Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Think Pink

Credit: Atlantic Pacific

Credit: Atlantic Pacific

Credit: Atlantic Pacific

Credit: Atlantic Pacific

Credit: Atlantic Pacific

Credit: Atlantic Pacific

Lady Gaga

Credit: Late Afternoon

Credit: Late Afternoon

Credit: Late Afternoon

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Gigi Hadid

Kendall Jenner & Gigi Hadid

Kate Hudson

Beyonce

Head-to-toe monochromatic pink is an actual thing now. I keep seeing it pop up on my Instagram feed and on Lady Gaga, who seems to be leading the way with this trend in celeb world. As a girly girl I am thrilled! Sometimes it feels good to go full Pink Panther in a bubblegum pink top and bottom. As a subgenre, rose gold pink is also making appearances on red carpets and outside fashion weeks. Let's all be ladies in pink, okay? DOWN WITH NEUTRALS.

XOXO 

Tracey

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dressing for Success: The New Way Women Are Dressing for Work

I recently helped a friend decide what to wear for a speaking engagement. She is an entrepreneur who helps students become financially robust after graduation and often gets asked to speak on television and for banks. She wondered what would one wear for such an occasion? I wondered what couldn't she wear for such an occasion?

Both women and men today have so many more options for work attire than we used it and it is largely because our workplaces have transformed quite a bit. Companies are a lot more focused on productivity than following traditional work practices, and part of maximizing productivity is making employees happier at work. This means allowing greater flexibility and versatility, which has given rise to a more casual work place setting with flex-time, hot desking, centralised management -and you guessed it! Relaxed work attire policies. Below are some of the recommendations I came up for my friend, which you might not have traditionally seen on someone presenting to a bank.


Formal Trousers + Patterned Button-Down Shirt
Formal Trousers + Patterned Button-Down Shirt

Pencil Skirt + Button-Down with Rolled up Sleeves
Pencil Skirt + Button-Down with Rolled up Sleeves

Relaxed Blazer + Tucked-in T-Shirt + Mismatched Trouser
Relaxed Blazer + Tucked-in T-Shirt + Mismatched Trouser

Sleeveless Blouse + Tapered Trouser
Sleeveless Blouse + Tapered Trouser 


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How to Dress Like an Off Duty Model



Alessandra Ambrosio in a funky spandex one-piece.

Romee Strijd wearing stilettos with trackers. 

Bella Hadid topping off her gym gear with a leather choker.


Sweats, trackers, spandex are not a thing.


After a hard day’s work, do you dream of returning home and pulling on your coziest, most unattractive sweats and finding solace in that one article of clothing that guarantees you respite from the demands of the everyday life? Well, stop that. The athleisure market is now a $97 billion industry and as far as models are concerned, there is no excuse for those mangy trackers. Squeeze on some funky spandex, throw on some bling, and slide into a stylish pair of sneakers (or heels!). There’s no reason you can’t always look and feel your best.

 

Chanel Iman pairing elaborate braided sandals with a simple summer dress.

Romeo Strijd polishes off jeans and a white tee with a small neck scarf and Chanel handbag.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley elevates her look with elegant understated gold jewelry and tinted Ray Ban sunglasses.

Polished off casual


An off duty model, is never off duty! Just as gym attire is no longer off limits to the reach of the fashion world, casual attire need not be slovenly either! An old pair of jeans, or a simple cotton dress is easily transformed by the right accessories and make-up. Models are constantly running from casting to casting and they know it’s all about presentation. At the end of the day, most of us are just wearing slacks and a shirt, but if you throw on a stiletto or tie a scarf around your neck, it makes a world of a difference.

Gigi Hadid donning a funky fuchsia and blue striped suit with bright white sneakers.

Karlie Kloss wearing a camel coloured coat with large Pac Man pockets.

Cara Delevingne wearing a pastel blue toque with its neck strings woven into her braids.


Have fun!


Being the guinea pigs of designers and their lofty creations, models are constantly subject to the most unusual styling. If their eyebrows aren’t smeared in metallic paint, then Lego pieces are being glued to their face, or they’re carrying around bags the size of a coffee table. It is essential to their work that they never take fashion too seriously, and neither should you.

Jourdan Dun flaunting her midriff in an off-the-shoulder ilac lace top.

Jourdan Dun flaunting her midriff in an off-the-shoulder ilac lace top.

Kendall Jenner in skin tight black jeans and a crop top.

Kendall Jenner in skin tight black jeans and a crop top.

Devon Windsor pairing funky red leather flood pants with a black cotton tee.


Show Some Skin



This may be a no-brainer, but models have incredible body confidence. They work hard to keep their figures toned and adhere to healthy diets to stay in shape. To reward themselves for their dedication they flaunt what they’ve got and feel great about it. Whether it’s crop tops or hot pants, models show-off their enviable physiques.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific


Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
Chinese lanterns: a must have table topping for Diner en Blanc :)

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
A costume designer consultant and her dreadlocked date!

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
If you look closely, you can spot Zeus.

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
Creative spray painted pineapple centrepiece!

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
One of the many entertainers hired to keep picnic goers amused throughout the event

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
My favourite centrepieces of the evening

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
Unicorn Spotting

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
My date and his new ride (he wishes!)

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
Mary Poppins meets all-white disco party look?

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
Edible centrepiece

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
They space travelled from the 18th Century

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
A table leader gathering her crew before entering
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
Acrobat putting our ticket money to good use!
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
This year I wore a Zara cover-up over a nude slip with nude pumps. The pearl necklace on my forehead a friend gifted me from Burma and my pearl chokers are vintage!
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
BC Place made for a nice backdrop at the Concord Pacific
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
Science world and the harbour behind one of the lounge areas, which had blow-up couches and a DJ
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
Sparkly time!
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2016 at the Concord Pacific
Hanging out with some giant balloons! Some of which escaped into the harbour that night!

Diner en Blanc Vancouver took place at the Concord Pacific this year on Thursday, August 18, 2016. This was my fourth year taking part in the uber annual picnic party, and this year my attendance helped set a record! Approximately 7,000 of us gathered and broke the record for largest dinner gathering held in Canada. This event gets larger and larger every year so that record will be broken again soon enough!

So what flair did Vancouver bring to the all-white party? There was definitely a larger portion of attendees dedicated to wearing costume attire and with performances by acrobatics and dancers donned in white paint, I would say this was the Cirque de Soleil of Diner en Blancs. It was a nice twist on a classic and fitting for Vancouver, which is a city full of strange characters. I can confidently say after my experience of living in Vancouver for a year, that it is bursting at the seams with weirdos. I probably fit in well!

Every year, due to the sheer size and logistical challenges of a secret location, there are some frustrations everyone experiences throughout the evening. This year, there was only one bar set up to give attendees their vino. At Diner en Blanc you cannot bring your own alcohol so virtually all 7,000 of us had to line up at one bar, staffed by maybe 10 people. I ended up just wandering taking pictures for an hour, before cutting in line and waiting about 30 minutes for my two bottles (ticket purchasers are limited to two bottles per two tickets). Henceforth I shall refer to this as the DEB Wine Fiasco 2016. The variety of settings, music, and entertainment at the Concord Pacific, definitely helped make this year a winner in my books (although every year wins, even when it rains! *cough* Calgary *cough*).

Diner en Blanc Calgary 2013
Diner en Blanc Calgary, 2013
New Bucket List items: Diner en Blanc Costa Rica & Diner en Blanc Singapore. Let's do it baby =)
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