Meet our new friend Phoenix Lauren – a Saskatoon-born and Vancouver-based singer who can kick some serious butt in the thrift-shopping game, beat you in a burrito-eating contest (maybe not, but worth a try), and maintain the most enviably chill West Coast vibes you’ll ever witness. We had the immense pleasure of spending some time kicking around East Vancouver with Phoenix, hunting down candy-coloured walls and talking about dream duets, bucket list moments, and more.
Hi Phoenix! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a creative type – a wild soul, with a great passion for music and fashion. I am a singer/songwriter, blogger and stylist. I live to love, include, and accept. I aspire to inspire, through expressing myself through music, fashion, art and style.
Do you have any fashion or style icons?
Ahhh to name a few: Amanda Shadforth, Olivier Rousteing, Naomi Campbell, Kaitlyn Ham…. the list goes on…
If you were given the chance to collaborate with any artist or musician, who would it be?
Oh man! Lauryn Hill. She always will be and always has been my number one. But more recently, I would also have to include, Jhene Aiko, Chance the Rapper, and Kendrick Lamar haha again, I could go on.
Do you write your own music? If so, who or where do you pull your inspiration from?
I do write my own music, yes. I’ve really tried to use music as a release so to speak, as I mostly write directly from my own experiences. I find the process very healing – it’s how I let things go, how I love, how I forgive, and how I move on – It’s how I express my true self.
What is your go-to accessory?
Lately, I’ve been doing a more minimal thing, something like a little black choker, or a bandana scarf tied around the neck. However, my favourite accessories are my DYLANLEX pieces. I just like to save those for when I want to make a statement!
One meal you could eat forever?
BURRITOS!!! Mexican food is literally life.
What is your favourite spot in Vancouver to rewind or relax?
Honestly, my home! I am such a homebody it’s ridiculous. I’ve worked really hard to decorate, and create a space that is stylish yet comfortable; one that helps to cultivate my creativity.
Do you have a favourite item of vintage clothing?
That’s a tough one. I feel like my style is always changing, but any of my favourite vintage pieces, (no matter if I still wear them or not) I have to keep. I have a high love and appreciation for vintage. I think one of my favourite vintage pieces I own is my red band leader jacket. The detail, tailoring, and embellishments are simply incredible.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Maybe that I’m a huge introvert. I am quite shy and don’t like being in large groups of people. Or that I’m a pastor’s kid! Actually both my parents and my only sibling are pastors. I’m the odd one out. 😉
If you had to choose between never getting your nails done and not getting another tattoo, which would it be?
EASY. Never getting my nails done. I stopped doing the gel thing a while ago… and there are still so many tattoos I want!
What currently is your go-to shoe?
Living in Vancouver, and not owning a car, makes me go for what is comfortable to walk in. I love slides, or sneakers for every day wear.
Someone you aspire to be/someone you look up to?
I aspire to conquer my doubts, to live fearlessly and pursue my dreams. My boyfriend (Stace) is someone that inspires me a lot. I look up to him in a lot of ways – in his motivation, and dedication to his own craft. I don’t know if I’ve ever met someone as determined and driven as he is. He makes me want to push myself in my own abilities – he inspires me to be better.
Who or what is your guilty pleasure?
Haha probably Pizza. Or an ice cold Coca Cola.
What feeds your soul?
Music. Writing. Love. Connection. God. Family. Relationship. Nature. Truth.
Do you have a specific, favourite performance?
A couple of years ago now, I opened for Lee Fields and the Expressions. The next summer I played after Lauryn Hill at Jazz Festival. Both were incredible and electric experiences.
Where are your top 5 Vancouver spots?
A couple of my favorite restaurants: Meet and Budgies Burritos
The Bloom Bloom Room (an AMAZING plant shop)
And there are sooo many good vintage spots – but if I’d have to pick one I’d say Community Thrift and Vintage.
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Photography by Leeor Wild