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Spring Fashion Essentials


It’s only February, but we are in the mood for spring already. Sometimes on days like today, Vancouver humours us and plays along. Though it may not be warm enough to get away with no jacket and bare legs for long, there are lots of spring pieces you can wear right now to tide you over till the weather turns.

Here are our top choices for spring:


Nothing makes it feel warm out like being able to rock a giant pair of sunglasses! Don’t leave home without these if the sun is shinning.

Platform Oxfords

Since it’s not nearly warm enough for sandals at this point, a good oxford is the perfect option. The platform makes it practical for the Vancouver rain, and this shoe is so on trend for 2017.


Though you can never go wrong with this classic, sailor stripes scream of a fresh spring look. Less obvious than florals yet still a great print to spice up your look.

Leather Moto Vest

Sleeveless jackets have been all over the past few seasons, and they are a perfect transition piece. They are just made for layering! Right now you could throw one on over a warm turtleneck or other cozy sweater, then to toughen up dresses like this or crop tops once it warms up.

What are your favourite pieces during this change of seasons?

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Blog / Hair

JCI Hair Blog: Short Hair – How to Make the Big Chop


Short Hairstyles Bob Lob Pixie Cut

Has anyone else noticed all the choppy bobs and short pixies that have been gracing magazine covers, award show red carpets and ladies everywhere this season?

Wavy, sleek, or textured, the new Bob shape is all about versatility. So how do you find the right length for you? It starts with your face shape and bone structure. The weight line of your Bob should enhance your best features, not bring attention to danger zones. For example, if you have a wide-set jaw (where the widest part of your face is at your jawline) you should try a cut that falls at the collarbone with minimal layering around the jawline. This will lengthen your face instead of adding more width.

JCI Hair Blog Short Silver Hairstyles Bob Lob Pixie Cut

If you’ve been donning Lobs and Bobs and you’re ready for a change, then go for the new pixie chop. This look is short and fitted in the nape, tight around the ears, but a long-sweeping fringe gives it some edginess and style versatility. Waves can add some movement to this pixie with a mini flat iron or wand. Sleek and soft is a classic finish for this pixie. The ultimate edgy pixie is the undercut one. With this style, the sides are clipped short all the way around and a longer, disconnected shape is left asymmetrical on top to accentuate a great profile!

Still not sure whether you’re ready for the big chop? Check out these daring ladies who have taken the plunge!

JCI Hair Blog Sienna Miller Short Hair Bob Lob

The best advice I can give to those who are thinking it’s time for a change: be ready for a new hair routine! Make sure you have the right tools,products and how-tos to get your new look together. Consider booking a consultation with your stylist first to make sure you’re both on the same page (maybe even the same Pinterest page!) and make she or he is taking the time to show you how to style your new do!

Hair Blog contributor: Elissa Wolfe, JCI HAD Instructor

Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

Body Spa

Spring Nail Trends 2017


Yet another snowstorm has made spring seem like a season in the very distant future! Keep in mind though, the first day of spring is just over a month away and we are already seeing new manicure trends popping up. Popular nail colours change a lot depending on the season. In winter dark reigns supreme but come March pastels and neutrals are a lot more prevalent. Read on to see what our top manicure choices are going to be for spring 2017!

Cuticle Love

Normally somewhat ignored, the base of your nails gets to be in the spotlight for spring! Painting a metallic rim around the bottom of the nail is a fun and easy trend to replicate.

Negative Space Designs


Let that natural nail show! Instead of painting a base colour, make designs on your bare nails for spring.

White Nails

This trend might remind us of painting our nails with white out as kids, but it will be a popular neutral shade for 2017.

Creative French

French tips will always be a classic choice, but make it way more fun this season with metallic polish!

Matte Metallics


Keep things interesting and tone down the shine with a matte topcoat over your metallics this spring.

Graphic Nail Art


Have some fun with bold lines, dots and colour blocking.

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Blog / Body Spa

Why you should always wear Sunscreen


Comparison of sun damaged skin and baby skin

DID YOU KNOW…that 80-85% of skin aging is caused by exposure to the sun?

UV rays reach the skin in 2 different forms- UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are also known as ‘aging rays’ and contribute up to 95% of the sun’s UV radiation. They reach deep into the dermis layer of the skin, weakening collagen and elastin fibers which causes wrinkles and sagging tissue. UVB rays are known as the ‘burning rays’. They have a shorter wavelength than UVA rays, however they are stronger and more damaging to the skin. It is the UVB rays that cause our skin to tan, but also burn, age, and in some cases, melanoma (the most dangerous forms of skin cancer).

Sun protection does more than protect the skin- it defends cells from radiation, cell death, tissue breakdown, and aging. JCI Body Spa Esthetics students always recommend full-spectrum sunscreens to protect the skin from both UVA & UVB exposure.

Blog contributor: Heather Haslam, JCI Body Spa Esthetics Program Director

The 44-week Body Spa Program is one of a kind in professional spa training, encompassing basic and advanced spa services. The program consists of in-depth theory and practical knowledge, constant student practice, family practice week, weekly tests, creative projects and spa floor services in a beautiful spa setting. By the end of the program, you will be spa ready by projecting professionalism and confidence in performing both basic and advanced spa services.

Blog / Events

Best Valentine’s Gifts under $50


The camp is usually divided on Valentine’s Day, with people either dreading the day of togetherness or whole-heartedly embracing it.

Our thoughts? Even holidays aimed at couples can be made fun for anyone. Celebrate by wearing red, hanging with your bestie, classmates or just use it as an excuse treat yourself. Regardless of relationship status, we love seeing all the soft pink makeup tutorials, rose gold hair. bright red dresses and heart shaped french manicures come up on our feeds.

If you’re thinking of picking up a little something before the 14th, (or maybe your significant other just needs some ideas?) here are our top picks under $50:



These are a favourite liquid lipstick for many! Try out two (mini) colours for the price of one in this set.


Ruffles and bell sleeves make this dress cute, but black makes sure it isn’t over the top. We love  this lbd rendition!


It can be hard to find the perfect nude lip, so why not try out 6 at once?


Gift sets are a great way to try out cult products, like the Bumble and Bumble surf line.

LACE PINK TOP – $49.90

The lace is so cute and the black and white banding gives off a more casual vibe. We heart this top!


It’s always a good time for a sheet mask. Take your pick any day of the week with this awesome set.


Cheer up your best friend with this adorable sock set. Bonus – they come in a 2 pack!


All of the berry polishes you could dream of…


Love your hair this Valentine’s Day and take extra care of it with Living Proof’s awesome products.


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