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Fashion Jobs – 5 Questions to Ask at an Interview to Land the Job

Friday, December 14th, 2018

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We’ve all been there before: You’re at an interview and you know you’re going to be asked: “do you have any questions for me?” The table’s turn and your role switches from being the interviewee to the interviewer.  This moment can work to your benefit, instead of being dreaded. Use these five questions to help you grasp a better insight of your budding future job and make a statement that can turn it into reality.

 

1. Describe the day-to-day tasks that are included in the role?
I’m sure you’ve read over the job posting, rehearsed the qualifications and compared them to the shining star that you are. However, this is a chance for them to give you the inside scoop on the role, and fill you in on anything that wasn’t listed on the application. It’s also an opportunity to discover the layout of the office, see who you would be reporting to or working side by side. It’s an easier way for you to visualize your future daily routine and if it’s the right fit.

 

2. What type of qualities would you like to see in someone excelling in the position?
You’re obviously awesome, not to mention who wouldn’t want you on their team? This is your chance to boost your confidence and compare yourself to the role. You might walk into the interview knowing “you got this” or vice versa and shocked you were selected for a meet and greet. All skills aside, at every workplace it comes down to the personality. This is an opportunity to make your personality shine and relate their expectations to yourself. For instance, bring up a moment where you’ve problem solved or multi-tasked at work.

 

3. Describe the company culture?
A great way to picture yourself in a place is to have them explain to you what makes it so great! Your important and a solid investment to the company. Dig in and find the information you need to see if your new workplace fits as your second home. Because we all know it: regardless of where you work, it’s going to become your secondary residence. Discover their values, what makes them unique and overall aura of staff (aka your new co-workers).

 

4. What do you love most about working for the company and your position?
You’ll most likely be interviewed by your potential superior or the founder of the company. Regardless it’ll be someone who has been with the company for years and can share why they’re passionate about the purpose of their role. You can grab a glimpse of the interviewer’s background and how they made it to where they are now. This can be very motivational, to discover someone else’s success and career path.

 

5. What is the potential career growth for someone in this role?
We all think about our future with a workplace and if we can see long-term happiness. Your skills are important and your hard work should most definitely be recognized. Now is the time to see how you could grow within the company, and how to receive a greater role that can prosper your career.

 

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By Andrea Andino, Vancouver @andreaaandino

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Get Your Career Back on Track

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

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Life is full of highs and lows, and the same goes for your career. You’ll have times where you feel you’re exactly where you want to be and have a sense of accomplishment. In other cases, you might be at a part in your career where you feel stuck or need more of a challenge to continue growing. Whether it’s looking for that next opportunity, or finding ways to grow with a company you love, refreshing your career is nothing to be ashamed of. If you’re looking for that je ne sais quoi for your career, check out our advice for getting your career path back on the right track.

 

1. Set Goals, Have A Plan

That one piece of advice everyone in your life has given you, from your dad to your financial advisor of having a plan is by no means a gimmick. Setting career goals and building an outline of some sort of plan -five years, 10 years or even three months, is extremely important to work towards your ideal of success. What’s the key to the master plan working? Knowing that you can never really plan out life, and the plan is more of a template.

 

2. Network Is Your Networth

Talking to your friends and family is always a great way to get advice. But sometimes looking to your professional network to discuss career planning might be more beneficial. Your colleagues and superiors can give you a perspective based on their first-hand experience of you on the job, and the industry you’re in. Whether it’s feedback on your strengths and opportunities or insights on potential opportunities, your professional network is a goldmine of potential.

 

3. Work With A Recruiter

If you’re looking to make a move from your current organization, you might want to try connecting with a recruiter. Once you get to a certain level in your career, the best companies and opportunities are usually filled by a recruitment firm or consultant. Not all recruiters and processes are the same, so we recommend finding someone who specializes in your industry and is dedicated to getting to know you, in order to find the right fit for you. Starting on our job board is great for finding your new career in fashion and retail!

 

4. Higher Education

Sometimes that promotion or new opportunity requires a bit more training or education and it’s never too late to head back to class! Some people choose to study a full degree or diploma program, while others might prefer taking a couple courses or getting a certification. There’s an endless supply of free online training that can easily be completed after work, and some companies even offer internal development courses. Whatever way you choose to go, know that education really is power!

 

5. Find A Mentor

One piece of advice any senior level manager or executive will give you, is to find a professional mentor. This is someone who has insight into your industry or company and that can provide you with advice, inspiration and knowledge to help you grow in your career. Look to people within your industry, organization or network who either you would like to learn more from or have enjoyed communicating with. Big organizations often have mentorship programs senior managers and executives participate in, so be sure to take advantage of that.

 

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – The Best Career Advice You Could Ever Receive

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

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Let’s be real – everyone tries to give out advice of some kind or another. That doesn’t mean it’s always good advice. When you’re starting a new career, or are at a crossroads with where you want to go with your career, or you just feel like you’re in a slump, this is when the advice comes the most. With so many different types of advice, it’s hard to know what is always the most beneficial, and what is not. Here at SNTF, we’ve made it easy for you. We’ve compiled a list of the best career advice you could ever receive.

 

Go Big or Go Home
No goal is too big. If you are afraid of failing, leave the fear behind you and go big or go home. Put your all in everything you do, no matter how menial it may seem. If you give your best and your hardest, you will be rewarded.

 

Trust Your Gut
That feeling deep inside, whether its excitement, anxiety, fear, or something unsettling, your gut always knows. If you’re unsure about a path to take, trust your instincts. Go with what feels right for you. At the end of the day, you are the one who will make and live with your choices, so follow your intuition and gut feelings.

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Pursue Your Passions
No matter what your passion may be, always pursue them. If you don’t you may find yourself unhappy in your career path, wishing that you’d made different choices when you were younger. If you want to pursue a far-fetched dream, make it a realistic goal and go for it.

 

Be Kind
No matter what career path you may lead, there is always an element of cut-throat competition. Whether it be applying for a position, working towards a promotion, or making that deal. No matter where the pressure may come from, and who you may be competing against, it never hurts to be kind. If you do everything with a smile on your face and help others along the way, you’ll get noticed for all the right reasons. You never know, that person you beat, or who may have beaten you, maybe a connection you need down the road.

 

Everything Happens for a Reason
As cliché as it may sound, it’s true. Thinking and believing that everything happens for a reason is more than just advice, it’s a way of life. If you fail, don’t get hung up on it. That plan wasn’t meant to happen and you will succeed down the line. Don’t get hung up on the little things, put in the work, and go with the flow.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – Why Business Cards are Still a Job Seeker’s Best Tool

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

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In 2018, there are no shortages of digital tactics to land a job. You can search and apply for positions right here on Style Nine to Five, connect with employers on LinkedIn and even launch your own website to showcase your portfolio and personal brand. While these are all great options, they aren’t always a face to face introduction. Getting out and networking puts you in front of people, interacting and getting to know them remember you’re interviewing them too. One of the best tools you can equip yourself with is a business card. Here are SNTF’s top reasons why business cards are still a job seeker’s best tool in a digital world.

 

Stay Top of Mind
The number one reason why business cards are still a job seeker’s best tool is that they provide your contact information. If you really hit it off with a potential employer, you want them to be able to easily contact you in order to schedule a follow-up interview or even offer you a position. LinkedIn is a great start, but you risk getting lost in the noise amongst other connection requests and notifications. With a business card, you’re easily referenced and at the forefront of their minds. In addition to basic details (phone number and email), consider including relevant social media handles or a portfolio site on your card as well.

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Preparedness
Small details can make a huge impact. When meeting with a potential employer, you want to be able to produce a business card when asked, or show that you can go that extra mile. Not only will it make you feel more confident, but it subconsciously sets the tone with the potential employer. You’re demonstrating your preparedness and it solidifies your competence as an employee if they hire you. Think of the impression you create when you can hand over a business card, versus apologizing and promising to connect with them via LinkedIn. Business cards can lead to all sorts of opportunities to further your career, so be prepared.

 

Professionalism
Unemployment or dissatisfaction with your current position can have a negative effect on your confidence level. One of the best ways to boost confidence lies in your presentation. Wear your best outfit, up your grooming game, research the company and carry a smart looking business card when meeting with a prospective employer. If you look good, you feel good and that often translates to a great first impression. Put yourself in an employers’ shoes. Would you hire an unkempt individual who practically scribbled their contact information on a napkin, instead of handing you a professionally produced business card? Not likely.

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Showcases who you are
More often than not, you only have a few minutes of a key contact’s time. It can be very difficult to convey who you are and demonstrate your personality in such a short window. As the saying goes, first impressions last a lifetime. So what’s a person to do? Talk a thousand words a minute? Hardly. Instead, let your business card do all the heavy lifting. Crafting a creative business card showcases you as an individual if you don’t get the chance. It takes the pressure off and allows the conversation to be more natural, which will work well in your favour. Online services like Vistaprint offer a wide variety of high quality, affordable options, equipping you with the tools and know-how to look professional. They even have experts to help you choose the shape, finish and paper to make the card that matches your individual personality, thereby legitimizing you as a business professional.

 

Memorable
If done correctly, a business card is very memorable, lingering in the receiver’s mind for days. Consider a business card like your outfit – you want to make a lasting impression and show your style. The search for a new job often involves attending many networking events and coffee interviews. Business cards are small, compact and much less abrasive than shoving a cover letter or resume in people’s faces. And, in a world where digital counterparts reign supreme, people still appreciate a physical item that they can touch and feel. Reinforcing a strong elevator pitch with a quality business card that encompasses your personality, is sure to make a lasting impression.

 

New apps and digital methods for the job seeker are popping up all the time, increasing convenience, enhancing exposure and streamlining outdated processes. That’s all great, but they ignore something integral: no app can replace the personal touch that a handshake and business card provides. Give yourself the best chance at employment by crafting a quality, unique business card that represents you and gets in front of the right people.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – How to succeed at Your First Day on the Job

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

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Starting a new job can be intimidating. There’re new people, new processes, new rules and an entirely new routine. That’s a lot to take in for the first day. Luckily, usually on the first day of a new job you aren’t thrown right in to sink or swim. You should be given the tools to start a foundation that you can use every day. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to be extra prepared.

 

What can you learn about your new company?
If your new company has an Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter – creep it. A lot of companies will have an Instagram story called ‘office life’ or something to that effect. Definitely watch it and study it. What does their day to day look like? Be ready for anything.

 

What is their ‘style’?
If you’re already watching your new company’s Instagram story about their office culture, study what the staff are wearing. Some companies will call for business casual, but dress up a bit more, whereas others may say business casual and it’s much more casual. This will give you a good gage on to what to wear on your first day.

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What can you learn about what you’ll be doing?
It’s good to do a refresher of tools you may need. For example, if you’ll be using tools like Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Office, it’s good to do a refresher before your first day. Even if you think you know everything you can know about the tools, watch videos, do research, and practice. You want to impress your new coworkers and be able to walk the walk if you talk the talk.

 

Bring everything they ask for… and more
As a general rule, you’ll be asked to bring in your social insurance number and direct deposit payment information. Go the extra mile, bring some pens and paper to take notes if needed. If you have any questions that have come up before your first day, jot them down. If you have any pre-booked or preplanned vacation dates, make sure you have those on hand as well.

 

If you show up on your first day prepared and with an open mind, there is no reason why you shouldn’t succeed!

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – Get the Job You Want

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

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What does it truly take to be successful in your career, no matter the industry? For many of us, we’re not too certain where we’ll wind up unless we experience different jobs throughout our career. Even if the job you’re in isn’t one you can see yourself staying in for a long time, always do your best and make it work for YOU.

 

One piece of advice that I’ve given time and time again in interviews, and when asked how to succeed in the fashion industry or any industry, is to go above and beyond what is asked of you on the job. Sure, this may be something that everyone is used to hearing over and over again from any professional, but I don’t think many people truly understand the importance. For example, many may start working in retail as a means to an end, never thinking that it’ll be the start of their career. What I think people often forget is the fact that many corporate hires from major fashion retailers come from within the company. If you prove yourself from an entry level position as a sales associate, you would be surprised at how many doors open for you.

 

I remember phoning Le Chateau’s head office as a 17 year old, part time sales associate, to ask about what it takes to get a job in fashion marketing. From then on out, I would create inspiration boards for the sales team during my breaks, just because I wanted to, not because it was required of me from the job. I knew that I had to make the most of what I wanted from the job, and this certainly wasn’t an attitude that I abandoned even as I climbed through the retail ranks to Store Manager and Assistant Menswear Buyer for Le Chateau. As a Store Manager, I would constantly be thinking of new ways to hit and exceed the weekly store goals. Oftentimes, the best results were from the most unconventional of ideas. From getting a popular local DJ to come into the store on a rainy Saturday, to dressing up the entire sales team in Le Chateau’s own dresses to promote the product, I enjoyed my role the most when I kept my mind busy. I think many of us spend our time simply going through the paces on the job, but it really is up to ourselves to create opportunities. When I worked as an Assistant Menswear Buyer for Le Chateau, I would go to other stores on my days off to study the latest trends, and often would buy items that I thought Le Chateau should carry to our weekly meetings. I didn’t let my job title as Assistant Buyer restrict me from doing what I felt needed to be done.

 

Your personal career growth is up to you and not your management. Create the opportunity for yourself by going above and beyond. Always work towards the position you want, not simply doing enough to get by in the position you have.

 

Christie Lohr

 

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways To Get Your Career Back On Track

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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Life is full of highs and lows, and the same goes for your fashion career. You’ll have times where you feel you’re exactly where you want to be and have a sense of accomplishment. In other cases, you might be at a part in your career where you feel stuck or need more of a challenge to continue growing. Whether it’s looking for that next opportunity, or finding ways to grow with a company you love, having to refresh your career is nothing to be ashamed of. If you’re looking for that je ne sais quoi for your career check out our advice for getting back on the right career path!

 

1. Set Goals, Have A Plan

That one piece of advice everyone in your life has given you, from your dad to your financial advisor of having a plan is by no means a gimmick. Setting career goals and building an outline of some sort of plan -five years, 10 years or even three months, is extremely important to working towards your ideal of success. What’s the key to the master plan working? Knowing that you can never really plan out life, and the plan is more of a template.

 

2. Network Is Your Networth

Talking to your friends and family is always a great way to get advice. But sometimes looking to your professional network to discuss career planning might be more beneficial. Your colleagues and superiors can give you a perspective based on their first-hand experience of you on the job, and the industry you’re in. Whether it’s feedback on your strengths and opportunities or insights on potential opportunities, your professional network is a goldmine of potential.

 

3. Work With A Recruiter

If you’re looking to make a move from your current organization, you might want to try connecting with a recruiter. Once you get to a certain level in your career, the best companies and opportunities are usually filled by a recruitment firm or consultant. Not all recruiters and processes are the same, so we recommend finding someone who specializes in your industry and is dedicated to getting to know you, in order to find the right fit for you. Starting on our job board is great for finding your new career in fashion and retail!

4. Higher Education

Sometimes that promotion or new opportunity requires a bit more training or education and it’s never too late to head back to class! Some people choose to study a full degree or diploma program, while others might prefer taking a couple courses or getting a certification. There’s an endless supply of free online training that can easily be completed after work, and some companies even offer internal development courses. Whatever way you choose to go, know that education really is power!

 

5. Find A Mentor

One piece of advice any senior level manager or executive will give you, is to find a professional mentor. This is someone who has insight into your industry or company and that can provide you with advice, inspiration and knowledge to help you grow in your career. Look to people within your industry, organization or network who either you would like to learn more from or have enjoyed communicating with. Big organizations often have mentorship programs senior managers and executives participate in, so be sure to take advantage of that.

 

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Why Networking is Crucial for Your Career

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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We all know that a trick to killing it in your fashion career (or any career) is who you know, no matter what your career path is. To get to the top, you need to make sure that you’re talking to the right people and making yourself known. It doesn’t matter how qualified you may be, who you know could make or break your chances of landing that job you want or the promotion you’re after. This is why networking is crucial for the success of your career.

 

If you’re unsure of what networking is, it’s when people in your area of expertise from different companies meet up to talk business, new developments, and just to meet and talk to different people in the field. Think of it like Facebook or LinkedIn, you always want to grow your network.

 

Sometimes it can feel scary to put yourself out there, but just remember to always be yourself and sell who you are. Don’t forget that everyone you network with, was once in the same position you were in, not knowing many people and a bit timid to reach out.

 

Think of a networking event like a potential interview. You want to be informed, well dressed and talk up all your strengths and accomplishments. It’s also important to ask questions that are thought-provoking. Use all of the knowledge you have about your profession to make people want to know you more, potentially hire you or keep in touch.

 

If you’re unsure where to start, there are a tonne of networking opportunities throughout Canada. In Vancouver, there are companies like Vancity Business Babes, where you can network and hone in on your business knowledge. Throughout Canada, there are many different networking events that can be found through Eventbrite, Facebook and even LinkedIn.

 

These events could be panel talks followed by a mingling reception hour, restaurant meetups, or a workshop (Style Nine to Five puts on Fashion Career Workshops from time to time). It was through that workshop where I met Style Nine to Five founder Christie Lohr and from then she guided me and I now have an amazing job. Through networking, you can find out all the details of what your prospective career path can look like, or they can help you decide what your passions are. They are a great way to connect to a community and maybe even find someone who can be your mentor.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – How to Find Your Career Path

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

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When we were younger, we all had our own aspirations as to what we wanted to become. Maybe a doctor, a director, an astronaut, or even a princess; yes life was simple back then. As our childhood slowly transitioned into adulthood, we became increasingly unsure of what we wanted to do with our lives and what careers to pursue. How exactly are we supposed to go about discovering our callings in life? Not all of us are fortunate enough to know from the get go what we want to pursue. AND THAT’S OK! It’s part of the process. Part of the dream.

From age six, wearing blue eyeshadow, fruit basket earrings, wild outfits and spiking my bangs straight up (behind my mom’s back), I knew I had a love for creativity. It’s always been in me. What has always been with you? Over the years I discovered it was fashion. I had to start somewhere, so I began my fashion career as a part time sales associate. The position exposed me to various aspects of fashion retail and also allowed me to develop my leadership skills. Because I was always motivated to go above and beyond what was expected from me, I was eventually promoted to a store manager position. Throughout my retail experience, I realized that I really enjoyed the human aspect of the job: working with a team, impacting individuals, meeting new people, and always thinking of creative ways to better my store’s results. When I transitioned into a buying position, I dealt with a lot more paperwork and realized that I missed the same human aspect that I previously mentioned. This led me to realize that perhaps human resources within the fashion industry was a good path for me.

No clue what industry you want to be a part of, let alone the exact job?

I’m a firm believer that there is always something that we each naturally gravitate towards. For me, that was fashion, but it could be anything. Where our interests lie is definitely the first and best indication of what industry we should explore. Take a moment to consider what you’re naturally good at. For me, it was my leadership and take-charge attitude that aided me throughout my life, but for you, that could be writing, merchandising, fashion designing, helping others or artistic abilities. Take time to become an expert in what you do and seek out positions that capitalize on those assets.

Ok, but where do you go from there?

I can’t stress the importance of trying your hand out at different things enough. Only through doing different things can you discover what you truly like and don’t like. It’s easy to assume what a certain job may entail, but actually experiencing the job is an entirely different beast. For example, I thought that I would really enjoy the position of a buyer. However, once I actually tried my hand out at buying and saw what tasks needed to be performed, I realized that buying was not for me. Sometimes, it takes recognizing what you don’t enjoy to realize what you do!

 

Christie Lohr

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Fashion Jobs – Why a Mentor is Important for Your Career

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

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We’ve all heard the sayings ‘lead by example’ and ‘knowledge is power’, which is why it can be so beneficial to your long-term career plans to have a mentor because if you have someone to look up to, you will be more likely to succeed in your goals. If you are unaware what a mentor is, it is someone who is, ideally, in your career field who can help you on your path to achieving your goals. This person is like your friend but is also someone who you look up to professionally. You could meet this person through networking events, you may already work with them, or it could be someone you’ve sought out via social media.

 

Mentors can help you find the clarity you need to focus on your goals. Having been where you currently are, your mentor will give you the inspiration to be the best you can be in your career.  Your mentor will also be someone you’ll be able to turn to when you have questions, – whether they are career related or not, this is the person you can turn to for anything. 

 

Not only will they be there for you, but they will also advocate for you. Networking is a powerful thing and if you can say the right thing to the right person, your mentor can help you on your way to your dreams. Your mentor will be your biggest supporter and your number one fan. 

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With a mentor, you’ll also always be learning new things, such as how to succeed in your career, the ins and outs of the business, which people you should know, and how to be the best person you can be.

 

When you finally find yourself in the spot you wanted for your life, your mentor will turn into more of a friend. They will always be there for knowledge, but you won’t necessarily need them for your career growth.  You can take everything you’ve learned and eventually be able to become a mentor yourself.

 

You can help mould the life of a young professional,  just like you had early on in your career. You can become someone’s advocate, someone’s professional friend, and someone’s confidant. 

 

Inspiration images:
Image courtesy of Vogue Paris
Image courtesy of Blog Lovin’

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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