Fresh Collective Style Profile – Ana Bailão

Name: Ana Bailão

Occupation: City Councillor, Ward 18

Age: A woman never tells 😉

Lifestyle: On-the-go.

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Style Coach Notes: Ana liked this dress so much, after our photo shoot she bought one in the same style but a different colourway. This style just works on most women. The band creates a nice long line from under the bust to the hem and the cut of the skirt just flows away from the body skimming over tummies and hips. The demure tie and collar give it professional polish but the fabric shows off your shape. Very flattering! (Dress: Jayne Zig crimp shirt dress – Mandala Design $138, Shoes: Lonna Mary Jane – Hush Puppies $100, Bracelet: Ch-ch-chains – BurfurtART $45)

What’s a typical day like for you? It starts with a shot of espresso to kick off early morning meetings with stakeholders at City Hall. Followed by council and committee meetings, taking my day into the early evening. It doesn’t end there; even without any afternoon siestas! Usually, there are community meetings schedule weeks in advance for topics such as planning applications, parking upgrades and new community projects. Weekends are just as action packed, with numerous community festivals and events, allowing me the opportunity to better connect with the residents of the area; always making a day of work much more enjoyable.

What in your life is really important to you? Friends, family and being an active contributor to our community.

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Style Coach Notes: This is a great little suit for any professional woman. While it looks trim and structured, it’s very stretchy for maximum comfort and movement. And the pieces mix and match with a lot! The top looks great with jeans, other skirts or dress pants. The skirt goes with a variety of tops for a range of looks. (Top: Reggie – Kabuki $139, Skirt: Reggie – Kabuki $98, Necklace: Curious Oddities – $45, Shoes: Lonna Mary Jane – $100)

What would you like to be remembered for? For making our City more equitable and fair, the kind of of City that brought my parents here from Portugal to make their home.

What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion and politics don’t always fall into the same sentence; unless you’re Michelle Obama. However, I feel as though fashion is a great way to express oneself. It allows for full confidence and a “feel good feeling” when walking into a room. Being a public representative, respect is an important aspect when getting ready in the morning; although, I still enjoy showing my fashionable and youthful side with my outfits.

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Style Coach Notes: Ana was attracted to this skirt and chose it for herself, and ended up buying it after the shoot. The A-line skirt shape flatters most figures and accentuates the waist. This top has a cute tie detail which is just enough detail to give the look a bit of pizazz while still being the kind of top that can match with a lot. (Top: Patsy – Mandala Design $68, Skirt: Dalmatian skirt – Desserts and Skirts $88, Shoes: Lonna Mary Jane – Hush Puppies $100)

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? It’s local, creative, always full of great people, and the clothes! I can never leave empty handed.

What are you up to these days? I want to promote our unlimited potential as residents to come together and get things done. At a time when the City wasn’t building libraries, we created the Junction Triangle residents group and now a new library is coming to the community. When the City didn’t have new money for park programming, we created the Friends of McCormick Park. We are consistently encouraging people to speak up, and let your issues be known. Our office door is always open.

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“I met Ana for the first time in a taxi in the middle of the night! Jane Haselgrove and I were coming back from a weekend of leadership training in New York and at the airport we asked people to share a cab to our neighbourhood. Ana and her sister were the ones who took us up on the offer. We chatted in the cab, and after I asked Ana to come and speak to my after-school program, Captains of C.O.D.E. The program is to teach kids leadership, and I thought it was a great opportunity for kids to see how leadership can turn into a career being the kind of person who gets things done for a community. Ana was gracious to take time out of her busy schedule, and the kids were thrilled to have such a special guest.” – Laura-Jean Bernhardson, Founder/CEO Fresh Collective

Is there anything else we should know about you? Just really letting people know that I am here for them. As mentioned, our door is always open. Come stop by, even if it is just to enjoy a cup a coffee.

Where can people find you on social media? @ward18anabailao or on Facebook at Ana Bailão

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