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Lifestyle | Where to Go & What to Wear: Holiday Party Outfits 2017

‘Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether it’s bae’s family dinner or the annual work shindig, expect a vastly different dress code. With these looks, you’ll look fabulous and well-attired—no matter what party you’re at this season. Your Office Holiday Party The office holiday party might be a time to—kind-of—let your hair down, but it’s not the time to try out any new trends. It...
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Tips & Trends | 2017 Holiday Party Style Guide

RSVP to those party invites, ladies and gentlemen! The best way to ring in the holidays is with style! I have conveniently provided you with 3 guidelines of what’s looking to be the most trendy this 2017 holiday season. Now, if you’re a rebel like me, you may not feel inclined to follow these closely, but it would be super sweet if you did. I...
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Lifestyle | Best Gifts for Bae – Holidays 2017

Purchasing gifts for your sibling might be a breeze, but shopping for your significant other isn’t always so easy. Surprise the guy who has it all with one of the gift ideas below. The Apple Watch: Series 3 For guys who have to have the latest tech gadget, the Series 3 is a must. Unlike Series 1, Series 3 takes it up a notch with...
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Men’s Style Guide | Chunky Sneaker Season

If you follow fashion accounts on social media, you may have seen sneakers with large, obscure, stylized soles that can be described as “ugly” or “dad”. Chunky sneakers, as they have been termed, has seen a mainstream rise in 2017 ever since the release of Balenciaga’s Triple S sneaker (Image above). Designer brands such as Gucci and Acne Studios are hopping on the trend, including...
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Tips & Trends | Our Favourite Shoe Trends This Fall 2017  



Some say a diamond is a girl’s best friend, I say they’re wrong. Yes, of course, diamonds are sparkly, beautiful and of course, timeless but let’s be real here girls, most of us millennials aren’t looking for forever right now. We’re looking for in the moment, outgoing, expressive pieces that show off who we are even better than words can describe and what better way...
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Tips & Trends | Styling Boots Without a Fuss

Making its triumphant return is boot season! Whether you love the weather or not, you can warm up to the idea of staying on trend and fashion forward to get through another winter. It can be quite challenging to be stylish and stay warm all at once but I promise you these tips will help you take on the cold and the snow! TIP 1: Colour...
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Beauty Tips & Trends | Fenty Beauty: 5 Items to Cop

Rihanna’s first-ever beauty line hit stores this past September, debuting products as fierce as her. If you’re eager to pick something up but are having trouble narrowing down your choices, take a pick from these five must-have pieces. 1. Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation Rihanna wasn’t kidding when she said her brand is skin-based. For a foundation with a featherweight formula, the pro filt’r...
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Tips & Trends | Last Minute Halloween 2017 Costume Ideas

Nothing and I mean nothing (okay, maybe some things) stresses me out more than Halloween. The thought of coming up with a killer costume every year is dreadful. However, for the past couple of years, I’ve tried to prepare myself earlier so I’m: a) not without a costume and b) not shopping last minute. I haven’t mastered the holiday yet (Y’ALL PROBABLY THINK I’M CRAZY...
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Featured Favourites | Lululemon Lab

The terms “yoga pants” and “Lululemon” are practically synonymous, and the athletic brand hasn’t stopped there. Their latest branch in the yoga attire tree continues to propel forward the craze of stylish athletic wear. Meet Lululemon Lab. Lululemon Lab is a new brand that’s exclusive to two locales: New York City and hometown Vancouver. The two design concept spaces create pieces inspired by the city....
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Fashion News | Archival Toronto Fashion Pop-Up: Fall 2017

Walking into Archival Toronto’s second-ever fashion pop-up event was like walking into a candy store as a kid. Showcasing rare and unique pieces from innovative fashion labels and designers including Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto and much more, the team at Archival Toronto created a space to educate young people about fashion, its history and ground-breaking designers that are influencing the fashion...
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Men’s Style Guide | Sock It To ‘Em

Who would have thought something so simple, could make such a huge statement? For a few years now, I have been making an observation around, yes, believe it or not – socks. Now, don’t call me crazy but somehow it has captured my interest to see a well dressed man opt for some funky socks! I’ve seen some really outstanding changes in men’s fashion, particularly...
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Fashion News | Stephan Caras: Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

Where do I begin? For someone who has appreciated fashion for as long as I can remember, attending Fashion Week was an opportunity I thought was only meant for my dreams. But I thought wrong. Thanks to the lovely girls here at Designer Swap (SHOUT OUT TO YOU!), I attended the Stephan Caras show at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week and was amazed and floored by...
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Fashion News | An Interview with Marie-Andrée Wallot of Wallo, Art On Silk: Creative, Luxury and Empowerment

As we prepare to wear our velvet blazers and plaid skirts for fall, I had an opportunity to see the colours and designs of the Spring & Summer Toronto Women’s Fashion Week. There was a great opportunity to meet and greet some the designers from Quebec as part of the Cabinet Éphémère showcase. One of my favourite lines for colour and creative design was Wallo,...
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Fashion News | TWFW SS18: Canada 150 Fashion Show

What better way to celebrate 150 years of this gorgeous country than a showcase of the talented fashion that defines it? The Canada 150 Fashion Show at Toronto’s SS’18 Women’s Fashion Week featured some of the best Canadian designers to truly encapsulate this country’s cultural mosaic. With an introduction against a flowing Canadian flag, the longest runway on Canada’s longest street paid homage to influential...
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Tips & Trends | Fall 2017: Styling A Pantsuit

What’s sexier than a woman who is bold enough to wear whatever she wants? Nothing. There’s nothing more engaging than the woman who takes chances, especially when it comes to fashion. I find it so intriguing to watch women of all ages and sizes cross the lines that society draws up in front of them to hold them back. I love that in 2017, you...
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Beauty Tips & Trends | Five Beauty Products You Need This Fall

Our wardrobe isn’t the only thing changing with the season. Our skincare routine and makeup products also need a little tweaking. Protect your skin and stay on trend by snagging the five beauty products below. Korean Beauty Brand’s Sheet Mask Korean beauty brand 3CE may not be available in Canada, but one US retailer has made it slightly easier to buy. Try one of their...
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Fashion News | The Best of London Fashion Week SS 2018

It’s September, which not only means that fall is upon us, but fashion month is in full swing. With New York and London having wrapped up, and Milan and Paris coming up next, some definite trends are beginning to emerge. London often hosts the most fun and avant-garde fashion week, and they did not disappoint this season. Here’s a look at some of the top...
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Fashion News | Best Dressed at the 2017 Emmys

On September 17, the 69th annual Emmy Awards took place to celebrate the achievements of those in the TV industry. Many prestigious actors and actresses were in attendance, each showing off their own unique styles with the newest creations from famous designers. Here are our picks for Best Dressed at the 2017 Emmys! Nicole Kidman (Calvin Klein By Appointment) Jane Fonda (Brandon Maxwell) Yara Shahidi...
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Beauty Tips & Trends | Lipstick Colours To Try This Fall

Every season there is something we can look forward to – the heat of the summer, holidays in the winter, spring blooms in April, but our favourite season to get excited about is fall. Not only is fall the season of the pumpkin spice latte, but fall is also a brand new time to pull off trendy new lip colours. Whether it is barely-there nudes,...
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Fashion News | Nordstrom Canada Celebrates the Launch of its Third Toronto Location

West-end fashion lovers now have another reason to celebrate (and to hit the mall!) with the opening of Nordstrom’s sixth Canadian location. With a crowd of shoppers gathered outside the store entrance, opening day took place on Friday, September 15th at CF Sherway Gardens, located in Etobicoke at 25 The West Mall. This new opening marks the department store’s third location in Toronto, following behind...
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Tips & Trends | The Best Of New York Fashion Week SS 2018

1. Kaia Gerber It’s enough that she’s the daughter of the iconic supermodel, Cindy Crawford, but at the age of only 16, New York Fashion Week was Kaia Gerber’s week. She was one busy girl, making her debut on the runway with Calvin Klein, and later walking for the likes of Alexander Wang, Fenty x Puma, Coach, and Marc Jacobs. Literally “walking” in her mother’s footsteps,...
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Tips & Trends | 5 Timeless Style Icons

Audrey Hepburn Graceful and chic, Hepburn’s elfin beauty continues to inspire women everywhere. She didn’t wear ground-breaking attire; she simply knew how to dress for the times, as glorified in past photographs. Hepburn carried a grace in even the simplest piece of clothing. Favouring clean lines, slim fits, and plain colours, she looked sleek and sophisticated no matter where she went. From the iconic Givenchy...
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Outfit Of The Day | Featuring Our Christian Dior Clog Heels

It’s sad to say goodbye to our short summer this year but we’re also excited for fall, especially during the transitional wardrobe period where you can still wear some of your summer clothes pieces! For today’s post, Linh and I will feature one of our favourite vintage Christian Dior clog heels that can be worn in the summer and fall. One of my go-to style...
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Tips & Trends | Who said school bags cant be stylish?

It’s that time of year again… bright yellow buses rule the streets, and your school is flooded with new students wearing lanyards draped around their necks and over stuffed Jansport backpacks weighing them down. The bag you use at school is an important pick for us ladies – it has to fit all of our needs, i.e. cute, versatile, stylish, and most importantly, it has...
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Fashion News | Best Dressed at the 2017 VMA’s

Every year, the Video Music Awards embraces individuality and diversity, with celebrities making a statement through the outfits they wear. This year was no different, with our favourite actors, actresses and musicians confidently strutting their unique styles. Here are Designer Swap’s picks for the Best Dressed at the VMA’s. Katy Perry (Stephane Rolland) Julia Michaels (Christian Dior) Hailee Steinfeld (Atelier Versace) Heidi Klum (Dundas) Demi...
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Tips & Trends | Back To School 2017: First Day Outfits

Ahhh, it’s almost here ladies and gents! The coveted first day of school. I’m an expert at them by now, which is why I am here to share some outfit inspiration. I’ve treated the first day of school differently each year, but confidence is always the best thing to wear. I know everyone is trying to make a great first impression, but just be yourself!...
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Tips & Trends | Fall 2017 Top 5 Must-Have Pieces

A new season is around the corner, and the last thing you want is to be caught off-guard without a fall wardrobe. Stay stylish this autumn by adding these five pieces to your wardrobe. Slouchy Boots A roomy style, whether in distressed leather or suede, makes these shoes the must-have boots of the season. Saint Laurent’s glittery boot might not be the best ready-to-wear look,...
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Tips & Trends | Seeing Red

Bright red has been hands down one of the most popular colours of the summer, and it shows no sign of going anywhere anytime soon. This powerful hue easily transitions from summer to fall, and it transforms any outfit into a bold statement. Here are a few ways to soak up the last few weeks of summer in red and how to rock it in...
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Tips & Trends | Top 10 Wedding Shoe Brands

Wedding season is officially in full swing! From a bride’s perspective, one of the most important decisions (I mean aside from the dress, venue, photographer, DJ, and florist) is choosing a stylish pair of shoes that will be comfortable enough to wear for the long day ahead. Here are 10 popular shoe brands that will keep you looking fabulous while giving you that much-needed comfort...
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Tips & Trends | Back To School Must-Haves: The Essentials

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, for those going back to school, perhaps not. HOWEVER, there is no better way to get excited about getting back on campus than being prepared. I know, I know. I can’t actually do the whole school thing for you but I can most certainly give you some tips on survival. I have finally finished school forever...
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Featured Favourites | Canada’s First Asian Beauty Subscription Bag!

We’ve recently discovered a brand new subscription service that brings you Asian beauty products every month, and thought you all would love to know about it! Moonbow Co. is a Canadian based company that sends you all the great Asian beauty brands that have been making waves in the beauty industry. Brands like Etude House, Innisfree, Tony Moly, and Skin Food are favourites amongst the...
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Fashion News | Vetements x DHL Capsule Collection

In a move that left the Internet wondering whether or not it was being trolled, cult-brand Vetements has officially announced its capsule collection with logistics giant DHL. For the fashion-defying imprint to partner with one of the world’s leading logistics company not only recognizes the importance transportation plays in shipping its items to valued customers, but it endorses DHL as a recognizable and global brand....
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Featured Favourites | Michael Kors Black Selma Studded Messenger Bag

This month, we’re featuring the Michael Kors Black Selma Studded Messenger Bag. Match this purse with an all black ensemble, and stack lots of gold jewellery for the ultimate rocker chic look. You’re ready for a summer festival! Michael Kors | Black Selma Studded Messenger Bag Designer Swap is Canada’s online luxury consignment shop and Toronto-based fashion blog. Find gently-used and pre-loved authentic designer pieces...
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Tips & Trends | More Of Rihanna’s Best Street Looks

There’s never (and I mean never…ever) been a time where I looked at Rihanna and didn’t like what she was wearing. I’ve talked about her many times but I truly appreciate what she stands for as a woman and as a style icon. She’s a fashion chameleon on stage, on the runway and on the streets. She is continuously evolving year after year, giving women...
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Tips & Trends | Your Guide to End of Summer Parties

As unfortunate as it sounds, summer is soon over. Fall is on its way and real life starts back up in preparation for the new year. Thankfully, we still have one month left to dazzle in summer dresses, spend late nights’ patio hoping with our friends and enjoy the summer suns heat. August is among us, and that means we have to hit as many...
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Beauty Tips & Trends | Green Beauty Essentials

If you read my recent post on The Detox Market, you’ll know I’m already a huge fan of green beauty and skincare. I love trying out new products and have already gathered quite a collection of go-tos. I thought I’d share my top recommendations with the Designer Swap community, so read on the see my top picks for natural beauty and skincare products! Favourite Cleanser:...
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Lifestyle | Where to Go & What to Wear: Workout

From classic workout stores to celebrity lines, the athletic wear empire allows us to look surprisingly fashionable despite breaking a sweat. Look stylish and stay fit in this edition of Where to Go & What to Wear. Spin Class Sweat-wicking clothes are your friend. While spin shoes are recommended, they’re not required, so, pull out those new gym shoes you bought but still haven’t worn....
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Tips & Trends | Beauty Essentials for Camping

Most of us have been there, stuck in the middle of the forest fighting to stay cute in the midst of all the mosquito bites, poison ivy, and maybe even a potential sunburn. Even if you love the outdoors, it can be a struggle to love all the natural enemies that come with it, but lucky for you, I have comprised a list of essential beauty...
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