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!

Contessa EveContessa TanysContessa ShantiModels: Eve Obayoriade, Tanys Norcott, Shanti Singh

Photographer: Mark Yammine

Makeup Artist: Jenna Delaney


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.

RetroGlamRetroGlam5RetroGlam6RetroGlam7RetroGlam4RetroGlam8boho chic 2boho chic1boho chic3 And one behind the scenes shot of me hard at work picking bluebells. BTS (Photos by Janis Nicolay)


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!

Midi skirt2Midi skirt 4Midi skirt and clutch

Midi skirt5

Floral pants1nicolay-harris2Floral pants closeup

(All photos by the very talented Janis Nicolay)

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