People of NordstromVan Vol 1

So as you all might know,  I have switched careers and I’m now currently working at Nordstrom Vancouver, specifically at the Men’s Designer department.

This series will be dedicated to featuring the outfits of my co workers and to show the diversity of our styles and influences. I’m doing this in the hopes of opening your eyes and to be able to appreciate them. Hopefully to get you to try and explore from your normal routine of how you would dress yourself.

This post will be twice a week, every Monday and Friday so be sure to regularly check it out!

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Everyone’s A Model

My New World

As some of you might know, I’ve switch my career path a while back and I’m now working at Nordstrom specifically at the Men’s Designer department. This has truly been an eye-opener for me as I go deeper into the world of fashion. I have learned to appreciate styles and brands that I never would’ve even dared to look at before.

There’s also a major reason why I haven’t posted anything for a while because my vision of fashion is currently undergoing a major overhaul as I’m learning so many things right now from my new career. I have found myself slowly investing more into designer brands rather than just going through the fast fashion brands (nothing against H&M and Zara, but I’m slowly trying to move away from them and trying to buy actual investment pieces rather than buying just for a special event or a party).

With this being said, I’m going to do a ongoing post like this which would feature photographs of my co-workers’ outfits and myself as well which I think would be interesting for you guys to see.

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I will be posting more of these in the future please give me some feedback on what you’d like to see!

He Said, She Said | Valentines Special Part 2

So here’s the part two which is the last instalment of a collaborative article with my fellow fashion writer Samantha from Obsessive Trend Invitation and if you haven’t seen the part one yet just click here. To see my answers to the same questions just go to her site here.

FAVOURITE PLACES FOR DATES

I am a hugeeeeee RomCom fanatic and because of that, my ideas of first dates sometime get inspired by what I see on the telly. I blame Disney for crushing all my unrealistic dreams of having dinner on a boat in the sea with floating lanterns, yes Tangled I blame you.

I love anything that doesn’t just involve two people staring at each other. I want to do activities, whether its drawing, or riding a bike (even though I don’t know how to) or going to the PNE, I feel like the best way to know somebody and to be comfortable is by having fun and not putting pressure on having to talk the entire time.

From a psychology perspective, I recommend going somewhere that gets your heart racing and blood pumping because that just makes you that more attractive! Capilano Suspension Bridge anybody?

WHAT IF IT’S SAD FOR YOU? (SINGLE AWARENESS DAY)

I think the term should be rephrased to Single APPRECIATION Day. So instead of being down in the dumps about not receiving flowers or chocolates, go buy yourself flowers and chocolates and celebrate the person you are. Make it a day to spend with your family and friends, or even a special day to pamper yourself.

YES FOR DATES

Open Mindedness for sure- You don’t have to believe the things I do, but have the willingness to understand it and be open to have a discussion about it

Laughter– I love making a fool of myself and it exudes confidence when someone is able to be silly and appreciate a good joke.

Joy– Waking up every morning, you want to be surrounded by people who make you feel positive about yourself, and the world around you, so definitely someone who can make you smile during the darkest days.

NO FOR DATES

OK I’m going to say constantly being on their cellphones BUT this is a grey area, and many will call me a hypocrite but there is a very fine line between not being in the moment, and APPRECIATING the moment. And as you read this, bear in mind that this is coming from someone who works in media *big laughs*

I am someone who is on her phone ALOT, and my reasoning for being on my cellphone during dates is this- IT’S SO GREAT I NEED TO MAKE MEMORIES. I mean, who else is going to take all the photos for you? And as I type this I already feel the virtual disapproving looks all around.

The thing is, when you date a busy individual, especially one who works in social media, the importance of online presence and being on top of things is important. For me to be present, I need to clear my head of all prior commitments that still go on 24/7; so for some of us ladies, it doesn’t mean we’re bored or aren’t present, it just means that we need mini breaks to clear our heads from all the beeping sounds erupting from our phones. You wouldn’t want me to be guessing who sent me an email while we’re watching the sunset right?

BUT, when and if you are ALWAYS on your phone, and totally unattached to conversations, or when you’re on the phone while having an important conversation, that can be a great turn off.

So the point of my lonnnnnggggg rant IS, — I should probably learn to turn off my phone during a date haha.

He Said, She Said | Valentines Special

Here comes one of the most stressful time for every man out there in this world, Valentine’s day. A day where a clueless man has to get things done right for the special girl in his life. Well guys, don’t worry no more, i’ve employed the help of my fellow fashion blogger Samantha from Obsessive Trend Invitation to help give us guys a peak into the women’s perspective of Valentines day.

This is a two part series where we both answered the same questions to give people a man and woman’s perspective on this very trivial day, and on this part we are going to be talking about Gifts! You could see my answers on here site here.

So without any further delay, here are her answers:

Level 1– The Chase I You’re still in that dating zone, and not in a committed relationship

Level 2– Honeymoon I You’ve defined your relationship and butterflies flutter hard whenever you’re around your special someone

Level 3– Stability I You’ve been together for awhile now, and are involved in a committed relationship

Of course, these levels are different from couple to couple, but you catch my drift. My comments and thoughts below are acceptable for all 3 levels, of course, stepping things up a notch as you hit level 2 and 3 are recommended 😉

SHOULD WE EVEN CELEBRATE VALENTINES?

I think that everyday should be a reason to celebrate, not just Valentines. And just because a day is called Valentines, doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to go out to spend money on things and gimmicks we don’t need. That being said, Valentines is a holiday like any other holiday, it’s a reason to celebrate each other (whether it’s a significant other or yourself!), it’s a celebration of LOVE!

GIFTS

For some individuals, what you give and what you get from a significant other can define a relationship non verbally so here are some of my suggestions on what to give a girl!

As a lady myself, I’d love to receive *as cliche as this sounds* red roses. I’m not picky per se, but there’s something about Valentines that screams red roses. Maybe its the mass media ingraining it into my mind, but, red roses are pretty and make great Instagram photos.

On a serious note though, girls like anything thoughtful, it doesn’t have to be diamonds or anything fancy, just a simple gesture to make her feel special and that you put effort into it.

I recommend feeding her, because nothing makes a woman happier than food. So bake for her, or cook her a meal!

FOOD + YOU = SUCCESS

I find buying gifts for guys one of the hardest tasks, I always rotate between socks, ties, pens, socks, and socks whether it’s for Christmas, Birthdays etc.

And something that I’ve began to notice is that guys are pretty similar to girls when accepting thoughtful gifts; you could write a sweet letter, or if you want to crank up the cheese level, make it extra cheesy for that lovely cringe 🙂

I’ve also noticed that guys enjoy the practical aspects of gifts, so if you’re going to go with the safe ol’ socks, throw in something that he mentioned he enjoys- it could be a type of candy, or a stationary case, or something random, like.. peanut butter. It just shows you listen and you care!

Shit its raining

Most of the people here in Vancouver can relate to this expression on a very regular basis. We don’t have the nickname “Raincouver” for it for a reason. Especially in this time of the year, we can experience a very generous amount of rain coming our way. This doesn’t mean that our sense of style and our rain gear should suffer. I notice that most people here in Vancouver stick to the very safe and simple black umbrella to protect themselves from the rain, but I have a solution for you.

“Merde Il Pleut” – Shit it’s raining (in French) umbrella

When life gives you lemons, you make lemon juice. So when it rains, why not make the best of the situation and throw in some sense of humour while you’re at it.

Why just stick to the norms of a black umbrella when you can make someone’s day with a funny yet still stylish and classy one.

The strong wood handle, wood shaft, ferrule, and wooden tips help prevent wind damage. I haven’t tested this guy against strong winds yet but with the feel of its construction I can say it stands a good chance of handling the occasional winds of Vancouver.

Let me just say, it does look good when matched with a pair of tan coloured shoes and brown belt because of the wooden accent on the umbrella. It just gives it a very vintage yet modern feel.

So the next time you buy an umbrella for yourself or even as a gift for someone you might want to consider this umbrella. I got this at Kent Street Apparel which is a Vancouver based online store.

If you guys like these kinds of content please leave a message. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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The shirt that gives back and inspires.

As we all go through our busy lives, day-by-day we sometimes forget that how we dress up can also affect the people around us. If you dress yourself up with clothing that says profanity on it, you know you could offend some people. You have this strong influence in others to either offend or inspire, so what would you choose? There are clothes that are made from recycled materials and which help provide jobs for poor families in third world countries. These companies spread positivity and help the good cause. With this being said I’m very happy to say that i’ve been given a chance to collaborate with a company that does something similar.

LeMotto

Spreading good messages through inspiring quotes.

When I got my package here’s what I got:

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An actual personalized handwritten letter

It’s awesome that even on this digital age, you actually still get a handwritten letter from the owner of the company. It makes me feel all warm inside and actually getting a thank you for helping spread positivity!

IMG_0748 IMG_0753I choose this slogan because it hits me close to my heart. I like to think that I will always have this little kid in me and that will never go away no matter how old I get. I also like to think that we all are actually cool kids. No discrimination, just love for everyone.

So what brought about the brand?

Here’s an excerpt from the “about” section of their website and I truly think the message is awesomely positive!

Hi, my name is Vaiana. My story and my brand revolve around something seemingly benign but actually powerful: words.

My life started on the island of Tahiti. It was a beautiful place, but I had to endure harsh words in my own home that often led to violence and abuse. As a student, words were central to all my studies, as I eventually earned degrees in language, law and international relations. As a mother I became even more aware of how words on the playground, in the mall, on the bus, on TV and even in schools can bombard our kids with toxic ideas. I also learned how comforting kind words can be for a suffering child.

Vaiana - Le Motto - SheSheBonBonThe trigger for Le Motto happened when I noticed a girl at Disney World with a t-shirt that said, “I want to be like Barbie because this b*tch has everything”. Really?!

Hey, I’m not trying to tell you what words you have to wear, but I am definitely giving you a positive alternative: meaningful words that point us in the right direction.

I create clothing that “speaks” to people whenever and wherever they see it. I believe the words on your favorite “statement tee” should be able to make a stranger flip a negative attitude to a positive one and pay it forward. The best statement tee should make strangers come up to you and say, “I love your shirt! Thanks for wearing it. You just made my day!” It works – just try it! Who doesn’t want to be a billboard for good vibes in a world that can sometimes be ugly?

The Bully Project - Le Motto - SheSheBonBonWhich brings me back to my roots. Words hurt me in my childhood. Today, they galvanize my desire to inspire people. Words do have power, and Le Motto is a way to share good messages with the world.

Words must be followed by actions too. Change the world, one word at a time…and don’t stop there. When people purchase Le Motto apparel, we donate some of the profits to causes that help kids who are suffering from violent circumstances. Our current focus is helping fund programs that confront aggression in the form of bullying helping “The Bully Project” that educate over 1 million parents, teachers, kids and entire communities to deal with bullying.”

It doesn’t just inspire, but it helps a very good cause.

So finally here are some photos of me rocking the shirt!

So always remember, what you wear could make a difference. You can choose to influence people in a positive way just by even wearing a t-shirt!

If you would like to find out where I got this shirt from you can check out the LeMotto Site.

I would also like to thank my friend Cyrus Wu for taking photos of me wearing the shirt.

 

 

Package from Korea

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So here’s a sneak peak of one of my future collaborations. I just got today a package from Korea that will be featured on my blog. I’m very excited about this as I’m still very new at doing this fashion blog but I’m getting some good traction already. So please stay tuned and spread the word as there’s more to come!

Tripods make good wingmen…

Bold statement, yes. Is it justifiable, yes, and here’s why.

All these photos were taken by me, with the help of my trusty tripod. No selfie sticks here. So if it weren’t for the tripod I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to be in the photo with my beautiful and talented friend fellow fashion blogger Samantha. So the background story here was, I was only supposed to take photos of her then I would feature her on here but the nice lady that she is, she wanted photos with me as well. Who am I to turn down this opportunity anyway? (Give you some time to think here)

EXACTLY…

So I went with my tripod and self-timer to the rescue and these were the results of it! Not too shabby if I say so myself (brushes shoulders off). It was quite the fun experience as Samantha and I would run back to the camera after each shot to see if we got the right shot or if we blinked or not. The occasional *high five* was present as well when we were both on point as we waited for the shutter to go *click*.

So would you have guess that these photos we’re just taken by me with a tripod or someone else was taking the photo?

Lastly, please check out my friend Samantha’s fashion blog.