11.30.2015

CYBER MONDAY SALES


It's that time of year - time to shop shop shop! There are some amazing sales out there so I thought I'd throw together a few of my favourite bits and bobs from around the web for Cyber Monday! Happy shopping!

(P.S I would love for you to snapchat all your finds to me! My user name is aandreaclare)

NORDSTROM : up to 50% off select styles for all + free shipping and returns - DATE: 11.30





SHOPBOPSpend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% with CODE: GOBIG15 DATE: 11.24 – 11.30




TOPSHOPup to 50% off selected lines - DATE: 11.26 – 11.30





J CREW50% off in-store and online + Free Shipping + an additional discount applied at checkout with CODE: TODAYONLY - DATE: 11.30 only





ANTHROPOLOGIE25% OFF Sale + Free Shipping, No Minimum with CODE: SHOPTOIT - DATE: 11.27-11.30


 


ASOS30% off everything with CODE: BLESSED - DATE: 11.27 – 11.30





RIVER ISLAND : 30 % off everything with CODE: BFRIDAY15





Other note worthy sales happening over the next few days:

Amazon.com //  30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches with CODE: 30BLACKFRI - DATE: 11.26 – 11.27
Banana Republic US // Half off sweaters and 40% off the rest of your purchase with CODE: BRFRIDAY - DATE: 11.26 – 11.27
boohoo // 70% off everything DATE: 11.27-11.30
Chicwish // extra 20% off with CODE: BLK20 DATE: 11.27
H&M //  deals with up to 30% off entire purchase and free shipping, with an additional 40% off all sale items - DATE: 11.29-11.30
Selfridges // up to 20% off handbags with CODE: SELFCCE DATE: 11.27 – 11.29

You can also check out my gift guide for men HERE if your still on the hunt for something special for the mister!

Xo, Andrea
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11.29.2015

BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND + MY OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

huge online sales


Anyone have any luck with the Black Friday sales? If not, don't give up yet! There are still plenty of sales that are happening over the whole weekend! So don't fret, you haven't missed out!  I've put together a few more items that I absolutely love - including this faux fur coat, and these classic black lace up shoes.  If you're a 'black dress for the holidays' these adorable pom pom shoes would pack a punch and add so much interest to your outfit!

how to style over the knee boots



I also wanted to mention that my beloved over the knee boots are currently 20% off.  I searched high and low for the perfect Stuart Weitzman lowland boots dupe and after buying and returning several pairs - I finally found the perfect ones. They are less than 1/4 of the price AND on sale! I wear them all the time and absolutely love them. You can get yours HERE - If you live in a country that they don't deliver too - these Ivanka Trump ones are a great alternative and are only $84 + Free Shipping until tomorrow!

If these ones don't tickle your fancy, here are a few other options that get my stamp of approval :
(click the image to shop)


Here are a few shops that have continued their sales through the weekend:

Anthropologie // Black Friday 25% off everything CODE: SHOPTOIT
ASOS 30% off everything DATE: 11.27 – 11.30 CODE: BLESSED
boohoo // up to 70% off everything DATE: 11.27-11.30
GAP// 50-70% off everything restrictions apply DATE: 11.23 – 11.30
J.Crew // Black Friday 30% your purchase + Extra 40% off sale DATE: 11.25 – 11.29 CODE: HOLIDAY
Shopbop // Spend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% , S’well and Stuart Weitzman style level exclusions DATE: 11.24 – 11.30 CODE: GOBIG15
THE OUTNET // Up to 80% off on Designers Labels DATE: 27th to 30th 
TOPSHOP // up to 50% off selected lines DATE: 11.26 – 11.30


Xo, Andrea
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11.27.2015

RED LIPS + RED SHOES (+BLACK FRIDAY SALES!)


Dress - old - Similar HERE (on sale), HERE (on sale), HERE
Shoes - River Island (More red options HERE, HERE)
Purse - no longer available - Similar HERE (under $20), HERE, HERE



I really need to bust out this red lipstick more often. More often than not, I chicken out of a red lip - sometimes it just seems too over the top.  But I must say, I felt rather fierce in my red lip and matching red shoes.  The true red compliments the navy blue dress so well! I added the light coloured bag just to add a little contrast.  I think it all reads very 60's and feminine which I love! It was perfect for date night.

a blonde women wanders notting hill in a cute navy blue dress
bright red shoes styles with feminine polka dot dress
how to wear red lipstick, how to style lace up shoes
chloe drew dupe look a like from forever21, happy blonde girl twirls in london
how to do a view from the top picture, flat lay tips

I spotted these little red shoes at River Island about a month ago and have been gaga for them ever since. They are a perfect BRIGHT red.  Not dull looking and not orange. At first I thought I might be limited as to what I could wear with them, but I've really been wearing them with everything. It helps that most of my wardrobe is pretty neutral, but I think they look great with other colours as well.




festive holiday makeup with boreal, bright red lipstick and natural makeup
how to style a girly outfit for date night

I thought I'd add something a little different to this post and share a few pictures of the remainder of our night! Let me know if you like this!

Once the sun had set, and we were satisfied we had enough pictures with my eyes open for a blog post, we headed back home.  Ken still had a little work to finish up before we went out to dinner.  He was nice enough to stop what he was doing for 30 minutes so we could pop out to take these pictures before sunset :)

So, I was on my own until Ken wrapped things up.  Who better to spend my time with than Mr.Brie! YUM! I put together a quick cheese plate, poured myself a glass of wine and patiently waited.  

living in notting hill
brie cheese
how to create a cheese plate at home, wearing red lips and lovely blue dress

Once the cheese had disappeared and Ken was done work, we walked to Portobello Road and made our way into a tiny Italian restaurant for dinner.  We devoured a tasty meal of red wine, calamari, thin crust pizza and cannoli for dessert.  You can watch our whole day in action in the vlog I did that day HERE.
the most delicious crispy calamari in notting hill


And we can't forget about all the massive sales happening today can we? Nope.

Here are a few you have to check out today! 
And come back Sunday for a Cyber Monday wrap up!

NORDSTROM : up to 50% off select styles for all + free shipping and returns

SHOPBOP : Spend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% with CODE: GOBIG15 DATE: 11.24 – 11.30

J CREW : up to 50% off in-store and online + Free Shipping 

RIVER ISLAND : 30 % off everything with CODE: BFRIDAY15

Amazon.com //  30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches with CODE: 30BLACKFRI - DATE: 11.26 – 11.27

ASOS : 30% off everything with CODE: BLESSED - DATE: 11.27 – 11.30

Some of the sales are a one day thing, so make sure to grab what you fancy quick!



Happy shopping! Xo, Andrea
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11.25.2015

PRIMARK AND FLATFORMS

flatform outfit, all white outfit, summer time in vancouver

Vest - Primark - Similar HERE and HERE
Purse - Forever21 (no longer available) - Nearly identical options HERE ($25) and HERE ($99 - plus free shipping)
Shoes - Forever 21 - Similar HERE 

(Click the image to shop)


This vest was one of those exciting Primark finds. I think I even gasped to myself when I first spotted it.  It reminded me of a few I had seen on oxford street but at a much lower price point.  So I was thrilled to have spotted it among the madness of Primark. I think I paid about £8 for it.  I also bought mine several sizes too big so that it would almost look like a dress but I also like to wear it over jeans or untied as a layering piece. 

Primark is one of those shops that is really hit or miss.  There is a TON of stuff in there, and if you have the patience to make your way through all the crowds, you can find some really great stuff.  

brick wall in gas town vancouver, portrait photography, blonde girl poses for photo of dress
a perfect and pretty dupe of the chloe drew purse in cream, engagement ring
flatform trend outfit at sunset in vancouver gastown

My second favourite thing about Primark is the line up of exhausted husbands/boyfriends sitting on the ground outside the shop, completely surrounded by shopping bags, desperately hoping their lady will appear from the shop sooner than later.  It isn't much better inside.  Around every corner there is a guy sitting on shopping buggies or on the floor resting.  I can't blame them though, it's like Boxing Day everyday in there. Those men must really love their ladies to be willing to tag along for a trip into Primark.

prim ark cream coloured dress, styled by fashion blogger at sunset in gas town in front of red brick wall
a blonde fashion blogger demonstrated how to wear an all white dress for a casual date night, also wearing black flatform shoes for forever21
how to style black platform shoes
red brick wall with blonde women taken with 50mm lens and canon camera, walking alone the street in vancouver, how to style a vest

What are your thoughts on Primark? Are your bargains worth the craziness of the shop? It's kind of a toss up for me.

(Click the image to shop)






Also, Black Friday sales have begun. Here are a few that kicked off today: 

SHOPBOP : Spend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% with CODE: GOBIG15 DATE: 11.24 – 11.30

TOPSHOPup to 50% off selected lines - DATE: 11.26 – 11.30

Amazon.com //  30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches with CODE: 30BLACKFRI - DATE: 11.26 – 11.27

RIVER ISLAND : 20 % off everything with CODE: BFRIDAY15 - this one starts tomorrow but fill up your chart now and buy tomorrow!




These are just a few of my favourites so far.  I'll be doing a complete breakdown of the sales and the best items on Sunday :)

Xo, Andrea
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11.23.2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2015 : FOR HIM


collage of gifts for men, christmas 2015, fashion forward, scotch drinker, cigar lover, mini arcade machine, mens grooming, burberry trench for men


(The whole picture is completely shop-able! Just scroll your mouse over the picture and small white boxes will appear over the items. Simply click the item your interested in, and it will take you directly to the item to shop! Easy peasy!) 


 Holy smokes. The holidays are right around the corner! And I don't know about you, but I always find it sneaks up on me. Especially if you're an online shopper - you gotta plan ahead to make sure those presents get to your door step in time!

Luckily, I've done part of the leg work for you. I spent some time hunting down some really cool items for the man in your life. I think this gift guide is directed towards the cigar lovin', scotch sippin', fashion savy kind of guy - but there are few things in there that would be great for any guy as well. I think this mini keg fridge/dispenser is one of my favourite things. Plus it ships for free! Ken and I both really love beer, as well as hosting gatherings, so it would be perfect for our home. The USB cufflinks are pretty cool too. I think they would be pretty fun to give to the James Bond fanatic in your life. 

The Burberry trench is certainly a spend-y item but if you're more of a quality over quantity kind of person - this might be right up your alley. Ken bought himself this coat a few seasons ago and absolutely loves it. It's something he'll be wearing well into his old-man years :) Plus who doesn't love a stylish man in a trench? I know I do ;)

CLICK THE IMAGE TO SHOP :



I Hope you like some of my picks! They are (almost) all approved by Ken, so you can be sure they are good choices for your guy. 

I also have a gift guide for the ladies coming up next week. So send your men to check out my blog next week to give them a gentle push in the right direction. 

 Xo, Andrea
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11.20.2015

3 EASY "DIRTY HAIR" DAY HAIRSTYLES


"Dirty" hair days are something I struggle with all the time.  I try my best to wash my hair every 2-3 days, so I'm always trying to come up with new things to do with my hair.  If you follow on snapchat (aandreaclare) you'll know that I'm constantly trying out different braids in the evening on the couch.

So, in much trial and error, here are a few that I really like! They keep that scraggly hair off my face without having to resort to a top knot all the time. Don't get my wrong, I love a good topknot too, but it's nice to switch it up every so often :)

I hope you like it and it brings you some inspiration!

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Xo, Andrea
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11.18.2015

THE BANDANA BOW TIE

how to wear the bandana trend, off the shoulder stripe dress on blonde blogger at sunset in front of pink flowers

Dress - Garage (old) - Love THIS and THIS option
Bandana - Vintage
Purse - Prada (see my review on the purse HERE)
Shoes - H&M

Ok, so this outfit is a little out of season. Or maybe a lot out of season.  No way could I be out and about with bare legs and shoulders this far into fall.  We took these pictures quite a while ago, and I almost didn't bother posting them but I figured what the heck! Not everyone is stuck in the freezing cold rain like me, haha! If you're lucky enough to be somewhere lovely and warm, I hope this offers some sort of inspiration :)

girly outfit in london, pretty and simple off the shoulder dress in the streets of notting hill
summer vibes in notting hill, blooming flowers, blush toned flowers, girl wearing casual date night outfit

The bandana trend really took off this summer. And I really embraced it. I ended up buying three of them - black, white and red. I really love the way they spice up any outfit!  And there is so many ways to wear them! I wore them on my purse (which you may have seen on my Instagram HERE), on my wrist, on my neck - endless options.  

Worn with this super simple dress was probably one of my favourite combination. I don't really wear very much jewellery so the bandana kind of acts like jewellery. It makes an already super feminine outfit, even more feminine. 

walking through the old streets of london wearing a simple striped dress for a date, pussy bow neck tie, prada purse and H&M shoes
off the shoulder dress, feminine a line cut outfit, flattering for all body types, natural makeup at sunset, portrait photography

I actually remember picking this dress the day we took these pictures because it is SUPER stretchy.  We were heading to an Indian feast, so I wanted to make sure I was going to have plenty of room for a food baby :)

prada purse in london, happily strolling through the streets of notting hill, beautiful flowers in the background, easy go-to date night outfit, vintage shopping

What are your feelings on the bandana, yay or nay?

Xo, Andrea

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