Wednesday, 6 September 2017

I have a new blog and it's launching Friday!

Hey, I've changed over the last year and decided about four months ago that I needed a re-brand, a new outlet to express my current thoughts. So for the past four months, I've been working on Kiss Collective, a lifestyle site for the conscious consumer. I know it's quite a switch from what I've been posting for the past year and ten months but, it's time for a change! It's launching today, September 1st, 2017 and I would love it if you followed along!

This blog will still be here but, no one will be posting on it! Here are all the links to the new blog and social media accounts to follow along!

The Lifestyle Site/Blog - http://kisscollective.ca

Instagram - @kisscollective

Facebook - @kisscollective

Twitter - @lisamariekiss

Pinterest - @lisamariekiss

Check everything out!!

Kisses

xx,

Lisa
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Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Intern Files | How to get an Internship


I did a post over a year ago talking about how to land a fashion internship. This post is an update of that but, it will be about how to get an internship in general and not just in the fashion industry.

First, before applying to any internship you need to have a killer resume and cover letter, even a portfolio if you want to work in a creative industry. I have researched a lot about resumes. Here are my discoveries:

#1 Your resume should only be one page. It is easier for the hiring manager to keep track of one page and not worry about losing the other page if you had two

#2 You want your resume to stand out from the boring black and white pile. Add some colour, but don't go overboard. Check out Pinterest for some inspiration on how to make a more creative, stand out resume.

Next, you need to be on LinkedIn. Aka make a digital resume! Make a profile and add relevant education, work or volunteer experience, that is applicable to what you want to do in the future. Then, you want to connect with people you know; friends, family, coworkers, and classmates. After that, you could connect with HR or management from companies you would want to work for or just keep them in mind for future messaging about internship information or questions.

After making the perfect resume and a standout LinkedIn Profile, the third thing I am going to tell you to do is to check out Lauren Berger's Intern Queen. Her website is filled with internships from all over North America and even virtual internships. I recommend checking out the website, following her on social media and watching her YouTube videos. I am subscribed to her channel and she posts amazing and helpful content; I mean she is an expert.

Networking is the next step in finding an internship! I got my second internship by networking at my first internship. It was easy for me to do as I work in a collaborative (co-working) space with around seven entrepreneurs and their businesses. However, your colleges, manager or maybe other interns working with you know people you don't. Network with them to find your next internship.

If you are having trouble finding an internship through networking always check for postings through your school! Most schools have a career centre or a program co-op placement/internship advisor. If you're feeling lost or stuck go talk to these people at your school for guidance and help. 

Let me know if you have an internship in the comments below!

Kisses

xx,

Lisa

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Monday, 7 August 2017

PR Mail Reviews


My Hair Story with New Wash
30 Day Trial #TakeAShowerWithUs Campaign


I received a PR sample of New Wash by Hair Story back in April. I was excited to try it because I grew up with those WEN Claesing Conditioner commercials and I always thought it was a cool concept. The product is a white and feels like a conditioner. The first time I used it I was sceptical that it wouldn't clean my hair because I have very oily roots. But, to my surprise, it did clean my hair and it didn't feel dry. Some things I learned well using up my bottle are that for this product to work effectively you need to leave it on for around 5 minutes and really scrub your scalp with your finger tips like your are shampooing and getting suds. 

Let me know what you use on your hair and if you've heard of New Wash in the comments below!

Influenster Revlon Vox Box
*This product was sent to me for testing and review purposes*

c/o Instagram

I received the product a couple of months ago and have avoided doing a review because my review is not a good one. First, my all time favourite mascara that I've been using around 7 years is the CoverGirl Lash Blast line. I used to use Volume (orange tube) and now I use Clump Crusher (green tube). The CoverGirl Mascaras have the plastic bristle brush which I love because I never get any clumping. The new Revlon Lash Multiplier mascara has a real brush applicator which scared me right away. When I first applied it on my lashes it was a wet formula and the brush was clumping my lashes together. At the end of the day, I had some black flakes under my eyes which means the mascara was flaking. Last, the formula comes off very easily with warm water. Long story short I didn't like it on my lashes so I gave it to my mom and she uses it!

Let me know if you've tried the Revlon Lash Multiplier Mascara in the comments below!

Kisses

xx,

Lisa

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Summer 2017 | July

Photoshoots in front of cool walls!



Exploring the Distillery District in Toronto!


Visiting the new Toronto Dog Fountain on Front Street West!


 Let me know what you've been up to this summer in the comments below!

Kisses

xx,

Lisa

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Week in The Life | July 2017

A week in my life through my Instagram Stories!
Here's my Instagram link to follow along - https://www.instagram.com/kisscollective/


SUNDAY
Yoga in the Park
Hosted by Helena of In Fine Feather at Gage Park in Hamilton, Ontario.


MONDAY
Pool day with friends!


TUESDAY
Digital Marketing and Social Media Internship in Toronto

Commuting out of the city!


WEDNESDAY
Getting some blog rebranding work done at Starbucks!

Adult Ballet Class!


THURSDAY
Trying a new gelato place!
AMO on Locke in Hamilton.

Meditation on the Beach!
At Binbrook Conservation Area.


FRIDAY
Brunch Time!
At The Beverly on Locke in Hamilton!


SATURDAY
Favourite restaurant with the bestie!
At State and Main in Hamilton.

Let me know what you've been up to this summer in the comments below!

Kisses

xx,

Lisa

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Robin Fitzsimions


Robin is the founder and designer of Fitzy; a modern leather goods company! My favourite thing about what Robin does is that she hand makes everything in Toronto.


Where are you from? And where do you currently reside?
I grew up in London Ontario, but have been living in Toronto for the past 10 years. 

What did you study in school? Did you ever see it leading to what you are doing today?

I went to OCAD University here in Toronto and majored in Sculpture/Installation art. I never pictured myself running a business. I always thought I’d go to graduate school, and then teach.



Why did you decide to start Fitzy?

I was looking for a way to bring some spontaneity back to my artistic practice, so I decided to take on a 365 project. Every day for a whole year I would make something, be it a painting, a piece of jewellery, a photograph etc. and post it online. At a certain point in the project I got really into making leather accessories and at the urging of my friends, I decided to open up an Etsy shop. The business has since snowballed from there.



What was your dream job growing up?
When I was a little kid I always wanted to be a teacher. It wasn’t something I actively pursued past elementary school, but now it’s actually part of what I do at Fitzy. I love to teach my leather workshops, and I have a series of online ones as well.

Where are your favourite places to shop?
Does Instagram count? :P I generally like to buy directly from independent artists and designers, so I’ll usually purchase from their website, or in person at craft shows. Hoi Bo is one of my favourite local designers who also has a store front. 

How would you define the word success?
Success is such a tricky thing when you’re running a small business. It’s a really hard road, way harder than I could have ever imagined, though I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I try to always measure my success, not by where I am compared to everyone else, but by how far I’ve come. There’s always going to be someone better than you, and someone worse, so what really matters is how much you’ve grown.

What do you see yourself doing in the next five years?
I hope that I’m still doing this, but better.

Have you ever had a mentor who has given you advice that you would like to share?
Arounna of the amazing brand Bookhou told me a few years ago not to be too precious with my products. If something isn’t working, even if it’s a product that I love, it’s time to move on. That advice has allowed me to be adaptable, and not afraid to reinvent old products. The products that I’m making today are pretty different from what I started with, and that’s ok. You’ve got to go with what works.

What advice would you like to give to today’s women?
Done is better than perfect.

What is a fact about you that would surprise others?
I know how to brew my own beer.

Where can everyone find you:
Store - www.fitzy.ca
Twitter - @fitzydesign
Instagram - @fitzydesign
Facebook - @fitzydesign
Pinterest - @fitzyleather

Let me know if you've heard of Fitzy in the comments below!

Kisses

xx,

Lisa

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Christie Lohr


Christie Lohr is a successful entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the fashion industry!

Where are you from? 
Port Hardy, BC. A small town with a population of about 4,000 on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island.

And where do you currently reside? 
Vancouver, BC.

What did you study in school?
Fashion Marketing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Did you ever see it leading to what you are doing today? 
I thought I wanted to be a Buyer! Which I did have the chance to try when I worked for Le Chateau. When I worked there, they offered me a paid internship at the Montreal Head Office. During this time, I took a break from managing a flagship store in Vancouver and tried the internship for five months. Everything I did leading up to launching Style Nine to Five led me to where I am today. You need the experiences to build your confidence, expertise, and credibility in an industry. You also need to figure out what you really want to do and try your hands at different things.

What jobs did you have before you started Style Nine to Five?
Prior to launching Style Nine to Five, I had the opportunity to work as a store manager, menswear buyer, recruiter, and held various internships at a showroom, FASHION magazine and at MTV Canada, which was actually my very first internship. 


Why did you decide to start Style Nine to Five and your other job sites?
I saw an opportunity and need for it! It was during my job as a recruiter for Le Chateau that I had that Aha! moment. I was trying to fill a typically easy and sought-after job, a visual display merchandiser, but since it was located in Calgary, it wasn't easy to find a qualified candidate. I'd post this job on general job websites and take out newspaper ads but still couldn't finding anyone. This is when I thought, "Where are all the fashionistas in Calgary?! There has to be someone who loves fashion out there who is perfect for the job." This is when a light bulb went on in my head and I thought, let me fix this! Style Nine to Five was created a few months later.

What was your dream job growing up?
To be a buyer.

Where are your favourite places to shop?
I like to support local and the brands that I can build relationships with. At the moment, my favourite places are local Vancouver boutiques and labels like Gentle Fawn, 8th and Main, Still Life or Barefoot Contessa. Another go-to is Topshop - they have amazing jeans (all mine are from there).

How would you define the word success?
Being able to positively impact someone else.

What do you see yourself doing in the next five years?
Continuing to expand and build the brand! But, it’s also my dream to find the time to write a book.



Have you ever had a mentor who has given you advice that you would like to share?
I've had mentors yes, but I don't recall any advice that stands out! I do remember one of them telling me to get out of Le Chateau because they saw so much potential in me bigger than what I was doing at the time. What I take from that is change is good and it's how you grow. Sometimes we get too comfortable in our jobs and are afraid to make a change. Something I read that has always stayed with me is this piece of advice, “You can only do what you can with what you have." Sometimes we think, ahh if only I could do this, or how did that person get to do that?

How do you stay up to date on current trends?
Social Media!

What is a fact about you that would surprise others? 
I can draw, play guitar and piano. I also love toast with nothing on it...not even butter!



What advice would you like to give to today’s women? 
Don't waste energy looking to see what others are doing. This will dilute your own authentic vision.

Where can everyone find you:

Let me know if you've looked at the current jobs Christie has up on Style Nine to Five in the comments below!

Kisses

xx,

Lisa

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