Cirque Du Soleil Kurios

Watching Cirque Du Soleil Kurios made me miss cheerleading and gymnastics. I remember when I first started on the cheer team, I saw a girl being thrown in the air and doing a back tuck basket. I thought to myself, “Wow that’s amazing! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do that…” Sure enough, a year later, I was doing back tuck baskets EASILY and it was my favourite thing to do. I was even learning an ADVANCED version of the basket (X-out full). Coming from a gymnastics and an acrobatics background,  I couldn’t help but to critique every move they made in Cirque Du Soleil. I would make mental guesses about how many hours they would’ve needed to perfect a stunt, and I would guess the difficulty level of each stunt based off of cheerleading stunts I have done in the past. Fun fact, I was actually doing circus classes a year ago, and I’m considering going back into aerial silk! Cirque Du Soleil has definitely inspired me to perform again.

If you’re looking for something different and entertaining to do in Vancouver, I would recommend seeing Cirque Du Soleil. What I really enjoyed most about Kurios was its funny moments and CREATIVITY. It’s been a while since I had a good laugh! When I say creativity, I’m not only talking about the costumes, but also the storylines and the presentation. Only those who attend will know what I’m talking about! Words alone cannot express my experience with the show. I had the honor of getting the behind-the-scenes tour for Kurios, and I made a short clip to recap:

Thank you to Mike Wu for filming and taking photos at Kurios!

Feeding horses is a dangerous sport

I had the greatest weekend, filled with food, horses, and more food. On Saturday, I spent the beautiful sunny afternoon in Langley, where I had lunch at the Bacchus Bistro in the Chaberton Estate Winery.

stuffed crepes

I recommend getting the 3 course meal with pate, and beet salad. The food was good, and the patio was beautiful. We also joined the wine tour, which was only 15 minutes long. It wasn’t the greatest tour, but it was interesting to hear about their process.

OUTFIT DETAILS

purse: louis vuitton | hat: aldo | choker: aldo | dress: forever 21 | bralette: american eagle | shoes: aldo

First vlog! Fvded, Vancouver Pro/Am, Pemberton Festival

For the past 3 weekends, I had a different event to attend each week! You can imagine how busy I was, but they were all very exciting! Here’s the events I attended in order: Fvded in the park, Vancouver Pro/Am show, and Pemberton Music Festival. This vlog also includes some clips of my daily life. I wasn’t planning on making a video; hence why the videos seem incomplete, but here’s a sneak peak of what my life looks like. Let me know if you would like to see more!

What you didn’t see in this video, was why I had the worst weekend of my life in Pemberton. Where do I even begin?

First night of Pemberton, one of the girls I was working with ‘accidentally’ took my bag. She returned it the next day anonymously, minus two items that were in my bag.

The next night, it took us 1.5 hours at 2:00 in the morning to find my car in the enormous parking lot loaded with a billion cars. We literally walked up and down the entire parking lot at least 5 times before I found my car. The panic button wouldn’t work either unless the keys were literally touching the car. I actually thought I wasn’t going to make it back to the house that night.

On the last day, I was so excited to finish up my cleaning tasks and to make my way home to Vancouver as soon as I was done work.

Only one problem.

My wallet and keys were left in the room that the supervisors (the ones with the keys to the room) decided to lock up early.

I began freaking out.

This was my second time losing my bag that weekend and i just wanted to go home! Not to mention I had to go to my full time job the next morning! Luckily, one of the supervisors stayed and gave me the contact information of the key holder, but it still felt like a journey to go find her on festival grounds.

Would I ever work for this company again? Probably not. I’m done with festivals for awhile.

*Disclaimer* I was working for a staffing agency, NOT for Pemberton Festival directly. The name of the staffing agency shall remain anonymous unless I feel the need to disclose that information.

 

Fashionista of the month

I am so grateful for all of my friends and family who have supported me in everything I do. The much awaited article is finally live!

Nicole Wong, StarCentral’s Fashionista of the Month for June 2016 had a late introduction to the world of fashion – “towards the beginning of my university life, I began modelling in various fashion shows and photoshoots. My interest in fashion grew further when I cofounded the fashion community, Vanstyle, with my friend Tiana He…” Vanstyle is a fashion community based out of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Not only do they “help elevate the Vancouver fashion scene…”, they also host a variety of events from fashion shows to photo shoots, from video shoots to socials. “A big part of my success today comes from the experiences I have gained and the relationships I have made via Vanstyle…”

But Nicole’s first love wasn’t fashion. “My first passion actually, was fitness and food…” Torn between her love for chocolate and staying healthy, the 22-year old began creating healthy alternatives to the “junk food” that she loved. She took “unhealthy” ingredients and replaced them with natural, “clean” ones. She began sharing her recipes on her Instagram account, @cleanfoods, – “I started to receive numerous amounts of positive feedback from the public, and it led me to secure partnerships with some of the biggest companies including Nike and BroadbandTV…”

Becoming involved with Vanstyle gave the ex-cheerleader another outlet for her creative whims. She really likes that “you can really tell a lot about a person’s personality through their style…” Vanstyle and @cleanfoods has also given her the opportunity to be able to connect with others through social media – “It is always interesting for me to meet and collaborate with people I have communicated with on social media…” That collaboration has awakened another avenue of interest for the fitness fanatic/powerlifting aficionado. “I have learned that I love to help others flourish, and I love helping them in the marketing aspects to further their career. For example, I would help others, at no cost, to design and make business cards, or contact companies about possible collaborations. All of these things are time consuming and things that I should be doing for myself, but for some reason, I find so much more satisfaction in helping others…which has led me to think about turning this into a career…”

With that realization comes the alluring possibility of pursuing media marketing as a career (she has a degree in Communications). As Nicole’s interests reach far and wide (it also includes videography and photography), she’s learned the importance of never giving up and accepting every opportunity that comes her way. “There were so many times when I went into something thinking that I was going to be rejected, and sometimes I have, but I take everything as a learning opportunity…”
The combination of a very supportive family (they are always in the audience whenever I am performing on stage, or playing sports, and I cannot thank them enough for everything they do for me…”) and her ambition, drive, talent and abundance of enthusiasm and passion, will surely see Nicole Wong succeed in her every endeavor.

1. What is the one beauty product you can’t live without? I don’t really use beauty products unless I’m attending a special event…makeup and beauty is not my thing
2. What is the most dramatic thing you’ve ever done to change your looks? One day I was coloring my own hair, trying to go for a subtle ombre look. I accidentally left the bleach in for too long, so I ended up with platinum blonde hair!
3. What is in your makeup bag when you travel? I don’t ever wear makeup actually…ESPECIALLY when I travel because I like to pack really light
4. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I’m a really independent and business-oriented person
5. Your best guilty pleasure… Chocolate

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I’ll admit, I committed a fashion faux pas…for all the right reasons

photographer: samantha chan

 

I’m not particularly proud of what I’ve done, but I don’t have a single regret. I can explain myself, I swear.

Attending multiple events in less than a week can be super stressful for a fashionista. My days have been filled with meetings and work that I totally forgot to check in with my closet. Every girl has had that devastating moment when it’s the day before a big event and she thinks to herself “I have nothing to wear!” When in reality, you have too many clothes that don’t even fit in the closet and you question why that shirt you bought 4 years ago still has the price tag on. It’s ok, we’re girls. It’s in our nature to be indecisive about everything and not know what we want. But let’s not get too carried away here…

So last Thursday, on June 2nd, I attended a private Lexus rooftop event hosted by OpenRoad Auto Group. I didn’t really know what to expect from this event, but I wanted to look classy and to feel comfortable. The day before, I made a stop at Hollywood Boutique in Metrotown and tried on 5 different outfits. I was hoping to get more than one outfit because I knew I had several events coming up, but I came out of the store with only one item that I truly liked. I bought this knee-length white lace skirt that looked so sexy, but because it was quite long, I was comfortable wearing it without feeling too revealing. I really wanted to buy the chiffon top from the same store, but it was too baggy and it had makeup stains on it anyways. I knew the perfect store that I could find what I was looking for, but I knew the quality wouldn’t be as good. I checked Urban Planet and found a chiffon top that I was hesitant to get, but after I brought it home, I was so happy with my purchase.

photographer: samantha chan

I actually didn’t take any pictures at this Lexus event, so I thought it was safe to wear it for the second big event. Here’s the full look of the outfit, with my buddy Jim Swalm. I absolutely love the cut out of the top, and to my surprise, so did everyone else! The top went so well with the skirt that it had numerous people asking me if it was a dress! 😮 What’s even better was that I paid more than half the price on this top than the one I was going to get from Hollywood Boutique!

So there you have it. Guilty as charged, and proud of it.

Also, I am so glad that my friend Montana was able to come out to this event. I had so much fun spending the day with her at the beach, then adventuring out to West 5th for some smoothie bowls.

I met my long lost twin

Have you ever met someone who was basically you but in a different body? She shares the same passions as you, she loves the same donuts as you, she’s the only other person you’ve met that doesn’t drink coffee, she even schedules to take her pill at the same time of the day as you. Weird eh? Thats what I thought when I met Mitra for ‘coffee’ as we called it, even though we were really just going to order tea and donuts. I rolled up to 49th Parallel on Main St, snatched rockstar parking, and grabbed the last table on the patio. Mitra ordered a blueberry donut, while I tried the Matcha. They both had fillings inside, which I generally don’t like, but this one complimented the donut very well and it wasn’t overpowering. It only took two seconds of conversation for me to know that Mitra and I were going to get along very well. She has definitely made an impact on my thoughts and I owe it to her to get me back on track with YouTube, blogging, and keeping my mind and body healthy.

 

Pitaya and Acai Bowls from The Juice Truck

Finally got to try these amazing smoothie bowls from The Juice Truck! These were so delicious and packed with nutrition! I went with my friend Montana and we both couldn’t decide which one we liked better. Both were good for different reasons!

The Pitaya (dragon fruit) bowl (on the top left) had this yummy house made crumble on top that gave it a delightful crunchy texture. It also comes with pineapple, strawberry, banana, lemon zest and coconut water. It’s topped with a bunch of the following superfoods: chia seeds, hemp hearts and coconut flakes!

The Acai bowl (on the bottom right) was super refreshing, especially since we had just finished sun tanning at the beach! It was topped with house made pineapple chia jam, strawberries, pears and bee pollen! It was my first time trying bee pollen and I loved it!

I definitely recommend this place, and I can’t wait to try their other products! They have this lavender bowl, juice cleanse, and so many smoothies that sound so delicious! I don’t usually have so much enthusiasm for a place haha but @juicetruck has impressed me and they’re especially great for you if you love raw, gluten free and unpasteurized products!

Did you know? ?

Bee pollen is approximately 40% protein. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.

Making friends on Instagram

“This was our first date and I am already in love”

This past week has been super inspiring for me, as I met two beautiful Instagram influencers; Kandja Sylla, and Samantha Chan. It’s weird to think that this is how you meet most people in today’s society, but I love the community that we build together.

Two days ago, I attended the Hannah Middleton fashion show that Cody Karey co-hosted. It was super fun to watch, but the best part of it was the people I met. It was the first time meeting Kandja Sylla, after exchanging numerous ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ on each other’s Instagram pictures. Let me tell you, this girl is gorgeous in every single way. She is so intriguing with her charisma and intelligence. She couldn’t have described our ‘first date’ any better in her blogpost.

Kandja!

Also, it was so much fun to catch up with Samantha Chan again after doing a photoshoot with her on the weekend! I LOVED working with this girl so much. She was quick with her shots and quick with her editing. It’s so difficult to find photographers that send you pictures within 24 hours nowadays. On top of everything, this amazing girl is only 16 years old! She is definitely so inspiring and I admire her for her hustle at such a young age.

@JimSwalm photography by: Jason W Media