Quote of the Day

“The best view comes after the hardest climb” – unknown

Photos by Ming Nomchong ||Styling by Alice Roberts

Photos by Ming Nomchong ||Styling by Alice Roberts

Upgraded Tuesdays || Whitney “No Woman”

Chicago folk-rockers, Whitney, have just released their lead single “No Woman” from their (currently untitled) debut album. It’s a perfect arrangement of soul meets country; the tone of the song alongside the visuals reminds me of home.  This track has me hooked, and I’m excited to see what else Whitney’s frontman, Julien Ehrlich and guitarist, Max Kakacek have in store for us.  Way to keep us hanging’ boys!

Quote of the Day

“And if I asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?” – Unknown

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Photographed by Norman Parkinson || Vogue, April 1, 1950

 

The Wild Ones || Sarah Bahbah

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Australian music festival photographer, Sarah Bahbah, simply transports me to the time and place of each photograph she takes.  As a lover of music and festivals alike, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve wanted to capture key moments during a concert and wish I could bottle them up forever.  Sometimes those moments pass you by so quickly, taking a video or photo won’t cut it or it’ll take you away from the present time.  And, if you do capture the story… it’s never like what you saw with your naked eye.

Somehow, Sarah captures those moments and she’s not only photographing the artists on the stage, but has stepped back and started a series called “The Wild Ones”.  Here, she focuses on the individuals who attend the shows, and it’s in these pictures, where I fell in love with her photography.

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“People thought I was capturing the festival, but I really wasn’t capturing it the way I really saw it, raw organic moments. I was getting really frustrated and decided to step back and photograph the subtle wild ones.” – Sarah Bahbah

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“I heard this quote once […] “Observe everything around you as if you’ve never seen it before,” and it’s so true.” – Sarah Bahbah

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“I will go around festivals and dedicate certain lighting hours to trying to find people who are going against the norm.”- Sarah Bahbah

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“He was really good looking, I was just like “Hey, um you look really good smoking that cigarette, can I take a photo of you?” He had really big blue eyes. I just said, “Okay look at me and smoke.” And then I took his photo and ran away.” – Sarah Bahbah

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Follow Sarah Bahbah’s tumblr for one raw moment after another! @raisedbythewolvesau

Quotes are from Nylon’s interview with Bahbah by Jackie Yaeger. Click to see full interview!

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All images by Sarah Bahbah

MINKPINK ME!

MP logo and mark iconblogWords by Kate Wotherspoon || Photos by Mark Piscitelli || Styling by Mark Vassallo www.minkpink.com || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram

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Stuck on what to wear for your next music festival? Look no further and repeat after me: MINKPINK, MINKPINK, MINKPINK! Get ready to start coveting every funky psychedelic piece from the Australian fashion label’s latest collection! Motivated by tumblr tribes, surf punk, acid-house fun and trippy prints, designer Rachel Evans has you looking brave, free and fashion ready. Recently launching their newest global campaign “LA LA Land” in beautiful and lively Venice Beach, California; MINKPINK’s new face, Chloe Norgaard and girlfriend, Daveigh Chase, take the SoCal streets by a style storm!
Check out their latest photographs captured by Mark Piscitelli with on-point styling by Mark Vassallo. I’m super in love with the floral crewneck sweaters and the printed dresses! You also can’t forget Norgaards’s multi-coloured and vibrant hair, it’s sooo gooodd! She pulls it off so well…but, that’s not all she’s pulling off… This international model and scrapbooking enthusiast is also behind MINKPINK’s new Facebook Scrap Attack App! More info on this new interactive social media app is all on their Facebook page! Be sure to check it out and find MinkPink merch via Urban Outfitters US, ASOS, ShopBop, Aritzia and NastyGal!

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 @thepara||elroad on Twitter & Instagram xox

Free Spirited Fashion

Words by Kate Wotherspoon
Photos from Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue & Refinery29

From fringe shorts to crochet crops, wide brimmed fedora’s and straw hats, Coachella and music festivals galore give high fashion a whole new meaning.  Serape prints and 70s inspired shades, flower crowns and cowboy boots have never been so chic! Check out my fave snapshots from the last two weekends in Indio, California and additional inspirational images to see what summer trends are here to stay!

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First time using Polyvore.... Here's my take on a few outfit ideas ;)

First time using Polyvore…. Here’s my take on a few outfit ideas ;)

Thanks for checking out all the hype fringin’ fashion. I would like to pretend i’m attending Coachella everyday this summer.

Follow @theparallelroad on twitter, instagram and polyvore!

Much Love.

*Thanks to the following websites for all the awesome photos and of course check out Coachella’s website and plan your year around attending the festival next year*
www.coachella.com www.polyvore.com www.harpersbazaar.com www.vogue.com www.refinery29.com

A Perfect Parallel || Tamina & Jojo

Like I’ve said many times before, fashion and dance go so hand in hand you’d have to be blind not to see it. This video is a definite parallel for what I love to write about and I’m sure you would agree.

Jojo and Tamina did such an amazing job choreographing this and gave the video such bitch slappin’ style…yes I just said that. With Jojo reppin’ Vancouver and Tamina reppin’ Toronto alongside my very good friend Christina de la Cruz, this video is full of Canadian Talent. HYPE!

It’s Tamina’s birthday today so please send out a birthday tweet (@misstamina) to her and check out her previous post here!

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Much Love.

 

Style Feature || Kyle Foo

VANCOUVER, SEPTEMBER 2012
Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon

Kyle Foo is definitely a name to know!  We met at Blanche Macdonald and quickly became a duo that did everything together.  With similar tastes and a drive for success, Kyle Foo was my partner in crime and life line at school.  We compared assignments while eating pancakes at Dennys and quizzing each other for the next exam till the sun came up but that’s another story…

Dressing well comes naturally to Kyle and he has a serious love affair with designer handbags – and I mean serious!  He’s even looking at designing his own handbag line and I’m telling you now they will become the season’s must-haves!

He’s currently the assistant manager at Moulé in West Vancouver, a high-end boutique for home décor and designer clothing, and is an aspiring accessories buyer. Quickly after graduating school he was already producing a spring fashion show for the Lioness Club with mutual friend, Mary-Elyn Keenan (also a name to know) and is seen assisting at many fashion events around Vancouver. Anyone who meets this guy is quickly intrigued and is always left with a smile on their face and in my case, left with aching abs from laughing so hard.

He shares my obsession with studs and prints and is seen here wearing just that.  Enjoy the interview and photos below!

Kyle Foo  || Blazer: H&M and he cut off the sleeves to make it a vest! ||

Sunnies: Marc Jacobs || On Wrist: Nixon Watch, Aldo/H&M bracelets ||

Handbag: Givenchy Pandora (Of course!) || Loafers: Unif HellRaisers (These kick ass, and I mean kick ass well!)

Dress Shirt: Versace for H&M || Shorts: Acid Wash & Cut off Levi’s

Kate W.: What is your current state of mind?

Kyle F.: Content. I feel I’m in a good place for my age but I’m striving for more and feel a change coming.

KW: Where do you feel most at home?

KF: In my hometown, St. Albert, Alberta, with my family. That’s where I feel the most comfortable.

KW: What is your greatest fear?

KF: Failure with my career.

KW: What makes you laugh?

KF: My friends. They know how to have a good time and get my twisted sense of humour.

KW: Prints or neutrals?

KF: More so neutrals…But, my shirt today says differently and is quite obnoxious.

KW: Vintage or new?

KF: I prefer new.

KW: What would you say your signature fashion piece is?

KF: Easy.  Handbags.

KW: Do you dress mostly by the day’s events or your mood?

KF: My mood.

KW: Currently, what are some songs on your playlist?

KF: “Blue Jean” – Lana del Ray remix with Azelia Banks and I love the Songza app, it generates playlists for you!

KW: Dark, milk or white chocolate?

KF: White chocolate, yum!

KW: What is your fav breakfast dish?

KF: An omelette with eggs, cheese and bacon.

KW: What is your dream job?

KF: To be a buyer at Bergdorf Goodman and handbag designer.

KW: Your favourite colours?

KF: Black, gold and silver.

KW: What was the last thing you bought?

KF: A pack of cheap cigarettes, Peter Jackson Black.

KW: Which fashion magazines do you read?

KF: AnOther Magazine and lately Elle US.

KW: Which living person do you most admire?

KF: My mother. She’s always happy and positive and was successful while being pregnant at a young age.

KW: Who are your fashion idols?

KF: I love the quirkiness of Anna Del Russo and I really like Kyle Anderson’s sense of style. www.kyleeditor.com

KW: What are some of your favorite brands?

KF: I adore Givenchy handbags and Margiela for it’s cool and edgy constructivism.

KW: What’s next for you?

KF: I’m brainstorming a lot regarding my own handbag line and would love to explore a new city like NYC/LA or even somewhere in Europe.

KW: Thank you Kyle!

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Style Feature || Deanna Palkowski

VANCOUVER, AUGUST 2012
Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon

Where do I even begin? Deanna Palkowski is honestly one of the coolest people I have met here in Vancouver. First of all she is incredibly funny! I think I had a side stitch from laughing so hard when interviewing her and by the end of it, I decided I should become her new sidekick and partner in crime. Second of all, she has striking style, genius talent and works her ass off! She follows through with what she say she’s going to do and she still has time to drop it low! Cool right?

Her passion for fashion, as cheesy as that may sound, occurred at a very early age when she watched her grandmother sew her and her sister matching floral, floor length dresses for a party. She then began self educating herself with the mentoring of her grandmother and learned all the tricks of the trade. Deanna then moved into acting during her adolescent years and following that she found herself captivated with styling.

Palkowski is a huge Canadian success when it comes to her work with fashion and creative direction. She is signed with Lizbell Agency and her work has been featured in various magazines like ION, Montecristo, Nuvo, Moda and Contributor Magazine as well as brands like Fidelity Denim. She also has her own brand called Minting Die and is looking into collaborating further with friends for new projects. I could write about her all day but I will leave you to check out her interview below and her pics showcasing that chic stylist touch! Enjoy. x

Shorts: Calvin Klein || Top: Vintage || Sunglasses: Oliver Goldsmith

Necklaces: Anna De Courcey & Sleep Standing Up || Bracelets: Philippe Audibert, Minting Die & Catherine Hartley || Rings: Minting Die

Purse: Vintage

Baroque Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell

Kate W: What is your current state of mind?

Deanna P: I feel very accomplished from where I started but hectic at the same time because I want to do more.

KW: Where do you feel most at home?

DP: Honestly, I feel most at home when I’m by myself. This way I’m left to my own thoughts with no one to answer to.

KW: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

DP: When I was younger, my dad would play that trust game with me, the one where you fall and the other person is supposed to catch you from behind, and he would tell me he would catch me but never did! He always said to “Trust nobody” and I feel best when I take matters into my own hands then leaving it with someone else.

KW: What’s your biggest fear?

DP: Falling…Heights scare me. I also find it unnerving to think of not having that one person to share my life with, to share that special connection. I would hate to have to be with the wrong person.

KW: What’s your most prized possession?

DP: It would have to be my grandmother’s ring.

KW: What is your greatest extravagance?

DP: I’m still growing and I’m not there yet. I feel I’m only just starting with my career and would hate to say my greatest extravagance has already occurred.

KW: What was the last thing you bought?

DP: Black Converse shoes.

KW: What was the last film you watched?

DP: The Rum Diary.

KW: Which sites do you visit everyday?

DP: The NY Times, Tumblr & read the News, BoF and visit various magazine sites for inspiration.

KW: Which designers do you see yourself collaborating with?

DP: My talented friends, Central St. Martins, Margiela and Rick Owens.

KW: Black or white?

DP: Instinctively black, but I’m loving white right now – it’s so angelic.

KW: Suspenders or bowties?

DP: Suspenders. I’m over bowties.

KW: Favorite fashion city?

DP: Paris. I feel there’s more talent, creativity and history there. Fashion is a lifestyle in Paris.

KW: What makes you laugh?

DP: Everything. I seem to laugh so easily at anything!

KW: Prints or Neutrals?

DP: Neutrals.

KW: What is your go-to breakfast dish?

DP: Oatmeal with granola and berries!

KW: And what would be your signature drink?

DP: Oh Dirty Martinis and Double Vodka on the Rocks. I have a trick actually when ordering drinks at bars… It’s always loud and you end up going back and forth with the bartender while he asks you multiple times what you want, and no one can hear each other… I’ve solved that. I now have a saved note in my iPhone and just show the bartender the note and signal for “two” so I don’t have to go back later. Works like a charm!

Insanely smart trick ||Double Vodka on the Rocks || Deuces!

KW: What’s a song that you always bust a move to?

DP: I like to drop it low to Diplo – “Express Yourself”.

KW: What are some songs on your playlist at the moment?

DP: “Murda Bizness” – Iggy Azalea & “National Anthem” – Lana Del Ray Remix

KW: What are your fav fashion magazines to read?

DP: Hobo Magazine and ACNE Paper.

KW: What would you say your signature fashion piece is?

DP: Jewellery.

KW: Do you dress mostly by your mood or the day’s events?

DP: The day’s events.

KW: What makes you cry?

DP: Animals dying.

KW: If you could be in any music video, which one would it be?

DP: Any of Prince’s music videos! I love to dance – I have a bootie, so I like bootie dancing moves!

KW: Do you have any fashion idols?

DP: There’s so many people to draw from but Bridget Bardot and Kate Lanphear stand out to me.

KW: Vintage or new?

DP: If it’s a really great vintage piece, yes, but I’d rather always wear something new.

KW: What’s next for you?

DP: I recently became the new Fashion Editor for ION Magazine! I’m very excited to start this next chapter and I would like to bring the magazine to another level.

KW: Thank you for sitting down with me Deanna! I will definitely use your bar trick and perhaps drop it low…;)

www.deannapalkowski.com @deannapalkowski www.ionmagazine.ca

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