REALLY literal - vancouver fashion & travel blog by Christina Chan

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

scandinave spa.

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Shot on location at the Scandinave Spa, Whistler by Stevy Pyne

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to explore a part of Whistler I've never gone before: the Scandinave Spa. It's literally only 5 mins away from bustling Whistler Village and yet it seems so far removed like a spa Narnia where serenity and silence reign supreme. Stevy and I drove up from Vancouver and arrived 2hrs later ready to relax. Luckily we caught the sun at a good time, filling the spa with a lovely light. Although even without it you'd be able to marvel at its calmness. There's like, a sense of magic in the air when you're walking through the spa grounds experiencing each bath. Perhaps it's due to the code of silence and absence of technology along with the communal understanding amongst guests to do one thing and one thing only: relax. It really takes the pressure off. Everyone is mindful of their space and it's interesting to see how we communicate with one another when words are out of the picture. The spa recommends that in order to get the full Scandinavian hydrotherapy experience, you should repeat the cycle of hot, cold, and relax about 3 to 4 times. There are several options within each stage so you experience a different method to reach each sensation every time. We immersed ourselves in the hot baths for about 15 mins, then I braved the cold baths solo (thanks Stevy) for 10 seconds before shivering back into my cuddly robe and heading to the hammock haven to relax. All of these elements along with the breathtaking views of the Whistler mountain vistas make this experience truly sensational. 
Thank you to Helena and the Scandinave Spa for showing me what true relaxation feels like!
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

dude chilling.

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[ Nanette Lepore cardigan, Urban Outfitters t-shirt, Blk Dnm leather pantsBalenciaga Ceintures ]

Shot on location at the Dude Chilling Park, East Vancouver by Spencer Varsek

The fact that a park titled something as rad as this is amazing. The fact that said park resides in Vancouver makes it even more so. After a hearty brunch at Yolks, Spencer and I ventured around East Van looking for this absurd place. We found it, parked illegally, and started snapping away. The grass was dewy from the previous night's rain (so... regular for Raincouver) but I sit anywhere really. All this sitting and criss crossing was being done in my new Blk Dnm leather pants. Impressive huh? Thank god I sized up. I usually have the worst luck when buying pants but these turned out to be the exception to the rule! I love the ankle zips and ribbed knee padding and the maximum comfort factor. I purchased mine from the ssense sale but I think they're still available on net-a-porter. Seriously an investment piece but just think cost-per-wear and you'll be clicking Add to Cart just like moi.
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

calm before the storm.

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Shot on location at Burnaby Lake Railroad by Jack Lu

Another little black suit to add to the roster. This time with the help of this leather crop by Stone Cold Fox via the cutest little Australian boutique, Splice. When my obsession of leather and all things cropped come together, I had to acquire it. I balanced the tough exterior of the top with my repeat offender satin shorts. The tracks were quiet and empty when we first got there so we took advantage of the calm and tiptoed along the railroad. When we heard the train crossing ring, the tracks became a lot less quiet and everything else a blur. The first train we used for shooting, the second train to flatten a toonie. We would've used a penny but us Canadians are all out of those.
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Friday, 10 October 2014

little black suit.

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[ Nanette Lepore cardigan, By Malene Birger Niharika camisole, Stone Cold Fox Fontaine shorts, Topshop cutout boots, House of Harlow Chelsea sunglasses ]

Shot on location at Crystal Falls, Coquitlam by Jai Krish

Been steering towards all black ensembles like this little black suit lately. Subtle details like the sheer v panelling on this By Malene Birger camisole and the eyelet lacing on these shorts give the outfit a flirtatious twist. Jai captured that well while we explored hidden, beautiful parts of our hometown. Location change went from a secret garden to industrial cement blocks but it was a good chance for me to play part nimble Bambi, then stomp around in the construction dust in my new ankle boots. Topshop was definitely the best way to finally give in to the trend.

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! Kisses.
xxx

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

all laced up.

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Shot on location at Canada Place by Spencer Varsek

More Rag & Bone on the blog and I swear I'm not doing this consciously. This top puts all other collar detailed tops to shame. Having been cutout and then laced and knotted back together with some eyelets are the kind of oddities I look for in a top. Worn here with basic black shorts from Topshop on a day spent with Spencer walking around Coal Harbour and waiting for a clearing amongst the throng of tourists. Vancouver is a beautiful place so we understand the appeal. It was important to get my nails in the shot more than usual so please appreciate my 'not posing' pose of me holding up my Mophie wrapped iPhone to do so. They're a navy blue with honey gold stripes in case you were wondering. And I'm sure you were. Insert smirk emoji here.
xxx

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