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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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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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