There’s something pretty magical about being in my line of work, I get to meet some of the most talented, innovative, and creative professionals around. Not only do they inspire me on a daily basis, but they’ve really helped me to connect more into the core of my genius in the world.
Instead of keeping these amazing folks to myself, I’ve decided to open up the doors for you to meet them too.
So, if you’re ever looking for a clean beauty revolutionist, a business joyologist, or a conscious community builder (just to name a few) then you can find them here.
Let’s get this feature party started.
I’ve been mixing and mingling with Jacquline Parker for the past few years.
From day one of meeting this beauty maven I was blown away.
Not only was she insanely good at her craft, but she was extremely driven and eager to grow as an entrepreneur (my favorite!)
After getting to know one another better, she hired me on as a brand strategist and business consultant to help her take it to the next level. Through that, I realize she was the perfect woman to join my team of conscious creatives, and since then she’s been my go to makeup artist for all of my shoots.
Not only does she help my lady clients feel super beautiful, each and every one of them fall in love with Jacquelines enigmatic personality and playful energy.
Her blog, and instagram account, are my go to source for beauty inspiration – especially when I’m trying to figure out how to make my own clean products, or buy ones that I can trust. Because, as I’ve learned from her, just because something says “organic” doesn’t mean it’s actually toxin free! (yikes!)
So, if you want to clean up your kit, and stop slopping chemicals on your body everyday then you’ve got to check this girl out. The cherry on top? You’ll learn to love your makeup, and yourself, all at the same time.
Can you tell us about your background? What brought you to Vancouver?
I grew up in the suburbs right outside of Vancouver, but always found myself in the city more than I was at home, mostly because of my line of work. In 2013 I packed up and moved to the ultimate city: New York City; to work for the summer as an intern at a Beauty Agency. I loved the lifestyle, but I was not satisfied with the unnatural concrete jungle – I knew Vancouver was the place for me, where city meets the sand. So home I went, yet was still feeling unsettled in the suburbs, so again I packed up and now call Kitsilano my home. Vancouver is home base for me, no matter where my life takes me next.
When asked about my education I mention my Makeup Artistry Degree for Beauty & Film, My short stint in business school however it is the everyday life experience that has strengthened this mind of mine and I can’t thank life enough for this awesome education. And in case you were curious my family stems from France and the UK – call me Canadian Eh.
Tell us something about you that might surprise us!?
I pride myself on being quite honest in life, so I am not sure what may surprise you, but let me try and hit this one out of the ball park. I was trained in classical italian opera, but I secretly (well not so secret anymore) want to stand on a stage with an electric guitar and crowd surf. I can picture myself in a band of tall dudes with long hair and tie dye shirts.
What do you do for a living?
I have the best job in the world. I get to adorn women in makeup for a living. I revolutionize the way women view their beauty using toxin free makeup products. I am creating a positive impact in the cosmetic industry by educating women about the devastating amount of chemicals that are found in their everyday makeup, skincare and personal care products. I show them that there are other options and safe, effective alternatives.
What’s next for you?
I feel that I am in the early stages of my life and my career. I foresee many things in my future, if you take a peek here into my crystal ball you may see: A ton (approx 2000 pounds) of learning & building, a retail opportunity and a travel & education adventure in…… well that will have to wait until I book my ticket!
Which of the photos we took is your favorite, and why?
Do I have to pick? I feel like the photo of me on the giant rock deserves a round of applause considering the blood and skin that was shed to create it. But in all honesty, my favorite photo is on the front page of my website, because everytime I see it I love it more.
How would you describe your personal style?
If I could describe my personal style I would have to describe myself. I feel that my style is a direct reflection of how I am feeling in the moment. I like comfort, colour and anything retro. Most people comment that my style is edgy & unique. Reviews are usually a friendly mix of laughs, compliments and “??” A bit like my everyday interactions with the human race itself.
Who/what inspires you?
I am inspired by every single woman that puts herself out into the world. It takes courage to stand out beyond our everyday interactions and movements in life. When I see a woman (or a man) taking a step on their journey I feel inspired to take my next step.
What is your go to way to destress and feel connected?
Going for a ride on my friends motorcycle is my favorite way to destress. There is something so serene about putting my life into his hands and letting my body go limp at every turn, The exhilaration I feel when I have absolutely no control is indescribable, I can’t help but smile. When I am not feeling so adventurous I tend to pick up my guitar, and if I am lucky, performing at an open mic.
What are some of you favorites spaces and places in Vancouver?
I love a mix between city and nature. My favorite place to shop is on Main street (The Soap Dispensary, Welk’s and 8th & Main to be exact) I ski and hike so the North Shore is a perfect getaway from the cars and lights.. Coffee is a must at Revolver in Gastown. My Vancouver guilty pleasure are Donald’s Market on Hastings, Banyen Books in Kitsilano & Chai at Granville Island Tea Co..
Just for fun, what are you currently reading?
I am deep in a few books right now: Sophie Uliano’s “Gorgeous For Good”, Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of all Things” and Shama Kabani’s “The Zen of Social Media Marketing”. I like to keep a good balance of Beauty, Fantasy and Education at all times.
Would you recommend the Photo Mantra process, if so, why?
Absolutely. Not only did I have an amazing experience with you at Van Dusen Gardens for my own photo mantra, but I actually get to work with you and all of your clients. Each Photo Mantra experience is so unique depending on the client and I have been there for the full transformation.. The process is quite amazing, something I have never experienced with any other photographer.
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