Aliyah O’Brien, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

May, 24th, 2014

 Aliyah is a recurring guest star on Rookie Blue.
 I had a mere 3 hours with the local celebrity.

You probably recognize Aliyah O’Brien as Holly the “science girl with glasses”   on the TV show Rookie Blue. She normally plays serious, tough and edgy characters. However in the short time we collaborated I saw her pet a little dog, smile at a mom’s newborn baby and thank a guy that shouted, “Sexy!” during our photo shoot. While it sounds cliché she’s down to earth and easygoing. When she’s not bouncing between Vancouver and Toronto for acting jobs she spends every sunny day riding her beachcomber bike. She even rides her bike to auditions!   She’s equally passionate about travelling with her backpack. Before her acting career took off, she travelled to 32 countries! As our time drew to a close I asked which actor she admired most. She said there’s an endless list but after some careful thought she said it would be amazing co-star with the legendary Jack Nicholson in an adventure comedy.
Special thanks to Zara Durrani for the introduction and much love to the ladies at Mine & Yours (on Hornby St.) for welcoming us into their boutique. Aliyah’s outfit was styled by me.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Aliyah’s wearing:
Blouse: Billabong
Belt: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Skirt (olive green): Marni (from Mine & Yours)
Heels: Guess

Zara Durrani, My Sidewalk Shoot With…

Apr, 19th, 2014

I recently had an opportunity to shoot with Zara Durrani while she was in Vancouver. She’s the owner of Inspired Life Productions. She’s also the Executive Producer and Host of “Life & Style with Zara” (2011 – 2012), a yogi, an actress and a model. If you look closely at the Lotus Eye fashion show gallery, you’ll see Zara with a cute pixie haircut!
To be perfectly honest, she arrived on the day of the shoot wearing rain boots and big coat! It was much warmer when we picked her outfit. Our inspiration started with a frosted white trench coat I found at Blubird on Alberni St. I paired it with a clear umbrella. The next day I met Zara at Malary’s Fashion Network in Surrey/Cloverdale. There she found a red shift dress and Yvonne, the Owner suggested a black clutch. We felt like
we had a glamorous Raincouver look.
At the end of April Zara will be heading to sunny Los Angeles to teach yoga at a weekend retreat.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Zara’s wearing:
Coat: Terra NY (Blubird)
Dress: JS Boutique (Malary’s)
Clutch: (Malary’s)
Heels: (a boutique in LA)
Click Blubird to visit their site. 1055 Alberni St.
Click Malary’s Fashion Assignment to visit their site. 5755 176th St.

Crystal Carson’s Studio 81 Birthday Party

Mar, 29th, 2014

At 4:00am I combed the glitter from my hair…
I just returned home after attending Crystal Carson’s birthday party. When I think of birthday parties, I imagine an evening with a few close friends. However, Crystal is a celebrity stylist, an event consultant and a media darling. To celebrate her 33rd birthday, an estimated 400 family, friends and guests attended.   The event was so large, it was held at Yaletown’s Bar None nightclub.
The event named Studio 81 was a spinoff of legendary Studio 54 in NY City. Studio 54 closed in 1981 the same year Crystal was born. Hence the catchy name for her party.
The party itself was amazing. With the exception of a couple guys that wore jeans and sneakers the vast majority of guests dressed to impress. Just inside the entrance guests were able to stroll down an Oscar style red carpet where several photographers gave a warm paparazzi welcome. There was also a unicorn and an English style throne for even more photo opportunities.
Disco balls hung from the ceiling, it rained glitter several times, Paige Morgan sung a couple songs, Crystal’s mom read a poem, go-go dancers danced and the DJ’s kept the dance floor packed.

Poor Uni… So many unspeakable acts were done to you during the evening.
Let them eat birthday cake with Roman candle sparkers!
Crystal, the birthday girl herself!
See what the birthday girl wore at the Deighton Cup
Click Paige Morgan to visit her Facebook page
Crystal & her girlfriend Dani
Crystal & fashion blogger Viranlly
Connie was quite the social butterfly.
Dani’s wearing dress from Top Shop.
Colleen, Crystal’s mom
Crystal’s friend, Zoe getting her grove on!
The fur jacket is real, Guess skirt & Aldo heels
Zoe’s wearing an American Apparel blouse
Jihan – Girl, take the modeling job in LA!!
Click downtown Bethany Brown to visit her Facebook page.
Bethany is an actor, a singer, and a musician.
Joseph & Pierce
Leah & Michelle (another birthday girl)
Christie’s blog: Style 9 to 5 See what she wore at the Deighton Cup.
Paige Morgan
Tanya & Patricia
Crystal & Jeremy
Alex & Steph
MJ (black & yellow), Michelle
Making arrangements for an after party…

Crystal’s Global Glitterati will launch sometime this year.
Her latest venture will help people around the world decide
where to go, what to do and with who.
Click Crystal Carson to visit her fashion styling
event planning and website.