I don't often do blog posts dedicated to a single item, but I had to make an exception for this bag.  
If you follow a lot of bloggers, I'm sure you've seen the Chloe drew bag everywhere. It comes in a couple of sizes, a handful of colours, and comes at a designer price. This original Drew sells for nearly $2000. As much as I love designer pieces, I'm not going to buy every purse that happens to be on trend at that moment, although I would if I could :)

Chloe drew dupe

In a quick google search for dupes of the Drew, I found this little beauty from forever 21.  Obviously the details aren't the exact same, but I must say, I was really surprised with the quality of the $25 bag when it arrived in the mail. 

The gold chain they used, isn't a cheap yellow gold and has a nice weight to it.  They even included the D ring loops that attach the strap to the bag. The clasp at the front of the bag is sturdy and well made.  The material the bag is made of is obviously faux leather but it has a nice texture to it, and is thick enough that it doesn't lose its shape or sag.

The size of the bag is a little smaller than I thought it would be. I think it is pretty comparable to the mini size of the Chloe.  Just big enough for a wallet, your phone and a few makeup pieces. 

Forever 21 offers the bag in a few colours including black, tan and this cream colour.  Originally, I had put the black in my shopping cart but made the switch to this cream colour last minute. So glad I did. It's perfect for summer and goes with a lot more outfits than I thought it would. 

All in all, this bag has totally scratched that itch for the beautiful Chloe Drew bag. I think I'll be madly in love with it for another few months (until the next obsession begins) and be thankful I still have the $2000 in my bank account.

Xo, Andrea



beach day

Top - Forever 21 (Similar options here)
Skirt - American Eagle - old (Similar here (Under $40!)here, love this lace version too)
Leather Jacket - Forever 21 
Sunglasses - Rayban 
Shoes - old - (Similar options herehere)

white rock pier

At the beginning of summer, I made my way out to White Rock for a girls night out with one of my girlfriends.  Both of us are nurses so it's always difficult to find a day or night that works for both of us.  Usually about once a month, we find a night to get together. 

how to wear stripes
beach day
a line skirt

On this visit, we spent some time on the beach (since it was one of the first days the sun had come out for summer!), we enjoyed a beer on a patio along the strip, had burgers and french fries for dinner and then made fools of ourselves singing karaoke.  A pretty typical night out for the two of us and it was a blast! Fingers crossed we will be able to squeeze in another one before the end of summer.

how to wear stripes

I still can't get out of this all black and white phase.  Occasionally, I do add some blue or another relatively neutral colour, but for the most part, when I open up my wardrobe - all I see it black, white and grey.  If you love the monochromatic look as much as I do, but worry that it's a little boring, I would think about adding more texture to your wardrobe.  The eyelet texture on this skirt (love this one too) adds an interesting feminine detail and the brushed silver on the jacket adds an edgy contrast to the girly silhouette.

how to wear stripes
casual outfit

Also, don't forget that it's the last week of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before all the prices go back to full price! There are still a ton of great things left including this collared dress, this rust coloured skirt, these blush flats, these lace up heels, and lots of handbags perfect for summer

You can also shop through my picks I shared last week :) Happy shopping!

Or shop the sale here: 




Nordstrom Sale

So, I tried to avoid the sale completely.  I almost didn't do a post on the Nordstrom sale at all. But, a few days into the sale, here I am, with a whole slew of things to share with you.  I always have a ton of fun putting these posts together but it can be difficult not to hit 'add to bag' on every item.  I can't believe how many awesome pieces are still in stock! 

I've got my eye on THIS top and the MATCHING SKIRT for my up coming engagement party.  The dainty BLUSH FLATS would be perfect with it and would certainly keep me comfy for the evening.  It would also be a great choice if you're attending a wedding this summer. The shape of the skirt is universally flattering so you can't go wrong!

The rust coloured LEATHER SKIRT is all the rage right now.  I already have one in both the rust and denim but I love this one even more! It would create the ultimate 70's vibe when paired with the 'Happy thoughts' Tee and casual sandals.

I hope you enjoy my picks! Which is your favourite? Have you already done your damage in the sale? I'd love to know!

Xo, Andrea



Italy vacation

Skirt - American Eagle (Similar  HERE, HERE and HERE), Bikini - c/o Triangl, Sandals - Old Navy (love these and these as well), sunglasses - ray bans

I still can't get over the fact that Ken and I ended up at this place by googling "best beaches in Italy".  The little town of Tropea came up multiple times in our search, so we figured we'd give it a go. 

I honestly couldn't have been happier with our choice.  Tropea is just a beautiful in person as all the pictures from around the internet.  The water was SO blue in the pictures that I really didn't think it could be that stunning in person, but it really REALLY is. 

Italy vacation

Almost everyday we were there, we would have breakfast at the hotel, and then head straight to the beach where we would rent an umbrella and two chairs at the waters edge.  We would sip beer and mojitos in the afternoon, Ken would read his book he picked up in town, and I was honestly mesmerized by the water for hours.

tropea, italy
Bright umbrellas lined nearly the entire beach.
triangl bikini
italy vacation
I was so glad I packed my Triangl bikini for this trip.  The neoprene fabric gives the bikini a snug fit which made it perfect for snorkelling and being active in the water. A few of my bikinis are more "sun tanning only" bikinis because the don't fit exactly right, so they tend to bunch and pull in place I don't want them to.  I really loved the bright colours as well. The highlighter yellow really makes a tan pop!
beach day

If you're looking for a cute and quaint Italian city, I would highly recommend Tropea. We had the best time.

Xo, Andrea



little white dress

Dress - Sheinside (Also love THIS and THIS)

If you follow along on Instagram ( click HERE to follow), you would know that I returned from my trip about a week ago. Since I returned as an engaged lady, most of my spare time has been consumed with researching wedding organizers, photographers and venues. So, I haven't had much time to sort through all my trip pictures yet. 

To keep to blog from running completely dry, I thought I'd share some pictures I had taken before the trip until I find the time to organize my internet life, haha. I do post several times a day on both my instagram and my snapchat (username : aandreaclare), so make sure to follow along there to see some behind the scenes wedding, food and life stuff. 

polka dots

Lately, I can't stop buying dresses. Especially as the summer weather is in full force ( we are currently in the middle of a heat wave here in Vancouver).  Dresses are that no-brainer, throw on piece that makes getting dressed in the morning stress free. A one piece outfit!

little white dress
little white dress

I really love this white and polka dot one I picked up from Sheinside recently. The bow at the neck is that extra feminine detail that makes it perfect for a date night and the light, airy fabric will be perfect for the hot summer evenings.  It would also be perfect for a bride to wear to an engagement party or rehearsal dinner!


You can shop a ton of other dresses from Sheinside HERE.  They also ship for free! Always a plus!

Xo, Andrea

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