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Beauty & Fashion Against Ageism

This past weekend, Vernard Goud of LuvnGrace Affair put on a fashionable event at the Waterfall Building with the theme ‘Beauty & Fashion Against Ageism’ – the second event of its kind this summer. The evening consisted oftwo fashion shows – the first by Blushing Boutique, and the second by swimwear company Qispi Kay Swimwear (both brands have been staples at several of Vernard’s previous events). What made the shows so special and memorable were the models – all of whom were in their 30s/40s/50s. In a world where (seemingly) 98% of models are in their teens or early twenties, it was a refreshing and (much welcomed) change to see mature talent walk (and rock) the runway. The event drew a large, diverse crowd with plenty of familiar faces to the Vancouver fashion scene.

Proceeds from the evening supported Beauty Night Society (a great cause that Vernard is quite fond of). The organization builds self-esteem and changes lives for women and youth living in poverty through streams of programming wellness, life skills development and makeovers. “Changing the world one life-makeover at a time” is their mantra. Since their inception 12 years ago, Beauty Night has helped with 26,000 life makeovers, thanks in large part to their 500 volunteers! A silent auction also took place, with donations from the likes of Bella Garnet, Lashfabulous, Skin By Lisa Marie and The Beauty Boutique at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

 

Fashion Cares: Human Trafficking Awareness & Fundraiser

Fashion Cares: Human Trafficking Awareness & FundraiserMarch 28, 2013

Last Thursday, Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace threw a fantastic event at the gorgeous Waterfall Building to help raise awareness and raise money to fight human trafficking. It was an intimate event that included fashion shows by Smitten DesignsCarnal Designs, Amanda Jackson Designs for swimwear, and Anna Talbot, while renowned artist Miriam Aeroeste showcased a series of her painted works. The event was sponsored by Danier Leather, Lancome Paris, and the wonderful Deborah’s Gate organization, which helps victims of human trafficking.

Glendene Grant gave a touching speech about her daughter, Jessie Foster, who has been missing for seven years. Jessie had been travelling across North America, and was recruited by someone in Calgary for a job in Las Vegas. Her whereabouts from there on out are unknown, but it is believed that she fell victim to an international human trafficking ring. It was definitely difficult to hear what Glendene and her husband have been through these past seven years, but they’ve been doing everything in their power to raise awareness about the human trafficking industry (my naive self had no idea it was such a prominent industry in North America). Glendene and her husband haven’t given up the search for Jessie – you can learn more about their daughter’s story at http://www.jessiefoster.ca/

The event was hosted by Mandy Ross of Fashion TV and Press Play Establishment. I had a chance to catch up with Mandy, who’s got a lot of interesting projects on the horizon, including future hosting duties with LuvnGrace and other media outlets in town. To keep up with Mandy, check out her official website at http://mandy-ross.com/ - always really refreshing to meet other people with a ton of drive and passion for what they do!

Other attendees included the always amazing Tamara Ryan of Earth Essence Jewelry, Pam Jackson of Street Cat DesignsTimeline Boutique’s Azura Cook (who also happens to style Mandy) international supermodel Kecia Nyman, and the extremely talented Nancy Perreault, who has some exciting new designs up her sleeve, including an expanded menswear line!

Upcoming Event: ‘Fashion Cares’ Human Trafficking Awareness/Fundraiser

Mark your calendars, Sociables. This coming Thursday (March 28th), LuvnGrace, Lancome Paris, Danier Leather and Bella Garnet Beauty Salon present ‘Fashion Cares’ – a human trafficking awareness & fundraiser at the Waterfall Building in Olympic Village (1540 West 2nd Avenue).

The event will be hosted by Fashion TV’s Mandy Ross, and will feature shows by Danier Leather, Anna Talbot, Amanda Jackson Swimwear, Carnal Designs and Smitten Designs.

Tickets are just $70, with 30% going directly to Deborah’s Gate – an organization that seeks to provide a safe and restorative environment that supports female victims of human trafficking. You can grab your tickets at Bella Garnet (1042 Hamilton Street), or order them online through www.luvngraceaffair.com.

Mark Your Calendars: VEUVE CLICQUOT Vegas-Style Brunch Party

Back in February, CanThrill and Veuve Clicquot hosted a Vegas-style brunch party at Killjoy Barbers in Yaletown – because what better way to spend your afternoon than with a glass of champagne in hand, surrounded by Vancouver’s liveliest crowd? The doors opened at 1:00PM, but if I wasn’t wearing a watch, I could’ve sworn it was 2:00AM – from the lighting to the music to the lively crowd – it was safe to say they pulled off a daytime party for the books. Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted with champagne, and a brunch buffet – and sure enough, debauchery ensued!

After the overwhelming success of the initial event, CanThrill and Veuve Clicquot are aiming to make the Vegas-style brunch party a monthly occurrence – as they should! Not only that, but beginning in April, CanThrill will be presenting a different “spectacular” every Saturday – so be sure to check out www.canthrill.com for future event details.

Mark your calendars, Sociables! CanThrill and Veuve Clicquot will be throwing the second Vegas-style brunch party on Saturday, March 9th, again at Killjoy. Doors open at 1:00PM, but be sure to get your tickets in advance at www.ticketzone.com/canthrill – they’re currently going for $25 a pop. Ticketholders will be greeted with a glass of champagne, a brunch buffet, and an exclusive pair of Veuve Clicquot shades! Prepare to get your day drunk on, Vancouver!

Cotte d’Armes Presents Dark Navy in Vancouver

Cotte d’Armes Presents Dark Navy in VancouverFebruary 16, 2013

On February 16th, New York-based designer Clarence Ruth presented his Cotte d’Armes denim line at the swanky Montauk Sofa, which is a spectacular venue in the heart of Gastown (located at 228 Abbott Street). Outside, there was a line-up down the block (a sure sign that this was a show not to be missed). Inside, Gio Levy was keeping the energy high by providing the music for the night as beautiful people mingled over cocktails and cake pops, waiting for the show to start. What could be better than a great party in a spectacular space filled with comfortable couches, well-dressed people and liquor? Seriously, what could be better?

Immediately upon arriving, I was warmly greeted by Empress Communications’ Christel Laycock, who was throwing the event with Bond media group. Empress Communications is a prominent Vancouver-based PR/event/marketing management firm that is no stranger to throwing events and putting on fashion shows in town. When I asked Christel about her thoughts on the Vancouver fashion industry, she pointed out that the city is abuzz with a lot of passionate, creative people, however, “the problem we run into is that once they are successful, they end up needing to leave the city to forward their career” – a very valid point, indeed! She continued, “we are ahead of the game in eco fashion, yoga wear and performance fashion, and that’s what we’re known for, but there is so much more to Vancouver fashion than just that.”

After grabbing a couple of drinks at the bar and taking our (very comfortable) seat, it was time for the show to begin! As the models began to step out on the runway, it was clear that there was a little bit of military inspiration and biker influence in Clarence’s line. A particular pair of mens denim with leather accents (pictured) stood out to me – and as I looked around the room, I noticed a lot of people in the crowd wearing them, too (clearly I was late to get the memo). As Christel explained, “Clarence really pays attention to the details and likes to try new things, like the way he combined the waistband and zipper fold, giving a tighter fit.” It was a fantastic show that was refreshing to see in Vancouver (seriously, what’s with the lack of menswear in this city?) but to see a full gallery of what Cotte d’Armes currently has available, be sure to check out their official website, and enjoy The Sociables’ featured photo set (provided by Ann Nguyen)

Tattoo Removal

Mid-tattoo removal… trying to internalize the pain.

Like many of you out there, I initially started Googling tattoo removal simply out of curiosity (or so I thought). I kept telling myself that I wouldn’t actually want/need to remove one of my tattoos, but perhaps I just wanted to know that it was an option. Well, sure enough, a few days ago I decided to bite the bullet and go in for a removal consultation & treatment. To be completely honest, the only thing that was holding me back from ever booking the removal was the cost – there’s countless places in town (and all over North America) that charge upwards of $300 per session (there’s even a company in town that charges you by the square inch of your tattoo..), and it’s common to need anywhere from 7-10 treatments, depending on a wide array of factors (which I’ll get into later).

After spending a bit of time online one night, I came across Gastown Tattoo Removal (located in Gastown Tattoo Parlor at Abbot & Cordova) – the only place in town that seemed to have affordable removal options. You’ll need to go in for a consultation, but it could cost as little as $75 per treatment (their minimum charge) or up to $150. Hallelujah! A tattoo removal company that was open and honest about their pricing!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-tattoos.. In fact, I have another tattoo (on my spine) that I will never get rid of. If anything, I’ll actually be going back to Gastown Tattoo to get it touched up. I know plenty of people with amazing body art, and I’m all for it. This one on my forearm just wasn’t doing anything for me anymore, though. I just want my forearm back!

I went in for my consultation and met with Ed, who is hands-down one of the most personable, friendly, no-bullshit people I’ve ever met. Another major thing I like about Gastown Tattoo Removal is the atmosphere. I know a lot of dermatologists offer tattoo removal now, but this place has character – the staff is all incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, there’s cool artwork and stencilings all over the walls, there’s music playing… I guess it just had a relaxed, safe feel to it that helped put me at ease about the fact that I was about to endure a ridiculously painful removal process.

The consultation was a pretty smooth, worry-free process. Ed asked me several questions about my health/lifestyle and had me fill out a questionnaire to make sure there were no red flags (If you’re thinking about tattoo removal, the person doing the removal has the right to request a note from your doctor as he/she sees fit) Luckily, I passed with flying colors.

So my adrenaline began to kick in around the time the laser turned on. Suddenly it became real. All the horror stories I had read about the excruciating pain began popping up in my head. When I asked Ed if it hurt, he told me straight up that it’s painful. And he was correct. Gastown Tattoo Removal actually let me and James bring in cameras to document the process, so there’s going to be a video posted in the coming weeks, where I embarrass myself in front of the internet. No, but seriously, the video is going to document the entire removal process – from consultation to completion (which is a long process, let’s be clear), but there’s little to no full documentation of an entire removal process online, so it seems like a video that could help a lot of people better understand the whole removal process, see the progress of my removal over X amount of time, see what kind of weird things might happen to me along the way, and get to know Ed & Gastown Tattoo Removal. So far, so good – it’s been 2 days since the removal, and I’m showing no signs of swelling, peeling, or blistering. But I still have anywhere from 7-9 more treatments to go! Look for our video in the coming weeks!

Pink Elephant Thai VIP Christmas Party

Pink Elephant Thai VIP Christmas Party

This past Monday, LuvnGrace threw a VIP Christmas Party at Pink Elephant Thai, which included fashion shows from Timeline Boutique, Smooch Boutique Swimwear & Element 7 Style. The venue was packed, housing hoards of models, photographers, media pro’s and a few notable Vancouver names.

Smooch Boutique showcased a very diverse line of edgy women’s swimwear, with pieces that were young, playful and (at times) daring. With collection names like “Adore Me”, “All Dolled Up”, “Resort Chic” & “Lounge Chic” it’s obvious that there’s something here for every woman, for any occasion that calls for swimwear. Needless to say, the vision of swimsuits had just about everybody in the room longing for summer…

Timeline Boutique is a consignment shop specializing in high-end women’s wear, boasting brands like Louis Vuitton, Betsey Johnson, Fendi and Jimmy Choo. Timeline is one of only a handful of high-end consignment shops in Vancouver, and they offer up dozens of brands at up to 90% off retail. A friend who frequents Timeline said that a lot of the clothes they carry still have the tags on them (Christmas shopping, anyone?) Now, if only they carried menswear…

Last but not least was Element 7 Style – a company specializing in body jewelry. The brand makes cool, edgy pieces that can instantly dress up even the simplest of outfits. Most of the pieces have been “upcycled” – that is, made from a combination of vintage and new materials. I’ve actually been familiar with Element 7 for a while – the lead in a film I worked on in 2011 wore some of their pieces in several scenes, and just about every woman on set needed to know where they were from.

This was my first time visiting Pink Elephant Thai, so my friends and I sampled a few items off the menu – all of which were amazing. If you’re thinking of checking it out, I’d suggest wrangling a few friends and sharing one of their group platters (huge variety of food & good portion sizes). Their signature bright pink booths, in-house DJ, great menu and all-around cool vibe make for a great joint to grab some dinner, or have a few cocktails (or if you’re me, do both).

Who said Mondays couldn’t be any fun? ;)

LuvnGrace, BUN & Chinois Present: BUN Sesso 2012 Collection with Jennyfleur Loves & Rogue Fashion Shows

LuvnGrace, BUN & Chinois Present: BUN Sesso 2012 Collection with Jennyfleur Loves & Rogue Fashion Shows

If there’s anything cooler than Vernard Goud’s hair, it’s the events he throws. Vernard is a veteran event planner & promoter in town, putting on events that incorporate anything and everything from fashion showsto charities to live performances and everything in between. He has his finger on the pulse of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene, with his company, LuvnGrace Affair, throwing events on a (near) weekly basis.

Hosted at the uber trendy Chinois (located in Yaletown), the restaurant was transformed into an intimate runway where Carola Bun, Jennyfleur Loves and Rogue all launched their latest collections. The event was emceed by Mandy Ross, who is no stranger to hosting – she can currently be seen on Vancouver Television, and the soon-to-be-launched Fashion Television.

Jewelry designer Carola Bun proudly launched the updated collection of her BUN line. “The new collection is like nothing we’ve ever done before,” she began. “It’s edgy, it’s sexy, it’s kind of racy, whereas our previous collections are perfectly symmetrical and elegant and classical.” Carola says the new collection came naturally to her, being inspired by her own go-with-the-flow, free-spirited mentality. I’m a big fan of Carola for a few reasons – first and foremost, she’s a true entrepreneur, having built Bun from the ground up. She makes high-quality, gorgeous necklaces that stand the test of time – I bought my sister a BUN necklace as a wedding gift, and she ended up wearing it as she walked down the aisle (and still wears it whenever she can).

Jennyfleur Loves is another local company that showcased their line at the event. The boutique is located in the heart of Yaletown (right across the street from Chinois) and carries a unique array of womenswear. Owned and operated by a mother/daughter combo, they only sell clothes that they personally love – and clearly, these ladies have goodtaste! Womenswear or not, I want the Vlieger & Vandam iPad case they carry… but I guess I should buy an iPad first, shouldn’t I?

Rogue made their big Vancouver debut, launching their line of hard edge couture. I’m no fashion connoisseur, but the line was pretty badass. Rogue incorporated lots of leather, metal and period pieces, giving off a very steampunk vibe. Some of the looks reminded me of the amazing wardrobe in Zack Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’.
Here’s the thing I love about Vernard’s events –they bring out such a wide range of people with varying passions, professions and backgrounds that you’ll get the opportunity to meet and mingle with anyone and everyone. I met a woman named Helen Siwak, who runs online dating sites strictly for smokers and people with tattoos (awesome), all the while running Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet – a vintage shop specializing in designer clothing. Check them out – they’re local and they support  great causes (10% of all sales go toward local animal charities). The Sociables will be at Helen’s upcoming Animalicious Art & Animal Extravaganza event on Saturday, December 8th! Stay tuned for more on that.

In the meantime, check out the full photo gallery (below)!