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Fashion Jobs – Business Casual on the Road

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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Business trips can either be a pleasant way to see the world or the bane of your existence – depending on your point of view.

But if one thing’s for certain, it can be mighty difficult to pack a carry-on for a work trip. How do you keep your blazers crisp and wrinkle free? What about that expensive skirt that you just HATE shoving into a side pocket? How on earth do you fit high heels into an already stuffed suitcase?

Never fear, there are many who have tested the waters before you and have traveling light down to a science.

Step 1: Know the Basics

So, you’re going on a business trip. But how long will you be gone? How’s the weather shaping up? What events are you attending? Is it all business casual or are there fancier evenings you need to prepare for? Will you have any time to explore your destination? These situations will influence how you choose to use your limited space. Be sure you know what to expect before deciding what to take.

Step 2: Wear the Heavy Stuff on your Flight

Jeans are bulky. So are jackets and boots. If you think any of these items need to go with you, be sure to wear them for both your inbound and outbound flights. This will save you A TON of space.

Step 3: Bring Items you can Mix and Match

This is a handy idea for any closet, but it’s especially beneficial for traveling. As long as you bring staple pieces, you can get away with wearing the same items over and over again while still creating new looks that can take you from your afternoon meetings to evening activities. Are your skirts more versatile than your shirts? Bring three different ones, and use the same blouse for all three (making sure to add a new accessory each time to change things up). Dresses tend to be fairly light, and they have the added benefit of being an entire stand-alone outfit. If you need to bring a blazer, pack one that coordinates with all your skirts and dresses. This way you won’t need to stress about finding space for multiple blazers.

Step 4: Try to Stick with Two Pairs of Shoes

This is something I struggle with myself. Having a different pair of shoes for every occasion means I’m always prepared, but it’s not realistic to expect to be able to bring more than two pairs in a carry-on. Try wearing your casual, comfortable tennis shoes on the plane, and pack one pair of heels and/or business-appropriate flats.

Pro Tip: Purchase specially made shoe bags online to keep a barrier between the street grime on your shoes and your nice, clean clothes.

Step 5: Travel Sized Toiletries

Any seasoned business traveler knows that travel sized bottles really are huge space savers; you’re only going to be gone for a week at most, so why lug around your whole bathroom counter? If you’re a frequent flyer, consider purchasing your own travel-sized containers and transfer your shampoo and conditioner into them yourself. It’ll save you a ton of money in the long run!

Step 6: Keep your Makeup in your Purse

I’m irrationally protective of my makeup, but I’m sure many women are the same. Try buying a medium-sized makeup bag that will fit in your purse and pack it there instead of your carry-on. Not only will you be able to keep it close to make sure nothing gets smashed, you’ll have extra space in your suitcase (maybe sneak in one more pair of shoes?!).

When in doubt, just remember you’re not flying to the middle of nowhere! If you’ve forgotten anything or it turns out you weren’t quite as prepared as you thought, it’s okay! That’s what stores are for. And we could all use an excuse to shop, right?

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Sara Antonuccio, Grants Pass @afashionistaabroad

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Fashion Jobs Montreal – Long Vest Layers

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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What better way to manifest your layering obsession throughout the Summer months than with a great lengthly vest? We’ve been loving these pieces this season to keep us cool for the weather while allowing us to embrace one of the hottest trends.

The best part about the vest is the ease–throw over top of any outfit and instantly pull your look together. Vests have been seen all over the runway and have inspired us to incorporate this versatile item into our own wardrobe. From a pant suit, to the Club Monaco sleeveless trench, here are some of our favourite ways to achieve this look!    

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2. Club Monaco Prue Sleeveless Trench, $795

3. Topshop Sleeveless Utility Duster, $125.90

4. Topshop Premium Sleeveless Jacket, $125.90

5. Rag & Bone Harold Vest, $748.75, available at ShopBop

By: Nuria Madrenas, @Nmadren 

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Fashion Jobs Montreal – Beach Trends

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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It won’t be long before we all begin migrating to the beach every chance we get. The next thought that comes to mind for us fashion lovers is how we can incorporate the latest beach trends into our look.

 

One of my favourite swimwear looks is the high wasted bikini. Flattering for all body shapes while remaining stylish and sexy, you can’t go wrong! If you prefer a bit more coverage, use a sarong as either a skirt or a dress for your walks on the beach, or some relaxing lounging.  Personally, I love my big and floppy hats! If you’re not sure that you’re up for channeling your inner Samantha Jones, a regular wide brim hat will keep you protected and fashionable at the same time. For extra coverage from the sun, a pair of aviator sunglasses will always be one of “those” items that just never go out of style. When it comes to flats, I am not a fan! Especially flip-flops! If I have to wear them, I like something fun and embellished. Lastly, to complete your beach trendy look you will need a good-sized bag to cram everything you need into it and off you go!

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1. Urban Outfitters, High Waisted Bottoms $42, Twist Knot Bandeau $36

2. H&M, Patterned Sarong, $14.95

3. Whistles, Wide Brim Sun Hat, $105.79, available at asos

4. Sunglass Hut, Ray-Ban Original Aviator, $249.95

5. Sophia Webster, Becky Gem Sandal, $398 available at The Hudson’s Bay

6. Aldo, Seacliff Tote Bag, $45

 

By: Marta Mankiewicz, Toronto, @marta_mayy

Montreal Fashion Jobs – Pretty Pleats

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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One of the biggest trends for spring is the pleated skirt. Modest and reserved, this humble garment was once reserved for school girls and librarians. Now, however, the once-dowdy pleated skirt is getting a makeover. Viktor and Rolf showed an edge-y, tough-girl take on pleats at their S/S ’14 show that I absolutely loved. At Bottega Veneta, meanwhile, pleats peeked out underneath flat-fabric overlays to create a structured, neo-scultpural feel. Ready to rock some pleats yourself? Try a pretty or punky look, like the options below!

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Pretty in Pleats:

If your style is sugary-sweet, then play up the inherit girly-girl vibe of pleats! Pair a softly coloured, pleated skirt with a floral crop top for a look that is very now. It’s just a little sexy, but also undeniably soft. Add some heeled sandals, a clutch and girly earrings for a great going out look. This could also be a fashion-forward look for a first date, or anytime you feel like wearing lots of lip gloss and flirting!

To look pretty in pleats:
Weekend MaxMara skirt, $195, houseoffraser.co.uk; crop top, $12, chiarafashion.co.uk; Swedish Hasbeens clutch,$280, handbagtailor.com; Jimmy Choo shoes, $970 at profilefashion.com; Valentino earrings, $740, net-a-porter.com

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Punky in Pleats:

If you’re all about cool girl style then try pairing a prim-and-proper pleated skirt with some rock’n’roll accents. It’s a perfect mix of hard and soft, making you look like the rock star you are! Start with a neutral pleated skirt. Then, throw on your favourite t-shirt (bonus points if it has a rocker-esque graphic, like the skull one here). Tie up a corner of the tee instead of tucking it in. Add some spike-y jewellery and your favourite leather jacket. Then, temper all that edge with some ladylike heels.

From overlooked to of-the-moment, you can bet pleats will be everywhere this season. How will you wear them, pretty or punky?

To look punky in pleats:

ROCHAS skirt, $1010, far-fetch.comH&M jacket, $185; Gianvito Rossi shoes, $765,  brownsfashion.com; Zoe Karssen T-Shirt, $100, net-a-porter.com; Club Manhattan Earrings, $28, welikefashion.com

By: Morgan Mullin

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Fashion Jobs Montreal – 2014 Oscars Inspired Cocktail Dresses

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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One of the most fun and exciting television events every year is watching Hollywood’s most talented stars walking the Oscars red carpet in glamorous gowns that viewers at home can only dream about wearing. We can, however, use our favourite looks from the Academy Awards as inspiration for occasions when a party dress is in need! Whether it’s the colour you fell in love with, like Nairobi blue on Lupita, or the intricate lace detailing Portia de Rossi chose, here are six cocktail dresses inspired by some of the best dressed of the evening this year:

 

 

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1. J.Crew Pamela Dress in Leavers Lace, $318 USD (available July 2014)

 

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2. Diane Von Furstenberg Bevin Dress, $480, available at MATCHESFASHION.COM

 

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Style Inspiration: Lupita Nyong’o on the Oscar’s Red Carpet, image courtesy of Glamour

3. Ted Baker Nistee Side Pleat Skater Dress, £129, available at John Lewis

 

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Style Inspiration: Kelly Ripa – Top 10 Oscars 2014, image courtesy of Hollywood PQ

4. Cédric Charlier Oversized Piqué Dress, $890 USD, available at Net-a-Porter
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Style Inspiration: Charlize Theron – Oscars 2014 Red Carpet, image courtesy of Just Curious

5. Helmut Lang Mesh-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey Mini Dress, $387 USD, available at Net-a-Porter

 

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Style Inspiration: Sandra Bullock – Best Oscar Dresses, image courtesy of Sparkles and Shoes

6. J.Crew Carson Dress in Silk Dupioni, $310 USD

 

By: Liz Doré, Toronto ON

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Fashion Jobs Montreal – Check It Out

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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This spring, gingham isn’t just a pattern for picnics. It’s also a cute way to add a pop of pizzazz to your existing wardrobe.

Gingham is a print that closely resembles plaid. The best feature about this look is that it comes in an array of colours and styles. This means that it is not only versatile, but it also accompanies most looks perfectly. Many designers and retailers are showcasing this style in everything from tops, jackets, shoes and dresses. This pattern pairs flawlessly with neutrals and solid colours. However, if you’re daring, you can rock a full gingham outfit and you will be perfectly dressed from head-to-toe in this spring’s go-to pattern.

With a multitude of colours, this is a look that you will be able to wear immediately, as well as two months from now when the warm weather actually hits. When you are looking to extend your wardrobe to ensure that it accommodates multiple seasons, opting for a fun pattern like gingham is the best way to go.

 

1. ASOS Lowie Prairie Dress in Gingham, $71

2. Forever 21 Essential Gingham Shirt, $10

3. Urban Outfitters Coincidence & Chance Drew Gingham Cami, $ 49

4. ModCloth Start Your Engines Dress, $37

5. Free People Enya Plaid Skirt, $72

6. Banana Republic Gingham Trench, $215

 

By: Sarah St.Jules, @Ssj04

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Versatile Styling

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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1. Tibi Dress, US $300, available at Net-A-Porter
2. Hive & Honey Necklace, $44.45, available at Piperlime
3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Bag, $383.71, available at Nordstrom

4. Jimmy Choo Heel, $696.05, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

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5. BCBG Tote, $198
6. Guess Tall Boot, $108.74
7. Oscar De La Renta Jacket, $2,918.60, available at Farfetch

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8. Zara Booties, $110
9. Vince Camuto Bag, $184.83, available at Nordstrom
10. River Island Leather Jacket, $400

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11. Steve Madden Heel, $59.97, available at Amazon
12. Juicy Couture Zip Wallet, $142, available at Revolve Clothing
13. J. Crew Necklace, US $174

I’m a big advocate of purchasing items that are high quality and versatile, as they generally look better, feel better and last longer. Now high quality may mean a hefty price tag, but investing in your wardrobe actually saves you money in the long run and it is always worth the extra money. Nowadays, the majority of us have hectic schedules and are constantly on the go from place to place. Owning pieces that can transition from day to night are wardrobe staples, and an ideal item to own to achieve this is a simple dress that you can wear to the office and out after hours. Here is a basic dress with some ideas to help you accessorize for whatever your day may have in store.

By: Rachel Ingram, Toronto

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Montreal’s Top Consignment Stores

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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Eva B, 2013, Boul St-Laurent, Montreal, eva-b.ca

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Citizen Vintage, 5330 Boulevard St Laurent, Montréal, Citizenvintage.com

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Boutique Remix, 1355 Avenue Greene, Westmount, remixclothing.ca

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La Gaillarde, 4019 Notre-Dame Rue W, Montreal, Lagaillarde.ca

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The city of Montreal is famous for its French influenced culture in the arts, music, and of course fashion. Apart from the city’s infamous retail stores like Ogilvy’s and Holt Renfrew, Montreal has a few other options for designer brands for less. The ideal areas for the best designer finds are Westmount, Downtown and Mile end. For a scavenger-hunt-like shopping experience, head to boutique Eva B. This crafty little shop includes a 1$ thrift pile, as well as a few designer finds. Another chic little spot is Citizen Vintage, a smaller, but warm consignment shop. This hipster favorite is perfect for cozy sweaters and unique pieces of jewellery. Next on the list is Remix Boutique. This consignment store is located in the Westmount area, and carries nearly every luxury brand possible, from Louis Vuitton to Dior. The boutique, located on the 2nd floor, also has a few funky in-store brands, ideal for your spring/summer wardrobe.  A little further is La Gaillarde Boutique. This charming Saint-Henri gem, focuses more on vintage goods and second hand clothing rather than brand name items, but still carries quite a few timeless pieces nonetheless. Last up is La Founderie, a campus student favorite, this is a must-see when in Montreal. The quaint little shop also focuses more on vintage and second hand clothing, however, a few designer pieces can be found.  These boutiques are worth a visit for a complete, fashion forward wardrobe.

  By Ann-Kim Lineus, @annkimlineus, Montreal

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Winter Getaway

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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For those who are lucky enough to escape the winter chill and travel somewhere warm before spring comes, it can be oddly challenging to remember how to dress for warmer temperatures after being bundled up for what now feels like forever!

 

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Since the city you’re departing from is likely still chilly, be sure to wear comfortable light layers that will keep you warm entering and exiting the airport, but can also be worn once you’ve arrived at your destination if the nights are cooler. These pants from Ann Taylor are hands down the most comfortable yet chic pants I’ve ever worn, and I personally endorse them as a “must have”!

 

1. ASOS Classic Mac Trench, $122.77

2. Ann Taylor Drapey Crepe Ankle Pants in Dark Sky, $80.30

 

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Once you’ve checked in and freshened up, it’s time to change and start exploring! A beautifully patterned tunic and bright bottoms are my go-to when I’m somewhere warm. Lastly, a pair of statement making earrings always help dress up an outfit.

3. Anthropologie Kaveri Henley, $98

4. Stella & Dot Mallorca Chandelier Earrings, $54

5. J. Crew 4” Chino Short in Sweet Tangerine, $45 USD

 

3. Beach Basics

 

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It doesn’t matter where I’m traveling, but no matter what I always bring multiple fresh white t-shirts. They go with anything, keep you cool, and can be easily dressed up with a scarf. Buy a pack of 3 so you’ll always have a clean one at the ready.

 

6. Joe Fresh Scoop Neck Tee, $14

7. Banana Republic Caris Scarf, $50

 

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I’ve saved the best for last I think…the poolside look! I’m having an obsession with one-piece bathing suits lately as the cruise and resort lines are coming out in stores, and this playfully patterned suit by Tory Burch is on my wish list. Finish off the look with a straw tote, a great pair of neutral sandals and you’re ready to hit the beach!

8. Tory Burch Madura One-Piece Bathing Suit, $250 USD

9. J. Crew Market Tote in Natural Straw, $57.50 USD

10. Aldo Rensa Sandal in Taupe, $60 USD

By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Dress Like One of the ‘Girls’

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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HBO’s buzzed-about hit, Girls, will be back for season 3 on January 12th. Big changes are in store for each character, leaving fans (like myself) wondering if the girls are starting to become women. Their wardrobes are certainly looking more grown-up this time around! Read on to learn how to mimic your favorite girl’s look:

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The innocent younger cousin of Jessa gained some life experience in season 2- and her wardobe is starting to reflect that. The quintessential girly-girl, Shoshanna lives in dresses. The frillier and fuller-cut, the better! Girly accessories like perals, floral studs, and the perfect lip gloss are ways to copy her signature style. But, in season three, Shoshanna is swapping out her tried-and-true pinks and pastels for more sophisticated hues like cream, navy and olive. Choosing ultra-feminine silhouettes in these unexpected shades allows for a more grown-up look that isn’t so sickeningly sweet. Oh, if you really want to nail her look, don’t forget to add a pair of glamazon shades to spy on that dweeby ex-boyfriend Ray: Shosh wears hers all through the season 3 trailer.

Dress, R.E.D. Valentino, $1,160 CAD. Get it here. Photo cred.: stylebop.com

Daisy earrings, MARC by Marc Jacobs, $51 CAD. Get them here. Photo cred.: neimanmarcus.com

Sunglasses, Céline, $525 CAD. Get them here. Photo cred: lindelepalais.com.

Lip gloss, Make up store, $31 CAD. Get it here. Photo cred.: nelly.com

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The ultimate boho chick, Jessa finally returns in season 3 from her wandering adventures. It looks like she lost those awful ugg boots on the way too, thank goodness! To dress like Jessa, fearlessly blend styles, textures and eras for a “more is more” look. She’s made printed capes and kimonos her signatures, so try wearing one in place of a cardigan or blazer. Jessa loves showing skin! Take a leaf from her sartorial book and try a crop top. Paired with bright velvet pants, it creates a chaotic yet chic look that is Jessa’s trademark. Finish your look with some unexpected jewelry from a craft fair or your most recent vacation!

Kimono, River Island, $70 CAD. Get it here. Photo cred.: riverisland.com

Bralet top, New Look, $18 CAD. Get it here. Photo cred.: newlook.com

Velvet pants, EACH x OTHER Yi Zhou, $275 CAD. Get them here. Photo cred.: my-wardobe.com

Bracelet, Purple Finch Store, $35.10 CAD. Get it here. Photo cred: purple finch store on etsy.com

 

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Marnie

If you watched last season, you watched Marnie’s life fall apart in a slow-burn. “I’m fine!” she shrilly cries in the season 3 trailer, convincing absolutely nobody. Her style reflects her inner turmoil: the once polished-and-perfect Marnie now looks like a crumpled, torn page from a J. Crew catalog (still amazing, but just a biiit off). Mimic her look by swapping dress pants for distressed boyfriend jeans and a graphic tee. Her old perfectionist self shines through in bold jewlery and razor-sharp stillettos- pair them with your jeans and tee to create the perfect contrast that is the new Marnie.

Jeans, H&M, $52 CAD. Get them here. Photo cred: hm.com

Tee, Hugo Guinness for J. Crew, $53 CAD. Get it here. Photo cred: jcrew.com

Necklace, AERIN Erickson Beamon, $1,860 CAD. Get it here. Photo cred.: shopbop.com

Heels, Jimmy Choo, $635 CAD. Get them here. Photo cred.: jimmychoo.com

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Back together with Adam and wearing separates- is it possible that the loveable screw-up Hannah is starting to get it together? It’s too soon to say yet, but one thing is for sure: With a chic new crop haircut the queen of the “shorteralls” has finally graduated into grown-up clothes. To look like Hannah, stock your closet with hipster staples: oxford shoes, full skirts in unexpected fabrics, and oversized floral print blouses. The glam earrings that she wears throughout the season 3 trailer add a shot of chic to her hipster look.

Skirt, New Look, $10 CAD. Get it here. Photo cred: newlook.com

Floral blouse, Komodo, $58 CAD. Get it here. Photo cred.: fashion-conscience.com

Oxfords, Jean-Michel Cazabat, $530 CAD. Get them here. Photo cred.: barneys.com

Earrings, Serie, $346 CAD. Get them here. Photo cred.: caratlane.com

 

By: Morgan Mullin

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