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20 Questions

This year I’m adding a new segment to the blog. Since I stopped talking about my personal dating stories I’ve found it a little difficult to decide what exactly is it that I can divulge t ...

Casual Evening

(Click on each item description below  to shop) Acne Studios Vernina cotton-blend sweatshirt $200 J Brand 835 cropped mid-rise skinny jeans $180 Alexander Wang Prisma lizard-effect leather shoulder b ...

It’s Only…

Joe Fresh sweater | Club Monaco jacket | Aritzia dress | Le Chateau boots | Forever 21 bag | Kitsch Place ring Currently listening to: ODESZA – It’s Only ft. Zyra Photos by Sarah Boland.

Maxed

Oak + Fort dress | Zara jacket | Forever 21 bag | boots via Hey Jude | ring from Mexico | NOUL necklace Currently listening to: Groove Armada – My Friend Photos by Sarah Boland.

I See Noise: Valentines Day

The years most lovable day (besides my birthday of course) is in just under 1 month! Which means.. it’s the perfect amount of time to figure out who your Valentine(s) is! Contrary to how some pe ...

Errand Run

(Click on each item description below  to shop) Choices Black And White Stripe Long Sleeve Sweater $39.90 Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Nano leather shoulder bag $2190 Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffie ...

Closet Star

Forever 21 chambray shirt, black high waisted jeans & black satchel bag | Shellys London black boots (on sale) Currently listening to: Mr. Little Jeans – Rescue Song (RAC Remix)   Yo ...



Category Archives: Events

Sephora: The Party

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W/ Sharday, Maneli & Leonie.

Last week I filled you guys in on the new Sephora Robson grand opening – wasn’t it beautiful?? I hope you had a chance to check it out. Today I’m sharing photos with you from the stellar grand opening party that was had the night before. All of my best fashion, beauty and blogger babes were in attendance and if that wasn’t enough – founders of some of my favorite brands & top model Coco Rocha!

As the champagne flowed and mini mouth watering appetizers filtered through the aisles we all took the time to take in the new store. To celebrate, many of the Sephora’s top staff was there to kick it off and Alexandra Richards took to the dj booth.

Here are a few snaps from the night.

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VP of Merhandising & Marketing Lori Castagna and Senior VP & Country Manager Phillipe Pinatel

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With fellow Sephora Ambassador Jen Tam & Western Editor of Fashion Magazine Joy Pecknold.

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Coco Rocha & Alexandra Richards

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All photos by Sephora.

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Sephora: The Opening

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The last two days have been a little bit of a whirlwind! Last night was a night full of camera flashes, double cheek kisses, champagne and beauty products. Nope, it wasn’t the pre-weekend with my girlfriends, it was the launch of the new Sephora on Robson Street in Vancouver!

Retail design is a little bit of a hidden pleasure of mine. I used to be a retail merchandiser and spent my child years not playing with Barbie but merchandising her home. This Sephora is not only the biggest flagship in Canada at 8,600 square feet but it is by far the most beautiful! As an avid lover of black and white, my senses were overloaded!

The downstairs is a beauty junkie’s heaven on earth with shelves upon shelves of more than 200 of the latest must have products. Many exclusive to the Robson Street location. Upstairs is the VIB Rouge Studio! A row of vanity tables that overlook the entire bottom floor, just for the VIB members to get primped and pampered.

This morning the store officially opened it’s doors as a flashmob of dancing lipsticks closed down the street to start the party! See my Instagram, Twitter & Facebook for images. In a few weeks I’ll be bringing you images of the big bash that lit up Robson Street!

Let’s take a tour!

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The Atelier Cologne Engraving Machine is a complimentary service to any purchase of Atelier products. Receive a free leather monogram engraved case on site.

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The Bumble & Bumble Hair Studio is an exclusive to the Robson location. With no appointment necessary, stop by to get your hair styled 5 trending styles. $30 for 20 minutes.

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The Skincare Studio is where you can receive a free analysis of your skin and a free treatment of either a mask or peel. No appointment necessary.

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Above 6 provided by Sephora.

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 See more photos on social media with the hash tag #SephoraRobson.

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Digital Darlings #PSBootcamp

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Thanks to Instagram and every editing application out there for iPhones and Androids, you don’t really need any editing skills to make your photos look professional. It’s a great way to showcase your creativity and aesthetic and look at you.. gaining lots of followers because of it!

That’s wonderful and all but what happens when they go to your site to see unedited or poorly edited photos – all because the applications from your phone don’t translate to your desktop computer. The only way to create a cohesive look is to have the tools to do so!

Enter Bria Lear of Digital Darlings Creative! We all know Bria (or Queen B, as us girls like to call her) as the Editor In Chief of Framework Magazine, one of my besties and now the Founder and Instructor for Digital Darlings Creative Photoshop Bootcamp.

The number one goal of Digital Darlings – demystifying Photoshop! Editing photos is not as simple as clicking a button, it’s so much more. It’s understanding the concepts of lines, colours, balance, lighting, shapes, etc. Each tool provided by Photoshop has a purpose and learning what each of these are is quite a daunting task. It’s like opening the manual to your new camera and learning EVERY feature – whether you need them or not.

One of the best ways to learn Photoshop is to understand what you want to use it for. In my case and what DD teaches us – Style & Design Blogging.

Over the course of the 2 day weekend myself and 11 others learned Photoshop 101 as well as what it takes to post and edit photos pertaining to our sites and businesses.

I’m pretty on top of my Photoshop game as I learned it in school and have been editing all of my blog photos on my own but there was still a lot I didn’t know – or even knew that I needed to know. I learned a few new tools that I’ll definitely be using from now on and one of the biggest “Aha!” moments was learning all of the shortcuts for these tools. If I can save a few seconds on each edit and minutes overall on 1 photo, I can save a lot of time when you times that by 10-30 photos.

I highly reccomend the PS Bootcamp class if you don’t know Photoshop, need brushing up on your skills or want to get into design. All of us in the class used it for different reasons and left feeling our skills and sites were elevated.

You can sign up for the next PS Bootcamp classes HERE. You can save $105 if you book before October 15th and if a weekend class isn’t right for your schedule you can book Queen B for one on one classes. The next class is on November 15th and 16th.

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Three of my favorite tools from day 2 of the PS Bootcamp was learning about the Liquify tool, Spot Healing Brush tool and changing hues on a specific part of the photo.

The first photo below is untouched. In the second photo I was able to make my hair and eyes bigger with clearer skin (lighting also changed).

The third photo is all about hue changes. I was taught how to change only the colour of my hair and I was hooked! I’ll officially be doing this whenever I want to change my hair colour.

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Each PS Bootcamp also includes a catered 2 day lunch by Boy With A Knife. I won’t even try to convince you of how delicious the dishes were because it wouldn’t amount to how amazing they actually were!

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 Photos by Digital Darlings.

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