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Stylist Mindset: How to Rock this Spring's Top Trends
Written by Crystal Carson   

Produced & Styled by Crystal Carson
Photographed by Aaron Aubrey
Hair & Makeup Artist: Jen Tioseco using Charlotte Tilbury
Stylist Assistant: Chelsea Langenstam
Location: Courtesy of Nick Neacsu & Hillside Developments

woman wearing trousers and bomber jacket

TREND: WIDE LEG PANTS

The Trend: One of my favorite trends to come out of the spring collections this year is the wide-leg trouser. This style is in tune with the '70s trend headlining for Spring 2016.

HOW TO WEAR: Reach for a high-waisted style. Opt for a cropped style for a night out. Pair fluid ankle-length trousers with a pair of strappy heels or sandals.

 

The Perks: This cut will show off your shape by elongating your legs and accentuating your waist.

Bomber Jacket by Sanctuary (Nordstrom) / Pants by Missoni (BluBird) / Purse by Marc Jacobs (Mine & Yours) / Heels by Stuart Weitzman (Mine & Yours) / Rings by Birds of a Feather

shirt by Alexander McQueen (Holt Renfrew) / trouser by MARNI (Holt Renfrew) / Heels by Stuart Weitzman (Mine & Yours) / Bag by Mine & Yours (Mine & YOURS)

woman wearing floral dress and red jacket

Trend: Fiesta Red + Abstract Floral Prints

Fiesta Red The Trend: The high energy Fiesta Red is a harbinger of excitement. A vivid, fiery, yellow-based red, the Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette.

HOW TO WEAR: Wear it in prints, accessories, and switch up the little black dress to red this spring.

The Perks: When you wear this colour, all eyes will be on you. Who doesn’t want to be the lady in red?

Jacket by Brogden (BluBird) / Dress by Nicholas (BluBird) / Clutch by Mine & Yours (Mine & Yours) / Platform Heels by Saint Laurent (Nordstrom)

woman wearing red floral robe jacket

Trend: Abstract Florals

The Trend: Cue The Devil Wears Prada quote: “Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.” New interpretations of floral prints are a little more abstract than their traditional predecessors. Forget polite and pretty—these blossoms have been exaggerated, stretched, and distorted.

HOW TO WEAR: Update your look with statement floral accessories, like oversized floral patchwork handbags, statement earrings, and print shoes.

The Perks: Easily make a fashion statement. The all-over print keeps eyes moving away from problem spots of wearer’s body. For the less adventurous, try floral patterns on a black background, with the colours muted and flattering against the tanned body.

Robe Jacket by Marni (Holt Renfrew) / Slip Dress by Mine & Yours (Mine & Yours) / Bag by Saint Laurant (Mine & Yours) / Shoes by L.A.M.B. (Mine & Yours) / Ring By Nordstrom (Nordstrom)

PURSE BY MICHAEL KORS PURSE BY HERMES VERSICOLOUR LIP STAIN IN “FOREVER DARLING” by MAC COSMETICS Nail Lacquer in “Have or Have Not” by MAC COSMETICS Charlotte Olympia Collection BRACELET BY HERMES SCARF BY TED BAKER FLATS BY PRETTY BALLERINA RING BY KENNETH JAY LANE (Available at Hudson’s Bay) Purse by Ted Baker

pajama daywear

Trend: Pajama Daywear

The Trend: Designers this season have put a modern twist on a nighttime classic with chic ready-to-wear pajamas to take you from day to night.

HOW TO WEAR: Instead of a jacket, opt for a kimono-style robe. Choose a pair of shoes that looks decidedly not like slippers when rocking a pajama set on the street.Try to avoid looking completely like you did when you rolled out of bed

The Perks: Pajama party, anyone? This laid-back look wins for over-the-top comfort with lightweight fabrics keeping you cool in the summer heat.

TOP & BOTTOMS BY OLIVIA PALERMO FOR CHELSEA28 (NORDSTROM) / PURSE BY REBECCA MINKOFF (MINE & YOURS) / HEELS BY IVANKA TRUMP (NORDSTROM) / NECKLACE FROM ARGENTINA ANTIQUE MARKET

 
Spring Must-Haves
Written by Fresh Vancouver   
Quick! Don’t wait to get your hands on this season’s best new products.

FIRMA Energywear

This line of far infrared infused shapewear is designed to make you feel and look good by improving circulation, flushing out toxins, reducing the appearance of cellulite, and much more. Learn more at FirmaEnergywear.com.

 


black energywear clothing

LOLO Jewellery

New to the LOLO collection are classy, sparkly, subtle yet bold geometric shapes. Choose from a selection of gorgeous bar pendants, rings, asymmetrical triangle pendants, and earrings this spring! Find them online at LOLO.ca.


woman wearing LOLO jewellery

Yoga Jeans

The Yoga Jeans Spring/Summer 2016 collection is in! The Canadian ultimate freedom-wear brand welcomes spring with a refreshing palette and an array of styles that are comfortable, fashionable and versatile. Check them out at SecondClothing.com.


white yoga jeans

Love by Mary Zilba

This sparkling dry wine has a fruity palate of peaches and cream with a soft dry finish—perfect for that special someone and every celebration. The joint charitable brand of Mary Zilba (of The Real Housewives of Vancouver) and Hawks Vineyard, proceeds are directed to loving charities. To learn more, visit HawksVineyard.ca.


woman with glass of wine

Sappho’s New Paradigm Mascara

This vegan mascara is cruelty-free and free of parabens, phthtalates, dimethicone, soy, gluten, talc, and mineral oil. It is created with organic fruit and caranuba waxes and coloured with eco-certified minerals. Learn more at OrganicsBySappho.com.


mascara

Bulova Spring 2016 Collection

Bulova’s spring collection features teal trends paired with a gold bracelet, a combination that complements any summer tan and brings a splash of excitement this spring and summer season. Visit Bulova.com to see the full collection.


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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE 2ND ANNUAL ART! VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, May 26-29, 2016
Written by Fresh Vancouver   

tree in mistFollowing the remarkable success of the inaugural fair in May, 2015, the second annual Art! Vancouver international art fair is receiving attention from artists and galleries worldwide. Set under the picturesque sails of the Vancouver Convention Centre, the tremendous enthusiasm and participation of last year’s fair far exceeded the expectations of Lisa Wolfin, Founder and Director of Art! Vancouver Productions. Artists, collectors, gallerists, and art professionals from around the world gathered together over the sale of original artworks. But what can you expect from this year’s fair?

An Elevated Experience.

abstract paintingThe Vancouver Convention Centre East Building will once again be transformed into an expansive showroom with gallery-inspired booths adorned with incredible works from high-caliber artists. Connect directly with artists, qualified buyers, and fellow art enthusiasts on the exhibition floor, and be sure not to miss Art! Vancouver’s trademark presentation, the Artist Runway, where exhibitors walk their art down the catwalk. Enhance your experience even further by attending the Opening Gala and VIP Preview on Thursday, May 26. Tickets for the public exhibition days of Friday through Sunday, as well as for special events, are available at www.artvancouver.net

Serious Talent.

The careful composition of Katherine Stone’s (Duncan, British Columbia) paintings and drawings have garnered quite the following—and rightfully so. Each of Stone’s incredibly detailed works carry weighty emotion that grip the viewer in an often unnerving, subtly eerie vignettes. Stone is featured in galleries in California, New Mexico, South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, and Tennessee.

Samantha Williams-Chapelsky (Edmonton, Alberta), specializing in abstract landscape paintings, will be featuring her new collection at the convention this year. Williams is represented by Gibson Fine Art in Calgary, Alberta and by Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

paintings and drawings of peopleWith a remarkable eye for capturing the surreal splendour that nature has to offer, photographer Adam Gibbs (West Vancouver, British Columbia) will be showcasing his breathtaking images, which can be previewed at www.adamgibbs.com.

For further information and updates about the Art! Vancouver international art fair visit www.artvancouver.net.

 
An Authentic Life: Interview with Keri Adams of CTV Morning Live
Written by Liberty Craig   

KeriTo look at Keri Adams is to see everything that just about any woman aspires to. Certainly she is gorgeous, but she is also intelligent and talented, evidenced by her impressive career in journalism and her current role as Host and Co-Anchor of CTV Morning Live. She is adored by her two beautiful daughters. She regularly hosts events for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. And let’s not forget her recurring role on the critically acclaimed television show Arrow. To top it all off, everybody likes her! By all accounts, Adams is genuinely personable and well-liked, not to mention funny as heck (so says Whoopi Goldberg).

To peer a little more closely is to find that Adams is a real, complex person, living a normal, complicated life that extends far beyond the relative glamour of television. Recently separated from her sports anchor husband, Adams is navigating a new level of “doing it all.” Often, she feels overwhelmed. Sometimes, she feels like a failure. But she is also at a place in her life where she loves her career, her children and, at long last, herself.

Just days before her two year anniversary of joining CTV Morning Live, Keri Adams spoke candidly with Fresh Magazine about the influences that made her the woman she is today, and the mental fortitude required to make it all happen.

The Influence of Independence

“I was born in Edmonton to parents from rural Alberta, as the younger of two girls. It was a pretty normal upbringing until my dad was killed in a plane crash when I was about five. That was a huge game changer for my family, especially for my mom, now alone with her two daughters, figuring out how to manage. She was a stay-at-home mom, which was common then, so she wasn’t prepared to launch into a full-time career. But she was tough. I remember listening to her working nights as a telemarketer to make ends meet, and thinking that I wanted to be independent, have a career and be able to take care of myself. There are so many curveballs that come at you in life, that can rock your world and change everything. It definitely influenced my desire to be self-sufficient.”

Of Farmers’ Fields and Comfort Zones

“I got into broadcast journalism because there are so many amazing stories to be told, and I wanted to write creative stories based on truth. My first job was as a writer on a morning show. I eventually moved to Red Deer, where I stayed for two years. Those were my learning years. I put hundreds of kilometres on my Chevy Chevette, driving to farmers’ fields, hauling my heavy camera equipment through the mud, racing around, filing stories last minute on a typewriter. It was challenging! But I learned to push myself as you can do only when you’re out of your comfort zone. And I loved it.”

A Happy Two-Year Anniversary with CTV Morning Live

Keri sitting on chair“It’s been two amazing years! We have a great team of writers and producers, and the director is fantastic. It’s a long show, which you’d think would be exhausting, but when I’m on the air and the camera is pointed at me, I am completely engaged in what I’m doing. It’s a three-and-a-half-hour, high-intensity adrenaline rush. When the show ends, that’s when I need a cup of coffee! “The schedule is hectic: I get up at 3 am, get to work by 4 am, have an hour of hair and makeup, get dressed, then I have 45 minutes to write as much as I can for the show. When we begin, we probably have the first hour done, and the remainder is being built while we’re on the air. When I’m reading an intro to a story I haven’t seen, I’m learning along with the viewer. It’s fun because my reaction is spur-of-the-moment, but it can be a challenge! That’s where our team is so important. We’re all really engaged, creating a fantastic show that gives our viewers a solid package of news, weather, traffic and entertainment; everything they need to start their day. And it’s personal, too. We are being invited into people’s homes, taking part in their busy mornings while they feed their kids breakfast in their bathrobes. When people say they feel like they know me, it’s such a compliment.”

The Point of Authenticity

“My job allows me to be myself and show a little of my personality. It feels good. You get to a certain point in your life and career where you don’t want to pretend to be anything other than what you are. It’s taken me a long time to get there. The show, my age and my experiences have merged to a point where I have the career that fits me, so I can be the best that I can be. Either you like me or you don’t, but this is who I am. It’s not that I don’t care – I absolutely do – I just want to be my authentic self. If you put yourself out there, I don’t think you can lose. But it’s been a hard road! I probably wouldn’t have said these things ten years ago.”

Favourite Moments

“Every day is something fun. We have great interviews as part of the show, sometimes with celebrities who join us via satellite or in the studio if we’re lucky. Kim Cattrall was on our show a while ago and I was thrilled to have a chance to sit down with her. Another interesting Canadian was Pamela Anderson. She came late to the interview and indicated that she was dealing with her teenage boys. It made me realize that despite her persona as a sexy, beautiful pin-up girl, she’s a mom and she is facing the same issues as the rest of us. I respect that.”

Single, Successful and Super Mom

“I can’t fairly say that I balance it all; it’s something I struggle with every day. It’s been a really tough couple of years. I’ve separated from my spouse, which has its ongoing challenges. We’ve had to move to a new house. I’m trying to maintain some consistency for my kids, who are the most important human beings in my life. With all of that, plus my career, there’s just a lot to deal with.

“Sometimes I think I need to start popping that herb that’s supposed to improve your memory, because mine is the worst! I have a billion things I need to do… and sometimes things fall through the cracks. As a mother, or even as a working woman, I feel like I’m failing if I can’t keep everything running smoothly. Mentally, it’s a huge struggle. Now that I’m on my own, I know that my plate has even more on it. My ex and I share responsibility for the children – and he’s been great – but I still feel some days like I’m barely making it all happen. It’s not all doom and gloom, but the plate gets full and sometimes things spill off the edges – and when that happens, I feel awful.”

Seeing the Light

“I have started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If I can just get over this next hump, things will be a little bit more in control. I’ll be more in control. My girls are young and they need me so much right now. I try to spend as much time with them as possible, and be as present as I can. I can still hug them and kiss them and they sit on my lap… but they’re going to be teenagers one day and that will no longer be cool! As much as they love me right now, there will be a point where they won’t want to show it. Will it be easier? Maybe in some ways it will. Every stage of life has different challenges.”

No Limits

“I turned 45 recently. It’s something I’m not embarrassed by; I don’t feel that my age limits me. I want to believe that women can have careers in this industry – or any other – that they can continue to grow as long as they want. It’s completely changed since I first got into this business. If I’m still good at what I do ten years from now, why can’t I continue to do it? I have a lot of years left in me and I want to be able to work in this business as long as I choose to. I don’t want anybody to tell me – regardless of what age I am – that I shouldn’t be doing it anymore.”

False Eyelashes and Rubber Boots

Keri wearing a red dress“I don’t feel pressure to change the way I look for my job, but I do want to look as good as I can. When I’m on the air I have amazing makeup, great big lashes, beautiful hair and wardrobe. At the end of the show, I leave the station with my hair and makeup intact… then go home, put on my sweatpants and rubber boots, and pick up my kids from school. The glamorous look doesn’t quite fit with my real life! Outside of work I don’t maintain that look. I dress nicely if I’m going out, but my life at home is very different from my appearance on TV. It’s comfortable and easy – and who has time to put on a full face of makeup?”

Dabbling in Skincare

“I’m a bit of a dabbler – I try different products and see what I like. In general, I just take my makeup off when I’m done the show, and make sure to thoroughly cleanse and moisturize my face each night. I use cleanser, toner, night cream and eye cream. I guess I have it all, but I’m not particular to any products or brands. Whenever I try something new I think: maybe this one will be the magic bullet!”

Fitness that Fits

“I was very fit when I was young, thanks to cheerleading and gymnastics. It’s so easy to be lean and fit when you’re young. As you get older, it takes much more to maintain that level of fitness. Finding something that fits my lifestyle, and finding time—those are my challenges. I’ve tried it all. A new thing I’m trying is hot yoga classes. They’re high intensity and you sweat a lot. I’m really enjoying them and I think I will continue going.”

Feeding the Soul

“On the odd occasion, I might get away for the weekend or for a spa day with my girlfriends, but it’s pretty rare. I think just going out for dinner with girlfriends is great ‘me time’ because it feeds your soul. Sitting on my couch at any point of the day is me time, because it means I’m actually relaxing with my feet up, which doesn’t happen very often. If I have ten minutes to go for a walk, that’s me time. You have to embrace those moments – they’re so brief and rare, but when they happen, they’re amazing.”

PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM: ERICH SAIDE & PRUDENCE GOGH
ASSISTED BY AARON AUBREY
PRODUCED & STYLED BY CRYSTAL CARSON
HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST: ALLISON GIRODAY
STYLIST ASSISTANT: CHELSEA LANGENSTAM
LOCATION: FAIRMONT HOTEL VANCOUVER / NOTCH8 RESTAURANT & BAR
KERI WEARS GOWN BY CAROLINA HERRERA (NORDSTROM) EARRINGS BY ALEXIS BITTAR (NORDSTROM)
COAT BY TED BAKER (NORDSTROM). BLOUSE BY THEORY (HOLT RENFREW). CAPRI BY TENAX (MASKA).
PURSE BY CHANEL (MINE & YOURS). HEELS BY STEVE MADDEN (MINE & YOURS).
EARRINGS BY ALEXIS BITTAR (NORDSTROM)
TOP: BLAZER BY REBECCA TAYLOR (LBV LIFESTYLE). T-SHIRT BY GENERATION LOVE (LBV LIFESTYLE).
SKIRT BY IMPERIAL (MASKA). HEELS BY JIMMY CHOO (NORDSTROM).
BRACELET BY NORDSTROM / BOTTOM: DRESS BY ALEXIS BITTAR (NORDSTROM).
HEELS BY JIMMY CHOO (NORDSTROM). EARRINGS BY ALEXIS BITTAR (NORDSTROM).
BRACELET BY NORDSTROM

 
Vintage Beauty
Written by Fresh Vancouver   

Daydreaming about the vintage wardrobes from Grease, Beach Blanket Bingo, and Mad Men? Erin Crooks and Holly Decker pay homage to the fashionable femmes of eras past by pairing current and vintage pieces with timeless makeup looks.

Photographed by ERIN CROOKS
Makeup by HOLLY DECKER
HAIRSTYLIST: CHERYL REGAL
MODELS: HANNAH BROWN & JADE NEDILENKA (EDGE AGENCY)
STYLISTS: TIA GETZLAF & ERIN CROOKS

Models wearing 1950's style clothing

1950s

Rock this flirty retro look with bubble gum pink lips and black winged eyeliner.

LEFT: PINK SHIRT AND WHITE FLARE PANTS FROM BETTER OFF DUDS VINTAGE SHOP. JEWELLERY BY HILLBERG & BERK / RIGHT: FLORAL DRESS FROM BETTER OFF DUDS VINTAGE SHOP

models earing 1960's style swimsuits

1960s

This era was all about the legs (think Twiggy)! Accentuate and show off your gams with some tanned glossy lotion.

LEFT: SWIMSUIT FROM HUDSON’S BAY CO.. JEWELLERY BY HILLBERG & BERK / RIGHT: TOP BY VICTORIA’S SECRET, BOTTOMS FROM HUDSON’S BAY CO., JEWELLERY BY HILLBERG & BERK

woman wearing sheer robe

1970s

Play 70s vixen by pairing dramatic false eyelashes with pretty bright-pink cheeks.

SHEER ROBE FROM URBAN OUTFITTERS. SKIRT BY CALVIN KLEIN (HUDSON’S BAY). BRA (MODEL’S OWN). JEWELLERY BY HILLBERG & BERK

 
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