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Oak + Fort

My trip to Vancouver has been absolutely amazing. Enjoying a few days out of town with some great friends was one of the best starts to my reading week – and I couldn’t be happier right now.

I am just about to get on my flight back home, and back to reality. I am making sure to enjoy the last few minutes of my Vancouver trip by sipping on a (well-deserved) Starbucks latte while I wait for my flight home to begin boarding.

I took these photos in gastown yesterday during a relaxed day of shopping. I made sure to stop by the Oak + Fort in gastown, and snagged some great accessories and an amazing new shirt that will be perfect for Spring! The sun was shining, and although it felt warmer than Edmonton, I may have overestimated the spring vibes I was getting that morning. Regardless of the chill in the air, I really enjoyed donning a lighter outfit. We are slowly inching towards Spring across Canada, and so far Vancouver has been the warmest yet!

I kept this look fairly pale, and opted to roll up my pants for a sunny, cropped look. I have been loving my new slate-blue cardigan from Club Monaco, which is brand new to their Spring collection. It was the perfect pairing with my shoes that have such fun green laces. I got some awesome new bracelets from Brandy Melville downtown that I am in love with, and thought they were a great match for my gold Michael Kors watch!  Topping it all off was an amazing anorak – which was absolutely essential given the chilly breeze breaking its way into our sunny day. It was just totally relaxed and comfortable, which was perfect for a day out shopping in such a chic neighbourhood with my close friends.

Anyways, It looks as though I am about to board my flight back to Edmonton – See you soon!

-Andrew

Pants & Shirt: Zara // Cardigan: Club Monaco // Shoes: Aldo // Bag: Cambridge Satchel

Styling & Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Monica Falcos

 

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Don’t Save Me.

After a lot of hard work and many late nights, reading week is finally here! I am looking forward to having some time to relax and enjoy a few days away from my hectic school life. I will be jetting off to Vancouver early Sunday morning to meet one of my best friends, Monica. Something tells me that a perfect blend of vintage shopping and coffee dates is just what the doctor ordered!

For this look I really focused on making old-school more modern. I wore a letterman style jacket with awesome brown leather sleeves, and paired it with faded blue denim and a really sharp plaid. Because it’s still winter, I added one of my favourite pairs of brown boots and a grey infinity scarf for added warmth. Overall, I think this look will be perfect for my flight.

Also, I’ve been loving HAIM’s new song “Don’t Save Me” which I posted just below this text if you want to have a listen. With my music plugged in, a few of my favourite magazines, and my laptop handy in case I choose to be slightly more productive, the trip down is already shaping up to be pretty nice!

See you guys in Vancouver!

-Andrew
Letterman Jacket: F21 // Jeans: Nudie // T-Shirt, Boots & Plaid: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Scarf: H&M //

HAIM – Don’t Save Me by HAIM

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Love Is Blue.

While everyone was wearing pink and red tones to celebrate Valentine’s day, I chose to stick to monochromatic, denim-on-denim blue/black palette with accents of white and silver. It happened to be very cold in the city today, and I really just wanted to be warm. Also, my boots were a huge help in keeping me upright all day (instead of falling constantly). We’ve had a few days this week where the sun was out, and the snow was melting, but sadly it has all turned to ice as the temperature dropped back below zero.

Shirt: YSL // Pants: Cheap Monday // Vest: H&M // Boots, Shirt, Bag & Watch: Michael Kors

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

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Primary.

As you may know from some of my previous outfit posts, I have been working on incorporating my new spring pieces into my existing winter wardrobe and coming up with some really great looks! I just recently bought these amazing pale blue (almost turquoise) pants and they are absolutely going to be an amazing spring essential. For now, in lieu of spring, This outfit was all about exploring and reinventing primary colours. I wanted to create an outfit with a pop of springy blue, rich red, yellow, and brown for some real depth along an age old palette. It’s not quite warm enough to dig out my pale-coloured linen shirts for summer just yet, so instead I am going to make due with these rich tones and enjoy what’s left of my chances to dress for colder weather. That said, I absolutely cannot wait until spring has finally, well, sprung in Canada – I simply choose to make the most of what I have to work with in the meantime!

-Andrew

Button Shirt & Bracelet: Club Monaco // Sweatshirt: H&M // Pants & Boots: Zara // Watch, Bag & Tail: Michael Kors

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photography: Adaire Beatty

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The Realist.

After two amazing years of highglosswhite, I grew to learn a lot about myself, my personal style, and what really interested me that I felt I could share with the world. I felt, from the beginning, that I wanted to make my voice known, and help make fashion more accessible in my city – a place where the fashion scene is still young, but in development.

I have always had a passion for photography, and more specifically fashion photography. This lead me into creating outfit posts that I style and produce to create an editorial look out of what I choose to wear everyday. From there, I have worked on creating full seasonal photo shoots with looks that were curated by myself, with the help of many talented friends of mine. I am so proud of all of the content that I have created in the last two years as highglosswhite, but I am looking forward to an even better future with a whole new name: THE REALIST.

I wanted to come up with a name that talked about real, honest fashion. In art history terms, realist works of art are described as pieces that are shown for what they are, and that are not overly decorative, or at least not without a specific purpose for being so. While I do enjoy decoration in the form of colour, pattern, and great accessories, I always strive to make my style edited and never overdone. Editing doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, it simply means you always have just the right amount of fun. I love to play with my personal style, because I think it is one of the most amazing ways in which we can express ourselves and our individuality in the world around us. At the end of the day, I have always followed Coco Chanel’s mantra of editing your look before stepping out the door: and it always works!

I appreciate all of the love and support from everyone who reads my blog, and enjoys seeing all of my photos – there are more posts on the way, I promise! Now, here’s to a new name, a new year, and a new chapter in my life as a young person, and a blogger. I am so grateful for everyone who has, and will in future, become a part of my style journey. This blog, as well as the content I create, is something I truly love!

-Andrew

 

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Cabin Fever.

I am in a constant state of California dreaming – thinking about summer, sunshine, and bright colours! As a result of this, I have decided that I will dress to reject all things winter and cold-related (as best I can without freezing to death in the meantime). Other Canadians will totally understand this feeling of cabin fever that only sunshine and warm weather can cure. I typically start breaking out my Spring wardrobe around March 1st, depending on the weather in Edmonton at that time. This year, there was something different – I just couldn’t wait. And frankly, who says you should? I think that the best way to transition into your spring wardrobe is to start mixing those pieces into what you’ve been wearing throughout the winter season. You can get some really interesting colour combinations, it brightens up your (cold, dark) day to have a little pop of colour with your dark neutrals, and it just gives you that little dose of hope necessary to break on through into Spring!

With this outfit I ended up playing around with mixing pale, cool toned greens and blues, with small pops of yellow and red. I am in love with the new Spring shirt collection from Club Monaco, and I have been back several times picking up the amazing new arrivals. The colours, and patterns they are releasing this year are so fun and fresh it makes it hard to say no – even when you know you shouldn’t! This blue/white/red plaid is no exception, and is one of my latest favourites. What is great about these pieces is how incredibly versatile they are. I can go for a dressier look, or I can leave the shirt unbuttoned with either a tank or v-neck in the summer for a casual, beachy look. Once again, buying a well-made, and well-fitted piece is never a bad idea – but rather, a good investment!

Shirt: Club Monaco // Pants & Blazer: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Shoes & Bracelet: H&M // Belt: Vintage

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

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Concrete Jungle.

This look was all about neutral tones and natural textures. Combining the warm-brown, natural fur with rich, oiled leather boots, army green pants, and an ivory henley to create something really warm and downtown-rustic. I played around with mixing warm and cool tones, gold and silver hardware, and hard vs. soft texture to make this look something urban and utterly winter. It has been in and around the range of -40C for the last few days in Edmonton, so I made sure to dress for absolute warmth – while being careful to avoid overkilling the layers once I have shed my coat for a day of classes inside of the warm studios at my school! Overall, just right!

Fur Vest, Boots & Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Zara // Henley: H&M

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

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Cold.

Most Canadians know what it’s like to feel the January blues. It is one of the longest, coldest, and darkest months of the year for us and we really start craving sunshine and blue skies more than ever. Lately I’ve been working with the monochromatic trend – which is going to be really hot for spring. Basically it means you are putting your outfit together with either nearly-matched colours/tones, or you are staying within a slightly broader, but specific colour range. I’ve been adapting the trend for the current weather conditions and wearing all brown tones, in lieu of brighter colours, with subtle hits of rich green or soft pattern. In this case, the pocket on my shirt from Simons is what adds that little bit of pattern with the camouflage pocket. It is definitely best to dress based off of your mood as well as the conditions around you. We’re in for a really cold week in Edmonton, as in -38C cold, and it is going to be tough to make it through this final stretch of winter. In the mean time, I am determined to embrace the last few months I have left of experimenting with my winter wardrobe as I look forward to, and shop for, the upcoming Spring season!

Shirt: DJAB at Maison Simons // Pants: H&M // Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors

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Denim & Red Wine.

I am in love with this Italian wool sweater from Club Monaco – and I have multiple colours to prove it! I like layering a really soft piece like this warm, red sweater with a harder, more distressed piece. For the distressed element I wore a light wash denim shirt underneath that has just the right vintage look. Finishing everything up with dark denim and a great moccasin boot makes this look perfect for a day of classes. Best of all, wearing a layered look is the best way to stay warm when you’re inside and you’ve shed your heavier coats and sweaters. A great sweater, made of quality wool, also makes for an excellent investment piece. You’ll have it for years to come, and the look and feel of the material, as well as the fit, will always make you feel like a million dollars!

Sweater: Club Monaco // Denim Shirt & Boots: Zara // Jeans: H&M // Watch: Club Monaco 

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

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Cat + Eames.

I have a gorgeous, vintage Eames shell chair in my design studio that sees a lot of love – but there is still a certain love, the truest form of Eames love possible, that is missing. Only a cat and an Eames shell chair can share this bond, as has been proven by many other people posting photographs on the web. I have tried for months, and been on constant watch of my cat, Cindy, who is aging and seems fairly set in her ways.

When I first brought the chairs home I had flashes of other cat and Eames photos on the internet and thought that Cindy would instantly adopt the sunny, yellow fibreglass chair as her new best friend. To my disappointment, she ignored the chairs, and further ignored the addition of various pillows and blankets that I thought would make the Eames chair more appealing to her cat-self.

Fast-forward to today: here she is. I couldn’t believe it when I saw her circling the chair as I worked on a design project, you could see the desire in her eyes – the time had come. Sure enough, and to my complete joy, she hopped up onto the chair, circled around on the fur throw a few times, and settled down for a peaceful nap. Today was a good day, and I hope everyone else is having a wonderful Friday! What are your weekend plans?

-Andrew