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

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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!

photo shoot

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)