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Encouraging Young Designers - Threadless.com

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Online shopping is no longer just a trend; it has become a way of life for many women between the ages of 25 and 45. Convenient, fast and easy, it allows us to tap into collections we may not find in local stores. A few simple clicks and a credit card (or a PayPal account) are all it takes to build a unique wardrobe.

While there are many sites out there that allow us to buy designer clothes at fractions of the retail price, there are also sites that give a voice to the community, enabling young designers to reach a mass, international audience with ease. Threadless.com is one of them.

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Of Bubble tea, Pho and Téh - Montreal Secrets

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Part of the fun of writing a column about Montreal lifestyle is that I get to leave the fashion world every now and again and bring you news about random things to do and places to visit around town. Because, not unlike what people living in most mega-cities in North America experience, even if you’ve been living in Montreal your whole life, you never quite get to uncover all of its treasures.

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Knee Highs Make My Day

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Karen Pine of the University of Hertfordshire has conducted a study that demonstrates that women’s monthly fluctuations in hormones are in fact correlated with their shopping habits and the amount they spend ‑ or in my case, overspend ‑ on these purchases. Today I thought I’d test this theory, albeit unknowingly, as I headed out to hunt some boots for the fall season.

So I may be a bit late on buying items for fall, given that the season is now almost over with snowfalls already occurring in some parts of the province, but I haven’t been able to find a pair of knee-high black leather boots that appealed to me, and I absolutely need exactly that as it is the only thing missing from my wardrobe at this moment (if I’m honest, this means until the next fashion crisis in a few days).

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Blogging Traps

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Montreal may be a buzzing metropolis of 1.6M residents but within certain communities, it can sometimes feel like everybody knows one another. That is the case for the English blogging community.  We meet at every fashionable event in town and at various gatherings, including our very own B.A.B.E. celebration.  We keep in touch through Twitter, Facebook, SMS, blogs… we are in constant interaction and it can sometimes feel like friendship. While for some there are ties that are real, we must not overlook that we only know what others want us to know.

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ALDO Group renovates Moisson Montreal!

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Do you ever find that you may be focusing on things that aren’t of great importance to the world? I know I sometimes do. Oh, it may be just a passing thought as I struggle over which shoes to put on in the morning, but I wonder nonetheless. Well, I just found a way to combine a fashionable world with good etiquette.

On August 12, for a 4th consecutive year, close to 300 ALDO employees chose to leave the designer shoes at home in favour of denim overalls – if only for a very, very brief, incognito moment – all in the name of a good cause: the complete overhaul of Moisson Montreal's headquarters.

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The Making of B.A.B.E.

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Most of you have, by now, heard or attended B.A.B.E., but few of you know that it actually started out as a lunch idea only a few weeks before the actual event was to unfold. We thought, now that the event has passed and that most of you are already anticipating the next one, we’d let you in on the action-packed challenges we encountered.

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The Twitter Effect: Follower 3 - August 11 - MarjoriesCloset

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Sometimes, life throws people in your path for a reason. It’s never fun to trip over them but if you take the time to wonder why they’re there, it can be quite the eye opener.

Over the past few months, Montreal Fashion BizVie has grown immensely, much thanks to the support of multi-talented contributors. The magazine is intended to promote local talent and give them an opportunity to speak and be heard, and it is now being recognized as such. There is no better glory than to succeed at what you set out to do. It is therefore very important to always remember to pause, take a look back and remember why and for whom you started this journey.

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Glam Rockin' in Montreal with Faster Pussycat

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It's become clear, with the increasingly prominent love triangle between Hollywood, designer houses and glossy magazines, that fashion is no longer a world of its own. Where it used to be reserved for the rich and glitzy, it has now become a way of life, an expression of our feelings, of our personalities.
The principle "any publicity is good publicity" is now truer than ever. Brand marketers are now very much aware that there can be no better spokesperson for your designs than a controversial celebrity. And what better combo than fashion and edgy rock stars?

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