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Career Chats With Christie Lohr: What Does “Above & Beyond” Really Mean?

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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What does it truly take to succeed in your career, no matter the industry that you are a part of? For many of us, we’re not too certain where we will wind up unless we first experience various trials and tribulations. But for Christie Lohr, the founder of fashion job website Style Nine to Five, a career in the fashion industry was an established goal from the tender age of 10. In Style Nine to Five’s latest blog feature, Christie Lohr will be dishing out on the best in career advice that can be applied to any industry, fashion or otherwise. Expect discussions involving the true spirit of entrepreneurialism, dressing for success, asking for what you want in order to get what you want, and above all, persevering through any obstacle that obstructs your path. Let’s see what’s in store for our opening article to kick off this weekly feature.


Christie Lohr: ”One piece of advice that I’ve given time and time again in interviews, and when asked by any individual as to how to succeed in the fashion industry, is to go above and beyond what is asked of you on the job. Sure, this may be something that everyone is used to hearing over and over again from any professional, but I don’t think many people truly understand the underlying meaning of my statement. For example, most individuals start working in retail as a means to an end, never thinking that it’ll be the start of their career. What I think people often forget is the fact that many corporate hires from major fashion retailers come from within the company. If you prove yourself from an entry level position as a sales associate, you would be surprised at how many doors open for you. I remember phoning head office as a 17 year old, part time sales associate, to ask about what it takes to get a job in fashion marketing. From then on out, I would create inspiration boards for the sales team during my breaks, just because I wanted to, not because it was required of me from the job. I knew that I had to make the most of what I wanted from the job, and this certainly wasn’t an attitude that I abandoned even as I climbed through the retail ranks to Store Manager and Assistant Menswear Buyer for Le Chateau. As a Store Manager, I would constantly be thinking of new ways to hit and exceed the weekly store goals. Oftentimes, the best results were from the most unconventional of ideas. From getting a popular local DJ to come into the store on a rainy Saturday, to dressing up the entire sales team in Le Chateau’s own dresses to promote the product, I enjoyed my role the most when I kept my mind busy. I think many of us spend our time simply going through the paces on the job, but it really is up to ourselves to create opportunities. When I worked as an Assistant Menswear Buyer for Le Chateau, I would go to other stores on my days off to study the latest trends, and often would buy items that I thought Le Chateau should carry to show to the higher ups. I didn’t let my job title as Assistant Buyer restrict me from doing what I felt needed to be done.”


I think many of us that are just starting out in our professional careers can definitely relate to what Christie has just discussed. Personally, I know that I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking of some job opportunities are merely temporary, and disregarding them as a means to developing my career in the given industry. To conclude this week’s careers feature, I’d like to end off with a great quote from Christie:

“Your personal career growth is up to you and not your management. Create the opportunity for yourself by going above and beyond. Always work towards the position you want, not simply doing enough to get by in the position you have.”


Be sure to tune in on Tuesday from 12-1pm PST for our live Twitter #SNTFCareerChat. This is the perfect time to tweet out any of your personal career questions for Christie to answer!


Written by: Anna Zhao


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NYE Fashion on CTV Morning Live

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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I share some New Year’s Eve fashion tips for men and women on CTV Morning Live. Click here to watch.

Fashion Jobs – Christie Lohr’s Gift Ideas

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

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Gifts for the Sartorialist

Recently I was feature in the The Westender: Growing up in Port Hardy (pop. 5,000) Christie Lohr always imagined something bigger. After undertaking her fashion marketing certificate at Kwantlen, studying broadcast journalism at BCIT and interning at MTV Canada and FASHION Magazine, the Vancouver transplant founded Style Nine to Five, a one-stop fashion career website that brings fashion industry employers and job seekers together, and Beauty Nine to Five, the sister site for beauty jobs. She is a household name in the Canadian fashion industry, and offers of these picks for the well-decked.

Other picks we couldn’t fit in The Westender:

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Fashion Leggings, Pink by Victoria’s Secret, 2 for $42 – Love them for layering of for lounging around!

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Le Chateau Jewel Encrusted Loafers, $60


Erinlaura necklace,, $60, Ask for her at Aritzia Pacific Center! She works there.
Love this feminine and edgy quartz crystal necklace with six brass spikes. Local gal Erin Johnson hand makes each piece.


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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Christie Lohr of Style Nine to Five

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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Before becoming a contributing blogger for Style Nine to Five, I used to come to this website every day. It was my one stop shop for job postings and interesting, fashion related blog posts. After landing a position representing Style Nine to Five at a fashion camp in Toronto, I got to know the mastermind behind the whole operation, Christie Lohr. Coming from the small town of Port Hardy, Christie always knew she was destined for something bigger. Working various positions in the fashion industry allowed Christie to come up with an idea to help connect fashion savvy people with Canadian employers in the industry, and thus Style Nine to Five was born. Since then, the brand has grown immensely, branching out to Beauty Nine to Five, creating a blog and becoming a household name for people in the fashion industry.  I got the chance to sit down with Christie Lohr and have an intimate Q&A moment discussing everything from her humble beginnings to her entrepreneurial spirit.


 1. When did you know you wanted to work in the fashion industry?

Growing up in Port Hardy with a population 5000, my childhood days were filled with catching frogs, building bonfires on the beach and climbing trees. There really weren’t a lot of girlie things to do. My creative side had me watching music videos and reading fashion magazines as my escape into the fashion world. That other “world” seemed so far away and just a fantasy that I hoped for one day to be a part of it. I remember my mom dropping me off at my babysitters in grade one before school and I would secretly change into wild outfits with crazy jewellery and baby blue eye shadow. I eventually got in trouble, but I never lost my desire to be in the fashion industry.

2. Did you complete any fashion related schooling or internships before diving into the Canadian fashion industry?

Yes, I undertook a Fashion Marketing Certificate at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, studied Broadcast Journalism at BCIT and was an intern at a showroom, MTV Canada and FASHION Magazine.

3. How did the idea for Style Nine to Five come about?

I’d worked many jobs within Le Chateau, including a menswear buyer and store manager, and after completing my internship at FASHION Magazine, I wanted to explore more options, so I became a Recruiter for Le Chateau. This was a job I loved because I got to represent the brand and find great talent to join the team. We posted on Monster, Workopolis and in newspapers. The candidates I received from these sites were usually not qualified. This is when I knew there had to be a better way to find fashion savvy job seekers! And like myself, after graduating from Kwantlen, I was searching for a career in fashion but didn’t know how to go about finding these jobs.

4. What were some challenges (if any) that you faced when creating STNF and how did you overcome them?

I think the biggest challenge was, and still is, getting the word out there and finding new ways to spread the word without resorting to standard ads. I launched without any advertising, just reaching out to my contacts in media and other recruiters who I met when I was a recruiter, networking is key.

5. Where do you hope to see the STNF brand five years from now?

In five years I’d like to see Style Nine to Five worldwide and for Beauty Nine to Five to be just as successful. Beauty Nine to Five is our sister site for beauty jobs.

6. You also do a segment on CTV Vancouver, what is the segment all about and how did you get your start with the CTV network?

The segment is about current trends or other fashion topics such what to wear to après ski or a summer music festival. It’s a lot of fun and further promotes the Style Nine to Five brand. I used to do fashion segments for a few other TV stations so when CTV launched their morning show, CTV Morning Live, I already had some connections and years of experience. I first got into TV while working at Le Chateau. As well as being a Recruiter, I was also their West Coast spokesperson as their head office is in Montreal, so I would do segments on local TV on their behalf.

7. What advice to do you have for readers looking to get into the fashion industry? Get yourself out there and work hard. Create your own job if it doesn’t exist, be nice, don’t be entitled – no one is going to discover you! I’m a strong believer in internships, I’ve done many myself and you really do learn a lot and get the chance to network and meet the right people in the industry that can connect you and steer you in the right direction.

By: Layan Barakat 

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Fashion Jobs – Career Talk with Style Nine to Five

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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Last week, Style Nine to Five Founder, Christie Lohr, answered your fashion career questions on Twitter. Here they are!

1. Question: @stylererouted ”Any advice for making it past the intern job title? #SNTFCareerChat 

Answer: @StyleNineToFive “Work hard and be nice because they will remember you for when an opening comes up! Oh and intern experiences are amazing for the resume and the right employer will see and value that! It’s easy to give up, but it’s those who don’t that make it!”

2. Question: @sunny_d_z ”What is your best advice on how to make a resume stand out?”

Answer: @StyleNineToFive ” Always include a cover letter that states why you love the company you’re applying to and why you’re so great! Keep your resume to the point and with the most relevant experience. Skip unnecessary info. I’m not a fan of ‘Interests’ on a resume.

3. Question: @maisonstylecdn “What are some key points/skills etc that employers look for on a resume?”

Answer: @StyleNineToFive “Leadership, length at a job (no hopping around), how you describe your job role, volunteer experience.”

4. Question: @KiyoshaTeixeira “In order to network with people how do you refrain from coming off as a “groupie”? Would you say emailing is better?”

Answer: @StyleNineToFive “Never FB or Tweet at someone if you want to be taken seriously. Email them introducing yourself and ask to meet for a coffee meeting”

5. Question: @maisonstylecdn “What’s the best approach to a company you want to work for even if they aren’t hiring?

Answer: @StyleNineToFive “Introduce yourself. Send an email on why you want to work for them and how much you’re interested should a position open.”

6. Question: @stylererouted “How did you know it was the right decision to strike out on your own?”

Answer: @StyleNineToFive “I had enough experience, knowledge, confidence and networks in what I wanted to do.  I would not have succeeded if I started this even 5 years ago.”

7. Question: @NiksD87 “What qualities or skills make an applicant stand out from the rest of the pack?”

Answer: @StyleNineToFive “Leadership, length at a job (no hopping around), volunteer experience,  relavant education.”

8. Question: @RobynPY “Networking seems to be the more efficient route to take when looking for jobs. Is the traditional résumé becoming obsolete?”

Answer: @StyleNineToFive “Not at all! They really are your 1st impression. If you’re not lucky enough to have the networking opportunities, resumes are key.  I get resumes daily, and I’ll meet with someone based on a good resume even if I’m not hiring.”

9. Question: @rosemarymelnyk “Is it okay to contact someone via LinkedIn for a professional informational meeting? #STFNCareerChat”

Answer: @StyleNineToFive “ Yes, but you may not get a response. I prefer email still! See if you can find their email address online. #SNTFCareerChat”

10. Question: @moegenore I saw you say “job hopping” isn’t good. What would you recommend for someone who has had many jobs (as a student)?”

Answer: @StyleNineToFive “Job hopping just shows either lack of commitment or you may not have been a good fit. Only include relevant jobs! Not all!  I should clarify, you should avoid company can try many jobs within that company!”

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Fashion Jobs – Win a Mini Mentorship with Christie

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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We want to know what your ultimate fashion dream job is! In return you could win the chance to receive Style Nine to Five and Beauty Nine to Five founder, Christie Lohr’s expertise in how to land it. If you are chosen, Christie will look over your resume and cover letter, giving you a comprehensive edit to help get you noticed by prospective employers. Not only that, Christie will offer her advice on steps to take in going forward, the types of experience that will enrich your resume and make you an ideal candidate for your dream job. Head over to twitter for your chance to win this very stylish opportunity!

Contest ends Friday, Sept 20th at midnight!

How to Enter:

Tweet the following: “RT & tell us your dream job & be entered to win a mentorship from @StyleNineToFive founder @Christie_Lohr! More info:”


Photo Credit: Marc Marayag

Originally published in Framework Magazine.

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Fashion Jobs – Hiking Fashions on CTV

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Fitness met fashion when Style Nine to Five’s Christie Lohr appeared on CTV Morning Live Vancouver chatting what to wear hiking!

Adidas Jacket ($75), Black Adidas Tank ($40), TNA (Aritzia) black spandex pants with neon zipper ($65), Adidas Runners ($110), AQUAhydrate Water

North Face Jacket ($250), North Face Breathable Tee ($35), North Face Shorts ($50), NIKE Flex Running Shoe ($100), North Face Hydration Backpack ($110)

Lululemon Track Attach Shorts ($54), Lululemon Stuff Your Bra Top ($52), Lululemon Burn it Out tank ($48), Lululemon Hydraform Handheld Bottle ($28), HI-TEC hiking shoes ($85)

Samuel is wearing: Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve ($64), Lululemon Pace Breaker Shorts ($64), HI-TEC shoes ($150), AQUAhydrate water: New high performance water owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Mark Wahlberg

The Beat 94.5′s Mandy Gill stepped in as a model wearing Lululemon Burn It Out Tank ($48), Work It Out Short ($54), Pure Balance Water Bottle ($28)


Fashion Jobs – Style Nine to Five Celebrates 3 Years

Monday, April 8th, 2013


Style Nine to Five is excited to celebrate its third anniversary as Canada’s fashion career website and continues to connect job seekers to coveted jobs in the fashion industry nationwide. Current customers include Topshop, Hudson’s Bay, Michael Kors, and Aldo and many other companies, designers and boutiques.

“I am thankful and humbled by the industry support over the last three years.” Founder Christie Lohr started Style Nine to Five when she was a retail recruiter in the fashion industry, facing difficulties finding candidates with a fashion background, and realized there was a demand for such a service. “It has always been my goal to help people reach their dream job. It is so rewarding when I hear about their success stories or how helpful Style Nine to Five has been for them. It motivates me to continuously develop the company.”

With a strong presence in social media, Style Nine to Five actively seeks new ways to help job seekers, such as its recent Dream Job contest where the winning entry is personally mentored by Christie Lohr herself to assist in the next steps to reach their goal.

Christie Lohr is excited about the growing Nine to Five empire with the recent expansion of sister site, Beauty Nine to Five for the beauty industry.
As the fashion scene in Canada continues to thrive, Style Nine to Five aims to open doors to job seekers and companies in the fashion industry for years to come.

For any questions or to schedule an interview with Christie Lohr, please contact:

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Oscar Fashions on CTV Morning Live

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Watch Style Nine to Five’s Christie Lohr give her Oscar fashion hits and misses on CTV Morning Live! Click HERE.

Fashion Jobs – Career Advice Session with Christie

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

“How do I reach my career goal?”, “What path should I take?”, “What should I put on my resume?”, “How should I answer this question in an interview?”, or “What should I wear?” Everyone knows your resume and job interview are both important parts of getting that job. It’s really all in the details and sometimes you need a fresh set of eyes and a few key tips to ensure you make a good impression. I would love to help you with your resume, career advice and answer your questions about the fashion industry. Enter our contest to get a one-on-one career advice session over lunch! Details below:

1) Email with the subject: Career Advice Contest
2) In the email, include a few sentences about yourself and why you’d like to participate in the career advice session.

*Must be located in the Vancouver area. Contest ends Friday, November 9th, 2012, 11:59PM PST.

By: Christie Lohr

You should follow me on Twitter @Christie_Lohr @StyleNinetoFive @BeautyNine2Five.

Photo Credit: Framework Mag, Marc Marayag Photography

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