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This Week's #FF Makeup Artist Jessica Jean Myers

Photograph by Renee Rodenkirchen and provided by Jessica Jean Myers

Name: Jessica Jean Myers
Occupation(s): Freelance Makeup Artist & Hairstylist.
Who is your role model: Don't really have one particular person...there are several artists that I find's just a couple of the top of my head: Roshar, Lottie, Diana Carreiro, Greg Wencel, Johnny Lavoy, Pat McGrath, Billy B...there are like a million more these are just what popped into my head at this moment.
What do you like most about your job: Every day and week is different! There is never any monotony or boredom b/c it's always changing and I'm always working w/ different people or on different jobs. I also love that I get paid to be creative...I seriously LOVE my job and feel so lucky that I get paid to do what I do...even when dealing w/ some of the less desirable situations - early call times, picky clients etc.
Daily ritual: Wake up, check my email, make breakfast, check my email again, work out, check my email again, shower and get ready (and probably check my email a few more times...all my clients comment how quickly I respond to emails...I'm kind of obsessive actually)
The most rewarding part of my job is: Seeing my name in print in a magazine editorial or having a bride or client tell me they have never felt as beautiful as they did when I did their makeup & hair. I LOVE when my clients send me pics of their wedding days and seeing how I was a small part of that beautiful and happy day.

Photograph by Adamo de Pax and provided by Jessica Jean Myers

What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? My ability to adapt and not give up. It's a really tough industry and there's a lot of competition so it's really important to network, work hard and to never stop growing as an artist. Also the fact that I consider myself a business owner first and an artist second. I'm very savvy and on top of things when it comes to money, budgeting, promoting my own work and understanding I'm my own brand which is different from a lot of artists. You can be the best artist there is but if you don't know how to get your work and name out there it means nothing.
Memorable celebrity encounter/interview: I really haven't worked w/ any huge celebs yet in my career so to speak but I once had George Clooney stand right behind my table at The Four Seasons during TIFF does that count lol
Favourite quote: If your dreams don't scare you they're not big enough!
Describe your personal style: Depends on my mood and the event but I do like classic silhouettes and red lipstick - so I guess Clean and Classic w/ a Punch. I do wear a lot of black but I just say that's a Makeup Artist thing ;) I really enjoy the ritual of getting ready and dressed up for a nice night on the general I feel ppl dress too casual for a lot of things these days whether it be a play, a date or a nice dinner on the town.
Dream vacation spot? Anywhere I haven't been before! Not much to lie on a beach for a week I like to do things and explore on trips...really want to explore more of Europe as I've only been there the once thus far.
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? Love taking behind the scenes pictures when I'm on set for an editorial or photo shoot
What has been your favourite event to attend? Love any parties or events connected w/ TIFF such great energy in the city and ppl during that time.

Photograph by Troy Moth and provided by Jessica Jean Myers

Favourite Restaurant: Hmmm just one? A few of my favs right now are Acadia, Lee, Buca, Hibiscus...any sushi place
What is your biggest indulgence? Definitely good food and I LOVE dessert
If there was more time in the day you would: Try and book more work, take more walks and relax, spend more time w/ friends
Favourite social network: Facebook
Favourite Blog: Besides my own ;) hmmm....I read Post Secret EVERY Sunday
Where do you go for good ideas? Magazines, Runway, Films, Pinterest, Just out and about in the city
Last song you downloaded: Dance Again - Jennifer Lopez Feat. Pitbull (good workout song)
What is the most challenging thing you have ever done? Give up my life in Toronto and move to Shanghai for work as a Makeup/Hair Artist then come back to Toronto and restart my life here.

Photograph by Renee Rodenkirchen and provided by Jessica Jean Myers

Photograph provided by Jessica Jean Myers

What are you obsessed with right now? Summer's a serious addiction I buy WAY to many! ohhh and Pinterest lol!
Any other comments/thoughts you’d like to add: (ie. new business features you are offering now)
Is there anyone you follow that you would recommend who is an industry leader in the events/media that we can feature for our next blog? Here are my other websites:,, and Always interested in doing more commercial and editorial work and networking w/ new photographers, stylist, editors or anyone in the industry in my area.

Thank you Jessica for being our #FF of the week. Be sure to follow Jessica on her Twitter account @JessicaJeanMyers and us @CountDownEvents to view other upcoming and fabulous Friday Follows, happy #FF.

Luxurious Gift Registry at Atkinson's

For almost 30 years Atkinson’s has been on South Granville. Often called one of Vancouver's best hidden secrets, they tend to fly under the radar. Inside their beautiful building on the corner of 6th and Granville lies the finest selection of dinnerware, crystal, flatware, home decor and linens in Vancouver. Through their experience they have learned how to help guide you in your selection process, the end result is not only a beautiful expression of your style but pieces that you will use and enjoy for years to come.

Featuring over 80 distinctive brands there is no shortage of items to select from. Atkinson's has often been thought only to carry the high-end of the spectrum but this isn't entirely true. They also have a large range of price points to accommodate most any budget. Flatware place settings starting from $40, wine glasses from $10 and dinnerware sets from $170. "Carrying Brands like Hermes, Baccarat and Christofle has sometimes concerned younger brides when considering us as an option for registry. I encourage people to come in and see for themselves...there really is something for everyone." says Becky Atkinson. It's not all about the ladies though - "Mad Men" style crystal barware, Forge de Laguiole steak knives, and Montblanc or Dunhill accessories are only some of the things your fiance will love.

Photographs provided by Atkinson’s

Lastly it wouldn't be a wedding without your all-important guests. At Atkinson’s they give the same personalized service to your guests as you receive as a registrant. Your registry will naturally be available online for purchases and they also feature a toll free number for any out of town inquiries. They take the time with each guest making them feel as special as you do. Becky Atkinson personally keeps your posted with email notifications of purchases allowing you to easily keep up with saying thanks amongst your busy schedule. New this year they are also offering a gift certificate of 10% of your total gift registry purchases. Maybe treat yourself to one of their ultra-luxurious cashmere scarves...or perhaps something for both of you;)
Atkinson's is located at the corner of 6th and Granville, open tuesday to saturday from 10-530. Stop by for a look around and sip on a complimentary espresso as you browse.

We’ve always loved having Atkinson's at the Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase. To book an appointment for your wedding registry visit their website at and be sure to connect with us on Twitter @CountDownEvents and our Facebook Fan page to view other luxurious wedding industry purveyors.

This Week's #FF Ishra Sharif of

Name: Ishra Sharif
Occupation(s): Marketing at Fidelity Denim. Freelance Fashion Writer.
Who is your role model: I admire a bunch of different people from all walks of life for various reasons whether it’s an influential leader, colleague or a friend. I have respect for those who are super successful but don’t care for the limelight or just have amazing stories to tell. Like this industry friend who used to work for Universal and would be the manager for huge artists when they were in town touring but then left to travel the world and literally covered every part of the globe. Or Barb Atkin, the VP of Fashion Direction at Holts who actually responds to emails super quickly despite being at the helm of Canada’s leading luxury retailer. And Jay Z.
What do you like most about your job: Bringing ideas come to life, being a part of growing a successful premium denim brand, seeing fashion way before it hit stores, having face time with industry leaders and having access to lots of denim and friends who rep great shoe lines doesn’t hurt my closet either.
Daily ritual: Rise, grind, repeat. Gossip Girl and spinning can sometimes be added into that mix. And being in a different city when lucky enough to travel for work — it’s always nice to have a change of scenery.
The most rewarding part of my job is: Knowing that what I have wanted to do from the get-go at a young age is exactly what I am doing now is pretty great — coupling creativity with strategy that brings in results and continuing to pursue writing in a changing media landscape. I can’t do something I don’t love or doesn’t make me happy.

What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? Proving myself by working hard, choosing to grow and being business smart. It takes more than a single strength to get ahead in this industry, especially in a tricky market like Vancouver — it is not always as fun as it looks — but learning from all the things that come your way, mistakes made, be kind and always keep my head on the ground. Understanding how all the different channels of fashion affect one another and not just what you specialize in exactly is really important.
Memorable celebrity encounter/interview: Interviewing Lady Gaga on camera during her early Just Dance/Love Game era. Scary and exciting! The interview went on to become the 2nd most viewed on YouTube on day of posting in Canada, clips aired on radio stations in the States, it was reblogged on many gossip sites and MTV/VH1 even reached out to buy parts of the interview.
Favourite quote: “Two ears, one mouth. Listen twice as much as you talk.” A friend said that to me and it’s a good one to remember. Also, “Good clothes open all doors” ever since I saw it on the wall at the old Ishara location in Oakridge Centre.
Describe your personal style: Edgy, effortless. I rarely do pink, I love leather. I’m trend-driven but believe in classic staples. I’m can be a tshirt and jeans girl but it’s always jeans paired with a dope t-shirt by Morphine Generation or Religion or just a plain white $5 Forever 21 v-neck or swapped out jeans for a skirt if I have to dress up more. I don’t buy shoes that are boring ever (with the exception of Chucks, Keds, combat boots and a couple pairs of heels). My style changes depending on my mood but I try to have on one item that stands out in some way.
Dream vacation spot? Many…Bora Bora, Ibiza, Greece. Beaches get me.

What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? Skulls, black hearts, shoes, anything with words shown in a cool way and pretty things in general. That’s the overall theme of my Instagram account.
What has been your favourite event to attend? The Room Opening at The Bay was done really well for a local event and a couple shows at Toronto Fashion Week. NYFW is still on the to-do list and would probably become the favorite.
Favourite Restaurant: In the past year: STK in Vegas, Beauty & Essex in NYC, Scarpetta in Toronto, L’Original in Old Montreal while traveling and HousexGuest, Local or Italian Kitchen while here at home.
What is your biggest indulgence? I feel like the mountain of whip I get on my Starbucks is a pretty big indulgence.
If there was more time in the day you would: Possibly learn to cook properly. That would mean I have to go shopping for kitchen stuff…
Favourite social network: It’s used to be Twitter but Instagram is the current fave — you can share creatively in a vague manner. Sometimes, mystery is good.

Photographs provided by Ishra Sharif

Favourite Blog: and I don’t check personal style blog sites on a regular basis really but click through links off Twitter, Facebook & Instagram of blogs I follow when something piques my interest.
Where do you go for good ideas? A friend’s house where we chill or go for a walk or run talking about music, fashion, business, life in general and things that inspire us…and the ideas flow. At work, putting brainstorming thoughts on a white board then stand back to analyze with my bosses or colleagues — bounce different ideas usually leads to one really good idea.
Last song you downloaded: Goldie – ASAP Rocky
What is the most challenging thing you have ever done? Stand up for myself more than once both in personal and professional situations and having to turn down work opportunities because I was already committed.
What are you obsessed with right now? I’m always obsessed with mens clothing. Both shopping for it and wearing a few things out there like mens cardigans – they just fall so much better.
Any other comments/thoughts you’d like to add: (ie. new business features you are offering now) I’m working on getting my website up which will be portfolio-based and a couple fun things Coming soon!

Thank you Ishra for being our Friday Follow of the week, we look forward to seeing your upcoming website. To stay connected to Ishra and view her upcoming website be sure to follow her on Twitter @IshraSharif and us @CountDownEvents to see other fabulous FFs to come!

This Week's #FF Lisa Wong of Solo Lisa

Name: Lisa Wong

Occupation(s): Technical writer at a software company, occasional freelance contributor to various publications, blogger behind

Who is your role model: My mother because she embodies style, intelligence, and good common sense.

What do you like most about your job: I get to wear many different hats, but the common thread running through them all is the opportunity to write and to work with inspiring individuals.

Daily ritual: I start the day by checking my email over a big cup of coffee.

The most rewarding part of my job is: Being able to write!

What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? I’m very detail-oriented. Blogging and writing require great attention to detail, like making sure the prices and names of products mentioned in your blog posts are accurate, you have no typos or grammatical errors in your writing, hyperlinks work, etc.

Memorable celebrity encounter/interview: I got to interview Stuart Weitzman on my blog, which was a huge highlight. Other memorable encounters with fashion luminaries: FLARE editor-in-chief Lisa Tant, Derek Blasberg, Mary Katrantzou, Jason Wu, Joseph Mimran, and Jeanne Beker.
Favourite quote: “Yet all experience is an arch where through Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades For ever and for ever when I move.” - ‘Ulysses’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Describe your personal style: Classic with a twist.
Dream vacation spot? Right now, it’s a toss-up between Argentina and Scotland.
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? Beautiful things that I see.
What has been your favourite event to attend? Probably the Joe Fresh Granville store grand opening party. It was fun and unpretentious, very much in the spirit of the brand. The Room at The Hudson’s Bay Vancouver also puts on great events.

Favourite Restaurant: Too many to name! I like Santouka for ramen, Campagnolo Roma for pizza, Kadoya for sushi, and Roundel Cafe in Hastings Sunrise for brunch.
What is your biggest indulgence? Handbags.
If there was more time in the day you would: Actually sleep the 8+ hours that experts recommend.
Favourite social network: It’s a tie between Twitter and Facebook.
Favourite Blog: All the ones in my Google Reader!
Where do you go for good ideas? Books, blogs, magazines, Pinterest, movies...the world offers no shortage of inspiration.
Last song you downloaded: I’ve taken to making private Youtube playlists for music I want to listen to while working, so I haven’t downloaded a song in a while. The last song I was obsessed with and would listen to on repeat was ‘Big Black Car’ by Gregory Alan Isakov.

Photographs provided by Lisa Wong

What is the most challenging thing you have ever done? Getting up the nerve to pitch to FLARE magazine for the first time. My hands literally shook as I typed out that first pitch and hit Send.
What are you obsessed with right now? Corgis (because they’re so cute) and home decor (because my boyfriend and I just bought a condo).
Any other comments/thoughts you’d like to add: (ie. new business features you are offering now) I have an article in the June issue of FLARE which is on news stands now, so please pick up a copy!

We’d like to thank Lisa for being our #FF this week and we look forward to reading her article in new issue of FLARE magazine. If you would like to connect with Lisa Wong be sure to follow her on Twitter @SoloLisa and follow us on Twitter @CountDownEvents to see next week’s #FF.

This Week's #FF Erica Lam of The Style Spy

Name: Erica Lam

Occupation(s): Editor-in-Chief of
Who is your role model: My mother.
What do you like most about your job: Being creative. Whether it’s brainstorming new story ideas with my managing editor Jan or thinking about ways we can work with brands , I have the freedom to try new things and experiment.
Daily ritual: I’m always checking my social feeds, including Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and I sip on green tea with honey all day.
The most rewarding part of my job is: The readers. I always appreciate it when people say they read the site. Whether it’s today or six years ago, it’s still the same feeling and excitement. My team and I work so hard, so it’s always good to hear that people are fans and love it just as much as we do.
What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? Perseverance. I’m a big believer in working hard. Successful people don’t happen overnight. Work hard and keep driving, then you will be that much closer to reaching your goal.
Memorable celebrity encounter/interview: Interviewing David Beckham in LA. Yes, he really is that good looking. Vera Wang in New York. She’s very smart and a straight shooter. Wouldn’t expect anything less from a woman who’s built such an amazing empire.

Favourite quote: If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.
Describe your personal style: Classic and understated.
Dream vacation spot? Bali.
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? My friends.
What has been your favourite event to attend? I attended some pretty cool events at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas this past March, I got to meet one of my favourite social media personalities Gary Vanyerchuk.
Favourite Restaurant: Guu. I love the laidback atmosphere and when the staff behind the bar greets you loudly in Japanese.
What is your biggest indulgence? Sour keys candies, they’re so addictive.

If there was more time in the day you would: Sleep or reflect on the day. I feel like we’re really over-stimulated with technology these days and we forget to take a quiet moment to sit back and reflect.
Favourite social network: Tough choice, but at the moment: Instagram.
Favourite Blog: I have so many favourites for different reasons: Gawker, Mashable, Who What Wear, Apartment Therapy, Springwise and Zen Habits to name a few.
Where do you go for good ideas? Blogs and Twitter are great sources of inspiration.
Last song you downloaded: Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia.
What is the most challenging thing you have ever done? Quitting my job many years ago to pursue The Style Spy. This was when blogging was in its infancy and many people didn’t even know what the term meant. I took a leap of faith cause I knew I found something I was passionate about. It’s always challenging, but that was my best decision ever.
What are you obsessed with right now? The app Draw Something. I’m not the best artist, but it’s still really fun and you get to be creative.

Any other comments/thoughts you’d like to add: (ie. new business features you are offering now) I’ll be relocating to Montreal in June. It’s a big step for myself and Style Spy. We’ll continue to serve Vancouver as always, but this will give me a chance to build the readership out East. I can’t wait!

We’d like to thank Erica for being our #FF this week, and we wish you all the best when you move to Montreal. To connect with Erica be sure to check out their website at and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @CountDownEvents to view next week’s #FF.

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