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Career Advice: How to Ask for a Raise

Monday, March 25th, 2019

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Thinking of asking for a raise? It can be so nerve wrecking and hard to get the confidence to do do it. Remember if you don’t ask, then you won’t receive. Here are some things to keep in mind when you prepare to ask your boss for a raise.

Timing is key

While you may have been thinking about the raise for a while, your boss hasn’t. Put yourself in their shoes and think about what is going on in their day or week. If you know that your boss has a big pitch coming up, scheduling a time to chat right before the deadline is probably not the best and they will be less receptive to your needs. Instead, choosing a time when you know your boss will have the time to think it through and the company is doing well would be better.

Know the pay practices at your company.

Before setting up a meeting with your boss, find out the processes and procedures on pay raises. There may be some time requirements and other practices put into place that you may not be aware about and will want to keep in mind before you speak to your boss.

Know the worth of your job.

This is key! You may feel like you deserve a six-figure salary for all the late nights you’re putting in, but you have to be realistic. It will help your case if you research the industry standards and compare what perks and salary expectations you have versus someone else working your job in a similar company.

Believe in your value and what you currently bring to the table – and show how you’re ready to work even harder.

You do not want to appear whiny when you’re speaking to your boss. Be sensitive to what you’re saying, how you’re saying it, and how it may be received. Your boss knows your role and what it entails, so rather than telling them what you do, explain how you’re do the job better, how this is adding more value to the company, and why what you’re doing deserves more money.

Prepare for next steps.

Prepare for anything that may come out of that meeting – including being turned down. Have a game plan for what you’re going to do if you don’t see those extra Benjamins straight away. This game plan could mean many things like coming up with a timeline with your boss for what you have to do and when your salary could be reviewed or discussing the possibility of a bonus instead of a raise.


At the end of the day – just do it! Know your worth and take charge of your career growth! Sometimes all you have to do is ask!

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By: Nikita Due


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6 Fashion Jobs Currently Available in Toronto

Tuesday, February 5th, 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!


Body Blue
Role: Sales Associate
Job Type: Full-time
Job Description: Body Blue is currently seeking outgoing and experienced sales associates to join its team. Potential candidates must exhibit strong communication skills, a positive attitude and must be available to work retail hours. Selling skills and a flair for fashion will be considered an asset. Advancement opportunities.


Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Limited
Role: Production Manager
Job Type: Full-time
Job Description: Lee-Ann Belter is hiring for the position of Production Manager. This is a full-time permanent position located at its retail store in Toronto.


Role: Fashion design intern
Job Type: Intern
Job Description: Canadian womenswear label LACEDSILK is looking for a Fashion Design Assistant Intern. If you’re looking for experience in the industry, you’re a hard worker, and of course passionate about fashion design- this is definitely the internship for you.


Garrison Bespoke
Role: Sales Account Coordinator
Job Type: Part-Time
Job Description: The Garrison Sales Coordinator supports store leadership and sales teams by connecting with inbound sales leads, introducing them to our store and services, assisting stylists with sales consultations and order processing, as well as contributing to daily tasks to maintain the showrooms and provide gold standard customer service.


Role: eCommerce Coordinator
Job Type: Intern
Job Description: MizDragonfly is looking for a stellar individual, preferably with Shopify experience, to join its team as an eCommerce Coordinator.


The Narwhal
Role: Sales Associate
Job Type: Part-Time
Job Description: The Narwhal is looking for a hard-working, reliable, professional and just all around awesome individual to join its team. The candidate must be well versed in high-end and contemporary fashion with a strong knowledge of current and upcoming fashion trends, must have previous fashion retail experience and proven retail sales ability to name a few qualifications. .


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Fashion Jobs – A Review of the Mikael D Show

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

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One of the most anticipated runway shows of Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TWFW), Mikael Derderian’s showcase of his Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection was definitely one to reminisce. Homegrown models graced the runway while flaunting heavily embellished ball gowns and cocktail mini dresses with cuts that are completely fresh to the common eye. The two-part show left everyone in awe and somewhat visionless due to the heavy dazzles and glitz of Mikael D’s distinguished pieces but in a very good way!


The first part of the show focused on light-toned dresses, primarily beiges and off-whites. The pieces consisted of silhouettes that are typical but are iconic due to their intricate beading and lacing. My favourite look from this segment would have to be the dress shown above. Apart from the stunning embroidery, the incorporation of both lace and silk was a delightful move because it exhibited two different textures and occasions in one dress.


The second part of the show was introduced by a storm clip in the background along with a model’s mini acting. This foreshadowed the styles that we were about to observe, which included mostly dark-coloured ambitious pieces with hefty sparkles. The line either made people speechless as they were constantly recording each piece with their phone or tremendously vocal with their neighbours about the wonderful clothing features. I did not have a personal favourite because all of the pieces were jaw-dropping but I’d say there were some slight stand-outs amongst others including the caped romper (?) with a very low-V neckline.


Toronto Women’s Fashion Week certainly saved its bests for last. As one of the shows to conclude the biggest fashion event in the city, Mikael D’s line was truly a definition of the nation’s value of being on the international stage; and the jam-packed runway room was a proof of that! His craftsmanship, which has been embraced by many A-list figures, completely justifies the incomparable talents underpinned by the evolving minds and technology in the Canadian fashion industry.


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By: Franz Tabora, Mississauga, @phranzzzz

Toronto Fashion Jobs – Nautical Living

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

There is something about those horizontal stripes that give a feeling of ease, comfort and nautical living. Whether you’re getting ready to head out into the open sea or not, don’t be afraid to add some stripes to your wardrobe. Try drawing some inspiration from the slew of designers that used this pattern in their Spring/Summer 2013 runway shows including Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Ralph Lauren, just to name a few. Though not all the pieces they debuted fall into the nautical category, one thing is clear, this season, stripes have made a huge come back and they’re here to stay.

1. Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer Runway 2013, image courtesy of  Elle

2. Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer runway 2013, image courtesy of Elle

3. Paul & Joe Spring/Summer runway 2013, image courtesy of Elle
4. Moschino Spring/Summer runway 2013, image courtesy of Elle
5. Lacoste Spring/Summer runway 2013, image courtesy of  Elle
6. Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti 2013, image courtesy Elle

By: Layan Barakat , Toronto

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – The Collar Necklace

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

From the look of things, the collar-shaped statement necklace is on track to being fall’s must-have accessory. Where the choker meets the bib necklace, collared neck adornments are adding glitz and new interest to our fall staples. A thick neck of semi-precious gems will enhance your go-to shift dress, while a metallic tuxedo collar can boldly accelerate your casual jean and t-shirt look.

1. Tory Burch Multi Ram Head Gold Necklace, $207 US

2. Aldo Scarello Silver Necklace, $18

3. Mr. Dannijo Sinatra Necklace, $318

4. ASOS Woven Metal Collar, $18

By: Daniela DiStefano, Toronto

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Back to School

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

It’s back to school time! As any returning student knows, this is one of the few times of the year in which you can have a totally guilt-free shopping spree and also one of the best times to interpret trends from the fall/winter collections for practical purposes. Here’s three trends we’re loving at Style Nine to Five and how to take the looks from the catwalk to the classroom.

The Swinging Sixties

The mod look doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The reason for its strong presence on the runway and in real life is how stylish yet practical this trend is. What better way to stay warm in the winter than with a cocoon-style jacket? It’s chic yet functional.

Make this look appropriate for class by pairing a simple shift dress in a punchy colour (think bright orange, turquoise, etc.) and throw a cleanly cut coat over top. Pair with boots or flats with a slim shape and you’re set!

Colour Blocking

Graphic, bold and fun – this trend is just the thing to brighten up a bleak and grey autumn day. The thing that’s amazing about colour blocking is that you can achieve a high-impact look without having to put much more thought or effort into your look. Simply throw away the rules of colour-matching and look for pieces with strong, graphic prints.

Try mixing a striped tee under a graphic-print cardigan or jacket. Bonus points if they’re all brightly coloured. Extra points if you add in another one of fall’s trends: candy-hued denim.


Dots are like stripe’s oft-forgotten sister. Just as strong and fun, yet more feminine and slightly more understated. In a similar way to stripes, dots not only function well as a base pattern for pattern-on-pattern looks, but you can throw a variety of dotted pieces together.

Try adding in dotted pieces in unexpected textures and sizes. Pair a blouse with a large-dot pattern with a leather skirt. Adding in pieces with a bit of edge or layering your dotted pieces together keeps the look from being too femme and delicate.

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By: Alexandra Grant, Vancouver

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Fall’s ‘It’ Shoes

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Footwear fetishes can be rewarding, yes. We all know that a great shoe is the secret to any great outfit. But, with heels as tall as six inches high making the transition into daywear, a love of fine footwear can also be extremely painful. This season, fashion’s fiercest cobblers are taking a different approach – killer shoes that look like pieces of modern art, and are comfortable too! Ladies, meet this season’s latest block shoes.


The Lady Gaga-inspired wedge invaded fall runways – promising a wedge with a unified cement block mother monster would be proud of. Look for them in animal and tribal prints, in suede, as well as in somber colors like grey, brown, army green, and black. For a bolder block, try the floral, sequin, peep-toe or lace-up options.

1. Steve Madden “Annnie-L” wedge in Leopard, $169.95

2. Giuseppe Zanotti, $700. Available at

3. Aldo “Calcagni” wedge in Midnight Black, $100
4. Steve Madden “Wicked-S” wedge in Gold Snake, $149.95

And for fall’s lady like heel? Look to the lego like block platforms of the moment. With clean lines, lots of color, intricatearchitectural designs at the front, and heels resembling chunky lego towers, these creations are comfy enough for any high-heeled race. Not to mention how cool you’ll look wearing them.

Aperlai’s Alessandra Guerra has been dedicated to cuteness and comfort since launching the label in 2009. If her fall block heels were buildings, they would surely be luxurious downtown condominiums, with sky high views and really great colour schemes.

1. Balenciaga block heel

2. United Nude, $285
3, 4. Aperlai fall collection

By: Sophia Loffreda, Montreal

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Hello Joan Hollaway

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

With no new episodes of Mad Men this summer, we were going into withdrawal, but now you can get your fix with Banana Republic’s new collection. Fashion is essential to the critically acclaimed AMC series, which uses long line bras, fitted waistlines, and impeccable suits to evoke the era of the 1960s. Janie Bryant, the talented costume designer for the show, teamed up with Banana Republic to release a unique Mad Men inspired line for men and women.

It features 65 pieces, including skirts, dresses, trench coats, and accessories. The collection will be available in stores and online on August 11, just in time for fall. Here are some of our favourite looks, and you can view the entire collection here.

By: Sara Constantineau, Toronto

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Cream of the Crop

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Crop tops are everywhere this season, but they don’t have to be an unfortunate retread of the 80s and 90s. Avoid looking dated by pairing them with high-waisted bottoms to show just a hint of skin (or none at all)—no abs of steel required. Whether it’s blousy or fitted, long-sleeved or sleeveless, this trend is perfect for easy breezy summer style.

1. Sweater Crop Top, $59, available from Rachel Roy
2. Getaway Top, $48, available at Anthropologie
3. Dixie Cropped Tank, $88, available at BCBGMAXAZRIA
4. Plaid Crop Top, $56.71, available from Free People
5. Permeation Print Cropped Sweater, $39, available at Kensie
6. Petite Mustard Crop Top, $50, availabe at TopShop

By: Sara Constantineau, Toronto

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Noir Nail Bar

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Lately my most frequent indulgences have come from 15ml glass bottles. Yes, I’m all about a great salon manicure to put some extra pep in my step and some vibrant shine on my fingers. Lucky for me and my fellow Toronto manicure addicts, Noir Nail Bar is ready to service all our polish desires and more.

Nestled in the heart of the city’s trendy Liberty Village, Noir offers a full-scale aesthetic experience to get you looking gorgeous. Mother-daughter duo Teresa and Melissa Leiva offer expert manicures (from $20) and pedicures (from $30) are preformed with cult favourites OPI and CND products. Enjoy your service in the chic black, white and pink lounge-inspired nail bar, or your own private room equipped with LCD TV and WiFi so you won’t miss a beat. Let their beauty pros glam you up with their waxing services (from $12), make-up applications (from $25) or lash tinting ($20), and you’ll be flaunting your best possible self in no time.

Noir Nail Bar
171 East Liberty St., Unit 149 (east of Atlantic Ave.)

By: Daniela DiStefano, Toronto

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