Style Profile – Happy Healthy Edition: Kandice-Lee Doucette

Name: Kandice-Lee Doucette

Occupation: Epicure Consultant and Project Manager

Age: Getting younger as I get older!

Lifestyle: Say YES first, then figure it out! Being open to new ideas and new friends!

 

Posey Dress in Purple Bloom Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My mornings always start with hour of power, followed by an Epicure power hour!

 

I believe in grounding myself and then sharing the wonders of clean eating!

 

 

The rest of the day is taken up with managing projects with walks along the waterfront to renew. Evenings are full of events; giving complimentary cooking classes and Happy Healthy Women!

 

I love to share my time with new people and show them how quick and healthy Epicure can be!

 

Downtime for me is spending it with my partner; he and I go out for walks, go to movies and take road trips!

 

Viviane Dress in Teal/Green Watermark Print (also available in Plum/Olive, and other prints + colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Raspberry Margaret Clutch and Crossbody purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Sharing and enjoying time with my friends and family!

 

Cat Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would love to be remembered for my desire to share and help others, just like my Grandmother!

 

Alexie Cap Sleeve Top in Black (also available in Teal) by Quebec label MOOVment design; Midi Skirt in Olive Bird Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Tangerine Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse (also available in Raspberry) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion plays a big role in my life with confidence and comfort!

 

My fashion is a way to show the world I am here!

 

 

Mel Cowl Tee in Plum (also available in Marine, Black, Navy, Aqua and Port) by Toronto label Mandala; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio; Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

Fresh Collective is part of the #bethechange movement with a wonderful support system to encourage individuals to be themselves with Canadian designed clothes!

 

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They promote having fun and enjoying who you are!

 

Posey Dress in Purple Bloom Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What first fueled your desire to become an epicure consultant? What do you love most about the work you do?

 

Epicure provided me with an amazing opportunity to grow as a person and take control of my health! The community within Epicure is truly warm and supportive!

 

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They provide so much for me; it is truly priceless!

 

Friends, incentives, business support…I could go on and on!!

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Become an Epicure Consultant with me and help spread how easy a clean lifestyle can be!

 

If you are looking for change in your life and love food, please come check me out!

 

I would love to share the wealth Epicure has to offer with you!

 

Viviane Dress in Teal/Green Watermark Print (also available in Plum/Olive, and other prints + colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Raspberry Margaret Clutch and Crossbody purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Come join Epicure’s team as #bethechange by changing one plate at time!

 

Try out our business for 90 days! If you love it as much as I do, great! If you don’t, you can eat the kit!

 

The month of July has #epicsummer promo; get a summer kit for $99 and you can earn the rest of the kit within 30 days!

 

Cat Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Could you walk us through a typical cooking class? What types of meals do you teach clients to prepare?
A typical cooking class is less than 2 hours of just having fun in the kitchen!

 

The host and I are partners as we work out a meal plan and gather like-minded guests!

 

I would set it all up for the host and their guests, we cook a meal together and then everyone can taste all that we made together and shop the wonders that Epicure has to offer!!

 

Alexie Cap Sleeve Top in Black (also available in Teal) by Quebec label MOOVment design; Midi Skirt in Olive Bird Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Tangerine Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse (also available in Raspberry) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

We have many themes that the host can choose from their cooking class: Italian, Greek, Thai, Asian-inspired, Indian…and meals from our lifestyle program too! Everything is gluten-free and nut-free!

 

We can make a full meal: drink, side, main dish and a dessert!

 

As an example: Cucumber Citron Cocktail, Ultimate Asian Sauce for Coleslaw, Vegetable Pho Noodle Broth and Berry Dessert Bowl

 

Mel Cowl Tee in Plum (also available in Marine, Black, Navy, Aqua and Port) by Toronto label Mandala; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio; Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Is there anything in particular you think people ought to be more conscious of in their meal-planning and preparation?

Meal planning and controlling our portion sizes can be quite life-changing!

 

Take a few hours once a week to make a weekly meal plan, post it on the fridge for all to see, prep your veggies, protein, snacks and even cook a few meals (cook once eat twice)!

 

It helps with your time for the rest of week, it helps with stopping you from eating takeout and/or processed food, it can provide quality time for you and your family and it helps with portion control too!

 

We can help you with our recipes, programs and tips! Follow me for ideas!

 

Posey Dress in Purple Bloom Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

We are all multifaceted people. We should share our creative skills where and whenever we can!

 

Volunteer your time for a good cause that you can sink your teeth in!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: kandiceleefiredup

Instagram: kandiceleefiredup

Pinterest: kandiceleedouce

Website: https://kandiceleedoucette.epicure.com/en

Style Profile – Darou Wellness Edition: Shreya Batra

Name: Shreya Batra

Occupation: Naturopathic Medical Student, Daughter, Older sister

Age: 23

Lifestyle: Stay classy, not for others, but for yourself. Also, never forget that big mug of green tea!! 😉

 

Jessica Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, White and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Flower Cats Print by Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I spend most days in classes, but always take some time out for a quick workout, yummy food, time with friends, and of course, some Netflix. Over the weekend, I work at Darou Wellness and spend time with my family.

 

Swing Dress in Black (also available in Floral Tie Dye) by Toronto label Masha Apparel

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family and friends!! I am who I am because of them!

 

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being hardworking and following my dreams – hopefully being able to encourage others to do the same!

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I love everything about fashion! Clothes, jewelry, shoes!

 

 

Ever since I was able to talk, I’ve made sure my shoes match my outfits and my purses match my earrings. Although I love wearing my pajamas, at the end of the day, dressing up brings me so much joy and puts a smile on my face!

 

Marla Keyhole Shirt in Jade Chambray (also available in Purple, Lilac and Red!) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny w/Wide Waistband – Overdye Black – SWP1353 by Montreal label Yoga Jeans

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

Fresh Collective has such a welcoming environment. The staff know exactly how to help you and very kindly offer help and alternatives.

 

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Their clothes are trendy, fresh and unique in their own way. So many options that fit so so well!

 

 

Why should people consider the help of a naturopathic doctor? What are the benefits of this medical approach, in your opinion?

 

Naturopathic medicine has a very individualized medical approach. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) take into consideration a person’s medical history, family history, nutrition and lifestyle.

 

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By working together with other health care practitioners (MDs, physiotherapists, psychotherapists…etc), NDs strive to prevent and treat disease through a research-based, integrative approach, and empower + educate patients to take control of their health.

 

Jessica Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, White and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Flower Cats Print by Palette by Laura-Jean

 

NDs are trained medically with a focus in natural and less invasive treatments – such as clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, counselling and more. The benefits of working with a ND include finding the root cause of disease and regulating the process of disease rather than suppressing it.

 

Black Cat Heads Earrings by Squamish, BC label Birch Wood Studio; Laura Skirt in Flower Cats Print (close-up) by Palette by Laura-Jean

 

The basic foundation of Naturopathic medicine is disease prevention and health promotion which is something that should be emphasized more in the health care system.

 

Jessica Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, White and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Flower Cats print by Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What do you love about working at Darou Wellness and what drew you to this clinic in particular?

 

Darou Wellness isn’t just a clinic; it’s a community, family and support group. All the practitioners are very knowledgeable, understanding, and work very hard to provide the best possible health care. They all work in an professional and integrative manner to provide quality care to the entire family.

 

Swing Dress in Black (also available in Floral Tie Dye) by Toronto label Masha Apparel

 

The clinic has a focus in women and family health, which is something I have always been interested in. As a student, learning from such experienced practitioners is such a humbling experience and I’m very grateful to be a part of the team!

 

 

What is a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor comprised of?

 

The first visit to a Naturopathic doctor is relatively lengthy (approximately 75 minutes), with follow up visits anywhere between 45 and 30 minutes. This allows for the doctor to understand YOU; understand your medical/family history, lifestyle and perform a physical exam.

 

 

The doctor will provide a treatment plan to follow after consulting your medical history, lab results, and current health status. Treatments vary between counselling, nutrition/lifestyle support, supplement and/or herbal prescriptions, IV therapy, acupuncture and so much more! Empowering you to gain control over your health is priority!

 

Marla Keyhole Shirt in Jade Chambray (also available in Purple, Lilac and Red!) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny w/Wide Waistband – Overdye Black – SWP1353 by Montreal label Yoga Jeans

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

Along with my passion in women’s health, I love working with children, watching Disney movies, and on a Friday night you are likely to find me at a good restaurant!

 

 

What inspired you to pursue this career?
Naturopathic medicine has always been a part of my family, in multiple ways, in multiple generations. However, it wasn’t until I had the opportunity to take a course (during my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto) on integrative medicine and its benefits, that I really considered pursuing this as my profession.
After volunteering, shadowing, and doing some research, I knew that I needed to apply to the program.  I truly believe that every person is unique and needs to be treated on an individual basis, whether that be for disease prevention or treatment.
Similarly, finding the root cause of disease should always been the goal, rather than suppressing symptoms or temporarily finding a solution. Working in the health care field has always been my passion, and I know, for sure, that I’ve found the right profession!

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Amanda Leigh Smith

Name: Amanda Leigh Smith

Occupation: Mother, Singer, ESL teacher, Nursing/Maternity boutique

Age: 46

 

Matilda Keyhole Shirt in Wine Flutter Print (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Convertible Kim Backback in Blue by Markham label Pixie Mood; High Rise Skinny 30″ Inseam – Marble – SWP1550 by Montreal label Yoga Jeans

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Most mornings I roll out of bed at 5:30am and head straight to the kettle. I teach from home for a few hours. I’m mother to a 12-year-old so life tends go in whatever direction his takes him.

 

Tibouronia Tunic in Marsala (also available in Black) by Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My son, my family, my boyfriend Tim.

 

Posey Dress in Paisley Print (also available in many other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Making a difference, either as a mother, performer or teacher. I would like to think I’ve changed things for the better or improved someone’s day.

 

Swing Dress in Floral Tie Dye (also available in Black) by Toronto label Masha Apparel (new at Fresh Collective!); Summer Legging in Black by Montreal label Cameleon

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

In many ways I’m still just learning to embrace my post-baby shape. I’ve never been one to follow trends.

 

 

If I find a style I feel confident in I’ll wear it year after year. In my 20s I spent a lot of time and energy trying to hide my shape.

 

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Now in my 40s, I’m beginning to embrace it. I think that’s a gift motherhood gives to you. You gain an appreciation for your body after it’s performed this miracle.

 

Trinidad Dress in Black and Grey (also available in Ivory and Grey) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that the clothing is Canadian-made and has options that flatter curves. The staff know their stock well and will suggest something you may have missed the first time round.

 

Matilda Keyhole Shirt in Wine Flutter Print (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Convertible Kim Backback in Blue by Markham label Pixie Mood; High Rise Skinny 30″ Inseam – Marble – SWP1550 by Montreal label Yoga Jeans

 

What are your criteria for the perfect summer outfit?

 

Cool and comfortable. Flowy tops over skinny bottoms or floral dresses.

 

Tibouronia Tunic in Marsala (also available in Black) by Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Besides working at a maternity boutique, you’re also a singer and teacher! What is it like to have so much diversity in your professional life?

 

It has always been my philosophy to “do what you love.” When I was in my early 20s anything that wasn’t theatre was just a means to pay my rent.

 

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I feel very blessed to have found work in my 40s that fills my cup as much as theatre work does. Life never gets boring.

 

Posey Dress in Paisley Print (also available in many other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

How would you describe your relationship with music?

 

Singing is where I feel in touch with my authentic self. Singing with a group of people is therapy to me.

 

Swing Dress in Floral Tie Dye (also available in Black) by Toronto label Masha Apparel (new at Fresh Collective!); Summer Legging in Black by Montreal label Cameleon

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Come and see One for the Pot, a British Farce playing at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge July 26-August 12 and Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend August 16-Sept 2nd.

 

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If you’re pregnant and looking for beautiful boutique styles like Fresh Collective’s (but need room for a growing belly) check out www.evymama.ca

 

Trinidad Dress in Black and Grey (also available in Ivory and Grey) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

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: Jennifer Henderson

Name: Jennifer Henderson
Occupation: Birth and Postpartum Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist
Age: 43
Lifestyle: Always balancing work and home, and planning my next trip!

 

Lovely Dress in Black (also available in White) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Coleanthus Cardigan 3/4 Sleeve (also available in Black and Purple) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

For those of us who don’t know, what is a doula and why are more women hiring them?

 

The standard answer is that a doula provides physical, emotional and informational support to birthing women and families. I don’t do a lot of births anymore (unless it’s a referral) so I spend most of my time on postpartum support after moms get home from the hospital with their babies.

 

This could be anything from providing support about postpartum recovery, breastfeeding or bottle feeding support, newborn care instruction, and light household chores like baby laundry and preparing a meal.

 

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I also provide placenta encapsulation services, which are becoming more popular. I think more women are hiring doulas because there is a trend to have children at older ages than previously, and modern women who aren’t in the industry just are not around birth, so there’s mystery and some fear surrounding it.

 

Also, many people do not have family nearby. In the past, we lived in more tight-knit communities and new mothers had more support. For various reasons, things have changed. Doulas fill the gap in maternal care.

 

Rosie Dress in Owls Print (also available in Bunnies and Foxes) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I wake up around 7am and quickly check emails – I want to make sure I know as soon as possible if one of my clients has had a baby! I usually commit to being with a client once they are home from the hospital so I need to see if my schedule requires re-arranging.

 

My daughter is usually up and has climbed into my bed for snuggles, so after that we go downstairs and make breakfast. I unpack the dishwasher, have breakfast, help my daughter brush her teeth and comb her hair, make the bed, hop in the shower, pack her lunch and take her to school.

 

Then, if I’m working with a client, I’ll spend the day with them – helping them with breastfeeding, holding the baby while they take a shower, etc.

 

Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Navy Sahara Print (also available in other colours and patterns) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by  Torched Studio

 

If not, I work from home either publishing blog posts, updating the website, or perhaps networking with other professionals who can help me with my business. Somehow in between I’ll prep dinner and run errands. Then I pick up my daughter from school and take her to whatever after-school activity she’s in.

 

Then home, make dinner, eat, do homework, play games, put my daughter to bed, and have some time with my husband. Once a week I make time for getting together with my friends, so I am off the hook for the evening activities at home.

 

And it’s tough, but I do try to carve out a bit of “me” time each week (reading, exercising, getting a massage), but I’m not always successful at getting it in. It’s a question of balance!

 

Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top in Royal Blue (also available in other colours!) by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Maddalena Skirt in Black with White Feathers by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Alissa Sweater in Ivory by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

First and foremost is my family. Always. I actually take on a limited client roster because I need to ensure availability for my family. This works out very well for my clients, since I can give them 100% attention when I’m with them and I’m not worried about overlapping clients.

 

I also think having a support network is key. I’m so lucky to have a wonderful husband, amazing business partner, and great friends who are encouraging of what I do. This, in turn, allows me to help my clients better. Travel is another big thing for me. I love to discover new places and have new experiences.

 

Nikki Dress in Black Crepe (on sale now, and also available in Black Wave Stripe) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

What would you like to be remembered for?
I’d like people to remember me as someone who made a difference in people’s lives. Sometimes in my work, the most important thing I do is listen and hold space for people.

 

It seems small, but even a small bit of help can have a ripple outward and affect others. Also, to be remembered as a loving wife and mom, sister, daughter and friend.

 

Lovely Dress in Black (also available in White) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Coleanthus Cardigan 3/4 Sleeve (also available in Black and Purple) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

Interestingly, you have a background in finance! What inspired you to transition into this new and very different career path?

 

I’ve always had an interest in finance, and as a personal hobby I still find it fascinating. But it’s also a super competitive field that demands a lot.

 

After I had my daughter, I wasn’t comfortable working the kind of hours that were expected in my finance job (and I don’t think my boss was happy with it either). Someday I would love to marry the two so I can be a kind of “financial doula,” but I’m still trying to figure out how that would work.

 

Rosie Dress in Owls Print (also available in Bunnies and Foxes) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Strangely, I’ve never thought too much about fashion. I’m all about practicality when I’m at work. I dress business-casual when meeting a client for a consultation, but once I’m working with them, I’m in yoga pants and a t shirt.

 

When I’m not working, I have a weakness for Disney t-shirts. I love dresses because they’re a simple option – just throw it on and go. I don’t like anything too fussy but I like interesting jewelry pieces like necklaces and bracelets.

 

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And I love flat shoes – I couldn’t wear heels anymore after having a baby!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
So many things! First of all the quality of the clothing is great, and it’s Canadian-made. So you know it’s not “fast fashion” (which environmentally is a bit of a problem).

 

And the staff is amazing at recommending outfits. And the clothing is so comfortable. I’m obsessed with the owl dress I wore for this shoot.

 

Lovely Dress in Black (also available in White) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

What do you have that you want to promote?
At Doula Care Journey, we work from a compassionate place as we help growing families. We offer yoga, Hypnobirthing classes, birth and postpartum doula classes, and placenta encapsulation services!

 

We also work with a team of experts that we refer to, like chiropractors, naturopaths, lactation consultants, and photographers specializing in newborn and maternity photography, so we act as a concierge service for our clients as well. We help answer your questions and make people more confident during this important milestone in their life journey.

 

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You mention that you offer placenta encapsulation services. What sets your service apart from others?

 

One of the biggest differences is that we offer in home placenta encapsulation services, meaning the service is done in the clients home. This is important for so many reasons.

 

Many encapsulators will process in their own homes, meaning the placenta will be exposed to different microbes.

 

Also, since the process is unseen, you can’t really be sure what’s truly happening – is the area sanitized? Are other placentas being processed at the same time? What if there is a mix up?

 

Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Navy Sahara Print (also available in other colours and patterns) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by  Torched Studio

 

When the encapsulation is done in the client’s home, there is no doubt as to whose it is because clients transport the placenta themselves. Organ transport is a bit of a legal grey area in Ontario, so I don’t get involved with that either (imagine if I was pulled over by police or got into an accident and has a placenta discovered in my car!).

 

The other huge benefit is that being a postpartum doula, I can answer questions for clients while I’m there about the process and about postpartum care. I always offer my placenta clients a 15 minute q&a with me either before or after the placenta is done to help them with their newborn.

 

It’s a nice add-on that can only be done when I’m in the clients’ home. Placenta encapsulation is unregulated in Canada and so I hold myself up to a very high standard when I do the work and I am completely transparent about the process with clients.

 

Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top in Royal Blue (also available in other colours!) by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Maddalena Skirt in Black with White Feathers by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Alissa Sweater in Ivory by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

Why should women consider placenta encapsulation?
Anecdotal evidence suggests that new moms benefit from this service. They have said that it increases breast milk production (and brings their milk in faster).

 

They have reported increased energy levels, better quality sleep, and a calm state. Placenta consumption has been used to ward off postpartum depression and anxiety and help speed postpartum healing.

 

I would like to work with you / collaborate with your business! Are you looking for more helping hands at the moment?
We are always looking for good doulas to work with, but to be honest, we have a great team in place right now. My hope is that we can bring on some more doulas in 2018! But if you have a complimentary business, let’s chat!

 

Nikki Dress in Black Crepe (on sale now, and also available in Black Wave Stripe) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; More than a Shrug in White Mesh (also available in other styles!) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I am a trained holistic practitioner (reiki, Thai Yoga Massage, and reflexology) and I am also a certified yoga teacher. I love teaching all kinds of yoga and have taught everything from mom & baby to seniors chair yoga.

 

I love Disney movies. I sometimes get financial planning questions from clients when I’m working as their doula. 🙂

 

Where can people find you on social media?
Website: doulacarejourney.com
Facebook: doulacarejourney
Twitter: @DCJToronto
Pinterest: doulacj

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Sheila Soares

Name: Sheila Soares
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter, former Elementary Teacher for 13 years in Toronto, currently also working in Administration for NewRoads Automotive Group
Age: Excited to be 50!
Lifestyle: Music Mom Sleep Repeat

 

Anie Flard Skirt by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Vivette Tee in Pink Deco Print (also available in other prints and designs!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Besides my day job working for NewRoads and caring for my eleven year old son, I try to find time to practice singing each day – easier some days than others! Sunday nights are my writing nights as often as possible – this has yielded everything from complete songs in one night to a few sketches of possible future ideas. I call it the Sunday Night Write.

 

C’est Comme Ca Pullover by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis; Whale Leggings by Halifax label Poison Pear; Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse in Ocean (also available in Nude) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

My philosophy of life, though, is to strive for balance, so I also try to find time to take a de-stressing walk, socialize at a music event, or just relax with a nice Cab Sauv!

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My son always takes priority. Relationships of all kinds are next. This is vital. I need alone time balanced with social time. Being grateful for being here.

 

Lakeview Wrap Dress – Dark Denim by Toronto label FunkD; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

For being kind and caring. And funny. I’m often hilarious. Or I think I am. Mostly I’d like to be remembered for being me, flaws and all. And for the passion for the music.

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

The opportunity to take some time with an outfit or get dressed up is something I really enjoy when it presents itself. I’ve always loved clothes. I think I get that from my mom.

 

Budget often dictates a simple, classic look, but I will try to have something colourful or different to wear now and then just to keep it more interesting.

 

Posey Dress in Purple Bloom Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that it’s Canadian, local, and caters to such a wide range of clientele. The clothes are creative without being impossible to wear. The staff are especially great! I will be coming back often!

 

You are a jazz vocalist and songwriter, but you used to work as a school (music) teacher! Could you tell us a bit about how you decided to make the transition and focus more on your own work as a musician?

 

Unfortunately I was pretty ill for a couple of years and was left with some lasting effects. I found teaching had become too stressful and the workload overwhelming given that experience. So, I left. But, the entire time I was sick, I kept on singing. At times that was difficult and downright painful, but it kept me going.

 

Black Floral Print Kensington Dress by FunkD

 

Once I left teaching, I started attending the Girls Night Out Jazz Jam run by Lisa Particelli. It’s now every Wednesday at 120 Diner. It’s an open, welcoming place that caters to singers (and gentlemen are welcome too!).

 

I have sung my whole life, but it was time to start doing it solo. That led to becoming part of the wonderful jazz community here in Toronto.

 

I treat it almost like going back to school. I listen and learn and try to work with others to learn more as well. I was 47 when I finally wrote my first song!

 

Anie Flard Skirt by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Vivette Tee in Pink Deco Print (also available in other prints and designs!) by Toronto label Mandala; Denim Sara Flip Skirt in Blue (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

How would you describe your relationship with music? What attracts you to jazz in particular?

 

Music is part of who I am. It was innate from a very young age. I grew up with piano lessons and sang all the time. However, I always felt drawn to a teaching career, which I finally started after a brief flirtation with Radio Broadcasting and Banking.

 

I somehow didn’t perceive myself as someone who could make a living as a musician, so I didn’t follow that path. But the music was always there.

 

Whale Leggings by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

C’est Comme Ca Pullover by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis; Whale Leggings by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

Jazz is community and democracy in action. I love that it’s a shared experience for the performers as we take turns through a piece of music. I love the improvisational, creative aspects of it.

 

C’est Comme Ca Pullover by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis

 

Here in Toronto, the jazz musicians are so supportive of each other regardless of your stage of development with it. As long as you’re sincere and aware of the need to always learn more, it works. And, of course, it swings man!

 

Lakeview Wrap Dress – Dark Denim by Toronto label FunkD; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

As a songwriter, in what do you find your inspiration?

 

I guess I’m typical in that I write what I know. (Is that why I have written so many heartbreaking love songs??) I’m a lyricist first, but almost as soon as I start to write a line I also start to hear a melody. I like to try different genres although jazz is my preference. Lately I’ve leaned into some country/folk which is great for storytelling.

 

Black Floral Print Kensington Dress by FunkD

 

I’ve also tried the beginnings of co-writing and have started moving into more issue based topics as well as love songs. I try to attend a monthly songwriters meeting so I can be inspired by other writers. I also get really inspired going to see friends perform.

 

I would love other people to cover my songs! Sometimes hearing them become real is even more exciting than singing them myself!

 

Posey Dress in Purple Bloom Print (also available in other colours and prints!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Many people have liked my latest demo, which is not jazz at all.

 

I recently recorded a demo of a jazz ballad I wrote called Forever Blue. It’s available on Bandcamp and I created a video on YouTube.

 

I have a seasonal tune on iTunes.

 

My website is https://sheilasoaresmusic.com/

 

Vivette Tee in Pink Deco Print (also available in other prints and designs!) by Toronto label Mandala; Denim Sara Flip Skirt in Blue (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala

 

Where can we find samples of your work?

 

More songs on SoundCloud

 

Or YouTube

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Vocal Horizons Chamber Choir website (Sheila Soares as soprano)

 

Also check out the Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC) website!

 

Follow me on Twitter

 

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

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Wendy Hammond

Name: Wendy Hammond
Occupation: Real estate broker & sales representative, Page & Percival Realty Services Inc.
Age: 46
Lifestyle: Entrepreneur and mother of two, with a dash of adventure on the side

 

Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART; Black Pailey Saddle Crossbody Bag by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What is a typical day like for you?
The only constant is that there is no typical day in real estate! My mornings usually start off similarly, but after that anything goes.

 

Usually, I wake up with the rest of my family, enjoy a cup of coffee and help to get them out the door. I work from both my home and my office in Bloor West, so I don’t have the time constraints that the rest of my family does.

 

Dress by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Raspberry Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

After I walk my youngest daughter to school, I either do yoga, work out or take our dog to High Park for a walk. After that my day is filled with agent open houses, showings, prepping listings, market research, marketing, client communication and the million other moving parts that real estate entails!

 

Fizz Dress in Blue (also available in Purple) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

In the evenings, I am either working, spending time with my family or enjoying a night out with friends, soaking in this fantastic city. Weekends are spent working as well as spending time with my partner, David, my 2 daughters and our friends.

 

We love taking advantage of what the city has to offer and also taking off to cottage country when our schedules allow.

 

Daiquiri Cami in Black (also available in White, Bordeaux and Bicycle Print) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd; Sam Pant in Forest Green Tropical Print by Toronto label Mandala; Raspberry Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?
Balance! Real estate can be all encompassing, so after 17 years in the business I try very hard to balance all the different aspects of my life.

 

I love my job, my clients and my family and friends – it is very important to me that I am at my best, not frazzled or overwhelmed, so that I can be present to listen to their needs and respond accordingly. I also love spending time dabbling in home decor, being active outdoors and travelling.

 

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

 

What would you like to be remembered for?
For making a valuable contribution in every aspect of my life – as a mother, partner, friend, athlete & real estate agent. Oh…and for seeing the world!

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?
I love it!! I have always loved fashion…shopping is one of my favourite pastimes :). I have a particular fetish for handbags, maxi dresses, sunglasses and shoes, but let’s face it, I can rationalize anything!

 

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I walked away from this photo shoot with the 70’s-style Rose dress that I am wearing – so cute! I also love home fashion – I really think that what you wear and how you decorate your home is a great way to reflect your personality.

 

Dress by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Raspberry Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
What’s not to love?? I live in Roncesvalles so having a great clothing store within walking distance of my house is ideal (and a little dangerous), but I also love supporting the local businesses and Canadian fashion designers. The range of clothes and accessories that they carry is amazing – there is definitely something that will appeal to everyone.

 

As a realtor, what do you love most about the work you do?
I know it sounds cliched, but I really do love dealing with people. It is very satisfying successfully navigating clients through the purchase or sale of their most valuable asset.

 

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It can be an extremely stressful and emotional experience, so as an agent you are often wearing several hats – trusted advisor, mediator, confidante and therapist – I love that part of it and also that no deal is ever the same, the market is constantly changing so you always have to be at the top of your game. I also get quite a rush from the negotiation and putting a successful deal together!

 

Fizz Dress in Blue (also available in Purple) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

What do you have that you want to promote?
I am an experienced real estate agent who lives and works in the community and specializes in the west end of Toronto. I work at Page & Percival, a small boutique brokerage which focuses on providing an exemplary client experience. I am extremely client focused and dedicated to ensuring that every client’s real estate experience is a positive one.

 

Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART; Black Pailey Saddle Crossbody Bag by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

On top of that, for a long time I have wanted to combine my love of the west end, home decor and real estate into a community based blog, which focuses specifically on the west end Toronto lifestyle. I am excited to announce that ‘Westside Storeys’ will be launching this fall, so stay tuned!

 

Daiquiri Cami in Black (also available in White, Bordeaux and Bicycle Print) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd; Sam Pant in Forest Green Tropical Print by Toronto label Mandala; Raspberry Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

Do you have any advice for prospective first-time home owners or existing home owners in Toronto who are looking to buy/sell their home yet don’t feel ready to take the plunge?
Honestly the best time to buy or sell your home is when you are ready – try not to be too swayed by the media or your friends and family. They mean well, but ultimately the decision is yours and if you feel ready, take the plunge!

 

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

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?
I am very approachable and happy to help, so if you ever have any questions you need answered you can feel free to contact me, no strings attached.

 

Where can people find you on social media?
E-mail: wendy@pageandpercival.com
Facebook: Wendy Hammond
Instagram: @westsidetoronto_realtor
Linkedin: Wendy Hammond
Tumblr: Westside Storeys
Website: www.pageandpercival.com

Style Profile: Kelly Swartz

Name: Kelly Swartz

Occupation: Holistic Health Coach & Erotic Expert

Age: I tend to forget! But, mid 30s, I think.

Lifestyle: Hectic, chaotic and fun!

 

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

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

There is no typical day for me. I have two very young children/ dragons that more or less mandate my life.

 

I try to have fun time with both of them, with myself (so essential!), work out a few times a week (so necessary), be with the love of my life (in non-exhaustion mode), write, work on my blog, work with clients, research, cook…

 

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So a typical day for me tends to be a very early morning wake-up and passing out while reading in bed at night, cuddling with my husband, with a lot in between.

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

The unexpected surprises that life gifts me. Originality. Fresh Produce! (Really! Growing up in Mexico I am very pampered with my fruits and veggies)

 

My family, the one I’ve created. My family, the one I was born into. My family, the non-blood relatives that some call friends.

 

Turquoise Garden Print Peony Dress (also available in White Garden Print) by Toronto label Mandala

 

Books! They have always been a refuge and an inspiration.

 

Music! What is life without it?

 

My work. I love helping people, watch them transform into healthier, happier beings.

 

Sex! Yes please!

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Leaving the world slightly better than how I found it.

 

Laughter. Being an eccentric. Helping others. Creativity.

 

Bike Print Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I believe clothes are disguises, costumes. You can be different people by wearing assorted styles of clothes. It allows you to explore different aspects of yourself.

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The colours and style options. The people who work there are fantastic! The first time I was at a Fresh Collective was a few weeks after I had my second baby.

 

Nothing fit and I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. I had a family event coming up and I wanted to feel somewhat decent. The Makeover, patience and care I had from the stylist was so nurturing.

 

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

 

Even in our progressive Canadian society, some women still treat topics dealing with sex and eroticism as a big taboo, or at the very least as a low priority in their lives. Why would you encourage them to think differently about discovering (or re-discovering) their sexual selves?
Great question!

 

Our sexual selves are something we rarely speak about unless it is in regards to fertility, to the Other (as in, how others find us sexually attractive or even, how good we are in bed!), or in the context of violence (being assaulted, or how to avoid it).

 

Turquoise Garden Print Peony Dress (also available in White Garden Print) by Toronto label Mandala

 

We rarely, if at all, have the space or permission to think about ourselves as sexual beings in our own selves.

 

We are so busy being perfect for ourselves, for our jobs, for our partners and children, that we tend to forget who we are in many different areas, especially our sexual portion.

 

Bike Print Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I am a Health Coach and Erotic Expert.

 

I work one-on-one with clients who want to be healthier in all aspects of their lives: in their food habits, sleep habits, workspace, relationships, dealing with milestones, etc. I emphasize the erotic self as a mode of self-discovery and self-pleasure.

 

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I help people lose weight or gain weight, kick a sugar addiction, deal with chronic illness, learn how to eat healthy and yummy on a budget. I do pantry makeovers and teach how to cook and even how to shop!

 

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

 

I believe we all have within us the perfect ingredients in order to be the best selves we can be, but sometimes we need external help to bring those ingredients out and to find the correct ‘recipe’ to become our best version.

 

I also have a program in which I work one-on-one to help discover and define your erotic self. It is an unusual program since most people who deal with sex want to do it with a partner.

 

The kind of work I do is just you. You become the mirror to your own erotic self.

 

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

 

I also teach parents how to feed their baby with the baby-led-feeding method. By giving baby nourishing food, the whole family can change their eating habits and become a more wholesome and healthier family.

 

I also give workshops in many different topics that range from “Baby Led Weaning”, “Sex During Pregnancy and Post Partum” to “Self-Seduction”, etc.

 

What are some more specific examples of how you’ve helped people as a holistic health coach and erotic expert? Can I come to you if I’m suffering from poor body image, or going through a divorce? Can I come with my partner for a session of sexual counseling?

 

I have helped women who have very young children. They have gone through an unimaginable change in their life and lifestyle. Their bodies (if they were birth mothers) have gone through an incredible amount of fluctuation in size and hormones in a very condensed time.

 

They have turned from looking within to looking without all the time. Taking care of others becomes their modus vivendi and it is incredibly hard for them to realize how much they need to take care of themselves too!

 

Bike Print Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

I have helped people in their twenties (both men and women) discover who they are in a sexual and erotic sense, by themselves, so they could then go out into the world and find sexual partners that would nurture them.

 

I have helped humans who have been in long-term relationships and need to re-define their sexual selves. I have helped people who have never really asked themselves how they would like to be treated in bed.

 

I have helped some lovely humans who are going through very rough times, be it infertility, loss, loneliness, weight gain, body image issues, depression or anxiety. I have helped some who are going through milestones: engagement, pregnancy, life-changes.

 

You’re a wife, mother, seasoned traveler and have worn many different hats! What drew you from your previous paths towards becoming an erotic and holistic health coach? What do you love about the work you do?

 

I have! I love the work I do because it lets me help people in a way that I had been doing for a long time, but in a more structured manner. I love how each client helps me grow as a Health Coach & Erotic Expert as well as a person.

 

Charcoal Bird Print Midi Skirt (also available in other prints and colours!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Jessica Tee in Cardinal Red (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in White, Black and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean

 

I love hearing stories and having some impact on the outcome of the narrative. I am never bored and that is amazing.

 

I also am very grateful for the freedom this job gives me, being my own boss makes me create my own schedule, so I can spend time with my dragons. It also means I need to push myself in order to get things done!

 

I believe that all the different hats and different things I have done in my life have nurtured me with experiences in order to be a great Health Coach & Erotic Expert.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I’m AwokenBeauty everywhere! Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

I also have a Newsletter you can sign up to on my website.

 

And this is my website: https://awokenbeauty.com/

 

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Sheri Pavlović

Name: Sheri Pavlović

Occupation: Refashionista & Sustainable Stylista

Age: 43

 

Lifestyle: A kick-ass DIY eco-fashion upcycling warrior who firmly believes that fabulous, affordable, unique style can be achieved by anyone without supporting the growing phenomenon of cheap, unethically produced “fast fashion”.

 

Cat Leggings in Black / Grey (also available in Grey / Blue) by Halifax label Poision Pear (new at Fresh Collective!)

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Organizational skills are this DIY diva’s best friend.

 

Original sleeveless top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis (available in stores only); Basic Wax Pants in Black (also available in Military Green) by I love Tyler Madison

 

In order to provide groovy new tutorials and content 5 days/week on my Confessions of a Refashionista blog as well as create videos for my channel, source daily DIYs for my Refashion Nation blog, design the next book(s) in my ongoing series, keep up with my social media, online groups, workshops and e-mails I work 10-15 hours per day, 7 days per week.

 

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

 

Juggling what to create, where to shoot, how to edit and write and when to publish each fab new post is definitely a challenge that requires more than a bit of behind the scenes coordination.

 

Daiquiri Cami in Black (also available in White, Bordeaux and Bicycle Print) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My ambition to inform and influence others to step away from unethically (& immorally) produced products is the driving force that motivates me to continue providing fabulous free eco-fashion/accessory/decor tutorials, ethical outfit inspiration and helpful tips on my Confessions of a Refashionista & Refashion Nation blogs as well as contributing and sharing my creative skills throughout the online maker world.

 

Peony Dress in Turquoise Garden Print (also available in White) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Inspiring others to embrace and create their own unique sustainable style. Refashioning has absolutely changed the way I see the world in general.

 

Cat Leggings in Black / Grey (also available in Grey / Blue) by Halifax label Poision Pear (new at Fresh Collective!)

 

It was the catalyst that caused me to transform my habits, research and care about how my potential purchases are made, live sustainably and encourage others to do the same.

 

Original sleeveless top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis (available in stores only); Basic Wax Pants in Black (also available in Military Green) by I love Tyler Madison

 

You’ve just returned to Canada after more than 20 years of living abroad, including Japan, England, Greece and Germany! How did this adventure begin?

 

With a very lucky modelling contract.

 

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I then spent the next 2 decades living and working in 4 different countries in the DIY, Fashion, Publishing & Entertainment industries thanks to my huge aspirations, massive imagination, strong work ethic and wanderlust.

 

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

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

(Re)fashion IS my life.

 

We were super excited to have Sheri show off some of her re-fashioned pieces!

 

 

What do you love about Fresh Collective?

 

Fresh Collective is a fabulous platform for independent Canadian designers to showcase their ethically-produced garments as well as providing a stylish, affordable alternative for those wanting to step away from fast fashion.

 

Daiquiri Cami in Black (also available in White, Bordeaux and Bicycle Print) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

To date I have authored 11 self-produced DIY lifestyle books and am the quirky DIY diva behind the popular blog and channel Confessions of a Refashionista, the fabulously crafty corner of the internet packed with over 1000 ethical fashion articles and step-by-step upcycling tutorials for everything from groovy clothing & accessories for the whole family to funky home decor (in both photographic and video formats) + a healthy dose of thrifty style inspiration!

 

 

Head on over and discover how to get started creating your own unique sustainable style!

 

Peony Dress in Turquoise Garden Print (also available in White) by Toronto label Mandala

 

Where do you find the inspiration for your unique designs and outfits?

 

For over 20 years I not only travelled but actually lived and worked throughout the world, discovered and adapted to a variety of cultures and learned new languages and skills which has given me a wealth of creative and inspirational life experiences to draw upon.

 

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Sometimes I’m on the hunt for the perfect ingredients to recreate a style I’ve spied and love and other times I just look at a pre-loved find and instantly have an idea (or 3) for what I want to refashion it into.

 

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

 

What’s something you look forward to in the future?

 

I’m currently on the hunt for a producer for my Confessions of a Refashionista makeover show as well as a publisher for my DIY sustainable lifestyle book to help me take my ethically sustainable affordable upcycled style message to the masses!

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: @ConfessionsofaRefashionista
Instagram: @refashionistasheri
Twitter: @SheriPavlovic
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