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Category Archives: Closet Confessions

Closet Confessions: David Vallance & Fiona Hunter of Artizia

This month’s Closet Confessions is very different from the other past features. Instead of showcasing one of Vancouver’s talents, I’m sharing two! I would like to introduce to you, David Vallance and Fiona Hunter. They have to be one of those most stylish couples I’ve ever met… I’m always wanting what they’re wearing. Both David and Fiona work for Aritzia and have the balance between Design and Finance.

David carries the title of Junior Womenswear Designer for the brand Community - a line for the active lifestyle. It’s one of my favourite lines at Aritiza as it’s a lot of essentials with a twist. You can find Fiona crunching numbers in their Accounts Payable department. The two met while working as Visual Merchandisers at Zara and moved to Vancouver on January 2013 from Edinburgh, Scotland – so read their quote with accents… it’s what I did.

I was introduced to the two almost one year ago by Sharday. When I met them, I knew I would adore them! They have such a wonderful vibe, easy to talk to, always laughing and trust me… they know their fashion. Although I love my black, white and grey, Fiona inspires me to wear patterns  and even though David is wearing menswear I want everything he has on.

But, enough talk! Kate Williams once again brings us into another amazing closet with her photographs. Thanks to David and Fiona for having Kate and I over and snapping some pics.

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“Colour doesn’t really exist in my wardrobe, almost everything is black, grey or white. Denim is about as colourful as it gets! These are my favourite jeans from Topshop (blown-out knee added by me!)”

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Pic 2 - “Linen t-shirts are my staple. These H&M and T by Wang styles are the best out there.”
Pic 3 - “Chelsea boots are a must have in any guys wardrobe. These Saint-Laurent-esque boots were a steal from Zara!”

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“I tend to keep accessories to a minimum…but I’m never without my Giles & Brother railroad spike cuff. Also, who doesn’t own a pair of Raybans?”

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“One of the reasons we chose this apartment was the extra room for my clothes! I’m a little bit of a hoarder, you never know when something will come back into fashion! Here I’m wearing a cotton/ linen boyfriend shirt from Aritzia-Community (supporting the bfs brand). It’s a must have I bought it in three colours!”

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Pic 3 - “I have a huge collection of statement necklaces. These are my current favourites- I have so many that I have to rotate them monthly! Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring all my handbags when I moved to Vancouver, it was very tough but i just brought four favourites. Displayed here is my classic black Marc by Marc Jacobs day bag and my Mulberry over-sized gold clutch for the evenings.”

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“My three favourite things…Vogue, Friends & Phillip Lim shoes!”

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“Clearly I have a love for snake print shoes, these are just a few! My style is quite minimal so i like to add a little fun with a statement shoe.”

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Pic 2 - “I am always drawn to the Aritzia Community brand. Everything is minimal and easy to wear. Great for layering! Community garment dyed tank pictured here with my favourite Urban Outfitters necklace.”

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“Searching for awesome vintage finds is one of my favourite things about fashion. This oversize silver t-shirt was a great steal from my gran. I love this floral kimono from Topshop. Definitely trying to channel the 70′s bohemian vibe!”

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All photos by Kate Williams.

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Follow David & Fiona on Instagram as they live their new lives in Vancouver at @DavidVallance & @FionaHunter1

Follow Kate on her photography ventures on Instagram & Twitter at @Adore_Imagery as well as Facebook.

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Closet Confessions: Jessica Karalash of Kurate Style

Lemme introduce to you Jessica Karalash. Fashion Guru, Style Blogger, Personal Stylist and Founder of Kurate Style - luxury personal styling, online. Jessica founded Kurate Style in 2013 and has styled men and women all across North America and Europe. As of recent, Jessica has been titled as one of Vanity Fair’s Editors Picks and User’s Choice Nominee. To vote for Jessica’s looks click HERE.

I first met Jessica almost 1 year ago over tea at a local coffee shop. Although never meeting in person until then, Jessica and I have kept in contact via social media. Being fans of each others work – we immediately took to one another.

Her style – anything and everything far from subtle. You’re sure to see Jessica at events or possibly just running around town in patterns, prints and sequin. Pants are a no-go in her wardrobe and for myself (who has too many pairs of jeans to mention) I commend her!

Let’s dive right into Jessica’s closet and take a look at her lack of pants wardrobe. A big thank you to Jessica for having myself and photographer MajaImages into her home to rummage through her fashion treasures.

WARNING: this will be a feast for your eyes.

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“When choosing my outfits, I always ask myself a few key questions: Where am I going, who is it with, how am I getting there and what is the weather like? And how am I feeling – this is a big one. Sometimes I am feeling powerful and sophisticated, and other times it’s free and vivacious.”

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“My obsession for the last few years now is rompers and jumpsuits – short, long, etc. – I love how simple they are, and how fun they are! I have several from BCBG, Free People, Forever21, Topshop and boutiques in Vancouver like Jennyfleur Loves, The Latest Scoop, and many others!”

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“My outwear and shoe closet is key for completing my look. My boyfriend is now used to waiting a couple of extra minutes while I pair my outfits with the right shoes and coats, if they aren’t already picked out. I’m a lucky lady.”

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“Right now my closet is transitioning from Spring to Summer, which means more brights and short dresses will rotate to the front of my closet. It’s always growing and changing and evolving – like me, and my style.”

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“The beautiful print on the top of my jewellery disply was one I received from my photographer for KurateStyle, and friend Jamie Mann. It’s a FENDI print, given out only at the Milan Fashion Week Runway Show, and sketched by Karl Lagerfeld for the Spring/Summer 2014. I absolutely adore it, and it happened to match my room perfectly with the coral-pink and teal tones.

I also recently organized my jewellery and it has made a huge difference. Matching and choosing pieces to outfits so much easier when it is all on display.”

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Photo 1 - “I love color, prints and patterns and I have an organizational system for it. I arrange my closet to what is in season at the time – which is color-coordinated in the front area of the closet for easy access.”

Photo 2 - “I love keeping a stack of magazines for inspiration near my bed. Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elle, GQ and decor magazines are some favorites, and are perfect muses.”

Photo 3 - “I love teal. It’s my go-to color in accessories and clothing. I always feel confident in it, no matter the season. It’s one that always goes with my skin tone and hair color and makes me feel alive. Knowing yourself and what makes you feel good can make a big difference when you are getting dressed for the day, and wanting to feel confident and empowered.”

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Photo 1 - “Jeans and pants are few and far between in my closet – although I have a few that are favorites. I just love the feeling of wearing skirts and dresses, and the feeling it gives me. I do love jeans, but it’s really important for me to find the right fit. There are brands that work with my body shape and that I love to wear, and I tend to stick with those. A good pair of jeans can go a long way.”

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“I have a work space in my home that I love. Another Pinterest-style board and my calendar keep me organized and inspired (with teal accents). I love looking ahead at what the month and week has to bring – meetings, proposals, travel, etc. I also love my Mac Book Pro. It’s perfect for traveling, and I love the design and screen.”

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Photo 1 -“always have my moleskin with me. It’s great to take “time-outs” from my computer and just write down all of my ideas and to-do’s without distraction. My desk is actually a sit or standing desk, and can be adjusted for both. I love this, as I do not always want to be sitting at my desk, it’s so great to have the option, and I definitely use it!”

Photo 2 - “I have several pin boards up in my room (like real-life Pinterest), with one strategically set by my closet for outfit inspiration – this is where all my magazines come in handy! I post trends, editorials, prints, colors and outfits that I love, and always have inspiration right beside my closet! It’s also a great place to display some of my statement necklaces.”

Photo 3 - “I love this version of the crop-top, and the two-piece set. It is really fun, and the pieces can be easily mixed and matched, but also look chic together. I added the statement necklace for a pop – as I love color, and wanted to add a bit to it.”

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“I love the outdoors and exploring. If I am busy with work and do not have the time to hike, a quick break to the deck is all I need. It’s also perfect for early morning coffee. I love the view on the seawall and in the park and it always sets the day off right, or ends it perfectly.”

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“This BCBG gown is one of my favourite pieces. I love the the structure and flow that is has, and the balance of it. And the bright color of course! BCBG is one of my favorite brands. From beautiful fancy pieces, to the patterns and designs – this brand always has pieces that work well in to my wardrobe, but are also special.”

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Photo 1 - “I’m a big fan of the cross-body bag. Because I travel a lot, and I am constantly walking, cross-body bags are perfect for day-time, and if they have the option to switch to clutch for the evening – that is an added bonus!”

Photo 2 - “Quiet moments and reflecting are a big part of my day-to-day. I have often find quiet time to meditate and give gratitude.  One big thing I learned about meditation, which also applies to yoga, is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. And finding a teacher or mentor that you are aligned with. You have to find the way that works for you, and serves you.”

All photos by MajaImages.

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Follow Jessica on her style adventures on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter at @KurateStyle.
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Closet Confessions: Mana Mansour of Style By Mana

I gave the front door two knocks and before I could tap for the third time the door swung open with all 5’1 of Mana Mansour. Big smiles and big hugs followed as I entered her home. This isn’t the first time I’ve been to Mana’s home but still, I’m in awe if it’s decor. The colors and style scream Mana and if you know her then you know what I mean.

A little bit about her…. Mana Mansour is a Leo award-winning lifestyle television host, reporter & producer based in Vancouver. Her latest project is where she is currently pouring in her efforts – and it’s a gem! You can follow her love of decor and style with her uber helpful and entertaining site Style By Mana.

When I first started my career in fashion, I remember seeing Mana on TV for West Coast Style. I can’t exactly remember the first time we met but I’m sure it was a vibrant moment – as it can’t be anything else when you’re talking to Mana. It’s lots of laughs and hand gestures, haha!

If you’re thinking she looks familiar on the blog, you probably remember her from our styling sessions with I See Noise prints. Click HERE to review.

Mana was so kind as to have myself and The-Unprecedented’s own Kate Williams in her home to shoot her closet, let’s dive in shall we?

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“One thing that I loved about my closet when I bought my place is that it reminded me of Carry Bradshaw’s walk-through closet in Sex and the City. Hers might have been twice the size of mine, filled with Manolo’s and the like, but mine works really well for all the various items in my closet. It can sometimes get full in there, but incorporating shelving and shoe shelves on the bottom have greatly helped make things organized. I don’t have pieces sorted by colour, but rather by item, so all the party dresses are in one place, all the blouses, all the skirts etc. This party dress is a recent find from Top Shop. I fell in love with the boxy cut of the sleeves, and after seeing it on Beyonce, I just had to own it!”

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Pic 1 – “This Jason Wu for Target Dress will always carry a special meaning for me…it may have cost next to nothing, but it was the dress I won my Leo Award in last year. When putting my look together, I wanted to wear an ensemble that was all made up of bargain items to show how dressing for a red- carpet event didn’t have to cost a fortune. I paired it with my $30 Army and Navy shoe sale pumps, along with vintage costume jewelry I bought at the flea market!”

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“My fashion mood at the moment has me drawn towards mixing edgy or masculine pieces with very feminine ones. I love mixing military with floral (as seen here in this floral skirt and vest from Winners), ripped boyfriend jeans and a sequined top, or lady-like dresses with leather moto jackets. As mentioned before, I always have an element of high and low in my styling, so Winners is worn here with my platform pumps from Saint Laurent.”

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“I have a lot of pretty jewelry boxes, but I also like using non-traditional items to house and showcase jewelry, like this cupcake/pastry stand. I wanted something that looked pretty, but still could give me easy access to my bracelets (without having to place them on a bar of some sort). I saw this at the Latest Scoop, at one of their very first pop-up shops, and thought it was perfect.”

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“This is where the majority of my jewelry lives in my bedroom. I found this leather chest of drawers at Wonderbucks a few years ago, and it looked similar to the leather jewelry luggage that women use to travel with in the early part of the 20th  century. This may not open like a folding piece of luggage, but it had lots of room to house my jewelry collection, both fine and costume,  along with my pairs of glasses. I had Daniel help me place a big glamorous mirror from Homesense right above so it’s almost like a mini vanity. “

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Pic 2 – “I am currently obsessed with statement necklaces; they can elevate even the most casual blouse or t-shirt into a fashion-forward look. This antique necklace stand was another flea market find. It perfectly holds some of my statement necklace collection, while allowing for room underneath for more delicate pieces like these earrings from locally based jewelry line Foe and Dear.”

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Pic 2 - “Anyone that knows my interior design style, knows I am obsessed with animal elements from stag heads to horns to animal prints etc., but done with a touch of glamour, as seen here with my metallic stag head that hangs above my bed, found for a great deal at Homesense (my happy place!). This punk-inspired gold and crystal necklace was nabbed at Barefoot Contessa, which has become my new go-to spot for statement jewelry.”

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Pic 1 – “This box holds some of my most loved objects, including these name necklaces I received as gifts from my Dad to celebrate significant moments like my 16th birthday. As you can imagine, Mana isn’t a common name, so my dad got a jeweler to make them from scratch, which makes them all the more special. The gold one is Mana in Farsi. “

Pic 2 – “Just like my space, I love incorporating thrift and vintage in my wardrobe, especially with purses. The craftsmanship of by-gone eras is seldom seen today, unless you’re shelling out the big bucks. I try to only invest in one major purse purchase a year, which allows me to play with vibrant colours and textures when buying vintage and thrift pieces as they are often quite affordable. Other than my white vintage Chanel, most of my vintage/thrift purses were under $15 at places like Used Vintage, Value Village or Salvation Army.”

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Pic 1 - “This is still one of my most favourite fashion items I have ever owned, my custom-made Jason Matlo couture evening gown he so graciously made for me for the 2012 Leo Awards (the first year I was nominated). I knew I wanted to wear white that year (after seeing Gwyneth Paltrow where that white caped Tom Ford dress at the Oscars), and after one chat with Jason, he made my vision come to life. I felt like a true goddess wearing that dress, and was so flattered by the kind reception it received in the media.”

Pic 2 - “I have a bit of a jewelry-hoarding problem, and so my lovely fiancé Daniel purchased this useful hanging jewelry organizer for me to display more of my costumey pieces, right where I can see them- in my closet. Some of these pieces I’ve had since high school, others were my mom’s in the 80’s then passed down to me. I have a hard time letting go of certain things, especially if they’re attached to a really good memory.”

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“My mantel is one of my favourite places in my apartment (I even did a whole write-up about my styling it!) It’s filled with some of my favourite objects and people, including this little antique glass and brass jewelry box I found at a flea market. It holds a cherished gift from my mother, an amethyst and diamond cocktail ring signifying my birth month, February.”

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“I love mixing high and low, be it in my closet or in interior design. This leather Moroccan pouf is the real deal from the 1970’s, found on an adventure in New West’s Antique Alley. Most people can’t believe I found it for how much I did, a fraction of how much a new one costs. Same goes for these fun orange and pony hair Jessica Simpson strappy heels bought at one of the Hudson’s Bay’s year end sales…I love incorporating trendy brands with investment pieces like these Tory Burch flats.”

All photos by Kate Williams.

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Follow Mana on her style adventures on Instagram & Twitter at @ManaMansour.
Follow Style By Mana on Twitter at @StyleByMana.
You can also catch Mana on Vancity Buzz as one of their Lifestyle Contributors.

Follow Kate on her photography ventures on Instagram & Twitter at @Adore_Imagery as well as Facebook.

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