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Fashion Jobs – 5 Sneakers Men Need On Their Radar This Season

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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Now that the warm summer weather is finally here to stay, it’s time to toss your old, worn-out shoes and make room for some slicker options. Sleek sneakers are here to stay and at Style Nine To Five, we’re here to help you accommodate yourself with the hottest new trends to breach the fashion world of men’s footwear. Whether you’re looking for an office-approved sneaker, something wear when you venture on evenings out or simply something for meeting up with friends to grab a bite to eat, here are the top five sneakers you need to keep an eye out for this season.

1. Yeezy

 

The Laidback Streetwear


You’ve probably seen these sneakers in every fashion blogger’s articles from NYC to TO.  These are the hype sneakers that keep finding their way back into your timelines. Despite the hefty price tag, Kanye West’s flagship design collaboration with Adidas has surely made an impact on men’s streetwear. The newly designed Adidas Yeezy Powerhouse “Calabasas” looks perfect when paired with a straight leg dress pant or green, tan or maroon chinos on casual days.

2. Ted Baker

The Dress Shoe Sneaker
This Ted Baker low-rise leather sneaker gives off a polished yet edgy look for men and is perfect for those who are not a fan of colours. The detailed trim of the shoe gives off simplicity but sophistication for every scheduled meeting you may have this week! It’s the best of both worlds, comfortability and style all in one shoe. If you don’t prefer black, this shoe is also available in tan, light brown, and red. Pair these shoes with a pair of tailored shorts and button-up short sleeve for the hot work days.

3. Mesh

The Athletic Sneaker


This sneaker is made with a lightweight mesh material that is perfect for the high temperatures that will be rising throughout the work day.  If you want to wear an office-appropriate sneaker but want to get some comfortability in your step, this Deross sneaker will be it. Pair these kicks with a black or white long sleeve button-up and cuffed jeans or navy trousers.

4. Slip-on

The Slip-On and Go Sneaker


If you’re a no shoelaces kind of guy and prefer not having to worry about your laces coming undone throughout the busy workday then these Vince Conway slip-ons are meant for you.  These slip-on sneakers are best paired with a straight leg pant denim or tailored and cuffed at the ankles to keep extra cool this season.

5. Vans

The Hi-Top Sneaker


Believe it or not, but Vans were first released almost 40 years ago, but they’ve never been cooler than they are today. These hi-top sneakers will add a vintage vibe to your workwear, whatever you decide to wear that day. These sneakers are definitely more appropriate for casual days or to a BBQ with some close friends!

 

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Product Info:
1. Adidas Yeezy Powerhouse “Calabasas”, $250, available at Flightclub.com
2. London Ted Baker, Kiing Classic Sneaker, $271.31, available at Nordstorm
3. Deross Sneaker, $180,76, available at Nordstorm
4. Vince Conway Slip-on, $312.85, available at Nordstorm
5. Vans Sk8-Hi Sneaker, $104.21, available at Nordstorm

 

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

 

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Julie Buczkowski & Angela Pastor of Studio Fitzroy Dress Rentals

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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If you haven’t heard of Studio Fitzroy, we are positive you will be heading there right after this interview. Best friends since kindergarten, Julie Buczkowski and Angela Pastor decided to make a change from their routine jobs in television to become their own Girl Bosses.

 

Over the course of many lunches constructing a business plan to vacations used for buying trips, the foundation of Fitzroy Boutique began with the support of their eclectic personal style and envious travel adventures. Nestled in the trendy Dundas and Ossington neighbourhood, where some of the city’s most diverse restaurants and bars, eclectic shops, and a multicultural blend of tenants’ call home, Studio Fitzroy Dress Rentals and their many beautiful frocks hold a permanent residency at 1227 Dundas Street West.

 

SNTF recently had the opportunity to sit down with the Fitzroy Girl Bosses to learn about the company’s evolution, where it’s headed and what it takes to run a fashion company.

1. Fitzroy Image

SNTF: So ladies, what was your motivation for starting a business?

 

JB & AP: Ultimately, we wanted to be our own bosses and create something that was ours and took sole responsibility for. We both love fashion, but we wanted to have the type of lifestyle where we called the shots and sculpted our own business into a brand that can evolve and grow with us. There is no better feeling than making our own schedule and being a part of a creation from the ultimate beginning and watching where it takes us.

 

SNTF: How did Fitzroy become to be, and what were your goals?

 

AP: Once upon a time I lived in New Zealand and discovered all these cool, eclectic Australian brands before they were known like they are today. There is such a wide variety of shops in this area in Melbourne called Fitzroy which would be comparable to our Queen Street and Ossington area of Toronto where there is everything for everyone. So we named our shop after the shopping district because the majority of the lines we wanted to carry were Australian labels.

 

We truly wanted to bring something to Toronto that you wouldn’t be able to find here and many of them weren’t available in the city. We discovered at the time, there were many high-end fashion boutiques and retailers as well as the Zara’s and H&Ms, but not a selection of in between. We decided our price points would always be under $200 in order for our pieces to be accessible to everyone without breaking the bank.

 

SNTF: How has your goal/vision changed since you started?

 

JB & AP: We started as a pop-up shop to bring a distinctive and novel element to our business in Toronto. As a startup company, it also helped us eliminate the overhead cost of a permanent space and allowed us to test the various markets Toronto has to offer.

 

Within the five years of Fitzroy Boutique, there were challenges we had to face like high rental costs and the growth of competition. We had many bloggers and media companies inquire about borrowing dresses and we thought about the idea of renting them. We tested it out with a few racks of clothing and customers kept coming back and just walking in for the rentals. So three racks turned to five and quickly the majority of the store was rental racks. It’s more economical, a great way to wear a designer gown for less, and in our social media culture, you don’t want to be photographed in the same dress twice.

 2.Fitzroy

SNTF: What inspires your own personal styles?

 

JB & AP: Street style fashion. Angela is more of a tomboy and has a cool look all the time. She takes risks with blending different vintage pieces together with her own aesthetic and always results in an eye-catching outfit. I [Julie] on the other hand, am more feminine and flirty. I like mixing pretty pieces whether a top or skirt but have to throw in an edgy twist of something. We always stuck to what we liked and it’s what we relied on when picking pieces for the shop. We came to realize what the Canadian customer likes, but with rentals, you can be more adventurous and our client takes the opportunity to be more willing to take risks.

 

SNTF: What makes Fitzroy different in Toronto?

 

JB & AP: Our eye and what we pick is what makes us stand out. We always went with the motto “All Killer No Filler,” so every single piece we have picked is special and unique, not a “filler.”  We want our clients to look and touch every item and see how detailed they are and why we picked them. You can get something simple anywhere, but we provide items that are memorable and custom to the needs and wants of our Fitzroy girl. We want every dress to be where the girl feels amazing. With the rentals, we love that we get women who are renting for happy occasions that are meaningful in their lives. Remembering the special day will make you reminisce on the dress as well. We feel there is good energy in all the dresses.

3. Fitzroy

SNTF: What advice would you give to those looking to start their own business?

 

JB & AP: If you have an idea just start from there. It is overwhelming, a lot of work, and there are plenty of ups and downs, but if you just start a plan or talk to someone who is already experiencing it, it all helps.  Once you gain momentum on the small beginning parts you will accomplish so many of your goals and ultimately decide how you want the business to reflect you.

 

SNTF: Where do you see the company in five years?

 

JB & AP: We see ourselves being the Uber of dress rentals. That is what we want for Fitzroy. We want to be across Canada, have locations country wide, and eventually create a platform where it will be easy for our customer to pick, choose, and rent our dresses. Our love for fashion is what makes us want every woman to be able to experience wearing a designer dress and feel good for every occasion.

 

4. Fitzroy

 

You can stay up to date with Studio Fitzroy Dress Rentals and all the fabulous new frocks coming into the shop by visiting their website and following them on Instagram.

 

All images courtesy of Studio Fitzroy Boutique

 

By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

 

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Suzy Yahya

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

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Suzy Yahya is a Toronto-based jewellry designer that men and women need to get on their radar. She is the owner and designer of Expectancy Rings, a line of affordable luxury rings for expectant mothers and fathers to celebrate, announce and commemorate the expected arrival of their newborn. SNTF recently had the opportunity to chat with Suzy and learn about the ins and outs of running a jewellry business and what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

1. Rings

SNTF: So Suzy, can you first tell us a bit about the years before launching your jewellery line Expectancy Rings and what led you to start a career in the entrepreneurial world.

 

SY: After graduating from the Fashion Arts program at Humber College, I worked in wholesale, retail and buying before I launched my own online boutique, Shop Wanderlust, in 2013. The boutique, which I ran for over three years, sold beautiful clothing and accessories from talented independent designers all over the world.

Then I decided to expand my love of fashion into the bridal world and became a consultant at luxury bridal boutique White Toronto, which is where I was inspired to launch Expectancy Rings!

 2. Blue Rings

SNTF: Did you always have the entrepreneurial bug? When did you know it was time to take the plunge and start your own business? How did you know that Expectancy Rings was the idea to go with?

 

SY: Working on something I’m truly passionate about has always been important to me – it’s what led me to start my own boutique and eventually Expectancy Rings.

 

We all know the significance of engagement rings, wedding bands and even wedding gowns to mark two very important events in a person’s life – engagement and marriage. But I realized that there wasn’t an equally special way to announce and commemorate the next most precious and life-changing event – pregnancy. I developed Expectancy Rings to fill this void and to help expectant mothers and fathers announce a pregnancy and more specifically, the gender of their baby.

 3. Fashion Incubator

SNTF: Prior to launching your business, how much knowledge did you have of the luxury jewellery industry?

 

SY: Surprisingly, none! I entered a Toronto-wide design competition called Fashion Your Future put on by Toronto Fashion Incubator, where winners received a grant and mentorship to start their own accessory business.

 

I ended up winning with my Expectancy Rings concept and was set up with Jon de Porter, the most amazing, inspiring mentor who has taught me so much about fine jewelry and its industry.

4. Suzy

SNTF: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far since launching your collection?

 

SY: Keep it simple! Since Expectancy Rings is such a new concept – rings for expectant parents (mothers and fathers) to celebrate and announce their growing families – I needed to make sure my designs were easy to love and matched other significant pieces of jewelry my customers already owned. My most popular ring is the stackable expectancy band because it pairs beautifully next to an engagement ring and wedding band – it’s the perfect addition to your jewelry collection!

5. Ring 

SNTF: What would you say sets your company apart from others in the jewellery industry?

 

SY: Expectancy Rings is the first and only jewellry brand of its kind. Expectant parents (whether expecting a baby by birth, surrogate or adoption) can choose a design that suits their style (a thin stackable band, thick diamond band or signature half-swirl band), their favourite type of gold (18k yellow, white or 14k rose gold), and most importantly a solid pink or blue sapphire to represent a baby girl or boy on the way. The option for a solid clear sapphire is also available to those who prefer to keep it gender neutral or keep their child’s gender a secret until birth.

 

I think the excitement of expecting a child should be remembered for the rest of your life, and each Expectancy Ring will last a lifetime.  

6. Suzy Working 

SNTF: What’s your favourite part about being an entrepreneur? What about the least?

 

SY: Having full creative control over my brand is such an amazing feeling! I also love working with clients directly and going through the process of seeing them design their rings from start to finish, then announcing their pregnancies on social media with their new, personalized rings.

 

My least favourite? Don’t have one! Being an entrepreneur is so rewarding! I recently had a same-sex couple purchase matching unisex bands to announce the adoption of a baby girl. Each family is unique, and it’s really touching to see all types of parents using the rings as a way celebrating their growing families!

 

SNTF: Tell us about your design process? Where do you find design inspiration? How long does it take to design a jewellery collection from start to finish?

 

SY: My inspiration comes from real mothers in my life (including my own!). I try to keep my rings as wearable and classic as possible, making them easy to stack next to multiple rings for a trendy, layered look, yet striking enough to stand alone.

 

Since each piece in the collection is simple and classic, it only took me a week or so to come up with the design ideas, then I took my sketches to a digital designer to bring them to life.

 

The signature Expectancy Rings band took the longest to design because my inspiration behind that piece was to create a ring that was more intricate, yet classic and also correlated with the idea behind the brand. The half swirl design signifies the coming together of two people to create life, and the sapphire is nestled carefully in the centre to represent the child.

 

SNTF: How did you learn the ins and outs of running a business?

 

SY: I learned mostly on my own, through trial and error. My first business, Shop Wanderlust, was a great first experience for learning and a bit of a stepping-stone that helped me discover what works and what doesn’t in order to find success with Expectancy Rings.

 

SNTF: What’s some advice you’d give to any woman (or man) questioning their career path and considering starting their own business instead?

 

SY: It might sound a little dry, but my biggest piece of advice is to create a business plan. It takes a lot of time and effort (it took me almost an entire year!), but having a business plan ensures that you think of every single aspect of your business before you begin. If by the end you feel like your idea has a great shot at succeeding and you still love it – go for it and give it your all!

 

SNTF: Running your own business must keep you pretty busy. How do you find a work-life balance? What do you do to unwind after a long work week?

 

SY: As an entrepreneur, your mind is always running with deadlines, emails to get back to and new ideas – you never really “leave” work when you get home after a long day because you’re constantly thinking about your business and new, innovative ways to improve it.

 

For me, it’s important to make time for my friends, family and extra activities that I enjoy outside of work. To keep the balance, I try to stay as organized as possible and prioritize – I am a huge fan of to-do lists and make one just about every day. My favourite way to unwind after a long work week is to take a dance class. It’s a great way to shut it all off for an hour or two and just focus on yourself and your body while learning something new and sweating it all out!

 

SNTF: And finally, what do you wake up looking forward to? What’s next for your career and business?

 

SY: There’s an element of surprise when it comes to running your own business. I try to keep evolving and adapting based on what my clients are asking for, so I’m excited to see where that takes the business.

 

My next move for Expectancy Rings is to build a blog on the website where new and expectant parents can come to read tips and articles on parenthood.

To stay up to date with Suzy’s entrepreneurial and creative journey, make sure to check out her website or Instagram.

By: Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Work Pants for Summer

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaIn a perfect world we would all be able to wear our favourite pair of cut-offs to the office during summer. You know, that pair that hugs you in all the right places and shows off your legs. But unfortunately, shorts aren’t always the preferred bottom in some work environments. This summer, rather than only feeling as if you can only wear skirts and dresses, we wanted to share a few styles of dress pants that are warm weather approved.

We’ve rounded up our favourite airy silhouettes and fun, colourful options that will take you just about anywhere from BBQ work parties, late-night deadlines and the usual case of running errands. We’ve selected pants that feature lighter fabrics, a variety of price points and included chic ways to style these pant for summer.

So, take charge and beat the heat this summer with these five styles of work pants that you need in your life ASAP.

1.Bold Print

The Bright Crop:

These stunning silk-twill pants will help keep you feeling cool and ready to take on anything that comes your way. They are meant to fit high on the waist, which helps to make your waist appear slimmer.

Style Tip: Style with your favourite white or pastel coloured short sleeved button-up and add a fabulous heeled sandal to make the body appear taller and slimmer.

2.Seamless Culottes

The Seamless Culottes

Viscose material showcases simplicity but also can be elevated when paired with the perfect shoe and blouse. This drapey but sensible culottes style will provide comfort to the fullest, especially on those days when you have back-to-back meetings. These flowy beauties will have you feeling as if you’re hanging beach side feeling every breeze.

Style Tip: These culottes look best when paired with an off the shoulder top, preferably in sky blue or sun kissed orange. If you want ultimate comfortability, pair with a loafer with a one-inch heel.

3. Cropped

The Cropped Wide-Leg

This tapered wide-leg has got what it takes to bring on the summer heat — all while looking polished and sleek. Its slight cropped feature makes it breezy enough to play with flats, sneakers or a block heel. The added self-adjusted belt makes it more appealing for the eyes and the figure!

Style Tip: We recommend styling with statement coloured tops in royal blue or dark green. A simple coloured t-shirt would also look great, just pair with a playful necklace or a printed neck scarf for a chic look.

4. Cropped Trouser

The Cropped Trouser

There’s no better way to stand out of the crowd than with a pair of fuchsia trousers. These chic beauties are not only a steal, but they are made with a breathable fabric so you can stay cool without sacrificing the look of a great trouser.

Style Tip: We recommend pairing these beauties with either a black or white short-sleeved blouse and a pair of black heeled mules.

5. Cuffed khaki pant

Cuffed Khaki

Nothing reminds us of summer more than a pair of khaki pants. But thankfully we’re not picturing the extremely fitted style we used to wear during middle school. Now, we’re all about the high-waisted, cropped bell-bottom style that is perfect for those warm summer days.

Style Tip: Wear with a structured white button up and a pair of white or tan slides or mules for an effortlessly chic look.

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Product Info:
1. Emilio Pucci Floral-Print Silk-Twill Straight-Leg Pants, $980, available at Net-A-Porter

2. Talula Sullivan Pant, $60, available at Artizia
3. Brunello Cucinelli Cropped striped wool and linen-blend wide-leg pants, $1,245, available at Net-A-Porter
4. Zara Cropped Trousers, $50, available at Zara
5. SEA Cuffed Khaki Pant, $365, available at Intermix, Image courtesy of Pinterest

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Must-Have Statement Accessories for Summer

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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It’s that time of year that we’ve all been waiting for, where we can finally slip our feet into a pair of open-toed sandals, take ice cream breaks more often than one should, and above all, get our hands on the newest trends of the summer. The best way to get your look into the spirit of the season is through the power of the perfect statement accessory. To help you get a familiar with what accessory trends are currently at the top of every fashionista’s shopping lists, we rounded up the top statement accessories that will no doubt give your summer look the boost that it deserves.

1.Statement earrings

The Statement Earring

Whether you prefer a fun tassel, a string of beads or multiple dangling pearls, there is no limit to how large of a statement your ears can make this season. This statement accessory is the perfect detail to take your outfit to the next level on the trendy fashionista scale. There are all sorts of fun and bright colors to play around with, whether you decide to tie a specific color into your outfit or add a pop of color to a monochromatic look. This accessory is a fun one to shop around for, just remember to let your creativity run wild and that bigger is most definitely better!

2. Straw Hat

The Statement Straw Hat

Whether you choose to go for a wide brim or a simple fedora, the straw hat will not only keep you cool on those hot summer days but will also add a few extra trendy points to your summer look. It’s effortless, lightweight and the neutral color of the straw makes it easy to pair with any color and any outfit. You don’t have to be hitting the sandy beach or poolside to pull off this accessory, this one we are rocking anytime, anywhere.

3. Statement sunnies

The Statement Sunnies

Nothing makes a statement like a bold, colorful pair of fashionable eyewear. In order to complete your outfit for a day in the sun, add a little personality to your look with a pair of statement sunnies. A popular style for this season is the big cat eye or the hexagonal shaped Ray Bans or even bright colorful lenses, whatever your style or shape preference, don’t be afraid to be bold.

4.Straw Bag

The Statement Straw Bag

The straw craze continues and this time it’s designed in a way to carry around our most prized possessions of credit cards and lipstick. The straw handbag is making quite the statement this summer; its casual yet can be worn on any occasion and it’s lightweight yet durable enough to carry around all of your essentials. It is the accessory that reminds us of vacation, good weather and happy days; so why not add this accessory to your everyday look this season and dive into the vibes of summer time.

5. Neck Scarf

The Statement Neck Scarf

The final statement accessory on our list is the silk neck scarf. This is the perfect accessory to add a pop of color to an otherwise understated outfit, not to mention it can be styled multiple ways. You can wear this the obvious route and tie it around your neck or you can tie a silk scarf around the handle of your favorite purse.

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By: Ciara Koth, Toronto, @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Wide Leg Trousers for Work

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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It was only a matter of time before our tapered dress pants took a backseat to the uber chic wide-leg trouser. More often than not, we find ourselves unsatisfied and uninspired with our work wear, relying on our trusted uniform of dark basics, so the reinstatement of the wide leg trouser couldn’t have come at a better time.

But now that summer is finally within reach, we all could use a few pointers on how to look polished and professional, while still beating the summer heat. We know how much loyalty there is to our trusted skinny and fitted work pants, but we guarantee you’ll feel the ease of a high waist, relaxed fabric for the office within the upcoming months.

Not sure where to begin? We’ve rounded up our favourite wide leg trousers that can easily be incorporated into a summer work wardrobe so you can stay cool and fresh all summer long.

1.The Classic

The Classic

These are officially your new go-to work pants. Not only will they make your legs look nice and long, but also, they are also light in fabric, making them dressy, sophisticated, and perfect for the warmer days ahead. The trick to these smart pants is to choose a neutral colour, like camel, as it’s easier to find tops and shoes to match.

2.Colour CrazeColor Craze

For the creative working woman who’s not afraid of a little colour, then a pair of bold, attention-grabbing trousers are for you. While you still must adhere to all office dress codes, you deserve to show off your personal style and there’s no better way than to add some pops of colour to your work wardrobe. A coloured wide leg pant has a retro feel, but when paired with a light blouse and chunky heels you’ll be looking summer time fresh.

3. In the detailsIn the Details

Small details make all the difference when it comes to style. Working in a conservative work environment often limits you to select colours and prints, but the details are what will make you stand out from the crowd. Something as simple as an exaggerated cuff, a belt, or a fold over waist band will give you an extra edge and bring life to your work wear.

  4.Casual Fridays

Casual Fridays

We all love the end of the work week when we can give our work attire a much-needed break and have some fun with our wardrobe. Casual Fridays are what every fashionista looks forward to, as you can get dressed with ease knowing the weekend is right around the corner. A great option for a relaxed yet refined workday is a printed fabric. From floral to stripe, choosing a pant with a darker base colour and a solid top is key for pulling off an eye-catching print.

5. Cut it short

Cut it Short

For those warmer summer days, a great alternative to wide leg work pants is the cropped trouser. A cropped wide leg is an easy way to create a sporty work style with a pair of pumps for the office, and chic sneakers after hours. You want your crops to be at least five inches above the ankle to elongate your legs.

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Product Info

1. Babaton Andreas Pant, 82$, available at Aritzia

2. Lovers + Friends Angeli Pant, $130, available at Revolve

3. Diane Von Furstenberg Wide Leg Ribbon Pant, $548, available at DVF

4. Zara, Flowing Tulip Trousers, $50, available at Zara

5. Club Monaco Izabela Pant, $198, available at Club Monaco

By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – Five Office Approved Dresses

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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When we think of summer, what first comes to mind is the beach, sunshine, and of course, dresses! Hopefully this season you’ll be able to find shade with a fabulous sun hat, but if that doesn’t help you beat the heat try on a breezy dress that’s both warm weather and office approved.

1. Cold Shoulder -

The Cold Shoulder

For those days when you find your calendar filled with back-to-back meetings, a dress with cut out shoulders and flowing sleeves will provide you with ultimate comfort. This floral number works for all body types and can be paired with a pair of sandals or white sneakers — depending on how casual your office is.

2.The Shirt Dress

The Shirt Dress

The shirt dress is definitely the office-approved dress of the season, thanks to its short sleeves and slimming silhouette that’s perfect for all body types. A cinched waist will help you show off your figure, which is an added bonus for women with an hourglass shape. Whichever colour, print or fabric you may choose, we recommend wearing a strappy sandal. This is one summer dress that will have you wanting to wear it on multiple occasions.

3.Fit and Flare

The Fit and Flare

A fit-and-flare dress is a fun summer option that enhances slimmer figures by enhancing the waist. We love the collar and t-shirt sleeves on this Self-Portrait number. But if you still feel like you need an additional layer, a slightly boxy, cropped blazer works best.

4. The Printed Dress

The Printed Dress

A playful printed dress is a great way to stand out against the sea of black and grey pantsuits worn by your colleagues. This gorgeous Tory Burch is great because you won’t need to wear a cardigan with it, and can be worn dressed up with heels or down with a pair of sneakers or flats for more casual days.

5. The Sheath Dress

The Sheath Dress

A fitted sheath dress is the perfect dress for creating the illusion of curves, while still looking professional. We recommend choosing a sheath dress in a summer-approved print like floral or stripes, which can be played down by wearing a blazer or a cardigan over top, not to mention this will help keep you warm if the AC is cranked too high on a warm day.

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Product Information:
1. Zara Stripes and Flowers Dress, $49.90, available at Zara
2. Shirt Dress with A Chunky Tie, $115, available at Cos Stores
3. Self-Portrait Floral Vine Cape Minidress, $768.24, available at Nordstrom
4. Tory Burch Port Shirtdress, $350, available at Tory Burch
5. Ted Baker Thia Floral Print Sheath Dress, $278.61, available at Nordstrom

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – Styling ‘Mom’ Jeans for Summer

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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Definitely the “it” cut for the year, the ‘mom’ jean can be found on every celebrity and street style blog. As a baggier cut jean, this style is one that can transition into summer, especially on cooler days or breezy nights. We don’t plan on taking our mom Jeans off anytime soon and we thought you felt the same way too, so here are our top picks for how to style them this summer!

1.For the office

For The Office

Mom Jeans at the office are a total go, especially on casual Fridays. Dress up the look by pairing with a classic heel and blazer to avoid looking too casual. Remember: keep the look clean and professional, and avoid distressed denim or raw hems.

For The Model Off-Duty Look

Mom Jeans are known for their casual fit and feel and are usually the way models, bloggers and celebrities alike choose to wear them when they’re off-duty. We love them styled casually with a sneaker and band tee to walk the streets, or picnic with friends in the park.

3.For a Festival

For The Festival Goer

Festivals are for so much more than just music, food and art — festivals are also an opportunity to show off how you’re styling the season’s biggest trends. Mom Jeans are great to take you from the hot afternoons and into the cooler nights. Kendall is looking country-boho cool in her crop top, mom jeans and ankle boots.

4.For a night out

For A Night Out

Take your new favourite jeans from day to night! Add some sex appeal to your mom jeans for by styling them with a cami or bodysuit and a strappy sandal. Whether it’s date night or a night on town with your girls, high-waisted mom jeans aren’t just for stay at home moms anymore!

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By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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Well ladies, now that May is underway, it means that it’s time to start thinking about the most important women in our lives.  And while the only thing our mothers want is to spend time with us, sometimes a little gift can really go a long way.  Whether your mom’s a fashionista or a woman who loves to relax, we’ve got a gift idea that’s perfect for her.  What’s even better is that each item is local and designed by a Canadian. Now, what mom wouldn’t love that!

1. Mug

For The Coffee Drinker

What’s sweeter than enjoying your favourite warm beverage from a millennial pink Mama bear mug? Nothing, absolutely nothing! For the coffee drinking’ moms, this is a no-brainer.

2. Phonecase

For The Tech-Savvy Mom

Designed by Toronto-based lifestyle blogger Stephanie Sterjovski in partnership with FACE by Phantom Glass, this adorable Bonjour phone case is perfect for the tech-savvy moms out there!

3. Earrings

For The Stylish Mom

If your mother is known for her chic and timeless style, we recommend surprising her with a pair of these beautiful aquamarine gemstone earrings from Vancouver-based jewelry designer Leah Alexandra. They’re perfect mix of chic and elegant.

4. Candle

For The Mom Who Loves To Relax

Help your mom unwind by surprising her with an aromatic candle that’s inspired by her favourite city.  Vancouver Candle Co. has designed to series of handmade candles that are inspired by sights and smells of Canada’s most vibrant neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Toronto.

5. Purse

For The Mom On The Go

Designed by Toronto-based handbag designer Amy Malcolm, this stunning blue purse is an absolute vision and the perfect gift for mom. If the colour of this bag wasn’t amazing enough, the bag also features a roomy interior and comes equipped with a detachable cross body strap that allows the bag to worn as a messenger or as a shoulder bag.

6. Slides

For The Fashion-Forward Mom

Canadian designer Aurora James launched her footwear brand, Brother Vellies in 2013 and is committed to sustainably producing all her footwear. This year, surprise your mom with a pair of chic slides, and if you’re lucky, she might just let you borrow them!

7. Eyemask

For The Mom Who Loves Her Beauty Sleep

What mom doesn’t enjoy a beauty sleep? These elegant masks will have your mom drifting off to dream land instantly.

8. Watch

For The Mom Who’s Never Late

A stunning rose gold timepiece is always a good idea in our books. This season we can’t get enough of this Piperwest number. It’s delicate and dainty, while still making a statement.

9. Flowers

For The Mom Who Enjoys Fresh Blooms

There’s no better way to bring a smile to your mother’s face than to surprise her with fresh flowers, especially if they’re from Vancouver’s very own Landeau. These gorgeous bouquets will be ddelivered directly to your doorstep in Parisian-inspired boxes that double as vases.

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Product Info:

1. Mama Bear Mug, $11.25, available at Indigo

2. FACE x SS Print Shop – Bonjour, $45, available at Face By Phantom Glass

3. Anni Aquamarine Studs, $175, available at Leah Alexandra

4. Rosedale Candle, $38, available at Vancouver Candle Co.

5. Pebbled Leather Handbag OPELLE Baby Ballet Bag in Washed Blue, $532.37, available at Opelle Creative

6. Whiskey Woven Slide, $515, available at Brother Vellies

7. Satin Sleep Mask ‘Clara’ Vintage Style Boudoir Blindfold Eye Pillow, $31.23, available on Etsy

8. Piperwest Classic Minimalist in Rose Gold/Blush, $169, available at Piperwest

9. Fleur-de-lis roses, $169, available at Give Landeau

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmith

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Fashion Jobs – Stylish Socks to Up Your Fashion Game

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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Fashion socks are probably one of those trends you want to try and experiment with, but after a long and tumultuous debate, you decide you and your closet just can’t work with them. You convince yourself you can’t pull them off, but please, allow us to change your mind and help you find the connection between your footwear and closet.  Like everything else, it was only a matter of time before socks got a face-lift and began to be the new style trend. From fishnets to colorful socks, you no longer have to say goodbye to all your cute peep toe heels after the summer months. There is a sock for every shoe and every outfit you can think of. Here are some vibrating inspirations to get you pulling out all your socks for your next outing.

1. Monochromatic

Monochromatic

When testing the waters with socks and heels, an easy way to choose what looks right is to stick to a color scheme for your entire look. Creating a monochromatic outfit will add ease and comfort to your style and the socks will complement your effortless class.   

2. Fishnet

Fishnet

The ‘90s are back with fishnet stockings taking the spotlight and being the staple item you need this season. Whether styled with a feminine dress or layered under distressed denim, fishnets are a growing trend that will give your feet some well-deserved attention. Famously worn in black, be an expert and layer a thin ankle sock to display your confident style.

3. Colour

Colour

The trick to wearing colourful socks with heels is to match your socks to a focal colour in your outfit. Depending on how bold or subtle you prefer your socks to be, playing with texture and fabric will give you the knockout factor that everyone will be complimenting you on.

4. Work attire

Work Attire

While fashionable socks might seem only fitting for the super trendy adventure seekers, they are actually a chic way to bring some flair to the office. A pair of sheer black, blush pink or grey socks can be a welcomed addition to your skirts, dresses, and cropped pants. If you want to be bold, try a shoe in a pop of color or strappy detail to really show off the socks.

5. Party Time Socks

Party Time

This is your time to shine and take your socks on a night out on the town. Wearing shimmer and beaded socks might sound over the top; they are the perfect way to enhance an understated party outfit. An LBD with a pair of black-jeweled socks will take your style from simple to turning heads.

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Featured Images

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  2. Beatrice Gutu, image courtesy of The Fashion Cuisine
  3. Street Style, image courtesy of Harpers Bazaar
  4. Alexandra Lapp, image courtesy of Alexandra Lapp
  5. Collette Dinnigan, image courtesy of Fashionising

>By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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