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Fashion Jobs – All Choked Up

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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With ‘90s fashion on the rise it’s no surprise that the choker is making a huge comeback. This playful nod to grunge is the ultimate cool-girl accessory that you need in your wardrobe right now. There are lots of styles to try that can really elevate your look and take your fashion game to the next level. Here are some tips and tricks to keep you from looking too much like a rerun from Beverley Hills 90210 (although that’s not always a bad thing…)

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Layers Upon Layers

One trend that is really strong in the choker world is layering necklaces. We are seeing a lot of multiple strand chokers or chokers layered with longer necklaces. When layering chokers, pick one colour and play with the thickness or charms to mix them up. For a more boho vibe, pair your choker with a long necklace and a deep neckline to show it all off.

Vanessa Mooney, The Sergeant Bolo Necklace, $48, available at Urban Outfitters

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Tough Girl

A great way to offset the edginess of a choker is to pair it with a feminine silhouette or print. Florals and flowing dresses get infused with rocker-chic when you add a choker to the mix. Try an interesting leather choker with a pretty dress for the perfect mix of girly tough.

Jennifer Zeuner Jewellery, Leather Choker Necklace, $100, Available at Shopbop

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Touchable Texture

Gone are the yin yangs and cheesy looks from 90’s choker styles. Today’s choker is less about symbols and more about texture. Velvet is a great material to play with because it adds a gothic and dark vibe. Jewelled chokers can give the missing bling to any outfit and for a super monochromatic and modern look, try a choker in a matching color and texture to your top.

Dannijo Vix Oxidized Silver-Plated, Swarovski and Velvet Choker,  $100, available at Net-a Porter

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DIY

The best part about the resurgence of the choker trend is that there are so many styles to choose from. To really own this look, make your own choker. A piece of ribbon in any color or texture wrapped around your neck is a simple DIY with major results or simply tie a ribbon into a bow around your neck. Feel like DIY is too hard? Fake it with a pre-wrapped ribbon or bow.

ASOS Bow Choker Necklace, $13

By: Jordana Handler

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Fashion Jobs – Suit up for Summer

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

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Summer is in full swing, and with that comes scorching high temperatures and the need to meet corporate wardrobe etiquette while still wearing easy and breezy pieces. If there is one rule that you should live by this summer, it’s that the expectation for dressing professionally doesn’t just drop because the temperature rises. Planning an HR approved outfit that keeps you comfortable despite the heat can be a difficult task – but it’s not impossible! With shirt dresses, breezy culottes, and flowing skirts, you’ll be sure to combat the heat with stylish 9-5 looks that are guaranteed to keep you cool.

Here are our top picks for summer suiting that will keep you comfortable and work appropriate.

Look #1

1.Fear of God Dad T-shirt, $449.99

2.Marc Jacobs Gotham City Small Bauletto Bag, $595.17

3.Aritzia Bastien Shorts, $47.50

4.Steve Madden Nolla Heel, $108.98

Look #2

1. Datura White Linen Knot Top, $159.99

2. House of Harlow Kaleidoscope Statement Earring, $97.87

3 .Datura Black Bohemia Culottes, $179.99

4. Jeffery Campbell Derry W V Sandal, $198.39

Look #3

1. Mango Striped Structured Top, $24.95

2. B-Low Bell Bottom Blue Jean Belt, $167.97

3. Reiss Suede Aline Skirt, $259.99

4. Le chateau Leather-Like Double Band Sandal, $69.95

Look #4

1. Wilfred Nobel Blouse, $124.99

2. Chloe Drew Wonder Woman Bag, $2,284.99

3. My Theresa Corduroy Skirt, $594.99

4. All Saints Rick Slip On Sandal, $254.99

Look #5

1. Roksanda Jessica Crepe Mini Dress, $1254.99

2. Annabel Ingall Charlotte Clutch, $304.63

3. Raye Adel Sandal, $231.79

Style inspiration:  Blair Staky image courtesy of The Fox and She

Style Inspiration: Austyn Zung image courtesy of Ann Taylor

By Jennifer Wilcox

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Fashion Jobs – Business Trip Style

Friday, July 15th, 2016

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When it comes to business trips, packing can be trickier than any other vacation or trip you might take. Sure, going to the Caribbean may pose the challenge of whether to bring a one piece or a bikini, but packing for work will be a lot harder. Some trips you may be doing business 24/7, but others may leave you some little wiggle room for fun. Knowing what ratio of casual and business attire to put in your suitcase is essential!

To help make things a little easier, here are some essential fashion pieces to travel with on your business trip that will be useful no matter what kind of work and/or play you’ll be doing!

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Basic blazer. This is a pretty obvious one, but make sure it’s flattering and you can pair it with the multiple tops that you may be packing. Printed blazers are fun and show some personality, but not always the most versatile!

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Polished and practical purse. One that is roomy enough for all of your things and goes with what you are packing. There’s no point in bringing all of your cute little crossbody purses because they certainly won’t see much use. One with convertible straps will do you double duty as well!

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Comfy flats. Yes, you’ll definitely need some heels for working, but there’s no way you’ll be wanting to wear them the whole trip. Flats that are comfortable and stylish will come in handy for traveling, whether it be by plane, train or car.

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Collared shirt. A regular work essential, collared shirts are easy to pair with different items and jazz up for after work cocktails still. On a day that you may have some down time, you can put on a camisole and an unbuttoned collared shirt and you’ll still look put together!

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Dark wash jeans. You hopefully won’t need to be wearing suit trousers the whole time on your trip, so jeans are a safe bet to pack for after hours. A dark wash will be versatile and will still look professional as opposed to light wash, embroidered or distressed jeans.

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All purpose dress. It doesn’t have to be an LBD, but should be one that’s easy to dress up or down. A respectable hemline and not too tight silhouette will make it appropriate for work hours during the trip, but should be easy to switch up through your accessories.

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Multiple accessories. These won’t take up too much space in your suitcase and can easily transform outfits so you can get away with wearing the same things multiple times during your trip! Simple jewellery for during the work portion of your trip will help add polish, but feel free to pack some statement earrings for the evening or lightweight printed scarves to make things more casual.

Overall, think practicality when selecting what items to bring and be realistic of how you’ll be spending your time on the trip! Bringing these essentials and a few others will help ensure you’ll actually end up wearing everything you’ve packed and avoid wasting valuable suitcase space.

Product details:

  1. Banana Republic Textured Beige Blazer, $165
  2. Michael Kors Savannah Convertible Satchel, $398
  3. Steve Madden Blush Elusion Flats, $70
  4. J. Crew Blue Striped Perfect Shirt, $92.50
  5. J Brand 811 Mid Rise Skinny Jeans in Fleeting, $185
  6. ASOS Navy Midi Dress, $86
  7. Old Navy Printed Scarf, $16
  8. Bauble Bar Bliss Statement Earrings, $34
  9. Fossil Rose Gold Boyfriend Watch, $218

Inspiration Image: Courtesy of Lion in the Wild

By: Sarah Brooks, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – How to Style Your Summer Dress for Work

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

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Fun dresses are a summer wardrobe essential, but can sometimes be tricky to transition into workwear. Between the high hemlines, flashy prints and slinky straps, it can be hard to find the perfect summer dress you can still look professional in.

When choosing a dress to wear during hot months at the office, look for quality fabrics and classic cuts to still appear respectable. Linen and chambray are great fabrics to wear in the summer at work because they still have structure to them. Colourwise, neon brights can be fun to wear but best reserved for other times. Coral, turquoise and mustard are easy colours to tone down for the office but still feel appropriate for summer. Sleeveless pieces can still be fine as long as the straps aren’t too flimsy and chances are your office is air conditioned so adding a cardigan on top will keep it modest and help you fight off chills – a win win. Stick to lighter accessories to go with your summer dress- think cognac and tan pieces instead of black clunky shoes and bags. Ditch the briefcase and find a fun straw bag to carry your work essentials in to add to the summer vibe you’ve got going on.

Here’s some outfit inspiration for you!

summer dress 1• H&M Mustard Ruffle Dress, $19.99

• Topshop Clog Sandals, $80

• J. Crew Cotton Cardigan, $85

• BaubleBar Venus Collar Necklace, $48

summer dress 2

• Lulu’s Chambray Shift Dress, $49

• Madewell Braided Leather Belt, $45

• Sole Society Slingback Wedge Sandal, $80, available at Nordstrom

• Lilly Pulitzer Straw Tote, $160, available at In The Pink

summer dress 3

• Banana Republic Red Tassel Dress, $49

• Dolce Vita Cream Ankle Booties, $164, available at Gilt

• Bar III Drape White Vest, $108, available at Macy’s

• Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace, $80

summer dress 4

• Mango White Embroidered Sundress, $100, available at ASOS

• Tommy Hilfiger Red Cotton Blazer, $81, available at Macy’s

• Hogan Panelled White Brogue Shoes, $245, available at FarFetch

• Coach Tristen Gold and Blue Watch, $148

• Matt & Nat Leather Laptop Backpack, $175, available at Nordstrom

summer dress 5

• Topshop Pink Off the Shoulder Dress, $75, available at Nordstrom

• Accessorize Ellie Floral Earrings, $29

• ALDO Neroli Gold Flats, $45

• Kate Spade Blair Straw Tote, $186, available at Nordstrom

Inspiration image: Krista Robertson, courtesy of Covering the Bases

By: Sarah Brooks, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – How to Start a Fashion Blog

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

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Having a fashion blog is undeniably one of the newest ways to showcase your style and also a new way to make an income. Fashion blogs can be a fun way to share your style diaries, and some have even made a very successful career out of it. Regardless of which direction you choose to take, there are key factors you must know to get started.

Find a name

In order to have a blog you must have a URL, in other words a ‘title’. You may use something as simple as your name, or you can think of a title that best suits you and your style. Warning: finding a name takes a LONG time and it usually comes to you when you’re not thinking about it. Tip: Write down words that best describe you, and find a way to make it catchy!

Choose your platform

There are many blog sites, and websites to create your blog. You also have the option on hiring someone to design your personal website, however that can be quite costly. A personal favourite of mine and what I use is WordPress. Another great option is Wix, it is more user friendly, and not as complicated to navigate. I found WordPress to be a bit tricky (and I’m technologically challenged), but once you learn how to use it, it’s a great platform to grow your blog on!

Content

Content, content, content! I really cannot stress this enough. You must have a minimum of 8-10 stories before launching your website. When you launch it you want people to be able to navigate through it and get a feel for your writing and style. If you launch your website with no content, people will lose interest.

Patience

This comes from personal experience and it ties in with everything I wrote above. Do not rush launching your website, it is very time consuming but you are showcasing all of your work for the world to see. If this is something you want to pursue as a career, you have to make sure you have a solid foundation when launching your website. Be patient, and allow for you to take time developing your name, the stories and content and all of the little details hidden throughout your website. It will take time but if you are patient with it you will be ten times happier with the outcome and the end result.

Launch

Now go launch your kickass website you’ve been patiently waiting to show the world!!!!

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By: Jordan Sangster

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Fashion Jobs – How to Wear Summer Prints at the Office

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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Summer is a great time to introduce colour and pattern into your wardrobe, especially at work. From florals to stripes and everything in between, there are plenty of fun prints out this season to try. When wearing prints at the office, ground them with neutral accessories and stick to just one. Even if you love mixing patterns together, it’s probably best to save that for the weekend. Some popular prints this season are gingham, checks, multicolored stripes and animal prints. They are all easy enough to mix in with your current office wardrobe and will help bring a bit of fun to what you wear to work this summer!

Here are some office appropriate summer print looks to inspire you:

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Gingham

• J. Crew Gingham Sundress, $175

• Donald J. Pliner Kitten Heels, $271, available at Neiman Marcus

• Ralph Lauren Calfskin Belt, $450

• Michael Kors Straw Tote Bag, $409, available at Lord & Taylor

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Stripes

• ASOS Pink Stripe Midi Skirt, $72

• LOFT Collared Blue Shirt, $75

• Lulu’s White Ankle Strap Heels, $22

• Splendid Key West Tote Bag, $98

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Critters

• H&M Lizard Print Tie Neck Blouse, $24.99

• No 21 Camel Pencil Skirt, $228, available at Nordstrom

• Charles by Charles David Orange Pumps, $67, available at Bloomingdales

• Tory Burch Gold Bangle, $267, available at Bloomingdales

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Floral

• Rebecca Taylor Black and White Floral Culottes, $240, available at Gilt

J. Crew Factory Lace Shell Top, $45.50

• Kate Spade Polka Dot Pumps, $210

• Cole Haan Woven Black Satchel, $190, available at Nordstrom Rack

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Toile

• Missguided Toile Shift Dress, $58, available at Nordstrom

• YMC Sleeveless Collared Shirt, $65, available at FarFetch

• Zara High Heel Ankle Boots, $69.99

• Liz Claiborne Tote Bag, $81, available at JC Penney

Inspiration Picture: Courtesy of Kara Mode

By: Sarah Brooks, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Interview with Camilla De Cesare

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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Style Nine to Five had the pleasure of sitting down with social media maven Camilla De Cesare. Coming from Europe to attend UBC in beautiful Vancouver, Camilla has had great opportunities in the fashion scene in Vancity. From being a part of the Grand opening of Nordstrom’s Vancouver as their social media specialist, to growing her personal Instagram rapidly (which is absolutely stunning might I add). She is now taking the next step by moving to Toronto to open the Nordstrom’s there, while co-working on one of Vancouver’s latest online consignment stores. To say this girl keeps herself busy is an understatement. She has definitely made a mark on the Vancouver scene in just a short amount of time and we’re excited to learn about what she has in store for the future.

SNTF: Have you had previous training in social media or have you always had a knack for it?

CDC: I have never formally studied social media, but through a lot of trial and error I started to teach myself. My Instagram used to be a bit of a mess, and there are still so many ways that I can improve! It is just a continuous learning process!

SNTF: Instagram is a major platform for personal branding and for business’s. What are your thoughts on branding through social media, such as Instagram?

CDC: This is such a great question; it is actually a conversation I continuously have with people. Branding through social media keeps becoming more important to brands given that traditional ways of advertising are becoming less effective. I even think about when I was a teen and used to watch TV I couldn’t fast forward commercials, but now I either pre-record everything and skip commercials or I just use Netflix. Consumers have more ways of ‘avoiding’ ads than before, so working with influencers through social media to create authentic and engaging content is very powerful. The number of full-time bloggers keeps growing because brands keep increasing the amount they spend on social media. However, it can also be tricky once someone becomes a full-time blogger as you do not want to accept too much sponsored work that could alienate your following, yet you also need to make a living.

SNTF: What do you have planned for yourself next in Toronto?

CDC: I will be involved with the opening of Nordstrom in Toronto, and I will also be working on Soemy, an online consignment store that consigns blogger’s second-hand clothing, that my friend Chloe and I are launching. 

SNTF: You have also built a very strong personal Instagram @ave.camilla. Is this something you want to build for yourself as a personal blog and brand, or is it more of a hobby to showcase your personality and photos?

CDC: As of right now, my Instagram is a hobby and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I absolutely love getting to meet new people and Instagram really allows you to connect with people you normally wouldn’t meet. It is also such a great creative outlet! Getting to work with new photographers, scout new locations, and play dress up is just so much fun!

SNTF: What can we see from ave.camilla in the future?

CDC: I will be moving a lot within the next few years (after Toronto I’ll be moving back to Europe) and so I’ll be exploring and showcasing cities more than I do right now. But of course the main focus will remain fashion, since that is what I love the most!

SNTF: You spoke about an online consignment store that you are helping launch. Let’s hear a bit more about this. What was your vision and why did you decide to start it?

CDC: Chloe, my business partner, started an online consignment store called My Modern Closet, and her aim has been to create an easy and accessible way for people to re-use clothes and give them a longer life. Around the same time, I had been thinking about what I should do with all of my clothes. I had tried various different options and didn’t feel like there was the perfect fit for me. So I started speaking to my blogger friends and they felt the same way, and that is how the vision for Soemy came about! We pick up and shoot all of the clothing for the blogger’s so that it is hassle-free for them, and we want to make these blogger’s awesome clothes accessible to the public and give the clothes a longer life!

SNTF: What can we see from Soemy? Where did that name come from?

CDC: Each blogger will have a profile on Soemy where we will be selling their second-hand clothing. Although our name is written as “soemy” it is pronounced as “so me”. We feel like that moment when you scroll through a feed and go, “oh that is so me” is what distinguishes between liking a picture and actually clicking through to a website to go and purchase that item.

SNTF: What is your end goal with this online business?

CDC: Eventually, we would love to be in every major city and have this be the go-to destination for consumers to shop their favourite blogger’s closets. We also want to make is extremely easy for blogger’s to sell their clothing, so that they can keep providing their readers with new content.

SNTF: Are you going to continue doing it while you’re in Toronto and Europe?

CDC: Chloe will be running Soemy from Vancouver, and I will begin launching it in Toronto. The dream would definitely be to continue doing this across Europe as well!

SNTF: What do you plan on doing in Europe? Is that where you’re from?

CDC: If all goes well, the plan is to continue working on Soemy in Europe! My whole family lives in Europe and I am European (my father is Italian and my mother is Italian & Austrian). I moved to Vancouver to attend UBC and absolutely loved it so I decided to stay in Canada a little bit longer!

Feature Image Curtesy of Camilla Photo by Thomas Bullock

By: Jordan Sangster

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Fashion Jobs: 5 Things to do After Networking

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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The most important way to build relationships with professionals in your field is to attend networking events. Great, you’ve gone and met individuals with passions similar to yours and collected dozens of business cards, but what’s next? Read on for 5 things you need to do after networking:

1. Update Your Accounts
Chances are the people you’ve met are going to be doing exactly what you’re doing and researching more about you. The best thing for you to do is to go through all your professional accounts and make sure they are updated and clean of anything you wouldn’t want people to see. If you have personal accounts, make sure they are privated enough for potential connections to not see.

2. Research
Nowadays, Google is everyone’s best friend when it comes to researching. Google the person you met to learn more information about them, and possibly a link to their website, blog, etc. as well as more information to contact them.

3. Follow-up Emails
Sending a simple. quick follow-up email is the greatest way to build a lasting relationship. Forbes.com recommends something as easy as “It was so nice to meet you at the _______ event last night!” and then to add something personal that you talked about. From there, you can invite them to catch up over coffee or lunch to continue your previous conversations from the event.

4. LinkedIn
In the days following networking, make sure to send LinkedIn invitations to add to your collection of connections.

5. Follow on social media
Before doing this step, make sure you’ve scanned all your professional profiles to make sure they are work appropriate and that there is no personal information or pictures that you don’t want to be shared. Once your social media profiles are clean, go ahead and follow other professionals on Twitter, Facebook, etc. if they have a professional account.

By Nicole Tinker

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Fashion Jobs – How to Network in the Fashion Industry

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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When looking for tips and tricks of getting into the fashion industry, there is a 99% chance that you’ll read the word network at least once. The key to shimmying your way into the fashion industry? Network, network, network. Now that you know that you need to network, how exactly do you network? Follow these tips below for ways to network in the fashion industry.

With Your Peers

One of the easiest ways to network is to do it with your peers and people you already know. Make friends with your fellow peers whether that be at your internship, school, etc. and share your passions and see what collaborations could occur.

Events

Another way to network in the fashion industry is to go to fashion events such as industry parties, fashion conferences, fashion shows, etc. and mingle among the crowds. These are not the places to be shy; you need to communicate to network.

The Internet

One of the most popular networking sites, LinkedIn, is a key way to network in any industry and one of the most professional. Unlike a fashion event, your whole presentation about yourself is online, so make sure it reflects you but keep it professional. Once you connect with others on LinkedIn, make sure to grow that relationship further whether that means attending events, going to coffee shops, etc.

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By Nicole Tinker

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Fashion Jobs – Life of a Fashion Student

Friday, May 20th, 2016

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The life of a fashion student is all but glamorous. Usually consisting of late nights, early mornings, copious amounts of coffee, hard work and dedication, you truly do have to have a love for the industry to appreciate all of these things and make it worth it.

While attending John Casablancas studying Fashion design and business marketing, I am also juggling an Internship, a job, working out five days a week, managing my own personal blog and brand and trying to fit in some ‘me’ time. It is definitely a fast paced industry, but that’s why I love it.

The life of a fashion student, my life, is very hands on. School days run from 9-6, with classes from styling, marketing, fashion illustration, buying, and fashion show production, etc. After that you’re usually up ‘til at least midnight doing homework and sourcing for your next photo shoot (this is where the copious amounts of coffee comes in). Tip: I highly recommend buying a Keurig so you don’t spend your rent at Starbucks.

The great thing about being a fashion student is all of the great opportunities you are given and the connections you meet. Being a student, companies are more understanding with bringing you on as an intern, and willing to help you gain experience in the environment and learn the ropes of the industry. I have had many great opportunities of working with celebrity stylists, being apart of Nordstrom’s Fashion Show, as well as writing and working for well known brands and entrepreneurs in the industry. Yes, the fashion world is hard and competitive but it is so fun!

All of the hard work, late nights, and times I’ve literally just stopped and cried from the stress have become so worth it the closer I get to graduation. Next month I am officially graduated and done school, and for our graduation we get to plan, and create a full fashion show showcasing our designs and styling. Pretty cool, right?

After graduation I am officially a ‘big girl’ and with my education and the internships, I have gained the experience and confidence I need to put myself ahead of the pack. Interviews no longer seem so frightening and I’ve learnt what I need to know to get my foot in the door and start killing it in the industry.

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By: Jordan Sangster

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