Sidewalk Style – Week 22 With Caroline

May, 22nd, 2016


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Caroline is a bit casually dressed for SidewalkRunway but there was something about her knee high stockings and ponytail that attracted my attention. Her inspiration for her outfit was comfort. She was heading to work and chose flats because she would be standing for most of her shift. She’s wearing a “two color” outfit but each piece came from a different store.
 
 
Caroline’s wearing:
 
Jacket: Zara
Bag: Calvin Klein
Stockings: American Apparel
Shoes: Camper (bought in Paris)
 

Zara Durrani, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Feb, 8th, 2016


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is not far away.
 
Instead of the traditional color of red, Zara and I found pastel colors of lavender, mauve, tan, grey and dusty rose for our themed shoot. She described the colors as soft and spring-like.
 
I picked the lace floral print skirt and blouse from the Couturist. The popular online site opened a pop-up shop (on Robson St. near Thurlow). After several weeks they will close their shop shortly after Valentine’s Day. However they will continue to serve customers online.
 
You may recognize Zara from her 2011/12 TV show called Life & Style with Zara. As a multi-talented individual she continues to keep busy as an Actress, Activist, TV Host, Producer and Model.
 
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
 
 
Zara’s Wearing:
 
Blouse & Skirt: Stella & Jamie (from the Couturist)
Belt: H&M
Heels: Joe Fresh
Beret & Sunglasses: Forever 21
Dress, Purse & Tights: Winners
Jacket: H&M
Booties: Nine West
 
 

The Haute Pursuit at Nordstrom Vancouver

Dec, 13th, 2015

 
In Hot Pursuit of The Haute Pursuit
 
My friend Alina sent me the following Facebook message late Saturday night, “Vanessa Hong will be at Nordstrom Sunday.” It took me a second to realize she meant the Instagram Blogger, “The Haute Pursuit”. I checked the Nordstrom Event page and cleared my schedule for the afternoon.
 
As of Thursday morning (12.17) her Instagram selfie shot at Nordstrom Vancouver has received 7,220 likes. Her followers are increasing daily but at the moment she has 490,000 followers. Vanessa travels the world and frequently posts photos from LA, NYC, Paris and Beijing but she grew up in Vancouver  and graduated from UBC.
 
Her site is filled with eye catching, fashion photos that possess artistic and minimalistic qualities. Most of her shots are arranged but some are serendipitous. Her images can be VERY sensual but everything is confident and classy.
 

This is Vanessa’s first venture into fashion design.  Her faux fur Boxy Coats are incredibly soft and provide a pop of color for any outfit. They cover a broad spectrum of colors and have playful names as shown below.
 
She started with the desire to make something for herself and the retail aspect evolved from there.
 
She’s involved in every aspect of design and she’s actually traveled to the manufacturing plant in China.
 
Her coats are produced in small lots to ensure the quality remains high. For example the coat’s lining is hand stitched.
 
Her coats have an oversized appearance but they are NOT designed for big bulky sweaters.  According to Vanessa, her friends kept warm during a chilly NY Fashion Week while wearing lightweight skirts and blouses.
 
Her collection was inspired by 1990’s Hip Hop icons such as Hype Williams, Missy Elliott and Lil Kim.
 
Her coats and stoles will be featured the Nordstrom Pop In Shop till January 2nd. I speculate her coats will move to another Nordstrom Vancouver department but they can always be purchased on her www.thehautepursuit.com website.
 
Here’s a link to her Instagram account: @thehautepursuit
 

The Pop In Store in located near Nordstrom’s Georgia St. entrance.

Baby Pink
Chubby Stoles: Tweety (back), Emerald, Olive & Marigold
Colors: Marigold, Emerald, Olive…
Colors: Tweety (as in Tweet Bird yellow), Baby Blue, Cookie (as in Cookie Monster azure blue)

My Sidewalk Shoot With Anna

Dec, 6th, 2015


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I met Anna at 11:30am and we shopped till 1:00pm. The first outfit we tried was a tan sweater dress. It fit nice but it was something commonly seen on the “sidewalk”.
 
The next outfit was a pair of wide leg, knit pants with funky metallic patterns and a fuzzy jacket. Unfortunately the idea didn’t work.
 
When Anna tried on the forest green shift dress she said she preferred fitted dresses. However, it matched her personal style of classy and elegant so that was our choice for the shoot. Next I paired it with black pair of heels and a purse. By 2:30pm we were ready to shoot.
 
In addition to modeling part-time Anna was recently crowned Miss Russia in a local pageant. When she modeled in her home country her favorite assignments were bridal shows. She said the long elegant, flowing gowns made her feel like a princess.
 
 
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
 
Anna was styled by Me:
 
Jacket & Dress: H&M
Purse & Heels: Aldo
 

Ray Rui, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Nov, 29th, 2015


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I first met Ray Rui at a press conference in September (click Season 2). She smiled easily, she was approachable and optimistic. Fast forward to November and we met for appetizers and discussed her business, university, goals, fashion and HBICTV Season 2: Boss Girls  (formerly known as the Ultra Rich Asian Girls).
 
I watched Season 1 with an open mind but found it dramatic and showy. I was relieved when Season 2 aired because it has a completely different feel. The episodes (found on You Tube) have moved away from “bling” and towards “business”. Chelsea is the only returning cast member (click Interview). Cast members know each other and some have been friends for years.
 
The show is still unscripted and six episodes feature: Chelsea sharing motherhood feelings with Diana, an ad campaign featuring models from Pam’s modeling agency, Weymi’s upcoming lifestyle magazine and Ray fulfilling contracts for her marketing company.
 

  • Q01 – Please tell me about your business.
    RR – My company is Rono Marketing Group Ltd. I manage a team of nine employees and we help companies with branding, rebranding, marketing campaigns and expanding their target markets.
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  • Q02 – Tell me about your clients.
    RR – They’re involved with luxury brands, real estate, environmental sustainability, technology (start-ups) and investment and wealth management.
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  • Q03 – What’s your field of study?
    RR – I am graduating in December with dual majors in Finance and Marketing from UBC Sauder School of Business.
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  • Q04 – How would you describe your life at the moment?
    RR – Busy with school projects and business planning sessions. Spending time with my boyfriend and my parents. Maintaining a healthy, positive lifestyle. I practice yoga and visit the gym 2 – 3 times a week.
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  • Q05 – Where do you see yourself in 5-years?
    RR – I’m grateful for my parents help but I see myself as being financially independent, a successful business owner and starting a family.
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  • Q06 – If you weren’t so busy, what would you do with your free time?
    RR – I love art. In grade school my oil painting collection was exhibited in a Shanghai art gallery. I like painting countrysides and landscapes. I designed my company logo and business card.
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  • Q07 – Ray is a boy’s name. What’s the story behind your name?
    RR – Back in China people called me Rui Rui. When I moved to Canada I named myself Ray Rui so it sounds the same and I like the meaning Ray (as in a ray of sun).
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  • Q08 – You’re very fashionable. How would you describe your style?
    RR – Fabric is definitely important to me. I look for fashion that is timeless, practical and comfortable.
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  • Q09 – What’s a little known secret about HBIC?
    RR – All the girls did their own hair, make-up and styling because we didn’t have any styling sponsors. The show was unscripted but we had a general idea of the activity and its setting, so we would pick suitable clothes from our closets for different occasions. My favourite outfit was the Dolce & Gabbana dress in the finale.
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  • Q10 – How did you become a HBIC cast member? Did you audition?
    RR – No, I met the producer at different luxury events throughout the year. I was hesitant at first because people’s perception about Season 1. After a couple meetings, I agreed to be on the show knowing the focus for Season 2 would be different. Plus it was an opportunity to promote my business.

 
 
In closing, is there anything else you wish to share? I am always very interested in healthy organic lifestyles. I think women should live their own lives and embrace their natural selves, not being someone that they are not.
 
 
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
 
 
 
Ray’s wearing:
 
Mink Coat: Saga Royal Furs
Ring: Chanel
Dress: Herve Leger
Clutch: Tom Ford
Heels: Roger Vivier
 
 

Sidewalk Style – Week 47 With Pornsuda

Nov, 21st, 2015


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pornsuda wearing a layered look to keep warm on a chilly evening!
 
Black Scarf Leone
Tan Coat Aritzia
Black Blazer Zara
Burgundy Sweater Zara
Black Tights Zara
Purse Louis Vuitton
Boots Michael Kors
 

Canadian Election Party Colours

Oct, 13th, 2015

The Politics of Fashion
 
Following in the footsteps of recent United States elections, a small percentage of Canadian voters in the 2011 election chose the direction for Canada. While candidates Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper & Elizabeth May did not approve this message, let’s pretend they did. Hopefully it will inspire you to vote on October 19th because it will take time to vote than it took to create this post.
 
Models Asel and Tanpreet invested a combined total of 9 hours. Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist Reema Mattu spent 2 hours with Tanpreet. As the Stylist, Photographer and Writer I’ve invested close to 20 hours.
 

Will the New Democratic Party – Orange squeeze out a victory? What if Thomas changed Queen’s iconic “We Will Rock You” chant to, “We will, we will [orange] crush you!”
Liberal – Red leader Justin is known for his boyish good looks. Justin Timberlake’s “Bringing Sexy Back” seems like the perfect dance tune to motivate workers as they rebuild our roads and infrastructure.
Rush’s “Big money goes around the world…” illustrates how the Conservatives – Blue secure trade deals as they strive to keep the economy humming.
Kermit the Frog sang, “It ain’t easy being green…” Instead imagine him encouraging you to, “Vote Green, save the environment AND eat your broccoli!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
These images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
 
I found the following outfits for the shoot:

  • Asel is wearing a stunning orange Do+Be backless mini dress and a Jessica Simpson purse
  • Tanpreet is wearing a red H&M dress and a Ralph Lauren belt
  • Tanpreet spotted the blue Kut from the Kloth dress
  • Asel is wearing a green Jolt jacket (seen below), Willi Smith blouse, Kate Spade belt and Genetic trousers

 
 
 
The Politics of Fashion – Outtakes


It was a chilly, rainy day when Asel and I shot. The orange outfit wasn’t warm and her shoes (she brought from home) were not comfortable. Despite all that Asel was amazing!  She arrived on time, she was engaged and only sent a couple text messages during the entire shoot. Unlike most attractive women that simply rely on their looks to sell the shot, Asel had an emotional content along with a variety of poses. It all helped bring my ideas to life! I had so many outtakes, I had to share them with you!
 
Incidentally, Asel is an Interior Design graduate. While she seeks a job in her field of study she has two jobs and models part-time for PLY Management.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sidewalk Style – Week 36 With Karey

Aug, 30th, 2015


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Karey and June attended the last Robson Square salsa dance of the year. We met shortly thereafter. Karey has an office job but she would like to start her own petite clothing line. When I asked about her outfit, she said the weather played a large part in creating the look she calls Vampy Bohemian. The grey clouds guided her to a darker fall color. The hint of rain caused her to wear boots, the hat was for the wind and her jacket helped keep her warm and dry.
 
Karey’s wearing:
 
Hat: Forever 21
Jacket: Bebe
Dress: Gifted from a family member
Boots: Arturo Chiang
 

Happy Mother’s Day! – Sidewalk Shoot with Sunan & Sienna

May, 17th, 2015


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Happy belated Mother’s Day!
 
It goes without saying that parenting is hard work. While most parents are content to dress casual, dressing-up it’s something Sunan and Sienna enjoy doing on a daily basis.
 
The evening before our Mother’s Day shoot Sienna had a fever so we met the following week. The morning of our shoot Sunan sent me a text saying Sienna insists upon wearing her princess outfit.   I’m not sure if she knew about our shoot. I simply think she was being a strong willed 4 year old. We made a couple small changes to Sunan’s outfit and we were able to “Make it work.”
 
As soon as we parked it was time to put on the fairy wings. I tagged along and watched as the princess fairies paid a visit to the enchanted pond and mystical woods.
 
 
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
 
Sienna’s wearing:
Outfit:Princess Elsa
 
Sunan’s wearing:
Jacket: H&M
Blouse: Citylux Boutique
Jeans: Paige
Clutch: Hermes
Heels: Christian Louboutin