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ALEXANDRA GRANT, 26

Vancouver | to vogue or bust

Alexandra’s STYLE PANEL posts Alexandra is the Vancouver-based blogger behind To Vogue or Bust, a style blog aimed at making fashion both accessible and inspiring.
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Her style has been featured in Grazia UK, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Everygirl, Glitter Guide and right here at FASHION Magazine, where she was once an online editorial intern! Alexandra blogs by night and works by day as the communications manager for the Vancouver-based fashion line Obakki, a job which fuels her love for fashion (and fills her closet with beautiful new pieces!).

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
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Heel Diaries, among other publications but
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
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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,
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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,
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Ontario dedicated to showing women how to look fashionable and feel great on a budget. When she’s not running her own successful handbag business or planning Charity events for the foundation she helped create, Amber can be found stalking her local malls and boutiques in search of the perfect pieces to add to her ever growing wardrobe.

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
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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
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to think more creatively about their everyday wear, look and routine.

BARBARA ANN SOLOMON

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
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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 More

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
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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
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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, 28

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
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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
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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
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Leonardo DiCaprio. As a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, Deanne plans to complete her post-grad education and pursue a career in journalism, which will hopefully support and validate her shopping addiction.

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
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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
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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
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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 More

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
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to fashion, and look good without looking down on others. She has been documenting her daily looks at her blog since 2010.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

Leonie Markhorst, 26

Vancouver, BC | The Signature Bow

Leonie’s STYLE PANEL posts Leonie is a Dutch fashion blogger currently living in Vancouver. Through her blog, The Signature Bow, she aims to bring some of that so-called
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European flair to North America. Her style has been described as “Scandinavian chic meets French je ne sais quoi”, with mostly muted, edgy and minimalist looks.

Emma Walker, 17

Denver, CO | With A City Dream

Emma’s STYLE PANEL posts Emma Walker is a 17 years old fashion lover from Denver Colorado. She have a dream of living in New York City and pursuing her goal
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of working in the fashion industry. Follow her journey through her outfits, beauty ideas and life posts and her chance to make it big.

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,
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and usually has a smile on her face, which you can see over at her personal style blog, Kastles,through her frequent updates.

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
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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
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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
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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 TorontoMore

with a bolder approach to fashion
that relies heavily on vintage, opening her Toronto shop, Dalston Grey, in 2010. Leah is also the author of Leah Says, a style blog launched in November 2012.

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.
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Based out of Edmonton, Lyndsey is giving fashionistas a daily dose of her style and every now and then some craft worthy diy’s for good measure.

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
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passion for life and fashion. Marta also appears on a Celebrity Style Story on E! Channel.

MELANIE MORAIS, 26

Calgary, AB | BORNLIPPY

Melanie’s STYLE PANEL posts Melanie is a city girl at heart and spent two years in small town Alberta but has recently located to Calgary. With the big move she hopes
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to become immersed in Calgary’s fashion culture and continue to showcase that style can exist anywhere and at a great price point. She hopes to extend her knowledge in fashion and styling and create a career as a personal stylist. Over the past two years of blogging she has become a Joe Fresh Ambassador and has gained the attention of brands such as Gap, Old Navy and American Eagle. Here’s to a new adventure!

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
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everything and chocolate can take care of the rest.

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.
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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
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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
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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, 26

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.
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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
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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.

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
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goodness. Vickie’s eclectic style has attracted attention from FASHION, Teen Vogue, MTV Style and more, while her writing can be seen in newspapers across the country. She is a lover of tea, red lipstick, Golden Girls and all things fashion.

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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

Christopher Wolf, 23

Haliifax | Wolf Musings

Christopher’s STYLE PANEL posts Chris is an aspiring actor/musician with a passion for arts, creativity and style. Originally from a small New Brunswick village,
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Chris makes it a priority to stand out and express his many sides through fashion. He finds it difficult to choose just one style. As an actor, he feels each day is like putting on a new character, which he shares on wolfmusings.com.

Sasha Xiao, 25

Toronto, ON | Sasha’s Satisfashion

Sasha’s STYLE PANEL posts Sasha is a Chinese girl living her Canadian dream. From reporting to blogging, she never stops telling and writing stories. With her blog
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Sasha’s Satisfashion, she hopes to transform the runway looks to every day affordable outfits and to be the bridge between the Asian community and Western culture through fashion and beauty. Sasha believes that, just like music, fashion and beauty could be a universal language too.

Eleni McMullin, 27

Calgary | Convey The Moment

Eleni’s STYLE PANEL posts Eleni is a fashion obsessed, stay-at-home nurse. She is the writer behind the Life and Style blog Convey The Moment, where she inspires
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others to live fashionably. If she isn’t spending time with her hubby and two yorkies you can find her practicing yoga or travelling somewhere exotic. Her ultimate passion is encouraging others to find expressions of themselves through their own sense of style while becoming better humans at the same time. Being vegan has never looked so good.

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