Cayne of We Are The City in his Star Wars shirt Johnny of Fields of Green and his gf
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Saturday, 7 July 2012
So obviously we haven't been posting in the summer beacuse we are lazy and nobody is in school. But don't worry eager readers, we're coming back next week with new content. We'll have some Finds, a Style Profile, and hopefully a new photo shoot. Over the next few days we'll be at the Keloha festival in Waterfront Park taking pictures of the stylish folks we see and posting them all by Monday. See you round.
Posted by Booked at 14:01
Friday, 4 May 2012
(Photos by Thomas Bullock)
Now that school is officially over (and Liam and I have graduated) we all have time to stop hitting the books and start getting back to Booked. We apologize for the radio silence but this exam period really sucked for all four of us. So now that we have an abundance of free time, you can expect lots of updates. This week we hope to have up our second half of our neutrals Concept Post (photos courtesy of my lovely friend Thomas Bullock) as well as a few style profiles. Now that school is over its obviously a little harder for us to find street style, so we are doing our best to shoot around town. It has always been extremely important for us that this blog is something that you all want to read, so please send us any ideas of what you would like to see! If you are away on holiday, send us pictures of what you wore and what you saw, and if you're in town and see some amazing style, snap a picture and we'll put it up! We hope you're all enjoying freedom as much as we are!
Posted by Booked at 12:28
(Leigh Rose Photos by Booked)
Its been a whole month since we went to fashion week and it is still stuck in my mind. Every show had something to offer their viewers. One thing that stood out for me was the attention to detail. Let's start with the dresses, they either formed to the models' bodies either by adding to their curves or by accentuating their curves. There were also dresses that had a free-flowing spring feel that seemed to give the dress life by adding a certain spunk by flirting with the cut, but the designers didn't stop there. They gave life to their line with makeup. Leigh Rose darkened the eyes of her models making them seem like they were dressed up for a night out on the town. Rose also worked with slits within her dresses. While the colors were not flamboyant, they still were infused with life and energy because of the unique cuts. The color of the dresses also seemed to show an easiness as if Rose was trying to show that her line can be worn on a day-to-day bases. The cherry-on-top for this show was definitely the music. The music just helped set the tone and breathe life into the dresses that hit the runway as well as bring the overall ensembles together.
(Danielle Cameron and Makenzie Jones Photo by Vancouver Fashion Week)
The one show that caught my eye not only exceeded all of my expectations but it also had its own unique theme like no other that we had seen. Danielle Cameron and Makenzie Jones tried to convey an image of Western Canada's great wildlife. These designers went from adding antlers to their dresses to giving the models a certain walk. It started off with a flowered dress with overlapping sequences. The models really brought the dresses to life with their unique walks and avant garde poses. When walking down the runway the model above pulled the flowers off of her dress and gave them to members of the audience. The execution of the dress was exquisite and the model's interaction with the audience was unlike any other show I have ever seen. Every dress had its own theme. The entire show went from spring to wildlife to almost a love story told by the last too models. The feathered dress stole the show. It was breathtaking.
(Danielle Cameron and Makenzie Jones Photos by Booked)
The experience of watching this show not only helped the Booked team see what a true runway show would be like in person, but it also showed us how far fashion can go. The boundaries are limitless.
Posted by Booked at 12:04
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
L'Oréal Go 360 Clean
I never thought when I saw the commercial or magazine ads for this product that I would ever actually try it. It seemed so gimmicky, but I saw on a blog that I follow's youtube channel that she really recommended it. Then a few weeks later I was at shoppers with some friends staring at the massive wall of facial cleansers and my friend Ali said that she'd tried it and liked it, so I gave it a try - and I LOVE it!! I've been pretty faithful to St. Ives Apricot Scrub for a few years, but it wasn't working as well as it once had, and I was getting pretty tired of getting the little pieces of the scrub in my eye. So I bought the sensitive skin one (the blue), and was so surprised to actually see the make-up come off on the little scrubber. The scrubber is really soft rubber and is kind of sticky, so the make-up literally sticks to it (I also accidentally bought water-proof mascara and it took it right off, no big deal). The scrubber is honestly amazing, its soft but really exfoliates, and helps the cleanser get all of the make-up off. I highly recommend trying this stuff, its really nice on the skin and is a great make-up remover!!
Posted by Booked at 10:27
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
It was back on February 1st that Booked first launched. If you guys remember our initial manifesto post, we did our first shoot with photographer Jason Chan. Since then, we’ve been repeatedly asked about where the location of that shoot was. We actually went down to the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative on Clement Avenue and thought the weathered, red backdrop of the stacked fruit bins would contrast against our clothes nicely. Take a look at some other photos we shot that day.
Posted by Booked at 17:08
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Alia is Booked
So for about the first two months of my English class I wondered who the ridiculously well-dressed quiet girl in the back of the lecture hall was. Even with her introverted personality, it is difficult to miss Alia Popoff at school. After seeing the second-year student around campus a few times, we Booked her for the first time in the courtyard. My absolute favorite thing about being a part of the Booked team is being able to use the blog as an excuse to meet people and ask them about their style (I guess some wouldn’t need an excuse to chat up people but as an arguably introverted person myself, I do). When Booked covered The Show, an art event at the Habitat last month, we Booked Alia again and I knew we had to do a style profile about her.
The cool thing about Alia Popoff is the fact that she is from Grand Forks, BC. In my opinion, one could easily teleport her to a downtown New York neighborhood like Soho or the Marais district in Paris and she would fit in with ease. Alia has a natural casualness to her style. To be honest, I find it quite difficult to dress casually while trying to still look somewhat fashion-forward. Interestingly, Alia buys the majority of her clothing from Orchard Park Center or in Spokane, as it is the closest major city to her hometown. Not to sound like a typical city-boy belittling small-town malls or retailers, but when Alia told me this I was pretty shocked that a person as a fashionable as she is buys her clothing in surprisingly ordinary places. It is not where Alia buys her clothes or how unique the individual pieces are in their own right that makes her overall style standout. Rather, it is her ability to pair certain accessories and garments with each other in a way that creates an overall cohesive look. Alia said, “sometimes two things that completely don’t match just look amazing together”. Her favorite piece of clothing is a heavy, over-sized tan textured sweater her aunt knit for her which she wore when we Booked her last outside UNC. Alia shops at a range of stores like Urban Planet, Aldo Accessories, Dynamite, and Walmart. If I had to guess how much one of Alia’s outfits on an ordinary day cost, I would peg it between $400 and $500. After our interview together I was surprised that she really doesn’t spend very much on clothes. I give her a ton of credit for being able to put together unreal outfits on a student budget. I think someone has to have a lot of confidence in their way of dressing to make a pair of $40 shoes from Walmart look like $400 shoes from Holts. Alia does this so well.
When Booked interviewed her, Alia tried to explain the difficulty in trying to teach someone how to pair certain things together to create an overall “cool” look. Maybe it is the fact that Alia is a Fine Arts major or a talented photographer which gives her this unique analytical lens when choosing an outfit, or maybe it is her naturally self reflective personality. Alia’s ultimate dream is to become a high fashion photographer and to one day work for fashion magazines. After seeing some of her artwork showcased at the Habitat I noticed some similarity in her work and the way she dresses. There is an overarching theme of simplicity at the surface, but deeper meaning when you really look at one of her photographs (in terms of the symbolic meaning and implicit themes) or outfits (in terms of her mood when getting dressed). When it comes to dressing, Alia says colour schemes allow her to put an outfit together. She really dresses based on the way she feels; if you see her walking around campus in a head-to-toe black outfit she likely is not feeling as energetic or happy as if she were wearing a bright floral dress. In terms of celebrities or style icons, she doesn’t really look up to anyone but she loves getting inspiration from magazines or neat things she sees on lookbook.nu or tumblr.
After getting to know Alia a little bit better over the past month I have to say she is a sweet person and based on her photography skills, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her working for a magazine like Elle or even Vogue one day. She is able to capture a sense of emotional authenticity in her work so perfectly and I haven’t ever seen a 19-year-old photographer do that as well as she does. It is her unique eye for putting together outfits, her dynamic personality, her interests in all aspects of art whether it is photography, painting, folk music to dubstep, and especially her love for fashion that Booked loves about Alia Popoff.
Posted by Booked at 00:25
Friday, 6 April 2012
Thursday, 5 April 2012
When I (Yaw) was asked to be a part of Booked I was honoured. Not all of the members of the Booked team knew each other super well before we started our blog, but we recognized each other from campus because of our distinctive styles and mutual friends. Until I sat down with Liam, Cam, and Tori for the first time at the Well, I didn’t realize how passionate they were about fashion and creativity in general; the one thing we have in common is our creativity. When someone gets “Booked” it means (in our own subjective opinion) that they have a certain effortlessness and type of creativity in their way of dressing that is uniquely theirs. When Tori put forward this initial idea to showcase UBCO students for their individuality and personality through their everyday “street style” I jumped on the idea, but I didn't know how it was going to be received by our fellow friends and classmates. We're so humbled by how much interest you have all shown us. Booked just reached 23 000 views in 2 months not because of our simple idea, but rather because we have amazing students at UBCO with original style, creativity, and dynamic personalities who we can showcase.Now I must also acknowledge the people overseas who follow our blog, from as far away as Russia! (Seriously, Russia???) We love you! I just want to say I was really confused when I was looking at our blog stats and realized we have a substantial following in Russia but we’ll take it and run. To our readers from the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Australia, Norway, Hong Kong as well as Bolivia, we are overwhelmed and grateful for your views. UBCO students and the Kelowna community-at-large have been amazing in supporting us and we can’t sufficiently express our thanks, and how excited we always are to be able to show your peers and the world the great style you bring to the table on a daily basis.
After our two-month mark, one incident in particular made me want to make this post to thank our readers. I was approached yesterday by a boy named Warren who is from Jamaica. He expressed his love for our blog and how he feels inspired by what we’re doing. After talking with him for a short time I noticed him using the same language we use to describe people’s wardrobe; he kept calling clothes "pieces" as if one’s expression is attributed to their outfits. In terms of his own style he told me that living in New York as well as Jamaica gave him a mix of influences in terms of what he wears. He also references 70s styles and rap stars like Kanye West. Warren talked about his experiences at UBCO and how being out here in Kelowna "has showed him how everyone has a unique sense of style and how nobody looks like each other." It was talking to Warren for half an hour that made me want to do a shout out to the viewers of Booked and on behalf of every member of our team WE LOVE YOU!
Posted by Booked at 14:28