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it’s the subtle superstars along our paths that make it all worthwhile…

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Jonas + the jona

I know we’re always posting about the beautiful women who inspires us, enrich our desires & passion to dream and reach for the stars…. however there’s no need to be sexist here, there are often very special men in our lives that deserve a spotlight as well.

Today (in great honorary of my new love for #ThrowbackThursday!) I would like to take a moment to thank a dear dear friend of mine.

Jonas has enjoyed many ’5 minutes of fame’ along his journey of life up to this point: with great success through TV + Film, owning a thriving Fashion Boutique in Brasil, astounding recognition as an interior designer and winning great accolades as a top host in the Rocky Mountains of Canada – to name just a few!

I am proud to say I’ve offered him up another, with giving him a gigantic piece of my heart for being such an influencer in the first footsteps of Sienna Ray… it’s on his very kitchen table that the first bag of Sienna Ray was created; with his genuine love to see me succeed that boosted my confidence to step into the world of handbag design.

Therefore I was able to share forward with you all a gift from Jonas, naturally he became the muse & name behind my effortlessly chic jona clutch. Always being up for a good time, big or small (ok not sure if Jonas understands ‘small’ as everything he touches in this world is extraordinary!) each moment alongside him is always special.

This little jona clutch grew along the first years of Sienna Ray with many tweaks and updates… with many of you making me feel honored by sharing, to this day, how you still use your clutches from five plus years ago – love you!

Sienna Ray xx

Sienna’s Stories : “Steven P. Jobs, a visionary.”

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Our lives are forever changed & enriched by the products continually produced by Apple.  Of course Apple products may not belong on the same pedestal of water, oxygen and other nutrients necessary for life…  Nonetheless, in my mind they fall to a very close second or third. (Not to mention the fact that I received an iMac in grade school which I then to my delight upgraded several times.)

Steve Jobs has changed the world of technology forever. Ten years ago, in October of 2001, Apple introduced the iPod. The concept of a music player had been done before. Technical associates, salespeople and research analysts all had commented that the price Apple decided on was the worst decision ever and that it would go, nowhere. Two years later the same comments were made about the iTunes music store and paying for virtual music files. As we all know now, not only were these successful ventures, but the predecessors for so much more (including for many other copycats).

Many tend to overlook his past projects, or were not around when these events took place. Steve pioneered the process of placing advanced forms of technology into the hands of people to use in their everyday lives. Apple may not be branded a PC but it was the first and most user friendly “personal computer” to ever exist. Apple continued to first develop their line of desktop computers with innovative varieties then turned to laptop computers, to handheld. However, that is too simple a statement for the transformation all these ventures had on the world of technology. (Pirates of Silicon Valley, a great story of Steve Jobs & Bill Gates).

 

As he leaves us, he managed to impress us once more with the boundaries he breaks with each update. Many do not realize how revolutionary the soon to be released iPhone update is.  Just as in the past, people spoke negatively of the possibility for the iPhone to possess Siri. Which according to Apple, is “the intelligent assistant that’s there to help. Just ask. Ask Siri to make calls, send texts, set reminders and more”. The Siri will instruct your iPhone to perform tasks with just the sound of your voice. THIS WILL MAKE LIFE SO EASY! (I thought he had already made it as easy for us as he was capable of, especially with walking  GPS apps!)

It takes people like Steve Jobs to really go in and change things, to make things happen. Not to worry, he has built a great team of successors, I still expect great things from Apple.

Sienna Ray xx

well-dressed wednesday: recreate Anouska’s look

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Today we’re recreating Anouska Proetta’s look. She’s a photographer and blogger from Dublin. She was voted Ireland’s most influential model. Follow her on twitter here.

leather fever

Sienna Ray Katie pleated boho in maple, T by Alexander wang blouse, Kelly Bergin leather shorts, CO-OP Barneys belt , and Lanvin shoes

well-dressed wednesday: chiara ferragni of the blonde salad

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fab exclusive visit at Guerlain cosmetics (LVMH headquarters)

after attending a Mulberry party

Cannes red carpet

Who: Chiara Ferragni. Student, fashion blogger, and shoe designer.

When: Started in October, 2009

Why: Wears fabulous, dreamily high end designer labels. She attends exclusive events like the Cannes red carpet, Mulberry party, and frequents fashion week shows. Her blog is definitely fun, exciting, and different. She also features her adorable pug every once in a while.

well-dressed wednesday: jane aldridge, sea of shoes blog

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heart throbs for the suspenders

4th of july recap

loving the pup!

chunky heels are easy on the feet and eyes

Who: Jane Aldrige

What: Sea of Shoes, a very influential blog as it has followers from all ages, styles, and personalities.

When: launched in 2007 as a hobby

Why: She can carry out any look or trend. As exhibited, Jane can go from preppy americana to romantic. She has done some collaborated design work with Urban Outfitters Footwear and with Gryphon. I definitely am looking forward to seeing what becomes of the blog in the next few years!

a mom moment

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I had the timely pleasure of a birds eye perspective on a very lucky little girls 10th birthday party yesterday afternoon. It was literally view a from above of a neighboring courtyard at my current residence in the west vilage of nyc, where a overly energetic and organized mother had arranged numerous games and stations of activities for the multiple of children to engage themselves in along with the lucky birthday girl – complete with a pretty piñata and a build your own ice cream Sunday parfait! The best part was that i could see the event was the glowing essence that all was put on with the same genuine, at-home pride my mom naturally shared throughout my childhood and into my adult life. The same natural enthusiasm she shared for the duration of each and every annual holidays she also shared between multiple weekly sporting events, family vacations, shopping days out and really even just every night at the dinner table.  Always proudly to express that she was “my biggest sports fan”. At times embarrassing but now enamoring.

So many memories created, so many more to come.

Happy mothers day.

Love, your baby girl xx

Jackee :: what an inspiring soul & gorgeous vocalist

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Galaxie Rising Star Award winner from 2009 Vancouver International Jazz Festival has been busy for the last 2 years and making her mark as one of Canada’s new and exciting vocalists. As a vocalist and composer Guillou creates an organic well structured canvas. Jackée’s voice is raw and emotional with intensity so sultry that it lingers long after the last note. From stunning ballads to toe-tappin’ grooves to rhythmic original music, this songster has mega vocal chops with her own unique sound. Her original compositions showcase her dynamic range and combine quirky lyrics with major elements of romance and cool groove. The current goal is to create “jazz for the new generation,” and unite old school sounds with new school ideas and concepts. She has produced 3 CDs: one EP studio album (Girl From Ipanema), Live @ Rotary Centre For The Arts (sold out), and Live @ Firehall Centre For The Arts (with a 4 piece band).  

Starting in September, Jackée will be perfoming a regular music series at Raw Canvas in Yaletown. She will be playing every last thursday of the month from 8-11pm. The venue is a creative space and hosts a tapas lounge, wine bar and art studio, an extraordinary social destination.  HYPERLINK “http://www.raw-canvas.com/” \t “_blank” www.raw-canvas.com  Jackée continues her regular gig with her jazz trio at db Bistro Moderne every other week. Upcoming dates are thurs Aug 12, thurs Aug 26, and then the series moves to wednesdays: wed Sept 8, wed Sept 22. Check the website for restaurant info and other fabulous events. The restaurant is owned by International Chef and celebrity, Daniel Boulud and is sister restaurant to Lumiere.  HYPERLINK “http://www.dbbistro.ca/” \t “_blank” www.dbbistro.ca

Jackée will be heading into the recording studio to record her highly anticipated first full-length studio album. The album features top Canadian and American musicians coming together to play in the band. She will be recording several original songs as well as some jazz standards and covers. Jackée is really excited to be finally putting together a full-length album that represents all sides of her personality, groove, eclectic energy and love of languages. 

An upcoming tour is in the works. Jackée and her quartet will be touring British Columbia in the fall. They start in Vancouver and play the Cellar Jazz Club on wed Oct 6. Their last performance at the club was sold out and reservations are highly recommended.  HYPERLINK “http://www.cellarjazz.com/” \t “_blank” www.cellarjazz.com The quartet travels through the province to such places as Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops and Victoria.  Make sure to spread the word, the next tour won’t be until spring 2011!

Jackée is available for private events, concerts and house concerts.  She is also available for private vocal instruction and workshops. Please contact Brian Guillou –  HYPERLINK “mailto:jackeemgmt@gmail.com” \t “_blank” jackeemgmt@gmail.com for all booking inquiries.

Stay tuned for all news at  HYPERLINK “http://www.jackee.ca/” \t “_blank” www.Jackee.ca

Having first met the talented Jackee preforming quartet style ala swank rooftop of a gastown penthouse for the inaguarl Designers on Designers event, I have yet been able to get her tunes out of my head.

The utmost favourite is by far her rendition of ”Girl From Ipanema” – which you’ll notice compliments our ss2011 behind the scenes video (coming soon) with an effortless coolness & so suited for a summertime picnic affair.

Not only do we at Sienna Ray love Jackee, she been busy for the last 2 years and making her mark as one of Canada’s new and exciting vocalists. As a vocalist and composer Guillou creates an organic well structured canvas. Jackée’s voice is raw and emotional with intensity so sultry that it lingers long after the last note. From stunning ballads to toe-tappin’ grooves to rhythmic original music, this songster has mega vocal chops with her own unique sound. Her original compositions showcase her dynamic range and combine quirky lyrics with major elements of romance and cool groove.

You can catch her perfoming a regular music series at Raw Canvas in Yaletown. She will be playing every last thursday of the month from 8-11pm. The venue is a creative space and hosts a tapas lounge, wine bar and art studio, an extraordinary social destination.  Jackée continues her regular gig with her jazz trio at db Bistro Moderne every other week. Check the website for restaurant info and other fabulous events.

Jackée and her quartet will be touring British Columbia in the fall. They’re thrilled to kick off the tour in Vancouver, playing the Cellar Jazz Club tomorrow Oct 6. Their last performance at the club was sold out and reservations are highly recommended.  The quartet travels through the province to such places as Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops and Victoria.  Make sure to spread the word, the next tour won’t be until spring 2011!

Jackée is available for private events, concerts and house concerts.  She is also available for private vocal instruction and workshops. Please contact Brian Guillou for all booking inquiries.

 Stay tuned for all news at  www.Jackee.ca

the ever talented jackee guillou

the ever talented jackee guillou

Photography kindly provided by Alfonso Arnold.

sienna ray admires :: amanda gangoso

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I’m Amanda Gangoso, a Freelance Makeup Artist also working at City TV on Breakfast Television. I was born and raised Edmonton and moved to Vancouver in 1999.

My time in beautiful BC have consisted of years in hospitality and attending Blanche Macdonald, graduating in 2004 with a diploma in makeup artistry. In between the bartending, school and freelancing, I’ve had wonderful travel/living experiences in Japan, Australia, Philppines to name a few.

I had the privelage of meeting Natalie at an event, Girls Night Out at Milestones, along with the ladies from Wishlist Boutique. I fell in love with Natalie’s designs. We have since worked together on the Sienna Ray Fall/Winter photoshoot. So fun!

I’m so happy to now have a Prima bag of my own. The leather feels amazing, the color is this awesome eggplant/chocolate brown depending on the light, and it’s big enough to carry everything, including my makeup brushes, laptop and all!

amanda with her prima pleated satchel

amanda with her prima pleated satchel

(Check out Amanda’s fab portfolio here)

sienna ray admires :: stefanie harrer

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We are thrilled to have such a wonderful individual to kickoff our ongoing “sienna ray admires” posts!

steph relaxing with her sunday belt purse

stef and her sunday belt purse

I’m Stefanie, I live and play in Kitsilano, Vancouver. I am currently at school studying Italian and Spanish in the Romance Studies program at UBC.

The last couple of summers I have been in Sardegna, Italy working at a street night market selling little wooden dolphins to tourists! This allowed me to enjoy what beautiful Sardegna has to offer: beaches, sun, gelato, and warm friendly people. I learned my love for the Argentine Tango there, where I had my first lessons, and now I try to dance at the Vancouver Milongas as much as I can!

I discovered my awesome Sunday Belt when I was working at Hum on Main Street, and I saw it on a customer. She looked so comfortable and hip with her hands free and I had to know where she got it from!  I am so happy with my belt now, as it has helped me learn how to carry only the essentials with me;)

Everyone who compliments me on it has to touch it, and feel how beautifully soft it is! I know I will be making use of it for a loooong time.

In my belt:  I have my ipod, my phone, chap stick, a little change purse and all my cards.

Sunday belt purse can be viewed online or purchased at your local sienna ray retailer.


natalie