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12.17.2012

LEATHER AND MIA


IMG_3311IMG_3303IMG_3310Leather pants - H&M
Coat - Vintage
T-shirt - Forever21
Boots - Gojane.com
Sunglasses - Raybans

I am not totally sure what happened with these pictures but as you can tell, something terrible wrong, haha.  I am definitely not an expert when it comes to photography so every so often I manage to really screw things up.  It can be very discouraging! I hadn't done outfit pictures in ages and then the day I choose to do it, the pictures come out horrendous!  Oh well, better luck next time.

On another note, I am so sorry that  I have been completely MIA recently.  Years ago, I self diagnosed myself with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which basically leaves me drained of all energy/motivation during the dark rainy months (I doubt that I actually have SAD but I sure feel like I do!! Especially the lack of energy, increased appetite for carbs and weight gain parts of the symptoms!).  So since it has been all rain and minimal sunshine here in Vancouver I have found it very hard to find the energy for anything beyond dressing myself each day. It is also very difficult to produce decent pictures when it rains all day and is dark at 2pm. I am considering investing in professional lighting in order to take indoor pictures.  So if you have any suggestions on what to get/where to get them please let me know!...

So if you are hanging in there with my blog, I thank you!! I promise things will pick up!!

If your interested,  I do post on my instagram pretty much daily.  So follow me there to see what I eat, wear, do, drink, cook ect! Aandreaclare

Xo, Andrea

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12.16.2012

MY LITTLE DENIM JACKET

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IMG_3269Denim jacket - Zara
Burgundy jeans - Vintage
Tank - Sirens
Boots - Spring (ON CLEARANCE)

I decided once we got home from dinner that I wanted to do a few outfit pictures.  Of course it gets dark at 3pm here so it was pitch dark out once dinner was over.  So we took pictures in the parking garage, haha.  I actually thought they would have turned out much darker but I figured something was better than nothing!

Xo, Andrea

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11.29.2012

BOYISH


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Jeans - American Eagle
Top - Forever 21
Scarf - Ardene's
Boots - Gojane.com
Sunglasses - Raybans
Polka dot tights under jeans - H&M

I am so addicted to anything camo right now.  Safe to say its becoming a problem.  I actually bought two of these scarves and tied the two of them together because I wanted it to be big and fluffy (as you see pictured).  The only thing I don't care for is the colour of it.  I would prefer it was a bit lighter and more distressed.  Possibly a DIY project there....

Are you as addicted to camo as I am?! I know I'm not the only one....

Xo, Andrea

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11.27.2012

TWEED AND LEATHER


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IMG_3239Jeans - American Eagle (many years ago)
Jackets - Dynamite
Boots - Spring (ON CLEARANCE HERE)

Well, I've done it again.  The boyfriend and I have once again committed to a sugar free week.  If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you might remember that we did this last year in hopes of decreasing our cravings before the holiday treats took over.  Read that post here. You may also remember that we didn't do very well and the Holiday treats were had.  Nevertheless, we thought we'd give it another shot for the next week.  I am always surprised  how much better I feel when I cut the sugar (and when I say sugar I am talking cookies, chocolate, candy etc not so much the natural sugars in fruits).  Within a few days I have more energy and I feel thinner even if I'm not.  You would think if it makes me feel so much better that this would be a habit I would adopt for good.  Reality is I love chocolate and candy and I am just one of those people that is going to have to learn to eat my treats in moderation.

Who else is watching their sugar intake pre-holidays??

Xo, Andrea

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11.24.2012

LOTS OF DOTS


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Tights - H&M
Shorts - Vintage
Sweater - Joe Fresh
Scarf - Urban Behaviour
Boots - Gojane.com
Sunglasses - Raybans

It wasn't until after we took these pictures that I realized that I styled these tights very similarly last fall.  See that post HERE if your interested.  Apparently I really like the monochrome look with these tights.  I think they are a real statement in an outfit and are a lot of fun to wear! And if nothing else they definitely add interest to any outfit.  I paired them in a very casual way but I think they would be really cute with a pencil skirt or dress as well! 

Do you like to wear printed tights in the fall or do you stick to the solid colours?

Xo, Andrea

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11.19.2012

CHRISTMAS DECOR


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I admit it - I am a Christmas freak.  In my mind, any day after Halloween is fair game for Christmas decor/music/movies.  

This is actually my mom's house but I thought I would take advantage of all her cute ideas and crafts and do a post on a few things she has up so far.  There are plenty more decorations throughout the house but I didn't want to overwhelm you with pictures so I just picked out a few of my favorites! The basket of pine cones is actually a project she did herself! I loved it so much I asked her to make one for the boyfriend and myself :)

Hopefully this will inspire a few ideas/DIY's for your Christmas season!

Who else is crazy enough to have all your decorations,lights and tree up in mid November?!

Xo, Andrea

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11.18.2012

CASUAL PREP


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Sweater - Forever 21
Jeans - Sirens (very old)
Boots - Vintage
Scarf - Ardene's

Please excuse the wet dog look I have going on here.  We got caught in the rain and my hair rebelled.  Our Indian summer in Vancouver is officially over.  Back to the rain and dark cloudy days....

Xo, Andrea

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11.15.2012

GIRLY GIRL


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 Denim Jacket - Zara
Skirt - Old Navy (very old)
Tank - H&M
Hoodie - Element
Bag - Vintage
Boots - Gojane.com
Scarf - Ardene's
Sunglasses - Raybans

Every so often I get the urge to throw on a cute, girly skirt for the day.  I love the way this one fits high on the waist and its A-line cut gives it a super "cutesy" feel.  I mixed in the polka dots and denim jacket to keep it casual.  What do you think?

Xo, Andrea

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11.08.2012

CAMO PANTS


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Camo pants - The Gap (definitely size way down in these.  I normally wear a 2 or 4 (depending on the stretch in the pants) and I got these in a 0 and probably could have bought the 00)
Sweater - Joe Fresh (last year)
Scarf - Forever 21
Sunglasses - Ray bans (medium lens)
Boots - gojane.com

I have been on the hunt for the perfect camo addition to my wardrobe for ages now.  I've hemmed and hawed over many jackets, shirts, sweaters and never found something that really tickled my fancy.  I recently spotted these at The Gap and couldn't passed them up.  Not only are they in the perfect faded camouflage that I've been craving but they are SO comfy!  They are honestly the closest thing to leggings that I've ever worn.  When combined with my super slouchy grey sweater, I'm in comfort heaven.

Xo, Andrea

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11.03.2012

BEAUTY FAVORITES

I thought it might be fun to do something different for a change so I put together a few products that I have been loving as of recently! Hope you enjoy!

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NYX – FULL COVERAGE CONCEALER – #4 BEIGE

I can’t express how much I LOVE this concealer.  I have the worst blueish/purple under eye circle that require serious attention in the morning and this concealer helps me to feel human again.  It is just as it says, full coverage, which may be too heavy for some, but for me, it works wonders.  I got it in one of the medium tones because the lighter colours only highlight the fact that I have dark under eye circles.  So the medium tone helps to camouflage the imperfections.  For people that don’t have under eye circles/lines, the lighter shades would be nice for brightening.  I also love that it’s from the drugstore as I’m not the type of person to spend an arm and a leg on makeup.

 

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CHINA GLAZE – PREY TELL

ESSIE TOP COAT – GOOD TO GO

Obsessed with this deep red for fall.  One coat does the trick! Check out THIS POST to see what it looks like on my nails. 

Essie’s top coat creates a rock solid layer over your nail colour and gives amazing shine.

 

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ESSENCE STAY WITH ME GLOSS

I first briefly spoke of these lip glosses HERE.  This bright pink is my favourite and is the one I am most often wearing in my outfit posts.  It’s not too sticky but sticky enough that it stays on your lips for a decent length of time.  They also smell really good.

 

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FAT HAIR THICKENING CREME AND DOVE DRY SHAMPOO

I have a short post on this Fat Hair product HERE. But essentially, I have been using this product for years now and I find it to me a dramatic difference to my hair texture.  Naturally my hair has little to no texture which makes it very difficult to style (it wont even hold a bobby pin!) so this product gives my hair a thicker, more voluminous appearance and style to hold. 

Doves dry shampoo also adds texture but also absorbs any oils on 2nd or 3rd day hair.  However it is quite light in colour and I would think that it would leave a fairly significant white cast in dark hair.  Luckily, my hair is quite light in colour so it doesn’t bother me.  This stuff goes on sale quite often so when it does, I pick up several cans.

 

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MAYBELINE XXL PRO EXTENTIONS MASCARA

This mascara really does give a false lash effect.  I usually do two coats of the white and two coats of the black for the extra long, thick lash look (make sure to wait in between coats though so the product will get tacky and build able).  On days I don’t feel like taking the time I’ll just do one coat of each.

 

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BATH AND BODY WORKS CANDLE – LEAVES

Ok, so obviously this isn’t beauty related but I have been loving this candle as of late.  I have been burning for 30 minutes or so each evening and I was shocked at how long the scent lingers in the apartment!  I also like that it’s not too sweet or feminine, the boyfriend even likes it! The only down side is that it gives me major Christmas fever.  It is so warm and cozy smelling! I can’t wait for the holidays!

 

What have you been loving lately?!

 

Xo, Andrea

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