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9.14.2017

A VERY SPECIAL VIDEO - OUR WEDDING RECEPTION SLIDE SHOW


Eeeeek, can't believe I finally am sharing this video with you! It took me forever to put together and Ken and I watched it probably 100 times before we played it at our wedding reception but we are so happy with how it came together. Definitely my favourite video we have done to date!

I hope you enjoy! It's a special one!

Xo, Andrea
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9.11.2017

DOWN BY THE RIVER


Shorts - Forever21 (old)
Sweater - Vintage
Sunglasses - H&M
Shoes - Converse (last seen here)

A very simple post here today. One of the many outfits my mom and sister helped me shoot while away at our family cabin last week. Thank you mom and sis!

Yes, even when we are "camping" I still have some fun with my clothes. Nothing fancy (clearly) but I don't like to be in total scrubs the whole time. Having said that, I do often change into my pj's and Ugg boots most evenings when we are at the cabin during the Winter, but when it's hot out, I'm usually in something like this in the evening. 


I bought these shorts years and years ago when the One Teaspoon shorts were all the rage. I couldn't  pull the trigger on them, so I settled for this much more affordable option from Forever21. This loose fit is always much more flattering on me than something that strangles my thighs. I have another pair that I made from Ken's old jeans that fit similarly that I love as well. I do still have a few pairs of "daisy duke" style shorts, but I'm always most comfortable in something like this pair.

If you're having trouble sourcing your loose fitting shorts (it seems like everything out there is tight tight tight!), I would recommend sifting through either your husbands closet or your local thrift shop for jeans you can DIY and chop up yourself. It only takes a few cuts, you can customize them to your liking, and would cost next to nothing!


We had to make sure to keep this monkey close to us while we were down by the river. My mom said there had been a few bear and cougar sightings along the waters edge recently, so we were there with bear mace in hand and eyes wide open. Luckily, there was no run ins with bears that day and Chico wasn't an appetite for some hungry animal.


Nothing like the great outdoors! I'm definitely a city girl at heart (I can't be without my shopping and electronics!) but I grew up camping, so this girl knows how to get a little muddy at times.  I always jump at the chance to head down to the cabin for a few nights of fresh air and campfires.


If you're wondering why all the photos in this post look so hazy, it's because wild fires are running rampant in the area at the moment - all the way up across British Columbia as well. So while I was hoping for a few clear days while up here, there was nothing but thick smoke.


Xo, Andrea
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9.08.2017

GINGHAM BIKINI

DENIM SKIRT

Bikini - Shein.com
Denim Skirt - Forever21 (Similar)
Shoes - Aldo
Sunglasses  - H&M
Necklace - Forever21



I'm at our home away from home this week! Some call it camping, some call it glamping. Either way, it's our family cabin in the states. I suppose when you have wifi, a pool, and full kitchen - it's a stretch to call it camping, haha.

I've been working on a big post that will go through all my outfits I've put together while here, but I thought I'd share just my pool ensemble for now. I'll warn you, all the outfits that will be in that post are VERY simple - nothing too over the top - but I thought it would be fun to show what I really wear when I'm at the cabin "glamping" for a few days. That post should be coming in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for it :)

gingham bathing suit

Ok, back to this outfit. I LOVE this bikini I found on Shein.com. If you're a frequent visitor of my blog, you would know I shop there all the time! They have tons of trendy things for next to nothing, so there is no hard feelings when I have to donate things when they are no longer trendy in a few months. This bikini is one of those things. I think the whole suit was about $16 - certainly not breaking the bank! 

pool day
how to look stylish at the beach

As much as I love the print, I love the shape of the top just as much. The straight lines and tube top shape reminds me of something I would wear in the 90's. It doesn't have any padding in the chest, but since I haven't got much to work with in that department anyways, it doesn't bother me. So if you are big busted, I wouldn't recommend this one. It doesn't have any kind of straps or ability to add them easily. The bottoms are also quite cheeky (hence why I am wearing a skirt in these photos!) - so if you aren't into that, I would pass on this one.

bathing suit coverup
black and white bikini
fuji xt20
beach day

As I mentioned in one of my Hawaii posts, adding an A-line skirt that is fitted at the waist is my go-to look for a pool or beach day. It's an easy one piece outfit that covers most of the goods to get you to beach. I also love the casual element denim adds to any outfit.

I can't count how many times I've worn this skirt (and a few others I own that are similar). You can see them styled a few different ways here (probably my favourite), here, here, and here.

casual summer outfit

Xo, Andrea

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9.06.2017

INSTAGRAM ROUND UP

andreaclare instagram

[ Gingham, Hawaiian mimosas, our coffee table, wedding polaroid]

It's been a while since I did one of these! Since I post to much more content over on my Instagram that often doesn't make it to the blog, I like sharing it here as well once and a while. There's lots of good stuff in this one! Wedding pictures, home decor and hair cuts! I hope you enjoy! 

how to make a pretty instagram

[' I Do! ', daily reminders, velvet blush, my wedding bouquets!]

instagramer

[Throwback to our days in London, our wedding reception, sugar addict, snaps from Barcelona]

vsco instagram

[ I got bangs, prettying pink things, sundays at home, wedding rehearsal dinner dress]

pretty instagram tips

[Throwback to hawaii, pink cellphone case, cutout midi pink dress, always champagne]

how to create a beautiful instagram

[more reminders to self, blush tones for fall, exciting opportunities abroad, new Aldo sneakers]

cool toned instagram page

[bright colours, new Gucci bag, rehearsal dinner shot, couch days]

how to instagram

[Hawaii, pink Gucci, pretty flay lays, home]

Xo, Andrea

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8.25.2017

YELLOW GINGHAM SHORTS

olymus m5 mirrorless camera

Yellow shorts - Shein.com (love these, these and these as well)
Top - H&M
Sandals - Aldo
Purse - very old - Similar HERE, love THIS ONE as well
Sunglasses - Rayban ClubMaster
Camera - Olympus



Somewhat of a spontaneous post today. Ken and I stepped out of the house for a few minutes to take a few test shots with a new camera I picked up last week, but I love these little yellow shorts to much, that I wanted to share them right away! I love them! I got them a little late in the summer but with a price tag at $12, even if I only get a few wears out of them before we are back to our usual grey and rainy days, it's still worth it. Ken thought I looked like a retro girl from the 50's in this outfit. Especially once I got onto my 1 speed vintage beauty of a bike. The vintage style camera really helps too, haha.

The camera I picked up was this Olympus M5 in Silver. Although I do love it, I am already considering returning it for Fuji's mirrorless camera for the better sensor. Once I decide on something, I'll be sure to do a post on it :)

gingham shorts
yellow outfit
rayban club master sunglasses
cute inexpensive shorts
olympus m5

Xo, Andrea
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8.23.2017

MINI MOONERS


Jumping back to our little "mini moon" we took just after our wedding today!

As I mentioned in our last post about this trip, both Ken and I took a very casual approach to this trip. Both of us packed very light, wore the same clothes day after day, I only wore makeup 1 of 5 days and hardly even busted out the camera! So unlike me! But I have to say, I loved it. And I KNOW Ken loved the 'no camera' part!


However, by the 4th day, we were ready to put on some real clothes and get a little dressed up for a nice dinner out. Ken wore a nice light blue button up shirt (I always love him in blue because it matches his super blue eyes) and I got into another dress favourite - this lady-like plaid/gingham print dress. I bought it ages ago from a vintage shop, but it's originally from Zara. I always seem to reach for this little number whatever the occasion because it's just so simple. Neutral in colour, a little sexy because of the open back, lady-like length and has lots of room to grow a food baby in the tummy area :)


Oh, and I can't forget it's twirl factor :)


I have to give these sandals a mention. I've been wearing them ALL summer - and even before summer as seen in Hawaii and Vegas here, here and here! They are from Aldo, and although they haven't exactly held up that well, I still love them. They go with everything and are super comfy.


Neither Ken or I had ever visited Naramata before this trip. We booked it on a recommendation from a friend and we are so glad we took it! We really can't wait to get back there.

One thing we really loved is that the area is so small. During the day, we were on bike to all the wineries (see much more of that here) but in the evening, everything was a 2 minutes drive from our hotel. It made everything a no brainer. Plus the view along the roads (above) was breathtaking in every direction.


Ken reluctantly let me take a few pictures of him. I used the whole "this is our honeymoon! We have to make memories and photos to remember it!" and he gave in :)


We spotted this little restaurant on our way in to our hotel on the first day. Both of us thought it looked so much like the little swiss homes we saw in Interlaken! We had to see what it was all about, so we made the reservation for our last night in Naramata.


I hate to say it, but neither of us were all that impressed with our meals. In fact, dessert was the best part. But we both agreed we would probably visit again just because of this view! We sat their sipping our wine while the sun set and although the meal wasn't our favourite, we were in heaven.


Ken hates it when I take photos of him unknowingly but seriously, what a hunk!

Xo, Andrea

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