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Fashion Jobs – Online Shopping Vs. In Store Shopping

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

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The convenience of shopping online has taken over. You can add items into your cart while lying in bed or watching TV, not to mention you don’t have to get out of your pyjamas or put makeup on. And we get it, sometimes you just don’t want to socialize. Online shopping trends have been growing steadily over the past few years. However, online shopping does have its downsides. 


Going into a brick and mortar store has far more upsides than the inconvenience of leaving your home. Firstly, there’s no need to pay shipping charges or have to wait for your new favourite product to arrive. Why would you wait to wear that brand new LBD, when you can go pick one out, and wear it out for cocktails that same night? Especially if the item you order isn’t the right size; then you have to go return or exchange the item, and waste even more time.


How many times have ordered something to your house, only to find out it doesn’t fit and you need to bring it back? Going into the store gets rid of that hassle. In a store, you can grab all the items you would normally add to your online cart, and actually see if it works for you before taking it home. 


You can actually feel the product. It’s the worst when you look online and wish you could feel the product. Will it be breathable? Will it have some stretch? What is the quality of the product? Is it going to be stiff and uncomfortable or will it actually be comfortable to wear? Shopping in stores takes all those questions away. You can feel the piece you want to buy, feel the quality, and start that emotional connection.


Let’s not forget the amazing staff that make the stores run smoothly. Each store is staffed with cashiers, salespeople, visual merchandisers, inventory processors and so many more. These employees work hard and care for the product before you take it home. Shopping in stores helps keep these people employed. 


Next time you go to browse online, and add those items to your cart, think about the experience you can have shopping in-store instead.


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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – 7 Trends From the 70s Making a Comeback

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

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Each decade is known for something. The 50s saw the surge in pop culture, the 60s welcomed The Beatles and the 70s had ‘Hippie Culture’. On top of what a decade was known for, each one has a distinct style to go with it. With every decade there are fashion hits and misses but the hits always make a comeback at different times and seasons. Earlier this year it was the 90s. Now for fall, the 70s are making a serious comeback. Here are some pieces that are a must for this groovy revival. 
A complete change from the skin-tight skinny jeans you usually wear, flares have a relaxed fit that is a bit roomier before, as the name suggests, flaring out at the bottom. To have an even more 70’s feel, the high-waisted option is your best choice. Use these jeans in any outfit that you would wear your favourite denim to update your wardrobe.


From jackets to skirts, suede is the go-to material this season. Retire your summer denim skirt and replace it with this season’s suede mini. Pair this skirt with knee-high boots, and a knit sweater, and you’ll have the perfect fall look.


Mustard Yellow
This season, you can find everything in this colour. It automatically makes you smile, and feel like you’ve been hugged by sunshine. There’s no better way to get into the boho feeling of the 70s than adding something into your wardrobe of this colour. Whether it be a statement necklace, a bold bag, cute flats, or a wrap dress, you’ll be able to style it any which way.


Bell Sleeves
This isn’t a trend everyone will want to try. It is bold and super fun. It can be styled like any other cute top in your closet, except, it will have a certain amount of drama with it. This top can be paired with anything from a leather skirt, tailored trousers or distressed denim.

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Long-Sleeved Dresses
Perfect for fall, long-sleeved dresses aren’t only a 70s treasure; they are also great for the cooler weather. To stay on trend, a paisley, maxi long sleeved dress is ideal, but to modernize this trend, a mini dress works too.

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Outdoor Pyjamas
Who said pyjamas were just for night time? There isn’t anything sexier, or chicer, than a pair of silk outdoor pyjamas. Also, not to mention, they’re super comfortable. Dress these co-ordinates up with a pair of stiletto heels and your favourite clutch for the perfect night out outfit.

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Tie Front Tops
In 2018, there has been a new twist on the 70s trend of tie front tops. They are no longer only found in crop tops, but long waffle tops, t-shirts, basically any type of top imaginable. This trend is a fun way to make your basic top more fun. Pair a cropped version with a high waisted skirt or a longer top with your favourite pair of denim. This trend has endless options.


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Products Info:
1. Denim Super Flare Jeans, $101.40, available at Free People
2. Willow & Clay Embroidered Suede Skirt, $189.56, available at Nordstrom
3. Waffle-Knit Button Tie-Front Top, $30.99, available at Beautifully You Collection
4. John Mark Floral Print Bell Sleeve Velvet Top, $175.03, available at Dillards
5. Printed Midi Dress, $99.90, available at Zara
6. Silk & Cotton Pajama Set, $267.76, available at Etsy
7. Wilfred Free The Tie-Front Blouse, $65, available at Aritzia


By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Overcome Career Burnout

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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Overcoming career burnout is not something they teach you in high school, nor is it an elective course in university. But the truth is, it’s probably one of the most important skills any adult should have. Since it’s not taught in school the sooner you can learn how to overcome career burnout the sooner you can learn to have a balanced work life, which is a key factor in overall success in your career.


Career burnout is a little different than overall burnout and far less harmful but the truth is, over time it can contribute to burning you out altogether. Generally, with career burnout you feel less motivated, inspired and passionate about your job and what you do daily. This can lead to poor performance, missed promotions and even the potential of being fired so the importance of mastering how to overcome career burnout is pretty clear.


Learning how to overcome career burnout isn’t something you can learn overnight and in fact, it incorporates a variety of skills that continuously need to be readjusted based on your current situation. As with most things in life you’re sure to always be working on overcoming career burnout but to get you started on the right track, here are our suggested ways to overcome career burnout.

1. Go On Your Breaks
This probably seems obvious, and it might be if you’re just starting out in the workforce but make it a mandatory habit to go on your breaks. Those of us who’ve been working for a while, especially those of us in an office setting, can find ourselves skipping out on breaks or taking lunch at our desks. Although a working lunch from time to time might be needed, they shouldn’t be encouraged. Taking time for lunch and even a quick 15 minute breaks gives you an opportunity to disconnect, refresh and refocus, increasing productivity. For those with an office job getting up their desks is also an opportunity to get some exercise in and boost circulation.

2. Set Professional Goals & Seek Career Mentor
The second tip to overcome career burnout is a two-part process, all involving the progression of your career. The first thing you want to do is set professional goals or a career plan, and this is something we recommend as not just a way to overcome career burnout but an overall way to progress in your career. It’s important when setting these goals to look both at your current position and the growth you want to achieve within it, and your overall professional goals. We do this by building a three-month, six-month and 12-month career plan and just like overcoming career burnout this plan is something that may be readjusted throughout the years. Having these professional goals to work towards will help keep you motivated, and revisiting the plan quarterly will help to keep you excited and motivated along the way.


The best pairing to professional goals is a career mentor someone who can provide insight and coach you through your career journey. When looking for a career mentor, look at people in positions and industries that align with your goals or who’s had a career path that interests you. Beyond just providing you with basic career and growth advice, mentors can also give you tips on work-life balance and how to overcome career burnout.


3. Schedule Those Vacation Days
It seems weird to jump to vacation days after discussing career planning, but while we were on the topic of work-life balance we thought we would. It may not seem obvious at first but taking time off of work does help you to overcome career burnout. Just like taking your short 15 minute breaks, scheduling time off is an even bigger boost to your energy and productivity levels. Whether you schedule an entire week off or tag a couple extra days onto a long weekend, getting time off to refresh and reset will go a long way to helping you overcome career burnout.


4. Turn Off During Time Off
Now that you know how important taking time off is to the quest to overcome career burnout you should know you really should take the time off. Be it your scheduled day off, your lunch break or your week off on the beach, when you’re off the clock leave the office behind. Avoid answering calls, checking emails and doing anything work related so your mind has the chance to really turn off and recuperate during downtime. If by chance you have a job where you don’t have the option to fully turn off, try setting an hour here or there where you’re 100% disconnected to give you some time to yourself.


5. Perfect Your Time Management & Organization Skill
A contributing factor to people fizzling out is a lack of organization and time management, so a good way to overcome career burnout is to brush up these two skills. We often times find ourselves panicking at work because we can’t find that file or we didn’t get that project completed in time. We can eventually find ourselves drowning in due dates and documents struggling to keep up. Before it gets to the extreme of total career burnout try working on your time management and organizational skills and even if you consider yourself a pro brushing up on them never hurt. There’s an infinity of personal development books and articles that can easily be found with a quick web search. If you’re more of the “learn by doing” type, some companies have directories of corporate resources with courses for development that can be great resources, or you can search the internet for free online courses. Whatever you decided we definitively recommended brushing up on these two skills if you’re trying to prevent or overcome career burnout.


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By: M.J. Elle, @TheMJElle, Toronto

Fashion Jobs – How to Leave Your Job When your Dreams Take you Elsewhere

Friday, October 12th, 2018

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Sometimes it happens. You’re working for a company that you love, in a role you enjoy and then you find yourself starting to think about finding something new and you consider looking elsewhere. There are many different reasons why this can happen. You may feel like perhaps you don’t necessarily actually like the company you work for as much as you might have thought, you’re not learning anything new, you’ve reached the top of the totem pole and there is no more room to grow. The reasons are endless, but whether or not you’re leaving on good terms or bad, you never want to burn your bridges.


Be professional
Whether you’re leaving out of anger or not, be cordial when you quit. Don’t say anything out of spite or something that can be used against you down the road. You may possibly want to use your current employer as a reference, so you will want to make sure your resignation process leaves no hard feelings.


Resignation letter
Ensure you are not just resigning verbally or via email, make sure you type out a professional resignation letter. This protects not only yourself but your employer as well. In your letter, you want to thank your employer for the experience but let them know you will be moving on. Let them know when your last day of work is. Typically, two weeks is given, but depending on your position, more notice may be required.


Work out your notice as if you weren’t leaving
Your work is a reflection of how your employer sees you as a person. If you are still working hard, and putting in the effort, it will show your employer that you still care even though you’re leaving. This is important because networking is key. Sometimes it’s all about who you know, and who they know. Even if you were a great employee for years, your notice period can leave a lasting impression.


Keep in touch
If you really valued the job you’re leaving, then stay in touch! Keep in contact with your old boss to stay up to date and ask them for advice. This person can become your mentor, and maybe even let you know when another career progression opportunity is available for you.


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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – How to Become an Expert in Your Career

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

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Once you find the career you love, becoming an expert is your next move. When you love your career, you want to be able to be the person who everyone can turn to for advice. Being an expert in your field not only makes you more valuable to your employer, but it also opens up so many doors. When you’re an expert, you are able to make it to the top of your field, and get exactly where you want to go. Not sure on how to become an expert in your field? We have everything you need to know below.


Pick your field
Find out what you’re passionate about and what your five-year plan is. Once you find your passion, becoming an expert will be easy. You will have the drive to work towards becoming an expert in your field. It takes work and time, so you have to love your career to become an expert in it.


Learn everything you can
Next, you need to learn as much as you can about your field. This means attending talks, seminars, and constantly reading and staying up to date on topics related to your career. If there is a talk or class in your field, clear your schedule and attend. Have there been articles or news posted about something? Make sure you take the time to read them. As the old saying goes, knowledge is power.


Adapt to changing technologies and policies
Depending on what field you’re in, you may be using different types of technology. Technology and policies in the workplace are always changing. To be an expert, you need to make sure you adapt to those changes and learn along the way. If you cling to old technologies and don’t adapt your thinking and work processes, you’ll be stuck behind.


Share your knowledge
Once you’re an expert, you’ll be the one everyone looks up to. Share your knowledge and teach others. Teaching is the best way to practice your skills and stay on top of the information you have learned.


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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – 5 Thanksgiving Dresses You Can Wear All Fall

Friday, October 5th, 2018

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Fall is finally in the air and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it! It also means it’s time to celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoy the long weekend with our friends and family. Thanksgiving presents the perfect opportunity to put away your bright summer clothes for some seasonal items. Whether you have a brunch, dinner or a more casual weekend planned, we’ve put together a list of Thanksgiving-approved dresses that you can wear all fall long.


Fall Florals
Whoever said florals are only for spring clearly hasn’t seen this season’s prints, which is why we can’t get enough of this feminine floral number. Pair with a cardigan or leather jacket on chillier days and ankle boots or over-the-knee boots.


Animal Print
If you haven’t treated your wardrobe to animal print in the past, now is your chance. Animal print has taken over the runways and now rules the fashion streets. From bomber jackets to designer purses, this fall-approved print is everything and more.


Seasonal Stripes
One dress style that doesn’t get enough credit is the asymmetrical hem. Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities in a chic asymmetrical-style dress with crisp stripes. Pair with a pair of ankle boots for your Thanksgiving brunch and then with a pair of sneakers on more casual days.

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Lace Details
We’re swooning over this adorable lace dress from Club Monaco’s new fall collection. If the long sleeves weren’t incredible enough, the romantic hem is dreamy and definitely a must-have for fall.


Check Yourself
This dreamy check print will definitely turn some heads at whatever you get up to this long weekend and for all the right reasons. You can dress it up with a pair of tights and ankle boots or style it with a pair of chic cowboy boots and a cross-body bag for a more relaxed weekend style.


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Product Info
Wilfred Tila Dress, $178, available at Aritzia
Animal Print Dress, $79.90, available at Zara
Y.A.S Stripe Dress With Asymmetric Hem, $143.07, available at ASOS
Tamila Sweater Dress, $248, available at Club Monaco
La Vie Rebecca Taylor Long Sleeve Plaid Dress, $418.21, available at Shopbop


By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

Fashion Jobs – Florals for Fall

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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When we think of fall, we mostly think of cool weather, changing leaves, cozy knits and of course, pumpkin spice lattes. Whatever your symbols of fall might be, we can bet that florals probably aren’t on your list. But florals don’t only have to be for spring and summer months, especially this season with the floral trend going steady. Feminine and light florals are taken to dark and bold places for fall and are proving to be just as seasonally appropriate. Check out our stylish florals for fall picks!

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The Dress
Floral dresses aren’t just for the spring and summer, and this chiffon dress from Aritzia is living proof. The length of this dress makes it not only versatile for the office, brunch or any upcoming fall events, but it’s also a great piece to wear as the weather changes. We love the vintage style of this dress thanks to its ruffled neckline and sleeves.

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The Bag
If you prefer to go more classic with your style but still like to play with trends, incorporating them into your accessories is a great way to do it. We love how edgy and bold yet feminine this bag is from Le Chateau thanks to the snake embossed material paired with the dark floral pattern. This bag is also super versatile thanks to its removable strap, so you can take it from a day at the office as a crossbody to after work drinks in the evening as a clutch!

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The Suit
For those who don’t mind to go all out with trends, you might want to take a look at this blazer and pants pairing from Zara! This has got to be the perfect floral for fall into the winter with its deep blues and bright gold. Wear each piece individually to the office, or wear them together to upcoming events, holiday parties or for a night out on the town!

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The Shoes
Because wearing a full floral suit isn’t always office appropriate, we found the perfect booties to help you satisfy your floral craving. Leave it to the king of chic Karl Lagerfeld to bring some classic Parisian chicness to the trend! This low cut ankle bootie is embroidered with white flowers and has a gold accent heel and isn’t too high making them great for all-day wear. These are the perfect booties for any outfit from casual jeans to dresses!

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The Blouse
Statement blouses are all the rage right now, being the must-have item from the likes of bloggers and fashionistas. They’re the perfect way to effortlessly dress up a pair of jeans or simple slacks without having to overthink anything. There isn’t one thing we don’t love about this blouse from its corset torso to the overall floral print. Pair this with your favourite mom jeans and white ankle booties for the perfect blogger à la brunch look!


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Product Info:

  1. Wilfrid Millie Dress, $178, available at Aritzia
  2. Le Château Snake Embossed Floral Print Crossbody Bag, $55
  3. Zara Floral Jacquard Blazer, $99.90 and Pants, $49.90
  4. Karl Lagerfeld Paris Harlow Embroidered Booties, $149.50, available at Hudson’s Bay
  5. Topshop Floral Print Corset Blouse, $95, available at Hudson’s Bay


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

Fashion Jobs – Styling Your Knitwear for Fall

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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The season for sweaters is finally here! Knit sweaters are always a great go-to, whether you’re styling an outfit for a day out with your friends, going to work, or going out at night. However, not all knits work for all body types. Sometimes knits can look too chunky and overwhelm your outfit and your body. SNTF has picked out the best knits for everyone. 


Cable knit sweater
The cable knit sweater is a fall and winter staple, thanks to its comfortable, yet practical style This season, grab a cable knit sweater in the seasons hottest colours like burnt orange, mustard, or maroon. This is a great way to play up a classic in your wardrobe.


Cashmere sweater
Cashmere sweaters are the best way to feel like a million bucks and thankfully you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to get your hands on one. Not only are they super soft, but they are also super luxurious. Pair a dark tone, like black or ash grey, sweater with a knee length pencil skirt and heels, and you have the perfect fall office look.


Textured sweater
A textured sweater is a great way to add some fun to your outfit because a playful texture can bring any outfit to life. Not only do you have the comfort, but you also have the uniqueness of the texture. Throw one on with denim and fashion sneakers and you’ll have your go-to weekend look.


Cardigan sweater
This is the sweater that will be found in every woman’s closet. This versatile piece comes in an array of fabrics and colours and will complete any outfit. Style one with a dress to keep you warm, with trousers for the office, or jeans for a more casual look.


Sweater dress
Since it’s not socially acceptable to wear a blanket out in public, this is the next best option. It’s warm and cozy, yet totally fashionable. Some days you really don’t want to leave your bed but wearing a sweater dress will make it feel like you’re cozy at home. Style with your favourite pair of knee-high boots for all-day comfort and style.


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Product Info:
UO Lily Chenille Cable Knit Sweater, $72, available at Urban Outfitters
Halogen Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $135.06, available at Nordstrom
Textured Weave Sweater, $39, available at Zara
Irreplaceable Cardi, $166.40, available at Free People
Wilfred Montpellier Dress, $178, available at Aritzia


By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs: 5 It Girl Approved Trends for Fall

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

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Now that fall is underway, there’s no better time to breathe some new life into your wardrobe by stocking up on some of the seasons hottest trends. From fierce prints to powerful shapes, here’s your guide to the hottest trends for the new season.


Animal Print
Animal print is having a major moment this season, with zebra and leopard prints dominating the catwalks of Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Tom Ford. To avoid print overkill, keep the rest of your outfit pared-down and team with flats or ankle boots.


Bold and Bright
Don’t think that your fall colour palette has to revolve around dark hues. From bright pinks and reds to bold blues, get ready to see major pops of vibrant hues this season.


Add a touch of masculinity to your wardrobe this season by welcoming the tweed trend. For fall, Marc Jacobs played styled oversized tweed coats with leather skirts, while Louis Vuitton’s runways were dominated by tweed skirts, making this a trend we just can’t wait to get our hands on.


Western-inspired pieces were a major staple on fall runways, so a pair of chic cowboy-style boots, bandanas or a prairie dress are perfect for every fall wardrobe.

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High Shine
High shine is also having a moment this season, and we’re welcoming it with open arms (and bank accounts). From patent to shimmer, high shine adds a hint of glamour to any look. Rock this trend by mixing shine items with very classic pieces like a khaki trench or neutral colours for a more fashion-forward look.

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs: What to pack When Work Takes you on the Road

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

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Whether you work in the fashion industry or not, sometimes your job takes you on the road. It can be exciting to travel to new places, even if it is for work, or it can become so routine to you, that travelling is now second nature. Whichever boat you find yourself in, packing is one of the most important things when travelling. If you’re a newbie to travelling for work, or a seasoned traveller, we have the perfect checklist for what you need.


Professional Travel Wear
You may be in a pinch for time, so you’ll want to wear something on the plane that you can go straight to a meeting in. While you may just want to wear sweats and a hoodie for comfort, you never know what delays you may face when you land. Opt for comfortable trousers and a cute blouse or a comfortable midi dress with a blazer. These outfits are both comfortable and work appropriate.


Bring Versatile Pieces
If you’re going straight from an office meeting to dinner, or from work to drinks with colleagues, you’ll want to bring items that can work for all occasions. Bringing versatile pieces means you can have plenty of outfit choices without needing five bags of luggage. If space is limited and you only have a carry-on, you want to bring outfits that can mix and match, without looking like you’re repeating outfits on a short trip. Basics are your friends.


Don’t Over Think It
Are you one of those people who wear the same staple pieces at home, but then travel and way over-pack? It’s okay, most people are. The key is to not overthink it. At the end of the day, you’re still working the same job you always do, just in a different location. We’re sure you dress to impress on the daily, so just bring the same favourite outfits you’d wear at home.


Minimal Shoes
Shoes take up a lot of space in your luggage, not to mention they are heavy. Pack a pair of flats, a pair of heels, and if you have downtime and want to go walking, a pair of fashionable sneakers. Try to keep the shoes neutral so you can mix and match with all of your outfits without clashing.


A Few Pieces of Jewellery
Finally, to dress up any look, add accessories. To play up any outfit add a simple statement necklace with a suit, or a dainty layering necklace with a dress. Playing with accessories will also take away any outfit blues you may have with the limited options you’ve packed.


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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette