REALLY literal - vancouver fashion & travel blog by Christina Chan

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

all laced up.

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rag & bone
rag & bone
rag & bone
rag & bone
rag & bone
rag & bone
rag & bone


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.
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Thursday, 4 September 2014

hidden garden.

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[ Red Velvet Bites, Ginger Snaps, and Chocolate Chip Cookies all by Hidden Garden Foods ]

Being a small portioned eater, I'm always looking for options that are delicious, portable, and easily incorporated with the other usual suspects in my fridge. I first tried these cookies when a friend of mine raved to me that they're red velvet AND are made of beets. I was thoroughly confused, intrigued, and quickly a fan. Doing a little research, I was so glad to see that Hidden Garden are a Canadian company catering to the burgeoning group of gluten free foodies and snack lovers alike. Better yet, these cookies have a hidden half serving of vegetables in them. Perplexed? A little more info below:

Red Velvet Bites: Perfectly paired in the morning with my ritual breakfast of yogurt, granola, and a cup of tea. These beet bites provide you with Vitamins A and C while the red velvet adds a touch of sweetness to balance the tart taste of yogurt! So good with a glass of milk also.

Ginger Snaps: While the taste of ginger snaps aren't usually my favourite, the subtle hidden half serving of butternut squash makes me more open to the idea. I'll definitely be bringing these with me to picnics and cute patio get togethers with my girlfriends. The squash snaps come in a resealable pouch so that makes transportation a lot easier.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: These hidden pumpkin cookies might be my favourite out of all three. I found myself grabbing for these sweet treats more than once for a midnight snack! They're so super delicious with just the right amount of sweetness. Definitely my top choice.

Eat them separately in individual scenarios or altogether in a pick and mix situation, just remember not to feel too guilty with each bite because you're feeding yourself some veggies at the same time! Special thanks to Julianna, Hidden Garden, and Trugs Gourmet Foods!
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

graffiti alley gastown.

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[ Topshop pyjama shirt, Rag & Bone leather shorts, Miu Miu harlequin bag, Sandro espadrilles, Gareth Pugh ring, Ray Ban wayfarers ]

Photos by Jack Lu

Currently blogging from the YVR airport gate heading to LA for a quick little project! Vancouver has been kind to me lately in terms of weather and Jack and I managed to capture a particularly sunny day in Gastown a few weeks ago. We wandered around, mostly around Main & Alexander, before deciding to check out graffiti alley off Homer. And here the pyjama shirt strikes again. What I love about this top is how breathable and lightweight it is. Perfect for layering over some rugged, opaque leather shorts. Fringed with delicate lace, these Rag & Bone Highclare's are still my favourite - the hidden pockets were a good selling point. Haphazard buttoning skills and black accents paired well with my lazily slung Miu Miu bag. I'm still in love with the harlequin pattern and feel a little smug that I coincidently channelled my inner Harley Quinn in such a hooligan appropriate surrounding. I wonder if any Batman fans read my blog?
xxx

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

at crossroads with carven.

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carven crossover crop top
carven crossover crop top
carven crossover crop top
carven crossover crop top
carven crossover crop top
carven crossover crop top
carven crossover crop top
carven crossover crop top
carven crossover crop top


Photos by Steve Pyne

Short blogging hiatus while I was playing maid of honour to my best friend's wedding. What an exciting time for her! Anyway, back to the post at hand, this crisscross crop by Carven has been on my radar for quite some time and although I originally wanted it in black, after seeing the optic white version in an editorial in Jalouse magazine, I was sold. Rosie just makes anything look sexy. And that's hard to do with this top being basically made out of 2 large arm slings. That's kinda why I love it though. Paired here with some silky scalloped shorts for some delicacy and then a complete 180ยบ with these iconic Balenciaga boots that are really good for stomping and asserting confidence in oneself. 
Have a good weekend everyone!
xxx

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

elvish illusion.

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[ Vena Cava dress, Nanette Lepore cardigan, vintage Gucci purse, Sergio Rossi sandals, custom 3D Sculpteo necklace, By Boe 'Hang Tight' ear cuff ]

Photos by Steve Pyne

Late spring/summer nights call for slinky silk dresses and slouchy cardigans. I've had this dress ever since I discovered Vena Cava through Gossip Girl and it's just such a beautifully simple piece. Paired with my Nanette Lepore cardigan that I've been insisting goes with absolutely everything... A perfect combo for drinks at the Ace Hotel DTLA (cocktail suggestion: Roses in Winter. Not too sweet & comes with edible flower so why not). A nice little surprise to the outfit came in the form of my elven ear cuff by By Boe. I'm always trying to let my inner elf maiden out. West Coast style.
xxx

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