Sunday, November 29, 2009


Ah The life of an actor.
Look at what we have to go through to get a job!

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Where the heck is Don Draper?

Where ya been?!  I missed you!  Oh, ok, it was me :)  I missed two whole days of blogging.  And I certainly did feel it! I was very busy working. No, not on set. I actually got a temp job this week in an office and all I can say is, where the heck is Don Draper??

Don from "Mad Men" Well dressed business man!

When I started office temping again after a 7 year hiatus, I experienced a rude awakening. Did you guys know that the offices in TV land have nothing to do with real life!!  HA! How disillusioning! As an actor its easy to get displaced and think that the beautiful people you meet in the film world all look like that in the real world.  Its true, when I got my first assignment as a receptionist for a lawyers office I was positively displeased.  It occurred to me that the balding hunched over old dude was indeed the real life version of his television hot, way too young looking dynamic attorney counterpart.  It can't be true, I thought, there has to be some GQ young whipper snapper here somewhere.  One week later I found out the hottest lawyer was a nasally guy in Birkenstocks and green corduroys who still lived at home and liked to do medieval role play games on his off time. (and I ain't talking the sexy kind!)  Turns out that most lawyers only dress when they are going to court or have an important meeting, and when I say "dress" it doesn't mean that they automatically look great either.  I am one of those women that think, how hard can it be? How hard is it for men to dress well? Its not like they have a kadrillian choices.  Pants guys.  You don't have to try to choose from a list of items. A dress, skirt, separates, evening gown, pants, get the picture. For business, guys just need to find a half decent tie (and there are many to choose from) a shirt matching jacket and pants.  But tons get it wrong somehow and they certainly did in this office. And they are lawyers!  Doesn't that mean they have money?  They don't have to shop at Suzy Sheir or Forever 21 to look half decent.  They could get the real good stuff! There I was in my ensemble. The usual office attire.  Smart jacket, black vest, sensible ruffled shirt, pencil skirt, sheer hose, cool heel, hair groomed to perfection with a lovely dusting of day makeup complemented with shaded contoured eyes and gloss lips.  Completely OVERDRESSED of coures waiting for the phone to ring at the reception.  All because of TV! Hahaha!  People who came in eyed me great curiosity.  I'm sure they thought I was RuPaul or something.
But now in this office for one week, I am determined to have some fun.  On Monday I vow to dress up like Joan Harris from "Mad Men".  Whatever!  If I have to work a straight job (which I am thankful for by the way...), I'm gonna use it for scene study.  I'm going to do a updo and find anything I can in my closet that can pass for early sixties.  And I'll use Diahnn Carroll for reference.

Diahann Carroll.  Divine!

Go get you some!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FASHION INSPIRATION: Shingai Shoniwa from Noisettes

This woman is seriously FIERCE!  So refreshing!  I love her style and music.  Seriously exciting!  That hair!  WICKED!

Shingai Shoniwa
Isn't she Cool!

Ooo! Oooo! Let me try!!!


I gotta tell ya!  This was FUN!


Hahaha!  Love it!

Oh man!  I'm so gonna rock this again.  This is Suzanne proving so much can be done with dreads!  Love my hair! Your turn Franchesca!

Now, go get you some!

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Who: Solange
Where: Our Town Cafe
Scarf: Gifted

Love this bandana. So 1940's!  Think I'll try it.  Gotta get a better look though...

You look so cool Girl!
She was wearing the coolest black rubbery skinny pants.  Really made this 40's look contemporary.

Earrings: Cute Doggies from the Dollar Store
You rock girly with the same name as Beyonce's little sister but with more style:)
Go get you some!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Saved at the gym by Prodigy

Because things are going along swimmingly with me and "Funny Guy",  I felt it an opportune time for me to go back to the gym and pump it up.  I mean, if he becomes worthy, I want to be in shape of course.  Its all about confidence you know.  And being in shape means that for once in my life I can actually leave the lights on.  Great fit body = lights on. Thats right.

So I'm back at the gym on a regular basis becoming "Lady of Rage".  Sometimes you need to get MAD while working out and I like to get rageful often while on the Precor Elliptcal Cross Trainer.  I spend from 20 minutes to 1/2 hour on it, and by the last 10 minutes I'm feeling extremely rageful, and a little bit of rage goes a long long way to an effective workout.

I'm always kicking up the tunes.  Usually I do a little bit of Usher a little bit of Beyonce (when I liked her) and Ciara, but for the last ten minutes I get really down and dirty with Prodigy "Fire Starter".  Usually by that time I'm sucking back the wind and thinking "I'm so over it" so I need a bit of help.  You might think its a strange choice for a funky black chick, but let me tell you, when I pump that out on my ipod, I'm slamming down hard on that Precor.  My face starts to get really serious and I pretend I'm an action star who's just about to barge in on some bad guys and kick them all in the freaking face for selling smack to kids.  Thats right, I'm on my Precor, but I'm really kicking down that door and doing some funky martial arts on some drug pushers buttocks. Then I get off the Precor and I'm INSANE!  I move over to the freaking floor and I'm doing leg lifts like a MANIAC!! GET OUT OF MY WAY!!  Then I go for the sit ups and I'masweatin!  When I'm done, I play a bit of light gospel and I bounce to the change room.

This video is pretty crazy!  Ha! But all I can say is, "Thank you Prodigy for making me one step closer to leaving the lights on!"

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Photo Op

Hey Ya'll, forgot to show you this!
Its me with straight hair.  I got this wig as a gift from my friend Sarah many years ago.  Looks good no?  Its so strange seeing myself with straight hair.  This was a fitting for a commercial I booked a couple of weeks ago for Tostitos.  I was playing a mom hanging with her other mom friends at my home (well, I decided the mansion we were shooting in was mine).  Apparently us moms got a bit wild from the fun of eating Tostitos and one of my friends ended up dancing on the table!  Ahhh, the TV world!  Haha!  This outfit didn't make it as the final choice, but it was my favorite for the character I was playing.

NOTE:  The makeup artist/hairdresser was amazing!  My wig had seen better days and to me looked very wiggy, but she did wonders with it.  Seriously, she's a wig genius!  I hope to do a post showing you tips for making a tired wig look localicous.  (did I really say that? )

Go get you some!

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Beyonce & Lady Gaga - Video Phone

Beyonce & Lady Gaga (eventually)

All I can say is "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS??" Oh Beyonce.  I think you may have officially lost your mind.  I mean, you know I love you, but really...WHAT THE HELL IS THIS???

Jax, showed me this video yesterday and we were both howling our heads off.  Laughing in disbelief in a public place.  Now, I'm all for sexy, you might even say dirty, but this is just in poor taste for so many reasons.  Hair and makeup was fierce, but it all went down the toilet.  It started off ok.  The beginning?  Hot! Slow mo, but lets face it, its been done girly.  And by YOU! Remember "Crazy in Love"?  Yeah, done.  And what's up with the bathing suit?  Your in some kind of industrial area.  I don't see any pool around there.  And what's with those dudes?  What, are they body guards? Secret Service?  Boyfriends? What?  Maybe their pool boys, but then how come their wearing suits? Then we see her in some cool business suit sans the pants.  She opted for full length boots instead.  I'm sure this wouldn't work in the boardroom, but who knows. Its kinda cool, but what are those things dancing with you?  Camera head guys.  ??????????  Ok, artistic maybe but its just not "you" Bee!

Now lets talk a bit about the most idiotic part of the video. What's with the GUNS? GUNS!  Pointing the GUNS at some poor guy with a sack on his head.  Its just disturbing.  Its like some poor, dare I say, hostage for Petes sake.  Thats obviously what she was going for, and she's gyrating and ...oh dear God, such freaking Bad TASTE Beyonce.  Doesn't anyone love you?  Won't anyone tell you that this is inappropriate?  Come on?  And your on your knees humping a plastic rifle?  Geez!  What were you thinking?  I mean really.  Maybe you weren't thinking. Maybe you and J-Z are into some kinky stuff!  Regular sex is going to your head missy.  Then the dude is all tied up and you got your leg on him.  The ropes are pretty and the head sack is vibrant blue. Is being a hostage supposed to be fashionable?
I shake my head.  Shake my head.

The best part of this whole video is Lady Gaga.  And I'm not even a fan!  But shes great in this.  Flicking her weave like Beyonce.  And her voice!  She sounds great!  Powerful, rich.  Fantastic.  She matches Bee with the dancing, even if she does look odd next too her.  Shorter, thinner.  She certainly doesn't fill out that bodysuit, but whateva.  She's rocking it.  She saved this video for me.  But Bee, your gonna have to work hard to get my respect back.  All of it is lost girl. Lost.  And your supposed to be all Christian and all God Fearing.  Well girl you need to pray for enlightenment here, cause you so lost it.

I shake my head. (sigh)

(that last shot on the motorcycle with the rifle???  What the Hell is that??? Hahahahaha!  Oh Bee!)

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Date Number 2 with Funny Guy

"I have been checking these out.  You are so you to bits.  Hey are you seeing that guy

 Many of you have asked for an update regarding "Funny Guy". I've been so preoccupied with my fashion week that I haven't been able to tell you about whats been going down.  Not to worry though, as if I'd leave you out of the loop!                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
So, last weekend we went out on a second date.  We decided on a movie and picked "2012".  All I can say is thank God I did that "What to Wear on a Date" post, cause I had a very busy day and didn't have time to mess around having a fashion crisis with what to wear.  A fashion crisis is a major downer.  I've totally lost enthusiasm before going out because of one.  I'm sure I'm not alone here.  One of the secrets only women know.  "My clothes are crap!  I'm not going!" Come on, its happened to you!! Usually only a threat, we usually find something but happily most of those choices looked good, so I only had to pick one and I was casually fierce.

When we got to the theatre for the 7:30 show, all three cinemas were sold out so we made a decision to get a 10:30 show and go for dinner.  A risky move, since this means we are going to have to talk face to face for 2 hours, and this was already accomplished during our first date.  Would I get bored with him?  Will I still be amusing?  I mean, I already know his stats, all the basic sniffing was out of the way, now its an impromptu "will we have fun just hanging out" test. I so didn't need to be concerned.  We had a blast.  Mr. Funny, got funnier as the evening went on.  We were chuckling away beautifully, and I had several major guffaws!  We lolled about the restaurant and I got a nice little surprise.  When he took off his jacket he was wearing a light tea-shirt and I found two huge guns staring at me.  Don't freak out, I don't mean artillery, I mean HUGE muscular arms.  This guy is ripped, I hadn't really noticed before.  I'm not strictly into body builders, but it was really cool to see that he took care of himself.  

The movie was GREAT!  I was so angst ridden through the whole thing that I squished really close to him. I gotta say that movie really changed my life.  It had been coming since I watched that "Nostradamus Prophecy" TV show, but this definitely sent me over the edge.  We had a lively discussion about religion, spirituality and the end of the world afterwards and found that our ideas about the whole matter didn't clash.  I began thinking about my life and wondered I were to fall into a volcano tomorrow, would I be proud with it?  Would I have accomplished what I wanted to?  Would I have had all of sex and food I've hoped for?  Mr. Funny started to look a teeny bit different to me after that movie.  If I only have 2 years left cause were all gonna die, would I wanna spend any more time with Mr. Funny?  Is he turning my crank?  And most importantly does he know anything about flying a plane?  (your gonna have to see the movie for that reference).  I do remember him saying during our first date that it was on his life to do list, so I found that really promising.

He drove me home and the issue about the kiss began to loom.  Did I wanna kiss him?  I'm not wasting a kiss if there's only two years left.  I'm not wasting anything!
" I had a really nice time" I unfastened my strap and bent to find my purse.
" Me too." he answered slowly.  Probably figuring out how this kiss was going to go.
" So what are you doing tomorrow?" I was stalling trying to figure out if I should make a run for it or if I wanted to kiss him.
" yada...yada...blah... blah.." (he didn't actually say this, I just can't remember what he answered because I didn't really care about the question, I was just stalling)
"Oh yeah, well, that sounds good..."  I turn to unlock the car door.
"Don't I get a kiss?" he asked.
" Um...."  then I lean in and slowly plant one on him.  
Feels nice.  But didn't want to rip his clothes off.  Kissing some more, started to feel even nicer.  I broke off the kiss and turned to leave.  
"Can I have one more?"
"Nope, gotta give you something to think about" I smiled and got out of the car.
The end - of that night.  
We went out again on Thursday.  I'll tell you more about what happened another time.
Gotta give you something to think about ;)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Most Stylish People I Know in Vancouver - Wayne Bernard & Michelle Peltier

Style isn't only about the clothes you wear.  Truly.  I even looked it up.  Check this out:
In honor of this definition, I present to you, one of the most Stylish couple I know.  I even gave them a name: "Waynelle"  Uh huh, thats Wayne and Michelle.
Brad and Angelina have nothing on them.  This is a real, sweet, sexy, and stylish couple.  Elegant, distinctive and a lot of wooing going on.  More like Woot actually. These two are hilarious! Newly engaged, they have a whole life of Wanyelle to look forward to.  Gorgeous too look at and fun to be around.  Look how nicely they clean up and dress (nearly completely undress) down.  

Simply Beautiful!

Waynelle looking cute as can be!

This is the (almost completely) dressed down part!
Sexy without the vulgar.  Style!
The Waynelle Interview:

Suzanne: What does fashion mean to you?
Michelle: I don’t necessarily follow “fashion” but I’m interested in watching what the world gives me and interpreting what this means to MY everyday life. I won’t buy something simply because it’s “fashionable”, I buy something be cause it intrigues me – expresses something I want to say – makes me take a second glance, makes me feel comfortable.

Unusually non talkative Wayne: Fashion means if I look good then I am in Fashion, ultimately I think I know what looks good on me (most of the time before my fiance tells me no)
Suzanne: When did your own personal style begin to take shape?
Michelle: I think probably in high school – I was in a very strict Catholic high school and I had to wear school uniforms (navy skirts/pants and white/blue shirts). When you’re wearing uniforms you learn to express yourself in other ways…jewellery, hair, make up – I spent a lot of mornings perfecting my hair. I can’t say I’d EVER wear my hair in the same styles but isn’t that what everyone says about their high school fashion? Also, unfortunately at the time I had little money and though I used second-hand boy’s uniforms (all buttons were backwards and somehow all the popular girls notice this), could only rely on hand-me-downs from old (male) students so much. I remember my dad giving me $15 dollars for new school pants and when I told him uniform pants were $40 he said, “Make it stretch”, so I went to the mall and found navy blue pants very similar to our uniforms in Le Chateau for $15. There was only one teacher that ever seemed to notice (or the only one not to take pity) that would tag me for detention every day if I walked past her class – she was on the second floor one class before my scheduled math class – I learned to walk one floor higher, walk to the end of the hall, go back down one flight and steal into the class quickly. I know it all could have been solved if I’d only bought school pants, but when you’re given $15, you’re given $15.
Unusually non talkative WayneProbably when I moved to Vancouver Everybody has their own unique taste and fashion.
Suzanne: Can you remember your first outfit or piece that you adored wearing?
Michelle: I was 13 – my first pair of heels – they were only 1 inch, but they were HEELS! My mom bought them for me for my Aunts wedding. She asked as we were buying them if I’d even be able to walk in them and I promised, it was so easy right? I practiced for HOURS in front of the mirror before debuting them at the wedding. And I rocked them – danced the night away! Or at least the ceremony and 1 hour of the wedding…then it was bare-feet with the rest of the tweens.
Unusually non talkative Wayne: I loved the first suit I bought it was Calvin Klein and it was the most expensive article of clothing I have ever bought. I felt great in it.
Suzanne: Do you have any favorite designers?
Michelle: I try not to follow designers – I find by the time I can afford the designers that everyone follows, their fad has already been eliminated and the next designer is taking the scene. It’s all about names and money. And money is not what the mainstream people have to spend on monetary labels.
Unusually non talkative Wayne: Hugo Boss
Suzanne: Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
Michelle: I love to explore Granville Street and Main Street – you never know what you might find. I recently moved into the neighbourhood and feel like I’ve found GOLD. I find it’s more interesting going out and having an open-mind then to shop for a specific piece. It can get very frustrating if you’re looking for a specific look.
Unusually non talkative WayneHarry Rosen and G-Spot on Broadway. 

Suzanne: What person has influenced your personal style?
Michelle: My Mom always said that I have her “legs” so instead of accentuating the usual T&A, I try to focus on more “out-of-the-norm” areas. Legs, shoulders, back – anyone can hike their boobs up, or stick their butt out – but when you feel comfortable with a part of you, I think you should show it – because people, especially men notice your confidence, and are very attracted to it.
Unusually non talkative WayneI really like european style and the all american t-shirt and a good pair of jeans (Tavernetti)
Suzanne: What celebrity has a style sense that you admire?
Michelle: I love Jennifer Aniston’s natural style, white shirts and jeans, black shirts and jeans. Always looks amazing, relaxed, clean, isn’t trying too hard. I love the way Rhianna plays with fashion, though I’d never wear half the things she would – it’s important to take pieces from people you admire and not try to just follow them – she’s Hollywood, I’m Vancity – very different lives! But she likes to experiment and she always has her head up and shoulders back. Confidence!
Unusually non talkative WayneGeorge Clooney- Classic.
Suzanne: When putting together an outfit for an important event or for your day to day, what matters to you most?
Michelle: Comfort! You cannot pull of any look unless you are comfortable. If you’re hiking up your strapless tank to show off your boobs, it’s noticed. If you’re hiking down your short skirt, it’s noticed. If you hunch your shoulders in any outfit, it’s noticed. But anyone, anywhere, can pull off any outfit (even if you yourself wouldn’t wear it yourself) if they show confidence. Because who is allowed to say what one should wear?
Unusually non talkative WayneThat I look my best.
Suzanne: In your wardrobe, what part do accessories play?
Michelle: Accessories are an inexpensive way to alter an everyday outfit. A necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings can change ANY outfit.
Unusually non talkative Wayne Have a couple of watches and once in a while I wear a long silver neclace that was my grandfathers. 
Suzanne: How important is fashion in regards to your career?
Michelle: Fashion is the LEAST important factor in my specific career. Working with twelve 2-year-olds everyday involves me only considering comfort and durability. Although I’d like to wear my everyday clothes to work, I very specifically have my “every-day clothes” and my “work-clothes”. I tried mixing them once, ended up with spilt black paint on my new white shirt…a very expensive combination. But when shopping for “work clothes” you never know what you’ll find – a skinny jean I would never usually purchase has become my signature piece for the last 4 months!?
Unusually non talkative WayneI like to wear suits and now that I am starting in Real Estate it matters how I present myself. 

Photo Op - Waynelle on the Beach
Fabulous! Man, they are gonna have beautiful kids!
Go get you some Waynelle!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Most Stylish People I Know in Vancouver - Crystal Cote


The Knockout!  Crystal Cote
Dress: BCBG
At the top of my list when it comes to style.  Crystal lives style in my eyes.  She's a true artist that sings like an angel (she pens her own songs), acts like she should be knighted (she graduated from the very intense and well respected theater school "Studio 58"), paints like freaking Picasso and has the most sensitive heart in the world.  I love Crystal, she is definitely the go-to for advice about the spirit and how to decorate my mansion.  If I did have a mansion.  She has impeccable taste. She decorated her home beautifully with earthy colours and rich textures.  Gorgeous woods, clean shapes.  Ahhh!  When I first met her I thought "Girl can DRESS".  Always interesting, she knows her body and what shapes work well.  She uses soft colors and accessorizes wonderfully with fabulous soft bags.  I always think of her all dressed up like the picture above.  I don't know why, she does the jean thing more often, but in my mind Crystal should have been born in the 1920's or 30's.  I wasn't surprised when she launched her music website, that she would lean towards this feminine jazzy style.

Feather headpiece made by Crystal
Not only does Crystal clean up nice, I also love her everyday ensembles.  I put her on a task of photographing what she wears day to day.  She agreed to photograph her outfits every morning for three days and send them to me to show you.  Now, thats brave don't you think.  Well, no need to be scared when your Ms. Crystalline!

Day 1. Beautiful.
Sweater: Scoop

Day 2
Love that bag!

Beautiful layers accomplished without
looking bulky.  Wicked!
Sweater: Zara
Suzanne: What does fashion mean to you?
Crystal: Fun, self expression
Suzanne: When did your own personal style begin to take shape? 
Crystal: Age 15/16. I was in junior high.  In grade 8 it was all about brand names and you didn't know what to expect.  I didn't come from a lot of money and really felt limited because I couldn't afford them. Then in grade 9 the grunge style started appearing. Grade 10 it was cool to be grungy and that I could do. I would go to thrift stores at lunch durning their weekly 2 dollar bag days, then my girlfriends and I would swap.  We even began making clothes out of the things we bought like old overalls.  It was cool to do that. We would wear Long Johns under short jean cut offs with army boots and a flannel shirt.  That hole grunge area opened up a lot of creativity for me and my friends it was cool not to be brand name.
Suzanne: Can you remember your first outfit or piece that you adored wearing? 
Crystal: Tweet wool coat circa 1940 I found at the thrift for $3. 
Suzanne:  Do you have any favorite designers? 
Crystal: Vancouver based Rubi & Kino, Toronto based Dagg & Stacey.
Suzanne:  Where are some of your favorite places to shop? 
Crystal: Seattle - BCBG Outlet, Nordstroms & Nordstroms Rack, Main Street Vancouver, Queen St. Toronto...but mostly my fav. is finding little sample sales in obscure places for unique pieces. 
Suzanne:  What person has influenced your personal style? 
Crystal: My friend Brooklyn.  I can be kinda circusy, Brooke and my other close friend Lenny have a sophisticated style that has tunes me down.  I get very inspired by them.
Suzanne:  What celebrity has a style sense that you admire? 
Crystal: I don't pay attention.
Suzanne:  When putting together an outfit for an important event or for your day to day, what matters to you most?
Crystal: Comfort baby - can I walk in it, can I get caught in a rain storm, will I be warm enough... oh and could I run into a ex-boyfriend wearing this!
Suzanne:  In your wardrobe, what part do accessories play? 
Crystal: Hmm, I could do better in this department, a good quality handbag makes a statement, earrings are a must for me I love a touch of sparkle and I don't leave home with out my platinum and ice :)
Suzanne: How important is fashion in regards to your career? 
Crystal: Depends which career :) It's really a costume for me no matter what I'm up to, I do my best to dress appropriately for the occasion so that I feel good. 

You know, I've come to realize that I have the most beautiful and talented friends.  I mean, I always knew they were great, but holy moly, they are all exceptional.  How lucky am I?

Now, go get you some.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Most Stylish People I Know in Vancouver - Richard O'Sullivan


Richard O'Sullivan
Yes, he does live here.
Who says this town doesn't have soul?  Oh Lawd, your looking right at some!  So feast your eyes on this page!
Richard, Richard, Richard.  Why are you so fine?
A few years ago a term was used to describe the affect of an ultra fine brother.  That would be "Whip Appeal" and people, Richard has IT!
Style from his slick hat right down to those dance shoes. Yep, he's a dancer, actor, choreographer all around incredibly sweet and respectful guy. I've known Richard for years.  When I was working at Sweat Co, I suggested him to the owner when she was looking for a fresh dance instructor.  He was a great addition, teaching Hip/Hop to smiling girls who I'm sure came out just to check this panther move! Lord knows I did.  Sit back, relax and enjoy!  Couldn't resist:

Sensual, lyrical, down right cool.  Richard teaches at Harbor Dance
His mother raised him right, and I can't sing his praises enough.
His fashion style is a ray of sunshine in the grey and black boring workout clothes that many sport in this city.  Flowing, easy, comfortable layers.  Young fresh and hip.  Urban and pulled together are words to describe this drink of water.

Sadly, Mr. Fabulous is taken, but no harm in looking :)

And get this.  Richard is FUNNY.  Oh why am I causing myself pain? Haaha!

And he's definatley trying to hurt me with this hat!
You all know how I feel about a man in a hat.
Other men reading this blog, please take note.
Chapeau on a jaunty angle = Whip Appeal.
Suzanne: What does fashion mean to you?
Richard: Fashion to is a state of mind, it starts with the confidence you have within your self and is shown visually by your attire.
Suzanne: When did your own personal style begin to take shape?
Richard: My style began around grade 8 or 9 but really started to take shape around grade 10.
Suzanne: Can you remember your first outfit or piece that you adored wearing?
Richard: The outfit that I adored back then was a black suit that had a crop jacket with padded shoulders and pants that had 3 pleats in the front with tapered cut to the ankles. This was my grad outfit for grade 9.
Suzanne: Do you have any favorite designers?
Richard: I never had a favourite designer, I found myself appreciating the styles of a lot of designers.
Suzanne: Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
Richard: Vancouver is a hard place to find great fashion. I find the fashion is a little behind compared to the east coast or even Europe. I enjoy taking from brand name stores and mixing it with vintage stores to compile a look that represents the mood I have at the time or the occasion.
Suzanne:  What person has influenced your personal style?
Richard: There has not been one person or things that has influenced my style. It is a compilation of my experiences in life from what I have seen and heard.
Suzanne: What celebrity has a style sense that you admire?
Richard: I have admired Usher's style. It is clean, classic and funky.
Suzanne: When putting together an outfit for an important event or for your day to day, what matters to you most?
Richard: The most important thing when putting and outfit togther is matching my feeling at that moment and showing the right accessories to enhance the look.
Suzanne: In your wardrobe, what part do accessories play?
Richard: Accessories play a big part in my look. I will either start with making that my focal point or just add a touch to enhance the look.
Suzanne: How important is fashion in regards to your career?
Richard: Fashion is huge in my career, it defines you as a person. But that is the view of the industry. I believe you wear your clothes your clothes don't wear you.

You definitely wear them Richard.  They ain't wearing you!  Go get you some!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

The Most Stylish People I Know in Vancouver - Jaclyn A. Smith

Woman of Style: Jaclyn A. Smith!

She's so Cool!
And a perfect time to give her some love because today is her birthday!  Happy Birthday Jax baby!
I met Jaclyn A. Smith last year.  She was taking one of my acting classes and we became fast friends.  Besides being beautiful, she is an incredibly talented person with a huge heart to add to the mix. Must you be so freaking perfect?!  A serious triple threat, she sings beautifully (check out her myspace page here), she's a rocking dancer having trained at the "American Ballet Theatre" and "Kirov Acadamy of Ballet", and has performed in TV, Film and Theatre.  Most notably the "American Pie Series".  She is an advocate for Mother Earth and has made a well known video to raise awareness about our energy consumption called "Flicking the Lights Off".  All this and girlfriend continuously looks fabulous!  I love her style.  She can go from glamourous and slinky for the red carpet to taking mens pieces and reworking the shape to make it her own and girlfriend isn't afraid of colour!

I asked her a series of questions about her style and approach to fashion.

Suzanne: What does fashion mean to you?
Jax: Fashion = Art, emotion expressed.
Suzanne: When did your own personal style begin to take shape?
Jax: It's still shaping. It keeps evolving as I evolve. What I like is constantly shifting. However, there is a steady classical influence to how I dress that's been there since I was a teenager. No matter what the trend I am always true to the basics: A well fitted blazer, a nice dress coat, a beautiful heel and of course that little black dress. I dress to how I feel and as I've become a more courageous woman in my twenties, my style has followed suit.

Looking Fabulous!
Suzanne: Can you remember your first outfit or piece that you adored wearing?
Jax: Yes. A green velvet evening dress that I wore to the theater as child. My mother made it. I felt like a princess.
Suzanne: Do you have any favorite designers?

Dress by: Alicia Grunert
Jax: Alicia Grunert, Gucci, Chanel and Givenchy for clothing and Bestey Johnson for shoes!
Suzanne: Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
Jax: For basics I always trust, Banana Republic and Club Monaco. I also check Guess and Bebe because their clothing suits women with curves. BUT those are the places I hit for the basics...I LOVE strolling through Gas Town and going to independent shops for funky hats or cute little gloves...a beautiful scarf or necklace piece. I also LOVE Fashion Crimes on Queen street in Toronto where you can find every possible ball gown you imagined as a little girl!
Suzanne: What person has influenced your personal style?
Jax: My mother and grandmother. These 2 woman look amazing every day. My grandmother makes me look forward to growing older because she is so beautiful and elegant and my mother, well lets just say that there have been many a time in my life when I've seen my mother walk out of her office or down her home staircase and she's taken my breath away. One night in particular, my mother had an event where she was wearing a deep midnight blue off the shoulders evening gown and I watched her come down the staircase and thought she just had to be a queen.
Suzanne: What celebrity has a style sense that you admire?
Jax: Audrey Hepburn, always and forever.
Suzanne: When putting together an outfit for an important event or for your day to day, what matters to you most?
Jax: That it fits/expresses the mood I am in and that I am comfortable.
Suzanne: In your wardrobe, what part do accessories play?
Jax: Accessories really are the icing on the cake! But I use them sparingly. I like to only have 1 or 2 accessories and I generally like them to be a focal point of the outfit or else I don't wear any at all. I am not huge on jewelry but I do adore a good hat and the right purse and shoe is crucial!
Suzanne: How important is fashion in regards to your career?

Dress by: Alicia Grunert
Jax: I think it's extremely important to be well dressed when attending events and networking. Fashion is another art form I love and another branch of my career that I want to explore even further in the future.

Thanks Jax!
She is probably one of the most hardest working women I know.  Seriously, she has a zillion other projects I didn't even have time to mention here.  For more information about this fabulous, stylish woman you can check out her website She'll knock your socks off!
Go get you some Jax!

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