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Career Advice – How to be a Great New Hire While Being Yourself

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

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Starting a brand new fashion job (or any job) can bring on feelings of both excitement and anxiety followed by fear of the unknown and the pressure to do your best. Your work ethic during the first 30 to 90 days of employment are extremely important in regards to setting the stage for your future with that company. Not to add any additional pressure, but your first few weeks/months of employment may also determine whether or not your employer thinks you’re an asset to the business.

 

Success will be defined by your performance and the way in which you approach challenges as they arrive. We’ve all been in this situation before at work and outside of work; trying to become a part of a group while maintaining our individuality can be perplexing. I’ve found the below tips to be quite helpful and I hope you will also find them useful:

 

Don’t make a scene. How annoying is that new person? You don’t want to be that person who annoys existing employees within the first week. You’re the new kid in town and you’ve got to prove yourself before you alienate yourself. There are two objectives that you have to demonstrate: (1) that you’re capable of the tasks required of your job; and (2) that you’re going to fit in with the existing company culture.

 

Work your hardest to ensure all of your responsibilities are covered and pay close attention to your surroundings. Get a feel for the swing of things and the daily workflow of different departments. Observe the habits of your colleagues and try to blend in with their schedules (lunch, breaks during the day, time in and time out). Once you feel the attention is off of you and you’re suddenly not so new, you can branch out and start making your own rules (within limits, of course).

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Offer to help. We all want to be seen as ambitious and willing to take initiative, but there’s a time and a place for everything. As a new hire, getting your feet wet by offering to help coworkers with their projects will go over a lot better than jumping in head first with brand new ideas and a push for immediate changes. Without knowing how things are currently progressing, how can you be absolutely certain that your method will be better?

 

If you’re confident in your abilities and you know change is inevitable, give your newness a few weeks to sink in before moving forward. At the risk of being hated by everyone whose work life you just disrupted, it may be worth the wait. Help out in departments that impact your overall objective and get an in depth idea of current practices before suggesting changes.

 

Make your first and only impression. My last piece of advice is to project yourself in the way that you wish to be perceived. From the way you dress to the way you speak, in your first few days of employment, these characteristics will come to define you. A new job is a great way to reinvent yourself and to walk into a new environment with confidence.

 

Unfortunately, you will be judged – that’s what people do – but you have the upper hand here because they don’t know anything about you. You’ve got a clean slate to be a star employee, to make an impact as you pursue your career, and to meet people who are just as passionate as you are about their jobs.

 

Image from Elle.com.

 

By: Malicia Basdeo, New York City

 

Fashion Jobs – The Classic Trench Coat is Hot for Spring

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

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I prefer my trench coat to be long and oversized trench–a fresh way to take your look to the next level. Here, I’ve worn my vintage London Fog coat with a short skirt and boots. I would also suggest wearing a trench coat over a slim high-waisted pair of pants and heels. The trench coat is truly such a versatile addition to your closet! Get shopping below.

 

New Memory Trench Coat NVLT

 

NVLT New Memory Trench Coat, $193 CAD

Long Double Breasted Trench Coat LONDON FOG

 

LONDON FOG Long Double Breasted Trench Coat, $220 CAD

Badgley Mischka Double Breasted Satin Trench Coat

 

Badgley Mischka Double Breasted Satin Trench Coat, $236 CAD

Luxe Crepe Trench Coat RACHEL RACHEL ROY

 

RACHEL RACHEL ROY Luxe Crepe Trench Coat, $220 CAD

Jill Long Trench Coat LONDON FOG

 

LONDON FOG Jill Long Trench Coat, $209 CAD

Zodiac Print Cotton Trench Coat TOMMY X ZENDAYA

 

TOMMY X ZENDAYA Zodiac Print Cotton Trench Coat, $593 CAD

Valentine Long Trench Coat VERO MODA

 

VERO MODA Valentine Long Trench Coat, $110 CAD

Double Breasted Check Coat TOMMY X ZENDAYA

 

TOMMY X ZENDAYA Double Breasted Check Coat, $523 CAD

Fashion Jobs – Spring Jackets You Need This Year

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

It’s safe to say it felt like spring would never arrive this year.  And with the start of the new season just days away,  it means it’s almost time to retire our parkas and grab something lighter and more fun. Spring is the time of year where everything feels fresh and full of happiness and your outerwear choices should reflect that! While the classic trench coat or camel pea coat is always in season, there are five more styles we’re all for this year.

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Statement leather
What better way to make it known that spring is here than by wearing bright colours. Retire your classic leather jacket and try this coloured trend instead. Many coloured leather jackets have other fun features as well. If you want to go full out with this trend, try one with tassels or a bejewelled belt.

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Oversized blazer
Just like a trench or light peacoat, an oversized blazer is always in style. Pair it with a loose-fitting dress to get an ‘80’s feel, with skinny jeans and a blouse for after work drinks, or with a matching pair of trousers for a bold power suit. The options with this jacket are endless, which makes it a great investment piece for spring. 

 

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The ‘everyday’ jacket
When you just need a jacket to grab and go, you want something that’s a little warmer than a bomber jacket and can be styled with everything you own. We love this Borg jacket from Topshop because it’s perfect for running errands, throwing over a turtleneck and jeans for a casual brunch, or over your work clothes for a night out, which makes it super versatile.

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Boucle
We can all picture the classic Chanel bouclé coat. It’s probably the first thing that comes to mind if you think either Chanel or bouclé. This jacket has an air of elegance and class. Paired with a pencil skirt or denim, this jacket will elevate every outfit you choose.

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Denim
What screams spring more than a denim jacket? It’s light and can be casual and edgy at the same time. Put on a floral, flowy dress and top it with an oversized, light wash, denim jacket and you have the ultimate spring outfit. This is an investment piece that will never go out of style.

 

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Product Info:
Bagatelle Pebbled Leather Biker Jacket, $405, available at Urban Outfitters
Crepe Blazer, $99.90, available at Zara
Borg Western Style Jacket, $79, Topshop
Short Tweed Jacket, $49.90, available at Zara
Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket, $128, available at Levi’s 

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – Stylish Laptop Bags

Monday, March 18th, 2019

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I carry my laptop to my career meetings every week and it’s time I step up my laptop bag game. I need something that goes with every outfit! Here are some laptop bags, sleeves and backpacks that I love! Click to shop!

 

Kaya Faux Leather 15-Inch Laptop Backpack

Kaya Faux Leather 15-Inch Laptop Backpack in Caramel, $124 CAD

 

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Kaya Faux Leather 15-Inch Laptop Backpack in Blush Pink, $124 CAD
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KATE SPADE NEW YORK Heartbeat Faux Leather Universal Laptop Sleeve, $118 CAD

ASOS DESIGN suede backpack in black with internal laptop pouch

ASOS DESIGN Suede Backpack in Black with Internal Laptop Pouch, $137 CAD

Leopard Laptop Case

 

Leopard Laptop Case, $59 CAD

 

Mini Fabi Faux Leather Backpack MATT & NAT

MATT & NAT Fabi Faux Leather Backpack, $251 CAD

Boho Backpack and Laptop Bag

 

Boho Backpack and Stylish Laptop Bag, $234 CAD

Bold Move Vegan Leather Laptop Backpack

URBAN ORIGINALS South Bag Vegan Leather Backpack, $123 CADPerry Leather 13-Inch Laptop Tote TORY BURCH

TORY BURCH Perry Leather 13-Inch Laptop Tote, $486 CAD

 

– Christie Lohr

 

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Fashion Jobs – Beyond the Job Boards: Your Dream Job Is Hiding, Here’s How to Find It

Friday, March 15th, 2019

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Online job boards are the first stop for almost every job seeker; and in most cases, the final stop. The strategy of placing all of your résumés in one basket means missing out on all of the other exciting opportunities out there – you just have to make a commitment to finding them. Job seeking can sometimes mirror dating in the sense that you may never find the right ‘one’ by looking in all the same places.

 

Wondering why companies don’t post all of their job openings? Perhaps the hiring manager doesn’t want to be bombarded with a slew of résumés, or someone may still be in the position, but they are soon to be let go. Also, most hidden opportunities are typically filled based on internal promotions, referrals and recommendations. Those are just a few reasons, but either way, those fashion jobs are out there and you can be that referral or recommendation!

 

Your willingness to put yourself out there will yield more results, boost your confidence, and open your mind to opportunities and companies that you generally wouldn’t have even considered. Branch out beyond the fashion job boards and seek job openings that aren’t being advertised using these tips:

 

1. Ask. It never hurts to ask. Create a list of companies that you would like to target, whether or not they are hiring, and reach out the hiring manager. Create an industry-specific résumé that highlights the role you are seeking and complement it with a detailed cover letter that is addressed to a specific person. Inquire about opportunities that may align with your experience and note that you are open to an informational meeting to discuss current or future opportunities. Can’t get to the hiring manager? Proceed to the following steps.

 

2. Network. Get the word out that you’re in the job market by reaching out to your network and starting a conversation around your area of expertise. The information you receive will depend on your approach and on whether or not they can picture you as a colleague or as someone they would recommend. If you’re sincere and you’re not coming off as desperate, you’ll find it’s fairly easy to open doors to influential decision makers. Current employees are privy to inside information such as upcoming projects, new departments, and expansions with the company. Staying in contact on a regular basis will keep your name fresh in their minds when an opportunity comes around.

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3. Research. Take some time to find out what the innovative companies in your industry are up to. Is there a department that you can see yourself contributing to or improving? Without stepping on any toes, call out an area of opportunity and suggest how you would be able to improve the current methods or help to take things to the next level. Be ready to back it up with real ideas and examples of how you can make an impact.

 

Furthermore, using social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are great ways to connect with the people who can get you one step closer to the hiring manager.

 

With all of these methods comes one requirement – patience. Applying via job boards may feel as though you’re quickly moving along in the right direction, but the automatic response stating that your application was received can be misleading. Asking for an informational meeting, reaching out to your network, and researching companies takes perseverance and commitment. It’s an ongoing process and patience will yield the results that will set you on the right path to your dream job.

 

Image inspo from heartifb.com.

By Malicia Basdeo, New York City

Career Advice – How to Deal With Difficult Co-workers and Bosses

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

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It’s a well-known fact that who you work with can make all the difference in your overall job satisfaction and productivity at work. Whether you work in a large team or closely with just a few people, the ideal situation is that everyone gets along and can communicate freely with each other. But that is rarely the case.  There will be times throughout your life where you’ll encounter some difficult bosses or employees that you’ll have to deal with. Here are some tips to get over the hurdle of less than ideal coworkers:

Don’t take things too personally. Nine times out of ten if someone is in a bad mood or rude to you, it will not be solely because of you. They probably have other things on their mind or are very stressed out and that could be the reason they are acting less than sincere towards you. Don’t be so quick to blame yourself for their moods!

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Talk things out. If you have a real problem with another worker or boss, it’s best to communicate that to them fairly. You can always ask them to meet privately to discuss what conflicts you have been having, so you can get their side as well. In any case, it’s best not to let it stew and silently curse them behind their back because that solves nothing.

Get advice from others. Don’t outright complain about your boss to other coworkers, but ask them if they’ve had any difficulty with him/her and what they think can be done to change things. Think of it as more problem solving rather than plotting revenge and be careful not to get too many extreme opinions as that can lead to moving backward with the situation rather than forward.

Surround yourself with people you like. If there is a co-worker that really gets on your nerves, there’s no need to hang around with them if you don’t have to. Take lunch breaks and get together outside of work with the people you genuinely do like and you’ll stay in a better mood! If you try too hard to change the co-worker you’re not a fan of and they just send negativity back, it’ll just ruin your own mood.

Difficult people are impossible to avoid anywhere you go, but if you keep a positive attitude and don’t let them get to you, you can be the bigger person and find you’ll enjoy your job more!

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Fashion Jobs – Snakeskin Print for Spring

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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Get a jump on spring shopping and pick up some snakeskin pieces hand picked by our founder Christie Lohr. All items below are shoppable.

18_ANINE-BING-SILK-CAMISOLE-PYTHON-AB43-043-36_176Anine Bing Python Silk Camisole,  $169 USD

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Rebecca Taylor Snakeskin-Printed Jumpsuit, $692 CAD

TOPSHOP Snake Print Mensy Shirt

TOPSHOP Snake Print Mensy Shirt, $70 CAD

 

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Anine Bing Daphne Flats, $349 USD

 

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Anine Bing Python Silk Skirt, $299 USD

Snakeskin Print Wrap Skort

 

Snakeskin Print Wrap Skirt, $22 CAD

Rag & Bone Walker Snakeskin-Print Leather Chelsea Boots

Rag & Bone Walker Snakeskin-Print Leather Chelsea Boots, $700 CAD

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Whistles Snakeskin-Print Crepe Pants, $168 CAD

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Snakeskin turtleneck, $21 CAD – wear on its own or under a blazer for the office.

 

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Snakeskin Print Point Toe Ankle Boots, $50 CAD

Paperbag Waist Snakeskin Belted Pants

 

Paperbag Waist Snakeskin Belted Pants, $25 CAD

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Whistles Elfrida Snakeskin-Printed Dress, $252 CAD

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Metal Buckle Random Snakeskin Belt, $3.95 CAD

 

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Toni Snakeskin Print Square Keyhole Readers, 47mm, $95 CAD

 

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Vintage high waist leather skirt / snakeskin / 80’s / 90’s, $94 CAD

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Career Tips – 6 Tips for Getting Yourself Promoted

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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How to Get Yourself Promoted

1. Develop a Bond With Your Boss: 

Building a positive relationship with your manager or boss will allow them to think of you for future opportunities. This doesn’t mean you need to be best friends, but establish the type of connection where you feel comfortable to approach them and hold a friendly conversation. Let them know what your goals are and the direction you wish to take within the company. Your boss can offer a great form of guidance or mentoring and help you get to where you want to go.

2. Take on More Responsibilities:

Show that you are ready to take on a higher position by asking for additional tasks that will prove you are capable to work a job at the next level. Take initiative and offer your time when volunteers are needed for new assignments. Come in earlier or stay later and be willing to work outside of your job description. If you are able to complete multiple tasks effectively, people will take notice and suggest you are fit for a more complex role.

3. Seek New Skills:

A new job position will require you to be knowledgeable in different areas and obtain certain skills. There can be several employees that are worthy of a promotion, therefore it is important to stand out and have a beneficial skill set. Keep up to date with any technology or systems used on the job and always be aware of what’s happening in the industry outside of the office.

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4. Build Your Network:

If you are well known within your field, the more likely your name will be passed around and recommended. Get to know all of the people you work closely with and even those in other departments. Try to socialize and learn new things from colleagues who currently work as your aspiring job title or who have been previously promoted.

5. Have a Voice:

Actively participate during team meetings and state your opinions or ask questions. Come across as someone who is interested in the conversation, rather than never having anything to say. This will demonstrate your value and ability to contribute useful ideas.

6. Ask About it:

This may seem obvious, but sometimes all you need to do is ask! A promotion or job opening may not be brought to your attention simply because no one knew you were interested in the first place. Make it clear that you want to do something new and progress towards a different role. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or feedback on your performance, so you can highlight your recent accomplishments and know how you can improve.

Image Source: Vogue.com, photographed by Phil Oh

By: Alicia Elliott

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Career Advice – 5 Questions to Ask Before You Leave an Interview

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

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Interview Questions

So you’ve made it through the gruelling questions about your strengths, weaknesses and everything in between during your interview. You may have sweated through your entire suit and feel like you’ve lost all your breath from your chatter, but the end is near! Before you’re able to go out and breathe a sigh of relief, your interviewer will most likely ask you if you have any questions for him/her. This is an important aspect of every interview that is not to be ignored! Potential employers want to see that you have a genuine interest in learning more about the job and organization, before you even start your first day. Responding to this with a simple “no, not at the moment” could come across as lazy or disinterested. If you have some questions already in your mind, that’s great, but also feel free to ask anything that still may be unclear from the job posting or interview session.

Here are five key questions to consider asking your interviewer before you race out the door!

1. What is a typical day like on the job?

You already should know the key responsibilities and duties from what you’ve read from the posting or have been told, but this may allow you to get a more in depth description of your role. It will help you to envision yourself on the job and mentally prepare yourself for your first day if you are the successful candidate!

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2. How is feedback given here?

Whether it may be monthly performance reports or simple informal chats with your manager, it’s important to know how you’ll find out whether you’re doing a good job or not.

 

3. What is the workplace culture like?

You may be spending forty or more hours of your week with these new coworkers, so it’s good to know how people interact with each other and what values are important to them. It’s also good to add on here whether they do activities outside of work, like team building trips or retreats. It’ll be nice to hear if the interviewer says everyone who already works there together gets along and if they have values that match up with yours!

 

4. What do you like about working here?

This can be a great determiner of whether you yourself will like working at the organization or not. If they respond with something like “it’s easy money” or something uninspiring, then chances are they don’t actually like working there! If they give an in depth response, explaining it’s a great environment and fulfilling work, then it’s more likely they genuinely enjoy their work.

 

5. What are the key challenges to your organization right now?

This way you can see if the interviewer can actually evaluate their organization’s current position and they now what the company needs to work on. If they tell you everything is just peachy keen, then they are lying! Or they really have no clue what the company’s goals are and what they need to overcome to accomplish that. If they explain to you some of these challenges, then you can see how you would be able to help conquer these roadblocks using your skills and traits.

Asking some or all of these question will help you get a better sense of what it will be like to potentially work in the organization, and will also help you feel so much more prepared for your first day if you do indeed get the call back for the job. Don’t be afraid to take notes when they answer these questions and pay attention! You’ll be able to leave your interview in a much better mood knowing you impressed your potential employer with these key questions.

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By: Sarah Brooks, Toronto

 

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Fashion Jobs: Jewellery Trends We’re Here For

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

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You can always have the perfect outfit, but it won’t feel quite complete without the right jewellery. Just like fashion, jewellery trends change with the seasons and years. While dainty jewellery is always a good go-to, bold, statement pieces are what every fashionista can’t get enough of this year. If your wardrobe needs a refresher, these are the trends we can’t get enough of that will take any outfit up to the next level.

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Crystal Earrings
Who doesn’t love a little bit of bling? This year, you can instantly up your outfit with a serious dose of sparkle. This is easily one of our favourite trends because a pair of crystal earrings can be paired with everything from velvet bustier tops to T-shirts. This trend has already exploded, and we see no signs of it slowing down.

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Hearts
Hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day anymore. From statement earrings to necklaces, hearts can be integrated into any piece of jewellery. Take a look at an ‘80’s outfit, and hearts will be everywhere. It’s time to take that trend into 2019 and beyond. 

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Seashells
This might be the most surprising trend we’ve seen so far this year. What better way to feel like you’re in Hawaii than wearing shells. Now, we’re not talking those touristy pucka shells. This trend has become elevated and bold. To go with the warmer weather we seem to finally be getting, why not be a bit playful with your jewellery. If you want the ease into the trend, try some gold hoops with shells dangling in the middle.

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Chains
Chain-link print and jewelry are everywhere this season. From shirts and skirts to necklaces and bracelets. Large chain-link bracelets and necklaces in a chunky gold can take an outfit from girly to edgy. 

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Diamond Drop Earrings
Diamonds are most frequently worn on everyday studs, but this holiday season you’ll be seeing them in elegant drop earring styles.

 

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Product Info:
NINA Pavé Crystal Fringe Drop Earrings, $49.38, available at Nordstrom
Cora 2 Drop in Pale Pink, $315, available at Rebecca Deravenel
Turquoise Stones And Cowry Shell Long Necklace, $45, available at Chan Luu
Faux Pearl Link Necklace, $180.60, available at Vince Camuto
Mika Diamond Line Earrings, $100, available at Bagatiba

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette