Quote of the Day

“Everybody wants to be a diamond, but very few are willing to get cut”.

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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

Style Feature || Gianinni Semedo Moreira

Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon

Try saying his first name five times fast! Yes, I end up saying panini by the end of it too…

Funny story on how I met this talented individual… A little while ago I blogged about one of his youtube videos, check it out here…  I of course tweeted about the post and then he retweeted it and added me on facebook. Weirdly enough, one of his status updates said he would be in Vancouver soon so I messaged him hoping he would set up a dance class at Harbour Dance Centre. Sure enough the class was set and we organized meeting for an interview at the time too. Weird right? Ya, we think so too.  Oh the fancy ways of social media!  Anyways, he was more than willing to sit down with me and discuss dance, style and anything else that gets us thinking on the creative side.  Here’s a little on his background…

Gianinni is originally from a small town just outside of Amsterdam, Holland.  He started breakdancing at the age of 15 just for the fun of it.  But of course, the love of dance took over, and he soon realised nothing else would make him as happy.  After gaining more experience on the technical side of dance, Gianinni took a chance and auditioned for the So You Think You Can Dance Holland television show.  He not only made it on the show, but went straight through to the finals!  With that under his belt, he decided it was time to move to Los Angeles to further his dance career.  Just a short time after he moved to LA, he booked an Australian tour with Rihanna, danced with Shakira and then was offered a three year contract for Cirque du Soleil’s “MJ Immortal Tour”!  It’s now just been over a year since he’s been with Cirque, has travelled the world dancing and did I mention he’s only 24 years old?  Yes, I know, I would like to be in his shoes too – definitely my kind of job.  But if that’s not enough, this guy is also an aspiring movie director!  His downtime on the tour is filled with producing short film series and creative dance videos.  You can check all of that on his website, www.gianinnidance.com. Enjoy his stylish pics and interview below.

Gianinni Semedo Moreira

Because he can…

Shirt: H&M || Sunglasses: Ray-Ban || Tuque: Reckon (handmade by a friend)

Belt: Guess || Denim: Levi’s

Kicks: Nike Flights

All smiles.

Kate W: What is your current state of mind?

Gianinni SM: I’m very happy and grateful. I try my best to stop and realise where I am and where I’ve come from. It’s important to appreciate your progress but I also don’t want to get comfortable and I’m staying ambitious and I’m excited for more.

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

GSM: “Do your best and God will do the rest”.

KW: What’s your greatest fear?

GSM: Not becoming the best man I can be.

KW: Which living person do you most admire?

GSM: My mom. She has such a positive and strong mindset. When things get tough, she never strays off track.

KW:  What is your greatest extravagance?

GSM: Moving to the USA from Holland. That move opened a lot of doors for me.

KW: What was the last thing you bought?

GSM: A white tuxedo blazer with black trim.

KW: What was the last film you watched?

GSM: Sunshine.

KW: What makes you cry?

GSM: Things that have to do with love.

KW: Which dancer/choreographer/artist would you want to share the stage with the most?

GSM: Justin Timberlake. I have a lot of respect for him as an artist and person.

KW: Dunks, Jordan’s or boots for dance class?

GSM: Jordan’s.

KW: Suspenders or bowtie?

GSM: I like suspenders! But I have a bowtie so I’ll go with bowtie!

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

GSM: “Smooth Criminal” – Michael Jackson

KW: Your favorite fashion city?

GSM: Amsterdam, my hometown.

KW: Your favorite dance city?

GSM: Los Angeles – It has a lot to offer; there is the underground scene and then the commercial world. Everyone is there for the same reason and are all sharing the same passion. It’s good to have that energy around you.

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

GSM: My mood for sure.

KW: Dark, milk or white chocolate?

GSM: White chocolate.

KW: Your go-to breakfast dish?

GSM: Eggs Benedict!

KW: What’s your favorite scent?

GSM: Hugo Boss, Boss Eau de Toilette.

KW: Your colour?

GSM: Bright, aggressive red!

KW: What are some songs on your playlist right now?

GSM: “Where Did It Go Wrong?” – Anthony Hamilton, “Free as a Bird” – Dwele, “Blind to You” – Collie Buddz, “Wayfaring Stranger” – Ed Sheeran, “Those Who Wait” – Daley.

KW: What’s next for you?

GSM: I’m keeping myself busy on the tour by directing short films. I’m shooting my new short film series throughout the next three cities we visit!

KW: Thanks Gianinni!

Thanks for reading. Please re-post and share if you like what you see.

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My Type | Men with Style

Photos by Tommy Ton
Words by Kate Wotherspoon

If this is what love feels like, I must book my ticket to Milan and London this second and marry these men. I’ve obviously been in Canada way too long. Why you ask? Please see pictures below. All men are dressed to impress and that doesn’t mean they’re all wearing a 3 piece suit and tie, I’m talking “swag casual” for days. Check it male race, this is how you dress for an art gallery opening, breakdance battle, dinner with friends and of course the menswear shows. #HOT #LEGGO #TRENDY Thank you Tommy Ton for once again capturing the best shots off the catwalk and giving me hope to find a stylish man to hold hands with.


Man arm party? Not mad at it.

So simple, so HOT.

Suspenders can look so on point when done right. (oh wow that rhymes!)

I would like to say I own this blazer.

Hi, my name is Kate – Let’s date?

Never seen someone pull of a full orange suit in my life. You know you got swag when you can pull this one off.

So matchy, but I like it.

Thanks to Tommy Ton from http://www.style.com for the brilliant photography and to all the European men.

Taken by Scott Schuman from The Sartorialist in Milan. I had to throw this one in here… Fitting I think, considering this was my desktop wallpaper for forever. http://www.thesartorialist.com

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INSTAGRAM | keightw

I just recently bought an iPhone last week and the first app I added was Instagram (obviously, everything is just insta-better now). I’m still pretty new at it, but I do try to post something daily. I also find myself saying things like “Instagram that shit!” (similar to my other saying, “Google that shit!”) I would love for you to follow me and to check out some photos I’ve Insta-amazed already. See below. xx


Alexia Anastasiou and I at String Magazine’s first print issue launch party! http://www.stringmagazine.com

Wishing balloons|| String Mag party

Spike bracelets: vintage market in LA || other: from a friend.

Gucci T-Strap Platforms…enough said.


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” – Mae West

This video really inspired me. Growing up as a dancer, you develop a certain mindset… To never give up no matter how many auditions you don’t book, staying positive injury after injury, dealing with dance moms and the industry pressure and constantly throwing yourself in any class from ballet to hip hop to pilates to popping to musical theatre to breaking to gymnastics etc… You grow as an artist and continually train your craft by constantly testing your boundaries and yourself. This goes for any artist or athlete and I think that’s why this video stuck with me. The quotes featured are spot on;  make it count whatever it may be.

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Sh*t I Say…

I have seen numerous “Sh*t Girls Say” parodies and I doubt any of them will ever get old. I am guilty of saying the most from “Sh*t Fashion Girls Say” and “Sh*t Dancers Say”, go figure. I’m posting both of them for fun and you can just imagine the sh*t that comes out of my mouth. For e.g. “The trees girl, she was giving you so much shade, you better WERK that Wang…totes Wang.”

Thanks to Billierosehouse and theplatform for giving me a good laugh and making spot on videos. Yay for youtube!

Enjoy xo