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Summer 2018 Festival Fashion: What To Expect

12
04.2018

Music festival season is upon us and there’s no summer festival like Coachella. America’s flagship festival, Coachella, is more than just celebrities, music and selfies. Instagram has been taken over by brands advertising “festival fashion,” that we can hardly wait to see what our favourite bloggers will be wearing this year at the biggest music festival in North America.

Los Angeles based fashion brand Revolve is known to have its own hashtag during Coachella season: #REVOLVEFESTIVAL. This retail brand went from hosting two-influencers, Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules and Song of Style’s Aimee Song, in a single rented home to now purchasing an entire hotel with over 140 rooms for fashion bloggers and influencers to stay.

Whether it’s Revolve or H&M’s festival looks, there’s no denying that Coachella is every sun-worshipping blogger’s paradise. Over the year’s we’ve witnessed trends including flower crowns, fanny-packs, bralettes, circular sunnies and festival season signature “boho” looks. Although these trends were perfect for Coachella in the past years, it’s time to move on and bring forward new styles.

Here’s what you can expect at Coachella 2018: 

Circle-Shaped Bags

From catwalks to music festivals, the circle-shaped bag is every blogger’s must-have bag. The trending straw circle bags are this seasons favourite and they sure do add a touch of style to any spring look.

Brands such as BalmainMansur Gavriel and Chloé have released their versions of the circle-shaped bag. These minimalistic bags are perfect to take to summer festivals, allowing you to carry all your important essentials in style.

“The biggest shift is the move away from boho to a few things that are more urban, more eclectic, maybe more vintage,” notes WGSN Retail Editor Sidney Morgan-Petro. “But that also reflects the shift in what festivals we’re looking at for inspiration.”

Cat-Eye Sunglasses

The cat-eye sunglasses add a retro update to this year’s festival trends. According to WGSN, “it merges with the 1990s Kurt Cobain look that has been popular at summer music festivals such as FYF Fest in LA.” Although we love our circular and aviator sunglasses, we’re ready to take on this new cat-eye trend that screams summer chic.

Even Gigi Hadid is on board with this trend. It’s official, we must own these sunnies.

Sporty Waist-packs

The fanny pack just got a whole lot better and we are obsessed with the new sporty look to it. We’ve seen it on the catwalks and street style, there’s no escaping the return of fanny packs! The youthful sporty waist-pack is a must-have for the festival season. High-fashion labels including KenzoGucci and Louis Vuitton have brought the fanny-pack back to life and it’s been Vogue-approved.

Western Boots and Belts

Western boots and belts have become staple items to wear at summer festivals. The Western belt trend has been modified with coin detailing and can be worn with dresses, skirts, and denim shorts. Wink Gal offers an amazing selection of these belts!

Yes, beauty is a pain, however, if you’re spending a weekend dancing and walking, then you’ll definitely want to invest in a pair of fashionable yet comfortable shoes to wear. Western booties with a small heel make for the perfect pair of shoes to wear to festivals. And remember to wear shoes that you’re not afraid to get a little dirty.

Bucket hats, print dresses, mini metal round sunglasses, layered pendant choker necklaces, wide-leg pants and off-the-shoulder blouses are all trends that you will see at Coachella this year. Now the only question left to ask is, will Kylie Jenner, queen of wigs and all things fashion, be at Coachella this year? We can’t wait to see what celebrities and bloggers will be wearing to the biggest music festival of the year.

John Casablancas Institute Fashion Business & Creative Arts graduate Emma Leger will also be at Coachella this weekend. Keep up with her Instagram stories for behind the scenes and live action from Coachella!


 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 / Events

Vancouver Esthétique Spa International Conference with JCI Educator Lili Huang

26
02.2018

The 2018 Vancouver Esthetique Spa International (ESI) Conference is an event for all beauty professionals and suppliers from around the world to attend. This was ESI’s 20th year in Vancouver with featured speakers, 55+ exhibitor classes, over 100 companies and 275 stands. The purpose of this two-day event is to showcase new products and services including nails, lashes, skincare, laser, machinery and more.

John Casablancas Institute Body Spa educator Lili Huang was a part of this year’s ESI event working with leading nail care company Bio Sculpture Nails, one of Vancouver’s first salons to be offering Evo Gel. Lili provided nail demonstrations and product knowledge at the event. With over 3,000 followers on Instagram, Lili is an expert when it comes to manicures.

“Evo, developed by Bio Sculpture, is the next generation in Healthy Nail Care.” – Bio Sculpture Nails

JCI takes students from the Body Spa Program each year to attend the ESI Conference to introduce them to beauty professionals and learn more about the spa industry. ESI offers the opportunity to experience over a hundred new products and services, innovative treatments, and more.


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

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her

14
02.2018

We’re all aware that February 14th is known as the day of romance where loved ones exchange gifts, flowers and chocolates. This day has been celebrated for decades, therefore, skip the excuses of not being able to find a gift because your significant other won’t believe it.

If you’re still in need of a perfect gift for her this Valentine’s Day, then you’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of last minute gift ideas to give your one and only.

Movie In A Box 

Staying in this Valentine’s Day? Make it a romantic day in with movies, popcorn, candies and warm pyjamas!

The Date Jar

This date jar will have you covered for your next few dates! Date ideas can include movie nights, spa days and even long walks on the beach.

Scrapbook or Lovebook 

What better way to say “I love you” than gifting a scrapbook full of memories?!

Surprise her with…

A hair appointment! Get your significant other an appointment for a new haircut and style. There’s nothing like a fresh cut from the salon.

Hair by John Casablancas Institute Hair Artistry graduate Jericka Los.

Spa in a Jar!

If you can’t take her to the spa, then bring the spa to her with this spa in a jar gift. Add her favourite spa products that she’ll love into a jar. Don’t forget the bath bombs from Lush!

Ditch the Wine Bag

… And get her a wine basket with all her favourite essentials.


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events

John Casablancas Institute Welcomes Chungnam State University

26
01.2018

January 26, 2018— John Casablancas Institute welcomed delegations from Chungnam State University, South Korea to celebrate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between our institutions. The MOU outlines an agreement of partnership and support of both JCI and CSU students as well as recognition and credit of JCI’s programs in CSU’s degree programs.

Chungnam State University is the only public university in Chungcheongnam-do, which is established and operated in Chungcheongnam-do to cultivate talented people with creativity and personality that can contribute to both South Korea’s national and also local development. The university opened in 1998 with the mission of “leading a bright future,” and has grown into an educational institution representing the region.

In the future, Chungnam State University will grow into the “representative public university of Korea” with the goal of educating talented people with intelligence and virtue, fostering society-dedicated leaders, and cultivating high-skilled professionals.

JCI administrative staff and students were delighted to greet CSU representatives at John Casablancas Institute and welcome them to our city.

JCI Managing Director, Mr. Colin Boguski, and CSU President, Mr. Jae-Yeong Huh, signed the MOU this afternoon declaring a partnership that will benefit both John Casablancas Institute and the Chungnam State University. It was an honor meeting with CSU and we believe this relationship will broaden opportunities for both JCI and CSU students both here in Vancouver and in South Korea.


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events / Makeup

Kathleen Fowlstone: First Place at IMATS LA 2018

17
01.2018

John Casablancas Institute Makeup Artistry graduate Kathleen Fowlstone and Founder of Little Monsters Studio and competed at the IMATS Battle of the Brushes 2018 Competition in Los Angeles and took home first place.

Each year the International Makeup Trade Show (IMATS) is held to celebrate the makeup industry and allow recently graduated/graduating makeup students to compete against each other to win awards and prizes in the Battle of the Brushes.

Kathleen competed at the Vancouver 2017 IMATS in the Beauty/Fantasy category and won second place. She had the opportunity to fly to LA to compete once again in the Beauty/Fantasy category and won first place, along with a $5000.00 cheque.

“Once the theme was revealed as ‘Wildwood folklore’ my first instinct was that I wanted to create a look that combined ethereal beauty with epic fierceness, that is what inspired the whole look. I also handmade the entire costume which helped me fulfill my vision.”

With the help of her model Chelsea Brennan, Kathleen put together a Fairy Goblin Queen creation. In the 2 hours given to create this look, Kathleen was able to complete body painting, beauty makeup and hair, along with putting together the props.

“Words cannot describe how grateful I am for all of the support that has gotten me to this point.”

“Prior to the competition, I was nervous, yet focused and determined to do my absolute best. After winning I think I was in shock. There was so much talent showcased and to be placed first (especially in LA) was an absolute dream come true.”

The advice that Kathleen would give to aspiring makeup artists is to stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to take risks.

“Focus on your strengths as an artist and not your weaknesses.” 

We are so proud of Kathleen and her success at the 2018 IMATS Battle of the Brushes.

Kathleen is the founder of Little Monsters Studio and specializes in airbrushing and body art. Keep up with Kathleen Fowlstone on Instagram.


JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program 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 glamor 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 Institute 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 theater.

Davneet Dhillon,
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