Hump Day Hunks

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Hump Day Hunks is a feature typically done by Liv from It's a Beautiful Life. While it's a very popular feature, I don't always agree with her choices (like here). So, it was decided that I would do my own edition of Hump Day Hunks to provide some insight into the type of men that I enjoy.

Since the first edition of Hump Day Hunks I've been asking Liv to feature outrigger paddlers. For this specific reason:

Danny Ching. Part Chinese, part Hawai'ian. And if that wasn't enough for you, LOOK AT THOSE ARMS.

Scott Wilson from Departures, the best travel show ever. Canadian, rugged, eyebrow piercing, funny, worldly, and he has the best job in the world. Love, love, love. (This one's also for Kristina of Vagablonding.)

Moving away from relative obscurity...

Clive Owen. I LOVE him. I love the seductive pout he has, the mystery in his eyes, the characters he plays, and of course, his accent. I also love that he doesn't have a baby face, and is instead, rugged.

Eric Dane. McSteamy indeed. We all know that he has a killer body, but not only that, he also wears facial hair insanely well and has a killer smile. Plus he also doesn't look like he's a child.

Hope you all enjoyed! Happy Hump Day!

5 Things Fashionista’s Should Leave at Home While Backpacking

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Despite the rainy weather Vancouver’s been having lately, you can’t deny that April is days away. And that means finals are just around the corner. But better yet, summer vacation is upon us. If you haven’t started planning your impending backpacking trip to Europe (or Southeast Asia, for that matter), you should. Europe is a hot spot in the summer, for tourists, and literally, as temperatures can reach 35+ degrees Celsius.

But before you go, I’m here to offer you some tips for things you shouldn't bring with you on your impending trip. Don’t get me wrong, I love fashion, beauty, and general fabulousity, but some things are better left at home, or for your weekend trip to Vegas.

1) Rolling Bags

If you’re backpacking through Europe and you bring a roller suitcase, that’s not backpacking is it? But seriously, roll-y bags weigh a lot. With airline weight restrictions what they are, you want to maximize what you can bring and save money doing it. Backpacks are lightweight, and trust me; you CAN fit everything you need. Plus, roads and buildings aren’t what they are in North America. Imagine rolling your 50lb suitcase down cobblestone streets, carrying it up and down 3 flights of stairs, and lifting it in and out of trains. Backpacks may be less glamourous, but they will save you a lot of hassle – I trekked through Europe and my backpack never weighed more than 25lbs. MEC, REI, SportChek and other outdoorsy/travel stores can find you what you need AND make sure that it fits correctly.

2) Blow-dryer

Now that you’re taking a backpack instead of a rolling suitcase, you don’t really have room for that blow-dryer. If you’re still not convinced, think about it, are you really going to want to blow-dry your hair in 35+ degree weather? Europe is an old continent, not everywhere has air conditioning. During summers in Vancouver when it’s only (!) 25 degrees, I certainly hate having to blow-dry my hair. It comes down to evaluating how often you’re going to use it. If you know that you will 100% use it daily, then bring it. If you think you’ll use it once or twice, leave it at home

3) Accessories

They may not take up very much space, but they can sure add up. Because accessories are easy to pack and often beautiful souvenirs; they are my favourite thing to purchase while traveling. Bring your basics, things you wear all the time and feel naked without, but leave everything else. Leave the Tiffany’s and other expensive pieces at home though; they make you a target for thieves.

4) Your Entire Make-up Bag

It’s hot. You’re outside walking around or lying on the beach. The last thing you need is caked on make-up clogging your pores and melting off your face. Bring only what you need: tinted moisturizer, eyelash curler, mascara, eyeliner, concealer, bronzer, and lip gloss.

5) Stilettos

I know. Sacrilege right? But again, how often are you actually going to be wearing them? They take up unnecessary space – space for potentially NEW shoes! While they may look chic, other travelers will think you’re loony and pretentious and find you unapproachable. You don’t want to be the only one at the dive bar in Greece in heels!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010
In 4-6 weeks Haus of Hybrid will be receiving a makeover.

In the meantime, I want to know what types of posts YOU want to see. Do you want outfit posts, more Fashion Smashion, Lusting, Food?

In order to improve I need your feedback, so don't be shy!

The Traveling Fashionista

Thursday, March 18, 2010
It's almost summer. And that makes me want to travel. Badly. So to quell these urges, I've decided to start a series called The Traveling Fashionista, providing tips and tricks for traveling.

The first post in this series is actually a guest post on the Shopping Blog. It will be posted sometime later this afternoon, so be sure to check it out! And don't forget to stay tuned for the next Traveling Fashionista post!

Know Your Body

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I think that one of the most important things in the fashion world is knowing your body. I know that sounds kind of hokey, but it's true. Knowing your body type can prevent a multitude of fashion faux pas.

For example, take Joe Jonas

The poor guy just doesn't get it. He has big legs; thighs and calves. Rather than a skinny jean, like he's trying to rock, he needs to wear a straight leg, or wider. It's one thing for women to wear jeans that hug their curves, it's an entirely different one for a man to do it.

Others who are notorious for being unaware of their body type:

Mariah Carey

and Jessica Simpson.

They both desperately need to befriend Christina Hendricks.

Because I know my body type, I save myself from fashion disasters such as these:

Why? My legs, my ass...oh man. We don't want to even go there.

I saw a pair of tiny floral print skinny jeans at Levi's the other day. They were so cute. My boyfriend looked at me and I said, "Yes, I know. My ass would look huge." And he said, "It would look like confetti....on your ass."

I wholeheartedly agree.


Happy 100th post to me!

Thank you for all your support. I may be slow to comment back, but I do read every one of your comments, and appreciate them all. xo

There are some new things happening for Haus of Hybrid, so stay tuned!

I leave you with a few of my favourite pictures from New Zealand.

Mount Taranaki

Bridge in Pukakura Park

Flowers in Hawkes Bay

Spring Fling!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
No, not the dance in The Babysitter's Club.

The answer to many a wannabe lash addict is here!

Noir Lash Lounge is finally offering a half set of lashes at half the price! With a focus on the outer lashes, 'Le Fling' will still give you the bright-eyed and bushy tailed look without being overly dramatic and without causing too much damage to your wallet.

'Le Fling' comes just in time for spring, and even better - summer! Throw away those mascara tubes, say good-bye to raccoon eyes from the heat, and look picture perfect on those camping trips!

'Le Fling' costs $35 and is a service provided by both the Yaletown and South Granville locations.


Ok, so while I'm not entirely convinced that these would look good on me (I have large calves - this model...I'm still trying to find her calves), I love these. They look so comfortable. I would wear them with everything...and then probably wear them to bed. The best part? They're NINJA PANTS. 'Nuff said.

3 Bags Full

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Last Friday my mom and I ventured into Richmond. We were actually going to watch the SFU/UBC softball game, but decided that we were going to go shopping beforehand (obviously). We stopped at Superstore to check out the Joe Fresh stuff. To be honest, I hadn't seen much of the Joe Fresh line since the Superstore at Metrotown has, maybe, 3 things. Loved it all.

Then we went to Richmond Center. We stumbled upon the first day of Banana Republic's 'Secret Envelope' sale, where you received an envelope with 25, 35, or 50% off. My mom scored the 50%!! It was the best shopping day in awhile.

White Blouse - Joe Fresh
Perfect Leopard Print Cardigan - Joe Fresh
Beige/Khaki Skirt - Banana Republic
Silk Watercolour Blouse - Banana Republic
Green-y Gray Cropped Trousers - Banana Republic


Tuesday, March 9, 2010
"Once you get older... some of the things you love might not seem so special anymore. Like your Jack-in-the-Box. Maybe you'll realize it's just a piece of tin and a stuffed animal and then you forget the few things you really love. And by the time you get to my age, maybe it's only one or two things. With me, I think it's one." - The Hurt Locker


Monday, March 8, 2010
Mizz J tagged me and I'm supposed to list my 5 favourite fashion items:

1) Lots of rings and necklaces

2) Skirts. Any type of skirt. I love them all.

3) Heels, heels, heels!

4) Menswear inspired trousers

5) Basic tee's that can be worn with everything

My list is so general. But really, basics are where it's at.

Instead of tagging anyone else, I just want you to tell me YOUR 5 fave fashion items.