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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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Community | The Detox Market Toronto

In the busy heart of downtown Toronto, you’ll find the cutest makeup and skin care shop for all your beauty needs. The best part? Each and every one of the items in the carefully curated product selection is made up of all-natural ingredients and is free from any harmful chemicals. The green beauty industry is quickly growing as more and more people are becoming aware...
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Fashion News | Karlie Kloss x Express Collection

Earlier this year, one of our favourite celebrity supermodels Karlie Kloss teamed up with Express to release an exclusive 17-piece collection. According to Kloss, “the collection is made for everyday women – the strong, dynamic, on-the-go achievers among us” (The Fashion Spot, 2017). This affordable, chic and versatile line is made up of wardrobe essentials including maxi dresses, pencil skirts, bomber jackets, graphic tees, and...
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Featured Favourites | Fashion Blogger and Entrepreneur: WeWoreWhat

Danielle Bernstein, better known by her IG handle @weworewhat, is more than a fashion blogger: she’s a designer, style-influencer, and collaborator. A face consistently obscured by aviators has fans and followers itching to know more about her. This NYC-native has taken the fashion-blogging world by storm with her mix of vintage, classy, and street-style looks. Bernstein turned her street-style blog WeWoreWhat into an entire brand,...
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Featured Favourites | Christian Louboutin Nude Pigalle 100mm Patent Leather Pumps

If you’ve been looking for the perfect goes-with-everything shoe, these Christian Louboutin nude patent leather 100mm Pigalle pumps are it! The sleek, classic design paired with the quality of all Louboutins mean that not only do they truly go with anything, they’ll also always be in style. Summer is often packed full of weddings and parties, and these shoes can be your go-to since they’re...
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Tips & Trends | Wedding Season Outfit Guide

Ah, summertime. Also known as the time of year when our weekends are filled with wedding festivities and celebrations galore. With so many occasions to plan for, things can certainly get a little hectic, and deciding what to wear can fall to the bottom of our to-do lists. No worries though, Designer Swap is here to help! We’ve chosen some of the most common types...
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Tips & Trends | Shoe of the Summer: The Mule

I work in a shoe store that supplies on-trend choices at any price point you could imagine. When our spring and summer changeover was upon us, I couldn’t wait to see what would fill our store. The one style in particular that caught my eye was the mule. They come in all kinds of colours, heights, materials (I’ve seen denim ones that gave me Barbie...
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Lifestyle | Where to Go & What to Wear: Liberty Village

As we all know, Torontonians take an extra amount of pride in where we lay our heads at night. The neighbourhood to the Toronto native is not only where we sneak away for Sunday morning yoga, or where we stuff our faces with the best local burger. It’s not even only where we meet our best friends for monthly cocktails – neighbourhoods are home to us...
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Lifestyle | Pack like a Pro for Your Next Weekend Getaway

From cottage weekends to city vacations, nothing says freedom like a quick getaway in the summer. Regardless of an overnight or weekend trip, it’s hard to narrow down clothes, especially when you’re trying to pack light but can’t decide between your favourite pieces. There’s nothing worse than mindlessly throwing clothes in your bag only to find out nothing you packed matches. For your next weekend...
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Fashion News | Kate Moss Stars in Miu Miu Fall 2017 Campaign

If you’re looking for your next vacation inspiration, look no further than Miu Miu’s Fall 2017 campaign. In it, models Kate Moss, Adwoa and Kesewa Aboah, and actress Naomie Harris (who plays Moneypenny in the latest James Bond films) take in all that New Orleans has to offer. Famous jazz clubs of New Orleans set the perfect backdrop for the Fall/Winter 2017 collection. In the...
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Tips & Trends | Canada Day Outfit Ideas 2017

As you may have heard, we have big birthday coming up. Canada is turning 150 this July and celebrations are in full swing. One way to celebrate your Canadian pride can of course be done through fashion, here’s a few ideas of how to do so. The Hudson’s Bay Company is not only Canada’s oldest and most iconic company, it’s the oldest company in North...
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Tips & Trends | Styling Skirts For Summer

When I think of summer, many things come to mind. Aside from cold drinks, the beach and ice cream…I think of what’s going to be trendy and what fashion pieces are a must have. Season to season, I spend hours (I’m not kidding…HOURS) adding to my fashion board on Pinterest to get inspired. Obviously, I’m obsessive about having a versatile selection of clothing items suitable...
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Fashion News | Rihanna x Manolo Blahnik So Stoned Collection

As you may already know, we have quite a few Rihanna fans on the Designer Swap team. Pictures have been released of Rihanna’s next and final collection with Manolo Blahnik, and it definitely was not a disappointment. After two previous collections, the final Rihanna x Manolo collection, aptly named “So Stoned” is available to purchase on July 6th. The collection features four designs with a...
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Tips & Trends | Easy Summer Dress Outfit Ideas

As temperatures start to rise, there’s nothing better than a summer dress to quickly slip on and head out the door. The perfect one is light, airy, and can easily transition from a day at the beach to a night out with your girls. To show just how versatile a summer dress can be, I styled three looks using one dress, and hope that it...
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Tips & Trends | Top 5 Summer Office Wardrobe Staples

With summer – and warm weather, finally here, it’s officially time to trade in spring jackets and dark-coloured pants for sundresses and flowy tunics. Hot and humid temperatures can make dressing for the office a challenge, especially when you want to wear tank tops and shorts, but have to put on pencil skirts and blouses. Whether your workplace is corporate or allows some dressing flexibility,...
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Tips & Trends | Logo Mania

If you’ve spent much time online lately, you’ve likely seen a slew of images featuring highly logoed items popping up on influencer blogs and Instagram posts. This recent trend towards a more is more aesthetic is a definite departure from the sleek minimalist looks that we’ve become so used to seeing. Think Kim K’s head to toe monochromatic ensembles and you know just the kind...
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Community | Q&A with Christine of The Style Status

For girls on the go, wardrobes have to be stylish and easy. Enter Christine of The Style Status: your go-to source of monochrome, minimalist wardrobe inspiration. If you’re like me, constantly sitting in front of your wardrobe thinking about what to wear, we could probably both learn a thing or two from Christine. In this Q&A, learn Christine’s must-haves and her fave fashion trends! What or who inspired...
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Tips & Trends | What to Wear With Denim Shorts

Summer is almost here and that means a seasonal staple is back: denim shorts (See Related: Top 5 Must Have Summer Clothing Pieces). A versatile classic, they can be dressed up or down, and a part of almost every summer outfit. Whether in good old fashioned blue, black, white, or a breadth of other colours, we all have at least one pair in our wardrobes....
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Tips & Trends | Top 5 Must Have Summer Clothing Pieces

 1. A Staple Pair Jean Shorts The amount of times a summer I find myself in a pair of jean shorts is uncountable. They are a favourite of mine because they are so versatile and style-friendly. You can dress them up and most certainly dress them down…anything goes! 2. Interchangeable Bathing Suit Tops and Bottoms When we were kids, bathing suits were a breeeeeeeeze! These...
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Community | Q&A with Mirabelle of Pix-elated Passion

From the first time I stumbled upon Mirabelle’s Instagram, I always felt there was a certain je ne sais quoi about her. Perhaps it is her beautifully curated, clean Instagram aesthetic, or her professional quality outfit photos that look like they belong in a magazine editorial. Every outfit seems thoughtfully put together, and made for her. Take our advice and follow her immediately – this girl has got a...
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Tips & Trends | Top 5 Must Have Summer Accessories

Summer is right around the corner (come on Mr. Sun, shine just a little brighter) and as young women, we stress about a few things as it approaches. Firstly, we worry about what we’ll look like in our bikinis (I’m still working on this as we speak). Secondly, we try to think of all of the adventures we want to go on with our pals...
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Outfit Of The Day | Featuring Our Multi-Coloured Pucci Belt

Us sisters are not too fond of wearing belts. One, we don’t like it when there’s something around our belly (it feels itchy). Two, we don’t really need to wear one unless our pants are too loose (which doesn’t happen often because Momma Pham can alter it!). However, belts are versatile and can complete an outfit if it is worn the right way. It all depends...
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Fashion News | The Best of Cannes Film Festival 2017

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 17th before wrapping on the 28th, and while films are supposed to be the main focus, all eyes were on the red carpet. The who’s who of the acting and fashion worlds flocked to France for what’s essentially become a week and half long fashion show. Stars make sure they look their best not only...
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Men’s Style Guide | Men’s Fashion in Tokyo

A couple weeks ago, I came home from a trip to Japan and everything about it is simply incredible. From the food to the culture, to the fashion… everything was breathtaking. There was specifically one place I loved for fashion: the crosswalk square in Shibuya. Everywhere I walked, there was a different type of fashion that I have never seen men pull off before. There...
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Featured Favourites | 4 Perfect Summer Wedding Guest Shoes

Whether you go for understated or over-the-top, we’ve got the perfect shoe picks for the summer wedding you’re attending. We’re loving these girly and glam heels and hope you do too! Are these heels not for you? Well, don’t worry – we’ve got more for your browsing pleasure! Shop now!  Which heels are you lusting over this summer? Let us know in the comments! Designer...
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Tips & Trends | Think Pink

The one colour trend that shows no sign of slowing down is everything pink. Not so much bright pink, but varying shades of baby and pastel. This has been dubbed “Millennial Pink”, since it’s mainly the younger generation being drawn to all things pink. Shoes, shirts, pants, bags, jackets; if it’s pink, it’ll sell. The actual products themselves don’t even have to be rose-hued, the...
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Tips & Trends | Wardrobe Must-Have: The Romper

Each summer, us girls stare into our closets for the perfect, easy-breezy summer outfit. While we can never go wrong with an effortless dress, it’s time to switch things up. What used to be considered children’s playwear, dating back to the 1900s, has now become one of the trendiest silhouettes for this season. The romper, perfect for any brunch, lunch or event that you might...
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Tips & Trends | Taking The Best OOTD

Ogling at those fashion bloggers and celebrities who seem to get that perfect OOTD (Outfit of the Day) shot each and every time is a common practice when scrolling through your Instagram feed on the daily. From the lighting to the angle, to the entire thing looking completely candid and natural… it’s enviable. However, there are definite tricks of the trade when it comes to...
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Tips & Trends | Bare Your Shoulders

Summer is right around the corner, temperatures are rising, and the time to bare some skin to stay cool in the heat is upon us. Tanks tops have long been a summer staple, and while they’re still a great essential to have in your wardrobe, the shoulder-exposing trend is here to take the trusty tank’s place: Off The Shoulder. While there are endless ways to style...
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