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 – 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

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Patricia ‘Patti’ Cote

Name: Patricia ‘Patti’ Cote

Occupation: Dog Trainer and Dog Walker at PetSmart at The Beach

Lifestyle: Active. Want to try and keep up?

 

Henley Dress in Raspberry Puff Floral Print (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I wake up with a black coffee and read a few pages in my book until I feel like facing the world. When my 2 rescue dogs (Desmond: boxer/bulldog mix and Ruben: Argentine Dogo) start to pace that is when I know it’s time to get up and take them out for a walk.

 

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I also try and go to the gym for a quick workout before I begin my work day. My daytime hours consist of walking dogs one on one for PetSmart. I average about 10 km per day of dog-walking. Tuesday and Thursday evenings I also offer small group dog training classes in the store.

 

Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Cat Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear (new at Fresh Collective!); Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Having a work life balance is very important to me, including my wonderful partner Colin, our dogs Desmond and Ruben, friends and family. I also value my time at the gym as well as a good book.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for improving the relationship between a dog and his/her owner. I work with people and their dogs. If their dogs are well-behaved because they were in a class with me, I’d like to think that I was a part of that.

 

Posey Dress in Burgundy Doodle Art Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion is very important to me. It is imperative that I am comfortable at work in order for me to effectively do my job.

 

When I am not at work, I like to have fun wearing a pretty dress that allows me to look my best if I’m going out to a local pub, riding my bike along Queen Street or taking my dogs out for an evening stroll. You only live once, why not make a statement!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love knowing that I am supporting local designers. Also, I can always find something unique that fits me really well.

 

Cher Peasant Dress in Brown Medallion (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by burfurtART

 

You are a dog walker and trainer, which is definitely not your average profession! What is it like working with these amazing animals every day and what do you love most about your job?

 

Dogs are amazing animals, they have such a desire to learn and please their owner. Sometimes I am able to make a connection with the dog where we come to a mutual understanding that I want what’s best for them.

 

I love it when a pet parent comes to me seeking training advice and not only am I able to assist but I also see their relationship grow with their dog.

 

Bicycle Print Daiquiri Cami by St-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery label Torched Studio

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Owning a well-mannered dog is extremely important. I am a huge advocate of group training classes for dogs and trying to get them as best behaved as can be.

 

I have been working with dogs for 16 years and I love what I do! Hopefully people with training questions will pop in to the store as I would love to be able to assist them.

 

Henley Dress in Raspberry Puff Floral Print (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

I think it is important to always consider rescuing a dog prior to purchasing one as there are many dogs looking for fur-ever homes. PetSmart partners with many rescue groups in the hope of educating the public about rescue as well as help find these animals permanent homes.

 

Posey Dress in Burgundy Doodle Art Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery label Torched Studio

 

Whether you are choosing to rescue a dog or purchase a puppy, PetSmart is there for all your pets needs including training, grooming, food, toys and more!

 

Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Cat Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear (new at Fresh Collective!); Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

Are there any common mistakes new dog owners make with their pets that you could give us some feedback on?

 

Not signing up for training class as soon as the puppy is 10 weeks old is a common mistake. The earlier formal training starts, the better the relationship between you and your dog.

 

Other common mistakes include using puppy pads (training the dog to pee in the house) and using a retractable leash (which trains the dog to pull and is banned in the City of Toronto).

 

Cher Peasant Dress in Brown Medallion (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by burfurtART

 

Most new owners are great and just want what’s best for their furry friend.

 

What is the best way to decide which breed of dog is right for you?

 

Do your research! I can’t stress this enough.

 

Make sure you get a dog whose size and energy match your lifestyle whether that is a pure breed or a mixed breed. Talk to different dog owners, meet their dogs, and discuss the pros and cons about the different breeds.

 

Bicycle Print Daiquiri Cami by St-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery label Torched Studio

 

If looking at a rescue, read the dog’s profile, as they are usually accurate. We are seeing a lot of fantastic young rescue dogs coming from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Greece, Sochi and more.

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I am the proud owner of 3 snakes: Ball Python, Corn Snake and Colombian Boa. I have also travelled extensively on 5 continents soon to be 6 as I am heading to New Zealand this fall.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook

Visit Fresh Collective in the Beaches!

Fresh Collective at 2116 A Queen Street East

After 13 wonderful years on Queen West, we moved that location to the Beaches and we’d LOVE to see you there!

Until June 30, enjoy 10 Fresh Bucks to spend in store at 2116 A Queen only!

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Wondering what to spend your Fresh Bucks on?

Visit our adorable and helpful Store Manager Stef! She’d love to show you around and style you up from head to toe!

Check out our Great Canadian fashion brands like Candi Factory from Toronto and Poison pear from Halifax!

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Here’s another awesome Toronto label, FunkD by Mark Foreman! Check out the sexy yet oh-so-wearable Kensington Dress!

Another AWESOME Toronto label is Mandala Design– available in the east end for the first time! This line has been a favourite of our customers for a decade, and we KNOW you east end ladies are going to love it!

Mandala Design is known for great pieces that suit work and play, with great fit and a touch of a retro vibe. 

Looking for a great fitting pair of jeans? Look no further than Lola Jeans, designed in Montreal! 4 way stretch and incredible fit and style at an awesome price, and only at our Beaches location.

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Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Megan Evans

Name: Megan Evans
Occupation: Owner and Founder of Therapy Lounge, Registered Massage Therapist and Reflexologist, Certified Kickboxing Instructor
Age: 35
Lifestyle: Happy and healthy

 

T.O. Racerback Tank Top in White w/Black Skyline (also available in Black w/White Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Kristine Jeans – Mid Rise Straight by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My favourite part of the morning is pressing the “snooze” button twice to snuggle with my husband and my rescue dog Nala. We like to get outside in nature, so every morning rain or shine we go for a walk, run, or play fetch in the park.

 

Foxes Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Bunnies Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

Then I put my healing hands to work at Therapy Lounge by treating clients naturally from head to toe to help them feel happy and healthy, along with running the business. Next, I pick up Nala from my husband’s martial arts studio Horizon Martial Arts and we go for a walk on the beach to meet up with her furry friends.

 

Habana Tunic by St-Sévère’s Rien Ne Se Perd; Summer Legging in Black by Montreal’s Cameleon

 

For my own fitness, I love kickboxing, yoga and trail running. We end our evenings by enjoying my husbands amazing, home-cooked meals and spending quality, relaxing time together. Then before bed, I like to sweat the stresses of the day away by meditating in our sauna with a big glass of water and my favorite essential oils.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans; Nikki Dress in Black Wave Stripe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family, my friends, the inspirational and knowledgeable Therapy Lounge team and my wonderful loyal clients, are very important in my life. Along with being happy and healthy on the inside and out by eating well, being active, growing my own garden and being out in nature is also important.

 

Basic Wax Pants in Military Green (also available in Bijoux Blue and Black) by I Love Tyler Madison; Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

That I loved, lived, learned, and healed!

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Function over fashion has always been important to me because of my active lifestyle. But fashion can help you feel confident and comfortable. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, so it’s exciting to see athletic wear, like yoga pants and tank tops, have become fashionable and stylish.

 

T.O. Racerback Tank Top in White w/Black Skyline (also available in Black w/White Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Kristine Jeans – Mid Rise Straight by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

I’ve adapted a quotation from Dion Sanders, the NFL football player: If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good… you do good. If you do good, others will also feel good!

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The clothing is so soft and comfortable, and the best part is it’s Canadian designed and made! The clothing is so versatile, because you can dress up or dress down any outfit. Everything I tried on was a perfect fit!

 

Foxes Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Bunnies Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  

 

I want to promote my business Therapy Lounge and my kickboxing class, “Kick. Punch. Stretch.” class at Horizon Martial Arts, which are both aimed at bringing overall health, happiness, and balanced lifestyles to our Beach community.

 

Since 2007, Therapy Lounge holistic health clinic has been healing the Beach. We are a team of 12 diverse and passionate health practitioners working together to create a holistic and effective treatment plan while giving helpful self-care advice to keep you happy, healthy and feeling your best.

 

Habana Tunic by St-Sévère’s Rien Ne Se Perd; Summer Legging in Black by Montreal’s Cameleon

 

We provide Registered Massage Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology (Foot, Facial & Thai), Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, Thai Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Fascial Stretch Therapy, SpiderTech™ Kinesiology Taping, Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Cupping, Mindfulness Meditation, Registered Holistic Nutrition Counselling and Osteopathy.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans; Nikki Dress in Black Wave Stripe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

Our treatment rooms offer their own natural comforting atmosphere. We are located in the heart of the beach above the hustle and bustle of Queen Street East, on the 2nd floor. We offer flexible (morning, afternoon and evening) hours, 7 days a week. Therapy Lounge also  offers the convenience of online booking. Request an appointment anytime, day or night!

 

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The calm beach boardwalk is just 2 blocks south. Let the TL team get to the root of the problem and take care of you naturally head to toe.

 

After kickboxing at Horizon Martial Arts for over 13 years, I designed K.P.S. (Kick. Punch. Stretch.) class to help you improve your fitness, build confidence, and maintain a healthy body. You will build stability, strength, cardio and core to help you become in-tuned with a balanced body.

 

Basic Wax Pants in Military Green (also available in Bijoux Blue and Black) by I Love Tyler Madison; Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

In K.P.S., you will learn basic to advanced KickBoxing Techniques and a stretching regimen to relax and lengthen your muscles after a tough workout and to maintain healthy muscles everyday. This is one workout that appeals to people of all ages and fitness levels. If you’re looking for a workout that’s going to get your mind and body pumped this is the program for you! 

 

What is the story of how you got started?

 

Growing up in a small town in Northern Ontario, I have always had a passion for nature and my interest in the healthcare field began early. As a child, I was always active outdoors and played many types of sports. After I began to develop musculoskeletal discomfort, I was referred to a Massage Therapist for treatment. I was deeply impressed with the power of the healing hands and interested in the anatomy of the human body.

 

Foxes Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Bunnies Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

The ability to heal the whole body naturally was when I realized I wanted to aide people in their physical, mental, and emotional wellness. In 2003, I graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Sault College and moved immediately to Toronto to have greater opportunities for my career.

 

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I’m so happy to have found an active, friendly community that made me feel at home. After working at another clinic for over four years, I decided to open my own. With my husband’s support, I searched for the perfect space and found the home of Therapy Lounge.

 

Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin

 

Taking on such a large space, with 4 treatment rooms, was scary at first, as I alone was the only practitioner! But over time I’ve hired many amazing therapists and watched them grow and help the business grow in turn. This is our 10th year and we are looking forward to many more!

 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of running your own business?

 

The most rewarding aspect of running my own business is creating jobs for like-minded health practitioners and offering the community diverse, natural forms of healing.

 

Where do you envision yourself and Therapy Lounge within the next 5-10 years?

 

I always want to grow at Therapy Lounge, but sometimes it’s okay to let things just be. Things are going so well, and I’m lucky to have such a loyal, dedicated team and clientele. I believe in emphasizing quality care over quantity.

 

T.O. Racerback Tank Top in White w/Black Skyline (also available in Black w/White Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Kristine Jeans – Mid Rise Straight by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

Do you have any advice for those out there who are eager to start up their own business but feel they lack the entrepreneurial know-how?

 

My advice would be if you feel something deeply in your heart, you should jump in with both feet, spread your wings and go for it. It will be scary, but it’s okay to feel like you’re flying by the seat of your pants.

 

In other words, rely on your instinct rather than your entrepreneurial know-how. You’ll have good days, bad days and learn as you go, but everything will work out in the end if you have passion, drive and love what you do.

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

My 103-year-old Great Auntie Kay has given me some of my favourite advice on life and health. She says “the very best thing you can have in your life is spelled L-O-V-E, love. If you have love in your heart and your life, you can be a help to people, you can put yourself in a good position… if you didn’t love yourself you can’t care for other people. Love yourself first, then love others… keep yourself in good health so you can help other people.”

 

In Kay’s words, putting yourself first isn’t selfish – it’s the best way to help others!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

TL website: therapylounge.ca
Facebook: therapyloungebeach
Twitter: @t_lounge_team
Instagram: @therapyloungebeach

 

HMA website: horizonkempo.com
Facebook: Horizon-Martial-Arts
Twitter: @Horizon_Kempo
My Instagram: @meganannevans

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Carrie Skidmore

Name: Carrie Skidmore

Occupation: Realtor

Age: 40

Lifestyle: Always on the go… in 6th gear!

 

Cat Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear (new at Fresh Collective!)

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My day typically starts with a slow crawl out of bed and then a mad dash to get my day started!

 

SS17 – Asymmetrical Jacket in Black by Montreal label Melow; Sam Pant in Forest Green Tropical Print by Toronto label Mandala

 

You can find me scheduling my day from my office at 2339 Queen St. east, driving around the city showcasing a property to a hopeful buyer or simply stopped on the sidewalk (close to the nearest Tim Horton’s) chatting with someone I’ve just met.

 

Sophie Dress in Chalk/Yellow Print by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My son is my pride and joy.

 

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I believe very strongly that we raise the change that we want to see in the world so with this I strive each day to lead him by example.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

The one that never gave up!

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans; 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; Gloria Flip Skirt in Purple (also available in Black and Mutlicoloured Paint Print) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion plays many roles in my life, it gives me confidence to be the best I can be, freedom to be comfortable when I need to relax and fun when I need a bit of excitement 🙂

 

Flamingos Pocket Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based label Curious Oddities

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The variety of styles to chose from is what keeps me coming back to Fresh Collective.

 

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I also love to shop local and Fresh Collective offers a variety of Canadian designers.

 

Cat Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear (new at Fresh Collective!)

 

How would you describe your ideal spring or summer outfit?

 

My ideal spring/summer outfit is light, airy and versatile with the unpredictability of the weather especially in the spring versatility is important.

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I would like to promote myself as the go-to Realtor! One that is in your corner to help navigate the mine field of real estate so that your experience is a smooth and enjoyable one.

 

Classic Top in Navy (also available in Teal and Ivory) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Sam Pant in Forest Green Tropical Print by Toronto label Mandala

 

During your Style Profile photoshoot, you mentioned that becoming a realtor was something you’d felt driven to do for a long time. What do you love most about your work?

 

What I love most about my work is the feeling I get when a client has made the move into their next chapter. It might be a first-time home buyer whose years of saving has finally put them in their first home, or a young family moving from their first condo into a family home they’ll raise their children in, or an empty-nester looking for smaller comforts to nestle themselves into.

 

Sophie Dress in Chalk/Yellow Print by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

Being a part of this for each of my clients makes me absolutely love my job!

 

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; Gloria Flip Skirt in Purple (also available in Black and Mutlicoloured Paint Print) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Instagram: @agentrowe

 

Facebook: carrieskidmoresellshouses

 

Flamingos Pocket Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based label Curious Oddities

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Kristy Van Hoven

Name: Kristy Van Hoven
Occupation: PhD Candidate (University of Leicester) and Artistic Director (Guthrie School of Dance)
Age: Knees of a 90-year-old, Humor of a 12-year-old
Lifestyle: The world is my stage…

 

Black Tropical Floral Kensington Aline Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Coffee, tunes, dance, and some writing, but mostly coffee!

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Seizing opportunities to make a positive change in people’s lives. I may have a crazy hectic schedule but my family and friends are always on my mind. I work to create opportunities for people to connect with their history, remember their past, and have a well balanced future, both emotionally and physically.

 

Original sleeveless top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis (available in stores only); High Rise Straight Crop Jeans – Normandie by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Sylvia Tote in Blue by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

You’re currently doing your PhD and exploring the positive impact of museums on the memory and cognitive health of visitors with Alzheimer’s. Could you tell us a little bit about your work and how you chose this focus?

 

This could be a novel in and of itself 🙂

 

I used to be the curator of collections at a world class hospital where I would routinely meet patients and have meaningful discussions about their cultural background, how their previous lives play a role in their healthcare and how important museums are in providing a place of solitude and a safe space to find acceptance or process grief.

 

Dandelion Print Julia Tunic in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in White (also available in Boreaux and Black and White Polka Dots by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd; Kim Convertible Backpack in Blue (also available in Black and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

After completing my Master’s I developed an object-based hospital program for oncology patients, which provided an opportunity for patients to connect with each other and the history of the hospital. Upon completion of the weekly program, patients felt more relaxed and able to face the next stages of their treatment.

 

Jennifer Tee in Purple (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Black and Charcoal) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Jupe Charrie pas by Montreal label Creations Encore; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

In many cases, patients returned to the program regularly as they faced new challenges associated with their diagnosis and treatments. There are a few instances where family members came back to the museum to tell me how their ill family member had spoken fondly of the museum and program throughout their treatment, and despite the terminal diagnosis, they were happiest when participating in the museum program.

 

Pop Floral Print Shelly Slouch Dress in Black (also available in White) by Toronto label Mandala

 

All the while I was acting as a caregiver to my grandmother who was starting to show signs of dementia. My PhD was born.

 

When I moved to Toronto a couple years ago I connected with a hospital that specializes in brain health who had developed a similar model for helping their patients to object based programs.

 

Together we built a solid program for their memory care patients, which led to some tremendous results around reactivating memories and physical abilities during object-based programs.

 

 Black Tropical Floral Kensington Aline Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

The future is bright for Museum Therapy and I look forward to starting my consultancy RxMuse upon the defense of my dissertation in 2018. 

 

You’ve been a Scottish Highland dancer for quite some time and seem very dedicated to this tradition. When did you discover your passion for dance and what kind of role does it play in your life?

 

Scotland is in my blood and after years of classical ballet training I traveled to Scotland to meet family. When I was there I was introduced to Highland and Ceilidh dancing and fell in love with it.

 

Original sleeveless top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis (available in stores only); High Rise Straight Crop Jeans – Normandie by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Sylvia Tote in Blue by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

A passion for this athletic art form was born and I started in highland dance at 13. I competed throughout North America and Scotland regularly and eventually competed at the World Highland Dance Championships in Cowal, Scotland at the “old age” of 21 (Highland dancers used to retire from competitive dancing between 18 and 22). 

 

Dandelion Print Julia Tunic in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in White (also available in Boreaux and Black and White Polka Dots by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd; Kim Convertible Backpack in Blue (also available in Black and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Once I returned to the States I sat the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance membership exam and passed on my first try! Shortly there after I opened Guthrie School of Dance.  My primary mission has always been to create classes and a school that provide a welcoming atmosphere for dancers of any age or ability. 

 

Jennifer Tee in Purple (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Black and Charcoal) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Jupe Charrie pas by Montreal label Creations Encore; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Like many elite sports, most top coaches and teachers focus on competitively driven students, but I wanted to create a space for others to unlock their potential.  When I started teaching I very quickly had a whole class of students who faced challenges in regular classrooms and extra-curricular activities. 

 

Parents were desperately looking for a unique opportunity for their children and hoped that dance would be the answer. 

 

Pop Floral Print Shelly Slouch Dress in Black (also available in White) by Toronto label Mandala

 

In class I would explore academic topics like math and science, history, social studies and encourage story telling, both by having the student learn the traditional stories behind our competitive dance roster, and by allowing students to create their own dances and stories which we would show case at summer farmer’s markets and cultural fairs throughout the area. 

 

Shortly after the word of success of these classes got out, adults and retired dancers came calling, looking for a place to dance. 

 

Original sleeveless top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis (available in stores only); High Rise Straight Crop Jeans – Normandie by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Sylvia Tote in Blue by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Ah, legacies are a weird thing… I hope each of my students and patients remembers the fun we had and the trips we have taken together (through walks down “memory lane” in a museum, or traveling to highland games and shows).

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion is an expression of who you are, and where you are going. It’s one of the easiest risks to take and one of the most fun!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The vibe in the store is amazing, the products are all so wearable and well… penguin clutches… you can never go wrong with penguins!

 

Dandelion Print Julia Tunic in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in White (also available in Boreaux and Black and White Polka Dots by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd; Kim Convertible Backpack in Blue (also available in Black and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  (We have a large audience to share your project with- go on and shamelessly self-promote!

 

I’d like to promote the Guthrie School of Dance! It has always provided multiple classes for dancers who have outgrown the competitive highland scene but look to dance (and highland especially) for their weekly exercise and social time.

 

Did you know you burn more calories in an hour of Highland class than you would in a game of soccer?  Today, Guthrie School of Dance as students in three countries and helps develop competitions and special events for dancers of any age and ability. 

 

Our focus is on learning about dance and movement, our shared Scottish history (or interest… you don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy a good Highland Fling!) and developing lifelong healthy habits and friends.

 

More information about the school, our shows, classes and how to bring Scottish dance to your next event are all listed on our website www.guthriedance.ca.

 

The summer is a great time to try out Scottish dance classes, get fit, have some fun and make new friends! We are also available for cultural festivals, fundraisers, weddings and other family get-togethers.

 

Where can people find you on social media?
Facebook: @Guthriedance

 

Instagram: @GuthrieSchoolofDance

 

RxMuse coming in 2018

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Caroline Cook

Names: Caroline Cook and Swiss the dog

Occupation: Teacher/Paddler and Retired Hearing Dog Owner

Ages: 25 and 12 1/2

Lifestyle: Always seeking tropical paddling destinations in Stand Up Paddleboard, Surfski, Dragon Boat and Sprint Kayak!

 

Bunnies Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Foxes Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I just graduated from teacher’s college, which means I am absolutely elated to be able to spend more time paddling on the water. My new schedule will sound a little something like this:

 

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Wake up, go to the gym, appreciate the beauty of the sunrise on the beach. Volunteer teaching at elementary schools. Play with my dog Swiss (she loves chasing after the ball). Paddling and coaching Dragon Boat.

 

Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Royal Blue Crepe (also available in Ivory Crepe and Black Crepe) by Toronto label It Fiz Me; Basic Wax Pants in Black (also available in Bijoux Blue and Military Green) by I Love Tyler Madison; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Paddling and my retired Hearing Dog, Swiss.

 

White Rabbit Print Ori Top in White by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Mid Rise Straight Kristine Jeans by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas designer Curious Oddities

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for being a strong advocate for adults and children with hearing loss as well as promoting Dog Guides.

 

Azores Cami in White w/Black Feathers (also available in Black w/White Feathers) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Ankle Length Skinny Jeans with 31″ inseam in Black (also available in Burgundy) by Brenda Beddome

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

There is something about wearing the perfect outfit that makes me feel confident and ready for anything. I feel my best when I’m wearing something that is comfortable and edgy.

 

Bosco Dress in Grey by Quebec label Cameleon; Water Repellant Arabella Stretch Cotton Spring Jacket in Black by Montreal’s Soia and Kyo

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the style of the clothes, it feels so laid back, stylish and cute! The fact that they are made by Canadian designers is a huge bonus (Go Canada Go!).

 

Bunnies Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Foxes Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

Tell us a bit about your guide dog, Swiss!

 

Swiss is my hearing dog and best friend. I wear two cochlear implants and I cannot hear anything without them.

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Having Swiss lets me sleep soundly at night knowing that if the smoke detector went off, she would wake me up. When I lived on residence at Glendon College Swiss woke me up at 3am because the smoke detector had gone off.

 

White Rabbit Print Ori Top in White by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Mid Rise Straight Kristine Jeans by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas designer Curious Oddities

 

Swiss alerts me to other sounds like: the toaster oven, someone calling my name and the microwave. Swiss is older now so she is retired but she still tries to work for me even though I am discouraging it.

 

Azores Cami in White w/Black Feathers (also available in Black w/White Feathers) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Ankle Length Skinny Jeans with 31″ inseam in Black (also available in Burgundy) by Brenda Beddome

 

What are some interesting things most people might not know about living with a guide dog, or guide dogs in general?

 

Dog Guides are so important to their owners, we depend on them with our lives and love them dearly. Having a Dog Guide is like having a permanent best friend who can go anywhere with you, even on a plane!

 

Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Royal Blue Crepe (also available in Ivory Crepe and Black Crepe) by Toronto label It Fiz Me; Basic Wax Pants in Black (also available in Bijoux Blue and Military Green) by I Love Tyler Madison; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Swiss was given to me by Dog Guides of Canada for free. It costs $25,000 to raise and train a Dog Guide but Dog Guides of Canada does not receive any federal funding, they rely solely on donations.

 

Bosco Dress in Grey by Quebec label Cameleon; Water Repellant Arabella Stretch Cotton Spring Jacket in Black by Montreal’s Soia and Kyo

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I want to promote The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. My goal is to raise $2000 for the Toronto West-High Park Walk on May 26 where I will be speaking about the importance of Dog Guides.

 

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To donate click on the link to my walk page:

 

https://www.walkfordogguides.com/locations/walker.cfm?ID=5284&EventID=851

 

Any amount is greatly appreciated and a tax receipt is issued immediately from the organization!

 

What are some things you look forward to in the next few months / years?

 

I look forward to paddling and getting a permanent teaching job as a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing.

 

Bunnies Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Foxes Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I was born deaf, wore hearing aids until I was 17 and then made the switch over to cochlear implants. Receiving the cochlear implants was life-changing, birds actually sound GOOD now!

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: caroline.cook.739

 

Instagram: 1sweet._.caroline

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Rebecca Naylor

Name: Rebecca Naylor
Occupation: Holistic Health Coach, Founder of Chronically Well Club, Trailblazer with Happy Healthy Women, and Teacher/Guidance Counsellor with TDSB
Age: 37
Lifestyle: Choose your own adventure! I have the word Create tattooed on my left forearm to remind me daily that I am responsible for creating the life of my dreams through my thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions.

Paisley Print Keats Blouse in Red by Toronto designer Mandala (also available in Blue and Tulip Print); Stefie Denim Jacket/Dress by Montreal’s Soia and Kyo; Black Shaper Pants by Tyler Madison

What’s a typical day like for you?

Varied! I strive for some combination of time in nature, making music, journaling, personal growth reading, meditating, visualizing, affirming, moving my body intuitively, cooking and consuming delicious and nourishing food, and connecting with community.

insta bannerThat said, I am a new puppy mama to a brilliant and boisterous 7-month old Miniature Poodle named Benjamin Zenz! My time and attention often goes to him first, though our time together is a core part of my self-care.

Shift 17 Dress in Yellow by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What in your life is really important to you?

My life purpose is to educate and empower you to discover your body’s innate power to heal. I was challenged with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis at age 17, and have spent the last 20 years studying, experimenting, and developing my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Floral Print Benedict Dress by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

I remain fully in remission! The complexities of chronic illness can so easily be shifted to chronic wellness through lifestyle changes, functional medicine, and a more holistic approach (with a great coach)!

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My second family and loving community is The Centre for Spiritual Living Toronto. It is an amazing place, multi-faith, open to anyone who wants to experience more love and joy, and connect more deeply spiritually. Motivational talks. Free meditations. Fantastic music. Hugs all around. I wish more people knew about this gem! Check it out. I’d be happy to introduce you.

Mix Print Sophie Dress in Kiwi by by Toronto label Studio Fresh

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for smiling, inspiring, contributing and creating.

And for being real. I always admit that I don’t know what I don’t know, and I always ask for help when needed. Even coaches need coaches!

Black Stripe Sailor Tee by Montreal label Cameleon; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What role does fashion play in your life?

In university, I actually majored in Costume Design! I love to assemble new outfits each day to reflect my mood, activities, and intentions.

I look for beautiful colours, unique patterns, and soft, comfortable, sensual fabrics.

Paisley Print Keats Blouse in Red byToronto designer Mandala (also available in Blue and Tulip Print); Stefie Denim Jacket/Dress by Montreal’s Soia and Kyo; Black Shaper Pants by Tyler Madison

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Soft, comfortable, sensual fabrics! I also love to shop locally in my Beaches neighbourhood, as well as to support Canadian designers.

Shift 17 Dress in Yellow by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What do you have that you want to promote?  

As a Holistic Health Coach, I specialize in the treatment and prevention of chronic illness and autoimmunity.

Floral Print Benedict Dress by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

I offer individual coaching, by phone or in person at my home office, focusing on seven key areas:

1. Diet and Nutrition
2. Reduction of Toxic Load
3. Immune System and Gut Health
4. Body Awareness and Movement
5. Organizational Systems and Design
6. Emotional Regulation and Communication Skills
7. Mindset and Belief

Mix Print Sophie Dress in Kiwi by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

I also offer Home Health Audits, which are designed to help you identify and understand the toxic foods, chemicals, products and systems that could be negatively impacting you and your family.

I teach you how to replace, upgrade and redesign to improve your overall health and wellness. You will shift your priorities to become a more educated shopper and conscious consumer.

Black Stripe Sailor Tee by Montreal label Cameleon; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

My value comes from my ability to truly empathize and lead by example. I get it. I live it. I continuously heal myself, and I love to help others discover their own body’s innate power to heal.

For more information, check out my website at www.chronicallywell.club. You can read my blog, and sign up for my newsletter to hear about local events!

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Professionally, I have worked in public education as a high school teacher and counsellor for the past 14 years. I have three Honour Specialist qualifications, in Music, Drama and Special Education.

I love to meet new people and hear their stories. And I’m single! 😉

Where can people find you on social media?

You can find me on facebook @rebeccasnaylor and @chronicallywellclub. Let’s connect!

Thanks for reading, and be well. 🙂