Business Casual ~ Fresh Collective Style!

Since 2003 our customers have come for us for GREAT business casual outfits! We know you want to look AND feel your best at work, while feeling like yourself, and that’s what our Style Coaches do so well every day in our stores! 

Here are some looks for you to browse, and shop online, along with tips to provide inspiration as you build your fall work wardrobe.
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Shop this look: Vest: Gracilis Vest from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima (currently only in stock in green); Top: Sleeveless Scoop Neck Tank from Toronto brand It Fitz Me; Leggings: Faux Suede Leggings from Montreal label Cameleon.

Why it works: This looks polished and professional while being oh-so comfy.

When wearing leggings to work, be sure you’re wearing a tunic, not just a TOP! Your butt should be covered!

This look is well suited to creative professionals, therapists, home based entrepreneurs, most offices and educators.

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Shop this look: Dress Lexi O Dress by Toronto designer Connie Meyer of Studio Fresh.

Why it works: Dresses are the easiest way to look great each morning. Nothing to think about; no decisions to make about what top goes with what bottom. Just throw it on and go!

One like this gives you options for boots, tights, flats, heels and can transition through almost any season.

For a limited time, our famous Wardrobe Makeover Style Consultation is on sale at 85% off. Regularly $200, it’s now just $29! Work one on one with our Style Coaches to  create the perfect looks for your life, starting with the clothes you already own. Read more by clicking on the link below.

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Shop this look: Dhara Print Tunic by Toronto designer Mandy Armstrong of Mandala Design; Shop all tunics here; Leggings: Wide waistband leggings from Advika. Necklace: Enamel Bead with Tassel by Torched Studio.

Why it works: The graphic print and clean silhouette of this tunic looks crisp and polished while the stretch and ease of fit keeps you comfortable and moving all day.

Sleeveless is a versatile option as you can easily layer with a top underneath or a jacket, cardigan or vest over top as the weather gets chillier.

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Shop this look: Folded Drape Top available in 3 colours from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome; Ankle Length Skinny Jeans available in black and burgundy also from  Brenda Beddome.  Bag: Malone Purse from Matt & Nat. Scarf: Newsprint Scarf from Zink.

Why it works: Pants and a top will always be an easy go-to outfit, but it’s the accessories that make it really look tied together.

This tells people you understand the importance of a little extra effort and paying attention to details. 

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Shop this look: Jacket: DNA Jacket from Toronto designer Connie Meyer of Studio Fresh. Skirt: Devi Double Knit Pencil Skirt by Toronto designer Mandy Armstrong of Mandala Design. Shop all skirts here.

Why it works: This outfit means business! The classic silhouette is suitable for many business occasions, but the stand out style of both pieces shows you aren’t afraid to stand out and take risks.

And both pieces will get a lot of use in your wardrobe- for example the DNA Jacket will look amazingly cool with jeans on the weekend.

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Shop this look: Earrings: Jon Klar (in store exclusive); Cardigan: Cocoon Cardigan from Montreal label CameleonTop: Sleeveless Angle Hem Top from Toronto label It Fitz MeLeggings: Dharma Double Knit Print Leggings by Toronto designer Mandy Armstrong of Mandala Design.

Why it works: Each piece has something about it that makes it more than just ordinary, and that ties together in a way that looks GREAT! For the leggings, it’s obvious- it’s the print.

The top has an angled hem an the cardigan is cut in such a way that it has a waist, despite being drapey.

It’s this kind of unique design that makes Fresh Collective such a treasure trove from which to build your wardrobe!

For a limited time, our famous Wardrobe Makeover Style Consultation is on sale at 85% off. Regularly $200, it’s now just $29! Work one on one with our Style Coaches to  create the perfect looks for your life, starting with the clothes you already own. Read more by clicking on the link below.

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Shop this look: Top: Ursus Top from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Skirt: Coco Skirt from Montreal label Cameleon. Necklace: Christophe Poly (in-store only)

Why it works: Never underestimate what the quality of the fabric can mean for a simple look.

This skirt is a lightly quilted fabric with great stretch which transforms a pretty classic style into something you’ll want to wear every day.

The top is merino wool which gives the top a sumptuous drape.

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Shop this look: Top: Folded Drape Top available in 3 colours from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome; Pants: Ankle Length Skinny Jeans available in black and burgundy also from  Brenda Beddome.

Why it works: Coloured jeans always look dressier than blue, and in some workplaces, blue jeans are the norm. Why not step it up a notch?

The top, as well, steps it up with the draped front detail. Yes, this is quite a causal look, but it still looks put together.

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Shop this look: Cardigan: Button draped cardigan from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome; Pants: Yoga Jeans; Bracelet: Jon Klar (in-store only); Necklace: Christophe Poly (in-store exclusive)

Why it works: The versatility of this cardigan, which can button low as shown, high for a drapey pullover sweater look or open and flowy, makes it a great piece to get you through your work days.

As you go in and out of the office, or out on client visits, you can keep yourself comfortable by switching it up!

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For a limited time, our famous Wardrobe Makeover Style Consultation is on sale at 85% off. Regularly $200, it’s now just $29! Work one on one with our Style Coaches to  create the perfect looks for your life, starting with the clothes you already own. Read more by clicking on the link below.

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Show Stopping Sook-Yin Lee

We have customers from all different walks of life. From teachers to nurses; authors to producers; musicians to artists…

One such artist is Sook-Yin Lee, who recently stopped by Fresh Collective Kensington. There, she scored the perfect dress to wear onstage at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards to present at the gala event.

Sook-Yin looking great in the Brenda Beddome Watercolour Wrap Dress from Fresh Collective

Sook-Yin looking great in the Brenda Beddome Wrap Cascade Dress from Fresh Collective (Spring/Summer 2013)

 

We’re so honoured Sook-Yin chose to wear a Canadian designer from Fresh Collective, and we asked her for a few words on her selection.

“I was in the neighbourhood and passing by FC with my sister when we decided to come in. This dress is unlike anything I have. My eye was drawn to the swirl of 70s era colour, a period of time I’m curious about. Initially I thought the neckline might accentuate my already broad shoulders and make me look like a football player, but when I tried the dress on, the neckline swooped lower than I thought, and I liked the way it looked. When I discovered the shop features mostly indie Canadian designers and that this dress was made by Toronto-based Brenda Beddome, I bought it.”

 

Bright and Beautiful at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

Bright and Beautiful at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

Looking great, Sook-Yin!

– Terri-Leigh

 

 

Style Profile – Sarah Couture McPhail

In our seventh Style Profile, we feature one of Laura-Jean’s best friends, Sarah Couture McPhail. Laura-Jean and Sarah have known each other for more than 15 years.  Sarah met Laura-Jean through one of the first employees of Fresh Collective, and then worked part-time at the Kensington store when it was still called Fresh Baked Goods.

“Sarah has always been among the most stylish women I know.  She effortlessly mixes and matches, and uses accessories in creative and fun ways to produce endless looks.  I feel like I’ve never seen her wear the same thing twice, but I know she pulls from her closet from past seasons and just makes things look new.

She’s an avid Fresh Collective shopper, and loves to find the unique Canadian designer pieces that make her wardrobe so special. Aside from being super stylish, Sarah is fun, amazing and incredibly kind hearted.  She is a mom of twin boys, an artist and active in her community and her school.

She’s the kind of friend who has great get-togethers, awesome parties for her kids and can feed you or find a glass of wine for you just because you popped in her back door unannounced. She shows up at your door with home remedies when she knows you’re sick and her house is the one all the kids just gravitate to in the summertime.  I feel blessed to have Sarah in my life and I wanted to let the world know how much I love her.

xoxox   – Love, Laura-Jean”

Name: Sarah Couture McPhail
Occupation: Mom/Artist/ Mastercrafter/Workshop Facilitator/Student
Age: I am trying to own 40
Lifestyle: Urban Political Artsy Mom – ya I listen to a lot of CBC Radio 1

Dress: Calamity Jane - Annie 50 $179.00Sweater: Yvonne Cardigan - Paper People Clothing. Regular price: $149.00 now 20% off $119.20Necklace: Curious Oddities $25.00

Dress: Calamity Jane – Annie 50 $179.00
Sweater: Yvonne Cardigan – Paper People Clothing. Regular price: $149.00 now 20% off $119.20
Necklace: Curious Oddities $25.00

What’s a typical day like for you? I am rushing. I rush kids and myself off to school; I run to the studio; I fetch errands; I work on Parent Council endeavours; and I cook up other community projects. I try to squeeze in friend time, quality kid time, and time with my partner as much as I can. This usually results in scrambling hard for a stretch, then crashing hard for a couple days.

What in your life is really important to you? So much is important to me, but my family and friends are paramount. My house is full. I like it that way. I am also very appreciative of the quiet time I get to spend at the studio I share. Without any doubt, I am fortunate.

Dress: Frill Dress - Desserts and Skirts. $165.00Shoes: Miz Mooz, past season from Sarah's own wardrobe.

Dress: Frill Dress – Desserts and Skirts. $165.00
Shoes: Miz Mooz, past season from Sarah’s own wardrobe.

What would you like to be remembered for? “I aspire to help build communities and create them where they don’t already exist.” That is a quote from my resume. More than that though, I would like to equally and wholeheartedly be remembered for being a good friend/ mom/ and partner. I would also like to leave behind some damn good art… since we are being optimistic here.

What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion has always been a special source of inspiration. In the past, I’ve really enjoyed conceptual dressing. Whether it be playing with a nautical look or rocking 70s librarian, I am drawn to the associations that clothes ignite. Dressing up is often like taking on a new character. Though I might not act like an 80s glam superstar, when I wear a metallic blouse with a belted harness (not as crazy as it sounds) I am trying to conjure a feeling. When it works, it puts a strut in my stride and nothing can go wrong. Today while I dress a little more conservatively (by my own standards), I am still drawn to vintage and vintage inspired pieces. I like structured and well made clothes that will last. I also like blending modern clothes with retro ones too.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I have been a fan of Fresh Collective since the beginning. Finding clothes that fit me is not easy. Stores don’t stock for short and curvy people. I love knowing that the clothes I buy from Fresh are conflict free. I also love knowing that I am supporting local designers and fellow artisans. I hardly ever walk out of the stores without buying something, which leads me to avoid going in sometimes. But the clothes, and the skilled and helpful sales team at Fresh Collective never fail to draw me back in… often.

Top: Panel Tee - Desserts and Skirts $58.00.  Skirt: Dotted Pencil Skirt - Michelle Carey $96.00. Belt: Kimono Belt - Susana Erazo $185.00 Shoes: Lonna T-Bar shoes - Hush Puppies,  $100.00

Top: Panel Tee – Desserts and Skirts $58.00.
Skirt: Dotted Pencil Skirt – Michelle Carey $96.00.
Belt: Kimono Belt – Susana Erazo $185.00 Shoes: Lonna T-Bar shoes – Hush Puppies, $100.00

What do you have that you want to promote? Right now I am busy at school and doing personal projects, but you can always check out my tumblr, for upcoming workshops and events.

Is there anything else we should know about you? I am extremely uncomfortable “tooting my own horn”. In my line of work, it is unfortunately essential. This was a good exercise.  Thank you Fresh Collective for this and for being a positive place for women of all shapes, a reliable place for edgy/on trend fashion and an amazing gang of people. You all are extraordinary.

Style Profile – Michelle Carey

In the sixth edition of our Style Profile series, we feature one of our long term designers, Michelle Carey. Michelle has been selling her line at Fresh Collective for more than five years now, and it has developed into one of our most popular lines. Her Amy Dress is a perennial best-seller and her pieces are known for flattering fit, meticulous construction, and feminine silhouettes that suit a range of women and figures.

Michelle is a sweetheart and her nephew is the light of her life.  She visits him frequently and was thrilled to be able to wear the ring he gave her in her photos because he would be excited to see her wearing it.  Michelle sews every stitch of her beautiful garments herself, and is just one of the awesome designers who make up our community.  I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with this talented, dedicated, and lovely entrepreneur all these years!

-Laura-Jean

Name: Michelle Carey
Occupation: Fashion Designer/Business Owner
Age: 33 (as of Sunday March 2)
Lifestyle: Calm and quiet with little splashes of excitement so I don’t get too bored.

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Top: Adrienne Top – Paper People Clothing. Regular price $65.00, now $39.00
Skirt: Darcy Skirt – Michelle Carey. $96.00 (new for spring!)
Shoes: Michelle’s own.

What’s a typical day like for you?
Coffee, work, food, work. Some days I might actually go outside.

What in your life is really important to you?
My family and friends. Living a life I can be proud of.

What would you like to be remembered for?
Adding some beauty to the world.

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Top: Kate Chalet Sweater – Bernice and Barclay. Regular price $79.00, now $47.40!
Skirt: Marie Houndstooth Skirt – Michelle Carey. Regular price $180.00, now $108.00
Necklace: Magnifying glass necklace – Curious Oddities. Price $40.00

What role does fashion play in your life?
Besides creating it all day? Its ability to brighten my day. Putting on something cheerful and fun always makes me feel better when I’m having an off day.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
Supporting my friends (the other designers.)

What do you have that you want to promote?
I’m currently working on a web store that, with any luck, will be up and running in a few weeks.

Is there anything else we should know about you?
I consider myself the costume designer in the movie that is my life.

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Dress: Amy Dress – Michelle Carey $198.00 (new for spring!)
Ring: Michelle’s own (a gift from her nephew).
Shoes: Michelle’s own.

 

Beautiful Wedding, Perfect Shoes.

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Hot off the emails, is this great letter from one of our customers, Kimberly Gale. We worked with Kimberly over three weeks to get her the PERFECT pair of Hush Puppies Lonna Shooties for her February wedding. The result, a beautiful wedding, in the most perfect shoes!

From Kimberly herself:

“Hi Jenna,

As promised, I am attaching photos of the plum Hush Puppies I wore at my wedding.My sister (Wendhi Gale–semi pro photographer snapped the pics) The boots were comfortable and the perfect pop of colour. I thought they looked classic enough to pass off as Victorian boots!

Thank you and Christine at Queen West once again for taking care of me.

 

Take care, Kimberly “

 

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Photo Credit: Wendhi Gale

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Photo Credit: Wendhi Gale

Thank you for sharing Kimberly!!! Congratulations on your wedding!

Style Profile – Terri-Leigh Holbeche

In the fifth edition of our Style Profile series, our very own Terri-Leigh, Style Coach at Fresh Collective Kensington, shares what she does in her “off” hours, her derby lifestyle, and her love of fashion, while featuring some of our fabulous outfits in real life.

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Name: Terri-Leigh Holbeche

Occupation: Style Coach at Fresh Collective Kensington

Age: 31

Lifestyle: 9 to 9 and back again!

Top: Queen wrap top by Address Apparel. Regular price, $80 now 40% off, so only $48.00!  Skirt: Mandala Design Selma Static Pencil Skirt. Regular price, $68 with 40% off it's now $40.80! Boots: Miz Mooz October Boot.  Regular price, $170 now just $85.  Necklace: Burfurtart from The Simples Collection $38.

Top: Queen wrap top by Address Apparel. Regular price, $80.00 now 40% off, so only $48.00!
Skirt: Selma Static Pencil Skirt by Mandala Design. Regular price, $68.00 with 40% off it’s now $40.80!
Boots: October Boot by Miz Mooz. Regular price, $170.00 now just $85.00.
Necklace: The Simples Collection by BurfurtART $38.00

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

Full of planning! I have to look at the start of my day at Fresh Collective and where I might be going afterward whether it’s karaoke, trivia club or on a date. Typically, with just one outfit, some accessory options take me easily throughout the day and evening. I’m on the go from sun up to sun down and I love it!

 

What in your life is really important to you?

Family – and friends; especially the ones that are more like family now – are most important to me.  I want to make sure everyone I love gets to have time together. It’s a great recharge for me; an energy boost.

Dress: Andy Drape Dress in Emerald by Rita DiCesare. Regular price, $169 now 40% off makes it only $101.40.Necklace and Braclet: Burfurtart - Past season

Dress: Andy Drape Dress in Emerald by Rita DiCesare. Regular price, $169.00 now 40% off makes it only $101.40.
Necklace: Burfurtart – Ch-Ch-Chains collection – Past season

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

I don’t know if I’d want to have a lasting legacy, but I do want to be remembered for the happiness I bring to the people around me. A smile and wave can do a lot for the heart!

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion is part of me. I find it in everything I do. How am I presenting myself as a Style Coach at Fresh Collective? How am I presenting myself as an authority on the flat-track? (I’m a Roller Derby Official.) It is how I carry myself when I walk out the door to coming home at night.

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Dress: Holly Dress by Kabuki. Regular price, $179.00 now with 40% off makes it only $107.40.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Supporting our designers is a major reason why I love Fresh Collective. I know I can be out in a crowd and noticed for the unique and intelligent design of the pieces I am wearing, because our designers take so much care in making these decisions. And, I love that I can chat up our shop to everyone I meet!

 

What do you have that you want to promote? 

I am a Roller Derby Official and my league, Hammer City Roller Girls, is entering into their 9th season. Our Season Opener is May 3rd.  We come from all walks of life (just like our fabulous customers!). I want to celebrate in the fact that we are all different shapes, sizes, ages but everyone is an amazing human being, capable of truly captivating things!

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I have a penchant for high-waisted undies that show off my curves, I can be found singing at karaoke weekly, and I like to dance to  great tunes from the 50s & 60s (and a little Wilson Phillips too).

 

 

 

Style Profile – Jane

Our Style Profile series is where we feature some of our fabulous outfits in real life, on real women. In the fourth edition of our style profile series, our Regional Manager Jane, shows us what she’s up to on and off hours with Fresh Collective!

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Name: Jane Haselgrove
Occupation: Regional Manager at Fresh Collective and Independent Consultant for Arbonne (you can order from her directly too! www.arbonne.ca using the code 116072618)
Age: 28
Lifestyle: always on the go!
Jane Haselgrove - Regional Manager for Fresh Collective and Independent Consultant for Arbonne.

Jane Haselgrove – Regional Manager for Fresh Collective and Independent Consultant for Arbonne.

What’s a typical day like for you?
A typical day looks like working at Fresh Collective all day from 11-7pm.  From there I either go out and work on my other business hosting parties, going to meetings or meeting with people for a drink. Three nights a week I also go Bouldering after work. It’s kind of like rock climbing but there are no ropes!
What in your life is really important to you?
Balance is very important to  me. I love to be busy doing things I love but I also don’t like to be controlled by my schedule. Scheduling my life so that it works for me is very important to staying positive and happy even when things don’t work out the way I planned.
Wrap top: Melow. Skirt: Bionic (Both past seasons), Tights: Bootights $48, Shoes: Lonna Shooties now $82.20

Wrap top: Melow. Skirt: Bionic (aka Address Apparel) (Both past seasons), Tights: Bootights $48, Shoes: Lonna Shooties by Hush Puppies now $82.20

What would you like to be remembered for?
Revolutionizing the indie fashion world!  I LOVE what I do at Fresh Collective. If I am remembered for being part of an institution that has made thriving careers for designers and stylists in Toronto and perhaps, world wide, my life would be well spent.
What role does fashion play in your life?
In the last two years I have really  embraced that I am a Fashion Professional. Style and fashion is my career and I love that I get to embrace self-expression through fashion every day. In other words, it plays a VITAL role in my daily life and my identity.
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Dress: Calamity Jane by Annie 50 $179.00; Necklace: Ch-Ch-Chains by Burfurtart $45.00

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
Many years ago I used  to be a designer myself. I get what it takes to do what our designers do. I love shopping at Fresh Collective because I get great, unique clothing (I love compliments on my outfits) and I love to support the careers of local designers.
What do you have that you want to promote? 
I would love to share that I am an all around Fashion and Style Professional. I can help you with your personal image from clothing to makeup because I also have another business I do on the side called Arbonne.
Is there anything else we should know about you?
I am under 5 ft tall; I am a boulderer; I am eloping this summer somewhere in Europe; I have worked at Fresh Collective for three years.
Dress: Resort Dress by Diane Kroe $250.00. Necklace: (worn as a bracelet) Curious Oddities $45.00.

Dress: Resort Dress by Diane Kroe $250.00. Necklace: (worn as a bracelet) Curious Oddities $45.00.

Style Profile – Carrianne Leung

Our Style Profile series is where we feature some of our fabulous outfits in real life, on real women. In the third edition of our style profile series, Carrieanne lets us in on her life, her thoughts on style, and how she rocks her favourite Fresh Collective pieces.

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Name: Carrianne Leung

Occupation: Academic, Student Support Services, Business Owner, Writer, Mother.

Age: in the wilds of the mid-40s

Lifestyle: fast mo/slow mo/fast mo/slow….

 

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Carrianne is wearing The Andy Dress by Rita DiCesare, Now $96.00; Amelia Boots by Miz Mooz, $160.80; Necklace by Curious Oddities, now $35.20!

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

If I can get my kid and myself out the door in time, both of us clean, dressed, fed and with lunch in hand by 8:45 AM, then the hardest part of the day is over.

What in your life is really important to you?

My family.

Social justice.

Inspiration.

Laughing so hard until I double over and my stomach hurts.

What would you like to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered for being generous – with time, spirit, love and friendship (even money when I have it!)

What role does fashion play in your life?

I have always loved fashion. I grew up in the 80s with the likes of Cyndi Lauper as a style influence, so I appreciate a particular whimsy in clothes. I was also a Goth for 5 minutes in the 90s and will always have a love for the melancholic fashion statement. In other words, I have range.

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Beaconsfield dress Address Apparel, now $90.00, Amelia Boots now $160.80

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? 

Where do I start? I am sure that at least half of my wardrobe comes from Fresh Collective designers. Being a 40 something woman who must juggle multiple roles – I work at OCAD university, I co-own an organic grocery store, I have a 6-year old kid, I just got a novel published and will be doing many readings – I need clothes that can fit all these scenes. The pieces that I get from Fresh are able to do that for me.  I love the colour, the prints, the amazing cuts and shapes of the clothes and how well they are made.  They are also classic in an unconventional sense – they outlast the other 5-minute trends in fashion and still come off as very current years after purchase. I also love that they are made and designed in Canada.

What else do you have going on in your life?

I just launched my first novel. It’s called, “The Wondrous Woo“, and can be found on bookshelves at your local book store as well as Amazon.

I also have an organic grocery called Multiple Organics on Dundas West. We are “fresh” too!

 

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Mandala Design Snake Print Slit Neck Dress in Turquoise now $76.80, Amelia Boots now $160.80

 

Style Profile – Melanie

Our Style Profile series is where we feature some of our fabulous outfits in real life, on real women. In the second edition of our style profile series, Melanie lets us in on her life, her thoughts on style, and how she rocks her favourite Fresh Collective pieces.

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Name: Melanie
Occupation: Educational Developer
Age: Old enough to know what I want
Lifestyle: Never a dull moment

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Melanie is wearing the Carlaw Dress by Address Apparel: Now at 40% off it’s $78 (normally $130!) The cute shoes featured in all the images are Melanie’s own!

Typical day: Flies by quick, except on weekends 🙂

What in your life is important to you: Family, every member of it, and including friends who are pseudo family.

What would you like to be remembered for: Being there for people when they need me.

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Dory Dot Dress by Mandala Design; Now at 20% off it’s $110.40 (regular price was $138)

What role does fashion play in your life: It’s a part of my personality.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective: The clothes of course! The people who work there are also lovely.

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Stella Sweater Dress by Paper People Clothing; regular price was $169, now at 40% off it’s $101.40!

Style Profile – Laura-Jean Bernhardson

Our Style Profile series is where we feature some of our fabulous outfits in real life, on real women. In the first of our style profile series, our CEO Laura-Jean talks about what she wore to a Rock’n’Roll show at Lee’s Palace.

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What to wear: Rock’n’roll show at Lee’s Palace

My husband, Steve Singh, worked with Brendan Canning for about 2 years on his new album You Gots 2 Chill (my favourite album title of all time!) and finally it’s done and the tour has started.  Steve is a music producer and all around musical genius.  The only instrument he can’t play is cello.  He also plays with Ron Hawkins in the Do Good Assassins as well as with several other partners on various projects.  Ok, like he is just awesome.

Their big kick off gig was at Lee’s Palace, and I had to deal with the what to wear dilemma.  I texted Joe, the leader at at Fresh Collective Roncesvalles, and said I needed a dress for a rock show and I’d be there in half an hour.

When I got there, I was skeptical when he pulled out the striped tunic from Studio Fresh, but he insisted, “It’s rock ‘n’ roll!”  and showed the jewellery he had selected – two bracelets from Burfurtart’s Ch-ch-chains collection and rings from Curious Oddities.

Yeah, ok, I got it.  Joe got me out of my pretty dress comfort zone and got me thinking like an “I’m with the band” babe.

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The outfit:  A-Symetry Tunic by Studio Fresh; $159; Look at me Spanx leggings, $80, Curious Oddities rings, $25, BurfurtART Ch-Ch-Ch-Chains bracelets, $65 each, Amelia boots, $268.

All available at Fresh Collective.

What I loved about this outfit, aside from how great, effortless and cool it looked, was the versatility.  I could wear the tunic to work, with a pencil skirt, with skinny jeans, belted or not.  Both bracelets convert into necklaces with an extender.  Each piece I got will be a great long term building block of my wardrobe.

I did dark red nails and lipstick, a messy ponytail and black eyeliner on top only.  Easy.

PhotoGrid_1384709308004-1Since my husband was on stage, I needed a date or two.  I called up my wogging partner/ex-boyfriend from 1993/ current lawyer, David Shiller, and my business partner at my other business (Rowanwood Daycare), Annie Chan, and we prepared to party the night away.

Oh, what’s wogging you ask?  It’s something I invented which is half-walking, half jogging and I force David to do it with me in the wee hours of the morning.  He grumbles and whines but I think he secretly loves it.

And, oh, ok, enough about me.  What was the show like?  Freakin’ awesome!  The band rocked!  Special guest stars galore!  I hung out backstage and got free beer!  I danced!  I stayed out past 2 am!

I saw old pals like Kevin Drew (who introduced me to my husband in 1998 – thanks Kev!) and Ron Hawkins as well as met new friends like the other-worldly voiced guest singer Daniela Gesundheit from Snowblink and the amazing Lisa Lobsinger.

This band is incredible.  Buy the album.  Go see the shows.  Check out all my pics from the show!  This is the future of music.

XO

-LJ