Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Rebecca Naylor

Name: Rebecca Naylor
Occupation: Holistic Health Coach, Founder of Chronically Well Club, Trailblazer with Happy Healthy Women, and Teacher/Guidance Counsellor with TDSB
Age: 37
Lifestyle: Choose your own adventure! I have the word Create tattooed on my left forearm to remind me daily that I am responsible for creating the life of my dreams through my thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions.

Paisley Print Keats Blouse in Red by Toronto designer Mandala (also available in Blue and Tulip Print); Stefie Denim Jacket/Dress by Montreal’s Soia and Kyo; Black Shaper Pants by Tyler Madison

What’s a typical day like for you?

Varied! I strive for some combination of time in nature, making music, journaling, personal growth reading, meditating, visualizing, affirming, moving my body intuitively, cooking and consuming delicious and nourishing food, and connecting with community.

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Shift 17 Dress in Yellow by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What in your life is really important to you?

My life purpose is to educate and empower you to discover your body’s innate power to heal. I was challenged with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis at age 17, and have spent the last 20 years studying, experimenting, and developing my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Floral Print Benedict Dress by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

I remain fully in remission! The complexities of chronic illness can so easily be shifted to chronic wellness through lifestyle changes, functional medicine, and a more holistic approach (with a great coach)!

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My second family and loving community is The Centre for Spiritual Living Toronto. It is an amazing place, multi-faith, open to anyone who wants to experience more love and joy, and connect more deeply spiritually. Motivational talks. Free meditations. Fantastic music. Hugs all around. I wish more people knew about this gem! Check it out. I’d be happy to introduce you.

Mix Print Sophie Dress in Kiwi by by Toronto label Studio Fresh

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for smiling, inspiring, contributing and creating.

And for being real. I always admit that I don’t know what I don’t know, and I always ask for help when needed. Even coaches need coaches!

Black Stripe Sailor Tee by Montreal label Cameleon; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What role does fashion play in your life?

In university, I actually majored in Costume Design! I love to assemble new outfits each day to reflect my mood, activities, and intentions.

I look for beautiful colours, unique patterns, and soft, comfortable, sensual fabrics.

Paisley Print Keats Blouse in Red byToronto designer Mandala (also available in Blue and Tulip Print); Stefie Denim Jacket/Dress by Montreal’s Soia and Kyo; Black Shaper Pants by Tyler Madison

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Soft, comfortable, sensual fabrics! I also love to shop locally in my Beaches neighbourhood, as well as to support Canadian designers.

Shift 17 Dress in Yellow by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What do you have that you want to promote?  

As a Holistic Health Coach, I specialize in the treatment and prevention of chronic illness and autoimmunity.

Floral Print Benedict Dress by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

I offer individual coaching, by phone or in person at my home office, focusing on seven key areas:

1. Diet and Nutrition
2. Reduction of Toxic Load
3. Immune System and Gut Health
4. Body Awareness and Movement
5. Organizational Systems and Design
6. Emotional Regulation and Communication Skills
7. Mindset and Belief

Mix Print Sophie Dress in Kiwi by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

I also offer Home Health Audits, which are designed to help you identify and understand the toxic foods, chemicals, products and systems that could be negatively impacting you and your family.

I teach you how to replace, upgrade and redesign to improve your overall health and wellness. You will shift your priorities to become a more educated shopper and conscious consumer.

Black Stripe Sailor Tee by Montreal label Cameleon; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

My value comes from my ability to truly empathize and lead by example. I get it. I live it. I continuously heal myself, and I love to help others discover their own body’s innate power to heal.

For more information, check out my website at www.chronicallywell.club. You can read my blog, and sign up for my newsletter to hear about local events!

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Professionally, I have worked in public education as a high school teacher and counsellor for the past 14 years. I have three Honour Specialist qualifications, in Music, Drama and Special Education.

I love to meet new people and hear their stories. And I’m single! ;)

Where can people find you on social media?

You can find me on facebook @rebeccasnaylor and @chronicallywellclub. Let’s connect!

Thanks for reading, and be well. :)

 

Style Profile: Marnie Consky

Name: Marnie Consky
Occupation: Chief Anti-Chafing Crusader at Thigh Society
Age: 40
Lifestyle: Werkin’ it

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Posey Dress – Pixel Print – Fuschia by Toronto designer Mandala; Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

Tell us about Thigh Society! How did come up with the idea for the shorts?
Thigh Society are the most comfortable, breathable and moisture wicking slip shorts to prevent (the perfectly normal issue of) inner thigh chafing. They are lightweight and seamless so they won’t show any V.P.L. and are comfy enough to sleep in. Seriously – they are NOT shapewear.

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Thigh Society is also your secret weapon on windy days when you’re wearing a wrap skirt, riding your bicycle in a dress, or on your period when you don’t want something pressing against your already bloated tummy (the joys of being a woman).

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Lakeview Wrap Dress – Dark Denim by Toronto label FunkDNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

They provide great opaque coverage under sheer fabric, and cover up spider veins, stretch marks, skin conditions and cellulite. Which I’m totally cool with showing off, by the way, because – all bodies RAWK in all their glory – but everyone has their hang-ups.

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True story: I was walking downtown in a sundress at lunch in June 2008 on the first really hot day of the season. After about 5 minutes in the scorching heat, I started to feel that oh-so-familiar-in-a-very-bad-way burning sensation between my thighs.

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Vagues Dress by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin

I cursed myself for not remembering to wear something underneath since my thighs have always been chafe-prone (regardless of whether I’ve been a size 6 or 12), but it just wasn’t top of mind that morning. And besides, all I had at home were a ratty pair of old biking shorts that had seen better days…It got me thinking – there must be a better way!

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Kensington Dress – Black Floral Print by Toronto label FunkD; Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

I spent the rest of the summer scouring local lingerie boutiques, department stores, and online shops in the hopes of finding some long leg underwear that were breathable, wicking and wouldn’t squeeze me in like a sausage.

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I posted in online forums looking for help and no one could suggest any good alternatives. So I set out to develop my own – and that’s how Thigh Society came to be.

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Lovely Dress by Montreal designer Cameleon (also available in black)

What’s a typical day like for you?

I work from home, which sounds awesome except I do miss the social environment of a workplace. After I get dressed (a t-shirt and yoga pants count as getting dressed, right?), it’s not long before I’m sitting in front of my computer and answering customer emails, or on the phone with my manufacturer, consultant, or social media gurus.

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Posey Dress – Pixel Print – Fuschia by Toronto designer Mandala;Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

The last few weeks have been busy with videos and photoshoots that I’m SUPER excited to share, along with meetings with other local entrepreneurs to see how we can help each other or partner up. I try to get to the gym twice a week since it keeps my anxiety levels in check, and also since there’s only so much wine one can drink in a week, amiright?

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Lakeview Wrap Dress – Dark Denim by Toronto label FunkD; Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

What in your life is really important to you?

My relationships; my husband, family and friends are the most important to me. Their love and support is immensely helpful on the often-solo entrepreneur journey. My customers are also super important to me – I never get tired of reading notes and emails about how Thigh Society changed someone’s life (and wardrobe!) by allowing her to dress confidently and comfortably.

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Vagues Dress by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin

What would you like to be remembered for?

Being a Body Positive Warrior and having an impact on women’s body confidence through Thigh Society. I’d love to eradicate the stigma around thigh chafing – it can happen to anyone at any size (age and gender, too), it’s totally normal and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. If women added up all the minutes we spend being critical of our bodies and instead turned that energy into something positive…imagine the possibilities!

What role does fashion play in your life?

I don’t really keep up with the world of “fashion” which is ironic since technically I work at arm’s length from the fashion biz (well, intimates, really). I have a few key pieces in my closet that are my go-to that I wear over and over again until they almost literally fall apart.

For me it’s about quality over quantity, except when it comes to summer dresses; I admit that I have a bit of a problem. And while I believe that confidence comes from within, a great outfit can really make you feel like a million bucks.

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Kensington Dress – Black Floral Print by Toronto label FunkD; Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The high quality and comfortable clothing, and the selection/variety of skirts, dresses and unique pieces that you won’t find anywhere else in Toronto.

What do you have that you want to promote?

Thigh Society anti-chafing slip shorts, of course! We sell in Canada at these specialty bra/lingerie boutiques and online, so pick up a pair of Thigh Society and then head to Fresh Collective to pick up a new summer skirt or dress. :)

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Lovely Dress by Montreal designer Cameleon (also available in black)

Is there anything else we should know about you?

Sure! Fun facts: I’m originally from Montreal but have called Toronto home for the last 12 years. And I had ZERO background in fashion/retail/apparel manufacturing before I started Thigh Society.

I worked full-time in corporate and academic roles for 8+ years while I started and grew the company…I took the plunge into full-time entrepreneurship last September and haven’t looked back.

Where can people find you on social media?

Women (and men!) can get a daily dose of body positivity by checking out Thigh Society on social media. Our Instagram & Twitter handles are @thighsociety and on Facebook, we’re Thigh Society. You can also find us on Pinterest and Google +.

Style Profile: Fab & 40 + Edition- Jennifer Prince

Name: Jennifer Prince
Occupation: Wedding Sales, Art Gallery of Ontario
Age: 45 (Whoa. How did I get here already?)
Lifestyle:  Busy. Time for work; time for play.  And all things in between.

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Anemone Tunic and Umbellula Scarf from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima;  Arabella Jacket from Montreal label Soia & Kyo

What’s a typical day like for you?

No such thing! (Except my morning coffee). The event and wedding industry is constantly evolving and changing.  I never know what the next phone call or email will bring.  I also volunteer for large scale events and am involved in different associations that keep me busy too.

 

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Julia Tunic Owl Print from Toronto fashion label Desserts & Skirts; Bag from Canadian brand Pixie Mood; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Clara Vest from Montreal fashion label Schwiing

What in your life is really important to you?

My family and friends; especially my husband and tiny Chihuahua (who is our baby, really).

I strive to have a great mix of work and life that includes time for just me.

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Lilian Drapey Vest from Canadian label Soia & Kyo; Bag from Canadian brand Pixie Mood; Cold Shoulder Top in Black from Toronto label Brenda Beddome. Necklace handmade by Curious Oddities

What would you like to be remembered for?

Being authentic to myself and others. That includes being true to every side of me; from being passionate about cheese, to loving jazz music, to being a good friend and mentor, to being great in my job.

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Halter folded top from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome; Bag from Canadian brand Pixie Mood; Slanted A-Line Skirt from Toronto label Studio FreshNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio; Jean Jacket from Montreal brand Yoga Jeans 

What role does fashion play in your life?

The vast amount of clothing and accessories I have is a clear indication of my love affair / obsession with fashion.  I actually find shopping a near-religious experience. My style changes daily by my mood and what event I’m attending.  

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More than a Wrap Dress from Toronto label It Fitz Me

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The unique styles of clothing that are so one-of-a-kind. I love the different designers who are local and Canadian. You can have a true relationship with the people who make your clothes! I do!

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Cold Shoulder Top in Black from Toronto label Brenda Beddome. Necklace handmade by Curious Oddities

How did you get into wedding planning?

It was an evolution of being in the hospitality industry. I went from hotels to restaurants to events and catering and fell in love (no pun intended) with weddings.

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Julia Tunic Owl Print from Toronto fashion label Desserts & Skirts; Bag from Canadian brand Pixie Mood; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Clara Vest from Montreal fashion label Schwiing

What is your favourite part about planning weddings at the AGO?

It’s just the most amazing experience to be able to host weddings surrounded by such famous and beautiful works of art.

We have a fair bit of creative license to work within the Gallery to produce exceptional events for our clients.

And we have amazing support services we work alongside with, including our in-house culinary team, banquet department, guest services, protection services, audio visual and so much more!

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Anemone Tunic and Umbellula Scarf from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima

What do you have that you want to promote? 

I have been involved in volunteering my event planning skills and experience for large scale events since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. I was fortunate to also volunteer for the Pan Am Games and now I’m looking forward to my role in volunteering for the Invictus Games this September.  

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Halter folded top from Toronto designer Brenda BeddomeSlanted A-Line Skirt from Toronto label Studio FreshNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio; Jean Jacket from Montreal brand Yoga Jeans 

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram

Twitter (for AGO events)

Pinterest

Twitter (for weddings)

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More than a Wrap Dress from Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

 

Style Profile: Fab & 40+ Edition- Cecilia Moorcroft

Name: Cecilia Moorcroft
Occupation: Clutter Fucker
Age: I’m a Taurus, May 3rd, 1972!
Lifestyle: Spiritually Adventurous

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Dania Tunic from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts currently out of stock. Shop all current tunics here. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

What’s a typical day like for you?

As an entrepreneur I’m not sure any of my days are typical but they all start with meditation with my sweetie and end with “playing bees” with my sweetie (we are a middle aged couple with no children or pets so we have stuffed bees instead).  

(For context: A pic of Cecilia and her partner with their bees!) 

In between I spend most my working time running my online clutter clearing program called “Fuck Clutter” which means a lot of time on facebook, on coaching calls and making videos. My fun time is spent walking with friends, singing with choir!choir!choir! and cooking yummy food.

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Celeste Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design

What in your life is really important to you?

Meditation, my partner, my Fuck Clutter clients, not being perfect, always growing and connecting. Oh also singing with choir!choir!choir! and FUN!

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Dress from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd out of stock- shop more dresses here. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

What would you like to be remembered for?

My compassion, my humour, my support and the lasting change I’ve helped to create in people’s lives. I also feel like I haven’t yet done the thing I’ll be remembered for.

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Alissa Cardigan from Montreal label MOOVment Design, Paralomis Top from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Skirt from Toronto label Mandala Design sold out. View current skirts here.

What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion plays an emerging role. I’ve been shy about fashion in the past but I’m starting to realize that I can have my own “look” that makes me feel comfortable and confident.

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Dress from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd out of stock- shop more dresses here. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that the designers are local. I had a beloved skirt from Fresh Collective rip and I contacted the designer and she fixed it for me. It ended up getting several variations of the same skirt because I loved it so much.

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Dania Tunic from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts currently out of stock. Shop all current tunics here. Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

How did you get involved with clutter coaching?

I used to work at a new age bookstore called Wonderworks where I read a book called Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. It inspired me to clear my own clutter and then to study Feng Shui and help others. I’ve been helping people clear clutter for 14 years which is amazing to me.

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Alissa Cardigan from Montreal label MOOVment Design, Paralomis Top from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Skirt from Toronto label Mandala Design sold out. View current skirts here.

What do you hope to accomplish with the creatives and entrepreneurs that you have been helping de-clutter?

I love working with creatives and entrepreneurs on clearing their clutter because when they fully engage the process things begin to move dramatically. I’ve had writers get book deals, I’ve had musicians quit their day jobs to tour full time.

Clutter clearing is about so much more than just clearing your physical space especially if you work for yourself. You can use your clutter clearing process as a catalyst for change in your life. It’s a lot more fun than just throwing stuff out. It’s MAGIC!

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Celeste Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART.

What do you have that you want to promote?  

I run an online program called Fuck Clutter! It’s still in the beta stages but we’ve just started a three month Fuck Clutter Club and it’s going really well. YAY!

Where can people find you on social media?

My personal profile: https://www.facebook.com/Cecilia.Space

If you want to get on the Clutter Fucking train come and join us here. I post weekly videos and I’ll be running a free 2 week challenge later this year: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1382069481827022/

 

 

Style Profile: Fab & 40+ Edition – Liza Chalaidopoulos-Isaacs

Name: Liza Chalaidopoulos-Isaacs
Occupation: Content marketing and digital strategist
Age: Fabulously 40+
Lifestyle: Corporate meets creative

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Debbie Skirt (Bee Print) from Toronto label Mandala Design; Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top from Montreal’s MOOVMent Design; Real Flower Necklace by Love, Montreal (available in-store only)

What’s a typical day like for you?

Between my amazing day job, my volunteer positions at a company Employee Resource Group and at AMA Toronto, my husband, two fur babies, seeing friends, and my (very active) social media presence, my days are always action-packed!

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Viviane Dress in Hawaii Print from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace handmade in Toronto by Torched Studio; Purse from Jeanne Lottie

What in your life is really important to you?

Enjoy the time you have doing the things you love.

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Lexi Dress (bicycle print) from Toronto label Studio Fresh 

What would you like to be remembered for?

Besides being strong and sassy, my signature red hair and bold fashion choices.

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Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean; Framed Feather necklace made in Ontario from Curious Oddities; Blondie Shorts from Montreal label Annie 50.

What role does fashion play in your life?

I don’t take fashion too seriously. I love wearing bright colours, mixing patterns, pairing unexpected colours together, and sky-high heels.

Some call it taking fashion risks, I call it telling the world I’m here!

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Cher Peasant Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that you sell clothing and accessories from local designers!

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Debbie Skirt (Bee Print) from Toronto label Mandala Design; Alexie 3/4 Sleeve Top from Montreal’s MOOVMent Design; Real Flower Necklace by Love, Montreal (available in-store only)

What do you have that you want to promote?  

I’m on the Board of AMA Toronto, a not-for-profit marketing organization that helps individual marketers learn (through informational events and online resources), grow (through our mentorship program), and connect (through networking events).

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Cher Peasant Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design

It’s 100% volunteer-run, and we’re always looking for companies to partner with so we can continue to offer great events to our members.

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Viviane Dress in Hawaii Print from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace handmade in Toronto by Torched Studio; Purse from Jeanne Lottie

Where can people find you on social media? Everywhere!

Instagram

Twitter

LinkedIn

Facebook

Snapchat: @lizapoulos

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Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean; Framed Feather necklace made in Ontario from Curious Oddities; Blondie Shorts from Montreal label Annie 50.

 

 

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Style Profile: Dee Boswell-Buck

Name: Dee Boswell-Buck
Occupation: Certified Social Media Manager
Age: 46 yrs
Lifestyle: On The Go and Always Learning!
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Tell us about your business managing social media for small businesses?

 

My passion is managing the social media and digital strategy for small business owners and start-up companies. These individuals are usually strapped for time as they build their own businesses.

 

Often, the last thing they need is to add another project to their schedule.

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This is where I come in. I help them to define their business goals online from having 50% more visitors to their site, to increasing the amount of leads to their business. I create themes ensuring my clients post purposeful content that help them target their niche audience.

 

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You have a young daughter! How do you find juggling your business with parenting? 
I will admit that initially it was difficult. Even though my husband and I are a team (he is so awesome with L.B.), I dealt with “Mom Guilt” (Wait!… I still do!).

 

I began my business venture when L.B. was a baby and sometimes had to work on it during Mama, daughter time.

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Then I moved my work time to night time so sometimes I was sleep deprived. It’s a lot easier now. L.B. is an early riser with a natural alarm clock of 5:30 am.

 

We have fun at breakfast and getting ready for school. Once the drop-off occurs business begins and when I pick her up it’s family time. Because she wakes up so early, her body clock has her back to bed by 7pmish

 

 
I would like to add that my husband and L.B. are super close and often she thinks it’s cooler when Dad does the pick-up.

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What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I can’t say I have a typical day. With the many needs of my clients, I do have to batch my work.

 

For instance, Monday I focus on blogs, Tuesday I schedule social media posts as far in advance as possible, Wednesday I collect and share analytical data with my clients to let them know how they are doing online.

 

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 Tabatha Dress from Montreal label Melow; Jewellery by Jon Klar

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I also schedule calls with clients and potential clients. I also have to always remember to work on my own digital strategy that includes blogging, online ads, and content creation. I will say the only constant is that I train with a running club 3x per week as I work towards my goal of running four 5k’s this year.

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More Than a Wrap Dress in Sahara Print (Coral); Also available in Sahara Print Navy and Solid Black. From Toronto label It Fitz Me; Peyton Purse from Jeanne Lottie; Necklace handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio.

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My husband and daughter (hands down). My husband has always been my cheerleader as I manage my business. Recently I have also implemented a bit of me-time for the first time ever (rolls eyes). Mom guilt would not allow me to head out to exercise, or do my nails.
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What would you like to be remembered for? 

 

For being non-judgmental, positive and supportive. For always modeling that it is never too late to follow your dreams.

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion allows me to showcase the person Iwant to portray. ONLY family and close friends know that I am shy and sometimes reserved (Wait! Now you know too!). I love clothing that has a bit of edge. That says “Hey! Look at this confident lady!”… and the curtain rises.

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that Fresh Collective carries fashion from local designers and their clothing has a fashionable edge to it. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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 Tabatha Dress from Montreal label Melow; Jewellery by Jon Klar

What do you have that you want to promote?  

 

I would like to promote that my Social Media / Digital Strategy Company is one that empathizes with the small business owner.

 

The majority of my client packages start with goal setting and includes feedback on online platforms and if content strategies are working.

 

I help decide the best platforms for your business (because you do not have to be on all of them).

 

I also act as a business cheerleader when Impostor Syndrome ensues.

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More Than a Wrap Dress in Sahara Print (Coral); Also available in Sahara Print Navy and Solid Black. From Toronto label It Fitz Me; Peyton Purse from Jeanne Lottie; Necklace handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I have been featured in online articles. One as an Instagram Rockstar, and on LadyBossBlogger.

 

Also, I have recently started a blog series called Purpose. It focuses on those burning the wick at both ends as they work a 9 to 5 job, juggle family and build their dream business.


Where can people find you on social media?
I can be found on:
Website and Blog: www.deeboswellbuck.com
Instagram: @deeboswell_buck
Facebook: Dee Boswell-Buck
Twitter: @DeeBoswellBuck
 

 

Style Profile: Spring New Arrival Round Up!

We’ve been featuring great new Spring styles on our Style Profiles, and here’s a round up of some of our faves on a variety of lovely ladies from our community!

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Sophie Dress (only left in XS, S and M and only 1 or 2 of each!) from Toronto label Studio Fresh; Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

Some of these styles are selling out, so if something catches your eye, don’t spend too much time thinking about it!

The Sophie Dress in blue (above) is only available in XS, S and M now, but it does come in 2 other colourways.

Check out this rave review on this dress:

The most adorable dress I’ve ever worn 5 Star Review

Posted by Laura Carter on 2017 Apr 14th 

I was nervous to buy this because I’m so curvaceous. I bit the bullet and I’m so happy I did. It’s so forgiving. It does run a bit large because it fits and I normally would have ordered an XL. Good thing is, I’m losing weight but this dress will still look great. Over the Moon!!!

All links lead to our online store, but if you prefer to shop in person, feel free to phone us at 416 966 0123 to check on size and colour availability in your favourite location.

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Emmanuelle Dress in Navy from Montreal line Annie 50.  (Sold out in XL, just 1 or 2 left in XS-L)

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

The Julia Tunic is a super popular style that Toronto label Desserts & Skirts makes every season with different fabrics and prints. This Cockatoo Print is a hot seller this spring, in blue, black and grey!

Check out the other NEWLY released prints in the Julia Tunic here!

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

This fabulous Stone Washed Demin Stefie Jacket has been a big seller this season as well. We’re all out of XS and XL and we have just 1 or 2 left in S, M and L.  

If you want to shop in person in our stores, please feel free to call ahead to 416 966 0123 to find out current size availability in your favourite location.

 

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

 

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

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Ornella Jacket from Canadian label Soia & KyoMidi Skirt in Bird Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts; Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean

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Habana Tunic from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd

This is another popular style, and we’re sold out in M and L. There are just a few left in XS and S and only 1 in XL! If you’ve got your eye on this cute Habana Tunic with  bicycles on the yoke, order soon!

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Somebody to Love Dress by Montreal fashion label Annie 50 (only one left – size Large!);  Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

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

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Julia Tunic Cockatoo Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts

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Teri top in cream from Montreal label Arianne; Liliane Drapey Vest fromSoia & Kyo; High Rise Ankle Jeans from Yoga Jeans; Purse from Pixie Mood

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

Love this Pineapple Tunic? Only 2 left! 1 S, 1 L

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Arabella (only small and large left!) from Soia & Kyo; Classic Pencil Skirt from Toronto label It Fitz Me; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

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Colenathus Cardigan from Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima; Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean; Long Necklace from Torched Studio (bracelet and short necklace-Elizabeth’s own); Ponte Pants from Toronto label It Fitz Me

This limited edition Colenathus Cardigan is only available in XS, S and L. It also comes in blue, and is only in XS and XL.

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

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

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

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

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

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Habana Tunic and Leggings from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd; Cuff from Jon Klar.
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Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer FukushimaTrinidad Dress from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd

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

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Henley Dress from Toronto Fashion label Mandala Design

Style Profile: Sonja Seiler

Name: Sonja Seiler
Occupation: Founder at Nurture: Creative Sanctuary for entrepreneurs via retreats, curated experiences & (coming soon!) a ‘Coworking B&B’.
Age: 33
Lifestyle: Motivated by love, faith, connection and butter.

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Henley Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m a night owl (I do my best work from 8pm-midnight and bedtime is usually 2am), so my mornings are my own to linger in.

It takes me a while to fully wake up, so I intentionally take the time in bed to reflect on my goals for the day and whatever it is I’m going through personally.

When I eventually get up, I have an Americano and listen to Motown and read or journal then make my way to a cafe to cowork with friends.

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Dress from Montreal label Cherry Bobin (in-store exclusive), Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima

On my way home, I’ll pick up what calls out to me at the greengrocer and get inspired to make it into something delicious for dinner. I’ll browse Pinterest for menu inspiration for my next retreat or catering event (I get realllllly into this).

A little later, I’ll have a lavender Epsom salt bath in my clawfoot tub and let out the worries of the day, followed by putting in those ‘best’ work hours and afterwards might watch an episode or two on Netflix (Chef’s Table, anyone?!) before meditating and going to bed.

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Dress from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome (in-store only)

What in your life is really important to you?

Integrity. Community. Inner Exploration. Nourishing the self through: food cooked with love, intentional creativity and authentic connection.

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More Than a Wrap Dress (black crepe) from Toronto label It Fitz Me; Jean Jacket from Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Cotton Scarf (various styles in stock here)

What would you like to be remembered for?

Creating and holding a space (literal and/or energetic) where others felt comfortable to show up as themselves and be well fed on every level, be it through a beautiful aesthetic setting, perfectly buttery bite of pastry, or via listening – truly listening to them.

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Yoga Jeans Foam Blue; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART ; Tunique Comme une Plume from Creations Encore

What role does fashion play in your life?

I love feeling like myself, as I find it helps when representing my business and helps me to show up more fully in my daily interactions.

I’ve intentionally invested time and gotten help via my friend and style guru Rebecca Jacobs (www.rebeccajacobs.style) to discover what colours, patterns, and silhouettes best suit my body and my spirit. Working with her changed my life!

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Henley Dress from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love supporting Canadian designers!

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Dress from Montreal label Cherry Bobin (in-store exclusive), Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima

 

How did you go about creating Nurture: A Retreat?

A few years ago, I was burned out personally and creatively and  needed a way back to myself. I needed to find that space where compassion reigned and to put myself first on my priority list.

I responded to this call by actually listening to the things my soul was asking me to do because it simply loved doing them.

For me it was singing, cooking, writing, photography. I immersed myself in my creative life and discovered a solid, grounded foundation from which to navigate those ups and downs which were previously throwing me off my game.

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Dress from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome (in-store only), Bag from Canadian label Pixie Mood

This approach transformed every part of my life and, significantly, my relationship with myself. I thought: what if I create a space where others can get in touch with this in themselves too?

While ALL humans benefit from nurturing a self care practice, I was particularly drawn to serve entrepreneurs, as I am passionate about their talents, creativity and contribution to our world.

The tendency for entrepreneurs to work in isolation and to be lacking in support for the personal repercussions of choosing this lifestyle is high and I felt deeply moved to feed them (physically and emotionally, through food, beauty, attention to detail and aesthetic) and foster community and connection. Nurture: A Retreat and its other offerings & events came from this space.


How does fashion and personal style play into Nurture: A Retreat?

Hilariously, I bought a shirt the other day because it matched the colours of my website!

Since I AM my brand, I like to ‘wear’ my brand. This means attention to detail in the origins of my clothes, the sensual feel of the fabric on my skin, the integrity of the garment and the care with which each outfit is put together.

To me, dressing myself and shopping for myself in a way that resonates with my business and my spirit (to me they are inseparable) IS a form of creative self care.

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More Than a Wrap Dress (black crepe) from Toronto label It Fitz Me; Jean Jacket from Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Cotton Scarf (various styles in stock here)

What do you have that you want to promote?

We still have a few spaces left for our upcoming Spring retreat (April 25-27th).

To register and for a nutshell description check out this post. For a long, juicy meander into what a day at Nurture is like, check out this post. For upcoming events and to be notified about future retreats, feel free to join our mailing list at the bottom of any page of the website!

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Yoga Jeans Foam Blue; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART ; Tunique Comme une Plume from Creations Encore; Ornella Spring Coat from Montreal label Soia & Kyo

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram 

Twitter

Facebook

 

Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Tanja Juric

Name: Tanja Juric
Occupation: University Professor
Age: 44
Lifestyle: Active

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Alexie Short Sleeve top from MOOVment Design (in-store only); Denim Skirt with Front Pockets from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART

What’s a typical day like for you?

Most days I’m up by 630am.  I let out the dog, have breakfast with my kids (prepared for us by my husband) and then we all rush out the door together by 7am.  

Upon arriving at work, I conduct a lecture, lead a seminar, meet with students during office hours and then I’m back home (after a long commute on transit!) to make dinner, go to the gym and spend the rest of the evening enjoying my family, marking and/or preparing for the next day.  

On days that I work from home I spend the day doing research, writing, marking and all of the above – but in my pjs!

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Habana Tunic from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd

What in your life is really important to you?

My family.  My community.  And making things happen for both.

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Vogue Dress from Montreal label Cherry Bobin; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima

What would you like to be remembered for?

My ridiculousness.  If I can make people forget themselves and feel rejuvenated by putting myself out there, then I’ll do it!

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Pineapple Tunic by Toronto brand The Candi Factory; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART

What role does fashion play in your life?

The clothes we wear tell a story about us – the mood we are in, the role we are playing (or aspire to play).

It reveals a bit about our character and helps us connect – and even inspire – one another.  

I am attracted to bold colours, prints and cheeky tailoring – clothes that have fun, or make a statement, rather than fade into the background.  

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Kim Convertible Backpack from Pixie Mood; June Dress from Montreal label Schwiing

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The variety, and that they are made by Canadian designers.  I love knowing that by shopping there I am supporting a Canadian industry – seeing Canadian stories come to life.  

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Alexie Short Sleeve top from MOOVment Design (in-store only); Denim Skirt with Front Pockets from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Universal Cardigan from Toronto label It Fitz Me

What sparked your love for Canadian designers?

I love the sensibility of Canadian designers – quite often using sustainable fabrics, with cuts that are flattering and infinitely wearable.

 As I am more able to invest in a wardrobe, I find myself again and again drawn to Canadian fashion.  It just makes so much sense!  And I feel good buying, wearing and promoting it.

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Habana Tunic from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd

What was your favourite outfit of the shoot?

I loved the black and white tunic with the coral and green geometric print.  It has a great 80s punk vibe about it that is so much fun.  I might have to go back and buy it.

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Kim Convertible Backpack from Pixie Mood; June Dress from Montreal label Schwiing

What do you have that you want to promote? 

I am on the governance committee of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, which is an initiative that is trying to protect the diversity of Parkdale by redefining how land is used and developed.  

Check us out online http://www.pnlt.ca/ , or attend one of our many community events.  You’ll be impressed by what a group of individuals who love their community can do.  It’ll make you fall in love with this city all over again, and be hopeful about our future together.  

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Pineapple Tunic by Toronto brand The Candi Factory; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART

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Style Profile- Fab & 40 + Edition: Gillian Clinton

Name:  Gillian Clinton
Occupation:  Information Specialist
Age:  57
Lifestyle:  Self-indulgent / march to my own drummer

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Jean Jacket and Jeans from Yoga Jeans; Cotton Scarf (this design sold out but see other variations here); Sailor Bow Tee from Cameleon

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

There are no typical days which is what I love about my life.  My clients include corporate and academic institutions; I sometimes work from home and sometimes from a client’s workspace; I definitely don’t do rush hour!

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Blue Sweater from Cameleon; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Alissa Sweater from MOOVment Design; Denim Skirt with Front Pockets from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

What in your life is really important to you?

That has certainly changed over the years.  These days relationships with family, friends, colleagues and professional associations are much more important.  The other two things that are important to me are reading and travel.

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Ornella Jacket from Canadian label Soia & KyoMidi Skirt in Bird Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts; Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean

What would you like to be remembered for?

People remember my Mum for being helpful, kind and dependable; I’d like to be remembered as positively as she is.

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Julia Tunic Cockatoo Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts

What role does fashion play in your life?

Gives my daughter something to roll her eyes at!

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Lilian Drapey Vest from Canadian label Soia & Kyo; Kim Convertible Backpack from Pixie Mood (This colour sold out, see current available colours here.)

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The clothes are comfortable, easy to care for and I loved the help in putting items together.  I’ve been telling everyone about it.

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Jean Jacket and Jeans from Yoga Jeans; Cotton Scarf (this design sold out but see other variations here); Sailor Bow Tee from Cameleon

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What outfit did you enjoy the most from your shoot?

Everything with purple.  And the outfits with blue. Okay, I can’t choose : )

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Blue Sweater from Cameleon; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART; Alissa Sweater from MOOVment Design; Denim Skirt with Front Pockets from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

You had all of these wonderful things happening this year: your information research biz for 25 years, your daughter turns 30 AND getting married… as well as you coming up to your 5th anniversary after your breast cancer diagnosis. What I want to know is how you find the time to do all that and be the wonderfully positive and energized gal that you are?

I’m flattered that you remember all the things I babbled about!  I have an incredibly supportive circle of family, friends and colleagues which everything much easier to deal with.

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Ornella Jacket from Canadian label Soia & KyoMidi Skirt in Bird Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts; Jennifer Tee from Palette by Laura-Jean

What do you have that you want to promote?  

Clinton Research will have been in business for 25 years in April 2017 and it’s been a fun learning experience along the way.  

We provide information literacy workshops (how to find things online!) as well as background research, literature reviews and editorial services to academia, government organizations and private corporations and individuals in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Let me know if you would like a presentation to you local group or organization.    

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Julia Tunic Cockatoo Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts

Where can people find you on social media?

You can find out more about me and my business, Clinton Research, at http://www.clintonresearch.ca/, on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/clintonresearch and Twitter @clintonresearch

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Lilian Drapey Vest from Canadian label Soia & Kyo; Kim Convertible Backpack from Pixie Mood (This colour sold out, see current available colours here.)

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