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Beach Please {Summer Hat DIY}

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I never used to be a ‘hat person’. But now I can honestly say I have a little bit of an addiction. And all the cute Summer hats I keep seeing everywhere ain’t helping. I’ve seen a variety of different versions online of big hats with writing on them and kept thinking ‘I can make that’- so I did just that. Hats can get a bit pricey, but I’m happy to say this wide- brimmed cutie cost me less than $10 (the hat I used for this DIY was $5 at IKEA folks!) and is super easy to make. I also love the idea of making a mini version with a kids hat for some cute Summer twinning (if you find one let me know!). Just pick a favourite word or phrase, pick up some thread or twine and glue. It’s. That. Simple. Pair with your favourite swimsuit and sandals for a beachy #ootd! See below for the steps.

Materials

Wide- brimmed hat (I bought mine at IKEA for $5- I also found a similar one on Amazon)

Black embroidery thread or twine (I doubled mine up and twisted it together so the design would show up clearly)

Fine- tipped marker

Hot glue gun

Directions

  1. Start by picking a phrase and writing the letters with the fine- tipped marker on the brim using dots or dashed lines

2. Using the glue gun, trace over the letters with hot glue, doing about 2- 3″ at a time so the glue doesn’t cool before you press the embroidery thread onto the design

3. Continue until your phrase is finished. For some letters like ‘a’, it might be easier to cut the thread and restart the letter rather than doubling over the thread you’ve already glued down

   

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June 13, 2017
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Spring & Summer Style with Chews

Anyone else counting down the days to Summer? This Spring hasn’t been the greatest for weather and it’s got me craving the sun and heat in a major way. The West Coast is a beautiful place to live but we have so much grey and rain that we earn the blue skies and hot weather for the few short months they’re here. 

And with that sun comes all the things for Spring and Summer in our wardrobes: tees, shorts, flip flips, maxi dresses… I’ll take one of everything. ;).  I teamed up with Chews Boutique on a fashion feature in the Fall (see that here) and we’ve got together again to share some style ideas for the Spring and Summer (also perfect to take on vacation!). We paired everything with items you’ve probably already got in your closest to show how easy and versatile her pieces are to wear- perfect if you like pieces that can multitask and go with a variety of items you already own.

All of the pieces Chelsey carries in her online shop combine comfort with style, with everything under $70. Comfort, style, aaaand at a good price? Check, check, check! Like I said, I’ll take one of everything ;). See below for 5 outfits perfect for the warmer weather featuring pieces available from Chews- just add sun!!!

 

Off the Shoulder Tie Top- $48.50

Sunglasses & black jeans- my own

Cargo Jacket– $59.50

Burnout Tank Top– $28.50

White jeans- my own

Blue bodycon dress- $42.50

White Converses runners- my own

 

Bell sleeve top- $42.50

Black jeans & hat- my own

   Blue Ombre Maxi Dress– $58.50

Wedges & hat- my own

 It’s hard to pick a favourite, but it’s safe to say that Chelsey stocks her online shop with some pretty great pieces. Whatever is on your warm weather style wish list, make sure you check out Chews, you definitely won’t come away disappointed. We always have a good time when we get together for shoots and we had a blast with Akane shooting the photos for this post- I hope it gave you some ideas for your Spring and Summer style! 

Want to treat yo’self??? Hop over to Instagram and enter to win a $25 shop credit from Chews! Click here for a direct link to the contest photo. Good luck!!

About Chews 
Chews Boutiqie was established by owner Chelsey Andrews to offer a unique take on wardrobe basics. Offering up a variety of pieces that invokde effortless style with a minimalist and modern feel, Chews aims to offer pieces that will becomes staples in their shopper’s closets at an affordable price point. To view current selection, visit the Chews website.

Follow Chews on social media for the latest releases and special discounts:

Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Photo credit: Akane Kondo Photography

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May 18, 2017
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Fun in the Sun: Warm Weather Essentials

It’s finally SPRING! And that means longer days, warmer weather, aaaaaaand Summer isn’t too far away! Whether you’re planning a beach- y holiday or are just looking for some cute pieces for the warm months ahead, this post is all about the things to help you make the most of sunny days. So grab the SPF and your favourite pair of sunnies, it just gets better from here!

First up: swim suit. Pretty much a staple when it comes to Summer and a necessity when you’re hopping on a plane to sit on a beautiful beach somewhere. This peachy suit is a 2- piece from The Secret Closet, perfect if you aren’t a fan of one- pieces but still like a little extra coverage. And for bikini lovers like me, you’ll also like that the strap is removable and the bottom is reversible (this one has a pretty floral print on the other side) and can be rolled down if you like a lower- lying bikini bottom. Also: anything with a little bit of sparkle makes you feel kind of like a mermaid, and how can you not have fun when you’re channeling your inner Ariel? 😉 You can visit The Secret Closet owner, Nicole, in Maple Ridge to try on the swim suits so you find one that’s the perfect fit and style- the hardest part is narrowing down all the cute choices!

 

Next up: beach essentials. Think cover up, towel, and bag. For travel, I think anything with a zipper is a good option to keep your personal belongings like wallet and travel documents safe. This striped beauty is my go- to for everyday and has doubled as a carry- all when I go away for a few days. If you’re in charge of plane tickets and passports when it comes to vacations, a passport holder is a great idea to help keep everything together and organized. The one below is made by Pecan Tree Creations, and there are a few options available including holders for up to 6 passports, so if you’re travelling with the whole family you can keep everyone’s passports and documents all together. It has an elastic closure to keep everything secure and you can pick from several pretty prints (how perfect would this be to give as a grad gift with some money tucked inside for someone you know planning a post- grad trip?).

If you like to cover up while you hunt down the perfect beach- side ice cream cone, there are so many cute options and I’ve shared two completely different ones below. The first is this pretty cover up from Jammy and Co that doubles as a dress when you wear a slip underneath. It’s lightweight and perfect if you want a light layer over top your swim suit, or want something that serves double- duty when you travel and saves on packing space. I love that it goes with anything and you can take it from beach to dinner with a quick change out of your swim suit and into a light layer underneath (they also make cute options in kids sizes if you’re looking for something for your little lady- how cute would twinning at the beach be?!). 

If you’re like me and love a good towel for the beach, or want a plush one to take on vacation, this wearable poncho towel from LOLL is a great option. Throw it over your other beach layers to stay warm with the ocean breeze, use it dry off, or use it to change in and out of your swim suit underneath. There’s a zip on both sides or pop it on and off over your head. I love how soft and thick it is- plus the hood is a nice added bonus to keep warm. Whether you lie on it to soak up some sun, or throw it over your bathing suit it’s great for the pool and beach (think walking to and from the beach/ pool at a hotel on vacation). If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know that walking on deck while the ship is moving can make for an extra cool breeze and this would be perfect to stay warm, especially for those late- night dips in the pool. 😉 Also- how perfect would this be to curl up in for a fresh air nap? There are several designs available, including Turkish towel options and thick terry towels like this one. Whether for the beach, to take to a sunny vacation spot, or for Summers spent at home, this is a towel I’m glad to have discovered. Now I just need Summer to hurry up and get here!

 

    

OK, last thing I want to mention: I feel like vacations are an excuse to buy a few cute outfits. 😉 Or if you’re staying close to home this Summer, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about your warm weather wardrobe. You can’t beat a classic t- shirt, and the great thing is you can wear them year- round. Hawaii holds a special place in my heart and I love Aloha Kai’s line of apparel inspired by the Islands. This ‘You Had Me At Aloha’ tee goes with everything and is super soft and comfortable. Wear it with jeans until it really warms up or pair with shorts or cute skirt (might have to try this with a pretty tulle number as well 😉 ) … And then there’s this pineapple skirt from Lone Wolf Boutique– I don’t think it gets more fun than this! (I also can’t wait to wear this skirt with my swim suits this Summer). Owner Stephanie and I actually went to high school together and I was so excited to get to include her in this post (she’s also got a watermelon print skirt I’ve got my eye on that’s super cute). This outfit just makes me smile and I think is a great example of some of the fun things you can work into your Summer wardrobe.  And seriously- just try not to love that pineapple print. Just try. It’s just plain fun and that to me is what Summer/ vacation and the clothes that come with it are all about.

   

  

I hope this post gives you some ideas for the warm weather ahead! BC in the Summer can’t be beat and for those of you lucky enough to be heading on a vacation this year, I hope you enjoy a yummy cocktail on the beach for me. Now it’s just a waiting game until the hot days of Summer get here!

Source info (in order of appearance): 

Swim suit- The Secret Closet | Instagram: @nikkinordli

Swim suit cover up- Jammy & Co | Instagram: @jammyandco

Heart print passport holder- Pecan Tree Creations | Instagram: @pecantreecreations

Poncho Towel- LOLL | Instagram: @lollbeach

‘You Had Me at Aloha’ tee- Aloha Kai | Instagram: @alohakaiapparel

Pineapple print skirt- Lone Wolf Boutique | Instagram: @lonewolfboutique

Photography: Ally Fotografy 

Thank you to all of the brands that provided pieces for this post and to Ally for always being game for my crazy blogging antics (it was snowing earlier in the day that we shot these photos!).

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March 23, 2017
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For the Guys: Products He’ll Love

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One of things I wanted to share more about on the blog this year is stuff for guys. I feel like there are so many amazing options out there for us ladies and the kids, but wanted to scope out some of the products made for the guys in our lives. Whether you’ve got a hairy fella like I do who’s in need of some grooming products, a guy who loves his beer, or who just likes finding new things to try, I rounded up a variety of local brands to share some ideas guys will love.

We like to support local/ small business as much as possible and we’re lucky to have so many great options locally to choose from. Aloha Kai (‘Super Blessed’ hat) and Locomotive Clothing (t- shirt) both make great pieces for everyone in the family, with a great selection of items for men. If your favourite man doesn’t like carrying a bulky wallet but needs something for his essentials like cards and cash, the handmade leather wallets by Bomber Supply & Co are a great solution, and come in 3 different colours.

If your man likes his products (or maybe you’re trying to encourage him to use some- beards need taming after all 😉 ), there are plenty to choose from that are made using high quality, natural ingredients; nothing weird or full of chemicals. Nothing is over powering in terms of scent, and whether your fella is looking for shaving products (think that mug, shave soap & badger bristle brush by The Printed PugIs It Bath Time Yet?), beard grooming essentials (how about beard shampoo and oil from The Badass Gentleman’s Collection by Red Lemon Natural Living?), or just a good bar of soap to wash the dirt of the day away (that dark bar by OnceUpon Bath & Body contains olive oil, seas salt, and activated charcoal to keep skin healthy and clear), he won’t be stuck for ideas. And if he’s in need of some TLC and unwinding, the brown sugar & fig candle by Caribou Candle Co is a great scent to help him relax while he’s in the shower (even if they won’t admit it, I know a few guys who don’t mind a candle or two). 

…And how about when it’s time to unwind a little? There are so many great local breweries to choose from- many liquor stores now have a great selection or you make a date night out of it and visit the brewery to try out what they’ve got to offer. Trading Post Brewing is one of our local favourites and you can get growler fills at their Langley brewery. Now how to get all that beer home (or maybe you’re giving some to someone special)? Stock up on some good bottles and pop them into a wood caddy (this one is handmade by CPC Woodcraft); they’re great for transport and make an attractive addition to a home bar or man cave. And when it comes time to enjoy those brews, Shop Ava to Zoe makes a variety of handmade leather items including these ‘Brew, Enjoy, Empty, Repeat’ leather coasters that will keep drips off furniture but manly enough they won’t mind using them. Win- win for everyone. 😉 

    

I hope this round- up gives you some ideas for the man in your life to try! I loved learning about how many locals offer products for guys and we’re enjoying trying out the shaving and beard products as Will continuously experiments with his facial hair (so far the man bun/ ponytail has been left intact). I’d love to hear what guy products are a hit in your family!

Product Info

Clockwise from top left

‘Super Blessed’ hat- Aloha Kai | Instagram: @alohakaiapparel

Sunglasses- Will’s own

‘The DarkNite’ activated charcoal soap- OnceUpon Bath & Body | Instagram: @onceuponbathbody

Beer- Trading Post Brewing | Instagram: @tradingpostbrewing

Beer caddy- CPC Woodcraft | Instagram: @cpcwoodcraft

Beer theme leather coasters- Shop Ava to Zoe | Instagram: @shopavatozoe

Brown sugar & fig candle- Caribou Candle Co | Instagram: @cariboucandleco

Shoes- Will’s own

Moustache mug, shave soap bar & shave brush- Collab with The Printed Pug | Instagram: @theprintedpug &  Is It Bath Time Yet? | Instagram: @isitbathtimeyet

Leather ‘Wingman’ wallet- Bomber Supply & Co | Instagram: @bombersupplyco

Beard Oil & Shampoo- The Badass Gentleman’s Collection by Red Lemon Natural Living | Instagram: @red.lemon.natural

Tee- Locomotive Clothing | Instagram: @locomotiveclothing

Thank you to all of the brands who helped me put together this round up! I hope you enjoy trying their products as much as we have!

 

March 14, 2017
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Date Night Style

When it comes to date night, do you like to be comfy & casual or use it as an excuse to get dressed up and dust off those heels? Whatever your style it’s fun (and important) to get out with the hubby and keep the romance alive. Kids or no kids, dating your spouse helps keep the relationship strong. And let’s face it, relationships need time and attention: life is busy, but a few hours every now and then can help you reconnect. Whether you want a low- maintenance night in your favourite jeans or to go all- out in that dress you haven’t worn in months, I’ve got some tips to help make your next date night a stylish one. See below for some tips & outfit ideas. Now just what to get your main man to wear? 😉

Getting ready

  • give yourself a little extra time to enjoy getting ready if you can (how often can you get ready without rushing/ wrangling kids?)
  • treat yourself to some new makeup or perfume for the occasion, date night’s are the perfect excuse to have some fun with your makeup & hair
  • if you prefer a more natural look, keep makeup simple and lighter; to glam it up a bit experiment with bolder colours and maybe a few extra coats of mascara to make your eyes pop (tip: dark lips are great to add drama)
  • if you don’t like heavy scents, spritz your perfume and walk through it rather than spraying directly onto your skin
  • pop lipgloss & other essentials into your bag for touch- ups (maybe toss in some mints for after dinner)
  • like to freshen up throughout the evening? Pick up a travel size deodorant and spray some perfume onto a cotton swab and keep in a mini ziploc bag to pat onto your skin after dinner

Details

Makeup- Elate Clean Cosmetics

Perfume- Charlotte Tilbury ‘Scent of a Dream’

If you want to go casual

  • pick pieces that combine style & comfort
  • skinny jeans or leggings are a wardrobe staple that go with almost everything
  • lower heels or flats are perfect, especially if you’ll be on your feet a lot (dancing anyone?)
  • keep makeup more simple (think lipgloss vs lipstick)

  

Details

Top- Muse Social Fashion House

Jacket, jeans & boots- my own

Makeup- Elate Clean Cosmetics

If you want to get glammed up

  • pick an outfit that’s got a ‘wow factor’- go for a bold colour or pattern, a unique style, or accessories that make a statement
  • use this as an excuse to wear something you don’t get to wear often, like that dress and heels you’ve been wanting an excuse to wear
  • be a little more dramatic with your makeup- think eyeliner and bolder lips, false lashes or a few extra coats of mascara
  • add layers- if you’re going out at night don’t forget a pretty sweater or coat to help you keep warm

Details

Floral kimono- Muse Social Fashion House

Dress & shoes- my own

Makeup- Elate Clean Cosmetics

Thank you to everyone involved who helped bring this post together!

Outfit photos- Janette, Shearer, Ava to Zoe

Muse Social Fashion House

Instagram: @musefashion

Facebook: Muse Social Fashion House

Elate Clean Cosmetics

Instagram: @elatecosmetics

Facebook: Elate Cosmetics

Charlotte Tilbury

Instagram: @ctilburymakeup

Facebook: Charlotte Tilbury

January 19, 2017
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Fashion Feature: Chews Boutique

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When you’re running around in a romper in November, you know you must be on the West Coast. No snow here folks, and on the day we shot the photos for this blog post it almost felt like Summer was back. In November. Chews Boutique launched earlier this month, offering up a variety of adorable pieces all priced under $70. Everything is selected by owner Chelsey to be comfortable and stylish with a modern, minimalist aesthetic. With everything from tops, bottoms, dresses, and outerwear, Chews has pieces for every aspect of your closet, and you won’t break the budget treating yourself. We got together just after the online shop opened to style a few of the pieces from this recently launched collection, and lucked out with a rain- free day to run around taking photos. If you’re on the look out for pieces that offer up easy style, make sure you check out this awesome new online boutique. See below for 5 looks styled with Chelsey and Chews Boutique.

 

 

Tribal Cardigan– $59.50
Antler necklace- JQ Vancouver
Hat, leggings & shoes- my own

 

 

 

Shoes- my own

 

 

 

Choker necklace- JQ Vancouver
Shoes- my own

 

 

 

 

Striped Romper– $54.50
Neckalce- JQ Vancouver
Bag- borrowed from Chelsey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side Knot Top– $38.50
Hooded Vest– $55.50
Shoes- my own
If you’re like me, a few of the pieces from Chews have made it onto my Christmas wishlist. Everything is comfortable, stylish, and affordable- how can you go wrong? I hope you love this new collection as much as I do, the hard part will be narrowing down your choices! Also- make sure you keep an eye out for more pieces being released in the coming weeks as Chelsey will be adding new pieces to the shop regularly.
Special thanks to Akane Kondo for shooting the photos for this collab!

About Chews 
Chews Boutiqie was established by owner Chelsey Andrews to offer a unique take on wardrobe basics. Offering up a variety of pieces that invokde effortless style with a minimalist and modern feel, Chews aims to offer pieces that will becomes staples in their shopper’s closets at an affordable price point. To view current selection, visit the Chews website.

Follow Chews on social media for the latest releses and special discounts:
Facebook: Chews Boutique 
Instagram: @shopchews
Photo credit: Akane Kondo Photography
Instagram: @akanekondophoto
November 25, 2016
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