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ALEXANDRA GRANT, 25
Vancouver | to vogue or bust
Alexandra’s STYLE PANEL posts Alexandra is a recent journalism school grad, fashion blogger and brand-spanking new online editorial intern here at FASHION Magazine.
ALEXANDRA NIKOLAJEV, 27
TORONTO | I’M A LITTLE
Alexandra’s STYLE PANEL posts Alexandra is the Toronto-based stylist and writer behind the blog I’m A Little. She’s been featured in The Globe & Mail, Notable.ca and the Broken
mostly fancies praise and acceptance from her toy poodle, Choco.
ALICIA QUAN, 25
Vancouver | ALICIA FASHIONISTA
Alicia’s STYLE PANEL posts Though Fashionista isn’t actually her last name, it very well could be. Vancouver-based blogger Alicia Quan spent many years as a stylist in the
apparel industry, and being immersed in fashion from nine to five sparked her interest in blogging. With personal style that has best been described as West Coast chic, Alicia proudly rocks a very genuine and relatable approach to her outfits. She’s a self-proclaimed coffee addict, the founder of Capital Q Creative, and a flourishing social media butterfly who firmly believes confidence is the best accessory.
ALYSSA LAU, 20
EDMONTON | THE ORDINARY PEOPLES
Alyssa’s STYLE PANEL posts Alyssa is a university student who co-owns The Ordinary Peoples blog along with her cousin Kurtis. Her passions lay in fashion, photography,
arts and web design, although she spends most of her spare time on a computer lurking on the web for inspiration, watching adorable animal videos for hours and browsing online stores. She thoroughly enjoys inspirational sports movies, sour cream and onion chips, video games, Community, hot summer days, stupidly dramatic reality TV and simple DIY projects. She dislikes winter and all things cold. Except for popsicles, ice cream and pools.
Amber Desilets, 30
London, ON | Canadian Fashionista
Amber’s STYLE PANEL posts The creative brains behind popular fashion and beauty website Canadian Fashionista; Amber is a professional shopaholic from London,
AMY NELSON, 19
CALGARY | AMY FLYING A KITE
Amy’s STYLE PANEL posts Amy dreams of producing joy through poetry, music-making and fashion. She believes the easiest way to stray from the commonplace
yawns and to make yourself memorable is to decorate your body in unique clothes. She’s never wanted to belong to the ordinary, and playing dress up is a fun way to express her individuality, as she does on her blog. Amy loves flower patterns, socks and pastels. She spends most of her days eating bagels and lox, napping, online shopping, playing her banjo and writing poetry.
Anum Khan, 23
Toronto | SummerxSkin
Anum’s STYLE PANEL posts Anum writes SummerxSkin to share personal style, beauty tips and happenings in the city with hopes of inspiring others
to think more creatively about their everyday wear, look and routine.
BARBARA ANN SOLOMON, 26
TORONTO | BARBARA ANN’S STYLE BLOG
Barbara Ann’s STYLE PANEL posts Barbara Ann Solomon began her fashion and design career selling shoes, and it only took one shoe-selling day for her to realize that her
passions lied in creating. Whether it be editorial designs in print and online or unexpected, inspired looks on people, she hasn’t stopped creating since. Barbara currently works as a graphic designer and co-ordinator for The Hudson’s Bay Company by day, the art director of Canadian fashion magazine Plaid, and has a personal style blog in between.
Becky Kung, 30
Calgary | Velvet & Vino
Becky’s STYLE PANEL posts Becky is the founder and author of an internationally followed blog, Velvet & Vino. Velvet & Vino is a place where Becky chronicles her creative side, celebrating with others her adoration for fashion and uncovering her personal style by playing with shapes and colors.
From styling for fashion editorials to her own personal style, Becky has appeared in Fashion Magazines and local newspapers featuring her unique fashion flavor. Becky can often be spotted pairing mixed prints, polka dots, neons and red lipstick.
CARA MCLEAY, 28
Vancouver | A FASHION LOVE AFFAIR
Cara’s STYLE PANEL posts Cara is a fashion buyer, stylist and blogger from Vancouver, BC Canada. Cara’s blog, A Fashion Love Affair, is where she shares her essential
fashion tips that play with the latest trends while staying true to her West-Coast style, creating a perfectly versatile wardrobe. This year she won the Harper’s Bazaar Fabulous At Every Age Contest, and was the Guest Blogger for Foam Magazine for the month of June. She has also been featured on Flare.com, Elle.es and Teen Vogue.com and has collaborated with fashion brands from around the globe.
CHRISTINA CRAVERO, 28
TORONTO | THE STYLE MOGUL
Christina’s STYLE PANEL posts Being born in Singapore, having European blood, and the opportunity to live on three continents and in four countries, this Toronto based style
blogger is fortunate enough to have seen fashion from all aspects. With a mother/role model in the fashion accessories business in the late 1980s and early 1990s, fashion has been in Christina’s blood from a very young age. As the VP of the family company, Christina, who writes The Style Mogul, is a home stager by day and stylist by night. Dreams do come true for this world traveler, as she is the first ever Canadian to be featured on the iPhone App, FashionFeed, a fashion segment host for Breakfast Television Toronto, and has collaborated with fashion/beauty companies and brands from around the world, such as Ann Taylor, Aldo, Maybelliene, and so many more! Keeping her style trendy, Christina makes sure she incorporates every part of the world she feels a connection with, especially Europe. She is a lover of neon, shoes, anything that sparkles and drinks with umbrellas.
CEE FARDOE, 27
Paris via Vancouver | COCO AND VERA
Cee’s STYLE PANEL posts Cee is the Vancouver-based blogger behind Coco and Vera. After five years of working in insurance, she left the business world behind and embarked
on a grand adventure – a year in Paris, pursuing her passion for fashion. Cee’s style is equally influenced by classic style icons like Audrey Hepburn and the punk stars she listened to growing up. She can most often be found sitting outside at a cafe, drinking tea and scribbling in a notebook.
DANIELLE ROCHE, 20
TORONTO | KASTOR & POLLUX
Danielle’s STYLE PANEL posts Putting her graphic design background to good use, Danielle is one half of Kastor & Pollux, an online webshop specializing in handmade
accessories. When she isn’t running around with jewellery pliers in hand, she runs a personal style blog to accompany Kastor & Pollux, and works as an editorial assistant at MTV FORA. Over the years, Danielle has been recognized by Refinery 29, MTV Style, and WhoWhatWear.
DEANNE MCRAE, 22
MISSISSAUGA | THREADBARE
Deanne’s STYLE PANEL posts Deanne is a Mississauga-based blogger who spends her days with her cats and her nights dreaming about knitted sweaters, chiffon and
GRACIE CARROLL, 24
TORONTO | GRACIE CARROLL
Gracie’s STYLE PANEL posts Gracie is a Toronto-based fashion writer and PR person who has interned in the fashion department of Teen Vogue in New York City and
assisted the fashion features director of Elle UK in London, England. Upon moving back home in the summer of 2011, she launched Gracie Carroll, a personal site that focuses on her love for fashion, beauty, culture and lifestyle. When not working, Gracie enjoys hosting dinner parties for her friends, drinking wine, and thinking of ways to acquire more designer shoes and clothing in her life.
IVA GRBESIC, 38
TORONTO | Falling in Style
Iva’s STYLE PANEL posts Iva is a mother by day to one daughter and three sons. By night, she blogs to inspire other women that fashion doesn’t end after marriage and
children. Iva enjoys classic pieces with strong cut and fit and knows that not every trend is a fit for everyone. Fashion doesn’t end at age 35.
JACQUELYN SON, 21
Vancouver | STYLE WORTHWHILE
Jacquelyn’s STYLE PANEL posts Jacquelyn is a marketing student and personal style blogger who drinks too much coffee and tea and dislikes early mornings. She won’t settle
for mediocrity and will only ‘go big or go home.’ Her inspiration is found in simple minimalistic designs. She lives for the unexpected and loves trying new things. Her idea of quality time is carrying out meaningful conversations over delicious food and wine with family and friends. She is also a health and fitness enthusiast who doesn’t focus on a restricting lifestyle, but instead believes that everything in moderation is good for the soul; her life would not be complete without desserts.
JENNIFER PISTOR, 33
Vancouver | Prairie Girl in the City
Jennifer’s STYLE PANEL posts Jennifer has been involved in the fashion industry since the early age of ten. She got her start modeling then moved in to the apparel industry working as a boutique manager, buyer, and visual merchandiser.
She is currently doing freelance styling, blogging, and is a founder and member of Vancouver based The Style Common. She hopes to inspire like-minded gals to love who they are and enjoy all things lovely
JEN TAM, 23
Vancouver | HER WAISE CHOICE
Jen’s STYLE PANEL posts Jen is a Vancouver based personal style blogger who believes that you can be stylish without being superficial, on trend without being a slave
Mikki Fox, 30
Calgary | Centre Street Style
Mikki’s STYLE PANEL posts Calgary-based Mikki Fox started her blog, Centre Street Style, to share her passion for stylish living while bringing beauty and wit to the everyday.
With a BA in Fashion Design and a background in textiles, Mikki’s approach to fashion is rooted in the basics of fit, fabric, and construction, with expert styling tips that are at once educational and inspirational.
Kira Paran, 29
Edmonton | Northern Style
Kira’s STYLE PANEL posts Clothing horse, shopaholic and fashionista would be a few ways to describe Kira, the writer behind the blog Northern Style Exposure.
Her Edmonton based personal style blog focuses on some of her weekly looks, current fashion cravings and a peek into her daily life. She’s a wifey conquering The Great White North one outfit at a time.
Marla Brum, 28
Toronto | Trend Struck
Marla’s STYLE PANEL posts From growing up in a small town to making the move to Toronto, Marla was exposed to a world of fashion that was absent from her life for so.
long. Quickly latching on, her unique style became recognized by others who pushed the idea of her starting a style blog. Since Marla has a particular crush on fashion trends her blog, Trend Struck, aims to inspire readers on how to wear these trends in everyday settings by simply combining pieces that already sit in your closet!
Joanne Kim, 26
Toronto | The Little Dandy
Joanne’s STYLE PANEL posts A Toronto-based professional, Jo is a marketing maven by day and a style blogger by night. Jo created The Little Dandy as a beacon of light
for lazy broke girls living in a city where fashion and personal style are a major focus. She has a penchant for all things thrift & DIY.
KD FAUSTINO, 28
CALGARY | THE GIRL WITH THE MESSY HAIR
KD’s STYLE PANEL posts KD Faustino left her messy Asian hair in sunny Philippines for a less messy hair (and life) in freezing cold Canada. She started her blog April
2009 in Manila to chronicle her daily outfits and share everyday stories in her life. After only four months of living in Canada, she was named as one of the Top 15 Canadian Fashion Blogs and her style has been recognized here and abroad by big names such as MTV, Cosmopolitan, Fashion Magazine and she was even named the first ever Holts Muse. Today, it is continuously growing and improving as she finally had the courage to leave everything behind in her tropical home and decided to live in freezing cold Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
KASSANDRA CAMPONI, 26
EDMONTON | KASTLES
Kassandra’s STYLE PANEL posts Kassandra Camponi has worked in the fashion retail world as a buyer, manager and blogger. She tries not to take fashion too seriously,
KAYLA SHORT, 26
HALIFAX | SHORT PRESENTS
Kayla’s STYLE PANEL posts Kayla Short is a fashion writer, stylist, and model based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Beyond her interest in the fashion industry, Kayla is an avid
food and nutrition enthusiast, dancer, and blogger/founder of shortpresents.com. Most recently, Kayla helped found and organize the annual “East Coast Fashion Bloggers Unleashed” event which allowed her to mix her skills and experience in food, fashion, and social networking.
KRISTIN MACDONALD, 27
FREDERICTON, NB | DOLL PARADE
Kristin’s STYLE PANEL posts Kristin is a part-time style blogger & full-time local business devotee living in lovely Fredericton, New Brunswick. An east coast girl
with a big love for fashion-related goodies and lifestyle documentation, she tries to compose everyday outfits in accordance with her inspirations, communicating a love for mixing old with new, minimal with extravagant and basic with elaborate. Hoping to be as candid as possible and provide an honest visual rendering around her penchant for beautiful things, Kristin provides readers with a glimpse into her twenty-something life in the East.
KRYSTIN LEE, 26
TORONTO | SUBURBAN FAUX-PAS
Krystin’s STYLE PANEL posts Krystin is a 20-something PR professional by day and fashion blogger by night. A city girl at heart, she hesitantly moved to the burbs unsure of
what was ahead. Krystin started the blog, Suburban Faux-Pas, to prove that regardless of one’s postal code, style can prevail. The blog captures her daily outfit posts and general musings while channeling an eclectic mix of preppy and feminine, vintage and new, high and low.
Leah Gust, 31
Toronto | leahsays.com
Leah’s STYLE PANEL posts Leah Gust believes all that is old can be new again. Taking great inspiration from her time living in London, UK she returned to Toronto with a bolder approach to fashion
LYNDSEY FOREST, 23
Edmonton, AB | Over my styled body
Lyndsey’s STYLE PANEL posts Lyndsey is a certified shopaholic, food network junkie, and the creative brains behind her personal style blog; Over My Styled Body.
MARTA TRYSHAK, 24
TORONTO/MONTREAL | WITH LOVE GABRIELLE
Marta’s STYLE PANEL posts Marta is an everyday girl who is always on the search for fabulous. As the creator and editor of WithLoveGabrielle.com, she loves to share her
MELANIE MORAIS, 25
EDSON, AB | BORNLIPPY
Melanie’s STYLE PANEL posts Melanie is a city girl at heart but recently moved to small town Alberta for love and a new adventure. Melanie started her blog as a creative
outlet for her love of fashion and believes that style can exist anywhere no matter how small the town. She hopes to represent all the small town style obsessed on her blog and the Panel. You can find her making the two hour journey to the city on the weekends to get her fashion fix.
MELISSA KNIGHT, 30
Vancouver | MISS MELISSA
Melissa’s STYLE PANEL posts Vancouver based blogger, Melissa Knight, is a restaurant manager by day and style blogger by night. She believes laughter can heal just about
MO HANDAHU, 29
HALIFAX | LION HUNTER
Mo’s STYLE PANEL posts Mo is the curves behind Lion Hunter, a blog that serves up a visual feast of vibrant colours and the most unique prints found in her closet.
Her closet’s staples are unique blazers, vintage earrings and eye-catching prints. Mo’s love for all things dripping in colour and prints can also be found in her line of clutches, Clutch Culture. Mo’s style has captured the attention of FASHION Magazine, Huffington Post Canada and The Coast, to name a few. It’s a curvy revolution!
NICOLE WILSON, 29
Toronto | DAINTY GIRL
Nicole’s STYLE PANEL posts Nicole Wilson is the Dainty Girl in the city. Her penchant for femininity radiates even when she’s on an edgy kick. This fusion of the latest
trends with her signature style, approachable personality and unwavering enthusiasm makes her a unique force on the Toronto scene. As the Creator & Editor of Dainty Girl, Nicole collaborates with major brands as well as local designers and boutiques to support the entrepreneurial spirit that inspires her. Nicole contributes to AOL’s Stylist.ca, eBay Style Stories and MasterCard Stylicity and she’s been spotted in the pages of FASHION, LOULOU, WeddingBells as well as various features online.
NIKI BLASINA, 26
Vancouver | A HAUTE MESS
Niki’s STYLE PANEL posts Niki is the creator and writer of A Haute Mess, a fashion blog and personal style diary with a big dose of humour and fun. Niki has been featured
in various publications including Glamour, Seventeen, Daily Candy, Page Six magazine and Vogue Paris, to name a few, showcasing her personal style and sharing her views on all things fashion. She has collaborated with major fashion and lifestyle brands all over North America, and is currently a spokesperson for a national campaign with Schick Quattro for Women Canada. Niki is also a die-hard Vancouver Canucks fan and a professional Wii athlete.
SANDY JOE KARPETZ, 25
EDMONTON | THE PRETTY SECRETS
Sandy Jo’s STYLE PANEL posts Sandy Joe Karpetz is a former British Vogue and Lula magazine intern. She created The Pretty Secrets one dreary day while living in England.
Since graduating with a degree in Fashion Communications from Ryerson University she has written and styled for various publications and maintained an online vintage store by the same name.
STEPHANIE KOCH, 27
KELOWNA VIA CALGARY | INHERITED JEANS
Stephanie’s STYLE PANEL posts Stephanie Koch is a B.C. girl through and through, with a love for sushi, over-priced coffee, and outdoor recreation. When she’s not putting
her sport psychology background to use in athletic event management, she ditches her Lululemons for the love of fashion on her style blog, Inherited Jeans. Stephanie’s personal style philosophy is that you don’t need a big budget to achieve big chic; mixing high and low, new and old to document her personal take on trends and wardrobe solutions.
STEPHANIE STERJOVSKI, 22
TORONTO | STEPHANIE STERJOVSKI
Stephanie’s STYLE PANEL posts Stephanie Sterjovski is a photographer, and lifestyle blogger from Toronto, Canada. Stephanie’s blog aims to inspire through fashion,
beauty & design. This year she re-launched her site with a new look and since then has been featured in Southern Weddings Magazine, Roots Canada, Fabsugar etc. and has collaborated with many notable brands. Stephanie was also featured for Roots Canada’s “Selects.”
VICKIE LALIOTIS, 28
EDMONTON | ADVENTURES IN FASHION
Alexandra’s STYLE PANEL posts Vickie is a fashion writer and the blogger behind Adventures in Fashion, a personal style site peppered with vintage, DIY and beauty-related
WHITNEY COSGRAVE, 25
LOS ANGELES VIA VANCOUVER | SEE SHOP EAT DO
Whitney’s STYLE PANEL posts Whitney is a Vancouver born, Los Angeles based fashion and lifestyle blogger. After graduating from the University of Calgary she moved to LA to
to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Whitney worked with a contemporary fashion designer, interned at a national lifestyle magazine, and did in house public relations and online visual merchandising for a footwear brand before beginning her blog, See Shop Eat Do as a way to combine her love of writing and fashion. Whitney feels so lucky that her blog has given her the opportunity to collaborate with some of her favourite fashion brands, and now her favourite Canadian magazine!
ZOE SMYTHE, 30
New York City | ZOE’S FASHION FEED
Zoe’s STYLE PANEL posts Zoe is a vintage hunter and thrifting expert. She believes that great style comes from 3 things: having a point of view, understanding
your body type and wearing clothes that fit. Zoe is a small-town Canadian girl who now lives and works in New York City as a footwear designer by day and blogger by night.
Élodie Parthenay, 26
Montreal | blog, Hello Elo
Zoe’s STYLE PANEL posts This born-and-bred Parisienne likes shoes. A lot. A freelance fashion writer, style blogger and vintage maven, Élodie confesses a soft spot
for statement pieces and is a fervent advocate of personal style. And she never met a sequin she didn’t like.
Nichole Alabi, 27
Toronto | Nicholealabi.com
Nichole’s STYLE PANEL posts Nichole Alabi is an American girl in Toronto, an assistant buyer by day, fashion designer by night, and blogger by happenstance.
An eternal ’90s girl, Nichole’s style is a mix of Seattle grunge, Calvin Klein minimalist, and In Living Color Fly Girl. As a firm believer that noteworthy personal style starts with inspiration, Nichole has created a highly curated personal style diary based on hers at nicholealabi.com. Her site has been recognized by Lucky Magazine and Independent Fashion Bloggers.
Ruta Rudminaite, 22
Toronto | Look ugly in a photograph
Ruta’s STYLE PANEL posts Ruta is a twenty-something born in Europe but bred in Toronto. As a recent University of Toronto graduate she spends her time interning
in the city, running her fashion and lifestyle blog, and filming videos for her YouTube channel, MademoiselleRuta. She’s also a clothing pack rat, professional coffee drinker, and a lover of love and anything beautiful.
Julia Kukushkina, 22
Toronto/Los Angeles | XXIVI.com
Julia’s STYLE PANEL posts Julia is a model, actor and fashion blogger based between Toronto & Los Angeles. Creator of photography/style blog XXIVI
she captures her personal style inspired by
texture, design and minimalism. Lover of coffee, shoes and all things black.
Jillian Lansky, 26
Vancouver | The August Diaries
Jillian’s STYLE PANEL posts Jill is a Vancouver-based stylist and fashion merchandiser who writes about personal style on her blog, The August Diaries.
Inspired and informed by prominent designers, she believes that style is much more than what you wear. The August Diaries has been featured in InStyle, People Stylewatch and Framework magazine.