The Perfect Night-Out Look.

Hello my wonderful readers,

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, I sure know I did😉 they say the best of times are those unplanned and spent with great company, well “they” were absolutely right!

And in the spirit of going out with unplanned activities that turn out to be the most epic, you need that versatile outfit. So for a little inspiration,  I have put together a classic black and red number  for the next time you take on the night and create some magic!

Thanks again to my amazing friends at polyvore.com for helping me make this post:

Red and black look

 

Let me know what you guys think of the look!

Xx. ParParV

Ghostbusters (1984): Podcast Review!

Hello Hello!

It has been a long time since I last collaborated on a podcast with fellow blogger David from thatmomentin.com. When I was asked to come back and guest host once again, I was thrilled and I hope to be making more podcast appearances in the future.

With the release of the new Ghostbusters remake in theaters, David and I thought it would be fun to go back to the original movie and pick out some of our favorite moments from the classic. Have a quick listen and let us know what you think & what your favorite moments were from the original.

I am also curious to know if any of you have watched the new ghostbusters remake?! I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

 

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

-Par

Chicago is Always a Good Idea!

I recently took a trip down to Chicago and it had been a little over 7 years since I last visited. Chicago has always been a place where I felt at home and built a lot of great memories in. There is something undeniably attractive about the city and I am not the only one who feels this way:

I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here. – Oprah Winfrey

Maybe it’s the energy of the people or the culture of the city but it has just the right combination of “America” with a strong sense of its own culture, which is undeniably admirable.

I’m impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work. – Michael Douglas

 Within the first hour of my re-visit, I wondered aimlessly down the streets of Chicago, looking at all the tall buildings: some old, many of them new. The city certainly grew taller since my last trip but my god the energy is still just as vibrant as it always was. The people of Chicago mesmerize me, they walk with a certain level of confidence that I have only witnessed in New Yorkers and it’s absolutely exhilarating.

 Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.- Frank Lloyd Wright

There are so many activities to delve into while in Chicago; Navy Pier, Countless old school Jazz bars, john Hancock observatory, Millennium park, numerous famous eateries and of course the Art Institute of Chicago. But tourist attractions aside the people of Chicago make the city what it is!

With that said here are some snaps of my trip:  

John Hancock Observatory 

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Navy Pier

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Millennium Park

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The Art Institute Of Chicago

 

 

Northwestern University

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Thanks for being so good to me Chicago! I’ll be back very very soon~

Picasso in Vancouver!

Hello, my amazing readers,

I am most certainly not an expert of the Arts but I sincerely appreciate being in the presence of master pieces such as that of Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973). when I heard the Vancouver art gallery was holding the “Picasso: The Artist and His Muses” exhibit, I knew I had to check it out.

Pablo Picasso is the representation of “change” in traditional art and a genius when it came to challenging all the rules of art and really traditions of life itself.

This particular exhibit was centered on the women in Picasso’s life and my goodness there were many! It has been widely known that women were always at the focal point of Picasso’s masterpieces but I never really knew how frequently he changed his partners.

It has been said that Picasso changed his companions as often as he changed painting styles.

This exhibit featured six women who had the greatest influence on his artwork and was chronologically organized. I enjoyed getting to read about the women and how they met/influenced Picasso’s development. Like the saying goes; behind every man, there is a great woman and in Picasso’s case, there was an ARMY of women he was fascinated with.

I am not entirely sure how I feel about Picasso’s personal life and his frequent changes in companions. On the one hand, it highlights the ideology of objectifying women but on the other hand, it celebrates the beauty and power women have… I am still pretty torn about where I stand on this I wonder what your thoughts are?

Meanwhile, check out some of the pictures and videos I managed to snap:

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Women & Men’s Summer 2016 Fashion Trends

Hello, my amazing readers!

Summer has officially arrived and a new season gives way for an all new wardrobe! Vancouver has already experienced some heat waves and we’ve already seen the summer fashion trends making their way onto the streets.

Normally, I focus on female fashion trends but I don’t want to exclude my male readers and let’s be honest I love shopping for both genders. So here are my top picks for summer fashion trends 2016.

1) Off the shoulder everything!

Ladies, off the shoulder dresses and blouses are back in style in a BIG way! I am talking about Maxi dresses, short dresses and even shirts. I love this trend because it really helps to showoff your collarbone and shoulders which gives off a slimming look. Here is a dream outfit for the summer I put together with a little help from my friends at polyvore.com:

Summer 2016 look!

2) Countless Shades of Grey

Gentlemen, Grey is the color of summer 2016 if the runways are any indication. I will admit it is a little odd to have grey as a trending “color” for the summer as we usually see more pops of vibrant colors for men but this year things have taken a turn in favor of the solid and timeless shades of grey! ( and I have to say , I love it!)

Mens Fashion Summer 2016

3) The Slip Dress

The slip dress is everything this year and most certainly no longer considered an undergarment. The silky and dreamy fabrics of these dresses make the look exceptionally glam for those summer nights! This is one trend that is not just here for the summer but is bound to carry over into the fall.

Summer 2016 Slip Dress!

 

4) Gentlemen’s Emerald Green

The royal color of Emerald green isn’t one that is traditionally worn by men but this year all that is about to change. I love this look because it is very complimentary with the previous trend mentions; grey colors for men. I think it adds just the appropriate pop of color for our gentlemen this summer.

Emerald green summer 2016 trend for men

 

Let me know what you guys think of the looks!

 

Xx. ParParV

Happy Father’s Day

Dad,
You are my hero

You are my angel

You are the best father anyone could ever ask for

I am so lucky to have you with me today

I am so lucky to hear your voice

You taught me to never settle

You taught me to be strong, fearless and push my boundaries

Often I got mad at you

Often I gave up on trying to please you

But even during those stubborn times, you never gave up on me

I love you with all my heart Dad.

Weekend Recap: Summer In Vancouver!

Hello, my awesome readers!

Summertime is the best time in Vancouver because we get a break from the constant rain. I took some pictures yesterday during my usual Sunday walk to show you all just how gorgeous this city can be.

As we get hundreds of tourists pouring into our wonderful city during the summer months, I always find it fascinating to people watch and see what gets the attention of tourists. Often it’s the Olympic Cauldron, our public artwork and of course Stanley Park. But then there are those who bring my attention to the little things that I have long forgotten to pay attention to, like a small man-made pond or a floating house by the dock….

Floating houses by the dock: While I have never been in one of these myself, I’ve always found them to be cute. I have long wondered; who lives in one of these? How does the house actually function? Is there a mailing address for the house? and so on and so forth!

My Favorite Public-Art: LightShed by Liz Magor

LightShed, however, is not simply a light shed, but also a fantasmagorical structure which — as is customary for this artist — leads us into other worlds through the gates of “realism” and by the persuasive power of meticulous technique. The sculpture, which was selected through the multi-layered process of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program, was likely chosen not just because of its beauty but especially because it creates so many connections with the Coal Harbour site and its history. LightShed is a ghostly remembrance shedding light (pun intended) on the structures formerly located on the waterfront wharfs for servicing, sheltering, or repairing boats.

 

 

This little pond: Just some of the beauty you see when you walk around Vancouver! I saw a lot of tourists taking pictures here and ironically I had barely ever noticed it, until now.

Xx. ParParV

The Butterfly Theory

From a worm-like creature the caterpillar transforms into an exquisite butterfly.

This process, in which the former transforms into the latter and becomes an entirely new creature, as a result, has long fascinated me.

I truly believe that the life of a human being also consists of distinct moments of change/transformation but to go through the metamorphosis is entirely up to us.

According to Bernd Heinrich, Ph.D. professor of emeritus in the biology department at the University of Vermont on butterflies:

“[T]he radical change that occurs, does indeed arguably involve death followed by reincarnation.”

“[T]he adult forms of these insects are actually new organisms.”

“new organisms”, he says, how utterly fascinating.

When examining the DNA and genes of butterflies this phenomenon can be better examined. Let’s take the set of genes that sit in a butterfly’s DNA dictated by the following chemical letters: A,C,T,G.

Throughout their lifetime, this sequence radically changes as shown in the diagram below (Diagram obtained from NPR.com):

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Although DNA or gene changes would be out of the question for human species, one could think about expanding the mind through knowledge/experience as a way to re-code our lives. As such, it becomes evident that to change and become a butterfly we have to keep learning, growing and making ourselves extremely uncomfortable (at times) for the metamorphosis to take place.

I hope this theory resonates with you as much as it has for me.

 

Xx. ParParV