1.29.2016

OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS - PART II

engaged couple down by the waters edge

See Part I HERE
All my other wedding posts HERE
Our engagement video that I filmed moments after he popped the question HERE

I can not tell you how excited I am to share these photos today. I know it's a long one but I couldn't help sharing all of Christine Pienaar's magic. If you saw Part I of our engagement shoot (See it HERE) then you would know we took these photos several months back, while Ken and I were home in Vancouver, just before heading back to London.

So I've been hoarding and saving these photos for a while now just because we have officially started the planning process and now felt like the right time to share. We hired our planners just last week (and have a Skype call with them tonight! Exciting!) and are going to be jumping into venue scouting in the coming weeks. Since we are still in London, we are having our planners do all the ground work and I plan to fly home in April to see the final picks in person. I'll have to do it without Ken because he'll be staying in London for work and school, so fingers crossed I'll make the right decision without him! We always joke that I don't get that "gut" feeling because I am the most indecisive person I know (good luck planning a wedding, right?). But everyone assures me that I will get that "gut" feeling when I see the venue and pick my dress.

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Leave me a comment if you made it all the way to the bottom! I know it's a lot of photos but it was SO hard to narrow down! Ken hardly ever wants to be in photos (which is crazy because he is so darn cute! That fire hair and nerdy specs *heart eye emoji*) So I fell hard for pretty much every photo Christine sent us.

Xo, Andrea
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1.27.2016

CURLS THAT LAST FOR DAYS

tips for curls that last for days

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm sharing something that I get asked about a lot, both online and in person. I'm telling you all about how I get my curls to last for days and days! I've been curling my hair since high school (almost every time I wash my hair), so I have plenty of experience and have picked up a lot of tips and tricks. These are my top 5! Click the video below see watch :) I hope it helps :)



Xo, Andrea


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1.25.2016

5 WAYS TO BE GLAMOROUS

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Faux Fur Stole - Zara (last seen here, here)

We all have those days where you feel anything but glamourous. It feels like it would take a miracle to get yourself together and feel human, let alone glamorous.  I have plenty of these days.  Especially now that I'm working from home and often don't have a reason to get dressed during the day.  I can't tell you have tempting it is to staying my PJ's and not bother with makeup. 

Over the last few months, I've created an easy to do, no fail glam checklist. It's a few ways I've found help me feel beautiful again, even if I have dirty hair and "nothing to wear". 

 So here it is - my easy glam tips...

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1) HAIR 

For me, having my hair done makes all the difference. I much prefer having my hair down than up. But on my "dirty hair" days, it tempting to just throw it in a top knot and call it a day. I'm still trying to teach myself NOT to do this. It's just as easy to add a few loose curls to the ends of my hair to add a little glam to my otherwise limp, lifeless hair.  I also like to tie a few front pieces back and create a mini topsy tail by turning the hair on itself a few times. But the magic is all is in face framing piece in the front. Adding that loose little curl in the front is a game changer. 

easy glamorous bronze makeup

2) MAKEUP

Getting any makeup on is a success in my books but if you want to take it one step farther - add some sparkle! I often add my sparkle in the form of eyeshadow. I usually don't wear any shadow, so on days I need a little extra glam - I add a swipe of bronze shadow. Bronze shadows work perfectly on my green/blue eyes and makes them pop. If you aren't into adding eye makeup - add a bold lip! I almost always reach for this l'oreal long wear lipstick (wearing it here) when I wear a bold lip. It doesn't budge, and even lasts through meals!

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3) WEAR 

I've got to say, I've felt over the top glam ever since I bought this faux fur stole from Zara a few weeks back. Any fur stole screams glam but I particularly love this one because of the colour. It's a perfect cool toned blush colour.  Any stole is a must in an glam-girls closet. I wear mine over my shoulders with casual outfits (seen here, here), tied up like a scarf on chilly days or just draped over one shoulder with a dress.

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4) SIMILE

I know it seems so cheesy, but a smile really is your best accessory! Show those pearly whites, hold your chin high and look people in the eye. Confidence is glam. Smiling actually causes a release of hormones and endorphins that create feelings of overall happiness, even if your faking the smile! So smile - it's good for you! 

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5) PHOTOGRAPHY

As a photo junkie, I thought I'd add one tip for those that love photography. I've always found that backlight is my best friend when it comes to creating glamorous and romantic photos. It gives that glowy, magical light that it beautiful when you get it right. If you aren't sure what backlighting is - it's basically facing the camera TOWARDS your light source and your subjects back towards the light. Most photography is done with the subject "finding the light" and facing it, but backlight is the opposite. Give it a quick google for a full explanation and tutorials. It takes some practice but when you get it right, it's pure glam and romance.

I hope a few of these tips help! I LOVE reading your comments and e-mails so please don't hesitate to leave me a little something to read :)

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Xo, Andrea
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1.22.2016

CASUAL BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

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Blazer - Vintage find
Shirt - Vintage find
Skirt - Forever21 (old) - Similar mini leather skirt here
Scarf - River Island
Handbag - Chanel
Boots - Acne 

If you follow me on snapchat (username : aandreaclare), you'd already know that I had a nasty stomach bug last weekend. I'm still not sure what I had (possibly food poisoning?) but whatever it was, it was horrible. The good news is that I lost my Christmas weight and I've started back on solid food as of a few days ago! 

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a blond women wearing striped button down shirt on notting hill, flips her scarf in the wind

Since last weekend was spent sleeping on the bathroom floor, I'm pretty excited that a fresh, new weekend is here! We started the weekend a little early with my first big outing since being sick. We hopped on the tube and had some fun window shopping at Selfridges and Liberty's before gobbling up a lunch of fish and chips at a little pub on Carnaby street. I recently splurged on my new Acne boots, so I made sure to keep my money in my wallet, but it's always fun to take a look around.

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neutral river island scarf and chanel wallet on chain

This scarf from River Island has got to be one of my most worn items since moving to London. Because it's so neutral, it's a piece of cake to throw on top of any outfit as I run out the door. I'm currently on the hunt for a plain grey scarf of the same density and texture, but haven't found the perfect one yet. 

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cute and casual outfit for daytime

Ken was nice enough to also film this outfit for me. I'm in the process of putting a bunch of outfits together for a lookbook video, so be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel HERE so you don't miss that!

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Xo, Andrea
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