My Latest Styling Gig – Contessa

A couple of months ago, I helped my crazy talented hairstylist friend Alicia Rollins with her 2015 Contessa submission by agreeing to style her gorgeous models for the competition.  The theme she chose was modern day superhero, which was quite fitting as the hair styles she created were out of this world (and superheroes show off by flying all over the place, right?).

For the costumes, I opted to use a mix of metallics and textured blacks.  I draped the beautiful cape, created by local superstar designer Evan Clayton, over the shoulders of every model to create a cohesive superhero look.

The final product is stellar and I’m so happy to finally be able to share these photos with you!  Alicia was selected as a finalist in the multicultural category yesterday and I know she is going to take home the gold on November 9th!  Go Team ALICIA!

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Photographer: Mark Yammine

Makeup Artist: Jenna Delaney


A Weekend in Split

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We drove to Split, in Southern Croatia, with Klaudija and Ante, friends who acted as our awesome tour guides (thanks dudes!).  What a beauty place!  Centered around the 4th century Diocletian Palace and right on the Adriatic riviera, Split has culture, beaches, beautiful weather and hundreds of people-watching cafes from which to drink delicious lattes.  We were happy there.

Below is our trip in pictures.

Cute Simon on our “street”.

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The stunning Split riviera with the Diocletian palace as its backdrop.Split riviera

 

Exploring the palace.

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A hole in the ceiling – or a planet from afar?

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A very relaxed Simon on the riva (boardwalk).

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Sitting down for our first, and much-anticipated, all-seafood meal.  My stomach is smiling.Outfit

 

The mesmerizing palace at night.split night

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A maze of beautiful ancient streets.Night time in Split

 

Down time.Drinks

Happy bosses.haps


2 Days in Zagreb

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For some reason, I rarely talk about the city of Zagreb on Superfora.  Yet, it is where most of my immediate family lives (3 brothers + dad).  It’s where I’ve spent many Summers and Christmases and therefore where a lot of my memories originate.

Plus, it’s lively and beautiful (my poor photo-retouching skills aside).

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Next up: Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik and a better camera!


Styling Jillian Harris – Pt. 2

I spent my weekend laughing with dear friends, going to the symphony and listening to records I bought in NY (La Bamba, The Temptations, General Public).  The weekend’s festivities may be over but the goodness continues…

The last of four outfits I styled for Jillian Harris is up on her blog!  I think this retro babe on a bike look might be my favourite one on her.  Who can resist the vintage head scarf & bicycle with basket combination?  Adorable.

I can’t reiterate enough how incredible it was to work on this project.  Jillian is exceedingly photogenic and happy, and the photos below attest to Janis Nicolay‘s photographic genius.

Today’s retro bike babe outfit, plus the boho chic outfit Jillian featured 2 weeks ago, are below. Which of the 4 outfits is your favourite?  Smart, high tea, boho chic or retro bike babe?

Read Jillian’s take on the two looks here and here.

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Styling Jillian Harris – Part.1

BTS Jillian Harris shoot

It’s a holiday today and we are on the cusp of Summer in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. I’m feeling pretty lucky today.

My work situation ain’t too shabby either; my colleagues make me laugh all day long in a great work environment and I have personal projects that keep me challenged and inspired when I’m not crunching numbers at my desk.

Case in point: the photo shoot I am sharing today, which I alluded to in an earlier post.  Some background: I was approached by Jillian Harris, host of Love It or List It Vancouver, to style a Spring photo shoot with her and all-star photographer, Janis Nicolay.  Saying no to this would be like saying no to rum slushies at Third beach on a sunny day.

To stay true to Jillian’s style, we opted for preppier looks, complemented by an abundance of colour and prints. Every outfit was very distinct yet still very her.  Working with Jillian and Janis could not have been easier.  Nor sweeter!  They are lovely.  And so are the photos.

To read Jillian’s take on the two looks, read here and here.

Ps. Check back soon for part 2.  Woo!

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(All photos by the very talented Janis Nicolay)

Zebra clutch by local designer Sherry Chen.  Follow this talented little import on Instagram: @littlesherrybigchen


Summer Photo Shoot Pics Are Up!

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Today, I’m super excited to share with Superfora readers a photo shoot that I styled back in July! Now this isn’t just any styling gig.  It’s my photo concept come to life.  And I’m hella proud of the way it turned out.

The idea came to me while working at Topshop, when it occurred to me that TOPMAN’s clothes, which had an abundance of traditional feminine prints like florals and animal prints, would look incredible on glam females.  With a concept in mind, I scouted the location on one of my bike rides home from work.  The famous uphill ride from the seawall to Broadway, although borderline gruelling, offered colourful residential and industrial backdrops.

So I teamed up with a talented photographer and together we engaged amazing models as well as hair and makeup artists.  I feel so lucky and so grateful that the day went off without a hitch.  We worked hard, had fun (see behind the scenes photo above) and in my biased opinion, did amazingly well.

Allow yourself to be transported back to a hazy Summer and let me know what you think!

Special thanks to the models, Avery and Ripley, the photographer, Rachelle Simoneau, hairstylist, Alicia Rollins, and makeup artist, Marlayna Pincott. xo

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(All clothes are TOPMAN, accessories are Topshop and my own, green shorts c/o Simon)


Video Stars

Hi Readers!

So today I’m going to try something I haven’t done in a while…talk about someone other than myself on here.  When I started Superfora, part of what I loved about it was that it gave me a platform to talk about my super talented friends (for example, here, here annnnd here) and I need to do more of that.

Today I’m featuring my friends Tarah Ferguson and Tony Vu.  Each have their own YouTube channel, which I want to share with you because their shows are hilarious and addictive.  Not to mention, I’m super proud of them.  So, I interviewed them to find out what pushed them to start their YouTube channels and how it’s going so far.  I also included my favourite videos at the end of each interview.

Tarah

(Superfora) Why did you decide to start Tarah TV?

(TF) I have always been amazed by all the incredible people I meet.  Through my day job, I created Tarah Talking Tech as a platform for entrepreneurs to share their start-up stories, to essentially inspire others to believe in themselves & their ideas as well.  Tarah Talking At U was created more for women and provides easy DIY tips and tricks for women to look and feel their best.

(S) I love your DIY tips!  Who are you trying to target with your videos?

(TF) My 25 year old self:)

(S) I take it you don’t want to elaborate:)  What is the biggest challenge in making your videos?  What have you learned about yourself?

(TF) The biggest challenge with making the videos is 100% the editing.  I pretty much teach myself as I go along and I am always trying to make each one better than the last.  It is definitely a labour of LOVE.  What I have learned while doing Tarah Talking At U, is that I am not interested in being the expert on the show, but rather interviewing the experts, and I am excited to do more of that in 2014.

(S) You definitely have a knack for getting people to open up.  What kind of feedback have you been receiving?

(TF) I was sooooo scared to publish the videos because I was afraid of all the negative comments I would receive.  Funny enough, after 18 videos, I have yet to receive one negative comment – knock on wood. The feedback has been really positive. I have people sharing my videos with their friends and family and have also received requests to shoot videos for other organizations, so the opportunities that have arose have been pretty amazing.

(S) That sounds exciting!  What type of video requests?

(TF) Last month I was invited to interview some of New York City’s most notable women, for a video series entitled Women of New York, that will be published online next Spring.  This is seriously a dream come true and it never would have happened had I not started the videos.

Congrats Tarah on blowing it out of the water in your first season!  Watch my favourite Tarah Talking At U video here (yes, it’s clothes related).

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(Superfora) Why did you decide to start tonyvousTV? Aside from your initials being TV!
(Tony Vu) A lot of people kept telling me that I needed my own reality TV show; which sparked the idea of something a little more tangible – a YouTube channel!  However, it took me a few years to actually man up and create something where I would open up my life to the world because I never thought I had anything special going on.  I began to follow a bunch of the popular YouTubers and found myself smiling or laughing with all of their videos.  Then I realized that’s all I wanted to do as well, so I started “tonyvous” to try and get at least one person to laugh along with me.  I also not so secretly felt that the world needed a little more sass.

(S) You are definitely the individual to deliver some sass.  Who are you trying to target with your videos?

(TV) Ideally I’d like to target the mass population and run the world with my videos, but I figured I’d start somewhere small. I mean it took Beyoncé some time, right?  My channel currently caters to an audience that ranges from high school students to striving whatevers in their mid to late 20s, with a few exceptions of course. Those who have a love for fashion, being #supakawaii, and getting into trouble with their close circle of friends are most likely to gravitate towards my videos as well.

(S) This is why I am an extremely loyal fan.  What is the biggest challenge in making your videos?

(TV) When I first started making videos, the biggest challenge for me was talking in front of the camera. It’s not alive, so who exactly was I talking to? What do I say?  Do I look at it?  Oh, and don’t forget to blink!  Now my biggest challenge is coming up with content to film and things to talk about.

(S) I bet you keep forgetting to blink because you are always trying to smeyes.  What kind of feedback have you been receiving?

(TV) So far I’ve been getting A LOT of positive feedback!  I LOVE seeing the comments and hearing the things everyone has to say. I also squeal like a little girl when people quote my videos and use my dorky phrases in everyday life. Not only because it strokes my ego a little bit, but because it means I’m achieving my initial goal – to make at least one person laugh. The amount of support I’ve also received has been amazing and that’s one of the main reasons why I continue to put out my weekly vlogs.

Thanks, Tony!  And congrats on successfully turning all of us into your precious little vous-ers. Watch my favourite tonyvous video here and make sure to turn the volume up at 1:40min.

There you have it – two up and comers that you need to know about!  Check out their youtube channels for many more amazing episodes and to subscribe: Tarah Ferguson & Tony Vous