About ambercantwell

I am a 30-something style enthusiast living in Toronto. I occasionally use this space to share bits and pieces about my life, including travel, style, food and all things Vegan.

Rose Hall Jamaica April 2017

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I’m Wearing (in order):

Straw Hat(s) – Unknown (Local Beach Purchase). Blouse w/Tassels – Zara. Denim Shorts/Vintage Calvin Klein Cut-offs. Bag w/Pompoms – Zara.

Straw Tote – Unknown (local beach purchase).

One-Piece Swimsuit w/Day-Glo Pink Zipper – Brand Unknown (I cut all the tags off!) – Winners. Black Satin Baseball Hat – Wilfred.

One-Piece Swimsuit w/Lace Detail – Zara

Black Bikini Bottoms – ASOS.

Large Basket Bag w/Handles – Purchased in Jamaica. Gold Heels (Leather Free!) – ASOS. Red Heels (Leather Free!) – Zara. Flat Black Slides (Leather Free!) – Soak. Silver and Black Low Block Heels (Leather Free!) – Zara. Brown Leather Criss Cross Slides – Steve Madden.

Denim Shorts w/Graffiti Details – Zara. Black Cotton T-Shirt – Zara.

All Jewelry – Vintage.

 

Travel Diary: Cabo

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A couple weeks ago, TDF and I headed to beautiful Cabo San Lucas for a little escape & R&R. It wasn’t our first time visiting the pacific coast of Mexico, but it has very quickly become my favourite Mexican destination. By far.

As soon as we hit the tarmac, the warm dry heat hit our faces and we were surrounded by desert, cactus and beautiful dusty mountain ranges. I loved taking in the views of the coast during our ride from the airport, there is something so captivating about how the desert terrain meets the ocean.

Our home while we were staying in Cabo was The Cape,  a boutique style child of the Thompson Hotel family. This is a relatively new destination in the Cabo area, open only about a year or so. We did a little research before departing and found it had a little bit of buzz about it – with rumours of certain hollywood individuals enjoying time there, so standards were set slightly high. Pulling into The Cape did not disappoint. Everything about it is ultra modern, sleek, chic, sexy and minimalist, with elemental touches of rich wood, glass and metal. Aesthetically, a modern minimalists dream space.

The entirety of The Cape consists of 161 ocean front rooms, overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the famous El Archo – you can’t find a bad view in the place.  It happened that when we booked, all the ‘regular’ rooms were booked up so we decided to splurge on one of the private villas for this Valentines getaway. Our spacious villa included two bathrooms,living room, fully stocked bar, full kitchen (who’s cooking??!!), en suite laundry facility and enormous balcony with plush seating, perfect for watching the sun set over the Archo. I’ve basically been dreaming about the master bathroom ever since, with its gold leaf soaking tub (of course I indulged in a bubble bath), his and hers vanity’s and closets, and dreamy marble steam shower complete with rain fall shower (need this!). True, we didn’t spend too much time in our room, but soaking in that gorgeous tub, crawling into the king size bed with its crisp white sheets and letting the sound of the ocean lull me to sleep felt luxurious to say the least.

We started our days with breakfast at The Ledge, which offered both a breakfast menu and a stunning buffet spread. I was so happy to start my day with a literal ton of fresh tropical fruits and green juice, followed by a fresh coconut to take with me on our morning stroll down the private beach. Most of our days were spent poolside, taking in the views, eating veggie sushi, drinking champagne, watching the surfers and occasionally spotting a migrating whale or two. The Cape pool is so dreamy. There are two pools ~ we preferred the larger, bar-adjacent option, the infinity pool of my dreams. We indulged in a couple of the private cabanas for a couple of our days there as well, which offered the option of sun, shade and privacy. The staff at the pool are the absolute best. So kind, funny and helpful, even running to the hotel store to procure a bottle of sunblock for us when we ran out.

When our whale watching tour was cancelled on day three due to unsafe currents, we decided to have lunch at the One&Only Palmilla resort just a short drive from our hotel. This resort is so lush and green, a complete contrast to the minimal Cape. We dined at Agua by Larbi on a gorgeous cliff overlooking the ocean and an array of sunning pelicans. I cant remember exactly what I had for lunch, but I do remember there was champagne and that it was delicious. (below: the church, hammock and one of me wearing the gold belt were taken at One&Only).

We indulged in dinner at Manta, the hotel restaurant for two of our nights. I did some research beforehand and found Manta is quite the buzzy spot in the Cabo area right now thanks to their world renowned chefs. I should preface our dinner experience by first divulging that the we are vegan, and travelling vegan is still something of a new challenge for us. We always just hope there will be something we can eat. The kind people at Manta were so good to us, they made all kinds of adjustments to the menu. We enjoyed veggie tacos, these delicious spiced rice puff biscuit things, a mouthwatering edamame salad with lemon vinaigrette, the freshest corn chips, salsa and guac and our favourite, the giant roasted maitake mushroom on pumpkin seed mole. Best. Mushroom. Ever. (actually salivating writing this).

Valentines day at The Cape was such a special affair. The staff went above and beyond to make it memorable. We started our day in the spa, Currents. One of my very favourite spa activities ever is the hydrotherapy circuit. I always feel like a million bucks after running the circuit a few times (eucalyptus steam, cold plunge, sauna, cold plunge, warm pool or hot tub). There is something about that cold plunge that seriously resets me, especially after an evening of maybe one glass of champagne too many. For our valentines evening we ended up buying one of the ten or so private tables on the beach for dinner that night. It was so beautiful, candles lit everywhere, live acoustic musicians and a custom vegan menu just for us, consisting of homemade babaganoush, avocado and asparagus salad, poblano pepper risotto and a strawberry watermelon salad for dessert. We ended the night with a moonlit stroll down the beach, our last night in Cabo taking in the sound of the ocean and dreaming about when to come back…

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Travel Post: The Bahamas

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We took off to the heat of The Bahamas this past long weekend. A long overdue indulgence of sun, sand and sea. We settled in at The Cove at the Atlantis, an ultra luxurious resort perched directly seaside and surrounded with palms and pools.

Long early morning walks along the beach with coffee followed by lazy river rides and lazier lunches. We loved how spacious the resort felt, I love my elbow room and this place definitely delivered. Wandering along the many under ground aquarium tunnels, we were most often alone and loved every peaceful minute. We spent many hours taking in the breathtaking aquatic beauty.

Extended dinners over champagne at both Nobu and 77 West overlooking a gorgeous yacht-filled harbour at sunset, were memories I won’t soon forget.

Plunging feet first to my death on near vertical water slides in the enormous water park was an experience I most definitely could have done without (the things you do for the guy you love…I recommend vodka to ease the piercing anxiety of such activities). However the luscious pools and hidden water fall corners were thoroughly enjoyed.

I only regret not booking myself into the resort spa Mandara, for a treatment or two…walking past the sweet aroma and calm atmosphere was intoxicating….next time.

We spent our last day poolside at The Cain club, the fabulous adult only pool bordered by plush day beds, loungers, a DJ and a smattering of private cabanas and high roller tables . A very relaxing day of full sun, great music, many glasses of champagne delivered by the lovely resort staff and some of the best people watching I’ve seen in awhile.

We have a few other destinations on our travel bucket list, but returning to The Cove to bob in the shallow aqua ocean is most certainly in the plan.

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What I wore that was pictured…

Black suede fringe skirt – Express / Low V-neck body suit – Zara / Nude heels – Express.

One piece black bikini – Zara / Cut off shorts – Vintage Calvin Klein Jeans (cut and distressed myself) / Hat – local beach shop in my hood / Slides – Steve Madden.

Striped halter bikini – Body Glove / High waist skirt (actually a dress folded down as skirt) – Mendocino / Beach bag – courtesy of The Cove, Atlantis.

Brown suede, high slit skirt – Express / Lace up top – Pre-loved / Nude sandals – Express

Pansy Dress with skinny straps / ASOS

Clutch, necklace and watch – Vintage / Earrings – Gift from Dad.

Sunnies – Aldo.

 

Spring Snow

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Hello again. Its been a lonnng time since I shot a personal style post. Feeling a little bit rusty, please bear with me….Welcome to spring. Though you wouldn’t know it considering there are at least a couple of inches of fresh snow on the ground. March is a little tardy on the whole ‘out like a lion’ thing… no hard feelings, I chose to use this (hopefully) final cold front to stretch some legs on a couple of my winter coats which didn’t see a lot of sidewalk time this year. Silver linings, as they say.

This black, fur lined beauty was acquired late in the season. Better late and fur lined than never, I always say… Of course it was a steal foraged on a thrifting outing. I know fur can be a very touchy subject. I prefer not to purchase new furs myself, however I find it damn near impossible to pass up a vintage option like this…no sense having such beauty go to waste when it can be so deeply loved and cared for.

The belt I have on, did not accompany this coat, sadly its original is forever lost. No matter, I love mixing up my belts with my coats, in fact I prefer it. I’ve talked about this on the blog before, its such an easy way to make an old coat look new and interesting again (Emmanuel Alt does it best, as far as I’m concerned).

This little hat I have on has been a winter season staple for me, I get complements on it almost every time I’m out. I love the sporty yet completely chic look of it. It works as well on dog walks down the beach in yoga pants and Sorel boots as it works with a great pair of ankle boot heels, and a killer statement coat.

Despite the current cold, I am feeling that spring energy, starting fresh and new beginnings. I’m very excited and hopeful for what the spring season brings. I have some big plans for this little blog of mine. Up until recently, the blog and my Etsy shop have been a little hobby for which I loved, but had limited time for. I’m looking forward to giving these endeavors a lot more of my time, all of my love, and hopefully putting more of myself and my experiences (both sartorial and otherwise) onto these pages, stay tuned. Also, if you are a vintage junky like me, keep an eye on my shop over on Etsy, I’ve got some serious sartorial swag lined up for the shop….do people still say swag? I dunno.. in any event, my life is all about finding and sharing those special pieces.

More importantly I’ll also be styling almost all of the pieces in the shop into looks that will hopefully inspire my fellow style mavens to create modern, interesting, affordable looks worthy of even the finest street style lens.

Here’s to spring, starting fresh, and going for it.

XX. A

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Coat // Vintage

Belt and Bag // Vintage

Hat // Rampage (Winners)

Boots // Zara

Jeans // J Brand

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Theory.

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Well hello there. It’s been a little while since my last post, I’ve been itching to post a little something new. Actually, these photo’s were taken a couple of weeks ago, one beautiful sunny afternoon when the fall colours were just beginning to peak. Currently outside my window it’s the most miserable rainy evening…that icy cold rain, that despite even the finest woolly merino sweaters, a chill sets in the bones. It’s that time of fall here in Toronto, where the beautiful toasty colours are beginning to dissipate, and an icy shade of grey seems to cover everything, a familiar sleepiness sets in…curling up with a tea is the only remedy (chamomile; me as I write).

How perfect are these Theory wide leg pants? I am over the moon and above the stars in love with wide leg pants & flares right now. In fact any time I put on a pair of skinny jeans these days (lazy tried-and-true uniform days), I feel a certain sense of defeat and then I spend the rest of the day under a cloud of dated skinnies regret. I love how fresh the wide cut is, its such an interesting, lengthening silhouette. This pair also have these great sailor style details, with a higher cut waist, and buttons along the pockets, love.

On another note, I’ve been working very hard on bringing regular updates to The Amber Edit Shop. Sourcing fantastic vintage pieces is a joyful pleasure of mine, and because I’ve accumulated so many beautiful items, I’m quite literally running out of room to house them. Thus, new pieces are coming to the shop all the time. Its a personal goal to have something new in the shop every day, so please do check back because even my most beloved pieces will be up for grabs…most notably right now you’ll find some pretty major holiday dresses for a song!

xx. A

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Pants // Theory

Sweater // J. Crew

Trench // H&M

Cork Wedge Heels // Aldo

Bag, Watch & Necklace // Vintage

Silver| Sweater Dress

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Just a quick post on this busy Friday night. I’m currently running around like a crazy person, gearing up for what I call the ‘Thanksgiving Runaround’. Which is basically 48 hours of non-stop driving, to marathon visit with our loved ones…who are scattered everywhere, spanning from the Niagara region to the Halton Hills. Its wonderful, but its a ‘Runaround’…what’s the price point on helicopter rentals these days? Uber-Heli anyone?

On another note: I’m completely in love with this silvery vintage sweater dress I picked up recently. It’s actually sleeveless with a slight turtle neck collar. I love how the silver picks up the light; it has a very slinky affect. Sweater dresses are one of my favorite pieces to wear throughout the fall-winter season, they are so versatile and easy to dress up or down, or to layer with a great jacket or statement coat – like I’ve styled it here with my fav trench.

Wishing everyone a very happy Canadian Thanksgiving, wish us luck on our ‘Runaround’ – Thanksgiving outfit posts to follow.

Cheers,

xx. A

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Don’t forget to check out what’s new in The Amber Edit Shop, over on Etsy: TheAmberEdit

Sweater Dress | Vintage

Trench Coat | BCBG Max Azria

Shoes | Zara

Belt & Clutch | Vintage