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Style Profile: Amy Syed

Name: Amy Syed
Occupation: Founder and CEO of FindyourHCP
Coach/Principal Consultant 15minutesaday.com
Chair of the Board of Directors, The Period Purse
Host of podcast, The Calm After the Storm
Age: Over 40 and loving it!
Lifestyle: Meticulously curated days – work hard and play hard!!

 

Leanne Long Sleeve – Plum from Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans – Black by Lola Jeans; Audrina Bag – Red by Markham’s Pixie Mood; Necklace by Torched Studio

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

A typical day starts between 5:30-6:00 AM. It’s an interchanging of hour-by-hour meetings intertwined with my 5 kids and husband.
I normally work for the earlier part of the day, so I am available by 6 for dinner with my family and have a busy evening life.
Days are never typical… things can change and evolve by the hour! 

 

Ewa Dress – Cobalt Blue from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Ensuring I’m fulfilling a higher purpose and lifting others up. Of course, my family is important – especially making sure all of my 5 kids feel fulfilled. My highlight and spending play time with my 3-year-old and learning from her inquisitive nature. 

 

Samara Tunic – Maroon from Palette by Laura-Jean; Anne-Marie Cardigan – Wine from Palette by Laura-Jean; Leggings available in-stores only

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I want to be remembered for my impact on others lives and the world. I am preparing for bigger things and believe I’m on the right trajectory, so 2020 will be all about execution and disruption. To help others at this level, I rely on those like your readership to advocate and help get me there! 

 

Faux Wrap Dress – Black by Brenda Beddome; Gabriella Denim Jacket – Midnight Blue by Lola Jeans

 

What role does fashion play in your life?
Fashion is one’s personality and I have always striven to be a little different, although as I get older I feel I’m perhaps becoming more the same.

 

I like signature pieces that are bright and chic. I always wanted to be a fashion designer in my younger days and still maintain a fashion incubator membership, just in case. 

 

Lisa Dress – Purple Floral from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love how to clothes fit my curves and didn’t cut off at my waist. I bought so many outfits just because of the ease and comfort in the clothes. I also like the fact I can throw it in my bag and travel with a few pieces. I travel a lot and it’s easy to pack in my backpack and go. 

 

Leanne Long Sleeve – Plum from Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans – Black by Lola Jeans; Audrina Bag – Red by Markham’s Pixie Mood; Necklace by Torched Studio

Leanne Long Sleeve – Plum & Pine from Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans – Black by Lola Jeans; Rebeccah High Rise Pull On Straight Jeans – Medium Blue by Lola Jeans; Audrina Bag – Red by Markham’s Pixie Mood; Necklaces by Torched Studio

What do you have that you want to promote?

FindyourHCP is a platform that uses the gig economy of human capital in healthcare to match healthcare practitioners to employers on an on-demand and flexible basis. We are the first gig economy solution for professionals and are so excited for expansion in 2020!

 

Ewa Dress – Cobalt Blue from Palette by Laura-Jean; Una Jacket – Black French Fleece from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

You have some amazing projects launching in 2020. Do tell!

 

I will be launching a podcast, Calm after the storm, at the end of February 2020. It’s a passion project of mine that will enable discussion about survivorship, thriving, and transforming, one life at a time.

 

I am recruiting interviewees, so feel free to email me at amy@amysyed.ca for more information.

 

Samara Tunic – Maroon from Palette by Laura-Jean; Leggings available in-stores only

 

I am also launching a course: 15minutesaday.ca as part of a virtual wellness clinic that will be make courses and integrative therapies available to the global community. When I went through my experience with cancer and conventional treatments, I truly believe the integrative therapies helped me heal. I want to share this fift and perspective  with people around the world. Stay tuned on launch dates by joining my email list at amysyed.ca or @amy.syed on IG.

 

Faux Wrap Dress – Black by Brenda Beddome; Gabriella Denim Jacket – Midnight Blue by Lola Jeans

 

What do you want others to know about women working in health tech?

 

Health tech is an interesting space. Although the over 65% of the health force is made of women, the founders and CEOs in health tech are a male majority.

 

I advocate for gender parity and hope that more women join the future of health tech, so we can create more equitable technologies to serve diversity in our population appropriately.

 

Lisa Dress – Purple Floral from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?
I am proud survivor of cancer and domestic violence. 2019 was a year of revelations for me and I realized that my story needs to be told. This is the inspiration behind my podcast and I hope everyone tunes in to see what I have in store in the coming month.

 

Lisa Dress – Teal & Black Floral from Palette by Laura-Jean; Lisa Dress – Purple Floral from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

Where can people find you on social media?
@FindyourHCP
@amy.syed
Find me on Facebook to connect!

 

You can also follow me on Twitter and Pinterest. 

 

Style Profile: Aviva B. Abraham

Name: Aviva B. Abraham

Occupation: Small Business Insurance Expert (or, Group Benefits and Insurance Advisor)

Age: Old enough to have 2 kids who are Gen Y’ers😊

Lifestyle: Always looking to improve!

 

Two-Tone Abstract Contrast Block Pattern Tunic – Grey/Black (SOLD OUT!) by Orange Fashion Village; Wave O Necklace – Champagne by Tokki Boutique

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Get up, check my e-mails, get the kids and myself ready for the day, check e-mails, go to meetings, follow up prospects and clients, check emails again. 🙂 Go home, make supper, spend a bit of time with the kids, watch one of my favorite shows, read or go to a community event/lecture… check my emails one more time (I need to disconnect from email a bit, LOL), then to sleep! 

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My kids!

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Helping others and making a difference in peoples’ lives.

 

Alicja Dress – Navy from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I feel good when I am dressed well. It makes me feel better about me, being the best version of myself.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I ALWAYS find something unique, feminine, and beautiful!

 

Matchstick A-Line Tunic Top – Wine by Orange Fashion Village; Skirt by Brenda Beddome (available in-stores only!)

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I recently launched a group benefit plan for Women Growing Empire (WGE) Queen Members. I am super proud of that, but what I feel these days is a greater need to help women business owners grow and protect their finances.

 

CLICK HERE to learn more about Women Growing Empires!

So many women are working hard in their businesses, but have not taken the time yet to plan for their future – whether that’s to keep working, to travel, retire, or whatever else!

 

Too many women are not taking advantage of the benefits and tax advantages Life Insurance offers – aside from your home, it is the only other tax-free asset the CRA allows us. I want to help more women get the most out of their money, succeed in their goals, minimize the taxes they pay, and be able to live the life they want!

 

There is a lot of (mis)information out there, and when I speak with women I find they don’t know what’s available to them. So many aren’t aware that it’s now easier than ever to protect your family and your finances, and to set yourself up for SUCCESS!

 

Blackcomb Dress – Navy by Cherry Bobin

 

Why do you focus on providing group benefits and life insurance for women business owners?

 

Years ago I saw the trend of top professionals leaving corporate to start their own businesses, and in the last few years, more women are doing this than ever before.

 

Leaving corporate – or even starting your own business as a stay-at-home mom – means you don’t have the resources that Big Corporate Canada has. That is why insurance is so important to small businesses. It provides much-needed financial and medical resources during some of the most difficult times people face.

 

I have met some wonderfully passionate, creative, brilliant women, and love to support them and their dreams by offering guidance in this small way. 🙂

 

Two-Tone Abstract Contrast Block Pattern Tunic – Grey/Black (SOLD OUT!) by Orange Fashion Village; Wave O Necklace – Champagne by Tokki Boutique

 

How will you work with my business to ensure affordable group benefits?

 

There are a few strategies for managing group benefit costs for small businesses, and it depends on the size of your team, as well as their needs. So let’s talk! My mission is to have you walk away with new ideas and information you didn’t have before.

 

What I often see is that even when clients don’t implement any of the ideas we go over, they keep them in mind, and it helps them with planning for their business for the future. I have had women come back to me after 1 or 2 years – sometimes, the timing needs to be right.

 

Alicja Dress – Navy from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What does a client-advisor relationship entail?

 

The most important thing is ongoing communication; life changes….circumstances change; it is so important to stay in touch, have conversations a few times a year about what is going on in a clients life and in the insurance industry so that we can ensure that the plans we set up continue to serve the client the way they need.

 

Matchstick A-Line Tunic Top – Wine by Orange Fashion Village; Skirt by Brenda Beddome (available in-stores only!)

 

What are some common misconceptions business owners have about group benefits and key person life insurance?

 

Too many people I speak with think it is very expensive, not affordable and don’t understand how it can help them. What I tell them is 2 things-

 

There are affordable options today, and particularly as a business owner its very important to protect your health, your money and your cashflow. It can mean the difference between staying in business, and having to close your doors!

 


Understanding what the risks are and how to properly cover those risks is very important. Setting up the right plan is critical. I had clients who were paying for things they never used, they were wasting their money. I showed them how to re-structure their plan, so the money they were paying for their insurance covered them properly; we made the most of each dollar spent!

 

Blackcomb Dress – Navy by Cherry Bobin

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Connect with me on any of the following:

 

LinkedIn

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

 

My Blog

 

Style Profile: Tamar Ribashvily

Name: Tamar Ribashvily, MBA
Occupation: Investment advisor of RBC Dominion Securities
Age: 38
Lifestyle: Coffee, dresses, markets, yoga

 

Rachel Cardigan – Black from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Nancy Tank Top – Bamboo – Deep Teal from Palette by Laura-Jean; Skirt by Brenda Beddome (available in-stores only!); Long necklace with 2″ Circle and Bar – Gold from byCHANCE

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

I rise up just in time for my morning coffee – courtesy of my amazing husband who never forgets what’s important in life. After my coffee, I am ready to deal with a typical chaotic morning, which involves getting a 6-year-old fashionista and a 4-year-old hooligan ready for school on time.

 


I dedicate the rest of my morning to answering client inquiries, getting up-to-date with the markets, and recent investment research. Having a clear perspective on where the markets are going – and how each of my client’s portfolios could be affected – is essential. My afternoons are usually dedicated to meetings and prospecting. In the evenings, I’m happy if I can get in a yoga class or play some squash.

 

Ewa Dress – Cobalt Blue from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What in your life is really important to you?

So many things, but in short, I want to succeed at home and at work.  To me, it means raising happy, healthy and confident kids, keeping my mind and body healthy and spending meaningful time with my  husband. At work, I aim to give my clients financial peace of mind by knowing that all of their financial interests are being handled with care and expertise.

 


If I can achieve all of that and still have time and money left over, I would really like to travel to every corner of the world. So far, I have lived in 7 countries and speak 6 languages (4 of them fluently).

 

Dress by Brenda Beddome (in stores only!); Audrina Bag – Red by Markham’s Pixie Mood

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered as a woman who was not scared to jump into cold water and face challenges with grace.

What role does fashion play in your life?

I really love looking good and up-to-date with new trends. It affects my whole day, for better or for worse.

 

Rachel Cardigan – Black from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Nancy Tank Top – Bamboo – Deep Teal from Palette by Laura-Jean; Skirt by Brenda Beddome (available in-stores only!); Long necklace with 2″ Circle and Bar – Gold from byCHANCE

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that everything is made in Canada and that you can find some really nice gems there. I have recently purchased golden drop earrings and they are fabulous.

 

Ewa Dress – Cobalt Blue from Palette by Laura-Jean

What do you have that you want to promote?

I am an Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities. Before joining RBC, I worked for a large investment fund, helping manage over $1bn. Today, I work predominantly with women and their families by putting together comprehensive financial plans and sophisticated investment portfolios that protect and grow their wealth.

 


I am here to help my clients navigate the complexities and day-to-day details of wealth management, so they can focus on enjoying it, not managing it.

I can help:

• Develop a comprehensive plan for your short- and long-term financial goals
• Maximize your after-tax investment returns given your needs for income, growth and security
• Protect your family’s financial security with insurance solutions
• Implement retirement income strategies
• Design a succession plan for a smooth transition that funds your future plans
• Implement tax-efficient wealth transfer strategies, including the use of trusts and insurance
• Build a legacy and enrich the lives of others with charitable giving

Contact me at t.ribashvily@rbc.com or 416-699-4626 to schedule an introductory call with me and see how I can help.

 

Dress by Brenda Beddome (in stores only!); Audrina Bag – Red by Markham’s Pixie Mood

 

Where can people find you on social media?

Website: rbcwealthmanagement.com/tamar.ribashvily
LinkedIn: Tamar Ribashvily
Facebook: @TamarRibashvilyRBC

 

Style Profile: Michelle Daides

Name: Michelle Daides

Occupation: Video & Marketing Expert at MDMedia Inc.

Age: Just passed millennial, young at heart but old enough to know better!

Lifestyle: Living my life with authenticity and integrity (and laughter)

 

Marissa Blazer – Grey from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Bryce Dress – Black Rib by Cherry Bobin; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

There’s never a typical day, and that’s why I love being an entrepreneur. My days include writing and creating innovative scripts and stories for brands and other businesses, filming, post-production, teaching on-camera training, brainstorming, marketing, social media, and collaborating with others.

 

I didn’t mention the boring stuff on purpose.

 

Kara Sweater – Teal from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family is super important to me, as well as my friends – I pretty much consider them to be family, anyway.

 

From a business perspective, I love the art of creation – anything creative, really.

 

Avery Dress – Light Grey from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Greta Work Tote w/Shoulder Strap from Pixie Mood; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

This is such a good question. I want to be remembered as a woman who trail-blazed, inspired and empowered others. But, most importantly, I want to be remembered as a loving wife and mother.

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I honestly wish it played a larger role. It is my goal this year to really up my style game!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the service and the support. I also appreciate the style advice in terms of what looks good, and what can be paired together.

 

Jane Tunic – Blue/Black/Grey Floral from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I love telling creative and compelling stories that convert for companies through video. We only have about 3 seconds to capture a consumer’s attention and video is the way to go.

 

If your web site doesn’t have a brand video or you are looking to connect with clients on social media, my team at MD Media Inc. can help you create cost-effective and engaging videos to create awareness and sales.

 

Marissa Blazer – Grey from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Bryce Dress – Black Rib by Cherry Bobin; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

If you’re afraid of the lens and have been holding back with video – DON’T. I offer coaching and on-camera training to help you get over your fear of the lens. Video is the best way to reach your audience far and wide. Reach out at michelle@mdmediainc.com or www.mdmediainc.com.

 

Kara Sweater – Teal from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

In the world of online marketing, what is it about videos that makes such a difference?

 

People want to know your story, they want to see a day in life, they want to know the “why.” It boils down to attention span and curiosity.

 

We would rather watch a video than sift through a ton of copy to get the information we’re looking for. Video allows people to get to know you and your brand more than any other medium.

 

Avery Dress – Light Grey from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Greta Work Tote w/Shoulder Strap from Pixie Mood; Necklace from byCHANCE

How do I know if you services are right for me and my business?

 

This is also a great question. At MD Media Inc., we offer wide range of different videos and packages for your business. We service entrepreneurs to big brands. Every business should have a video (actually several) as part of their content marketing plan. If you want to build awareness and sales, you need to be continually creating video.

 

Jane Tunic – Blue/Black/Grey Floral from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans

 

What’s one of the most overlooked mistakes people are making in their businesses today, in your opinion?

 

People are not harnessing the power of video to leverage sales. Video should be everywhere: on your website, on your social feeds, in newsletters, in your email signatures, on your Google My Business Account. In fact, every business should have a YouTube channel. After all, it is a search engine that helps with your online visibility.

 

Marissa Blazer – Grey from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Bryce Dress – Black Rib by Cherry Bobin; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I love theatre and film. I am also an award-winning filmmaker – my documentary Behind the Red Carpet had a great run on the CBC and the Hollywood Suites Channel. I am itching for next my creative project… 2020 will be that year!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

On Instagram: @MDMediaInc

Youtube: @MDMediaInc

Vimeo: @MDMediaInc

LinkedIn: Michelle Daides

 

Style Profile: Mich Maguire

Name: Michelene Maguire

Occupation: CEO of Maguire Marketing Group and co-founder of Women Growing Empires, with some passion projects on the side!

Age: Ageless… but 46, if you really want to know

Lifestyle: City vibes with travel itchiness, and a heavy focus on progress

 

Pam Top – Royal Blue from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Rebeccah High Rise Pull On Straight Jeans – Medium Blue from Lola Jeans

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Being a role model to my son keeps me very motivated. I’m also really clear on my “why” in business, and get super excited helping small businesses grow. Growth in every part of my life is important. I’m happiest when I can see progress.

 

Ewa Dress – Wine from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

At this stage in my life, I am interested in showing up as the best version of myself. I don’t care much about fast fashion and short-lived fashion trends, but I care passionately about women feeling good about themselves.

 

 

My marketing background makes me very aware of image. When a woman feels good about herself, she shows off her inner self too. Fashion that supports expressing femininity, intelligence, and power is the new black dress!

 

Two-Tone Abstract Contrast Block Pattern Tunic – Grey/Black by Orange Fashion Village

Pam Top – Royal Blue from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Marissa Blazer – Black from Palette by Laura-Jean; Rebeccah High Rise Pull On Straight Jeans – Medium Blue from Lola Jeans; Audrina Bag – Red from Pixie Mood; Long necklace with a 2″ circle and bar – gold from byCHANCE

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Building a wardrobe is part of the values of Fresh Collective. You never feel like you are being “sold” anything. In a time where everything is online and fast, it’s such a good feeling to be in an atmosphere where people care about design and fit.

 

When I find a dress that fits perfectly, the staff will help me consider other pieces to extend my wardrobe. I love that they carry classic designers like Brenda Beddome, but also basics that you need, such as Lola Jeans.

 

Cross Neck Top – Khaki from isca (OUT OF STOCK!); Kate High Rise Straight Jeans – Black from Lola Jeans; Greta Work Tote w/Shoulder Strap – Red from Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Recently, the owner of Fresh Collective, Laura-Jean Bernhardson, and I have partnered in founding Women Growing Empires. This has been an amazing passion project for us and within months we have had over a thousand women business owners join us in our endeavour to work together to grow our empires.

 

If you own a business, are a partner in a business, or are an affiliate of a business, and you are looking to grow your revenue, then I think you should join us! Check it out at womengrowingempires.com.

 

Ewa Dress – Wine from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Marissa Blazer – Black from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What type of support do you and your team offer?

At Maguire Marketing, we focus on growth. Because I have the experience of leading marketing teams and growing companies to over the 20 million mark, I have real clarity of what type of marketing spend is needed at each stage of growth.

 

Pam Top – Royal Blue from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Marissa Blazer – Black from Palette by Laura-Jean; Rebeccah High Rise Pull On Straight Jeans – Medium Blue from Lola Jeans; Audrina Bag – Red from Pixie Mood; Long necklace with a 2″ circle and bar – gold from byCHANCE

 

We have built a programmatic approach to giving businesses the kind of marketing support they require to hit their revenue goals. Our ideal customer is a business that is selling Professional Services or Business to Business Services or Products and needs support growing their revenue. We excel at lead generation. In fact, in some circles, I am known as a lead queen!

 

Two-Tone Abstract Contrast Block Pattern Tunic – Grey/Black by Orange Fashion Village

How do I know if your services are right for my business?

 

If your business is successful but you want growth then we are the people to talk to. Lead generation matters only if you can close the deal. If you aren’t sure what you are selling or what value you provide your potential clients, then we aren’t the right fit yet. We aren’t who you talk to when you are at the start-up stage, we are who you talk to when you want more revenue.

 

Cross Neck Top – Khaki from isca (OUT OF STOCK!); Kate High Rise Straight Jeans – Black from Lola Jeans; Greta Work Tote w/Shoulder Strap – Red from Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m actually quite quiet and shy. Often people misunderstand my reserved nature for lack of interest. I care deeply about what I do but admittedly I sometimes get stuck in my head.

 

I’m always thinking. I wish I could control it better but when I look distracted and might not seem in a chatty mood – I’m actually thinking and mulling over how to solve something. It is annoying unless you are the person with the problem I’m trying to solve! I’m happiest at a white board with another entrepreneur and coming up with a new strategy!

 

Pam Top – Royal Blue from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Rebeccah High Rise Pull On Straight Jeans – Medium Blue from Lola Jeans

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

You can find me either through @MaguireMktg or @WomenGrowingEmpires.

 

Style Profile: Michelle Dittmer

Name: Michelle Dittmer

Occupation: Co-Founder of CanGap – The Canadian Gap Year Association

Age: 36

Lifestyle: Lucky-if-I-get-out-of-the-house-without-my-kid’s-snot-on-me mama and professional

 

Sweater by Toronto artist Yasmine Louis; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans; Necklace from byCHANCE      

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My day is bookended by playing and loving on my two wee girls, Kiera (3.5) and Naomi (1.5).

 

In between, I spend my time working with families and educators to bring about more awareness for purposeful gap years – lots of phone calls, webinars, presentations. And don’t forget e-mails! A great mix of computer and human-to-human work!

 

Jane Tunic – Blue/Black/Grey Floral from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans; Earrings from Fresh Finds

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Besides the obvious “family” answer: never forgetting to be amazed by the world and people around me.

 

Alicja Dress – Navy from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Helping others discover their own passions and fostering their confidence to carve their own paths.

 

Matchstick Pattern A-Line Tunic Top – Wine from Orange Fashion Village; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans; Audrina Bag – Cognac from Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion = function. It’s gotta keep up with me as I tumble on the floor, present in board rooms, and snuggle in on the couch with a tea.

 

Holly Tunic – Green from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans; Necklace from Torched Studio

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love to support Canadian designers. It reminds me to slow down, appreciate the gifts I have, and give back by being a conscious consumer of those who are sharing their gifts up through design work.

 

Matchstick Pattern A-Line Tunic Top – Wine from Orange Fashion Village; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans; Audrina Bag – Cognac from Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Listen up moms of teens! SLOW DOWN. There is no rush. Your kid is amazing. They have so many gifts and talents bundled up inside of them, and when we rush around, shuttling them between activities and from high school into post-secondary, so many of those gifts go unwrapped or undiscovered.

 

I am such a strong advocate for taking a gap year between high school and post-secondary that I built my non-profit around it. If you want to learn more about how we can help prepare your kid for a happier, healthier and more successful adult life, book a call with me. P.S. They will go back to university.

 

Sweater by Toronto artist Yasmine Louis; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans; Necklace from byCHANCE      

 

What kind of services and support does CanGap offer young people?

 

CanGap helps young people and their families make the most out of a gap year. We provide direction and connect them with the resources to make sure they are setting and meeting goals and moving themselves forward.

 

In the decision-making stage, we provide an online Gap Year Planning Toolkit. Once on a gap year, they can join a gap year community, get access to resources for every stage and earn a gap year certificate such that they can document it on their resume and for university applications.

 

We even do family coaching to support the whole gang through transition from parenting a teen to a young adult. Book a call to see what the right tool for your family is!

 

Jane Tunic – Blue/Black/Grey Floral from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans from Lola Jeans; Earrings from Fresh Finds

 

As current head of CanGap, what message do you have for young people getting ready to start their post-secondary journey?

 

Listen to yourself. You are wise and no one knows you better than YOU.

 

There are a million reasons to take a gap year: to earn money, to get clarity on what you actually want to study, to explore the world, and to get to understand how it really works, or to spend time taking care of your mental or physical well-being.

 

You need to be a bit bold to take a gap year because “everyone else” is going to university (HINT: They’re not! Stats show 24% of Canadians take 1 year off). We can take the overwhelm out of your year and give you the tools to make it an EPIC year that your friends will be jealous of!

 

Alicja Dress – Navy from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

What are the benefits of taking a year off in early adulthood?

 

SO MANY! The beauty (and sometimes overwhelming) part of a gap year is that you set your own goals and your own path.

 

As a whole, gappers come back saying that they are more confident, more independent, have more clarity on what they want to do with their life, and are rested and ready for the next step in the journey.

 

But you can also earn money, see the world, pick up new hobbies or reconnect with old passions and get to be a human rather than just a student, for a while.

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

We are always running events, digital and in-person. Check out where we are going to be and come and join us for a session to learn more!

 

For all the time you spend looking through university brochures and websites, you should spend at least some time exploring the Gap Year Pathway.

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Twitter: @ucangap

Facebook: @ucangap

Instagram: @cangapassociation

 

Style Profile: Alison Crosthwait

Name: Alison Crosthwait
Occupation: Psychotherapist, Healer & Owner of The Cove Healing Centre
Age: Time is an illusion
Lifestyle: I dare you to keep track of me

 

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What’s a typical day like for you?

 

As a Gemini with some other strong energy placements, I’m always moving. Every day, I spend time in ritual and meditation, preparing myself and my space for healing work. From there, I do session work, create new ways of communicating the work of The Cove, as well as tending to our current clients.

 

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What in your life is really important to you?

 

Family is important.  And sharing the light that I have been given with others. It’s been a long journey, and if I can come out of darkness and hopelessness, anyone can. I want to stand for that.

 

Lisa Dress – Teal/Black Floral from Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for speaking with absolute authenticity on behalf of what is good and possible for each of us.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion is huge. My closets are overflowing, so I think about my choices carefully. What I wear is a reflection of how I feel about myself, which is a reflection of what I believe is possible for my clients. So I care and put a lot of thought into wardrobe.

 

I also want to be comfortable and beautiful in what I wear – it’s an area of huge creativity for me. Daphne Guiness is an idol of mine. 🙂

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

Fresh collective is fun! They have feminine wardrobe choices that are strong and bold at the same time. And the clothes are comfortable. Thank goodness!

 

Alicja Dress – Charcoal Black from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

My services!

 

I invite anyone to join me for a Life Activation session. This is a one time, life changing energy treatment. IT connects your spiritual DNA to the light – the result might be clarity, purpose, joy, energy – it is different for everyone – and priceless. I offer these out of Toronto and Vaughan. If it calls you, don’t think. Just do it!

 


I also invite you to come to The Cove Healing Centre for Mental and Emotional Wellness! We offer packages and individual services, all aimed at getting at the route cause of anxiety, stress, overwhelm, sleeplessness, and other stress-related conditions.

 

We combine physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing in a service of massive transformation. Turn your anxiety into possibility. To learn more, visit thecovehealingcentre.com or e-mail recpetion@thecovehealingcentre.com.

 

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After years of working on Bay and Wall Street, you left that life behind and opened up your own therapy clinic. What started you on your journey as a therapist?

 

My journey started with a huge amount of stress and suffering. So I found a therapist. Looking back, nothing was right in my life, and my environment mirrored all of my problems as “normal.” Through painstaking work, my therapist helped me connect with myself and my worth, and I just had to learn how she did it!

 

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What approach do you take in treating your clients? What sort of services does your clinic offer?

 

I have reverence for each person who walks through my door – for their story, their struggle, their experiences. We work to meet each person right where they are and help them see what is possible for them. Then we create a road map to get there.

 

We offer psychotherapy, naturopathic treatments, acupuncture, hypnosis, EFT (tapping), massage, facial stretch, and various spiritual modalities, including Life Activation. We also offer treatment packages, such as our 8-week anxiety healing service, which combines different modalities in aim of rooting out your anxiety and hearing what it has to say.

 

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I’m curious about one or more of your services. How do I know if your clinic is the right fit for me?

If you are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or grief, we can help.  You are a good fit if you want to get to the bottom of things and use the challenge as an opportunity to grow.

 

Besides obtaining a degree in psychotherapy, you have countless influences, from yogic practice to plant medicine to core shamanism. Tell us more!

 

This is truly my super power. I follow my intuition and leap into the unknown in my personal healing, and it pays off in rivers of light and love. I am on a beautiful path of expansion and heart – I can’t even believe who I have become!

 

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As a result, I believe deeply in the potential of each of us to have the life we want. It might not look the way we ordered on the menu, but it’s all available. 🙂 I’ve done some things that were really scary in service of healing. And I believe that each of us is a personal alchemy of modalities and experiences that we put together for ourselves, in order to receive the healing that we need. So if it calls to you, do it!

 

The mind wants everything to be easy and conventional and inexpensive, and, and, and… I don’t listen to my mind when deciding where to go next for healing.

 

I also want to say that so much more is possible than you know. That’s a guarantee. If we spent as much time and money on inner beauty as we do on outer beauty, the world would be completely different in a tenth of a second.

 

Alicja Dress – Charcoal Black from Palette by Laura-Jean

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I want to give you a Life Activation.

 

I am a super duper crazy cat lady.

 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook:

 

@thecovehealingcentre

 

@alisoncrosthwaitwriting

 

 

Instagram:

@thecovehealingcentre

 

@alisoncrosthwait

 

Style Profile: Shreya Batra

Name: Shreya Batra

Occupation: Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic owner of Darou Wellness

Age: Age is just a number 😉

Lifestyle: Always on the go with a coffee in one hand, a tea in the other, and a good outfit at all times

 

Turtle Neck Sweater – Charcoal; Rachel Cardigan – Grey from Palette by Laura-Jean; Black Knitted Hat with Pompom from Fresh Finds; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans – Black from Lola Jeans

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I like a relaxed morning to help prepare for my work-filled afternoons and evenings. Mornings with a big cup of coffee and a nutritious brunch get me ready for the day to come.

 

I am the clinic owner of an integrative health clinic on Queen West, so I go into work and am very grateful to work alongside multiple different practitioners and wonderful patients. Half of my day goes into business management/administrative work and the other half of my day goes into patient research, appointments, and writing informative articles for my social media/newsletter.

 

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What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family and loved ones are very important to me. They are my support system and get me through the best of days and the difficult ones too. They supported me through my education, and now my career as a clinic owner and Naturopathic Doctor.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for being a vital component to people’s healthy living. I strive to support my patients to lead a healthy lifestyle and prevent disease or the progression of disease by targeting the root cause. It is important to me that patients see me as their support system in transitioning towards healthier lifestyle choices,  and that I can have a positive, marked influence on improving their quality of life.

 

Floral Pattern A-Line Tunic – Black (SOLD OUT!); Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans – Black from Lola Jeans

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I absolutely LOVE clothes, jewelry, shoes, scarves, etc.! I don’t dress up for others. I dress up for myself! When I feel good, I do good, and I believe that fashion plays a big role in that. That being said, everyone has their own style and their own comfort level, and I truly appreciate the diversity that fashion provides.

 

Ever since I was a little girl, fashion was a big deal to me. I made sure my clothes, jewelry and shoes all matched and made a statement. It’s just who I am. 😉

 

Tay Sweater – Blush by FIG Clothing; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans – Black from Lola Jeans

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

As mentioned above, everyone has their own style and their own comfort level, and fashion allows for that diversity. It just so happens that Fresh Collective provides that diversity! Their collection has something for everyone. Their stores have an amazing collection of jewelry and accessories, and, of course, a variety of clothes that suits many people’s needs.

 

The Fresh collection changes for each season, and unique options are always provided that you can’t find anywhere else. I always find what I need when I’m there. The best part is, it’s all Canadian!

Turtle Neck Sweater – Charcoal; Rachel Cardigan – Grey from Palette by Laura-Jean; Black Knitted Hat with Pompom from Fresh Finds; Alexa High Rise Skinny Jeans – Black from Lola Jeans

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I’m a Naturopathic Doctor and the co-clinic owner of an integrative health clinic, Darou Wellness, located in Queen West. I have a special interest in working with women’s health, fertility, PCOS, and a great interest in cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, metabolic disease. That being said, I do have the training to work with a vast variety of different health conditions.

 

My approach is to determine the root cause of the illness and prevent progression of disease. It is my mission to provide education and support to those in need and prevent disease, manage symptoms, and prevent/reduce side effects of medications.

 

Cardiovascular disease, for example, is one of the most diagnosed diseases on this planet (whether it be a case of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.), and yet, it is the most preventable, especially through diet, lifestyle, and supplementation, when necessary. My goal is to provide accountability and support (mentally and physically) to help you achieve your health goals.

 

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What would you like our readers to know about the practice of naturopathic medicine and its advantages?

 

Working alongside conventional medicine and other health care practitioners, naturopathic medicine has a powerful stance. The approach is to use our body’s defense systems and enhance the systems through diet, nutrition, lifestyle, and supplementation (when necessary).

 

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Working with our body from inside-out, rather than outside-in, and addressing the mental-emotional, digestive, hormonal, neurological and immune barriers are the important factors when achieving optimal health. Finding the root cause is the biggest advantage of having a Naturopathic practitioner in your health care team because once it’s been pinpointed, changes can be made for long-term health.

 

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What services does Darou Wellness offer patients?

 

Darou Wellness is a fantastic integrative health clinic located by Trinity Bellwoods on Queen West. We have a fantastic group of practitioners and we provide a variety of services. We offer: Naturopathic Medicine services, acupuncture and cosmetic facial acupuncture, physiotherapy, mental health counselling and therapy, osteopathy, IV therapy, Live Blood Analysis, and Bioenergetics Intolerance Elimination (BIE). We are your one-stop shop for your health! Most of our services are covered through extended health benefits.

 

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Congratulations on recently becoming the co-clinic owner of Darou Wellness! What is your vision for the clinic?

 

The vision for the clinic always has been, and always will be, the health of the community. All of the practitioners strive to provide the best possible health care in a safe and effective manner and they are the best group of people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. I hope to grow the clinic to be your family’s place for health care and support, for anything you may need.

 

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We have a growing number of workshops, talks, events happening at the clinic at all times. We recently started a workshop with our Mental Health Therapist, who does Sound Bath Therapy. We also have mindful fertility workshops, yoga/meditation workshops, and informative talks with our practitioners happening all the time.

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Connect with me on Instagram or Facebook. You can also find my website at drshreyabatra.com.

 

Find me on darouwellness.com, alongside the other talented health care practitioners at Darou Wellness. Find us on Instagram and Facebook, @darouwellness!

 

Style Profile: Julie LeJeune

Name: Julie LeJeune

Occupation: Founder, Wish & Give

Age: 44

Lifestyle: Actively casual… I’m not much for dressing up, but give me running clothes or a tennis skirt and I’m comfy!

 

A-line Asymmetrical Open Front Long Cardigan – Black by North York’s Orange Fashion Village; Eleonor Tunic – Grey/Black Butterfly Print from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Rebeccah High Rise Pull On Straight Jeans – Dark Blue by Lola Jeans

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Up at 6:30 AM to work in a quiet house, then getting our two kids ready and to school. 3-4 days a week, I run with a group of neighbourhood ladies after dropping the kids at school.

 

I then work from home until 3:20 PM, when I pick up the kids from school and shuttle them to their various activities and make dinner, all while continuing to work on my phone or laptop in the kitchen.

 

Two-Tone Abstract Circle Contrast Pattern Tunic – Olive from North York’s Orange Fashion Village; Rebeccah High Rise Pull On Straight Jeans – Dark Blue by Lola Jeans

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family, my husband and two kids, ages 8 and 9. Friends near and far. I love staying connected with people I have met through out my life. I also love running long distances and have completed 6 marathons!

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

How much I gave back to the community.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Not enough! That’s why I love Fresh Collective. It’s small and curated with amazing choices to look good for any event. Without the overwhelming feeling of a mall.

 

1/2 Moon Dress – Grey/Black from Studio Fresh; Necklace from byCHANCE

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The clothes are made in Canada. And it’s not fast fashion. The small boutique makes shopping comfortable and not overwhelming.

 

A-line Asymmetrical Open Front Long Cardigan – Black by North York’s Orange Fashion Village; Eleonor Tunic – Grey/Black Butterfly Print from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Rebeccah High Rise Pull On Straight Jeans – Dark Blue by Lola Jeans

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Wish & Give is an online invitation or ticketing platform – think Evite or Eventbrite, but with a social conscience.

 

On the invitation side, guests are asked to contribute to a group gift and a donation to charity in lieu of individual gifts. On the ticketing side, every ticket includes a donation to charity. But it’s so much more! We are empowering kids to give back and growing the next generation of givers. #growinggivers

 

A Wish & Give event is also environmentally friendly – no shopping, no wrapping, no unwanted gifts. All this adds up to everyone feeling good throughout the whole process: the host, the guest, the charity.

 

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You have an extensive background in charity work. What inspired you to start Wish & Give, and how does it operate?

 

When I created Wish & Give, I had been working in the non-profit sector for nearly 20 years, as well as volunteering at a local food bank. I wanted to find a way to solve two problems: small charities not getting enough funding and people feeling they don’t have time to give back. My website allows people to use the events they’re already planning to give back to their favourite grassroots organization. It’s a win-win!

 

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What is it that makes Wish & Give such a unique and exciting concept?

 

We are growing the next generation of givers! We are empowering kids and youth who are passionate about a cause to do something and give back to a local charity.

 

We are also not just for kids parties. It’s the perfect website to send 30th, 40th, 50th, 70th, 80th invitations, or invitations for retirement parties, or any type of group-gifting, such as teachers’ or coaches’ gifts.

 

And we can host ticket sales. If you are hosting an event that requires tickets, we can help. Every ticket includes a donation to a charity of your choice, so your event becomes meaningful by supporting a local cause.

 

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I have a private cause I’d like to raise money for. Can Wish & Give still help?

 

Yes, I can add any cause to my site, just email me at info@wishandgive.ca and I’ll add it.

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: @wishandgive

Instagram: @wishandgive

Twitter: @wishgive

Website: www.wishandgive.ca

E-mail: info@wishandgive.ca