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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Vancouver-Based Stylist and Creative Consultant Leila Bani

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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If you don’t recognize Leila Bani, chances are you will recognize her work. Leila is a Vancouver stylist and is well known for incredible editorial work.  Her work has made it into publications like, GQ, Emmy, Flare, Fashion, NUVO, Montecristo, The Editorial, Elle Canada, NYLON, ID, and Flaunt. Not only has she been featured in those publications, Leila does more than just style; she brings the clothes to life with her unique touch. As one of Vancouver’s top stylists, she continues to show the world how fashion is an art form and we were lucky enough to have her spare some time to answer some questions for us.

SNTF: We are in love with your work as a stylist, tell us what a typical day is like for you?

LB: Aww, thanks for that. The beauty of this job is that there aren’t really typical days. I could be on set for the day in studio or for a week, at some random location. I do spend a lot of time sourcing and shopping all over the place. It could be for some fresh looks to pull for an editorial or for say, a bathrobe for a dog (this was an actual request).

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SNTF: How did you get involved in being a stylist?

LB: I think it started with an unhealthily large magazine collection as a kid and it evolved from there. My first photo shoot was my school project and then I just built my portfolio baby step by step from there…. I had zero connections or idea what I was doing.

SNTF: When you are on set what are you typically doing? 

LB: Practicing creative thinking and problem solving while overseeing many moving parts and hauling stuff around. Fawning over the process and results.

SNTF: Being a stylist takes a lot of organization, how do you stay on top of clothing pulls and what clothes belong where?

LB: It does. I’m organized enough but also incredibly lucky to have an all-star team of some of the most OCD organizational types on earth!

SNTF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your editorial shoots and which shoot is your all time favourite that you’ve done so far?

LB: Inspiration really is everywhere. I love street casting and getting inspired by my surroundings. Choosing an all time favourite would be torture, but styling Coco Rocha and seeing her vault through the air like a sexy springbok in Balenciaga heels was certainly a highlight that I will never forget.

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SNTF: Tell us what a day of shooting looks like?  

LB: It’s not as exciting as you might think! It definitely has its glam perks at times, like meeting unique and beautiful people, shooting at very cool locations and of course the clothes! But there’s a lot of waiting around, tinkering, and set up/ tear down.

SNTF: What is your go-to outfit for a day of work? 

LB: Usually some type of comfort cocoon meets overgrown toddler look.

SNTF: What your most favourite and least favourite part of working as a stylist?

LB: The best part is the collaboration when everyone’s doing what they do best and it’s pure magic! I never ever tire of that feeling. My not so favourite part is the anti-climatic process of wrapping out the job, the paperwork, and the politics. Being based in Canada and feeling like I’m struggling to push some conservatives forward is always a perpetual struggle.4. Leila Bani Leon Bridges

SNTF: Where do you see yourself in five years? 

LB: I like to live spontaneously, so continuing with that and completing more collaborations.

SNTF: What are your stylist kit ‘must haves’?

LB: Topstick, loads of tape, scissors, clips n pins, my trusty “face bag” to keep makeup off clothes while changing, and Google maps!

SNTF: Lastly, Any advice for future fashion stylists?

LB: There’s so much more to it than just style, hustle is a must.

To follow along with Leila’s as a stylist, make sure to check out her website and follow her on Instagram.

Photo Credit:

Image 1 & 2 of Leila Bani, shot by Hana Pesut

Coco Rocha — Styled by Leila Bani, shot by Chris Haylett

Leon Bridges — Styled by Leila Bani, shot by Brendan Meadow

By: Marisa Horvath, @marisahorvath

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Fashion Jobs – Professionalism in the Workplace: 7 Tips For Recent Graduates

Friday, March 17th, 2017

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Attention graduates, you have sure come a long way: the endless nights of studying, countless deadlines, passing every test, and going above and beyond to make it on time for class has finally come to an end.  Celebratory sparkling drinks are definitely on the rise! It is your day and you’ve made it.

You waited four long years for this day and have the knowledge and experience you need to succeed. But to help you further stand out of the crowd, we’ve put together seven proven tips and examples that will help you prepare for a successful internship or and first big job, regardless what industry you’re in. 

Follow these seven tips and you’ll be a workplace all-star in no time.

Be Present And On Time

Being on time (especially on your first day) is key because it shows you value your employer’s time and are eager to grow and learn. The employer will be impressed on how you execute your professional skills by being punctual. I recommend having a daily planner or schedule, as these will help you stay organized and on time for all meetings, events and activities (for both work and your own social life).

Dress Appropriately

Every workplace has a dress code, whether it is business formal, a set uniform or casual. Showing up to work dressed appropriately and professionally shows respect to your employer, colleagues, and clients.

Ask for Feedback

It’s important to ask for feedback based on your work, as it’s a great indicator of what needs to be improved, and your strengths and weaknesses. This gives you the ability to grow and to learn what can be done differently in the future. You may receive constructive criticism about your work at times, but I can assure you that your boss is only doing it to help you develop and improve within the office.

Time Management

We all have different workloads and at times we can take on too much and lose sight of what tasks need to be prioritized. If you master how to manage your time within your daily work schedule, you can improve your decision making, reduce stress, get more done, eliminate re-work, and you’ll be able to spend more time where it matters.

Carry a Notepad and Pen

Preparing for an internship or a new job could be scary and overwhelming but having notes for instructions and future references can make tasks easier. This is especially important during your first few weeks in your new role, as you’ll appreciate being able to look back at what you’ve learned. Write down everything and anything that you may think that will be helpful for you in the future. 

Never Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Everybody can have trouble understanding, especially in a new environment. In order to understand and perform the job well, it’s very important to always ask questions. There is no such thing as a “stupid” question if you really want a great outcome for your efforts.

Enjoy Every Day at Work

Fun? At work? This is possible. When you look forward to every day at work, it’s a very rewarding feeling, as you’ll never feel like your ‘working’. Each day is a new chance to be positive and show enthusiasm within your work and this will be reflected in your work.

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Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – Five Killer Office Appropriate Heels

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Black pumps. Pink kitten heels. And some days…flats. Let’s face it; office appropriate shoes can be boring. Work is not the place for stilettos or platforms, but you don’t have to stick with the ordinary either! To help you enter the season with your best-dressed heel forward, we’ve rounded up five pairs of office-appropriate heels with a bit of pizazz.

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A New Take on the Penny Loafer

I myself am a big fan of penny loafers, but sometimes they’re just a bit too bland. Jazz up this classic look by opting for a pair of loafers-turned-slingbacks! They’re practical and comfortable and will leave you feeling like the queen of the boardroom.

Wear with: Trouser pants

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Put a Bow On It

Bows on shoes are nothing new, but there are ways to turn it from boring to elegant. Instead of a traditional bow placed on the toe, how about these lovely, feminine bows on the back? People tend to look at the ground when they walk anyway — give the folks behind you something to look at.

Wear with: If your workplace is casual a pair of dark denim jeans, otherwise a skirt or a dress

3. Slingbacks

Add A Little Bling

Unless you’re heading to a nightclub or spending the evening out on the town, glitter and jewels usually don’t belong on your shoes. Usually. On these Lilianas, the quilted pattern and minimal, finely placed jewels add class rather than take it away, not to mention the neutral hue is perfect for the office and will go with just about everything.

Wear with: Pretty much anything!

4. Tan Heels

Shape It Up

Most women are hiding their inner rebel (especially in the workplace), and these shoes seem to cater to that part of women everywhere. Since metallic spikes aren’t exactly work-friendly, a leather split-front will have to do. Combined with a metallic toe, you can allow your younger self to shine through, and keep your boss happy at the same time.

Wear with: Trouser pants, skirt, or a wrap dress

5. Calvin Klein Booties

Combine Classics

By far my favourite, these Calvin Kleins are a cross between a bootie and a pump. With leather accents, metallic heel, and a suede body, it’s the perfect blend of edge and class that will surely turn heads.

Wear with: Trouser pants and jeans

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Product Info

1. French Connection Leather Slingback Sandals, $59.99, available at Saks Off Fifth

2. Saks Fifth Avenue Made in Italy Bow Ankle Strap Suede Pumps, $159.99, available at Saks Off Fifth

3. Gambeson Nude Liliana, $36.99, available at Heels

4. Split Front Sling Back, $198.99, available at Heels

5. Calvin Klein Searra Suede Bootie, $169.00, available at Nordstrom


By: Sara Antonuccio, Grants Pass, @afashionistaabroad

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Fashion Jobs – Why Statement Jackets Are a Must-Have for the Office

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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When we think of staple pieces for the office, the first few things that to come to mind are black dress pants and blouses. While these are definitely wardrobe essentials, there’s something about a well-fitted, statement jacket that can instantly transform your outfit. Now that the weather is adjusting to warmer temperatures, there are countless lighter options and playful colours available to amplify your office wardrobe. These are the reasons why jackets are statement pieces for the office — as they provide a touch of polish and professionalism with a dash of excitement.

Ladies, ask yourself this: if the season is changing, then shouldn’t your selection of predictable, everyday office wear? Put those average blazers to the side once and for all and try out at least one of these five statement jackets that will bring your work wear to a whole new level.

1. Pastel Blazer

The Airy Pastel Blazer

If you’re not afraid to work with colour, upgrade your black work coat for a blazer in a welcoming hue of pastel pink or sky blue. These airy pastels can ignite an otherwise predictable look and look best when paired with a pair of crisp white jeans, dark jeans and even matching dress pants. Adding a statement necklace can further elevate your look and a pop of colour that will help bring the pastel colours to life.

2. The colourful Print

The Colourful Print

Nothing will turn more heads while walking into the office than a colourful printed coat. To not overdo things, we suggest pairing an understated dress with a bold coat, as this will complement well together without being distracting. Not a fan of dresses? Try a slim-fit pant, button-up shirt with a layered sweater and a heel to elevate the look.

3. The Timeless Trench

The Timeless Trench

The classic beige trench comes equipped with double storm flaps, elegant flow, and a tasteful collar. But let’s get real, aside from how durable and practical this jacket is, it goes with practically everything — which is why it’s definitely a wardrobe must-have. For the office, pair a khaki trench with a navy wide-leg pant, a crisp white button-up shirt and your favourite ankle boot.

4. Feminine Denim

The Feminine Denim Jacket

Rather than strutting to the office in your regular denim jacket, why not try a more flirty denim look? This season, we recommend treating yourself to a more feminine number that will not only silhouette your figure perfectly but also add some flair to your office attire. When rocking a chic denim jacket to the office, we recommend keeping the rest of your look on the chill side — like a pair of sleek chinos or wool pants paired with a tucked in silk blouse or if your office is casual, pair with a simple shift dress.

5. Leather Moto

The Leather Motto

Finally, if you’re interested in rocking a coat with a bit more attitude, a hip leather jacket adds an edgy yet polished touch to your everyday look. A fitted leather jacket looks perfect with a wide or straight leg pant or a sheath dress and can take you from the office to after-work drinks an beyond.

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Product Information 

ASOS Slim Tailored Jacket In Crepe, $66.82, available at ASOS

Racheel Spring Meadow Collarless Coat, $465, available at Ted Baker

Burberry Kensington Mid-Length Heritage Trench Coat, $1005, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

J.W. Anderson Ruffled-Trimmed Denim Jacket, $616, available at Matches Fashion

Shelby Leather Biker Jacket, $840, available at Reiss

Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – Transitioning Your Winter Wardrobe for Spring

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

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Spring is a new beginning, a time of revitalization. It can also be one of the toughest seasons to build a wardrobe for. Some days are complete with blue skies and sunshine, while others are beaten down by rain and snow. How are you supposed to pull together an outfit from such variety? Here are a few tips to inspire your inner fashionista.

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Pair a Leather Jacket with a Maxi Skirt

This is a look that ALWAYS works. The combination of a long, feminine skirt and a masculine jacket not only creates a trendy juxtaposition, it also keeps your arms and legs protected from the cold.

 

Pro Tip: To complete the look, wear with a fitted, chic turtleneck for extra warmth and style points.

3. Ankle boots

Swap Tall Boots for Ankle Boots

It’s too cold to start rocking flats and sandals, but realistically, we’re all sick of wearing winter boots. So, what’s a girl to do? Swap your clunky winter boots for a pair of sleek, trendy ankle boots. Ankle boots are fantastic because they come in endless colours, patterns, fabrics, heights and heel sizes, and can be worn with everything from jeans and leggings to dresses and skirts.

 

Pro Tip: While we’re big fans of the on-trend cut out and peep toe ankle boots, these styles aren’t practical for the unpredictable spring weather. Opt for a pair that’s durable and will properly cover your feet.

4. Bright Scarf

Introduce Brighter Scarves

Scarves are a staple of any winter and spring wardrobe. While a neutral colour works best in the colder months, as soon as you start to see a hint of sunshine, it’s time to break out the bold! Try adding a floral scarf to an outfit dominated by darker shades.

 

Pro Tip: If you really want to up your style game, try rocking the season’s biggest neck accessory — a silk scarf.

5. Layers

Layer, Layer, Layer

Winter is all about bundling up. But when springtime hits, you want to be ready to adjust with the ever-changing weather. Throw on a camisole, cardigan, and a feminine blazer or jacket to keep warm, and then ditch the jacket when things start to heat up.

 

Pro Tip: Avoid layering with bulky and heavy layers, as they will leave you hot when temperatures rise. Stick to layering with lighter, breathable layers.

6.Tights

Fleece-Lined Tights Are Your Friend

Oh, what to do with that adorable sweater dress or the skirt that makes you feel like a million bucks?! It’s too chilly for bare legs, and nylons are hardly going to help. What about fleece-lined tights? They’re basically dressy yoga pants that keep your legs warm and allow you to wear dresses no matter the season.

 

Pro Tip: To really add some spice to your look, rock a pair of black tights under your favourite pair of distressed jeans on colder days.

 

See, it’s not too hard! Spring is a fun and funky transition time to play around with colours and layers, all while keeping comfort in mind.

 

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Sara Antonuccio, Grants Pass @afashionistaabroad

Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Topshop Personal Shopper Jessica Luffman

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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Welcome to the world of Topshop. Jessica Luffman is a Topshop Personal Shopper and is well known in the hectic city of Toronto for her incredible style and styling skills. Jessica is trendy, organized and all around fantastic. From styling Liz Trinnear with Topshop’s on trend pieces from having clients come to her for everyday wardrobe style; she is the it girl in the Personal Shopping department. We were lucky enough to snag a few minutes of her time to chat about her role and grabbed some advice from Jessica on how to become a Personal Shopper.

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SNTF: First off, can you tell us about your position as a Topshop Personal Shopper? What do you like the most about it?

JL: Topshop Personal Shopping is a complementary service! My clients book appointments with me for new updates to their wardrobe, outfits for an upcoming event or a complete style makeover! I love dressing all different body types and the relationships we build. It’s so rewarding to see my clients feel confident in what they’re wearing. I also love that there is no age restrictions to my clients. They range from 12-67 years old.

SNTF: What does a typical day for a Personal Shopper look like?

JL: A typical day is to first check my emails and calendar. I like to be organized and know what to expect for the day. I will then start to pull head-to-toe outfits for appointments and set up our personal shopping suites, with the help of my assistant. It’s exciting to meet new creatives and build relationships with them! When I don’t have appointments set up, I will walk the shop floor and help customers. I bring them into PS and let them know about the service. Most people don’t know that it’s complementary! I’m also always on the hunt for what my clients would love. When I’m not with customers, I also provide content to Topshop Canada’s Instagram page with fun photos of new arrivals we have in store.

SNTF: As a Personal Shopper for Topshop, you must have a bold and unique sense of style. Where do you find inspiration to get dressed every morning?

JL: It really depends on my mood, as my style is all over the map! I prefer to plan my outfits the night before so I can take my time in putting it all together. If I wait until the morning, I find I’m more rushed and I don’t have as much time to put thought into it – this could also be because I’m not a morning person! I like to stand out so I build my outfit around a bold piece. For example, bright red boots or a fun printed jacket. Also, accessories are an important part to complementing any outfit.

SNTF: Your style is amazing, what influences your personal style?

JL: I’m half Singaporean, a quarter English and a quarter Canadian. I grew up in Burlington, Ontario and at school I found that I wanted to express myself through my style because I was always so shy. This made me feel more confident in a strange way. My mom kept all her great pieces from Singapore so I loved going through her closet! I’ve always been influenced by my mom’s style and tweaking it to make it my own. I’m also very inspired with Asian culture and fabrics. I will look at blogs or street style for inspiration. I also really love thrift shopping. Hunting down hidden gems is my favourite part!

SNTF: I saw on your Instagram that Liz Trinnear came in with etalkTV to talk about holiday style this past Christmas. How was that experience?

JL: I love Liz Trinnear! We’ve known each other for four and a half years, since I started working for Topshop. She is one of our brand ambassadors and wears Topshop so well! I love styling her. It was so much fun working with her for the eTalk holiday segment. I was nervous at first because I’m so used to being behind-the-scenes, but she quickly made me feel so comfortable and we had a great time talking about the top holiday trends.

SNTF: The fashion industry in Toronto and in general is very competitive. What keeps you focused when trying to land a job?

JL: In September, it will be five years that I have been with Topshop and I can’t imagine working anywhere else! I know that the fashion industry in Toronto is very competitive, so I would suggest making as many connections as possible, put your best foot forward and have a positive attitude. Always be on top of the trends and know what’s going on in the industry.

SNTF: When a customer is in for an appointment, what are the steps you take before going to grab outfit options for them?

JL: These are the steps I take before pulling outfits for my clients.

1.      Request their sizing

2.      Ask what they are looking for – an outfit for an event or new spring pieces?

3.      Do they have any celebrity style icons or trends they’d like to try?

4.      Is there anything they are hoping to avoid? Ie. colour, shape, style

5.      Book the appointment based on their scheduling

SNTF: What are your five ‘must-haves’ that you need in a day?

JL: My five must haves that I need in a day:

1.      Comfortable, yet fashionable shoes. I’m on my feet running around all day. I’ve tried to wear high heels but those last for about three hours max! Heeled boots are my favourite.

2.      Cell phone/agenda. I need to be organized for my day of appointments with clients, stylists and brand ambassadors.

3.      Walking the sales floor each morning. This is very important because not only will it help me inform my clients on new products, but it also helps me put outfits together for Topshop Canada’s social media. The visual merchandising team is always changing the store around to keep it fresh and exciting. I need to know where everything is for when I pull outfits together for appointments.

4.      My assistant! She’s a gem and helps me with pulling outfits for appointments, admin work, stylist returns, cleaning the personal shopping suite so it’s ready for the day, and so many other things!

5.      Keeping informed. Topshop has a weekly informer that keeps all employees up-to-date on company initiatives, trend info, campaign launches, collaborations and visual merchandising updates. I also do my own research through blogs and magazines to see what is on trend or what celebrities wore most recently.

SNTF: Finally, do you have any tips for becoming a Topshop Personal Shopper?

JL:

1.      I think the most important tip is to understand and know how to dress all different body shapes.

2.      Listen to your clients and understand what they are looking for. Never dress a client solely based on your own personal style. Always be honest and don’t ever lie if something does not look great. There is always something else to find that will be flattering. It is not about a sale but building a trusting relationship.

3.      Have your finger on the pulse. Be on top of all the trends and celebrity styles. Many clients will refer to these when booking appointments so you need to be informed.

4.      Dress the part. Your everyday style should be inspiring to others!

By: Marisa Horvath, @marisahorvath

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Fashion Jobs – The 10 Items Every Woman Needs in her Work Bag

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

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While bloggers and writers frequently encourage woman to stockpile backup makeup and perfume in their work bags for last minute touchups, this advice is hardly helpful.

But today, we’re here to share with you the essentials that every woman actually needs to carry to and from the office. These items will keep you organized, stain-free, and will prevent any wardrobe malfunctions that might arise.

Ladies, we present to you, the 10 items that you need in your work bag.

1. Minimergency Kit

Mini Emergency Kit

No woman should be found without a mini emergency kit, especially if she’s the kind that is constantly dashing to and from the office. This 17-piece kit is filled with an assortment of beauty, fashion and personal care products for fast fixes on the go.

2. Blotting Sheets

Blotting Sheets

There’s nothing worse than heading into an important meeting only to realize your face is covered with shine. That’s why these blotting sheets are a work bag must-have. These absorbent little sheets are the perfect way to wipe away excess oil, shine or even sweat on your brow, cheeks, and upper lip.

3. Chic Card Holder

Chic Cardholder

For a woman that’s constantly on the go, having quick and easy access to your most important cards (ahem, Starbucks cards) is super important.

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Stain Remover

Don’t sweat the small stains. Instead of dashing to the dry cleaners whenever you spill your latte or get makeup on your blouse, always have a portable cleaner on hand to spot clean.

5. Battery Case

Battery Case

A good battery case will keep your phone charged up throughout the busy workday so you’ll be able to stay on-top of your emails and tasks when you run around and don’t have a charger on you.

6. Breath Freshener

Breath Freshener

Bad breath is a turnoff in any situation — especially if you’re meeting with clients. Avoid having coffee breath by keeping mints or gum in your purse.

7. Day Planner

Day Planner

Never miss a meeting or forget about cocktails with your friends again with this functional, 17 month agenda that’s a to-do lister’s dream come true. It comes complete with monthly and weekly plans, note pages and laminated dividers, keeping tabs has never looked so good!

8. Skin Mist
Hydrating Facial Spray

itting at a desk all day can take a toll on your skin. Keeping a bottle of hydrating facial spray in your bag will refresh your face during the midday lull.

9. Ballet Flats

Ballet Flats

You’ll appreciate having a pair of backup ballet flats in your bag on the days that you’re constantly running around and your heels have become to painful to tolerate.

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Carryall Bag

Finally, you need the perfect tote that can carry all your go-to work essentials! This spring year, we’re swooning over this stunning Saint Laurent number and can’t wait until we can get our hands on one!

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Product Information

Edge Minimergency Kit, $18, available at Pinch Provisions

Bosica Green Tea Blotting Linnens, $14, available at Sephora

Gucci Quilted Leather Card Case, $315, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Tide-to-Go, $9.97, available at Walmart

iPhone Smart Battery Case, $129, available at Apple

Altoids, $3.49, available at Well.ca

Rifle 17-Month Planner,  $20, available at Chapters

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, $58, available at Sephora

Tory Burch Laila Driver Ballet Flat, $269.11, available at Nordstrom

Saint Laurent Leather Tote, $ 1,373.16, available at Nordstrom

Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – The Nine Spring Essentials You Need to Buy Now

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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With spring just around the corner, it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Or, swap out the old for the new in your wardrobe. Adding a few essentials to your closet will get you ready for spring, and ready to embrace the much-needed warmer weather.

To help you get a head start on your spring shopping, we’ve rounded up nine trends that you can buy now to get you ready for the new season.

1.Statement Sleeves

Statement Sleeves

This season, statements sleeves are all the rage — as they dominated both spring and fall runways around the globe. Forget your usual cuff, and try this fun and flirty trend this season. A statement sleeve can be dressed up with a skirt or dressed down with a great pair of skinnies.

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The Logo Tee

Rather keep your look more casual? A killer logo tee is definitely the way to go. Many designers and fast fashion stores are carrying this trend. Dress it up with a blazer or pair one with your favourite leather jacket for an edgier look. From political statements and happy sayings to vintage bands and brands, there’s a tee for everyone.

3. The Mom Jean

The ‘Mom’ Jean

There’s nothing we love more than a pair of well-worn, high rise jeans. This spring, grab yourself a pair of ‘mom’ jeans that have a higher rise and relaxed slim fit. This style has quickly become a fashion blogger staple and is a must-have this season.

4.Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants

Looking for a new pair of pants for work? Another pant trend to try is the wide leg pant. What’s popular right now are: extra-long or cropped lengths; trouser and paper bag waists; and bold patterns. It’s the perfect look. They look great and have that free-feeling comfort and they’re perfect for a day at the office.

5.Hooded Dress

Athleisure Wear

Athleisure has really come into play within the last couple of years. It’s not just Juicy Couture anymore. Now, it’s pairing a hoodie dress with a pair of over-the-knee boots or stepping out in your best yoga leggings — as seen on Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid countlessly this year. Leggings are coming in fun colours and interesting details. It’s perfect for after a long day at the office and chill weekends. 

7. Pink Dress

8. Pink Off the Shoulder Top

The Colour Pink

If you ask any little girl what her favourite colour is, there’s a good chance the answer will be pink. Well, lucky for them pink is hot right now. From dresses to pants, from light to hot pink, this colour is everywhere this season. One way to rock this look and another is by finding a top in your favourite shade with statement sleeves or the oh-so-popular cold shoulder look. Or, opt for a flirty dress.

9. Metallic Bomber

10. Metallic booties

Metallics

Sequins and shine aren’t just for the evening anymore. Brighten your wardrobe by adding some funky metallics this season. You can keep it simple by pairing a pair of gold pants with a basic top or a silver jacket to spice up a simple look. Feeling a little more comfortable with the idea of some shine? Rock a pair of killer silver booties the next time you go for après work cocktails — you’ll be turning heads for all the right reasons. 

11.Sneakers

Kick it in Sneakers

Sneakers are still just as popular as last year and for good reason. You can rock a pair of white runners or liven’ up your outfit with a pair of red sneakers. These shoes can fall under the athleisure trend, and be used to dress up an outfit or stay casual.

12.Platform Heels

Sky’s The Limit

Tired of casual? Try some fun ‘70s inspired platform heels as this style is thankfully making a much-needed comeback. Wear with a flirty floral dress or pair with a pair of flared jeans.

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Product Info

1. Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Off the Shoulder Top, $108.49, available at Nordstrom

2. Michael Jackson Thriller Tee, $45, available at Urban Outfitters

3. AGOLDE Jamie Dakota, $228, available at Aritzia

4. Ahnn Pant, $229, available at Club Monaco

5. Hooded Dress, $50, available at H&M

6. Alo High Waist Moto Leggings, $156.56, available at Nordstrom

7. Frilled Midi Dress, $69, available at Zara

8. 3.1 Philip Lim Solid Cold Shoulder Silk Top, $675, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

9. Rosie HW x Paige Flo Metallic Bomber Jacket, $450, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

10. Metallic Dress Ankle Booties, $60, available at H&M

11. ZEAVEN, $90, available at Aldo

12. Mercer Cork Platform Leather Sandal, $188, available at Michael Kors

Jennifer Williams, Toronto, _jenniferwilliams

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Fashion Jobs – How to Host a Clothing Swap

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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Tired of the boring blouses, predictable jeans, and too-small skirts crowding your closet? Instead of tossing it all, why not host a clothing swap with your girlfriends and find some new pieces to spice your wardrobe this spring. Don’t know where to start? No problem! Here’s a simple guide to get the ball rolling.

Go Through Your Wardrobe

First things first: identify pieces you no longer want, and set them aside in a pile. If you need a little guidance on how to choose what to get rid of, check out our tips on how to pare down an overflowing closet. Be sure to check for unsightly stains, and run everything through the wash beforehand. *Note* – Don’t limit yourself to clothing. Accessories, handbags, and shoes are great too!

Send out the Invites

Calling friends of all ages, sizes, and lifestyles! There will definitely be something for everyone if you add some variety to your guest list. Let everyone know a minimum and maximum number of items to ensure you hit the goldilocks zone of tradable pieces.

If you plan to turn this into an all-out party, consider asking your guests to bring snacks. It doesn’t have to be a potluck; chips and dip, fruit plates, and cheese trays are all staples that work just fine!

Prep Your House

Playing hostess is a great motivator to push you into cleaning up your house. Aside from general tidying up, clear out an open area to lay out clothes. Make space on a table for accessories, hang dresses and jackets from a curtain rod, lay out blouses on a (clean) section of carpet. Keep the setup appealing – think department store, not yard sale!

You’ll also need dressing rooms. Not everyone has multiple bathrooms/bedrooms available, so be creative! Sectioning off an area with a curtain or sheet is just as good as a closed door. Just make sure you have at least two full-length mirrors ready to go, and one or two handheld ones for the accessories.

Have Fun With It!

More than anything, this should be a fun way to get together with your friends. Don’t feel pressured to throw the perfect party; just relax, have a good time, and remember you’ll come away from the experience with some new goodies!

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By: Sara Antonuccio, Grants Pass, @afashionistaabroad

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Fashion Jobs – Business Casual on the Road

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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Business trips can either be a pleasant way to see the world or the bane of your existence – depending on your point of view.

But if one thing’s for certain, it can be mighty difficult to pack a carry-on for a work trip. How do you keep your blazers crisp and wrinkle free? What about that expensive skirt that you just HATE shoving into a side pocket? How on earth do you fit high heels into an already stuffed suitcase?

Never fear, there are many who have tested the waters before you and have traveling light down to a science.

Step 1: Know the Basics

So, you’re going on a business trip. But how long will you be gone? How’s the weather shaping up? What events are you attending? Is it all business casual or are there fancier evenings you need to prepare for? Will you have any time to explore your destination? These situations will influence how you choose to use your limited space. Be sure you know what to expect before deciding what to take.

Step 2: Wear the Heavy Stuff on your Flight

Jeans are bulky. So are jackets and boots. If you think any of these items need to go with you, be sure to wear them for both your inbound and outbound flights. This will save you A TON of space.

Step 3: Bring Items you can Mix and Match

This is a handy idea for any closet, but it’s especially beneficial for traveling. As long as you bring staple pieces, you can get away with wearing the same items over and over again while still creating new looks that can take you from your afternoon meetings to evening activities. Are your skirts more versatile than your shirts? Bring three different ones, and use the same blouse for all three (making sure to add a new accessory each time to change things up). Dresses tend to be fairly light, and they have the added benefit of being an entire stand-alone outfit. If you need to bring a blazer, pack one that coordinates with all your skirts and dresses. This way you won’t need to stress about finding space for multiple blazers.

Step 4: Try to Stick with Two Pairs of Shoes

This is something I struggle with myself. Having a different pair of shoes for every occasion means I’m always prepared, but it’s not realistic to expect to be able to bring more than two pairs in a carry-on. Try wearing your casual, comfortable tennis shoes on the plane, and pack one pair of heels and/or business-appropriate flats.

Pro Tip: Purchase specially made shoe bags online to keep a barrier between the street grime on your shoes and your nice, clean clothes.

Step 5: Travel Sized Toiletries

Any seasoned business traveler knows that travel sized bottles really are huge space savers; you’re only going to be gone for a week at most, so why lug around your whole bathroom counter? If you’re a frequent flyer, consider purchasing your own travel-sized containers and transfer your shampoo and conditioner into them yourself. It’ll save you a ton of money in the long run!

Step 6: Keep your Makeup in your Purse

I’m irrationally protective of my makeup, but I’m sure many women are the same. Try buying a medium-sized makeup bag that will fit in your purse and pack it there instead of your carry-on. Not only will you be able to keep it close to make sure nothing gets smashed, you’ll have extra space in your suitcase (maybe sneak in one more pair of shoes?!).

When in doubt, just remember you’re not flying to the middle of nowhere! If you’ve forgotten anything or it turns out you weren’t quite as prepared as you thought, it’s okay! That’s what stores are for. And we could all use an excuse to shop, right?

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Sara Antonuccio, Grants Pass @afashionistaabroad

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