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Back to Basics


It’s about time I got back to my creative self!  I guess I’ve been in a slump of sorts this past year – maybe it’s because I’ve been judging and comparing others’ Instagram accounts to my own or maybe it’s because I’ve been just too damn busy with my nine to five and this thing called LIFE.  To tell you the truth, it’s all of the above.

But enough about that.

One of the things that I’ve found really helps me get back into my creative bubble is surrounding myself with like-minded creatives.  The motivation, ideas and encouragement I get from this community is like nothing other.  It also helps fuel ideas and just gets my mind going with content that I can create for my blog, Instagram and collaborations.

If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see that in the past, I was very camera shy.  When I started The Swank Social, it was more of a styling venture where I would help my clients style their events and photoshoots.  From there, I ended up going back to work full time and TSS became more of a lifestyle haven for me.

I often get a lot of questions about my photos.  Why don’t we see more of you?  How do you know which pose to do and when?  Have you always been comfortable in front of the camera?

Answers:  I’m still camera shy (and it seems to be getting worse with age!), I don’t and yes/no.

Yes, I still feel awkward in front of the camera, but what really helps me is having my photographer direct me.  Just tell me what to do and when to do it!

This pretty much happened when I went on this impromptu photoshoot with my friend, Andrea of The Trademark Agency.  She chose the white brick background (in front of a sports store at a local mall) and basically told me what to do, step by step.  “Smile…smile…SSSSSMMMMIIIIIILLLLLLLE!!!!” “Laugh….laugh….LAAAAUUUUGH!!!”  Haha, yes it was hilarious, but it obviously got the job done.  What do you think?

Dress:  Aritzia

Blazer:  Aritzia

Booties:  Vince Camuto



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Time for a Little Self-Care

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coquitlam centre_fresh for spring beauty_kerastase_the swank socialcoquitlam centre_fresh for spring_kiehls_the swank social blogcoquitlam centre_fresh for spring beauty_marc jacobs decadence While the rest of Vancouver waits patiently for the rain to stop and for the return of the sun, I’m over here prepping my skin for a major Spring refresh!

We all know how harsh the cold winter weather can be on our skin.  For me, my cheeks and hands get extremely dry, and every year I seem to try product after product after product.  I’ll share some of the products that have worked for me in another post, because I think it’s important that we give your skin the TLC it deserves right now!

Self-Care Saturday

  • WHEN:  Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 12 – 4pm
  • WHERE:  Coquitlam Centre (Event Central Level 2 between Gap and Luluemon)
  • WHAT TO EXPECT:  Join Coquitlam Centre for an afternoon focused on self-care, wellness and refreshing your skin for Spring with beauty and skin care experts including local bloggers and influencers, Gelsea Mae and Bree Aylwin, as well as TV and media personalities, Mary Zilba and Fiona Forbes.  Visit the #FreshForSpring Care Stations featuring select Coquitlam Centre retailers, all while sipping on DAVIDs TEA, indulging in Purdy’s Chocolates and entering to win over $3,500 in amazing door prizes.
  • #FRESHFORSPRING BEAUTY BOX:  From April 2 to April 14, enter to win 1 of 5 #FreshForSpring Beauty Boxes ($350+ value) filled with everything you need to refresh your skin for Spring!

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Love what you see?  Win your very own #FreshForSpring Beauty Box right here!  Coquitlam Centre is generously giving one of my supporters a #FreshForSpring Beauty Box worth over $350!  To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway is open to Vancouver / Lower Mainland residents 18 years and older only, and ends Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9pm PST.

Disclosure:  All opinions in this post remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Coquitlam Centre and/or their affiliates.  We received a #FreshForSpring Beauty Box and a form of compensation in order to complete this post.

Product photography:  Janelle Sacccucci

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