CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR HIM & HER – THE GIFT OF STYLE

A gift experience that lasts a lifetime!

Treat yourself or gift your loved one or friend a gift certificate of style this year.

Vancouver Personal Stylist

Colour Consultation

A  consultation that will leave you glowing!

By looking at your skin tone, hair and eye colour, I’ll show you which colours complement and enhance your natural features.

Also available as an Online Consultation.

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Style & Body Shape Consultation

Find out what suits your unique style and body shape – a session guaranteed to leave you with invaluable tips and bags of confidence!

In this consultation we will discuss your lifestyle and personality to establish your style to ensure you are wearing the correct clothes to make the most of your best features and some sneaky tricks to hide the bits you don’t like.

Also available as an Online Consultation.

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Wardrobe Consultation

Need to cleanse and update your wardrobe?

By going through your wardrobe systematically based on your needs, I will show you different ways to wear and combine existing clothes, how to revive items with a few simple tweaks, banish those that don’t work and identify gaps in your wardrobe to make it functional and versatile.

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Personal Shopping

A tailored shopping spree will have us (or me on your behalf) visiting designer, high street stores or local boutiques.  Whether you are looking for an outfit for a one-off special occasion or for a new working wardrobe, I will show you how fun shopping can be, once you know what you are looking for!

Also available as an Online Consultation.

Email me at nla_stylist@hotmail.com for prices and to set up your free initial consultation.

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Vancouver Fashion Stylist

STYLE DIARY – Fall/Winter Trends

 It’s been a few weeks since the last style diary so don’t freak out when you see how my bump has grown ;p  I’ve spent the last little while nesting like crazy and trying to meet deadlines on various projects before my little man arrives – eeeeek! 

This outfit was built around my new Nine West heels from Mine & Yours – I love the colours and the on trend print!  And my grey Kate Spade coat  – the perfect winter neutral (a must have tone for every wardrobe this season) and it also works perfectly for my baby bump.

Outfit:  Dress – Winners / Coat – Kate Spade / Hat & gloves – H&M / Bag – Fine Finds / Heels – Mine & Yours / Scarf – Old Navy / Nail Polish – Essie

Bump – 35 weeks ;p

Pics by Ash Fasken

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EMERGING DESIGNER – INTERVIEW WITH ALEX S. YU

ALEX S. YU + THE LOST YOUTH

By: Nicolette Lang-Andersen

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Sometime life takes you on a path you didn’t expect or plan for – the one that you were always destined for.

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For up and coming Vancouver designer, Alex S. Yu, this is exactly what happened.  A dedicated computer science student from a traditional family, where a career in fashion was not seen as a solid career, he found a way to turn his dreams into a reality.  During school (and working part time at Club Monaco), Alex found himself consistently infusing fashion into his various website projects, and quickly realized he had another calling.  Keeping it under the radar from his parents, he enrolled in a part time sewing and pattern making class and created a mini collection to start up his portfolio, which he then used to Enroll with at Blanche Macdonald.  A few more mini collections later (which may have included a cheeky pair of polka dot boxer shorts), he showcased at TAS fashion show where he finally revealed to his parents the creative passion and undeniable talent that he had.  Needless to say, they form a part of the mass of Alex S. Yu fans out there today.Alex S. Yu Vancouver Designer VFW

Wanting to find his own voice as a designer, Alex made the leap across the pond to continue his studies in fashion at the London College of Fashion, where he found daily inspiration through the history, fashion, culture, galleries and museums. On completing his studies, he planned to work under a few designers to gain more experience on the business side, but fate again showed him a different door – a chance to showcase at Vancouver Fashion Week s/s 2015 through a sponsorship with Niche Magazine.

His collection, The Lost Youth, was whipped up in just one month and inspired by his time in London.  In particular, East London near Brick Lane – a vibrant area where street artists express their feelings and anger towards the government in a playful way through their artwork.  These surroundings translated into the colours and shapes of his collection but Alex also found inspiration from his favourite childhood book character for the exaggerated lines and curves – Dr. Seuss.   For fabrics, he wanted to create wearable clothing with experimental fabrics such as plastics, coated paper and outdoor fabrics.

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This rushed but stunningly executed youthful collection peaked much interest from around the Globe. Since the VFW show, Alex’s collection has been featured in Vogue UK, Vogue Italia, Glamour UK, Elle Italia, The Province, Vancouver Sun and more, and he just recently travelled to Tokyo for an exclusive photoshoot with his collection showcasing his talent to a whole new audience.

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His views in design have remained the same since the day he started, believing that we live in an age where fashion should be an outlet to express yourself, to have fun and break the rules a little…or a lot.

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The ambitious designer has his sights set on some big goals for next year.  Apart from wishing to dress Susie Bubble of stylebubble.co.uk in his collection, Alex is planning to take part in the next season of VFW, will be launching an online store and hopes to showcase at London Fashion Week. 

As any young designer knows, showcasing a new collection on a bigger platform can be costly and Alex has recently set up an Idigogo campaign to help him launch his f/w 2015 at VFW, where in return for your contribution, you are rewarded with various items from a small collection he has made.  To contribute or find out more, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/launch-alex-s-yu-fw2015-collection

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Alex S. Yu Vancouver Designer VFW

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Image Creds:

Photographer - Jason Mordeno Photography
Make up – Jerry Kuo Makeup and Sally Chiang
Hair – Ling Liu
Models – Lisa Chen, Mia Jiang, Monica Zhang, Yidan Gao, Sandy Song

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ALDO A-LIST EVENT with STYLE SAVER x VERLICO

ALDO A-LIST EVENT

By: Justine Barnes

ALDO A-LIST Style Saver

Aldo on Robson Street partnered with The Style Saver and Verlico for an event on Friday, Nov 21st. The exciting atmosphere during the event was infectious.  Guests were treated to colorful drinks, a candy bar and showered with deals on all the merchandise in the store.  In addition, a fashion show showcased chic fall/winter looks to the guests.

The Style Saver is a blog belonging to Elizabeth Manuntag, which she started up when she began thrifting and consignment store shopping in her attempts to save money on fashion.  She partnered with Aldo for this event because she has a history of working for the company and continues to style her outfits with Aldo shoes and Accessories.  A few of her favorite consignment and thrift stores are Hunter and Hare, Mine & Yours, Turnabout and Value Village.  Elizabeth will continue to thrift and consignment shop to encourage a sustainable lifestyle and plans to travel and explore the sustainable culture in other cities, connecting with other bloggers and insiders who have similar passions. ALDO A-LIST Vancouver Robson Street

Elizabeth with her lovely models kitted out in Aldo shoes and accessories.

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Verlico is a website that offers an amazing way to discover new bloggers and brands and to view a variety of different styles and inspirational outfits.  It is a social sharing platform that enables us to search and keep track of our friends, bloggers and brands.  Fashion folk are able to upload their own looks and tag the designers or direct product links through their outfit, making shopping for viewers that little bit easier. 

ALDO A-List Vancouver Robson Street Stephanie Trembath from Verlico and Kiara Schwartz of ToBruck Ave

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Fashionista’s Erin Harder, Stephanie Trembath, Jessica Luxe, Elizabeth and Jasmine Zhu

Overall, a fabulous event to attend and enjoy the company of like-minded fashion individuals. I have a feeling this will be an event that will continue to be held, seeing how successful it was.

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ALDO A-List Vancouver Robson Street

Fashion folk: guest, Kiara Schwartz and Josh Langston of The Social Life

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Justine Barnes and sister

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Images: Kuna Lu Photography

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M•A•C•nificent Me!

What a fantastic competition!  Click HERE to enter!

Being M·A·Cnificent means being creative, being confident, having fun and most of all, being true to yourself. You already do it every day. Now M·A·C wants you to show the world what your M·A·Cnificent Me is made of.

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MANDY LAU x COVETING CHI CHI Giveaway!

I met Mandy Lau, a Vancouver based illustrator specializing in fashion and lifestyle, at my recent event collaboration with Fine Finds in Yaletown where she wowed me with her illustrations!

She has shown her prints at group art shows including ‘Drawing Influence ñ A Fashion Illustration Art Show’ put on by Plaid Magazine in Toronto, created mural illustrations for the fashion-themed DNA3 condos presentation centre in Toronto, and is a regular illustration contributor to Real Weddings magazine.

Mandy has also been featured in Flare, Plaid Magazine, and Vancouver Fashion eZine.

I have always admired anyone who can translate what they see in their mind and apply it to paper with such eloquence! Not surprisingly, I recently found a special place on my wall for one of her stunning prints, and the good news is, so can you! 

Mandy Lau is giving away one of her illustrations personally signed, stamped and dated by Mandy herself!

See the competition details below ;p

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Mandy Lau Coveting Chi Chi Fashion Blog

Mandy Lau Coveting Chi Chi Fashion Blog

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Here’s How to Win:

1. Follow @mandymlau on Instagram

2.  Follow and share NLAStylist on Facebook

Extra Entries:

3. Follow & favourite the Illustration Boutique Shop on Etsy and Subscribe to Coveting Chi Chi blog

4. Tweet this post and tag @mandymlau and @nlastylist

The winner will be announced on Monday, December 1, 2014

Good Luck!

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Vancouver Fashion Blogger

PERSONAL SHOPPING with BCBGMAXAZRIA x RANDA SALLOUM – Look 4

Today I bring you LOOK 4 – the last look of my series and collaboration with BCBGMAXAZRIA and Randa Salloum.  And we have saved the most dazzling and super cute booty shaker for last!

If you missed what all the fuss was about this last week, catch up here for Look 1, Look 2, Look 3.  Which look is your favourite ?

This look, perfect to ring in the New Year, was inspired by Yaletown, another one of our favourite stomping grounds.

The dress on its own is a statement piece, but it’s also one that you can push a little further and go OTT with, especially for a New Year’s celebration.  With that said, we added even more sparkle with the blinged-up kitty ears, rock-crystal clutch (to balance out the ears and embellished crop), and textured snake-print/lace ankle booties.  How gorgeous does Randa look – Meeow !

This look, while perfect for many body shapes would work especially well for someone with a straight up and down (ruler) silhouette as the embellished crop layer and the feathered skirt add a little volume, giving the illusion of a more of a nipped in waist.

Randa’s Outfit: Dress / Heels / Headband / Clutch

My Outfit: Jersey TopLeggings / Black Long Sleeve Top / Black Sheer Sleeveless Top / Studded Heels

LOOK 3 – YALETOWN RAZZLE DAZZLE

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Follow Randa at:

Website / Facebook / Twitter

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BCBGMAXAZRIA at:

Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Huge thanks to Sarah Boland for the fab pics.

Till next time lovelies!

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Vancouver Fashion Blogger

 

 

 

PERSONAL SHOPPING with BCBGMAXAZRIA x RANDA SALLOUM – LOOK 3

 LOOK 3 of my collaboration with BCBGMAXAZRIA x RANDA SALLOUM brings a completely different vibe today – pure elegance! 

I have to admit, and it’s a tough choice I know, but this may be my favourite look of the series – although you’re in for a treat tomorrow too!  Click on Look 1 and Look 2, if you haven’t see them.

Most of you who know/follow Randa on The Unprecedented, know that she rocks her black, grey and white neutrals like nobody’s business, so having her in a top to toe, Bare Pink tone on tone might come as a lovely surprise – doesn’t she just radiate in this warm colour!

Inspired by our next favourite Vancouver turf, Coal Harbour, we went for plenty of layering, which not only creates interest in a one tone outfit, it also creates a chic, relaxed, sophisticated look.  Despite being completely covered up, the sequenced leggings, strappy heels and slight turn up of the sleeves, showing off Randa’s delicate wrists, ooze the perfect amount of sexy. 

Tone on tone is great for someone wanting to create length and if you’re slightly top heavy, wearing anything shiny on the bottom will always help add a little volume to balance you out on top ;p

Randa’s Outfit: Blouse / Boxy Top / Sequined Leggings / Ring

My Outfit: Jersey TopLeggings / Black Long Sleeve Top / Black Sheer Sleeveless Top / Studded Heels

LOOK 3 – KEEPING IT CLASSY IN COAL HARBOUR

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Follow Randa at:

Website / Facebook / Twitter

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BCBGMAXAZRIA at:

Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Huge thanks to Sarah Boland for the fab pics!

If you missed yesterday’s post, click HERE & pop back tomorrow for LOOK 4 ;p

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Vancouver Fashion Blogger

PERSONAL SHOPPING with BCBGMAXAZRIA x RANDA SALLOUM – LOOK 2

 Well, I kinda maybe got the sense that you LOVED Randa Salloum’s Look from yesterday’s post for our collaboration with BCBGMAXZARIA ;p  Click HERE if you missed it!   Today we wet your festive palate a little more with Look 2 with a slightly more glamorous grungy vibe – perfect for our next favourite Vancouver location – Chinatown.

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This look was all about loading up on the textures in a top to toe all black outfit (well, besides for the metallics).  We were instantly drawn to the dazzling emblished sweater top that is fab mix of casual and glam.  Paired up with a beautifully paneled and asymmetrical leather skirt that played off the dimensions of the embellishments, python textured and lace ankle booties, simple jewelry and finished off with a netted touk – what a wicked look!

This look would work particularly well for someone who may feel a little bottom heavy.  By wearing the solid black skirt on the bottom (with its slimming horizontal and diagonal panels) and pairing it up with the embellished top (adding slight volume) would help balance out your silhouette beautifully!

Randa’s Outfit: Embellished Sweatshirt / Leather Skirt / Ankle Bootie / Netted Touk / Pyramid Ring

My Outfit: Jersey TopLeggings / Black Long Sleeve Top / Black Sheer Sleeveless Top / Studded Heels

LOOK 2 – CHINATOWN CHIC

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Sidekick & I having a sneaky coffee break ;p

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Follow Randa at:

Website / Facebook / Twitter

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BCBGMAXAZRIA at:

Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Huge thanks to Sarah Boland for the fab pics!

Pop back tomorrow for LOOK 3 ;p

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Vancouver Fashion Blog

 

Underkill Pop-UP Month by Killjoy – Thurs 20th

If you’ve been frequenting the Underkill Pop-Up Month by Killjoy every Thursday so far this November, then this Thursday the 20th, won’t disappoint.

Up for your enjoyment and shopping is:

SLEEPLESS MINDZSleepless Mindz

“Sleepless Mindz Clothing represents individuals with drive and ambition. For those challenging moments in life, when we feel we must sacrifice for what we want and what we believe in, when we choose to work ourselves to the bone and go without sleep for our dreams.Those moments where you refuse to eat or sleep just to reach your goal.

Our official Sleepless Mindz Clothing “Tears of Joy” logo is a symbol of …. the journey… finally reaching your goal and achieving your dreams and allowing our creativity to lead theway. Everybody is unique in their own way and our creativity lets us stand out and shine. Sleepless Mindz is not just a clothing line, nor is it just a life style… its a mind set.”

Sleepless Mindz

Facebook: /sleeplessmindz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sleeplessmindz
Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleeplessmindz
www.sleeplessmindz.bigcartel.com

Music by Shy Daughter
9PM-11PM

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Vancouver Fashion Blog

 

PERSONAL SHOPPING with BCBGMAXAZRIA x RANDA SALLOUM – LOOK 1

 Jumpsuits, dresses, leggings, feathers, sparkles, leather, sequence, accessories, hats & heels – CHECK!

With the pulling done, I give you LOOK 1 of my Personal Shopping collaboration with BCBGMAXAZRIA and Randa Salloum ;p

Today’s look was inspired by Gastown, so something that popped but with a little dose of funk and effortless edge was needed.  It was love at first site with this festive red jumpsuit, which looked absolutely amazing on Randa!  We toughened the look up a teeny bit by adding the textured leather jacket and clutch, fierce pointy heels and playful bowler hat.  By keeping the accessories minimal (totally up Randa’s alley too) and turning up the cuffs of the pants to expose a little more ankle, not only added a little dose of très sexy but also made the outfit more fresh and fashion forward.

This look can take many transformations and is very versatile.  Feel like softening or glamming or softening it up a little?  Switch up your shoes and accessories to metallic tones, hair up with dazzling drop earrings.  If you are wanting to emphasize your waist even more, add a medium size waist belt and voila!  If you’re a little heavier on top, adding a darker coloured blazer or jacket will help create vertical panels on your top half (slimming you down) and bring some balance to your proportions ;p

Randa’s Outfit (click item to shop):  Jumpsuit Jacquard Jacket / High Heels / Clutch / Diamonte Bowler Hat / Cuff / Ring

My Outfit: Jersey TopLeggings / Black Long Sleeve Top / Black Sheer Sleeveless Top / Studded Heels

LOOK 1 – GASTOWN GAL

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Follow Randa at:

Website / Facebook / Twitter

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BCBGMAXAZRIA at:

Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Huge thanks to Sarah Boland for the fab pics!

If you missed yesterday’s post, click HERE & pop back tomorrow for LOOK 2 ;p

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Vancouver Fashion Blogger

PERSONAL SHOPPING with BCBGMAXAZRIA x RANDA SALLOUM

 As most of you know, apart from being hung up on fashion and more than just a little devoted to retail therapy, I’m even more addicted to my job as a Personal Stylist, from the honing into someones particular style, the wardrobe detox and even more so the shopping spree!  The satisfaction it brings me to see a client pushing themselves a little out of their comfort zone and seeing themselves in a new light is my motivation!

But, enough about moi, I know you’re dying to find out what this whole BCBGMAXAZRIA X RANDA SALLOUM thing is ;p

Recently, I had the pleasure of collaborating with and styling fashion maven and blogger, Randa Salloum of The Unprecedented (a.m.a.z.i.n.g. blog!) and BCBGMAXAZRIA on Robson Street for a Festive Holiday Shopping Spree to help get you in your groove and ready for some serious partaaay-ing.

Randa’s style needs no introduction, it’s that awesome!  But it was so much fun introducing her to a few different ways (and colours) to wear the looks we put together – she nailed it!

Today’s post will give you little sneak peek into the gorgeous pieces we pulled and a few of our shopping habits – i.e., lots of touchy feely, giggles, oooh’s, eeee’s and aaah’s.  The next 4 days will include style tips and 4 stunning looks worn by the equally stunning Randa, with BCBGMAXAZRIA items that will have you picking your jaw up off the frosty sidewalk!  We’ve put together a fab ‘Festive Girl About Town’ collection and each outfit has been created with a favourite area of Vancouver in mind.

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The touchy touchy, feely feely…

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The Ooooh’s…

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The giggles…

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The Eeee’s…

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Follow Randa at:

Website / Facebook / Twitter

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BCBGMAXAZRIA at:

Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Huge thanks to Sarah Boland for the fab pics!

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Vancouver Fashion Blogger

SUSAN FIEDLER X EAST VAN CROSS PROJECT

Designer Susan Fiedler has conceived a fundraising initiative called the East Van Cross Project to benefit Pivot Legal Society. Inspired by the Monument for East Vancouver sculpture, Fiedler is the first individual to be granted a license from the City of Vancouver to reproduce the iconic East Van Cross in the form of jewelry, beginning with two sterling silver pendants.

Susan Fiedler is a Canadian jewelry designer known for her artistic talent and business acumen. In recent years she has launched several initiatives that have allowed her to use her talents “for good” and support community causes she feels passionate about.

Susan’s latest initiative, The East Van Cross Project, raises funds for Pivot Legal Society, which works to create social and systematic change in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.  The project began with the iconic Monument For East Vancouver sculpture created by Ken Lum. Developed from a graffiti symbol that has circulated for several decades, it is an expression of hope and defiance. Inspired by the design and supported by the City of Vancouver through a licensing agreement, Susan has designed two pendants based on the sculpture.

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The East Van Cross pendants are available for pre-order at www.eastvancrossproject.com and range from $150 to $325 CDN. $25 from each pendant sold will be donated to Pivot Legal Society.  A larger range of jewelry based on the Monument will follow in the Spring of 2015.

Read up on Susan’s other amazing fund raisers and initiatives – one of them you may remember, which is the F Cancer fundraiser that raised thousands of $’s, while spreading inspiration to everyone affected by the disease. 

Please spread the word and support this great cause!

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Vancouver Fashion Blogger