Many of us have a passion for fashion and the social happenings of the city, but few can make a living out of it. Here’s a little inspiration for all you fashionistas out there, meet Montreal’s lifestyle guru Karolina Victoria Jez. From latest restaurant openings to fashion trends, she’s the girl to bring you up to date. As a regular on Breakfast Television and editor on Notable.ca, get to know this fabulous Montrealer:
Describe a typical work day for you?
There is no such thing as a typical work day in my industry. Things come up last minute and you have to be ready for them at any time. But the main aspects of my work day’s involve finding innovative, interesting and new material to write about for Notable and for our Montreal writers, running our social media across every angle, working on the creative aspect of Notable with its layout and images, covering events and new openings across the city which could include restaurants, boutiques and new cool offices, brainstorming on the business development and events for Montreal and….that’s just a portion of it!
What is the best part of your job?
Honestly there is nothing that I don’t enjoy; I truly love every part of my role. The fact that I get to spearhead and grow Notable in such a unique and constantly evolving city like Montreal makes the position amazing in itself. I have also been very lucky in being able to contribute regularly to City TV’s Breakfast Television sharing my notable places and things, that’s definitely a big highlight for me.
What is your favorite charitable organization and why?
Right now I am a big supporter of Share the Warmth that my friend Lindsay Woods introduced me too. It is an organization that is awakening hopes and dreams through a host of programs that fight hunger and poverty, reduces drop-out rates and increases access to healthy nutrition for Montreal’s youth.
A lot of the older articles written about you are related to fashion however these days you seem to cover everything from new restaurants to up and coming entrepreneurs. Is fashion still your favorite subject to cover? What is your second favorite subject?
I call myself the girl of all trades in the lifestyle sector. I still love fashion but I am fully immersed in the 360 of a young professional’s life which does include fashion, restaurants, new boutiques, young up and coming entrepreneurs, travel and more. Working with Notable.ca it was imperative that I kept a tap on the pulse in our city in every way and it has diversified me and my interest into a lot of different things which I am super grateful for.
What are your top places to shop at?
I have a bit of a love affair with Club Monaco thanks to my mom, for the funkier part of my closet I pop by Editorial Boutique or Off The Hook and of course ZARA for the basics and Holt Renfrew for the splurge type accessories.
You’ve been described as a socialite, how do you feel about that tittle?
I think this term gets so misused these days that people are confused by what it really means. I think I would rather be called a “Montrealite”, a social, connected gal from Montreal.
How important is networking for entrepreneurs and young professionals?
I think that it is just as much about who you know as what you know. People want to work with people they know and like and there’s no better way to find those contacts than by networking and helping each other out. We are quite lucky in Montreal – through my experience I have found people in this city to be very willing and open to help you out as much as they can, it’s a gift we have here and should put to great use.
What are your favorite hot spots in Montreal for a “girl’s night”?
What have you noticed about Montrealers’ fashion sense compared to other cites you’ve visited.
If we are talking about Canada on its own, Montreal definitely takes more risks and isn’t afraid to do so. It’s quite pleasant to see men and women actually dress up and make the effort to showcase their style.
In one sentence, how would you describe your fashion style?
A bit of rock and roll mixed with a classic flair.
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