Bringing The Tropics Home By Robyn Gerry

With Vancouver Fashion Week approaching we thought we would contribute a little fashion into this weeks post in celebration of the opening of VFW taking place tomorrow night at the Four Season. Opening choreographed by Founder & CEO of Impact Dance Productions…Danielle Gardner (AKA me :))

Please sit back and enjoy some fashion goodies by Robyn Bank our Fashion Blogger Diva

-Bringing The Tropics Home-

I among the majority of you Vancouverites probably think that the rain is terribly romantic, (unless your heartbroken and love lost… in which case its probably for the most part depressing – sorry). As luck would have it, were all in for a seasonal treat. With the arrival of daylight savings, comes future sun saturation and vitamin D ie: summersssss a comin! and with it, fashions strong craving to embrace the sun, melatonin soaked skin, and tropical prints. With the arrival of spring It’s no surprise that florals seep their way into the minds and seams of the international fashion houses.
The palm leaves that were sewn on the runways of A LAB Milano and Alexander Wang, are raging in full bloom this spring. This pantsuit from Stella McCartney (throwing it back to her days of designing for Chloe), she’s taken the tropics to a mirror and then thrown it on a menswear inspired pantsuit. These prints aren’t just on runways but are infiltrating street-wear as well as a great resurgence in sub cultures. Tropical flowers can be seen on everything from Vans shoes to Huf Hats.
Although here in Vancouver we have but two months of summer (if we’re lucky), this year we can celebrate summer like the rest of the world from May to September through textile expressionism that goes beyond pastel colours. The great thing about this tropical trend is that it’s VERY wearable. Pair your favorite Hawaiian button up with cut offs and chuck taylors and your set. If your anything like me, constantly juggling work, yoga/spin classes, nights out with your ladies and hikes up the chief I for one am glad that I can bring the tropics with me even if its overcast.

Robyn Gerry

This Blog Post was made possible by IMPACT Dance Productions

“Makeup for the bright nights & flashing lights” By Joyce Poon


New Blog Post By: Joyce Poon -President and Founder of Noir Lash Lounge

There’s a reason many women seek the services of a professional makeup artist for those special occasions in life, namely their wedding day. These pros know their stuff. The difference is never overly dramatic (you’ll still look like you) and yet, it makes all the difference from doing it yourself.

A drawback many actors and dancers have is that they can’t afford a makeup artist for every “big” event and for those in theindustry, that could be a lot! Appearances, auditions, performances – sometimes even a TV spot which doesn’t include an in-house artist at your disposal.

To add to that, stage and camera-ready makeup is not your daily wear. Many times I’ve been filmed or photographed thinking I look fabulous only to balk at the playback. Where did my eyebrows go?!? So here are some tips for makeup that won’t fade in the spotlight:


Use a primer. Especially if the segment is being filmed in HD or you are being photographed. Today’s high resolution cameras pick up EVERYTHING.


Invest in a really good foundation – one that you can move in, sweat in and still stays put. Try several out before committing. Practice with a full face on. It affects your performance when you know your face is literally melting for all the world to see.


Use concealer on top of the foundation. Sure you might think you look flawless in the mirror. Snap a selfie on your cell phone and that’ll make you think again. Use it not only to cover the redness around your nose, but the dark circles under your eyes. Also use it as a highlighter on the bridge of your nose and tops of your cheeks.


Make your eyes as dramatic as possible. And then add more. That’s how much you’ll need. Don’t be afraid to use black eyeshadow along with plenty of eyeliner. You might feel like you look like a raccoon in the mirror, but take a self-portrait and suddenly, it as if you didn’t put any makeup on at all.


Use strip lashes. Sometimes a pair isn’t enough, so don’t be afraid to layer on another. And don’t be shy. Go long and thick and for the stage, don’t be afraid of some of those crazy looking ones – they translate amazingly beautiful on camera!


Don’t be afraid to contour. The thought of contouring sounds so complicated, but as any actress, model or dancer will attest – it’s done for EVERYONE on any stage production. Just because you can’t afford a pro doesn’t mean you get to skip this important step. Learn to contour. Use a bronzer and a blush brush. Pinch the edges of the blush brush and apply in the hollows of your cheeks. Where the shadow falls is where you’ll want to apply it. Now unpinch your brush and blend.


Play with color. Luckily dancers get to wear such bright, colorful costumes not just over the course of their career but even in a single performance! Don’t forget cheek color and definitely apply much more than you would on a normal basis. Not sure how much? Use a camera with a flash setting from across the room to get an idea of how much you need to no longer look “washed out”


Don’t forget your brows!! This small detail frames the whole picture nicely together. It draws attention to your beautiful eyes and defines the face. Don’t be afraid to make the brows slightly thicker than your natural ones. A strong thin line is unnatural and jarring to the face.

This may seem like a lot of steps, but for those special occasions, how you appear is as important as how you’ll perform. It’s all a part of your stage persona. Lady Gaga just wouldn’t be Lady Gaga without the makeup (even in her full resplendent finery).



Joyce Poon- President & Founder of Noir Lash Lounge