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Grey oversized Apiece Apart coat for fall
Coat- Apiece Apart (more options) | turtleneck- Topshop | jeans- AE | boots- Aldo | bag- Chloe | sunnies- Celine | lipstick- MAC 'Barbecue'
Adventures in Fashion fall style favorites
Grey oversized Apiece Apart coat for fall
Chloe Faye bag
Adventures in Fashion fall favorites
Grey oversized Apiece Apart coat for fall
Ever wonder what true friendship looks like? It's your friend literally letting you take the coat off his back and snapping photos of you in it... I know, sounds strange, but that's exactly what happened last weekend when Anton and I got together for our usual round of coffee, treats and photos — only this girl decided last minute she wasn't feeling her outfit. Hey, what are friends for if not to share their prized Apiece Apart coats? Thanks A, I owe you one.

Photos by Anton Atienza

Apiece Apart

Friday, November 27, 2015
The best eye brow products from The Face Shop and Benefit
My relationship with my brows has always been a tumultuous one. Looking back, they were always perfectly fine, but awkward, pre-teen Vickie saw something very different when she looked in the bathroom mirror. At the time, thin brows were the standard, so I went to town on mine the first chance I got. I still remember the look of horror on my mom's face when she saw her 12-year-old daughter emerge from the bathroom with brows plucked beyond recognition — I basically looked like Gwen Stefani in this pic, complete with the shit-eating grin. Fast forward 10+ years, and my eye brows never fully recovered. If only I could go back in time and pry those tweezers out of my impressionable little fingers... needless to say, brow pencils are now a part of my daily routine. I've been devoutly loyal to Hourglass' Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil for over a year, but I started to realize that the colour pay-off just wasn't there, and that my brows would fade halfway through the day... so not worth the hefty $39 price tag (why did it take so long for me to figure that out?!). But last week, my friend Kira changed my life when she introduced me to The Face Shop's Lovely Me:Ex Design My Eyebrow (in shade #2 Dark Brown). It's considerably less expensive, and honestly works a million times better than my Hourglass pencil ever hoped to — it stays put and looks great even after a super long day. Now I know it's only been a week, but holy grail status has definitely been achieved here (and if you don't believe me, I went out and bought two more pencils the other day as backups). Topped with a light coating of Benefit's Gimme Brow, and it's almost like the 90's never happened to my brows. xx

Photo by Adventures in Fashion

High Brow

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Blush tone bridal bouquet
Adventures in Fashion wedding, held at Victoria's iconic Empress Hotel
Elegant blush-tone wedding
A few months ago, I talked briefly about my wedding florist (my bestie, Alex!) and showed you a peak into her charming boutique flower shop, nestled in Victoria's beautiful Oak Bay Avenue. She and her partner Nicole of THORN & thistle did such an amazing job on all the flowers, and I'm so excited to finally be sharing their handiwork with you here today. Pale blush tones were pretty much the only instruction I gave them when we started planning, and they nailed it — how anyone can do so much with such little direction, I'll never know. Basically they were the best florists I could have ever asked for, and I can't recommend them enough for any Victoria/Vancouver brides out there!
Adventures in Fashion's elegant Victoria, B.C. wedding
{ Garden and spray roses, brunia, dahlias and dusty miller were used throughout the arrangements, for an elegant and classic feel that fit right in with the Empress Hotel's aesthetic }
Groom in tuxedo with boutonniere
{ The boys loved their simple boutonnieres, which were elegant yet understated }
Simple boutonniere idea
Blush tone bridal bouquet via THORN & thistle Flowers
It's so surreal looking back at these photos now, because our wedding honestly feels like it happened a lifetime ago. The very thought of what went into planning everything in just two short months still gives me PTSD, which is why I'm so thankful I had Alex and Nicole to take the reigns on the flowers (and give me one less thing to agonize over while scouring Pinterest and crying into the phone to my mom — #SadButTrue). Trying to select a floral concept for a wedding (or anything for a wedding, really) can be extremely overwhelming, so my advice would be to find people and/or vendors that you love and that have similar tastes to yours, and just let it go — you can't control every detail, so don't try to! (easy for me to say now, huh?)
Elegant wedding cake, with Anthropologie 'Hooray' topper
{ A few simple blooms were all we needed to take our pearl-adorned wedding cake to the next level }
Bridesmaid bouquet
Elegant wedding flowers in blush tones
The head table was adorned with a few simple buds in varying heights and an eclectic mix of vases, which perfectly accented the mercury candle holders and embellished lace tablecloths we chose. Alex suggested that we repurpose the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets for the head table as well (see above), which was a genius idea and a great way to save some extra cash... especially since the bouquets perfectly complimented the centerpieces the girls made for the guest tables, which incorporated white hydrangeas (my fave!). Gotta love friends who have your back.
Elegant blush-tone wedding
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more wedding photos coming your way next week! xx

Photos by Kim Kalyn Photography

Our Wedding Flowers

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Shopbop's big sale
Well, it's that time again — Shopbop is having their big sale, and as always, the more you spend, the more you save! So grab your besties and place a joint order, because you're not going to want to miss this one, friends. If everything goes according to plan, there's going to be a new coat and wallet in my very near future, but as with every big sale Shopbop hosts, my wishlist tends to sell out faster than I can say 'add to cart,' so fingers crossed that today is the day for your old pal Vickie.
What to buy from Shopbop's big sale
Want to get in on the action but aren't sure where to start? Check out Won Hundred for some awesome, already-marked-down pieces, Acne Studios for some killer shoes and layering options, and A.P.C. for all things dreamy. The sale applies to already marked down items as well, so you can sail through your holiday shopping list and still have money left over for a little something for yourself (aka- the only way to holiday shop). Some restrictions apply, so be sure to check out what to avoid here before so you don't get your hopes dashed come checkout time... other than that, happy shopping! 

Shopbop's big sale

Images borrowed from Harperz Bazaare, Shopbop and Local Milk

On Now: Shopbop's Big Sale

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Minimalist fall fashion, Adventures in Fashion
Coat- Zara (current) | turtleneck c/o Express | jeans- American Eagle | sunnies- Celine | bag- Chloe | boots- Aldo (on sale) | copper bangle and beads c/o Trollbeads | necklace c/o Maria Black | rings c/o Express
Chloe Faye bag
Minimalist fall fashion
The first snowfall of the season can be a magical thing, until reality sets in and you can no longer feel your finger tips. Still, there's a certain calm, serene beauty that comes with a fresh dusting of the stuff — especially when you're nestled indoors, warm drink in hand and impervious to the elements. That's when you can dream of all things merry and bright, rather than worry about hypothermia claiming your extremities... because let's face it, that would be enough to kill anyone's holiday buzz. 
Trollbeads copper bangle
Feeling frozen in Zara and Aldo shoes
Minimalist fall fashion, Adventures in Fashion
So being that I'm indoors and all nice and toasty, my mind is able to grasp such complexities as the holiday shopping list, which will be kept nice and short this year. It's not that I'm having a Scrooge moment or anything, I'm just more interested in buying a few quality pieces for my loved ones rather than a bunch of frivolous bits that they likely will have forgotten about come Easter (not the best use of those hard earned dollars of ours!). Jewelry is always a go-to for me when it comes to shopping for the lovely ladies in my life, and I know there are a few people on my list that would flip for a piece or two from Trollbeads this year. They just offer so many affordable, yet beautifully made pieces (like my copper bangle that I'm obsessed with), and if your name is Vickie's mom, you should probably stop reading this post right now... no reason. xx 
Instagram shoe selfie
{ Busted taking a shoe selfie! }
Minimalist fall fashion, Adventures in Fashion
This post was brought to you by Trollbeads; all opinions shared here are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. 

 Photos by Anton Atienza


Monday, November 23, 2015