Light Sky

18 Sep

The sunset was so beautiful tonight! Perfect setting for a little outfit shoot. Orange and black, perfect colors for fall!

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 Photos by @Offner

Target beige ankle boots 

H&M black oversized blazer (similar one here)

 Forever 21 burnt orange zip pocket tee

Stella & Dot Gold Signature Engravable Bar (get it here)

Wave necklace from Etsy

Anine Bing Skinny Jeans Double Zipper Black (get them here)

5 Food Discoveries in Los Angeles

17 Sep

Here’s the first of a series of blogs I’ll be posting on my recent trip to Los Angeles. The theme for this blog is FOOD! If you’ve ever traveled to Los Angeles before, you know that there are always new restaurants opening up in every part of the city. One of the things I love most about traveling is trying out new restaurants everywhere I go. I’ve been vegetarian for over 12 years now and contrary to what most people think, I can eat just about everywhere (especially when traveling to California, where there are so many vegetarian-friendly dishes on all the menus!). I’d definitely say I’m an epicurean vegetarian! Here are 5 food discoveries I made while in LA earlier this month:

1) Fōnuts. Yes, there’s no typo here, fōnuts and not donuts. Fōnuts are donuts but better! Here’s why: they’re not fried, they are baked and/or steamed and come in so many incredible flavors, many of which are gluten-free and vegan. I first heard of fōnuts through Instagram and have been obsessively following their feed for the last couple of months, promising myself I’d check them out next time in LA. And that I did… not only once… or even twice, but three times! And boy was I not disappointed. I’d say, I became mildly obsessed with their baked goods while I was there. The thing I love most about them is that they use fresh and natural ingredients in every fōnut and they are made in-house daily. I love the “cake-like” taste & texture and the clever combination of flavors. They’re also not too filling as a result of not being fried and have a very different texture. Hands down my two favorites were the “Blueberry Earl Grey” and “Peanut Butter Chocolate“. A must if you’re in the Hollywood area. They’re located on West 3rd street, just at the corner of S. Crescent Heights Blvd.

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2) Gracias Madre. I had been meaning to go to Gracias Madre last summer and then on my trips since but each time, I ended up somewhere else. Gracias Madre’s is all about serving local, organic and vegan food. Three key words that totally attracted my attention when I had first heard of this amazing restaurant. Added bonus: it’s all Mexican food!! But not any kind of Mexican food, Mexican food done with a modern and clever twist. All of the food we ate at Gracias Madre was so incredibly fresh and flavourful! It was just the right amount of spice and all the dishes were very well balanced. The drinks were also so incredibly tasty. I highly recommend sharing a bunch of plates. My favorite appetizer: “Gorditas“, which are potato cakes accompanied by avocado and cashew cream. My favorite main: “El Plato” a dish with butternut squash, cashew cheese and chorizo mushrooms. My favorite dessert: their incredibly yummy “Fudge Brownie” made with salted mezcal caramel. One of the best parts about eating at Gracias Madre, was being on their incredibly beautiful outdoor terrace. It’s decorated with an outdoor fire place, beautiful lights, lanterns and is in the middle of trees and plants. Super romantic! You can make reservations through OpenTable, just make sure you reserve a little while in advance, the place is always busy.

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3) Sqirl. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a better brunch than the one I ate at Sqirl. Sqirl is a small cafe located in the Los Feliz area of LA. It’s packed with young hipsters, businessmen, actors, etc. who all come for their morning coffee, meetings or to just enjoy the incredible food their serve there. They’ve got a few seats inside but also have a great little alcove on the side of their restaurant with a bunch of chairs and tables. What makes Sqirl awesome is not only that everything is made from scratch in-house, including their jams, their almond milk, their hot sauce, etc., it’s also more than just a little cafe. They have an extensive breakfast/brunch and lunch menu that they make fresh in front of your eyes. Everything I tasted there was absolutely to die for! Things you NEED to try when you go to Sqirl: their vanilla bean lemonade, unreal! Also their open faced brioche with kale, tomatillo puree and fried egg. And finally for “dessert” their brioche with homemade jam and freshly milled almond hazelnut butter, WHA?! Take me back now!!

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4) Fig & Olive. A discovery that Offner made while looking for new restaurants to check out in LA. The restaurant has definitely become a city hotspot over the last little while. Located on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, Fig & Olive is a beautiful and classy restaurant. The decoration is sophisticated and so are the people that eat there (or they at least seem to be!). They’ve got a great selection of wine and an interesting choice of plates for dinner. Though a little bit more on the pricier side, the food is delicious, tasty and worth dishing out the extra cash. The fish “Paella del mar” seems to be a favorite among customers, including Offner himself. The thing that I also loved, was their incredibly well presented desert. Good times!

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5) Commissary. You’ll find this little oasis at The Line Hotel, located in Koreatown. The Line Hotel has only been open since the beginning of 2014 and is already attracting people from all over the world and incredibly hype (I will tell you more about the hotel itself on another upcoming blog!). Commissary is located in a greenhouse and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their entire menu revolves around fruits and vegetables. Though not exclusively a vegetarian restaurant, there are definitely many veggie-friendly dishes. You can either sit at the bar or at one of their beautifully presented tables. The drink menu is original and savoury and so is the food. Another thing that’s super unique about this place, their menu contains no words, just pictures! A clever idea by the one and only chef Roy Choi (founder of the LA Kogi food truck!)! Yup! He’s the one responsible for the remarkably creative menu & space. Totally worth checking out!

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Moto Jeans

16 Sep

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an outfit on the blog. Fall is just around the corner, so it’s time to whip out my pants again. Though I’m still completely in denial, I’m excited to start layering again, wearing cool coats and vests and rocking some of the new items I recently got for my fall wardrobe. For the second time this season, I’ve completely cleaned out my closet. It’s a scary thing to empty out the closet but my rule is – if I haven’t worn an item in over six months, maybe it’s time I give it to someone who might. I hate clutter and so it’s a good cleansing experience to do a closet cleanup! I’m excited to be adding new pieces to my wardrobe, pieces that I feel reflect more my mood and vibe these days, which I’ve noticed is a lot more minimalist than it used to be. Maybe it’s just a phase I’m going through but as of late, I’ve been wearing a lot less jewelry (but always stick to some daily favs – Stella & Dot bar necklace, COMMUNION By Joy ring, Etsy wave necklace) and a lot less color and prints. I’ve been keeping my outfits to neutrals mostly. I know the season change has a lot to do with it! One thing’s for sure, I was really inspired by all the shows at NYFW last week. In case you missed it, I created a special Pinterest board with some of my favorite runway looks. Check it out here. What are you most excited about for fall?

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 Photos by @Offner

Anine Bing moto Jeans in Washed Black (get them here)

Do Epic Chic tee Song of Style for eLUXE (get it here)

Zara gold stud plaid shirt (similar one here)

Modern Vice custom Oxblood Dove Bootie (similar one here)

COMMUNION By Joy “Rays Of Light” ring (get it here)

Stella & Dot Gold Signature Engravable Bar (get it here)

Wave necklace from Etsy

5 Questions With: Lizzie Renaud of Speakeasy Tattoo & Pinky’s Nails

14 Sep

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I first heard of Lizzie Renaud a few years ago when I was looking to get a new tattoo after having just moved Toronto. Lizzie is one of the top female tattoo artists in Toronto. Not only is she an incredible artist, she is also the owner of the super rad Toronto tattoo shop Speakeasy Tattoo and a few years ago also opened up a luxury nail art studio called Pinky’s Nails in downtown Toronto. Lizzie is not only a badass entrepreneur but also a visionary woman. She’s always on the lookout for new projects and opportunities, which is one of the reasons why this woman is so inspiring. I hope to one day have the pleasure of being tattooed by her. In the meantime, here are my 5 Questions With Lizzie Renaud:

1) When did you start tattooing? What made you want to become a tattoo artist?

I started tattooing in 2003′ish.  Those first few years was a lot of learning. I wanted to be a tattooer because I really liked working with people at my first job and I wanted to be a bigger part of it all. It seemed like a good way to make art as a full time job.

2) How much has the perception women tattoo artists changed over the past couple of years?

I think that as long as people keep asking that question, little has changed in general. Clearly we must still stand out as different. I’m not a “woman” tattoo artist just as much as there’s no such thing as a “woman” dentist or “woman” baker. I would love for there to be a day that we are just tattoo artists like anyone else.

3) What in your opinion makes a good tattoo?

I think when a client is able to simplify their tattoo ideas into the fewest elements possible, they will get their best tattoo. I also think that a client should really like the artists style of tattooing before engaging in any work with them. 

4) In addition to being a tattoo artist, you are also a businesswoman. You are the owner of the Speakeasy Tattoo shop in Toronto and also Pinky’s Nails, a luxury nail art studio. Why was it important for you to start up both of these businesses?

Sometimes I get ideas for fun projects and they’re fizzled out within a week… Other times a special motivation strikes me and I can see an idea through to a bigger end goal. My two shops are examples of ideas I was just motivated to see through. I think it’s important to take advantage of those feelings. 

5) What was it about nail art that you were drawn to? Do you think it’s a trend that’s here to stay?

Nail art was an escape for me, and I can’t really tell you why.  Some people like baking, some people do ceramics… Painting nails just was something that let me meditate through a creative medium.  I think my fixation on it lead to me wanting to create a dedicated space for it.

NYFW Spring ’15 – Day 8

12 Sep

Yesterday NYFW came to a close after 8 days of runway shows and events at the Lincoln Center and all across Manhattan. I hope you’ve enjoyed my favorite look posts throughout the week. I’ve created a special Pinterest board with all of my favorite looks from this season. Check it out here. Here are my favorite looks from Day 8 at NYFW. My favorite collection of the day: J Mendel!

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All photos taken from: Style.com

NYFW Spring ’15 – Day 7

11 Sep

Despite the fact that it was the before last day, there were still some great shows taking place at NYFW yesterday. My discovery of the day was hands down –  Elie Tahari. I think that she presented looks that had lot’s of interesting textures and layers. I liked that she explored different fabrics and combined them together. I also loved her shoe selection, that resembled the classic TOMS shoe but with more of an edge. 

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All photos taken from: Style.com

NYFW Spring ’15 – Day 6

10 Sep

NYFW is still going strong! Here are some of my favorite looks from yesterday! One of my favorites Alice + Olivia presented a beautiful and dainty collection. Obsessed with everything Narciso Rodriguez presented!! My designer discovery of the day: Veronica Beard. Loved the layered looks!

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All photos taken from: Style.com

NYFW Spring ’15 – Day 5

9 Sep

Day 5 at NYFW! My discovery of the day: Rosetta Getty. Not only did I love the entire collection, I also loved the way the looks where put together and where the collection was shot. I think the location and style of the photography complement her creations incredibly well.

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All photos taken from: Style.com

NYFW Spring ’15 – Day 3 & 4

8 Sep

Busy weekend over in New York City at NYFW. Crushing hard on the new Mara Hoffman collection. I love her take on the bohemian style, her bright colors and imprimés! New discovery for me this wekend: Zoë Jordan! Love how each outfit was styled, the color pallet she used and the cuts of each garment. I also really loved all of the shoes and boots that Victoria Beckham chose for her collection. Drooling over those leopard print pointed toe boots!

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All photos taken from: Style.com

5 Questions With: Luke Storey

7 Sep

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After taking classes in both New York and Los Angeles over the past couple of months, I finally graduated from School of Style two weeks ago while I was out in LA. School of Style was hands down the most fun and enriching school experience I’ve ever had in my life. Plus, I got to meet and be taught by someone I really respect in the styling industry, renown stylist and School of Style founder Luke Storey. Being a big music fan and having worked in the music industry for over the past decade, I had seen a lot of Luke’s work as a stylist on music videos (Hello! No Doubt & Marilyn Manson!!), album and press shots, etc. Little did I know that I would be sitting in his classes a few years later. I really like Luke’s eye for styling, his penchant for edgier looks and his rad and positive attitude about styling, entrepreneurship and life in general. It was a real pleasure to be taught by him (and of course his School of Style sidekick Lauren Messiah!) so I’m thrilled to have him featured on the blog this week. Here are my 5 Questions With Luke Storey:

1) Can you talk to us about how much the job as a wardrobe stylist has evolved since you got into the industry 16 years ago?

The main thing about the industry that’s changed is that there are so many more stylists out there working now. Thanks to schools such as School of Style and even some of the larger, traditional fashion schools adding styling programs, there is now a way for people outside of the industry to learn about styling and make their way into the business. When I started out there was absolutely no way to get involved unless you knew someone already in the industry. 

One of the other major changes is the fact that a lot of New York fashion stylists are now doing celebrity styling and a lot of LA stylists are now doing editorial  styling. The gap between the world of celebrity/entertainment industry and the fashion industry is getting smaller all the time.

2) Who are some of your go-to brands and/or designers when styling?

The brands that I use of course depend on the nature of the job that I’m working on at that moment. I do a lot of work in the music industry so some of my go to brands tend to be ones that are a bit more edgy and rock ‘n roll such as Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Rick Owens, etc.

However, if I’m working on a commercial or an advertising job I might be pulling from Old Navy, J.Crew, or stores like that so my choices are really determined by what’s needed on the job. Of course if I had my way I would only use all of the fabulous high fashion brands and have unlimited budgets with which to do so. Not holding my breath on that…

3) You’ve had the chance to style countless musicians over the past couple of years, what are some of your most memorable experiences to date?

Having been a musician years ago and having played in bands myself, going into styling musicians was a natural progression. I’ve always been such a huge fan of music and a fan of how music has influenced fashion that almost every job I’ve ever had has been a great creative expression for me. 

That said, I would say my overall favorite artist to work with has been Marilyn Manson. I worked with him for about three years and it was a perfect job for me because I had such creative freedom and was able to work with designers like John Galliano and Gareth Pugh to create amazing custom pieces for him. 
 
Kanye West was great to because obviously he was very involved in the creative process and brought so much of his own clothing which was amazing. 
 
I recently styled  band called Fitz and The Tantrums which I really enjoyed because the project was very creative in terms of working with a lot of colors, prints, and using some designers that I would normally not gravitate toward. It was very colorful, which is different for me. 

 

4) In addition to being a wardrobe stylist, you are a big music fan. Who are some of your current favorite artists?

Most of the music I like is pretty old. You know, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Neil Young, classic stuff. So most of the newer artists that I tend to listen to are very derivative and retro.  I never could really get on board with very techno, inorganic sounding music. So hip hop, rap, and pop music are definitely not on the menu. 

I love bands like The Black Keys that take rootsy music and turn it into something new. I like Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Beck – stuff like that. I also listen to tons of classical music when I’m working in my office. That really keeps me focused and positive. 

5) If you had one piece of advice to give to aspiring stylists, what would it be?

That’s a very easy answer: Learn who all of the fashion stylists, wardrobe stylists, fashion editors and costume designers are. Learn all about the agencies and which stylist they represent. After studying stylists and agencies extensively,  begin to systematically contact them (any means necessary) and offer your services as an intern or assistant, based on your level of experience.  In other words, if you want to be a stylist you must get to know some stylists. The interesting thing I’ve learned over the years of teaching people about this industry is that so very few aspiring stylists have any clue who the great stylists in the world actually are, or have been. They generally only have an awareness of the stylists on reality shows, which is of course a minute fraction of the many talented people who have been working in the industry for up to 35 years. 

If all of that sounds like too much work, of course you can invest a few thousand dollars and about three weeks of your time and become a School of Style student and we do most of that work for you. Sounds like a bold claim I’m sure, but that’s actually the truth. We are the fastest,  most efficient way to become a stylist. 

What’s next for Luke Storey?

I have many interests outside of the fashion industry.  In fact I would say other than being an entrepreneur, my biggest passion would be in the health/wellness/spirituality realm… I’m in nature lover, yogi, meditator, and health fanatic, so I’m working on a couple of different projects within those industries, which will  at some point turn into a business just like School of Style has. My first step in that direction will most likely be starting a blog to put some of my research and experience in those areas out for people’s benefit. 

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