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Things to do this December in Vancouver

05
12.2017

December has arrived and there’s so much for you to do before the year ends. Enjoy sparkling Christmas lights this month and get into the holiday spirit with the following festivities:

Robson Square Skating 

Grab your best friends or significant other and enjoy free ice skating at Robson Square. If you don’t own a pair of skates, no need to worry. You can rent a pair of skates at Robson Square for $5, (cash only).

Click here for more details. 

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

Get yourself a warm drink from Starbucks and take in the Christmas beauty at Grouse Mountain. There are many activities held at Grouse Mountain during this month, including ice skating, light walks, Christmas craft stations and more.

Get your Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain tickets here!

Christmas Light Mazes

For all of you Instagram bloggers who are looking for new ways to take creative pictures this month, you’ll definitely want to check out these Christmas Light Mazes.

GLOW Christmas

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Lights at Lafrage

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights

Christmas Night Market

Eat, drink, and be merry at the Vancouver Christmas Market— now open until Christmas Eve. Bonus! You get a 2017 season pass for free if you purchase your ticket online.

 

Purchase your Christmas Night Market tickets here.

Flyover Christmas at Canada Place

Go on a magical flight across Canada with Santa at Flyover Canada. The new Winter Wonderland themed attraction will be on for all of December and is a show you won’t want to miss!

Purchase your Flyover Canada tickets here.

‘Tis the season to enjoy the magic of the holidays. For more things to do this month, visit Vancouver’s Best Places in December.


JCI has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal  and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theatre.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion

Bare Knitwear Designer and JCI Fashion Graduate: Kelsey Adair

28
11.2017

“As early as high school I knew I wanted to run my own apparel business.” 

Kelsey Adair, born and raised in North Vancouver, BC, graduated John Casablancas Institute in 2010 with a diploma in Fashion Business & Creative Arts. She is the founder of women’s clothing brand, Bare Knitwear.

Q: Why did you choose to enroll at John Casablancas Institute for Fashion? 

“I was attracted to the variety of courses and disciplines JCI offered. I was looking for a school where I could get a well-rounded knowledge of the industry and I found that at JCI.”

After graduating the JCI Fashion Program, Kelsey enrolled in classes at BCIT for Small Business Management and Social Media Marketing, while launching her own brand: Bare Knitwear.

Q: What inspired you to design woman’s knitwear? 

“I knew I wanted to run my own apparel business, however I didn’t know it would be knitwear. I was inspired by the idea and the challenge of developing a brand and growing a business.”

Kelsey began working as an accessories buyer in 2011 for a small business and was re-inspired of buying from a range of independent brands. She knew the basics of knitting and crocheting which allowed her to create a small collection of scarves.

“From 2012 to 2014, I educated myself on options to produce in small quantities and continued to develop my vision for the brand, as I also gained more experience in wholesale.”

In 2014, Kelsey aligned with a production company in Peru who met her small production volume and worked well with her brand values of ethical manufacturing and sustainable sourcing.

Kelsey flew to Peru to learn how production and development worked, the challenges of ordering raw materials and how hard it was to produce as a small brand with little buying power and budget.

“I decided the only way I was going to learn and create a business model was to just start. With the little money I had in my tax-free savings account, I bought my first order: 172 beanies and scarves. That was the beginning of Bare Knitwear.”

Q: Who are your biggest fashion influencers/inspirations? 

“I find inspiration in many different designers each day, however my biggest inspiration is the way the industry is shifting as a whole at this exact moment.”

“Each year, consumers are demanding more transparency from brands. They are educated on where their products are coming from and where they are putting their dollar. Less focus is being placed on consumerism and fast fashion trends and more focus is being placed on lean closets and intentional wardrobes.

“A major shift is happening and I am inspired to be a part of it.”

The current Fall 2017 Bare Knitwear collection, The Classics Collection, is available for purchase. This collection was a result of the past three seasons in business for Bare Knitwear.

“We took a lot of feedback from our previous season to create a streamlined collection of elevated basics. We tweaked existing styles and introduced new styles that would add comfort, ease, and versatility to our client’s wardrobe.”

Q: What does the next collection have in store for Bare Knitwear? 

“I’m currently working on three small capsule collections that will launch in July 2018. A Transition Collection for pre-Fall, a Winter Novelty Collection, and an online Exclusive Holiday piece.”

We are excited to be adding more Pima cotton to the line for those pieces intended for year-round wear.”

Q: What has been your prized moment throughout your career so far?

“This past season Bare Knitwear was selected to participate in Holt Renfrew’s H-Project. The H-Project is a department in Holt Renfrew that is created to recognize and celebrate brands that are inspiring sustainable fashion and social good. This year the brands were exclusively Canadian and Bare Knitwear is currently on the shelves of five Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.”

Kelsey and her team at Bare Knitwear are currently working on launching their first ever Spring 2019 collection and hope to expand their US wholesale market.

Bare Knitwear is also working on projects with their team in Peru, that will not only help share their brand story but also highlight the artisans behind their work.

Even while working full time and running Bare Knitwear, Kelsey still manages to get out and have fun on her off hours. She enjoys road cycling and snowboarding and uses them as forms of meditation, often after a busy week.

“Having hobbies outside of work is so important to clear your mind, turn off and have some fun. That’s when your best ideas come!” 

Q: Lastly, is there any advice you can give to upcoming fashion designers? 

“Be patient and keep focused on the end goal. Through all the ups and downs it’s important not to get discouraged and affected by the downs. Stay focused on the long-term goal.”

“Your business model, strategy, and cash flow will always be the most important part of your brand. Having a really tight grasp on the backend of your business will help carry you along. Allow yourself time to find your niche and develop your business model and brand. Don’t worry about what the other guys are doing and stay true to your vision.”

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Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Body Spa

Best 2017 Winter Manicures

23
11.2017

‘Tis the season to get yourself a fresh new Winter manicure. Whether you prefer metallics, glitter or fun nail art, the Body Spa at John Casablancas Institute will make your manicure wishes come true.

Winter 2017 Must-Have Colours 

Nail polishes make for perfect stocking stuffers. Get your hands on the latest trending nail colors for this season, whether you’re purchasing polishes for family and friends or simply getting yourself a new manicure.

Here are a few trending Winter nail colors to show the nail technician at your next appointment:

Holiday Nail Art 

From diamond snowflakes to sparkles, get your nails ready for the holidays with this wonderful nail inspriation:

Nails by JCI Body Spa Students/Graduates 

Don’t let your nails be the cause of why your Christmas card pictures didn’t turn out so great this year. Stop by the JCI Body Spa and get your nails done by our students in training. Here’s some nail inspo from our students and graduates:

Book your next nail appointment at John Casablancas Institute’s Body Spa


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.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events / Fashion

2017 Holiday Party Attire

22
11.2017

It’s that time of year again where holiday party invites begin flooding your inbox and the panic to find that perfect party outfit sets in. Seasonal parties often require a certain dress code, and we’ve got you covered with holiday cocktail dresses, suits and accessories to wear on your fancy night out.

First things first, what type of holiday party are you attending? Scroll below to find your party theme along with your outfit inspiration.

Holiday Office Party Looks: 

Finding an outfit to wear to your annual Christmas work party can be difficult. Never wear anything too revealing or too tacky— it’s best to leave that ugly Christmas sweater of yours at home, as well as that see-through blouse.

Here are a few Holiday inspired outfits to wear that you won’t regret: 

For more looks, visit our Pinterst

For the Men: 

Last but not least, let’s talk fashion, men. Sure it’s easy to throw on a suit and tie, but accessorizing is a must.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Looks: 

Prepare to get creative and festive! Here are a few do-it-yourself ugly sweaters for you to show off at your Christmas party:

Pajama Christmas Party Looks: 

If you’re that friend that goes “extra” to all parties, then you’ll definitely want to scroll through these cozy pajama party looks:

 

For more holiday outfit inspiration, follow John Casablancas Institute on Pinterest


JCI has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter into the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal  and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theatre.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion / Features

Instagram Blogging Tips from Fashion Graduate Emma Leger

15
11.2017

Meet Vancouver born and raised Instagram influencer and blogger, Emma Rose Leger. With a love for fashion and creativity blossoming at a young age, Emma knew that she wanted to step out of her comfort zone and dare to be different.

“When I found out about John Casablancas Institute, it was fate!” 

When looking into local Fashion programs, Emma took a tour at JCI, which made her decision about post-secondary education an easy one.

After graduating the Fashion Business & Creative Arts Program, Emma has spent countless hours volunteering in the Fashion Industry, working in retail, and has kept busy managing her blog, West Coast Kinda Girl, while building her personal portfolio on Instagram.

“There are many career goals I have in mind for myself. To name a few… I plan to continue to build my fashion blog and social media presence. I hope to one day create my own clothing or beauty brand.” 

This year, Emma attended New York Fashion Week and had the opportunity to collaborate with companies such as Australian company Sabo Skirt. The traveling has not stopped there!

“This past month I attended the Vogue CFDA Fashion Fund in Los Angeles. I was in a room surrounded by everyone I have looked up to, including the one and only Anna Wintour. It was a surreal night that I will always remember.” 

Instagram Tips and Tricks

Q: How did you first get into blogging? 

It all started at John Casablancas Institute! I had a social media class, (taught by the social media guru Erin Sousa). We were required to submit a blog post every week for the class and I fell in love with that course! I began to publish posts on WCKG ever since.

Q: What is your biggest piece of advice to how a blogger can get noticed on Instagram?

My biggest tip would be to create quality over quantity content. It’s important to put your best work forward as much as you can, rather than posting average content daily.

Q: Top hashtags to use on Instagram? 

Hashtags are very important, even though they are always changing. Here are the top fashion hashtags I currently use:

#fashionblogger #whatiwore #vancouverblogger #LAblogger #NYCblogger #losangelesfashion #westcoastfashion #newyorkfashion #westcoastblogger #styleblogger #lookoftheday #ootd #ootdmagazine #whowhatwear #fashiondaily #fashionista #outfitpost

Q: Snapchat or Instagram Live? Which outlet should an upcoming Instagram blogger use more often? 

Instagram Live! I personally believe that Instagram is more professional and an intimate platform to connect with your followers because everything is accessible in one app. Instagram is my largest platform, I don’t use Snapchat very often.

Q: What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?

I think the best way to gain traffic is to write about relevant topics, trends, tips and tricks to help your readers. It’s always good to take feedback and questions from your readers! Another good way is to be consistent with the content you put forward.

Q: Who has impacted you most in blogging?

I get inspiration from a lot of fellow bloggers! It’s so important to network and grow with other bloggers around you.

Q: What has been the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?

The most challenging moment about blogging was when I first started. Not many people around me were doing it and not everyone understood how it could be a career.

I know a lot of girls around me who have started blogging and it’s more ‘the norm’ now, but a lot of people I meet still ask “what do you do for a living” and when I answer with “I have a fashion blog!” they don’t always take me seriously or fully understand right away.

Q: How active are you on your blog and what makes your blog different from others?

I try to be as active as possible, but I am a huge believer in quality over quantity. So I will only post something that I am proud of! I think my blog reflects me and my personality very well, I always try to stay as true to myself as possible.

Q: A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online. Do you have some tips for those people who are interested in making money from their blog?

Blogging is definitely not easy, let me tell you that! We aren’t just a quick Instagram photo posted on social media. We are photographers, location scouts, makeup artists, models, hair stylists, fashion stylists, editors, writers and the list could go on.

We are our own bosses and we do all the work! If you continue to willingly take on all of those roles for yourself, the money will come eventually.

Keep up with Emma:

Instagram     Website


Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

 

Davneet Dhillon,
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