Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Danielle Saint-Onge

Name: Danielle Saint-Onge

Occupation: Teacher and Executive Functioning Coach

Age: 35

Lifestyle: Active

 

Teri Reversible Tank Top in Sapphire (also available in White and Crimson!) by Canadian label Arianne; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Taupe (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Forest Green) by Markham label Pixie Mood; The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

We start early in our house. I generally try and hit the alarm for 5:45 am so that I can squeeze a morning work-out in, before coming home and assembling the troops for school. My husband is also a teacher, so everyone is out the door by 7:45 am.

 

 

I work full-time as a teacher librarian/ kindergarten music teacher (that’s my day job) and spend either my evenings at home with my five-year-old twins, or running my private coaching practice for kids and families with executive functioning difficulties. So a typical day has me out from about 6:00 am-7:00 pm.

 

It’s super busy, but always dynamic!

 

Dania Tunic in Fall Floral (also available in Midnight Blue, Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Kim Convertible Backpack in Ash Plum (also available in Forest Green, Navy, Taupe and Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

I’m all about connections. My goal is to continuously help support building connections with those around me. Whether I’m connecting with myself through self-care (ie. exercising, walking, reading), or connecting with my students at work, or building relationships with my friends and family.

 

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I believe that happiness is something you cultivate and actively construct for yourself and my pathways are all to build happiness in my own life and in the lives of those I live and work with.

 

Dania Tunic in Fall Floral (also available in Midnight Blue, Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Kim Convertible Backpack in Ash Plum (also available in Forest Green, Navy, Taupe and Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Having two young kids doesn’t leave me with a ton of time to get ready in the morning (or a huge budget!). But I love that I can walk into Fresh Collective and the sales associates are always there to help me find pieces that represent me. I have been shopping at Fresh Collective for close to ten years now and I love the beauty of unique pieces.

 

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I still remember the first time I bought a piece at FC. I was with my sister shopping for clothes for my first teaching job. I was slated to teach full-time at a kindergarten and wanted a dress that would inspire me and make me feel like Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. Laura-Jean’s Fresh Baked Goods fashion line at the time had the most amazing dresses and I immediately fell in love.

 

Dania Tunic in Cranberry (also available in Fall Floral, Midnight Blue and Charcoal) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

Since then, I’ve made it a back to school tradition of buying some key pieces to kick off the new school season. I don’t actively keep up with fashion blogs, nor do I have time to leaf through fashion magazines, but I do value beautiful things and putting on a fashion piece from FC (whether from this season, or many seasons ago) makes me feel fantastic.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Navy by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Jeans with 30″ Inseam in Shark (also available in Raisin) by Yoga Jeans; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

How has Fresh Collective shaped your life?

 

FC was my first introduction to local hand-made goods. It felt so powerful to be able to meet and connect with the artisans who had made something that I found beautiful and grew to cherish. Since discovering FC, I now make a point of going to the One of a Kind shows and seeking out the artists that I love at FC there as well, being able to connect to real people that have designed the clothes that I love to wear is an amazing experience.

 

Stelleri Top in Teal (also available in Black and Burgundy!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish BC label Birch Street Studio

 

I remember sitting in a restaurant with my daughter last year when I realized I was sitting across from clothing designer Jennifer Fukushima (one of my stand out favourites from FC!). I felt so star-struck, but managed at the end of lunch to amass the courage to go up to her and tell her how much I loved her clothes.

 

To be able to connect to artists through fashion is an amazing experience, and I’m so happy that FC helps me to do that!

 

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But FC has also helped me on my own personal health journeys too. It was after I read Laura-Jean’s fitness blog about doing Oonagh Duncan’s 28 Day transformation challenge that I decided to make the investment in myself as well.

 

Laura-Jean is a personal hero of mine, and I felt so strongly that if she had the courage to share her fitness journey, I would try it as well. And what a transformation it was! I spent a year working with Oonagh, redeveloping my relationship to food, exercise, but also to my own mind and body. I not only feel healthier and stronger, but I have so many more healthy tools that I can use to get through my day. And it all started with FC!

 

Dania Tunic in Fall Floral (also available in Midnight Blue, Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Kim Convertible Backpack in Ash Plum (also available in Forest Green, Navy, Taupe and Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What do you love most about your work as a teacher/librarian?

 

I am a huge reader, picture books, young adult books, graphic novels etc, and being able to inspire others to read is a very rewarding experience. I teach at a school of over 700 kids and the library represents one of our main community centres. I feel very privileged being able to work in a place that helps to build community and inspire creativity.

 

This past summer, we ran a reading competition for families at our school. The goal was to see how many books a family could collectively read. It was awesome! Our highest totals saw some families reading over 40 books!

 

I love being able to support accomplishments and being able to inspire learning and creativity, it’s an incredibly rewarding experience.

 

Teri Reversible Tank Top in Sapphire (also available in White and Crimson!) by Canadian label Arianne; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Taupe (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Forest Green) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What is the most crucial thing in your go-to fall outfit?

 

Colour! I love wearing black, but I love combining colours and patterns. I always try to pair a solid with some type of colourful pattern, whether it’s through the addition of a favourite scarf, earrings, or a new set of glasses!

 

I’m also all over layering. This weather goes from cold to hot in the course of a day, so having some beautiful scarves, or boleros, or light sweaters allows me to stay in summer clothing through most of the fall. Also, investing in amazing tights/ leggings is an absolute necessity!

 

Teri Reversible Tank Top in Sapphire (also available in White and Crimson!) by Canadian label Arianne; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Taupe (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Forest Green) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

You’re a music teacher and librarian, but you also work as an Executive Functioning Coach for kids and families. Tell us about your work and what led you down this path!

 

Having spent the past ten years working as a teacher (with many report cards written) it became increasingly apparent that many kids were struggling with the Learning Skills section on the report card.

 

This is the section that deals with organization, being responsible, impulse control, task initiation, etc. A lot of what we tend to refer to as “soft skills”. But what the research on the brain shows, is that actually these skills are all located in the same part of the brain, and they are foundational skills that set the stage for higher order thinking and learning.

 

Dania Tunic in Cranberry (also available in Fall Floral, Midnight Blue and Charcoal) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

My job as a coach is to help families and kids identify and hone in on developing the specific skills and building blocks that are weakest through a wide range of activities and exercises, so that kids can experience the type of academic and social success they deserve.

 

Dania Tunic in Cranberry (also available in Fall Floral, Midnight Blue and Charcoal) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

I feel so passionate about helping to connect kids and families to concrete tools and activities that they can use to help build capacity. So my coaching practice allows me to work one on one to develop personalized plans and programs that enable kids to succeed.

 

So often we look at the tip of the iceberg (the academic achievement), failing to realize that what lies under the water (our Executive Functioning Skills) really are the foundation that our academic success is grounded upon.

 

I like to see myself as an underwater iceberg expert. Helping children and families to explore what lies below the surface so that it can help to ground future success.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Navy by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Jeans with 30″ Inseam in Shark (also available in Raisin) by Yoga Jeans; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I am currently continuing to intake families into my private coaching practice and am happy to set up free 30 minute intake calls. Please feel free to e-mail me to set up a time to chat about ways that I can help to support great foundations for success both at home and at school. Or send me an e-mail and I will send you my online information pamphlet and a short survey to see whether executive functioning coaching is the right pathway for you and your child.

 

Stelleri Top in Teal (also available in Black and Burgundy!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish BC label Birch Street Studio

 

In terms of my role as a librarian, currently my school (Rawlinson Community School) is participating in the Indigo Adopt a School online fundraising campaign. We are a 700-student school with a library in desperate need of new resources. Please consider clicking on the link below to make a donation to the school, or sharing a story on the school’s Indigo Campaign page in order to support our love of reading program. The campaign runs now until October 8 and all donations are tax deductible. Please help us continue to inspire the minds of the future!

 

https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/schools/1772

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

People can feel free to e-mail me at daniellesaintonge@gmail.com

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Julie Watson & Liz Harmer

Name: Julie Tara Watson
Occupation: Co-Owner Afterglow Studio, Mother of 3, Warrior
Age: 44
Lifestyle: Self-made designer, Yogi, lover of life

 

Name: Elizabeth Doyle Harmer
Occupation: Co-owner, Afterglow Studio, Mother of 4, dream chaser
Age: 41
Lifestyle: Runner. Yogi. Mom.

 

LEFT: Julia Tunic in Black Cockatoo Pattern by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd RIGHT: Dandelion Print Julia Tunic in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

 

LEFT: Ontario Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Blondie Shorts in Black by Montreal label Annie 50 RIGHT: Toronto Skyline Tank Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Julie: I wake when my 9 year old sneaks into my bed. I’d like to say I meditate at that point but we are off and running from there. Organizing 3 kids to get to 3 different schools, and then I get myself to work by 8:45am.

 

That’s when I have my cup of green tea that I look forward to everyday. If I am teaching I teach a Vinyasa class, or I take a class. I work with my amazing staff, Kristen our studio Manager, and the most awesome partner, Liz.

 

 

I focus on all of the daily maintenance of the studio, as well as planning for our future events. It’s an invigorating job, and there isn’t a day that has gone by that I have not wanted to be there.

 

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I pick up my kids after school, feed them, and usually take a nap while they do homework. Teaching and running a business can be very draining of energy, so I like to protect myself from burn-out. I’m usually in bed by 9:59 when I journal or read.. Usually before 2 of my 3 kids. I love having them come to me to kiss me good night and tuck me in now…

 

LEFT: Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD RIGHT: More than a Wrap Dress in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™

Liz: I like to wake up early, drink coffee then meditate, journal and go for a morning run.
After that I make breakfast/lunches for my kiddos (have 4), get them off to school or activities and spend the day living my dream working with my awesome business partner Julie at Afterglow Studio. More kid stuff after work – activities, dinner, hanging out, time with hubby. Crash in bed 9:30pm (I’m a wild child, just kidding).

 

LEFT: Posey Dress in Black Bloom Print by Toronto label Mandala RIGHT: Turquoise Garden Print Peony Dress by Toronto label Mandala

 

How long have you been practicing yoga?

Julie: 23 years, since I was 21 (I’m the older twin).

Liz: 23 years. Since 18 years of age. (gosh that makes me sound old!).

 

LEFT: Lovely Dress in White by Montreal designer Cameleon RIGHT: Lakeview Wrap Dress in Light Denim by Toronto label FunkD

What in your life is really important to you?

Julie: My own personal well being. If I am not in good shape, I am nothing to those in my life. My kids are number one. I want to be present with them when I can. We like to OM together sometimes! It’s calming and silly at the same time.

Liz: Mental and physical health, family, sweet potato chips.

 

LEFT: Julia Tunic in Black Cockatoo Pattern by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd RIGHT: Dandelion Print Julia Tunic in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

What would you like to be remembered for?

Julie: My kindness, and support of others.

Liz: Living life to the fullest.

 

LEFT: Ontario Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Blondie Shorts in Black by Montreal label Annie 50 RIGHT: Toronto Skyline Tank Top by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Julie & Liz: Fashion needs to be functional for us so we can sit on the floor with our kids, teach a yoga class or run errands with not much time for changing in between.

 

LEFT: More than a Wrap Dress in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™ RIGHT: Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Julie & Liz: Lots of selection and variety.

 

LEFT: Posey Dress in Black Bloom Print by Toronto label Mandala RIGHT: Turquoise Garden Print Peony Dress by Toronto label Mandala

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

Julie: Our programs for all ages! We have Parent and Tot Yoga, kids yoga, Teen and Tween Classes, and our Teen and Tween GLOW GIRLS empowerment programs.

 

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Liz: Come out and try the studio with our intro special! $28 gets you 2-weeks of unlimited yoga at our Queen and Lee location.

 

LEFT: Lovely Dress in White by Montreal designer Cameleon RIGHT: Lakeview Wrap Dress in Light Denim by Toronto label FunkD

 

What do you feel sets Afterglow apart from other yoga studios in Toronto?

Julie: Our vibe. Come in to see for yourself. (We are like Cheers! Everyone knows your name)

 

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Liz: We are big on community and pride ourselves on having build a studio where everyone feels welcome. We also focus on mental health as much as physical health in our studio. Mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, self-compassion are all very important to us.

 

LEFT: Julia Tunic in Black Cockatoo Pattern by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd RIGHT: Dandelion Print Julia Tunic in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; 3/4 Leggins in Black by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

What inspired you to open up your own studio together? What’s the backstory here?

Julie & Liz: Julie was already fairly far down the path of opening a studio when Liz started to voice thoughts that she too would like to open one. A mutual friend put is in touch and we were surprised to learn we shared a very similar vision! It was fate. That’s the universe.

 

I want to be part of the #glowcrew! Are you still looking for instructors at your studio?

Julie:& Liz: We are always looking for the city’s best instructors. We look for knowledgeable and experienced instructors who care about community and the mental and physical well-being of our clients.

 

LEFT: More than a Wrap Dress in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™ RIGHT: Black/White Floral Kensington Dress by Toronto label FunkD

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

Julie: We are both from Ottawa, went to the same dance school, and only met 3 years ago in Toronto.

Liz: We eat a lot of rotisserie chicken from Foodland. It’s random, we know, but true. It’s our guilty pleasure!

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @afterglowstudio
Facebook: Afterglow Studio
www.afterglowstudio.ca

Style Profile – Happy Healthy Women Edition: Milissa Harding

Name: Milissa Harding

Occupation: Mom + Wife + doTERRA Wellness Advocate

Age: 40 (but still feel like 35!)

Lifestyle: Busy, but very meaningful

 

Stephanie Dress in Heather Ocre (also available in Black, Plum and Blue!) by Montreal label Annie 50; Kim Convertible Backpack in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy Blue and Taupe!) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I wear a bunch of different hats on a typical day. With an 8-year-old and an 11-month-old, life is busy!

 

When I’m not “momming”, I’ve got my head in personal development books (growing + stretching myself) and educating others about essential oils.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Mustard (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise 30″ Inseam Skinny Jeans in Raisin (also available in Shark!) by Quebec label Yoga Jeans; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Being the best person that I can be, so that I be the kind of mom that my girls need me to be.

 

Misora Flowers Atlantic Dress; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Ash Plum (also available in Black, Navy, Forest Green and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

To be honest, I wouldn’t consider myself to be a trendsetter, but I do like wearing clothing that fits my body type and personality.

 

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I like patterned, textured styles (and I can dress up well when I need to), but I’m also a pretty committed yoga pants and jeans girl!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I had such a fun experience shopping at Fresh Collective recently!

 

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The staff was so friendly and attentive, and I love the “boutique” feel of the store with unique high-quality styles that you don’t see anywhere else.

 

Double Layer Top in Crimson (also available in Black and Navy!) by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Black (also available in Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

What do you love most about being a member of Happy Healthy Women?

 

Oh my…where do I even begin? The Happy Healthy Women community is full of such warm heart-centred women who are doing big inspiring things in the world.

 

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I’m always uplifted when I’m around the women in this group, and I love how everyone is so supportive and encouraging of each other.

 

Double Layer Top in Crimson (also available in Black and Navy!) by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Black (also available in Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

I’ve made some great friends in this group, and I feel really blessed to be part of this awesome community.

 

Dania Tunic in Midnight Blue (also available in Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Greta Work Tote in Taupe (also available in Black and Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Dania Tunic in Midnight Blue (also available in Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Greta Work Tote in Taupe (also available in Black and Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What inspired you to start your doTERRA essential oils business?

 

When I realized how many people could benefit from the physical, emotional and mental healing/support that these oils provide, I knew that this would be a company that I would enjoy building a business with.

 

Stephanie Dress in Heather Ocre (also available in Black, Plum and Blue!) by Montreal label Annie 50; Kim Convertible Backpack in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy Blue and Taupe!) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Stephanie Dress in Heather Ocre (also available in Black, Plum and Blue!) by Montreal label Annie 50

 

I enjoy introducing essential oils to people, and helping them find natural solutions for their health.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Mustard (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise 30″ Inseam Skinny Jeans in Raisin (also available in Shark!) by Quebec label Yoga Jeans; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I am always looking to help new people get started with an essential oils lifestyle, and to learn how these oils can transform pretty much every part of their lives.

 

Misora Flowers Atlantic Dress; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Ash Plum (also available in Black, Navy, Forest Green and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

I love getting to know people and helping them find oils that match their needs and their budgets.

 

Double Layer Top in Crimson (also available in Black and Navy!) by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Black (also available in Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

For those who are looking to share their love of health/wellness and essential oils with others, we have a phenomenal business opportunity that is fun, rewarding and designed to fit around each person’s lifestyle.

 

SS17 Asymmetrical Denim Jacket by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Taupe (also available in Black and Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I have an essential oils Facebook page, “Essential Family Solutions”, where I regularly post tips, recipes, educational info and special promotions about the oils.

 

SS17 Asymmetrical Denim Jacket by Montreal label Melow; Greta Work Tote in Taupe (also available in Black and Black Woven) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Madjiguène Diallo

Name: Madjiguène

Occupation: Teacher

Age: 33 years old

Lifestyle: Carpe diem ❤

 

Stephanie Dress in Black (also available in Ocre, Blue and Plum) by Montreal label Annie 50

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

A typical day for me is to wake up early with music and do meditation before to going to work.

 

 

I like to start my day with a positive mind.

 

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Art is really important to me (music, art gallery, movies).

 

Yellow Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for the joy and happiness that I’m sharing every day with my students, family and friends.

 

Ivory Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I looooove fashion! I’m French and fashion is like a religion. How to match colors, style with nice shoes and bags…

 

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You can feel very feminine and elegant with nice clothes. So we have to learn how to choose clothes.

 

Alexie 3/4 Top in Navy (available in other colours!) by Montreal label MOOVment Design

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I like Fresh Collective because you can find trendy, fancy, classy clothes and there are very comfortable pieces for every woman.

 

Stephanie Dress in Black (also available in Ocre, Blue and Plum) by Montreal label Annie 50

 

How long have you been a teacher and what has been the most rewarding aspect of this career for you?

 

For the past 6 years, I’ve been a first grade teacher for the public francophone school board (conseil scolaire Viamonde).

 

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French is my mother tongue.

 

 

Describe your ideal fall outfit!

 

My ideal fall outfit will be a short brown dress with boots and nice colorful scarf.

 

Yellow Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

Well… I love speaking. 😄 A good thing when you are teacher.

 

Ivory Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

I’m part of a francophone theatre called “les indiciplinés” and francophone choir “les voix du coeur”. We can be totally bilingual in Toronto.

 

Alexie 3/4 Top in Navy (available in other colours!) by Montreal label MOOVment Design

 

Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Laura Reynolds

Name: Laura Reynolds

Occupation: High School Teacher

Age: 41

Lifestyle: Working Single Mom

 

The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My days are packed and go at lightening speed. My son usually wakes me up and it’s coffee, get dressed, get him dressed and out the door.

 

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I teach close to home which is great because it means more time with my son and I have a great connection to the students and my community. I teach Photography and Media Arts so each day is different and filled with problem solving and creativity.

 

After school I may go to the gym for a workout. I have dinners with my mom (who lives with us) and my son. Then it’s a little down time, story time and some shut eye.

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Obviously my son is the most important but I think that being able to be inspired by life and what is going on around me is important too.

 

Finding new ways to express this inspiration whether it’s through photography, art, teaching, cooking, whatever is essential.

 

Blue Peyton Purse by Toronto designer Jeanne Lottie

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for my positive contribution in the lives of my students.

 

Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

For me fashion is about expressing who I am while being super comfortable at the same time.

 

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I’ve experimented with different looks in my life but now that I’m in my 40s I know what makes me look good and goes with my professional yet bohemian vibe.

 

 

Describe your ideal outfit for fall!

 

Boots, Leggings, flowy blouse, and a cardigan. Oh and a killer boho bag.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I like that Fresh Collective carries a lot of Canadian Designers and environmentally friendly labels. The styles are always cutting edge and unique. They also have a wide range of sizes which cater to both the young set and the post baby older generation.

 

The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

How long have you been working in the field of education and what is the most rewarding aspect of this career for you?

 

I have been a teacher for 10 years. The most rewarding part of my job is having a former student come to visit and share with me their successes in life.

 

Blue Peyton Purse by Toronto designer Jeanne Lottie

 

Often the students who come to visit me as adults were once at-risk students who struggled both at home and at school. It makes my heart happy to see them doing well and thriving.

 

Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

How are you personally involved in helping students meet their goals and achieve success?

 

I enjoy teaching students Art and Photography because there is not the same kind of pressure as teaching the more academic subjects.

 

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I like to facilitate a learning experience for students where they can explore more about themselves and learn skills that not only will help them in their future careers but also build confidence and inner strength.

 

 

Style Profile: Andra Wochesen

Name: Andra Wochesen
Occupation: Life Purpose Coach and Reiki Practitioner
Age: 46
Lifestyle: As much nature, travel, tea and wine as possible!

 

Festival Maxi Dress in Golden Rod Print by Toronto label Mandala; Necklace by Toronto jewellery label Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I start most days with an hour of power to align myself – some meditation, yoga, journalling – most important part of my day – connecting me to myself.

 

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I drink at least one giant mug of really good black tea, have some sort of kale smoothie and then head to the Bloor West Wellness Clinic to start my day working with amazing clients. I love what I do!

 

Tibouronia Tunic in Teal (also available in Black and Marsala!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

Connection with people I care about is so important – especially my husband and my cutie pie dog. My soul needs to be in nature as often as possible and I really need to be helping people in some way in the work that I do.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

Helping people connect to who they are at their core and how they want to express that in the world. My philosophy is that life is short and that we only have so much time to show up as our true selves and to do what we really love in the world – whether that’s a career or in other ways.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

I love fashion – always have. I like feeling that the outside matches the inside of who I am. My previous careers were as a Phys.Ed teacher and then Pilates instructor so it’s so fun now to be able to dress up a little bit in my work as a coach!

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Fresh Collective is one of those stores, I could spend hours in! So many choices and really cool pieces. The staff is great – they really want you to feel good in what you’re wearing. I love every piece I’ve gotten so far!

 

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Like so many of the women we’ve featured on our blog, you left your career as a teacher in order to pursue a career as a Life Purpose Coach. What motivated you to make that transition?

I guess it really comes back to the philosophy I mentioned above. I felt like life was too short to be doing something that I didn’t totally love. There were elements of course that I enjoyed, like working with my health classes on life skills.

 

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I’ve pulled what I loved in the teaching world into the work I do now and added a spiritual component. It doesn’t feel like work – just feels like what I’m meant to do!

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

If anyone reading this is feeling a bit lost or looking for direction – career or personally, then I’d invite you to book a Life Purpose Breakthrough Session with me. It’s complimentary and is a chance for us to spend some time together to see where you are, what you’re looking for and if I can support you. And then we can go from there!

 

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What does a typical Life Purpose Coaching session look like? What are your general objectives when working with clients?

 

Every coaching session is unique to each individual and I tend to coach in the moment to whatever is present for the client. We generally have a path for our work together so we are always working towards the outcomes the client wants to achieve.

 

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In a session, it could be powerful questions to help with clarity or tools and activities to get people into action. Sometimes it’s releasing what is no longer serving the client (fear, doubt, insecurities) and that can be done through conversation, meditative processes or energy work. It’s an amazing, collaborative process!

 

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What are some of the most common challenges clients come to you with?

Most people come in looking for clarity on what’s next for them in their lives – it could be vocational or may be more on a personal level. Very often it’s a combination of both.

 

People who are wanting to figure out their purpose and looking to find more happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Also to have a strong sense of self and a confidence to move forward.

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

That I’m truly passionate about elephants. I just think they’re amazing! I sponsor a couple in Africa and I plan on visiting them someday soon!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: AwakenYourInspiration

LinkedIn: Andra Wochesen

Twitter: @1971inspired

Website: http://andrawochesen.com/contact-us/

Style Profile – Happy Healthy Women Edition: Lisa Hardess

Name: Lisa Hardess
Occupation: Consultant and Coach
Age: 43 🙂
Lifestyle: Stay centered, have fun, give love and go, go, go!!

 

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What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My day starts early with some ‘me time’ for meditation, affirmations and yoga. This may or may not be interrupted by my two boys who can also be early risers, but it’s a great start to a busy day. I walk my kids to school and on the way home like to listen to an inspirational audio and transition into work mode.

 

 

My work day takes place while the boys are at school, so I need to be very focused to get my things done in this 5-6 hour window! This looks like a combination of teaching webinars to clients, one-on-one laser coaching calls, attending networking groups (like Happy Healthy Women!), keeping up with emails and my marketing.

 

After work / school it’s a combination of family time, sports and homework, and all the busyness that goes along with kids, dinner-times and bedtimes! Then it’s some downtime reading or talking with my husband, checking in with email…and that’s a wrap!

 

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What in your life is really important to you?

Remembering to notice and appreciate the good things in your life – small and big – are really important to me. I was very sick in my early 20s and know what it’s like to learn to walk again and it changed my perspective forever on what it means to ‘stop and smell the flowers’.

 

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And finding harmony in life is important to me – not balance because I think there is never perfect balance – but rather harmony where the elements of our life work well together at that time. There are times in life (your days, your months, your years) when one area needs more attention than others and acknowledging and accepting this ebb and flow is one of the keys to staying happy.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

Helping people become better at being their true selves, who they were meant to be, and doing what they love to do – for helping them see the beauty and awesomeness inside and letting it grow and shine! With everyone, from my clients, to my family and my children.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion is a great way to express yourself! I work from home most of the time so I am often in jeans and a shirt or sweater. I only wear yoga pants when I’m actually going to yoga 😉

 

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When I go out I like to dress the part based on the audience or event so I can go for a classic suit look with a blouse, dark jeans with a stylish top, or a nice dress. It’s important to me that I feel comfortable (physically) and confident (emotionally) in my fashion choices!

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that they feature Canadian designers! And that the focus is on selling confidence and self expression through fashion – it’s not just about a skirt or a top but finding the right one for who you are and how you feel. The clothes are beautiful and trendy (without being so trendy you know you’ll never wear it again) for all shapes and sizes.

 

 

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Before becoming a business coach, you led quite an exciting life as a First Nations community planner! What inspired you to transition into coaching?

Yes, I spent about 14 years working with First Nations all across Canada on things like community vision, quality of life, climate change adaptation – so many incredible projects and people, and so much that I learned over these years. Not to mention the amazing places in Canada I was so fortunate to visit.

 

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In virtually all of this work, I also considered myself a teacher or a coach – to the people on the project teams and to the community members we worked with. Unlike a city planning project, in the First Nations, there was almost never a planning department or planner to take on the project when we were ‘done’ and so mentoring and coaching was built right into the work we did together.

 

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I transitioned into consulting and coaching entrepreneurs (as opposed to communities) because I wanted to work in a more direct way with people and help them to create quantum leaps in their life and their family’s lives right now. The layers of politics and bureaucracy, and of course, the historical traumas and healing process, are such that community change requires a long view of success.

 

I also made the transition to be able to spend more time with my family. So much of what I did in this chapter of my life I now do with entrepreneurs: identifying your vision, creating worthy goals, writing these in ways your subconscious will believe and support, celebrating your gifts and strengths, creating routines and habits that support success, listening, asking good questions… And now I get to help other women create the life of their dreams!

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

As part of my consulting practice I facilitate an amazing program called Thinking Into Results that is based on over 50 years of research into human growth, potential, and creating permanent change. I was trained (and am certified) by Bob Proctor, an incredible leader in this field who is regarded as one of the pioneer masters of the Law of Attraction.

 

The work that I do is about exercising and changing your mind at a deep level. We get to the root cause of success by changing paradigms – the mental programs that live in our subconscious minds that are a multitude of habits and beliefs.

 

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Think of your mind like a computer that is controlling everything in your life. Some programs are working well but others are out-of-date, software needs an upgrade, and a virus code here and there.

 

Clients say that it works because it’s a way of life, not only a 6 month program. What they learn changes how they think, feel, and act in every areas of their lives. And whatever the focus of the work – the big goal – going in, as one area starts to shift and change and get better so do the others!

 

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As a consultant with the Proctor Gallagher Institute, you teach Thinking Into Results to help individuals and their businesses grow and thrive. What makes this methodology so successful?

 

Thinking Into Results shares lessons from the best of great teachers – Napolean Hill, Earl Nightengale, Maxwell Maltz, Wallace Wattle – and teaches them in a clear, organized and relatable way. How many people have read the book Think and Grow Rich but then not really figured out how to apply it to their life, for example?

 

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What I love about Thinking Into Results is how well each of our 12 lessons link and lead into each other – and how practical it is. When you finishing the ‘Knowing-Doing Gap’ lesson, for example, (why don’t we do what we know how to do??) we give you clear steps to take to identify non-productive habits and reframe these into productive ones.

 

It’s actionable!

 

And it has helped thousands of people all over the world, in all different situations and professions, create incredible changes in their lives. Thinking Into Results, with its combination of home-study and personal accountability and support, gives people the right information and tools to unleash their incredible potential, and create a thriving business and life full of love and joy!

 

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Could you describe to us what a typical coaching session with you might look like?

When I first meet with someone I really just want to get to know them and listen to what they want – their goals, how they feeling things are going, and what is holding them back. I know I can help people get moving in the direction of their dreams and goals, and break past terror barriers if they are willing and able. I have been there and I know how it feels – and how amazing it is when you move forward!

 

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My approach to Thinking Into Results is a combination of self-study, group study and one-on- one sessions. Self-study every day keeps you in the right mindset, the right vibration and creates the repetition that you need to really change and make things happen!

 

Group webinars reinforce the lessons, and allow for group question and answer time – and build that mastermind effect when minds come together to share and create.

 

The one-on-one time gives my clients the chance to connect when they are feeling stuck or at key “ah-ha” moments. Wrap this all together and you have an incredibly transformational experience that will change your business and your life forever.

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

I spent years humming and hawing about really going for my big goals, losing confidence and worrying I’d never make it happen. And then I made the decision to go for it, and I reached out to people for help, hired my own coaches, and put myself out there. And there is nothing special about me, or my clients – we can all do it!! Make your life’s journey the best it can possibly be.

 

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I think as entrepreneurs we ‘get it’ that our own personal thoughts, beliefs and success, and the success of our business, are intertwined. Olympics athletes work with coaches to help them perform at their absolute best. Find someone who can support and coach you as you grow – you’ll be glad you did!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

You can find me on
Facebook: Hardessplanning
LinkedIn: lisahardess

Style Profile – Darou Wellness Edition: Barbara Poczyniak

Name: Barbara Poczyniak

Occupation: Registered Acupuncturist, Arvigo® Therapy Practitioner

Age: 46

Lifestyle: Healthy with a solid dose of realistic

 

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What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I start every day with a cup of hot water and a 1 hour walk, preferably around one of the city parks in my neighborhood. I call it my walking meditation time, and the best routes include lots of trees.

 

 

After breakfast my day starts, practicing at one of the two clinics I work at. My work schedule often runs into the early evenings and Saturdays, so I try to fit in errands and some ‘fun time’ wherever I can.

 

I like to relax by cooking complicated and slightly messy meals, which usually only happens on weekends.

 

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What in your life is really important to you?

 

My friends, my family, my guy, my cat. Everything else can be replaced.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being an honest, genuine person that treats everyone equally and with compassion.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I know what makes me feel beautiful and its no longer as much about following every new fashion. I find the styles and shapes that get my attention and look good on me have always been around and are pretty timeless.

 

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Except hats – it’s no holds barred when it comes to hats.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the mix of Canadian designers and finding really unique pieces that will fit with things I already own.

 

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For those unfamiliar with the practice, what is Arvigo Therapy and what are its benefits?

 

Arvigo® Therapy – also known as the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® – is still relatively new in Canada, there are a small number of practitioners located in Toronto and in other parts of the country.

 

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The techniques are an external, non-invasive massage for the abdomen and lower back areas. It is a gentle and effective therapy to support your reproductive and digestive health. It stimulates circulation of lymph, nerve and blood flow within the abdominal area. This massage is deeply relaxing and can help encourage a clearing of both physical and emotional congestion.

 

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It is based on the traditional Maya practice of uterine massage, but also includes specialized naprapathic techniques developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo. It is based on her studies with the traditional healers of Belize, who thought the uterus to be a woman’s centre, and ultimately believed that “if a woman’s uterus is out of balance – so is she”.

 

For more information on Dr. Rosita Arvigo and the origins of this therapy, please visit www.arvigotherapy.com

 

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How long have you worked at Darou Wellness and what do you love most about being a part of this wonderful community of female health practitioners?

 

I’ve practiced in Toronto for several years, and this is my first year at Darou Wellness. I really appreciate the warm, supportive atmosphere along with the strong network of talented practitioners.

 

I love the fact that healthcare and wellness are approached from many different angles, including naturopathic medicine, mind/body techniques, nutritional counselling and manual therapies. The Arvigo® Therapy concept of optimizing the circulation and flow of blood and lymph in the abdomen works wonderfully alongside these other therapies.

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I love to promote my work with Arvigo® Therapy! I feel this to be a real solution for women with health issues that originate at the body’s core, the abdomen or the reproductive system. This actually covers a lot of various issues – you may be surprised at how many aspects of your body’s health are in fact linked up to whats going on in the abdominal area.

 

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Recently I travelled to the US to learn the Advanced Level Pregnancy techniques of Arvigo® Therapy. These are modified to safely treat women at all stages of pregnancy – from pre-conception to post partum.

 

Post partum health is a huge area of interest for me, as how a woman recovers and rebuilds her body after pregnancy can really affect her health later in life. It is a very important part of traditional medicine wisdom, and is only now just becoming more acknowledged in westernized countries.

 

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What is your clinical focus as an acupuncturist and Arvigo Therapist?

 

My goal is to help women feel better, get healthy and create new possibilities! I work with many women who are trying to conceive, naturally or with IUI or IVF. Not all my clients are trying to get pregnant however.

 

I also see many women for reproductive issues such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding or prolapses as well as digestive issues such as IBS.

 

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Arvigo® Therapy is also recommended for pregnant clients, gently preparing them for labour and also as a traditional method of recovery post partum. Using Acupuncture (along with other Chinese Medicine modalities such as cupping) and Arvigo® Therapy together gives me the opportunity to offer so much to my clients.

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m happy to answer any questions about Arvigo® Therapy and/or Acupuncture – to explain more on how it works and to help someone decide if this is the right therapy approach for them.

 

Darou Wellness contact: (416) 214-9251

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Darou Wellness clinic website and appointment bookings: darouwellness.com

 

Clinic Facebook page: @DarouWellness

 

Blog: http://www.vitalbloomwellness.com/journal

 

Style Profile – Darou Wellness Edition: Dr. Hilary Chambers, ND

Name: Hilary Chambers
Occupation: Naturopathic Doctor
Lifestyle: Busy urbanite

 

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What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I work at Darou Wellness seeing patients six days per week, so my days are usually centred around my practice. When I’m not at work, I always find time for a tea with friends, exploring the city, a quick workout, and lots and lots of meal prep!

 

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What in your life is really important to you?

 

My patients are extremely important to me. I want them to feel well cared for, and know that as their healthcare practitioner I’m as invested in their health as they are!

 

 

Outside from work, balance is a huge theme in my life – I always strive for balancing being healthy with having indulgences, working lots with having fun, being busy with finding time for relaxation. I think this is a lifelong challenge, but it’s so important for finding happiness.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being genuine, always striving to be better than yesterday, and for being dedicated to making my family, friends, and patients happier and healthier.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I love to express myself through fashion, and my wardrobe really reflects the different roles I have in my life. I often go from business professional, to hipster exploring the city, to workout gear, to chic date night outfit all in one day. I always want to look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside :).

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love supporting local businesses and local designers. Fresh does an amazing job of sourcing beautiful, unique pieces that can augment anyone’s wardrobe.

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I’m a Naturopathic Doctor working in the Queen West area of Toronto at the Darou Wellness clinic. One service that I’d like to promote which I now provide is IV (intravenous) nutrient therapy to patients.

 

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IV therapy allows us to provide a higher dose of vitamins and minerals directly into the body that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to achieve through nutrition and supplements. This is especially helpful for people with high-demand, busy lifestyles who want to perform at their best.

 

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IV therapy provides a great energy boost, supports mood, boosts the immune system (great if you’re getting sick!), helps healing and recovery from injury, surgery, and marathon/high-intensity athletic training, and so much more. Check out the Darou Wellness website more info. Appointments are available online.

 

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What is your clinical focus as a Naturopathic Doctor? What is the nature of your approach with your patients?

I have a clinical focus in treating digestion (such as IBS, bloating, SIBO, indigestion) and autoimmune disease (such as Crohn’s, colitis, RA, and Hashimoto’s) in my practice.

 

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My approach is strictly evidence-based, meaning I use lab testing to develop a targeted treatment plan, and I only prescribe treatments that have quality research studies to support their use.

 

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It’s also very important to me that my patients are in control of their own health, so I spend a lot of time teaching my patients about what their test results mean, why they’re not feeling well, and how our treatment plan will improve their health.

 

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What first attracted you to the study and pursuit of a career in Naturopathic Medicine?

Through my own health journey, I learned the profound impact of treating the underlying cause of health conditions with natural supplements, nutrition, and lifestyle recommendations.

 

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I love that I have the privilege of spending the necessary time with my patients to learn every aspect of their health so that I can treat the whole person and address the underlying cause of health conditions. In my experience, this is the best way to achieve true health and wellness.

 

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What do you love most about working at Darou Wellness? What do you feel sets this clinic apart from others?

Darou Wellness has an amazing team of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide the highest quality of care and support for our patients. We provide everything from IV therapy, to psychotherapy, to physiotherapy and everything in between so that our patients are well cared for in every aspect of their health.

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

I absolutely love public speaking (wild, right?), so I provide health seminars for Toronto businesses and groups. If you are part of a networking group, have a corporate wellness program, or lunch and learn series at work, I would be happy to connect with you about booking a health seminar.

 

You can find more info on my Corporate Wellness Toronto website: https://corporatewellnesstoronto.com/

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Twitter: @HilaryND

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Sheri Alcordo

Name: Sheri Lyn Nielsen- Birkhof-Alcordo

Occupation(s): My occupation is with being inspirational, reflective and creating caring learning communities that are engaging – AKA educator/full-time teacher (22 years with the TDSB), Work Shop Presenter, Mentor, Tutor, Program Developer, Super Mom, “Energizer Bunny” and Dream-Maker

Age: …is what you make it. Only my body is 46.5!

Lifestyle: Active, physical, creative, diverse and non-stop

 

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What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Continuous! If you were on my Facebook friends list you would see in my albums that my life is packed full of activities to maximize each day with experiences and impactful, memorable moments.

 

When at home, I prefer to be outside doing things with friends and family; enjoying nature or engaging in fun community events that unite my husband, my children and their friends. My albums could actually be made into a video slideshow to describe things for families to do around the GTA to have their summer planned out, LOL!

 

 

I am the school’s teacher-librarian, so my work includes library responsibilities; building an inclusive, equitable, shared community teaching and learning space and co-teaching with different grades K-5.

 

I also work as a prep teacher; when regular classroom teachers have their preparation time, I take over their classes and teach them. It’s a non-stop day collaborating and interacting with the school community, which involves the parents, staff, students, and community partners.

 

I usually run/co-run an extracurricular club at lunch or after school, such as “library helper time” (to help the kids build character, empowerment, and a sense of ownership over their own library learning commons), chess (for problem-solving and character development), Lego (fostering STEM-sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics) or floor hockey (for character development, self-regulation and breaking down gender stereotypes).

 

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After work I pick up my two daughters and sometimes we try to get to the gym. They’ll hit the kid’s Fitzone while I do some cardio with my workout buddy.

 

After that, it’s either making dinner or heading out to eat or ordering in for the family, doing a bit of school work, getting the kids ready for the next day and into bed. “Me time” is usually around midnight and  involves a few minutes of responding to e-mails, playing my favourite apps, “Panda Pop” or Euchre, reading a novel or some blind gossip entertainment while chilling on our front porch.

 

Flower Garden Dress in Bright Blue (also available in Yellow, Blue, and Ivory!) by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family, friends and faith.

 

Building a safe, supportive community both for my family and friends and work communities – one that fosters empowerment, partnerships, empathy, communication and respect.

 

Reflection. Trying to grow and improve as an individual so that I can be the kind of person I’d encourage my own children and students to be.

 

Flower Garden Dress in Bright Blue (also available in Yellow, Blue, and Ivory!) by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

People knowing the real me.

 

Knowing me for me; that whatever I do in action is done with a pure heart and with utmost caring and intention. And for being a good mom and person.

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I have always had my own sense of style. Growing up I only owned a few designer pieces and had to work with what I had. I have never felt the need to be with what’s trendy and I like my wardrobe to be versatile.

 

I enjoy different looks: from classy, professional and funky to athletic, playful and eclectic with pieces that are current or found at vintage stores (for something more unique). I have a variety of sides to my personality, often being described as “enigmatic,” so I think this plays out in my fashion sense at times.

 

Kitty Cat Halter Dress by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

At work, dressing professionally with semi-formal wear is something I do on occasion, but when teaching prep for Drama and Dance I am constantly moving around in different settings, so I usually have to dress more casually.

 

Being a very active person, I like to have an extensive wardrobe with different pieces for various purposes and functions. I have several black pieces in different styles to go with everything, but I love to wear bright colours – not to get attention, but because they make me feel energized and have an uplifting effect on people’s emotions!

 

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Having had a few children and changing sizes, I have to admit I’ve become more self-conscious about my expanded figure, so I do look for some styles and design that might best suit my “last decade” body, LOL!

 

This all in mind, my husband has been known to say, “How much clothing do you need?!” while looking at my 4 dressers, walk-in-closet, 15 bins of seasonal 4 coat racks! One day I might fit in those again!

 

Kitty Cat Halter Dress by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that the designers are Canadian! The collections are fresh and unique and I love the mix of classic and contemporary animal print.

 

I love the way the materials are used together, and that there is a  multitude of colours to choose from!

 

There is a wide variety of pieces that can be combined in more casual or formal ways, which is a fantastic asset for day and night wear versatility. The clothing and accessories are also affordable and come in varied sizes. The fabrics used are high-quality and combined in original ways. While in the store, there were also a variety of different age groups shopping!

 

High Rise Ankle Jeans – 27″ Inseam – Black Light by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; T.O. Racerback Tank Top – Black w/White Skyline (also available in White w/Black Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd

 

I also like that the clothes were accessible to me; that there was a variety of styles for all of my purposes and moods (athletic wear, casual, professional, formal) all under one roof. I tried to show this in the outfits I selected.

 

As an award-winning teacher, you’ve spent two decades working at one of Toronto’s inner-city schools and helping children realize their potential as students and community members. Could you share with us some of your proudest achievements in this domain?

I am just thankful to have the opportunity every year to work with the school community: the staff, parents, and community partnerships to inspire one another and develop empowering experiences for the growth of all those involved, while working together to attain resources to support our programs. Learning is continuous.

 

More than a Wrap Dress in Black Crepe (also available in Navy Sahara Print and Coral Sahara Print) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Laser cut necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

I am proud of the students that I have taught that have continued to implement strong values, think critically and advocate for social justice. These are the kids that have demonstrated character traits such as leadership and self-confidence to share their voice and demonstrate inclusivity.

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I work hard to advocate for equitable access to community resources and learning for all. Out of all the schools in Toronto, our wonderfully diverse school community is number 6 on the Learning Opportunities Index, despite the socio-economic challenges we face!

 

Over the years I have written to many people and businesses to appeal for support and assistance in providing better learning opportunities to our students. I have also partnered with classes and empowered students to have a voice in their own learning experiences.

 

More than a Wrap Dress in Black Crepe (also available in Navy Sahara Print and Coral Sahara Print) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Laser cut necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

As a result, many empathetic, wonderfully generous individuals and local businesses have helped with financial support for out-of-school excursions and workshops; bussing our kids back and forth; new furniture for our library space; school sports uniforms with our new mascot; donations of curriculum-related literature; funding for technology in our school lab so classes can have one-hour of lab time per week; gardening equipment; environmental, art and science programs; special guest professionals related to curriculum so students can make connections to the real world skill applications with what they are learning in class.

 

I am constantly looking for new partnerships with those excited to provide opportunities for students that will enable them to explore, experiment, inquire, create, challenge, modify, learn and voice.

 

We are currently trying to appeal to donors for new Ipads, Chrome Books and printers to support student learning in classrooms with 21st century technology.

 

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We would also like to replace our 25-year-old school playground to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle.

 

I also appreciate the partnerships I have formed with community leaders who grew up in the school area. This way, they can play a role in showing students that they, too, can be leaders – both now and in the future.

 

This is also a way to demonstrate the importance of valuing others who have shown kindness and caring in their generosity and dedication, as well as a way to show the importance of teamwork in making things happen.

 

Solid Red Aline Dress by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtArt

 

Finally, it provides the students with relevant experiences to develop and apply initiative, perseverance and a voice to take action and see results.

 

Everything IS possible and preparing the students for becoming self-advocates with a stronger sense of self-confidence and self-worth should be co-joined with academics.

 

Solid Red Aline Dress by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtArt

 

Apart from teaching children, I also teach adults! I loved being a model classroom for beginning teachers through my focus on developing cultural relevance and inclusion.

 

It is a goal to work with them again at some point if the opportunity arises. I often mentor new teachers and students in the Faculty of Education program.

 

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I have also been a key note speaker and workshop presenter for York University, University of Toronto, Peel Board of Education, TDSB, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Frontier College and OAME, discussing a variety of topics which focus on cross curricular teaching, building an inclusive community, cultural relevance and community-based collaboration.

 

I love to be able to connect with other professionals and community members to share ways to grow professionally and continue to make learning fun for the students and teaching fun for teachers.

 

Flower Garden Dress in Bright Blue (also available in Yellow, Blue, and Ivory!) by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

I have also consulted and created engaging programs in the Arts and Literacy, specifically drama and story-telling, as well as acting for a popular children’s play centre, which is used for camps and monthly programming.

 

I am currently working on creating some educational short video clips on safety for kids using toys. From observing my own children and watching over kids on computers regularly, I’ve noticed that there seem to be many sites on the Internet using toys just to get viewers, with no real story purpose. I’m a newbie at this so my videos are a little basic, but made with the best of educational intentions, LOL!

 

My “business” name, which I use as an umbrella for all these various ventures, is “Engaging Learners”.

 

Kitty Cat Halter Dress by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Most of us would probably experience major compassion fatigue doing the work you do – especially for as long as you have! What made you fall in love with this job so much?

When I was younger I worked with a few camps with children affected by mental health issues, living in poverty or experiencing unsafe home situation. Having grown up being bullied and feeling excluded, while also being withdrawn after my parents got divorced, I was always worried about conflict and expressing my voice.

 

Both situations made me feel empathy and compassion for those in my care. I didn’t want them to feel what I had to feel growing up. I wanted to create situations where youth would feel empowered to impact others and themselves in their learning and development of their shared learning and teaching spaces. 

 

I wanted them to have amazing and memorable experiences; to have a place to feel welcome, safe and cared about; to see what can and is possible and to learn how to ask for what you need to make things happen.

 

High Rise Ankle Jeans – 27″ Inseam – Black Light by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; T.O. Racerback Tank Top – Black w/White Skyline (also available in White w/Black Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd

 

As someone who experienced a difficult upbringing and now helps children facing similar (or even more difficult) circumstances, you seem so resilient hard-working, while clearly maintaining a strong bond with your husband and kids! Where do you find your energy and motivation?

 

Life is too short to be little. I am just very thankful to be as blessed as I have been. We have two wonderful daughters aged 11 and 7. In between them, we did experience the tragedy of having our son, Noah, stillborn.

 

It was hard for us. I threw myself into work, had some counselling, became Catholic and we continued supported one another. Being an “older” mom (it took too many years to finally find Mr. Right, but it finally happened!), it was frightening to try having another child, but seeing our oldest being lonely, we decided to go for it. Now our two daughters are best friends!

 

Our son is in our thoughts and prayers daily, but we try not to focus on the “what ifs” and focus on the “what ares”. Being thankful for each other, our children, and getting to interact with the youth under my care as a teacher, and with their parents and other staff, is what humbles, energizes and helps me make the most of our moments to the best of my ability.

 

High Rise Ankle Jeans – 27″ Inseam – Black Light by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; T.O. Racerback Tank Top – Black w/White Skyline (also available in White w/Black Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I love to play floor/ball hockey and flag football!

 

I love photography and friends know that if we are out, I’ll be taking photos (usually they appreciate it after the fact, though not always during! LOL!).

 

I am third-generation Canadian, predominantly Japanese (mom), Danish, Irish, Scottish and French (Dad).

 

I recently developed severe allergies to dairy and yeast, which are two very difficult allergies to have. And I don’t like mushrooms!

 

More than a Wrap Dress in Black Crepe (also available in Navy Sahara Print and Coral Sahara Print) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Laser cut necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I am “Googleable” if you’re curious to see some of the past work I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of with former students (i.e., breaking down their community stereotypes and being active stewards).

 

I rarely have time for Twitter and Instagram, although I may try harder this coming year. I’m a Facebook user and have gone from scrapbooking (who has time for that now?!) to digital “scrap-albuming”, LOL!