Friday, 28 April 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Gracie Carroll


I interviewed Toronto Blogger and Entrepreneur Gracie Carroll about how she started her blog and The Chic Canuck! 

1. Where are you from? And where do you currently reside?

I’m from downtown Toronto and I currently reside in downtown Toronto! Although I grew up on the west and now live on the east side of town.


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

I went to Ryerson University for the Fashion Communication program. Ten years ago I don’t think I ever thought that what I do today could be a job or career, but the skills I gained during those four years have definitely helped me in what I do now every day.


3. What jobs did you have before you started Gracie Carroll / The Chic Canuck?

I moved to New York City to intern for Teen Vogue after my third year of university, and then I moved to London, UK after I graduated. While in London I worked in PR before landing my dream job assisting the Fashion Features Director at ELLE UK! When I moved back home I worked for a friend’s start-up which taught me a lot about building a successful business from scratch.


4. Why did you decide to create GracieCarroll.com / The Chic Canuck?

While working in the UK in PR and later at ELLE UK so much of my time was dedicated to researching and contacting bloggers that I started to realize just how massive and important these personal sites and brands were becoming. As I knew I was going to be returning home to Toronto when my visa ended, I thought there was a real and very exciting opportunity to create my own blog and be a part of a growing business that I knew would soon hit Canada. A few months after moving home I launched GracieCarroll.com in October of 2011 and the rest is history!


I decided to create TheChicCanuck.com after meeting and working with so many great local Canadian brands and designers. I felt strongly that there should be one place online where people can go to shop and discover things, people and places that are chic and Canadian. People often tell me that they find it hard to shop or support local, so the hope is that The Chic Canuck can help them make smarter decisions about how they spend their money.


5. What was your dream job growing up?

I wanted to work for a fashion magazine.


6. Where are your favourite places to shop?

I love shopping at local boutiques along Queen West in Toronto, as well as shopping directly from some of my favourite local designers such as Andrew Coimbra, Paria Shirvani, Bazzul, Beaufille and Sid Neigum. I also love to shop when I’m travelling to bring home something special that’s local to that city or country.


7. How would you define the word success?

That is tough! There are so many ways to define success. To me, I think that if you can build or create something that you can turn into your job and be able to work for yourself, that is success. But really, as long as you are happy you are successful!


8. What do you see yourself doing in the next five years?

Whatever makes me happy!



9. Is there anyone who has been influential in your life/starting a blog and business?

My mom has run her own business (a womenswear boutique) for over thirty years and she’s always been my biggest inspiration especially as an entrepreneur.


10. Have you ever had a mentor who has given you advice that you would like to share?

I think the best advice I’ve ever received has come from observing my mentors. These women showed me that you don’t have to be a bitch to be successful and to me that has always been very powerful.


11. How do you stay up to date on current trends?

The internet! And people watching.


12. What advice would you like to give to today’s women?

Work hard, be kind, help others.


13. What is a fact about you that would surprise others?

I could be a professional bargain hunter. l am extremely good at finding great deals on pretty much anything.


14. Where can everyone find you:

Website - GracieCarroll.com
Twitter - @GracieCarroll
Instagram - @GracieCarroll

Facebook - /graciecarrollblog
Pinterest - /pingracie



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Friday, 21 April 2017

The Intern Files | What I've Learned


Over the past eight months I've been a Digital Marketing Intern at a small start-up in Toronto, Canada called Ms. Dress Up. You can read here about how I got the internship back in the spring last year. Since that post, I have been documenting my experience through monthly blog posts including the truth of being a fashion intern, three ways to help you excel at your internship, 5 reasons to be an entrepreneur and 5 reasons to intern at a start-up company. The latest post I shared was a day in the life of being a fashion intern.

Today's post is a reflection of everything I've learned about myself, the work world and start-ups from my first ever internship. I would love for you to share your experiences with me in the comments below if you have any!


About Myself:

-I take initiative

-I work fast

-I go with the flow

-I get bored easily

-I change my mind about what I want to weekly but, I've discovered that the company I work for is more important than the exact position title I will ever hold

-I definitely want more internships but, with different titles so I look more experienced and diverse with jobs when I graduate


About The Work World:

-There are many different kinds of workers; we all work in our own way and that's okay

-Some people care more and do more; you cannot change others, just worry about yourself and your work


About Start-Ups:

-Being your own boss is cool; stressful but, cool

-It is a challenge (I'm up for one as you can see from above I get bored easily)

-I would like to start a start-up some day; no idea what it will be but, I will have one


Let me know what you've learned from interning in the comments below!

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Friday, 14 April 2017

The Intern Files | Day in the Life of a Fashion Intern


A typical day interning for me is usually on a Thursday or Friday! So, in the morning I wake up, get ready and walk to the office which takes about ten minutes from my apartment. I meet with my mentor Natalie and we discuss the daily agenda. Here is the wonderful collaborative workspace: 



The process Natalie and I have when it comes to my work is that everything is task-orientated. So every week I will be given a new task. I think it is easier to work this way instead of her saying, "go do all the marketing activities for the month." Because as a student I probably don't know all the activities. Something Natalie usually says is, "come up with an idea for the fall marketing campaign and pitch it to me."

My title is Digital Marketing Intern, however, working at start-up means I'm not interning in one specific area of the business, I'm learning all aspects. My favourite task as an intern is that I initiated the company blog and I get to write weekly content. Check out my posts on Ms. Dress Up!


At this internship, there are no coffee runs, unless the coffee is for me!

Are you interning anywhere right now? Let me know your interning experience in the comments below.

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Friday, 7 April 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Jessica Woods


1. Where are you from? And where do you currently reside?

Hi! I was born and raised close to Paris, even though I moved house over five times as a kid. Just a few months ago I moved again, but this time to the countryside. I still live in France but I got tired of the city.  


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

Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to do something creative. I had tons of notebooks where I kept my beloved pictures, going from outfits to celebrities and puppies. After high school, I decided to give art school a try to help me find my path. About a year later, I went to a private school in Paris (we got tons of these in France, ranging from 6,000€ to 20,000€ a year…) and got a bachelor degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. I’d say my current job is quite close to my expectations.


3. What jobs did you have before you started your blog?

I started as an intern in a firm specialized in online teaching. I helped on the branding of some new products, and from 9 am to 6 pm I would work on Photoshop with stock photos, to illustrate their courses. After a while, they asked me if I wanted to work as a freelancer for them and I said yes. I stayed for over a year.


4. Why did you decide to start and blog and online store? What made it enticing? Did something inspire you?

To be completely honest, starting this blog wasn’t planned and everything moved rather quickly. I moved house back in September 2016 and I never thought finding new clients would be this hard. I kept looking, knocking on doors and I even thought about finding a full-time job, leaving behind me the freelance life. The problem was: there wasn’t any full-time job opportunity either. I sent my resume several times but never got any reply. So I was left with nothing, thinking: ‘What are you going to do now? You got a mouth to feed’. On November, I decided to go back into blogging.
I used to run a blog back in high school and when I started my studies, I decided to stop. Getting back on track was easy. I was used to Wordpress, I knew all about hosting platforms and I had learned about social medias in school. As a bonus, I had some professional experience behind me to be able to share my own tips. Launching my online store was a side project I had in mind for a very long time, and I decided it was time to do it! I got no better things to do.  


5. Where did your blog name come from?

I’m a 90s kid and I’m proud of it. In my opinion, we had the best musicians, the best movies and the craziest fashion trends. I’m so happy I grew up before the Internet was even a thing and being quite nostalgic, I wanted this reference. I’m also a people person, I love helping, giving tips, listening, and to be able to build a community is my ultimate goal. That’s how NinetyCo was born! 


6. How would you define the word success?

In the dictionary, success is defined by ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose’ and while I’m not quite sure yet, I think I would love to be able to help as many people as possible. I believe I’d call myself successful the day people would say or write ‘Thanks to Jess, I was strong and motivated enough to pursue my dreams’. I didn’t have the best childhood, I moved a lot, and as I mentioned earlier, being a freelancer isn’t always easy. To be able to give back thanks to my own experience seems quite amazing.


7. What do you see yourself doing in the next five years?

Let’s be frank right away, I would like to be a mom before I’m 30, so I hope to see myself running around a little kid. During the next five years, I do plan on growing NinetyCo, to inspire and help people. I would love to travel more, to finally visit Canada, Greece, and maybe Iceland. I have many dreams to achieve, but maybe five years aren’t enough. It’s crazy how time flies.


8. Is there anyone who has been influential in your life/starting a blog and business?

Family wise, my grandpa and grandma are influencing me every single day. They were born right before WWII and to think they survived, grew old and managed to be happy is everything to me. My grandpa was a commandeered soldier through the Algerian war, my grandma was part of a mass exodus. They grew up in such a tragical time but they’ve been married for over fifty years now and that in itself, is a huge accomplishment. I’m just so proud of them. When I think about their lives, I do think that if you want something, you’ll eventually get it if you work and fight hard enough. They did it, so I thought I could at least try.


9. Have you ever had a mentor who has given you advice that you would like to share?

I don’t really have any mentor but I do take a lot of inspiration and motivation from different quotes and my favourite definitely is: ‘Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change’. I don’t believe in luck when it comes to success. Things don’t happen overnight, you got to think about what you want, you got to see yourself in that future position and you got to work for it. People always thinking ‘I won’t make it’ often don’t.


10. How do you stay up to date on current trends?

I read a lot of blogs and magazines. Every day, I take over two hours, reading and documenting myself. However, I’m not a big trend follower. I have my own tastes when it comes to Design, I can appreciate a good pattern, but I try to stay true to myself, as much as possible.


11. Where can everyone find you?

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

3 quotes to help you get through the day


We all go through bad days and sometimes we need to hear words of encouragement when we're struggling! Here are three quotes that help me and I hope they help you as well:

1. "Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."


2. "Go where you feel most alive." 


3. "Actually I can." 

Let me know your mantra in the comments below!

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