Join us for Pedestrian Sunday! September 24!

Join us in Kensington for Pedestrian Sunday where there will be all the usual fun and festivities all over Kensington Market!

At Fresh Collective at 274 Augusta Ave. take an extra 10%* off sale items, and save $10 on any Matt & Nat purchase over $50*! 

 

(*In-store only and only on Sunday!)

And don’t forget about these specials below! All valid until September 25 in all stores and online!

 

This week’s specials in ALL stores!

Dania Tunics (from Toronto’s own Desserts and Skirts) are always popular but this floral version is a super hit this fall!
 

Ladies love the swirly colourful pattern that just adds a little more fun to a pair of leggings or skinny jeans!

Shop the Floral Dania Tunic here.

Save $10 off the Floral Dania Tunic until Sept. 25 by using promocode SAVE10 at checkout!

To save $10 on the Floral Dania Tunic in-store, print the Fresh Bucks below or show on your mobile device!

This gorgeous Side Ruched Dress is made right here in Toronto by 98! Gorgeous style, and until Sept 25, save $10. 
The Catia Quilted Skirt is another great style for fall, and another fabulous way to save this week! Save $10 until Sept. 25 by using the Fresh Bucks below!

The Nancy Skirt from Montreal’s Annie 50 comes in Grey Tweed and Velvet with Dark Floral Print. 

Pick up either (or both!) and save $10 with the Fresh Bucks below!

The Fanny Jacket was made to go with the Grey Tweed Nancy Skirt.

Complete the outfit (or buy the jacket on its own) and save $10 on Fanny as well by using the Fresh Bucks below!

Tour of our Toronto Beaches location Fall 2017
Have you been to see us in the Beaches? We’re at 2116 A Queen Street East! Here’s a 2 minute tour of our boutique just full of fabulous fall new arrivals!

The gorgeous Stelleri Top can be yours for $10 off, just until Sept. 25!

Use the Fresh Bucks below and enjoy!

Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Danielle Saint-Onge

Name: Danielle Saint-Onge

Occupation: Teacher and Executive Functioning Coach

Age: 35

Lifestyle: Active

 

Teri Reversible Tank Top in Sapphire (also available in White and Crimson!) by Canadian label Arianne; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Taupe (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Forest Green) by Markham label Pixie Mood; The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

We start early in our house. I generally try and hit the alarm for 5:45 am so that I can squeeze a morning work-out in, before coming home and assembling the troops for school. My husband is also a teacher, so everyone is out the door by 7:45 am.

 

 

I work full-time as a teacher librarian/ kindergarten music teacher (that’s my day job) and spend either my evenings at home with my five-year-old twins, or running my private coaching practice for kids and families with executive functioning difficulties. So a typical day has me out from about 6:00 am-7:00 pm.

 

It’s super busy, but always dynamic!

 

Dania Tunic in Fall Floral (also available in Midnight Blue, Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Kim Convertible Backpack in Ash Plum (also available in Forest Green, Navy, Taupe and Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

I’m all about connections. My goal is to continuously help support building connections with those around me. Whether I’m connecting with myself through self-care (ie. exercising, walking, reading), or connecting with my students at work, or building relationships with my friends and family.

 

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I believe that happiness is something you cultivate and actively construct for yourself and my pathways are all to build happiness in my own life and in the lives of those I live and work with.

 

Dania Tunic in Fall Floral (also available in Midnight Blue, Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Kim Convertible Backpack in Ash Plum (also available in Forest Green, Navy, Taupe and Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Having two young kids doesn’t leave me with a ton of time to get ready in the morning (or a huge budget!). But I love that I can walk into Fresh Collective and the sales associates are always there to help me find pieces that represent me. I have been shopping at Fresh Collective for close to ten years now and I love the beauty of unique pieces.

 

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I still remember the first time I bought a piece at FC. I was with my sister shopping for clothes for my first teaching job. I was slated to teach full-time at a kindergarten and wanted a dress that would inspire me and make me feel like Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. Laura-Jean’s Fresh Baked Goods fashion line at the time had the most amazing dresses and I immediately fell in love.

 

Dania Tunic in Cranberry (also available in Fall Floral, Midnight Blue and Charcoal) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

Since then, I’ve made it a back to school tradition of buying some key pieces to kick off the new school season. I don’t actively keep up with fashion blogs, nor do I have time to leaf through fashion magazines, but I do value beautiful things and putting on a fashion piece from FC (whether from this season, or many seasons ago) makes me feel fantastic.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Navy by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Jeans with 30″ Inseam in Shark (also available in Raisin) by Yoga Jeans; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

How has Fresh Collective shaped your life?

 

FC was my first introduction to local hand-made goods. It felt so powerful to be able to meet and connect with the artisans who had made something that I found beautiful and grew to cherish. Since discovering FC, I now make a point of going to the One of a Kind shows and seeking out the artists that I love at FC there as well, being able to connect to real people that have designed the clothes that I love to wear is an amazing experience.

 

Stelleri Top in Teal (also available in Black and Burgundy!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish BC label Birch Street Studio

 

I remember sitting in a restaurant with my daughter last year when I realized I was sitting across from clothing designer Jennifer Fukushima (one of my stand out favourites from FC!). I felt so star-struck, but managed at the end of lunch to amass the courage to go up to her and tell her how much I loved her clothes.

 

To be able to connect to artists through fashion is an amazing experience, and I’m so happy that FC helps me to do that!

 

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But FC has also helped me on my own personal health journeys too. It was after I read Laura-Jean’s fitness blog about doing Oonagh Duncan’s 28 Day transformation challenge that I decided to make the investment in myself as well.

 

Laura-Jean is a personal hero of mine, and I felt so strongly that if she had the courage to share her fitness journey, I would try it as well. And what a transformation it was! I spent a year working with Oonagh, redeveloping my relationship to food, exercise, but also to my own mind and body. I not only feel healthier and stronger, but I have so many more healthy tools that I can use to get through my day. And it all started with FC!

 

Dania Tunic in Fall Floral (also available in Midnight Blue, Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Kim Convertible Backpack in Ash Plum (also available in Forest Green, Navy, Taupe and Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What do you love most about your work as a teacher/librarian?

 

I am a huge reader, picture books, young adult books, graphic novels etc, and being able to inspire others to read is a very rewarding experience. I teach at a school of over 700 kids and the library represents one of our main community centres. I feel very privileged being able to work in a place that helps to build community and inspire creativity.

 

This past summer, we ran a reading competition for families at our school. The goal was to see how many books a family could collectively read. It was awesome! Our highest totals saw some families reading over 40 books!

 

I love being able to support accomplishments and being able to inspire learning and creativity, it’s an incredibly rewarding experience.

 

Teri Reversible Tank Top in Sapphire (also available in White and Crimson!) by Canadian label Arianne; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Taupe (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Forest Green) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What is the most crucial thing in your go-to fall outfit?

 

Colour! I love wearing black, but I love combining colours and patterns. I always try to pair a solid with some type of colourful pattern, whether it’s through the addition of a favourite scarf, earrings, or a new set of glasses!

 

I’m also all over layering. This weather goes from cold to hot in the course of a day, so having some beautiful scarves, or boleros, or light sweaters allows me to stay in summer clothing through most of the fall. Also, investing in amazing tights/ leggings is an absolute necessity!

 

Teri Reversible Tank Top in Sapphire (also available in White and Crimson!) by Canadian label Arianne; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Taupe (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Forest Green) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

You’re a music teacher and librarian, but you also work as an Executive Functioning Coach for kids and families. Tell us about your work and what led you down this path!

 

Having spent the past ten years working as a teacher (with many report cards written) it became increasingly apparent that many kids were struggling with the Learning Skills section on the report card.

 

This is the section that deals with organization, being responsible, impulse control, task initiation, etc. A lot of what we tend to refer to as “soft skills”. But what the research on the brain shows, is that actually these skills are all located in the same part of the brain, and they are foundational skills that set the stage for higher order thinking and learning.

 

Dania Tunic in Cranberry (also available in Fall Floral, Midnight Blue and Charcoal) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

My job as a coach is to help families and kids identify and hone in on developing the specific skills and building blocks that are weakest through a wide range of activities and exercises, so that kids can experience the type of academic and social success they deserve.

 

Dania Tunic in Cranberry (also available in Fall Floral, Midnight Blue and Charcoal) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

I feel so passionate about helping to connect kids and families to concrete tools and activities that they can use to help build capacity. So my coaching practice allows me to work one on one to develop personalized plans and programs that enable kids to succeed.

 

So often we look at the tip of the iceberg (the academic achievement), failing to realize that what lies under the water (our Executive Functioning Skills) really are the foundation that our academic success is grounded upon.

 

I like to see myself as an underwater iceberg expert. Helping children and families to explore what lies below the surface so that it can help to ground future success.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Navy by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Jeans with 30″ Inseam in Shark (also available in Raisin) by Yoga Jeans; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I am currently continuing to intake families into my private coaching practice and am happy to set up free 30 minute intake calls. Please feel free to e-mail me to set up a time to chat about ways that I can help to support great foundations for success both at home and at school. Or send me an e-mail and I will send you my online information pamphlet and a short survey to see whether executive functioning coaching is the right pathway for you and your child.

 

Stelleri Top in Teal (also available in Black and Burgundy!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish BC label Birch Street Studio

 

In terms of my role as a librarian, currently my school (Rawlinson Community School) is participating in the Indigo Adopt a School online fundraising campaign. We are a 700-student school with a library in desperate need of new resources. Please consider clicking on the link below to make a donation to the school, or sharing a story on the school’s Indigo Campaign page in order to support our love of reading program. The campaign runs now until October 8 and all donations are tax deductible. Please help us continue to inspire the minds of the future!

 

https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/schools/1772

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

People can feel free to e-mail me at daniellesaintonge@gmail.com

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Julie Watson & Liz Harmer

Name: Julie Tara Watson
Occupation: Co-Owner Afterglow Studio, Mother of 3, Warrior
Age: 44
Lifestyle: Self-made designer, Yogi, lover of life

 

Name: Elizabeth Doyle Harmer
Occupation: Co-owner, Afterglow Studio, Mother of 4, dream chaser
Age: 41
Lifestyle: Runner. Yogi. Mom.

 

LEFT: Julia Tunic in Black Cockatoo Pattern by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd RIGHT: Dandelion Print Julia Tunic in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

 

LEFT: Ontario Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Blondie Shorts in Black by Montreal label Annie 50 RIGHT: Toronto Skyline Tank Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Julie: I wake when my 9 year old sneaks into my bed. I’d like to say I meditate at that point but we are off and running from there. Organizing 3 kids to get to 3 different schools, and then I get myself to work by 8:45am.

 

That’s when I have my cup of green tea that I look forward to everyday. If I am teaching I teach a Vinyasa class, or I take a class. I work with my amazing staff, Kristen our studio Manager, and the most awesome partner, Liz.

 

 

I focus on all of the daily maintenance of the studio, as well as planning for our future events. It’s an invigorating job, and there isn’t a day that has gone by that I have not wanted to be there.

 

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I pick up my kids after school, feed them, and usually take a nap while they do homework. Teaching and running a business can be very draining of energy, so I like to protect myself from burn-out. I’m usually in bed by 9:59 when I journal or read.. Usually before 2 of my 3 kids. I love having them come to me to kiss me good night and tuck me in now…

 

LEFT: Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD RIGHT: More than a Wrap Dress in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™

Liz: I like to wake up early, drink coffee then meditate, journal and go for a morning run.
After that I make breakfast/lunches for my kiddos (have 4), get them off to school or activities and spend the day living my dream working with my awesome business partner Julie at Afterglow Studio. More kid stuff after work – activities, dinner, hanging out, time with hubby. Crash in bed 9:30pm (I’m a wild child, just kidding).

 

LEFT: Posey Dress in Black Bloom Print by Toronto label Mandala RIGHT: Turquoise Garden Print Peony Dress by Toronto label Mandala

 

How long have you been practicing yoga?

Julie: 23 years, since I was 21 (I’m the older twin).

Liz: 23 years. Since 18 years of age. (gosh that makes me sound old!).

 

LEFT: Lovely Dress in White by Montreal designer Cameleon RIGHT: Lakeview Wrap Dress in Light Denim by Toronto label FunkD

What in your life is really important to you?

Julie: My own personal well being. If I am not in good shape, I am nothing to those in my life. My kids are number one. I want to be present with them when I can. We like to OM together sometimes! It’s calming and silly at the same time.

Liz: Mental and physical health, family, sweet potato chips.

 

LEFT: Julia Tunic in Black Cockatoo Pattern by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd RIGHT: Dandelion Print Julia Tunic in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

What would you like to be remembered for?

Julie: My kindness, and support of others.

Liz: Living life to the fullest.

 

LEFT: Ontario Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Blondie Shorts in Black by Montreal label Annie 50 RIGHT: Toronto Skyline Tank Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Julie & Liz: Fashion needs to be functional for us so we can sit on the floor with our kids, teach a yoga class or run errands with not much time for changing in between.

 

LEFT: More than a Wrap Dress in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™ RIGHT: Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Julie & Liz: Lots of selection and variety.

 

LEFT: Posey Dress in Black Bloom Print by Toronto label Mandala RIGHT: Turquoise Garden Print Peony Dress by Toronto label Mandala

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

Julie: Our programs for all ages! We have Parent and Tot Yoga, kids yoga, Teen and Tween Classes, and our Teen and Tween GLOW GIRLS empowerment programs.

 

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Liz: Come out and try the studio with our intro special! $28 gets you 2-weeks of unlimited yoga at our Queen and Lee location.

 

LEFT: Lovely Dress in White by Montreal designer Cameleon RIGHT: Lakeview Wrap Dress in Light Denim by Toronto label FunkD

 

What do you feel sets Afterglow apart from other yoga studios in Toronto?

Julie: Our vibe. Come in to see for yourself. (We are like Cheers! Everyone knows your name)

 

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Liz: We are big on community and pride ourselves on having build a studio where everyone feels welcome. We also focus on mental health as much as physical health in our studio. Mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, self-compassion are all very important to us.

 

LEFT: Julia Tunic in Black Cockatoo Pattern by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd RIGHT: Dandelion Print Julia Tunic in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

What inspired you to open up your own studio together? What’s the backstory here?

Julie & Liz: Julie was already fairly far down the path of opening a studio when Liz started to voice thoughts that she too would like to open one. A mutual friend put is in touch and we were surprised to learn we shared a very similar vision! It was fate. That’s the universe.

 

I want to be part of the #glowcrew! Are you still looking for instructors at your studio?

Julie:& Liz: We are always looking for the city’s best instructors. We look for knowledgeable and experienced instructors who care about community and the mental and physical well-being of our clients.

 

LEFT: More than a Wrap Dress in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™ RIGHT: Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

Julie: We are both from Ottawa, went to the same dance school, and only met 3 years ago in Toronto.

Liz: We eat a lot of rotisserie chicken from Foodland. It’s random, we know, but true. It’s our guilty pleasure!

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @afterglowstudio
Facebook: Afterglow Studio
www.afterglowstudio.ca

Style Profile – Happy Healthy Women Edition: Milissa Harding

Name: Milissa Harding

Occupation: Mom + Wife + doTERRA Wellness Advocate

Age: 40 (but still feel like 35!)

Lifestyle: Busy, but very meaningful

 

Stephanie Dress in Heather Ocre (also available in Black, Plum and Blue!) by Montreal label Annie 50; Kim Convertible Backpack in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy Blue and Taupe!) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I wear a bunch of different hats on a typical day. With an 8-year-old and an 11-month-old, life is busy!

 

When I’m not “momming”, I’ve got my head in personal development books (growing + stretching myself) and educating others about essential oils.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Mustard (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise 30″ Inseam Skinny Jeans in Raisin (also available in Shark!) by Quebec label Yoga Jeans; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Being the best person that I can be, so that I be the kind of mom that my girls need me to be.

 

Misora Flowers Atlantic Dress; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Ash Plum (also available in Black, Navy, Forest Green and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Misora Flowers Atlantic Dress

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

To be honest, I wouldn’t consider myself to be a trendsetter, but I do like wearing clothing that fits my body type and personality.

 

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I like patterned, textured styles (and I can dress up well when I need to), but I’m also a pretty committed yoga pants and jeans girl!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I had such a fun experience shopping at Fresh Collective recently!

 

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The staff was so friendly and attentive, and I love the “boutique” feel of the store with unique high-quality styles that you don’t see anywhere else.

 

Double Layer Top in Crimson (also available in Black and Navy!) by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Black (also available in Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

What do you love most about being a member of Happy Healthy Women?

 

Oh my…where do I even begin? The Happy Healthy Women community is full of such warm heart-centred women who are doing big inspiring things in the world.

 

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I’m always uplifted when I’m around the women in this group, and I love how everyone is so supportive and encouraging of each other.

 

Double Layer Top in Crimson (also available in Black and Navy!) by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Black (also available in Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

I’ve made some great friends in this group, and I feel really blessed to be part of this awesome community.

 

Dania Tunic in Midnight Blue (also available in Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Greta Work Tote in Taupe (also available in Black and Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Dania Tunic in Midnight Blue (also available in Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Greta Work Tote in Taupe (also available in Black and Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What inspired you to start your doTERRA essential oils business?

 

When I realized how many people could benefit from the physical, emotional and mental healing/support that these oils provide, I knew that this would be a company that I would enjoy building a business with.

 

Stephanie Dress in Heather Ocre (also available in Black, Plum and Blue!) by Montreal label Annie 50; Kim Convertible Backpack in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy Blue and Taupe!) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Stephanie Dress in Heather Ocre (also available in Black, Plum and Blue!) by Montreal label Annie 50

 

I enjoy introducing essential oils to people, and helping them find natural solutions for their health.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Mustard (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise 30″ Inseam Skinny Jeans in Raisin (also available in Shark!) by Quebec label Yoga Jeans; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I am always looking to help new people get started with an essential oils lifestyle, and to learn how these oils can transform pretty much every part of their lives.

 

Misora Flowers Atlantic Dress; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Ash Plum (also available in Black, Navy, Forest Green and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

I love getting to know people and helping them find oils that match their needs and their budgets.

 

Double Layer Top in Crimson (also available in Black and Navy!) by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Black (also available in Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

For those who are looking to share their love of health/wellness and essential oils with others, we have a phenomenal business opportunity that is fun, rewarding and designed to fit around each person’s lifestyle.

 

SS17 Asymmetrical Denim Jacket by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Taupe (also available in Black and Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I have an essential oils Facebook page, “Essential Family Solutions”, where I regularly post tips, recipes, educational info and special promotions about the oils.

 

SS17 Asymmetrical Denim Jacket by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Taupe (also available in Black and Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Madjiguène Diallo

Name: Madjiguène

Occupation: Teacher

Age: 33 years old

Lifestyle: Carpe diem ❤

 

Stephanie Dress in Black (also available in Ocre, Blue and Plum) by Montreal label Annie 50

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

A typical day for me is to wake up early with music and do meditation before to going to work.

 

 

I like to start my day with a positive mind.

 

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Art is really important to me (music, art gallery, movies).

 

Yellow Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for the joy and happiness that I’m sharing every day with my students, family and friends.

 

Ivory Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I looooove fashion! I’m French and fashion is like a religion. How to match colors, style with nice shoes and bags…

 

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You can feel very feminine and elegant with nice clothes. So we have to learn how to choose clothes.

 

Alexie 3/4 Top in Navy (available in other colours!) by Montreal label MOOVment Design

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I like Fresh Collective because you can find trendy, fancy, classy clothes and there are very comfortable pieces for every woman.

 

Stephanie Dress in Black (also available in Ocre, Blue and Plum) by Montreal label Annie 50

 

How long have you been a teacher and what has been the most rewarding aspect of this career for you?

 

For the past 6 years, I’ve been a first grade teacher for the public francophone school board (conseil scolaire Viamonde).

 

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French is my mother tongue.

 

 

Describe your ideal fall outfit!

 

My ideal fall outfit will be a short brown dress with boots and nice colorful scarf.

 

Yellow Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

Well… I love speaking. 😄 A good thing when you are teacher.

 

Ivory Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

I’m part of a francophone theatre called “les indiciplinés” and francophone choir “les voix du coeur”. We can be totally bilingual in Toronto.

 

Alexie 3/4 Top in Navy (available in other colours!) by Montreal label MOOVment Design

 

Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Laura Reynolds

Name: Laura Reynolds

Occupation: High School Teacher

Age: 41

Lifestyle: Working Single Mom

 

The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My days are packed and go at lightening speed. My son usually wakes me up and it’s coffee, get dressed, get him dressed and out the door.

 

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I teach close to home which is great because it means more time with my son and I have a great connection to the students and my community. I teach Photography and Media Arts so each day is different and filled with problem solving and creativity.

 

After school I may go to the gym for a workout. I have dinners with my mom (who lives with us) and my son. Then it’s a little down time, story time and some shut eye.

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Obviously my son is the most important but I think that being able to be inspired by life and what is going on around me is important too.

 

Finding new ways to express this inspiration whether it’s through photography, art, teaching, cooking, whatever is essential.

 

Blue Peyton Purse by Toronto designer Jeanne Lottie

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for my positive contribution in the lives of my students.

 

Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

For me fashion is about expressing who I am while being super comfortable at the same time.

 

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I’ve experimented with different looks in my life but now that I’m in my 40s I know what makes me look good and goes with my professional yet bohemian vibe.

 

 

Describe your ideal outfit for fall!

 

Boots, Leggings, flowy blouse, and a cardigan. Oh and a killer boho bag.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I like that Fresh Collective carries a lot of Canadian Designers and environmentally friendly labels. The styles are always cutting edge and unique. They also have a wide range of sizes which cater to both the young set and the post baby older generation.

 

The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

How long have you been working in the field of education and what is the most rewarding aspect of this career for you?

 

I have been a teacher for 10 years. The most rewarding part of my job is having a former student come to visit and share with me their successes in life.

 

Blue Peyton Purse by Toronto designer Jeanne Lottie

 

Often the students who come to visit me as adults were once at-risk students who struggled both at home and at school. It makes my heart happy to see them doing well and thriving.

 

Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

How are you personally involved in helping students meet their goals and achieve success?

 

I enjoy teaching students Art and Photography because there is not the same kind of pressure as teaching the more academic subjects.

 

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I like to facilitate a learning experience for students where they can explore more about themselves and learn skills that not only will help them in their future careers but also build confidence and inner strength.

 

 

Clearance Sale at Pedestrian Sunday- TODAY

For over a decade now, Kensington Market has hosted Pedestrian Sundays on the last Sunday of the month, May through October, The streets are closed to cars and people take over! There’s dancing, games, music, food and lots of fun to be had. 

Today we’re having a BIG Clearance Sale with an extra 10% off ALL our sale items (which makes the Matt & Nat shoes, our featured product, 50% off!) 

Join us from 11 to 6 for fun in the sun and pick up some great deals!

To get more of a sense of the wonder and chaos of Pedestrian Sundays, here is a beautiful collection of photos by Carlos Bolivar of past Pedestrian Sundays.

Hope to see you there!

Style Profile: Andra Wochesen

Name: Andra Wochesen
Occupation: Life Purpose Coach and Reiki Practitioner
Age: 46
Lifestyle: As much nature, travel, tea and wine as possible!

 

Festival Maxi Dress in Golden Rod Print by Toronto label Mandala; Necklace by Toronto jewellery label Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I start most days with an hour of power to align myself – some meditation, yoga, journalling – most important part of my day – connecting me to myself.

 

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I drink at least one giant mug of really good black tea, have some sort of kale smoothie and then head to the Bloor West Wellness Clinic to start my day working with amazing clients. I love what I do!

 

Tibouronia Tunic in Teal (also available in Black and Marsala!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

Connection with people I care about is so important – especially my husband and my cutie pie dog. My soul needs to be in nature as often as possible and I really need to be helping people in some way in the work that I do.

 

Tank top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

Helping people connect to who they are at their core and how they want to express that in the world. My philosophy is that life is short and that we only have so much time to show up as our true selves and to do what we really love in the world – whether that’s a career or in other ways.

 

Classic Blue Jean Jacket by Montreal label Yoga JeansAnie Flard Skirt in Periwinkle (also available in Black and Teal!) by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse in Raspberry by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

I love fashion – always have. I like feeling that the outside matches the inside of who I am. My previous careers were as a Phys.Ed teacher and then Pilates instructor so it’s so fun now to be able to dress up a little bit in my work as a coach!

 

High Rise Skinny Jeans – 30″ Inseam in Raisin (also available in other colours!) by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut Cherry Wood necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Fresh Collective is one of those stores, I could spend hours in! So many choices and really cool pieces. The staff is great – they really want you to feel good in what you’re wearing. I love every piece I’ve gotten so far!

 

Festival Maxi Dress in Golden Rod Print by Toronto label Mandala; Necklace by Toronto jewellery label Torched Studio

 

Like so many of the women we’ve featured on our blog, you left your career as a teacher in order to pursue a career as a Life Purpose Coach. What motivated you to make that transition?

I guess it really comes back to the philosophy I mentioned above. I felt like life was too short to be doing something that I didn’t totally love. There were elements of course that I enjoyed, like working with my health classes on life skills.

 

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I’ve pulled what I loved in the teaching world into the work I do now and added a spiritual component. It doesn’t feel like work – just feels like what I’m meant to do!

 

Tibouronia Tunic in Teal (also available in Black and Marsala!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

If anyone reading this is feeling a bit lost or looking for direction – career or personally, then I’d invite you to book a Life Purpose Breakthrough Session with me. It’s complimentary and is a chance for us to spend some time together to see where you are, what you’re looking for and if I can support you. And then we can go from there!

 

Anie Flard Skirt in Periwinkle (also available in Black and Teal!) by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery designer burfurtART

 

What does a typical Life Purpose Coaching session look like? What are your general objectives when working with clients?

 

Every coaching session is unique to each individual and I tend to coach in the moment to whatever is present for the client. We generally have a path for our work together so we are always working towards the outcomes the client wants to achieve.

 

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In a session, it could be powerful questions to help with clarity or tools and activities to get people into action. Sometimes it’s releasing what is no longer serving the client (fear, doubt, insecurities) and that can be done through conversation, meditative processes or energy work. It’s an amazing, collaborative process!

 

Tank top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What are some of the most common challenges clients come to you with?

Most people come in looking for clarity on what’s next for them in their lives – it could be vocational or may be more on a personal level. Very often it’s a combination of both.

 

People who are wanting to figure out their purpose and looking to find more happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Also to have a strong sense of self and a confidence to move forward.

 

High Rise Skinny Jeans – 30″ Inseam in Raisin (also available in other colours!) by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut Cherry Wood necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

That I’m truly passionate about elephants. I just think they’re amazing! I sponsor a couple in Africa and I plan on visiting them someday soon!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: AwakenYourInspiration

LinkedIn: Andra Wochesen

Twitter: @1971inspired

Website: http://andrawochesen.com/contact-us/

Back to Reality In Style! Fall Wardrobe Makeover Giveaway!

Whether it’s back to school or back to work, September means it’s back to reality. Why not do it in style?

Book your Wardrobe Makeover Style Consultation now!

Enter promocode BACKTOREALITY at checkout to make it FREE!

In this one on one session,
you work with a Fresh Collective Style Coach
to discover your personal style that suits your figure, your personality and your lifestyle. 

You bring in some of your favourite pieces from your closet that you’d like to get more wear out of, and we use items from the store to experiment and try new things. 

Our Style Coaches educate you on what silhouettes, colours, necklines, fabrics and styles work best for you and why.

And during this consultation, we know you might fall in love with a few pieces to take home. 

Our little gift to you, as you bravely go back to reality (in style!) is 20 Fresh Bucks to spend during your style session. Enjoy!

Book your Wardrobe Makeover Style Consultation now!

Enter promocode BACKTOREALITY at checkout to make it FREE!

PS Want to see a little bit about what to expect in a Wardrobe Makeover? Check out these videos!