Back to Reality In Style! Fall Wardrobe Makeover Giveaway!

Whether it’s back to school or back to work, September means it’s back to reality. Why not do it in style?

Book your Wardrobe Makeover Style Consultation now!

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In this one on one session,
you work with a Fresh Collective Style Coach
to discover your personal style that suits your figure, your personality and your lifestyle. 

You bring in some of your favourite pieces from your closet that you’d like to get more wear out of, and we use items from the store to experiment and try new things. 

Our Style Coaches educate you on what silhouettes, colours, necklines, fabrics and styles work best for you and why.

And during this consultation, we know you might fall in love with a few pieces to take home. 

Our little gift to you, as you bravely go back to reality (in style!) is 20 Fresh Bucks to spend during your style session. Enjoy!

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You’re Awesome Event – (Inside and Out Giveaway!)

The You’re Awesome Event is all about celebrating how AWESOME YOU ARE!

Get in touch with your awesomeness!

Nurture your awesomeness!

Show off and share your awesomeness!

At Fresh Collective we just think you’re awesome inside and out, and we’re celebrating your awesomeness with a couple of giveaways!

For the outside, we have Great, You’re Awesome Event

Wardrobe Makeover Giveaway! 

This is normally a $200 service, but for a limited time it ‘s FREE!

*** Please note, you must add promocode IMAWESOME at the checkout ***

Claim your FREE Wardrobe Makeover here

 
 

For the inside, we have 10 amazingly awesome one-on-one 

Amp Up Your Personal Power Sessions

with Life Purpose Coach Andra Wochesen!

These powerful sessions are limited to 10 motivated people who are ready to make a shift in their lives and step into their Awesomeness!

Click on the link below and fill out the contact form.

Under subject, write: PERSONAL POWER SESSION and where is says, How May I Help You?, write a paragraph about how you feel a session like this could help you.

You will be notified if you’ve been selected to schedule your 60 minute session.

Click Here!

As well, we’ll be featuring some videos on our social media about being awesome inside and out! Stay tuned and stay awesome!

 

Style Profile: Spring New Arrival Round Up!

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

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

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

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

Check out this rave review on this dress:

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

Posted by Laura Carter on 2017 Apr 14th 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Habana Tunic from Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd

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

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

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

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Julia Tunic Cockatoo Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Henley Dress from Toronto Fashion label Mandala Design

Style Profile- Fab & 40 + Edition: Gillian Clinton

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

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

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

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

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

What in your life is really important to you?

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

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

What would you like to be remembered for?

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

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Julia Tunic Cockatoo Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts

What role does fashion play in your life?

Gives my daughter something to roll her eyes at!

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

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

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

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

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What outfit did you enjoy the most from your shoot?

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

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

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

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

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

What do you have that you want to promote?  

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

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

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

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Julia Tunic Cockatoo Print from Toronto line Desserts and Skirts

Where can people find you on social media?

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

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

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Be Featured in a Style Profile! Step Up Your Style & Promote Your Business!

We’re now accepting applications from Toronto women who would love to be featured in our Style Profiles on our blog! 

This is a fun cross-promotion that gives you exposure to our audience. Check out some of our recent ladies below. Click on their names to see the profile.

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Kristina Szabo in her Style Profile as part of our Fab & 40+ Edition.

She’s an Opera Singer & Voice Teacher at the University of Toronto who had fun modeling great looks from Canadian designers and promoting her upcoming projects on our blog.

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Bev Katz-Rosenbaum joined us to promote her career as an editor and writer and to show that women over 40 are awesome and gorgeous!

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Cyndi Carleton had a ton of fun during her photoshoot, and was excited to share about her various music and acting projects with our audience. 

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Kerstin Mulfinger looks fantastic in our outfits, and got a chance to promote her career as a self-employed international trade show manager. 

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Style Profile: Fab & 40 + Edition – Kristie Osmond-Jones

Name: Kristie Osmond-Jones
Occupation: Chief Steward of a Local Union
Age: 43
Lifestyle: Constantly in Motion!

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Habana Tunic and Leggings from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What’s a typical day like for you?

I work days and some evenings, and sometimes both! Representing the members of my Local is a busy job!

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Paralomis Tunic from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART; East Coast West Coast Leggings from The Candi FactoryOrnella Coat from Soia & Kyo

What in your life is really important to you?

My kids! They are the best thing ever. My new husband is pretty great too! And of course my dogs!

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Celeste Dress from Mandala Design (only charcoal left); Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What would you like to be remembered for?

For being brave when it was scary. For making people laugh. For being a great mother.

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Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; Julia Tunic (Cockatoo Print) from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts


What role does fashion play in your life?

Since I have lost close to 100 lbs after having bariatric surgery last year, clothes are a lot less scary and I actually enjoy fashion now! It’s like being reunite with an old friend.

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Jacket from Studio Fresh (available in-store only), Alexie Top from Montreal label MOOVment DesignNecklace made in Toronto by burfurtART, Skirt (out of stock) by Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that the pieces are unique and that they support small business owners and entrepreneurs. Shopping local benefits everyone.

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Habana Tunic and Leggings from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

What made you want to be one of our Style Profile Models?

Honestly, it was an effort to continue to be brave. There aren’t a lot of pictures of me in existence as I am much more comfortable out of view. So this was an attempt to be brave and put myself out there a bit.

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Paralomis Tunic from Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART; East Coast West Coast Leggings from The Candi FactoryOrnella Coat from Soia & Kyo

 

What was your favourite outfit from your shoot?

I loved the grey dress that I initially put on backwards! It has pockets and I am for sure down with anything that has pockets.

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What do you have that you want to promote?

My union is involved in a campaign to raise awareness around the importance of Paramedics in our community.

They are highly trained medical professionals and play a vital role in healthcare in this country. Visit www.sendaparamedic.ca/ to learn more!!

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Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; Julia Tunic (Cockatoo Print) from Toronto label Desserts and Skirts


Where can people find you on social media?

Nowhere! I am not that fancy!

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Jacket from Studio Fresh (available in-store only), Alexie Top from Montreal label MOOVment DesignNecklace made in Toronto by burfurtART, Skirt (out of stock) by Quebec label Rien Ne Se Perd.

 

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Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Esther Maier

Name: Esther Maier
Occupation: Professor, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics (Laurier)
Age: Old enough to know better, yet here I am!
Lifestyle: Harried!

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Sophie Dress from Toronto label Studio Fresh; Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

What’s a typical day like for you?

What’s a typical day? One of the things that I like about my work is that there is no typical day.

 

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Somebody to Love Dress by Montreal fashion label Annie 50;  Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

What in your life is really important to you?

My husband, my family and my dog!

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Teri top from Montreal label ArianneOrnella Drapey Spring Jacket from Montreal label Soia & Kyo, High Rise Ankle Jeans from Yoga Jeans, Bag from Pixie Mood

What would you like to be remembered for?

My shoes.

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What role does fashion play in your life?

I teach in a business school so I need to look the part. My tastes have always leaned toward a fun and funky style that still looks professional.

 

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Paralomis Slub Knit Tunic from Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima, Shrug from It Fitz Me; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love the relaxed at-home feeling in the Roncey store. No pressure and great music, not to mention the great clothes. Plus, I love supporting Canadian designers

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Sophie Dress from Toronto label Studio Fresh; Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

You’re a business school prof who researches creativity and innovation in organizations. What brought you to being interested in the creative aspect of organizations?

After working in the film and television industry for 15 years, I decided to   me in so many ways. It was hard to leave, but I decided to make creativity and innovation the focal point of my dissertation.

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Somebody to Love Dress by Montreal fashion label Annie 50;  Jewellery handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

What do you have that you want to promote? 

Well, I’m a researcher so I’d like to promote a research project! If you’ve started your own creative business project, I’d love to speak with you!

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Teri top from Montreal label ArianneOrnella Drapey Spring Jacket from Montreal label Soia & Kyo, High Rise Ankle Jeans from Yoga Jeans, Bag from Pixie Mood

 

Where can people find you on social media?

I’m not all that active on social media, but have been known to post a dog photo or two on Facebook 😉  

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Paralomis Slub Knit Tunic from Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima, Shrug from It Fitz Me; Necklace handmade in Toronto by burfurtART  

 

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Ornella Drapey Spring Jacket from Montreal label Soia & Kyo

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Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Krisztina Szabó

Name: Krisztina Szabó
Occupation: Opera Singer & Voice Teacher at the University of Toronto
Age: 44

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

What’s a typical day like for you? 

I’ve got a very strange life, and there really isn’t much “typical” about it.  The only thing that is typical is that I wake up every day! 

If I am “on contract”, my day would likely include a rehearsal or two, maybe a costume fitting if I’m in an opera. 

If I’m at home, after I wake up, my husband hands me a coffee (very necessary, very appreciated!), we get our 11-year old daughter, Phoibe, out the door to school, I will teach a few lessons at the University of Toronto where I am a sessional voice teacher. 

Often, I am multi-tasking like a crazy person between teaching, performing and managing the family schedule! 

My daughter swims with the Toronto Swim Club and is now swimming 4 times a week, as well as taking piano lessons, so we are constantly on the go!

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Arabella from Soia & Kyo; Classic Pencil Skirt from Toronto label It Fitz Me; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

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What in your life is really important to you?  

My daughter is the most important person in my life.  If she is happy, then all is well in my world.

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Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer FukushimaTrinidad Dress from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd

What would you like to be remembered for? 

Kindness, sense of humour and a great work ethic.

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Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; Captain Sweater from Montreal fashion label Cameleon; Moto Pants from Brenda Beddome

What role does fashion play in your life? 

Fashion is quite important in my life.  As an opera singer, you have to have gowns for concert performances, “make a good impression” first day of rehearsal outfits, something splashy for an opening night outfit, but for rehearsing an opera, your director might have you rolling around on the ground, so you have to have more casual clothing. 

Being in the arts, the more you can make your wardrobe unique or funky or interesting, and put together, the better an impression you make. 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? 

I love coming into Fresh Collective and seeing what great Canadian fashion designers are doing – I love the individuality and creativity of the clothes and the jewellery. 

And the staff are always so great – they help me put together outfits, give me honest feedback and point me toward the sale items. 

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How did you become a opera singer?  

I did an undergraduate degree in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario, but somewhere along the way, the performing bug bit me, and I decided to pursue it as a career, but I had absolutely NO clue as to what that entailed! 

I started off my performing training doing a post-graduate diploma in voice performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, then I was lucky enough to audition for and be accepted into the Canadian Opera Company’s young artist programme, and from then I have been performing professionally.. almost 20 years now!

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What is your favourite song to sing?  

If we are talking about opera, I have to say that the aria “Quando m’en vo” from Puccini’s opera La bohème is a favourite, but if its just singing around the house, its anything by Adele!  

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 Nanomia Cropped Cardigan from Toronto designer Jennifer FukushimaTrinidad Dress from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd

What do you have that you want to promote?

I’m doing several projects this spring – I’m débuting a new work by Gary Kulesha called “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf” with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, I’m soloist with the Ottawa Symphony (Mahler 2ndSymphony), the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener (Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis), Pax Christi Chorale, Toronto (Elgar’s The Apostles), Music of the Baroque, Chicago (Telemann The Day of Judgement), and the world première of a new opera by Aaron Gervais, Oksana G, with Tapestry Opera, Toronto.

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Liliane Drapey Vest from Soia & Kyo; Captain Sweater from Montreal fashion label Cameleon; Moto Pants from Brenda Beddome

Where can people find you on social media? 

I’m on Instagram and Twitter: @KSzabs72 and you can visit my website at www.krisztinaszabo.com

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Celeste Dress from Mandala Design (only charcoal left); Ornella Coat from Soia & Kyo; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART  

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Style Profile: Fab & 40+ Edition- Bev Katz Rosenbaum

Name: Bev Katz Rosenbaum
Occupation: Editor and writer
Age: 55 in real life, 35 in my head
Lifestyle: Weird mix of urbanite (restaurants! movies! theatre!) and nature lover (lapping waves! trees! stars!)

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Habana Tunic and Leggings from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd; Cuff from Jon Klar.
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What’s a typical day like for you?
 
I get up early, exercise for an hour, read the newspaper over breakfast and coffee, work on editing projects half the day and writing projects the other half. I often work in local coffee shops with other writer/freelancer friends so as not to go mad.
 
I also have occasional volunteer commitments–one with my professional organization, and another with a cause that’s personally near and dear to me.
 
Later in my day, I’ll check in with my lovely grown kids, and in the evening I’ll either grab a meal at a new resto or try out a new recipe, then catch a hot new movie or binge-watch something on Netflix. My day ends with a couple of relaxing yoga poses, a mug of cocoa and some pleasure reading!

 

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What in your life is really important to you?
 
I believe in living a meaningful life. (I hear you gagging. No worries–the middle grade book I’m currently writing, which has a couple Important Issues at the heart of it, is still chock-full of snark and pop culture satire.)
 
I also try to never take for granted my *amazing* kids and friends, all of whom are incredibly brilliant, funny and kind. And I never underestimate the restorative effects of great coffee, food and art!

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What would you like to be remembered for?
 
For being a helper, in Mr. Rogers lingo.
 
For being a good mom and an all around nice/empathetic/open-minded person. (And also, if I’m being completely honest here, for being smart and funny and for writing the world’s best–meaningful + snarky–middle grade novel.)

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?
 
I use fashion to express who I am. I may seem quiet and agreeable–which I am, most of the time, LOL!–but I definitely have an edgy and rebellious side.
 
That translates to classic cuts with interesting/unexpected details.

 

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Ornella Drapey Spring Jacket from Montreal label Soia & KyoHigh Rise Skinny Jeans with zip from Yoga Jeans; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART; Paralomis Top from Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
Pretty much everything in the store fits that ‘classic with an edge’ description! I also love that so many of the shop’s designers are dedicated to sustainability. (See the documentary The True Cost and you, too, will stop shopping at the big chains!)
 
At FC, I can get great quality pieces from local designers that will last for years, at reasonable price points.

 

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What made you want to be one of our Style Profile Models?
 
Apart from it sounding like a fun way to spend a morning (it was!), I love that you’re open to featuring over-40 women in cool clothing.
 

 

In addition to wanting to spread the word about your fabulous store(s) with my network, I was totes down to help spread the message that women of a certain age can wear anything!
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What was your favorite outfit of the shoot?
 
I’m kind of obsessed with the long black vest and the black trench–will probably return to buy the vest.
 
I also loved the minidress with the vaguely 70s shape. And those jeans fit unbelievably well!
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What do you have that you want to promote?

 

First off, I want to promote the idea (again!) that age is just a number. Over-40s and over-50s can wear anything! And also do anything!
 
I’m more fulfilled professionally at this particular moment than at any other time in my life. I’m super-confident in my abilities and super-proud of the busy freelance editing business I’ve built.
 
Speaking of which, if you write fiction (for any age or genre), and you think it might be useful to get the opinion of a former in-house editor and multi-published novelist (whether you intend to submit to a traditional publisher or to self-publish), check me out at http://bevkatzrosenbaum.com/, where you’ll find info on price and procedure as well as testimonials.

 

As for my books, I won’t have new ones out for a couple years; Google me then if you want to read my stuff! (The old books are OP–out of print. I took a loooong break from writing while building up my freelance editing biz!)

 

Where can people find you on social media?
You can visit my website: Bev Katz Rosenbaum
And here are links to my Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
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Ornella Drapey Spring Jacket from Montreal label Soia & KyoHigh Rise Skinny Jeans with zip from Yoga Jeans; Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART; Paralomis Top from Toronto label Jennifer Fukushima
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Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Editon: Cyndi Carleton

Name:  Cyndi Carleton
Occupation: Singer/Actor/Music Teacher
Age: 40-ish
Lifestyle:  East-ender mom trying to sing her heart out.

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

What had you sign up to do a Fab & 40 + Style Profile? What interested you about the campaign?

I LOVE the idea of celebrating women over 40!! Too often 40-something women in general, and especially in theatre/film get pushed to the sidelines. I’m so happy someone else wanted to celebrate the fabulous 40s!

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

What do you like most about being in your 40’s? Is there anything you find surprising?

I’ve always hear about it, but it really is true that as you age you care less. I care so much less about what people think about me, and I’m not at all interested in leading someone else’s life.

I’d say my 40s have finally woken me up to making sure that I live the life that I want to live. I’m finding it easier to go after the things I really want.

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

What’s a typical day like for you?

Oh, boy. That’s tough to answer. Every day can be so different! I get up with my almost 3 year old son, make my tea and smoothie, then somehow get my son ready for preschool and get him out the door.

Then I’ll teach 2 or 3 music classes, then run to an audition (for commercials or voiceover, usually). Then back to pick up my son from school, and get dinner started. Dinner with husband and son, then try to get to a hot yoga class (if my son will let me sneak away without too much fuss).

Or practice my ukulele or work on some songs I’m writing for a children’s album. OR just veg on the couch with my husband and our friends, Netflix and Popcorn.

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What in your life is really important to you?

First of all, my family and friends. Cliche, I know, but very true. I value relationships with the people in my life so very much. If I say ‘how are you?’ I really do care about your answer!

Music matters to me almost as much. Making music myself, and enjoying other people making it. I cannot imagine life without it.

 

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Sancie Shift Dress from Toronto fashion label Mandala Design (out of stock- shop all dresses here) ; Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

What would you like to be remembered for?

I really want to make this world a more musical place. I want people to make, appreciate and support music. 

It is my hope that by teaching the little ones, they will grow up into musical adults. I want to make sure we are all music makers, instead of just music consumers.

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Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched StudioPants from Toronto based fashion label It Fitz Me; Top from Palette by Laura-Jean; Coleanthus Cardigan from Toronto desinger Jennifer Fukushima.

What role does fashion play in your life?

To be honest, I’m not all that fashion conscious! I’m not a huge fan of shopping, as I can be hyper critical of myself, and so I find shopping quite stressful.

When I do buy something, I know I want it to last. I’m much prefer fashion that is classic, and will last a long time, rather than having to have this season’s hottest thing.

I’m super envious of people that have a strong fashion sense, it’s just never been me. But I love me a good dress. If I could wear dresses every day, I would. They are just really hard to teach in 🙂

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

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I loved Fresh Collective from the first time I walked into the Queen West location. I love that the designers are local, the clothes last and last and they remain in my closet for years.

They are so comfortable! It’s hard to put into words, but I’ve always felt a kind of inherent positivity whenever I walk in the store.

Everyone who works there are so helpful and upbeat, but there’s something more too. I feel like the clothes are saying, ‘try me on. I’m gonna look GREAT on you’.

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Wynette Dress from Toronto label Mandala DesignNecklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

What do you have that you want to promote? 

How kind! Let’s see. I teach music classes for birth to 5 years with the company Fun With Music Together. I regularly sing with an amazing Elvis Tribute Artist, Steve Michaels.

I’m going to be doing a play in Bobcaygeon called ‘Real Estate’ with Globus Theatre – really looking forward to that fun. 

Then I’m going to be in a show with my husband this summer at 4th line theatre in Millbrook (near Peterborough). So excited to be acting with my hubby for the first time, and working with this incredible outdoor summer theatre company. Here are some links:

www.funwithmusictogether.ca

www.globustheatre.com

www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca

www.stephenkabakos.com

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Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched StudioPants from Toronto based fashion label It Fitz Me; Top from Palette by Laura-Jean; Coleanthus Cardigan from Toronto desinger Jennifer Fukushima.

Is there anything else we should know about you? 

I’ve started writing a children’s album with another musician. If you run into me on this street, make sure you ask me about it, to pressure me to keep on writing 🙂

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Sancie Shift Dress from Toronto fashion label Mandala Design (out of stock- shop all dresses here) ; Necklace, handmade in Toronto from Torched Studio

Where can people find you on social media?

Twitter: @CyndiCarleton

Instagram: cyndicarleton

www.cyndicarleton.com

And you can find me on Facebook!