Style Profile – Happy Healthy Edition: Kandice-Lee Doucette

Name: Kandice-Lee Doucette

Occupation: Epicure Consultant and Project Manager

Age: Getting younger as I get older!

Lifestyle: Say YES first, then figure it out! Being open to new ideas and new friends!

 

Posey Dress in Purple Bloom Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My mornings always start with hour of power, followed by an Epicure power hour!

 

I believe in grounding myself and then sharing the wonders of clean eating!

 

 

The rest of the day is taken up with managing projects with walks along the waterfront to renew. Evenings are full of events; giving complimentary cooking classes and Happy Healthy Women!

 

I love to share my time with new people and show them how quick and healthy Epicure can be!

 

Downtime for me is spending it with my partner; he and I go out for walks, go to movies and take road trips!

 

Viviane Dress in Teal/Green Watermark Print (also available in Plum/Olive, and other prints + colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Raspberry Margaret Clutch and Crossbody purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Sharing and enjoying time with my friends and family!

 

Cat Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would love to be remembered for my desire to share and help others, just like my Grandmother!

 

Alexie Cap Sleeve Top in Black (also available in Teal) by Quebec label MOOVment design; Midi Skirt in Olive Bird Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Tangerine Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse (also available in Raspberry) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion plays a big role in my life with confidence and comfort!

 

My fashion is a way to show the world I am here!

 

 

Mel Cowl Tee in Plum (also available in Marine, Black, Navy, Aqua and Port) by Toronto label Mandala; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio; Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

Fresh Collective is part of the #bethechange movement with a wonderful support system to encourage individuals to be themselves with Canadian designed clothes!

 

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They promote having fun and enjoying who you are!

 

Posey Dress in Purple Bloom Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What first fueled your desire to become an epicure consultant? What do you love most about the work you do?

 

Epicure provided me with an amazing opportunity to grow as a person and take control of my health! The community within Epicure is truly warm and supportive!

 

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They provide so much for me; it is truly priceless!

 

Friends, incentives, business support…I could go on and on!!

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Become an Epicure Consultant with me and help spread how easy a clean lifestyle can be!

 

If you are looking for change in your life and love food, please come check me out!

 

I would love to share the wealth Epicure has to offer with you!

 

Viviane Dress in Teal/Green Watermark Print (also available in Plum/Olive, and other prints + colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Raspberry Margaret Clutch and Crossbody purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Come join Epicure’s team as #bethechange by changing one plate at time!

 

Try out our business for 90 days! If you love it as much as I do, great! If you don’t, you can eat the kit!

 

The month of July has #epicsummer promo; get a summer kit for $99 and you can earn the rest of the kit within 30 days!

 

Cat Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Could you walk us through a typical cooking class? What types of meals do you teach clients to prepare?
A typical cooking class is less than 2 hours of just having fun in the kitchen!

 

The host and I are partners as we work out a meal plan and gather like-minded guests!

 

I would set it all up for the host and their guests, we cook a meal together and then everyone can taste all that we made together and shop the wonders that Epicure has to offer!!

 

Alexie Cap Sleeve Top in Black (also available in Teal) by Quebec label MOOVment design; Midi Skirt in Olive Bird Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Tangerine Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse (also available in Raspberry) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

We have many themes that the host can choose from their cooking class: Italian, Greek, Thai, Asian-inspired, Indian…and meals from our lifestyle program too! Everything is gluten-free and nut-free!

 

We can make a full meal: drink, side, main dish and a dessert!

 

As an example: Cucumber Citron Cocktail, Ultimate Asian Sauce for Coleslaw, Vegetable Pho Noodle Broth and Berry Dessert Bowl

 

Mel Cowl Tee in Plum (also available in Marine, Black, Navy, Aqua and Port) by Toronto label Mandala; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio; Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Is there anything in particular you think people ought to be more conscious of in their meal-planning and preparation?

Meal planning and controlling our portion sizes can be quite life-changing!

 

Take a few hours once a week to make a weekly meal plan, post it on the fridge for all to see, prep your veggies, protein, snacks and even cook a few meals (cook once eat twice)!

 

It helps with your time for the rest of week, it helps with stopping you from eating takeout and/or processed food, it can provide quality time for you and your family and it helps with portion control too!

 

We can help you with our recipes, programs and tips! Follow me for ideas!

 

Posey Dress in Purple Bloom Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

We are all multifaceted people. We should share our creative skills where and whenever we can!

 

Volunteer your time for a good cause that you can sink your teeth in!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: kandiceleefiredup

Instagram: kandiceleefiredup

Pinterest: kandiceleedouce

Website: https://kandiceleedoucette.epicure.com/en

Style Profile – Darou Wellness Edition: Shreya Batra

Name: Shreya Batra

Occupation: Naturopathic Medical Student, Daughter, Older sister

Age: 23

Lifestyle: Stay classy, not for others, but for yourself. Also, never forget that big mug of green tea!! 😉

 

Jessica Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, White and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Flower Cats Print by Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I spend most days in classes, but always take some time out for a quick workout, yummy food, time with friends, and of course, some Netflix. Over the weekend, I work at Darou Wellness and spend time with my family.

 

Swing Dress in Black (also available in Floral Tie Dye) by Toronto label Masha Apparel

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family and friends!! I am who I am because of them!

 

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being hardworking and following my dreams – hopefully being able to encourage others to do the same!

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I love everything about fashion! Clothes, jewelry, shoes!

 

 

Ever since I was able to talk, I’ve made sure my shoes match my outfits and my purses match my earrings. Although I love wearing my pajamas, at the end of the day, dressing up brings me so much joy and puts a smile on my face!

 

Marla Keyhole Shirt in Jade Chambray (also available in Purple, Lilac and Red!) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny w/Wide Waistband – Overdye Black – SWP1353 by Montreal label Yoga Jeans

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

Fresh Collective has such a welcoming environment. The staff know exactly how to help you and very kindly offer help and alternatives.

 

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Their clothes are trendy, fresh and unique in their own way. So many options that fit so so well!

 

 

Why should people consider the help of a naturopathic doctor? What are the benefits of this medical approach, in your opinion?

 

Naturopathic medicine has a very individualized medical approach. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) take into consideration a person’s medical history, family history, nutrition and lifestyle.

 

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By working together with other health care practitioners (MDs, physiotherapists, psychotherapists…etc), NDs strive to prevent and treat disease through a research-based, integrative approach, and empower + educate patients to take control of their health.

 

Jessica Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, White and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Flower Cats Print by Palette by Laura-Jean

 

NDs are trained medically with a focus in natural and less invasive treatments – such as clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, counselling and more. The benefits of working with a ND include finding the root cause of disease and regulating the process of disease rather than suppressing it.

 

Black Cat Heads Earrings by Squamish, BC label Birch Wood Studio; Laura Skirt in Flower Cats Print (close-up) by Palette by Laura-Jean

 

The basic foundation of Naturopathic medicine is disease prevention and health promotion which is something that should be emphasized more in the health care system.

 

Jessica Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, White and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Flower Cats print by Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What do you love about working at Darou Wellness and what drew you to this clinic in particular?

 

Darou Wellness isn’t just a clinic; it’s a community, family and support group. All the practitioners are very knowledgeable, understanding, and work very hard to provide the best possible health care. They all work in an professional and integrative manner to provide quality care to the entire family.

 

Swing Dress in Black (also available in Floral Tie Dye) by Toronto label Masha Apparel

 

The clinic has a focus in women and family health, which is something I have always been interested in. As a student, learning from such experienced practitioners is such a humbling experience and I’m very grateful to be a part of the team!

 

 

What is a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor comprised of?

 

The first visit to a Naturopathic doctor is relatively lengthy (approximately 75 minutes), with follow up visits anywhere between 45 and 30 minutes. This allows for the doctor to understand YOU; understand your medical/family history, lifestyle and perform a physical exam.

 

 

The doctor will provide a treatment plan to follow after consulting your medical history, lab results, and current health status. Treatments vary between counselling, nutrition/lifestyle support, supplement and/or herbal prescriptions, IV therapy, acupuncture and so much more! Empowering you to gain control over your health is priority!

 

Marla Keyhole Shirt in Jade Chambray (also available in Purple, Lilac and Red!) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny w/Wide Waistband – Overdye Black – SWP1353 by Montreal label Yoga Jeans

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

Along with my passion in women’s health, I love working with children, watching Disney movies, and on a Friday night you are likely to find me at a good restaurant!

 

 

What inspired you to pursue this career?
Naturopathic medicine has always been a part of my family, in multiple ways, in multiple generations. However, it wasn’t until I had the opportunity to take a course (during my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto) on integrative medicine and its benefits, that I really considered pursuing this as my profession.
After volunteering, shadowing, and doing some research, I knew that I needed to apply to the program.  I truly believe that every person is unique and needs to be treated on an individual basis, whether that be for disease prevention or treatment.
Similarly, finding the root cause of disease should always been the goal, rather than suppressing symptoms or temporarily finding a solution. Working in the health care field has always been my passion, and I know, for sure, that I’ve found the right profession!

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At Fresh Collective we just think you’re awesome inside and out, and we’re celebrating your awesomeness with a couple of giveaways!

For the outside, we have Great, You’re Awesome Event

Wardrobe Makeover Giveaway! 

This is normally a $200 service, but for a limited time it ‘s FREE!

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For the inside, we have 10 amazingly awesome one-on-one 

Amp Up Your Personal Power Sessions

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These powerful sessions are limited to 10 motivated people who are ready to make a shift in their lives and step into their Awesomeness!

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As well, we’ll be featuring some videos on our social media about being awesome inside and out! Stay tuned and stay awesome!

 

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Amanda Leigh Smith

Name: Amanda Leigh Smith

Occupation: Mother, Singer, ESL teacher, Nursing/Maternity boutique

Age: 46

 

Matilda Keyhole Shirt in Wine Flutter Print (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Convertible Kim Backback in Blue by Markham label Pixie Mood; High Rise Skinny 30″ Inseam – Marble – SWP1550 by Montreal label Yoga Jeans

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Most mornings I roll out of bed at 5:30am and head straight to the kettle. I teach from home for a few hours. I’m mother to a 12-year-old so life tends go in whatever direction his takes him.

 

Tibouronia Tunic in Marsala (also available in Black) by Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My son, my family, my boyfriend Tim.

 

Posey Dress in Paisley Print (also available in many other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Making a difference, either as a mother, performer or teacher. I would like to think I’ve changed things for the better or improved someone’s day.

 

Swing Dress in Floral Tie Dye (also available in Black) by Toronto label Masha Apparel (new at Fresh Collective!); Summer Legging in Black by Montreal label Cameleon

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

In many ways I’m still just learning to embrace my post-baby shape. I’ve never been one to follow trends.

 

 

If I find a style I feel confident in I’ll wear it year after year. In my 20s I spent a lot of time and energy trying to hide my shape.

 

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Now in my 40s, I’m beginning to embrace it. I think that’s a gift motherhood gives to you. You gain an appreciation for your body after it’s performed this miracle.

 

Trinidad Dress in Black and Grey (also available in Ivory and Grey) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that the clothing is Canadian-made and has options that flatter curves. The staff know their stock well and will suggest something you may have missed the first time round.

 

Matilda Keyhole Shirt in Wine Flutter Print (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Convertible Kim Backback in Blue by Markham label Pixie Mood; High Rise Skinny 30″ Inseam – Marble – SWP1550 by Montreal label Yoga Jeans

 

What are your criteria for the perfect summer outfit?

 

Cool and comfortable. Flowy tops over skinny bottoms or floral dresses.

 

Tibouronia Tunic in Marsala (also available in Black) by Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Besides working at a maternity boutique, you’re also a singer and teacher! What is it like to have so much diversity in your professional life?

 

It has always been my philosophy to “do what you love.” When I was in my early 20s anything that wasn’t theatre was just a means to pay my rent.

 

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I feel very blessed to have found work in my 40s that fills my cup as much as theatre work does. Life never gets boring.

 

Posey Dress in Paisley Print (also available in many other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

How would you describe your relationship with music?

 

Singing is where I feel in touch with my authentic self. Singing with a group of people is therapy to me.

 

Swing Dress in Floral Tie Dye (also available in Black) by Toronto label Masha Apparel (new at Fresh Collective!); Summer Legging in Black by Montreal label Cameleon

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Come and see One for the Pot, a British Farce playing at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge July 26-August 12 and Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend August 16-Sept 2nd.

 

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If you’re pregnant and looking for beautiful boutique styles like Fresh Collective’s (but need room for a growing belly) check out www.evymama.ca

 

Trinidad Dress in Black and Grey (also available in Ivory and Grey) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Samantha Baglieri

Name: Samantha Baglieri

Occupation: Medical Office Administrator, Blue Jays Enthusiast

Age: 28 going on 25

Lifestyle: Morning person before and after coffee!!

 

Mid Rise Ankle Skinny Camille Pant in Destroyed Blue by Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

A typical day for me would be waking up at 6 AM just to make sure that I can walk to work, something about walking and listening to music in the morning puts a great start to my day!

 

Jessica Tee in White (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, Black and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Sushi Skirt by Palette by Laura-Jean; Handcrafted necklace by Torched Studio

 

At the end of the work day I like to come home and relax and cook some delicious food. On the weekends I typically sleep in and then enjoy being with my family.

 

Matilda Keyhole Shirt in Lime Deco Print (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Slanted Aline Skirt in Kiwi Print by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto’s burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Definitely my family and friends because I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Sounds cliche but it is the truth!

 

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I also am very thankful for my amazing boyfriend, who knew that opposites could really attract!

 

Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion played a rather big roll in my life, growing up my mom had both my sister and I in sewing classes and I learned about the different contrasts of colours and many choices of fabrics, towards the end of my days I made a bathing suit and a dress with chiffon for my cousins wedding.

 

Bicycle Print Dress by Toronto label Studio Fresh

 

When I moved here to Toronto back in 2012 I would have to say that I had a “your favourite basic tee” style sense.

 

After living in Queen West I learned how to rock bold patters and crazy colours which is the majority of my closet today.

 

Mid Rise Ankle Skinny Camille Pant in Destroyed Blue by Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Torched Studio

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The fact that all the designers are Canadian-based women who have a kick-ass style sense!!!!

 

 

Also really love the local branded Toronto and Beaches collection that there is to offer, makes Fresh Collective stand out from the others.

 

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What are your criteria for the perfect summer outfit?

 

My perfect summer outfit would be a great cotton tank top with some cut off shorts and your favourite Converse.

 

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Nothing better than a casual take for a sunny summer day!!

 

Jessica Tee in White (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, Black and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Sushi Skirt by Palette by Laura-Jean; Handcrafted necklace by Torched Studio

 

During your photoshoot you mentioned that moving to the Beaches was a decision you’re very thankful to have made. What do you love most about this part of Toronto?

 

I have lived all over the city but the Beaches are my favourite place thus far. I love being close to the water; there are so many wonderful and friendly people that live here and so many cute dogs on the street.

 

Matilda Keyhole Shirt in Lime Deco Print (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Slanted Aline Skirt in Kiwi Print by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto’s burfurtART

 

The other reason why I love it here: lots of trendy shops and delicious locally made food! Love to shop local! Plus, I met my boyfriend here so I think that says a lot in itself. 🙂

 

Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

On my days off I love to watch the Blue Jays win! Whether it’s at the Skydome (yes the Skydome!! lol) or at home, nothing makes me happier than that.

 

Bicycle Print Dress by Toronto label Studio Fresh

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

You can find me on Facebook (Samantha Baglieri), Instagram @samanthabaglieri, Pinterest and LinkedIn

 

Jessica Tee in White (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, Black and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Sushi Skirt by Palette by Laura-Jean; Handcrafted necklace by Torched Studio

 

Three Ways to Save in July at our Beaches location!

So glad you found this page with our special deals only for our Beaches location!

We have 3 ways to save in July with a total $40 value! Check it out!

We have so many cute dresses in stock at our Beaches location you’re going to have trouble choosing!

To save $10, print the Fresh Bucks to bring in or show on your mobile device in-store.

Here’s our awesome Store Manager Stef showing of a fabulous summer style by Toronto designer Mandala Design.

 

We’re super excited about our in-house brand, Palette by Laura-Jean!

Fresh Collective started way back in 2003 as a place for Laura-Jean Bernhardson to sell her original line Fresh Baked Goods.

In 2012, she retired that line to focus on the retail side of the business, but this year she’s relaunching as a designer with this new line!

Palette is really a team effort with Laura-Jean, Jane and the whole FC team as they decide together on the styles and fabrics YOU, the customers, will really want to buy! 

Here’s Stef presenting the newly arrived skirts!

To save $10, print the Fresh Bucks to bring in or show on your mobile device in-store.

 

Ready for a bit of a fashion spree!? It’s a great time as so much of our store is ON SALE through July! And here’s an extra push to make your spree that much more fun! 

Spend $200 and save $20 using the Fresh Bucks above!

To save $20, print the Fresh Bucks to bring in or show on your mobile device in-store.

All Fresh Bucks on this page are only for use at our Beaches location. 

We’re at 2116 A Queen Street East.

Open 11 – 7 Monday to Saturday, Sunday 12 – 6. 

Hope to see you soon! 

 

Style Profile: Jennifer Henderson

Name: Jennifer Henderson
Occupation: Birth and Postpartum Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist
Age: 43
Lifestyle: Always balancing work and home, and planning my next trip!

 

Lovely Dress in Black (also available in White) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Coleanthus Cardigan 3/4 Sleeve (also available in Black and Purple) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

For those of us who don’t know, what is a doula and why are more women hiring them?

 

The standard answer is that a doula provides physical, emotional and informational support to birthing women and families. I don’t do a lot of births anymore (unless it’s a referral) so I spend most of my time on postpartum support after moms get home from the hospital with their babies.

 

This could be anything from providing support about postpartum recovery, breastfeeding or bottle feeding support, newborn care instruction, and light household chores like baby laundry and preparing a meal.

 

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I also provide placenta encapsulation services, which are becoming more popular. I think more women are hiring doulas because there is a trend to have children at older ages than previously, and modern women who aren’t in the industry just are not around birth, so there’s mystery and some fear surrounding it.

 

Also, many people do not have family nearby. In the past, we lived in more tight-knit communities and new mothers had more support. For various reasons, things have changed. Doulas fill the gap in maternal care.

 

Rosie Dress in Owls Print (also available in Bunnies and Foxes) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I wake up around 7am and quickly check emails – I want to make sure I know as soon as possible if one of my clients has had a baby! I usually commit to being with a client once they are home from the hospital so I need to see if my schedule requires re-arranging.

 

My daughter is usually up and has climbed into my bed for snuggles, so after that we go downstairs and make breakfast. I unpack the dishwasher, have breakfast, help my daughter brush her teeth and comb her hair, make the bed, hop in the shower, pack her lunch and take her to school.

 

Then, if I’m working with a client, I’ll spend the day with them – helping them with breastfeeding, holding the baby while they take a shower, etc.

 

Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Navy Sahara Print (also available in other colours and patterns) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by  Torched Studio

 

If not, I work from home either publishing blog posts, updating the website, or perhaps networking with other professionals who can help me with my business. Somehow in between I’ll prep dinner and run errands. Then I pick up my daughter from school and take her to whatever after-school activity she’s in.

 

Then home, make dinner, eat, do homework, play games, put my daughter to bed, and have some time with my husband. Once a week I make time for getting together with my friends, so I am off the hook for the evening activities at home.

 

And it’s tough, but I do try to carve out a bit of “me” time each week (reading, exercising, getting a massage), but I’m not always successful at getting it in. It’s a question of balance!

 

Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top in Royal Blue (also available in other colours!) by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Maddalena Skirt in Black with White Feathers by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Alissa Sweater in Ivory by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

First and foremost is my family. Always. I actually take on a limited client roster because I need to ensure availability for my family. This works out very well for my clients, since I can give them 100% attention when I’m with them and I’m not worried about overlapping clients.

 

I also think having a support network is key. I’m so lucky to have a wonderful husband, amazing business partner, and great friends who are encouraging of what I do. This, in turn, allows me to help my clients better. Travel is another big thing for me. I love to discover new places and have new experiences.

 

Nikki Dress in Black Crepe (on sale now, and also available in Black Wave Stripe) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

What would you like to be remembered for?
I’d like people to remember me as someone who made a difference in people’s lives. Sometimes in my work, the most important thing I do is listen and hold space for people.

 

It seems small, but even a small bit of help can have a ripple outward and affect others. Also, to be remembered as a loving wife and mom, sister, daughter and friend.

 

Lovely Dress in Black (also available in White) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Coleanthus Cardigan 3/4 Sleeve (also available in Black and Purple) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

Interestingly, you have a background in finance! What inspired you to transition into this new and very different career path?

 

I’ve always had an interest in finance, and as a personal hobby I still find it fascinating. But it’s also a super competitive field that demands a lot.

 

After I had my daughter, I wasn’t comfortable working the kind of hours that were expected in my finance job (and I don’t think my boss was happy with it either). Someday I would love to marry the two so I can be a kind of “financial doula,” but I’m still trying to figure out how that would work.

 

Rosie Dress in Owls Print (also available in Bunnies and Foxes) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Strangely, I’ve never thought too much about fashion. I’m all about practicality when I’m at work. I dress business-casual when meeting a client for a consultation, but once I’m working with them, I’m in yoga pants and a t shirt.

 

When I’m not working, I have a weakness for Disney t-shirts. I love dresses because they’re a simple option – just throw it on and go. I don’t like anything too fussy but I like interesting jewelry pieces like necklaces and bracelets.

 

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And I love flat shoes – I couldn’t wear heels anymore after having a baby!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
So many things! First of all the quality of the clothing is great, and it’s Canadian-made. So you know it’s not “fast fashion” (which environmentally is a bit of a problem).

 

And the staff is amazing at recommending outfits. And the clothing is so comfortable. I’m obsessed with the owl dress I wore for this shoot.

 

Lovely Dress in Black (also available in White) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

What do you have that you want to promote?
At Doula Care Journey, we work from a compassionate place as we help growing families. We offer yoga, Hypnobirthing classes, birth and postpartum doula classes, and placenta encapsulation services!

 

We also work with a team of experts that we refer to, like chiropractors, naturopaths, lactation consultants, and photographers specializing in newborn and maternity photography, so we act as a concierge service for our clients as well. We help answer your questions and make people more confident during this important milestone in their life journey.

 

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You mention that you offer placenta encapsulation services. What sets your service apart from others?

 

One of the biggest differences is that we offer in home placenta encapsulation services, meaning the service is done in the clients home. This is important for so many reasons.

 

Many encapsulators will process in their own homes, meaning the placenta will be exposed to different microbes.

 

Also, since the process is unseen, you can’t really be sure what’s truly happening – is the area sanitized? Are other placentas being processed at the same time? What if there is a mix up?

 

Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Navy Sahara Print (also available in other colours and patterns) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by  Torched Studio

 

When the encapsulation is done in the client’s home, there is no doubt as to whose it is because clients transport the placenta themselves. Organ transport is a bit of a legal grey area in Ontario, so I don’t get involved with that either (imagine if I was pulled over by police or got into an accident and has a placenta discovered in my car!).

 

The other huge benefit is that being a postpartum doula, I can answer questions for clients while I’m there about the process and about postpartum care. I always offer my placenta clients a 15 minute q&a with me either before or after the placenta is done to help them with their newborn.

 

It’s a nice add-on that can only be done when I’m in the clients’ home. Placenta encapsulation is unregulated in Canada and so I hold myself up to a very high standard when I do the work and I am completely transparent about the process with clients.

 

Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top in Royal Blue (also available in other colours!) by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Maddalena Skirt in Black with White Feathers by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Alissa Sweater in Ivory by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

Why should women consider placenta encapsulation?
Anecdotal evidence suggests that new moms benefit from this service. They have said that it increases breast milk production (and brings their milk in faster).

 

They have reported increased energy levels, better quality sleep, and a calm state. Placenta consumption has been used to ward off postpartum depression and anxiety and help speed postpartum healing.

 

I would like to work with you / collaborate with your business! Are you looking for more helping hands at the moment?
We are always looking for good doulas to work with, but to be honest, we have a great team in place right now. My hope is that we can bring on some more doulas in 2018! But if you have a complimentary business, let’s chat!

 

Nikki Dress in Black Crepe (on sale now, and also available in Black Wave Stripe) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; More than a Shrug in White Mesh (also available in other styles!) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I am a trained holistic practitioner (reiki, Thai Yoga Massage, and reflexology) and I am also a certified yoga teacher. I love teaching all kinds of yoga and have taught everything from mom & baby to seniors chair yoga.

 

I love Disney movies. I sometimes get financial planning questions from clients when I’m working as their doula. 🙂

 

Where can people find you on social media?
Website: doulacarejourney.com
Facebook: doulacarejourney
Twitter: @DCJToronto
Pinterest: doulacj

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Meet Chenny! One of the #FCRoleModels for 2017!

 

Chenny is wearing the Cher Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design and the 2 way Tucked Cardigan from Brenda Beddome (another Toronto label)

 

Ever since I first met you last year, I’ve been so impressed by how ambitious and accomplished you are at such a young age. What do you think drives that for you? 

 

Aww, thanks, Laura! 

 

What drives me more than anything else is the fear of having nothing. My family didn’t grow up with much. I remember in school, when asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, I would respond with: “a job that lets my mom work just one job.” 

 

Do you find it challenging to be in a position of leadership and trust and being young? Is there a prejudice you need to overcome with some clients?

 

Yes. Although with many organizations spending millions to tackle “their millennial problem”, I find that while young — my fresh pair of eyes today can be just as much of an asset. 

 

 

Chenny is wearing the Vivianne Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design.

 

Often, I find myself myself playing the role of the “in-between” coach, translating executive needs and desired structures into purpose-driven challenges and customer-centric problems for their teams to solve.

 

Tell us about what you do at Journey Ventures Inc. and how you co-founded that business.

 

Journey came to be because a bunch of entrepreneurial-minded designers and systems thinkers grew frustrated with the fragility of good (and even well-validated) ideas. 

 

We thought, “How might we get a large organization (like a bank) to act like a start-up? What would it look like to get their teams to co-create new services with their actual customers? How can we help make tools like Minimum Viable Products, a term that will be used just as common as Business Case?”

 

In recent weeks, we’ve just joined forces with another innovation consultancy, called The Moment. If you’re curious, check out The Moment’s Innovation Checkup and Culture Scan, two practical and powerful tools that give a sense of our approach.

 

 

Chenny is wearing the Top Le Fun in Orange (also available in turquoise) from Montreal based Creations Encore.

 

How did you get your start in business?

 

Hah! I love this question because it demonstrates just how awesome Canada is, as a country. 

 

When I was in first-year university studying Human-Centered Design, I got quite sick because I was working two jobs just to pay rent and tuition. I spent some time reflecting, and thought, “What’s a more sustainable way to make enough?”

 

So I went on Craigslist, found some oddball user experience gigs that local start-ups were posting, and somehow, managed to convince one of them to hire me! I remember borrowing a book from the library on freelance consulting 101, and the first thing that I read was, “If you just get one referral from each client, hypothetically, you will never run out of work.”

 

The book was right.

 

 

Chenny is wearing Alexie cap sleeve top from Quebec label MOOVment Design and the Universal Cardigan from toronto based It Fitz Me! ™

 

Your Prosper Lab project is very inspiring! Can you tell us how you got started on that and tell us a bit about it?

 

I started volunteering at Yonge Street Mission’s soup kitchen because I wanted to do something with my hands. A year in, I was asked if I wanted to teach a class on teamwork and collaboration. Like a true consultant, I answered with, “Only if you let me bring in a friend to help, and if you let us interview your stakeholders to understand what’s truly needed.”

 

After a bit of research, it was clear that the clients of Yonge Street Mission didn’t need another course — what they needed was a safe and inclusive environment that enabled and replicated real-life work. The most common thing we heard was, “As a street adult, I’m not given any opportunities because I don’t have any experience. But how am I supposed to get any experience if no one gives me an opportunity?”

 

So we thought, why don’t we get them to build a startup?

 

And so they did — a candle startup. Now, half a year later, we can say that our clients have 20-weeks of tangible, resume-ready experience. Since this project started, two of our clients got part-time jobs, and one client went back to school. 

 

 

Chenny is wearing the Julia Tunic in Mandala print from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts. Purse from Pixie Mood.

 

Do you have plans to repeat that project with more groups? Or what are the future plans for that kind of social innovation? (Is there a way people can get involved?)

 

Frankly, we’re not sure yet. It’s been a project that has truly been defined by the needs of the street adults that we work with, and we’re thrilled about what will come.

 

If you’re an organization that’s curious about sponsoring future iterations of this project, you can send us an email at prosperlab@gmail.com

 

Alternatively, stop by our e-commerce store and pick yourself up a one-of-a-kind candle!

 

 
You’re planning a wedding this summer! That’s pretty exciting. What can you share with us about that? 

 

We’re keeping it simple. We’re having a picnic at a local park. My dress isn’t a wedding dress, it’s just a plain ol’ white dress. Turns out, if you put the word “wedding” in front of anything, you can quadruple the price! Who knew? 

 

Simple truly is better. Instead of tearing my hair out with florists and caterers, I get to spend that time enjoying being engaged. 

 

 

Chenny is wearing the Posey Dress in denim paisley from Toronto label Mandala Design.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with us? 

 

Don’t be a stranger! I’m the only Chenny in Toronto, so I’m not hard to find. 🙂