Style Profile: Nicki Iskander

Redhill Pullover – Chilly by Neon Buddha; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

Name: Nicki Iskander
Occupation: Massage Therapist
Age: Older than I look
Lifestyle: Gym. Work. Concerts. Repeat.

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I like to start each day with movement. Whether it’s yoga, biking around the city, or a hardcore strength-training session, being physically active prepares me for whatever comes my way.

 

After a long day of massaging clients, my night typically ends one of three ways: at a concert (I’m addicted to live music), in the bathtub with a podcast, or passed out on the couch halfway through an episode of Archer.

 

Redhill Pullover – Chilly by Neon Buddha; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Is it wrong that my cats came to mind before my family?

 

Aside from the typical stuff – family, friends, music, laughter – what matters most is that I live my life in a way that would make my dad proud. He passed away last year and was also an entrepreneur.

 

This year, my home massage studio has been my top priority… but also my cats.

 

Celeste Dress – Black Roses by Toronto’s Desserts and Skirts; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

This is going to sound contrived, but I swear it’s true. I want to be remembered for making people feel good. That and my righteous puns.

 

How would you describe your general style?

 

Bright colours. Bold patterns. Band tees. ALL of the animal print. You know that person who’s always wearing the loudest outfit in the room? That’s me.

 

Celeste Dress – Black Roses by Toronto’s Desserts and Skirts; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

You haven’t always been a massage therapist. How did you transition from your previous job?

 

It’s true! Massage therapy was a dramatic shift in careers. After a decade in the music industry, I grew tired of working for The Man (and working for men!). I decided to go back to school and massage therapy checked off all the right boxes.

 

I researched the best schools, applied for a government grant, made the commitment to excel at the program, and graduated as valedictorian. Now I’m a proud entrepreneur, contributing to a female-dominated industry, focusing on empowering women to put themselves first. Girl power!

 

Fleur Dress – Teal Flowers by Toronto label Mandala; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion to me is the best way to make a statement without saying a word. My friend and I used to play a game where we would guess a person’s favourite band based on their shoes alone. You’d be surprised how often we were right!

 

But seriously, wearing a quality piece that fits juuuuust right can elevate my mood all day. When I feel comfortable and confident, there’s very little that can get in my way.

 

Fleur Dress – Teal Flowers by Toronto label Mandala; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

For other professionals out there who really want to start their own business but feel stuck in a rut, what advice would you offer?

 

Be realistic. Is there a market for what you’re selling? If yes, go for it! But first, get a handle on your finances. Most new businesses don’t turn a profit in their first year and, let’s face it, Toronto is expensive!

 

You need to have some serious savings or some way of earning money while you build your empire. There’s no shame in working part-time or having a side hustle to make ends meet. Running my own business has been more time-consuming and costly than I ever could have imagined, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Also, get a mentor! Find someone who has succeeded at what you want to achieve and mimic them. I found a fabulous business coach one month after opening my home massage studio and it’s the best decision I could have made.

 

Lastly, stand behind your business. When you believe in what you do, your product or service will well itself.

 

Fleur Top – Purple Flowers by Mandala; Straight Leg Jeans – Black by Toronto’s Brenda Beddome; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

You mean aside from the plethora of high-quality, unique pieces made by independent Toronto designers? Or the fact that it’s woman-owned and operated? I love that we’re both in the business of making women feel good.

 

Fleur Top – Purple Flowers by Mandala; Straight Leg Jeans – Black by Toronto’s Brenda Beddome; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I’m a Registered Massage Therapist with a women-only home studio in the charming southwestern Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale. I provide a body-positive, trans-friendly space that caters to busy women in the west end. Whether you need to relax, tame some pain, or just get a break from the stresses in life, I’ve got your back (literally!).

 

Una Jacket – Oil Painting – Purple by our in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean; Teri Reversible Top – Crimson by Arianne; Straight Leg Jeans – Black by Toronto’s Brenda Beddome; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What do you love most about the work you do?

 

I love that massage therapy is both physically demanding and intellectually stimulating. My job motivates me to stay healthy and to never stop learning or improving.

 

But most of all, I love making people feel better. I’m often the best part of someone’s day! How many people get to say that about their job? Selfishly, I also love that I get paid to listen to Otis Redding all day.

 

Una Jacket – Oil Painting – Purple by our in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean; Teri Reversible Top – Crimson by Arianne; Straight Leg Jeans – Black by Toronto’s Brenda Beddome; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m the Captain of a Simpsons Trivia team! We just celebrated eight years as a team and you can find us at the Cadillac Lounge every month, boning up on our nerd lessons.

 

I also have two friendly cats named Dave Grohl and Marla Singer who greet my clients at the door. Technically, I’m their tenant.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: @nicki.rmt
Instagram: @nicki.rmt
Website: www.nickirmt.com

 

Our FIG Clothing GIVEAWAY starts TODAY!

Our FIG Clothing Giveaway Draw has begun!

 

Until October 5th, enter one ballot per each piece of FIG apparel you try on at Fresh Collective, and you could win $100 worth of FIG Clothing!

 

This giveaway is IN-STORES ONLY, so drop on by any of our 3 Toronto locations to try on some FIG pieces and enter for your chance to win!

 

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Shop in person or online and 15% of your sale will go to raise funds for an apartment for a lovely Syrian family of 3. 

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Learn more about this family here. You can also make a direct donation at this link.

 

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Surprise FLASH SALE on NEW ARRIVALS! $10 Fresh Bucks, just for YOU!

We’re excited as always about our incoming fall

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Style Profile: Lisa McLatchie

Name: Lisa McLatchie

Occupation: Personal Stylist

Age: 41

Elle Top – Teal (NOW 50% OFF!) by Toronto’s Studio Fresh; Necklace by Canadian jewellery label Curious Oddities

You used to work as a TV reporter! Why did you decide to change course and go into the business of personal styling?

 

I have always loved shopping and using clothing/outfits to express who I am. My colleagues were always asking me where I’d purchased a certain piece or would compliment my outfit, and then ask me to go shopping with them to help them purchase new pieces and put outfits together.

 

I quickly realized I loved doing that way more than reporting on the local news, so I quit and started my Personal Styling business. That was back in 2008 and I’ve never regretted that decision for a second.

 

And Sleeveless Dress – Gold Fish (NOW 50% OFF!) by Toronto’s Studio Fresh

Do you advise women on their seasonal palettes and body types?

 

I used to do that early on, but not as much anymore.

 

I obviously choose clothing for women that will make them look and feel their best, but try to avoid these types of “rules” as I think they are kind of outdated and just make women obsess even more about what they can and cannot wear.

 

What is one universal “fashion sin” we all commit that you’d like banned forever?

 

Crocs.

 

What sort of services do you offer? Are your services open to men, children or teens?

 

I offer a variety of services that I like to customize to the client. And yes, I work with men and have worked with some teenagers as well. No children, though.

 

Where can we find you on social media?

 

Business Page: lisamclatchiepersonalstylist

Facebook Group: thestylesociety

Instagram: lisamclatchie

 

Sunny Dress – Digital Linen (NOW 50% OFF) by Toronto’s Studio Fresh; Jewellery by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

 

How would you define your own style? Which considerations dictate your clothing purchases?

 

I’d say my style is something akin to ‘Suburban Chic’ with some sort of twist/quirk. I don’t want to look like everyone else. I love texture, details, colour, prints and patterns, and it’s important to me that my clothes make me feel happy and excited to wear them.

 

When it comes to making a clothing purchase, I want the item to be functional for my lifestyle as a Personal Stylist and busy Mom, but I also want it to say something about my personality. And it should also be able to work with pieces I already own in my wardrobe.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that the pieces are unique, ethically produced, and that when I am shopping there, I am supporting local business.

 

There are plenty of women who feel stuck in a rut and would like to transition towards a different career path. As someone who’s taken the journey, any advice? 🙂

 

Oooh, that’s a tricky one. I am a “leap before you look” kind of girl who believes everything will work out, so I would just say go for it! As cliche as it sounds, life is too short and you will regret the things you didn’t do.

 

Sweetheart Dress by Blue Platypus Clothing (SOLD OUT!); Jewellery by ZSISKA

I feel like I’ve already figured out which colours and cuts look good on me in general. Can I still benefit from your styling services?

 

Of course! I think most women already instinctively know which colours make them look good and which cuts flatter them most. The majority of my clients do. What they struggle with, though, is putting complete outfits together.

 

For example, they may know they love that skirt, but when it comes to what top to wear, whether it needs a layering piece, what sorts of footwear to match it with, or accessories – that is where they get stuck. And that is what I love to do!

 

I love showing women new ways to wear what they have as well as new pieces they can get to make the most of their wardrobe. And how to wear everything in a variety of ways. That’s my area of expertise.

 

Dress (SOLD OUT!) by Toronto’s Studio Fresh

You’ve actually received career coaching from our very own CEO, Laura-Jean! How did she help you with your styling business?

 

She has helped me in SO many ways! From structuring my service offerings, to making tweaks to my systems and operations, to keeping me focused when I get “shiny object syndrome”. She has been a great mentor and cheerleader who has now become a dear friend.

Our HELLO SUNSHINE SALE IS HAPPENING NOW! $20 FRESH BUCKS, JUST FOR YOU!

The weather report tells us we could use a
little extra sunshine this week,
so here’s our…


Hello Sunshine! SALE

 

$20 Fresh Bucks for YOU

to spend in-store or online!

To redeem in-store, print or show on your mobile device.

To redeem online, use the promocode SUNSHINE

* minimum $50 purchase required

* not to be combined with any other discounts, promotions or redemptions

* one use per customer

* valid until August 10th only

Flash Sale – Save $20 off the An-Li Dress until August 7!

Flash sale on the amazing An-Li Dress! 

Dubbed the Heatwave Dress, for its lightweight breezy feel and simplicity, this style can easily be worn right into winter with a cardigan or blazer and tights.

Check out the video below for fall style inspiration! And grab your own An-Li dress today! 

Until August 7, use the coupon code ANLI20 at checkout when you shop online OR print or show the Fresh Bucks above on your mobile device when you shop in-store!

6 great prints to choose from, including Juicy Floral (Black) above! 

Laura-Jean is wearing a size Large in all the photos. Laura-Jean is 5’4″ and her measurements are Bust: 41″ Waist 32″ Hip: 41″

Alicja (in the videos) wears Extra Small. If you have any questions about sizing or your online order, you can call us at 416 966 0123. Message us on Facebook or email info@freshcollective,com.

Don’t forget to use the promocode ANLI20 at checkout to save $20! Only until August 2.

Check out all the awesome fall style ideas for this dress in the video above! This is a versatile piece you’ll love for years to come.

This gorgeous Orange Juicy Floral Print is perfect for summer, but we styled it with a purple jacket over top for fall and tights, and it looks equally fabulous!

Don’t forget to use the promocode ANLI20 at checkout to save $20! Only until August 2.

We’re always dotty for dots at Fresh Collective! This one is a navy background with white dots and you can buy it online here!

Don’t forget to use the promocode ANLI20 at checkout to save $20! Only until August 2.

Black and White Mini-Dots is a great print and very easy to accessorize by adding colours! Shop online for this one here. 

Here are Laura-Jean’s Top 6 Reasons to love this dress! Check them out!

This Delicate Black Floral print is so pretty for summer or fall, and with all the colours in it, you’ll have no problem matching it to tights, sweaters and accessories.

Don’t forget to use the promocode ANLI20 at checkout to save $20! Only until August 2.

Oooooh so gorgeous! This Teal Delicate Floral pattern is so pretty, and again, it’s perfect for summer AND for fall! Buy it online here.

Don’t forget to use the promocode ANLI20 at checkout to save $20! Only until August 2.

Want to complete the look and get ready for fall?

Check out the selection of Carrie Cardigans we have in stock!  

Available  (and on sale!) in cozy fall fabrics …

 

….. or in the lightweight and breezy hemp and organic cotton fabric as shown below.

Shop all Carrie Cardigan styles here.

You can now shop by size + brand on our webstore!

Great news, ladies! Being that we specialize in limited-edition and local fashions, we know it can sometimes be a challenge to find what you love in the size you’re looking for – especially during online sale events!

 

This is why you can NOW BROWSE BY SIZE +

BRAND on our webstore at the click of a button!

 

How does it work?

 

Simply select a category from our left-hand drop-

down menu, and size/brand options will appear

below!

 

***Please note that while tops and dresses may be filtered by size, this filter does not apply to our collection of pants, which are sized numerically***