Style Profile: Katelyn Downes

Katelyn is a high school student at CDCI West, who loves clothes, shopping, and hair styling. She is a sweet, young fashionista from my hometown, finding her passion in life and what she wishes to do for post secondary.
Katelyn loves hair styling, and has actually gotten tips from a family friend and well-known local Boutique & Salon owner, Haley Campbell. Together they research schools, and Katelyn is constantly seeking Haley's advice and hair tips.
Here is the interview I got to have with Miss Katelyn Downes, along with her stylish photos! Enjoy!

Mikayla:

What words come to mind when you think about the way you dress?

Katelyn:

The words that come to mind when I think of the way that I dress would be comfy, unique, and trendy.

Mikayla:

What clothing stores are your go-to places to shop?

Katelyn:

My go to places to shop are H&M, Garage, Aeropostale, American Eagle, and Victoria's Secret Pink.

Mikayla:

How do you keep up with trends, and do you feel that you stay "on-trend"?

Katelyn:

The way that I keep up with trends is when see an outfit or a piece of clothing that I like, I try to find and buy something that resembles it but is more comfortable or cheaper. I think that I stay on trend in my own way, by recreating outfits and modifying trends to the way I usually dress.




Mikayla:

What are your thoughts towards the fashion industry in general?

Katelyn:

My thoughts towards the fashion industry are that fashion plays a big part in everybody's life. Everybody has their own style and also, most stores have a distinct look or style that they sell and just because that store or fashion item is popular it doesn't mean you have to buy it. I think that fashion is very influential when it comes to people's personalities and the way they act.

Mikayla:

Does fashion play a big part in your life? Why or why not?

Katelyn:

I think that fashion plays a huge part in my life because I love shopping and trying new things clothing wise. I love recreating looks and being different from other people through my style.

Mikayla:

Being a student in high school, who do you think starts trends? Is there a certain individual, group, or what would you say?

Katelyn:

I think that being in high school, the people who starts the trends are usually the "popular" kids. Both boys and girls have an effect on each other and I think that most girls want to dress like the popular girl and be like her and the same thing goes for the boys, with the popular boy among them.


Mikayla:

What does the word "beauty" mean to you?

Katelyn:

The word beauty means individuality to me. Everybody has their own sense of beauty, and no matter what things are popular, everybody has their own way of expressing their true beauty.

Mikayla:

You are currently looking at exploring the job of a Hair Stylist, what excites you about this career path? What Hair Trends excite you the most right now? (I'm currently loving bows & hair chalk at the moment!)

Katelyn:

The things that excite me about being a hairstylist are being able to create different things using hair, and making somebody feel beautiful. I love curling hair and braiding, so those hair trends excite me the most.




Mikayla:

Haley Campbell, owner of Faun Boutique in Port Hope has known you for most of your life. Would you say that she has inspired you to be interested in doing hair styling, since she does that as her job?

Katelyn:

Haley has definitely inspired me to do hair. Seeing her cut hair and style it inside her very own salon, is very interesting to me. When Haley had first told me that she was going to school to be a hair dresser, I didn't really think it was that cool, but she talked to me about what she was learning and different things you can do with hair colour and hair cuts and that made me interested!

Mikayla:

How has Haley helped you (if at all) with your steps towards fulfilling your hair styling career? What kind of advice does she give you?

Katelyn:

Haley has let me watch her at her store/salon, Faun Boutique, which has made me want to become a hairdresser even more. She gives me tips and has suggested programs that are the best for post secondary, including the ones she had done. Any questions I have about certain hairstyles she answers them and tells me the best way to approach them.

What Katelyn Wore:

Shirt: Word of Mouth
Shorts: Urban Planet
Bag: H&M
Shoes: Keds

Photography by Mikayla Kuehn

Style Profile: Jenn McNaughton

Jenn McNaughton is no stranger when it comes to the fashion industry. From working as a weekly contributor for MTV Fora and writing for Style Nine to Five, to working for Hello! Canada magazine as well as Sephora; I would say this girl is a big deal. Her style is edgy and modern, and she looks like she stepped right out of a magazine! Jenn recently launched her new blog, EthcsofStyl , that captures all she has progressed to be, and is one of her many creative outlets.

Jenn is currently a Journalism student at Ryerson University and working for Hello! Canada magazine. She started at Hello! as just a fashion and beauty intern, but then coincidentally was one of thirteen selected by Rogers Publishing "Magazine School Program", to work there as an Editorial Intern.

When I interviewed Jenn, I couldn't get over how lovely of a person she is. She is a very kind and well-spoken individual. Here is her interview and beautiful photos to go along with it!


Mikayla:

If you could describe your style in one word, what would it be?

Jenn: 

Modern. Mikayla:

What's the best piece of advice you could offer to a budding fashionista?

Jenn:

As cliché as it is, stay true to who you are. Find your own voice and path in the industry - don’t sacrifice that while trying to establish yourself. There will be room for you, somewhere. Oh! And another thing, fashion isn’t all about the glamour so don’t strive to work in fashion if you just have a love for clothing; it’s much, much more than that. Mikayla:

Where do you look for, and find your unique style inspiration?

Jenn:

Inspiration for me usually comes from a number of different places. It can be something I’ve personally experienced – i.e. a trip, relationship, etc. Or, it can be some work that I’ve viewed, generated by trails of another – i.e. a blog, runway show, gallery, campaign, etc. I’m a very visual person, so I find that I’m most inspired by photographs and illustrations. As a writer, this is crucial because you’re essentially painting the picture through descriptors.


Mikayla:

What would be your top favourite clothing stores/brands to shop from?

Jenn:

My wardrobe consists of ASOS, Zara, and Topshop for my unfortunate student budget. Ideally, it would contain a little more Wang and Givenchy.

Mikayla:

What trends are you excited for this coming Fall?
Jenn:

To be honest, I’m not much of a trend follower. I think everyone should dress for their personal aesthetic and not rely on what someone tells them to wear. I buy a few key pieces each season that I know will transition well over the years. This fall it will be a tie-knot blanket coat (seen at Max Mara and Celine), south western inspired pieces (at Tibi, Alexis Mabille and Dion Lee) and tight knits (seen at Prabal Gurung and Acne).



Mikayla:

How did you land your position at Hello! Canada?

Jenn:

I applied just like the rest and did my research. Ryerson is really good at sending out internship/job offerings every so often and Hello! happened to be one of them. I sent along my resume, cover letter and some writing examples. Once I got word that I had an interview, I brought along a portfolio (a tangible one – not just an online extension of my blog). It doesn’t matter how big or small the piece – it shows initiative and dedication when you walk in there with that black book. I also came prepared ready to give insight into my life and not just my professional background. That’s one thing people forget – always, always have more to say than just reiterating your resume. They know what you’ve done; they’ve done their research too. Lastly, I knew the brand. Whether it was myself or a family member who had bought the issue, I had read Hello! before. Never attempt to get a job somewhere you’re not passionate about.

Mikayla:

What is your favourite thing about Journalism and studying it in school?

Jenn:

Journalism allows me to develop more extensive insight into the world around me, whether that be cultural, political, etc. In order to be successful at anything, you must know what is happening at any given point in today’s society. Fashion reflects our history as well as the advancement of present day. Aside from that, I’ve also had a love for story telling. Story telling will always be my number one love – whether I’m writing about lifestyle or not. It inspires me on a daily basis that journalists/writers/creatives give a voice to something that would not be heard otherwise. 


Mikayla:

What are your future career plans and what can you see yourself doing in the next 5-10 years?

Jenn:

I’ve always been one to extensively plan out my future; it’s sort of a safety net to have my goals – near and far – drilled into my head. I also have this thing where I don’t like talking about them, in fear it may jinx it. I know… ridiculous. But I can say that New York is always the dream. Until then, I’ll be doing my best to gain experience whenever I can. I’m open-minded as to where that may be but keep my end destination close to heart.

Mikayla:

What sort of content and features can we expect from the new blog that you are releasing?

Jenn:

My new platform will feature more design-orientated posts. Over the past year, I've even further developed my interests into all things design; interiors, art, fashion, etc. I've discovered that across all outlets, my aesthetic remains consistent. I hope that by discovering my blog, readers find it as an entire lifestyle – differentiating itself from the news related posts I’d previously done. There will still be some of that – being a journalist at heart - but it will be more about my life and interests separate from my career. The 'ethcs' side will incorporate more insightful and educated products, particularly on the beauty side of things, slowly converting to a more natural, cruelty-free beauty regime.

What Jenn Wore:

Dress & Sandals: Zara
Sunglasses: Nasty Gal
Sheer Kimono: ASOS
Bag: Topshop

Photography by Mikayla Kuehn

Thanks for reading!