Monday, November 23, 2015

Chic Lounge Wear Inspiration

Ok so I know I'm super late on the 'Scandal' train, but I've sped through the first couple seasons of the TV show starring Kerry Washington in the last little while...and am now completely obsessed with Olivia Pope's style!

Let's be honest, when I work from home, I'm not proud of the way I'm dressed. I usually resort to either staying in PJ's, or wearing the same sweater that should probably be burned by now. After watching Scandal, I suddenly have some new inspiration to up my lounge wear game. Buh-bye ugly sweatpants, hello silk trousers and cashmere sweaters!

Now obviously upgrading to luxury lounge wear out of the blue isn't cheap, so while I plan to slowly start to invest in new pieces; I'm also planning to keep my eye out in the thrift store for some luxury finds (I have pretty good luck with finding cashmere & silk on the cheap there).


Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Fashionable Gifts for Her

I feel like this is the first time I have ever gotten myself organized and planning for Christmas this early! Usually, I figure the beginning of December is early enough, but then before I know it, I'm racing around trying to get gifts for those people I just can't find something for. But this year, I have finally learned how to do it right, and it starts with a trip to Chapters!

I've actually notice I always end up at Chapters any time I'm searching for a gift for someone. I'm not the biggest book worm (ok, not really at all), but I could spend hours scouring all the fashion, d├ęcor, kitchen goods, and stationary...and I always seem to find the perfect little gift for whoever I'm looking for. So I'm planning on it being one-stop-shop for Christmas gifts this year. This is my first gift guide of the season, specifically for the fashionable woman in your life (or even just something for yourself). Stay tuned, and I'll have a men's and kid's gift guides coming soon too!

Hope this helps you cross a few off you list...

10. IndigoSweets Dark Chocolate Salted Caramels

Happy Holiday Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tea at the Top: Fairmont Vancouver

As you all know well by now, I have an obsession with afternoon tea: part of it is the dressing up, part of it is the atmosphere...and the biggest part is definitely the tasty little treats! This lucky gal recently won afternoon tea the the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, at their 15th floor pop-up called 'Tea at the Top'. I was lucky enough to have tea at the Fairmont Empress earlier this year for my birthday, so I was beyond excited to have the chance to try another Fairmont tea in Vancouver!

Usually I like to get pretty dressed up for afternoon tea, but with the cold rainy weather lately, I just haven't been feeling up to it. Luckily, I found this gorgeous camel cape at Topshop recently (I have been searching YEARS for this baby!), and I can't help but feel polished and classy in it. The key is matching it with pants, not a dress, because of the silhouette of the cape. I was perfectly happy to pair it with easy-to-walk-in boots for the rain.

Every single bit of  the Tea at the Top's menu was divine. The tea is always a treat- especially when served in royal china, and before the 3-tiers of bite-sized eats arrived, we were treated to a tasting of dungeness crab cakes, foraged mushroom and goat's cheese tartlets, and a sweet taste of honey yogurt panna cotta with macerated fruits. What a start!

Then, it was on to main course! 3 tiers of delicious little treats: butter and raisin scones, an assortment of sweet pastries, and finally a selection of English-inspired finger tea sandwiches. From top to bottom, the fashionable eats were delicious and the perfect combination of traditional and unique. I always have a soft spot for scones with house-made preserves and Devonshire clotted cream, but I must say the tiny salt beef with radish and arugula on mini mustard bagels. Adorable! The spiced apricot cake was also a new favourite.

The whole experience was so lovely- I wish I could do it every week! Wouldn't that be the best? And did I mention the view? Spectacular from the top of the Fairmont Vancouver. For now, a special one-in-awhile visit will have to do. A girl always needs an excuse to dress up, after all!

Butter and raisin scones with house-made blueberry preserves and Devonshire clotted cream

Sweets: salted caramel chocolate financier, vanilla bean mille-feuille, macaron, strawberry charlotte, spiced apricot cake

 Savoury: St. Mary's River smoked salmon with lemon ricotta on buckwheat blini, salt beef on mustard bagel, organic egg salad with english cucumber and watercress, curried free run chicken with Branston pickle on a caraway roll

Butter scone with blueberry preserves and Devonshire clotted cream, organic egg salad, salt beef on mustard bagel

Cape - Topshop (similar) | Scarf - thrifted | Top - Winners | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Purse - Steve Madden via Winners | Boots - Miss Smart

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, November 9, 2015

Adventures in Fort Langley

This past weekend, we headed out to Fort Langley for the Little White House's Noel Vintage Market- what better way to spend the day with the girls! It was an absolute downpour out, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from stopping by for the Christmas market. It was so great to see so many new people discovering my favourite little gem of Fort Langley! There was a great selection of handmade and vintage DIY goods- it was like peeking into the wonderful world of Pinterest wins. It definitely got the ideas flowing for Christmas. And there are like 4 scarves that I may or may not go back for at Little White House. Because my obsession for blanket scarves is insatiable.

Once we'd taken a full tour of all the vendors, and snacked on holiday punch and gold-dusted macarons (yes, please!), we headed over to Krause Berry Farms for lunch. Best decision ever. We tried their roasted corn chowder (made on-site) with asparagus bread...and a giant apple waffle. Oh man. Unreal. With the rain beating on the roof, a cozy fire place by the table, rustic-inspired was such a great spot to spend the afternoon! And it couldn't hurt that wine tasting was 5 steps away in the same room. Shopping, food and wine: that's my idea of a perfect day.

Vest - SheIn | Sweater - Penguin (thrifted via Value Village) | Blazer - thrifted | Purse - Steve Madden (via Winners) | Earrings - Nobis & Grey | Necklace - Olive + Piper | Jeans - Urban Planet | Boots - Miss Smart

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

I've been wanting to do a trip to the pumpkin patch for years now; it's definitely been a long, long time! So I headed to Aldor Acres with the bestie to relive our childhood (and rock some pumpkin patch appropriate outfits, of course).

The farm features a full pumpkin patch, hay ride tour, petting zoo...even a FARMacy (haha) to pick up farm fresh veggies and Grandma Anderson's homemade preserves. Yum.

We sipped some apple cider, and then took a hayride over to the pumpkin patch to find our prized pumpkins!

Sweater - Forever 21 | Scarf - Dee Dee Booski | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Vest - Aeropostale | Shirt - Winners | Jeans - Urban Planet | Backpack - thrifted via Value Village | Boots - Aldo (thrifted via Salvation Army)

Photography by Chantale Tyers

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Glam: American Horror Story Hotel's The Countess

And the last of my Halloween costumes for this year...The Countess (a la Lady Gaga) from American Horror Story Hotel. This one was a total blast to create- from the makeup to the costume. Again, the recently lightened blonde hair made this look even easier. But of course, the most important part of this costume is the glove! If you haven't seen the show yet, just take my word for it that it's a highlight of most episodes.

The awesome guy working at Value Village went searching for a silver/grey glove that I was hoping to find, and ended up finding this amazing set of sequinned gloves. Talk about a perfect find! It didn't have the metallic claws, though, so I found myself some black plastic nails, painted them in Essie's No Place Like Chrome, and super glued them to the tips of the gloves. The brooch was a last minute touch from my own jewelry chest. Oh and those glittery dots of blood? I found an awesome set of glam vampire stickers at Value Village. The perfect touch.

As for the dress and cape blazer, I had them both in my closet already from Vancouver Fashion Week earlier this year. It's always great to have an excuse to use those again!

Of course, Lady Gaga's signature beauty look in the show is her bleached brows, shadow cat-eye and ombre vampy lips. NYX's V'amped Up! Lip Top Coat was the perfect way to create the ombre vampire lip look. Just apply it all around the edges of your applied red lipstick and smudge in!

Dress - Asos | Cape blazer - Lavish Alice (via Asos) | Glove - Value Village 

Happy Halloween Styling! xo

~ Britta

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