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Fashion Jobs – 5 Must Haves this Fall

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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The weather is changing and it’s the perfect excuse to go shopping and revamp your wardrobe! There are so many great shoes, coats, scarves and cozy knits to choose from during this lovely season. Here’s a list of the definite must have’s to help get you prepared for this upcoming season.

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Product List:

1J.Crew Collection Icon Trench, $340

2J.McLaughlin Wool Scarf in Nut Colorblock, $97

3New Look Burgundy Box Zip Front Metal Trim Backpack, $42

4. Club Monaco Sophie Hair Calf Loafers – Leopard, $260, available at Shopbop

5Chicwish Pleated Faux Leather Midi Skirt in Black, $43

 

By Nikita Due

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Fashion Jobs – Soft Pastels for Fall

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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Pastels - How to“You should only wear pastels in the spring,” said no one ever. Pastel hues add life to your wardrobe and they make for some super delicate and feminine pieces to incorporate into your daily routine. Contrast them with neutral shades for a pop of color and -if you’re feeling extra daring-throw on a pair of neon pumps to spice it up. I love the color-block effect and combining a few colours that complement one another (it’s more fun). For example, a soft pink pull-over and a pair of comfy spearmint jeans. Here are a few looks to get you started!

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Look #1
Vero Moda tailored blazer, $63
Loro Piana trousers, $832, available at MYTHERESA
Manolo Blahnik pumps, $595, available at BERGDORFGOODMAN
CÉLINE Bag, $2,461, available at FASHIONPHILE

Look #2
Uniqlo trench coat, $100
LIU•JO yellow pants, $75, available at YOOX
H&M  leather belt, $21
Chloé pink purse, $760, available at FARFETCH

Look #3
Jumper top, $26, available at SELECTFASHION
Elliott, mint jeans, $210, available at STYLEBOP
Statement necklace, $28, available at BENEVOLENTJEWELS
Chanel Bag, $3,715, available at FASHIONPHILE

Style Inspiration: Harper’s Bazaar, Lookbook

By: Rubi Samano, writer of styleonpoint, Vancouver

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion Career Advice: No Competition

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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20141009-960486208_1The fashion industry is often noted as being highly competitive in nature. And while the actual availability of jobs may reflect just that, the sense of competition and the feelings of stress that are often associated with it are arguably self-induced. It’s impossible to control the external happenings around us, but what we can control is our own self development. When it comes to landing your dream job, think of the process as less a competition with every other candidate, and more as a personal challenge. Having seen it all, Christie’s here to shed some light in regards to how a competition mindset may actually be hindering your professional growth.

 

Christie:  There will be stylists more fashionable then you, journalists smarter than you, that’s ok, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for you. It’s not a competition. I’ve always said this. No matter how great you believe yourself to be at something, there will always be someone that can do the same thing a little (or a lot) better than you can. While that realization may be disheartening, it is in no way a sign that there’s no room for you in the professional playing field. The moment you start focusing your energies on what are considered uncontrollable, such as the other candidates you may be up against for a job opening, is the moment you’ve just done yourself a great disservice. Rather than worrying about what others can and cannot do, focus on what you can do and how you can improve upon your own skill-sets. The only real competition is with yourself, and a motto I live by is simply, “do you.”

 

We all move forward in our own time, which means some people may get to the same destination before you do. That’s okay! You know yourself the best, and if you need an extra few years to build up your repertoire, don’t feel as if you’ve failed. If I had started Style Nine to Five at 25 instead of 30, it probably wouldn’t have been as successful a venture or successful at all for that matter. The knowledge that I acquired in the 5 years were completely necessary to get me to where I am today. I’ve made many mistakes along the way, and I still have plenty of things to figure out. Regardless, day by day, I learn a bit more than the previous day, and I wouldn’t trade that time in for anything. Given how precious time is, every moment I spend comparing myself to someone else is wasted time that I could have spent on furthering my own development. Remember, you are your own worst enemy, and the moment you free yourself from the self-doubt is the moment you’ve just opened a world of possibilities.

Photo by Laura McIntosh

By: Anna Zhoa

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Fashion Jobs – Work Wear Wednesday: Feeling the Blues

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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Outfit details: Dress and jacket from Minimum, purse and booties from Le Chateau, hoops from House of Harlow, ring set from Aldo

 

While fall is usually the time when dark palettes reign supreme, it’s always nice to bring a bit of colour to your work look. Don’t get me wrong, some vibrant colours are probably just a tad inappropriate for the office (for example, lime green), however, there’s still plenty of options to choose from.

 

For this week’s outfit, I went with a cobalt blue dress featuring strong and defined shoulders, a printed coat, and black ankle booties. While the dress is fairly figure hugging, it is still modest as it provides plenty of coverage. That’s a key factor to keep in mind when choosing pieces for work. If you find yourself wondering whether a piece is too revealing, then it probably is. I think it’s worth noting that this kind of dress can easily be transitioned out of the office and into the evening too, be it for drinks with the girls, or an industry event. With that said, it’s definitely a versatile staple in my closet!

 

The print on my coat is an additional piece of visual interest, with my fringed bag rounding up the look, adding just the right amount of edge.

 

Photos by Michelle Morton

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Fashion Jobs – An Exclusive Look into Rent frock Repeat

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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I recently spoke with Kristy Wieber, Co-founder and President of Canadian company, Rent frock Repeat. You might have seen Rent frock Repeat’s job postings, Logistics And Operations AssociateBeauty Video Blogger Intern and Stylist Intern on Style Nine to Five. The successful e-commerce site is on the up and up and are expanding fast – here’s the inside scoop of what’s in store for RfR.

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ND: How would you explain Rent frock Repeat to somebody who has never shopped with you?

KW: Rent frock Repeat is an ecommerce site that allows women all across Canada to rent a designer dress at up to 90% off the retail cost. Women go online, choose a dress in the size they want, as well as back up size for free, then tell us where and when they want it delivered. We send the dress along with a prepaid return envelope & after 4 or 8 days, they put their dress in that envelope and drop it at the nearest Canada Post mailbox. We take care of dry cleaning. We also have a showroom in Toronto where women can try on the dresses during private fittings. We also offer Skype and phone consultations.

 

ND: What was the inspiration behind Rent frock Repeat?

KW: My business partner and I were invited to a wedding and were complaining that we didn’t want to buy another dress that was going to get worn once and then hang in our closet. We came across a company in the US that rented designer dresses, but they didn’t ship to Canada. We thought women across Canada deserved a service that allowed them access to a virtual designer closet.

 

ND: How do you choose what brands to carry?

KW: We certainly strive to carry established designers with a proven track record of impeccable design and quality, but we also love to find up-and-coming designers to introduce to our members as well as giving new Canadian designers a platform to share their work.

 

ND: What is it like to work at Rent frock Repeat?  

KW: Certainly fast paced, but also incredibly fun. As a start-up we all have to wear many different hats so you have to be willing to pitch in where needed, but it makes for a very strong and cohesive team. Every day is different and priorities can change very quickly, so we look to bring on people who are pro-active problem solvers with a desire to be a part of a start-up.

 

ND: How is Rent frock Repeat looking to expand?  

KW: As we grow, so do the roles in our company. We just brought on a Director of Marketing and a Business Development Representative. As the locations grow, so will the number of Stylists, Social Media Coordinators, etc.

 

 

ND: What will get Rent Frock Repeat customers excited for next season?

KW: We’re growing so fast! That means a lot of new inventory, new designers, and more selection in more sizes.  In addition, our Toronto showroom is moving into much bigger space in February, and we’re opening a showroom in Ottawa in the new year and Calgary soon after that.

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Check out Rent frock Repeat to find out how to get your hands on a designer dress and Style Nine to Five for their latest job postings.

 

All photos courtesy of Rent frock Repeat

 

By: Nikita Due

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Fashion Jobs – Vancouver Fashion Week Review

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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Last week Vancouver was taken by storm by stunning silhouettes, unique designs and undeniably stylish apparel. Vancouver Fashion Week began on September 15th  and finished on September 21, and it was an entire week filled with divine style inspiration and drool-worthy fashion.  Though every designer produced incredible collections, there were a few that stood out amongst the crowd:

Renata Buzzo:

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This ethereal and angelic collection was definitely a crowd pleaser. As all of the unique cream and white dresses made their way down the runway you could hear little gasps and whispers on the beauty of the line. In fact this collection was so stunning that I even noted down “get in my closet!” in regards to this line. The feminine and flowing materials and silhouettes of this line exuded a sweet romanticism that I find completely irresistible.

Oscar Mendoza:

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Oscar Mendoza really embraced the black and white trend with his latest collection. I adore this trend as I have always been a fan of simplistic and minimalist combinations; they always style to look so effortlessly chic.  The collection was included many structured pieces but always maintained femininity with the materials, sheer detailing and delicate patterns.

 

Goldie:

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This line was likely the most wearable of all the lines I had seen. The shapes, materials and styles of each look had a very wearable yet high-end sophisticated look.  One of the things I most enjoyed about this line was the playful nature of the entire collection; though many looks included classic tones like blush, white, and black, the collection also had many pops of colour and refreshing bursts of bright prints.

Photo Credit: Dominic Manea Photography

By: Bree Aylwin, writer of The Urban Umbrella | @urbanumbrella29

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Fashion Jobs – Vancouver Style

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

 

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One of the best parts of living in Vancouver, is that it is a cornucopia of styles and hub for the fashion forward minds. Whether you are an elegant Yaletown gal, a preppy university student, an advocate for fitness, or even a business professional, you’ll be sure to find a plethora of outfit inspiration in the streets of downtown. With so much cultural inflow and influence from all over the globe, it is nowonder we have opened the doors to new fabrics, combinations and brand new ideas in the fashion industry. Personally, I love the freedom I have with my wardrobe. As we all have different styles we can identify with, it is absolutely necessary to know what works for us and use it to our advantage. So, if your closet needs some revamping, here a few ideas to get you started! 

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1. Chase7 chevron top, $39, available at House of Fraser

2. Forever New high rise shorts, $53

3. Charlotte Russe black platform stiletto, $28

4. Green button down shirt, $15, available at 2020AVE.com

5. Paige Denim skinny jeans, $270, available at JulesB.co.uk

6. Dune nude leather shoes, $105, available at Debenhams.com

7. Boohoo blue knit sweater, $24

8. Topshop jogger pants, $48, available at Nordstrom.com

9. Adidas originals shoes, $75, available at Zappos.com

10. Doublju cropped blazer, $25, available at Amazon.com

11. Ted Baker black pants, $225,

12. Zara nude leather shoes, $90

 

By: Rubi Samano, writer of styleonpoint, Vancouver

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Fashion Jobs – Sporty Spice

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

 

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Sneakers, Adida stripes, sweat pants, spandex, Nikes. Any outfit containing these might sound like it’s better suited for the gym, but the sportswear trend is actually very popular! When worn the right way your athletic gear can be super chic, so follow these tips and get inspired, you’ll be a sporty spice in no time!

 

1. PIECES Black Tee w/ white stripes- available at pieces.com

2. Edith Black Sporty Tee- available at shoplesnouvelles.com

3. Play the Game Trousers- available at nastygal.com

4. Amiee Lynn Cotton And Faux Leather Baseball Cap- Available at southmoonunder.com

5. Keds Vintage Inspired Back to the Basics Sneaker – available at modcloth.com

6. Designers Remix Enashorts sporty dress shorts available at youheshe.com

 

Style Inspiration by Nany’s Klozet – image courtesy of nanysklozet.com

 

By: Cassidy

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Fashion Jobs Design – Ways to Wear Plaid:

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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Statement Piece: If you want to go bold with your plaid style, try one plaid statement piece paired with neutrals. By pairing your plaid piece with neutrals you allow the pattern to stand out even more.

PLAID 1A Pop of Plaid: Use accessories to bring in a bit of the cozy fall trend. Heels and scarves have been some of my favourite ways to bring plaid into my daily fall look.

All Over: For a daring look, try a plaid dress or jumpsuit to rock the trend head to toe.

Mixed: Mixing prints and patterns has been one of the hottest trends over the last few seasons, so why not try mixing plaid patterns?  Try mixing contrasting plaid colour schemes to achieve a look that really stands out amongst the crowd.

 

Product details:

1. Elizabeth and James Beau embellished plaid cotton-blend mini dress, $365.00, available at Net-a-Porter

2. Closet – UK Luck Be a Lady Dress in Green Plaid, $79.99, available at ModCloth

3. Emily and Fin LTD Too Much Fun Dress in Red Plaid, $71.99, available at ModCloth

4. Sonoma life + style ® plaid shirt dress, $34.99, available at Kohl’s

5. BB Dakota Rosanna Black and Red Plaid Jacket, $91.00, available at LuLu*s

6. J COOPER Plaid Peplum Tank Top, $33.98, available at Lord & Taylor

7. Press Brushed Plaid Skirt, $119.00, available at Piperlime

8. Nanette Lepore Prep School Slim Plaid Pants, $298.00, available at CUSP

9. Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ Plaid Pointy Toe Pumps, $695.00, available at Nordstorm

10. Pearl & Plaid Button Earring Trio, $7.90, available at Wet Seal

11. Nightglen Plaid Scarf, $58.00, available at Madewell

12. Bettye Muller Rolls Tartan Plaid Loafer, $250.00, available at Neiman Marcus

By: Bree Aylwin, writer of The Urban Umbrella | @urbanumbrella29

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Career Advice With Christie Lohr – How to Respond to Criticism

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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One of the hardest things to hear is criticism, and that’s not necessarily something that changes over time. Whether it’s criticism towards an idea or an action, the difficulty comes with finding out the discrepancy between what others perceive of what you do or deliver, and how you perceive it all yourself. If you think that your solution to a problem will solve all, while the rest of your team would beg to differ, your confidence would certainly take a hit (even if you don’t want to admit it). However, when it comes to personal growth, Christie argues that learning to accept criticism where it counts is a fundamental professional and personal skill to develop.

 

Christie: When I was starting out in my professional career, taking criticism from my higher ups was definitely difficult. I feel that we were probably all at our most arrogant state during the start of our careers, even if we would like to argue otherwise. After all, we hadn’t been knocked down by life, management, and peers quite as much at that point, and any criticism we may have received prior to our first real job certainly didn’t hold the same amount of weight. Back when I took on my first managerial role at 18, I was convinced that I was the best around, even though I was still green. While I proved myself enough to have been promoted to a position in management to begin with, I hadn’t yet paid my dues or really done anything to earn the respect of my employees. I simply assumed that it was a given that came with the role. Boy was I wrong. When my supervisor at the time gave me feedback regarding my performance, I was stung. The problem was, I needed to learn to view myself from their perspective, and through an objective lens at that. If your natural instinct is to become defensive, don’t. Avoid the urge! In fact, force yourself to listen for once so you can actually hear what your peers have to say. No criticism is given with the purpose of attacking you as an individual, and that’s the first thing you have to recognize. Every piece of feedback given on the job is meant to help you improve. Most people don’t want to see you fail, especially your higher ups. They hired and/ or promoted you for a reason! Forget making excuses and playing the role of the victim. Nobody can respect an individual who doesn’t want to own up to their mistakes.

 

If you do have a valid response to any criticism you receive, then reply with your rationale and facts, not opinions. State everything clearly and try to rein your emotions in. The last thing you want is to say something in the spur of the moment that you’ll regret later on. I’d like to stress again how important listening is. We have a personal monologue running in our heads 24/7, so taking that 5 or 10 minutes of mental silence to truly absorb feedback from others is a necessary habit to get into.

 

Photo by Laura McIntosh

 

By: Anna Zhao

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