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Things To Do In Vancouver: Summer 2018

16
05.2018

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: 

HIKES

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)

VANCOUVER AQUARIUM 

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

CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS

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.

MUSIC FESTIVALS 

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

FOOD FESTIVALS

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

BEACH LIFE

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

SCIENCE WORLD

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

Buy tickets here

VISIT WHISTLER 

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 / Events

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts That Every Mom Will Enjoy

03
05.2018

Being a mom can be one of the hardest jobs a woman experiences, which is why it’s only right to honor them every year! Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away and we’ve got the perfect gift ideas for every type of mom out there. Get your credit cards ready and prepare to shock your mom with the ultimate mother’s day gift!

For The Mom Who’s Expecting… 

If you’re shopping for a woman who is about to become a mom for the first time, or perhaps again, then this is your time to stock up on everything a new mom needs, and yes, the body pillow a must.

For The Health & Wellness Mom…

If your mom loves working out, meal preps all her meals and enjoys relaxing before yet another long day, here are some gift ideas that she will enjoy.

For The Minimalist Mom…

If your mom is a minimalist, then you probably know that she’ll be happy with just a hug and a kiss on Mother’s Day. Even though she has convinced you to not go spend your money on a gift for her, here are a few things she will still appreciate. Keep in mind, DIY (do-it-yourself) gifts are also worth considering!

For The Maximalist Mom…

For the ones with maximalist moms, now is your time to splurge on that special woman and make her dreams come true with luxurious gifts such as the following:

For The Chic Mom…

Surprise your mom with a hair appointment or a mani-pedi day! Every fashionable mom loves looking and feeling good, so take her to get ready and then take her out to her favorite restaurant! You can never go wrong with a fun-packed day of surprises for your mom on Mother’s Day.

John Casablancas Institute is giving you the opportunity to spoil your mom with a regular manicure, pedicure and facial for just $50.00! Call the JCI Body Spa to book your appointment now for Mother’s Day! 

*Valid until May 13, 2018. 


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

Vancouver: A City to Watch 2018

24
04.2018

According to WGSN, Vancouver is a city to watch for this year. With beautiful beaches like Spanish Banks and breathtaking landscapes that make for great outdoor activities including hiking and biking, there’s no denying that the city of Vancouver is a “true Pacific Northwest experience.”

What makes Vancouver a city unlike any other? We are known for our wellness and eco-friendly environment, outdoor activities, activewear, (yes, that includes Lululemon), and our unique mix of cultures. Areas such as Gastown, Granville Island, and the West End are known for their local seafood and produce, making the city every food bloggers paradise. With artistic walls found in the city, Instagram fashion and lifestyle bloggers also appreciate the beauty of Vancouver’s urban backdrops.

Via WGSN

The city caters to many events and activities throughout the year including live sports and entertainment events, world-class shopping, beautiful and under-rated tourist destinations, and is known to be a great walking city with it’s clean, green, and safe environment.

“Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains — or both. And everyone looks so healthy.” – The Daily Telegraph (UK)

FIVE LESSONS FROM VANCOUVER (via GB&D Magazine)

1. Make Food Accessible In order to increase food assets by 50% over 2010 levels, Vancouver has drafted a municipal food strategy; supported gardens, farms, and markets; planted public fruit trees; and purchased local food for municipal facilities. So far, it reportedly has increased food assets by 24%.

2. Invest in Alternative Transit Improving cycling and pedestrian safety has made the city more inviting on bike and foot, and Vancouver’s public transportation infrastructure—which includes bus, streetcar, and train—and ridership are well above rates in nearby Seattle and Portland.

3. Mandate Carbon Neutrality Updating the Vancouver Building Bylaw’s energy efficiency requirements and using price signals to reward energy efficiency in new and existing buildings are two strategies being considered to make all buildings constructed after 2020 carbon neutral. Currently, requiring all new building re-zonings to be LEED Gold is raising the bar for the building industry and bringing awareness to the public about what green buildings can be.

4. Aim for Zero Single-family homes are now served with a weekly compost service and garbage pickup every other week in an effort to reach zero waste. The city is also working to divert all recyclables from the waste stream and launching a building-deconstruction program.

5. Embrace Incubators Vancouver is home to innumerable technology accelerators, social hubs, and environmental incubators. These non-traditional approaches to business are sparking innovation and leadership, resulting in new ideas about urban sustainability. 

“Vancouver is one of North America’s most under-rated tourist destinations. It is a modern, travel-friendly city with a unique mix of cultures. The relatively mild Pacific Northwest climate and an energetic restaurant and nightlife scene are other features that make this such an attractive city.” – LowFares.com 

TOP SPOTS TO VISIT IN VANCOUVER

  • Granville Island – the heart of Vancouver’s craft and foodie community
  • Gastown – a neighborhood combining old with new, history with the way forward. A great place for food and local shops
  • Robson Street – Vancouver’s best-known shopping district
  • Stanley Park – magnificent  and massive green oasis in North Vancouver
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge – a thrilling suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver

  • The Block – a Gastown staple, providing a curated collection of clothing since 1999
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – the largest art gallery in Western Canada
  • Woo to See You – concept retailer stocking rare garments from big and local designers
  • Nouvelle Nouvelle – retailer stocking an impressive selection of contemporary brands

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 / Fashion

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,
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