How to Stay Organized

It’s only about half-way through summer, but September is quickly approaching.  Most of us are probably not looking forward to going back to school or work, especially post-vacation.

Getting back to the grind after some time off can be hard and there’s a chance you may feel disorganized.

Here are a few tips and tricks on how to stay organized!

1. Make Your Bed

Knotty Towel

Knotty Towel

This doesn’t seem like much, but making your bed can your room look and feel more organized. And if everything is more organized, then there’s less of a chance you’ll be frantically searching for that one pen that you somehow lost in your messy sheets.

2. Make a Schedule

Small Paper Things Printables

Small Paper Things Printables

Whether you are writing something down in a physical agenda, or a laptop, or tablet, it’s a great idea to keep a schedule for yourself. This way you’ll have everything in front of you and in order, so you can make sure you’re spending enough time on the things that need to be completed first.

3. Write Down a To-Do List

We Heart It

We Heart It

A to-do list is quite helpful on the day-to-day front. You write down the things you need to get done today, so you focus on those tasks and won’t end up procrastinating by working on something that is not as urgent, or important. I love having a pretty notebook and using colourful pens make it look less dull.

4. Put Belongings Away ASAP

My Domaine - Nina Holst

My Domaine – Nina Holst

The more of a mess you have around you, the more unorganized you may feel. Don’t get caught up in this cycle! Put away everything you don’t need, so you can have a clean and organized space to focus on the tasks that need to be finished.

5. Devote 10-15 Minutes to Organizing

My Domaine - Nina Holst

My Domaine – Nina Holst

If you think about it, ten minutes in 24 hours of your day isn’t really wasting much time. Figure out what you need to do and what you’ll need to finish it. Ten, maybe 15 minutes of making sure everything is organized will make a huge improvement to your daily routine. Spend a bit of time cleaning your desk, organizing your closet or putting away laundry and get the little things out of the way so you have more time for the bigger projects you have.

Incorporating a few of these practical solutions to your everyday life will improve your productivity and will result in more free time to do the things you enjoy.

 

Written by Nicky Toor

2017 Hair Trends

This year, no matter what your hair type, there is a variety of styles and latest hair trends to choose from. The latest hair trends include girly high ponytails, wavy lobs, sleek long hair and much more.

1. High Ponytail

Rihanna High Pony Tail

Rihanna High Pony Tail

High ponytails are appearing on the runways, in a more upscale fashion than we’re used to.  They’re coming back revamped, and celebrities such as Rihanna, J-Lo and Gwen Stefani are rocking the latest trend with style.  Once thought of as a quick way to pull the hair back after workout, without looking like a mess, the high ponytail is being paired with red-carpet gowns and more formal wear.  For an elegant look with a touch of femininity, tie a black velvet oversized bow to accentuate the look.  For a more laid back and face-framing look, let those baby hairs fly away, and tease the ponytail to new heights.

2. Crown Braids

Rita Ora Crown Braid

Rita Ora Crown Braid

Straight out of a fairytale, braids have made a huge comeback, and an endless array of styles are showing up on red carpets, wedding parties and around the city.  As a stylish alternative to the bun, braided hair requires an extra few minutes, but the results are picture perfect.  Braiding hair around the crown moves hair away from the face and instantly gives your frame a much more polished look.  This latest hair trend is suitable for any event, and can be easily tweaked and made to look either sleek and polished, or more laidback with a few loose strands. Use your creativity and make the braided hairstyle your own.  Check out this YouTube video for an easy tutorial on Crown Braiding your hair.

3. Velvet Hair Bows

Damselindior Black Velvet Bow

Damselindior Black Velvet Bow

Reminiscent of the European aristocracy of the 18th century, hair bow ties were worn by both men and women, however, men wore them with big white wigs, but by the end of the century they were out of style. As a fashion statement on its own, the velvet hair bows of today are much more subtle, creating a look that is effortlessly elegant and chic at the same time. Quick and easy to pull off, requiring no time at all, hair bows add a touch of fashion to an otherwise minimalistic look.  

4. Hair Jewelry and Accessories

Janelle Monae wearing a Jennifer Behr crown

Janelle Monae wearing a Jennifer Behr crown

If you have no time to make it to the salon for the latest hair cut or colour, hair accessories are an excellent alternative to add detail to your look.  Decorative and bejeweled hair bands, pins and hair ties are an easy way to enhance shorter or longer hair styles.  More elaborate headbands include studded jewels as seen on the runways of Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana fashion shows, some even featuring tiaras.  (Check out the full Dolce & Gabbana fashion show here). Hair clips and pins are another way to add dainty details to your hairstyle, whether for the purpose of securing bangs to the side, or simply to add a touch of glam.  Shop here for more fabulous headband ideas.

5. Colourful Hair Dye

Nicole Richie in Purple

Nicole Richie in Purple

More recently, vibrant hair colours have almost become a norm in the fashion industry. Fashion forward thinkers are incorporating more daring colours into their looks and are elevating them to the next level.  Last year, teal, fuschia and grey were the colours, but this season violets, peachy creams and even rainbow tones are making an appearance. Celebrities like Nicole Richie, Katy Perry and Kelly Osbourne have been rocking this latest trend and are looking oh so fashionable.

6. Super Straight Cher-Inspired Hair

Kim Kardashian sporting sleek long tresses

Kim Kardashian sporting sleek long tresses

 

If you’ve got super long tresses, or are pretending to with hair extensions, creating this sleek straight look is easy peasy. Using a hair straightener and a few products to tame down the fly-away hairs will result in the Cher inspired look that Kim Kardashian has been seen rocking.

Whether you want to rock your natural curls, or try out a different look this season, current 2017 hair trend styles include something for everyone.

 

Written by Milana Bucan

Places to Cool Down this Summer!

Here’s a list of places to please your sweet tooth! 🍦🍦🍦

 

  • 720 Sweets

3278 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H4, Canada

The Milky Way✨Those special effects though…

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  • Marble Slab Creamery

1184 Denman St #103, Vancouver, BC V6G 2M9

  • Twisted Ice Cream

73 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A1, Canada

http://instagram.com/p/5dDM9em2M7/

  • Mister Artisan Ice Cream

1141 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2

  • Soft Peaks

25 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B2, Canada

http://instagram.com/p/BRPC1I2D7U5/

  • Rain or Shine

1926 W 4th Ave #102, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M6

  • Earnest Iced Cream

3992 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4E4, Canada

http://instagram.com/p/BS1rrV3l3AY/

  • Dip Ice Cream

2967 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 4N3

  • Bella Gelateria

1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6C, Canada

http://instagram.com/p/BU_MENgF7Id/

 

POST FROM: SARAH SIDHU

Jelly Sandals: BFF’S or Ex-BF?

Is anyone else sick of them yet or is it just me?

Just a few days ago I saw a story on Snapchat about New Jelly Sandals for the Summer ☀️.

Jelly sandals again? I couldn’t help but wonder how many phases the jelly shoe trend could have before it finally dies.

Jelly shoes were birthed into the fabulous generation that was the 90’s. The jelly-ness then came back around 2012, when Tumblr fans began to wear see-through boots and raincoats.

(Photo via Pinterest)

Soon after this brave small group of niche fashion lovers cracked the barrier to the past, regular shoe stores began to produce the classic 90’s jelly sandal styles. As seen below.

The original jelly sandal from J Beans.

Now it is 2017, and new concepts and colours of jelly sandals are still exciting everyone’s minds and wallets.  Jelly sandals now come in gladiator styles, flip flops, slip-on slides, as well as Birkinstock-esque buckle strap sandals.

Jelly Pool Slides from Urban Outfitters (Currently on sale for $10)

 

Buckled jelly slides from Forever 21 ( $26.90 )

 

Jelly Ankle-Strap sandals from Forever 21 ($26.90)

 

So, are you still loving the jelly? Or tired of it?

Comment on our social media and let us know! 🌈

 

WRITTEN BY: SARAH SIDHU

Weekender Bags for your Weekend Getaways!

Summer has arrived, which means more time for adventure; Road trips, long weekends, and trips to the beach.

You need enough room and pockets to pack all your summer essentials like sun block, sunglasses, a change of shoes and an extra outfit or two.  Oh, and let’s not forget snacks!  Here are some spacious bags, with timeless silhouettes to accompany you on your last-minute trips and treks.

 

TED BAKERCRONOS LEATHER HOLDALL

$497

 

STELLA MCCARTNEY – BLACK FALABELLA GO TRAVEL BAG

Stella McCartney

CAD$ 1,340

HERCHEL – SUTTON DUFFLE MID-VOLUME | SURPLUS

$89.99

LONGCHAMP – LE PLIAGE CUIR’ LEATHER HANDBAG

$495.00

FJALLRAVEN – DUFFEL NO. 4 LARGE

 

$289 CAD

 

WRITTEN BY: SARAH SIDHU

Highlights: Khatsahlano 2017!

On July 8, 2017 West 4th Ave was blocked from Burrard to MacDonald for the Khatsahlano Street Party.

The festival starts off with a First Nations blessing to honour the man who gave his name to the area and the event. Now in it’s sixth year, the festival is meant to represent the laid back, creative atmosphere of West 4th with stand from local boutiques within the Kitsilano community, along with food trucks and live entertainment.

Once again, Vancouver Fashion Week was part of the celebration! With two fashion shows at the BC Living Stage, on the corner of Yew St. and West 4th Ave, and had our very own Beauty Bar.

The Athletic Wear fashion show was held at 1pm and the Ready to Wear fashion show was held at 4:30pm with all the outfits coming from local shops.

The Beauty Bar was open from the start of the festival with a makeup artist and hair stylist, so anyone could have come around and got their makeover done for free.

 

 

After getting made up by a professional stylist, you could go to our media wall and snap a picture of your new look. During the festival we had a contest going on where if you posted on Instagram with the hashtag #myvfwstyle for a chance to win two two tickets to Vancouver Fashion Week this September.

 

 

 

Throughout the day we had our Street Style team looking out for cool and fashionable people that were attending the festivities!

 

Here’s a recap of a few of the great looks and pieces we saw during Khats.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who came out to try our Beauty Bar and came out to see our shows; and the behind the scenes team of models, makeup artists, hair stylists and all the kind stores on W 4th that featured their outfits, and last but not least the Khatsahlano team.  

 

 

Written By: Nicky Toor

Photos via: Emily Gervaise of VFW

Insta-worthy Photo Spots

These days it seems all photos are taken for Instagram’s sake; with the perfect background,  outfit, and location.  Fortunately, living in Vancouver there’s a lot of options to take the perfect Insta photo.  Whether nature inspired or architecture driven backdrops,  the following are a few of the must visit Instagram worthy locations.

 

1. Gastown

It is one of those old-town feel places, with brick walls, a steam clock and cobblestone paved walkways, a perfect place for an afternoon photoshoot.  As Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown is full of historic character, located between Main and Richards Street, north of Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver.  Some of the must see spots are the Waldorf Hotel, iconic Hotel Europe, the Blood Alley and  Water Street as the main street of Gastown, housing some of the best boutiques and restaurants in town.  With plenty of hidden corners and backdrops, Gastown is well known for its Victorian style street lamps and unique architecture dating back to 19th century.

 

 

 

2. Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery is housed in the former main courthouse of Vancouver. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, between Robson and Georgia Street, it’s grey stonework, round columns and iconic lions at the main entrance, make for some of the best Instagram photos.  Whether you are visiting the latest gallery exhibition and have the chance to go inside, or are taking a stroll and gazing at architectural details from the outside, this photoshoot location is not to be missed.  The round stairwell inside and the high ceilings add character to any photo.     

 

 

3. Stanley Park

Located minutes away from downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park is an area covering over 400 hectares, surrounded almost entirely by water.  With plenty of backdrops to choose from, the seawall, the Lighthouse, English Bay beach, Coal Harbour boat launch, or the Lions Gate bridge, it’s sure to impress the photo savvy enthusiasts.  As a recurring location for weddings, grad photos and tourists from abroad, Stanley Park sets for a perfect post-card photo that won’t disappoint.  

 

 

 

 

4. Capilano Suspension Bridge

You’ve seen suspension bridge posts all over Instagram feeds, but admittedly, they do make for stunning photos.  The lush greenery in the background, the suspending bridge to make your heart skip a beat, and the bridge itself are just the key elements for a beautiful photo.  The best time to visit the park is during the early opening hours, to avoid the lineups of people trying to take the perfect photo.  If you’re crunched for time, Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge located in North Vancouver is a smaller scale version, with as just stunning scenery.

 

 

5. Joffre Lakes

The summer months are here, and that means it’s time to spend more time outdoors; but it also means visiting BC’s stunning turquoise lakes and not just for the photos, but for the hikes as well, right?  An hour and a half drive from downtown Vancouver, minutes away from Whistler is Wedgemount Lake.  A breathtaking glacier surrounded by mountains covered in snow is the milky turquoise lake that’s bound to impress.  A bit of a trek of 14 km, a full day’s worth is needed to hike up and down the mountain, that’s elevated 1160 km.  

Another great Insta famous location is Joffre Lakes, located in Pemberton, and known for its three turquoise coloured lakes.  The second lake, is probably the most popular, and really, any time of year, except when the grounds are covered in snow is a good time to hike up.  A day trip well worth the time, and photos to make anyone wish they’d been there with you.

 

 

 

 

WRITTEN BY MILANA BUCAN

Photos via Milana Bucan

Edited by Sarah Sidhu.

Gigi Hadid with the Summer’s It Bag

With crop tops getting smaller, dresses getting shorter, and sneakers sliced into slides, it seems like less is more when it comes to your clothes this season. Our favourite items are shrinking for summer, and that includes our handbags.

Gigi Hadid is the first starlet to sport Stalvey’s new top handle mini bag, retailing for $4,800, in white and Lizard.

Stalvey Top Handle Mini Handbag in Lizard ($4,800)

Hadid has also been spotted with Burberry’s new DK88 bag, which comes in 11 different colours. Gigi is carrying the bag in the size Medium. The bag also comes in large, small, and mini options.

Burberry The Medium DK88 Top Handle Bag ($2,495)

 

 

WRITTEN BY: SARAH SIDHU

Trend Watch: Micro Handbags

As seen on the runways of Fendi, Valentino, Coach, and more, tiny handbags have big brands squealing.

A common first reaction is why would I spend that much for something so small, nothing will fit in it, right? However, some people are loving the small size because it pressures them to keep only the essentials. Ironic, that an item created by consumerist culture is inspiring people to have less, but it’s true!

 

Kendall Jenner sporting the Fendi Micro Peekaboo Bag in Light Pink Sheepskin, retailing for $1,950.

 

In an age where everything you need is either in your phone, or your wallet, you don’t need much else. This can be hard to imagine for girls who are lifetime best friends of the ‘hobo bag’, the seemingly endless bag that you could fit everything into. But do you really need the entire contents of staples, or that wad of napkins in your purse?

 

Fendi

 

This trend has definitely been embraced by Parisian women, who already use their lipstick as their blush and vice versa. Prioritize what you absolutely need, and don’t keep things around “just in case”. Although the very tiny ones, such as Valentino’s matchbox sized bag are a bit extreme, try one just big enough for your phone and some cash, and feel the freedom!

 Chloé                                                                                                   Kenzo

 

WRITTEN BY: SARAH SIDHU

A Brand with History – JAC by Jacqueline Conoir

Vancouver Fashion Week sat down with designer RozeMerie Cuevas, founder and

designer behind the JAC by Jacqueline Conoir brand. A brand with history, JAC was

established in 1986, and has since expanded its collection into China and the

international Markets – RozeMerie shares with us some of the brand’s key

milestones.

 

 

M: What inspired your collection when you first began? Has that changed?

J: We initially started with Jacqueline Conoir, and that became a very well known

brand within Vancouver and Canada and after about 25 years that did evolve into

JAC by Jacqueline Conoir.

Our collection and our brand really is for the modern, urban, edgy fashionista that

loves style and edge, but is also very classic at the same time, so it’s timeless fashion.

Really, the brand consists of French feminine flare, north American cool, and Italian

sexy.

 

M: What motivated you to expand into the Asian Market? How has Asia been

different for your business?

J: We expanded to china in 2013 – what its done for our business is phenomenal; Its

given us a platform of 1.4 billion people to showcase in front of, and we’ve been able

to open numerous stores in a very short time. It’s allowed to expand the brand itself

in terms of product offerings. We’ve gone from from 2 collections a year to 4

collections a year, From 100 styles to 180 styles, our knight ware has expanded, our

down coats have expanded, our quality of fabrics have greatly improved. So really

the chance and the opportunity to move the brand and to produce in Asia has been

really fantastic for business.

M: What has been the biggest driver for your Business’s Success?

J: Well we’ve been in business for more than 32 years – since 1986 – yeah it’s a long

time! I think for a brand to last that long in such a difficult industry, I think you

really need to reinvent yourself, numerous times through the years. But you also

really need to listen to the consumer. We’ve been able to understand and speak to

our consumer through our brand, and we’ve been able to adjust it to grow with what

the consumer wants. So I think the key to the brand and it’s success is really being

different, though remaining true to what its always been, which is a quality product

at accessible prices with great trends and pieces that are really timeless.

 

M: What was your memorable moment so far as a designer?

J: Gosh, 32 years… it’d be difficult to choose just one moment. But I think overall, the

experience we’ve had with the JAC brand over the 32 years is really all of the

relationships we’ve developed. We’ve worked with some amazing people, and we

really believe that it’s the team that’s behind the brand that’s special. And that’s

what really forces the projection, and the forward growth. Of course I’m the founder

and designer, but it’s not possible to do this on your own. It’s the team behind it that

enables you to create what you want to.

Some other of the best moments has been, 8 time matinee grant recipients, we’ve

been fashion music arts awards recipients, we’ve been recognized by Vancouver

fashion week, but I think the biggest change to the success of the brand came when

we were offered a partnership in china, to develop the brand and distribute it there

and internationally moving forward.

M: What advice do you have for aspiring designers trying to expand their

brand into new markets?

J: Well, I think I would say that a lot of us get into fashion design because its

glamorous. You know, that three minutes walking down the runway feels like it’s all

about the fashion design, but I think we all must really know and understand that

it’s a really uphill journey; nothing comes easy and everything has its obstacles, but

the key is to actually look and remember that every challenge is an opportunity for

progress and learning, so view the challenge as an opportunity. Stay focused, stay

determined, do what you love to do – if you stay passionate about it, it will turn into

success.

 

M: If you could go back and tell yourself something at the beginning of your

career, what would it be?

J: I think I would have probably told myself at the beginning of my career to take

more business courses. Understand the business side of things, after all you could

create some amazing designs but if you don’t know the market yourself, or stay

within the budget or do the number side of things its really difficult to figure out

how to survive in the industry while your trying to grow it. So understanding the

business side really is something that is necessary, and it’s something I wish I told

myself.

 

M: How do you want women to feel in your clothes?

J: Part of our message in our JAC brand is to connect with the emotion, to connect

with the way women are feeling. And that message is, JAC lives freely, leads by

example, love life, projects success, inspires, empowers action and knows exactly

what she wants. So that message really embodies how we want women to feel, to

project themselves. We want to facilitate that for them, through the looks that they

can create with the JAC brand.