VIFF 2015 Style in Film

The Vancouver International Film Festival wrapped up October 9th after 16 days of amazing cinema being shown around the city. Vancouver hosted over 350 films from 70 countries around the world.

We were super thrilled to be invited to celebrate a few of the VIFF Beauty – Style in Film events. It’s always fun to watch exciting film while at the same time having a great excuse to dress up!

The films included in the Style In Film Series were:
The True Cost
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Tana Bana
Homme Less – We attended the screening of this film and also a live Q&A with the director, Thomas Wirthensolm and the film’s subject, Mark Reay.
The Royal Tailor
City of Gold
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

See our previous post of 8 Films You Must-See at VIFF 2015 here. Since we posted our list over a month ago, we have seen numerous reviews on films that we would have definitely included. I mean, we could’ve made a Must-See list of 100+ films! There were so many to choose from. But we had to contain ourselves and be realistic. One of the films we missed including was Beeba Boys. But we are totally excited to actually be going to a viewing tomorrow in Langley B.C. at the Colossus Theatre. It’s based on real incidents and characters of a Sikh crew determined to take over the drug and arms trade in Vancouver during the 90’s. It originally made it’s world premiere at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) this past summer and has since gained acclaim. We’re looking forward to it!

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We were invited to the wrap party on October 9th which included a screening of the film, I Saw The Light, the story of country music legend, the great Hank Williams. Then it was off to a fabulous party at the Rocky Mountaineer Station.
It was so much fun, from jello/cotton candy shots, drinks, food, interactive wall, DJ Rhiannon and Vancouver’s own rock band, Damn Fools. Amazing evening.

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photo credit: VIFF

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What Natasha Wore:
Jumpsuit by Mimi McQueen
Shoes by Nine West

We wanted to send a very special thank you to VIFFbeauty Sponsors, NeoStrata Canada and London Drugs for including us. We had such a great time celebrating Style in Film this year at VIFF!

Laura & Natasha xo

8 Films You Must-See at VIFF 2015

viffWe were thrilled to be invited to an exclusive VIFF Press Conference this past week. We had the privilege of previewing what’s on the Film Festival’s agenda, VIFF presentations and some sneak peaks of the upcoming films. There are sooo many fantastic films that caught our attention! Over 350+ films will be screening at this years festival. That’s a lot of movies which means there is something for everyone! Action, Drama, Music, Fantasy, Award Winners, Romance & more. 

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Now, if we were legitimate film critics then we would be working full time just reviewing every single film. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful job? Getting paid to talk about film for a living. Speaking of which, (completely not related to VIFF but… ) have you ever seen the documentary of legendary Film Critic, Roger Ebert, titled Life Itself ? If not, I highly recommend it. It was released last year and is a very insightful look into the personal and professional life of Roger as a successful Film Critic. I found it very interesting considering I grew up watching his prime time show Siskel & Ebert. A show in which consisted of the 2 critics sitting in a movie theater rating movies and sometimes totally disagreeing and arguing about it. Loved it.

Although we are not professional Film Critics like Siskel & Ebert, we do have a lengthy list of films we would love to see this year at the Vancouver Film Festival. However, since that would be highly impossible for us to see every single one of them, we narrowed it down to a list of 8 films we want to see. To start.  

Luckily, Natasha and I both ended up choosing several of the same movies for our personal top picks. So after a couple of debates and a few coin flips later (extremely technical), we had our final top 8 Must-See Movies list. Voila!

Check out our list below: (movie photo credits – VIFF)

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HOMME LESS 

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I SAW THE LIGHT (HANK WILLIAMS)

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INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS

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THE DEVOUT (BC MADE)

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COP CAR

BallerinasTaleAA BALLERINA’S TALE

Follow the links for a full synopsis and information regarding each film. The films are playing around the city at various locations and dates between Sept 24Oct 9th, so be sure to check the full schedule out here!

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With the beautiful ladies from #VIFFBEAUTY – Angela, Lynda & Britta.

Hope you enjoy the film season! Stay tuned for our reviews and updates from #VIFF2015. :)

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura)

Journey to VIFF 2015

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The 34th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is coming this September 24th to October 9th. If you’re a movie buff this is thee place to be this Fall. The festival features a smorgasbord of various movies to suit everyone’s cinema preference. A real movie lover’s haven.

Vancouver will host over 350 films from BC, Canada and 70 countries worldwide.

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This year Canadian skincare brand, NeoStrata has partnered with London Drugs to celebrate local talent at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

NeoStrata in collaboration with London Drugs are this year’s Official Skincare Sponsors and will be sponsoring the festival’s 2015 Style In Film series.

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Having worked in the Cosmetics and Skincare business for the past 15 years I am no stranger to the NeoStrata brand. Natasha and I have used many of their products and some of them have maintained their place on our ‘TOP products‘ list over and over.

The Youth Factor GF Total Regenerating Serum (pictured above), is a newer launch but it has quickly become a staple in my night time regime. It is a face serum for firming, fortifying and restructuring but I immediately thought this was exactly what I needed for my decollete, jaw line and neck. If it came in bigger bottles I’d use it all over my body! ha! No. Seriously. It’s that good.

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NeoStrata is a Cosmeceutical brand that specializes in Glycolic Acid (AHA). I’m sure everyone has at least heard about Glycolic Acid by now. Oprah, Dr. Oz and many media outlets have talked about AHA’s and it’s benefits for awhile now. It is a very effective ingredient used for anti-aging. AHA is a natural small crystal found in sugarcane, is highly water soluble and is the most gentle AHA form for skin exfoliation. It removes the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin continually stimulating collagen growth, exposing younger, healthier looking skin. When we were young that skin exfoliation process happened naturally, but when we age it slows down. A lot. That’s when skin starts to look older, dull, dehydrated and fine lines and wrinkles occur. No thanks!

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All I can say is thank god for amazing skincare companies like NeoStrata who help us maintain great looking skin at every age. By using their moisturizers with Gylcolic Acid you are essentially battling aging all day long and you don’t even know it! Their hydrating Glycolic Renewal creams state ‘exfoliating‘ on the box and that seems to confuse some people (ahem… mom.. 😉 ) They think it is an actual exfoliator that you scrub on and wash off. But this is your moisturizer that exfoliates while hydrating all day long. Brilliant!

Pictured below are some of the NeoStrata products that I have used continually for many years and highly recommend. If you are new to the NeoStrata brand, you should definitely check these out:

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1. Vitamin C Concentrate
2. Skin Resurfacing Duo
3. Skin Brightener

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Natasha and I were honored to be invited to a Red Carpet Event a few weeks ago. It was a special media preview event celebrating Canadian beauty and talent for this year’s VIFF BEAUTY 2015. It was such a great evening being around such amazing women and being able to share in the excitement of the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival. It was our first red carpet event and we had so much fun!

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Now for some exciting CONTEST news for all of you lovelies… You and a friend could be celebrating Canadian talent and beauty in film with a VIP Opening Night Gala Experience at the Vancouver International Film Festival this September!

Click HERE to find out more details and enter to win an all-expenses-paid VIP VIFF Experience! (Contest closes on September 13th).

Good luck Beauties…
Laura & Natasha xo 
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)