NYC Photo shoot

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I’m actually enjoying catching up on old TV episodes and sleeping. I have finally finished the Lili St. Cyr biography I have been reading as well (read all about it in a future post).

Back in NYC, I teamed up with my friends from Flytographer to shoot in the streets of Soho. This time, the fabulous Mayleen was behind the camera and we had a lot of fun. She schooled me all about Miami, shooting notable clients and how to be fearless in a “coat that looks like a shag bear that didn’t stand a chance.” Here are some shots with hair and makeup by Bianca and Anthony. As you can see, I’m a fan of the profile shot;)

ELENA:)

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NYC in December

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I can’t believe that there is 5 days until Christmas!!!

I used the last of my vacation time to venture off to NYC in early December and I thought you might want to know a little about my adventures. This is a short summary with more details to follow!

TUESDAY: Checked into The Renwick, (a cool new boutique hotel on east 40th in between Park and Lex) and went to visit my friend Nizim from Labeling Men and had dinner at Bill’s Food & Drink on 54th. Bill’s Food and Drink is one of Chef John Delucie’s restaurant. Bedford & Co is his latest venture at the Renwick which is slated to open very very soon! (Comment: Actually it’s not going to open until spring 2016) Things to note – my room had a lovely floral arrangement from Uprooted Flower Truck (NYC’s first flower truck) to brighten my stay and I got to snack on some yummy ginger people made by Sweets by Olivia (which only lasted a night!).IMG_8612IMG_8602

WEDNESDAY: Hair and makeup with Anthony and Bianca for a Flytographer shoot in Soho. I got to wear my new Christmas/Birthday present to myself, a Proenza Schouler cashmere coat which I love. (More photos in a future post). Uber was crashed when I needed to rush to an important meeting at the Surrey Hotel but I managed to get there eventually after walking 20 blocks in heels and paying $30 for car service. Sheesh. Dinner at Marta with a friend from BluBird Vancouver.

THURSDAY: A breakfast meeting at Le Pain Quotidien followed by an amazing tour of Ciner manufacturing (future post coming up) was on the schedule. In the evening, I surprised the creative fashion illustrator Elaine Biss at her French Connection event. After, I got to meet Alexis Bittar at his holiday meet and greet. Then finally, to my trainers delight, I got to eat a chicken burger at Fuku.

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FRIDAY: A breakfast meeting at The Smith (I totally recommend) and a stop in with Editor-In -Chief, Courtenay C. Hall from Bella New York Magazine. I made a pit stop at Century 21 of course and had a few moments uptown to take some photos of beautiful Bergdorf window displays before heading downtown to dinner at Hundred Acres.

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SATURDAY: A stop into Creeds Collective Pop Up Shop which was conveniently located across the street from the brunch spot Santina under the High Line.  I managed to pick up some salt water taffy from Salty Road from Brooklyn. With an hour to spare to leave to airport, I went to & Other Stories new 5th avenue spot and bought a pair of booties.

ELENA:)

Paris Fashion Week (Sept 29-Oct 7)

And just like that, Paris Fashion Week is over. Here are some highlights…Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 7.51.30 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-07 at 7.51.44 PM

Dries Van Noten

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Rochas

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Vionnet

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Carven

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Balmain

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Lanvin

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Christian Dior

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Balenciaga

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Elie Saab

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Zuhair Murard

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Giambattista Valli

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Chanel

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Valentino

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ELENA:)

 

 

 

 

 

LFW (Sept 21-22) and MFW (Sept 23-Sept 28)

Tomorrow starts Paris Fashion Week! Here is my final two days of coverage of London Fashion Week with the entire Milan Fashion Week. Again, calendar for reference….

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London Fashion Week….

Erdem

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Burberry Porsum

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Peter Pilotto

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Milan Fashion Week…

Stella Jean

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Fendi

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Giamba

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Giorgio Armani

 

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ELENA:)

 

 

 

 

LFW SS16 (Sept 18-20)

Just for the record London Fashion Week runs until the 22 but I thought that I would post a glimpse of some of the fashion finds I have found. Here is the calendar again for reference…Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 7.52.54 PM

Edeline Lee

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Simone Rocha

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Temperley London

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Issa

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Mary Katrantzou

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ELENA:)

 

NYFW SS16 (Sept 14 – 17)

This concludes my NYFW fashion finds. Loving Delpozo , Marchesa and Reem Acra! Can’t wait to see what London Fashion Week (Sept 18-22) brings!

Rachel Antonoff

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Carolina Herrera

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Maiyet

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Reem Acra

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Rodarte

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Oscar de la Renta

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Anna Sui

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Delpozo

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Marchesa

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Marc Jacobs

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ELENA:)

 

 

 

NYFW SS16 (Sept 8 – 13)

Just in case you couldn’t catch any shows in person here are some of my favourite looks from a few designers. I always think – what would look good on a 5″2 hourglass girl with an endless budget? This is collection of fine fashion finds. Photos from Vogue.com. Here is the Fashion Calendar to keep you up to date too!

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Red Valentino

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Zac Zac Posen

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M Missoni

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Sachin & Babi

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Lisa Perry

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Tadashi Shoji

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Tanya Taylor

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Zimmermann

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Jason Wu

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Christian Siriano

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Mara Hoffman

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Monique Lhuillier

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Public School

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Diane von Furstenberg

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Jenny Packham

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ELENA:)

 

Photos from the Summer St. Soiree

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Here are some photos from the Summer St. Soiree cohosted with Modern Fort that benefited the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund Burn Camp.

It was a great time and a HUGE thank you goes out to all the vendors and volunteers. Read Modern Fort’s rundown of the event here

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NYFW 2015

My first NYFW I attended was coordinated by Amconyc at the Gansevoort Park Hotel was interesting. I didn’t expect to wait as long as we did for the show to start, but apparently fashion shows rarely start on time. After the show, we dashed off for a cupcake run for Tech Style. I was too lazy to change my Beautulleful skirt so I put on my toque and runners and away we went.

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TechStyleNYC Prep

NYC! You were so cold (weather wise) this visit. Photos from Bumble and Bumble studios in the Meatpacking district (site of TechStyle) where we dropped off Quick Candle decor pre event. After we took a little stroll down the Highline on Valentine’s Day before taking refuge indoors at Chelsea Market.

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Holt Renfrew Valentine’s Day

The Agents @amyleagil and #Kim stopped by yesterday. We are matching! @holtsvancouver @holtrenfrew #thelovelist Thanks for the support ladies!

Holt Renfrew Valentine’s Day Book Signing

Great minds think @maisonvalentino for #valentines @holtsvancouver (@holtrenfrew). Thanks for the photo @r2walia 🙂 #thelovelist

Chapters Book Signing!

So much fun! My book signing at Chapters.

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Thank You!

Long over due thanks to @queensberryflowers and @beyondthescope for my @chaptersindigo book launch for #thelovelist! (at Chapters, Granville and Broadway)

Two Goals in Two Years

Two goals in two years. What’s next? #thelovelist #ubcgrad

Unexpected Love

Unexpected love. Thanks everyone for the well wishes and gifts 🙂 Thanks @theexperienceevents! Couldn’t pull it off without you! #thelovelist #book #booksigning (at Shangri la vancouver )

Grad school. Done and Done.

Well it’s over. A little under two years and I have myself three more initials after my name.

The most rewarding comment came from a fellow classmate who said that I delivered the best presentation that she has ever seen me partake in.

Excellent. It’s wonderful to leave on a high note.

ELENA:)

Happy Birthday Cookies

Happy Birthday to me!!

These are my custom birthday cookies made by the fabulous Evon at Cookievonster

So awesome.

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Birthday Photo Booth

LOVE the photobooth at my birthday. So much fun!

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Speed Dating

Here is the equation…

I’m Single + My friend who owns a restaurant (Terracotta) wants Thursday traffic = Speed Dating Event

Sounds simple…. but it wasn’t.

First of all, you need a mix of people. Do not get your friends to invite their friends because everyone just knows each other. The 6 degrees of separation turns into 2 and you end up wondering why you weren’t invited to a certain party when everyone starts talking.

Second, the room needs to accommodate a large amount of people who all will be talking at the same time. I think i lost my voice because i was screaming so much. There needs to be a flow to the room. People shouldn’t have to wonder where they have to go next.

Let’s talk about hand shakes and lotion. They go hand and hand. I know it’s winter and it’s cold outside. But the dryness of guys’ hands was incredible. Also, if you were planning to shake some persons hand…. shake it firmly – no wimpy half handshakes please.

The guys weren’t bad. There were some nice guys. Maybe 1 that i would consider hanging out again. 1 out of 20… not bad. There was one guy who kept checking his phone and could not do any amount of eye contact. The same guy asked me if i liked guys to wear boxers or briefs. Really?

The topics of conversation were light… but I will say this, i agree with the play ThisAsking a person, what they do really equates to… how much money do you make and do i make more you?

My friends friend was telling me he thought that there were alot of girls with walls up. While washing my hands in the bathroom, this girl approached me and asked if i was having i fun. I was like, “Sure… it could be worse” Her reply was, “You’re a really good hearted person.” I didn’t think it was THAT bad. Or maybe I’m that nice.

ELENA:)

Birthday Plans

Birthday plans… I turn 30 on the 29th of January. Last year was my “champagne” birthday and it was in a penthouse at the Loden. Cool party. But this year, i am thinking something a bit bigger. Check out this hotel called the Keefer.

ELENA:)

Where’s My Money by John Patrick Shanley

Where’s My Money by John Patrick Shanley