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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Ashley Freeborn, Co-Founder of Smash + Tess

Friday, September 14th, 2018

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We’re sure you’ve seen the super comfortable rompers posted all over your Instagram feed with #smashtessgirls and thought, I need to get my hands on one of those. The story behind that super comfortable, super chic romper starts with three strong women, Ashley Freeborn (smash), Mercedes Laporte (+), and Teresa Freeborn (Tess). These women took a simple concept and turned it into something we are all coveting. The most popular Sunday Romper constantly sells out, which makes these hard to get rompers even more in demand. Style Nine To Five had the chance to talk with Ashley Freeborn about the ins and outs of Smash + Tess and why you need to invest in a romper now.


SNFT: First, can you tell us who you are and what you do?


AF: I’m the co-founder and Managing Director of Smash + Tess, a Vancouver-based women’s loungewear line known for our comfortable, locally made, and effortlessly chic designs, including our hero piece and bestseller – The Sunday Romper. I founded the business with my mom and run it with her and my childhood best friend. Together we are constantly seeking ways to celebrate and honor women of all beautiful shapes and sizes with our clothing, while creating a community (both digitally and in-person) that celebrates femininity, comfortability, and style.


SNFT: What was your journey that led you to start Smash + Tess?


AF: As a mother-daughter-bestie team, each of us has always had an obsession with stylish sleep and loungewear. Matching PJs have been one of our favorite traditions on Christmas morning since we can remember. I spent one summer studying at Conde Nast College of Fashion in London, UK, and the concept of Smash + Tess was born!


SNFT: What is your overall message to your customers for Smash + Tess?


AF: That we believe that women should feel confident and beautiful every minute of the day, no matter whether it’s spent in the boardroom, on a school run, or between the sheets after a day spent conquering the world! We believe in the Romper Revolution and that women shouldn’t need to sacrifice style for comfort. You can have it all and we got you girl!


SNFT: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?


AF: Girls! Street style inspires us daily. We also get a ton of inspo from our #smashtessgirls on social who give us wonderful feedback and let us know what they would love to see in future designs and colours. We definitely are always listening!


SNFT: If you could pick any celebrity/influencer to wear one of your rompers, who would it be?


AF: This is such a hard question. Honestly, it’s super cool to see our rompers on influencers and celebrities, of course, we get SO excited. But it’s the number of tags we get on social from our #smashtessgirls that REALLY excites us. We set out to create a tight-knit crew of women who would support and share… and for us, that’s what we’ve seen happening, and it’s truly magical.
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SNFT: Over the past year, Smash + Tess has exploded. What has this been like for all of you?


AF: It’s been AMAZING. That being said, being a growth company is super challenging and it comes with many sleepless nights. We are often severely backordered as we hustle to get as much quality product made locally as quickly as we can. Every day/week/month is different and bigger than the last, so our learning curve is steep. All of that said, we are living the dream. We get to do what we love to do Every. Single. Day. This is a tremendous gift and we are so grateful. Also… we just have A LOT of fun. Working with your best friend and mom is legit the BEST thing ever. So much love and so much laughter.


SNFT: What is something your followers may not know about the Smash + Tess team?


AF: That we care so deeply. Every single item of clothing, customer service email, strategic decision gets weighed and discussed and debated. We want to ensure that our #smashtessgirls are always well taken care of and we take that very seriously. We don’t always make the right calls, but it’s not for lack of trying! Also… we love pub nuts… just snacks in general. Can’t get enough at headquarters.


SNFT: What would you say your most visited website is? What about your most used app?


AF:!  Honestly, I’m pretty obsessive about managing the business and I’m constantly checking in to our backend to ensure that it’s running as smoothly as possible and that I’m not missing anything. I love and My fav app is Wunderlist. It’s such an amazing way to stay super organized and ensure our team is all on the same page. I know… Type A.


SNFT: The fashion world is always evolving, how do you keep Smash + Tess ahead of the competition?


AF: As Smash + Tess has grown, there have definitely been some brands that have attempted to copy or knock-off our designs, branding, and aesthetic. Our solution is to keep our heads down and focus on being innovative and dynamic. We use it to fuel our creativity and we keep our eye squarely on the future and diversifying our designs, styles, and colours to ensure that we keep making clothing for our #smashtessigirls that delights and surprises!
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SNFT: What can we expect next from Smash + Tess next?


AF: We have some new designs and colours coming your way for fall, which launches September 17th on our website! We are playing around with our new insignia, so stay tuned for some fun new branding and we also just expanded our design range to include kids. As for the men in our lives… maybe we have a little something up our (Romper) sleeve for them as well!


Photos courtesy of:
Ashley Freeborn


By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Perfect Boots for Fall

Friday, September 14th, 2018

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Fall is fast approaching which means it is time to swap those cute open-toed shoes for some trendy boots. Leaves are starting to fall and crisp afternoons will soon replace the warm, sunny days, which is why Style Nine to Five has compiled a list of our top boots for fall to ensure you start the new season with your most fashionable foot forward.


Chelsea Boots
Chelsea boots are taken right from the borough of Chelsea in London, England. These boots are great for transitioning from day to night, without looking over the top. What’s great about Chelsea Boots is they can be dressed down with jeans or dressed up with trousers for at the office, making them the most versatile style for fall.


Heeled Boots
If you’re going for a night on the town but it’s too cold or wet to wear stilettos, then over-the-knee heeled boots are the best option for you. Tall thigh-high heeled boots are great if you want a sexier look, but if you want to keep your look a little more demure, short heeled boots will look great with any type of outfit.

Cowboy Boots
Yes, you read that right, cowboy boots. They are 100% making a comeback, so don’t be the last to join this trend. You can find them as ankle boots, or tall like the original trend. Pair these with ripped jeans for a more laid-back look or style with a flowy dress to hang on to those summer feels a little longer.

Combat Boots
A classic if you want an edgier look. Cute in any colour from black to brown. Steve Madden and Dr. Martens are the staple brands here, they have succeeded in this style for years. These boots look great paired with a leather jacket and black skinny jeans, plus you’ll have everyone thinking you’ve just arrived via motorcycle, without the helmet hair.


Riding Boots
These boots aren’t just for riding anymore. They are the perfect cool fall day boot. Picture it – tall riding boots styled with a chunky cardigan, jeans and a blanket scarf. You’ll be warm and cozy all day, not to mention super stylish.


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Product Info:
Maci Chelsea Boots, $94, available at Urban Outfitters
Thiania Grey, $109.99, available at Spring
AllSaints Melanie suede western boot, $416.59, available at Spring
Troopa, $110, available at Steve Madden
Nievia Black riding boot, $180, available at Aldo


By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Things you Should Have if you Want to Get Into the Fashion Industry

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

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A lot of people dream about working in fashion but it doesn’t always seem realistic or they are blinded by misconceptions of the industry.  This work takes a great deal of discipline and hard work, and often people ask how do they get started. Whether you’ve been to fashion school or not, here are five things you should have if you want to get into the industry.


In today’s world, your website is your resume, especially when it comes to creative industries like fashion. Having your own website will also be an advantage when up against many other candidates, and a chance to showcase your best work before you get to the interview. Depending on which area of the industry you want to dive into, a blog would also be an asset. Areas like fashion journalism, styling, magazines, and branding would love to see you use your knowledge and ability in action. A blog/website will also help you network with others in the industry and can connect you to companies globally.  


Killer Portfolio
Whether you’ve spent your time in fashion school or you’re self-taught, having a portfolio that speaks for itself is crucial.  Having both an online portfolio and physical portfolio is important. The physical portfolio is great to take on job interviews to show how dedicated you are and gives you a professional image.  If you attended school most likely you had a portfolio development class which assisted you in the creation of your portfolio, but don’t stop there. Upon graduating always look for ways to improve your work and add projects that aren’t school related.  Companies want to see what you can offer them, so create mock projects for brands to show off your creativity and ability. If you’re someone who has not attended fashion school you can also do mock projects for brands, create an advertising campaign, branding, and do as many collaborative photoshoots as you can.  The biggest mistake people make is creating a portfolio then keeping it the same for years, you should be continuously working on improving your skills.


Social Media Presence
It seems as though our social media accounts are now part of your resume. It’s not just a care-free space to post whatever you want anymore because you may have potential employers checking out your feeds. However, you can use your platforms to your advantage by building a personal brand to showcase your work and style. You can tell a lot about someone based on their Instagram feed. Creating a personal brand for yourself and establishing what you can do, it might just land you your dream job.  Companies love to see someone who demonstrates a professional environment and takes pride in what they do.


Good Work Ethic
Working in fashion isn’t for those just seeking a life of glamour and fame, it’s for people who are dedicated, driven, and passionate about their work.  There are numerous misconceptions about the industry and people go into a job thinking it’ll be “easy” or just “a good time”, not realizing that working in fashion takes a lot of sacrifices….it’s not your typical 9 to 5 job.  Depending what area of the industry you choose to work in you should be ready to work 18 hours a day sometimes through the night and work weekends and holidays, so it’s mandatory to have a good work ethic and passion for the work.       


Positive Attitude
Maintaining a positive mindset will improve your work and keep you motivated.  If you’re stuck in a job you don’t like, don’t get discouraged or give up, think about how this job will help you overall get to your dream job and it will give you the right discipline you need to keep working in this industry.  If you love what you’re doing it should be easy to stay positive, but if you find yourself hating your job and being unhappy all the time then maybe it’s time to change it up.


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By: Kristin Rouse, Edmonton, @misskristinrouse

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Pairs of Sunglasses for the Most Summer Shade

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

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Everyone loves playing dress up, regardless of the season and while accessories tend to be every style enthusiasts favourite part of fashion, most will usually pick shoes or bags as their poison. Sunglasses, however, are no doubt a major part of an outfit tying together an outfit’s vibe, especially in the summertime. Eyewear is also having a major moment right now over the last few months with everything from classic styles to bolder trends taking front and centre stage. We’ve scoured the street style blogs and shopped the stores to find our favourite five pairs of sunglasses for the most shade this summer.

Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses

60s Icon
Ray-Ban has to be one of the most iconic brands in eyewear, and their Round Metal is just as iconic. First released in the 1960’s, this style has been worn by some of music’s greatest legends like John Lennon who definitely helped make them cool. They come in a variety of colour combinations, and with Ray-Ban’s online customization tool you can create your own unique pair. These are for sure a pair of shades that you’ll want to hang onto for years to come!

Urban Outfitters Vintage Clueless Square Sunglasses

Valley Girl Approved
Tiny frames don’t seem to be going anywhere and what better way to feed your craving for the trend with a pop of colour? These fun vintage coloured sunglasses with square frames from Urban Outfitters are super fun and come in both bold and subtle colour options. These shades are no doubt Valley Girl approved.

MVMT Stranger Sunglasses

Classic Look
Playing with eyewear trends can be fun, but everyone needs a classic pair of frames that can take them from the office to weekend brunch and wedding season. We love these slightly oversized square sunglasses from MVMT that are the perfect balance of sophistication and edge. The Stranger frames come in both black and tortoise.

Aldo Rirede Sunglasses

Retro Chic
Everyone needs a pair of aviator style sunglasses, but they’re a style that doesn’t always suit every face shape. These retro-inspired oversized aviator frames from though Aldo has got to be the pair that suits everyone, no doubt! They have a thin frame that balances out perfectly the oversized lenses that work great for all faces and has a touch of 80’s to their style thanks to the mesh bridge.

Zara Square Cat Eye Sunglasses

Cool Cat
We don’t know why cat eye glasses took a backseat when it comes to style all these years, but we’re sure glad they’re back with a vengeance! This feminine yet edgy style works perfectly with any outfit from a power suit for the office, a sundress for beach days or jeans and a t-shirt for running errands. This square take on the style from Zara is a great alternative to the traditional cat-eye glasses, and are the perfect excuse to add a second (or fifth) pair to your collection!

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Product Info:

  1. Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses, from $193
  2. Urban Outfitters Vintage Clueless Square Sunglasses, $16
  3. MVMT Stranger Sunglasses, $85
  4. Aldo Rirede Sunglasses, on sale $11.98
  5. Zara Square Cat Eye Sunglasses, $29.90


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

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Fashion Jobs – Etiquette, Interviews and Employment

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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Saying there is a generational gap is no excuse when it comes to the employment process, for both the employer and the employee.  


From my experience, millennials tend to interview very well and are quite sophisticated when it comes to the interview process! However, once they get the job the expectations reveal themselves.


What I have found interesting is that these ‘expectations’ are necessities, tools for millennials to do their job well.  Technology is a great example. It is an expected tool for any employer (small to mid-size) to provide for their millennial or younger employee to do their job efficiently.  


Job seekers and potential employees need to be aware of their own online presence. After interviewing a candidate, I did a basic google research on them and within minutes I found their social media channels. This person’s ‘social media presence’ gave me an impression they may not have wanted me to have and it was NOT a good one. Their online social media presence ultimately affected their chances of getting the job. Posting to social media is a way of life, however, consider the content you are posting not only  when applying for jobs but always, as everything you post can be found. 


Lack Of Experience Or Too much?

Most jobs require some experience, 2-4 years is the usual.  This is why internships and practicums are very important when building a resume and experience.  They could also lead to jobs in the company you are working for.  A key mistake many employees make is leaving a job too soon, make sure to put in your time in especially if you like the job.  If you can stay for 2 years do it.  If I get a resume of a candidate that is excellent then look at their longevity at a company being less than a year for all of them, I don’t bother interviewing. Jumping around won’t be beneficial in the long run.


Having said that, if you are going to spend over 10 years at a company make sure you are super happy. I had a friend who left a job they were at after 20 years.  They were only 40 so a millennial and could not find another job. Tail between their legs, they went back to their old employer and they were taken back, with a lower salary and position.


If you have 5 years experience and the job you are applying for requires less, have a good reason as to why you would like the job.  Why you would be right for the job. The story must be true and authentic because for an employer to believe you won’t be bored, or overqualified, they need to understand your reason for wanting a position. 



Make sure your resume is up to date!  Sounds nuts but I interviewed a great candidate for in-house sales and when I called the number on her resume the number didn’t work. I emailed her, she didn’t get it.  I tried again because I, in fact, didn’t have too many alternatives for the hire, she finally responded.  This is not the best way to start a gig.  Make sure your contact number, your email is correct and when applying for jobs make sure you are checking all your channels so that you respond quickly to a potential employers outreach.


Send a thank you email after your interview.  It makes a difference.


And on that note, thank you!


Photo credit WWD.


By: Liza Deyrmenjian, owner of The Cutting Room

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Tips to Find the Perfect Job

Monday, July 23rd, 2018



AKA The Elevator Pitch. You never know when you are going to bump into someone that may be able to help you in your job search. Being prepared with your ‘value add’ to any company is a great thing to have.


• What does that consist of?
• When pitching yourself it should never be more than 30- to 45 seconds long.
• Be friendly and confident when pitching. Own your own skills and make them believe you would be a great asset to the company.
• It’s a well thought out, carefully crafted, brief but comprehensive description of the value you would bring to a given company.
• Take the time to practice your pitch. It should be refined and rolls off the tongue.
• It should be easily understood by anyone, even someone not in your field.


Are your skills up to snuff?

Make sure you are up to date in your field.
Take a certificate course to increase your abilities.
Take a course in planning, critical thinking and problem-solving. These are skills along with efficiency and agility that are great to have and future employers will value.


Are you networking?

Networking is much more interesting than it used to be. There are so many cool industry events to go to where you can learn a bunch of rad stuff and meet people that can assist you in finding the perfect place to land.


Some great events to look into the city you live in are:


Fashion weeks: they are always a great place to mix and mingle and better yet intern or volunteer.


Industry Trade Shows: trade shows are a fantastic place to ‘see’ the industry and the enormous opportunity that lies within! It’s also a great place to network. Hear what is happening in the companies you are interested in.

Industry Speaker series: these have become so popular over this last decade. Usually, the speakers stick around and do Q&A’s, which can be very worth your while.


Facebook Industry groups: you would be surprised how beneficial some of these groups can be.


Eventbrite Industry Events: Eventbrite always lists the events that are going on and is a great resource to see what’s happening in your area.


Networking Old School:

Make a list of friends and people you know, reach out to them and take them for a coffee. Talk about everything including where you are at and what you are looking for.

In these meetings never disrespect your current job or employer. Great, advice I was given once… ‘always stay in the win’. And I get it, not always easy to do. However, in these meetings, it’s important to stay positive.



I am not sure where LinkedIn belongs on my networking scale, however, I find it to be in a league of its own. Even when I am interviewing potential candidates for any position I take a look at their LinkedIn. Keep it updated and keep it looking GREAT. One thing employers shy away from is seeing that you have only worked at several places under a year. That is a bit of a red flag.


Keep your LinkedIn profile as up to date as your resume. On that note make sure your resume is easy to read and also up to date. Don’t write a full page cover letter. Half a page maximum. When I get resumes with a page long cover letter attached I don’t read the whole thing and also It makes me think this candidate hasn’t focused in on what their value proposition is really.


Job Sites:

Get on Job Sites. Style Nine to Five is great and it’s informative. They all are because you not only can apply for jobs you can also see what the going salary is for your position. The industry standard is important to employers and when candidates come in with totally unrealistic expectations of salary for their skill level, its noted.


Take the time to upload your resume to all the job sites. Trust me we look at them!


Do your research:

On everything. Read up on the companies that you are interested to work for. Know who it is you are wanting to meet with. This will go a long way when you get the interview. First-off everyone likes to be ‘searched’ and as an employer, we like to know that a candidate has taken the time and interest in the company. It shows more than just interest it shows maturity and thought process.

When I moved to New York in 2003 I picked up a copy of WWD, (fashion daily newspaper) and looked at the classified page, I discovered that people with my experience were making big money. When a licensee company of Oscar De La Renta needed me to consult I knew exactly how much to ask for simply because I had done my research there. It was a fun experience and one that opened a lot of doors for me in NYC.


For more about Liza’s experience ‘finding a job’ in NYC you can read here.

Photo credit WWD.


By: Liza Deyrmenjian, owner of The Cutting Room

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

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Canada Goose to Open in Downtown Vancouver
The exceedingly popular Toronto-based company Canada Goose has announced they will be occupying a 4000 square foot space in the upper level of Vancouver’s Pacific Centre mall. The store will be located near the Apple Store – across from Harry Rosen and will feature fun Canadian themed décor such as marble polar bear sculptures made by Jason Carter, a Canadian Indigenous artist. The company, known for its down-filled coats have boosted business exponentially at department stores in Vancouver such as Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew, with some styles of jackets being pre-sold-out before even reaching the store. Local fans of the brand and tourists alike will be welcoming the store excitedly, which will be open in time for Christmas 2018.


Riccardo Tisci X Vivienne Westwood
Tisci announced via his personal Instagram that Burberry will be doing an intriguing collaboration with the Duchess of Punk, Vivienne Westwood. The pairing may seem like somewhat of a juxtaposition, fusing Westwood’s defiance of tradition with Burberry’s classic heritage, but I think we will find that opposites attract. Tisci said in a statement, “ Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself. She is a rebel, a punk and unrivaled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. When I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something.” The collection will be released in December 2018, three months after Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry.


Laurence and Chico Open Fashion Café in Vancouver
The Canadian design partners have opened what they’re calling a “fashion café” in downtown Vancouver and it is… quite something. As we know from the duo’s designs, they are not afraid of colour, texture and looking a little out there. The whimsical space sends customers into a sensory overload, with details like fluffy chairs, eyeballs on the walls, a bathroom ceiling covered in rubber ducks and every colour under the sun melded together in paintings, rugs, seats and coffee cups. The café is split into two sections; one designated for takeout where you can also purchase accessories such as books, scarves and phone cases, and one offering a reservation-only afternoon tea salon. Since Laurence and Chico do have quite a niche following, the goal of the café is to branch the brand into a larger market that anyone can experience.


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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Fashion Jobs – 7 Must Have Accessories for Summer

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

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Summer is the perfect time to play with all kinds of fun accessories since there are just so many types of occasions to dress for! Is there a wedding coming up? A beach day? A picnic in the park? The types of accessories you choose for each one of these events will be completely different, so you’re free to experiment with styles throughout the season. Since accessories are generally pretty inexpensive, you can also pack a solid bang for your buck with several options to spice up your summer wardrobe. Read on to see the seven accessories I’ve picked that are sure to be on all of this season’s must-have accessory lists.


Retro Sunnies
This pair of cat-eye sunglasses from Mango would be the perfect complement to any beach attire. The pop of red makes them unique from the many neutral shades on the market right now and adds just the right amount of colour to any summer outfit.


Think of espadrilles as your summer alternative to sneakers! Either in a wedge heel or a flat, these warm-weather shoes are super comfortable for walking around and keeping you looking stylish.

3Statement Earrings
With this trend, you can really find a pair out there as wild as your imagination will take you. With beads, fringe, feathers or metals, a dramatic pair of attention-grabbing earrings makes a bold statement this summer.


Chic Sun Hat
A fashionable accessory that also protects your skin from the sun is a double win for me. The bigger the brim the better, as some of this season’s latest versions are supersized for ultimate style.



Woven Bag
Take a page out of classic French Girl style and choose a simple woven bag for all your beach essentials. You can also opt to keep your valuables safe inside a smaller pouch and use it as an alternative to your day to day handbag.


Logo Slides
Plastic slides are no longer just dedicated to beachside and poolside fashion. They add a relaxed, cool-girl vibe to any outfit this summer, and are just about as comfortable as you can get without leaving the house in slippers.


A multipurpose Scarf
Tie one on your purse, in your hair or around your wrist – the options are endless! A silk scarf in a bright print can liven up even a simple look and make it look effortlessly pulled together.


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Product Info
Cat-eye sunglasses, $39.99, available at Mango
Soludos Ibiza Embroidered Espadrille Slides, $78.00, available at Anthropologie
Ambrosia Drop Earrings, $44.00, available at Baublebar
Le chapeau Bomba, $431, available at Jacquemus
Bailuoni Net String Shopping Bag, $8.99, available at Amazon
Fendi Logo Pool Slides, $850, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Be Mine Printed Silk Bandana, $36, available at Free People


By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, ON.

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Fashion Career Advice with Christie Lohr

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

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Listen to Christie Lohr’s fashion career journey in this podcast she did with Glam Observer. She gives resume and cover letter tips, how to break into the fashion industry, what fashion employers look for in a job candidate, should you go to fashion school or is getting the fashion experience enough? Listen HERE.

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Fashion Jobs – Staple Pieces to Take You Through The Summer

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

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As fun as summer style can be, it can sometimes be challenging to find pieces that are not only work appropriate but also worth the price tag, considering the lack of fabric usually involved in summer clothes. Especially with the style trends leaning towards mini and cropped everything it can be harder to nail down those classic pieces that can not only take you through summer at the office but also be worn during the warming spring and fall months. We’re big believers in investing in classic wardrobe choices that will last you over the years and seasons, so we picked out some of our favourite staple pieces to take you through the summer!

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The Blouse
A blouse is such a classic and timeless piece to own, a T-Shirt cut is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. Not only do the shortcut sleeves work great for the warmer months, but also can be worn under a blazer or cardigan as it gets cooler, so you have longer to style this piece! We love this one by Community at Aritzia with the perfect balance of a classic cut paired with a slightly oversized fit.

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The Loafers
A shoe that will probably never go out of style is the Gucci Princetown loafer that’s been going strong over the last few years. This full coverage mule is the perfect transitional footwear to take from Spring through to Fall and goes with pretty much everything from sweatpants to skirts making it a great staple loafer. We love the playful embroidery that’s still fun without being too in your face.

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The Sunnies
It wouldn’t be summer without sunglasses, although if you ask us they can totally be pulled off all year long, especially on those bright snowy days. This is a classic Ray-Ban style that seems to make it’s way back to the trend lists every couple years, so they’re definitely worth buying. We love this blacked out pair but with the Ray-Ban customizing feature online you can create a pair to match your vibe.

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The Skirt
Denim skirts are totally back onto the “Yes” list this year and we couldn’t be happier to revive our mid-2000’s wardrobe. But if you didn’t think to keep your favourite denim skirt you’re in luck because they are pretty much everywhere. We fell in love with this one from All Saints thanks to it basically being the ideal denim skirt: perfect length that’s not too short but still great on those warm days, the right amount of distressing making them casual-day appropriate and a great shade of blue that right in the middle, being not too light for transitioning into fall.

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The Hat
Baker boy, Fiddler or Captain? Whatever you want to call these caps they’re pretty much THE hat of the last few seasons, pushing out dad caps to take over streetstyle. We have to admit, we probably own more than one and definitively aren’t ashamed of it. This Brixton Fiddler Cap is perfect for the summer with its light coloured and breathable fabric. It also comes in a few colours so if you love it as much as we do you too can own more than one!


Inspirational Image:
Image courtesy of Anouk Yve


Product Info:

  1. Community Howley Blouse, $78, available at Aritizia
  2. Gucci Princetown Embroidered Leather Loafer, $975
  3. Ray-Ban 3447 Round Metal Sunglasses, starting at $213
  4. All Saints Star Skirt, $150
  5. Brixton Fiddler Cap in Off White, $48


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

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