Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Robyn Stremler

Name:  Robyn Stremler
Occupation:  Professor at UofT –my research focuses on improving sleep for parents and children.
Age:  46

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Florence Dress (sold out) from Toronto label Mandala Design; Shop all dresses here.
 
You signed up for a Fab & 40 + themed Style Profile. What appealed to you about this campaign?

It IS fab to be in your 40s and I thought it would be fun to get some new ideas and inspiration from the Fresh Collective team on how that can be reflected in what you wear.

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Skirt from Rien Ne Se Perde (this style sold out); Universal Cardigan from Toronto label It Fitz Me;  Alexie Top from Montreal based MOOVment Design; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What’s a typical day like for you?

My husband and I alternate working out in the morning while the other one starts getting the kids ready for their day.  Then it’s off to work –where I might be teaching a class, meeting one-on-one with students, checking in on my research projects, giving a workshop on infant sleep or writing a paper.  

Dinner together as a family is an important part of the day for reconnecting and then hopefully there is some time for fun.  These days I am loving reading the second Harry Potter book with my 6 year old daughter and 8 year old son.

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What in your life is really important to you?

Family is number one –their health and happiness and spending time together means everything to me.

 

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Winona Dress (sold out) from Toronto label Mandala Design; Shop all dresses here. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What would you like to be remembered for?

Keeping a sense of humour even when the going gets tough, and a steadfast commitment to the people and projects I love.

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

What role does fashion play in your life?

I have always liked shopping and fashion –each spring and fall when we were kids my sister and I held our own “fashion shows” as we tried on last year’s outfits –all in the hope that we’d outgrown things and could convince our mum we needed to go shopping!  

Now it’s important to me to look professional for work, but I also want to wear comfortable, well-made clothes that have something unique about them….a great print, a pop of colour, finishing details….that’s where Fresh Collective comes in!

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Florence Dress (sold out) from Toronto label Mandala Design; Shop all dresses here.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Canadian designers, gorgeous clothes made for real women’s bodies, and welcoming staff with an eye for what will look great on you –what’s not to love?!

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Skirt from Rien Ne Se Perde (this style sold out); Universal Cardigan from Toronto label It Fitz Me;  Alexie Top from Montreal based MOOVment Design; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What do you have that you want to promote? 

Check out my research on sleep for families at www.stremlerresearch.com.  I’m also proud to be a Sleep Expert on the Parents to Parents website www.parents2parents.ca and the Pediatric Sleep Council www.babysleep.com  –both great resources for parents of infants and toddlers.

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Grace Dress from Toronto label Kabuki; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

Where can people find you on social media?

@RobynStremler

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Winona Dress (sold out) from Toronto label Mandala Design; Shop all dresses here. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

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

Style Profile- Life Coach Edition: Kelli Kieley

Name: Kelli Kieley
Occupation: Producer/Director/Writer + Mom
Age: Young as I feel, so often Teenaged… (;
Lifestyle: Fast-paced/Funlovin
SP3Neighbourhood Tee by The Candi Factory currently out of stock, shop other tees here; pants from Yoga Jeans

Tell us about the Life Coach series! What’s your part in the project?

I’m the Producer of Life Coach. I read Valerie Buhagiar and Steve Singh’s script about a year ago and found myself laughing out loud – I knew it was a winner. Poignant, hilarious, and VERY relatable!!

 

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Julia Tunic (Cockatoo print) from Toronto label Desserts & Skirts; Purse from Pixie Mood; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

In your opinion, what makes Life Coach a special show that people are going to love?

Life Coach has all the elements that make a show great. It’s truthful with endearing characters who are loveable in their flawed beings. While it’s placed in some rough and raw stuff – separation, lost love, financial strain, parenting and co-parenting challenges, seeking help for life’s challenges – it’s funny in all the right ways. The cast we have are perfect too – what’s not to love?

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What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m a Mom first and foremost, so as a Singlepreneur I have always structured my work and my life around my children. After drop off for school, I often have meetings or work in favorite locally-owned coffee shops alongside other self-employed people – so my social life blends with my career.

When the school day ends, I often have parenting duties and return to work after dinner if we don’t have activities. I try to visit the woods in High Park and/or go to Yoga or swimming as many days as I can – and I try to make that a priority. I schedule things with friends on the evenings my kids visit with their Dad.

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Teri flared Top from Arianne; Denim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

What in your life is really important to you?

My kids. Creativity. My family in Newfoundland. Adventure!!

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Top from Studio Fresh (not yet listed online); pants from Yoga JeansLilian Drapey Vest from Montreal label Soia & Kyo

What would you like to be remembered for?

Making things happen, overcoming and transforming obstacles, having a positive outlook in life, and encouraging others to follow their dreams.

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Neighbourhood Tee by The Candi Factory currently out of stock, shop other tees here; pants from Yoga Jeans; Clara Vest from Montreal label Schwiing

What role does fashion play in your life?

It’s often something I have to squeeze in, which I would like to change. I had a blast at Fresh Collective. It was a perfect shopping experience.

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Julia Tunic (Cockatoo print) from Toronto label Desserts & Skirts; Purse from Pixie Mood; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Having designer pieces always feels great… and it’s such a comfortable shopping environment with expert advice and great pieces for every occasion – it’s shopping made simple, sexy and fun! Also, I’m surprised by the reasonable prices for designer wear.

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June Dress from Montreal label Schwiing

Anything else you have that you want to promote? 

I have many projects on my slate including a book about Singlepreneuring… but Life Coach is my life right now and we’d love for you to watch the trailer and tell us what you think!

 Click here to watch the Life Coach trailer!

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Teri flared Top from Arianne; Denim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I love advising and coaching film and media makers.

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Where can people find you on social media?

I’m @kellikieley on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Editon: Cyndi Carleton

Name:  Cyndi Carleton
Occupation: Singer/Actor/Music Teacher
Age: 40-ish
Lifestyle:  East-ender mom trying to sing her heart out.

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Stefie Denim Jacket/Dress from Montreal brand Soia & KyoNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio; Top from Palette by Laura-Jean; Pants from Toronto based fashion label It Fitz Me

What had you sign up to do a Fab & 40 + Style Profile? What interested you about the campaign?

I LOVE the idea of celebrating women over 40!! Too often 40-something women in general, and especially in theatre/film get pushed to the sidelines. I’m so happy someone else wanted to celebrate the fabulous 40s!

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Arabella Jacket from Montreal brand Soia & KyoNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio; Top from Palette by Laura-Jean; Pants from Toronto based fashion label It Fitz Me

What do you like most about being in your 40’s? Is there anything you find surprising?

I’ve always hear about it, but it really is true that as you age you care less. I care so much less about what people think about me, and I’m not at all interested in leading someone else’s life.

I’d say my 40s have finally woken me up to making sure that I live the life that I want to live. I’m finding it easier to go after the things I really want.

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Alissa Cardigan from Montreal label MOOVmentTrinidad Dress in Black and Grey by Montreal designer Rien Ne Se PerdNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

What’s a typical day like for you?

Oh, boy. That’s tough to answer. Every day can be so different! I get up with my almost 3 year old son, make my tea and smoothie, then somehow get my son ready for preschool and get him out the door.

Then I’ll teach 2 or 3 music classes, then run to an audition (for commercials or voiceover, usually). Then back to pick up my son from school, and get dinner started. Dinner with husband and son, then try to get to a hot yoga class (if my son will let me sneak away without too much fuss).

Or practice my ukulele or work on some songs I’m writing for a children’s album. OR just veg on the couch with my husband and our friends, Netflix and Popcorn.

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What in your life is really important to you?

First of all, my family and friends. Cliche, I know, but very true. I value relationships with the people in my life so very much. If I say ‘how are you?’ I really do care about your answer!

Music matters to me almost as much. Making music myself, and enjoying other people making it. I cannot imagine life without it.

 

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Sancie Shift Dress from Toronto fashion label Mandala Design (out of stock- shop all dresses here) ; Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

What would you like to be remembered for?

I really want to make this world a more musical place. I want people to make, appreciate and support music. 

It is my hope that by teaching the little ones, they will grow up into musical adults. I want to make sure we are all music makers, instead of just music consumers.

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Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched StudioPants from Toronto based fashion label It Fitz Me; Top from Palette by Laura-Jean; Coleanthus Cardigan from Toronto desinger Jennifer Fukushima.

What role does fashion play in your life?

To be honest, I’m not all that fashion conscious! I’m not a huge fan of shopping, as I can be hyper critical of myself, and so I find shopping quite stressful.

When I do buy something, I know I want it to last. I’m much prefer fashion that is classic, and will last a long time, rather than having to have this season’s hottest thing.

I’m super envious of people that have a strong fashion sense, it’s just never been me. But I love me a good dress. If I could wear dresses every day, I would. They are just really hard to teach in :)

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Alissa Cardigan from Montreal label MOOVmentTrinidad Dress in Black and Grey by Montreal designer Rien Ne Se PerdNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I loved Fresh Collective from the first time I walked into the Queen West location. I love that the designers are local, the clothes last and last and they remain in my closet for years.

They are so comfortable! It’s hard to put into words, but I’ve always felt a kind of inherent positivity whenever I walk in the store.

Everyone who works there are so helpful and upbeat, but there’s something more too. I feel like the clothes are saying, ‘try me on. I’m gonna look GREAT on you’.

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Wynette Dress from Toronto label Mandala DesignNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

What do you have that you want to promote? 

How kind! Let’s see. I teach music classes for birth to 5 years with the company Fun With Music Together. I regularly sing with an amazing Elvis Tribute Artist, Steve Michaels.

I’m going to be doing a play in Bobcaygeon called ‘Real Estate’ with Globus Theatre – really looking forward to that fun. 

Then I’m going to be in a show with my husband this summer at 4th line theatre in Millbrook (near Peterborough). So excited to be acting with my hubby for the first time, and working with this incredible outdoor summer theatre company. Here are some links:

www.funwithmusictogether.ca

www.globustheatre.com

www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca

www.stephenkabakos.com

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Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched StudioPants from Toronto based fashion label It Fitz Me; Top from Palette by Laura-Jean; Coleanthus Cardigan from Toronto desinger Jennifer Fukushima.

Is there anything else we should know about you? 

I’ve started writing a children’s album with another musician. If you run into me on this street, make sure you ask me about it, to pressure me to keep on writing :)

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Sancie Shift Dress from Toronto fashion label Mandala Design (out of stock- shop all dresses here) ; Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

Where can people find you on social media?

Twitter: @CyndiCarleton

Instagram: cyndicarleton

www.cyndicarleton.com

And you can find me on Facebook!

 

 

 

Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Kerstin Mulfinger

Name: Kerstin Mulfinger

Occupation: Self employed as project manager in the trade show industry, bridging the gap between Europe and North America

Age: Somebody smart said once women peak at the age of 39 and should just stay there. So I am 39 (again)

Lifestyle: Easy going as mom of a 3 year old with a twist of my design (architecture) background

 

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Stefie Denim Jacket/Dress from Montreal brand Soia & Kyo. Paralomis Tunic from Toronto desinger Jennifer Fukushima. Janine Crossbody Bag in Blue from Markham based Pixie Mood. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

Get the little one going, then have breakfast. After that, the day starts

 

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Arabella Stretch Cotton Jacket by Montreal brand Soia & Kyo. Midi Skirt in Bird Print – Olive from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts. Necklace by Lavishy (in-store only) 

 

What in your life is really important to you?

Having a balance between duty and pure silliness. 

 

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Pineapple Tunic by Toronto brand The Candi Factory. Kim Convertible Backpack in Taupe by Markham based Pixie Mood. Earrings by Toronto designer Torched Studio 

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

My laughter – my nickname is “Sonnenschein”which translates into sunshine

 

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Coleanthus Cardigan in Green Tweed by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. Daiquiri Cami in White from Montreal brand Rien Ne Se Perd.  Kim Convertible Backpack in Blue (seen here as a purse) by Markham based Pixie Mood. Necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio.

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

It’s part of how I represent myself

 

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Bat Wing Top in Black by Montreal label Advika. Moose Print Leggings from Toronto brand The Candi Factory. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART. Bracelet from Niagara based designer Jon Klar (in-store only).  

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

They have some beautiful pieces which are off the mainstream

 

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Stefie Denim Jacket/Dress from Montreal brand Soia & Kyo. Paralomis Tunic from Toronto desinger Jennifer Fukushima. Janine Crossbody Bag in Blue from Markham based Pixie Mood. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART 

 

What was your favourite outfit from your shoot?

The pineapple dress. I bought it afterwards and wear it a lot.

 

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Arabella Stretch Cotton Jacket by Montreal brand Soia & Kyo. Midi Skirt in Bird Print – Olive from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts. Necklace by Lavishy (in-store only) 

 

Being an international trade show project manager communicating between Europe & North America must keep you very busy. How do you find time to be that as well as an amazing Mother to your 3 year old little boy?

Only with the support of my husband and his parents – great, amazing grandparents – as usual a big chunk goes to grandma. She gives back now what help she got from her mom. I want to continue that one day.

 

SP5Pineapple Tunic by Toronto brand The Candi Factory. Kim Convertible Backpack in Taupe by Markham based Pixie Mood. Earrings by Toronto designer Torched Studio 

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  

If you ever need someone for a trade show either in North America or in Europe, just call me. I will explain what the difference is and might be able to help you finding the right people to work with.

 

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Coleanthus Cardigan in Green Tweed by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. Daiquiri Cami in White from Montreal brand Rien Ne Se Perd.  Kim Convertible Backpack in Blue (seen here as a purse) by Markham based Pixie Mood. Necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

Either at Facebook with my full name or on my website www.mulfi.ca

 

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Bat Wing Top in Black by Montreal label Advika. Moose Print Leggings from Toronto brand The Candi Factory. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART. Bracelet from Niagara based designer Jon Klar (in-store only)

 

 

 

 

Style Profile- Life Coach Series: Rachel Wilson

Name: Rachel Wilson
Occupation: Actor
Age: 39
Lifestyle: Parent, Self-employed

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Tell us about the Life Coach series! What’s your part in the project?

Life Coach is a comedic series about a woman named Katie Bummelich.  I play Katie. She is at a personal crossroads in her life, raising a 13 year old son while having been recently separated from her husband. She is searching for extra income and a new direction in life and decides to try her hand as a Life Coach.

 

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Necklace handmade by Toronto jewellery line burfurtART; Captain Sweater from Montreal label Cameleon; Hi-rise Skinny Jeans from Yoga Jeans

In your opinion, what makes Life Coach a special show that people are going to love?

I feel like Life Coach has characters that people are going to relate to on an intimate level. It deals with subjects of parenting, divorce, midlife crisis, self help/spirituality.  

I think it’s a very timely concept right now in the world, as many people are searching for meaning in their lives but because of our fast paced technology driven era they want a quick fix.  Hiring a Life Coach has become a common tool for overhauling people’s lives.  

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What’s a typical day like for you?

Getting my little guy off to school, exercise, auditions, OCD cleaning, coffee with friends.

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De Flueve Dress from Montreal label Creations EncoreNanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Necklace handmade by Toronto jewellery line burfurtART

 

 

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What in your life is really important to you?

My family.

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Click here to watch the Life Coach trailer!

What would you like to be remembered for?

Humour, kindness.

SP4Colenathus Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima;  Skinny ankle length Yoga Jeans in Foam Blue; Cuff by Jon Klar

What role does fashion play in your life?

I’m still working on that.

I love so many different styles. I would say I’m classic at heart.

 

 

SP5Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Yoga Jeans; Viv Tie Tee from Toronto label Mandala Design.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I loved the simple well made pieces and the way they all went together well. It made it easy for me. Also I loved working with Angela and Sarah. They were super knowledgeable and put together great accessorized outfits.

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Anything else you have that you want to promote? 

I just finished an episode of Private Eyes with Jason Priestly and Cindy Sampson. They were lovely and I had a blast on the show. I’m also excited about a film I did called Backstabbing For Beginners, starring Theo James and Ben Kingsley which is due out this spring/summer.  

And I want to say how proud I am of Life Coach and the successful push for IPF funding so far.

Valerie Buhagiar and Steve Singh have written a hilarious, original show and it has been such a pleasure to work with both of them as well as our producer Kelli Kieley.

I love that it is woman produced, directed and written. I loved playing Katie and I can’t wait for people to see more of it!

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Colenathus Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima;  Skinny ankle length Yoga Jeans in Foam Blue; Cuff by Jon Klar; Sylvia Tote from Pixie Mood
Is there anything else we should know about you?

I really love making collages.

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Where can people find you on social media?
I’m @Rachel_Wilson1 on Twitter

 

 

Style Profile: Fab & 40+ Edition- Mary-Ann Cheung

Name: Mary-Ann Cheung

Occupation: Vice Principal

Age: Soon to be 46 and loving it!

Lifestyle: Always working towards a balanced life between keeping busy with work, enjoying life with family and friends and carving out some “me” time.

 

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Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART. Dress by Toronto line Studio Fresh

 

 

You’re a Vice-Principal! Do you think the kids at your school would be surprised to see these pictures?

For sure! They really only see me in the role of Vice Principal so I’m sure they wonder what I do for fun.

 

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Trinidad Dress in Black and Grey by Montreal designer Rien Ne Se Perd. Cardigan by Montreal brand Cherry Bobin. Necklace by Toronto based brand Lavishy (available in-store only) 

 

 

What appealed to you about being in a Fab & 40+ Style Profile?

After seeing a couple of style profiles pop up on FaceBook, I was intrigued and thought, “I’m Fab and 40+!”. I’ve never done anything like this before and decided to go for it. I have a difficult time finding unique and interesting clothing that fits “just right” being vertically challenged and you featured this type of clothing on various shaped and sized “models”. I love Toronto’s diversity and your profiles certainly reflect this.

 

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Coleanthus Cardigan in Green Tweed by Toronto Designer Jennifer Fukushima. Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top in periwinkle from Montreal brand MOOVment Design. Denim Skirt with Pockets by Toronto line Desserts and Skirts.  Brass Floating Moon Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio.

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

After, getting myself and my 3.5 year old up and out the door in the morning, I start my other job! My day is filled with supporting students, parents/guardians and my staff. Throughout the day, I greet and touch base with students, follow up with student concerns and address parent inquiries.I am often seen in the lunch room and outside at recess checking in with students and working with them to resolve situations that arise.

At the end of the day, it’s my quiet time to get started on my administrative work before picking Bronson up from daycare. After dinner, we have family play time and you’ll hear us “jamming”– Bronson on the guitar, daddy on the drums and mumma singing on the microphone! Bath and bedtime and we call it a day!

 

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Celeste Dress- Diamond Print in Light Grey by Toronto fashion label Mandala. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

My family. I am known as the “organizer” of family gatherings and we usually host (although we’ve taken a hiatus due a home renovation). My fondest memories are of my family and extended family around the dinner table telling stories, laughing, eating and enjoying each other’s company. Like in most cultures, food brings families together and these experiences are what I hope to continue to provide for my son Bronson. I want him to know how much he is loved by both sides of the family and that he can turn to any one of them for support, encouragement, love and understanding.

 

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Alissa Sweater in Ivory from Montreal brand MOOVment Design. Midi Skirt, Bird Print in Olive by Toronto line Desserts and Skirts. Necklace by Toronto based brand Lavishy (available in-store only) 

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

Touching someone’s life and making a difference, no matter how small.

 

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Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART. Dress by Toronto line Studio Fresh

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

I used to be more fashion conscious and wear what was currently trending, but I feel that now I look for classic pieces that I can wear for many years and that reflect my personality.

 

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Trinidad Dress in Black and Grey by Montreal designer Rien Ne Se Perd.  Necklace by Toronto based brand Lavishy (available in-store only) 

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Coming to the store to do the photo shoot was my first time setting foot in a Fresh Collective!  Of course, I left with two beautiful pieces for my wardrobe…a skirt and and a dress. I enjoy the uniqueness of the designs, the variety of styles offered, the feedback from the staff and there is something for everyone!

 

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Coleanthus Cardigan in Green Tweed by Toronto Designer Jennifer Fukushima. Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top in periwinkle from Montreal brand MOOVment Design. Denim Skirt with Pockets by Toronto line Desserts and Skirts.  Brass Floating Moon Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio.  Bracelet by Niagara based Jon Klar (in-store only)

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  

My brother-in-law, Paul Payne and sister-in-law, Fariza Payne head up an annual fundraiser to support communities in Nicaragua, in the form of a “Garage Sale” at the Richview Baptist Church. This is no ordinary garage sale. There are separate rooms for Silent Auction, Shoes, Toys, Furniture, Housewares, Clothing, Gardening, Electronics & Lighting, etc. My husband Imran and I volunteer in the Silent Auction Room and there are typically over 200 items to bid on. It’s incredible to be a part of in helping reach or surpass their fundraising goals.

Members of the Richview Baptist Church (teens, young adults, and adults) go down to Nicaragua for a week each August to drill wells, build homes and provide support where needed in communities in Nicaragua. The funds raised go directly to benefitting the people and communities.

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This event takes place every year on the Saturday of the Mother’s Day weekend– rain or shine! Come out and support if you can, either by making a purchase or volunteering your time!

Richview Baptist Church

1548 Kipling Avenue, Etobicoke, ON

(Kipling Ave. and Eglinton Ave.)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Silent Auction Closes at 12:30 pm

 

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Celeste Dress- Diamond Print in Light Grey by Toronto fashion label Mandala. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART

 

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

Being an educator for over 20 years has given me the opportunity to touch so many lives and to make many mistakes and learn from them. I still believe that children will always remember you for the way you made them feel rather than the subject or curriculum content you taught. Your words and actions can impact a person in a way that you may never know, be it positive or negative. Demonstrating kindness, caring, understanding and respect towards others is a core value I hold. We all have baggage, we do not know what baggage someone else is carrying,. We are all human.

Becoming a mother in my early forties has been a blessing and I cannot begin to tell you what an honour it is. As Bronson begins school this September, I will continue to embrace each milestone and be there to support and guide as we learn together.

 

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Alissa Sweater in Ivory from Montreal brand MOOVment Design. Midi Skirt, Bird Print in Olive by Toronto line Desserts and Skirts. Necklace by Toronto based brand Lavishy (available in-store only) 

 

Saving the best for last…my husband Imran. He has always supported me in everything I want to pursue in life and has been my partner in crime since the day we met. We have had so many adventures thus far, and look forward to so many more. When you meet the right person to share your life with, you just know. He is an incredible husband, father, friend and confidante. I love you, Imran!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

Facebook

 

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Style Profile: Life Coach Series – Valerie Buhagiar

Name: Valerie Buhagiar
Occupation: Actor/Filmmaker/Mom
Age: I’m so ready but not over done.
Lifestyle: Going with the flow but always in the driver’s seat.

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Top from Montreal label Creations Encore; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART; Pants from Toronto label Brenda Beddome (not online yet; available at Kensington and Roncesvalles only)

Tell us about the Life Coach series! What’s your part in the project?

Co-creator and Director of a funny series about a bad life coach.

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Henley Dress from Toronto Fashion label Mandala Design

In your opinion, what makes Life Coach a special show that people are going to love?

We’ll be tickling you to laughter and squeeze your heart to awareness. It tells the truth and has a great sense of humour.

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Clara Vest from Montreal based fashion label Schwiing; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART; Paralomis Tunic from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Yawza! I wake up, pray for inner growth, drink coffee,  work (writing a script, prepping a film, learning a scene for an audition or answering emails) then wake up the boy, take the dog out and back to the kitchen table for more work.

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Tunique Comme Une Plume from Montreal label Creations Encore; Denim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

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What in your life is really important to you?

My son, my friends, my work, my joy!

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Archipal Dress from Montreal label Cherry Bobin; Necklace from Torched Studio; Lilian Drapey Vest from Montreal brand Soia & Kyo.

What would you like to be remembered for?

Being a kind person, an inspiring person.

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Archipal Dress from Montreal label Cherry Bobin; Necklace from Torched Studio; Lilian Drapey Vest from Montreal brand Soia & Kyo.

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What role does fashion play in your life?

Whatever is lying by my bed. But when I have to be presentable I panic and head to Fresh Collective.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The staff are so helpful. The clothes are so comfortable and look great on!

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Click here to watch the Life Coach trailer!

 

Anything else you have that you want to promote?  

My first feature, The Anniversary, has just been released on Amazon. Check it out! My second feature, It’s Hard to be Human, is almost done.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I love a good joke that doesn’t hurt anyone.

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Tunique Comme Une Plume from Montreal label Creations Encore; Denim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

Where can people find you on social media?

Facebook!

Like Life Coach on Facebook here!

 

Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Erin Sperling

Name: Erin Sperling

Occupation: University lecturer in Education, graduate student and mother

Age: Can’t believe I’m not 25, and haven’t been for a long time.

Lifestyle: Home-based, road warrior, covered in toddler goo, packing googleslides and snacks

 

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Coleanthus Cardigan by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART. Black Ponte Pants by Toronto line It Fitz Me. Earrings and bracelet by Niagara based desinger Jon Klar (available in-store only).

 

You signed up for a Fab & 40+ Style Profile. What was it about the campaign that had you sign up?

I love the idea of featuring the lives and styles of women who are right in the thick of life. Our bodies may be rebelling, our responsibilities are deepening, but we still have sass, freshness, and dreams to chase. And we need some clothing to do it all! I especially need a wardrobe overhaul. I did the wardrobe consult back as a treat for my 40th birthday, and I loved how much fun it was and the pieces I got from it. My power-fun outfits.

 

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Paralomis Tunic by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. More Than a Shrug in Textured Knit and Black Ponte Pants from Toronto line It Fitz Me. Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio.

 

What do you like most about being in your 40’s? Is there anything you find surprising?

What I like is the wealth of wisdom and experience and incredible friendships I have to tap into. And yet, the surprising thing is sometimes I still feel very naive and inexperienced. It’s a fine balance. I teach people in their 20s and sometime I forget I could be their mother, until the slang and cultural references come out, and oh yeah, nope, I am not hip anymore – LOL

 

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Nanomia Cropped Cardigan by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. Organic Cotton & Bamboo V Neck Top by our private label Palette by Laura Jean. Feather Cotton Scarf from Fresh Finds. Geeky Deer Denim Skirt from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts. Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

My little alarm clock wakes me every morning around 6:45am with a kiss and “Mommmmy, waaaake uuuup!” I try to snooze her, but rarely works. We eat breakfast, get dressed, and I get her off to day care. It’s just the two of us now, so it can be really smooth, or turn into a gong show very quickly. Flip a coin.

Once I drop her off, I sit down to my computer, at home or in a coffee shop, or I go to the gym first. I started going to the gym regularly about 10 months ago and I am so glad I did! So I work, lots of marking, lots of planning for the next classes, lots of responding to desperate emails from students, and a tiny bit of time working on my own dissertation. Then I pick up my kid at the end of the day, we make some food, hang out and her bedtime sometimes becomes my bedtime. Or I go back to work for a bit longer. I make a point of getting dressed in something reasonable every day (ie. not my pyjamas). But earrings and make-up are for special occasions and teaching time.

 

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Habana Tunic  and 3/4 Leggings by  Montreal brand Rien Ne Se Perd. Floating Moon Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?

My daughter is number one. Then my work and my extended family. I hope they don’t read that the wrong way!  

 

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Trinidad Dress in black and grey by Montreal brand Rien Ne Se Perd. Bird Cotton Scarf from Fresh Finds.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

Being kind, honest, and caring. And funny. And for having integrity. And for inspiring teachers to engage their students in environmental education.

 

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Coleanthus Cardigan by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART. Earrings and bracelet by Niagara based desinger Jon Klar (available in-store only).

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion, at times, is my only creative outlet. It’s my chance to bring in colour or sparkle to my life. Or an opportunity to show of some of my work from the gym. It’s also my way of sharing messages but maybe not so overtly, like trying to have something nature-inspired on me when I teach (my students notice), or being able to follow a compliment with a comment about a piece being local or sustainably sourced. I don’t shop a lot so I tend to have signature pieces that I intersperse with my standard jeans and t-shirts. I love wearing colour and I love that scarves are fashionable because they are also cozy.

 

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Paralomis Tunic by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. More Than a Shrug in Textured Knit from Toronto line It Fitz Me. Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

It is a local hub of creative forces. I love how so many of the items are created by Toronto or Canadian artist and can be mixed and matched in all sorts of interesting ways. I love that it showcases full fashion options, from shoes to bags, to clothing and jewellery and even coats.  So you can walk out with the whole shebang at once!

 

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Nanomia Cropped Cardigan by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. Organic Cotton & Bamboo V Neck Top by our private label Palette by Laura Jean. Feather Cotton Scarf from Fresh Finds. Geeky Deer Denim Skirt from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts. Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio

 

What do you have that you want to promote? 

I am so awful at this! BUT one thing I did learn this year is that I am really good at helping others to teach their product. I have been working in and studying education for so long that I forgot it’s a skill set. One of my girlfriends was going for a very important job interview for a teaching and research position and I really helped her to hone her knowledge into a transferable set of information… and she got the job!! I love helping others, too and I am willing trade good pedagogy for cookies, childcare or gardening help… or wine :)

 

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Trinidad Dress in black and grey by Montreal brand Rien Ne Se Perd. Bird Cotton Scarf from Fresh Finds.

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

This photoshoot was the first time I was in public without my wedding band. I was so nervous, but I also didn’t want to do the shoot and see it in the pictures later with regret. So, hello world! This is me!

 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

Twitter me @erinsperling or facebook or LinkedIn.  

 

Style Profile: Fab & 40 + Edition- Tara Lynne Franco

Name: Tara Lynne Franco
Occupation: Maker of pots and objects in clay, amateur aerialist and proud Ontario government policy wonk.
Age: 44
Lifestyle: Single with no children but always busy and up to something whether it be doing my day job with the government, or heading to the studio to put my hands in clay,  to enjoying the sites, sounds, and deliciousness that Toronto has to offer, dangling in the air by trapeze or silks, or making good, healthy food at home to share with friends.

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Midi Skirt in Bird Print in Charcoal by Toronto line Desserts & SkirtsOrganic Cotton and Bamboo V neck in blue from Pallette by Laura JeanUniversal Cardigan from Toronto label It Fitz MeNecklace from Torched Studio.

Tell us about your pottery business!

I began working with clay in 1997 however it wasn’t until 2006 that I officially opened my business after graduating from Sheridan College in Crafts and Design.

While I haven’t been working full time in my craft since 2011, I’m constantly designing new work, exhibiting and selling my work either through galleries or directly through shows, studio tours or special events such as the West Hamilton Artist Tour that I’m on the organizing Committee for.

I use form, texture, surface design, and colour to create contemporary ceramic works that are both an enjoyment to the eye and a pleasure to use everyday.  Recently I’ve been working on new tableware – my Tattoo Series.

These pieces are layered with decal reminiscent of tattoos featuring florals and other graphic patterns. I will be further exploring the series when I travel to China this May on a ceramics study tour and residency.

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Nanomia Cropped CardiganParalomis Tunic (tucked in) both from from Toronto label Jennifer FukushimaDenim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts & SkirtsNecklace from Torched Studio.

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What’s a typical day like for you?

The best answer for this is that there is likely no typical day. If it is a weekday you’ll find me getting up in early in the morning, having my morning espresso and a healthy breakfast and then heading to work for a full day of busy, constant activity in the Deputy Minister’s Office in a large ministry.

Once I make it out the door at the “end” of the day,  I’ll head home to make a healthy dinner or out to do something – either the studio, aerial or out to meet friends.

Weekends are more of the same with a little less work. I like to shop and prep healthy meals on the weekend. I’m current loving Joy McCarthy’s new book Joyous Health. And of course when I need some down time I’ll hit the couch and catch up on my favourite shows on Netflix

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Stefi Denim Jacket from Canadian brand Soia & Kyo; Earrings from Jon Klar

What in your life is really important to you?

Connections are the most important thing to me – Spending quality time with friends and family. A healthy lifestyle, eating well, and keeping fit are also very important.

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Angle Hem Top made in Toronto by It Fitz Me; Jewellery, Torched Studio;  Floral Pants from Hue.

What appealed to you about the Fab & 40+ Style Profiles?

I’ve loved reading the profiles of all the cool, awesome, amazing women with such interesting and diverse lives. What also struck me was how busy these women are and how many things that they are involved in. I think this says a lot about women in general and the things that we take on. We are never just one thing!

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Julie Tunic in Cockatoo Print from Toronto label Desserts & Skirts

What do you love most about being in your 40’s?

I love being my true self. I’m never afraid of dressing how I want, doing my hair how I want and behaving how I want (even if that means just hanging upside down on a children’s playground so I can get my aerial fix).

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Lexi Tunic Dress in Black & Grey by Toronto brand Studio Fresh.

And I feel like I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been and how to stay that way.  I have a better appreciation of how I look – even the things that aren’t perfect (or at least those that I think aren’t).  I also feel very sexy – probably the sexiest I’ve ever felt in my life.

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Midi Skirt in Bird Print in Charcoal by Toronto line Desserts & SkirtsOrganic Cotton and Bamboo V neck in blue from Pallette by Laura JeanUniversal Cardigan from Toronto label It Fitz MeNecklace from Torched Studio.

What would you like to be remembered for?

I’d like to be remembered as a good friend – someone that is there when you need them. I have so many people in my life constantly providing joy and happiness and who are always there in times of need.

I’m very appreciative of that and want to be seen as the same for others. As an artist I’d like to be known as somebody who is creative and makes great work.

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Stefi Denim Jacket from Canadian brand Soia & Kyo; Earrings from Jon Klar

What role does fashion play in your life?

While my style has changed over time, fashion has always been a big part of my life. When I was younger I actually wanted to be a fashion designer and used to design my own dresses and collections.

While I never became that, I’ve always felt that I had a keen eye for style and knowing what suits me. I have what I would call a fun, eclectic wardrobe.

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Nanomia Cropped CardiganParalomis Tunic (tucked in) both from from Toronto label Jennifer FukushimaDenim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts & SkirtsNecklace from Torched Studio.

On one day you might find me  dressed up in a rockabilly/pin-up style dress and the next day wearing jeans and a blazer. Dresses are probably my favourite thing and I have quite a collection of various styles

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Julie Tunic in Cockatoo Print from Toronto label Desserts & Skirts

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I like that what you’d find Fresh Collective is not what you’d find elsewhere in the city. Great Canadian designers are also a factor.

It’s always great walking into a store and liking almost everything. That’s what I felt when I walked into Fresh Collective.

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Lexi Tunic Dress in Black & Grey by Toronto brand Studio Fresh.

What do you have that you want to promote? 

Firstly I’d love to promote my own business – Tara Lynne Franco Ceramics! Check out my website, my Facebook page and my Instagram!

I’m always open to making commissions and if people are interested in my work they can contact me directly and I could let them know where they can buy it!

As I also mentioned I organize an annual artist studio tour in Hamilton – the West Hamilton Artists Tour. It is Mother’s Day weekend every year www.westhamiltonartiststour.com.

This year we have an amazing line-up of over 30 artists. Our biggest tour yet. Totally worth making the trip to Hamilton!

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Angle Hem Top made in Toronto by It Fitz Me; Jewellery, Torched Studio;  Floral Pants from Hue.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I wonder what I could tell you in addition to what I’ve already said??

While Hamilton is my hometown, but I’ve finally made Toronto my official new home and purchased a two storey condominium downtown that I love!

I’m obsessed with Canadian lit and read it almost exclusively and have been doing that for almost 10 years!

Where can people find you on social media?

Website: www.taralynnefranco.com

Facebook @taralynnefrancoceramics

Instagram @taralynnefranco

 

Style Profile: Fab & 40 + Edition – Lisa Huzel

Name: Lisa Huzel
Occupation: My job is being a physician – I specialize in Respiratory Medicine (diseases of the lungs) and Critical Care Medicine (caring for people who are extremely ill), but lately much of my time is occupied by the sport of Fencing!
Age: 49
Lifestyle: Flurries of activity! My work can keep me really busy, but I manage to fit some physical activity in most days – yoga, or fencing or both!

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Trinidad Dress from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perde

What’s a typical day like for you

My work schedule is somewhat irregular; I’ll work a week straight with super long hours and then have some time off in between.

I do Asthanga yoga 4-6 mornings per week (super early ifI am working in the hospital), and I attend fencing practice 2- 4 times a week (depending on my work schedule).

My husband and I compete in fencing tournaments which often involves travelling; usually they’re within driving distance but sometimes we have the opportunity to compete internationally – we competed in the Commonwealth Veterans Fencing Championships in New Zealand last November and I plan to compete at the World Veterans Fencing Companionships in Slovenia this coming October.

In December I was elected to the Medical Commission of the International Fencing Federation; this means more travelling. What free time I do have is generally spent relaxing with my knitting.

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Assymetrical top (not available online) from Toronto label Studio Fresh. Pants from Toronto label It Fitz Me; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

What in your life is really important to you?

Being able to appreciate the wonder and beauty of the world, even in things that might seem mundane.

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Dress: More Than a Wrap Dress by It Fitz Me

What would you like to be remembered for?

Being helpful and being capable.

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Very limited edition Parachute Dress from the Candi Factory. In store only. Call 647 352 7123 or 416 594 1313 to ask about availability.

What role does fashion play in your life?

I like to use clothing as a creative outlet; I always try to “look professional” at work but I try to mix in something unique or unexpected.

Most work days I pick out what I am going to wear the night before, because I like to give some thought to my outfit (and also because I am on a tight timeline in the mornings).

When I am packing for a trip I like to challenge myself to build a little capsule wardrobe that still allows me to have fun with my outfit choices.

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Wynette Dress from Toronto Fashion label Mandala DesignNecklace from Torched Studio.

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

It’s great to have a store that features Canadian designers! I also love that so many of the items are distinctive; they’re not just the same old thing that is available everywhere else.

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Dress: More Than a Wrap Dress by It Fitz Me

What was your favourite outfit from the shoot and why?

I loved the wrap dress; it’s simple in design, but the pattern keeps it from being boring. I also have a thing for items made from knit or stretchy fabric because they don’t wrinkle easily.

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Trinidad Dress from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perde;  Mica Cardigan from Jennifer Fukushima

How did you get into Veterans’ fencing?

Veteran’s fencing competitions are open to fencers over the age of 40.  I actually fenced for a few years back in high school, but other sports ended up taking priority. My husband has fenced competitively for many years, and actually runs a fencing club and works as a fencing coach.

For years he has been telling me that I should get back into fencing, and back in 2014 when we were at the Commonwealth Veterans Fencing Championships in Scotland he pointed out that since I am tall and athletic that I could be good enough to compete at that level if I was willing to work hard.

In 2015 I started taking lessons and training hard and now I am ranked 6th in Canada in Veteran Women’s Epee (there are 3 different weapons in competitive fencing – foil, epee and sabre).

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Assymetrical top (not available online) from Toronto label Studio Fresh. Pants from Toronto label It Fitz Me; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

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Wynette Dress from Toronto Fashion label Mandala DesignNecklace from Torched Studio.