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Fashion Jobs – 3 Easy Ways to Go From Desk to Date

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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Seeing that Valentines Day is just around the corner, this past weekend I ventured out to the mall in search of an outfit that would knock my man’s socks off. After wandering in and out of stores for about 40 minutes, I had found a drop-dead gorgeous dress and the perfect accessories—shoes and clutch included—to pull together the whole look. I was absolutely shocked that I got all that shopping done in under and hour. With an armful of shopping bags, I made my way back to the parking lot thinking, “how the heck did I manage to get all of this shopping done so quickly?” The last time I had a V-Day date, I spent 4 hours mulling over what to wear to impress my then significant other. As I tossed my purchases into the trunk of my car, the answer to my question suddenly hit me: Valentine’s Day fell on a weekday. Since I was going straight from work to my date, I had to create an outfit that would seamlessly transition from day to night, which proved to be a difficult task since it took me 4 hours to achieve. (Thank goodness Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year!) That day I learned a few great lessons about transitioning a nine-to-five look into a date night look, and I have decided to share them with you. These style hacks can be applied to just about any work-to-date night situation, whether it be a Valentine’s dinner with your sweetie or your first Tinder date.



Choosing a key piece that is appropriate for both the office and your date venue is one of the easiest ways to make an outfit work for day and night. Let’s say you’re going to a basketball game, choose a pant that is both tailored and casual, such as these Babaton jogger-inspired trousers, in order to create a look that is work and courtside appropriate. For the office, add a classic pump, some minimalist jewellery and a waistcoat to dress up the trousers. Before you head off to the game, hop out of those heels and into a pair to comfy kicks. Adding a bomber jacket and a leather cap will give the look a bit of edge. Your date will have no clue you just came straight from the office.



Going on a romantic dinner date after work and don’t know what to wear? Don’t fret because the perfect transitional piece is probably hanging in your closet right now: the LBD (little black dress). For a conservative office look, pair your LBD with some simple pearl earrings, a timeless watch, a big tote bag that you can toss your laptop in while running from meeting to meeting and a printed mid-heel for visual interest. When the day is over, swap out the tote bag for a wristlet like this one from Kate Spade. With multiple card slots, a built-in mirror and an iPhone 6 compartment, it is the ultimate day to evening wristlet. Give the look a touch of romance and sex appeal by swapping out your office earrings and heels for a pair of floral drop earrings and a black wraparound heel. Don’t lose the watch because you definitely do not want to keep your date waiting.



By day, these coated ankle-jeans and relaxed-fit blazer are the basis for a sophisticated ‘casual Friday’ office look. Just add a lightweight sweater, some simple accessories and an edgy bootie, and you have a great outfit. For a Friday night pub-crawl date, exchange the basics for pieces that add drama, like this leopard-print blouse and beaded tassel earrings. Hopping from one bar to the next can be hard on the feet, so don’t toss out the booties when you’re switching into your night look—trust me, you’ll need them. Blazers have the tendency to make you feel a bit stuffy, so drape the blazer over your shoulders to create an effortless and chic look for your wild night out on the town.


1. Zara Flowing Waistcoat, $69

2. H&M Polo-Neck Top, $14

3. Weekday Gold Pipe Necklace, $32, available at ASOS

4. Matt and Nat Minka Bag, $180

5. Babaton Dexter Pant, $145, available at Artizia

6. Aldo Unenan, $42

7. Converse Madison Mono Lea, $80, available at Little Burgundy

8. Zara Nylon Bomber Jacket, $49

9. Wilfred Free Emesa Hat, $35, available at Aritzia

10. J.Crew Cap Sleeve Dress in Super 120S Wool, $262

11. Forever 21 Faux Pearl Ear Jackets, $5

12. DKNY Silver and Rose Gold Watch, $140, available at Hudson’s Bay

13. Zara Reversible Tote, $45

14.  Nine West Raelynn, $69

15. Steve Madden Presidnt, $125

16. Kate Spade New York ‘Cedar Street’ iPhone 6 Leather Wristlet, $169, available at Nordstrom

17. bebe Floral Drop Earrings, $22

18. MANGO Crepe Blazer, $99USD

19. Vince Camuto Translucent Stone Stud Earrings, $36

20. MANGO Fine-Knit Sweater, $29USD

21. Zara Geometric Tote, $45

22. Jeffrey Campbell Orwell Suede Ankle Boot, $285, available at Nasty Gal

23. CURRENT/ELLIOT Coated Ankle Jeans, $198, available at Hudson’s Bay

24. ASOS Unlined Purse With Faux Pony Flap, $45

25. EXPRESS Dusted Sparkle Cross Bracelet, $19

26. H&M Sleeveless Chiffon Blouse, $30

27. Rebeke Jewelry Long Beaded Tassel Earrings, available at Etsy

Style Inspiration image courtesy of Love Maegan


By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Simone Riding-Cunningham, The Triple Threat

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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During my PR gig with FAT| Arts & Fashion Week, I connected with a lovely lady who amazed me with all of the things that she was involved with. Simone Riding-Cunningham is 6’1” tall and a walking dynamite. Her multiple careers revolve around modeling, acting and hosting. Oh yah, she is also a fabulous mother to top it all off. The world of fashion and entertainment did not scare her off one bit and she decided to not tackle it from one, but three different directions! Here is my chat with Simone:

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Style Nine to Five: Briefly share you experience within the modeling, acting and television industry.


Simone Riding-Cunningham: I started modeling when I was 15 in Kansas City, Missouri. I was doing church functions, garden party shows only because my mum wanted me to focus on school. Once I graduated high school, I immediately enrolled in The John Casablancas Training Center. While I was training, I married young and had my son a month before I turned 21. Knowing that I cannot jet off with a newborn, I worked in the medical field for four years.


I later on married my second husband at 32 then moved from Kansas City to Chicago. Weather and modeling opportunities are very different in Chicago and a month before Chicago Fashion Week auditions hit, I slipped on some black ice and injured my lower back. My injuries caused me, once again, to take another safe career route. The modeling was on hiatus for ten years while I worked in the credit/collections industry. With my husband gaining an opportunity to get better exposure in his career, we moved the family to Toronto in 2008 and in 2010, I could not sit behind a desk any longer and went back to modeling.


Going back into an industry that applauds youth, coming back at the age of 41 was unheard of BUT Toronto totally embraced me. I hired a physical trainer, got a killer agent and weighed my options to be able to remain in the fashion and entertainment industry. Finally, in November 2012, I created “The Interview Show Called ‘About…’”.

SNTF: Everyone tries to break into at least one of these industries – how do you balance them all?

SRC: Good question! I don’t! Really, what I do is focus on is the industry that will sustain me the longest. Modeling is quickly being removed from my job description. Being in the television/broadcast industry will have longevity for me with the addition to acting. Every day is a different stage.


SNTF: Please share with our SNTF readers what “The Show About…” is, well, all about!

SRC: Well, ‘The Interview Show called “About…”!’ is seen on its own YouTube channel. The format for the program is I have the fabulous opportunity of introducing the world to up-in-comers within the world of fashion, arts and entertainment. Interviewees can advertise for their business, their current events, future projects, you name it. The goal for The Show About is to get as much exposure for those that really need and deserve it.


SNTF: The online world is huge right now – what made you decide to do a show on YouTube?

SRC: I went with YouTube because I am ALWAYS watching something on it! YouTube is the ‘go to’ when you are looking for videos with amazing content.


SNTF: Any advice for those who want to tackle the ever so competitive entertainment industry?


SRC: Study your craft! There are no quick fixes. I read this article by Todd Etelson, and he said, “Stop trying to make sense of this business.  We don’t know what the powers at be are looking for.  There’s no rhyme or reason to achieving success in this business, however, patience and persistence will become strong allies to you with time. Understand that show business is a process and for many, a career.  Careers are 65 years.  Remember, we’re going for longevity, a career, not a onetime hit or bust gig.  Acting is unique but still like other professions where you must learn the business and build a resume as you go.  You need to crawl before you walk”. I have lived by this advice for years.


Photo Credits: 

Simone Photo 1. Photographer: William Patterson

Simone Photo 2. Photographer: Richard Sibbald  


By: Mijana Veljkovic, @mijanaveljkovic

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Canada Fashion Jobs – Fall Colour Palette

Thursday, August 15th, 2013



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Typically by this time in mid-August, a couple of noticeable changes start to appear, weather wise. It’s no longer warm enough at night to go jacketless, and there’s a distinct chill in the air in the mornings. Summer is on its way out, and Fall is here to slowly take over. With that, comes a new colour palette for fashion and design; we tend towards more muted, yet rich colours like burgandys, greys and taupes, leaving the eclectic summer colours behind.

This Fall, there are a number of stand-out colours that will perfectly fit into your seasonal wardrobe. From rich emerald green, to mauve hues and rust coloured browns, this season’s palette is all about richness and depth of colour.

1. Cadence Crop Tank, $39.75, available at Nasty Gal

2. Free People We The Free Solid Peplum Top, $59.75

3. Free People Nightgale Dress, $142.12

4. Aritzia Wilfred Free Iman Dress, $165

5. Faux Leather Skirt, $69.90, available at Zara

6. Jersey H Varsity Bomber Jacket, $45, available at TOPSHOP 

By: Zoe Alexandra Torell, Toronto

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Canada Fashion Jobs – Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

It’s a fact: Men are the most difficult people on your holiday shopping list. It’s as if they secretly get together and come to the consensus that all they need is socks. In turn, leaving us in a frenzied state the entire month of December, scouring shops and online, and playing mind reader, in hopes of miraculously finding what he really wanted to ask for. To assist in your search, I’ve come up with a list (with the help of my most fashion conscious male friend) that will make your father/brother/boyfriend/husband, the most dapper gentlemen on Christmas day.

From top to bottom, things he’s secretly coveting this year:

1.It’s going to be a long winter, so a cozy down-filled coat is in order. Our personal fave is The Rockwood jacket by Penfield – versatile and lightweight with lumberjack detail on the shoulder ($240). Find it at Lavish and Squalor or at the Penfield Online Shop.

2, 3. A classic staple in every man’s wardrobe is a nice button down shirt.  We like Gitman vintage button downs because they’re slim fitting and use great quality fabrics ($140-$180). Available at Nomad. Gant button shirts have a more relaxed fit ($135), available at Park & Bond.

4. A good quality, nice fitting pair of jeans is something every man needs (and wants).  Naked and Famous (made in Montreal with raw denim sourced from Japan) come in three cuts for whichever style he’s into ($140-$265). Opt for their over dyed denim – they fade over time and get better with wear. Find them at Uncle Otis.

5. Practicality is key when it comes to men, so get him a bag to carry his things. It’s so simple. The Makr Farm Messenger Bag is our pick ($195).

6. Simultaneously practical and stylish, a watch is always a great gift.  With so many options and styles it’s tough to determine what he’ll love, so it’s best to opt for something classic. We like the Vestal Observer Watch ($230) because it’s simple, yet sophisticated. Find it at Watch It!.

7. Also, if he likes to get his hands (or jeans) dirty, Levi’s “commuter series” denim are conveniently dirt and water resistant ($79).

By: Kayla Chobotiuk, Toronto

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Canada Fashion Jobs – Blinded By The Brights

Friday, November 25th, 2011

If you’re like me, with a closet overflowing with neutral hues and in dire need of excitement, a pair of eye catching coloured jeans is all you need. Denim in shades of cobalt blue, bright red, lemon yellow or rich purple can be spotted all over the streets and in stores this season. And with so many ways to wear them, your wardrobe will thank you. Coloured jeans speak in volumes when paired with simple white tees. Better yet, wear them with a similar tone for a monochromatic look or alternatively, channel one of the biggest trends this season and opt for a different shade on top for a colour blocking look.

Peruse through our favourite street style looks and check out our favourites at all price points:

1. Current/Elliott The Ankle Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans ($170), available at TNT.

2. J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny ($169), available at Aritzia.

3. Citizens of Humanity Avedon Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans ($188), available at Revolve Clothing.

4. Sandro Poete Mid-Rise Skinny ($280), available at Net-a-Porter.

5. Pixie Curved Denim ($56), available at Vero Moda.

6. Street style images courtesy of and Kayla Chobotiuk.

By: Kayla Chobotiuk, Toronto

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Canada Fashion Jobs – Skate In Style

Monday, November 21st, 2011


Embrace winter this season with outdoor ice skating. If you’re lucky enough to live on the east coast, rinks typically open up around late November or early December, so be sure to fight the frost and show off your twirls without compromising your style. Dress in layers to stay comfortable no matter the temperature, and keep your outerwear waist-length for free range of movement. And don’t forget to pile on the knits to stay on-trend and cozy.

1. Faux Fur Vest ($91), available at Michael Kors.

2. Crop Pea Coat ($45.80), available at Forever 21.
3. Cable Crewneck Sweater ($29), available at Joe Fresh.

4. Chunky Knit Hat ($12.95), available at H&M.

5. Long Cable Knit Fingerless Gloves ($29.95), available at Gap.

6. Knitted Ski Pant Jeggings  ($45.68), available at ASOS.

By: Sara Constantineau, Toronto

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Canada Fashion Jobs -The Camel Coat

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The Coat:
1. J.Crew Plaza Coat ($370 USD)

Daytime Chic:

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Python-Effect Leather Tote ($230 USD), available at Net-a-Porter

3. Club Monaco, The Riley Shirt ($139.50)

4. J.Crew Vintage Straight Jean in Old Faithful Wash ($194 USD)5. Jacob Ruffle Front Cardigan ($59)

Evening Elegance:

1. Thakoon Addition Ruched Jersey Dress ($325 USD), available at Net-a-Porter

2. Diane von Furstenberg Printed Tonda Clutch ($341), available at Shopbop

3. J.Crew Resin Colorblock Bracelet ($80 USD)

4. Kate Spade New York “Licorice Suede Pumps” ($299), available at Shopbop

A timeless fashion icon, the camel coat evokes classic jet-set elegance and romantic, practical luxury season after season. Inspired by the structured tailoring of the menswear overcoat, this eternal cold-weather staple is the ultimate in versatile sophistication – chic minimalism to compliment day attire and flawless glamour over evening dress. In radiant golden-beige hues, the camel coat is universally flattering, a worthy investment and effortless high style. Time to ask yourselves, fashion lovers, do you covet the camel?

By: Elizabeth Pryde, Vancouver

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Canada Fashion Jobs – The Room

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Where do you go to find the most beautiful, well-dressed people in the city? The Room, of course. With its closets stocked with the crème de la crème of fashions (think Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Maison Martin Margiela and local favourite Jason Matlo), The Bay Downtown Vancouver’s latest addition garnered the attention of fashion elite and local who’s who, not to mention a handful of celebs. Spokeswoman Bonnie Brooks, shoe connoisseur Brian Atwood, Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker, MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank and the boys of The Buried Life were all on hand to celebrate the opening.

After being welcomed on the red carpet, guests were guided by charming white-tuxedoed gentlemen and treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres and overflowing bubbly. Boys dressed in Balenciaga and ladies in Lanvin perfectly complimented the sleek and modern space; while whispers of designer sightings (Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu were the talk of the Twitterverse) kept the excitement of the party rolling.

The encounter of the evening? Rubbing shoulders with model extraordinaire Jessica Stam.

Photo 1: Valerie Tiu, Blog Editor for Style Nine to Five, Robyn Jesson, Publisher for Vancouver View Magazine, Ishra Sharif, Fashion Writer, Andrea Tiller, Makeup Artist

Photo 4: Katherine Horsman of blog Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Photo 9: Kin Chan, Photographer, Deanna Palkowski, Fashion Stylist

Photo 10: Model Jessica Stam

Photo 11: MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank, Christie Lohr, founder of Style Nine to Five

By: Valerie Tiu, Blog Editor, Vancouver

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Canada Fashion Jobs – ATTITUDE by Jay Manuel

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

“When I think of attitude, I think of empowerment,” says Jay Manuel. Luckily, the silver fox has us covered when it comes to injecting some kick into our closets. ATTITUDE by Jay Manuel  is a classic, versatile collection of everyday pieces and bold accessories with a high fashion flare. The best part about the line is that it’s accessible to us fashion lovers north of the border – see for yourself at the Modern Shop at Sears Canada.

The Style Nine to Five team recently had the pleasure of viewing the Fall 2011 presentation at its Vancouver launch. Citing late sixties and seventies silhouettes as creative influences, key elements of the collection include contrasting fabrics, graphic prints, sleek silhouettes and pops of colour. The crowd favourite was an ultra luxe textured bomber (Monsieur Manuel coined it “the eyelash jacket”) modeled by show host Fiona Forbes. The ANTM Creative Director-turned-designer discusses the importance of comfort and confidence through fashion, stating, “I always say that it starts from the outside in – if you look good, you feel good.”

The highlight of the evening? Getting the chance to schmooze with Mr. Jay himself. Fortunately, he is as fabulous in person as he is on the small screen. When we ask him about career advice for the fashion set, he kindly offers up some words of wisdom. He says, “Being creative means that you don’t let anyone tell you what to do. If you’re passionate about what you do, do it.” Fortunately, that’s the kind of attitude we can now wear on our sleeves.

1 – 7. ATTITUDE by Jay Manuel Fall 2011 Collection (Prices range from $12.97 – $299), available at Sears locations across Canada.

8. Mr. Jay and I smize for the camera.

9. Jay Manuel and show host Fiona Forbes.


By: Valerie Tiu, Blog Editor, Vancouver

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Canada Fashion Jobs – NYFW Highlights By A Haute Mess

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Although Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is over, the excitement is far from it (kind of like my foot pain from stomping around Manhattan in 4 inch heels for a week straight). I had the pleasure of attending NYFW last week and although this was my second season there, it was just as thrilling as my first time (the second time’s a charm, right ladies? Just kidding). I also have the pleasure of sharing my favourite shows and Spring/Summer 2012 collections with you, fine people visiting Style Nine to Five, which you can see below.

1. Vivienne Tam

I absolutely loved this collection: it was full of rich colours, beautiful and harmoniously mixed prints and interesting details on each garment like appliqués, cut-outs and embroidery. My favourite pieces included a handful of suiting with shorts or cigarette pants in the many nature-inspired and geometric prints, an ivory and coral printed dress spotted early in the show, the iPad case-like clutches and the dramatic eveningwear, including a teal gown with a ruffled t-back and the extra long sleeved finale dress. There’s an effortlessness and ease that flowed throughout the collection; it was inspired by the designer’s love of the spirit of the seventies, but the clothes translate into something that is very modern. My favourite looks:

2. Michael Kors

This Spring/Summer 2012 collection described by the designer in one word: “Afriluxe” — a bit of a misstep given the current famine crisis in Somalia, however, faux pas aside, this show and collection were definitely my favourite (that I attended in person) of the entire week. It’s inspired by Michael’s memories of Africa and the rustic modernism of the Lebombo Lodge, with an injection of the line’s signature effortlessness and easy, laid back attitude. From the clothing to the shoes to the accessories, it’s congruent from head-to-toe and from look-to-look, a true collection that a veteran like Michael Kors probably thought of in his sleep or while mindlessly shining his CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The colour palette ranged from the ground to the sky, with earth tones of limestone, olive and clay, creamy ivory hues of ivory, impala and antelope and sunset shades of amber, sienna and cinnabar. The beauty of the garments are not only in the intelligently designed pieces but in the palpable luxury that exists in the details: distressed materials like cashmere and linen, leather with a savage edge as if it had been torn, snakeskin trims on boldly hand dyed gowns, rustic patchwork and graphic photo realistic animal prints. The collection is topped off with oversized travel bags, strappy belts and one of the first things I noticed, the rugged boots and sandals. My favourite looks:

3. Hervé Léger by Max Azria

I was really excited to attend the Hervé Léger show because I knew the front row would be packed with celebrities (fine, I lied: I knew it would be packed with Kardashians — they love their bandage dresses and I secretly love Keeping Up with them) but I figured that the collection would be fairly predictable. As expected, the collection was made up primarily of body-conscious bandage dresses but much to my surprise, it was far more exciting than I had anticipated.

The colour palette for the collection was primarily metallic with intricate detailing like tribal motifs, cutouts, braided harnesses and military-inspired cylindrical beadwork. I also loved the shoes that were paired with the collection: although a bit too heavy a look at times (specifically with dresses with longer hemlines) the knee-high strapped and buckled gladiator boot sandals. called the collection “dystopian warrior princess”. I couldn’t have said it better myself (so I won’t try). My favourite looks are below. Oh and front row the celebs spotted? No Kardashians, but Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Szohr, Leann Rimes and Katie Cassidy.

4. Monique Lhullier

Another favourite of mine was Monique Lhullier’s SS12 collection. I was expecting a show full of feminine gowns but was pleasantly surprised with the edgier aesthetic she went for this season. The show opened with architectural dresses and separates that evolved into more feminine looks, all incorporating color-blocking, leather shoulders or leather panels, and cut-outs with these details maintained throughout. I also loved the bold colour palette of this collection: the show commenced with a strong black and cobalt contingent and incorporated cream, a bright fuchsia and an even brighter cadmium yellow while closing with incredible gowns in graphic prints. Spotted in the front row? Julianne Hough of Dancing with the Stars fame and actress/singer/model Mandy Moore, who by the way is beyond gorgeous in person. My favourite looks:

Who are your favourites from New York Fashion Week or Fashion Month thus far? Tell us in the comments below!

For more of my adventures, outfits and general debauchery from NYFW, check out my coverage on MTV FORA and on A Haute Mess.

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By: Niki Blasina

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