Style Profile: Kate Craig

Name: Kate Craig

Occupation: Local Realtor – Partner, DeClute Real Estate

Age: Age doesn’t matter unless you are cheese or wine

Lifestyle: Always on the go… Career mom of a 4 & 5-year-old who enjoys workouts (when I am able to squeeze them in). Member of the Balmy Beach Club for over 10 years. Love downhill skiing, golf and my paddle board (which is pink, of course!)

 

Liberty Pant in Floral Print by I love Tyler Madison; Chloe Top in Pink (also available in Black) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Coffee first, then I spend the first hour reviewing the new product and recent sales for clients. Then I spend an hour getting my two girls ready for their day, which involves being patient with two little human beings changing their minds by the minute about what to eat, what to wear and how to wear it!

 

Luckily I do not do this on my own, kudos to you mamas out there that do!

 

Lakeview Wrap Dress in Light Denim (also available in Dark Denim) by Toronto label FunkD

 

I head to the office most days. We have a few team meetings per week; when there is no meeting I sign up for a morning workout. The day isn’t always a scheduled day as such.

 

People want to see houses when they first become available or they want to sell and wish to talk about their Real Estate plan in the most immediate fashion, so some days I feel like I am an on-call doctor running door to door, acquiring new patients and bandaging deals together – keeps me on my toes!

 

Most nights I am out showing properties or trying to secure a negotiation for a buyer or seller. On the nights I am off I love to cuddle in with my family or try out new restaurants in our lovely city.

 

Lovely Dress in White (also available in Black) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Jungle Print Lucy Bomber Jacket by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Spending time with family + friends and the health of those surrounding me. Oh, and wine.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Good times. Always.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I love it! I love to shop for clothes and shoes. When a good outfit comes together and a random person walks up to you and asks “where did you get that?” or “that outfit is amazing on you,” you just feel like you could do anything you set yourself up to!

 

Jennifer Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Purple Band Charcoal) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Jupe Charrie pas by Montreal label Creations Encore; The Beaches Tote Bag by Montreal label Main and Local; Toronto Trucker Hat by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd

 

When I was in high school I worked in a clothing store. I didn’t make any money but I had the best closet! I even missed a trip to Mexico with some girl friends – I bought boots instead!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I like that most of the items are tailor-made and for a petite woman who is five one and three quarters that is a nice find!

 

Julia Tunic in Owls Pattern (also available in many other patterns!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Well, ultimately I would love to selfishly self-promote myself as a kick-ass and experienced realtor that spends time nurturing and knowing what her clients needs are.

 

Today I will focus more on an event: I am proud to sit on the board of directors for coming up on September 7, 2017 at the Toronto Hunt Club in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada: Lucky Lucy Casino Night.

 

Liberty Pant in Floral Print by I love Tyler Madison; Chloe Top in Pink (also available in Black) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

It is our 5th year running the event with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Cystic Fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease for which there is no cure. We are always looking for local sponsorship or donations for our silent auction so feel free to connect with me anytime at kate@declute.com. For more information, head to luckylucyscasinonight.com

 

I’d love to see you at the event.

 

Lakeview Wrap Dress in Light Denim (also available in Dark Denim) by Toronto label FunkD

 

As a realtor, what do you love most about the work you do?

 

I adore the friends and families I get to guide in one of the most important aspects of their lives. I studied Real Estate at the university level and feel that I worked hard for my education and career.

 

Finding the perfect home for a client is the most amazing collaboration. I do a lot of hand-holding in real estate everyday by being at the head of negotiating transactions between many different parties.

 

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I believe in honesty, integrity and most of all keeping clients for life! This spring I worked with past clients of mine from 13 years ago – they moved up in the market, as their needs had changed.

 

Lovely Dress in White (also available in Black) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Jungle Print Lucy Bomber Jacket by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

The fact that I sold them their very first home long before their children arrived and got to be involved in getting them their forever home is the best compliment I could ever have received! There’s no better feeling besides snuggles with my girls and amazing husband (married as long as I have been selling real estate – happy 13th anniversary Jesse if you read this). 💓

 

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Do you have any advice for prospective first-time home owners or existing home owners in Toronto who are looking to buy/sell their home yet don’t feel ready to take the plunge?

 

If you are thinking of buying or selling, now is the best time. What are you waiting for? Perfect to get your feet wet in the market and it is the ideal time to make an upgrade or a downsize if you currently own.

 

Jennifer Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Purple Band Charcoal) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Jupe Charrie pas by Montreal label Creations Encore; The Beaches Tote Bag by Montreal label Main and Local; Toronto Trucker Hat by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd

All around, it is a strong market and we are fortunate to live in an amazing city where there is so much to do. My Brokerage Union,  Realty Inc., has many resources, tools and most of all expertise to help guide you in making the right decision for you.

 

Most importantly, I couldn’t stress this enough: please USE a Real Estate Agent, and choose one that really knows their stuff. The market is 24/7, it’s fast-paced and ever-evolving, so find a realtor that is engaged in the business full-time.

 

Julia Tunic in Owls Pattern (also available in many other patterns!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Zenna 2-IN-1 Scarf/Cardigan in Rose by Canadian designers Soia and Kyo

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I am a Capricorn: Capricorns have a keen intellect. They see the inner-workings of things and deftly maneuver elements to strategically obtain goals. And in doing so, they employ admirable determination and discipline. What’s more, Capricorn has an innate understanding of personal responsibility.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

E-mail: kate@declute.com
Instagram: @k8_craig_beachrealestate
Website: www.declute.com
LinkedIn: Kate Craig

#k8sellsbeautifulhouses

 

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Michelle Peña

Name: Michelle Peña

Occupation: Self-Love and Relationship Coach

Age: 46

Lifestyle: A woman with a purpose and having fun along the way!

 

Shibori Circles Paralomis Tunic in Teal (also available in other colours) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Summer legging in Black by Montreal designer Cameleon; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I mostly work from home so my day starts off with getting grounded through gratitude, setting my intentions and meditating. It sets the tone for the rest of my day, as I’m busy coaching clients or organizing my group programs, retreats and managing other various business duties.

 

I feel lucky that I can take my work outside when the weather is cooperating and also get my walks in to break up the day.

 

Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Cat Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear (new at Fresh Collective!); Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART; Watermelon Cosmetic Case (also available in other prints) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My spiritually, love, my family and friends.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

A woman who wasn’t afraid to go after her life’s calling and live her life fully. That I helped and healed others, made a positive impact and enjoyed life.

 

Ambro Coat in Black Linen by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Ivory Crepe (also available in Black and Royal Blue) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART; Kim Convertible Backpack in Nude Pink (also available in Blue and Black)

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion has played a big role in my life. My career started off in the fashion and beauty industry before my path lead me to psychology and social work.

 

For me, fashion is where I can be creative, express how I’m feeling, play and have fun.

 

More than a Wrap Dress in Sahara Print Coral (also available in Sahara Print Navy) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse (also available in Ocean) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the fact that Fresh Collective caters to every body type. They understand that women come in all shapes and sizes, and that should be celebrated which is reflected in their clothing.

 

Plus, the staff is amazing!

 

During your photoshoot, you mentioned that your choice to become a Self-Love and Relationship Coach actually evolved from an “ah-ha” moment during a tough time in your personal life. How did this experience inspire you to reach out and help other women?

 

My journey of personal transformation began 6 years ago. I was about to turn forty, the end of a promising relationship left me heartbroken, I wasn’t happy with where I was in my career, and I was struggling financially. I was feeling lost, empty inside, and unsure of myself, and I had no idea of my next steps.

 

What I had envisioned for my life up until that point was definitely not where I had landed. This scared me. I felt alone most of the time. I felt like everything was falling down around me, and it jolted me to my core.

 

Viv Tie Tee in Plum (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Sara Flip Skirt in Multicoloured Paint Print by Toronto label Mandala

 

This emotional time in my life pushed me to challenge and redefine the type of relationship I had with myself, which ultimately impacted my relationship with life.

 

From the help of a spiritual coach, reading & studying mindfulness, meditation and spirituality, I realized I was operating from a place of inner emptiness and a lack of self-love, so I didn’t fully see my own beauty. As I went deeper within, unraveling layers of myself that I had never tapped into before – some I didn’t even know existed within me – my fear started to evolve into self-love.

 

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Once I stopped giving away my power to everyone but myself, my relationship with myself changed, and so did my life.

 

I now teach women to do the same. To courageously show up for themselves lovingly and with compassion.

 

Sleeveless Angle Hem Top in Ivory Crepe (also available in Black and Royal Blue) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

I wanted to share and teach women what I had learned because I knew I wasn’t the only one who felt this way and I never want a woman to have to do this alone. And to be honest, we can’t do it alone, we need support and guidance to help us along the way.

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I’m super excited to be hosting a weekend retreat, Awaken the Beauty Within, July 14th -16th, 2017. It’s designed for women to connect to our own feminine power and beauty. A woman’s beauty is predetermined for us, making it hard at times to feel beautiful in your own skin.

 

After this weekend you will have claimed your beauty and voice in redefining what it means to be a woman. There will be breakthrough workshops, daily meditations, journaling, delicious meals and time in nature.

 

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A retreat to feel beautiful in our own skin, to make peace with our inner goddess, to step out of DOing and step into BEing, to explore and deeply connect to our divine beauty and deepen our relationship with ourselves.

 

Learn more at: http://livtru.ca/retreat/

 

Shibori Circles Paralomis Tunic in Teal (also available in other colours) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Summer legging in Black by Montreal designer Cameleon; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

I’d also like to promote my company LivTru Coaching, where I’m dedicated to assisting women navigate personal challenges and unlearn their stories that hold them back so they can fully embrace themselves and their life.

 

For over 10 years I have worked with clients to help them better cope with stress, heal emotional pain, gain clarity, let go of fear, develop a healthy self-image and find greater peace.

 

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I offer a private coaching program, Relationship Redefined, where I assist women to build and sustain a deep, meaningful relationship with themselves so they can go on to attract deep, meaningful and fulfilling relationships with others.

 

Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Cat Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear (new at Fresh Collective!); Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART; Watermelon Cosmetic Case (also available in other prints) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Do you think women neglect and refuse to love themselves?

 

I don’t think women refuse to love themselves, we are just not taught how to love ourselves. We are taught how to love others, how to be lovable, how to get love but not how to truly love ourselves,especially how to love ourselves unconditionally.

 

On some level, our society believes that it’s egotistical, not important, or narcissistic and that is why we neglect to learn how. But none of those labels are about self-love.

 

I have seen over the years in my practice that once a woman knows what self-love really is and practices it in her own life, it becomes a natural state of being once again and changes everything for her.

 

More than a Wrap Dress in Sahara Print Coral (also available in Sahara Print Navy) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse (also available in Ocean) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

As a Personal Growth Coach, you’re here to help guide women on the course to a happier, healthier, awakened self. Have any of the women you’ve worked with ever taught you anything new about yourself or inspire you in some way?

 

Oh yes, for sure! Working with my private clients, it is a collaborative relationship. Put  aside the dynamics of coach and client; we always draw people into our life that we are meant to learn from and also for them to learn from us.

 

So, each client I have worked with is such an inspiration to me, their commitment to doing the work, their drive for wanting more for themselves and their willingness to make the necessary changes to make that happen. The women I work with show me that we are much more than we think we are.

 

When we think we can’t, we do. When we don’t believe, we find a way. When we are in pain, we can make it through. They teach me to remember that in myself as well.

 

Viv Tie Tee in Plum (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Sara Flip Skirt in Multicoloured Paint Print by Toronto label Mandala

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I truly love what I do!

 

One of my favorite quotes that keeps me going on the tough days as an entrepreneur:

 

“I never lose, either I win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela

 

It was so much fun collaborating with Fresh Collective! Thank you!

 

Where can people find you on social media?
Twitter: @LivTruWoman
Facebook: @livtru.ca
Instagram: @livtruwithmichellepena (a newbie)

 

Style Profile: The Animal Prints Round Up!

If you’ve dropped by any of our three locations lately, you’ve probably noticed that our collection of pieces featuring animal prints just keeps on growing!

 

The ladies just seem to love them, and we have everything from whales to cats to owls – and even foxes, plus more!

 

We even have new animal-themed jewellery designs by Ugly Bunny and Cabin + Cub, so if you’re a fan of cute little critters on your pendants and earrings, be sure to check these out as well!

 

Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress by Halifax label Poison Pear (new label at Fresh Collective!); Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burtfurtART

 

The Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress and Cat Twirlin’ Dress (see below) are made with cotton and bamboo for super softness, stretch and all-around comfort!

 

Bunnies Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Foxes Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Caroline Cook

 

Maddalena Skirt in Black with White Feathers by Montreal designer Cherry BobinJessica Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Blue Dusk, and Cardinal Red) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse in Nude (also available in Ocean) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Yes, we do believe that feathers count! 🙂

 

Cat Twirlin’ Dress by Halifax label Poison Pear (new label at Fresh Collective!)

 

Some of these adorable pieces are selling out fast so don’t wait to find your size!

 

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

 

The Shift 17 Dress has been described by many of our ladies as one of the funkiest pieces of the summer, with a cute and uniquely-retro design, a gorgeous floral pattern decorating the body of the dress and cuffs adorned in unicorns!

 

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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

 

Style Profile: Fab & 40 + Edition- Jennifer Prince

 

Cat Leggings in Black/Grey by Halifax label Poison Pear (new label at Fresh Collective!)

 

Foxes Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Bunnies Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

Flamingos Pocket Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory

 

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Abby Dress- Bee Print White and Navy from Toronto label Mandala Design; Necklace handmade in Toronto by Torched Studio

 

Occupational therapist Jenny Carr loves being able to find a wide variety of things at Fresh Collective that are “not too big, not too small, but juuuust right.” Let her lovely photo speak for itself! :) (re-write)

 

Moose Print Leggings by Toronto label Candi Factory

 

Owls Print Rosie Dress by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

Style Profile – Fab & 40 + Edition: Alexis Nicols

 

Rabbit Print Ori Top from Toronto label Studio FreshCropped Moto Pants from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome; Cuff handmade by Jon Klar

 

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Julia Tunic Cockatoo Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts

 

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Benedict Dress (Bird Print) from Toronto label Desserts and SkirtsFramed Feather necklace made in Ontario from Curious Oddities; Nanomia Cropped Cardigan (Black) from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima

 

Cat Leggings in Grey/Blue by Halifax label Poison Pear (new label at Fresh Collective!)

 

SAMSUNG CSCDebbie 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)

 

Black Canada Geese Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory; Raspberry Margaret Clutch & Crossbody Purse (also available in Tangerine) by Toronto-based designers Pixie MoodHandmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

Style Profile: Marta Melinda Pap

 

Bird Print A Skirt in Taupe by Toronto label Studio Fresh

 

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

 

Parachute Dress from Toronto label Candi Factory

 

Whale Leggings by Halifax label Poison Pear (new label at Fresh Collective!)

 

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

 

Style Profile: Sonja Seiler

 

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Julia Tunic with Cockatoo Print from Toronto label Desserts & Skirts;Lilian Drapey Vest  from Soia & Kyo

 

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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

 

Azores Cami in White w/Black Feathers (also available in Black w/White Feathers) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Ankle Length Skinny Jeans with 31″ inseam in Black (also available in Burgundy) by Brenda Beddome

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Caroline Cook

 

Basic Wax Pants in Military Green (also available in Bijoux Blue and Black) by I Love Tyler Madison; Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

East Coast – West Coast Leggings by Toronto label Candi Factory

 

Bees Print Abby Dress in White/Black (also available in White/Navy) by Toronto label Mandala; Kim Convertible Backpack in Black (also available in Taupe and Blue) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Come find your favourite feathered, furry friends at our boutiques or online!

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Robin Siegerman

Name: Robin Siegerman

Occupation: Voice Actor

Age: Between birth and death

Lifestyle: Running in a million directions at the same time, mentally if not physically!

 

Tunique Icitte by Montreal label Creations Encore; Black Ponte Leggings w/Wide Waistband by Toronto label It Fitz Me!

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Wake up between 6-7 am. Walk my two dogs (poodle cross and a Bichon), feed them and myself and read the paper while having breakfast.

 

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Stretch, lift some weights, do some stationary cycling, shower, dress then get to my desk where I answer e-mails, pay bills and scan the auditions I will be doing that day. Then go down to my recording studio and record auditions and work on any corporate promotional videos that I’m producing.

 

Lemons Pattern Julia Tunic (also available in other designs!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts3/4 Leggins in White (also available in Boreaux and Black and White Polka Dots by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

I also try to set aside time for online webinars for learning new techniques, marketing and business practices, along with networking to find new opportunities for corporate voice work. But I’m also involved in singing and have been in a couple of different vocal ensembles, so there’s learning music and rehearsals thrown in there, too!

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My husband and son and my dogs. Not necessarily in that order!

 

Crop Wax Pants in Bijoux Blue (also available in Black) by I love Tyler Madison; Jessica Tee in White (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, Black and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Lucy Bomber Jacket in Jungle Print by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I’m an avid animal lover and committed dog rescuer (I would rescue cats as well, but my husband is allergic to them!). I’ve had 10 dogs in my life and six of them were rescues.

 

I always look for older dogs who are less adoptable and I give them a very pampered retirement. They give me far more gratitude and love than I could ever hope for!

 

Mel Cowl Tee in Red (also available in Black, Navy and Aqua) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery label burfurtART

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion is incredibly important to me. I couldn’t care less about brands, I care about style. It’s one of the ways I creatively express myself.

 

Life is short, I’m not curing cancer or practicing rocket science, so I want to have fun with what I wear! I love clothes that make me smile when I look in the mirror!

 

Blue Paisley Dee Pencil Skirt by Toronto label Mandala

 

During your photoshoot at our Beaches location, you mentioned that “more is more” is your fashion philosophy. What you look for in your outfits?

 

Sometimes I can be a little “out there” with what I wear, and it’s all about humour. I love clothes with a bit of humour.

 

I love to mix and match in unexpected ways and often pile on the jewelry. I will dress conservatively if the situation demands it, but I am not comfortable that way and it bores me.

 

Tunique Icitte by Montreal label Creations Encore; Black Ponte Leggings w/Wide Waistband by Toronto label It Fitz Me!

 

I love bling, and often accessorize with a huge rhinestone studded belt that I bought 20 years ago and still adore, sparkly shoes, big earrings, bangles and necklaces with lots going on!

 

It’s fun and makes me feel good. I must be doing something right, because I often get effusive compliments about what I wear, but what makes me sad is, in the next breath, women will often say, “Oh, I could never wear that.”

 

My philosophy is pile on the jewelry and scarves, buy the shoes and the fabulous jacket and have fun dressing up, because we only go around once!

 

Lemons Pattern Julia Tunic (also available in other designs!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts3/4 Leggins in White (also available in Boreaux and Black and White Polka Dots by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

At my age, I’m very conscious of not wanting to look like *mutton dressed as lamb*! In other words, I want my clothes to be fun and youthful, but I don’t want to look like I’m trying to be 20 again, which to me looks tasteless and embarrassing.

 

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I want to be stylish and comfortable, and Fresh Collective has a wide variety of styles that are fashion forward without either being pretentious or inappropriate. It’s got a great blend of fashion and comfort.

 

Crop Wax Pants in Bijoux Blue (also available in Black) by I love Tyler Madison; Jessica Tee in White (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, Black and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Lucy Bomber Jacket in Jungle Print by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

You’re in the middle of a transitioning period between your career in interior design and your work as a voice over actor. What’s the story here?

 

When I was in my 20s, I studied acting, dance, voice and speech in NYC for 3 years. When I came back to Canada, I worked for a few years doing live theatre, but it was a very uncertain existence, having to move to other parts of the country to go wherever the work was.

 

I’m more of a home body, and with dogs (I had 3 at the time!) it was challenging always be on the move. I knew I needed a new career. But because I’m a creative person, I needed to find something creative.

 

Mel Cowl Tee in Red (also available in Black, Navy and Aqua) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery label burfurtART

 

I ended up going back to school to study interior design, as a technical discipline, rather than a purely decorative one, and I did that for 24 years in my own business mostly, and even wrote a book about kitchen design and renovation: Renovation Bootcamp®: Kitchen – Design and Remodel Your Kitchen Without Losing Your Wallet, Your Mind or Your Spouse, which became an Amazon best-seller.

 

Throughout my design career, I made many, many appearances on TV décor shows, radio, spoke at consumer and trade shows and private events. I had my own internet radio show for a year, named after my book, and wrote and voiced renovation and green living radio spots for terrestrial radio in Canada and the US.

 

Blue Paisley Dee Pencil Skirt by Toronto label Mandala

 

After 23 years in the business, I realized that as much as I love coming up with design solutions for space problems in homes, what made me happiest was “performing”, whether on TV, radio, doing live speaking gigs or even presenting my designs to my clients. It all came back full circle to my acting training.

 

Then a year ago, I was invited to voice Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter for a CBC radio documentary, and I was hooked! I’ve always had a keen ear for dialects, and can do many…. I even beat out a native Scottish woman to win the role!

 

Tunique Icitte by Montreal label Creations Encore; Black Ponte Leggings w/Wide Waistband by Toronto label It Fitz Me!

 

So I knew that voice over work was going to be the next career move! So, concurrent with my design business, I’ve been learning as much as I can, taking workshops, coaching, and webinars, working on demo reels and developed a voice over website and am now doing it! I’ve done a few documentaries (one where I got to play Hillary Clinton for a production company in France!), promotional videos and other voice projects.

 

I’m now on my last two design projects, and when they are done, I’m diving in to voice work 1000%!

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I have always believed that no experience, no matter how bad or good, is ever wasted. It always comes in handy. So what I’m really excited about in my new role as a voice actor, is that I’m able to bring my wealth of business, marketing, acting and design experience together to create 60 second promotional videos for small businesses which they can use on social media and on their websites for a really low cost!

 

60% of people who search websites prefer to watch a video rather than read text. 50% of people will remember more of the content of a video than text. Video prevents people from leaving your website as quickly, so video is now essential for businesses to have on their websites!

 

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Having a recording studio in my home, with information and photos that companies provide, I’m able to write the script, find music that perfectly suits the mood we’re trying to create, and develop a stand-alone video to promote their business!

 

It’s work I enjoy and it’s incredibly satisfying to have clients delighted with the final result! And I know that it increases engagement on their sites and Google LOVES video!

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I mentioned that I sing in vocal ensembles, but what I didn’t say is that it is mostly rock and pop music! I’ve also sung at open mike nights at rock and jazz joints.

 

What I’d really love, is to sing with a bar band for fun! I’m a great blues belter and give 110% when I’m on stage. Performing is the greatest high for me!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: @Robin Siegerman VO

Website: www.RobinSiegerman.com

 

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Katharine Harrison

Name: Katharine Harrison

Occupation: Program Manager IT/Finance Brokerage

Age: 52

 

Lakeview Wrap Dress – Dark Denim by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery label burfurtART

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I work in the Finance Brokerage industry – in IT. So my workday can be full on and hectic. When I get home I like to get casual and go walking.

 

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Walks around lakes and trees calm me.

 

Lemons Pattern Julia Tunic (also available in other designs!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Being an outstanding contributing community member. Being grateful and paying my good fortune forward.

 

Purple Shibori Anemone Tunic (also available in other styles!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery label burfurtART

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Having a kind heart, making people laugh and smile, inspiring people to be kinder.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

It helps me to express my artsy/creative side by using vibrant colours and fun outfits.

 

Purple Fizz Dress (also available in Blue) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The selection of pretty dresses!!

 

More than a Wrap Dress in Sahara Print Coral (also available in Sahara Print Navy and Black Crepe) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!

 

What is the first thing you look for in a piece of clothing?

 

Is it unique and is it soft?!

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I am a mum with a child with disability – Arthrogryposis. We work every day to improve our integration into the world of non-disability but often end up straddling the two worlds.

 

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I ask everyone to be kinder and more patient with not just him but with me too. We have dreams to achieve and a lot of wisdom that comes from facing all our challenges.

 

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During your photoshoot you described your work environment as one that demands a thick skin. From this position, are there any particular things you do to maintain a tough girl attitude and a positive state of mind?

 

It helps me to use my down time to de-compress – walking and volunteering and doing mindful meditation.

 

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All these things clear my head so I can stay grateful. My motto is borrowed from a friend – be HERE now.

 

Yellow Shift 17 Dress by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery label burfurtART

 

What’s something you look forward to in the near future?

 

Heading to the Amalfi Coast with my new LEMON dress from Fresh Collective!

 

Lemons Pattern Julia Tunic (also available in other designs!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m adopted and found my parents 20 years ago – I’m back in their family considered the big sister, niece and cousin.

 

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It has completed me. I love knowing that I’m not odd – that I’m like all of them.

 

Purple Fizz Dress (also available in Blue) by Toronto label Mandala

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I’m old – I use FB and LinkedIn. Tweeting and Instagram and Snapchat intimidate me.

 

More than a Wrap Dress in Sahara Print Coral (also available in Sahara Print Navy and Black Crepe) by Toronto label It Fitz Me!

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Megan Evans

Name: Megan Evans
Occupation: Owner and Founder of Therapy Lounge, Registered Massage Therapist and Reflexologist, Certified Kickboxing Instructor
Age: 35
Lifestyle: Happy and healthy

 

T.O. Racerback Tank Top in White w/Black Skyline (also available in Black w/White Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Kristine Jeans – Mid Rise Straight by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My favourite part of the morning is pressing the “snooze” button twice to snuggle with my husband and my rescue dog Nala. We like to get outside in nature, so every morning rain or shine we go for a walk, run, or play fetch in the park.

 

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Then I put my healing hands to work at Therapy Lounge by treating clients naturally from head to toe to help them feel happy and healthy, along with running the business. Next, I pick up Nala from my husband’s martial arts studio Horizon Martial Arts and we go for a walk on the beach to meet up with her furry friends.

 

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For my own fitness, I love kickboxing, yoga and trail running. We end our evenings by enjoying my husbands amazing, home-cooked meals and spending quality, relaxing time together. Then before bed, I like to sweat the stresses of the day away by meditating in our sauna with a big glass of water and my favorite essential oils.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans; Nikki Dress in Black Wave Stripe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family, my friends, the inspirational and knowledgeable Therapy Lounge team and my wonderful loyal clients, are very important in my life. Along with being happy and healthy on the inside and out by eating well, being active, growing my own garden and being out in nature is also important.

 

Basic Wax Pants in Military Green (also available in Bijoux Blue and Black) by I Love Tyler Madison; Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

That I loved, lived, learned, and healed!

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Function over fashion has always been important to me because of my active lifestyle. But fashion can help you feel confident and comfortable. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, so it’s exciting to see athletic wear, like yoga pants and tank tops, have become fashionable and stylish.

 

T.O. Racerback Tank Top in White w/Black Skyline (also available in Black w/White Skyline) by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd; Kristine Jeans – Mid Rise Straight by Montreal’s Lola Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

I’ve adapted a quotation from Dion Sanders, the NFL football player: If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good… you do good. If you do good, others will also feel good!

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The clothing is so soft and comfortable, and the best part is it’s Canadian designed and made! The clothing is so versatile, because you can dress up or dress down any outfit. Everything I tried on was a perfect fit!

 

Foxes Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Bunnies Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  

 

I want to promote my business Therapy Lounge and my kickboxing class, “Kick. Punch. Stretch.” class at Horizon Martial Arts, which are both aimed at bringing overall health, happiness, and balanced lifestyles to our Beach community.

 

Since 2007, Therapy Lounge holistic health clinic has been healing the Beach. We are a team of 12 diverse and passionate health practitioners working together to create a holistic and effective treatment plan while giving helpful self-care advice to keep you happy, healthy and feeling your best.

 

Habana Tunic by St-Sévère’s Rien Ne Se Perd; Summer Legging in Black by Montreal’s Cameleon

 

We provide Registered Massage Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology (Foot, Facial & Thai), Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, Thai Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Fascial Stretch Therapy, SpiderTech™ Kinesiology Taping, Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Cupping, Mindfulness Meditation, Registered Holistic Nutrition Counselling and Osteopathy.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans; Nikki Dress in Black Wave Stripe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

Our treatment rooms offer their own natural comforting atmosphere. We are located in the heart of the beach above the hustle and bustle of Queen Street East, on the 2nd floor. We offer flexible (morning, afternoon and evening) hours, 7 days a week. Therapy Lounge also  offers the convenience of online booking. Request an appointment anytime, day or night!

 

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The calm beach boardwalk is just 2 blocks south. Let the TL team get to the root of the problem and take care of you naturally head to toe.

 

After kickboxing at Horizon Martial Arts for over 13 years, I designed K.P.S. (Kick. Punch. Stretch.) class to help you improve your fitness, build confidence, and maintain a healthy body. You will build stability, strength, cardio and core to help you become in-tuned with a balanced body.

 

Basic Wax Pants in Military Green (also available in Bijoux Blue and Black) by I Love Tyler Madison; Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

In K.P.S., you will learn basic to advanced KickBoxing Techniques and a stretching regimen to relax and lengthen your muscles after a tough workout and to maintain healthy muscles everyday. This is one workout that appeals to people of all ages and fitness levels. If you’re looking for a workout that’s going to get your mind and body pumped this is the program for you! 

 

What is the story of how you got started?

 

Growing up in a small town in Northern Ontario, I have always had a passion for nature and my interest in the healthcare field began early. As a child, I was always active outdoors and played many types of sports. After I began to develop musculoskeletal discomfort, I was referred to a Massage Therapist for treatment. I was deeply impressed with the power of the healing hands and interested in the anatomy of the human body.

 

Foxes Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Bunnies Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

The ability to heal the whole body naturally was when I realized I wanted to aide people in their physical, mental, and emotional wellness. In 2003, I graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Sault College and moved immediately to Toronto to have greater opportunities for my career.

 

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I’m so happy to have found an active, friendly community that made me feel at home. After working at another clinic for over four years, I decided to open my own. With my husband’s support, I searched for the perfect space and found the home of Therapy Lounge.

 

Azores Cami in Black w/White Feather (also available in White w/Black Feather) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin

 

Taking on such a large space, with 4 treatment rooms, was scary at first, as I alone was the only practitioner! But over time I’ve hired many amazing therapists and watched them grow and help the business grow in turn. This is our 10th year and we are looking forward to many more!

 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of running your own business?

 

The most rewarding aspect of running my own business is creating jobs for like-minded health practitioners and offering the community diverse, natural forms of healing.

 

Where do you envision yourself and Therapy Lounge within the next 5-10 years?

 

I always want to grow at Therapy Lounge, but sometimes it’s okay to let things just be. Things are going so well, and I’m lucky to have such a loyal, dedicated team and clientele. I believe in emphasizing quality care over quantity.

 

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Do you have any advice for those out there who are eager to start up their own business but feel they lack the entrepreneurial know-how?

 

My advice would be if you feel something deeply in your heart, you should jump in with both feet, spread your wings and go for it. It will be scary, but it’s okay to feel like you’re flying by the seat of your pants.

 

In other words, rely on your instinct rather than your entrepreneurial know-how. You’ll have good days, bad days and learn as you go, but everything will work out in the end if you have passion, drive and love what you do.

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

My 103-year-old Great Auntie Kay has given me some of my favourite advice on life and health. She says “the very best thing you can have in your life is spelled L-O-V-E, love. If you have love in your heart and your life, you can be a help to people, you can put yourself in a good position… if you didn’t love yourself you can’t care for other people. Love yourself first, then love others… keep yourself in good health so you can help other people.”

 

In Kay’s words, putting yourself first isn’t selfish – it’s the best way to help others!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

TL website: therapylounge.ca
Facebook: therapyloungebeach
Twitter: @t_lounge_team
Instagram: @therapyloungebeach

 

HMA website: horizonkempo.com
Facebook: Horizon-Martial-Arts
Twitter: @Horizon_Kempo
My Instagram: @meganannevans

Style Profile: Amanda Thebe

Name: Amanda Thebe​

Occupation: Personal Trainer​, Nutritionist, Master Trainer for DVRT Ultimate Sandbags, Fitness Writer and creator of Fit n’ Chips online fitness community.

Age: 46​

 

Sherri Tank Top with Vanilla Front and Black Mesh Back by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Black Crepe Blondie Shorts (also available in Black Floral Print) by Montreal label Annie 50; Lilian Drapy Vest in Black by Montreal label Soia and Kyo; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART 

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

​My day is equally split between my business and my family, the latter taking priority! I wake up just in time to stuff some breakfast into my kids mouths before dumping them at school and then getting on with my work day.

 

Fine Strip Black/White Anemone Tunic (also available in other designs!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; 3/4 Leggings in Bordeaux (by Black and White Polka Dots and White) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

 

My work day consists of meeting with 1:1 clients, group fitness, writing fitness articles and coaching online. I try my best to avoid working in the evening, so I can be home to help the kids with their homework and generally just hang out with them (and my husband when he is home).​

 

Fizz Dress in Blue (also available in Purple) by Toronto label Mandala

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

​Family, friends, experiences and adventure.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

​Being bright and bold. To hopefully have had an impact on people’s lives in a positive way. To be remembered as that quirky, fun person who is also very serious about my profession.​

 

Black Tropical Floral Kensington Aline Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I wish I was better at fashion. I live in Lycra!

 

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I rarely wear dresses and feel very vulnerable and exposed when I do! I spent my life growing up wearing trousers, it’s my safe place.

 

I do have good style and taste though, I have a design background, so tend to find it easy to pull outfits together.​

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

​I firstly love to support ANY woman who chooses to be an entrepreneur, being one myself I know how important it is to receive the support of others. Secondly I love unique and local crafted art, be that jewellery or clothes, especially if made locally.

 

Sherri Tank Top with Vanilla Front and Black Mesh Back by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Black Crepe Blondie Shorts (also available in Black Floral Print) by Montreal label Annie 50; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART 

 

While you’ve worked as a fitness professional for over 20 years, some of us feel intimidated by the mere thought of starting our first fitness regimen. What can we do to avoid falling into this trap?

 

​80% of my clientele are women aged 35-55 years old. It’s during these years that they may start to feel their bodies changing, they may feel less capable than they previously did. These feelings are very normal, but can have a huge detrimental impact on a woman’s mental and physical health.

 

As we age we start to slow down and the general feeling is that we cannot do the things we did when we were 20 years old, so the thought of walking into a big box gym is hugely intimidating.

 

My advice and experience tells me that they best solution is to find your tribe. Find a safe and comfortable environment where you feel you belong. This alone will promote longevity in your goals, if you feel like you have found your home, the chances are you will stay the course and start including health and wellness into your lifestyle.

 

Sherri Tank Top with Vanilla Front and Black Mesh Back by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™

 

I personally have created a community that I endearingly call My Merry Band of Misfits who support and love each other unconditionally.

 

That is huge.

 

I write about this at great length over on my website www.fitnchips.com/blog and while you are there you can sign up for my newsletter and receive a free download of my guide to the menopause The Subtle Art of Coping with the Fucking Menopause.

 

Fine Strip Black/White Anemone Tunic (also available in other designs!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; 3/4 Leggings in Bordeaux (by Black and White Polka Dots and White) by Saint-Sévère label Rien Ne Se Perd; Classic Blue Jean Jacket by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Handcrafted necklace by burfurtART 

 

​As I have previously mentioned, most of my clients feel like they don’t belong in the ‘traditional’ gym setting and this can create anxiety, low-self worth and the sense that they cannot reach any athletic potential. So the best thing in the world for me is to see how these women grow and develop to their full potential again, it’s amazing to see that confidence shine through.

 

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I have women who now compete in endurance swim, runs and bike rides. Women who have formed rock bands. Women who try cool new experiences like canyoning, via ferrata, horse riding to name a few.​

 

Fizz Dress in Blue (also available in Purple) by Toronto label Mandala

 

Where would you like to see yourself (and/or your work) in the near future?

 

​I am about to leave my current home of Toronto and head to Texas. It’s a very surreal move for me, but I am embracing the change and plan to take Texas my storm.

 

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My business will be developing as I write and publish more articles on Women Over 40 and Women during Menopause, public speaking and online training programs. I feel as though this is a missing part of the fitness industry, people just don’t seem to understand that women during this age need something different, not just the cookie cutter approach to health and wellness.​

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

​The most common thing people say to me is, You have an accent!! I do. I am British born but have lived away from the UK since 2001.

 

I love travel, like really love it. We take many trips during the year with my kids, I believe it’s one of the best educations you can provide your children.

 

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Random fact from my past is that I am a 1st Dan Black Belt in Wado Kai Karate, so I should be considered a great member to add to your Zombie Apocalypse team.​

 

White Garden Print Peony Dress by Toronto label Mandala

 

Where can people find you on social media?

Oh my! I am ALL over social media. And I post as many articles on David Beckham as I do on fitness and wellness, but hopefully I can keep you informed as well as making you smile.

 

​Facebook: fitnchips and Amanda Thebe
Twitter: fitnchips
Instagram: fitnchips

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Carrie Skidmore

Name: Carrie Skidmore

Occupation: Realtor

Age: 40

Lifestyle: Always on the go… in 6th gear!

 

Cat Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear (new at Fresh Collective!)

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My day typically starts with a slow crawl out of bed and then a mad dash to get my day started!

 

SS17 – Asymmetrical Jacket in Black by Montreal label Melow; Sam Pant in Forest Green Tropical Print by Toronto label Mandala

 

You can find me scheduling my day from my office at 2339 Queen St. east, driving around the city showcasing a property to a hopeful buyer or simply stopped on the sidewalk (close to the nearest Tim Horton’s) chatting with someone I’ve just met.

 

Sophie Dress in Chalk/Yellow Print by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My son is my pride and joy.

 

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I believe very strongly that we raise the change that we want to see in the world so with this I strive each day to lead him by example.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

The one that never gave up!

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans; Jessica Tee in White (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, Black and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Gloria Flip Skirt in Purple (also available in Black and Mutlicoloured Paint Print) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion plays many roles in my life, it gives me confidence to be the best I can be, freedom to be comfortable when I need to relax and fun when I need a bit of excitement 🙂

 

Flamingos Pocket Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based label Curious Oddities

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The variety of styles to chose from is what keeps me coming back to Fresh Collective.

 

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I also love to shop local and Fresh Collective offers a variety of Canadian designers.

 

Cat Twirlin’ Dress (also available: Whale Pod Twirlin’ Dress) by Halifax label Poison Pear (new at Fresh Collective!)

 

How would you describe your ideal spring or summer outfit?

 

My ideal spring/summer outfit is light, airy and versatile with the unpredictability of the weather especially in the spring versatility is important.

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I would like to promote myself as the go-to Realtor! One that is in your corner to help navigate the mine field of real estate so that your experience is a smooth and enjoyable one.

 

Classic Top in Navy (also available in Teal and Ivory) by Montreal designer Cherry Bobin; Sam Pant in Forest Green Tropical Print by Toronto label Mandala

 

During your Style Profile photoshoot, you mentioned that becoming a realtor was something you’d felt driven to do for a long time. What do you love most about your work?

 

What I love most about my work is the feeling I get when a client has made the move into their next chapter. It might be a first-time home buyer whose years of saving has finally put them in their first home, or a young family moving from their first condo into a family home they’ll raise their children in, or an empty-nester looking for smaller comforts to nestle themselves into.

 

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Being a part of this for each of my clients makes me absolutely love my job!

 

Jessica Tee in White (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, Black and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Gloria Flip Skirt in Purple (also available in Black and Mutlicoloured Paint Print) by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Curious Oddities

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Instagram: @agentrowe

 

Facebook: carrieskidmoresellshouses

 

Flamingos Pocket Dress by Toronto label Candi Factory; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based label Curious Oddities

 

Style Profile – Health and Wellness Edition: Colleen Good

Name: Colleen Good
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
Age: 44

 

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What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I wake up, get out of bed and drag a comb across my head, and my daughter’s and my son’s. My partner and I jostle our way out of the house with lunches made and hopefully smiles on all our faces to start our days.

 

Alexie Top from Montreal label MOOVment Design; Denim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Necklace handmade by Toronto label burfurtART

 

I work for the Ontario Medical Association’s Physician Health Program – a service that supports doctors with mental health and/or addictions across the province.

 

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I speak to doctors over the phone and in person and work with their treating clinicians, workplaces, regulatory bodies and even family members to get physicians the treatment and support they need to regain their health and well being and return to work so thousands of Ontarians can get the quality care that doctors provide every day.

 

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It’s meaningful work that makes me proud. I then come home to take care of my own family – supper, homework, fun and bedtime.

 

Dress from Rien Ne Se Perd (sold out- browse current dresses here); Necklace handmade by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

 Simple but important things – my family; enjoying time together; being outdoors; celebrating the little things. An example is we just organized a birthday party for our puppy Buddy who just turned one.

 

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We invited his “adopted family” over (a lovely family who watches him when we are out of town) and had dinner together. It was lovely!

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

“Try to leave the earth a better place than when you arrived.” – unknown. I would like to say that at end of my days I’ve lived accordingly.

 

Alexie Top from Montreal label MOOVment Design; Denim Skirt from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Necklace handmade by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I usually go for comfort but know that fashion has an impact not only on how I feel about myself and how the world responds to me.

 

Coleanthus Cardigan (sold out in blue tweed- see current ones here) from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Pencil Skirt from Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Browse scarves here 

 

I would love a personal fashion consultant to get me out of the door on a daily basis – fortunately my husband is very mindful in this domain and I trust his judgment.

 

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This is one other reason I love Fresh Collective because the staff provide honest and helpful feedback and help me find a look that is right for me.

 

Sweater sold out- browse current sweaters here; Jeans from Yoga Jeans; Necklace handmade by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love supporting local artists, the friendly staff and honest feedback on what looks good and what should be left for someone else to enjoy.

 

Dress from Rien Ne Se Perd (sold out- browse current dresses here); Necklace handmade by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

If I could promote anything it would be to ensure that everyone takes care of themselves and their loved ones with regards to their mental health.

 

As a society we are becoming more aware of how prevalent mental health and addictions are however resources are not easily accessed.

 

Charles Slouch Tee from Toronto label Mandala Design; Skirt from Studio Fresh (also Toronto based); Necklace handmade by Toronto label burfurtART

 

Occupational therapists are uniquely positioned to support individuals regarding their mental health.

 

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Mental health is a central focus of OT. OT began during WWI, when OTs worked with injured soldiers to find meaningful activity after the trauma of war. Today, OTs are regulated health professionals. M.Sc.OTs have a minimum of 6 years of university education.

 

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In order to practise psychotherapy independently in Ontario, OTs must complete a credible training program in psychotherapy and a minimum of 2 years of supervised psychotherapy practice. OTs are trained in specific modalities that include CBT, mindfulness, gestalt therapy, DBT, and EFT.

 

 

 

Style Profile – Fab & 40+ Edition: Deborah Knight

Name: Deborah Knight

Occupation: Entertainment Publicist, Part-Time Professor of Arts Marketing and Rodan + Fields Executive Consultant

Age: 52

Lifestyle: I am out several nights a week attending everything from red carpet opening events to theatre shows, concerts and product launches. I am also a Soccer Mom 3-4 days a week for my 10-year-old son.

 

Tropic Cami in Blue (also available in Black) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Ambro Coat in Black Linen by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Crop Wax Pants in Black by (also available in Bijoux Blue) I Love Tyler Madison; Handcrafted necklace by Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Meetings with producers, directors, performers in the morning, then a few phone calls with my Rodan + Fields team members about upcoming events we are planning, writing and distributing news releases, preparing a class for my arts managers at Centennial College, off to a soccer practice or game in the evening or to Variety Village with my son on off nights.

 

Chloe Top in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sam Pant – Scratch in Black/White by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family, a balanced work life and good health. That’s why Rodan + Fields is such an amazing part-time business for me.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being a great friend, wife and mother. Oh yes, being fun to be around too!

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket in Destroyed Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans; Rainforest Print Pocket Dress (also available in Flamingo Print) by Toronto Label Candi Factory

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

It is a reflection of who we I am at any given stage in my life. I like more casual clothing as I get older and I want to look current and on trend because I am in the image business in PR and with Rodan + Fields skincare.

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

It has a variety of new styles that cannot be found anywhere else in Toronto. The designs suit women of all shapes and sizes and there is lots to choose from for older women who want comfortable and stylish clothing.

 

Black Bloom Print Posey Dress by Toronto label Mandala

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I am working on a show from London’s West End called “Showstopper! The Improvised Musical” opening on June 7 and playing to June 25 at The Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street. It is hilarious! www.mirvish.com

 

Black Tropical Floral Kensington Aline Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

You’ve been the owner of your PR agency for quite some time now! Could you tell us a little bit about how you got started running your own business?

 

I was laid off from a full-time position at SkyDome and I was encouraged by the late Michael Burgess, a good friend and wonderful singer/actor to start my own business with him as my first client.

 

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He told everyone to hire me and that was back in 1999 and I’ve never stopped working in the entertainment business ever since.

 

You’ve got quite an impressive resume! What have been some of the highlights of your PR career?

 

I once media trained Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” and rode around in a limo all day asking media to interview him when he was an unknown. We had more than a few laughs when people didn’t really believe me that he was going to be a huge Hollywood movie star one day.

 

Tropic Cami in Blue (also available in Black) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Crop Wax Pants in Black by (also available in Bijoux Blue) I Love Tyler Madison; Handcrafted necklace by Torched Studio

 

I also love working with comedians and worked with the late Bea Arthur and the late Phyllis Diller and travelled to their homes to stay with them on several occasions and usually visited them both in the same week although they weren’t friends they both knew that they shared me as their friend!

 

Chloe Top in Pink by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sam Pant – Scratch in Black/White by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

In general, what is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

 

Helping people do what they love. I am also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Toronto and my flexible work schedule allows me to serve the needs of disadvantaged children in our communities here at home and around the world.

 

Rainforest Print Pocket Dress (also available in Flamingo Print) by Toronto Label Candi Factory

 

I recently started a Water Drop Project to bring water tanks to hold clean water to elementary basic schools in the Montego Bay rural area of Jamaica. So far, I have raised $6,000 U.S. from my fellow members for 19 water tanks, 11 which have already been given and the others will be installed by December.

 

 Black Bloom Print Posey Dress by Toronto label Mandala

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

You can find love at 50 or older. Women listed up! Never give up on that dream if you are now single or still single.

 

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I found the love of my life, Edward, at 50 years of age and am grateful every day that I never gave up the hope that I’d find him.

 

Black Tropical Floral Kensington Aline Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook:www.facebook.com/deborahknight

 

Twitter: @dkprToronto