Seen our new designers yet!?

 

Laila Goddess and dotty by Heather Bolt are two of our newest designers in stores, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them joining our Fresh Collective family!

 

 

Dotty’s Toronto-made, empowering designs work for women of all shapes and sizes. Cuts are created with ease of travel in mind, featuring soft and delightful, wrinkle-free fabrics!

 

Designed in Canada and ethically made in Bali using hand-printed fabrics, Laila Goddess is all about comfy and beautiful designs that flatter mature women with changing bodies.

 

 

Drop by our Roncesvalles or Beaches location today to check out the new collections!

 

Style Profile: Aviva B. Abraham

Name: Aviva B. Abraham

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

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

Lifestyle: Always looking to improve!

 

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

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

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

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My kids!

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Helping others and making a difference in peoples’ lives.

 

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

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

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

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I ALWAYS find something unique, feminine, and beautiful!

 

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

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

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

 

CLICK HERE to learn more about Women Growing Empires!

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

 

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

 

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

 

Blackcomb Dress – Navy by Cherry Bobin

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What does a client-advisor relationship entail?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 

Blackcomb Dress – Navy by Cherry Bobin

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Connect with me on any of the following:

 

LinkedIn

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

 

My Blog

 

Doggy Drop-Ins at Fresh Collective!

 

Did you know that both of our locations are dog-friendly? In fact, we’re a team of dog lovers here at Fresh Collective, and we adore having them around!

 

Which is why, starting January 26th, we want to see more dogs!

 

Post a picture of your dog in the comment section of our Facebook Dog Day post on January 22nd, and we’ll message you a $10 OFF Fresh Collective coupon, valid from January 22nd until the end of February.

 

OR drop by in-person with your doggy, collect your $10 OFF coupon and a tasty treat for your best friend, and take a selfie with our staff!

 

So long, Kensington shop!

It was time to let go of my cute little Kensington store. On December 28th (just last week), I closed the door to the Augusta Avenue boutique for good.

I opened it in 1998 under the name Fresh Baked Goods, which was the name of my knitwear line. We set up knitting machines in the back and made sweaters all day to sell in the front of the store.

I was known as Laura-Jean the Knitting Queen, and I called my assistants Knitting Princesses.

 


I opened the store in the spring and a few weeks after, a heatwave hit. I nearly had a nervous breakdown, as I spent $1400 on an air conditioner and realized I was going to have to make it through the summer as a sweater shop!

We made it through that summer and 21 summers more, as the business evolved into Fresh Collective.

I learned so much about business in that shop. Met so many wonderful customers. Worked with awesome employees and designers. This place is so full of memories.

 

Sadly, with the small space, no storage, and other challenges facing the Kensington location, it was time to admit we had outgrown it and focus on our 2 larger locations, as well as the online store.

I must admit, I do have a few other things on my plate these days, which made letting go a little easier!

As I shut and locked the door for the last time, I took a moment to thank that little shop for all the lessons and good times it gave me, and to wish its next business the best of luck!

 

Love,

Laura-Jean

 

STYLE PROFILE: SHAYNE HENDERSON

Name: Shayne Henderson

Occupation: Massage and Movement Therapist

Age: Forty-Four and Fabulous

Lifestyle: Casual, Healthy and Active

 

Nancy Tank Top – Bamboo – Deep Teal from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt – Moths from Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

My days are all over the place, with some clocking in at 6:30 am, and others not until 10:00 am. What always happens, no matter the day, is getting up early in the morning for mindfulness and movement practice.

 

Getting the kids off to camps/school and then putting in a very condensed work day at the clinic is typical. That way I can manage to pick them up at the end of my day. We always have dinner as a family; it’s where we connect and get on top of anything that’s going on.

 

Duster Shirt Dress – Navy / Red Stripe by Brenda Beddome (in-stores only!); Cropped Luci Leggings – Bamboo – Black from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Health, family and community. Working in the healthcare field really instills just how important it is to take care of the body we’ve been given.

 

 

Without my health, I wouldn’t be able to be there for my family or be active in the community.

 

Maxi Dress w/elastic waist – Black and White by Marvella

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Making a difference in the world.

We aren’t meant to do this life alone, so connecting with others
on any level, to support them, I think, is a beautiful gift for both the person giving and the receiver.

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

For me, fashion has to be functional.

I need to look professional at work, and also be able to drop to the ground and show exercises. On the weekends it’s very much the same; wanting to look good and being able to run around with my husband and our girls.

 

I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe that brings together all of these elements of fun, functionality and feeling good!

 

Candace Dress – Fragmented Floral on White from Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace by Fresh Collective

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the way the clothes really jump out at you! Everything in the store has something unique going on; either the way it’s been cut, or the pattern or detail.

 

The clothes are so beautiful that you really can’t help but shine when you put them on. There is something here for everyone.

You might find a piece and think, Hmm, that’s not really my style, and then you put it on, and it fits and moves beautifully. Fresh Collective really hits the mark for a women’s clothing boutique.

 

Eugene Dress – Houndstooth from Toronto’s Mandala

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I love helping women feel better in their bodies and dispelling myths about what is normal. I have a free Facebook group in which I do live weekly workouts, answer your questions, and offer tips and information on improving your health.

 

I’m extremely committed to creating a safe and open space for women to share their journeys. We all rise together when we share!

 

Nancy Tank Top – Bamboo – Deep Teal from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt – Moths from Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

You recently decided to dedicate a part of your massage therapy practice to aiding women with symptoms of pre-natal anxiety and postpartum depression. What inspired this choice?

 

Before my first daughter was born, I had two losses. So that pregnancy was full of anxiety and disconnection, and then I moved into postpartum depression (PPD) after my daughter’s birth.

 

My PPD showed itself as anger, so everyone just thought I was super moody and would get angry back at me. Finally, someone stepped in and said that they thought something bigger than Baby Blues was going on, and that’s when I started to come out from the fog and realize just how much I was suffering, and that I needed help. This is really what moved me towards wanting to help mothers thrive in all aspects of postpartum life: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

 

Duster Shirt Dress – Navy / Red Stripe by Brenda Beddome (in-stores only!); Cropped Luci Leggings – Bamboo – Black from our in-house line, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What are some common misconceptions about early motherhood and postpartum depression? The latter seems to be a bit of a social taboo, and so many women out there are in need of support.

 

I think the biggest thing with postpartum motherhood is that everyone expects you to be happy because you have a baby, and that’s simply not true. It is an overwhelming experience for many, and there just aren’t many avenues of support in place, so women push through as best as they can, until they can’t.

 


You don’t have to love every part of being a mom; there are parts that are really a challenge and it’s okay to not like it sometimes. It’s okay to not want to spend every moment with your child, and it’s actually healthier for you to have time apart.

 

I think we should shift from baby showers filled with the latest and greatest gifts, and instead try and support with food delivery or cleaning services–things that help make the transition of being home with a baby easier.

 

Maxi Dress w/elastic waist – Black and White by Marvella

 

What sort of approach do you take in your one-on-one sessions?

 

My goal is creating a safe and compassionate space. Always. I really want this time to be about what is needed to help a woman feel grounded and more capable of meeting the demands of life once she leaves.

 

Depending on what is needed, it may be just a hands-on treatment. We may focus on mindful techniques with breathing or movements, and  approaches to help stimulate or calm how she’s feeling.

 

Candace Dress – Fragmented Floral on White from Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace by Fresh Collective

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

As a way to tap into the more spiritual side, I recently added Angle and Oracle Card Readings. I have found it is such a great way to offer insight and clarity in a way that is positive and motivating.

 

Eugene Dress – Houndstooth from Toronto’s Mandala

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

My website: www.shaynehenderson.com

Facebook: @ShayneLHenderson and @HelpingMamasThrive

Instagram: @shayne.henderson

 

Style Profile: Karen Porter

Name: Karen Porter

Occupation: Holistic Health & Wellness Expert

Age: 53 and feeling awesome!

Lifestyle: Healthy, busy, active

 

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

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

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

 

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

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

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

 

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

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

For being a giving, loving, compassionate person.

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

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

 

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

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

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

 

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

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What sort of services do you offer?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

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

 

 

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

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

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

 

Style Profile: Yulia Urukova Martins

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

 

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

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

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

 

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

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

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

 

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

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

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

 

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

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Who is it for, you ask?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

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

 

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

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

You can find me on Facebook or Instagram.

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

 

STYLE PROFILE: Beryl Tsang

Name: Beryl Tsang

Occupation: Scheduling Sherpa at the University Health Network, Master Knitting Instructor, Grant Writer and Children’s Book Author

Age: 52

Lifestyle: Urban Community Builder

 

Josee Dress – Black Aviary by Halifax label Poison Pear; Hoop earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I’m a bit of a night owl, so my day usually begins with my alarm going off and going through the five stages of mourning as I attempt to extricate myself from my pillow: Denial (“No, it can’t be 6:30am.”); Bargaining (“Hmm, maybe I sleep in and take a taxi/uber to work. No, prolly not.”); Anger (“Dang, I have to get out of bed.”); Depression (“Mornings are so sad!”), and Acceptance (“I am now vertical–yay me!”).

 

My weekdays are busy; I work with physicians, residents and scientists to manage their time. I always try to fit in a workout mid-day. Usually it’s yoga or Pilates, but lately I’ve been experimenting with lifting and interval training.

 

The Horizon Dress – Black – Mirage by Montreal’s Noujica; Necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Family and community really matter to me. I believe that the world is actually a hard place and that it can be tough if we are alone. It’s important for us to reach out to one another and form bonds to see us through tough times, but also to lift us up and find meaning and purpose.

 

I am really lucky to have the best family and the best community!

 

Joy Dress – Grey/Blue by Toronto’s Studio Fresh; Hoop earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being a good mom, a good friend and a good person.

 

Shift 18 Dress – Green by Toronto’s Studio Fresh; Acetate Large 45mm Hoop Earrings – Tortoiseshell by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

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

 

I love fashion, but not fast fashion.

 

I love Fresh Collective because they feature local designers who create clothes and accessories with meaning. I adore the clean lines and whimsical patterns of their in-house line, Palette. I’m huge into dresses and I think I probably own at least one dress from every designer!

 

O-Tie Dress – Black by Toronto’s Studio Fresh; Scalene Triangle Acetate Earrings – Ivory Mix by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

You’ve been with us since Laura-Jean’s Knitting Queen days! What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I have to say, the BEST thing about shopping at Fresh Collective is the  Style Coaches. Every shopping trip at FC is like visiting a best friend.

 

I love bringing out-of-town friends to FC; they always manage to find a statement piece there, whether it be a necklace, T-shirt or funky skirt!

 

Josee Dress – Black Aviary by Halifax label Poison Pear; Hoop earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I want to promote myself and my professional services!

 

If you’re looking for a Master Knitting Instructor to teach you to knit or consult on your projects, my big claim to fame is that I was the knitting consultant to Season 1 of the Handmaid’s Tale! I’m also a kick-ass grant writer.

 

Lastly, I really want to promote The Adventures of Ludwig and Imogen, a children’s book about what imaginary hippogriffs and their humans get up to on a daily basis! I wrote the story, and the fabulous Meredith Wolting illustrated it.

 

Check out more about Ludwig and Imogen on the Ludwig and Imogen Facebook page!

 

The Horizon Dress – Black – Mirage by Montreal’s Noujica; Necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

Your career has taken you down some interesting bends, including the creation of an original knitted breast prosthetic for breast cancer survivors. Most recently, you published The Adventures of Ludwig and Imogen. What first attracted you to children’s literature?

 

I was a huge reader as a child and  loved reading unique and fanciful books to my children as they were growing up. We were big Maurice Sendak fans.

 

The hippogriff statue that guards the Lillian B. Smith Library in Toronto, which has a large and fabulous collection of manuscripts of children’s books, inspired the character of Ludwig. Parent friends of young children inspired the character of Imogen.

 

Joy Dress – Grey/Blue by Toronto’s Studio Fresh; Hoop earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What age group does your new book target and where can we get our hands on a copy?

 

The book is for parents of children any age between toddlerhood and young adulthood. It is unique in that the story is told through both Ludwig and Imogen’s eyes, with Ludwig’s perspective on one page and Imogen’s perspective on the next.

 

You can order it from me at beryltsang1@gmail.com, or on Amazon USA (DIRECT LINK) if you’re living in the States.

 

Shift 18 Dress – Green by Toronto’s Studio Fresh; Acetate Large 45mm Hoop Earrings – Tortoiseshell by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m a little odd. Lovable, but still odd.

 

O-Tie Dress – Black by Toronto’s Studio Fresh; Scalene Triangle Acetate Earrings – Ivory Mix by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Follow me on Instagram! @beryltsang

 

 

Laura Skirt – Fit Guide!

Laura-Jean is 5’5″ and 158 lbs.

She’s got a 42″ bust, 35″ waist and 41″ hips and she wears a 34 DDD bra.

Here she’s wearing the Laura Skirt in Medium and then Large to show the two different fits. 

(The Darcy Collar Top she has on is Large and you can shop that style here.)

 

Shop the Laura Skirt here

Here Jane and L.J. show off all the prints. Jane is in the X-Small, and she’s about 4’11” and her bust measures 34″. Her waist is 28″ and hips are 35″

You can see it’s sitting a bit lower on her hip as her measurements are just a bit smaller than the XSmall on the size chart below. 

 

 

Shop the Laura Skirt here

Choose from 7 awesome prints! 

Shop the Laura Skirt here

Questions about fit or anything else? 

You can always call any of our stores:

274 Augusta Ave. * 416 966 0123

401 Roncesvalles Ave. * 647 352 7123

2116 A Queen Street East * 416 594 1313

Or email us at info@freshcollective.com

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