Thursday, 29 June 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Akiko Ruiz


I recently interview Akiko, founder of akr Design Studio and asked her some questions about design and running her own online shop!

Where are you from? And where do you currently reside?
I’m originally from Yokohama Japan and I currently live in Orange County, California.

What did you study in school? Did you ever see it leading to what you are doing today?
I studied graphic design at Art College in Japan. I’ve never thought about having a stationery line before, but I always knew I would do something creative. 

What jobs did you have before you started akr Design Studio?
I’ve worked in the apparel industry for years before I started akr Design Sudio. I made designs for t-shirts, sweats, and accessories etc.

Why did you decide to start akr Design Studio?
I wanted to create and start something myself, and one of my friends had a stationery line. So I gave it a try and made a few designs for a card and absolutely loved it. My passion is expressing myself with hand drawing illustrations and create designs that can make people smile. So I found making a card perfect. 



What was your dream job growing up?
I don’t remember what was my dream job as a kid, but fashion illustration has always been my passion.

Where are your favourite places to shop?
I love vintage shopping! Asos is my favorite online store to shop lately too.

How would you define the word success?
Love what you do and be passionate about it.

What do you see yourself doing in the next five years?
I continuously create designs and expand akr Design Studio. I'd collaborate with many brands/company I love.



Is there anyone who has been influential in your life/starting a business?
I don’t think of a particular person, but successful women always inspire me.

Have you ever had a mentor who has given you advice that you would like to share?
I had a mentor who passed away about a year ago. She had such a big heart and was always curious about new things. She always encouraged me and told me I could do something great. 

How do you stay up to date on current trends?
I have to say SNS, especially Instagram. I used to love to read magazines, but I look at my phone a lot more often now.



What advice would you like to give to today’s women?
Find something you love and be good at it. If you haven’t found your passion, try everything until you find it and have fun!

What is a fact about you that would surprise others?
I admire people who can eat a lot and love watching them eat a ton of food, haha!

Where can everyone find you:


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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Outfit | The Classic Leather Jacket Part 2

Sometimes you just need to throw on a leather jacket and feel like a badass! I got mine a couple of months ago and have styled it twice for the blog here and here but, this look has to be my favourite.


Vince Camuto Black Heel Booties








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Friday, 23 June 2017

Guest Outfit | Maroon Sweater

Sharon is back for a third time with another outfit post!


What are you wearing?
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How would you describe your personal winter style?
My spring style is very casual, basic and comfy.

What is the favourite thing you are wearing?
My favourite item I'm wearing is my sweater.

What are your favourite places to shop/favourite stores?
Forever 21 and Garage because they have trendy pieces that aren't that expensive.

Like Sharon's style follow her on Instagram and Twitter @sharonpilszak



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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Outfit | Feeling Boho






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Friday, 16 June 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Mary Young


I discovered Mary Young and her lingerie and loungewear namesake label last year during a Ryerson school event that I saw on Twitter. I instantly loved her line and what she stood for. First of all, everything if made in Canada which is great and something I've recently started to support more. Second, her lingerie is beautiful and is something that you can wear every day and feel beautiful in. 

I got the chance to meet Mary at a Rogers Small Business event back in April and listened to her talk about entrepreneurship and productivity. She's honestly one of the nicest people ever and her success is something I definitely look up to! 

Lux Everyday Bra in Black
#mymaryyoung

Where are you from? And where do you currently reside?
I'm from the small town, Arnprior, which is just west of Ottawa, Ontario and I now reside in Toronto.

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

After high school, I attended George Brown College for Fashion Design and Techniques, which I completed one year and then headed to Ryerson University to study Fashion Communications. I never knew these two programs would shape me and lead me to start my own business but I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, I just never thought I would be so young.

Why did you decide to create MARY YOUNG?

I launched MARY YOUNG just a few months upon graduating Ryerson after overwhelmingly positive feedback from the industry and community on my thesis. I produced a written thesis as well as a five-piece collection of hand knit sweaters and lingerie which was my very first collection. After studying the lingerie industry so intently for months I saw a gap in the market for lifestyle lingerie that was practical and comfortable for everyday wear but still something women would want to wear for their partners. Noticing this gap was what gave me hope that launching a brand in such a niche industry was worth it.




What was your dream job growing up?

My dream job has always been to be an entrepreneur and have a clothing line, though I never imagined it being a lingerie line.



How would you define the word success?

To me, success is finding happiness in all areas of your life. Being successful is about balancing work, family, relationships and most importantly being truly happy and confident within yourself.

Is there anyone who has been influential in your life/starting a business?
My mom has been a big influence in not only my life but also my business. Growing up my dad stayed home while my mom worked, so I grew up seeing that women are equal to men and can pursue a career the same as anyone else. She also was a huge support in me launching my business and has been vital in its growth; she's always letting me bounce ideas off of her, helping with customer service and overall business operations.



Have you ever had a mentor who has given you advice that you would like to share?
I've had a few mentors and they've been so beneficial for so many reasons. One mentor told me that if it were easy then everyone would be doing it. That advice has truly stuck with me; being an entrepreneur is often glamourized but in reality, it is extremely hard work with a lot of pressure. Another piece of advice is to take calculated risks, starting something is a risk but analyzing what could go wrong and how you'd handle it is really important because trust me, things will go wrong. 

Where do you find inspiration when you're creating new collections?
I personally find a lot of inspiration from people watching, seeing what people are wearing, whether is low cut tops, oversized tees or high waist jeans. All of my garments have to compliment the wardrobe of the consumer so knowing how my pieces can pair with their current garments is extremely important. I also look to menswear for a lot of inspiration, there's such an ease with men's clothing that women's doesn't always have, I try to take that ease and translate it into my garments.

Why did you decide to start the Self Love Club?
I decided to focus on the Self Love Club movement after realizing how many women were feeling more comfortable and confident in their natural shape after challenging what the industry defines as sexy. Seeing women feel empowered by their confidence means too much to me and I want to focus on that not only in this generation but all generations, especially the younger ones. Everything the MARY YOUNG brand stands for is feeling confident in your natural shape and defining sexy on your own terms, this is something the media and fashion industry doesn't advocate but it's time that changes. The Self Love Club is not us or buying our garments but rather you and your attitude. 



What advice would you like to give to today’s women?
What I want all women today to know is that you are beautiful, in who you are and what makes you, you. It's important and vital to take the time to learn more about yourself and learn to love every aspect, and it's more than okay to say that you're beautiful and to love yourself. 

What is a fact about you that would surprise others?
One surprising thing is I haven't drank coffee in a year. As an entrepreneur, everyone thinks coffee fuels you, which it used to but now I'm coffee free and rely on matcha lattes for my energy.


Let me know if you've bought anything from MARY YOUNG in the comments below!

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Intern Files | Finding Your Next Internship


Continuing with the Intern Files series I thought I would talk about how to find your next internship. Whether it be your second, third or fourth internship here are some tips to help you out in your search! Also, it's okay to go a semester without an internship or part-time job. Everyone needs a break once and a while to focus on school or just having fun. 

1. Start looking before you leave your current internship! Remember the saying, "It's easier to get a job when you already have one."

2. Get a reference letter from your current manager/mentor to use for your next internship. 

3. Love the company and want to stay? Ask to work in a different department or work if the company is small ask to have a new title and work on different tasks and projects. Go to your manager/mentor and see if a transfer is possible. 

4. Want to try out a different company? Search, search and search some more! Use Intern Queen or Indeed to find internships to apply for. Another alternative is to pick a company you love and email HR or a manager in the department you want to intern in and inquiry if they take on interns.

5. Use your school's resources to find internship postings. 

6. Use LinkedIn!

7. Ask friends and family.

Let me know if you've started an internship in the comments below!

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Outfit | A Dress and Grey Denim Shirt


Happy Sunday, I've been loving the spring weather lately! Today I pulled out one of my go-to spring dresses from TOPSHOP!

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Let me know your favourite thing about spring in the comments below!

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Friday, 2 June 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Janine Rogan


I interviewed Janine Rogan, CPA, Tax Specialist and Finance Speaker and asked her some questions about what all #GirlBosses need to know about, investing and saving your money!

Where are you from and where are you currently located?
I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and currently live in Calgary, which is a quick 3-hour trip south of my hometown. 


What was your dream job growing up?
I think at one point I wanted to be a teacher, doctor, or a marine biologist. However, I can't stand blood, I'm scared of sharks, and working with kids all day is exhausting (shout out to all the fantastic teachers!).  



What did you study in school? Did you see it leading it where you are now?
I had quite an interesting journey. I started in the Faculty of Engineering, and then switched into Sciences, followed by a switch into Agriculture. Eventually, I found myself at the School of Business taking Accounting. Right now I'm a tax specialist, having just completed my CPA designation. I don't know if I thought I'd end up in tax, but it definitely keeps things interesting! I also run a financial literacy website (janinerogan.com), I write, speak, and teach others about money, which I love... so maybe I ended up being a teacher in a way after all. 



Who has been the most influential person in your career or life?
Probably my mom or Courtney Kirschbaum (http://www.courtneykirschbaum.com/). Courtney has pushed me to take risks with my business and challenged me to think outside the box and questions what my values are. It's been an interesting (and exhausting) journey to work a full-time job and run a website but, I'm loving every minute.  


Why did you decide to start your own business/blog? Did it seem enticing? Did something inspire you?
Honestly, I kind of fell into it. I've always enjoyed writing and back during my undergrad a friend shared a personal finance book with me. It opened my eyes to the world of money, and I've been hooked ever since.  



Why should everyone be investing? How can #GirlBosses, entrepreneurs and creatives invest smart?
Not investing is probably the biggest mistake you can make. You are missing out on tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars! To invest smart there are a couple things individuals need to do:
1) Research and understand what you're investing in
2) Take calculated risks. This is done through understanding the investment and build a diversified portfolio
3) Watch out for fees. I recommend individuals look at ETF's, or Index funds when they are starting out. They are well diversified, which means less risk for you and they have low fees, which means more money in your pocket!  



What are the best and easiest way to save and budget your money?
I think the best way to start budgeting and saving is understanding where your money is going on a granular level. When you see you're spending $400 on Starbucks each month you might decide that's not a good use of your money and decide to allocate it elsewhere. It isn't about depriving yourself, it's about ensuring you have enough money to fund your goals and dreams while still living a fulfilled life. 



How would you define success?
I think success can be defined differently for everyone. For me success would be living a fulfilled life, loving what I do each and every day and having enough money to be able to do all of the things I want to do



What advice would you give to today's women?
Start paying attention to your money! It's so important, and while it might seem boring you have to care about it. Most women outlive their partners so it's important to understand where your money is going and how you can grow it so that you can use it to live your dream life!  



Where can everyone find you?
Website/Blog - janinerogan.com 
Twitter, Snapchat & Instagram: @JanineRogan 


Let me know what you know about investing in the comments below!

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