Sunday, July 31, 2011

Look of the Week: Fort Langley

This shoot was from a while back, but it was the epitome of a hot summer day! We Vancouverites have to hold onto those days so dearly, seeing as they've been so far and few between this summer. Fort Langley has really grown on me over the last year; the shops are more current and have stuff I actually love, and the food is just great...oh and it's all in adorable venue! You've already seen the Little White House and Traceycakes in my previous posts, but there is so much more than that. We quickly got a shot of my favourite drink place, Eighteen 27 on our way around town; their sangria is the best, and so are their yam fries and chocolate fondue! Highly recommended.
As for my outfit, the dress was my mom's, which she made herself. I shortened the hemline a bit, since it didn't fit as well when it was longer. I actually found the pattern for it in the crawlspace the other day and have been thinking about making the same dress in a different colour. People's favourite part of the outfit by far seemed to be the hat, though! The straw hat is an easy accessory that lightens up the outfit, and balances out the boldness if the dress. If I were downtown, I'd probably go without the hat, but for a day in the suburbs, it's perfect! (Not to mention you can tell my pale face could use some protection from the sun!)

Dress-My Mom's, Belt-Urban Planet, Shoes-Bewild, Hat-From childhood, Purse-vintage

Monday, July 18, 2011

Look of the Week: Vancouver Seawall

Well today happened to be a beautiful day after all! The weather here has been so far from summer-like that we were all very greatful to see some heat today. So I thought this shoot from June would be appropriate, which was probably the last time we had real summer sun. Me and my photographer buddy took a walk down the seawall near English Bay. Being near the water allowed for a very nice breeze, not to mention an amazing view of the ocean. We ended up having lunch at the Boathouse, which is right on the water at English Bay. The fish and chips was great, and whatever that tropical bellini was, it was amazing! I got quite a burn from sitting on their sundeck, but the view of the beach from there was too good to pass up.
My outfit was slightly grecian inspired, with all my accesories being gold to compliment the royal blue of the dress. I love my heels more than most, but for walking the seawall, some sandals were more practical; I didn't feel like I had to sacrifice too much, since these gold flats fit the bill. My belt used to be my mom's, and I got a compliment on it from a random passerby at the beach. It has a lovely leaf detail on the front..sometimes you find the interesting treasures in your own home! The dress was exceptionally comfortable all day, even in the hot sun. It was probably also a good thing it covered up my lower half, so I didn't burn as much as I could have. Remember that sunscreen, people!

Dress-Urban Behaviour, Belt-Mom's, Shoes-Just Earl, Ring-H&M, Aviators-Steve Madden, Purse-MK

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fashionable Eats: London Fog Cupcakes

I was inspired by all the cupcakes I’ve tasted at Traceycakes and the Little White House, and I decided to try making one of them myself! I did a quick google search for London Fog cupcakes and picked one that didn’t look too complicated. My first batch failed due to what I later realized was a typo in the recipe. The second time I cheated a little and used a boxed cake mix to save on time. You can easily use a boxed mix instead of making your own batter from scratch, because the only adjustment to a regular cupcake is that you are infusing the batter with earl grey. The icing I did from scratch based on the online recipe, and it’s my favourite part! To make your own, check out the site I used:

Just make sure to use 1 ¼ cup of milk for the batter, not just ¼ cup!! These have become my new favourite cupcakes!

Happy baking <3

Thursday, July 7, 2011

This Girl Turns 21!

So last week I celebrated my big milestone with some of my favourite ladies! We had a lovely day full of champagne, tea, and delicious little treats, all in the most adorable Little White House in Fort Langley. The house itself is filled with all kinds of little treasures, almost all of which are black and white. The salon cafe in the back of the house is beyond charming; it has a little coach, which was perfect for our afternoon high tea! Once we were all done, we made our way into their 'Secret Garden' for a lovely photo op.
My dress was an impulse buy by the label Ark & Co., which I've started to notice more and more while searching the racks of Winners. All their pieces I've found there were beautifully light pastel colours, with dainty details. I felt like a little kid with my straw hat and my balloons, and it made the outfit so much more fun!
To finish off the day, my friend/photographer Chantale made me a rocky road birthday cake! I couldn't have been happier!

Dress-Ark & Co., Heels-Anne Michelle
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