ANDREA CLARE

8.21.2015

A LOOK INTO OUR GASTOWN AIR B&B RENTAL


gastown apartment

As I've mentioned before, Ken (my fiancĂ©) is currently living in the UK.  I am still here in Vancouver (although, not for long) crashing my mom's spare bedroom until I take off for London.  Luckily, he gets decent breaks in his school schedule that allow him to come home for a few weeks at a time.  This summer, he happened to get about 5 weeks here in Vancouver, which has been SO nice. 

air b&b
gastown
gastown apartment
flat lay
casual outfit

Although my mom would love to have the both of us crashing her spare bedroom, we always like to rent a few apartments on Air B&B during his stay to make it feel like the good ol' days.  We actually lived in the Olypmic Village for a few years before he left for London, so being in the city centre, always feels like home.  We've always rented apartments in the Olympic Village - until this visit.  This time around, we picked 3 difference areas to rent apartments in, just to experience the other areas of Vancouver we don't really branch out to very often. 

gastown apartment
gastown apartment
gastown apartment
retro apartment
gastown apartment
retro apartment
baseball tee
bedroom decor
bookshelf

This gastown apartment has to be one of my favourite places we've rented yet.  It has such a cool, lofty, retro vibe that really drew me to it.  It was pure luck that we got it too! Everything really fell into place.

This place really felt home-like.  The couple that lives there have family pictures up, lots of cool books and other odds and ends throughout the apartment.  I'm a super nosey person, so I always like renting a place that feels more like a home than a hotel. Not only because I like to look around, but also because it just feels more cozy.  I probably spent the first 30 minutes we were in the place looking through the fridge and the cupboards.  Ken actually had to tell me to stop poking around and to mind my own business. 

french doors

[These french doors from the bedroom stole my heart!]

gastown apartment
gastown apartment
air b&b

Have you ever used Air B&B or have you rented your home on the site? If so, do you hate when nosey people (like me!) rent your place? haha

Xo, Andrea
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8.04.2015

BEER SHOPPING ON MAIN STREET

casual date night
beer and tacos
casual date night
casual date night
main street beer
casual date night
main street beer
brassneck
casual date night
casual date night
casual date night
casual date night

Skirt - H&M (no longer avaialble - Similar here and here)
Sandals - Old navy - similar here and here
Sunglasses - Rayban avaiators


Last night, Ken and I wandered up Main Street to visit a few of the local breweries. We were on the hunt for a new and interesting beer that we could get a keg of for our up coming engagement party. We tried a ton of different beers but haven't really decided on anything just yet.  We better figure it out quick though, the party coming up fast!

After visiting the breweries we were interested in, we headed over to our old stomping ground in the Olympic Village.  We lived in the village for a few years before Ken moved to London and really loved it. It always feels like home when we are there.  The Craft is the hot spot in village, one that we frequented pretty regularly.  We popped in for another beer and a massive plate of nachos. If you follow along on snapchat ( username : aandreaclare ) you saw me devour half the plate.  I couldn't help it, beer makes me hungry!

Xo, Andrea
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7.29.2015

CHLOE DREW DUPE


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
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7.27.2015

COTTON CANDY SUNSET

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)

sunset
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: 



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