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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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>By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – How to Wear This Season’s Biggest Trends to Work

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaInspirational ImageWell fashionistas, we’re happy to announce that it officially feels like spring! And if the warmer weather isn’t something to be happy about, the season’s biggest trends most certainly are. While some of these trends are bold and daring, this post will show you how to incorporate them into your office wear so you can make a statement for all the right reasons.

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Gingham

This is a feminine trend will be seeing everywhere come summer.

To get away with wearing it to the office, try pairing a gingham coat with a wide black belt. Going for après work cocktails with your coworkers? Add a bit of an edge and wear it off the shoulders and pair with a bright bag.

2. Deconstructed Classics

Deconstructed Classics

While we’ve seen raw hems and deconstructed jeans everywhere these past few months, this season is all about the deconstructed, edgy shirts. Designers have revamped the button-down by shifting collars, altering sleeves, and taking classic silhouette to an almost unrecognizable territory. This spring, add some quirkiness to your workwear by swapping out your basic blouse for an interesting take on an old classic.

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Oversized Blazer

One trend we’re happy to see back in rotation is the ‘80s inspired oversized blazer. We love this trend because it’s extremely versatile and can be worn to work and styled with your favourite workwear staples, but also worn over a faux leather skirt or an LBD and stiletto heels for a night on the town. This season, try this smart but casual trend, by layering an oversized blazer over a white blouse or t-shirt. If you’re planning on going out for drinks after a long workday, vamp up your look with a bold lip and pointed heels.

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Micro Bags

If one thing’s for certain, street style stars have dubbed the micro bag as the ‘it’ bag of the season. Our favourite trendsetters like Olivia Palermo and Aimee Song can be seen rocking these cute micro bags, and while they can’t necessarily fit a laptop let alone any other workday essential, we have to say, micro bags are here to stay.

Bold Seasonal Prints

From graphic, oversized, and running in every other direction, this seasons prints are breaking all the rules. While your first instinct is to keep your dress code safe, we fully encourage incorporating a variety of seasonal prints into your traditional work wear.

If you work in a more casual office environment, you can afford to play around with bigger and bolder prints. If you’re not able to do that, then stick with subtle colours and oversized oxfords.

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Product Info:

1. Sylvia Haghjoo, image courtesy of Pinterest
2. Striped Blouse, $49.90, available at Zara
3. The Reformation Valero Jacket, $228, available at Reformation
4.
Bianca Shoulder Bag, $52, available at Need Supply
5. Olivia Palermo, image courtesy of Pinterest

By: Genevieve Claire, Vancouver, @vieveclaire

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Fashion Jobs – Style Mistakes That Are Making You Look Unprofessional

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in Canada1. Inspirational ImageDressing for your first corporate job or internship isn’t always easy, especially when you work in the fashion industry. Balancing your love for style and trends with keeping your look professional can be a challenge, not to mention trying to define what  “business casual” is. From season professional to entry-level hires, we see lots of people making these style mistakes at work.

Over Accessorizing

Accessories like jewellery, belts and scarves are a great way to reuse basic pieces in multiple different outfits like a blazer or pencil skirt. But when you do decide to accessorize, make sure you keep it to a minimum to avoid looking bulky and wear pieces that don’t cause a distraction with bright colours or accents.2. Innapropriate Shoes

Inappropriate Shoes

Many studies show that one of the things many people base their first impressions off of is shoes, and this is no exception in the office. The best rule of advice is to follow your corporate dress code, as it will usually mention if sneakers or sandals are permitted. After that, our advice is to avoid flip-flops, high platform “nightclub” shoes and shoes that are old or dirty at all costs.

3. UnderGarments

Exposing Under-Garments

It sometimes isn’t as easy to find work-appropriate shirts with all the latest trends of lace, sheer fabrics and crop everything these days. However, making sure your under-garments aren’t exposed at work is a huge part of professional attire. Avoid wearing anything that bares your midriff at work and try wearing camisoles and tank tops under low plunging or see-through shirts.

Headwear

Wearing your favourite wide-brimmed hat or head chain might be tempting especially in the summer with your flowing dresses. But remember, headwear and hats in particular at work are a huge no, as these trends are seen as bad etiquette in the business world. Some workplaces might allow baseball caps or toques on casual days but stay away from bulky hats and headbands that might be a little too over the top or distracting. Wearing your hats to work is fine, but hats off on the work floor!

4.Ripped Denim

Ripped Jeans

Surprisingly one of the most common office fashion-faux-pas is ripped jeans. Some offices allow jeans every day, where others only allow them on casual days. In either case, making sure your denim is clean, properly fitting and free of rips and holes is super important. Avoid wearing jeans that drag on the ground, are distressed or too tight.

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Toronto Entrepreneur Zane Aburaneh

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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ZANE at 753 Queen Street West is not only home to one of Toronto’s most unrivaled, multi- branded accessories shop, but it’s also a home that was carefully and creatively constructed by business entrepreneur and fashion expert Zane Aburaneh.

Zane is a man who has always been ahead of his time and has used this trait to create his own path in the ever-evolving industry that is fashion. For Zane, making connections, building trust and seeking inspiration from others and the environment that surrounds him is what makes his business the success that it is today.

SNTF recently had the opportunity to sit down with Zane and get learn the ins and outs of running a business. And take it from us, if you haven’t already checked out this Queen Street West hot spot yet, then you truly are missing out!

1. ZANE Store Front

SNTF: Where did you start out in your career?

ZA: I started out in retail, in the Eaton Centre actually for Mexx years ago. Well actually, even before that, I started in Cambridge, Ontario in a little boutique store called Caesars Closet. And they sold brands like Diesel and Mexx, so it was my first experience in a suburban, contemporary kind of store. It was the only store that was cool in this small town. But I really got to sink my teeth into the industry when I started out with a wholesale company called Agency One, while I was studying ITM at Ryerson. However, I ended up dropping out of Ryerson and finishing off my school career at George Brown College for fashion management. I was also then at Holt Renfrew for a number of years, so I had to keep following that path of what felt right for me, which was always fashion.

I knew that I always enjoyed dealing with people, it was about that trust factor I’d create with that person which was invaluable, and that feeling is kind of how I first decided to go into fashion, I didn’t know what I liked in retail, but it just evolved into this feeling and connection I’d make with people, like wow they feel really good and they trust me.

SNTF: What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?

ZA: Being an entrepreneur is trying to give people what you love, it’s giving people a part of you. There is obviously a business side to it, which we all try to achieve and everyone thinks of success in different ways, but for me it’s about if I can have my community around me and have great friends that come into the store and my employees are happy and not only am I inspiring the staff around me but they’re inspiring me, then for me that is the success of owning a business.

SNTF: What are some of the pros and cons of running your own business?

ZA: Well cons will always come up as hurdles, those little things that you wouldn’t necessarily think would have a big impact but they do. So, from selling merchandise, to merchandising your window, to photographers, to things getting stolen, financial hurdles, you know all those little things that are maybe so minuscule when you’re building an entire business, but sometimes they do hit away at you and start to build up. But the pros outweigh all those things — I’m building a strong voice in the accessory community, I can echo my voice through our brand identity, I can help influence the design process because I work so closely with the designers that supply me merchandise, the people that work in the store believe in what I’m doing and help to focus our view point. Everyone is growing and helping each other in the process. I have no words to describe how amazing it feels when the people around me trust me and want to work with me, that pro outweighs all the cons, you know if it’s merchandise stress or supplier stress, having these people around to help push the ideas I have in my head, and we become a team and that’s why I do what I do.

SNTF: What advice can you give to those who are just starting out in the fashion industry?

ZA: Patience, patience, patience, and nothing happens overnight. Or if you have extreme success in a short amount of time, have patience with it and enjoy it while it’s happening. Every business, even successful ones, goes through ebbs and flows and it’s how you come back from the hard times in your business which will show how successful you will be in the good times.

SNTF: How do you keep up with trends and stay ahead of the game?

ZA: I observe. I like to watch and pay attention to the details. I’ll go for a long walk through the city by myself and I’ll just observe everything and what people are wearing. I’ll stand at Yonge and Dundas at an intersection where I don’t even want to hang out, but I’ll figure out what the masses of people are doing and wearing and how can I be slightly more unique or special in terms of what my store is providing.

SNTF: What have you found to be the most challenging in your career this far?

ZA: I think my own personal ambition has been the most challenging with having my own business and it is still a challenge six years later. When I think I’ve gotten into something that I claimed to be successful, I find that I challenge myself more and push myself. My mind is always thinking about the next idea, what I need to do and where I need to go. It’s like a ladder, I think that I’ve climbed to the top but all of a sudden there’s still a few more steps that I have to climb and I think I just need to have more patience and be more realistic and try to slow it down. Sometimes I push myself too hard and then I don’t get to enjoy it as much.

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SNTF: Why did you decide to branch off on your own, what inspired you?

ZA: I wasn’t feeling challenged from where I was at. I wanted to learn more and I wanted to challenge myself because I questioned if I could do it. The time was right. I had done 10 years of retail and I didn’t know where I wanted to go and then it finally hit me one day and I feel fortunate that I didn’t launch it until I was ready.

SNTF: What do you look for in a potential candidate of ZANE?

Zane: They have to have their own sense of confidence and their own style whether it is vintage or luxury; it doesn’t have to be my style. They have to have their own interests and opinions, and not so much about how they dress but more about who they are — like what restaurant did they last go to, what does their Instagram account look like, where’s their favourite new hang out, what was the last trip they went on, what makes them who they are. I want to be able to inspire them and them to inspire me, so we can build something inspiring.

SNTF: What does a typical day at ZANE look like?

ZA: There is no typical day. If you were working at a business where you’re having typical days, that’s not the type of business I’d want to work for. Every day is a little diverse from the next. You meet new customers, new ideas come up and then you change with that right away. That’s part of being nimble and young; if you have an idea and it sounds good and we work through it, then execute it right away, change when the moment is there. 

6. ZANE Store

SNTF: How important is the culture in your environment and the atmosphere in the store to you?

ZA: I wanted to create that multi-branded experience where people can feel special because they’re buying locally and they want to feel locally connected as opposed to buying it from a department store. How do you make your local experience attract your local audience? It’s about your local community. What is your community doing? How are you apart of it? What are you doing to better your brand awareness?

You know, at the end of the day, I’m still trying to figure it out. I’m still learning every day. Still, even after this many years, I still learn new things all the time and I don’t want to surround myself with other people that aren’t inspiring me.

To follow along with Zane’s entrepreneurial and creative journey, make sure to check out his site or follow him on Instagram.

All photos courtesy of ZANE

By Ciara Koth, Toronto, @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Work-Appropriate Leather Jackets

Friday, March 31st, 2017

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Everyone should have at least one leather jacket in their closet — and that’s a bare minimum. With different skins, styles and colours available for spring, a leather or faux-leather jacket makes a great alternative to your everyday corporate blazer. Not every leather jacket has to be edgy and punk rock but when worn right, edgy can even work for the office! To help you get inspired for your next shopping extravaganza, here are five must-have leather and faux-leather jackets that are spring and office appropriate.

1. Structured Edge Zara

Structured Edge

No one does a faux-leather jacket quite like Zara, and this structured take on the classic moto-style is great for the office. The strong shoulders are the perfect pairing for a feminine dress or tailored trouser and its black colour makes it an easy piece to match. Pockets on work-wear are always a plus, great for easy access to pens and hair ties!

2.Rag and Bone suede

The Cool Girl

This suede moto is definitively every cool girl’s dream jacket and is a must have for any leather jacket connoisseur. Rag & Bone/Jean softened this moto jacket with goat suede and it’s a great shade of dark olive, which pairs great with everything from dress pants to denim on a Friday.

3. ASOS WATERFALL

Chasin’ Waterfalls

Pretty much a staple in every office, the waterfall cut jacket is like our generation’s power suit. They make a great variation to the blazer and go well with pretty much everything: pants, dresses, skirts, jeans…you name it! This ASOS brand leather waterfall jacket has contrasting panels and zipped pockets, always a plus!

4. MACKAGE BAYA

Elegant & Edgy

Blush pink is such a hot colour for spring, so of course, we had to include the Baya Classic Moto Leather Jacket on our list! The petal coloured leather brings a feminine elegance to this usually edgy style. A favourite jacket of both fashion lovers and style bloggers, this swoon-worthy number is perfect to wear with a dress shirt and tailored pant for the office.

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A Classic Alternative

This collarless faux leather jacket is the perfect balance of a structured blazer and a casual leather jacket, making it a great option to wear to work. Its open front and lightweight material make it perfect for wearing inside and will make a perfect transitional piece for those warmer spring days.

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Product Information:
1. Zara Leather Effect Jacket in Black, $69.90 available at Zara

2. Rag & Bone/Jean Mercer Suede Moto Jacket in Dark Olive, $1,536.94 available at Nordstrom.com

3. ASOS Leather Waterfall Jacket in Black, $211 available at ASOS.com

4. Mackage BAYA Classic Moto Leather Jacket in Petal, $730 available at Mackage

5. Dynamite Open Faux Leather Jacket, $54.95 available at Dynamite

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

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Vancouver-Based Stylist Michelle Addison

Friday, March 31st, 2017

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We couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to sit and chat with Nordstrom stylist, Michelle Addison. Michelle is what you would call a triple threat: she’s not only killing it in the personal style game, she’s a successful stylist and she runs a fashion blog that showcases her tips and tricks along with the latest trends for the season. The best part of Michelle’s success? It’s a reflection of how hard she has worked to get to where she is today. Michelle was kind of enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer questions about her job as a Nordstrom stylist.

2. Michelle Addison

Style Nine to Five: Tell us all about your job as being a Nordstrom Stylist?

Michelle Addison: My job as a stylist at Nordstrom is very busy! I came with a full book of clients and it just got busier as the year went by. The last year and a half has gone by in a blur. Most of my clients I have worked with for years and we have a great time trying on clothes and shopping together.


SNTF: Working for Nordstrom sounds incredible, how did you land this opportunity?

MA: Nordstrom recruited me before they opened their flagship in Vancouver. It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. The product and the people make it a great place to work.

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SNTF: What is your favourite part about the job?

MA: Meeting so many great people on a daily basis, helping people feel beautiful in their clothes, getting to see the runway collections as soon as they come in, and having flexible hours — it’s a very cool job.

SNTF: From your social media, I can see your style is always on trend. How do you stay in the know of what’s going to be in style?

MA: I think having to stay current for my clients is vitally important to my career as a stylist. I watch the shows, and I predict the trends so that I can recommend items to my clients. I put together strategic shopping lists that incorporate street style and current buys from each collection to my clients. I also have a regular style segment on CTV where I have to talk about how to wear the trends, so I guess I should know myself!

SNTF: What (or who) inspires your personal style?

MA: Céline — Pheobe Philo, Instagram, Street Style, and people who aren’t afraid to take fashion risks.

SNTF: What is your morning routine before work?

MA: I get up at 5:40 am, go to my trainer or Turf, come home get ready for work, drive Stella (my seven-year-old) to school, stop at Glory Juice and get the Acai bowl and 49th Parallel to get an Americano and then I’m at work by nine.

SNTF: Previous to working at Nordstrom, where were you working and what was the journey from there?

MA: I have a Fine Arts degree from The University of Victoria and I was an actress for 10 years working in film and television before I was a stylist. I decided to take a career shift, started my own styling business, got a job with The Room and built my clientele from there.

SNTF: What advice do you give your clients about their personal wardrobe?

MA: Less is more and quality over quantity. You will often hear me say, “I think we can do better”. Most people buy items; I encourage people to buy outfits.

SNTF: If your present self could give your past self career advice, what would you say?

MA: Lighten up; it’s not so serious. We are not saving lives, Michelle, it’s only fashion. (All my stress is mostly self-induced)!

SNTF: What is the most rewarding thing that has happened to you while working as a Nordstrom Stylist?

MA: Becoming a top-seller in the company, meeting Anna Wintour, and feeling valued and appreciated by my clients. It is such an honour that so many amazing, successful women come to me for fashion advice.

SNTF: Finally, any words of wisdom for our readers as to how to achieve their dream job in fashion?

MA: I know it’s kind of cliché, but working hard does pay off. I am a go-getter, I get excited about so many aspects of my job — the fashion shows, the different clients, TV segments, and the photo-shoots. If you LOVE it all, it doesn’t seem like work and people will want to work with you.

To follow along with Michelle’s styling journey and to stay up to date with the latest trends, make sure to follow her on Instagram or check out her blog.

By: Marisa Hovarth, Vancouver, @marisahovarth

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Fashion Jobs – Casual Work Attire Fridays: Footwear

Friday, March 24th, 2017

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Mondays and Fridays always feel like they are two worlds apart — trekking to the office with coffee in one hand, newspaper in the other and a mindset of conquering the week ahead.

We understand that your favourite work heels might make your feet vulnerable by the end of a long work week, which is why a sleek sneaker or loafer is the perfect addition to your non-stop working schedule. A pair of effortless slip-ons or casual sneakers is essential to every office wardrobe — believe us. Both you and your feet will thank us later.

1. White Sneakers

The White Sneaker
A pair of white sneakers is perfect for the office because they are practical, versatile, and go with just about everything. From cropped wide-leg pants to dark denim and slip dresses, a pair of white sneakers
has been a staple within the fashion crowd for a while now and is a wardrobe must-have.

2. Metallc Oxfords

Metallic Glam
The classic oxford has been a wardrobe staple for decades, we’re just happy to see that if final comes in metallic! We truly believe that oxfords are a staple piece simply because how durable and practical they are. Traditionally, it’s a safe bet to go with brown, grey and black but if you feeling electric because it’s Friday then definitely go with something fun like metallic.

3. Loafers

Tassel Sophistication
The sophisticated tassel detail and slight heel will make your ordinary work flats to shame. This spring, we’re happy to announce that the ‘grandpa shoe’ is making a comeback and a pair of these bad boys will add a touch of class to your work wear. We suggest wearing a cropped pant that will show off these classy yet fashionable loafers. Try different colour options like, maroon, grey or white.

4. Gucci Slides

Sleek Slip-Ons
Statement colour, chic back, without a back — just slip these babies on and your look will instantly become elevated.

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Product Info

  1. Seavee’s Legend Sneakers in pique cotton $111, available at J Crew
  2. ASOS MAI Leather Brouges $69,81, Available at ASOS
  3. Steve Madden Meela Loafer $79.95, Available at Nordstorm
  4. Gucci Peyton GG Leather Mule Slides, $900, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – The Art of Networking

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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Dear fellow fashionistas, let’s take a moment and absorb the ever so valuable advice from the one and only Anna Wintour, “In today’s world you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in.”

2. Anna Wintour QuoteHere we are, ambitious, driven, talented and of course, extremely stylish prospects. Our potential to succeed in the fashion industry is great and there are opportunities floating all around us. But how can we seize these opportunities and meet our full potential? Well, it can all happen with a little tool we refer to as networking. 

WHAT: Networking in the fashion industry is connecting with others for an exchange of information with the hopes bettering your career. The keyword we want to focus in on here is connecting. We all have an idea of what it means to network, but the most important part of it does not have to do with just you and how you can advance in your career or how many business cards you can hand out in a day, it’s all about the connection you make with others.

Networking is a natural and free flowing art, without having the intentions of what that other person can do for you but rather who the person you are connecting with is as an individual.

We define networking as not shying away from being your authentic self, always being sincere and respectful of boundaries and ultimately making a valuable connection.

WHY: So why do even bother? Now let’s be honest, we all feel the most secure when we stay within our comfort zones and designated social circles and do what we always do. However, sometimes it’s necessary to put yourself out there and liberate your ideas and opinions outside of your usual circle.

Networking is not something that should be used as a means of self-promotion and advancement in contacts for your business but rather to pursue opportunities that you wouldn’t ordinarily find. We network because we want to learn more about the industry we are trying to get into, and we want to be able to take what we learn and use it to drive us towards achieving our goals and feel confident while doing so. It’s extremely beneficial to be educated about the industry you’re getting into, as it not only helps you figure out exactly what you want but also allows you to be that much more qualified for a position within that given field.

HOW: You can take advantage of networking basically anytime and anywhere. Networking opportunities are all around us: from reaching to a friend of a friend who has your dream job to connecting with someone on LinkedIn who worked for a company you’re dying to work for.

While social media platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram are great for connecting with like-minded individuals, the most powerful way to network is through face-to-face interaction rather than just staying within the limits of online.

The key here is to stay open minded, friendly, sociable, approachable and curious. Always be curious about who you interact with as you never know what you can learn from them and vice versa. Curiosity can lead to asking for opportunities, opportunities to speak with an industry professional and learn about what they do and receive advice rather than asking for employment. To network, you must be willing to ask questions, listen intently and learn. 

So, ladies, turn off your Netflix, put your phone on silent and get out of your house for a while; explore, interact and network.  Over time, you’ll find that you’ve built up an organic list of professional relationships that you share your passions and ideas with that will help you get closer to landing the fashion job of your dreams.

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By: Ciara Koth @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – How to Wear Spring Clothes to Work in the Winter

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaInspiration Image

Now that spring clothes have started to appear in stores, it’s hard to resist buying for the warmer days ahead even though technically it’s still winter.

But we have some important news: these warm weather purchases can be justified by pairing them with your pre-existing winter wardrobe. And what’s more, you can make them work for the office, too. Cue: layering. This list will showcase five spring pieces and how to pair them with your winter staples to achieve a work-appropriate outfit with a bit of spring in your step.

2. White Sweater

1. Midi Dress

Slip Dress + Turtleneck

Everyone’s favourite trend from the ‘90s is here to stay. The slip dress, at an office-appropriate length, works best with a fitted turtleneck. Keep it monochromatic with a black and white combo.

3. Off the Shoulder Stripe Shirt 4. White button up

Off-the-Shoulder Top + White Button Up

The major fashion trend from last summer is back again and luckily it looks chic layered overtop of a white button up blouse. Let the spring vibes in by pairing with high-waisted navy trousers

5. Floral Dress 6. Trousers

Floral Print Dress + Black Trousers

Are florals ever not in style for spring? The contrast of the delicate fabric and dainty pattern with sharp black pants makes for a killer outfit. This look can handle a shorter hem line due to the coverage of the pants and if you find a dress with a high neckline, all the better.

7. Pink Skirt 8. Black Sweater

Pleated Skirt + Crew Neck Sweater

Feeling ladylike? A pleated mid-length skirt in a dusty rose colour will lend a sophisticated touch to a plain black sweater and will go great with a pair of contrasting utility-inspired sandals when summer is finally here. For winter, add a pair of new season shoes like a sling-back kitten heel pump or leather loafers to complete the look.

9. kimono

10. Jeans

Pajama Robe Coat + Jeans

Ultimate spring coat, meet casual Friday staple. For the past couple of seasons, boudoir dressing has made its way from the runway to the streets, and now it’s reached the office. The pajama-inspired coat is a super fresh way to dress up your denim and bring some life back into casual Friday. Just make sure to avoid any rips or raw edge hems to keep it polished and cool for the office.

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  1. Vince Spaghetti Strap Midi Dress, $316.31, available at Nordstrom.
  2. Ribbed Polo-Neck Jumper, $14.99, available at H&M.
  3. Off-the-Shoulder Striped Blouse, $45.90, available at Zara.
  4. Stretch Shirt, $19.99, available at H&M.
  5. Geon. J Floral Print Dress, $1,143.39, available at Revolve.
  6. Isabel Marant Black Ovida Trousers, $700, available at SSENSE.
  7. Babaton Jude Skirt, $125, available at Aritzia.
  8. Batwing Sleeve Sweater, $45.90, available at Zara.   
  9. Sea Printed Silk Kimono, $565, available at Net-a-Porter.
  10. AGOLDE Jamie High-Rise Jean, $189, available at Urban Outfitters.

Kelly McLeod, Toronto, @KellyMcleod7

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