REALLY literal - vancouver fashion & travel blog by Christina Chan

Thursday, 17 April 2014

return of the skater dress.


[ American Apparel skater dress, Zara satin mules, Ray Ban wayfarers, Essie nail polish in 'Power Clutch' ]

Photos by Steve Pyne

So glad to finally be back home & healthy from Coachella. It was such a wonderful whirlwind of memories that will forever stay with me. Photographed here are little snips of our rad log cabin we rented during the festival. (A dedicated post to said cabin will be coming shortly). Dress of choice was something I've recently unearthed and am so glad to have done so given its shimmery iridescent purple/charcoal colour and how super easy it is. Bought it numerous years ago but am happy to see that it's still available! That's what I love about American Apparel. These mules are current season Zara and am in love with the fact that I can give my ankles a rest from the many convoluted straps they're usually in. That's my mule theory.

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

festival excursion.

A load of whites. The more sheer, the better.

Your ticket. Duh.

Laptop for dumping out your memory card each day, iPhone, lip balm, good sunglasses, 
H2O x 10, bag options, a hat, several pairs of frayed denim shorts, and wrap for chilly evenings.


Beauty essentials. I swear by the Clarisonic brush and the multifarious heads.

Emphasizing the shorts.

Flat shoe options ranging from boots to espadrilles to strappy sandals.

Photos by me

Just mere moments away from the 3 day desert excursion also known as, Coachella. Excited for my 2nd year in a row and this time around I feel more confident in my ability to only pack the essentials and do so swiftly. Although as I'm saying this I'm looking at three stuffed-to-the-brim duffle bags... Worried that I don't get a stern look from a certain someone. Anyway, here are a handful of pics that gives you a slight peek into one of three duffels as to what I'll be bringing to Palm Springs this weekend. Don't forget to follow my Instagram for more on-the-go updates. See you at Coachella Weekend 1!

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

march forward.

Birthday brunch at Secret Location.
l-r: lobster hash w/ brussel sprout leaves, poached eggs, and hollandaise; apple french toast; kronuts & croissants

Calming views at Second Beach, Vancouver

Recent things

Drinks at The Diamond

The Reformation's 'Lola' dress

Birthday cake from Ganache Patisserie: Matcha Exotique. 
Details include green tea mousse, mango/passionfruit gelée, lychee, and black sesame biscuit joconde

Blown away

Capote quote, The Diamond

Chomp's signature sliders w/ mini white bean burgers, spinach, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, served on sweet potato buns

kenzo spencer
Spencer's cute Kenzo tee

Bittersweet and delicious raspberry mochas from Turks' Coffee on Commercial Drive

Secret Location mornings

Thankful I wasn't wearing lipgloss

Textured bathroom walls and ornate mirrors, The Diamond

Photos by me

3rd instalment of the mini monthly photo diary series. Lots of beach heavy photos because Vancouver is finally starting to feel like spring as well as sprinkles of birthday fanciness due to having a late February birth canal extraction date. Highlights of March include finally visiting The Diamond for their famous in-house cocktails, trying to add caffeine into my drink rotation at Turks, eating at local haunts aka Chomp, discovering a new place to moon over and buy cakes from at Ganache Yaletown, and finally joining The Reformation thanks to my sister. 

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wearable cloud.


[ BB Dakota 'Irma' jacket, Aritzia tank, my sister's old Guess jeans, mom's vintage Gucci bag, Alexander McQueen creepers ]

Photos by Spencer Varsek

A post from a few weeks ago in Vancouver pre-Hong Kong where I wore a puffy cloud complete with sleeves. All of these pieces aren't new to my wardrobe but it's nice to resurface the oldies to let them see the light of day again. Plus the majority of them are basics so those can always be recycled over time. The exception being my mom's lovely Gucci bag that's depicting such apropos flora for springtime. The windy day at Second Beach lent an element of movement in my jacket and hair that I was okay with. Must be what Beyoncé feels like with a constant wind machine.

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Friday, 21 March 2014

sunlight baths.


J Brand 'Huston' leather top, Stone Cold Fox 'Fontaine' shorts, Prada clutch ]

[ Bling - House of Harlow earrings, Charles & Grace necklace, Hermès & Pandora bracelets, By Boe, Unearthen & vintage rings ]

Photos by Stevy Pyne

An eBay heavy outfit here since both these items seem to be sold out everywhere! I'm still in search for the matching leather shorts to this sublime J Brand tank to create the ultimate nude experience. That sounded a lot more suggestive than I meant it to but I innocently meant the combination of the two would create a killer look. I love that Stone Cold Fox had the brilliant idea of sewing delicate doilies to the sides of something basic & black, making for a surprisingly loveable pair of shorts. Anyway, draped in my everyday go-to jewelry, bathed in sunlight, and leaning awkwardly make for a very nice day in LA.

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