VANCOUVER, AUGUST 2012
Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon
If you ever meet this girl, you’ll instantly love her, if you already know her, you know what I’m talking about! I met her only just last year in one of my fashion classes at Blanche Macdonald Centre. We became fast friends after our assigned seats in class had us sitting next to one another. After only knowing her a day, I could already tell she was headed for big things.
She’s only 21 years old and habitually jets off to New York City to buy for (212), a trendy boutique in Gastown representing NYC Style, rides her own motorcycle and is currently taking multiple courses to prepare her for the fast paced world of Stock Exchange. Yes, I know, she’s such a cool chick – I absolutely adore her. Renee’s personality and sense of style is filled with greatness, her shoe collection is to die for and not to mention she’s sample size and drop dead gorgeous. Everyone, meet my fashionable friend, Renee Palkovsky!
Kate W: What is your current state of mind?
Renee P: I’m happy and content. I’m ready to make things happen, I feel like an eager beaver – ready to push.
KW: Where do you feel most at home?
RP: In my bed, it’s super cozy.
KW: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
RP: “Don’t Settle”.
KW: What was the last thing you bought?
RP: I bought this hat that I’m wearing yesterday.
KW: What was the last film you watched?
RP: I watched Grease in Stanley park the other day.
KW: What makes you laugh?
RP: My girlfriends always seem to get that deep tissue laugh out of me.
KW: What’s your favorite breakfast dish?
RP: I’m really into waffles with whip cream, lots of syrup and berries.
KW: What sites do you visit everyday?
RP: I went through a phase when I was 18 and was on shopbop.com religiously but now I mostly research the stock markets.
KW: Black or white?
KW: Prints or neutrals?
KW: Favorite fashion city?
RP: Berlin. They make winter look good which is a very difficult thing to do.
KW: Do you dress mostly by the day’s events or by your mood?
RP: My mood. But, I will usually pick one item that I need to wear and decide what else to put on according to that piece. Today it was my earrings.
KW: What are some songs on your playlist right now?
RP: “Say My Name”- Destiny’s Child (Cyril Hahn Remix) & Trials of the Past – SBTRKT
KW: What’s your most prized possession?
RP: That’s so hard! They’re all my babies! But, if I had to say something it would be my rings and bracelets that I’m currently wearing.
KW: What’s your biggest fear?
KW: Which living person do you most admire?
RP: My dad. He’s always so happy even if the worst things are upon him. He really knows how to stay positive. I admire that.
KW: What’s your signature drink?
RP: Dirty Martini – extra dirty, extra olives.
KW: What are your favourite brands?
RP: I don’t have any. My personal style is always evolving just like how numerous fashion houses and designers are continuously evolving their own brand. One thing that has stuck with me though is how I incorporate vintage pieces in my day to day outfits.
KW: What’s next for you?
RP: I was originally planning on going to NYC in the fall to buy for (212) and was looking forward to being apart of that crazy Fashion Week culture but I’ve realized fashion isn’t what I want to do, it’s just a part of who I am. My strong suit is reaching the top and working hard for it. I didn’t get the nickname Ram for no reason. What’s next for me is the financial industry.
KW: You’re incredible and so driven! Thank you Renee!