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      A conversation with Miik community model Kim, a nurse on the frontlines of COVID-19

      A conversation with Miik community model Kim, a nurse on the frontlines of COVID-19

      What's it really like to be on the frontlines of COVID in Canada?⁠


      Meet Kim. She's a Miik community model, but more importantly, she's a nurse on the frontline of COVID-19. We were able to chat with Kim about what it's really like being a nurse right now, and how we can help. Last week, we were able to send Kim and her coworkers some care packages with cozy Miik socks, handwritten cards from our kids, and fabric face masks for the hospital admin staff.⁠

      Right now, we're making non-medical masks that are available for donation to the frontlines and essential services including hospital admin staff, grocery store workers, and community shelters. Donate Now! We've already paid for the first 100 masks - and now you can help carry it forward! We are so much stronger when we come together 💪

      Thank you again to those on the frontline, or working in essential services. We acknowledge your incredible bravery and strength today!⁠

      Here's 3 simple ways you can help!

      1. Stay home if you are able. Kim said it best in our video conversation: "be mindful of your practices and keeping your hands clean. And stay away from people, to hopefully make this end quicker." Listen to your local authorities and be compliant so we can keep people safe.

      2. Donate a mask. We are now making non-medical masks available for donation. These masks are going straight to essential service workers. Click here to add one to your cart!

      3. Spread love, not germs! As Kim touches on in this video, it can get to be a lot, seeing scary news headlines constantly on our tv, social media and conversations. We say, try and make an effort to encourage someone today and let them know something you appreciate about them!

      Miik's Sustainable Clothing Holiday Gift Guide

      Miik's Sustainable Clothing Holiday Gift Guide

      Give the gift of Miik this holiday season! If you’re looking for ethical and locally-made gifts for all the amazing ladies in your life, look no further. Our unbelievably comfortable, sustainable clothing is designed for women, by women, with eco-luxe fabrics that last. We’ve put together a list of 5 different types of women you might be buying for this season. Whether it’s your mom, niece, sister, grandma, aunt or coworker—we’re confident that Miik has something for everyone!

      Without further ado, let’s get into it!

      1. For the one who loves cozy winters

      She’s the skier, the ice skating queen... the one who’s always ready for a snowy adventure! We’re not ones to boast, but if there’s one thing we know best at Miik, it’s après ski style. Here are some perfect pieces for the girl living in a winter wonderland:

      Reese drawstring hoodie: A modern take on a classic hoodie, this tunic has all the cozy winter vibes. While typical hoodies can be bulky and look sloppy, this tunic over a pair of leggings or jeans looks so put-together and professional!

      Charlene cowl hooded tunic: The Charlene is the PERFECT holiday gift, just in time for winter weather. It has pockets, a hood and has a chic take on the après ski style. In solid or stripe with so many colours to choose from, we have you covered!

      Kerry turtleneck: This turtleneck is perfect for every winter capsule wardrobe, and great for layering all season long. This charcoal tone is super cozy, but if you want extra winter vibes, we recommend our port stripe!

      Jodi zippered tunic: This piece is one of our favourites because it effortlessly transforms from a cardigan to a tunic with a simple zip! Wear it over a pair of jeans and a tank as a cardi, or zip it up and wear as a tunic over leggings for ultimate comfort. With the Jodi, you just can’t go wrong.

      Lucy legging: Every outdoorsy woman needs a go-to pair of leggings. The Lucy won’t let you down... like, ever. These leggings won’t fade, pill or lose their shape like other leggings do. Buttery soft and made with eco-luxe rayon from bamboo, these leggings are a cozy friend—especially in the winter! 

      Collage of women's corporate attire

      2. For the one who's a boss babe

      From boardrooms to networking events, we’ve all got that woman in our life who is crushing it in the corporate world. These Miik pieces are tried and true for the working woman.

      Emily soft blazer: This is our most popular blazer and one of our bestselling items. It’s a classic blazer that will last in your wardrobe for years to come. Our customers can't get over how comfy it is... one even said it feels like you're wearing leggings on the top half of your body! If you’re buying for a working woman, we can’t think of a better gift.

      Sonya wrap dress: This classic wrap dress is perfect for work, but has great evening and special event versatility. It can be dressed up or down, and is made of buttery soft rayon from bamboo.

      Sienna boyfriend jacket: Who doesn’t love a good boyfriend jacket?! Perfect for a corporate chic look, this jacket is versatile, so comfy and has the most flattering fit. She’ll be rocking it over and over again.

      Claudia side panel skirt: The iconic corporate skirt, the Claudia can be paired with any of our StretchFit blazers for a sophisticated tailored suit that doesn't sacrifice comfort. This relaxed fit pencil skirt is our go-to!

      Alana wide leg pant: These wide-leg pants are so beautifully tailored, you would never guess how stretchy and comfortable they are. The pull-on waistband has a perfectly smooth finish with any top, and—wait for it—they have pockets! Seriously, these are the only pants you'll want to wear to work.

       

      3. For the one who lives in loungewear

      Well, pretty much anything from Miik would work for this person, but let’s get into some ULTRA comfy options! Here are some of our top picks:

      Lisa2 legging: These are a no-brainer. One of our top selling products, you could truly live in the Lisa2 leggings. Our customers love the wide, 4-inch waistband: wear it high-waisted or folded over at the hip, it acts as a comfy control top that smooths everything out. No judgement here if you throw in an extra pair for yourself at checkout!

      Katya striped boxy tunic: The Katya's boxy fit makes it feel edgy yet very relaxed. This tunic will take you from weekend lounging to errands around town effortlessly. It’s put-together and polished, even though it feels like you’re rocking PJs... win-win!

      Joy tunic: The Joy tunic is another crowd pleaser. Feminine and flowy, it's the perfect match for leggings or jeans. Get the most out of this versatile style by dressing it up or down.

      Malory long cardi: This cardi is the ultimate in functionality and comfort. The longer length makes it great for layering with any outfit, and the contrasting collar makes it a cozy staple for the fall and winter seasons.

      Kiri pant: One of our fave pants! They feel like yoga pants, with a tailored, fashion-forward look. The Kiri pant has a subtle flared silhouette with a 2" pull-on waistband for a smooth, flattering, and comfortable fit.

      Mid-calf socks: The perfect stocking stuffer, that will actually be worn and loved! Make every step more luxurious with these buttery soft mid-calf socks. Miik socks have hand-linked toes for seamless comfort, plus a reinforced heel and toe for durability.

      4. For the one who prefers basics

      So she's got a capsule wardrobe? No problem! We have just the thing:

      June simple skirt: The ultimate basic that you never knew you needed. It has a smooth look under fitted tops, and can be worn at the hip or high-waisted. If she prefers a longer skirt, we suggest the Jan long simple skirt: the exact same design with a bit more length!

      Lea reversible tank: This tank has been a fan favourite for years. The Lea is the perfect layering basic, with a neckline that reverses from boatneck to scoopneck. With bra-friendly straps and a fitted silhouette, it can be worn on its own or under blazers and cardigans.

      Yara reversible dress: A classic tank dress, the Yara is an essential that’s perfect for layering and so chic on its own. Back-to-front reversibility means you can switch from a boatneck to high scoop—more ways to wear it, for any occasion.

      Anne circle blazer: The perfect crossover between blazer and cardi, the Anne can be styled for work or play. Unlike most of our blazers, this one is machine washable, so there's no excuse not to wear it every. single. day.

      Presley top: Truly the basic top of all basic tops, the Presley never disappoints. Its boxy, relaxed fit is universally flattering and easy to pair with jeans, skirts, or tailored pants. Get it in a solid colour if she only wears the most basic of basics, or in a stripe for those who like to mix it up!

      Ankle socks:  The perfect stocking stuffer that will actually be loved and worn! Treat her feet to these buttery soft ankle socks. Miik socks have hand-linked toes for seamless comfort, plus a reinforced heel and toe for durability.

      Collage of on-trend women's clothing

      5. For the one who's a fashionista

      She’s beauty and she’s grace... she’s never had a bad style day. Wow her with these on-trend and equally comfortable Miik pieces:

      Jess dress: We love the cutout detail on this dress, and she will too! The Jess can be worn to work with a blazer or dressed up for an evening look. Its flattering A-line silhouette looks great on everyone.

      Shea tulip pant: These pants are so comfortable, feminine, and all-around luxurious. The perfect pant for a special occasion, they make a statement with overlapping front panels that curve into a gorgeous tulip shape. Betcha she doesn’t have pants like these... yet!

      Tarina reversible cutout top: Wear this reversible v-neck top with the fashionable cutout detail at the front or back. An on-trend bell sleeve completes the look.

      Joni ruffle sleeve top: We love a good bell sleeve for the winter season, and if she’s got a passion for fashion, she’ll be obsessed with the Joni! Dress it up for work and down for the weekend or an evening out.

      Aedan boyfriend jacket: Talk about a versatile jacket! This gorgeous piece can be worn with black dress pants as a suit, or with jeans and a tee on the weekends. This one is a fave for anyone whose style is a little edgier.

      We hope you got some great ideas from this gift guide – and that you have an incredible holiday season spend with friends, family and the people you love most.

      Happy holiday gifting!

      The Miik Team 

      7 Ways to Shop Sustainably this Black Friday

      7 Ways to Shop Sustainably this Black Friday

      If you’re interested in receiving exclusive Black Friday deals from Miik, be sure to subscribe to our email list today!

      We’re coming back to that time of year where virtually every company in the world offers major sales, and we all go CRAZY! That’s right, Black Friday is just around the corner.

      It’s an exciting, festive time of year and thousands of people will be taking advantage of the Black Friday deals. However, in the light of recent climate strikes, there’s no doubt that climate change is on people’s minds. We’re sharing some simple but effective ways you can be mindful of the environment during Black Friday this year! Let’s get into it. 

      Child in a crowd holding a painted sign that reads "Save the planet"

      Photo of the Toronto climate strike by @lewypee

      1. Shop eco-friendly brands

      Almost every eco-friendly brand—big or small—has Black Friday deals. It’s so easy to make a simple switch in who you’re buying from, and it can make all the difference. American author Anna Lappé says, “Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” If more and more people adopt this mindset, big companies will eventually start to take notice, feel the pressure and make some important shifts towards sustainability.

      Black script text on white reads "Everytime you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want."

      2. Shop locally-made

      It is always better for the environment to shop locally because you can avoid additional shipping and therefore avoid excessive carbon emissions. It’s also so much nicer to receive a thoughtful, locally-made gift! Shopping local helps fuel your local economy and supports small businesses. When you shop locally, it's also more likely that the people who created the products were paid a fair living wage.

      Black handwriting on a pink background reads "When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance"

      3. Shop less: don't impulse buy

      Ever gone on a shopping spree, and realized a week later that you didn’t really need (or even want) 75% of what you bought? That’s the power of the impulse buy. Just because something is a great sale, doesn’t mean you need it, or that you’ll wear it. And if you don’t love that purchase, it’s never worth the price—no matter how cheap! When it comes to apparel, we like to ask ourselves these questions before adding items to our cart: How often will I wear it? How will I care for it? Where was it made? What is it made of? How long will it last? How does it make me feel? Never buy something that won’t be worn or used!

      4. Look for energy efficient gadgets

      The best gifts are the ones that keep on giving. From rechargeable batteries to reusable sandwich bags, looking for ways to reduce everyday waste is great for our wallets and our landfills. Here’s a blog post with a handful of products to get your mind going. When it comes to technology items, read here for some products that would make great gifts for the holidays, or for your home! When you find products you’d like, make a list and shop intentionally over the Black Friday weekend rather than blindly heading into a website full of seductive deals.

      5. Gift wrap in reusable wrapping

      Save gift wrapping from events during the year and reuse it over the holidays, or use materials that might already be in your recycling bin. Think cardboard, newspapers, baskets, shoe boxes or paper. Paint it, stamp it, DIY it, and keep it out of our landfills for longer by giving it a new life!

      Rectangular package wrapped in burlap tied with twine and decorative red berries

      Photo from Stocksy

       6. Don't choose rush shipping

      Black Friday and Cyber Monday have blurred together now that everyone would prefer to shop from the comfort of their living room. One of the things we're cautious about (and don’t offer on our website) is express shipping. This causes lots of half-empty trucks to be on the road, driving longer distances to deliver packages. Choosing standard shipping and waiting just a little longer ensures companies can optimize their deliveries for fewer, fuller trucks making deliveries. It’s a small change we can all make, and it’s worth the wait!

      Cardboard shipping box marked "fragile"

       7. Look for carbon offsets

      We recently posted about our carbon offset checkout feature, and we would encourage you to look for this opportunity as you online shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many brands have started adding it to help reduce your carbon footprint. We love this option: it’s a great way to give back and continue to be mindful of the earth as you shop.

      Screenshot of the Carbon Checkout app

      There are so many ways we can positively contribute to the environment during Black Friday. Miik will be participating in the festivities, as always! Be sure to subscribe to our email list for first access to all our amazing deals this year. Styles always sell quickly, so sign up and make sure you snag all your favourites!

       

      3 unexpected ways to wear the Emerson blazer + GIVEAWAY with Stacy Irvine

      3 unexpected ways to wear the Emerson blazer <i>+ GIVEAWAY with Stacy Irvine</i>

      Read to the end to find out how to enter our giveaway with Totum Life Science founder, Stacy Irvine!

      Who said blazers are only for the office? The Emerson boxy blazer, made from our buttery soft eco-fabric, is the perfect fit from desk to date night. Ethically-made in Canada, it’s corporate comfort you can feel good about.

      Dr Stacy Irvine is a health and fitness coach, and the co-founder of Totum Life Science in Toronto. She is also a regular guest on Cityline as a Health Expert. Stacy embodies what we're all about at Miik – a strong woman who encourages every woman around her to live their best and healthiest life. We invited her to come and check out our new Fall/Winter 2019 Collection. She absolutely loved the Emerson boxy blazer that we picked out for her (I mean, how could you not!).

      Janice Meredith—stylist extraordinaire and Cityline guest expert— put together some adorable looks with the Emerson blazer. 

      At the end of this session, even we were surprised at how many different ways this jacket could be worn. These three looks feature creative ways to style the Emerson that you might never think of! We’re certain there are a million other ways you could style it, too. So versatile, comfy and chic! It elevates any outfit, yet it can be dressed up or down and worn anywhere. Let’s get into these looks.

       

      LOOK 1: SIMPLE AND COZY



      Who knew you could wear a blazer with joggers, a basic tee and sneakers!? Well, with the Emerson blazer you can. And it looks DARN CUTE. This outfit is adorable and Stacy looks effortlessly put together. The key factor here though, is that she’s probably never felt more comfy. You could wear this outfit for errands, a lunch date, sporting event or fall fair. And that’s just to name a few—this outfit could truly be worn anywhere!

       

      LOOK 2: BADASS IN BLACK AND LEATHER 

      We’re not gonna lie, we were completely taken aback by this outfit. We never would have put these pieces together, but Janice worked her magic and said this outfit would be great. We’re so glad she did! These cowboy boots totally top off the outfit’s edgy factor. The Emerson balances out the faux leather shorts with a sophisticated, classy statement. An easy way to make this outfit cold weather appropriate is to wear it with a faux leather skirt and tights or leggings. Even a leather legging would be great too!

       

      LOOK 3: BELTED AND DRESSY

      Elevate any blazer by adding a belt. Our Emerson blazer has a sleek, boxy design without pockets, which makes it super easy to belt. Belting can help define the waist and give the appearance of a longer leg (yes, please!). Any black dress and heels complete the look, and you’re runway ready! The Emerson blazer’s herringbone pattern is also so neutral that you could put any solid or subtle pattern underneath. This blazer just won’t stop!

       

      One blazer: three unexpected ways to style it.  Next time you put together an outfit with your Miik pieces, we would love to see it! Send it our way by tagging @miikinc on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We love seeing real women rocking their Miik with confidence.

       

      $150 Gift Card Giveaway

      On that note, we would like to announce an exciting giveaway with Stacy Irvine, where we will be giving away a $150 Miik gift card for one lucky winner to use on anything on our website!!!

      Head to @stacyirvinehealth on Instagram, where all the details about the giveaway are posted.

      The giveaway is running until this Friday, October 25th at 12:00pm EDT. The winner will be notified by Stacy on Instagram, and we will also post on our Instagram stories. Be sure to get your entry in before then – GOOD LUCK!

      Special thanks to Adrian at @torontoheadshot for these images as well as Janice @janicemeredithstyle for styling all the outfits.

       

      - The Miik Team

       

      How to style Miik

      How to style Miik

      Style, comfort, versatility – the three most important things we think about when designing our collections. Our aim is to create timeless pieces for your wardrobe that can be mix + matched, dressed up or down, and carried forward from season to season. Whether you’re a busy mom or a career gal (or both!), Miik meets all your wardrobe needs – from 8am school drop-offs, 3pm boardroom meetings to 7pm drinks with the girls.

      Here are some tips for how to get the most from your Miik pieces, and take your look from day to night:

      Reverse It

      For optimum versatility, we design many of our pieces with front-to-back reversibility. And because of the premium quality of our custom-milled luxury eco fabrics, our designs maintain their shape whichever way you wear it.

      Take the Kristen tailored zipper dress for example, this gorgeous dress can be worn with a scoop neck or reversed to expose the zipper for an edgier evening look.

       

      Our Ella striped v-dress can we worn casually with flats with the nautical stripe at the front, or reverse it for a classic LBD to be worn under a blazer for a corporate look. You can even put a blazer overtop with the stripes at the front for a pop of pattern.   

       

      Mix and Match  

      The accessories and complimentary clothing you pair with your Miik pieces can make an impact in the look and feel of your outfit. Your wardrobe doesn’t need to stay in specific categories (i.e. office, weekend, evening wear). You can mix and match pieces to find different looks to suit every occasion. 

      The Emily soft blazer is an essential wardrobe staple that need not be limited to the office. Pair it with jeans, capris or a dress for an effortless, yet put-together look, year round. The Emily is the most comfortable yet stylish traveling companion you'll ever own. 

       

      The April aline inverted pleat top features a tone-on-tone contrast between the smooth bamboo bodice and its textured linen sleeves. The added bonus – a linen inverted pleat for a party in the back. Wear this to the office with your favourite pencil skirt or dress pant, or dress it down with your favourite denim. 

      Show us how you style your Miik! Share your images on social media using #MiikStyle.