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5 Summer Wardrobe Staples

There are a few must-have items every woman needs to complete her summer wardrobe, like a go-to tote or dress that looks good every time you wear it. Our five wardrobe staples have you covered for anything—and everything—you have planned this summer. The Casual Slides Slides are the go-to shoe in casual footwear. Today’s pairs are sporty-chic and can be worn for almost any occasion—whether...
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Colour of Summer 2019: Yellow

Yellow: It’s one colour we’re seeing everywhere this season. Whether it’s a pale shade or a citrus hue, this bright colour has popped up in everyone’s summer wardrobe. Here’s how you can add this trendy colour into yours. Where It Started The yellow trend first emerged in last season’s New York Fashion week. Whether it was an Escada trenches or Rodarte dress, designers across the...
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Sun Care Products for Your Summer Beauty Rotation

Foregoing sunscreen isn’t cute. While we all want to have a summer glow, we’re well aware of the detrimental effects spending all day in the sun has on our skin. Keep your summer shine and stay sun-safe with these five summer beauty products on your makeup shelf. La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense This 24-hour moisturizer is true to its word, leaving skin smooth, refreshed, and...
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Hottest Swimsuits of Summer 2019

It’s officially summer, and we’re ready to spend all season lounging by the pool in a bather—or at least as much of the season as we possibly can. Whether you want a swimsuit that will minimize your tan lines or one that pays homage to bikinis of decades past, the five styles below are in this summer. High-waisted Bottoms Like our favourite jeans, high-waisted swimsuits...
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Sunglasses for Every Face Shape

Summer and sunnies go together like PB&J, but finding those perfect shades can feel like an overwhelming challenge. If you’re looking for new shades this summer or just trying to figure out which ones best highlight your features, use our guide below to find the most flattering shades for your face shape. Aviators While the ‘pilot’s glasses’ were first designed in WWI for—you guessed it—pilots,...
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Go-to Summer Fabric: Linen

During scorching summer months, you want to wear something that makes you look 100 without feeling like you’re 100 degrees. Light and breezy—linen is a fabric designed for summer. Why Linen? This breathable material is perfect for traveling in a hot climate—or just getting through a hot summer day. It boasts a seriously high level of coolness—for both your body temperature and wardrobe—thanks to natural...
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5 Kicks to Wear to Work

Some of us are fortunate enough to work in an office with a dress code that accepts sneakers Monday to Friday, while others don pointed flats, heels, and oxfords all week long. Even if your office errs on the traditional side, the five kicks below transition so seamlessly into the business wardrobe that even your boss won’t notice you swapped dress shoes for sneakers. Adidas...
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Throw it in the Fanny (Pack)

2019 is for comebacks. The Jonas Brothers are back…and so are fanny packs! I never thought I’d be saying that at 25, but here we are! I’m really happy about both (my younger self is rejoicing) and I think many of you probably are too. Fanny packs can be styled so many different ways. You can wear it across your chest, around your waist or...
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New Arrivals At Designer Swap

Spring is slowly creeping up and quickly approaching (YAY!) and I’m starting to plan and curate a unique wardrobe like never before. This year, my goal is to thrift as much as possible. I have been shopping secondhand for as long as I can remember because it’s great on my wallet but has a positive impact on the environment too; oh, and you find the...
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Spring 2019 Wardrobe: The Pleated Skirt

If you were like me, when you were a kid, your wardrobe was pleated everything. Pleats would help add “adorable” to the list of adjectives to describe your childhood couture. But low and behold…mama dearest was right…pleats are the fashion trend you must add to your wardrobe this season!  In case you are not going for “adorable”, here are a few ways to add a bit...
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Karl Is My Guardian Angel: Chanel Fall 2019

“As the models dashed away tears, and the audience stood in gratitude to applaud, the unforgettable memory of Karl Lagerfeld’s elegant, frivolous mind was lifted onto the Olympus of the fashion greats.” -Vogue Legend. Icon. Pioneer. Visionary. Creative. Artist. Genius. Larger than life. And even these words aren’t enough to describe the legacy of Karl Lagerfeld. Karl was a revolutionary as much as he was...
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How to Look Blazing Hot in a Blazer

Recently I have been experimenting more with my wardrobe and going out of my comfort zone. I have decided that I want to add a blazer to my closet because I feel like it is a pretty practical and staple piece to have; it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and are super cute. One of the first things I do...
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Date Night: For LOVE & Lemons

Valentine’s Day was a day FULL of love. Instagram was coated with posts from people celebrating the holiday either with their beloved, gal pals, furry friends and/or my personal favourite, themselves (because why should we be ashamed to show love for ourselves on this day?!). Even the streets were sprinkled with men rushing home after work, bouquet in hand.  I realized something this year. Either...
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Subzero Fashion

February for me is the month in which I perform my annual wardrobe update. This usually entails finding something bold for Toronto Fashion Week, something red for Valentine’s day, and something for the gram for my annual Winterlicious Ladies do Lunch. Enter February 2019. I am the kind of person who gets cold even when I just open the fridge for a snack, so February...
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Valentine’s love from Viktor & Rolf

It’s almost February – the season of love. You know what that means? Love notes, love letters and in the case of Mr. Big from Sex and the City, love faxes are being signed, sealed and delivered! Paris Fashion Week just came to a sweet end and EVERYONE is talking about Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s brilliant and gush-worthy collection of of “fashion statements.” So,...
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Valentine’s Day 2019

Whether or not you love the holiday, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Personally, I’m excited, not to spend it with a significant other, but to celebrate Galentine’s Day with my besties. So if you’re planning a romantic date with your other half or fun with some friends; Valentine’s Day is definitely a day where you can spoil yourself with chocolate, candy, a little vino, and...
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“Run Loubi Run”

Christian Louboutin is coming out with runners. I repeat. Christian Louboutin is coming out with runners. HOW COOL? Louboutin is like the popular kid in school that everyone wants to be like. They wear success like an accessory with a legacy to go along with it. Their contribution, or “footprint” to the fashion world has been an elegant and authentic display; a visual experience. I’ve...
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Tips & Trends | Fashion from New Zealand

The joys of life in Toronto – Tim Hortons coffee practically on tap, the chance to spot Drake at every turn, and skating rinks with hot chocolate pretty much all year. But, when icicles start forming on your eyelashes – you know it’s time to escape to warmer ground. So I picked one of the furthest points in the Southern Hemisphere, and booked my flight....
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Tips & Trends | Beach-inspired finds for your vacay wardrobe

If you’re lucky enough to be embarking on a mid-winter tropical getaway, then, first of all, I’m jealous. But secondly, you’re going to need to add a few knockout pieces to your suitcase that transform your wardrobe from cold weather drab to sunny beach chic. Pack these four statement pieces found exclusively at Designer Swap, and work them in to all of your vacation fits: looking...
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Tips & Trends | Fun In the (Winter) Sun

Whoever said you can’t have a little fun in the winter sun was dead wrong. In fact, the only way to enjoy the winter (in my humble opinion) is to wear your best pieces to get you through the season. It’s harsh. It’s cold. But the sun still shines bright, meaning the same harmful UV rays are in effect even in the colder weather. Let...
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Tips & Trends | Styling Patent Leather

Shiny. Glossy. Lustrous. No, I’m not describing Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb (a must have, mind you). I’m describing patent leather-something either heavily slept on or adorned in the fashion community. Patent leather is a beautiful alternative to your traditional leather or even metallics. It adds a great pop of texture while looking sleek. It’s like putting icing on a cake. The first thing you look...
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Tips & Trends | Designer Swap Style Guide: New Year’s Eve 2019

You know what’s more stressful than Christmas shopping? Finding the perfect New Year’s Eve ensemble. Luckily, Designer Swap has your options covered and I’ve highlighted some of them below! From a classic Chanel handbag to a Monique Lhuillier gown, you have great pieces to choose from and more when you visit the shop section of the website!  Besides putting together an ensemble that gives 2018 a sweet...
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Tips & Trends | Designer Swap’s Newest (and most giftable) Handbags

Ah, the handbag: also known as a girl’s best friend, in my humble opinion. Who can afford diamonds, am I right? Which is why we gravitate towards beautiful purses that hold everything we need (and a lot of things we don’t). In this post, I’m going to introduce you to some truly majestic purses currently available on Designer Swap, at every price range. Snag these...
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Fashion News | Fashion for Social Action: A Conversation about the Future of Fashion

The holiday season is upon us. With it comes carolling, winter markets, and notorious to Canada….sno…wait…rain?! So much for having perfectly paired all my outfits with winter boots, I now had to seek out a pair of rain boots. I looked at my credit card…it genuinely looked tired…could it take another swipe? To distract myself from my crisis – to swipe or not to swipe–...
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Tips & Trends | Designer Swap Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Don’t sing it. Don’t sing it. Don’t sing it. IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! I am full of Christmas cheer as soon as Halloween comes to an end. It feels even more real after American Thanksgiving. The stores begin to decorate, Michael Bublé emerges from his holiday cave to give us the soundtrack of the season and all is happy and merry....
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Tips & Trends | The Sneaker Takeover

With the pandemonium that was American Thanksgiving taking place just days ago, let’s take a moment to discuss what we’re thankful for (other than Black Friday deals)! Other than the obvious answers like family, friends, food, shelter…(North America is a pretty rockin’ place to live), I am extremely thankful that I live in an era that finds it acceptable to wear sneakers with a dress....
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Tips & Trends | Winter 2018 Trends to Look Forward To

Although some of you may be feeling the winter blahs, one way you can remain positive during a time like this is looking forward to winter shopping. YASSS girl (or boy)!  Maybe you’re in the market for a new winter coat, and especially living in the great north; we can’t make it through a Canadian winter without one. Or, maybe you just want some new...
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Tips & Trends | Snake It Off

First, let’s take a moment to appreciate the wonder and magic that is Rihanna in head to toe snake print: Now that we’ve done that, with a little help from none other than Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner (thank you ladies), let’s talk about snake print, baby! It seems as though 2018 is revisiting and recycling many trends from the early 2000s-onward and I’m not...
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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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