Style Profile: Joy Alma

Name: Joy Alma
Occupation: Home Visitor for Woodgreen Community Services
Parent Outreach Program
Age: 40
Lifestyle: Hectic

 

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

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

BUSY! As the working mom of a four year old with special needs and a two year old I never have enough minutes in the day.

 

Classic Top in Navy by Longueuil QC designer Cherry Bobin; Floral Print Liberty Pant by I Love Tyler Madison; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burtfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family, our friends and a sense of belonging in our community.

 

High Rise Skinny w/Wide Waistband in Overdye Black by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Toronto Neighbourhood Tee in Grey by Toronto label Candi Factory; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based label Curious Oddities

 

During your photoshoot, you mentioned that the older of your two little boys is autistic. What has this experience been like for you as a parent?

 

It’s challenging but I have learned how to be a champion advocate for my son.

 

Flamingos Pocket Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Kindness.

 

Nikki Dress in Black Wave Stripe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

What role does fashion play in your life?
Fashion desperately needs to play a role in my life.

 

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Everything I wear is covered in snot and sand.

 

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

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I enter the shop feeling like a frazzled mess and leave feeling stylish, comfortable and happy.

 

Flamingos Pocket Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory; Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Woodgreen’s Parent Outreach Program provides support for parents raising children with developmental delays.

 

Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress by Halifax one-woman operation Poison Pear; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burfurtART

 

What kind of help do you offer families through Woodgreen’s Parent Outreach Program?

 

We help families create activities that stimulate their child’s development, learn to focus on the positives, improve connections between home and school and connect with other parents who have been through similar experiences.

 

Classic Top in Navy by Longueuil QC designer Cherry Bobin; Floral Print Liberty Pant by I Love Tyler Madison; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burtfurtART

 

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For interested parents, who is eligible to participate?

 

Toronto-based parents of children with a developmental challenge between the ages of two and a half and twenty one.

 

High Rise Skinny w/Wide Waistband in Overdye Black by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Toronto Neighbourhood Tee in Grey by Toronto label Candi Factory; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based label Curious Oddities 

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

The Toronto Beaches are my favourite place in the whole world. You can usually find me here throwing rocks in the lake with my family.

 

Flamingos Pocket Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook and Instagram: @joycuddlyllama

 

Contact details for the parent outreach program at WoodGreen: http://www.woodgreen.com/ServiceDetail.aspx?id=208

 

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

 

Nikki Dress in Black Wave Stripe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Kristy Van Hoven

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

 

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

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

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

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

This could be a novel in and of itself :)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

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

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

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

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Instagram: @GuthrieSchoolofDance

 

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Style Profile: Liz Wanless

Name: Liz Wanless

Occupation: Organizing Consultant

Age: Ageless

Lifestyle: ‘Less is More’ when it comes to clothing and stuff we own. After living in Europe for four years, I learned to minimize clothing to only pieces I love and that I could carry in a suitcase!

 

Cycle Print Harriet Tee (also available in Plaid, Posey and Tulip print) by Toronto label Mandala; Crop Moto Pant in Olive (also available in Black) by North York designer Brenda Beddome

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Early morning start for yoga at Ashtanga Yoga of Toronto. Client organizing sessions start at 10am. Then by evening, I’m either with family and friends or at an improv theatre workshop at Bad Dog Theatre.

 

Square Top in Eggshell by Toronto label Studio Fresh; High Rise Skinny w/Wide Waistband in Overdye Black by Quebec label Yoga Jeans; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

The well-being and happiness of our grown up and wonderful kids. Connecting with friends and family. Heart-to-heart conversations.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Bringing joy to those closest to me.

 

Scalloped Hem A-line Dress in Navy by North York designer Brenda Beddome; Zenna 2-IN-1 Scarf/Cardigan in Rose by Canadian designers Soia and Kyo

 

Your job revolves around organizing people’s stuff, people’s lives. Could you tell us a bit about this unique line of work? Who are your clients?

 

Helping people organize their things truly grew out of a love of organizing. Also, over the last few years, I’ve really lived and embraced the benefits of minimalism.

 

Maddalena Skirt in Black with White Feathers by Montreal designer Cherry BobinJessica Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Blue Dusk, and Cardinal Red) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse in Nude (also available in Ocean) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Very often my clients are people who want to be organized and have been very organized at different times in their lives, but life has thrown a few curve balls and they now need an extra hand. Many of my clients are professionals. Most have kids.

 

All want a little more organization in their lives.

 

Bees Print Abby Dress in White/Black (also available in White/Navy) by Toronto label Mandala; Kim Convertible Backpack in Black (also available in Taupe and Blue) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I love dressing up. Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ inspires me. I see nothing wrong with eating French fries on the street in your favourite dress and pearls.

 

Cycle Print Harriet Tee (also available in Plaid, Posey and Tulip print) by Toronto label MandalaCrop Moto Pant in Olive (also available in Black) by North York designer Brenda Beddome

 

What do you generally look for in an outfit?

 

Simplicity and ease of movement. I like to not fuss with my clothes once I’m dressed. My days are always active, so I like a pulled together look with minimal accessories. I like strong lines and colours that need nothing else.

 

Square Top in Eggshell by Toronto label Studio FreshHigh Rise Skinny w/Wide Waistband in Overdye Black by Quebec label Yoga Jeans; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

For people who can’t afford to hire a professional organizer, what would be the most critical step(s) to take in getting your life organized and more manageable?

 

Clothing is the easiest place to start. Rather than looking into your closet, take absolutely everything out. All your clothing in your home, including out-of-season clothing. Then place into categories, meaning all t-shirts, jeans, dress pants, sweaters, dresses, skirts, work-out clothing etc.

 

Scalloped Hem A-line Dress in Navy by North York designer Brenda Beddome; Penguin Organizer in Taupe (also available in Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Once every single piece of your clothing is out and organized, start two piles – one to keep and the other to give away. Place the give-away clothing immediately in a large donation bag. You’ll be surprised how much easier it becomes to decide on the clothing you want to keep once everything is visible to you.

 

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Every single client I’ve had is always amazed at how much they have accumulated once all is out. The key is to focus on what you want to keep (as opposed to what you’re giving away).

 

Maddalena Skirt in Black with White Feathers by Montreal designer Cherry BobinJessica Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Blue Dusk, and Cardinal Red) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse in Nude (also available in Ocean) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

For more free tips on organizing, sign up for my newsletter at www.torontoorganizing.com

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that Fresh Collective is 100% Canadian!

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

 

The beauty of organizing and decluttering your clothing is that is will change your shopping habits.

 

Often we find ourselves buying identical or similar clothing pieces that we already have. It’s quite common to discover that you own have more basic white t-shirts or tanks that there are days in the week.

 

Bees Print Abby Dress in White/Black (also available in White/Navy) by Toronto label Mandala; Kim Convertible Backpack in Black (also available in Taupe and Blue) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Once you organize and declutter, you’ll be more aware of what you do own and will shop less but have more fun buying complimentary pieces to what you have! Say hello to that floral skirt or polka dot shoes that you’ve been eyeing.

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

Did I mention I cannot live without dark chocolate?

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

www.torontoorganizing.com

 

Facebook: @torontoorganizing

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Caroline Cook

Names: Caroline Cook and Swiss the dog

Occupation: Teacher/Paddler and Retired Hearing Dog Owner

Ages: 25 and 12 1/2

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

 

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

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Paddling and my retired Hearing Dog, Swiss.

 

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

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

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

 

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

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

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

 

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

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

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

 

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

 

Tell us a bit about your guide dog, Swiss!

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

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

 

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To donate click on the link to my walk page:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

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

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: caroline.cook.739

 

Instagram: 1sweet._.caroline

 

Style Profile – 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?

At the risk of sounding #blessed, my kids keep me motivated. It’s not about my own personal success or failure anymore – the stakes are high, but as long as their needs are met, I consider myself a success. banner1-border

 

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: Gillian Batcher

Name: Gillian Batcher
Occupation: Goldsmith
Age: 38
Lifestyle: Busy

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Bunny Top (in-store only) from Toronto label Studio FreshCropped Moto Pants from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome; Cuff handmade by Jon Klar

What’s a typical day like for you?

I have a few different types of days set up each week. One day a week I pick up supplies for my store or gemstones for my custom work all with my infant daughter in tow.

Another type of day consists of working in the store helping customers and making my own jewellery in between.

I try for one day per week to focus on my daughter and playdates with other moms and babies. And there are the day(s) where my husband and I spend family time with our daughter and dog amidst household errands.

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More Than A Wrap Dress from Toronto label It Fitz Me

What in your life is really important to you?

Everything in my life is important to me. I love my family dearly but I am also proud of my career and what I have been able to achieve as both an independent artist and as the owner of a larger business entity.

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Dress (in-store only) from Toronto label Brenda Beddome; Nanomia Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered as someone who created the environment around them that they wanted to exist. I wanted to work in a collaborative community in the arts that supported artistic development as well business development.

After completing a residency in the metal studio at Harbourfront Center I realized my vision wasn’t quite represented in the for profit business models I found, so I worked to turn my vision into a reality.

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Cold Shoulder Top from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome;  High Rise Skinny Jeans (in Marble) from Yoga Jeans

What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion allows me to express my creative identity in a highly visible way. I love all colours and am not shy about trying new and unusual things.

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Jacket  and Jeans from Yoga Jeans (designed and made in Montreal); Star Blouse (this print available only in-store, see other prints here) from Toronto label Mandala Design.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love to support Canadian designers and wear clothing that is ethically made. Supporting Canadian-made plays an important role in both sustaining and strengthening the creative economy at home.

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More Than A Wrap Dress from Toronto label It Fitz Me; Bag from Canadian label Pixie Mood

How did Jewel Envy come to be?

Jewel Envy was established in 2006 as a studio/boutique store located at Spadina and Adelaide.

After six years in this location it was at capacity for membership, classes, and had outgrown the retail space.

In the summer of 2012 I purchased this rundown rooming house that filled me with excitement, even though no one else wanted it, and began restoring the historical design elements while incorporating a modern aesthetic to the space.

After an intense three month renovation Jewel Envy relocated to Roncesvalles with over 2000 square feet of retail and studio space.

Jewel Envy is the only private studio in the city that has long term bench rental for professional goldsmiths, short term rentals, classes taught exclusively by the resident jewellers, and sells only work made by the resident goldsmiths.

It is also the best equipped private studio for goldsmiths in Toronto!

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Cold Shoulder Top from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome;  High Rise Skinny Jeans (in Marble) from Yoga Jeans; Ornella Jacket from Canadian label Soia & Kyo

What is your favorite part about being a Goldsmith?

I love using jewellery as the medium for expressing my ideas. Just as a painter uses a canvas, my work is about more than an accessory you wear- it is meant to tell a story. Some of those stories are about the human condition and are both personal and universal, while others are the personal stories of those that commission the pieces. I enjoy designing my own art pieces just as much as collaborating with others as jewellery is a wonderful medium to capture and convey emotion.

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Dress (in-store only) from Toronto label Brenda Beddome; Nanomia Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima

What do you have that you want to promote? 

Jewel Envy is launching some exciting features this spring.

The first to launch is our online shop which is live now.

The shop will feature special jewellery from our in-house goldsmiths that will be available for purchase online for a limited time.

These features will rotate and last for 1-2 months at a time. Our online shop is new and we are really excited about providing our customers with the opportunity to shop special collections from home.

The second launch will take place in May with specially curated exhibitions of work in the picture windows along Roncesvalles.

This exhibition space will change every couple months and will give the resident goldsmiths the opportunity to think beyond their work and incorporate their unique aesthetic into creative displays that highlight their amazing work.

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Bunny Top (in-store only) from Toronto label Studio FreshCropped Moto Pants from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome; Cuff handmade by Jon Klar

Where can people find you on social media?

Jewel Envy

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

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Style Profile – Before and After Series: Nancy Moore

Name: Nancy Moore

Occupation: Graphic Designer / Part Owner of Sign Shop, Seastar Images Inc. / Artist

Age: the ‘Sunny Side’ of 50!

Lifestyle: fun, casual and very occasionally formal

Nancy is our very first Before & After Style Profile participant! Here she is featuring the Pop Floral Print Shelly Slouch Dress from Mandala.

 

What’s something you’d like to incorporate more  of into your wardrobe?

My wardrobe right now is one word, comfortable. I would love to incorporate more style and colour. I would love my outfits to reflect who I am, FUN!

 

What got you interested in doing a Wardrobe Makeover with us? 

I feel like I was in a rut with my clothing choices and I was finding that I didn’t care much anymore.

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Most of us can probably recognize ourselves in these photos. When every day is stacked with all kinds of responsibilities and commitments, our efforts to be expressive with our wardrobe and our need to feel beautiful and confident often take a backseat in our busy lifestyles.

 

What is your “style rut” like?

I find that when choosing an outfit in the morning my number one priority is comfort.

Nancy has a big passion for life that keeps her busy with all kinds of activities. She found this lifestyle left her closet a little lacking, with super casual outfits being her go-to look on most days.

 

 

What was your favourite look we picked out for you?

Surprisingly, my favourite outfit, which I ended up taking home with me, is a very comfortable wrap-around dress. It is very colourful, just like me!

If comfort is your main priority but you’d really like to liven up your feminine side, wrap dresses (like this Black Floral Print Kensington Dress by FunkD) are the perfect fit for every figure. A very “safe” wardrobe option to be on the lookout for this summer!

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

My typical day includes feeding then walking my 3 Jack Russels in the morning and rushing into work. I spend a couple of hours on the computer and then help out in the work shop out back.

Nancy looked light and casual in this Light Denim Lakeview Wrap Dress by FunkD – a fun dress to mix up with different kinds of shoes!

 

I rarely have to install graphics anymore but I would still consider my job as physical. Every now and then we have lunch and learns and I meet with clients, these are my “dress up” days.

We noticed that Nancy seemed to be a fan of A-line skirts, so we thought she might really get a kick out of this adorable Telephone Denim Skirt by Desserts and Skirts!

 

After work I’m either meeting with friends for dinner, rushing to the soccer pitch (yes, I still play!) or trying to get home to finish painting the “masterpiece” I started the evening before :).  

Nancy was all class with a funky twist in this White & Navy Bees Print Abby Dress by Mandala. Also available in White & Black, it’s been a real hit this spring and there aren’t many left on the shelves! We thought the navy print really flattered her beautiful ash blonde hair.

 

What in your life is really important to you?

As I get older my priorities have changed. It used to be money but I’ve come to realize that whats important to me now are friends, family, moments and destinations.

 

What did you like best about your fashion transformation at Fresh Collective?

What did I like best? lol – OMG, I had so much fun! You can probably could tell by the photos. Who doesn’t want to be a model? 

During her Wardrobe Makeover, we suggested colourful pieces for Nancy that we found suited her vibrant personality, while still keeping mindful of the very crucial comfort factor. The light, flowy fit and stretch waist of the Magenta Pop Floral Peasant Dress by Mandala definitely passed the test. It also really brought out the glow of her light complexion!

 

I loved walking around the store (which is lovely, btw) with Laura-Jean after simply answering a few style/colour preference questions.

 

Laura-Jean pointed out what she thought some great options were, pieces that I would have not chosen for myself.

 

Ironically, she picked out my favourite outfit!

We knew the Black Floral Print Kensington Dress by FunkD would be the perfect choice for Nancy; its elaborate print gives it dazzling character, while it’s light and stretchy wrap style gives it the comfort of casual wear she can’t live without!

 

What colours / patterns do you tend to gravitate to?

I tend to gravitate to black but I’m getting better at introducing colour into my wardrobe. I tend to paint with the most vibrant colours but often wear drab clothing. I would like to look more fashion forward, fun and young. 

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I have learned to try it on before you make any decisions. Yes, I purchased a few ‘fun’ pieces that I will be incorporating into my wardrobe. Can’t wait until the weather gets nicer so I can wear my new duds.

This Pop Floral Shelly Slouch Dress by Mandala was a lovely match for Nancy’s cyan slingbacks! This piece wasn’t one of her first picks, but she couldn’t say “no” to trying it on!

 

Tell us about your artwork. Where do you find your inspiration? How long have you been painting?

 

I’ve been creative all of my life and I don’t think that its something you can turn on and off at will. I have been in shared and private art shows and been included in juried shows for over 15 years.

 

In that time my artistic style has transformed from realism to representative. I don’t set out to replicate an image but rather to convey a mood. I am inspired by the colours and patterns naturally occurring in the human form and in nature.

Visit my Facebook Page, Nancy L Moore or view my latest creations at nancymoore-artist.blogspot.com

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

 If you would like more information about my business then visit my website at seastarimages.com.

 

You’ve been the owner of your own business since 1997 (please correct this if I’m wrong). Could you describe your experience of growing a business? What have been some of your greatest challenges and/or rewards through the evolution of your business?

 

We HAVE been in business for 20 years now!! It’s been a roller coaster ride. When we started the business, Seastar Images Inc. it was nothing more than meetings and “lunch and learns”.

banner1-borderWe have had to evolve with the times and changing design trends. Through a mix of determination, hard work and awesome employees, we’ve grown into a great dedicated, professional business.

 

Check out our Facebook Page Seastar Images Inc. or view our website at seastarimages.com! I’m very proud of us. 

I have a few “art” events that haven’t been solidified yet, sadly. However, I do have a blog for my artwork, nancymoore-artist.blogspot.com if you would like to see the latest pieces that I have been working on.

 

Let’s have another look at some of these pieces!

 

Visit me at the Artist Project, Toronto – Feb. 2018! theartistproject.com

What brings you energy and motivation?

 

I get excited about colour and patterns and I get lost in time when I’m being creative. I love to see people’s reactions to my artwork and designs and I can’t wait to be creative again! I am very lucky to be were I am.

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m a great listener…Also, If you are coming over to my studio, always bring wine!

Here’s a gorgeous full-body shot of Nancy in the Magenta Pop Floral Cher Peasant Dress by Mandala! This was one of our favourite picks for her.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I try and post my most recent paintings and drawings on
Instagram: @moore_n

 

Facebook Page: Nancy L Moore, Artist

 

Facebook Page: Seastar Images Inc.
I’m also on Twitter, but I’m not that familiar with it… :(

Style Profile: Jenny Carr

Name: Jenny Carr
Occupation: Occupational Therapist/Mental Health Clinician/Mom/Runner
Age: Old enough to know you only get once to make a good first impression!
Lifestyle: Aspiring to be mindful but finding that practicalities take over that aspiration

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Kensington Dress Bike Print – from Toronto brand FunkD 

What’s a typical day like for you?

I am lucky in that I wake up each day with a “clean slate” type of mood, and am generally happy and optimistic.

My morning runs help me with this, and help me get myself and my kids up and out the door and ready for the day. I work full time providing counselling and therapy to families and clients who are trying to cope with psychiatric changes in later life.

By the time 5 rolls around I get out of my “work door” and back home, to make sure that home life gets attention again.

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Benedict Dress (Bird Print) from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts;  Framed Feather necklace made in Ontario from Curious Oddities; Nanomia Cropped Cardigan (Black) from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima.

What in your life is really important to you?

My kids! My family!

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Abby Dress- Bee Print White and Navy from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace handmade in Toronto by Torched Studio

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What would you like to be remembered for?

Funny jokes and high scrabble scores

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Kensington Dress (Black Floral Print) from Toronto brand FunkD 

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What role does fashion play in your life? 

Adds spice to every day living!
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 Shelly Slouch Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design; Jewellery from Toronto based Torched Studio

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love the surprises and inspirations that I find there- I like that I notice that I am smiling as I shop. The store is what Goldilocks liked- not too big, not too small, but juuuust right.

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Kensington Dress – from Toronto brand FunkD 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

I want to promote awareness of counselling and therapy for family caregivers of people who have dementia, through the Reitman Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital where I work. There are so many people who are affected by this disease, and there is still not a saturation of knowledge that there is help around figuring out how to cope with this immense responsibility that is often taken on not by choice but necessity.

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Benedict Dress (Bird Print) from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts;  Framed Feather necklace made in Ontario from Curious Oddities; Nanomia Cropped Cardigan (Black) from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima.

 

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Abby Dress- Bee Print White and Navy from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace handmade in Toronto by Torched Studio

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Kensington Dress (Black Floral Print) from Toronto brand FunkD 

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Style Profile: Marta Melinda Pap

Name: Marta Melinda Pap
Occupation: Holistic Health Practitioner, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher, Founder of AlternativeHealer.ca
Age: Getting younger each day
Lifestyle: Healthy, all about wellness and balance

Canada 150 Tank Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Blue Sylvia Tote by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood; White Maestro Bolero by St-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd (also available in Black and Bordeaux); Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What’s a typical day like for you?

My day usually starts with a morning meditation and yoga practice. Then I like to go for a nice walk, or jog with my dog, Daisy, by the lake. When I get back, I like to prepare a healthy breakfast, such as fruits with oatmeal, or a light sunny-side-up with avocado and tomato on a slim rice cake.

Once I feel great in my body & mind, I sit down to check my e-mails around 8:30 am. At 9:15, I get ready to see my clients. My office hours are from 10:00 am – 7:30 pm, and I tend to book up fully with appointments.

Bike Print Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Kim Convertible Backpack in Taupe (also available in Black) by Toronto-based designers Pixie MoodHandmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

Some days I’m on different projects, such as teaching office meditations in a downtown firm, or blessing a home or business somewhere in the GTA.

In the evenings, I like to wind down with a delicious dinner and enjoy it with one of my valued friends, or go out for a nice meal in one of the many wonderful restaurants in Toronto. I’m a bit of a foodie!

Black Canada Geese Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Toronto-based designers Pixie MoodHandmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

On Thursday and Friday I usually join friends or clients for various events, such as networking meet-ups, dancing, birthdays, business dinners, etc.

On the weekends, I tend to teach some self-healing classes/workshops, and besides that I like to make sure that I spend some time outdoors with my loved ones, connecting to Mother Earth. Activities that we enjoy are hiking, biking, swimming, skiing and sailing.

I’m all about a balanced life! :)

Pink Deco Print Henley Dress by Toronto-based label Mandala; Taupe/Cream Penguin Organizer (also available in Black) by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

What in your life is really important to you?

My health and overall well-being are most important to me. I used to suffer from depression, anxiety attacks and developed asthma in my previous career as an investment advisor. As a result, I needed to make changes in my lifestyle and work conditions to accommodate my health needs.

insta bannerMy mission in my current practice is to help other urban professionals deal with stress better, and to encourage them to live out their passions. Once you’re aligned with your higher purpose, everything falls into place.

Royal Blue Crepe Sleeveless Angle Hem Top (also available in Black and Ivory) by Toronto label It Fitz Me; Off White/Black Print Prada Cropped Skinny Jeans (also available in Black/Off White Print) by North York designer Brenda Beddome; Ocean Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse (also available in Nude) by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

Everything in life is energy; it surrounds us. My philosophy is that clearing any stagnancy and impurity in our physical, emotional, and energetic body (aura) can bring us closer to being fulfilled in all areas of our lives.

Many of my clients find my chakra (energy center) balancing treatments very helpful. After their sessions, they find success in their loves lives, careers and family relationships, with less stress and worry.

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Life is too short so we have to enjoy with the people we love and cherish!

Some of my friends and family still live in Europe, so I like to travel once a year at least in order to see them in the summer. Every time I go, I like to play an “explorer” and transfer through a city I haven’t yet seen.
Last year I spent a few days in Malaga, Spain; the year before Lisbon, Portugal and this year, I picked Prague, Czech Republic as my transfer destination. Looking forward to visiting the historical sites and local restaurants, shops.

Canada 150 Tank Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Blue Sylvia Tote by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood; White Maestro Bolero by St-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd (also available in Black and Bordeaux); Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What would you like to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered for doing good in the world and helping people heal. Having my natural gift as a healer and a medium, I’m grateful that I get to use it in my everyday life, and also encourage others to find their gifts in making this world a better place.

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My goal is to encourage people to live a better, more balanced healthy life. I really hope that my channeling, energetic clearings and life coaching can help people find more of an alignment through their unique qualities, as well as to use the law of attraction to find happiness and healing.

Bike Print Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Kim Convertible Backpack in Taupe (also available in Black) by Toronto-based designers Pixie MoodHandmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What role does fashion play in your life?

I love fashion and a great style! Coming from Eastern Europe, I even dress up to the grocery store. I feel it brings out my personality and feminine features.

My style is usually yoga attire in the morning, business casual in the afternoon, and classy/elegant for the evening. During the day it’s all about comfort (but still professional), while the evening is all about bringing out the beauty.

I tend to like classic, form-fitting, feminine lines; something that stays in fashion forever.
I try only to buy good-quality clothing, and ensure the makers produce it with less environmental harm. I always recycle my clothes through clothes swap party, or by bringing them to the women’s shelter.

Black Canada Geese Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Toronto-based designers Pixie MoodHandmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Fresh Collective is a wonderful store! They only have the best quality clothing and lasting style. I love that I can find many Canadian designer pieces here and that we support local talents.

I first heard from Fresh Collective from a business partner of mine, who was featured on the blog; she raved about the dress she purchased.

banner1-borderThe sales associates are also very helpful in picking the right outfit and even providing the right accessory recommendations from the many jewelry and purses they offer. I will most definitely return for more shopping. :)

Pink Deco Print Henley Dress by Toronto-based label Mandala; Taupe/Cream Penguin Organizer (also available in Black) by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

What do you have that you want to promote?

I always have a lot of wonderful events coming up that are listed on my website. Currently, I’m leading an Office Meditation series at the Spoke Club (my next session will take place on June 5th).

I also have monthly Reiki healing classes and Chakra workshops. I plan to host a “Summer Love” event at the Spoke Club patio at the end of June 2017, and a yoga/meditation retreat in mid-July. For more info, kindly email me or visit my website.

Royal Blue Crepe Sleeveless Angle Hem Top (also available in Black and Ivory) by Toronto label It Fitz Me; Off White/Black Print Prada Cropped Skinny Jeans (also available in Black/Off White Print) by North York designer Brenda Beddome; Ocean Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse (also available in Nude) by Toronto-based designers Pixie Mood

Is there anything else we should know about you?

Besides “communicating with spirits” and helping people heal, I live a pretty “normal life.” I love dancing salsa and I love design, whether it be in the form of clothing, art, or interior decorating.

 

I’m also very excited about my upcoming meditation CDs, as I’ve been working on some deep healing therapeutic tracks in the last few months. 

 

My dream is to open a retreat center and energy healing spa sometime soon, where people can go and rejuvenate their body, mind and spirit.

 

My motto is: the “Healing lies within.”

Where can people find you on social media?

www.alternativehealer.ca
www.facebook.com/alternativehealer
Instagram: @chakra.healer
Twitter: MartaHealer
LinkedIn: Marta Melinda Pap

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