Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Fall Fashion Wishlist


Dynamite posted a fall fashion lookbook recently and it caught my attention. I started looking on their website and loved what was new for fall. Here is a wish list of some pieces I would like for fall from Dynamite and other retailers as well. Enjoy!! And let me know your favourite fall trends in the comments below! Direct Link to the Lookbook.

Dynamite Clothing 

RIBBED MAXI CARDIGAN SWEATER

LONG SLEEVE BLOUSE WITH ZIP

DENIM BLOUSE WITH POCKETS

TEXTURED BUTTON UP SHIRT

KENDALL CROPPED SKINNY PANT WITH ZIPPERS

LIGHTWEIGHT BOMBER JACKET

FOLD OVER PARTY CLUTCH

LEAF PENDANT NECKLACE

Garage Clothing

Turtleneck Tunic Tank With Slits
Super Soft Stirrup Legging

Hudson's Bay
 

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Monday, 29 August 2016

How to dip your toes into the fashion industry


I have wanted to work in fashion since I was little and it seems like there are endless opportunities. The one fear I had was putting my energy and thoughts into one aspect of the industry and then when I'm old enough try it, not like it at all. Turns out there are lots of opportunities to get a taste or dip your toes if you will into the fashion industry. Here are the 5 opportunities best worth your time:

1. Volunteer for a Fashion Week near you

I have not volunteered for fashion week but, I plan on volunteering for Toronto Men's Fashion Week soon, as Toronto Fashion Week is no longer happening. Which is sad because I was going to volunteer for TFW in September. Volunteering for any fashion week or show gives you a ton of experience working directly in the chaos and rush of the industry. You can work directly with the clothes, the models, the event set-up or the guests. Moreover, you could potentially meet some very influentially people whilst volunteering. Overall, a great place to network, learn and gain experience. 

2. Find an Internship

Websites like Intern Queen allow you to search for any kind of internship close to where you live. I would recommend you look there first. However, if you have a company in mind that you want to intern with I would say, shoot them an email and say you're interested. Most companies love interns because they don't have to pay you. However, some companies these days will only take interns that are in school and need credit (a better substitute for paying you; you're gaining hands-on experience). Internships are great because while you're trying to figure out what you want to do and don't like your internship, it's okay because you will still have time to find something else that speaks to you. I would say try to do a different internship every year or summer if your course load isn't too heavy. This will help you get as much exposure to the industry as possible to make sure it's the right fit for you.

3. Take a Fashion course (that could potentially turn into a certificate, diploma etc.)

If you are in high school I would recommend trying out the Parsons x Teen Vogue Certificate in Fashion Industry Essentials. It is an inexpensive program for Parsons and you will learn about all areas of fashion. You can take this course no matter your age but, if you are already in school for something else it may be too much to handle. I would recommend if you are in university for a completely different subject but, you have always loved fashion try out the program in the summer. You can enrol in the #ParsonsxTeenVogue program here. Moreover, see if any school near you offers fashion classes or make you electives in university fashion courses. Also, check out my review post on online fashion courses from other schools here.

4. Freelance a creative skill that you have

If you have a camera and love photography, offer to take fashion photos for local bloggers or your friends Instagram accounts. Also, if you are talented at styling stock photos create packages at a reasonable price to sell to bloggers and businesses. If you have Adobe / graphic design skills make a social media presence for your brand and offer services to people who work in the fashion industry. For instance, you could design labels, brand packaging etc. Last, if you make things like accessories or clothes sell your designs on Etsy.

5. Test out your fashion influence on social media and blogging platforms

Lastly, to dip your toes into the fashion world start your own blog and share what you know and love or start a fashion Instagram account. If you connect and engage with followers and they love your work it can open up lots of opportunities for you to work with fashion brands. 

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Outfit | Girls Night Out

This outfit is actually what I wore for my birthday back in May, which was a girls night out. The top from Dynamite is my favourite part of this outfit because of the high halter neckline. I also love these pants from Aritzia; they were expensive but, they're the best pair of pants I own. Lastly, the Steve Madden shoes I'm wearing have been featured in other fashion posts mainly because they go with everything and they're not that uncomfortable. But, after a few drinks on girls night, you'll forget you're wearing heels anyways!


Top: Dynamite
Clutch: Hudson's Bay








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Friday, 26 August 2016

Outfit | Cutout Details

I picked up this shirt at Dynamite a month ago and I love it. First, the colour is amazing. I tend to gravitate towards black, white or neutrals but, a light pink is similar to a neutral and easy to wear. Second, I think the cutout detail adds an element of interest to the look because I'm not the biggest fan of wearing jewellery which adds interest to looks, most of the time.


Pants: Reitmans (Similar Option)
Jewellery: Forever 21 (Similar Option)

 



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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Outfit | White and Dark Wash Denim

Here I go again with the off the shoulder trend; sorry I can't help it. Off the shoulder was definitely my favourite trend this summer. With summer almost being over I thought I would feature it one last time. 


Top: Vero Moda
Jeans: Dynamite
Shoes: Local Boutique













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Monday, 22 August 2016

Why you should consider taking a course online


When I graduated high school I did something very untraditional; but, it's good to do something different right? Instead of going straight to university, college, work or back to do grade 13, I did this amazing thing called online or distance learning. This allowed me to get degree credits without leaving my house and have a job that I actually liked. I did three different programs online with three different schools. I also completed free online fashion courses with two amazing learning platforms. After one year I now have this on my resume:


1. Certificate, Retail Management 
Ryerson University 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pros: After three semesters I gained an official certificate. All credits I have received can be transferred to the degree program I start in September; Bachelor of Commerce - Retail Management.

Cons: You do have to travel to Ryerson's Campus for some course exams. I went to campus for three classes to take mid and final exams. The program does not have a lot of visual learning material (with the exception of RMG200 - there were previously recorded lectures available to watch about retail math.)

*Because you cannot ask your professor any questions face to face and the lecture is just note taking (there are no videos) I recommend purchasing the textbook for the class if there is one. I found it very beneficial to have; especially if I was unsure about course content.



2. Certificate, Teen Vogue: Fashion Industry Essentials 
Parsons - School of Design 
New York, NY

Pros: Everything is done online. It is a very visual program; you learn entirely through videos and the Teen Vogue Handbook. It took me only four months to complete; the program can be completed at your own pace. Moreover, all assignments are practical and fun to complete if you are obsessed with anything related to fashion.

*The certificate I took is considered to be a non-credit certificate (You don't have to have a degree to be in the program). Parsons offers two other certificates that can be done entirely online that are credit certificates; Fashion Design and Fashion Business. However, these two certificates will take longer to complete.

You can enrol in the #ParsonsxTeenVogue program here http://ssqt.co/KmBm

3. Short Course, Visual Merchandising and Display  
London College of Fashion
London, England

Pros: It is "Face-to-Face" learning with the professor. For every online short course at UAL there is a designated time that you have to be on their online learning system to "Skype."

Cons: There is a specific time you have to be available. 

*It is in the UK time so for me, they are five hours ahead. The course was scheduled for 6-8pm UK time (1-3pm for me.) Having an evening class is beneficial if you work or have school during the day. 

4. Fashion Innovation & Fashion Sustainability Courses
University of Leeds & Creative Skill set
Through Future Learn

Future Learn is different than the above-mentioned schools. Future Learn in itself is not an actual school but, is a learning platform that allows you to take courses from their partner universities. This is what their website says, "We’re a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education. We have 94 partners from around the world. These include many of the best UK and international universities."

Pros: To take a course it is completely free. However, to get proof that you completed the course it costs around $70 Canadian dollars to purchase a certificate. It is not mandatory to purchase a certificate but, it is great to have for proof. Based on the cost of the other courses and certificates I have done $70 is still very inexpensive for a school to charge.

Cons: A personal con for me is they have a lot of science and math courses which don't appeal to me and only a few creative / fashion related course.  

*The courses I completed were, Fashion Innovation through the University of Leeds and Fashion Sustainability through Creative Skill Set. Those are the only two fashion courses on the site. If more appear I will definitely be doing them. 

5. From Blog to Business: Content, Community and Working with Brands.
Blogging Courses
Skillshare http://skl.sh/29b1Nyb

I discovered Skillshare through an email I received from Bloglovin' saying that they created a course about blogging for brands called "From Blog to Business: Content, Community, and Working with Brands." I completed this class that was run by their VP of Community and Support, Morgan Kaye. I absolutely loved the class, it was very beneficial for me to take, especially being a new blogger. I think any blogger new or experienced would find it very helpful. It allowed me to connect with Morgan. I emailed her with a question and she replied right away. It is amazing that she wants to help the bloggers who are on Bloglovin' succeed. I highly recommend you take the class. Here is the link.

Pros: A regular membership allows you to access free courses. Moreover, all learning is very visual and is done through short video clips. The majority of courses offered are for creative types or creative business', which appeal to me the most. 

Cons: There are only two cons I have to talk about regarding Skillshare. Number one: certain classes are only accessible if you have a premium membership. It is not expensive and they sometimes have a special running, however, free is always better. Number two: the classes are short. Most of the classes I completed are under 30 minutes. It can be a good thing to learn about something so quickly but, I find myself wanting to know more. 

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I think online learning will be the future. Think about how much we already do online? What about all the different ways the internet has allowed us to communicate? Online learning will be a positive outcome of our very online world. Overall, online learning can open doors for a lot of individuals. People can go back to school, attend well-known schools overseas and learn in a flexible environment that fits their life/work schedule.

It allowed me to do eight degree credits without having to travel an hour to get to school. It allowed me to attend Parsons and London College of Fashion; two schools that I have wanted to go to for a long time. Through online learning I was able to "go there" and it was much less expensive. Bonus: you still have the schools wonderful and helpful faculty to teach you. If you've wanted to try online I say do it now. There is no time greater than the present! Remember to:

Let me know in the comments if you have ever taken a course online and what your experience was like!!

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Outfit | You Can't Go Wrong with Stripes

I recently jumped on board with the stripes trend when I bought this top. I never thought much of stripes and always thought they didn't look good on me. However, stripes are a staple item every girl needs in her closet. Stripes never go out of style and are always trending but, the kind of stripes may vary each season. You can dress them down for a casual look with jeans or dress them up with a pair of heels. Here is my interpretation of the classic stripes trends.


Top - Highline Collective (Similar Option) or (Similar Option)
Pants - Garage Clothing (Similar Option)
Shoes - Steve Madden
Necklace - Forever 21
Rings - Magnolia Jewellery




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