Holiday D.I.Y: Get Festive With Your Showers!

November 26th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

We’re just as much of a fan of giving thoughtful gifts as we are getting all our holiday presents done in one day. And, of course, we love our little DIY projects! With the holidays around the corner, we thought, why not spend a day in the comforts of your home to make all the presents and stocking stuffers you’ll need for everyone on your list? So, with the help of our Esthetics experts across the hall, we’ve tried and tested six great, natural (and inexpensive!) holiday spa recipes to keep you and all your friends and family happily moisturized, relaxed, and smelling divinely delicious all throughout this chilly Winter season!

Here are a couple of quick scrubs that you can literally make during one commercial break!


This is a great scrub to revitalize those tired feet at the end of a long day.
Yields 4 applications


½ cup sea salt
1 tbsp cocoa powder
½ cup olive oil (adjust for preferred consistency)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
a bowl and stirring stick
glass jars (we doubled the recipe to fit this adorable bubble jar)

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Hear No Evil

November 23rd, 2010 / Posted by natasha

Stylist: Steph Baker
(Tyler’s Styling Class)

We’re Hosting Our Annual Fashion Show And You’re Invited!

November 19th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

With our ever-growing list of hugely successful Fashion graduates, we are beyond thrilled (and proud!) to present our newest generation of fresh talent, the Fashion Design graduates of 2010, at this year’s fashion show, FASHION FORECAST!Held in the beautiful venue of The Westin Bayshore hotel on the scenic coast of Downtown Vancouver, The Blanche Macdonald Centre invites you to sip a glass of wine (or champagne… or whatever you fancy), mingle, and sit amongst industry professionals, media personnel, major stylists, photographers, model agency owners, beaming parents, and our local celebrities (an awesome group of the most stylish bloggers) and enjoy a terrific show featuring a collection of our 2010 Fashion Design graduates’ best works!
Be the first to check out the talented lineup whose designs you just might soon be wearing!
Our Fashion program grads have a huge presence in the local, national, and international retail, celebrity, and publication scene. Some of our Fashion Design graduates include Tenille Magnusson (in-house designer for Aritzia’s Wilfred Line), Shannon Wilson (designer and owner of Lululemon), Dace Moore (designer of media fave DACE line), Theola Wong (Senior apparel and accessories designer for Adidas for Missy Elliott), and Lisa Malcic whose Beba Bean designs are carried at Barney¹s New York and Nordstroms and who just secured a major investment from two of the venture capitalists on CBC’s acclaimed entrepreneurial show, Dragon¹s Den, to name a few.
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The Fall

November 16th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

No matter what situation you’re in, keep it stylish.Styled by:  April Rose Rivera
(Tyler’s Styling Class)

Blanche Meets The Bay Fashion Show

November 12th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

All throughout my younger years, I referred to The Bay as “The Granny Store”. I would want to pinch my nose whenever I passed the cosmetic counters and I wouldn’t give their clothes racks and upper floors a second glance. It was only last year when I began to notice that The Bay had begun to revamp themselves (thanks to Bonnie Brooks) to offer younger, radically more stylish, hotter designer lines! Our Fashion Merchandising students delivered an impressive and professionally executed fashion show at The Bay Richmond to introduce new collections from the store’s latest fashion lines.  I dropped by early to browse around and to observe the hustle and bustle and the unfolding of such production!

In a cute little nook backstage, three of our PRO Hair grads took over the nearest change room. Inspirational magazine photos and the runway schedule were taped on the wall. Models walked in, sometimes with their stylist, gestured towards the desired hairstyle, and off the hairstylists went!  I observed the models parade out with glamorous soft curls, slick chignons, low-maintenance let-dry tresses, and some awesome avant-garde-inspired hair styles.The makeup was absolutely lovely and it was done by both counter staff and Blanche Macdonald students and grads at the NARS, Dior, MAC, and YSL counters. We saw wearable bright, bold lips, metallics, contoured faces, and smokey, turquoise-rimmed eyes.Another change-room takeover draped with black curtains housed the stylists and the clothes.  A handful of models hung out right outside the makeshift closet as the stylists put the finishing touches on them!  Meanwhile, the rest of the FM students rehearsed the choreography with their model trio making do with the stage and store aisles.
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