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Tips & Trends | The Coats are Coming

It’s official friends, we have entered my absolute favourite time of year. While my rationale for this is in part due to the fact that I can finally order Peppermint Mochas at Starbucks, the bigger reason is coats. That’s it, cue end of blog post. KIDDING. I could never pass up the opportunity to ramble on about how my unhealthy love for coats is especially...
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Fashion News | FashionTech October 29, 2018: When Fashion Meets Tech

Ahh the joys of fall…pumpkin spice everything, orange as the new green, and pretty much any length skirt being appropriate at work because of the genius that is black tights. But black tights come with their own set of challenges. There are the tights that tear when you accidentally brush them against the one nail you haven’t polished; there are the nature-loving tights that get...
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Tips & Trends | The Wild, Wild, Animal Print

I always align the word “fashion” with the word “freedom” because they are synonymous with one another. There’s no better way to express yourself than through what you wear. You know that old saying that goes “you are what you eat”…well, “you are what you wear,” too. If that’s the case, then that to me is freedom. Making a choice to wear what you feel...
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Tips & Trends | Metallic Meets Everyday

Every season has its staple trends. Whether it be wool and leather in the cold weather months to cotton and chiffon once temperatures rise, we associate certain textiles with our favourite seasonal memories. Maybe this is just me? If you can relate, read on for your new go-to fall look. Metallic finish. A symbol of tin-men and disco balls and the ever-coveted stainless steel appliances....
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Tips & Trends | Fall Accessories You’ll Fall In Love With

Fall is one of my favourite seasons to dress for. It’s true that the weather can be unpredictable, but it also gives you a chance to be creative when it comes to your wardrobe. Accessorizing can make or break your ensemble, and I think great accent accessories can create a bold statement. Recently, I have been experimenting with various colours, patterns, and using different accessories...
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Tips & Trends | Colour Me Mustard

Ahhhh, mustard yellow. It can be intimidating if you’re not a hot dog (mom jokes are fun), but Cosmopolitan is deeming it the IT colour on and off the runway and I couldn’t agree more. I love how challenging of a colour it is to work with, yet when you make it work, it is show-stopping. I’ve trained my eyes to see the “it goes...
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Tips & Trends | The Oversized Bag – Perfect for Fall

Satchels, totes, duffle bags, messenger bags: whatever you want to call them, these oversized bags are ideal for fall! It’s almost as if the workload increases as the kids head back to school, so everyone is searching for the perfect bag for the essentials but also something big enough to throw in that laptop, iPad, or extra notebook. Looking for the perfect oversized bag? Look...
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Tips & Trends | Work Day to Weekend: The Blazer, Reimagined

The beginning of October means it’s finally fall, and that means something different for everyone. While we can all agree that autumn is synonymous with cozy and endlessly Insta-worthy, some look forward to countless PSL’s while others thrive off of Halloween anticipation. I’ve seen about a billion girls on my Twitter timeline longing for a pumpkin patch date, and a billion more proposing a spooky...
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Tips & Trends | Bundle Up: The Fall Jacket Edition

Building a fall wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without the PERFECT jacket; one that will keep you warm but really compliment the rest of an ensemble. When it comes to fashion, the season is all about layering…like the leaves on the ground as they fall (sometimes I’m poetic). Here are three key styles that you won’t want to miss out on this season! 1. Trench/Wool Coat...
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Fashion News | The Best of Paris Fashion Week – Spring 2019 RTW

Hello, from Paris! Fashion week just rounded up, and not only did I have an opportunity to kick it off with talking up-and-coming trends my cousin who’s a designer for a brand called Psycho Bunny, but I also crossed paths with a Fashion Week intern (and aspiring designer), and I saw some of the most amazing streetwear! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a ticket to attend...
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Tips & Trends | Square Toes & Angled Heels

Have a look at the runways. Take a glance down at the pavement when you’re walking the city streets. Everywhere you look, 90s trends are taking over and one that people seem to glance right over are square toes and angled heels! This vintage and unique shoe design is perfect for fall and if you’re looking to be ahead of the trend, you’ve come to the...
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Fashion News | Good Girl Gone Savage: Savage x Fenty At NYFW

“Last night was a celebration of womanhood of all shapes, sizes and colour that has never been seen before on the runway. From gorgeous Savage x Fenty lingerie to stunning makeup in every shade, everyone deserves to feel represented and beautiful.” – Fenty Beauty via Instagram GOOSEBUMPS. Is there anything her highness, Queen Rihanna can’t do? Has there ever been a time where she hasn’t...
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Tips & Trends | Why the Shoulder Strap is Your Purse’s Secret Weapon

You know what I’m talking about – the long leather strap inside of your newest handbag that looks like it was included as an afterthought. The same one that you probably stuff on your top drawer or *gasp* throw out, because you think your everyday shoulder bag or glitzy little clutch will look better without it. As a very passionate advocate for the misunderstood shoulder...
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Tips & Trends | Ride Or Die: The Riding Boots Edition

Who else is ready for autumn? As the summer heat turns into fallen leaves, most people get excited to shop for the colder weather (I am one of those people). Regardless of being done school forever (forever, ever), I will always associate this time of year with back to school and it always gets me motivated to polish up my wardrobe the same way I...
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Fashion News | Toronto Fashion Week 2018: Spotlight on Narces

1943 was an iconic year in the world of fashion. The first-ever “Fashion Week” (then termed “Press Week”) was held in New York. 75 years later, fashion weeks have spread to cities all over the globe, including our very own…the 6ix. 1943 “Press Week” in New York Finding the most Instagrammable outfit to wear is one of the biggest dilemmas we fashionistas face leading up...
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Tips & Trends | Wrap It Up!

There are all types of wraps: chicken shawarma wraps, salmon nori wraps, burritos and my favourite, wrap DRESSES! You can’t eat them, but you can wear them…and food and fashion are pretty much two of the best things in life, so it all ties in together and makes sense. Now that I’ve made you hungry and have caught your attention (I had to do it),...
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Tips & Trends | ‘90s Inspired Looks for Your Fall Wardrobe

Fall is a season of beginnings. If you’re fancier than average you may call it Autumn, and if you’re a student you probably refer to it as back-to-school. If you’re a Mom, then for you it’s the “most wonderful time of the year,” (as coined by the infamous Staples commercial). Whichever of these categories applies to you, chances are you’re experiencing some life ch-ch-changes come...
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Tips & Trends | Style: The Difference Upbra Makes!

Hi, my name is Donna-Marie and I’m a shopping addict and fashion enthusiast. (Hi Donna-Marie!) Now that I’ve come clean, let’s talk about the more juicy stuff. Upbra has made it easier for me to style outfits I would otherwise go braless in or not have the right bra for. I have narrowed down my favourite pieces to pair my Upbra with into 3 categories...
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Tips & Trends | Late Summer Stripes – How to Pull off This Transitional Pattern

There’s something simply spectacular about seasons transitioning. Maybe it’s that crisp morning air. Maybe it’s that smell of pumpkin spice on the horizon. But let’s be serious: it’s definitely about amping up your wardrobe for the new season! And when you’re making the switch from Summer to Autumn but aren’t really ready to let go of Summer lovin’ just yet, there’s nothing that compares to...
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Tips & Trends | Sunglasses Trends of Summer 2018

Sunglasses are easily one of my favourite items to accessorize with. They’re the easiest way to dress up an outfit from casual to fabulous, but it is an accessory that can help make or break your outfit. Since there are so many different styles, I have narrowed it down to a couple of key styles that I think are relevant for Summer 2018. 90’s Inspired...
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Tips & Trends | Purse Wars: Return Of the Mini

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to condense your daily essentials and fit them into a mini! After doing some research, I came across an excellent page from the Styled Canvas blog that breaks down different purses and what they’re meant for. The technical term for the “mini” I’m referring to in this blog is “baguette” which not only makes me hungry but also makes me...
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Tips & Trends | Top Summer Office Wear Staples

With the warmer weather finally here, deciding what to wear to work through the hot summer months can sometimes be a challenging task. As great as it is that it’s warm enough to wear beach attire on a regular basis, unfortunately it’s not entirely office appropriate. Luckily, there are plenty of on-trend pieces that you can pick up this season to leave you feeling cool...
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Tips & Trends | Review: My New Favourite (Up)bra

Women spend their lives soul searching: for their soulmate, true friends, dream career…and the best bra. These are the heaven sent, hard to find, gold at the end of a rainbow type things we can only hope for. Now, I personally can’t help you find the first three, but I’ve found the fourth, so let me tell you a little about the wonder and magic...
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Tips & Trends | Clash Of the Patterns

Trends are meant to be eye-catching and attention-grabbing. Some come and go, some resurface after decades/eras and some just remain timeless. I am always drawn to what Fashion Week has to offer both on and off the runway. I’m especially captivated by street style during Fashion Week and how it transcends into everyday life. More than ever, the streets are a beautifully painted canvas of...
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Tips & Trends | Styling Burberry for the Summer

Logomania is still going strong, so today I’m sharing some tips and tricks on how to style your vintage (or new!) pieces by Burberry. If you’re anything like me, you tend to think of British design house Burberry as a cool weather go-to. They make such gorgeous trenches, pea coats, and scarves that it’s easy to forget that they also have a pretty impressive collection...
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Fashion News | Manolo Blahnik and the Art of Shoes Exhibit

Manolo Blahnik’s shoes truly, in the words of Virgina Woolf, “change our view of the world and the world’s view of us”. Each pair of shoes has its own flair, whether it be through bright purple feathers, or large polka dots –they tell a story – both about their owner and the world they live in. I had the opportunity to meet Manolo Blahnik in...
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Tips & Trends | Last Minute Summer Outfits

Have you ever gotten that last minute text from a friend or your girl squad saying “be ready in 30 minutes?” Your response is riskier than a text to your crush. As soon as you say yes, it’s do-or-die. 30 minutes? Impossible! But I’m here to help. Every time I have plans, getting ready is a dramatic spectacle/extravaganza (I wanna look cute for my friends,...
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Fashion News | Virgil Abloh’s Inaugural Collection With Louis Vuitton

“There are people around this room who look like me; you never saw that before in fashion. The people have changed and so fashion had to.” -Virgil Abloh Picture this: It’s Thursday, June 21st, 2018, Paris Fashion Week. The hot Parisian sun is shining over the Jardin du Palais-Royal for Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2019 Collection. The runway is set. The seats are filled. The front...
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Fashion News | A Tribute to Kate Spade

The Designer Swap team was saddened to hear about the tragic passing of Kate Spade. It is always a pleasure to sell designs from her namesake brand, and we will continue to remember the inspiring woman through the legacy she left behind. Two of our writers today have written a tribute to Kate Spade. Donna-Marie and Anisa write about how Spade and her brand has...
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Lifestyle | Jetsetting to… Zurich, Switzerland

When you think fashion, you don’t necessarily think Zurich. But the more I explored this beautiful city, the more I witnessed the fashion and style in restaurants, museums, and streets all around me. My first stop was the Kunsthaus: Museum of Modern Art which was featuring an exhibit entitled “Fashion Drive: Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts”. This exhibit showcased how fashion of 500 years...
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Fashion News | Heavenly, Holy, Divine: Met Gala 2018

There’s Christmas. There’s Fashion Week. Then there’s the Met Gala, which effortlessly makes my top 3 list of favourite seasons. This year’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” encouraged attendees to wear their Sunday best…and did they ever!  Pictured: Rihanna in Maison Margiela, Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta, Ariana Grande in Vera Wang Flirting with controversy, Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton...
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