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Vancouver Street Style: May 2018


Summer is peeking around the corner and this season we’re witnessing playful feminine styles and fun matching sets worn by fashion bloggers and influencers in Vancouver. The city streets are appearing more fashionable than ever this month with new trends emerging as the weather heats up. Thinking of switching up your wardrobe? Here’s a look at must-have styles you need to get your hands on this summer:


We can hardly keep up with JCI Fashion Business & Creative Arts graduate as she’s traveling from one city to another. Recently, Emma was spotted in Paris alongside her blogger BFF’s. Now that she’s back in the city, we can’t wait to see what outfit Emma will be posting next!

What She Wore: Jumpsuit from Shop Planet Blue accessorized with the must-have summer basket purse.


Is Megan Reynolds related to Vancity Ryan Reynolds… that’s a secret we’ll never tell. But we will tell you that she got this beautiful dress from Aritzia!

What She Wore: Aritzia dress, platform heels with a side purse.


JCI Fashion graduate Jordan Sangster is rocking matching two-piece summer sets that are full on in trend for summer. These sets are not only playful and super easy to style, they also are very feminine and stylish to wear to the beach, out for lunch or to a music festival. 

What She Wore: Matching set (left) from Billabong, matching set (right) from Zaful


Youtube Vlogger, Fashion icon, fitness and makeup guru, you could say JCI graduate Sayeh Sharelo does it all. These print design bodysuits can be worn in many ways, just see below how Sayeh has styled her bodysuits. The bodysuit trend has been around for a while now and there’s no beating the smooth and chic look of this style.

What She Wore: Left: Fashion Drug, Middle: Rebellious Fashion, Right: Fashion Nova

Keep up with JCInstitute on Instagram for more on Fashion, Makeup, Hair and Body Spa. 

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

Top 5 Nail Trends You Need To Try This Summer


As much as we love neon colors and all that glitters, over time it can become repetitive. It’s like wearing the same little black dress all season long until you realize you’ve had enough of it and need a change. Don’t get us wrong, the little black dress is iconic, just like neon shades for summer, but who says you can’t be daring and have fun with something different this year.

We’ve witnessed many incredible and creative nail art and designs that have been seen on the Spring 2018 runways. It was difficult to narrow our list down to the top five trends, but the following looks will no doubt be quite popular this summer. Instagram influencers and beauty bloggers have already begun experimenting with the latest nail designs for this season— now it’s your turn to get a fresh manicure.

Top 10 Nail Trends You Need To Try This Summer
Statement Nails


Statement nails are easy and fun to create. All you need to do is apply nail stickers to your nails and then add glossy polish over top. You can purchase nail stickers online from Etsy or So Nailicious Boutique.

The Minimalist Manicure 


Forget the color, the minimalist manicure is all about simple, clean and neutral designs. Add black and white stripes to your nails for the perfect minimalist look.

Graffiti Nails


Let your inner artist self come to play with this nail trend that you can create from home. Graffiti nails are all about experimenting with shapes and brush strokes until you’re pleased with your artistic nails.

“Just when you thought we had escaped an ’80s beauty resurgence, here come these nails.” A.R.”

Petal Nails


Nail designs just keep on getting creative by the season. Petals on your nails? Yes, please! This elegant nail art is definitely made for Spring/Summer and we can’t wait to try it.



These nails by Angi Wingle were introduced on the runway at the Philip Lim Spring 2018 show and now they’re being spotted everywhere. This trend is one of our favorites because of the feminine design with a neutral polish.

Are you in need of a manicure? Do you wish to try one of these amazing trends for summer? Visit us at the John Casablancas Institute Body Spa and book your next manicure appointment with us.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Makeup

Instagram Makeup Trends: May 2018


This month we have witnessed bold and memorable makeup trends that JCI Makeup Artistry students and graduates have created. Many of these trends were first seen on the runways and now have become popular on Instagram. From runway models to Instagram influencers, see the latest makeup moments this May.



If there’s anything we learned from the Spring 2018 runways, it’s that bold and neon makeup is definitely in trend. JCI Makeup Artistry graduate Shauni has mastered the art of bold makeup and we are loving this green smokey eye.

Aside from green, sunshine yellow is a popular eye color to try for summer. Below Shauni has used a yellow eye shadow from the Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions Palette. A bright yellow shade can work on any skin tone and looks flattering.

If you feel as if this sunshine shade is too daring, you can always use these bold colors for the inner or outer parts of your eyes only. This way you can still experience wearing bright eye shadows without feeling like you’re over-doing it.


One of our favorite trends we’ve seen this month on Instagram is the creation of the floral eye— “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.”

This makeup look has us getting in the summer spirit and we are stunned by the creativity this trend delivers. JCI Makeup student Anne Hicks shows off her talent by creating various looks of the floral eye.


Ditch your lipsticks at home because the lip gloss trend has returned this year with shimmery effects. We’ve seen many beauty bloggers switch over to using shiny glosses and it’s a simple yet stunning look to have for summer. Even the Kardashians are on board. Makeup Artistry graduate Sarah House wears her glossy lips with a bright makeup look, another trend we’ve witnessed this season. The brighter the better!


There’s always different ways to play with glitters and sparkles. This season we’ve noticed glitter applied to the inner eye a new and blooming trend. JCI Makeup graduate Kenya Kennedy shows off her gold glitter with warm makeup tones.

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 / Events

Things To Do In Vancouver: Summer 2018


Aside from being named one of the world’s ‘Best Spring Vacation‘ destinations in 2018, there’s nothing like a summer in Vancouver. From spectacular hikes with breathtaking views to biking the seawall, this city is full of adventures and entertainment throughout the summer season.

Here’s a list of things for you to do this summer in Vancouver: 


One of the best things about Vancouver is the amount of nature we have to appreciate. Our exceptional views of the mountains make hiking worth it. There are many hikes to do in and near Vancouver, from short 30-minute trails to 6-hour hikes or longer. Here are a few popular hikes that Vancouverites enjoy during summer:

Grouse Mountain – 1.5 – 2 hours (round-trip)

Dog Mountain – 2 hours (round-trip)

Stawamus Chief – 6 hours (round-trip)

St. Marks Summit – 5 hours (round-trip)

Deep Cove – 1 hour (round-trip)

Garibaldi Lake – 3 hours (one-way)


Discover over 50,000 amazing creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium. Experience 4-D shows and get up close and personal with creatures you’ve never seen before!

Buy tickets here


There’s something magical about fireworks and in Vancouver, we hold a beachside celebration of lights every summer. The dates for the fireworks show this year is on July 28, August 1 and 4th. This event also includes live music performances and local food trucks.


Breakout Festival: Vancouver’s first outdoor two-day hip-hop and R&B music festival will take place at the PNE.

When: June 9-10 Where: PNE Amphitheatre

FVDED In The Park: This popular two-day festival is jampacked with DJ’s, Hip-Hop artists, Rap music, food and more! The headliners for this year include Future and Kygo.

When: July 6-7 Where: Holland Park

Vancouver Folk Music Festival: Founded in 1978, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is an outdoor festival that takes place annually.

When: July 13-15 Where: Jericho Beach Park

Vancouver Island Music Fest: “An intimate musical experiences in a natural setting on the Island that’ll give you the feeling that ‘everything’s gonna be alright’.” – BoredinVancouver

When: July 13-15 Where: Comox Valley Fairgrounds


If there’s something we love more than music in Vancouver, it’s food. And what’s better than a food festival allowing you to eat as much as you’d like and try new foods.

The Richmond Night Market: From live entertainment to a variety of food, the Richmond Night Market has finally opened and will be here to stay until October 8th.

When: May 11 – October 8 Where: 8351 River Road

YVR Food Fest: The 7th annual YVR food festival is an outdoor event the features a spectacular brunch, Canada Day barbeque with live music and amazing food cooked by both local and international chefs.

When: TBA Where: TBA

Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival: Come taste a variety of cheese, meats, wine, and beers at this annual food festival.

When: TBA Where: TBA


Life’s always better at the beach. Here are a few beaches where you could find us tanning this season:

Jericho Beach

Kitsilano Beach

Spanish Banks Beach

Sunset Beach

Third Beach


Visit Vancouver’s Science Centre and discover an exhibit like no other.

Buy tickets here


In need of a getaway? Whistler is just under 2-hours away from Vancouver and has many activities for you to do this summer, including zip-trekking, bungee-jumping, biking and more.

Plan Your Summer Whistler Trip Here.



Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Features / Hair

Meet Janell Bye: JCI Fashion & Hair Artistry Graduate


Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Janell Bye moved to Vancouver, BC at the age of 19 and immediately fell in love with the city. Starting out young, Janell was a personal hairstylist to her many Barbie dolls when she was growing up. She later began practicing braiding and curling techniques on her friends. There was no doubt that Janell had a passion for hair and wanted to pursue a career as a hairstylist.

“What stood out almost immediately was the individuality and all of its forms. From hairstyles to artwork, to clothing and tattoos, Vancouver was all so new and inspiring. When I am not cutting hair I am biking the Seawall, enjoying the outdoors, and hanging out with friends.” 

Janell’s journey at John Casablancas Institute first began in 2014, when she enrolled in the Fashion Business & Creative Arts Program. Not only was Janell passionate about hair, she was just as interested in fashion and creative arts.

“Coming from an art and fashion background I can appreciate how hair and fashion can reflect an individual’s personal style. Having a good hair day is something everybody strives for. I love the artistic outlet that both the Fashion and Hair Artistry Programs have given me and I love when I get the opportunity to bring my fashion knowledge behind the chair to my clients.”

Weaving two industries together has allowed Janell to know what’s trending in both fashion and hair. She is currently working on a blog which will be her outlet for sharing her knowledge of both industries in one spot.

Before beginning the Hair Artistry Program at JCI, Janell had scored herself a position as a receptionist at Hairsoda, a salon located in North Vancouver. With great mentors to teach her all the insider tips and tricks to becoming an amazing hairstylist, Janell was inspired every day.

Shawn Scheepers, founder of Hairsoda, and hairstylist Jericka Los are two of JCI’s Hair Program graduates who have been working alongside with Janell and had nothing but amazing things to say about the Program. This influenced Janell’s decision to enroll at JCI in September 2017. 

“JCI focuses on hands-on experience and teaching techniques that are current. It has given me such a solid foundation, and learning from instructors who are currently working in the industry gave all of us students real-world experience. I loved the fact that we learned haircuts on the first day and we got to work on clients shortly after. A lot of my teachers went to JCI as well which is encouraging, as many of them have successful careers in the industry.”

While working at Hairsoda, Janell was inspired by the stylists around her and all things creative. Instagram is a platform with many international hairstylists and a few stylists that Janell was influenced by were Habit Salon, Michelle Hair, Guy Tang, Chris Weber, Elissa Wolfe (JCI Hair graduate), Hair by Sarmad, Zach Mesquit and Eva Lam

“My style is definitely bohemian— I love creating big bold braids and beachy waves. I love the undone messy but put together look, if that makes any sense.”

One of the biggest lessons Janell learned was to network while at school. Graduating from both the fashion and the hair program, she has a great understanding of both industries and can merge the two careers together to help her clients feel their very best.

“Do the JCI mixers and BYOBS, I met so many amazing makeup artists and fashion stylists and other hair students. You may end up collaborating down the road and it is a great way to build relationships with other artists in the industry.”

The Hair Industry is very competitive, as well as Fashion— which is why networking and getting hands-on experience is extremely beneficial.

“I was lucky to have great mentors who took the time to teach me in a real salon environment. Also, never underestimate the power of social media. Instagram is a necessity to build your portfolio. It is a great way to showcase your quality of work and is also a value to your potential clients, as it showcases your individual talent and what sets you apart from the rest. It is so important to be consistent with your posts and Instagram is a great tool for all stylists to have.”

Janell is currently working as a stylist-in-training at Hairsoda and hopes to be fully-booked at the salon while continuing to learn new techniques and be up to date with the industry.

“My goal always is and always will be to make sure my clients leave my chair loving their new look. Whether its a trim, cut, color or an entire style, I want them to genuinely love their new hair and feel both confident and beautiful. I love being a part of the process of a client getting a makeover, whether it’s a trim or a dramatic new look—  I hope my clients are completely satisfied and leave the chair feeling their best!”

Janell’s Must-Have Hair Products: Dry shampoo from Dove (Drugstore find) and Purple Shampoo and Conditioner from Kevin Murphy

Follow Janell Bye’s Hair Instagram Page

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.

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