clothes

Spring Ready Button Down

BY TARA BURKE

Loose button downs are my favorite thing to wear for a casual weekend look. This one I actually took from my Mom’s closet. I’ve talked about my Mom’s wardrobe before and all the 90’s treasures it holds. This top was definitely one of those treasures. I love the vibrant magenta color it has and the embroidered flower detailing makes it even more perfect to wear during the first days of spring.

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Fall Outfit of the Day

BY CAILIN BURKE

For today’s fall outfit I wore this awesome Saturday Evening Post tee that I actually got at a unique gift shop in Buffalo. I tied a crochet sweater around my waist to add an extra fall layer, and threw on my absolute favorite ripped boyfriend jeans. These jeans are perfect because if you don’t feel like wearing tight skinny jeans just yet but it’s too cold for shorts, you can wear a loose boyfriend cut.

I also love the half bun topknot trend since it’s an easy way to make it look like you put some effort into your hair even if it only took 30 seconds! What are some of your favorite fall trends? Whether they be hair, beauty or style we want to know!

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Sunday Sweats

BY TARA BURKE

One of the great things about Sundays is being able to relax at home in sweats and unwind before the work week starts. However, I always end up doing a few afternoon errands before hauling in for the night. I don’t really go out of the house in sweatpants too often, but I found this perfect pair of sweatpants that are nicer for those lazy days. I mean sometimes you wish you could be one of those people that goes out in the world with their pajamas still on. These are a great alternative because they’re super comfy and great for lounging in, but have a fun patten and not too slouchy fit for a more polished look.

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Feature Friday: MIRA Apparel

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screenshot-50This week we talked to Miranda Kinkead of MIRA Apparel! We love how her apparel line came about, as she set a challenge for herself and then went on to achieve it. We also believe that you should find a way to incorporate what you love to do into your work/profession, and Miranda was able to take her passion of creating art and make it into a business. Read on to hear more about MIRA Apparel!

Castle Logo: Tell us about yourself.

screenshot-54: I have a passion for all things pertaining to the arts. I’m an avid moviegoer, a traveller, music lover, collector, jack-of-all-trades, master of none. And I am a second year Creative Industries student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

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Castle Logo: How did your business get started? What made you decide to create t-shirts?

screenshot-54: Every year I like to set new goals and challenges for myself. At the beginning of 2014, I wanted to find a way to work doing something that I am passionate about. I have always thought of selling artwork but instead I decided to combine my love of visual art and fashion to create “wearable designs.” I worked all summer towards launching the Mira brand and then I received a grant through a program called Summer Company. Now Mira Apparel is running independently online.

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Castle Logo: All of your packages come with a handwritten note in a bottle. What kind of messages do you like to send to your customers?

screenshot-54: Not many people receive handwritten letters any more so I thought it would be a sweet idea to write little notes to those who purchase from Mira Apparel. They are random messages so they can range from inspirational quotes, quotes from people, books, music suggestions, interesting words, dares. Some things I find and others I make up: all of which are carefully chosen and resonate with me or that I have some connection to. I really like the idea of spreading kind words positivity, and uplifting things (paying it forward). Hopefully I write something that gives the reader a little bit of happiness that day, and then I’m happy.

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Castle Logo: How would you describe the type of person who wears (or should wear) MIRA Apparel?

screenshot-54: Mira Apparel can be worn by anyone. It is a brand for both men and women. The graphic designs will appeal to someone who appreciates art and something a little different. My sketches may attract individuals who prefer a twist to a staple piece like the t-shirt; and are looking for something a little different in their wardrobe.

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Castle Logo: What are some of the challenging aspects of having your own business?

screenshot-54: The main challenge would have to be being an independent owner. I do everything myself when it comes to the designing, social media correspondence, management, accounting shipping and so on. Keeping on top of all those responsibilities while being a student and maintaining a social life can be difficult at times.

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Castle Logo: Where do you see MIRA Apparel going in the long-term future? Do you have any plans for the expansion of MIRA Apparel’s merchandise line?

screenshot-54: Future collections will be released featuring new sketches and designs. I have also considered expanding the line to include either accessories or trinkets for some sort, even posters, but we will have to wait and see. 😉

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Castle Logo: What is the process for designing and producing your shirts?

screenshot-54: It all starts with a sketch that I create in my sketchbook. I think of a concept that relates to the Mira theme and then a draw it out. Afterward, I scan the sketch to turn it into a computer graphic and then I may manipulate some elements to make the sketch fit for a t-shirt. This is the longest part. After the designing is finished I take the graphics to a local printing company in Toronto and they screen print the designs onto 100% white cotton tees.

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Castle Logo: What’s your favorite part about what you do?

screenshot-54: I love being the “boss”. It is quite the learning experience to be able to create your own business from the ground up and run it independently, especially at my age. I feel like I will gain a lot of vital knowledge, experience and insight from this venture and I’m excited about the future of this brand. It is also really awesome that I get to put my artistic passion into a lucrative pursuit. And being passionate about what I do always makes it worthwhile. Also doing this while being a full-time student affords me the opportunity to make mistakes and learn as I go along.

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Castle Logo: Name three things that you can’t live without.

screenshot-54: This is actually really difficult! There are many things I can’t live without so 3 out of several would be:

-Great Music

-Sunlight & Late Nights

-Positivity & Contentment

(sorry, kinda cheated ^ :P)

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Castle Logo: Do you have any mentors that helped you get where you are today?

screenshot-54: I have always had my parents along side me and through out my life they have been my biggest supporters. I can go to them for an opinion or advice for a plan of action and I am really grateful for that.

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Castle Logo: What advice would you give young entrepreneurs?

screenshot-54: You have to have a clear motive in mind. Know exactly why you are pursuing your business venture because a clear objective will drive you. You should also be passionate about the endeavor because it will help to maintain your motivation. And it always helps to constantly set goals to stay on track, focused and organized.

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See more from MIRA Apparel!:

Game Day Style

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BY TARA & CAILIN BURKE

We’re excited to be collaborating with Fanatics and putting together some looks using their awesome baseball caps. As we both love baseball and go to games every summer, putting together a sporty chic outfit was right up our alley! Fanatics has a ton of choices for every team and the styles go from classic, to distressed, to colorful, and even include snapbacks and winter hats. We had a lot of fun going through the baseball hats and choosing the ones that we each wanted to use for our game day look. As we’re huge New York Mets fans, we both had to pick a Mets hat and create an outfit around it that we would actually wear to Citi Field.

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Houndstooth Style

BY TARA BURKE 

I love a good pattern and houndstooth happens to be one of my favorites. It is so versatile. It can be bold and daring, or chic and classic. This time I went for bold look with these houndstooth leggings I got for Christmas and one of my Mom’s vintage sweaters. I love borrowing things from her closet or thrifting for vintage finds since they always have the most unique details. I particularly adore this black velvet sweater because of its intricate cut-outs on the bottom of the sweater and the sleeves. It also has a scalloped neckline that makes the loose cut and silhouette of the sweater girly and delicate.

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I finished the look with a pair of black wedged booties, a fishtail braid and since I had to lug around three huge textbooks, I had to have my cheetah book bag!

Snow Day!

BY TARA BURKE 

Snow! It is such a beautiful thing, but it can often make things a little difficult for us. The roads are slippery, driveways need to be shovelled and you definitely can’t wear those heels you were planning on rocking. Instead of trying to fight the elements, if I can, I opt to stay in during a snow storm under a warm blanket with some hot chocolate in hand. But if you have to go out I’d recommend you take out your puffer coat and goulashes, despite your urge to wear those super chic, but non-waterproof boots. You may be making a fashion statement, but you’ll regret it when your shoes are water stained, or your freezing because your coat is too thin. Make it an opportunity to invest in some trendy winter gear!

Here are a few options that I love:

Betsey Johnson Snood

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***Photo courtesy of Bestseyjohnson.com

Ralph Lauren Tech Gloves

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ASOS Geo-Tribal Scarf 

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***Photo courtesy of ASOS.com

Or if your a college student and you’re at home for break, like I am, raid your parent’s closet! Whenever a real snow storm hits I run to my Mom’s closet to put on one of her huge puffy coats from the 90’s. They are so warm and even though the 90’s was not that long ago, it gives your whole look a vintage vibe. I also added a fun Sully hat from the Monster’s Inc. movies!

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Cailin’s favorite winter accessory is her “AS IF” hat. You can get the same exact one at http://www.laurenalexandrany.com/as-if-beanie/.

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If you need to update your winter wardrobe, start looking around! Many retailers are already starting to get ready for spring and they will be looking to get rid of some of their winter inventory through some great sales!  Stock up now and you’ll be all set for next winter!