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!
Photographer: Mark Yammine
Makeup Artist: Jenna Delaney
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”.
Exploring the palace.
A hole in the ceiling – or a planet from afar?
A very relaxed Simon on the riva (boardwalk).
The mesmerizing palace at night.
I’ve been gushing over one of my favourite accessories – a diamond clutch – for almost a year now. I could try to be subtle about it but when it comes to things I love, subtlety is not my strong suit.
A local designer and fashion student, 25-year old Sherry Chen is the creator of the diamond clutch, which is quietly growing a pretty large following. A cute and clever design coupled with fully customizable fabrics and trims makes this diamond clutch the perfect accessory for…well, anybody. Affordable pricing is icing on the cake.
I recently interviewed the charming Chen, originally of Chengdu, China (the city of pandas!), about where the diamond clutch originates from, who her style inspiration is and what she is planning for the future.
(Superfora) My mom definitely influenced my style and love of patterns and colours and, I can obviously relate to being an economist turned fashion junkie. You’ve expanded your purse line to include standard envelope shaped clutches in fun prints such as zebra. Which of your purses is your favourite?
For pricing and purchasing inquiries, email Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org. To stay abreast of her new designs, follow her on Instagram.
(All images via Sherry Chen)
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.
Ps. Check back soon for part 2. Woo!
(All photos by the very talented Janis Nicolay)
Zebra clutch by local designer Sherry Chen. Follow this talented little import on Instagram: @littlesherrybigchen
(Photo via Net-A-Porter)
Although I can appreciate J. Crew’s classic design, it’s typically too preppy for my style. Enter Sophia Webster, the British accessories designer who made butterflies, peacock feathers and 3-D flowers shoe worthy and my neck is hurting from all the head turning this collaboration is causing!
Webster’s collection for the American retail giant boasts 13 pairs of heels that represent Webster’s playful shapes but embrace J. Crew’s prints and colour palette, according to Metro UK.
According to Ms. Webster, the collection for the J. Crew brand was a collaboration in the “truest sense”. “Jenna and the team picked their favourite styles and […] I was given the freedom to interpret the J.Crew look and blend it with my own. I felt like a girl in a sweet shop!” (Jcrew.com)
Below are some of my favourite styles from the collaboration.
(Photos via JCrew.com)
This week, I received a belated wedding gift from one of my best friends, Ashly (wifey). She designed and created personalized Zovcock stationary, each one individually hand stamped. To remind you, Zovcock is an amalgamation of my maiden name (Zovko) and my husband’s name (Woodcock). It’s also the #1 name amalgamation ever created (as voted by a very biased person). Immortalizing our name via stationary is even better than Zovcock itself.
If you don’t know me personally, Ashly’s gift is perfect for me. Here’s why:
- I am, and always have been, a big fan of stationary and other paper goods
- The love and thoughtfulness that go into hand-made gifts is very important to me
- Owning anything that is stamped “Zovcock” is simply hilarious
Basically, a gift that is humourous, loving and useful ranks high for me. I’ve included some pictures of Ashly’s process below.
There you have it. If you want to make your loved one feel extra giddy this holiday season, try making them some personalized stationary. You can even add a clever drawing or two.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some Zovcocks to get to…