't disappointed

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I loved the look of the place. It had an old world meets modern look that was right up my alley.

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Little touches (like coffee that comes with a cinnamon stir stick) are things I really love and appreciate. It's the small things...

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We both ordered a big ol' brunch full of eggs, chorizo, tomatoes and bread. I also ordered an extra piece of bread to soak up all the drippings in my bowl - YUM!

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It wasn't even 10 minutes after brunch before we had another coffee in our hands. There was an event happening around the corner from the restaurant that was offering free coffee and treats - I didn't want to be rude a refuse the coffee!

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I hope you're having a lovely Monday!

P.S If you follow on Instagram (@aandreaclare) you might have seen that we are heading somewhere warm! Make sure to follow along on Snapchat (aandreaclare) so see where we are going and bit and pieces of the trip :)

Xo, Andrea




a fall day in paris

See part I of our visit to Paris HERE
Make sure to watch our video diary as well (see it HERE) - it's my favourite we've done yet! :)

I still can't get over how lucky we were with the weather in Paris. It was mild, little wind, with the most picture perfect light peeking through the streets and between the buildings. We didn't end up taking as many picture as I would have liked because I was fighting the beginning of a flu. Luckily, it didn't hit me hard until the next day.  So although I wasn't feeling my best, Ken and I woke up early and heading out for a half day of sight seeing in the city. 

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We fuelled up at a tiny little cafe we spotted on our way to the louvre and went for the full meal deal. We both devoured our entire meal in about 2 minutes but took our time sipping our coffees to enjoy the view.

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These over the knee boots were the perfect foot attire for the day. They kept my legs warm and they are plenty comfy for a day walking around the city on foot. I've done a whole video on how to style these boots. If you're looking for a little inspiration, you can watch the video HERE

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(I was so in denial about being sick here but that puffy face says it all! haha)

paris on foot
wandering paris on foot in the fall
blue and cream coloured buildings around paris
picture perfect view of the water in paris during the fall
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parisian sunset seen through the buildings

We caught our train home mid afternoon and were definitely sad to be leaving. It was a very quick trip because Ken was due back at school on Monday. I guess it was a blessing in disguise that we only stayed the weekend because the next few days were spent in my flannel pj's on the couch eating popsicles.

Watch our video diary HERE or click the video below to watch :)

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