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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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Fashion Jobs – Five Ways to Style a Sundress

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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After a long chat with fellow fashion lovers, style bloggers & clothing fanatics on Twitter, I discovered that the majority of us consider the “summer dress” the ultimate summertime must-have.  As a personal style blogger, I am constantly looking for new ways to mix and remix my wardrobe, and this summer I am dedicated to making the most of my favourite summertime go-to: The Sundress.  (*this post will show how to style a single sundress for 1.The Office 2.Date Night 3.Attending a Wedding 4.Meeting the Parents 5.Exploring the Marketplace)




When you’re taking your beloved sundress into the office you need to make sure you’re styling it in a professional way. Add on pieces like a blazer, sophisticated jewelry, a structured handbag and a smart looking pair of flats or wedges to “office-ify” your go-to summer dress.

Items: J.Crew Embroidered floral racer dress, $119.99, Topshop Boucle zip blazer, $116, Seychelles Thyme Metallic Wedge Sandal, $95, available at Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade Sedgwick Place Phoebe Tote Bag, Cream, $478, available at Neiman Marcus, Lee Angel Lee By Stone Statement Necklace, $78, available at SHOPBOP, Aurelie Bidermann Nympheas Cuff, $905, available at Barney’s New York 




Heading out on a hot date but not sure how to dress up that sundress? Try adding in some strappy sandals, a cute handbag and some feminine gems to liven up your casual summertime favourite.

Items: J.Crew Embroidered floral racer dress, $168 $119.99, Schutz Celina Ankle Strap Sandals, $180 $90, available at SHOPBOP, Kate Spade ‘hawthorne Lane’ Tote, $198, available at NordstormBaublebar Crystal Plasma Drop Earrings, $34, Tory Burch Stacked Logo Stud Cuff, $215.14, available at Monnier Freres





If you’re heading out to a wedding but would rather just remix your favourite sundress instead of purchasing a whole new outfit, then you’ve come to the right place! Try remixing your sundress with prim pieces like a clutch handbag, strappy sandals, and elegant jewelry.

Items: J.Crew Embroidered floral racer dress, $168 $119.99, Big Buddha ‘Orlando’ Minaudiere, $60, available at Nordstorm, Jimmy Choo Lance Wavy Strap Sandal, $850, available at Neiman Marcus, Adia Kibur Link Chain Necklace, $70, available at SHOPBOP, Elizabeth and James Windrose Pave Ring, $150, available at SHOPBOP, Suzannah Wainhouse Jewelry Pyramid Cuff, $315, available at Barney’s New York




We all know that meeting the parents can be a bit of a nerve-wracking experience. The last thing you want to worry about is what you’re wearing, so sticking to your favourite sundress may just be the way to go. Adding in simple accessories like classic stud earrings, a simple cross-body handbag and a simple pair of flats are all great ways to have approachable style while sharing your personal flare.

Items: J.Crew Embroidered floral racer dress, $168 $119.99, 3.1 Phillip Lim Devon, $395, available at Barney’s New York, Tory Burch Thea Chain Cross Body Bag, $375, available at SHOPBOP, By Boe Red Leather Knot Ring, $19, available on AmazonBaublebar Crystal Poker Face Studs, $24, Majorica Champagne Solitary Pearl Drop Necklace, $105 $63, available at Neiman Marcus





One of my favourite pastimes has to be exploring the Granville Island marketplace; it’s a place you can find oodles of little gems and typically I walk out with the bag full of tasty treats and a hand full of plush and pretty flowers. If you’re heading out to the marketplace in your city to do a little shopping then chances are you’re already grabbing your go-to summer sundress. Adding in some practical pieces like a cross-body purse and some basic slip-on’s will ensure you look stylish (and feel comfortable) while moseying around the flower filled aisles.

Items: J.Crew Embroidered floral racer dress, $168 $119.99, BaubleBar Slim XO Cuff, $28, Fornash Sweetie Pie Collection Earrings, $20, available on SimplySoles, Jeffrey Campbell In Love Studded d’Orsay Flats, $130, available on SHOPBOP, Mother Stretch Cotton Love Drunk Snap Jean Jacket, $380, available at StyleBop, Leslie Danzis Cushion Marquise Bib Necklace, $98 $55, available at GiltFossil Preston Crossbody, $155


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

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Fashion Jobs – Floral Fixation

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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Floral Fixation


Though spring came to a close, it seems we aren’t ready yet to shut the door on favourite blossoms.  As we are transitioning into lighter fabrics, our favourite florals are transitioning right along with us and making a statement on our favourite summer must haves.


Aside from just making a statement, floral prints are also always a welcome addition to office style by offering to add in a unique twist to your classic work attire. Rather than sticking to basic blazers or simple trousers, try a bold floral jacket or flower-power harem pants!

Glamorous Women’s Bird Print Floral Top, $22.00, available at The Hut

Shoe Cult Nicole Pump, $83.94, available at Nasty Gal

Tallulah Tu Floral Petal Stud Earrings, $19.05, available at ASOS

Blue Floral Longline Bikini, $34.00, available at TopShop

Miss Selfridge Floral Pencil Skirt, $39.00

Brooks Brothers Floral Canvas Tote, $114.00

Miss Selfridge Floral Trumpet Hem Dress, $45.00

ModCloth These Daisies Dress, $49.99

Miss Selfridge Petities Floral Print Kimono, $35.00

Oscar de la Renta Judgie printed faille point-toe flats, $347.50, available at Net-A-Porter

French Connection Oversize Big Stuff Faux Leather Clutch, $76.52, available at Nordstorm

Gardenial Romper, $62.42, available at Nasty Gal


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

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Fashion Jobs Montreal – Weekend Getaway

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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Beach days, camping trips and weekends spent on the road are the things that make up summer. There’s nothing better than throwing a few of your favourite things into a bag and heading off for a weekend of bliss. But, there’s something not so blissful about realizing half way to your destination that you forgot your hair ties… oh no, and your favourite shorts… wait – did you even remember that amazing dress? We’ve all been there but let’s make sure we’re never there again!

First off, let’s talk about why you’re heading away – is it just for a little getaway with friends, or are you heading out to a wedding? Is it a romantic retreat with your fella, or are you heading out on the road to go camping? Once you’ve got that down then you can plan your clothing out better.


TWO DRESSES: one casual, one dressy. If you’re heading to a wedding then don’t forget to pack along a more formal dress. A casual dress will be great for all occasions from camping to winery hopping. If you’re heading off camping though, just pack along one dress and make sure it’s casual!


TWO SHIRTS: Pack along a mix of casual shirts and dressier blouses, it will allow you to create a variety of looks. By packing along options like this you allow yourself to feel as though you do not have as limited choices. Once again, skip the dressy blouse if you’re forest bound.


ONE SWEATER: Chances are you won’t need this too often during your summertime getaway, but pack along a cozy knit just in case the temperatures drop at night.


ONE JACKET: A shell jacket, such as a jean jacket, is a great layering piece and may come in handy on those cool summer nights.


ONE PAIR OF SHORTS: Pick out your favourite shorts and pack them along. Shorts are always a great option for comfortably stylish daytime looks.


ONE PAIR OF PANTS / CAPRIS: My personal favourite to pack along has to be harem pants. They are comfortable to wear while travelling & can be dressed up easily with a funky blouse, some bold accessories & a great pair of heels.  Wear these on the ride up with one of your shirts for a comfy road trip look.


SHOES: One pair of heels (forget packing these though if you’re camping!), one pair of flats. If you’re heading off camping then make sure you pack along either one pair of runners or slip-ons.


SWIMWEAR:  pack along a towel, a sunhat, your favourite swimsuit & a cover-up if you’re going to be hanging out at the beach, lake or poolside.


MISC.: Undergarments, socks, slippers, beauty bag with all your beauty & hygiene essentials


1. ModCloth Picture Perfection dress, $199.99

2. Maison Kitsuné Stripe Bali Dress, $435.00, available at J Crew

3. Crinkle V-Neck T, $38.00, available at TopShop

4. Zig-Zag Print Tee, $32.00, available at TopShop

5. Vince Striped Colour-Block sweater, $190.00, available at Matches Fashion

6. Miss Selfridge Floral Jacket, $49.00

7. Beaded Tile Shorts, $40.00, available at TopShop

8. Vince Harem Pants, $265.00, available at Shop Zoe Online

9. Aldo Ulirari Flats, $29.98

10. Aldo Loalian Sandals, $45.00

11. Nine West Izzy Heels, $120.00

12. Marysia Swim Scallop Trim Bandeau Bikini, $318.07 , available at Intermix


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

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Fashion Jobs Toronto – Made in the Shade

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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One of the best things about the summer season is having fun in the sun, and nowadays it’s impossible to deny the importance of sun protection! If you plan on hitting the beach or just walking around town, one of the chicest ways to protect your skin from the harsh rays is a sun hat. Whether it’s a sporty visor or a glamorous floppy style –the sun hat is a must have accessory this summer!


1. Helen Kaminksi Mandisa Raffia Visor, $175 USD
2. ASOS Straw Visor Hat, $21.51



3. Banana Republic Striped Sun Hat, $62
4. J.Crew Panama Hat in Two-Tone, $66 USD



5. H&M Straw Hat, $14.95
6. Club Monaco Valdez Star Hat, $189.50



7. August Hat ‘Treasure Trove’ Floppy Hat, $47.80, available at Nordstrom
8. Eugenia Kim Sunny Toyo Wide-Brim Hat, $415 USD, available at Net-a-Porter


By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Summer Sandals for the Office

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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The warmer days finally mean we can start wearing sandals and let our toes breathe after months of being banished to boots and closed toe shoes. However, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can throw all office dress code rules out the window. Generally speaking, flip-flops are a definite no, if you can wear it pool-side or to the beach, it’s not for the workplace, and anything that can easily slide on and off your foot is too casual. Rules vary from office to office and of course you know best what’s allowed but if you’re unsure just how casual you can go, look to your superiors and co-workers before breaking out your sandals. And don’t forget a pedicure! If your toes are showing, this is a definite must.

1. Stuart Weitzman Alex Crochet Ankle-Wrap Wedge, $214, available Neiman Marcus
2. Splendid Congo Flat Sandal, $77, available at Shopbop
3. Sole Society ‘Denver’ Slingback Pump, $74, available at Nordstrom
4. Chloé Blue Suede Heeled Sandals, $375, available at Ssense
5. Tory Burch Savannah Suede Wedge Sandal, US $250
6. Nine West Callen Single Sole Two Piece Sandal, $125, available at Hudson’s Bay

By: Rachel Ingram, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs Toronto – 5 à 7 Style

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

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When your schedule is packed Monday to Friday at the office, it can be difficult to squeeze in weekday social appointments. Enter what the French refer to as a 5 à 7, meaning there’s not much time to spare after wrapping up a days work to change up your look. By choosing the right pieces, you can seamlessly take your work wardrobe to play at the end of the day.

1. Judith & Charles Tropics Top, $185
2. Chloé Tailored Wool Trousers, $918, available at Browns Fashion


3.  Ann Taylor Column Knit Skirt, $101.88

4. Thakoon Addition Printed Crepe de Chine Top, $295, available at Net-a-Porter


5. J.Crew Petal-Sleeve Dress in Super 120s, $228 USD
6. Vince Camuto Kylie Satchel, $360, available at Hudson’s Bay
7. Banana Republic Wrapped Link Statement Necklace, $74



8. Equipment Signature Blouse, $208 USD
9. Ezra Thin Strap Wrap Watch, $19.95 USD, available at The Iconic
10. Dolce & Gabbana Coral Suede Pumps, $416, available at SSENSE


By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Little White Dress

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


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The Little White Dress (or the LWD) is synonymous with summer: light, airy, romantic it’s the perfect option for embracing the hot sun and balmy temperatures. Tossing out the old misconception that white is reserved for brides only, an LWD is always a perfect choice for a summer day or evening making it as simple and classy as it’s LBD sister. Use the white as a blank canvas to experiment with fun shoes and bright accessories (think metallics for a cocktail night, or sandals or ballet flats for an effortless day look).


1. Ann Taylor Floral Embroidered Dress, $169

2. Vero Moda Matata Mini Dress, $45, available at Hudson’s Bay

3. B44 Dressed by Bailey 44 Man Overboard Dress, $292, available at Nordstrom

4. Nicole Miller Lauren Stretch Linen Dress, $329

5. For Love & Lemons Precioso Dress, $218, available at Shopbop

6. Zara Maxi Dress, $99


By: Rachel Ingram, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs Vancouver – She Wears Seashells…

Monday, May 12th, 2014


I have more striped items of clothing in my closet than any other pattern, which is why I’m thankful that the nautical trend is a strong one every spring/summer. Navy and white stripes always look super fresh and now there are so many ways to incorporate seaside-inspired pieces without looking like a sailor from head-to-toe. Here are 4 looks built around 1 great piece each that speaks to this favourite trend of mine. Shops ahoy!



1. Judith & Charles Dupont Dress, $385
2. J.Crew Classic Merino Long Cardigan, $107.50 USD

3. H&M Straw Shopper Bag, $14.95
4. J.Crew Factory Stretch Printed Skimmer Pant, $79.50 USD
5. Nine West Mixie Sandal, $125
6. Mason by Michelle Mason Silk Crepe-Paneled Cashmere Sweater, $380 USD, available at Net-a-Porter
7. Annabel Ingall Isabella Item Tote in Cherry, $465 USD

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8. Madewell The Jean Jacket, $118 USD
9. Club Monaco Reid Sweater Dress $169.50
10. Tory Burch Striped Snake-Effect Leather Wedge Pumps, $372

By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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Vancouver Fashion Jobs – Sweating Out The Old

Monday, January 6th, 2014


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2014! January always brings promise of a new year of health, happiness and a fresh start. While many of us have the intention of implementing New Year resolutions, not all of us find it easy to maintain them. Fitness is always a popular choice, with vows to cut back on sugar, carbs and take-out and replacing them with veggies, fruits and exercise. New Year means new you. No longer are we bound to the same workouts and routines; we now have a variety of classes to keep us sweating and in shape. Whether you prefer running, yoga, or weights it always starts with proper footwear. And like our workout options, footwear is also no longer the boring, heavy, white runner. Here are a few popular and new options to choose from, with some flair! If you’re going to be sweating, you might as well look good doing it.

1. UA Micro G Mantis. Your standard running shoe. These are lightweight, thin but still have a stable base and the material is comfy. These are good for running or a gym workout.
Under Armour, $109.99

2. Nike Free TR 4 iD. Another basic runner. Barefoot/minimal running shoes are very popular these days so this is one of the thinnest and most lightweight Nike has to offer (so thin you can almost roll them up in a ball). These are ideal for your regular cardio, core and other gym workouts. A bonus? Nike also allows you to customize your shoes, definitely motivation if you ask me.
Nike, $140

3. Ultra Ladies. If you’re more the outdoors type than the indoor, Vivo offers a great selection for water activities. Great for the beach, their Amphibious collection can be worn in the waters so perfect for you kayakers etc. They’re breathable and lightweight so they transition into summer well, because we won’t have given up our resolution by then, right?
Vivobarefoot, US $85

4. Breatho Trail. Vivo also offers trail running sneakers. For the off road, muddy and wet trails this minimalist style won’t distract from your landscape.
Vivobarefoot, US $95

5. CrossFit Lifter. Another very popular program, CrossFit, combines strength and conditioning. Given the mix of exercise, your footwear for this will be more specialized. The technology provides a super custom fit, and only weighs 380 grams!
Reebok, $149.99

6. Nike Studio Wrap Pack. Dance and barre classes have made a huge comeback, bringing out the ballerina in all of us. Designed for typically barefoot workouts, Nike’s come out with this three part footwear system to give you the support and traction needed, with the style of a ballerina.
Nike, $110

By: Rachel

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