Sidewalk Style – Week 8 With Halah

Feb, 19th, 2014

I really liked how Halah coordinated the colors of her head scarf, sweater and pants. Especially since they all came from stores. Her headscarf came from Saudi Arabia and her long sweater was bought in Vancouver. She’s studying to be a Micro Biologist and enjoys dancing.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Halah’s wearing:
Long Sweater: Sasso Moda
Boots: (a gift from Istanbul)

How Does She Look? – Jeannie Mai Inspired Sidewalk Shoot With My Friend Nao

Nov, 17th, 2013

My friend Nao has a casual style. She was adventurous enough to take part in my Jeannie Mai, “How Do I Look” inspired styling makeover. We went shopping and collected an armful of skirts, blouses and dresses. Like any shopping experience there were some hits, misses and “Heck no!” moments. My first choice of a high waist, maxi length pencil skirt was too tight and two sweater dresses weren’t flattering. As an afterthought I grabbed a burgundy blouse off the rack. Then I found a pair of black stretch pants and a grey blazer. I could feel things falling into place when I found a matching purse and a pair of heels. At that moment I thought, an outfit was born! I liked the combination and more importantly so did Nao.
We rushed off to MAC Cosmetics (on Robson St) for burgundy lipstick and a daytime, natural make-up touch up. Special thanks to Gentille “Miss G”!
We started shooting with barely 30-minutes of daylight remaining. I was a bit worried because Nao has never modeled and the light was dropping with each passing minute. However I didn’t realize how comfortable she was in her makeover outfit. It definitely shows in the photos.
After the shoot I asked her for her thoughts. She still prefers her jeans & sneakers but she was grateful for the opportunity to explore a new look.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Nao is wearing:
Blazer: Anne Klein
Blouse: Sachin + Bagi
Pants: Labijou
Purse: Arcadia
Heels: Guess

Celina Jade, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Oct, 19th, 2013


Photo Credits: Victor Fraile, The Power of Sport Images

Shopping With Shado
I recently had an opportunity to shoot with Celina Jade. My timing was perfect because two days after our shoot, the Arrow cast member was headed home to Hong Kong. On CTV Celina plays the martial arts character Shado. However today she wore two outfits that expressed her “Sidewalk” style.

Celina actually enjoys shopping and it’s been her experience that it’s difficult to find pieces when you’re looking for them. Yet, in an ironic way, the good pieces are available the moment you stop looking!
When it was time to warm-up and change outfits, we randomly stopped at the nearest coffee shop. That’s when I learned Celina loves Vancouver’s coffee.

Hi Celina!
Q- What are you wearing today?
A- In my first outfit I’m wearing a Balenciaga blouse and Zara pants with a Marni belt. My purse is from Valentino and my ankle boots are from Diane von Furstenberg. In my second outfit I’m wearing a Chanel jacket. My blouse and skirt are from Loft 82. My purse is from Kate Spade and my heels are from Yves Saint Laurent.
Q- When/where would you wear outfits 1 & 2?
A- The Balenciaga top and pants would be the perfect girls brunch/ day out shopping outfit. The skirt and Chanel jacket I would wear on a lunch date to get to know someone better… it’s a quick way to see what the other persons’ intentions are.
Q- How would you describe your personal style?
A- Big city chic
Q- Who’s your favorite style icon?
A- Kate Moss
Q- What shopping secrets would you like to share?
A- I love the bags and shoes… those are worth splurging on… especially comfy heels like the YSL ones [I wore in the shoot].
Q- If you were a super hero/villain, what super powers would you have?
A- Teleportation, so I can avoid all the long flights!
Q- What sound(s) do you most love to hear?
A- The sounds of the ocean. I grew up by the beach… so the sounds of the waves crashing onto the shore calms me.
Thanks Celina!
Several of the images above were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Photographer’s Notes:
Our time together passed quickly. It wasn’t long before we were saying goodbye and heading to our next appointments. Special thanks to Andrew Ooi of Echelon Talent Management for coordinating everything, Gienny Nguyen of THE Salon Beauty Bar for two fabulous hairstyles and the Coffee Bar for an impromptu photo set.
Since Gienny would be styling Celina’s hair on location she needed work quickly between outfit changes. To achieve the desired effect she thought ahead and came up with a simple plan. She curled Celina’s hair and let it dry. She created one fishtail braid and pinned it. Next she loosened the braid and pinned into an updo for the first look. When it came time for the second look, she simply let Celina’s hair down and everything fell into place. Five minutes later we were ready to resume shooting!

Sidewalk Style – Week 36 with Sara

Sep, 3rd, 2013

T-shirts are a bit casual for SidewalkRunway… Sara and I met as we were headed to work. I asked what inspired her outfit. She said she wanted something light and bright because the weather was so gloomy. After I took a couple photos I was amazed how comfortable she was in front of the camera. I asked if she had modeled and she said, “No, I’m just confident.”
Sara’s wearing:
Blazer Talula
T-shirt Buffalo Jeans
Bag Louis Vuitton
Jeans Buffalo Jeans
Boots Guess

Sidewalk Style – Week 36 with Sam

Sep, 1st, 2013

“Fringe with Benefits!” I loved the way Sam’s skirt danced and swayed with each step. We met as she was heading to work. Her skirt was a gift from a friend. She thinks it came from Asia. I asked what inspired her outfit and she said she wanted a light feminine feel that looked nice and polished. When shopping she looks for items with details that stand out like bold colors, clean lines or interesting cuts. The fringe definitely puts a new spin on typical maxi skirt.
Sam’s wearing:
Blazer H&M
Blouse H&M
Purse Coach
Heels Aldo

Sidewalk Style – Week 30 with Vincci

Jul, 26th, 2013

Vincci’s cute print shorts were the inspiration for her outfit. So she paired them with a blouse and sweater.
Vincci’s wearing:
Sweater Ambercrombie and Fitch
Blouse Costa Blanca
Shorts Costa Blanca
Heels Aldo

Sidewalk Style – Week 23 with Grace

Jun, 7th, 2013

Grace had so much fun in front of the camera I didn’t want the moment to end. However it did end once her girlfriend arrived… I liked her Chanel-esque jacket.
Grace is wearing:
Jacket Deeo
Dress Banana Republic (Korea)
Heels Nine West

Sidewalk Shoot – Fashion TV Host Mandy Ross

Apr, 14th, 2013

I’ve attended quite a few fashion shows and met local TV Host Mandy Ross on many occasions:

Fast forward to April 2013 and we thought it would be fun to collaborate. Since Mandy has a passion for fashion it seemed natural to photograph her in the act of shopping! We headed to her favorite consignment & couture boutique in Gastown where she tried on a cute outfit and a sexy pair of heels.
Mandy is currently the TV Host for Fashion TV (Press Play Establishment Inc. is an official licensee of FTV). For today’s shoot, special thanks to:

Mandy’s wearing:
Blazer Zara compliments of personal stylist Nicolette Lang-Andersen
Jeans Frankie B.
Booties Marciano by Guess
Dress Forever 21 – consignment piece at Timeline
Heels Forever 21 – consignment piece at Timeline
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.

Sidewalk Styling With Alba – Week 13

Mar, 31st, 2013

When we met in January, Alba’s first outfit had a completely different look. Today we ended up at the same cafe by coincidence. She was with friends so I smiled and waved goodbye as I was leaving. An hour later we met by chance a second time. We chatted for a bit and I took a few photos. She mentioned she had two more outfits and she asked if we could meet the next day. Here’s the results. Three looks in two days!
Any Stylist, Personal Shopper or fashion website will recommend you build your wardrobe with few quality yet versitile pieces. Alba gives the perfect example of how that can be accomplished.

Eclectic Casual
Her tailored blazer paired with a casual flow-y skirt was an interesting combination. Next her stockings exposed a little thigh and her croppped turtle neck blouse showed a bit of tummy. This was the first time I’ve seen a cropped turtle neck blouse!
     Elegant Evening
The same blazer when paired with an asymmetrical tank and skirt gives her appearance a completely different look. Notice how her pastel color bracelet and pastel color heels accent her outfit.
     Dressy Casual
The same asymmetrical tank blouse when worn with a one sleeve lace blouse has a much softer look. Incidentally, the quote on her scarf reads, “Live free with strong will.” – Comme des Garcons
Sunglasses Celine
Blazer Theory
Blouse Cheap Monday
Skirt Club Monaco
Purse Mulberry
Socks DKNY
Heels Michael Kors
     Sunglasses Celine
Blazer Theory
Blouse Helmut Lang
Skirt Helmut Lang
Stockings DKNY
Heels Manolo Blahnik
     Tank top Helmut Lang
Scarf Hermes
Lace top Versus by Versace
Skirt Club Monaco
Heels BCBG