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A Fun and Skin Happy Night at Bare Essentials

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This is the first post by DesireeAnne. Learn more about her here!

Tuesday evening the Style by Fire team had the opportunity to learn how to get ‘skin happy’ at Bare Essentials Skin Bar on Richards street. When I arrived I was greeted by friendly faces and industry experts. I then received a tour of the skin bar and browsed a variety of event perks, including food, wine, and even a photo booth! I was able to view products and speak to professionals, learning different ways to achieve ‘skin happy’ skin.

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I was introduced to Shantelle Robb, a dermatology expert here in Vancouver. She taught me neat tips and tricks for my skin and introduced me to the skincare line Dermalogica. Upon asking about her biggest skin care advice, I was surprised with her response of “picking your skin’s favourite foods.” Shantelle went on to describe how certain foods are beneficial to specific skin types, “Pineapple is a great solution for oily skin because the enzymes exfoliate your skin from the inside out.” Most women (myself included), do not realize that good care of the inner skin will significantly increase the appearance of your outer skin.

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After gaining insightful information from Shantelle, I had an opportunity to chat with Skye Lintott, who is not only a sales rep for PRIORI skin care, but a former member of The Real Housewives of Vancouver. She discussed her background in esthetics and skincare as well as her passion for ‘beautifying’ women. Her eyes lit up while talking about PRIORI, “I love working in the makeup industry because every woman loves to be beautiful.” Skye shared how easy it is to represent such an amazing brand. The products spoke for themselves as Skye was giving free mini treatments at the event.

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Cleverly named after cocktails and drinks, Bare Essentials’ services range from target treatments to de-stress & relax remedies. The most popular menu item? The Mai Tai facial which hydrates customers’ thirsty skin with ingredients that reveal dewy and fresh skin. Not only did I receive an awesome gift bag on the way out, the entire Style by Fire team left with knowledgeable insight we can apply on a day-to-day basis.

Thank you, Bare Essentials!

Words by DesireeAnne Holder

Photos by Aurora Chan

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Be SCENE: m0851 Customer Appreciation Event

m0851 customer appreciation

m0851 always throws a good party. Join the team at the Alberni store location this Thursday if you register by today!


  • What | m0851 Customer Appreciation Event
  • When | Thursday, November 21st from 5 – 9pm
  • Where | 1035 Alberni St
  • How | RSVP today at boutique@m0851vancouver.com


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Fashion & Art at Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE


The Grand Hotel exhibit is one of my absolute favourites that the Vancouver Art Gallery has curated. It’s a mix of style and artistry meeting semi-public, semi-private commercial spaces. There’s a sense of transience as well as new connections mixed with the grand idea of traveling. This summer 2013 edition of FUSE, an all night party at the VAG, featured sexually arousing performances, dramatic wedding-esque gowns, and quite a few casual-cool party goers exuding West Coast style.

Photos by Aurora Chan
Words by Miranda Sam

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Will You Be Shop-Hopping Tonight?

Gastown Shop Hop Spring 2013

Gastown hosts their seasonal shop-hop tonight. Too bad I’ve got a family dinner. Otherwise, you bet your favourite bag I would’ve been cruising around Oak+Fort, LYNNsteven and the other stores!

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Show Off: A Celebration of Hair Fashion

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Words + images by Aurora Chan

Beauty Council‘s fourth annual Show Off event, a celebration of hair fashion, took place at the Vogue Theatre on March 25, 2013.  Sponsors such as L’Oreal, AG Hair and CityTV helped to make this fabulous event happen, partial proceeds of which were donated to the local charity Look Good Feel Better.  Renowned salons from across BC each had a chance to ‘show off’ their latest innovative hair designs.  The evening’s MC was Breakfast Television’s Dawn Chubai, who along with giving away a plethora of raffle prizes, announced that a total of $5000 was raised.  Way to go Beauty Council and all the supporters!

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I had never been to a hair fashion show before and wasn’t sure what to expect.  What a spectacular and inspiring series of vignettes, with each salon showcasing how far the creative potential of hairstyling can really go.  Tonic Hair Salon’s story told of an epic battle amongst the different forces of nature, represented by elaborate corn braiding, coral reef-like tentacles and a dream weaver perched on top of the head.  Union Salons sent out a bevy of silver cyborgs with literally out-of-this-world hair structures.
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L’Oreal Professionnel featured a fun retro 50’s musical dance number with corresponding retro updo’s with an updated twist.  Michael Levine Salons had white ethereal male creatures with prosthetic breasts and hair flowing out of various parts of their body come gliding out on roller skates.  You had to be there to see it.  The creativity showcased and joyous energy of the models were magnetic and refreshing.  The participants were asked to show off and show off they certainly did.

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Crate & Barrel Preview Party

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This post is written by one of my good friends: Aurora Chan, guest writer.

I confess: I had never heard of Crate&Barrel.  When I read the tweet invite to their preview party in Vancouver, what caught my eye were the words “free food and drinks from Hawksworth”.  Why yes, I would love to attend your party.

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Crate&Barrel has been a furniture and homeware institution since the 60’s, with a vast network of stores in the US, a select few in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, and even branching into Dubai and Singapore.
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What struck me about the store was the cheery brightness and size.  It’s a big place and makes you feel clean and fresh, with its white walls and extensive lighting.  It was like an Anthropologie of homeware stores in terms of look and feel.  Products were generally streamlined and simple with a touch of whimsy, with splashes of spring colours like yellow, lime green and fuchsia.
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As for the nibbles, the servers could barely walk five feet before their trays were quickly emptied by eager hands.  Albacore tuna, mushroom tarts, merguez sausage, soy braised daikon radish, duck&beet cubes….all delightful.  I’m normally not a big macaroon fan but the key lime pie macaroon, available at the Hawksworth’s Bel Cafe, was conceivably the best macaroon I’ve ever had.  And I’ve tried the world famous Pierre Hermé macaroons in Paris, so this is saying a lot.
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They gave out gift bags, albeit only a limited number which left quite a number of attendees disappointed.  And these weren’t just filled with the typical fillers of discount cards and magazines, they included a cheese tool set and markers.  And to add to the ambience, there were two DJ’s in the house spinning background tunes.
All in all a classy and fun party, C&B.  And judging by the “oohs and aahs” from the ladies around me, Crate&Barrel will be a very welcome addition to Vancouver’s shopping landscape.
Their first BC store opens to the public on March 21, 2013 inside Oakridge Centre, replacing the Cineplex cinemas.

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Obakki: Social Change through Fashion and New Diffusion Line

Creative Mornings - Treana Peake

Having worked in fashion marketing a while ago, I was saddened to see how contrived the industry actually was. From a fashion lover’s perspective, we are enthralled by the inspirations designers use to create their beautiful collections. But from an insider’s perspective, sometimes those ‘inspirations’ are nothing more than an afterthought of a marketing strategy for packaging purposes.

I had the opportunity today to watch Treana Peake present at Creative Mornings hosted at W2. This woman’s humanitarian efforts through luxury label Obakki is far from contrived. Little known facts about her were revealed: she’s been to Africa over 20 times, and had to sell her car to finance her first trip. The Obakki FW 2012 collection was inspired by South Sudan, but Treana didn’t simply ‘exploit’ the people by taking beautiful images and getting inspiration for design. She also worked with a team of 5 South Sudanese models for the ’10 Pieces For Change’ collection campaign. As well, 100% of capsule collection profits (the signature red scarf) and any leftover net profits from Obakki go directly into humanitarian projects, such as building more than 300 wells in Africa to give areas of conflict access to water.

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And yes, when Obakki transitioned into more of a humanitarian than fashion brand, I was taken aback. Apprehensive and skeptical, I thought this was a bit awkward for a fashion brand: could this be some sort of social greenwashing? But having watched Treana speak passionately about WHY she does what she does, I feel that she is one of the most genuine business people out there. Even though it wasn’t an easy transition for her, it goes to show that there is room in this world for fashion to be kind.

For those of us who believe this is a truly inspiring movement for the fashion industry, but may not be able to afford that $500 Obakki jacket, don’t fret. Treana let word out that Obakki may be introducing a diffusion line of t-shirts, handbags, scarves, and accessories at a lower price point.

“Giving without expecting anything in return can help define the course of your life.” – Treana Peake @ Creative Mornings (quote via @mariecheungsays)

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Retail SEEN: we didn’t blo you off

We didn’t mean to blo you off with only one photo of the blo party a while back. Here’s another photo to truly highlight the sexy scandalousness:

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Photo by: Pierre Nadeau

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Retail SEEN: Guess Grand Opening

The Guess? party buzzed with people, as we strolled down the red carpet into the newly renovated Robson store. Live models in the window galore! The team gave away free samples of their branded fragrances, and mini gift bags with purchase. Underneath the staircase, Photobooth Vancouver entertained as pairs waited to create unique Guess? moments at the image station.

Known for raunchy sex appeal, sometimes the brand gets a little out of hand. Remember when they used Paris Hilton as the face of their campaign? Though used in the right context, good things can happen. A few pairs of high gloss stilettos did the trick as they were a great commercial balance between sex appeal and user wearability.

How were starving shoppers appeased? Caterers brought around strawberry drinks and bite sized cupcakes. The drink needed some al-co-hol, but other than that, who can pass up on a free one on a Thursday night? Cheers to virgin drinks and mildy sexy shoes.

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“because you can’t blo yourself”

The Blo one year anniverary block party, themed Naughty or Nice elicited some of Vancouver’s most creative (slash costumey) outfits. Witnessed full out forties glam in a flapper style dress, crowned with a mini top hat, with ruby red shoes to match. Besides the few, Vancouver’s well known for people to dress up in club wear whenever the given excuse.

Naughty or Nice translated into scandalous… and pink. Models were dressed in Agent Provacteur painting with chocolate from inside a window display. In the adjacent window, nothing more provocative than a little public S&M. Aziya, the new mobile spa was there to fulfill their great cause: to fill the guests’ nails with every shade of pink, polish producer OPI, makes under the sun. Even the live art was infused with a lot of pink; artist Brent Ray Fraser performed splatter painting with multifarious shades of pink.

It was a great night as the fashion crowds mixed & mingled, the night waxed & waned. Blo owner Devon was seen running in her sand brown Herve Leger body-con cleaning the party’s remnants: pink balloons and pink fashion crowd road blocks.


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