Stylish Staff: Meet Nkundi

Stylish Staff: Meet Nkundi

Your role at Nygard…

I’m the Merch Support for the USA division of our Alia brand. What does that involve? I manage our think-tank’s day to day tasks and also prepare the clothing racks used during photo shoots for our online images, working closely with the photographer to select which pictures best represent the look and feel of the brand.

Describe your personal style…

It’s difficult to define my style in a few words. I dress differently according to how I feel each day, although I love mixing tomboy style with classic pieces.

What do you love about your job?

I love that I’m able to work in an environment where I am constantly learning something new about the fashion industry. I find the whole design process fascinating: how an idea turns into a piece of fabric which then ends up as an item of clothing on a rack in a store and has the potential to become somebody’s go-to look in their wardrobe. Another plus? Discovering what the latest trends are going to be ahead of time means I can stay one step ahead of the crowd.

What is your go-to piece in your wardrobe?

Black skinny jeans, for sure!

Where do you go for style inspiration?

Everywhere! Literally anything and everything inspires me. My style is constantly evolving and there’s so much content on social media, in magazines and on YouTube that contributes to my growth in style. I think it’s amazing that people from all over the world are willing to share their ideas and end up helping creatives like myself to constantly push their fashion boundaries.

If you could only wear 5 pieces for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

Skinny jeans, a white tee, sneakers, nude pumps and (of course) a leather jacket.

What has been your career highlight so far here at Nygard?

It was most definitely being asked to model in the Fall 2016 Nygard Fashion show! I got the chance to experience what goes on backstage, I walked the runway and the good vibes in the showroom were incredible. It was a special moment I’ll never forget.

Describe your perfect Friday night…

Having my girls over for drinks and a catch up is definitely a good start to the weekend!

TThis floral maxi looks amazing on you! Tell us why you picked it for your shoot…

I tend not to wear girly dresses that often, but this one really stood out for me. The print is feminine without being overpowering and it’s wrap design makes it so comfy to wear. It’s got real boho vibes – I can’t stop twirling in it!

Your life mantra?

I truly believe that we should be the good that we want to see in others. You never know what someone else is going through and just how much kind words and gestures can go a long way!

Nkundi is wearing our Bianca Nygard Floral Wrap Dress $109

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Celebrating International Yoga Day: June 21st 2017

Celebrating International Yoga Day: June 21st 2017

Originating from ancient India, yoga is a gentle way to exercise your mind, body and soul. Get inspired and celebrate International Yoga Day in style on June 21st with the Nygard Performance range!

Benefits of yoga

Yoga is widely known for its numerous health benefits, such as increasing flexibility, helping you sleep better, improving posture and boosting circulation (to name but a few). However, the benefits extend far beyond the physical. The practice has also been proven to reduce stress levels and has a positive impact on our mental health.

Get involved

Invite a friend – if you’re new to yoga, try inviting a friend along to a class and enjoy learning something new together for International Yoga Day 2017. For more advanced yogis, investing your time into a yoga retreat may be exactly what you need to de-stress and practice some self-love.

Find out what’s happening in your area – be part of the action and find an event that’s happening near you. Supporting the yoga movement can be as simple as attending a yoga group in the park, or taking your mat outside and fitting in 30 minutes on your lunch break.

Find your inspiration online – If you’re a little strapped for cash this month, our favourite way to get inspired is by browsing the millions of yoga sequences available on YouTube, and there’s something for all different levels.

Finding the right gear

Whether you’re new to yoga or you’re a fully-fledged pro, getting the right gear can make a real difference to your workout. Heavy fabrics can restrict movement, cause overheating and make your whole yoga experience difficult from start to finish, meaning finding the right material is all important.

Why is the Performance range right for you?

The Nygard Slims Performance range has been designed to improve your workout, allowing you to stretch, bend and twist that little bit further.

High Compression – sculpts your curves and provides a sleek fit

SlimCurve Technology Waistbands – different widths that flatten your stomach and creates smooth lines

Cooling Yarns– sweat-wicking fabric regulates your body temperature

Superior Stretch – four way stretch infused with spandex for enhanced flexibility

Modern Designs – colour block motifs, vibrant prints and sporty hues

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Earth Day 2017: 5 ways to get involved

Earth Day 2017: 5 ways to get involved

Earth Day 2017

5 ways to get involved

Wondering how you can make a difference this Earth Day? We’re created a shortlist of some of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to get involved. Get your friends and family to join in and spread the word!

Invest in a bag for life 

Canvas shopper bags used to be a rare sight, but today they are more important than ever. We’re all guilty of accepting plastic bags from stores and they soon build up in our cupboards (we all have a plastic bag stash, right?). Invest in a medium sized, reusable canvas bag that is both environmentally friendly and stylish, meaning you can shop guilt-free knowing you’re doing your bit to cut down on waste.

Try going meat-free for a day 

That’s right. We just suggested putting your bacon addiction on hold for a day. Why? Many of us are completely unaware that our meat consumption is a huge contributor to global warming. Don’t believe us? There are tons of documentaries available on Netflix that are worth a watch if you need convincing (try Vegucated, Cowspiracy and Food Matters). If you’re feeling inspired, why not try a part-time vegetarian diet? Every little helps.

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Get moving 

One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint for Earth Day 2017 is to get outdoors. Live close to work? Leave the car at home, pack your office-shoes in your canvas bag and pull on your runners instead. If you’re not a morning person, why not go for a bike ride or a short hike after work? We rely so much on fossil fuels to get us out and about, but we often forget there are other alternatives that will keep us and the planet healthier.

Plant something

To put things into perspective, consider the following. Global warming is caused by greenhouse gases (made up of carbon dioxide and methane).

Plants and trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. So, why not give gardening a go and help reduce CO2 levels by planting something this weekend? You don’t need a garden to try this one out. If you’re an avocado lover, save the pit and grow your very own avocado plant! Simply google ‘how to grow an avocado tree’ for step-by-step instructions.

Clean out your wardrobe & donate

We all love to shop, but manufacturing clothes requires energy. Lots of it. Help out someone in need by donating clothes you no longer love to charity. Recycling has never been easier and donating your once loved sweater that no longer fits means it won’t end up in a landfill. Earth Day is a great excuse to feel good about clearing out your wardrobe and finding a new home for your old clothes.

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Spring to-do list

Spring to-do list

Spring to-do list

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Winter is finally behind us, and we’re wasting no time in making our spring to-do list! Here are our top 5 activities for getting into the swing of things this April.

Buy a bunch of flowers

Nothing says spring like a fresh bunch of flowers! Not only do they look pretty, flowers can significantly improve our mood. Floral scents have the power to relieve stress and have a positive impact on our emotional health. Brighten up your day (or someone else’s) by making a quick stop at your local florist after work.

Picnic in the park

Head to the grocery store and stock up on fresh spring produce. Fruits and vegetables in season include apricots, mango, lychee, snow peas and asparagus. Add some mouth-watering berries to a simple salad (try mixing spinach, strawberries, red onion, blueberries and walnuts) to really let your taste buds know spring is finally here.

Declutter your closet

Out with the old, in with the new. None of us think twice about spring cleaning our homes, but it’s easy to forget that our wardrobes need some TLC too. Be ruthless and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in over a year. Not sure about that dress you used to love? Try it on and see if still makes you feel great. Sorting out your wardrobe will save you precious time in the morning (less clutter = more quality) and clear your mind simultaneously.

Try a new exercise class

Get out of your comfort zone and try something invigorating. We embraced hot yoga this winter and we’re ready for a new challenge now the weather is finally warming up. Sign up for a boot camp programme with a friend or try something empowering such as kick-boxing to strengthen your upper body muscles and get a real sweat on.

Get cultural

Go visit a museum you’ve never been to, find interesting ways to photograph the city you live in or set some time aside for that book you’ve been meaning to read. If you’re more socially inclined, search for local events and festivals happening in your area.

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Stylish Staff: Meet Maria

Stylish Staff: Meet Maria

Stylish Staff: Meet Maria

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Meet the stylish staff behind the Nygard brand and get to know a little more about what it’s like to work in the fast-paced fashion industry…

Your role at Nygard…

I am a technical merchandiser here at Nygard. I’m in constant contact with mills and makers in our different factories and I keep track of our fabrics and finished garments, as well as setting up styles in our system.

What do you love about your job?

It’s really exciting to work with the finished garment and see completed pieces that make up new collections. I love working with people from all around the world and being able to communicate with people from different positions within the company too.

Describe your personal style…

“Less is more”. Elegant, comfortable, Parisian and vintage-chic inspired.

What is your go-to piece in your wardrobe?

A cashmere sweater and black skinny pants.

Where do you go for style inspiration?

Old movies with Audrey Hepburn, the Exchange District here in Winnipeg and attending fashion shows.

If you could only wear 5 pieces for the rest of your life, what would you chose and why?

An LBD with sleeves, a navy or black cashmere sweater, tailored black pants, skinny jeans and a classic white tee.

What are your career plans for the future?

I’m loving my current position here at Nygard and I’m looking forward to advancing my career within the merchandising field.

Describe your perfect Friday night…

Going for dinner at the Fort Garry restaurant in Winnipeg with my boyfriend. It’s such an elegant place steeped in history that can make any Friday night romantic.

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What’s in your Nygard shopping cart? 

The new Bianca Nygard cold shoulder ruffle top – I like the open shoulder trend and this top speaks for itself, so I would style it with something simple like white jeans.

Shop Maria’s look online now: Luxe Denim Slims Skinny Jean $59, Piped Boyfriend Blazer $129.

Stylish Staff: Meet Ashley

Stylish Staff: Meet Ashley

Stylish Staff

Meet Ashley

Meet the stylish staff behind the Nygard brand and get to know a little more about what it’s like to work in the fast-paced fashion industry…

 Your role at Nygard…

I’m an E-Commerce Merchandiser and it’s my job to control brand features, optimize where our product is located on the site and I also organize online promotions.

Describe your personal style…

I would say my personal style is a real mix between boho-chic and classic-sporty. I love relaxed looks that are both comfortable and effortlessly stylish.

What do you love about your job?

Working with great people and the fact that I learn something new everyday…my job role is so diverse meaning there’s never a dull moment!

What is your go-to piece in your wardrobe?

Denim is my ultimate go-to piece. It’s so versatile and you can style it in so many different ways. Smart-casual, preppy, glam. I’m truly obsessed with Luxe Denim Slims right now because, quite frankly, what don’t they look good with?!

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Where do you go for style inspiration?

I get my style inspiration from a variety of different types of women. Sometimes I see looks online I like and re-create them with my own spin and I love Megan Batoon’s individual style.

 

What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of my job is trying to keep everything looking fresh and new on the site. Just like fashion, online displays can become outdated and old. If you keep seeing the same things, it tends to look tired and dated. With new collections coming in every season, there are always new ways to keep people interested and inspired…

Describe your perfect Friday night…

Watching my favourite comedy shows curled up on the couch with a large cozy blanket, wearing an oversized sweater and having my weekly chips and dip treat!

If you could only wear 5 pieces for the rest of your life, what would you pick and why?

1.     The little black dress – for the times I’m out and about downtown and want to show off my legs.

2.     A classic denim jean – for me this everyday pant will never go out of style.

3.     Sneakers – all of my friends will tell you I’m never spotted without my sneakers. Nude or white are my favourite.

4.     A wool coat – for those chilly days here in Winnipeg, nothing beats a great quality jacket.

5.     Nude Trousers – I love a nude pant for dressing up any type of outfit.

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What’s in your Nygard shopping cart?

 Floral Blush Wyatt Tunic –  I love its soft blush tone (perfect for spring) and think it’s a versatile piece I’ll be able to wear over and over again.

 Luxe Denim Jegging – I bought the Luxe Denim biker pant and loved it so I’m planning on adding this jegging to my collection in a lighter wash.

 Indigo Slim Vest – I can’t wait to try out a double-denim look with this vest, or pair it with a simple white tee.

Shop Ashley’s look online nowLuxe Denim Jegging $69, Scoop Neck Tee was $39.99 now $14.95, Pin Stripe Shirt $69.00

 

 

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