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Layered jewelry is still hot this season, and more and more jewelry designers are making achieving this look super simple. If you prefer more delicate styles, try layering a family heirloom necklace in your jewelry box with a longer more modern piece to achieve minimalist style. If you prefer lots of glitz and glam, than two statement necklaces are better than one, and feel free to fill your forearm with bling. Happy layering!

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Style Inspiration – Dainty Layering, Image Courtesy of Jolie Jouel

Stella & Dot Fine Line Pendant, $64

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Style Inspiration – Amelia Eichholz Of Colour Bloc, image courtesy of Glitter Guide
Forever 21 Over the Top Bangle Set, $12.80

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Style Inspiration – Black and White Stripes, image courtesy of Cush & Nooks
DANNIJO Gavina II, $595

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Style Inspiration – So Haute, image courtesy of Gold & Gray

J.Crew Alloy Bracelet, $88 USD

By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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                                    Style Nine to Five - fashion jobs canada  Christie Lohr, New York Fashion Jobs Site Founder, Style Nine to Five

Job hunting is a tedious process that can be downright frustrating at times. In a world where time is money, I’m sure that many of us have been tempted to hit the “apply” button without attaching an individualized cover letter to go with our resume/CV, especially if it is not a listed application requirement. I mean, our work experience and qualifications is what employers actually look at right? Well, Christie would beg to differ. Having worked in recruitment herself, and still currently pre-screening applicant profiles for Style Nine to Five, Christie’s definitely the authority in what recruiters look for in job applications.

Christie: “One of the biggest mistakes that a job applicant can make is NOT writing up an individualized cover letter to accompany their resume/CV. Even if the application details do not specify for a cover letter attachment, trust me, recruiters definitely look for them. From my personal recruitment experience, receiving hundreds of applications to a single position is not uncommon. Imagine, within those 100 applications, there will be at least one individual who appears to be more qualified than you. Based on resumes alone, many candidates would simply be disregarded or even forgotten due to the amount of duplicity that occurs in qualifications. A cover letter is then, the best way to stand out amongst the sea of candidates. It’s your way to make an impression on the recruiter and to communicate skills that are not present on your resume. Such skills include knowledge of the company and position, writing ability, and even a bit of your personality. Employers DO appreciate the time that a candidate takes to actually write up a personalized cover letter. How else are they to distinguish amongst the candidates who truly want to work for their company versus those that mass apply to any job opening? Personally, I would only consider candidates who include a cover letter, simply because it shows me that they care enough about the application to personalize it.  A rule of thumb that I would suggest job seekers keep in mind when writing cover letters is to mention the name of the company three times throughout the cover letter: in the intro, the body, and the conclusion. This shows the recruiter your interest in the company in a subtle, but noticeable manner. As a recruiter, we want to know why you want to work for us and not anyone else!”

For more fashion career advice, check out our previous Career Chats with Christie Lohr and search #SNTFCareerChat on Twitter.

By: Anna Zhao

Photo by: Laura McIntosh

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                                                   Style Nine to Five - fashion jobs OFFICE READY HANDBAGS

When it comes to a handbag for the office, you want something that exudes professionalism. Now that may sound like a tall order, but it’s actually surprisingly easy to find. Primarily what you want to look for is a bag with great structure.  Just like a structured dress or blazer, a structured handbag has an air of sophistication that will always be in style for the office.

A great handbag can really amp up an office look; think of pairing your everyday white blouse & black trousers look with a professionally bold cobalt bag, or that little white dress with a structured bright floral handbag – it’s an easy way to take an office look from plain Jane to bright Betty.

1. Tory Burch ‘Emmy’ Crossbody Tote, $295, available at Nordstorm

2. Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote with Gold Tone Hardware, $295, available at SHOPBOP

3. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Tate Shopper, $107–178.00, available at Zappos

4. Dooney & Bourke ‘Chelsea – Dillen II Collection’ Leather Tote, $298.00, available at Nordstorm

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Large North/South Tote, $348.00, available at Zappos

6. Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote Bag, $195.00, available at Neiman Marcus

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Jet Set – Medium’ Chain Shoulder Tote, $198.00, available at Nordstorm

8. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Saffiano Top Zip Tote, $248.00, available at Zappos 

9. MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Medium Satchel, $298.00, available at Macy’s

By: Bree Aylwin, writer of The Urban Umbrella | @urbanumbrella29

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When we were younger, we all had our own aspirations as to what we wanted to become. Perhaps a doctor, a director, an astronaut, or even a princess; yes life was simple back then. As our childhood slowly transitioned into adulthood, we became increasingly unsure of what we wanted to do with our lives and what careers to pursue. With exposure to various external influences, suddenly the professional options available to us became endless. As soon as you factor schooling, training, work experience, and above all, time and money into the picture, it’s enough to give anyone a headache. How exactly are we supposed to go about discovering our callings in life? Not all of us are fortunate enough to know from the get go what we want to pursue. Luckily, Christie’s here to give us her take on how to tackle the daunting task of setting our careers on the right track.

Anna: I know we’ve already established that you knew from a young age that fashion was the industry for you. From there on out, how did you narrow down exactly what you wanted to do within it?

Christie: I knew I had to start somewhere, so I began my fashion career as a part time sales associate. The position exposed me to various aspects of fashion retail and also allowed me to develop my leadership skills. Because I was always motivated to go above and beyond what was expected from me, I was eventually promoted to a store manager position. Throughout my retail experience, I realized that I really enjoyed the human aspect of the job: working with a team, impacting individuals, meeting new people, and always thinking of creative ways to better my store’s results. When I transitioned into a buying position, I dealt with a lot more paperwork and realized that I missed the same human aspect that I previously mentioned. This led me to realize that perhaps human resources within the fashion industry was a good path for me.

Anna: What advice would you give to individuals that don’t have a clue what industry they want to be a part of, let alone the exact job?

Christie: I’m a firm believer that there is always something that we each naturally gravitate towards. For me, that was fashion, but it could be anything. Where our interests lie is definitely the first and best indication of what industry we should explore. With regards to the exact job description, take a moment to consider what you’re naturally good at. For me, it was my leadership and take-charge attitude that aided me throughout my life, but for you, that could be writing, merchandising, or artistic abilities. Take time to become an expert in what you do and seek out positions that capitalize on those assets.

Anna: After you’ve narrowed down the industry, where do you go from there?

Christie: I can’t stress the importance of trying your hand out at different things enough. Only through doing different things can you discover what you truly like and don’t like. It’s easy to assume what a certain job may entail, but actually experiencing the job is an entirely different beast. For example, I thought that I would really enjoy the position of a buyer. However, once I actually tried my hand out at buying and saw what tasks needed to be performed, I realized that buying was not for me. Sometimes, it takes recognizing what you don’t enjoy to realize what you do!

Anna: What do you do if you discover something in your current job/career that you really don’t find enjoyment in it? Do you have any advice for someone looking to start over doing something different, but may have certain reservations towards doing so?

Christie: First off, before anyone decides to exit from an existing job or career, I think it’s important to ask yourself, “did I do all that I could to make the most out of my position?” I touched on this subject in a past Career Chat (link here), but I strongly believe that trying to go above and beyond your role, and creating opportunities to do different tasks outside of what’s expected of you is a great way to regain a sense of satisfaction in what you do. Beyond that, if you know it’s time for a change in career, but find it difficult to make a decision, boy can I tell you that I’ve been there! The bills always need to be paid, so oftentimes, taking the leap and quitting your job really isn’t the most feasible option. However, there are many ways to get started in exploring your secondary interests while you remain in your current position. For me, that meant starting my own blog so I could begin building up my own personal brand, as I knew that was highly important for the next stage in my career. It may be hard to find the time to do what we want to do part-time, outside of work, but it’s a great way to work towards our dream job. It’s all about making a commitment to do both if leaving your current job is temporarily out of the question!

Photo by: Laura McIntosh

By: Anna Zhao

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at Calvin Klein | New York - Full Time
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