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Fashion Jobs – Falls Hottest Footwear: The Ballet Shoe Trend

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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Now that fall is officially underway, it’s time to put away our summer clothes and take advantage of the new trends and styles that have taken over our favourite stores. And this fall, it seems like the reoccurring trend is inspired by the classic dance world and fall collections consist of leotards, airy tutu-style skirts, soft layers, and ankle-wrap shoes.

We have to admit that of all of the new styles, we’re head over heels for this trend, especially the ankle-wrap shoes. This trend is classic, simple, and extremely feminine and we can’t wait to get our hands on a pair of these beauties.

But luckily for us, countless designers have released their own variation this season in pretty blush and nude shades and completed with a beautiful ribbon ankle wrap.

This fall, feminine ballet flats will quickly become your favourite alternative to pumps. The versatile hues will go perfectly with everything in your existing wardrobe, and a pair of these ballet flats will have you pirouetting to and from the office. We’ve rounded up five of our favourite styles that we can’t wait to purchase this season.






1. Inspirational Image, courtesy of Zara

2. Lace-up leather ballet flats, $60, available at Zara

3. Steve Madden “Bloome” Wraparound tie flat, $80, available at Nordstrom
4. Aerin suede ballet flats, $495, available at Net-a-Porter

5. Lace-up ballet flats, $85, available at Uterque

6. Miu Miu leather lace-up ballet flats, $550, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – Pantone Colour Report Fall 2016

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

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You’ve packed away your high waited shorts, and off the shoulder ruffle tops, only to have an empty closet and a loss of inspiration on what your new “style” will be this season. Although you can’t deny being super pumped for cozy sweaters, ankle boots, and unlimited layering, you’re pretty clueless on the emerging new trends. Simply put, the Pantones Colour Institute is a god send.  Their biannual fashion report highlights the top shades that will be dominating fashion runways and our closets. Can we just take a minute to praise the Pantone wizards for providing such an amazing platform that outlines the colour story of this season’s most fashionable looks?!

Here are our favourite colours plucked from Pantones Fall 16’ Colour Report.


Aurora Red

Adding some punch to this fall is Aurora Red. Aurora Red is a sensual, vivacious tone that temps and exuberates confidence.


Warm Taupe

Warm Taupe is a pleasing twist on a neutral hue that calls upon organic and grounded earthiness.

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Bringing forth a new take on Pantones colour of the year, Dusty Cedar waves goodbye to Rose Quartz and paves its own way with soft, warm, and peaceful ambiances.


Spicy Mustard

By contrast, Spicy Mustard is lite with vibrancy and heat. This zesty yellow shade invites us into an unforeseen and unusual exotic addiction. 



Conveying subtle jolts of vibrancy is Riverside. Cool, calm, and collected this shade is instilled with a sense of constancy and radiance.

By: Jennifer Wilcox

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Fashion Jobs – 7 Items You Need to Add to Your Work Wardrobe This Fall

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

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Now that fall is officially here, we wanted to share seven of our favourite fall classics for this season that are not only perfect for the office, but you’ll be able to transition them from your office meetings to après work cocktails with your girlfriends.


Black Silk Slip Dress
The slip dress trend has been spotted on every runway and magazine cover this year, but this fall we’re excited to see it be worn in the office. To make this trend boardroom appropriate, wear one over a turtleneck and pair with ankle booties. VINCE Silk Slip Dress, $360, available at The Bay


Chic Double Breasted Blazer

By now, your office wardrobe might consist of various blazers that you’ve collected over the years. But give your typical office wardrobe a facelift by purchasing a chic double-breasted blazer, as they look great with a crisp white dress shirt, a t-shirt, a sweater and jeans, or over a dress in place of a cardigan. Blaque Label Easy Blazer, $256, available at Shopbop.


A Cashmere Turtleneck

Often as we fill our closets up with trendy items, we forget how important it is to invest in items that actually build up our wardrobes. These are the classic items that will never go out of style and are better quality, so they’ll last longer rather than one season. Splurging on a cashmere turtleneck is always a great idea because you’ll wear it for years and definitely get your money’s worth. Make sure to get one in a timeless colour like black, grey, cream, or camel. LORD & TAYLOR Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $189, available at The Bay.


Leather Pencil Skirt

A leather skirt is a gorgeous statement piece for fall especially when the weather drops. A black leather skirt is perfect for the office because you can pair it with so many different tops and shoes. Cupcakes and Cashmere Jasper Vegan Leather Pencil Skirt, $138, available at Shopbop.


Feminine Blouse
A little office flirting never hurt anyone, and a flirty, feminine blouse will do all of the work for you this fall. Opt for a blouse featuring lace, ruffles, or a feminine print. 
J Crew Silk Blouse, $168, available at J Crew.


Wide Leg Pants
Wide leg pants are a great purchase as they’re ultra sleek and depending on the fabric, can be worn year round. Pair them with a chic blazer and a turtleneck and you’ll be ready to not only take on the cool fall weather, but anything that comes your way in the office. Express Mid Rise Chevron Wide Leg Pants, $47, available at Express.


Over-the-Knee Boots
Chances are, you already have an impressive collection of fall boots. But if you don’t, we suggest getting a pair of versatile over-the-knee boots this fall. Go for a pair with a fairly flat or low heel and you’ll be able to pair them with midi dresses, skirts, and even jeans if your office has a more casual vibe. Sam Edelman Paloma Over the Knee Boots, $297, available at Shopbop.

Inspirational Image (slip dress and turtleneck) via Pinterest


By: Ainsley Smith, Toronto @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs: Career Chat – Q & A with Professor Susan Roberton on Humber College’s Fashion Management and Promotions Program

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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Calling all fashionistas! Looking to make the move to try and break into the fashion industry? With a vast range of career options and an increasingly competitive market, how can you find and land your dream job? Professor Susan Roberton of the Humber College Fashion Management and Promotions program has the answers to all your questions, and outlines why a postgraduate degree may just be the platform you need to get started.

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Style Nine to Five: You’ve had a very successful career within the fashion industry working as a Wholesaler, Buyer, and Product Developer, how do you infuse this industry knowledge into the course content at Humber College?

Susan Roberton: I love to share my personal experiences with the students, the lessons that I have learned the hard way from my years in [the] industry. The ideal lecture is to teach the foundational knowledge from the textbooks and our other supplemental resources, and then layer on my own personal experiences with real world examples.  It makes the content easier to comprehend and I think more memorable for the student.  Because I worked in almost every aspect of the business, I can share my insights on a problem or topic from a variety of perspectives – how would the buyer solve this, where is the opportunity for the sales agent in this scenario, how would the manufacturer or importer relate to this?  Our industry is very fluid and if you can examine a problem from each stakeholders’ perspective, you have a much better chance of solving the issue successfully. For me it makes the classroom an extension of the industry and I hope it does for the students as well.

SNTF: What are your three fashion rules to live by?

SR: Number 1. I only wear what suits my body type first and foremost, so my rule would be to stay far away from trends if they don’t enhance what God gave you; Number 2. Decide what the focal point in your outfit is and make that element the “star” – is it all about your shoes, your accessories, the fit or fabric of what you are wearing or maybe it’s a strong colour statement? –  choose one element and let it tell your story; Number 3. When in doubt wear black, but add an interesting accessory, a broach, a necklace, a belt or bracelet, I get the most compliments on the broaches I layer onto my blazers or cardigans. They aren’t necessarily expensive or precious, but they are unique.

SNTF: What kind of education and skills would you say are necessary for people wanting to pursue a career in fashion?

SR: We are in a credentialed business environment these days, so employers are looking for skill and education. There is no one right way, but if you really want to get ahead in fashion you have to have an understanding of both the creative and the business side of things. You need both to really succeed, they go hand in hand, you can’t put together a great product range and then have no idea how to price it or market it, you have to have the ability to do the research, understand elements of fabric and colour and trend analysis as well as markup, merchandising and strategic planning. So in my opinion the program that offers you both knowledge in product and business is a great place to start, look for a curriculum that covers the business side of fashion with the tactile elements included. If you decide that the creative side is where you really want to focus your energy, then layer your design courses on top of the business acumen you have already learned.   The other area that is key for success is having solid excel skills, all employers are looking for this as it forms the base for every financial document in the industry. Entry level positions in corporate offices require students to have excellent excel and general computer skills, don’t underestimate that value of excel, it’s huge. If you are working in the marketing or promotions fields you will need to thoroughly maneuver your way through social media, and many employers love students to know photo shop and the various programs that support the more visual aspects of technology.

SNTF: What careers will a postgraduate certificate in Fashion Management and Promotions prepare students for?

SR: We seem to have found a niche with a couple of key positions out there:  buying, planning, sales analysis – all positions in the corporate head office seem to be an area where our students are excelling. Also product development jobs where they are working closely with a design team. These positions are a great fit for our students as they are filling the role of a sales representative working on the business aspects with private label clients and the in house design teams. We also have many successful students in the wholesale sales field and in visual merchandising, both of these areas are growing in the Toronto area and we have a lot of interest from employers for our student talent.

SNTF: What types of projects can students anticipate to do when enrolled in the program at Humber?

SR: Projects really focus on simulating what will happen in the industry. For example, in the retail buying class students will have to learn the basics of retail math but also be able to complete an open to buy document, mark up/mark down strategies and complete assortment plans all while using excel. In their marketing courses, they will create a blog and examine the analytics behind it, how many followers, how many hits, trying to really understand how this new area of fashion how it works, how to make money doing it, and following and examining through case studies some of the really successful blogs out there. In their career courses, students do everything you need to do while in a job search: resumes, cover letters, skills and strengths statements, developing a dynamic LinkedIn site and a personal digital portfolio to showcase your experience and skills to potential employers.  In wholesale sales, you learn how to sell and show a line and you do it as an assignment, we don’t just teach it, we give you the chance to do these things while still being in a supportive environment.  I think this is what makes the post graduate journey so rewarding, you have to push through your own fears and actually do the things you will have to do in the real industry. It is such an impactful and eye opening experience for many students. Every project [the] students do have the foundation of it based in industry, and because our faculty have all worked in these roles, they create assignments and have expectations that are align with industry standards.

SNTF: How does the fashion management field placement equip students for a career in fashion?

SR: Field Placement is such a big part of the program. We have a Placement Office that supports students in this area. The process of an internship really gives the student an opportunity to get on the inside of a company and job to see if it is right for you. It allows you to make connections and to grow your network all critical aspects of securing full time work. Sometimes it clearly shows you what area you don’t want and that is a good thing too – better find out now and re-direct your efforts. The ideal situation is that you secure an internship in an area you want to pursue and after you’re done the company hires you full time. This happens all the time, and it’s great for the employers too, because they get to really work with the student to help them be successful in the role. In the end, they hire a known entity and everyone is happy. The career development courses really prepare students to be able to successfully complete their job search and find a great placement. We really work with each student to make sure they “own their strengths’ and can sell their best selves in interviews and on the job.

SNTF: What sets Humber’s Fashion Management and Promotions program apart from other fashion programs in Toronto?

SR: First of all, we are a post graduate program, all of our students must hold a 3- or 4-year undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to be considered for admission. This means that the class is full of eager students who have already learned through their undergraduate degrees great time management and organizational skills, they have done the university thing and know more about themselves and where they want to go. They are focused, keen, ambitious and eager to get themselves launched into a career so they are here to learn and to succeed, quickly. Classes are intense with a heavy work load, incorporating a lot of group work and presentations. No one can escape or hide in these classes; everyone has to give their best effort in order to succeed – kind of like a real corporate setting! Our curriculum is very well balanced and covers all aspects of the industry; sales, marketing, merchandising, product management, brand promotion, visual merchandising, buying, sales analysis, and importing with a domestic and global overview – a little bit of everything. We teach the business side, but we also give you colour and trend analysis, product knowledge and a bit of textile science. We set you up to “talk the talk” and “walk the walk”. You won’t have it all mastered, but you will have enough solid knowledge to maneuver yourself successfully into this business.   

SNTF: Lastly, is there any advice you would give to students entering into this program?

SR: I love the fashion industry, it has been very good to me over the years and has allowed me to work every day doing something I love it, but it is a tough business. When you enter your post-grad journey, I encourage you to start on the right foot by coming prepared to work hard, stay focused, listen, learn, grow, network and to push yourself every day. Immerse yourself in the program, your course, classmates and the industry right from day one. You will get out of this experience what you put into it, the harder you work the more success you will find.  In the end it’s your journey, you need to take full responsibility for your time here, we can’t do it for you, but we will be there beside you cheering all the way.

By Jennifer Wilcox

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Fashion Jobs – Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

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It’s Monday morning and you’re already dreading the work week ahead. You can’t stand your job anymore and start thinking it might be time for a change. Maybe you’ve outgrown the position that you’re stuck in at work or perhaps it’s a toxic environment that’s prompting your change.  No matter what the circumstances, you might find out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Before you make that difficult leap and send in your resignation, heed these words of advice and take the time to think before you make any major decision.

Think it through

Quitting your job isn’t something you should do in the heat of the moment when you’re aggravated. First and foremost, you should take time to sit on the decision and make sure it’s the right move both personally and professionally. By taking the opportunity to think this decision through, you’ll be able to proceed with confidence.

Do your research

The most important step to take when having these feelings is to explore your alternative employment opportunities.  Informing your self of the potential job prospects is the most important step. Once you know what is out there you can start to formulate your plan.

Ask yourself; do you meet the qualifications of the job postings that you’ve read? Are there ample positions available in your chosen career? Are you willing and able to support yourself over a potential duration of unemployment?


Knowing your worth in the market can have two important effects. The obvious one that informs you if you can ultimately get a new job, but also it gives you an ability to gain potential leverage and renegotiate your situation.

Certain work environments cannot be fixed; however most dissatisfied employees would gladly continue in their situation with a few adjustments. Obviously an increase is in wage or title is going to help but sometimes a company simply isn’t in a financially viable situation and unable to do so. Look to potential benefits. Maybe the company is wiling to pay your fees to take continuing education or skill development program. This option is an extremely valuable alternative to a monetary pay increase, as you will able to reap the future benefits of being certified.

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By Jennifer Wilcox

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Fashion Jobs – White After Labour Day

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs Canadainspiration imageWe’ve all heard the age- old expression “no white after Labour Day” but in a time when fashion is all about risk taking, we are throwing caution to the wind and breaking all the rules. Whites are the epitome of summer. They are fresh, crisp and bright just like the perfect summer day so transitioning your whites to fall can take some work but there is nothing quite as striking as a woman who dares to wear white after labor day. Whether you want to be bold and bright or a little more subtle, we have some great ways for you to make this look all your own.

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 10.42.09 AMAdd a pop of white with an off-white clutch. Purses and clutches are the perfect way to test the waters of wearing white into the fall season. It is minimal fashion investment with maximum payoff. A white bag paired with a darker outfit keeps the style from looking too heavy and is an unexpected statement piece. Try pairing a more casual outfit with a delicate bag for even more style juxtaposition

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Ludlow Wristlet, $852, Available at Shopbop


Scarves are an instant way to take an outfit and make it feel really “fall.” For a twist, try a white scarf that plays on the expected textures and hues of a cooler weather scarf. Make sure you look for a white scarf that has a heavier fabric or a print that suggests fall to keep it from looking like a summer transition gone wrong.

Burberry Check Gauze Silk Blend Scarf, $500, Available at Saks


A white blouse is always a classic and perfect top for the office and beyond. A great option to take your white shirt beyond Labor Day is to look for one that has some fresh details. A higher neckline or more lux fabric can give it the weight it needs to stand up to the cooler months ahead. Try and avoid typical summer fabrics like linen and go for something more formal.

Plumetis Blouse, $50, Available at Zara


White pants paired with a dark top is one of the sleekest and fashion forward looks that you can attempt this coming fall season. Say goodbye to your white cotton pants that got you through the warm summer months and say hello to a pair of white wool trousers that will be your office wardrobe staple long after Labor Day.

Stella McCartney Octavia Crop Wool Trousers, $720, Available at Nordstrom


Don’t shy away from making a really bold statement by investing in a gorgeous white wool coat for the fall. Yes, this is a bold look but one that will make any outfit look incredible and on-trend. Wear it with jeans and boots on your days off or with a sleek pantsuit for big days at the office. Style it with your favorite scarf or hat and voila! A look that is attention grabbing and perfect for any situation.

Acne Studios Hava Oversized Boiled Wool Coat, $450, Available at Net-A-Porter

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By: Jordana Handler

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Fashion Jobs – Transitioning the Graphic Tee from Festival Season to the Office

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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With the end of the summer music festival season fast approaching, it’s time to trade in your fanny pack and your favourite graphic tees in for your trusted corporate attire…

Or is it? Gone are the days where graphic tees were reserved for front row festival goers. The revival of the graphic tee has started a trend creating a synthesis between this casual piece and your workday outfits. At this moment, even your most rugged vintage graphic tees can be synonymous with chic office style.

On a Monday morning after your weekend festival bender, the last thing on your mind is trying to pull together a perfectly polished 9-5 outfit.  But before you go into a deep moment of pure sartorial panic, declare allegiance to your festival attire, and opt for graphic tees paired with slouchy pants, tailored blazers, and sleek printed pumps.

Scroll through to check out our favourite looks, and get ready to give your festival tees a new life as an everyday office staple.

Look 1

Kenzo Tiger T-shirt, $157.99

Kenzo Flared Skirt, $488.99

Gucci Green Velvet Flower Earrings, $1100

Etro Black Embroidered Slip-On Flats, $869.99

Look 2

Jonathan Saunders Sand Krista Trouser, $644.99

Guns and Roses Bullet T-shirt, $19.99

Sarah Flint Black and White Ann Sandal, $749.99

Salvatore Ferragamo Quilted Leather Mini Backpack, $1,198.99

Look 3

MadeWorn Grateful Dead Rick Griffin Crew Tee, $159.99

Maison Margiela Defile Pinstripe Blazer, $1,331.99

Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Heel, $521.99

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Cascading Belted Skirt, $424.99

Look 4

Reiss Kam Fluid Shorts, $144.99

Iron Maden Tropper T-shirt, $29.99

Loeffler Randall Red Elyse Ankle Tie Sandals, $349.99

Mango Essential Structured Blazer, $89.95

Look 5

Zara Drawstring Trousers,$44.99

Urban Outfitters Led Zepplin T-Shirt, $38.99

Dorateymur Turbo Jet Loafer Pumps , $569.99

Gucci ‘Ayers Watersnake’ Bag, $5800

Image Inspiration Curtsey of Vogue

By: Jennifer Wilcox

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Fashion Jobs – Back to Work- 5 Backpacks that have graduated to the office

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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Backpacks have been making a huge impact on the fashion scene for a few years now and if you haven’t jumped on this VERY functional trend, now is the perfect time. Fall is around the corner and it is time to fine-tune your work accessories. Aside from being able to carry practically everything, backpacks are also easier to carry and way more commuter friendly. Bonus: they also look totally cool.

Herschel Backpack

1. For the commuter

If you are catching transit to work, you need something that can stand up to the hustle and bustle of commuter life. A canvas backpack is durable without looking campy and can hold anything from your laptop to a spare change of shoes (because no one really walks to work in heels.)

Herschel Heritage Backpack, $64.99 available at Herschel

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2. For the big presentation

You don’t always think backpack when you think of a formal office setting but this season’s styles are perfect for even the most important presentations. A leather backpack can carry all your work essentials and the sleek style and gorgeous details are essential elements to the perfect office accessory.

Coach Campus Backpack , $495, available at Coach

RM Backpack

3. For the beyond 9-5

A playful detail or texture can take your bag from day to night and up the cool factor to your happy hour look. Because backpacks are so versatile, consider looking for one with playful detail or texture. The right backpack can totally amplify your after-work style. Not to mention that you can pack it to the brim with day and night essentials.

Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Julian Backpack,  $395, available at Nordstrom

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4. For the recent graduate

This is the first September in a long time that doesn’t begin with a semester. You might be ready to say bye-bye to campus life but not so ready to bid adieu to cool campus style. Fear not. The Cambridge Satchel is the perfect transition piece for the student turned professional. Just a bit of school-day nostalgia with a totally grown up vibe.

Cambridge Satchel Small Portrait Backpack, $306.58, available at Shopbop

ASOS Backpack

5. For making a statement

With so many looks and prints to choose from, you can really express yourself and your personal style. Show your colleagues your playful side with a backpack that says something about you. Whether it is an oversized zipper, metallic finish or a totally wild print, your bag is the perfect place to make a statement.

Metallic Roll Top Backpack, $55.85, available at ASOS

By: Jordana Handler, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Bad Habits at Work and How to Change Them

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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We all have certain bad habits that make an appearance in our daily lives, whether it be biting your nails, driving a little too fast, or forgetting to brush your teeth. There are also some bad habits you may have only at work, which may not seem like a big deal but my in fact be preventing you from being productive and happy at your job!

Here are a couple that may apply to you and what you can do to fix them:

1. Starting your day in a bad mood. Okay, if you’ve had a million problems happen between the time you got out of bed and finally arrived at the office, it’s acceptable to not feel so great about the rest of the day ahead. On the other hand though, if you’ve had a normal morning before getting to work, you shouldn’t always be thinking “ugh, I do not want to work today”. You never know how the day may go, so there’s no reason to automatically be in a sour mood before 9 a.m. If you feel this often happens to you, make sure you’re starting your morning off right by giving yourself plenty of time to get ready in the morning and make sure to eat a yummy breakfast that will give you energy for the day.


2. Competing with coworkers. The people you spend your week with are not the enemy but people you need to work together with to ensure success for the organization you work for! Sure, if another person and you are going after the same promotion, that may induce a little competition, but other than that, you need to see your coworkers as equals. If someone else makes a mistake, don’t laugh in their face but help them fix it and you should never find yourself disliking another person because you’re jealous of their role at work. Some things may seem unfair at times, but then again not everything in life is fair! Getting to know your coworkers better and finding out their interests outside of work can help you see them on another level rather than competition.


3. Not being involved enough at work. It’s easy enough to think this is just 40 hours of my week, I have a life outside of this but that isn’t always the best way of thinking. You should enjoy your job enough to want to stay involved with it and be motivated to contribute to the success of the company as a whole. If you don’t, then likely the job isn’t the right one for you! You shouldn’t feel dread if you have to stay a half hour later after work, or if you have to attend a work related event outside of your normal work week hours. You job doesn’t have to dominate your life, but you should care about it! Volunteer to do some tasks at work that you normally wouldn’t do and you’ll see it’s not as painful as it may seem to become more involved.


4. Procrastination. This can be a big problem for some people and could end up costing you your job. It’s all too easy to leave a task for the next work day, but next thing you know you may forget to do it altogether, or you could be in a sticky situation when your boss asks you if it’s been done. Try to treat everything with importance even if it seems like a mundane task and you’ll be and feel more productive.


5. Poor communication. Sometimes it’s easier to want to do everything yourself rather than having to work together with others on a task and have to worry about communication. It can definitely be frustrating coordinating emails, phone calls and getting your message across clearly to others but it’s an essential skill to have. Sometimes you may not even realize that you have poor communication skills until a problem from it arises. The best thing to do would be to stay on top of your emails, and to make sure people you are working with are on the same page as you. Don’t be afraid to ask if they completely understand what you’re saying, just make sure you do it in a polite way so they don’t get offended! You can also take a communications course or workshop if it seems you need a lot of help in that department.


Fixing or improving upon these bad habits will help you become more satisfied with your job and will also impress your boss with your changes. You’ll become more productive and we all know only good things can come from that!

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By: Sarah Brooks, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – New Jackets to Replace your Boring Blazer

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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Another day? Another blazer? No longer. We know that the most basic, compliant piece in any working gals closet is of course the blazer. Its timeless, polished and allows you to slip by the HR department unnoticed. But keeping things interesting at the office doesn’t have to be just about Fiesta Fridays.  Your wardrobe should be an instrumental tool that brings excitement and life into a dual corporate space.

Although were not ones to knock the many sided powers of a basic blazer, maybe it’s time to bid adieu, and swap it in for an elevated version. This week reach for a standout satin bomber, tweed moto, or embroidered jacket to amp up your 9-5 style. The seven looks ahead will revolutionize your workwear staple and introduce some swank and versatile jackets that are sure to be your new wardrobes MVP.

Free People


Emma Cook


ParkerAll Saints

Nasty Gal

Product Details:

Free People Embellished Band Jacket, $262.79

Mango Wrap Leather Jacket, $259.95

Emma Cook Patchwork Bomber Jacket, $710.05

Capulet Mai Tai Souvenir Jacket, $315.87

Parker Valentina Jacket, $579.99

All Saints Anya Bomber Jacket, $398.00

Nasty Gal Champagne Taste Cape, $104.99

Style inspiration:  Image courtesy of Vogue

By Jennifer Wilcox

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