11.30.2012

Navy Sparkle

Shirt: JC Penny; Jeans: Forever 21; Shoes: Forever 21; Bag: Flea Market
Happy Friday Everyone! So I know what you are probably thinking, "Andrea where is your jacket?." That was what all the people walking by were probably thinking, as we were taking these pictures. I am not going to deny that it is getting super cold in Vancouver but for these pictures I really wanted to showcase the shirt. So therefore these pictures were done quickly, you can probably see goosebumps on my arms and I did have a sweater on standby.







Pictures by my amazing friend Kaoverii
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

11.28.2012

Decor: Dining Room Chairs

 As the holiday season is fast approaching, dining rooms around the world are going to be filled with great food, awesome decorations, and good company. So this may be a good time to update your dining room chairs. Whether you end up buying classic wooden chairs, modern steel chairs, or simply reclaiming an old piece of wood into a bench, please make sure that the seats your guest's will be sitting on are comfortable. Here are some pictures that I found on my Pinterest account that may help you find the perfect chairs for your dining room.
Wooden chairs are always a classic
Try some modern steel chairs, but make sure that the cushion you add is very comfortable
Different coloured pastel chairs will add more colour to your dining room
Use a patterned fabric to spruce up old chairs
Add a bench to make your dining table have a more rustic feel
Try a circular table and finish it off with some classic black and white chairs
Mix different types of chairs at your table
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

11.26.2012

Monday's Quote


Monday's Quote: "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."- Ayn Rand

This is a picture I took of my favourite piece of art in Chile found on a building in Valparaiso.
 You can check out more beautiful artwork I found here
Hope you all had a great weekend!
xo Andrea

11.23.2012

Grateful

Coat: Forever 21; Sweater: Forever 21; Jeans: American Eagle; Purse: From New York; Shoes: Unisa 
These last 8 months starting up Uskar vor have been a learning process, a struggle at times but the best adventure I have been on. In the last couple of weeks I have hit a few milestones, 10000 hits, 100 likes on my facebook page and a sweet e-mail from a fan. While these accomplishments may be small compared to huge blogs out there, to me they mean the world. I wanted to say thank you to each and everyone of you that come by, leave me comments and support what I do. I really appreciate it! The outfit will have to speak for itself today.

A special thank you to two of my readers who constantly comment on my posts Shannon from The creation of beauty is art and Aga from Aga's Suitcase. Thanks girls!







Pictures by the amazing Kaoverii Stills
Hope you all have a great weekend!
xo Andrea

11.22.2012

Victoria Market


As you may have noticed I have been showcasing a lot of Chile travels lately (since I went there most recently) but I also visited Fiji, New Zealand and Australia earlier this year. So I thought I would switch things up a little bit, and talk about some of my other wonderful adventures in the next few weeks. In today's post, Melbourne, Australia.

If I could hang out anywhere in Melbourne everyday, it would probably be Victoria Market, locally known as "Vic Market". During the summer months the place is buzzing with lots of people, great food from around the world, tons of shopping vendors and lively entertainment. While the line ups for food are long, it is so worth it. I still dream about the delicious paella and honey dumplings I ate there. Here are some pictures from my various trips to Vic Market.



Paella from Spain
Honey Dumplings drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with ice-cream







{pics by moi}
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

11.21.2012

Book: The Guardian

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I had never read a Nicholas Spark book until this one and oh boy was I missing out. His writing style is so intriguing and his characters are so compelling that you just don't want to put the book down. I have always wanted a dog and after reading how amazing the dog was in this book, I really wanted to go to a shelter and pick up a little puppy.

Here is a description of the book, but I warn you don't scroll down past the description because it will give away the story. I love books like this, where you get so involved in the story that you don't even realize its 4am, you don't want to stop reading and you start work in 4 hours. This is one of those books and I can't wait to read another book by Nicholas Sparks. If you read it, I would like to hear what you thought about it, so leave me a comment.

Favourite Quotes from the book:

"You always have a choice, it's just that some people make the wrong one"

"To me, that's what traveling should be about. Meeting people, learning to not only appreciate a different culture, but really enjoy it like a local, following whatever impulse strikes you...If you have the right mind-set, it doesn't matter where you end up or how much money you brought. It'll be something you'll remember forever.” 

“The world is a better place when you smile” 

"She'd always believed that people come in two varieties: those who look out the windshield and those who stare in the rearview mirror. She'd(Julie) always been the windshield type: gotta focus on the future, not the past, because that's the only part that's still up for grabs."

“It was funny that you know someone for years but still discover something you never noticed before.”

“Don't let fear govern your decision.” 

Thanks for reading!
Do you have any recommendations for another Nicholas Sparks book?
xo Andrea

11.20.2012

Beauty in little corners


Before I went to Chile I had this idea in my head that the country was filled with colour, colourful buildings, colourful clothing, colourful everything. While I wasn't completely correct, I did find the colour I was looking for in Valparaiso, Chile. This area in Chile was full of art around every corner. Some of it was graffiti, while other paintings were street art. The art that caught my eye were beautiful murals that could have been hung in museums but instead were painted on stairs, sides of buildings and lamp posts. While walking through the streets I noticed I slowed down my step so I would miss a beautiful piece of artwork, hidden around the corner.










{Pictures by moi}
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

11.19.2012

Monday's Quote


Hope you all had a great weekend! So it's Monday. It's pouring in Vancouver and I decided to put up a picture I took this summer, when it was sunny, warm and beautiful. The end.

Monday's Quote: "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere"

Have a great week and thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

11.16.2012

Courage


Sunglasses: Rayban; Shirt: Forever 21; Jacket: Forever 21; Jeans: American Eagle: Shoes: Costa Blanca
Happy Friday Everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic week. I definitely did and it's all because I stepped outside my comfort zone and did the unthinkable, went to an event by myself (I can hear the gasps already). So instead talking about the outfit today, here is my story:

It was Wednesday November 14, and at the very last minute I heard about The Man Repeller coming down to visit Vancouver. I did not know what the event was going to be like, anyone that was going and I didn't really have time to invite a friend to come down with me. So I went by myself. Now going by yourself to an event can be really intimidating, especially a fashion event because all the questions running through your head are "who will I talk to, am I wearing the right outfit to the event, how do I start up conversation with people who all seem to know each other?." But I did it anyways and let me tell you it was one of the best nights. I met a girl in the line up who was also a blogger and while we didn't talk to much in the line up once we got inside we started chatting more. She had invited a bunch of her girlfriends down, so when they arrived a little while later, they all introduced themselves to me. I could tell they were wondering how their friend and I had known each other. They looked like a really tight knit group that had known each other for years (later I found out 3 of them were cousins). So I casually answered the "elephant in the room" question and told them that I actually did not know their friend, until I had met her tonight in the line up. 

We all stuck around the event for an hour and then I noticed that they started to make dinner plans. I didn't want to intrude their plans so I started people watching. Low and behold they got my attention and asked me if I wanted to join them for dinner?!? I was really kind of surprised but hey I love doing random things so I enthusiastically accepted. So a night that I thought could have possibly been one of the loneliest nights turned out into one of the most fun and interesting nights I have had.

I feel that when we travel we put ourselves out there and talk to random people, but when we are in our hometown we are shy to do so. After I got the courage to do this I am way more excited to do random stuff like this in the future and I hope you will as well. Do something that scares you in life once in a while, believe me it can turn into something amazing. I want to say thank you to the 4 girls who graciously invited me to their dinner, it really was so nice to get to know strangers who became friends after a meal. 

I would love to hear if you have any stories like this where you went out of your comfort zone. Also this is not the outfit that I wore to the event, you can find one on my facebook page with the lovely Leandra Medine from The Man Repeller.











Pictures by the amazing Julia
Thanks for reading my super long post and have a great weekend!
xo Andrea

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