If you love Canadian blogs you will likely already be familiar with the Vancouver based travel and lifestyle blog To Vogue or Bust. Quebec born and Vancouver raised Alexandra Grant tells us a bit about how her blog first got started;
“I quit my job as a communications manager for a luxury label here in the city and decided that it was high time to take off for a few months after spending my whole early '20s up until that point in school or with my nose to the grindstone. I went away to Europe and visited a ton of countries there and instantly fell for the process of travel writing and sharing these destinations with my readers/followers! I'd travelled with my family as a kid and done a foreign exchange in France as a teen but this solo trip was really what sparked a true passion for travel.
While I went to school for Psych, I ended up pursuing journalism and communications in my career and post-graduate education! I started my blog while in university and it's grown with me throughout my career, ultimately becoming my full-time gig and allowing me to add in a lot more travel about 5 years ago.”
We love Alexandra’s tips and tricks and have been fans of her style and advice for so long that it is an absolute pleasure to feature her in this month’s Style Story! Check out how she styled her pieces from the SS19 collection below!
Photos Curtesy of Ainsley Rose
What is your all-time favourite city or country to visit?
I love Ireland, Greece, Portugal and the south of Spain - Malta and Italy are two other places I really am obsessed with. Paris is one place I feel close ties to because I have some family there and speak the language - I spent a lot of solo time in the city so feel really emotionally tied to it!
Do you have some tips for styling/packing for travelling?
Carry-on packing actually helps you get more clear on your wardrobe and ultimately forces you to pick stronger looks since you're limited. I like to focus on a colour palette and ensure that all my pieces can mix-and-match easily, and wear my heaviest items on the plane.
Do you have any go-to jewelry pieces from our collection that you love packing for your trips?
I love wearing earrings in particularly when I'm travelling - because I often have a camera slung around my neck, these are pieces that are out-of-the-way but that can still give a serious style impact!
Do you have one incredible travel memory that really stands out?
There's so many I can't pick one! For me, one thing that stands out during my trips (particularly when I'm travelling alone) is I find so much good in humanity along my travels - it's like the universe conspires to help me out and show me that people are good. No matter what country or situation I've been in, I've had little reminders of the good in people, whether they're helping me in a big way or just took the time to talk to me ( since I insist on trying to learn new languages, struggling through a convo where I butcher their home language in an effort to communicate with them).
Do you have any suggestions for travelling on a budget?
I've travelled on all different types of budgets since I've been travelling for awhile - when I was really limited in my mid-20's, I stayed in hostels and ate street food, and still had just as amazing trips as I do now. I personally love staying in Airbnb's and often opt for them, so they're also a great way to save. Also travelling during shoulder seasons helps you save a bit and offers more options as far as accommodations.
Do you have a photo app that you live-by for editing? What advice would you give when taking photos for social media?
I like Planoly for planning out my posts, and otherwise I think it's really about not getting too caught up in the "insta" spots but just having your camera close by and trying out different angles and composition, letting inspiration hit you. My favourite shots and the ones that tend to do best are not the "Insta location" snaps (though there's nothing wrong with those), but the ones that were genuinely inspiring me in the moment.
Alexandra is wearing:
Kris Cross Ring