Style Profile – Fab & 40 + Edition: Alexis Nicols

Name: Alexis Nicols
Occupation: Mom, Professional Writer, Blogger, Actor
Age: 41
Lifestyle: A total Glam-Bot with sweatpant sensibilities

Kensington Aline Dress in Navy Tropical Floral by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I rise with the sun in quiet contemplation and perform a sun salutation. Then I make a nutritious breakfast for my husband and two boys that usually includes granola, quinoa and fibre clusters.

 

Posey Print Harriet Tee by Toronto label Mandala; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

After thanking me for feeding both their bodies and their minds, the kids get dressed without being told to do so (no tantrums here!) and then we all sing Raffi in the car on the way to school.

 

I spend the rest of the day feeling calm and centred while I clean, cook and read books about how to be a better mom and wife.

 

Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

I’m totally kidding, none of that happens (except the singing. Because Raffi.). In reality, there is no “typical”. It’s a fast-paced melange of caffeine, “the best I can” parenting, and hustling to find my next gig.

 

Classic Top in Teal by Montreal’s Cherry Bobin; White Garden Print Callie Flared Skirt by Toronto label Mandala (also available in Turquoise); Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

My sink is always half full, my boys are louder than a T-Rex riding a jumbo jet and just as tidy. My days are crazy and unpredictable and I love it.

What in your life is really important to you?My boys. Being the best parent and partner that I can be. I’d also list integrity. There’s not enough of it these days.

 

Owls Print Rosie Dress by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being a good mom. Not even amazing, just good. And really kind. There also seems to be a shortage of kindness.

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I wear what I feel. I’m pretty transparent that way. Fashion is my armour, it’s how I express myself. Fashion is also therapy. If I’m feeling low, an awesome dress or killer heels can lift me up (literally!).

 

Kensington Aline Dress in Navy Tropical Floral by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the unexpected. I’m inspired by the colours, textures and silhouettes. I love how the staff get excited about the clothing and the designers. They push me out of my comfort zone – and into some really gorgeous pieces.

 

Posey Print Harriet Tee by Toronto label Mandala; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

You’ve had to face some pretty tough changes in your life recently. Could you tell us a bit about that?

This past year was really challenging. I lost my job of 16 years, then lost my home in a fire a month later. I used to be one of those people who were grounded by their routine and thrived on predictability. StepUp Banner

 

Then, in one fell swoop, I lost everything (well, not the most important things. Thankfully, my family and I were on vacation at the time and no one was hurt.) I realized that I had an opportunity to start over and pursue avenues that I hadn’t had time for because I was so busy playing it safe.

 

Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

I became a contributor to a parenting blog. I took up acting again. I returned to jewelry-making. I signed up for yoga classes and started pursuing a freelance writing career. I’ve met some incredible people and developed valuable contacts, networks and mentors.

 

Playing it “safe” failed, so why not take a chance?

 

Classic Top in Teal by Montreal’s Cherry Bobin; White Garden Print Callie Flared Skirt by Toronto label Mandala (also available in Turquoise); Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

What do you have that you want to promote?

For sage parenting wisdom (and some humorous tidbits from yours truly) check out urbansuburbanmommy.com If you’re wondering how this awesome freelance writer can step into your head and help your business, visit alexisnicolswrites.com.

 

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

Getting back into my newly-built home is at the top of my list. I’m looking forward to barbecues and getting back into my own bed. In the long view, I’m co-raising two awesome little humans who hopefully won’t be too busy getting into trouble to give their mama some hugs.

 

Professionally, I can’t predict the future, but I have every faith that my next adventure will be rewarding and fulfilling.

 

Owls Print Rosie Dress by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

When you’re feeling particularly daunted by challenges, where do you find your energy and motivation?

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In terms of my own energy, I practice WAY more self-care than I used to. I do a lot of yoga (which I’m actually terrible at, but I stick to it because I can’t quit another gym), I lost 30 pounds this past year, and I constantly search for ways to feed my creativity.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Instagram: nicolsalexis

 

Facebook: alexis.nicols

 

Twitter: @Urminov

Style Profile – Fab & 40 + Edition: Katrina Herrndorf

Name: Katrina Herrndorf
Occupation: Owner/Designer – Red Fred Design
Age: 48
Lifestyle: Married to Neil with one son, Fred, and a Bernese Mountain Dog, Jack

Vagues Dress by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Crossbody purse by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

What’s a typical day like for you?

Have breakfast with my son and then he leaves for school; walk Jack through High Park; do errands on Roncesvalles; go home and start my work day, which involves doing graphics, architectural drawings, and sourcing furniture and finishes. Three days a week I go to Sama for yoga in the morning as well.

Bicycle Print Lexi Dress by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Crossbody purse by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

What in your life is really important to you?

My family, my friends, my neighbourhood, art & design, and book club (which has very little to do with books ;) ).

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My sense of humour, my creativity, and my organizational skills.

Bike Toronto Tank Top in Navy by Vancouver label Ole Originals; Blue Stripe Tania Cardigan by Montreal designer MelowHandmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

What role does fashion play in your life?

Even though I work from home, I like to dress up every day.

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Black Simpleton Dress 17 by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Tangerine Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse (also available in Raspberry) by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that it is in my hood and that it supports Canadian designers who produce creative, funky and quality garments and accessories. The staff is always friendly and helpful. The inventory is always changing so it is always a treat to pop in and see what’s new.

Multicolour Paint Print Vivette Tee by Toronto-based label Mandala; Black Anie Flard Skirt by Quebec’s MOOVment Design; Blue Sylvia Tote by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

What do you have that you want to promote?

My business, Red Fred Design, is unique in that I design graphics as well as interiors. I have had the opportunity to do both for some of my clients. It is great to create a strong beautiful brand and take it through the graphic platform all the way to the architectural space.

Vagues Dress by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Crossbody purse by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

I have a Bachelor of Architecture and have taken several design courses. I am resourceful, organized and creative – a real “Jill of all design trades”.

Bicycle Print Lexi Dress by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Crossbody purse by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

What inspired you to start your own business?

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In my early twenties I had a cake and dessert company as well as I made and sold hats. Before Red Fred Design I had a company called Bowhaus where I manufactured funky dog crates.

Bike Toronto Tank Top in Navy by Vancouver label Ole Originals; Blue Stripe Tania Cardigan by Montreal designer MelowHandmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse (also available in Orange) by by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

After that I went back to school for various design courses. I started Red Fred Design when my son was little doing interiors, graphics and upholstery.

Black Simpleton Dress 17 by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Tangerine Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse (also available in Raspberry) by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

I love my balance of life – being a mother & wife, walking the dog through High Park and the neighbourhood everyday, friends, yoga and all my varied design work.

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Multicolour Paint Print Vivette Tee by Toronto-based label Mandala; Black Anie Flard Skirt by Quebec’s MOOVment Design; Blue Sylvia Tote by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I love to dance and I am a Netflix junkie!

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On Facebook & Instagram

Style Profile: Fab & 40 + Edition- Jennifer Prince

Name: Jennifer Prince
Occupation: Wedding Sales, Art Gallery of Ontario
Age: 45 (Whoa. How did I get here already?)
Lifestyle:  Busy. Time for work; time for play.  And all things in between.

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Anemone Tunic and Umbellula Scarf from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima;  Arabella Jacket from Montreal label Soia & Kyo

What’s a typical day like for you?

No such thing! (Except my morning coffee). The event and wedding industry is constantly evolving and changing.  I never know what the next phone call or email will bring.  I also volunteer for large scale events and am involved in different associations that keep me busy too.

 

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Julia Tunic Owl Print from Toronto fashion label Desserts & Skirts; Bag from Canadian brand Pixie Mood; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Clara Vest from Montreal fashion label Schwiing

What in your life is really important to you?

My family and friends; especially my husband and tiny Chihuahua (who is our baby, really).

I strive to have a great mix of work and life that includes time for just me.

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Lilian Drapey Vest from Canadian label Soia & Kyo; Bag from Canadian brand Pixie Mood; Cold Shoulder Top in Black from Toronto label Brenda Beddome. Necklace handmade by Curious Oddities

What would you like to be remembered for?

Being authentic to myself and others. That includes being true to every side of me; from being passionate about cheese, to loving jazz music, to being a good friend and mentor, to being great in my job.

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Halter folded top from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome; Bag from Canadian brand Pixie Mood; Slanted A-Line Skirt from Toronto label Studio FreshNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio; Jean Jacket from Montreal brand Yoga Jeans 

What role does fashion play in your life?

The vast amount of clothing and accessories I have is a clear indication of my love affair / obsession with fashion.  I actually find shopping a near-religious experience. My style changes daily by my mood and what event I’m attending.  

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More than a Wrap Dress from Toronto label It Fitz Me

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The unique styles of clothing that are so one-of-a-kind. I love the different designers who are local and Canadian. You can have a true relationship with the people who make your clothes! I do!

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Cold Shoulder Top in Black from Toronto label Brenda Beddome. Necklace handmade by Curious Oddities

How did you get into wedding planning?

It was an evolution of being in the hospitality industry. I went from hotels to restaurants to events and catering and fell in love (no pun intended) with weddings.

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Julia Tunic Owl Print from Toronto fashion label Desserts & Skirts; Bag from Canadian brand Pixie Mood; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Clara Vest from Montreal fashion label Schwiing

What is your favourite part about planning weddings at the AGO?

It’s just the most amazing experience to be able to host weddings surrounded by such famous and beautiful works of art.

We have a fair bit of creative license to work within the Gallery to produce exceptional events for our clients.

And we have amazing support services we work alongside with, including our in-house culinary team, banquet department, guest services, protection services, audio visual and so much more!

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Anemone Tunic and Umbellula Scarf from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima

What do you have that you want to promote? 

I have been involved in volunteering my event planning skills and experience for large scale events since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. I was fortunate to also volunteer for the Pan Am Games and now I’m looking forward to my role in volunteering for the Invictus Games this September.  

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Halter folded top from Toronto designer Brenda BeddomeSlanted A-Line Skirt from Toronto label Studio FreshNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio; Jean Jacket from Montreal brand Yoga Jeans 

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram

Twitter (for AGO events)

Pinterest

Twitter (for weddings)

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More than a Wrap Dress from Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

 

Style Profile: Fab & 40+ Edition- Cecilia Moorcroft

Name: Cecilia Moorcroft
Occupation: Clutter Fucker
Age: I’m a Taurus, May 3rd, 1972!
Lifestyle: Spiritually Adventurous

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Dania Tunic from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts currently out of stock. Shop all current tunics here. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

What’s a typical day like for you?

As an entrepreneur I’m not sure any of my days are typical but they all start with meditation with my sweetie and end with “playing bees” with my sweetie (we are a middle aged couple with no children or pets so we have stuffed bees instead).  

(For context: A pic of Cecilia and her partner with their bees!) 

In between I spend most my working time running my online clutter clearing program called “Fuck Clutter” which means a lot of time on facebook, on coaching calls and making videos. My fun time is spent walking with friends, singing with choir!choir!choir! and cooking yummy food.

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Celeste Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design

What in your life is really important to you?

Meditation, my partner, my Fuck Clutter clients, not being perfect, always growing and connecting. Oh also singing with choir!choir!choir! and FUN!

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Dress from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd out of stock- shop more dresses here. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

What would you like to be remembered for?

My compassion, my humour, my support and the lasting change I’ve helped to create in people’s lives. I also feel like I haven’t yet done the thing I’ll be remembered for.

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Alissa Cardigan from Montreal label MOOVment Design, Paralomis Top from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Skirt from Toronto label Mandala Design sold out. View current skirts here.

What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion plays an emerging role. I’ve been shy about fashion in the past but I’m starting to realize that I can have my own “look” that makes me feel comfortable and confident.

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Dress from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd out of stock- shop more dresses here. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that the designers are local. I had a beloved skirt from Fresh Collective rip and I contacted the designer and she fixed it for me. It ended up getting several variations of the same skirt because I loved it so much.

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Dania Tunic from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts currently out of stock. Shop all current tunics here. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

How did you get involved with clutter coaching?

I used to work at a new age bookstore called Wonderworks where I read a book called Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. It inspired me to clear my own clutter and then to study Feng Shui and help others. I’ve been helping people clear clutter for 14 years which is amazing to me.

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Alissa Cardigan from Montreal label MOOVment Design, Paralomis Top from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Skirt from Toronto label Mandala Design sold out. View current skirts here.

What do you hope to accomplish with the creatives and entrepreneurs that you have been helping de-clutter?

I love working with creatives and entrepreneurs on clearing their clutter because when they fully engage the process things begin to move dramatically. I’ve had writers get book deals, I’ve had musicians quit their day jobs to tour full time.

Clutter clearing is about so much more than just clearing your physical space especially if you work for yourself. You can use your clutter clearing process as a catalyst for change in your life. It’s a lot more fun than just throwing stuff out. It’s MAGIC!

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Celeste Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

What do you have that you want to promote?  

I run an online program called Fuck Clutter! It’s still in the beta stages but we’ve just started a three month Fuck Clutter Club and it’s going really well. YAY!

Where can people find you on social media?

My personal profile: https://www.facebook.com/Cecilia.Space

If you want to get on the Clutter Fucking train come and join us here. I post weekly videos and I’ll be running a free 2 week challenge later this year: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1382069481827022/

 

 

Style Profile: Fab & 40+ Edition – Liza Chalaidopoulos-Isaacs

Name: Liza Chalaidopoulos-Isaacs
Occupation: Content marketing and digital strategist
Age: Fabulously 40+
Lifestyle: Corporate meets creative

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Debbie Skirt (Bee Print) from Toronto label Mandala Design; Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top from Montreal’s MOOVMent Design; Real Flower Necklace by Love, Montreal (available in-store only)

What’s a typical day like for you?

Between my amazing day job, my volunteer positions at a company Employee Resource Group and at AMA Toronto, my husband, two fur babies, seeing friends, and my (very active) social media presence, my days are always action-packed!

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Viviane Dress in Hawaii Print from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace handmade in Toronto by Torched Studio; Purse from Jeanne Lottie

What in your life is really important to you?

Enjoy the time you have doing the things you love.

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Lexi Dress (bicycle print) from Toronto label Studio Fresh 

What would you like to be remembered for?

Besides being strong and sassy, my signature red hair and bold fashion choices.

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Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean; Framed Feather necklace made in Ontario from Curious Oddities; Blondie Shorts from Montreal label Annie 50.

What role does fashion play in your life?

I don’t take fashion too seriously. I love wearing bright colours, mixing patterns, pairing unexpected colours together, and sky-high heels.

Some call it taking fashion risks, I call it telling the world I’m here!

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Cher Peasant Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that you sell clothing and accessories from local designers!

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Debbie Skirt (Bee Print) from Toronto label Mandala Design; Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top from Montreal’s MOOVMent Design; Real Flower Necklace by Love, Montreal (available in-store only)

What do you have that you want to promote?  

I’m on the Board of AMA Toronto, a not-for-profit marketing organization that helps individual marketers learn (through informational events and online resources), grow (through our mentorship program), and connect (through networking events).

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Cher Peasant Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design

It’s 100% volunteer-run, and we’re always looking for companies to partner with so we can continue to offer great events to our members.

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Viviane Dress in Hawaii Print from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace handmade in Toronto by Torched Studio; Purse from Jeanne Lottie

Where can people find you on social media? Everywhere!

Instagram

Twitter

LinkedIn

Facebook

Snapchat: @lizapoulos

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Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean; Framed Feather necklace made in Ontario from Curious Oddities; Blondie Shorts from Montreal label Annie 50.

 

 

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Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Tanja Juric

Name: Tanja Juric
Occupation: University Professor
Age: 44
Lifestyle: Active

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Alexie Short Sleeve top from MOOVment Design (in-store only); Denim Skirt with Front Pockets from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART

What’s a typical day like for you?

Most days I’m up by 630am.  I let out the dog, have breakfast with my kids (prepared for us by my husband) and then we all rush out the door together by 7am.  

Upon arriving at work, I conduct a lecture, lead a seminar, meet with students during office hours and then I’m back home (after a long commute on transit!) to make dinner, go to the gym and spend the rest of the evening enjoying my family, marking and/or preparing for the next day.  

On days that I work from home I spend the day doing research, writing, marking and all of the above – but in my pjs!

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Habana Tunic from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd

What in your life is really important to you?

My family.  My community.  And making things happen for both.

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Vogue Dress from Montreal label Cherry Bobin; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima

What would you like to be remembered for?

My ridiculousness.  If I can make people forget themselves and feel rejuvenated by putting myself out there, then I’ll do it!

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Pineapple Tunic by Toronto brand The Candi Factory; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART

What role does fashion play in your life?

The clothes we wear tell a story about us – the mood we are in, the role we are playing (or aspire to play).

It reveals a bit about our character and helps us connect – and even inspire – one another.  

I am attracted to bold colours, prints and cheeky tailoring – clothes that have fun, or make a statement, rather than fade into the background.  

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Kim Convertible Backpack from Pixie Mood; June Dress from Montreal label Schwiing

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The variety, and that they are made by Canadian designers.  I love knowing that by shopping there I am supporting a Canadian industry – seeing Canadian stories come to life.  

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Alexie Short Sleeve top from MOOVment Design (in-store only); Denim Skirt with Front Pockets from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Universal Cardigan from Toronto label It Fitz Me

What sparked your love for Canadian designers?

I love the sensibility of Canadian designers – quite often using sustainable fabrics, with cuts that are flattering and infinitely wearable.

 As I am more able to invest in a wardrobe, I find myself again and again drawn to Canadian fashion.  It just makes so much sense!  And I feel good buying, wearing and promoting it.

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Habana Tunic from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd

What was your favourite outfit of the shoot?

I loved the black and white tunic with the coral and green geometric print.  It has a great 80s punk vibe about it that is so much fun.  I might have to go back and buy it.

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Kim Convertible Backpack from Pixie Mood; June Dress from Montreal label Schwiing

What do you have that you want to promote? 

I am on the governance committee of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, which is an initiative that is trying to protect the diversity of Parkdale by redefining how land is used and developed.  

Check us out online http://www.pnlt.ca/ , or attend one of our many community events.  You’ll be impressed by what a group of individuals who love their community can do.  It’ll make you fall in love with this city all over again, and be hopeful about our future together.  

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Pineapple Tunic by Toronto brand The Candi Factory; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART

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Style Profile- Fab & 40 + Edition: Gillian Clinton

Name:  Gillian Clinton
Occupation:  Information Specialist
Age:  57
Lifestyle:  Self-indulgent / march to my own drummer

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Jean Jacket and Jeans from Yoga Jeans; Cotton Scarf (this design sold out but see other variations here); Sailor Bow Tee from Cameleon

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

There are no typical days which is what I love about my life.  My clients include corporate and academic institutions; I sometimes work from home and sometimes from a client’s workspace; I definitely don’t do rush hour!

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Blue Sweater from Cameleon; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Alissa Sweater from MOOVment Design; Denim Skirt with Front Pockets from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

What in your life is really important to you?

That has certainly changed over the years.  These days relationships with family, friends, colleagues and professional associations are much more important.  The other two things that are important to me are reading and travel.

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Ornella Jacket from Canadian label Soia & KyoMidi Skirt in Bird Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts; Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean

What would you like to be remembered for?

People remember my Mum for being helpful, kind and dependable; I’d like to be remembered as positively as she is.

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Julia Tunic Cockatoo Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts

What role does fashion play in your life?

Gives my daughter something to roll her eyes at!

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Lilian Drapey Vest from Canadian label Soia & Kyo; Kim Convertible Backpack from Pixie Mood (This colour sold out, see current available colours here.)

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The clothes are comfortable, easy to care for and I loved the help in putting items together.  I’ve been telling everyone about it.

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Jean Jacket and Jeans from Yoga Jeans; Cotton Scarf (this design sold out but see other variations here); Sailor Bow Tee from Cameleon

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What outfit did you enjoy the most from your shoot?

Everything with purple.  And the outfits with blue. Okay, I can’t choose : )

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Blue Sweater from Cameleon; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Alissa Sweater from MOOVment Design; Denim Skirt with Front Pockets from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

You had all of these wonderful things happening this year: your information research biz for 25 years, your daughter turns 30 AND getting married… as well as you coming up to your 5th anniversary after your breast cancer diagnosis. What I want to know is how you find the time to do all that and be the wonderfully positive and energized gal that you are?

I’m flattered that you remember all the things I babbled about!  I have an incredibly supportive circle of family, friends and colleagues which everything much easier to deal with.

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Ornella Jacket from Canadian label Soia & KyoMidi Skirt in Bird Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts; Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean

What do you have that you want to promote?  

Clinton Research will have been in business for 25 years in April 2017 and it’s been a fun learning experience along the way.  

We provide information literacy workshops (how to find things online!) as well as background research, literature reviews and editorial services to academia, government organizations and private corporations and individuals in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Let me know if you would like a presentation to you local group or organization.    

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Julia Tunic Cockatoo Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts

Where can people find you on social media?

You can find out more about me and my business, Clinton Research, at http://www.clintonresearch.ca/, on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/clintonresearch and Twitter @clintonresearch

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Lilian Drapey Vest from Canadian label Soia & Kyo; Kim Convertible Backpack from Pixie Mood (This colour sold out, see current available colours here.)

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Style Profile: Fab & 40 + Edition – Kristie Osmond-Jones

Name: Kristie Osmond-Jones
Occupation: Chief Steward of a Local Union
Age: 43
Lifestyle: Constantly in Motion!

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Habana Tunic and Leggings from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What’s a typical day like for you?

I work days and some evenings, and sometimes both! Representing the members of my Local is a busy job!

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Paralomis Tunic from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART; East Coast West Coast Leggings from The Candi FactoryOrnella Coat from Soia & Kyo

What in your life is really important to you?

My kids! They are the best thing ever. My new husband is pretty great too! And of course my dogs!

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Celeste Dress from Mandala Design (only charcoal left); Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What would you like to be remembered for?

For being brave when it was scary. For making people laugh. For being a great mother.

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Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; Julia Tunic (Cockatoo Print) from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts


What role does fashion play in your life?

Since I have lost close to 100 lbs after having bariatric surgery last year, clothes are a lot less scary and I actually enjoy fashion now! It’s like being reunite with an old friend.

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Jacket from Studio Fresh (available in-store only), Alexie Top from Montreal label MOOVment DesignNecklace made in Toronto by burfurtART, Skirt (out of stock) by Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that the pieces are unique and that they support small business owners and entrepreneurs. Shopping local benefits everyone.

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Habana Tunic and Leggings from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What made you want to be one of our Style Profile Models?

Honestly, it was an effort to continue to be brave. There aren’t a lot of pictures of me in existence as I am much more comfortable out of view. So this was an attempt to be brave and put myself out there a bit.

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Paralomis Tunic from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART; East Coast West Coast Leggings from The Candi FactoryOrnella Coat from Soia & Kyo

 

What was your favourite outfit from your shoot?

I loved the grey dress that I initially put on backwards! It has pockets and I am for sure down with anything that has pockets.

SP5Celeste Dress from Mandala Design (only charcoal left); Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What do you have that you want to promote?

My union is involved in a campaign to raise awareness around the importance of Paramedics in our community.

They are highly trained medical professionals and play a vital role in healthcare in this country. Visit www.sendaparamedic.ca/ to learn more!!

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Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; Julia Tunic (Cockatoo Print) from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts


Where can people find you on social media?

Nowhere! I am not that fancy!

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Jacket from Studio Fresh (available in-store only), Alexie Top from Montreal label MOOVment DesignNecklace made in Toronto by burfurtART, Skirt (out of stock) by Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd.

 

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Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Esther Maier

Name: Esther Maier
Occupation: Professor, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics (Laurier)
Age: Old enough to know better, yet here I am!
Lifestyle: Harried!

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Sophie Dress from Toronto label Studio Fresh; Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

What’s a typical day like for you?

What’s a typical day? One of the things that I like about my work is that there is no typical day.

 

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Somebody to Love Dress by Montreal fashion label Annie 50;  Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

What in your life is really important to you?

My husband, my family and my dog!

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Teri top from Montreal label ArianneOrnella Drapey Spring Jacket from Montreal label Soia & Kyo, High Rise Ankle Jeans from Yoga Jeans, Bag from Pixie Mood

What would you like to be remembered for?

My shoes.

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What role does fashion play in your life?

I teach in a business school so I need to look the part. My tastes have always leaned toward a fun and funky style that still looks professional.

 

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Paralomis Slub Knit Tunic from Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima, Shrug from It Fitz Me; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love the relaxed at-home feeling in the Roncey store. No pressure and great music, not to mention the great clothes. Plus, I love supporting Canadian designers

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Sophie Dress from Toronto label Studio Fresh; Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

You’re a business school prof who researches creativity and innovation in organizations. What brought you to being interested in the creative aspect of organizations?

After working in the film and television industry for 15 years, I decided to   me in so many ways. It was hard to leave, but I decided to make creativity and innovation the focal point of my dissertation.

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Somebody to Love Dress by Montreal fashion label Annie 50;  Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

What do you have that you want to promote? 

Well, I’m a researcher so I’d like to promote a research project! If you’ve started your own creative business project, I’d love to speak with you!

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Teri top from Montreal label ArianneOrnella Drapey Spring Jacket from Montreal label Soia & Kyo, High Rise Ankle Jeans from Yoga Jeans, Bag from Pixie Mood

 

Where can people find you on social media?

I’m not all that active on social media, but have been known to post a dog photo or two on Facebook ;)  

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Paralomis Slub Knit Tunic from Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima, Shrug from It Fitz Me; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

 

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Ornella Drapey Spring Jacket from Montreal label Soia & Kyo

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Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Krisztina Szabó

Name: Krisztina Szabó
Occupation: Opera Singer & Voice Teacher at the University of Toronto
Age: 44

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Teri top in cream from Montreal label Arianne; Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; High Rise Ankle Jeans from Yoga Jeans; Purse from Pixie Mood

What’s a typical day like for you? 

I’ve got a very strange life, and there really isn’t much “typical” about it.  The only thing that is typical is that I wake up every day! 

If I am “on contract”, my day would likely include a rehearsal or two, maybe a costume fitting if I’m in an opera. 

If I’m at home, after I wake up, my husband hands me a coffee (very necessary, very appreciated!), we get our 11-year old daughter, Phoibe, out the door to school, I will teach a few lessons at the University of Toronto where I am a sessional voice teacher. 

Often, I am multi-tasking like a crazy person between teaching, performing and managing the family schedule! 

My daughter swims with the Toronto Swim Club and is now swimming 4 times a week, as well as taking piano lessons, so we are constantly on the go!

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Arabella from Soia & Kyo; Classic Pencil Skirt from Toronto label It Fitz Me; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

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What in your life is really important to you?  

My daughter is the most important person in my life.  If she is happy, then all is well in my world.

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Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer FukushimaTrinidad Dress from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd

What would you like to be remembered for? 

Kindness, sense of humour and a great work ethic.

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Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; Captain Sweater from Montreal fashion label Cameleon; Moto Pants from Brenda Beddome

What role does fashion play in your life? 

Fashion is quite important in my life.  As an opera singer, you have to have gowns for concert performances, “make a good impression” first day of rehearsal outfits, something splashy for an opening night outfit, but for rehearsing an opera, your director might have you rolling around on the ground, so you have to have more casual clothing. 

Being in the arts, the more you can make your wardrobe unique or funky or interesting, and put together, the better an impression you make. 

SP2Celeste Dress from Mandala Design (only charcoal left); Ornella Coat from Soia & Kyo; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? 

I love coming into Fresh Collective and seeing what great Canadian fashion designers are doing – I love the individuality and creativity of the clothes and the jewellery. 

And the staff are always so great – they help me put together outfits, give me honest feedback and point me toward the sale items. 

 SP7Arabella from Soia & Kyo; Classic Pencil Skirt from Toronto label It Fitz Me; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

How did you become a opera singer?  

I did an undergraduate degree in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario, but somewhere along the way, the performing bug bit me, and I decided to pursue it as a career, but I had absolutely NO clue as to what that entailed! 

I started off my performing training doing a post-graduate diploma in voice performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, then I was lucky enough to audition for and be accepted into the Canadian Opera Company’s young artist programme, and from then I have been performing professionally.. almost 20 years now!

SP9Teri top in cream from Montreal label Arianne; Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; High Rise Ankle Jeans from Yoga Jeans; Purse from Pixie Mood

 

What is your favourite song to sing?  

If we are talking about opera, I have to say that the aria “Quando m’en vo” from Puccini’s opera La bohème is a favourite, but if its just singing around the house, its anything by Adele!  

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 Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer FukushimaTrinidad Dress from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd

What do you have that you want to promote?

I’m doing several projects this spring – I’m débuting a new work by Gary Kulesha called “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf” with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, I’m soloist with the Ottawa Symphony (Mahler 2ndSymphony), the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener (Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis), Pax Christi Chorale, Toronto (Elgar’s The Apostles), Music of the Baroque, Chicago (Telemann The Day of Judgement), and the world première of a new opera by Aaron Gervais, Oksana G, with Tapestry Opera, Toronto.

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Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; Captain Sweater from Montreal fashion label Cameleon; Moto Pants from Brenda Beddome

Where can people find you on social media? 

I’m on Instagram and Twitter: @KSzabs72 and you can visit my website at www.krisztinaszabo.com

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Celeste Dress from Mandala Design (only charcoal left); Ornella Coat from Soia & Kyo; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

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