Back in June, Ken and I visited the tiny town of Tropea in Italy. We had the most amazing time and would highly recommend the spot if you love quaint cities and beautiful beaches that aren't loaded with tourists.
So, our engagement moon looked a little something like this...
As I've mentioned before, Ken (my fiancé) is currently living in the UK. I am still here in Vancouver (although, not for long) crashing my mom's spare bedroom until I take off for London. Luckily, he gets decent breaks in his school schedule that allow him to come home for a few weeks at a time. This summer, he happened to get about 5 weeks here in Vancouver, which has been SO nice.
Although my mom would love to have the both of us crashing her spare bedroom, we always like to rent a few apartments on Air B&B during his stay to make it feel like the good ol' days. We actually lived in the Olypmic Village for a few years before he left for London, so being in the city centre, always feels like home. We've always rented apartments in the Olympic Village - until this visit. This time around, we picked 3 difference areas to rent apartments in, just to experience the other areas of Vancouver we don't really branch out to very often.
This gastown apartment has to be one of my favourite places we've rented yet. It has such a cool, lofty, retro vibe that really drew me to it. It was pure luck that we got it too! Everything really fell into place.
This place really felt home-like. The couple that lives there have family pictures up, lots of cool books and other odds and ends throughout the apartment. I'm a super nosey person, so I always like renting a place that feels more like a home than a hotel. Not only because I like to look around, but also because it just feels more cozy. I probably spent the first 30 minutes we were in the place looking through the fridge and the cupboards. Ken actually had to tell me to stop poking around and to mind my own business.
[These french doors from the bedroom stole my heart!]
Have you ever used Air B&B or have you rented your home on the site? If so, do you hate when nosey people (like me!) rent your place? haha
Last night, Ken and I wandered up Main Street to visit a few of the local breweries. We were on the hunt for a new and interesting beer that we could get a keg of for our up coming engagement party. We tried a ton of different beers but haven't really decided on anything just yet. We better figure it out quick though, the party coming up fast!
After visiting the breweries we were interested in, we headed over to our old stomping ground in the Olympic Village. We lived in the village for a few years before Ken moved to London and really loved it. It always feels like home when we are there. The Craft is the hot spot in village, one that we frequented pretty regularly. We popped in for another beer and a massive plate of nachos. If you follow along on snapchat ( username : aandreaclare ) you saw me devour half the plate. I couldn't help it, beer makes me hungry!
I don't often do blog posts dedicated to a single item, but I had to make an exception for this bag.
If you follow a lot of bloggers, I'm sure you've seen the Chloe drew bag everywhere. It comes in a couple of sizes, a handful of colours, and comes at a designer price. This original Drew sells for nearly $2000. As much as I love designer pieces, I'm not going to buy every purse that happens to be on trend at that moment, although I would if I could :)
In a quick google search for dupes of the Drew, I found this little beauty from forever 21. Obviously the details aren't the exact same, but I must say, I was really surprised with the quality of the $25 bag when it arrived in the mail.
The gold chain they used, isn't a cheap yellow gold and has a nice weight to it. They even included the D ring loops that attach the strap to the bag. The clasp at the front of the bag is sturdy and well made. The material the bag is made of is obviously faux leather but it has a nice texture to it, and is thick enough that it doesn't lose its shape or sag.
The size of the bag is a little smaller than I thought it would be. I think it is pretty comparable to the mini size of the Chloe. Just big enough for a wallet, your phone and a few makeup pieces.
Forever 21 offers the bag in a few colours including black, tan and this cream colour. Originally, I had put the black in my shopping cart but made the switch to this cream colour last minute. So glad I did. It's perfect for summer and goes with a lot more outfits than I thought it would.
All in all, this bag has totally scratched that itch for the beautiful Chloe Drew bag. I think I'll be madly in love with it for another few months (until the next obsession begins) and be thankful I still have the $2000 in my bank account.