12.29.2016

GRANVILLE ISLAND PUBLIC MARKET

public market vancouver

Cable Knit Sweater - stolen from Ken :)
Jacket - Dorothy Perkins
Pants - Topshop
Boots - ASOS
Bag - Vintage
Hat - Primark (similar HERE, HERE, HERE)

All that hustle and bustle and POOF - Christmas is over for another year. Sad times in my books. I'm always a little blue for a few days after Christmas as I come to the realization I won't get to watch my beloved Christmas movies for a whole year. But the cool thing about this year is that it was our last year as singletons! Crazy! Next Christmas will be our first year as Mr. and Mrs. and I can't wait! Who knows where we will be and what we will be doing in a year from now! 

how to style a wide brim hat
inexpensive winter outfit

Jumping back a few weekends ago, when Ken had a VERY rare afternoon away from the computers and books. He had originally planned to study all day but being the very supportive fiancé that I am, I convinced him to ditch the books and spend the afternoon with me! Seriously though, the guy was JUST getting over a flu and works non-stop. I'm a firm believer in letting your brain rest and waking up feeling more motivated than ever when you just give yourself a moment to breathe.

frozen lake in canada

Since the snow was coming down with no signs of stopping, I wanted to take full advantage and head into the cold. We live relatively close to Granville Island, so we decided to make to short trip over there for a wander around. The small body of water just under the bridge that is usually occupied with ducks, was completely frozen over and had been taken over by a bunch of eager hockey players. We couldn't believe it was actually cold enough to freeze hard enough to skate on, but those guys were playing hard enough that they must have been pretty confident in it.

vintage clothing
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If you've followed my blog for a while now, you might recognize this sweater from THIS post. It was one of Ken's expensive sweaters that he mistakenly struck it to half its size not long after buying it. His loss is my gain :) It's turned into one of my warmest and most loved knitted sweaters :)

what to wear in the snow
how to layer clothing
cute winter outfits
old fashioned cocktail and irish coffee

I definitely should have been wearing my cozy winter boots for this adventure, but in true blogger fashion, I went with the impractical but stylish ones instead. Needless to day, I couldn't feel my toes after about 20 minutes of walking around Granville Island. Ken was pretty darn frozen himself (plus he was still kicking the tail end of his flu), so we opted to head inside to one of our favourites restaurants on the Island called, Sandbar.

sitting fireside
winter cozy in beige cable knit sweater sipping a cozy christmas cocktail

What better way to warm up than with some cozy Christmas cocktails while sitting fireside! I went with my classic old Fashioned and Ken had an Irish Coffee.  We sat there for a good hour, warming our extremities, watching the snow fall on the water outside. It was exactly what both of us needed.

cheers with classic cocktails
beautiful british columbia canada

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season! Now, onto 2017!

Xo, Andrea

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12.22.2016

HOME DECOR HAUL - MID CENTURY MODERN - GOLD THEME

youtube video about home decor from home sense

I've been dreaming about doing this video for literally years.

I'm a shopper. I think that is pretty evident. So living in London, in a very small flat, that we knew we would only be living in for a year - let me tell you - it was SO hard not to shop for home decor items. I'm the biggest thrift shopper I know, so living in London, one of the best places the hunt thrift - it took everything in me not to shop!

Now that we are back home and found an apartment that we will hopefully be in for a while, I finally have the green light to decorate! As you might be able to tell from my last decor post HERE, our new place is in a heritage building. It's full of charm! We added to the charm by going with a mid century  modern vibe (and as you'll see in the video - GOLD theme). The gold was very unintentional and I swear, the whole house isn't gold, but it just so happens that I love gold accents and accessories :) 

I hope you enjoy the video and that it brings some sort of inspiration!

Click the video below to watch the whole thing :)

Don't forget to follow on Instagram (aandreaclare), Youtube (aandreaclare), snapchat (aandreaclare) and Twitter (aandreaclare) so you don't miss out when these videos go live!



Xo, Andrea
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12.21.2016

LAST MINUTE STOCKING STUFFERS


It's crunch time! And if you are like everyone else in the world, you're scrambling for a few last minute stocking stuffers. You know, nothing too huge, but the small things that your loved one wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves, they probably don't need, but it's still fun to open on Christmas morning. 

I've put together a little list of a few of my favourite things from one of my favourite sites to shop. ASOS! When we lived in London, I would say about 90% of my shopping was done on that site. They have it all! AND if you live in the UK, and are signed up for expedited shipping - you stuff shows up on your doorstep the next morning! 

Even if you aren't based in the UK, the delivery is generally pretty darn quick. So get shopping!



If nothing on ASOS tickles your fancy, I would also check out your local Sephora to pick up something like this beautiful lipstick or Indigo for a small thing like this Mini Emergency Kit that every lady needs in their life :)

Happy Shopping!

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12.20.2016

KODIAK SOCKS

blonde women in red puffer jacket and ugg boots
Red puffer jacket - A vintage find (last seen here)
Jeans - Old - Similar ones here, here
Boots- UGG - Buy them here (love these as well)
Socks - old - similar ones here

This is crazy! How are we only a few days away from Christmas! It's weird, some years it feels like Christmas takes for ever to come around, but this year I feel like I've hardly had enough time to watch my favourite christmas movies 100 times. I think Ken would disagree - I' driving him mental with the Santa Clause and Home Alone 2 on repeat. All. Day. Long.

young lady in bright red winter jacket and kodiak socks in vancouver canada
vancouver blogger wearing ugg boots

We had another big snow fall here in the city a few days ago. Now that I live nice and close to work (a year ago I had about a 25 minute commute into the hospital) I'm actually really enjoying the snow. Not worrying about how I'll get into work or how bad the traffic will be has been wonderful! Although I find myself waking up early each day, wondering if work is going to give me a ring as a last stitch effort to fill in for missing staff that couldn't make it themselves.
what to wear in the snow

As much as I love to dress up, I have found myself wearing this outfit (+/- leggings and a different comfy top) almost everyday. Especially on days I'm working because it's SO comfy and there is so need to get all dolled up at 6am. Heck, I change into scrubs (which are basically pajamas) within 5 minutes of stumbling into the hospital anyways. So I figure I might as well be super comfy on my quick commute in, and be excited I have something cozy to get into after my shift. 

Nothing says comfy around Christmas like a good pair of kodiak socks and Ugg boots!

vintage shopping
how to look cute and stay warm in the snow

I know Uggs are one of those things that people either love or hate. Personally, I love them. The ones I'm wearing in this post are from their newer collection - so they have more of a wearable shape to them. But I still love the original Uggs (the ones that look like giant slippers - haha) as well.

What are your thoughts?!? Do you love or hate them?

Xo, Andrea

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12.13.2016

INSIDE OUR NEW APARTMENT + UPDATES


Holy smokes, I feel like this has been a long time coming. 

If you watched my last youtube video (my Gucci Marmont unboxing) you would know that we moved back to Vancouver (our home base) back in August. It seems like forever ago now. I find myself re-watching our vlogs and blog posts from my year away and it really feels like a dream. Almost like I'm looking at someone else's life. I clearly still can't get over how lucky I am to have experienced as much as I did. Although I did moved back home with a few extra pounds on me - which isn't good - I'm still working to get those extra London lumps off.


But here we are, back in Vancouver, in a new apartment (which we found and moved into within a few days of landing back on home ground!). The last few months have been full of settling in, exploring our new area, lots of family time, decorating the new apartment and getting back into normal work life. Work is kicking my butt at the moment. Hence the lack of posts over here. I knew it would be difficult re-learning my job after being away for a whole year but I really under estimated how exhausted it would make me feel. For the first 4 weeks back at work, Ken literally had to make me dinner, bring it to me on the couch, peel me off the couch and tuck me into bed each night. I barely knew which way was up. But things are getting much better now and starting to feel like "normal" again.


If you follow me on snapchat (aandreaclare) or Instagram (aandreaclare) you probably already have a good idea of what our new place looks like. But I thought I'd compile a few of the photos here on the blog both for me to look back on and to share with you! We love our new place. It's in a great area and is in a heritage building (HELLO french doors, old hardwood floors!)


I hope you enjoyed my little update. I still have a ton of our travel photos to share but I'm desperately trying to get through our video footage over the next few days before I start pushing those out. You can watch the first few videos from Switzerland, Venice and Rome HERE :) 

Make sure to let me know what you think :)

xo, Andrea
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12.05.2016

GUCCI MARMONT WOC UNBOXING / REVIEW


WATCH THE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE HERE

(Buy the same one I have by clicking HERE)

Wow, it's been a while! Who knew moving countries and starting work again would be so exhausting and time consuming! 

I thought I'd ease myself back in slowly with a fun youtube video featuring my latest handbag purchase.  The Gucci Marmont WOC in Dusty Pink!

Thank you to everyone that has stuck around during this crazy transition! I really appreciate it!

P.S I post on Snapchat (aandreaclare) nearly daily - so follow me over there for more regular updates until I get my butt back in gear over here :)

Xo, Andrea
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