#FFinds: Our current obsessions, loves, bits of inspiration and hand-selected things we adore. This week, explore our Senior Account Executive Patricia Amato’s #FFinds…enjoy!
1. Crazy about my next vacation spot—Miami’s South Beach, December 13th to 16th. Perfect getaway to escape the chilly weather.
2. My Longchamp travel bag….which will accompany me on my well-needed vacation—can’t leave home without it!
3. Crazy about protecting my skin while I’m in Miami…so not cool to tan anymore. Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Booster is my secret weapon.
From the desk of Christine Faulhaber: Five tips for getting hired as an intern.
Your resume and cover letter need to sing. Make these original, but keep them professional. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself – it may feel uncomfortable, but you need to be able to share your successes and accomplishments.
2. Rehearse your interview
Do your research, be ready to name drop (contacts you have, editors you follow). If you are knowledgeable about the industry you will look prepared and come across as confident. Get someone you know in business to do a ‘mock interview’ with you so you are prepared for the tough questions. Also create a list of good questions you are prepared to ask. Spend time on your perspective placement’s website; know what they are about and how you can help them.
3. Look the part
Pretend there is a $75k salary attached to your interview. Fashion is a form of expression, so dress to impress and even if the environment is casual, always dress professionally.
4. Be social
Follow your perspective placement in advance and share your thoughts about its social media presence; this shows you’re bright, have done your homework, and are not afraid to voice your opinion. Make sure you are actively using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram in a professional way in your own life. Interviewers may ask what you are doing/who you are following and you want to make sure you look professional and savvy when they check you out on line. A large part of any business nowadays is digital; so it’s critical that you nail this.
5. Show how you can be an asset
Why should the company hire you? What sets you apart from other candidates? What is your secret skill? Tell us how you can bring a fresh perspective to the table and start contributing quickly.
From an intern’s perspective: Five tips for acing your internship.
1. Always do your research
This is paramount before an interview, but it shouldn’t stop there. Once you are hired, continue to research the company’s clients and competitors, look at particular case studies and review the company’s history. It never hurts to be prepared, and you never know when this knowledge will come in handy. Research is essential to building creative ideas, and helping you deliver to the team.
2. Stay organized
Make list after list after list. Set reminders. Tasks can be given to you at anytime and priorities are always shifting. It is imperative you have an agenda, notebook or digital calendar to schedule daily tasks to ensure that none go unaccomplished.
3. Ask questions
From experience, it is always better to ask a lot of questions than to simply guess how to do something. If you guess, chances are you will have to redo it, which will reflect badly on you.
4. Don’t hold back
If you have an idea, share it. It shows initiative, creativity and boldness. Showing that you have value to add will help solidify you as an essential part of the team.
5. Make a point to get to know colleagues
It’s all about networking, and it’s likely industry colleagues will have good contacts. It is always reassuring and helpful to hear about other peoples’ experiences and the paths they took. You have a lot to learn from them!
Burgers are nothing new to a Torontonian’s taste buds, but the Queen West ‘Kings’ are reinventing the trend. Today, The P&L Burger opens its doors at the bustling intersection of Queen West and Spadina.
Richard Lambert and Jesse Girard, partners of THE SOCIAL GROUP and owners of Parkdale’s first hit restaurant, Parts & Labour, have partnered up with Group of 7 chef Matty Matheson yet again to create the new in-and-out shop. The menu features seven delicious options, including chef Matty’s award-winning P&L patty. Out-stacking The Burger’s Priest and Dangerous Dan’s Diner, The P&L won first place in the Toronto edition of Country Music Television’s (CMT) Burger Wars.
Tantalize your taste buds with a homemade vegetarian Tempeh burger, a cheesy mushroom Philly or a maple BBQ Castor burger. With Canadian-style patties and gourmet toppings, The P&L Burger takes Toronto’s love for burgers to a whole new level. Designed by Castor, the 1000 sq. ft. shop boasts the same rustic-industrial feel as Parts & Labour.
As of today, the shop is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 507 Queen St. W.
With temperatures dropping rapidly and darkness descending pre dinnertime, it’s easy to become a “winter recluse”. Flannel pjs instantly become our best friend while exciting nights on the town get bumped for cocooning with a good mag and a hot chocolate. A hermit lifestyle can continue for only so long before the inevitable cabin fever sets in, hence, we have curated a list of fun winter activities to get you off the couch this holiday season:
Fresh Air and Exercise in a Social and Festive Setting
It is a prerequisite for Canadians to master winter sports, particularly skating. As long as multiple clothing layers are involved, skating is an enjoyable activity that combines socializing with aerobic exercise. Each winter, Nathan Phillips Square
becomes an outdoor skating rink surrounded by city lights and holiday decorations. Skates are available for rent so no excuses!
Experience Europe at a Holiday Marketplace
European culture is admired and emulated worldwide, especially when it comes to the holidays. Fortunately for festive Torontonians, Lowe’s Christmas Market in the Distillery District is modeled after a traditional European Holiday Market. The event, running from November 29 to December 15, features a street full of vendors that capture the “traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas.” You will also enjoy several musical performances, wine and beer gardens, and caroling challenges among many other holiday activities.
Check out these other artisanal markets over the Holiday season:
One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale
Toronto Etsy Street Team’s 1st Annual Christmas Marketplace
Immerse in Art
A trip to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts would no doubt encourage swapping one’s winter “onesie” for a more fashionable ensemble. From December 14 through January 4, the whole family can enjoy The National Ballet’s adaptation of E.T.A Hoffman’s Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. If this doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will!
If you want something with a different kind of ‘special’ this holiday season, be sure to visit New York’s renowned Guggenheim Museum – in Toronto! Beginning November 30, The Art Gallery of Ontario presents The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918. Works from the First World War era by famous artists including Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, will take you on a visual journey of the political and social changes of a tumultuous time in history. Party enthusiasts should hold off until December 5, to experience AGO First Thursdays, where ‘grown up’ visitors can enjoy an adult beverage, music and view exhibitions after close.
#FFinds: Our current obsessions, loves, bits of inspiration and hand-selected things we love. This week, explore our Senior Manager of Marketing & PR Lexi Pathak’s #FFinds…enjoy!
1. Isabel Marant is one of my favourite designers of all time so naturally the current H&M design collaboration has caught my eye. I love this silk calf-length dress because it’s sweet and sexy at the same time. Plus the puff-sleeves are killer.
2. Anine Bing everything! From her fashion line, to her personal style, to her adorbale kids, to her band Kill Your Darlings, she just does it right. I splurged on a pair of her cowboy boots which I wear almost every day. They are the ultimate combo of laid-back comfort and style. Follow her on Instagram.
3.) Design is a major source of inspiration for me and an important dimension on the FAULHABER roster. I love designboom to stay current on the latest design happenings.
They recently posted images of the Heydar Aliyev Center in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, which would stand as the country’s primary building for hosting the former Soviet nation’s cultural programs. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the building is a stunning example of modern design.
What speaks to me most about this building is its use of fluid lines and the way it gracefully slopes and merges with the landscape. It reminds me of waves in the ocean and anything that reminds me of the ocean instantly captures my attention.
As 2013 winds down and you reflect on the challenges and successes of your business, consider how you affected your community, your environment and your employees. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is about using the power of business to positively impact society. How will your business step it up next year?
Take some tips from TAS!
Toronto-based developer, TAS DesignBuild, is committed to creating vibrant communities while standing by its Four Pillars of Sustainability™. Supporting initiatives and spearheading projects that address social, cultural, ecological and economic issues has landed TAS an honourable mention for the 2013 Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Awards in the category of Building, Design and Development.
Working with Fresh City Farms and Cultivate Toronto to create urban vegetable gardens, using green energy from regional wind and hydro facilities that are EcoLogo-certified and organizing family-friendly events to teach youth how to be environmentally conscious, are only a few ways TAS is making a difference. We’re not talking about greenwashing – we’re talking about a company that shows a true commitment to sustainability. As a recently Certified B Corporation, TAS meets strict standards of social and environmental performance and transparency.
From encouraging employees to volunteer, to finding ways to reduce your company’s carbon footprint, set goals in 2014 that reach further than finances. Redefine business success by learning from companies like TAS and incorporating sustainable initiatives into your day-to-day practices.
For more information on TAS’s corporate social responsibility, click here.
We got a chance to ask editor of 360° AIR CANADA Lisa Guimond a few questions on the fly, pardon the pun. Here are her responses…
What inspired you to become a writer/editor?
A love affair with stories and storytelling. That and I’ve always had a knack for asking a lot of questions – my grade three teacher even gave me a question limit for the day, which eventually taught me to be judicious with my inquiries. Now, I have permission to ask a (mostly) limitless number of questions every day, whether it’s during an interview, while I’m doing research, editing, writing or solving a problem.
What’s most challenging about your role?
As a writer, the biggest challenge is finding the right voice, no matter the form or subject matter.
What’s most rewarding?
To hear from readers that we’ve inspired them to travel to a destination that wasn’t on their radar or that we’ve made them think about a place, trend or experience differently.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I read everything, from newspapers and product packaging, to books, blogs and magazines. (I have enough print subscriptions to run my own newsstand.) I even read the digital versions of the print magazines I love. Knowing what’s out there helps me figure out what’s missing, where there’s a gap and room to innovate.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in business?You’ll learn more from your mistakes than you will from your triumphs.
Try hard. Then try harder.
What do you love most about what you do?
Making good sentences better. But also: collaborating with a fantastic team of people who teach me how to be a better thinker, writer and editor. And of course, there’s the travel, which lets you discover so many great finds, like the dirty gin martini at Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama (they stuff the olives with blue cheese).
What is your definition of success?
Any tips for young up-and-comers breaking into the industry?
Say yes more than you say no. (But know when to say no.) Take chances. (But trust your gut.) Be meticulous, no matter what the task. (Others will always notice if you’ve done your very best.) Negotiate. (Yes, you can get what you want.) Have fun.
Dream dinner date with anyone, from past or present and why?
I’m pretty sure that most of the folks I’d like to meet (Vladimir Nabokov, Herbert List) would be terrible dinner companions – they’d likely have strange food habits or not want to eat at all. That said, I’d like to think that enRoute contributor and one of the best food writers around, Alan Richman, and I would get along well – he’s also a stickler for manners and as obsessed with detail as I am. I’d let him pick the restaurant, though.
What are you passionate about?
What motivates you?
The quest to find the story that no one else thought to go after.
What is your staple fashion item right now? Favourite Designer?
I just bought a Burberry London wool and cashmere coat that I’m very excited about. I much prefer a well-tailored, classic piece to a shock-and-awe item. However, my imaginary sartorial double wears sequins on a daily basis. For menswear: Tom Ford for suits, hands down.
Motto to live by: Less is more.