ANDREA CLARE

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

5.06.2016

MALLORCA, SPAIN

blue water in spain

Almost immediately after our last beach vacation to Tropea, Italy (see posts from there here, here, here, here), I was begging Ken for another blue water holiday. As much as I love touring through old european cities, I think my heart belongs on the beach. 

Once Ken and I got clearance for our travel visas (see this post to read more on that trouble), we starting thinking about where in the world we wanted to go next! Mallorca was one spot that was always on our raider because our neighbours that live above us (who are now good friends!) were married on the island. They both rave about the spot and highly recommend that we visit while still living in London. It's a quick 1.5 hour flight and the weather looked in our favour - so we booked it.
where to stay in spain
floppy sun hat

The flat we stayed in was one we booked on Air b&b. Since we were booking only a few weeks before our arrival, there wasn't much to choose from. We ended up going with a place just out side of the main city, Palma. It was a quick 10 minute taxi drive from the city centre and had the most amazing view (the two photos above were taken from our balcony).

beach outfit ideas

Our first day in Mallorca, we wanted to stay local and get a feel of the area we were staying in. There was a main strip full of restaurants, small shops and bars a stones throw away from our flat, so we wandered about before finding a small cafe over looking the water.

blue off the shoulder dress from sheinside
pink flowers
sun hat from H&M
mallorca spain
rayban aviators

Once we had our caffeine fill, we slowly made our way towards to beach, stopping for photos of pretty streets and flowers along the way. I was really testing Ken's patience because I couldnt help photograph everything we passed.

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beach in mallorca
mallorca beach
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footprints in the sand
beach day

This was one of the nicest beaches we found in our area, called Cala Major. The sand was like powder and the water was crystal clear for as far as the eye could see. You actually have to wade out about 200 meters for the water to be more than about 4 feet deep. Sadly, since we were so early in the season, the water was freezing! Ken didn't really mind a cold dip in the sea, but getting my ankles wet was more than enough for me.

off the shoulder beach dress
toes in the sand
blue beach dress
happy on the beach

After a good few hours soaking up the sun in our lounge chairs, we were ready for some lunch. The beach has two small restaurants. We had lunch at Kokomo twice and loved it. We found a quiet spot in the shade and ordered an ice coffee, a beer and garlic shrimp which we had seen another table order and were drooling.

kokomo restaurant spain
lunch date
shrimp in spain

You better believe we gobbled that up in two seconds flat.

spanish gin and tonic

At sunset, we made our way back to our flat and made friends with the staff that worked in the little bar in our complex. Ken and I were both eager to order a gin and tonic because we had heard the spanish love them. The ones we had at our complex weren't anything special, but we did have one at a restaurant in the northern part of the island that was damn good.

sailboat in spain
cocktail time

I hope you made it to the end of this post! I know, it's a long one. I'll be the first one to admit, I'm a bit trigger happy when on vacation, especially when the surroundings are so dreamy!

Since I wasn't able to get my butt in gear over the last we weeks while we were travelling, I have a TON of posts coming your way. A few more from Palma, as well as Deia and Seville!

Stay tuned!

The dress is an old one from Sheinside, but I've linked a ton of others that I love below :


Xo, Andrea


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4.04.2016

SEA TO SKY UPDATES

whistler

Wow, it's been while since I've made an appearance here. It almost seems foreign! 

Well, to start off, we are back home in Vancouver! We landed 2 weeks ago and have been on the move non-stop ever since. The first few days were spent jet lagged on the couch at my mom's house. Once I was able to peel myself off the couch, we jumped straight into organising our travel visas. We finally got all that sent off last week so fingers crossed it goes well. 

highway snow

Besides keeping busy with paper work for our visas, we've also been racing all over town attempting to plan the majority of our wedding while here in Vancouver. The wedding is to take place in the summer of 2017 but since we are planning to travel as much as we can over the summer, we are trying to get all the big decisions out of the way. If you follow on snapchat (aandreaclare), you would have seen me visit about 10 dress stores all over the lower mainland already. Luckily, we booked an air b&b in Gastown last week, which made it really easy to visit many on foot.

canadian views

Once we left our downtown Air B&B, we crashed at my mom's house for a single night to unpack, re-pack, and do some laundry before heading back out the door the next day. As I sat on the floor completely surrounded with laundry and suitcases, my sister said "do you guys ever stop?!? I'm exhausted watching you!" haha. 

The next afternoon, we had a wedding venue walk through (which went really well!). From there, we hit the road again and made the quick and beautiful drive up the Sea to Sky highway to Whistler.  We were buzzing with excitement the whole way because the venue we toured was beyond dreamy. Between the blue skies, wedding excitement and joy of being home - life couldn't be any better.  We took these photos at the look out point along the highway. We have both made this drive dozens of times but it still takes my breathe away, especially with the weather we are experiencing right now.

scenery in canada

With two weeks at home under our belt, I think we've managed to get a lot done! I've found a dress I love (now, it's just process of elimination of the rest in Vancouver), we picked a wedding venue and filed our tourist visas! It's been a busy few weeks (as you can probably tell from the lack of blog posts over here), but I'm super excited to see all our plans for the near future come together :)

Follow along on snapchat for regular updates! My username is Aandreaclare

Xo, Andrea
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3.17.2016

LONG GREY COAT


Coat - Primark (Similar long grey coat)
Scarf - H&M - (Similar here)
Belt - Vintage (similar one here)
Sunglasses - Rayban Aviators
Boots - Acne Studios
Handbag - Amazon 


Hopping all over London on the blog this week. From Primrose Hill to the South Bank.  Ken and I are trying to see as much of London as we can for a few reasons : 1) we are heading home for a few weeks in the near future so we are trying to take in as much as we can while still here and 2) we plan to travel and TON before we return home permanently in August.  So although we will still have our flat in Notting Hill, we don't actually plan to be there much over the next few months.  It's good and bad. Obviously I am incredibly lucky to be able to travel the world for the next few months, but I also LOVE where we live in the London and I just want to soak it all up before we move back to Vancouver. 

Anywho, a few weeks ago we planned out a big day out. It was a pretty chilly day (as you will see in an upcoming vlog), so we bundled up with lots of layers before heading to the tube. 

how to style a neutral toned outfit
london bridge

The first stop on the itinerary was to get a good look at the London Bridge. We ended up walking along a small bridge not far from the London bridge because it was closer to our next stop but also because I wanted to snap a few photos from across the water (typical blogger). Although it was incredibly windy and cloudy, we were happy as clams to be starring at that dream boat of a bridge. 

celine handbag dupe
london itinerary
what to do in londons south bank

Once we made it across the bridge to the south bank of London, we made our way to Borough Market. It was jam packed in there so we didn't get any photos inside, but take my word for it, it's worth a visit. We sipped on old fashion cider, 3 cheese sandwiches, mulled wine and salt beef sandwiches.

how to wear a scarf
acne studios jensen boots
lavender for sale in borough market

Ken and I love to eat and drink our way through new places, cities and markets so we were in heaven. However, if you're not into eating until you feel like you'll burst, there are also a few non-food stands throughout the market.

cozy grey outfit and acne jensen boots
boho vintage belt and long grey trench coat
tate modern museum

Once we felt we couldn't possibly fit another sandwich or donut in us, we waddled over to the Tate Modern Museum which is only a few minutes walk away. We only spent about 30 minutes inside because we quickly realised we aren't modern art people. As I said on my snapchat (aandreaclare) I just don't get it! A lot of it was very futuristic and frankly, a bit odd.  Personally, I could spend all day in the natural history museum or the bristish museum but 30 minutes at the Tate was more than enough.

how to wear grey
neutral celine handbag
What to see in London

After the museum, we made our way back over the water via the Millennium bridge. The Millennium bridge is a walking bridge that stretches over the Thames with a view of St. Paul's as you cross - it's beautiful!  It was SO windy and cold the day we did it, we ended up racing across it in search of some refuge from the wind but I'm so glad we got to cross it. On the other side of the bridge, you walk straight into St. Paul's.  We didn't go in because we had plans to visit another day but even seeing it from the outside is breathe taking.

It was a full day of back to back sights (and sandwiches :)) but the day turned out perfectly. If you're planning a trip to London and only have one day to spend in the area, I would really recommend our little itinerary! If you get a good start on the day, you'll certainly have enough time to hit all the same spots.

Xo, Andrea
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3.15.2016

MY HAIR IS PINK!

boho inspired temporary pink hair colour

Many moons ago, I had a sudden urge to change my hair style. I knew I didn't want to chop it (although I've always been curious to know what it would be like to have short hair) and a new style wasn't going to scratch this itch. A chat with my sister and a glass of wine later - before I knew it, I had blue hair. You can see the whole post on that HERE (and see more here, here, here and here). Although I LOVED it at the time, I had a heck of a time getting the stuff out. My hair is naturally light in colour and tends to hold colour quite well, so it drank up that blue hair dye and didn't want to let go. The box said it would wash out in 2-3 washes yet 3 weeks later, I was still trying to scrub it out.

So, when a company called Brite Organix offered to send me a second go at the coloured hair thing, I didn't flinch. I opted for the pastel pink and absolutely loved it. The best part is that it's also vegan, cruelty free and organic!

organic hair colour
wash out pastel pink hair colour

Of all the products they sent me, I decided to use this one. It's a one day colour made for blondes and worked like a dream on my light hair. The product itself is a liquid but turns into a foam as you dispense it into your hands. If you're worried about the mess, fear not! It was completely mess free, didn't stain my hands, and once it dried - didn't transfer at all. It's the perfect pastel pink that I was hoping for. I kept telling Ken that I felt like a character from My Little Pony. It seriously made my day.

Keep in mind it is a one day wash out, so if you live in a rainy area, it may transfer to your clothes if it gets wet. However, when dry, it did not transfer AT ALL. I even went to bed on a white pillow case and inspected it when I woke and - nothing! Washing it out was a dream. I didn't have to scrub to get it out and it didn't dry my hair out either.

pink shampoo and conditioner

I'm tempted to try the shampoo and conditioner as well (shown above). It works by gradually adding colour to light hair and or by helping to hold colour in hair that is already pink. They also make these products in blue and purple and are available for those with dark hair as well. 

I'll definitely be trying it out again. What do you think? Yay or nay on the My Little Pony hair?

Xo, Andrea
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