Style Profile: Karen Porter

Name: Karen Porter

Occupation: Holistic Health & Wellness Expert

Age: 53 and feeling awesome!

Lifestyle: Healthy, busy, active

 

Pina Cami – Navy by Montreal’s Cherry Bobin; Flowy Summer Pants – Green/Blue by Marvella; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

What is typical?!! My days are always different. I take patients at a clinic in Toronto one day a week. On other days, I might be seeing private clients, networking, meeting with referral partners, creating, doing a speaking engagement, or running a retreat!

 

Joanne Dress – Blue Tulips from our in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Family first, always. Self-care that includes healthy eating. Movement and mindfulness are important, as well as connection with others (friends, extended family, cohorts). Helping and serving others is another big one.

 

Pina Cami – Navy by Montreal’s Cherry Bobin; Jenna Skirt – Camo Print from Lola Jeans; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

For being a giving, loving, compassionate person.

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

My mom was always dressed to the nines, so I grew up loving fashion and accessories. It’s one of the ways that I express myself.

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Mod Flowers from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the fact that it’s Canadian and filled with Canadian designs. There’s a huge variety of funky business-casual and casual clothes. Laura-Jean’s spark and background story drew me in!

 

Pina Cami – Navy by Montreal’s Cherry Bobin; Flowy Summer Pants – Green/Blue by Marvella; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I love to show busy women how to feel their best, physically and mentally, so they can go beyond just struggling to get through the day, and actually feel on fire and able to accomplish whatever they’d like to do! I love to show women, hands on, how to prepare delicious and healthy food that they can incorporate into their lives.

 

 

I also discuss important lifestyle habits like movement, sleep, and stress management. And finally, I discuss mindset, as that is the important piece to make it all happen!

 

I love hosting retreats and offer a 3-day retreat in Haliburton, as well as a 1-day retreat locally (for just a “taste” of the experience). I’m also creating a 6-month Energize Your Life Mastermind Program for those who are really seeking new habits to feel amazing.

 

Joanne Dress – Blue Tulips from our in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

How did you first get into the business of healthy eating?

 

I suffered from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and debilitating bouts of depression for almost 30 years. I was finally able to start feeling better physically and emotionally when I incorporated better food, healed my gut and my brain, and added some other “tools” that I share with my clients, which I call my “toolbox” of health.

 

What sort of services do you offer?

 

In addition to the 1 and 3-day retreats, and 6-month Energize Your Life Mastermind Program, I also work one-on-one with clients.

 

Pina Cami – Navy by Montreal’s Cherry Bobin; Jenna Skirt – Camo Print from Lola Jeans; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio

 

I’d really love to adopt healthier food choices, but feel overwhelmed by the task of inventing a meal plan. Would I be able to contact you for a one-on-one consultation?

 

Definitely! Meal plans work for some people. Others benefit from just knowing the principles and deciding as they go along.

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I enjoy self-improvement, learning, and reading. I enjoy playing the piano and I volunteer at a retirement home where I play weekly. I love that it brings so much joy to others.

 

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Mod Flowers from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Visit my website, find me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, or subscribe to my YouTube channel!

 

Style Profile: Yulia Urukova Martins

Name: Yulia Urukova Martins
Occupation: High Performance Strategist and Process Improvement Coach
Age: 35
Lifestyle: #Bossmom entrepreneur

 

Joanne Dress – Blue Birds from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I love to wake up early, before my family, and have some quiet time for my morning ritual that includes a simple routine to fill up and fuel my body, mind and spirit. Usually, if I’m lucky, that’s just 30 minutes before my baby wakes up. Then, I spend the rest of the morning with my 1-year old daughter; we eat breakfast, go for a stroll, read books, and play together. Creating some structure and routines in our day helps me to stay focused and it’s also important for her development.

 

 

My husband comes for a break in the afternoon and we have brunch together. After that, I work on my projects and take client calls.  I’ve learned to focus on the highest impact activities in my available time so that at the end of my day I feel accomplished.  After dinner, when the baby is down for the night, there is some time for us, just me and my husband. We talk about our experiences throughout the day, discuss upcoming plans or household projects, or just snuggle watching YouTube videos.

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Taupe from our in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean; Rachel Classic Rise Ankle Length Skinny Jeans – Ocean Roll by Yoga Jeans; Alicia Tote Bag w/Removable Cross Body Bag Inside – Muted Rose by Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Continuous personal growth and gaining wisdom through experiences, interaction with people, reading from various thought leaders, implementing ideas and reflecting. Being my best self for the people in my life and living my values on a daily basis. Since I became a mom, creating a thriving and loving environment for my daughter is also a significant part of my life.

 

Pina Cami – Flowers on Denim Print from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin; A-line Skirt – Pockets by Toronto’s Desserts and Skirts

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Someone who always strove to live to my fullest capacity, which is, first and foremost, in learning and implementing ideas. I believe that we always need to be in a constant state of growth. I am someone who is always pushing the envelope for everyone around me to be, to think and to live up to the best possible version of themselves.

 

Osa Dress – Romance from Montreal’s FIG label; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I grew up in Belarus where fashion is on the list of the top 5 priorities in everyone’s life. In addition, my parents ran a boutique clothing company that specialized in manufacturing women’s professional wear and school uniforms for children.  As a result, I spent a great deal of my childhood and youth living on the operations side of it, and it was very important.

 

In Canada, however, I took a more relaxed approach to fashion and don’t follow trends. Instead, I go for functional and a bit more sophisticated styles that allow me to feel elegant and comfortable at the same time.  Also, I don’t like shopping for clothes – it’s a chore for me, which is why I always prefer to be in the company of a trusted friend or a professional, such as an image consultant who guides me in this area.

 

Osa Dress – Leafy Black by Montreal label FIG; Frances Ziparound Wallet – Muted Rose from Markham’s Pixie Mood

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that there is a variety of local designers and a beautiful collection to choose from. I truly appreciate the assistance from the Fresh Collective team to help customers put together a fabulous outfit, including accessories.  Most importantly, I can find dresses that make a statement and help me look and feel fantastic.

 

Joanne Dress – Blue Birds from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  

 

We are fast approaching the half-year review mark and many people find themselves behind on the personal and business goals they set for the year. Two main reasons for this are: 1) lack of a good plan of action and accountability to follow through on it, 2) women especially face “shiny object syndrome” and put too many goals/ projects on their plate, so it becomes difficult to stay focused. 

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Taupe from our in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean; Rachel Classic Rise Ankle Length Skinny Jeans – Ocean Roll by Yoga Jeans; Alicia Tote Bag w/Removable Cross Body Bag Inside – Muted Rose by Pixie Mood

 

In July, I facilitate a series of 1-on-1 Strategic Planning Intensive workshops designed to create a solid plan to maximize personal performance, identify benchmarks and business challenges, develop a growth plan by learning profit levers and what really moves the needle forward! 

 

Along with a customized road map, you will have a way to measure, fine-tune and update your plan as needed, to ensure absolute success in making 2019 your best year yet!  Most importantly, I help you to stay the course by setting a structure of accountability after the workshop.

 

Who is it for, you ask?

 

If you are a busy business professional trying to stay focused while being pushed and pulled by the demands of your life and business, I will help you take back control and achieve the results you desire and deserve.

 

Pina Cami – Flowers on Denim Print from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin; A-line Skirt – Pockets by Toronto’s Desserts and Skirts

 

I just don’t feel like I have the kind of personality or mindset required to become more organized and efficient. How would your services work for someone like me?

 

Based on research done by the High Performance Institute led by Brendon Burchard, an evaluation of traits and behaviours of thousands of high performers found that the secret is in daily habits. If there are habits and structures that can support you being organized, you can certainly develop them.  As a high performance strategist, I help you to identify strategies and ideas that fit your personality and current situation, and also provide accountability to ensure you implement them.

 

Osa Dress – Romance from Montreal’s FIG label; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio

 

What are some of the biggest ways we sabotage our success?

 

First and foremost, simply by not defining what success looks like to us! 

 

This is the challenge with many women, they don’t spend any time thinking about what they want and often end up being influenced by the people around them.  Even if you are a super-achiever who loves to pursue many goals, but is not completely satisfied on the inside and is not fulfilled, it is because you go after goals often defined by other people; you have not spent the time necessary to reflect, define, or go after and ask for what you want. 

 

It’s also important to ask: what kind of work are you doing? “Busy work” or “productive work”?  I see many women being busy throughout the day. However, much of this busyness isn’t getting them any closer to their goals.  This is why it is vital to work with someone who can hold that mirror up and get you on the right track. I’ve done it for many clients and I can do it for you.

 

Osa Dress – Leafy Black by Montreal label FIG; Frances Ziparound Wallet – Muted Rose from Markham’s Pixie Mood

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

People used to laugh about the fact that I plan and strategize everything, and I was told that there are some things you just can’t have a plan for, like finding your soulmate.

 

Well, as it turns out, I went from being a single person who’s never been in a relationship to finding my amazing life-partner in less than 90 days after I set a goal and wrote a strategic plan in my journal.  I don’t just talk, I strive to practice and “walk the talk” in every area of my life. 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

You can find me on Facebook or Instagram.

Join my free High Performance Accountability Facebook group Better Than Before!
Or schedule a Clarity Call over “virtual coffee.” 

 

Affiliate Style Profile: Lisa Petsinis

Name: Lisa Petsinis

Occupation: Life Coach & Holistic Career Coach

Age: Almost 50. Old enough to be wise, but still young and idealistic at heart.

Lifestyle: Multi-Mompreneur Trapeze Artist

 

Harbour Dress – Grey Dot from Toronto’s Mandala Clothing label

 

My life is about finding the right balance and harmonizing the elements that are most important to my joy and success. Leaving the corporate world to be my own boss brought both terror and exhilaration.

 

Now my life is about hurling across space, releasing my grip, and reaching for the next bar. I am navigating the tricky bits of my life, keeping my eye on the target, trusting myself, and revelling in each moment.

Learn more about the Fresh Collective Affiliate Program here!

Brooke Maxi Dress – Fade by Mandala Clothing

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I start my day after hitting snooze about 5 times. Then, I remember all the great things I get to do every day as a coach and get on with my routine. I have a 10-minute, 5-step morning process of hydration, gratitude, focus, visualization, and movement. It’s simple, and it gets me going when I have little time.

 

I chunk out my days, with allocated periods for working with clients, exploring new business ventures, and writing articles. Being a multipreneur, this helps me to keep all the balls successfully in the air. My schedule is such that I can work in quality time with my daughter and deal with household items, as well.

 

Learn more about the Fresh Collective Affiliate Program here!

Of course, when you’re running your own show, you’re “on” a lot of the time — and it’s a good thing that I love what I do! Regardless of the volume of work some days, I try to follow what I preach about self-care. You must put yourself first or else you aren’t good for anyone else. That means injecting joy into my day as much as possible, even if it’s a 5-minute meditation or a few cuddles with our rescue kitten.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket – White by Lola Jeans; Nancy Tank Top – Bamboo – Teal from Palette by Laura-Jean; Flowy Summer Pants – Black/White by Marvella; Necklace from Fresh Collective

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

I’ve had a few uh-ha moments that gave me pause about my life. Life is short, and you must do what makes you happy. My family is #1 in my life, and besides that, it’s important to me to live with intention, do meaningful work, and make a difference. It’s my mission to help women find their voice and become what they’re capable of becoming.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

First and foremost, I want people to remember me as a good role model for my daughter. I have the privilege of mothering a beautiful, creative, spirited tween, and she keeps me on my toes. It’s so critical for girls to build confidence and self-worth at an early age, and I want to be part of that skill-building process for women, too. Inspiring women to take the reins of their lives and working with them to create awareness, confidence, joy, and success – that’s what gets me going every single day.

 

Blue Moon Dress – Black Stripes from Cherry Bobin; Gabriella Denim Jacket – BCH by Lola Jeans

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

My daytime wardrobe has shifted over the years, depending on the culture of the organizations with which I worked. Now, as a busy mompreneur, I tend to choose soft, flowy, classic, durable pieces for every day, and more fun and fashionable items to wear when I go out to network with women in the community, meet clients, or enjoy a date night with my Mr. Right.

 

Trish Dress – Teal Deco Flowers from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the personal service at Fresh Collective. They get why women need to feel good in their clothes and insist that you only buy something you love. Online shopping at the boutique isn’t intimidating, either. Real women are featured, and you can picture yourself wearing the outfits.

 

I tend to be a bulk-shopper, and when I find clothes that fit right, inspire confidence, and make me feel like myself, I can’t resist! The clothes at Fresh Collective are perfect for my trapeze-artist lifestyle.

 

Eugene Dress – Houndstooth by Toronto’s Mandala; Frances Ziparound Wallet – Tan by Pixie Mood; Necklace from Fresh Collective

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I work with busy women who want to beat overwhelm, connect to what matters most, and live a purpose-driven life – without guilt. I help them to rediscover their brilliance, take back their power, and create a life they love.

 

To support these results, I offer my services in several ways. I have individual coaching packages, in-person workshops and group coaching, and specific coaching programs like Out of Overwhelm, Who Am I, What To Do With My Life, Create A Life You Love Total Transformation.

 

Fitzgerald Dress – Black by Montreal’s Cherry Bobin; Necklace from Fresh Collective

 

For those interested in creating a career they love, I offer career exploration and job search programs, training and coaching on Interviewing, and resume writing.

 

I love sharing my advice using the written word and I’m a published writer and active expert contributor for several online magazines, in addition to the articles I write for my website. You can follow my blog at www.lisapetsinis.com/blog, or sign up for my newsletter and get my free resources.

 

Harbour Dress – Grey Dot from Toronto’s Mandala Clothing label

 

What got you out of your two decades of HR work and into life and career coaching? Any advice for those looking to take a similar path?

 

I’d been in the people development field for 23 years, so it wasn’t such a big leap to want to become a certified coach. I was burning out, and I knew there was a career out there that would enable me to be my best self, create a lifestyle that was good for my family, and at the same time transform people’s lives.

 

My advice to you if you’re feeling stuck is that you don’t have to make a drastic change. Take time to reconnect with yourself. When I was figuring out what I wanted to do with my life at age 46 (it’s never too late!), I took up mindfulness, and it was a game changer. I then delved into my interests, values, strengths, and innate preferences – and dug deep. I hired a coach, explored possibilities, and I create a new and compelling vision for my life.

 

Brooke Maxi Dress – Fade by Mandala Clothing

I went back to school and earned credentials as a certified coach with the International Coach Federation (ACC), Certified Career Coaching Specialist, and certified Strong Interest Inventory® practitioner – on top of my HR Leader (CHRL) and MBTI® certifications.

 

My advice to others is to do the same. Invest in yourself, and you’ll find your path and your purpose.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket – White by Lola Jeans; Nancy Tank Top – Bamboo – Teal from Palette by Laura-Jean; Flowy Summer Pants – Black/White by Marvella; Necklace from Fresh Collective

 

So, as a certified coach, what got you interested in joining our Affiliate Program? How does it tie in with the work you already do?

 

It’s natural for me to share information about what works with people, whether that’s healthy products, life lessons, career advice, or clothes that make you feel fantastic. Joining the Fresh Collective Affiliate Program was an easy decision.

 

I envision my clients getting their back-to-work wardrobes together, boosting their confidence with a dress that shows their personality, or simply picking up something that sparks joy. My clients deserve to say, “I love my life!” and “I feel amazing wearing this!”

 

Trish Dress – Teal Deco Flowers from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

You offer FREE discovery coaching calls! How long is the call, and what can I expect from our conversation?

 

I offer a 20-minute complimentary coaching call to help women determine what they want to be different in their lives and identify what they have to gain by moving forward. They walk away with one simple yet impactful step that they can implement right away. On this call, we also figure out whether it’s a fit for us to work together.

 

Blue Moon Dress – Black Stripes from Cherry Bobin; Gabriella Denim Jacket – BCH by Lola Jeans

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m a self-professed Passion Planner addict. I consult it, decorate it, and virtually nothing happens that isn’t in my planner!  I also love vision boards! I have 3 of them, and I run full-day workshops so that other women can create a clear vision of a life they love!

 

Eugene Dress – Houndstooth by Toronto’s Mandala; Frances Ziparound Wallet – Tan by Pixie Mood; Necklace from Fresh Collective

 

People tell me it’s the thoughtfulness, empathy, and care that I bring to each situation that makes the difference to others. You can count on my experience, credentials, authenticity, and devotion to your joy and success.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

You can find me here:
My Website

Facebook

Instagram
Pinterest

Twitter 

LinkedIn

 

Fitzgerald Dress – Black by Montreal’s Cherry Bobin; Necklace from Fresh Collective

STYLE PROFILE: LACHLAN CRAWFORD

Name: Lachlan Crawford
Occupation: Naturopathic Doctor; mental health focus
Age: 31
Lifestyle: Introvert, but with dance moves

 

Rachel Classic Rise Ankle Length Skinny Jeans – Maine by Montreal-based Yoga Jeans

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

First, I wake up and move! Morning movement is an important start to my day, followed by a mostly-regular meditation practice. I have a good balance between clinic days when I am in the office, working one-on-one with patients on their mental and physical health, and days when I work from home writing, researching, studying, and planning the next workshop or retreat. In the summertime, you’ll find me barefoot in a park after work.

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Red Floral by Toronto-based Palette

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Nature, movement, authenticity, and connection. I notice I get antsy when it’s been too long since I last had a good hike, workout, or exposure to raw nature.

 

Staying authentic requires constant reconnection to myself and those that inspire me to be my best self. I’ve learned to prioritize these things above other things that clamour for my attention and energy, and to let go of the rest. You can’t be everything to everyone.

 

Pina Cami – Black by Montreal-based Cherry Bobin; Lace Cover-Up – White (only black is in stock)

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Making people feel safe and brave enough to grow through difficulties. I’ve found a way to do this in my work, creating safety and acceptance in a healing space for people to address physical and mental concerns, and in my personal life. I’d like to leave the earth even just a little bit cleaner, greener, and happier.

 

Spadina Madarin Wrap Dress – Floral Polka Dot by Toronto-based Funkd

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

It’s a creative force. I love exploring expression through movement (ecstatic dance anyone?) and fashion is an extension of that for me. I typically dress very simply on a day-to-day basis, but there are times when I have fun celebrating with clothing and aesthetic.

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Grey Bees from Toronto-based Palette

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

How unique it is here! I feel the self-expression comes out easier when there are such unique pieces. The fact that they use local designers is great, and they do a lot of cool community-building work that I think is so very important.

 

Rachel Classic Rise Ankle Length Skinny Jeans – Maine by Montreal-based Yoga Jeans

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I want people to know there are effective integrative non-pharmaceutical treatments for mood, anxiety, and mental health that can help you, whether you’re already on medications or not.

 

If you’re wary of medications, or unhappy with the results or side effects, I want you to be empowered with knowing there is an approach to help support your body and mind, that looks at WHY you are struggling in the first place, and works to correct underlying root causes, not cover them up. As an example, you can read this article on what really causes depression to learn more about the integrative approach.

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Red Floral by Toronto-based Palette

 

What area of treatment do you specialize in at Darou?

 

I help people who are struggling with mood, stress, anxiety, and other issues like bipolar, PMS, PMDD, and OCD. It’s all connected with hormones, the immune system and the gut, so inevitably I search out the root causes which end up being things like auto-immune conditions, overactive stress response, inflammation, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, and other things. I love the investigative work to find the causes, and helping people get past them.

 

Pina Cami – Black by Montreal-based Cherry Bobin; Lace Cover-Up – White (only black is in stock)

 

What are some common misconceptions that people have about naturopathic medicine?
People don’t always understand what naturopathic medicine is, and I don’t blame them because there is some misinformation out there. We look at a person and seek to heal using evidence-based treatments (typically non-pharmaceutical, although in some places NDs use drugs), but we are unique for 2 main reasons:
The first is that our medicine is based on different guiding principles: 1) medicine starts with educating and empowering the patient, 2) look at a person as a whole, and 3) find and treat the root cause (there are 6 principles total). I want a person to understand their illness, what causes it or contributes to it, and how they can help themselves beyond taking pills and supplements.

 

The second reason is that the model is set up for us to spend time with our patients and understand how every symptom, and every system is connected. The medicine is designed to integrate with conventional medicine, not against it.

 

Spadina Madarin Wrap Dress – Floral Polka Dot by Toronto-based Funkd

 

What are the benefits of seeking medical treatment at a clinic like Darou Wellness?

 

A lot of the time insurance plans will cover my services. I’ve even had patients have their supplements and blood tests covered, but you need to check with your insurance provider to be sure. This is a place to come for acute concerns (like panic and severe depression), but also for prevention and education. If you’re wondering things like if your heavy periods are connected to your mood changes, or if your digestive concerns can flare your anxiety, I’m here to talk and share with you. We also do weird and wonderful workshops and community events. Darou is a cool space to hang out in!

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Grey Bees from Toronto-based Palette

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I also have training in psychotherapy and in meditation exercises for mental and physical health.

 

Where can people find you on social media?
Learn more about me and my treatments on my website.
Read the info and studies I post on facebook and on instagram

STYLE PROFILE: LINA MARIA ARISTIZABAL

Name: Lina Maria Aristizabal
Occupation: Productivity Coach, Clarity Coach, Educator
Age: 37
Lifestyle: Passionately on the go, yet always stopping to notice how cool that tree looks right now

 

Julia Tunic – Campers and Cars by Canada-based Desserts and Skirts

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

It’s a beautiful combination of buckling down and doing the work that needs to be done: working with my lovely clients, on my next event or presentation, and through getting inspired by exciting new project ideas, which I let take form as I pace around the apartment, prepare my smoothies and meals and then mind map them out on a giant sketch pad.

 

Knowing so much about the science of well-being, I also make sure to include certain things into my day, so I take lots of short breaks for movement, sunshine, and connecting with people in my life. I also leave space for artistic expression, which these days means working on a script and playing the ukulele.

 

One-of-a-Kind top by Yasmine Louis; Jeans from Canada-based Yoga Jeans

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

At this stage, what’s most important to me is building a community and connecting with people as my authentic self as well as living in alignment with what I truly want in my life. My business is a huge part of that for me.

 

Trish Dress – Teal Deco Flowers by Toronto-based Palette

 

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for being a kind, authentic person who pursued all her passions, however odd or inconvenient. And for my kick-ass screenplay.

 

Nov Top – Acacia by Canada-based FIG; Cropped Luci Leggings – Rasberry Floral by Toronto-based Palette

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

They have so many beautiful styles and colours, and I find it easy to bring more colour into my wardrobe. I just love the selection and the staff are always so helpful.

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Grey Bees by Toronto-based Palette

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

My Productivity Coaching packages! These can be for entrepreneurs, but really anyone who’s having trouble with completing their projects, sticking to their schedule or to-do lists while working from home, or feeling a lack of motivation in their work. I support them with habit-creation, goal-setting, establishing effective routines, accountability and uncovering what’s holding them back. It’s really everything you need to finally start being productive and moving towards your goals.

 

After six sessions you’ll hit the ground running with clear action steps, fresh motivation, new routines, and the energy to get your best work done and tools to effectively sustain that.

 

And I’m really excited to announce that I am launching a Productivity Club next month. It includes all the perks of Productivity Coaching plus the amazing benefits of community and ten times the accountability.

 

Accountability has been found to be one of the most significant factors in goal success, increasing the rate of goal achievement by more than 3X. Through the club, clients will also receive both individual coaching calls, group video calls and lots of tips and strategies to get you moving and get your stuff done. Clients will also have a space to bounce ideas off each other and provide encouragement and support to one another in their goal achievements.

 

3 and 6 month memberships will be half price if you sign up in July, August or September

 

I’m also a certified life coach and I provide Clarity Coaching to help clients uncover what’s holding them back and support them to show up in the world the way that they want to, and move forward in the direction they want to go. Lots of deep digging and life-changing work through this. It’s beautiful and empowering work and I encourage everyone to give it a try at some point in their life.

 

I’m offering a promo for Fresh Collective Style Profile Blog readers: $100 off ALL coaching packages in July and August. E-mail me for details!

 

Julia Tunic – Campers and Cars by Canada-based Desserts and Skirts

 

 

How did you get into the business of becoming a productivity coach in the first place? Where did the inspiration come from?

 

One of the things I’m most passionate about is helping people show up in the world the way that they want to and supporting them to accomplish the things that they want to accomplish in life.

 

My background is in the science of well-being and optimal living, and a big part of that is being productive and working towards our goals. And there is science and so many useful tools around doing that. But so many of us still struggle with it. So I’ve spent a lot of time learning about the psychology and tools of setting and meeting goals, of building and maintaining habits, of building motivation, essentially all the things that lead us to live the life we want and doing what needs to be done to get there. Most of us are holding ourselves back from achieving what we can achieve. But it’s not our fault; we just need to start using tools to help us move forward.

 

One-of-a-Kind top by Yasmine Louis; Jeans from Canada-based Yoga Jeans

 

In your coaching, you seem to focus a lot on the application of positive psychology. Can you tell us a bit about what that’s all about?

 

Positive psychology is the scientific study of well being, happiness and optimal living. It focuses on strengths and behaviors that allow humans and organizations to thrive. It includes research from fields of evolutionary psychology, behavioural psychology, organizational psychology and neuroscience.

 

More and more studies are being done in this area and what comes out of it are evidence-based tools and strategies that promote well-being. So that’s what I bring to the table: research and evidence-based tools and strategies to help you be happier, healthier, and live a more fulfilled life.

 

Trish Dress – Teal Deco Flowers by Toronto-based Palette

 

What do your free consultations look like?

 

I do a free 30-minute Productivity Coaching consultation, in which we talk about your challenges around productivity. I support you with some tips and a plan to move forward.

 

For Clarity Coaching, I also do a free Life Wheel Assessment, through which we explore different areas of your life and what next steps you can take to help you move forward in a direction you want to go.

 

Nov Top – Acacia by Canada-based FIGCropped Luci Leggings – Rasberry Floral by Toronto-based Palette

 

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m doing free talks on different topics related to well-being all summer long at Dufferin Grove Park and Christie Pits.

 

Join my MeetUp group!

 

I’m also an educator, with 9 years of teaching experience, and have a Bachelor and Masters in Education. I work with families to support their kids with anxiety, resilience-building, well-being habits, growth mindset and everything that supports their academic habits and development, as well as motivation and confidence.

 

Like my Facebook page to learn about the science of parenting and resiliency in children. 

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Grey Bees by Toronto-based Palette 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

Facebook: Lina Marie Coaching

Facebook: Raising Resilient Kids

Website 

STYLE PROFILE: LISA COCKBURN

Name: Lisa Cockburn
Occupation: Beauty and self-care consultant
Age: Very late 30s
Lifestyle: Single mama hustle butterfly

Trish Dress- Butterflies and Flowers by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

Once in a while, I manage to get up before my (almost) 2-year-old and sneak in a few minutes of a morning ritual, but sleep still feels like such a luxury. It’s tricky! On days that my little guy is in daycare or with his dad, I try to get as much done as I can so that I can really be present and enjoy the times when he’s at home with me.

 

I used to have a big social life, but I really don’t miss the parties all that much, and I love being able to take a bath and just relax with some tea and a good book or TV show.

 

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Navy Poppies by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My son. I am just so incredibly grateful that he came into my life. I am learning that I’m much stronger than I realized, and I just want to be the best version of myself for him.

 

 

The Boheme Dress – Rose by Quebec-based Noujica 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I’ve never been too concerned with legacy. I care much more about the small everyday ways that our interactions with others can promote love, beauty and connection, or take away from those. I want to be a light in the world.

 

 

Eclipse Jumpsuit – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I like to think I have a decent eye for creating my own style. Pregnancy and new motherhood took a bit of a toll, but I’m getting back into my groove now!

 

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Yellow from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt – Night Garden – Grey from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

It was one of the first stores that I fell in love with when I moved to Toronto! I adore the local and ethical elements of the business, and I find it jives well with my own fashion aesthetic.

 

 

Trish Dress- Butterflies and Flowers by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

 

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Right now I’m working toward my makeup artist certification and am looking for friendly faces to practice on! I’d love for your readers to book themselves in here for a free makeover. And you know, I also have this magical smudge-proof life-proof lipstick…

 

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Navy Poppies by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What range of services do you offer?

 

The foundation of my business is selling amazing skincare and makeup that really works the way you want it to. Our products are all vegan and cruelty free, and are only available from distributors like me.

 

I connect with women in a variety of ways – through in-home parties, small vendor shows and marketplaces, and online events. I also have a Facebook Group, where I do weekly beauty and self-care tutorials. But really, what I think I offer is an accessible avenue to beauty for women who haven’t generally been that into makeup or skincare routines, but maybe are getting curious and don’t know where to start. It’s also for ladies who are just looking for simple ways to add self-care to their lives!

 

Another element of my business is empowering women to take charge of their lives and find ways to dream bigger. I never would have believed it if you’d have told me 5 years ago that selling lipstick would change my life and make me this happy! I want to help others who are looking for something but haven’t found it yet.

 

A lot of my clients are also moms, entrepreneurs, or both; oftentimes, self-care is at the very bottom of their to-do list.

 

 

The Boheme Dress – Rose by Quebec-based Noujica 

 

So many women out there are itching to leave their desk job and start a business! As someone who did just that, what advice or words of encouragement would you pass along to those who don’t feel ready to get their feet wet?

 

I absolutely did not see myself as the entrepreneurial type coming into this business, and I was new to sales as well. As a recovering academic coming out of an unfinished PhD and recently diagnosed with adult ADD, I was actually doing temp administrative work before I went on maternity leave. So if I can do it, anyone can!

 

Seriously though, I think what has really helped me is that in the direct sales/network marketing model, you aren’t starting from scratch and you aren’t alone. When you find the right company, there is a ton of support and training, and there are systems and frameworks in place that you can make your own. There is still so much freedom and creativity involved in how I run my business, but I also love that there’s a structure that I can plug into, and I love helping others to do the same.

 

 

Eclipse Jumpsuit – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

What holds us back from putting more time into our morning prep routines, and how can we combat those motivational roadblocks?

 

It’s interesting, before I got into this business I hardly even wore makeup! I saw it as a chore, something that I was expected to do mainly for other people. And so I chose not to care about it. But now I’ve discovered how much fun it can be, and what a difference that little bit of creativity combined with deliberate self-care can bring to my mood and mental health.

 

I think a big part of it is not prioritizing yourself, and underestimating the impact it can have on your confidence in so many areas of life. There are still mornings when I don’t wash my face and stay in my sweatpants all day, but I have become so aware of just how much better I feel if I throw on a dress and put some colour on my lips. It is ultimately a choice every day, to consciously to show up for yourself.

 

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Yellow from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-JeanLaura Skirt – Night Garden – Grey from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I love to travel and a wall of my living room is covered with photos I’ve taken over the years, all over the world.

 

A huge motivator for me now is to create a life where I will have the time and resources to take my little guy to all these incredibly beautiful places and have so many marvellous adventures together.

 

 

 

Where can people find you on social media?
Facebook (please join my Facebook Group for weekly beauty and self-care tips) and Instagram
My Website is: www.lovelylifebeauty.com

STYLE PROFILE: FANTASTIC FLORALS ROUND UP!

Summer is just around the corner, and nothing says summer better than a fantastic floral print. 

 

Whether you’re looking for a bright pop of colour or something on the darker side, we have something for everyone. 

 

Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite floral pieces! 

Joanne Dress – Blue Tulips from Toronto-based Palette

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Mod Flowers from Toronto-based Palette

 

Bloom Dress – Flowers on Blue Denim Print from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

DEIRDRE DERBY: STYLE PROFILE

 

Trish Dress – Navy Deco Flowers from Toronto-based Palette

 

Lily Tunic – Vintage Floral from Toronto-based Palette

 

Asymetric Hem Dress – Black Floral from Canada-based Marvella

 

An-Li Dress – Juicy Floral – Orange from Toronto-based Palette

 

Edie Dress – Tumbled Tulips – Black from Toronto-based Mandala

STYLE PROFILE: DANIELLA THERESIA

 

Luau Dress – Flowers on Red from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

Sing-Sing Dress – Black and White Flowers from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

Simple Cami – Floral Print from Canada-based Marvella

 

Pina Cami – Flowers on Denim Print from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin 

 

Maggie Top – Dark Floral Print from Canada-based Desserts and Skirts 

 

Simply A-Skirt – Floral from Canada-based Studio Fresh 

 

Laura Skirt – Fantastic Floral Print from Toronto-based Palette

 

Laura Skirt – Night Garden – Raspberry from Toronto-based Palette

 

Cropped Luci Leggings – Raspberry Floral from Toronto-based Palette

Floral Dogs from Canada-based Good Luck Socks

 

Floral Fox Socks from Canada-based Good Luck Socks

Floral Pit Bull from Canada-based Good Luck Socks

 

Shop all these great styles in person at one of our locations or shop online

DEIRDRE DERBY: STYLE PROFILE

Name: Deirdre Derby
Occupation: Owner of Dragonfly Vitality Fitness Boutique
Age: 50
Lifestyle: Outdoorsy, active, with time to be creative

 

Tshirt Dress – Floral on Denim Print from Canada-based Marvella

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Mornings are busy with my routine of lemon water and a flax seed cocktail, making breakfast for my son for when he returns from morning swim practice, walking the dog (or should I say, taking the dog for a sniff), going through my workout, and maybe some quick paperwork!

 

The afternoon is spent going over client workouts, class planning, doing my most favourite bookkeeping (NOT!), social media, and networking before my clients and classes begin later in the day and evening. I usually finish with clients and classes by 8:30pm, and then have a bit of unwind time watching some TV with my family. Bedtime is around 10:00pm, which is when I typically journal and read for a few minutes, before lights out.

 

 

Pina Cami – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry BobinAlexa High Rise Ankle Jeans – Camo from Montreal-based Lola Jeans

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family and friends are the most important things in my life. Obviously health is also very important to me, along with eating well and being active. Trying to decrease my carbon footprint as much as possible is another one, and that’s very difficult when you live in a suburb. I do what I can, however, even when it requires extra effort.

 

Learning and growing as an individual is also quite important! Whenever possible, I enroll in extra courses or read new books. Indigo is a dangerous place for me!

 

And finally, being creative!

 

 

Julia Tunic – Campers and Cars from Canada-based Desserts and SkirtsCropped Luci Leggings – Bamboo – Black from Toronto-based Palette

 

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being kind and compassionate without compromising who I am and what I need. Helping others return to really living through helping them become healthy.

 

 

Bloom Dress from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I LOVE clothes! It is pretty much a problem, hahaha!

 

I have to stay away from the mall just to avoid shopping! I’ve always truly believed that how you dress says a lot about who you are. Fashion allows us to express ourselves. Nothing can turn a bad day around like putting on your favourite outfit that you know you look amazing in – especially when networking or trying to make and impression! When you feel good in the clothes you’re wearing, you feel more confident. And it shows.

 

My tastes are pretty eclectic! For work I wear athletic apparel such as yoga pants, and I like to have outfits that make a bit of a statement and stand out. Funky bottoms, bra tops with fancy backings and the like. I love pretty dresses in the summer, great sweaters in the winter. It really depends on my mood!

 

 

Pina Cami – Flowers on Denim Print from Montreal-based Cherry BobinLisa Cavalli Shorts – Strone from Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

Fresh Collective has original clothing that actually fits, is comfortable and gorgeous, all at the same time! The prices are also very affordable.

 

Some of the big box stores make clothes for women who are sticks, but for me with my muscular legs, it’s very hard to find pants that fit both my legs and my waist! I have no problem with this at Fresh Collective. And I love that I’m not likely to see several other women in the same outfit!

 

 

Tshirt Dress – Floral on Denim Print from Canada-based Marvella

 

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I love helping women rediscover who they are and getting them on track to living well again through healthy eating and exercise!

 

I offer a program to suit many needs, whether you prefer to attend classes in-person in a small, home-based studio, or whether you prefer one-on-one in-person training, or online coaching!

 

I really enjoy the positive energy and community environment in my group classes, but my passion lies in one-on-one coaching! I love getting to know every individual that crosses my path, and doing so in a private environment allows me to really delve into who you are and what makes you tick! Then, together we can find your path to optimal health!

 

Hearing the joy in your voice when you begin to live again and experience all life has to offer is what makes my heart sing!

 

 

Pina Cami – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry BobinAlexa High Rise Ankle Jeans – Camo from Montreal-based Lola Jeans

 

I really want to get fit, but personal motivation has always been an issue for me. How do you encourage people to commit and stay committed to their diet and workout?

 

Commitment and motivation are truly the toughest part of the job. Small changes are key. Making a change so small that it isn’t overwhelming is the best way to go, and you need to feel successful at it. Once that’s in place, adding another goal becomes possible. And that goes for both diet and exercise.

 

When the client starts to feel improvements in their energy levels and gets more focused and excited to start a new day, the changes become easier to implement! Weight loss, muscle toning, better skin and hair start to occur, in turn reinforcing new behaviour patterns even more. Also, learning what workouts the clients like and dislike, what foods are completely off the table and what will work with their lifestyle are very important considerations! And of course, getting the client to really connect with why they want to change!

 

 

Julia Tunic – Campers and Cars from Canada-based Desserts and SkirtsCropped Luci Leggings – Bamboo – Black from Toronto-based Palette

 

What are your niche areas of fitness expertise?

 

Meeting a client where they are at! When I first meet with a client, we go through a fitness assessment to determine what their fitness level is. And we kick off from there. I take the client through a gradual progression so they don’t get sore and risk being unable to walk for days (although that does sometimes happen, I won’t lie).

 

Over time, the workout becomes harder and more challenging. The cool thing is that most of the time they don’t even realize it! They’ll complain about how they couldn’t finish a set, and I’ll have to point out that just a few weeks ago they couldn’t do half of that! When they remember where they started from, the light bulb goes off and they recognize how far they’ve come.

 

I also have a super power that allows me to know where a client is at, emotionally and physically, as soon as I see them. Becoming physically fit is not always about working out to exhaustion every time. If my client shows up in tears because of a life situation, a heavy interval workout may not be the best thing for them in that moment! In those cases, I often switch to yoga and relaxation. The client feels much better afterwards; they continue to trust me, thereby strengthening our relationship and commitment to their goals.

 

 

Bloom Dress from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

Tell us about some of your favourite client success stories!

 

About seven years ago, a father of one of my son’s friends was diagnosed with type II diabetes. He was close to 300lbs, tired all the time, cranky and irritable, and his family was afraid for his life. He decided he no longer wanted that life and was ready to change!

 

He started coming for personal training and lost about 80lbs, and still continues coming to this day! He now runs with his wife, goes on bike rides with the kids, plays squash with his brother-in-law, and really enjoys life! When there’s a physically-demanding task that needs to be done at home, he feels strong enough to tackle it and lets me know how he is still surprised about how easy it is, since there was a time he wouldn’t have been able to do it at all! Watching him become healthy and more involved with his family again has been amazing!

 

Another client came to me after a difficult divorce because she was ready to make changes. She had been in a car accident a few years beforehand, and was still suffering from severe neck and shoulder pain, to point that she found it difficult to do housework. She had subsequently gained weight and, coupled with her divorce, felt very unhappy about herself.

 

She began coming to personal training sessions, and we were able to strengthen the necessary muscles to lessen her pain. Housework stopped being an issue. She lost about 30lbs and put herself on match.com, and found an amazing new partner that she’s now been with for 3 years! She and her new partner have even done some renovations in her house all by themselves!

 

I have countless stories like these. At the end of the day, it’s not really about looking better or being thinner – it’s about living your life! What I do helps people arrive at the point where they can live to the fullest! We only have one body, and it is very useful when it works well! Look after it, and it will look after you.

 

 

Pina Cami – Flowers on Denim Print from Montreal-based Cherry BobinLisa Cavalli Shorts – Strone from Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I have three children – two girls who are now adults in university, and my baby son who is 14 and not allowed to get any older! Hahaha!

 

I love to make things and am always looking for new projects. I make cold-processed soap, eye pillows, yoga mat bags, and yoga socks – just because I like to! I also love to cook and bake. But travelling is probably my biggest passion! I have had the privilege of going to a few places in Europe and the U.K, and can’t wait to get that opportunity again. Next on the bucket list is Asia!

 

 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I can be found on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. There are a few workout videos on my YouTube channel for people to enjoy! My website is dragonflyvitality.ca. And I am on LinkedIn and Twitter. I can be reached by email at deirdre.derby@gmail.com.

 

STYLE PROFILE: DANIELLA THERESIA

Name: Daniella Theresia
Occupation: Singer
Age: 32
Lifestyle: Never too busy to smell the roses or eat the chocolate

 

Joanne Dress – Navy Apples from Toronto-based Palette

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My days vary based upon rehearsal and gig schedules, but I generally like to do at least 30 minutes of yoga to wake up my body before I warm up vocally.

 

Depending what’s coming up, I’ll practice for about an hour and then the rest of my day is flexible – sometimes I’ll have a rehearsal with my pianist, sometimes I’ll have time for a long walk in a nearby park, some evenings I’ll have rehearsals for ensembles that I sing in and, of course, some days I’ll have performances.

 

A significant part of my day tends to be spent in the kitchen; I love cooking and baking treats!

 

Joanne Dress – Blue Birds from Toronto-based Palette

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Authentic, heart-full connections, especially with regards to what I’m singing.

 

Sing-Sing Dress – Black and White Flowers from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I want to be remembered as the person that radiates lightness and joy and uplifts others with her singing.

 

 

 

Edie Dress – Tumbled Tulips -Black from Toronto-based Mandala

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I got bitten by the fashion bug late in life. I always loved beautiful colors and clothing, but had a hard time finding clothes that were actually flattering. Now that I know where to find those clothes, I have to rein myself in!

 

Obviously looking polished and put together is crucial onstage, but dressing well also helps me to get in a performance mindset when I have to sing. Even when I’m just practicing at home, there’s a difference between when I’m just singing in my exercise clothes or wearing a well-planned outfit. I’m more focused and alert when I’ve actually gotten myself ready.

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Turquoise from Toronto-based Palette; Laura Skirt – Forest Foxes from Toronto-based Palette

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that there is a variety of designers and styles to choose from, and I love it even more that they’re all made in Canada! There seems to be something for everybody and I know that I can find what I’m looking for at your boutiques. The featured designers don’t shy away from bold colours and patterns – and I love wearing unique pieces!

 

I also appreciate that everyone at Fresh really loves the merchandise and helps you to find the best pieces for you, not just whatever is the best-seller of the moment.

 

Joanne Dress – Navy Apples from Toronto-based Palette

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Recordings!

 

My good friend Suzanne Yeo (pianist) and I released our first CD together last May, entitled The Eternal Feminine. This CD was recorded live at our concert, The Eternal Feminine (Part Two), which took place at the Heliconian Hall here in Toronto last May.

 

Suzanne and I have a long list of concert and recording ideas that are steadily being put into place. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but one of our concert theme ideas is called Neurotica.

 

I also released a CD/DVD a few years ago with Adriana Teodoro-Dier (pianist), entitled Alma Mahler in the Mediterranean. This program focused on the cultures and languages of the Mediterranean (think Italy, France, Israel…) and, of course, works by Alma Mahler-Werfel. There’s even a set in Greek on that recording!

 

Both of these CDs are available through my website or at my concerts. They make lovely gift ideas, and I also discovered that the soothing nature of The Eternal Feminine makes it a very good remedy for road rage.

 

If you no longer own a CD player, there are also mp3 album versions of my latest concerts available on my website. However, due to agreements with contemporary composers, there are some pieces that are available ONLY in CD format.

 

Joanne Dress – Blue Birds from Toronto-based Palette

 

Your latest CD release is a continuation of your previous concert, The Eternal Feminine: Part One. What inspired you and your collaborators to create this beautiful collection in celebration and exploration of the feminine experience?

 

When I first arrived in Toronto in 2016, I became disheartened because all of my public singing was for auditions that I wasn’t getting. I was doing all of the preparation with none of the rewards, and I started to question if I even wanted to be a singer.

 

I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a concert. That way, I could sing music that I truly loved and share it with more than just a few people on an audition panel (and finally hear some applause!).

 

I created The Eternal Feminine (Part One) with my friend Perri Lo (pianist) to highlight various aspects of women’s lives through their poetry and music. I wanted each piece to have either a woman poet, composer, or character and for each set to show a different perspective on being a woman. Themes included motherhood, love (lost and otherwise), fantasy, and relationships.

 

When I was creating the first concert, I was in the midst of a spiritual breakthrough – a lot of grieving and healing old relationships mixed with the joy of new relationships and experiences. As a result, that first concert program had a lot of themes of loss and sadness. By the time I met Suzanne and we started performing together, I was able to sing more joyful pieces and truly be able to connect with them.

 

Now, The Eternal Feminine is in its sixth variation and I’ve performed it with three different (women) pianists in the GTA and beyond! I even performed it outdoors at a spiritual retreat up in Rosseau, Ontario, where the frogs and birds were singing along with me.

 

This concert series has become a wonderful way for me to share what I do best and to highlight other women creators and women’s experiences. The possibilities of themes and repertoire seem to be endless, so I think The Eternal Feminine will be with me for a while.

 

Sing-Sing Dress – Black and White Flowers from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

Tell us more about your upcoming performances!

 

You can see me singing with the Etobicoke Centennial Choir this Saturday (June 1 st) at the Humber Valley United Church. This choir was one of the first ensembles that I sang with when I arrived in Toronto, and I love their enthusiasm and diverse programs. This is also the last concert of their season, entitled After the Rain, and features floral-themed pieces. We will have guest musicians from local composer and guitarist Anton Apostolov’s Balkania Ensemble as well as guest visual artists. It will be quite a show!

 

In September, I’ll be giving a solo recital as part of St. James Anglican Cathedral’s Midday Concert Series downtown. These concerts are free to the public (any and all donations go to the performers), and are a wonderful way to reach people outside my usual demographic.

 

Suzanne and I are also creating a program entitled Decadent Delights, which will showcase composers and friends of the Second Viennese School – think Schoenberg, Gustav Mahler, Alma Mahler-Werfel, Webern… Singers tend to shy away from these challenging composers, but Suzanne and I love them and we’re determined to find pieces that our audiences will enjoy and might even walk away humming (hey, we can dream)!

 

Edie Dress – Tumbled Tulips -Black from Toronto-based Mandala

 

I’m very interested in hosting a little private home concert for friends and family. Do you offer such services?

 

Yes! House concerts are some of my favorite events – they are cozier and more intimate than a traditional recital hall. And when you can have a reception afterwards, it gives everyone a chance to connect and digest the music and the experience (and have treats – who doesn’t love those?).

 

All I need is a piano in good, tuned condition (I can also bring my own electronic piano for a small fee). The audience size is up to you. Our last house concert held 40 people with room to spare, but you could also have just a few friends over, or even just you! It’s your choice!

 

If you or a friend would like to host a concert, please contact me.

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Turquoise from Toronto-based PaletteLaura Skirt – Forest Foxes from Toronto-based Palette

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

My husband and I are looking for a house! Wish us luck!

 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I’m on Instagram, Soundcloud, and YouTube.

 

I update my website regularly with gigs and new media.

 

STYLE PROFILE: FRANCINE DICK

Name: Francine Dick
Occupation: Financial Planner
Age: Not quite Golden Girl territory
Lifestyle: Compulsive Volunteer

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Mustard Floral by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I always begin with 15 to 30 minutes of meditation, and then try to do some writing or catching up with e-mails before exercising. There are client appointments, putting together plans or researching investments for clients, and of course, endless administrative duties!

 

I do also take time for my own interests, whether it’s doing volunteer work, going to the theatre or attending a networking event.

 

Marjorie Tunic – Merlot by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean; Ankle Length Work Pants – Khaki by Canada-based Brenda Beddome

 

What in your life is really important to you?

The most important thing is how we behave in this world, and our moral character. Helping others and giving back is paramount, as we have so much. And of course, my children top the list.

 

Rachel Cardigan – White from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean; Pina Cami – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry BobinGwyneth Cropped Pants – Hex by Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

That I cared deeply, loved fully and had a great sense of humour.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket – White from Canada-based Lola JeansPina Cami – Flowers on Denim by Montreal-based Cherry Bobin; Dakota Bermuda Shorts – Navy from Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

You’re a pretty active lady, by the sounds of it! What’s your secret to balancing work and play?

 

Remembering what is important in life. My business is important, but it has never been first in my life. I’ve always taken time to volunteer and enjoy what life has to offer. Even while raising three kids on my own, I managed to lead a balanced life, and I take great pride in that.

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Taupe by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean Laura Skirt – Mushrooms by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What role does fashion play in your life? What sort of outfits do you opt for?

 

I love comfort and colour. When meeting clients, I have to look professional but not intimidating. I definitely like a business-casual look. I prefer the comfort of pants and will often opt for solid pants and a t-shirt with a vibrant jacket.

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Mustard Floral by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The clothes are made for real women who work. They are comfortable, flattering, well made and well-priced. There’s always new things coming in to discover. And pockets!

 

Marjorie Tunic – Merlot by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-JeanAnkle Length Work Pants – Khaki by Canada-based Brenda Beddome

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

I raised three kids on my own, so I understand what it’s like to go through difficult financial struggles. With rent or a mortgage, daycare, and being an entrepreneur, it can be challenging to stay on top of finances.

 

I work with people to find solutions through planning, saving and insurance. I offer a complimentary discovery call so people can have a chat with me and see if we’d be a good fit to work together.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket – White from Canada-based Lola JeansPina Cami – Flowers on Denim by Montreal-based Cherry Bobin; Dakota Bermuda Shorts – Navy from Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

Why is hiring a financial advisor such a worthy investment? How can those of us with modest financial goals and incomes benefit?

 

A financial advisor can ensure you’re on the right track to meet your goals. They’ll get you on track with pertinent questions such as whether or not you have a will, whether you understand your group benefits at work, whether you’re preparing for retirement, and so on.

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Taupe by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean Laura Skirt – Mushrooms by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What are some of the biggest misconceptions we have about financial planning?

That it’s too expensive or that we need to have a lot of money for financial planning.

 

Rachel Cardigan – White from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-JeanPina Cami – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry BobinGwyneth Cropped Pants – Hex by Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for my community service. And I have two cats.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

You can connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on my website!