• Wednesday’s Style – Back to School Style: Girls Edition | Vancouver Child Photographer
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    It’s that time of year again – back to school! And amidst buying all of the supplies, meeting new teachers and friends and tackling homework, there’s the question of what to wear on the first day and beyond (because of course, class pictures are coming up soon too). Here are some great choices for girls to keep them looking styling all year long.

    Basic is boring – prints are the way to go. There are a variety of prints out there to match every style – from florals and stripes, to graphics and more, you can’t go wrong with a print this year.

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    Even if the weather isn’t cool enough yet, sweaters are going to be big this back to school season. And it’s all about layering, so throw a chunky sweater over a lightweight tee and some jeans and accessorize to dress it up or down.

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    Don’t forget footwear. Shoes are an equally important fashion choice. Everything from statement sneakers, ankle boots, loafers and colorful Converse are in this year. Happy shopping!

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  • Sunday’s Showcase – What to do in the Vancouver Area Next Weekend
  • sunday showcaseWant to plan what to do next weekend? There’s so many activities out there – you just need to know where to look. Here’s a round-up of some great family-friendly events  to check out next week.

    It’s still the perfect weather to catch some outdoor theater. Theatre Under the Stars is presenting Legally Blonde: The Musical at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. Bring some blankets, pack a picnic and watch some terrific live theater. You can also choose to sit in assigned seating and purchase food from the concessions. But aren’t picnics under the stars fun??

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    For a fun night out on the town head over to the Saturday Summer Sessions at Shipbuilders Square. Check out the gorgeous views across Vancouver Harbor while listening to live music from a variety of bands. There will be special kids events like jugglers, face painting and art and of course, a ton of delicious food from a a host of local food trucks.

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    At the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival on Granville Island, they’ll be plenty of activities to see and do. Alongside beautiful displays of wooden boats, there will be hands-on boat-building, knot-tying demonstrations and even a sing-along of sea shanties. There will be races all weekend and the best part – admission is free!

    wooden-boat-festVisit the Lepp Farm Market in Abbotsford next weekend for the Corn & Peach Festival. There will be plenty of fun activities for the kids, a yummy BBQ lunch and even a corn-eating contest. If you’re feeling lucky, enter the peach pie contest on Sunday – the winner will receive a $250 gift certificate. Proceeds from the event will benefit Matthew’s House, which provides quality health care to children in need.

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  • Wednesday’ Style – Fun Summertime Mani/Pedis | Vancouver Family Portraits
  • wednesdays styleJust because the summer is winding down doesn’t mean it’s time to get out of summer mode. There’s still plenty of time left to enjoy all that summer has to offer. And that includes summer style. Dresses, shorts, skirts and sandals are fun, but don’t forget to accessorize – and that includes your nails!

    Summer is the perfect time to experiment with your nail color – and definitely the time to make sure you have a great pedicure, in addition to your manicure. There are so many fun nail options out there these days – you can change your nails just as much as you change outfits.

    You can never go wrong with a classic neutral combo – but play up with the shades. Neutral is not just beige – think pinks, lilac, gray and even mint green. Your fingers and toes should compliment each other but there’s no need to go too matchy-matchy. Instead of wearing the same color on top and bottom, go for different shades in the same color family – a deep purple and lilac combo, royal and sky blue, bright coral and peach – you get the idea!

    If you really want to go all out, try some simple nail art. A well-placed cluster of colorful rhinestones or a decorative design on one or two nails looks fun – you just don’t want to go overboard and do every single nail. For those who want a really simple and easy design application, companies like Jamberry make nail wraps in a ton of patterns and colors so that’s it’s easy to play around with patterns and change them in a flash.

    Have fun with your summertime mani/pedi. This is the best time to show off your toes, so get creative and use your imagination to create some amazing combinations.

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  • Sunday’s Showcase – Homemade Ice Pops | Vancouver Family Photographer
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    There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the summer season. One of the best parts of summer is all of the readily-available fresh fruit. So instead of buying packaged ice pops in the frozen section of your grocery store, why not try some of these combinations to create your own, healthy pops at home. Everyone in the family is sure to enjoy!

    First pick up an ice pop tray. There are so many quality ones on the market these days that you have plenty of options. Some of the more popular ones out there are from Zoku and Tovolo. Play around with flavor combination you like best but some of the more popular pops include strawberry, watermelon, pineapple and mango. It’s easy to puree and strain your favorite fruits and then you’re ready to get creative and make some pops!

    Try adding different liquids to your purees such as coconut water or milk or almond milk. For an adult treat, add some champagne or sparkling wine to berry puree for a truly decadent pop. If you have trouble getting your kids to eat their vegetables, add some veggie puree to your favorite fruit pops (they’ll never know!) Some of the best veggies to use that won’t be detected are spinach and carrots.

    There really are so many ways to make refreshing pops right at home – you’re really only limited by your imagination.  Play around and enjoy!!

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  • Wednesday’s Style – Easy and Light Makeup for Summer Photo Shoots | Vancouver Family Photographer
  • wednesdays styleSummer is the time when you want to look as natural and “easy-breezy” as possible. And that should definitely include your makeup. This is not the time for heavy, saturated colors or layers of products. So if you’re getting ready to take some family photos this summer, here are some makeup options you may want to consider in order to keep that fresh and fun look.

    This is the time to play around with and change-up your routine. A sun-kissed, dewy look can go a long way to make you look rested and refreshed. Use a primer, which is lighter in feel than foundation and really helps the makeup set. A bronzer swept on the places where the sun naturally hits (such as nose, cheekbones and chin) really helps bring out the golden warm tones of your skin.

    Stick with light, sheer colors. This is not the time for heavy, matte makeup. Sheer lip gloss with a hint of color or sheen, translucent blushes and a shimmery eye shadow are all perfect compliments to the summer sun (and heat).

    Finally, make sure whatever you wear is waterproof. Even if you’re not going to be near the water, all of that posing and smiling in the bright sun can make your makeup melt (and who wants to see that!). Squinting in the sun can also cause some tears, so waterproof mascara and eyeliner is a must.

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