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Career Advice – Perfecting a LinkedIn Message

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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LinkedIn Message

 

As a professional, a job seeker, or just someone looking to network, LinkedIn is your best friend. However, sometimes sending a LinkedIn message can be a daunting task. If you’re unsure where to start, or looking to perfect the message that could land you a job or a connection, we’ve got you covered. 

 

Personalize 

If you’re sending a message to someone you don’t personally know, make sure you address them by name. From there, personalize your message. Maybe you are aware that they have just hosted a fundraiser, were on vacation, or launched a new project. Touch on that. For example:

Hello Jane,

I hope all is well with you. I’m sure you’ve had a busy week with the launch of your new collection. Congratulations, it looks amazing!

You are showing that you follow their work, or them on social media, so you are aware of them and knowledgeable. You’ve done your research so make sure it shows. 

 

Why

You want to let this person know why you’re reaching out to them. Are you inquiring about a position or are you looking to connect for a coffee for more insight in a field or company? Just remember whoever you’re reaching out to probably gets many different ‘cold messages’ via Linkedin, so be clear. For example:

I am just reaching out to connect and hear more about your role as Vice President of Designs with *INSERT COMPANY NAME*. I would love to take you for a coffee to discuss this further’.

 

Introduce yourself

As they do get a lot of messages, what makes you stand out. These are busy professionals, so make it worth their while to make time for you. If you’re a new graduate and you received outstanding marks, mention that. If you’ve worked in a similar role or have expert experience mention it. Perhaps the company is global and you have dual citizenship. For example:

‘My name is Sue and I hold both my English and Canadian passports. I currently work in Visual Merchandising and have so for the past 10 years.’

 

Close off strong

You don’t want the message to be too long. When a message is too long, they will skim and miss important information, or they won’t read it at all. You want to get them hooked and learn more about you. This is key for you to ensure they want to make the time to meet you. Don’t forget to also upload a resumé as this is your informal, professional introduction. For example:

 ‘I would love to connect and chat further about your career, how you got where you are, and what advice you may be able to share as I continue to progress in my career. 

I have uploaded my resume and would love to go over it with you over a coffee in the coming weeks.

Speak soon,

Sue’ 

 

LinkedIn messages are meant to be short and sweet introductions with just enough information to show that you are knowledgeable about them (don’t copy and paste your messages!) and you are the person they need to meet!

 

Image courtesy of: Styled Avenue

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – What to do When you Graduate Fashion School

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

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Graduation season (a.k.a. the most wonderful time of the year) is quickly approaching! You can say farewell to those endless nights of powering through assignments alongside a ton of caffeine, and start proving that you’ve got what it takes to make it in a fashion career. Here are some tips to consider when you’re fresh out of fashion school and planning your next career move:

 

Showcase Your Work

If you don’t already have one, put together a type of portfolio for any projects or creations that you have saved and continuously update your collection. Display images or writing samples that you are proud of and ones you believe will grab some attention. Your portfolio does not have to be the typical big black book, nowadays everything is online and should be in the form of a separate Instagram JUST for your work, a website or your own personal blog. Also consider renting out a small space for a few hours, (it could be a loft, a photographers studio) and showcase your collection to friends and family and have them share on social media.

 

The main purpose of an online portfolio is to be able to confidently talk to an interviewer about your skills and experience, as well as have something to show for it. Instagram has in a sense become a social media portfolio. Try posting more content that deals with your talents or relates to your career goals. For example, if you’re interested in styling upload pictures of your inspirations, outfits you’ve coordinated, or you dressing models at a photo shoot. Your followers along with potential employers will begin to associate you with certain skills and think of you in the future.

 

Keep Learning

You may be free from the classroom, but you always need to be knowledgeable about the industry. Be aware of the latest looks on the runway at fashion shows around the world and how that translates into styles people want to wear. Simply subscribing to a website that provides you with daily fashion trends or business updates will go a long way. When it comes to job hunting, this is prime time to get a head start and do some research before you make an approach and hand in a resume. Create a list of companies or brands that you would like to work for and learn as much as you can about their background and the way they operate. Hiring managers will appreciate someone who makes an effort to stay current and is eager to gather details about the company. There may also be a specific skill you wish to develop or a topic in your program that you wanted to study more in depth. Pick up books, watch videos or even sign up for a workshop class.

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Be Involved in the Industry

Just because you haven’t landed your official fashion job yet, doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of the industry. Be present at local fashion events, such as product launches or new store openings. Introduce yourself to as many people as you can and make your ambitions known to them. Volunteer to assist with any popular happenings in your city like fashion week or use your writing skills as a contributor for an online fashion magazine or blog. This adds some extra experience to your resume and keeps you feeling motivated while you’re in the process of applying for jobs.

 

Take the Time to Reconnect

Networking and making new connections has always been a golden rule for job seekers. However, don’t forget about the people you already know. Over the past few years as a student you have come in contact with many experienced influencers such as former professors, managers or mentors that can possibly open doors to a new opportunity. Most fashion programs also require you to complete an internship or work placement over the course of the academic year. Past internships are valuable connections to refer back to, as this is where you demonstrated your professional work ethic and ability to succeed in a specific fashion role. Your internship employer may have actually been interested in hiring you full-time after your internship was completed, but you were still in school. Give them a call, or send a message through e-mail or LinkedIn to set up a meeting and chat. If you maintained a positive relationship, they should be more than willing to speak with you.

 

Photo Cred: Teen Vogue’s Instagram

 

By Alicia Elliott

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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

Career Advice – How to Motivate Your Employees

Friday, March 1st, 2019

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Before I started Style Nine to Five, one of my jobs was working as a store manager for a top Canadian Retailer at their busiest location in downtown Vancouver on Robson Street. During the busy seasons, I would manage a team of up to 25 employees; many of them part-timers. Some would stand around twiddling their thumbs; complain they were tired; call in sick and overall, just show that they really did not want to be there. I tried to relate to them and think…okay, what would make me want to come in for a four- hour shift twice a week? How would I make things fun?  Yes, there’s a job description they’re supposed to follow, but sometimes just telling someone to do their job isn’t enough.

 

If you need to find new ways to motivate your employees, here are some tried and true tips that made my store work like a well-oiled machine and be the top store in B.C.

 

1. Lead by example. Don’t manage your business and team from the backroom or behind the cash register. Get out there and work with your team. That means folding clothes, receiving inventory, steaming new arrivals, removing gum off the floor, and helping customers. Get out there and show your team what’s expected. After all, how can you ask them to do something when you’re not willing to do the same?

 

2. Have fun while keeping things professional. When I first started managing at 18-years-old, I was an ‘Ice Queen’ and wasn’t open to any fun whatsoever. I just expected employees to perform to their best abilities and to give 110% as I did. I found that if I loosened up and became a bit more approachable, my employees wanted to work hard for me. This approach gets you a lot further than fear. I learned you have to earn respect, even as a manager.

 

3. Ask for employee input. Make your employees feel like their ideas matter because they do! 

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4. Recognize their achievements. Did your employees have a good sale or receive a customer compliment? How will you reward that?

 

5. Find out their passions and strengths. Maybe one employee loves accessories, so make him/her in charge of the accessory department. Duties could include merchandising, maintaining stock levels and cleanliness. Does another employee get excited over new shoes? Consider adding shoe responsibilities to their job title. Do you see leadership abilities in another? Have them train all new hires and call them a ‘part-time trainer’. Delegate small tasks to your employees to make them feel important (because they are) and in return, they’re more invested and want to please you.

 

6. Empower with fun roles above the job description. Consider having an employee make trend inspiration boards of new spring trends or celebrities wearing styles that are similar to the items in your store. Maybe another could be in charge of changing up the window display every shift. You’d be surprised how many of the same people walk by your store every day to go to work, a window always changing is important. 

 

Do you have fit sessions, where employees get to try on all the new arrivals to see how they fit so they are able to sell them better to customers? Another great idea is having one employee in charge of taking a walk near your shop on a regular basis to visit the other stores to see how they’re merchandising, etc. It’s good to see what’s going on in your neighbourhood.

 

7. Weekly sales contests. Who sold the most items? Who received the most customer compliments? Make it fun. Reward your employees with a store gift card, a cool nail polish or a coffee gift card.

 

Find out what your employee’s strengths and interests are and implement those to improve your business! You can also listen to me talk about this topic in more depth on my Instagram Story Highlights.

 

Christie Lohr, Founder of Style Nine to Five

 

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6 Fashion Jobs Currently Available in Toronto

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

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Calling all Toronto fashionistas! If you’re looking for a career in fashion, we’ve made it easy for you by narrowing down some of the most fashionable jobs in Toronto. All you have to do now is polish up your resume and cover letter, and apply!

 

PYA IMPORTER
Role: Showroom Intern – Women’s Division
Job Type: Internship
Job Description: The showroom intern will be responsible for supporting and assisting sales management in a variety of organizational tasks including showroom preparation and maintenance, sales support and customer service, client hospitality.

 

Foxy Originals
Role: Graphic Designer Internship
Job Type: Internship
Job Description: Foxy Originals is a fast-paced, dynamic jewelry company based in Toronto. If you are interested in contributing to the creative output of Foxy Originals, expanding your packaging and graphic design skills in new contexts and being exposed to the workings of a fashion business, this internship is for you.

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Due West Fashion Collective
Role: Administrative and eCommerce Support Specialist
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: The AESS is a key member of the Due West team who is the go-to expert in matters pertaining to operational administration and buying processes and plays a vital role in supporting website and eCommerce processes.

 

Due West Fashion Collective
Role: Website & eCommerce Manager
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: The Website & eCommerce Manager is a key member of Due West’s team who will help the company achieve continued growth of its successful online business. The Manager is the go-to person for all things web-related.

 

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Role: 
Fashion Recruiter
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: Style Nine to Five is looking for someone with two years of experience in recruiting for this industry and a proven track record of delivering results. You bring expertise in sourcing, networking, candidate research and cold calling. You’re amazing at communication and customer service: you share ideas and collaborate.

 

MacIntyre Communications
Role: 
PR/Marketing Intern
Job Type: Internship
Job Description: MacIntyre Communications is looking for a hard-working individual who shows initiative, creativity and can work independently or on a team. MacIntyre Communications is looking for an individual who has the desire to experience all aspects of Public Relations and is eager, flexible and can work in a fast-paced environment.

 


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Fashion Jobs – Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

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As winter rages on, there are a number of trends that the fashion world just can’t seem to get enough of, one of them being leopard print. And we get that leopard print has been around since the 70s, but it’s sticking around for a good reason. For starters, if you’re not afraid of making a statement, it’s one of the best neutrals you can have in your closet. Whether you’re looking for inspo for your next night out or for a very on-trend way to break up your predictable all-black winter ensemble, read on to see what leopard print pieces we’re coveting now.

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The Bootie
It’s easy to stay right on trend while rocking this leopard print sock bootie. Featuring a pointed toe (which is currently one of the hottest footwear trends), this ankle boot has a just-right heel (and price) that will have you strutting with confidence.

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The Jumpsuit
Sure, there might be snow on the ground, and technically a little cold for a jumpsuit, but with the right styling this will be the hottest thing in your wardrobe this year. Pair with a thin, fitted turtle neck, booties, and a black faux fur jacket and you’ve got your go-to leopard print look regardless of the time of day. Once the warmer months hit, rock this baby with a leather jacket and pumps for a killer night-out look.Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 3.43.31 PM

The Pants
For the ultimate ‘it girl’ look, style a pair of leopard print pants with a pair of edgy, black boots, a vintage band tee and a leather jacket and a pair of chic sunnies. We’re getting major Vanessa Hudgens vibes with this look.

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The Blouse
There’s something about a sheer blouse that just screams confidence. But when you have a sheer, leopard print blouse with a statement collar, now that’s a whole other story. What we love about this blouse is it can be styled with a pair of dress pants for the office or with a pair of high-waisted jeans or a leather skirt for a night on the town.

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The Sunnies
If you’re not comfortable rocking full-blown leopard print, why not try for something a little more subtle like a pair of leopard print sunnies instead? They are versatile, fun, and today’s newest tortoiseshell.

 

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Product Info
Mix No. 6 Cadaoria Bootie, $44.98, available at DSW
Faithful the Brand Elsa Jumpsuit, $237.17, available at Revolve
Alg Animal Print Pants, $353, available at Farfetch
Animal Print Blouse, $79.90, available at Zara
Dolce & Gabbana Round Leo Glasses, $595, available at Shopbop

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – 5 must-have snakeskin pieces

Monday, February 11th, 2019

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If you’ve spent even a few moments on social media this year you know the snakeskin trend has flooded the fashion scene. Now, everywhere you look you can see snakeskin in stores, through great street style, in magazines. It has really taken over. Like most animal prints, we know rocking snakeskin can be a little bit daunting so we have come up with the five best ways to wear this trend.

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The Purse
If you don’t normally play with prints and patterns in fashion, trying a new trend can be a bit scary. If this is all new to you, we recommend starting out with a snakeskin purse. This adds a bit of flare and fun to your outfit. You can pair it with jeans and a leather jacket for a more edgy feel, or heels and an accordion skirt if you’re feeling more feminine.

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 The Shoes
Another great way to ease into this trend is with shoes. Shoes are a bolder step from a purse, but you’re still not all the way in the deep end. A pair of snakeskin booties is a fun way to add a pop of pattern with an all-black outfit. Any snakeskin shoes are a conversation starter.

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The Skirt
Skirts are always fun pieces to play with. The snakeskin print is a bit of a darker vibe, so a skirt makes it a bit more approachable for those who want to experiment with the print. You don’t have to just get a plain printed skirt either. You’ll find this print with sequins, pleats, or even faux leather.

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The Top
A snakeskin top can be used as a fun, edgy piece. If you pair this top with leather leggings, bomber jacket and boots, you will look like a rock star. You could pair a blouse with a pencil skirt for work, or a turtleneck with relaxed denim on the weekends. The options are endless.

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The Dress
The best way to go all in is with a snakeskin printed dress. A dress is a great way to try the trend from head to toe. With the print everywhere right now, we bet you’ll see snakeskin printed dresses in your favourite store.

 

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Image courtesy of Vogue UK

 

Product info:
Mercer Snakeskin Crossbody, $224, available at Michael Kors
Aurella Boots, $110, available at Aldo
Snakeskin print skirt with sequins, $79.90, available at Zara
V-Neck Camisole top, $17.99, available at H&M
Louise Dress, $138, available at Aritzia

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – A Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

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The first time that I watched Sex and the City and saw Carrie Bradshaw work as a writer in New York City, I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do when I got older. Fast-forward many years, I’m thrilled to say, I am a writer and my younger self would be seriously impressed. The only thing I’m missing in my life is Carrie’s stunning NYC brownstone apartment, but I’ll get there one day.

 

What kind of a writer am I, you ask? Well, even if you’re not wondering I’m going to tell you anyways. For starters, I’ve been working as a freelance writer for about four years now and that’s in addition to working as a full-time writer for Daily Hive and as Style Nine to Five’s managing editor! Yes, it’s busy, but when you love what you do, it never really feels like work.

 

My schedule is never the same: Each week and day varies depending on whether I have events to attend for work, which freelance stories I’m working on, and what additional projects I’m taking on. And while my full-time job is always consistent, my freelance work is what is constantly changing, which is why I do try to maintain a fairly consistent schedule so I can always stay on track of things. All that said, here’s a general idea of what my average day looks like for me as a freelance writer.

 

6:30 AM: Wake Up

Let’s get one thing clear, I’m not a morning person. But since my days are always jam-packed, I have to maximize my time. I make breakfast, coffee, and get ready for the day. This always includes taking a look at my calendar to see what deadlines are coming up, and what needs to be done for the day outside of my regular work routine.

 

7:30 AM: Office

My workday begins at 8:30, but I like to try to get into the office before that so I can get organized. Not only do I use this time to go through work for the day, but I’ll also use my free time to email with freelance clients regarding pitches, plan out upcoming story ideas, and source images for stories. But once the newsroom is ready to begin for the day, all my focus is on that, so freelance work is put on hold.

 

1:00 PM: Lunch Break

When it comes time to take a break, I like to fully take a break from work. My favourite thing to do, if the weather is nice, is taking a walk to a local coffee shop, and taking a stab at my personal projects. I won’t have my laptop with me, so I won’t be getting any actual writing done, but I do like to use this time to check in on my freelance projects, which I can do with my phone. This might be sending a revision to an editor, taking notes on feedback I was given, doing some research for future stories, or even surfing the web for inspiration for future stories.

 

What’s great about writing is story inspiration is all around you, for example, earlier this week I was in Shoppers Drugmart and saw a beauty brand had launched its own line of sweat-proof makeup. Seeing this led me to pitch a freelance story on sweat-proof beauty products, which the editor loved. So if you’re thinking about writing, always keep your eyes open for story inspo, it’s seriously everywhere.

 

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Back to Work

After my break, it’s back to work for the day. I’m typically in the office until around 6 pm and then once I’m done I’m off to media events for the night. Often it’s events for work, but through freelancing, I also get to attend fun events more tailored towards beauty and fashion which are really fun. During this time, I often get to check out new collections, product launches, networking events, cocktail hours or dinners. During an average week I attend 3 to 4 events, sometimes there are multiple in one night.

 

At media events, I have the opportunity to chat with publicists and brands. I truly love this aspect of the job because it’s a great way to network and meet people in the industry.

 

9:00 PM: Work Part 2, AKA Freelance Time

Once I get home, I make dinner, if I didn’t eat at an event, and then dive back into work. I’ll use this time to work on any freelance articles I have and work on content for Style Nine to Five. I’m definitely a night owl and I find this time my most productive, so I really utilize this time to get as much stuff done on my seemingly never-ending to-do list. I typically like to try to be finished work by 11, so I can use the rest of my night to unwind and focus on self-care. This typically includes a face mask and unwinding with Netflix.

 

Even though my days are packed, I love every second of it. Each day is always different, and some days even though I’m up until 2 am finishing freelance work, I still manage to go to bed with a smile on my face. Being able to work as a full-time writer, and also as a freelancer on the side allows me to take on multiple projects, and write about topics that I’m truly passionate about.  It’s a lot of work, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

Fashion Jobs – How to Create the Perfect Vision Board

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

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With the beginning of the new year, you set new goals and resolutions. If you’re like us, you send new intentions out into the universe and envision these intentions coming true. A great way to do that is with a vision board. Vision boards take time, thought and a bit of perfection. To help you create the perfect vision board, we have made a list of all the top must do’s.

 

Start with inspiration
We recommend making a new Pinterest board and pinning everything that inspires, motivates or speaks to you. What are your goals for the year? Are you wanting to travel more? Change careers? Work on a healthier lifestyle? Find images and quotes that will fit your board. Once it’s full of images, you can consolidate and start to think about what you want on your tangible vision board.

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Choose a colour theme that speaks to you
What is your colour for the year? It could be the colour that takes over your Instagram feed, your favourite colour, or something that inspires you. If it’s a common colour, you’ll be able to find a poster board in that shade at a dollar store or craft store. If it’s not, buy a white poster board along with some paint. You can mix a few shades and paint the board so it works for you.

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Scour through magazines
I love flipping through magazines and finding photos that are aligned with my intentions for the year. Go through and cut out quotes or photos to paste on to your board. If you don’t fully love it, put it aside.  Only choose photos or quotes that will still spark inspiration for your year ahead. 

 

Lay it out
Before you go glue happy and paste everything down, lay everything out. This will allow you to have a flow of the board that works cohesively. It means that you can play with angles and placement before it’s glued down for good. It also means that if you notice an image or quote doesn’t quite go at the last minute, it’s not too late to change it.

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Keep it somewhere you’ll see it
The whole point of a vision board is so that you’ll see it and be inspired. That means don’t keep it in the back of your closet! Keep it somewhere where you will see it daily. Maybe for you, that’s above your desk, in your bedroom or even living room. By seeing your vision board regularly, you’ll be constantly inspired to work towards your goals.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – How to Style Your Outerwear Pieces this Winter

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

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When you picture winter outerwear, chances are you think of bulky and heavy pieces. But the truth is, with a little tweaking, you can really turn your winter essentials into ‘it girl’ approved looks — all you really need is a few style pointers to streamline and balance the look. Read on to learn how you can create a no-fail outfit that will make you actually want to be out in the cold.

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The Puffer
If you have yet to rock a puffer coat, let this be your inspiration to embrace this trend. Style a puffer jacket over your go-to basics and drape it over your shoulders to create an ‘it’ girl look. It’s a simple styling hack that all the fashion bloggers use that truly makes a difference.

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Textured Coat
If you’ve scrolled through Instagram at least once this year, you know that textured coats, like teddy bear, shearling and faux fur, are having a major moment. Style a textured coat over a statement dress and a pair of sock booties for major 70s vibes.

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Menswear  Inspired
A menswear-inspired jacket will instantly make an outfit look structured. For an overall flattering look, style a long grey blazer-style jacket with a fitted turtleneck, jeans and a pair of dark ankle boots.

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Off White
Whoever said white after Labour Day was a fashion faux paux seriously never saw white outerwear. Turn some heads this season with a white blazer by pairing the statement coat with sleek trousers and a pair of sneakers. The unexpected hit of white will brighten your mood even on the gloomiest of days.

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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