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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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Lifestyle | Where to Go & What to Wear: Toronto’s Instagrammable Backdrops

Nothing completes an Instagram picture like the right scene. Take a fire Instagram photo in front of these city backdrops—with the outfit to match, and wait for the likes to roll in. Street Chic at Crown Flora’s Pink Wall Toronto’s favourite millennial floral shop may look perfect for channeling your Olsen boho vibe, but the trendy Parkdale postal code makes street chic the appropriate take....
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Tips & Trends | Spring 2018 Shoe Trends

Spring is upon us, there is nothing like waking up in the morning, smelling fresh air and hearing the birds sing. With that being said, now that spring has arrived we all should be emerging from our cocoons and spreading our butterfly wings and embracing Spring fashion! One of my favourite aspects about spring fashion is the footwear. I LIVE FOR SHOES, no matter the...
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Featured Favourites | 5 Canadian Beauty Brands to Start Using

Canada’s makeup gurus have invented products that are definitely worth copping. From skincare to lipstick, here are five distinctly Canadian brands to add to your make-up bag and skincare routine. Bite Beauty Bite is ridiculously good at one thing: lipstick, and most girls would agree that you can never have too many. Known for their best-selling lip products and Queen West lab, they make handmade...
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Tips & Trends | Styling Rain Boots For Spring

If you panic on a rainy day, asking yourself how to stay chic and stylish, I’ve compiled some inspo just in time for those April showers! When I was studying at McMaster University, I remember seeing a lot of rain boots on campus, even on days without rain. I noticed that they can go a long way to complete an outfit in a unique way....
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Featured Favourites | 5 Toronto-Based Designers You Should Know

Toronto is brimming with cool restaurants, shops, and bars, but it isn’t often thought of as the birthplace for anything—the city seems to simply be taking part. These Toronto-based designers are changing that perception. Familiarize yourself with these stylish names, coming right out of our own backyard. Jenny Bird This jewelry designer hails from small-town Elora, but now calls Toronto home. She aimed to fill...
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Tips & Trends | Style Muse: Madeleine Bitici

She’s a mommy, she’s a blogger, she’s a YouTuber, she’s a badass and she’s my style muse. I’ve been following Madeleine Bitici on social media for quite some time; captivated by her fashion forward, relatable and modern approach to blogging. The most notable quality that she embodies and exudes is her fearlessness. Every role she plays in life is done with grace, a bit of...
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Fashion News | Joseph Tassoni Takes Us to a Winter Garden Fantasy

Last week, I was able to attend Joseph Tassoni’s 2018 Fall/ Winter collection debut at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week. This beautiful collection was inspired by Joseph’s “Canadian queen”, aptly named Winter Garden, Colours Frozen in Time. To me, the pops of bright colours that he used in his collection reminded me of spring and the little signs of spring that we start to see in...
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Lifestyle | 5 Ball Caps for the #Hypebae Girl

It’s true: The baseball cap is cool. Perfect your #hypebae vibes and create a fresh spring/summer look with any one of these caps. For the throwback gal: Champion’s Logo Cap Champion’s cap has won the battle of “logo-mania” by emblazoning their iconic logo around the entire piece, in addition to including a sewn logo on the front-side. This cap goes best with your favourite denim...
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Fashion News | Xian Brings the Edge To Toronto Men’s Fashion Week

Xian’s G.W.T.X collection showcased at TOM provides a taste of his Chinese roots with a strong streetwear aesthetic and goth influence, contextualized within a ‘Rick Owens’ type philosophy that black brings “sharpness and punctuation.” Colours were accentuated by the dominant black, sharpening the black even more. The outerwear in this collection was the main focus point, including faux fur, leather and parka jackets. My favourite...
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Fashion News | TWFW Fall/Winter 2018: KQK

The last day of Toronto Women’s Fall/Winter Women’s Fashion Week opened with a mellow crowd patiently awaiting the start of a late afternoon show. Slow beats and monochromatic violet lighting filled the reception area, where plenty of well-dressed fashionistas were immersed in their phones. KQK opened as the second act on the last day of TWFW. The next generation of talent graced the stage at...
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Lifestyle | 5 Items We Can’t to Wear Again This Spring

Ice-cold temperatures and dark, snowy winter days have us yearning for warmer weather—we can’t ditch our toques and parkas fast enough. In anticipation of the upcoming season, here are the five items we can’t wait to resurrect this spring. The Trench Coat The trench coat is a timeless stylish item, creating a look that continues to move seamlessly across decades. On a fresh spring morning...
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Fashion News | Riccardo Tisci Appointed Chief Creative Officer At Burberry

NEW CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER ALERT! Burberry just found it’s new fashion fusion king in Riccardo Tisci. News broke out about this exciting new partnership with the former creative director of Givenchy a few days ago, sending shockwaves all over the fashion world. In a series of posts on Instagram, Tisci announced he would call London his home again. Representing Burberry is a big deal, not...
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