REALLY literal - vancouver fashion & travel blog by Christina Chan

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.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

all laced up.

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rag & bone
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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.


[ 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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