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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Leah Kirsch: Fear of a Female Planet

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

 

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaLEAH KIRSCH

When college senior Leah Kirsch started Millioneiress in 2013, she had no clue that this part-time project would grow into the women’s streetwear brand that it is today. With features in Nylon, Hype Bae, Elle and other top style publications, the brand is beyond up-and-coming but still continuously evolving, just like Leah.

 

Leah relaunched the Millioneiress brand this month, now under Leah Kirsch and expanded her selection of graphic tees, two-piece sets, and accessories with her first drop under LK. The new collection features reworked vintage pieces, accessories and this season’s hottest print: camo. Did I mention that Sarah Snyder was recently seen wearing a pair of her pants on Instagram? Yeah, #CoolGirlsClub

 

I had a chance to pick Leah’s brain to hear more about her journey with the brand, life in NYC and her plans to take over with a Female Planet!

Fear of a Female Planet

MJ: When did you start Millioneiress? What inspired you to start the brand and choose the name?

 

LK: I started Millioneiress the summer before my senior year in college, and officially launched October 2013. I was going through a lot of changes in my life before Millioneiress and felt I needed to channel my independent side. I was able to do that through clothes. Millioneiress was originally inspired by Pharrell’s ‘Billionaire Boy’s Club’ because, at the time, there was no girls club. So Millioneiress became that for me in a way. Granted, now there is a billionaire girl’s club, but you see what I’m saying.

 

MJ: How did Millioneiress evolve throughout your journey with it?

 

LK: When I started, I was so young and still growing into the person I am today. As I got more in touch with true myself, I was changing a lot of things in my life, including my clothes; so as I evolved with my style, Millioneiress did too – because I’m not going to sell something that I wouldn’t want to wear.

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MJ: When did it occur to you that your creativity was shifting directions and it was time to end one project to begin another?

 

LK: Ah, that’s so hard to say…I can’t tell you how many times I battled with the idea of the name change and went back and forth and back again. It was very stressful and overwhelming because no one is telling you what to do, you really have to listen to yourself and trust your process.

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MJ: How is the Leah Kirsch brand different from Millioneiress?

 

LK: Leah Kirsch is all-encompassing, to everything and everyone, and more definitive. Millioneiress was dope, but it was a test run that I was so lucky to have.

 

MJ: I know you’ve been working long and hard on this new line, what is your must-have piece?

 

LK: Definitely the regular green camo and white camo pants.

Leah Kirsch Camo

MJ: Living in one of the best cities in the world, New York City, what do you like to do on your spare time?

 

LK: I love to shop. I do much less of it now, but I’ll still take a day to walk around and look at new collections and new pieces/windows. I also love to make random things, it’s how my denim collection got started. I will test out a bunch of ideas I have written down or think of at that moment and then one will stick and I can get it produced, or sell it as a one-off. Living in NYC, when I have some spare time, I love a good meal with some good people – that’s my favorite.

 

MJ: How do you stay inspired?

 

LK: Talking with friends and new people and learning about new things, new point of views, new perspectives; learning anything new. And also hanging out with my friends. I struggled with girlfriends in the past so having such solid friends in New York is very inspirational for me.

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MJ: What do you see as the next steps for Leah Kirsch? What can we expect to see?

 

LK: For Leah Kirsch, the brand will drop more limited edition collections, while selling the staples that helped grow the brand (Ladies is Pimps Too, Fear of a Female Planet, etc). I think there will be more consistency and cohesiveness with Leah Kirsch now that my mind is more clear – the clothes will reflect that.

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Watch the new Leah Kirsch campaign below and shop the drop at WWW.LEAHKIRSCH.COM.

 

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This Q&A originally appeared here.

 

By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Appreciate the Retail Experience

Friday, August 4th, 2017

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It seems that having a job in the retail industry is a hit or miss. Working as a sales associate has often been defined as exhausting and repetitive. Some have also described the working environment of a retail store as “shady” or lacking transparency amongst employees, especially if a race for commission is present. Despite the negatives, however, there are still a significant number who cherish their jobs simply because they have a passion for fashion and enjoy providing customer service.

 

As one of these people, I was fortunate to be employed at a notorious retail store that I can truly say further augmented my love for clothes. This store happens to be Club Monaco, a New York based high-end brand owned by Ralph Lauren. For many years, I have always appreciated the clothes that the company sells because of the timeless style and great quality. Although many will agree that the merchandise is costly, true fashion goers will recognize the correlation between the price frame and the clothes’ characteristics. In addition, the visual properties of a Club Monaco store remarkably exhibit aesthetic, which hints the modern and high fashion style of the company’s line.

 

As a fashion fanatic, I’ve always thought that having the opportunity to work at a high-end store is beneficial and can act as a stepping-stone to reach other areas in the fashion industry. Initially, I had low hopes of acquiring the position of a stylist because I lacked the experience in retail. However, when I was hired late last year, I couldn’t be more excited to work on the sales floor – to meet everyone who is as obsessed with clothes as I am and share personal styling tips to clients. The first meeting consisted of discussions regarding marketing strategies, seasonal trends, visual standards, and of course, styling. As months passed by, I have learned how to properly attend to clients’ needs, forming a relationship with them to ensure sales and profile acquisition. I have become adapted to interacting with clients, sharing knowledge on products and current fashion trends, and recommending pieces that would meet their particular needs. This type of work is gratifying and has given me the strong drive to pursue a career in fashion.

 

The above paragraph is merely a general description of my current retail journey. I can honestly claim that so far, it has been an adventurous roller coaster ride – from attaining special clients or encountering rude ones, to being sent to collection launch events and meeting corporate individuals. Even though this is my first retail job, I think that I was able to bring out the best in a sales associate position because of the experience that I know I can appreciate. With hopes of a smoother journey, I can utilize this experience to propel myself to higher levels of the fashion industry and eventually become a role model that could inspire others to a pursue a career in fashion.

 

Inspirational image:
Image courtesy of Square One

 

By: Franz Tabora, Mississauga, @phranzzzz

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Fashion Jobs – Trend Alert: Frills in Fashion

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaFrills in FashionWhether you call them ruffles or frills, they are currently the hottest trend of the summer. Following the spring and summer ready-wear-shows, frills have been dominating the fashion world and can be seen on just about everything from dresses and blouses and skirts and shoes. This high fashion trend can instantly make any look fun and girly and is the perfect trend to rock this summer. If you have yet to snag a frilled item for yourself, here are five stylish items to add to your wardrobe.

Free People Dress
The Dress
This simple off the shoulder dress from Free People is very on trend this season. The cut is perfect for dressing down with a pair of gladiator sandals or up with a pair of wedges. The bold frills add a unique feature to the dress. If you are daring to bare some skin and rock frills then this dress was made for you!

Shop the Look: Phi Phi Dress, $214.63, available at Free People

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The Top
If you’re looking for a light and breezy fabric for summer, we highly recommend picking up something in Chambray. This is why we love this frilled chambray top from Club Monaco, it’s a basic that can jazz up an otherwise simple outfit. 

Shop the Look: Shilen Ruffle Tank, $139, available at Club Monaco 

Kate Spade Dress
The Office-Approved Dress
Kate Spade is known for her unique and feminine pieces, and this dress is definitely no exception. This dress is perfect for the office thanks to its Oxford-style cut and tailored shirt component. The cascade of frills along the hem adds a playful touch Kate Spade is notorious for. If you are looking for a fun dress to wear at the office this summer, this is the one!

Shop the Look: Pinstripe Ruffle Dress, $149, available at Kate Spade 

Free People Blouse
The Romantic Top
We can’t get enough of this little number from Free People. The cascading frills can add a romantic touch to any outfit. When wearing a bold top like this, make sure to keep the rest of your look simple – think slicked back hair and minimal jewellery.

Shop the Look: Kiss Kiss Top, $86.36, available at Free People 

Frilled Shoes
The Shoes
Play around with the season’s hottest trend by picking up a frilled shoe in a fun colour, like millennial pink. When rocking something as bold as a frilled shoe, make sure to keep the look minimal, think a sweater or blouse and kick-flare jeans.

Shop the Look: J.W Anderson Ruffled Suede Ankle Boots, $298.50, available at Net-a-Porter

Inspirational Image
Image courtesy of  Vogue.co.uk

Product Info:
Phi Phi Dress, $214.63, available at Free People
Shilen Ruffle Tank, $139, available at Club Monaco
Pinstripe Ruffle Dress, $149, available at Kate Spade
Kiss Kiss Top, $86.36, available at Free People 
J.W Anderson Ruffled Suede Ankle Boots, $298.50, available at Net-a-Porter

By: Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

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Fashion Jobs – 15 Things You Must Understand About Workplace Email Etiquette

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaEmail Etiquette

As a millennial, you are the grand master of short messaging. You text. You tweet. You rely on emojis to get your point across. And short is good, right? Sure it is, when you’re deciding where to meet up with your best bros. But now, as you enter the work world, you may discover that you’re missing an essential business skill — email etiquette.

 

Although this world is transforming quickly, the rules of email etiquette are well established, and they’ve remained unchanged for quite some time — and I’m talking about even in the most progressive of workplaces. So unless you are absolutely sure that your workplace encourages Internet acronyms and SMS abbreviations, or eliminating punctuation altogether (and guess what— I’ve checked around and none of them do), it’s safest to stick to the traditional rules of letter writing for now.

 

Here are 15 things you must know and do to avoid rookie email mistakes and gain the polished image that usually comes only with job experience.

 

1. Reply in 24 hours or less:
Do not allow email to accumulate in your inbox. Answer the easy ones immediately, and if you require more time, then acknowledge receipt of every email, even if you just say, “Thanks.” You may be busy, but do it — it’s simply good etiquette. Now let’s say that the email you received requires some research before you can fully respond. In this case, it’s important to say something like, “I’ve read your email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I finish my analysis.” That way, your co-workers (or, God forbid, your boss) won’t think you’re blowing them off — which would never be a good career move.

 

2. Begin with a salutation:
Unless you’re emailing a bud you talk to every day, or your favorite office mate who sits right next to you, don’t start out with a casual “Hey.” Use a salutation that reflects your relationship to the recipient — perhaps “Hello, Mario,” “Good Morning, Jennifer,” or “Dear Ms. Green.” Forget about “To Whom It May Concern” — too impersonal and way too old-fashioned. And “Dear Sirs” — ouch! (Luckily, I haven’t seen that one in years, and I doubt anyone plans to revive it.)

 

3. Introduce yourself:
Again, unless this is someone you email on a daily basis, don’t assume the recipient knows who you are. Always introduce yourself briefly. You can use something simple like, “Hi, it’s Ophelia at this end,” or you may need to take it a step further and remind the person where you met or what your connection is. Be sure to make it easy on the recipient — it’s the polite thing to do.

 

4. Show the topic in the subject line:
Business professionals can get hundreds of emails each day. If you don’t want yours to get lost in the shuffle, write a clear subject line. For example: Update on the contract negotiations. Materials for tomorrow’s meeting. New information regarding the budget.  Specific, and to the point — make that your rule. This also helps if you’re saving and filing your correspondence — it’ll be much easier to find it later.

 

5. Avoid joking and sarcasm:
Believe me, I hate to ruin anyone’s workplace fun, but jokes and sarcasm are just too dangerous in emails. It’s easy to misinterpret the tone of an email, and you may think you’re being funny, only to have your joke taken the wrong way.  Same thing with sarcasm. Always be polite, professional, and straightforward, and save the jokes for after-work meet-ups.

 

6. Make sure grammar, spelling, and everything else is perfect:
Your email is a reflection of you. It’s a statement of your professionalism. Misspelled words, sloppy grammar, and other mistakes may be okay if you’re dashing off a quick email to your best friend. But in the world of work, it sends the message that you don’t care about what you’re doing. Or you don’t know any better. Turn on your spell check before sending any email. And then, re-read the whole message carefully, looking for missing words or other errors spell check can’t find.

 

7. Don’t use text lingo:
I know. Even our grandmothers are saying “OMG” and “FYI” these days, but trendy abbreviations aren’t appropriate in business email — especially in a diverse, multi-generational office. Lest you think I’m being a killjoy here, let me explain why: simply put, there’s a chance they will be misunderstood. Sure, the recipient could look them up, but who has time for that? Spell out every word and make it easy on everyone.

 

8. Avoid all caps:
Writing anything in all caps will come across as unnecessarily strong — it’s like SHOUTING! RIGHT IN YOUR EAR! Not only that, a subject line in all caps can easily get re-routed to the SPAM file. If you must emphasize a word or phrase in order to clarify your point, use italics. (Much nicer, don’t you think?) And while we’re on the subject, ditto for bolding, underlining, or a gazillion exclamation points!!! Way too loud for general correspondence.

 

9. Be careful what you write:
Unlike your personal email, your professional email, much like your desk and your chair, actually belongs to the company you work for. Your email — for better or worse — may be used by the company to prove “who knew what, and when” in lawsuits, or simply to establish the trademark rights on a new product you’ve helped develop. So never say anything in an email you don’t want the world to read—or anything that could be damaging to you, your boss or co-workers, or your company.

 

10. Close with a sign-off:
An email is like a conversation. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Be sure to end yours with your name, title, and contact info — or whatever format is preferred in your workplace. And a quick “Best regards” or “Best wishes” makes your email more friendly. Nothing wrong with being friendly.

 

11. Take 5 to review your message before hitting “send”:
I’ve already talked about proofreading your email for mistakes. Next, if at all possible, let your email message “rest and relax” a few minutes before you send it. Review it closely to make sure it’s what you really want to say, and that it’s completely clear and understandable. Sometimes you can hit an “Unsend” feature, but it’s not always available (or reliable). To be safe, fill in the recipient’s name in the “To” line only after you’ve deemed your email ready to go.

 

12. Don’t overuse “Reply All”:
In fact, just plain don’t use it unless you absolutely have to. No one wants to receive hundreds of emails on topics they long ago lost interest in — or weren’t involved in to begin with. This is the fastest way to clutter up people’s mailboxes. If a co-worker doesn’t need to hear or know your reply, don’t include them. Also, while we’re on the subject of cluttered mailboxes, don’t forward silly jokes, cartoons, or anecdotes. And yes, I love puppies as much as you do, but sorry, no cute puppy photos, either. It’s bad professional form.

 

13. Keep it short:
Since I’ve already crowned you the grand masters of short messaging, you’d think that millennials wouldn’t have a problem with this. But unless you’re very disciplined, you could have the start of the Great American Novel and not even notice it. So no blabbing, digressing, or running on and on (and on). Short words, short sentences, short paragraphs—and you’re done. And, as additional motivation, remember that many people are reading your emails on their mobile devices. Think brevity.

 

14. Don’t send negative messages via email:
Don’t trash anyone’s idea or project, fire anybody, reprimand anybody, complain about your job, or badmouth the company or (are you crazy?) your boss. Emails live forever and you don’t want to go on record saying something that could haunt you later. Plus, remember that your emails belong to the company, so keep your content completely professional.

 

15. Keep a thread:
When you receive an email that you need to respond to, don’t reply in a brand new email with a new subject line. Instead, hit the “reply” button and continue the thread. That’ll make it easier for everyone to track the progress of a project or assignment. And when that conversation is complete, don’t use the old thread for a new subject. Start a new thread.

 

So, as you transition from school, short-term summer employment, and temporary internships into your career, exercise caution and observe what your co-workers are already doing before you launch into abbrevo-speak, or decide that punctuation is just way too yesterday. This is not the time or place to be a trailblazer. Like it or not, you will probably need to wait for things to change before asking your boss for an “F2F,” or signing off emails with “L8R.”

 

As with so many things, these guidelines are all about the simple concepts of politeness and courtesy—old-school, but always in style. HAG1, muh babes.

 

Inspirational Image:
Image courtesy of TrendiMe

 

By Denise Dudley, Career Guru and author of Work It! Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted

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Fashion Jobs – The Best Summer Sunglasses for Men

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaMens sunglasses Summer

Winter, spring, summer or fall, the sunnier days will always call for some stylish eyewear. Nonetheless, summertime is the peak season for men to be on the hunt for that final touch to add to their summer look, something that completes their image and gives them that extra boost of confidence.

 

Luckily, we have taken note of some of the hottest styles that fashion conscious men have been rocking everywhere this summer. Every face is unique and different and it’s important to find a pair of sunglasses that best speaks to your image and personality. Here is a list of five different trends of men’s sunglasses that are worth experimenting with this summer!

1. RoundThe Round Frame
If you’re a hip dude who enjoys rocking black fedora hats, skinny jeans and a colour palette limited to white, gray and black, then the all rounded frame sunglasses are perfect for you. A smaller structured face typically suits this super retro style; they are simply the cherry on top of the hipster’s image.

2. MirroredThe Reflector

Red, green, blue or yellow, the reflector shade is all about being the life of the party. No matter what colour the lenses are, these shades are sure to elevate your outfit and allow you to give off some fun summer party vibes. The reflector is perfect for giving your outfit just a little extra liveliness.

 3. WayfarerThe Wayfarer

For the cool, casual and sleek type, a pair of black wayfarer frames is the best pick for you. This pair of shades gives the face a very strong, masculine look and ultimately adds just the right amount of sleekness to any outfit. For the man who wants to look polished, fresh and dapper then definitely add the wayfarer style to your everyday look.


4. D-Frame SunglassesThe D-Frame

The d-frame is a simple style and offers a sportier vibe to a man’s look. The shape of the frame is very structured yet simple looking, which makes them great for more casual, laid back outfits.

 

Shop the Look: Saint Laurent D-frame acetate sunglasses, $405, available at Matches Fashion

5. AviatorThe Aviator

The Aviator is a classic style that more often than not seems to look great on all face shapes. While aviators have always been very popular with women, men are really picking up on this trend and pulling it off fabulously. Aviators are for the fashion conscious man who like to really pay attention to what they wear and who they are. It might be a classic frame but it offers just enough personality and edge to one’s look.

 

Inspirational Image
Image courtesy of Lifestyle by PS

 

Product Info:

1. Image of round frames courtesy fashion blogger @kevinelezaj

2. Image of mirrored frames courtesy of Sneak Outfitters

3. Image of wayfarer sunglasses courtesy of Moda Para Homens

4. Saint Laurent D-frame acetate sunglasses, $405, available at Matches Fashion

5. Image of aviator sunglasses courtesy of I Am Gala

 

By: Ciara Koth, Toronto, @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Men’s Fashion: Mastering the High Socks and Loafers Combo

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

 

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaSocks and loafers

The question of wearing socks in the summer is common thanks to the hot weather and the popularity of loafers and sandals. Because of this, wearing a pair of high socks with loafers has become increasingly popular as a pair of socks not only protects the insole from the perspiring foot but for most, it also ensures a hip look.

 

Although they are typically worn during colder seasons, high socks and loafers in the summer are a major statement and definitely set an outfit apart. Men have always been known to wear high socks in the summer when they had to attend a formal occasion but who said they couldn’t be worn with a casual outfit? It’s time to bring back this popular ‘60s trend to the modern fashion scene! If you’re interested in rocking this hip look, we’ve rounded up our favourite loafer and sock combinations for your inspiration


Look 1: High socks and Loafers with Pants

One cannot go wrong with this combination, as it makes for a very preppy outfit for the summer. You don’t need a dress shirt or a blazer to compliment the pieces, a simple tee or a polo shirt can also be worn to ensure a wholesome look.

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Look 2: High Socks and Loafers with Jeans

This combination sets a different tone compared to the look above. The jeans make the outfit more casual but the bold, colourful sock brings out the “dressiness” of the outfit, which ultimately yields a semi-formal look.

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Look 3: High Socks and Loafers with Shorts

Aside from being showcased in runway shows, this is perhaps the most controversial for the general public. What makes people uncertain about this combination is the potential “geeky” look or just the overall unbalanced vibe between the shorts and the socks. When rocking this look, make sure to stick to a fairly neutral colour palette, as you don’t want to draw even more attention to yourself.

 

Inspirational Images:
Image courtesy of Pelayo Diaz (@princepelayo) for Kate Loves Me

 

Product info:

1. Courtesy of Off the Cuff DC

2. Courtesy of Lookastic

3. Courtesy of Anti-Mainstreamer 

By: Franz Tabora, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Stylish Backpacks that are Office Approved

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

 

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Office-Approved Backpacks

 

 

When it comes to working in an office, you’re required to tote around your laptop, paperwork and various work items to and from work – and what could possible sound chic about that? But, rather than tote your precious cargo in an oversized or bulky bag, why not use a stylish backpack instead? Whether it’s to accompany your polished office attire or for casual weekend looks, a hip, stylish backpack will solve all your problems.  

Aritzia BackpackPretty in Pink

This leather millennial pink backpack from Aritzia’s in-house brand Auxiliary is the bag of our dreams. It’s not only perfect for the office as it is well equipped to hold any laptop, but it also adds a subtle pop of colour to any business outfit and is still a professional look for the office due to its simplicity. If pink isn’t your thing and you prefer less colour; this little number is also available in black.

 

Shop the Look: De Bray Backpack, $124.99, available at Auxiliary

Matt and Nat office backpackLess is More

Matt and Nat are known for their amazing eco-friendly and vegan-leather products and if you have yet to snag one of their amazing bags, we highly recommend doing so ASAP. From wallets and pencil cases to tote bags and backpacks, this Montreal brand has specialized in creating good quality vegan leather products at an affordable price. This backpack has numerous compartments to hold all your important items for work, so you’ll never show up to a morning meeting empty-handed.

 

Shop the Look: Brave Backpack, $145, available at Matt and Nat

Coach Backpack (1)Classic Cool

If you desire something a bit more luxurious, this classic leather backpack from Coach will suit all of your backpack needs. There are many compartments available to fit anything from a laptop to a small makeup bag. Not to mention, the leather of this bag is very durable and adds a touch of luxe to any office outfit.

 

Shop the Look: Bleecker Leather Backpack, $698, available at Coach

Urban Outfitters Backpack Retro Metallic

If you work in a more casual office, then we’ve got the perfect bag for you. This rose gold backpack from Urban Outfitters is bold, but in all the right ways. It has a padded back and adjustable shoulder straps, making this the perfect bag for those who walk or bike to work. The front accessories pocket is perfect for holding your personal belongings while the roomy main compartment can easily hold your laptop. If you desire to make a fashion statement or just want to stand out in the office; this backpack was made for you.

 

Shop the Look: Eastpak Metallic Padded Pak’r Backpack, $104, available at Urban Outfitters

 

Inspiration Photo:

Image Courtesy of Popsugar

 

Product Info:

1. De Bray Backpack, $124.99, available at Auxiliary

2. Brave Backpack, $145, available at Matt and Nat

3. Bleecker Leather Backpack, $698, available at Coach

4. Eastpak Metallic Padded Pak’r Backpack, $104, available at Urban Outfitters

 

By: Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

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Fashion Jobs – 5 White Pieces to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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All white inspo imageThere is a cardinal rule in fashion that says wearing the colour white after Labour Day is a major fashion faux pas. However, if you choose to break this rule then you only have a few weeks left to rock summer-approved white pieces. We’ve rounded up our favourite five white pieces that you can add to your wardrobe this summer and get away wearing straight into fall if you’re feeling rebellious.

1. Topshop Jeans

Jeans

While jeans are a staple item in most wardrobes, it’s important to ensure you have a pair of white jeans this summer so you can instantly brighten up your look. These white jeans are simple but can add a bit of edge to your outfit because of the distressed, raw hem. This trend has been heavily popular over the past few months and is perfect for those unexpected chillier nights this summer.

Shop the Look: Moto Raw Hem Jamie Jeans, $90, available at Topshop

2. Zara Dress

Dresses

Dresses are a must-have this season and a chic, white halter dress is perfect for those lazy summer days. The material is lightweight and the colour will keep you cool all summer, while the halter neck and long bow at the back adds a touch of fun to an otherwise understated look.

Shop the Look: Midi Halter Neck Dress, $39.99, available at Zara

3. Free People Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits

Shopping for the right style of jumpsuit for your body type can be time-consuming and tricky. However, a great jumpsuit is definitely worth the hunt as they are extremely comfortable and easy to style. A white jumpsuit is a key essential in every woman’s wardrobe because it’s the perfect transitional item from day to night in the summer. You can simply dress up a jumpsuit with a pair of killer heels and jewellery or dress down with a pair of espadrilles or sandals.

Shop the Look: On The Run Jumpsuit, $137.16, available at Free People

4. Oak and Fort Bag

Accessories

It’s hard to imagine that anyone would want to purchase an all-white bag, as it’s an easy target for stains and spills. However, during the summer months when you’re looking to add a subtle pop of colour to your look, an all-white purse is the perfect summer accessory. This Oak and Fort bag screams simplicity and the off-white colour is great for any season. The vegan leather is easy to clean; so you don’t have to worry about stains or spills at any upcoming summer BBQs or events.

Shop the Look: Off White Bag, $118.40, available at Oak and Fort

5. Aritzia Blouse

Tops

A chic white blouse is a must-have for all seasons simply because it can be mixed and matched with various fabrics and colours. We can’t get enough of this silky satin off the shoulder blouse from Aritzia, as it’s classy yet playful. It can add a touch of femininity to your go-to work outfit and can also be paired with ripped jeans and wedges for a more casual look.

Shop the Look: Babaton Rodgrigo Blouse, $110, available at Aritzia

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Image courtesy of Lupsona

Product Info:

1. Moto Raw Hem Jamie Jeans, $90, Topshop

2. Midi Halter Neck Dress, $39.99, available at Zara

3. On The Run Jumpsuit, $137.16, available at Free People

4. Off White Bag, $118.40, available at Oak and Fort

5. Babaton Rodgrigo Blouse, $110, available at Aritzia

By: Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

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Fashion Jobs – Bored at work? 3 Ways to stand Out On Your Downtime

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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We’ve all been there. It’s almost two in the afternoon, you already had your lunch, finished all of your work and you’re sitting at your desk with nothing to do. You’ve probably counted all the ceiling tiles, had never-ending staring contests with inanimate objects, and every time you look at the clock, only one minute seems to have passed.

You’re officially bored at work. This is definitely something you don’t want to make a routine of, but don’t worry you can break the cycle before it starts to set in. Finding things to do when you’re bored at work can be hard but it only takes a few simple steps to eliminate the boredom and start being productive again.

Cleaning SuppliesClean Your Boredom Away

Cleaning is a task that most people often try to bypass, but it’s perfect for when you’re bored at work. When you clean the space around you, it can help get your creative juices flowing. Try organizing all your emails, your paperwork, even your pens. Use trusty Lysol wipes to disinfect anything and everything. Cleaning will allow you to have an appealing workspace and will easily distract you from your boredom. Not to mention your manager will love seeing that you are organized and take care of the space around you.

Bando PlannerPlan Your Boredom Away

When you’ve reached ultimate boredom this is the perfect time to turn your boredom into an opportunity and plan the future. Planning could easily consist of making lists of things to do for the next week at work, things to do for future job projects, planning your outfits for the next week, or even a list of groceries to pick up after work. Once you planned out certain things that you need to do, it’s an easy way to give yourself new tasks to take on – but at your own pace. So open up that word document, grab your fave agenda or take out that pen and paper and plan, plan, plan!

Facial SprayGet Up, Go, and Leave Your Boredom Behind!

Tackle your boredom by making some moves! Do something that requires action so you can get some circulation in your body. The first step is to spray yourself with some facial spray, so you’re wide awake for the “work-workout” you’re about to do. But how do you just get up and go? It often starts by helping others. Maybe grabbing coffee orders for everyone, helping your co-worker with a large load of paperwork they have yet to complete, coordinating the menu for the next company meeting or beginning to execute the plans you wrote down. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure to get up from your desk!

 

Ultimately you have to remember that there is a difference between being bored and being lazy. Finding ways to up your productivity level and boost your skills are the best way to get ahead at work. Follow these steps and you’ll never have to send that dreaded “I’m bored” text to your group chat ever again.

 

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Image courtesy of Stylishly Me

 

Product Info

1. Lysol wipes, $2.88, available at Walmart

2. Ban.do planner, $32, available at Indigo

3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray, $9.00, available at Urban Outfitters

 

By Prescylla Veronique, Toronto, @prescyllav

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Fashion Jobs – Men’s Fashion: The Underrated Gladiator Sandal

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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Summer is here once again and it’s all about staying cool and comfortable – at least for most people. Fashionistas not only emphasize the importance of convenience but also style during the season. Sandals, in particular, have become staple pieces for the feet, however, men always seem to disregard their style potential.

If you don’t have a problem with flaunting your feet in a pair of traditional summer flip-flops, why not flaunt them in style in a pair of hip gladiator sandals instead? After all, they add a pinch of chic to a laid-back summer outfit and could be considered plus points for the ladies! But what is it about these sandals that make them omitted by men? Is it the somewhat “Babylonian” look? Or the seemingly unnecessary numerous straps?  Whatever the reason, men should not be ashamed to wear this fashion forward footwear. Gladiator sandals are not only chic, but they are also extremely versatile. Here are three ways to rock them without worrying about looking too “primitive”.

 3. Zara Gladiator Sandal2. Zara Gladiator Sandal

Look 1: Sandals and Pants

One of my favourite summers looks, that you can never go wrong with is the sandals and pants combo. Linen or cotton pants are great summer pieces to ensure compromise between comfort and style. The sandals greatly complement the pants giving the overall outfit the summer vibe it needs.

Shop the look: Leather sandals with brown and orange straps, $69.90, available at Zara.

5. Birkenstocks4. Birkenstocks

Look 2: Sandals with Shorts

Of the three looks, the sandals and shorts combo would be the most acknowledgeable. Apart from keeping the legs and feet conveniently exposed to the summer breeze, shorts are also a major seasonal go-to piece for men. Jean shorts or shorts with prints tend to meld well with gladiator sandals.

Shop the look: Arizona, $125, available at Birkenstock.

7. Teva socks with sandals6. Teva

Look 3: Sandals with Socks

“Why the socks?” they would ask. It may seem like an awkward combination, but socks with sandals is actually an emerging trend. The look is a mix of preppy with an added twist of minimalism. To those who are fashionably ambitious, the look is often regarded as avant-garde and innovative. Perhaps, it could also help protect the feet from mosquitoes?

Shop the look:  Original Universal, $65, available at Teva.

Inspirational Images:

Image courtesy of:

  1. Pelayo Diaz (@princepelayo) for Kate Loves Me
  2. Josh Johnson (@thekentuckygent) for The Kentucky Gent
  3. Eugenie Gray (@feralcreature) for Teva Collect Blog

Product info:

  1. Leather sandals with brown and orange straps, $69.90, available at Zara.
  2. Arizona, $125, available at Birkenstock.
  3. Original Universal, $65, available at Teva.

By: Franz Tabora, Mississauga, @phranzzzz

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