Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Parlour Yaletown Fashion Shows Mixer


LuvnGrace & Bella Garnet Beauty Salon presented a social mixer and series of fashion shows this Monday at The Parlour Yaletown, a stylish restaurant at the heart of Yaletown.  It was hosted by Fashion TV’s Mandy Ross and formulated in association with promoter Vernard Goud.

The Parlour features a menu festooned with comfort foods, featuring a variety of artist inspired gourmet pizzas, i.e. #swag.  Even the pizzas have hashtags, but it includes golden honey as a topping (!).  Drinks wise, in addition to the variety of beers, the lounge is most well characterized by the wines on tap.  So I guess I would have to call it a pizza and wine parlour.

The relaxed and classy atmosphere was the perfect place for a social mixer.  A place where
one can appreciate culture and art, in this case via fashion shows.  Comfortable antique wooden sofas included.

Featured Fashion Shows (in order of appearance):

TRINA MARIE CAIRNS bringing the western high fashion dresses, combined with all the hattery by HIVE MIND MILLINERY

New pieces from the always bold and unique ROGUE DESIGNS

Sexy Peruvian designer swimwear via QISPI KAY BIKINIS

NANCY PERREAULT featuring shiny sparkles and Justin Voitic w/ Mickey Mouse Sunglasses

With the featured fashionware encasing the NUMA MODELS and (some) JAGERMODELS. 

CONCERT: The Born This Way Ball

This past weekend, Lady Gaga kicked off the North American leg of her Born This Way Ball tour with two shows at Rogers Arena. Gaga herself described the Born This Way Ball as “An Electro-Metal Pop-Opera; the tale of the Beginning, the genesis of the Kingdom of Fame. How we were birthed and how we will die celebrating.” To call the show a “spectacle” is a bit of an understatement – it was 2 hours of campy, excessive, over-the-top fun.

I went into the show with pretty modest expectations (I’ve never been a huge Gaga fan). I probably wouldn’t have even gone to the show if it weren’t for the $35.00 floor tickets I scored off StubHub (quick side note – this was my first time using StubHub (and I was very skeptical about it) but they delivered my tickets overnight, at $70 below face value, and they worked like a charm. Will definitely be purchasing tickets from them again in the future. And no, I’m not on their payroll.) Rest assured, no matter which tickets you purchase, there are no bad seats in the house (although, let’s be clear – if you want to the best seats in the house, you’ll need to shell out $275 for the Monster Pit).

Gaga performed a total of 25 songs (including 2 encores), playing all of her radio hits, and several songs I’ve never heard. I’ve seen a handful of female pop singers over the past couple of years (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears), and I gotta give props to Gaga for singing every single song live, and never once lip-syncing. Another big thing for me at concerts is having the performer actually address and acknowledge the audience. I’ve been to shows where the performer walks on stage, gives a “What’s up, Vancouver!”, goes into auto-pilot mode for 90 minutes, and tops it off with a “Good night, Vancouver!” Gaga frequently stopped and talked to the audience, telling personal stories, commenting on all of the pot smoking in the arena, and even calling an unsuspecting fan in the audience.

All in all, The Born This Way Ball made for a great 2 hours of pure campy escapism. There’s no denying that she’s one of the few great entertainers on the Top 40 chart, and is well worth paying to see live. The rest of North America is in for a real treat!



DJ Lady Starlight made an appearance at Republic last Friday after her Born This Way Ball concert with Lady Gaga.  This was another fantastic event formulated by Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace, in association with Interscope Records, Bella Garnet, Donnelly Group and AXS.

People who thought the show was over after the concert definitely missed out.  In addition to getting to hang out with Lady Starlight, a variety of amazing shows took place at Republic, MC’d by FashionTV’s Mandy Ross.  There were live performances by Kristen Karma followed by Carol Cox.  Stiletto Fit Dance took the floor to show off what they were all about while Glitter Machine Body Paint had their fabulous body painting strutting around on display.

The fashion shows started with the sexy Peruvian designer bikini by Qispi Kay Beachware, followed by Element 7 body chains, the unique Rogue Designs, and ending with fashion by Misty Greer + hats by Hive Mind Millinery.  Also featured were some stylish leggings by Dutch Blonde.

When Lady Starlight finally made the scene, she was instantly swarmed by media.  I squeezed my way in through the fans and got to have a short chat with Lady Starlight before she was whisked away.  When I asked what she loved most about Vancouver, she pointed at me and responded with a word: “You!” I assume she was referring to the people of Vancouver, not me specifically… I think… ?