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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: Elizabeth Bowes

Name: Elizabeth Bowes
Occupation: Musician – I play the French horn;  jewellery designer; retired TDSB instrumental music teacher.
Age: A really young 64. What, did I really admit to my actual age?
Lifestyle:  Mostly informal but I enjoy occasional nights out to the opera.

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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

What is most fun about your life right now?

I love having the freedom to stay up late and know that the alarm won’t be ringing at 6 AM. I can go out to a jazz bar to hear my son perform and not care that it’s a “school night”!!!

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Dress from Toronto label Studio Fresh (sold out- browse current dresses here); Necklace handmade in Toronto by Torched Studio.

What wisdom would you most like to share with your 25 year old self if you could?

Every moment is another change. And love yourself, dammit!

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What’s a typical day like for you?

Exercise three mornings a week, followed by practicing French horn, perhaps a rehearsal, maybe a bit of ukulele practice, making jewellery and reading.

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What in your life is really important to you?  

It’s “who” that is important: my wonderful son, Julian and my fabulous man, Peter; good friends.

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What would you like to be remembered for?

Kindness and generosity.

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What role does fashion play in your life?

None, except for those moments when I actually am going out and feel like I wish I had something cool and sexy to wear.

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Great selection of very wearable clothes. Lovely, helpful staff.

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 What do you have that you want to promote?  

My jewellery! I make earrings, necklaces and bracelets using semi-precious stones, pearls, and Swarovski crystals. I am now doing a lot of bead weaving using a variety of seed beads and two-holed beads in various shapes.

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Is there anything else we should know about you?  

You might see me swimming in Lake Ontario in the summer and walking the boardwalk other times.

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Where can people find you on social media?

Facebook

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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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Habana Tunic and Leggings from Quebec fashion label Rien Ne Se Perd; Cuff from Jon Klar.

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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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This service is regularly priced at $200. Now FREE for a limited time.

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Whether your goals are to express your style more creatively, look more polished and professional at work or to create an easy capsule wardrobe that makes getting dressed a breeze, we can help you do all that and more in a Wardrobe Makeover Style Consultation.

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Step Up Your Casual Style with Oonagh’s Capsule Wardrobe

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We worked with Oonagh Duncan, one of our 2017 Role Models, in this fun photoshoot to create some style solutions for her life!

She wanted easy, casual looks for every day that step up her style a couple notches from her usual super casual activewear looks.

Shop all Oonagh’s looks here.

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Jennifer Tee, High-Rise Capri Jeans, Necklace from burfurtART, Dahlia Purse, Sylvia Tote; Coleanthus Cardigan

Like so many of our customers, Oonagh wanted looks that are dead easy to put together and versatile pieces that go with lots of items already in her closet.

We chose 3 tops, 2 bottoms and a jacket, and had fun mixing and matching with accessories to create these 12 looks. 

Shop all Oonagh’s looks here.

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Coleanthus CardiganHigh-Rise Capri JeansDahlia Purse, Kim Convertible Backpack, Alexie Tee, Owl Cotton Scarf

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Along with choosing the right pieces in a palette that all coordinates, accessories are key to extending your wardrobe.

When you work with our Style Coaches, we’ll teach you how to confidently create more looks that you imagined with the right accessories tying them together.

Shop all Oonagh’s looks here.

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Coleanthus Cardigan, Jennifer Tee, Purple Bird Scarf, Greta Work Tote, Yoga Jeans

Now these looks are just using these pieces and accessories. Just imagine the possibilities integrating all these pieces into Oonagh’s closet?

Using skirts, pants and tops she already has along with these, she could make it through the whole spring season and never wear the same look twice!

Shop all Oonagh’s looks here.

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We’d love to help you create looks that work for your life. Oonagh’s a well-known Toronto fitness expert who mostly works at home on her online programs.

When she steps out to meet a friend for lunch, she wants to represent her brand by looking stylish and casual while expressing her personality.

Shop all Oonagh’s looks here.

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Coleanthus CardiganMel Cowl TeeYoga JeansAlexie Tee, Necklace from burfurtART

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Style Profile – Life Coach Edition: Aviva Armour-Ostroff

Name: Aviva Armour-Ostroff
Occupation: Actor/Producer
Age: 41
Lifestyle: Lucky enough to be doing what I love, for the most part. Broke, but happy. Enjoying my kid.

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Jean Jacket – Indigo Rinse  and High Rise Ankle Jeans in Safari by Montreal brand Yoga Jeans. Star Blouse in  Blue Pop Floral by Toronto Fashion line Mandala Designs.  Kim Convertible Backpack in Blue by Markham based bag line Pixie Mood. 

 

Tell us about the Life Coach series! What’s your part in the project?

I play a Life Coach client who’s husband has sent her for guidance because he says she’s “blocked”. She is.

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Anemone Tunic in Shirobi Circles by Toronto Designer Jennifer Fukushima. Alissa Sweater in Ivory from Montreal brand MOOVment Design.  High Rise Ankle Jeans in Foam Blue by Montreal brand Yoga Jeans.

 

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In your opinion, what makes Life Coach a special show that people are going to love?

It’s relatable. It’s funny. We all know or are the self help seekers. Wanting to improve ourselves but distracted by reality.

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What’s a typical day like for you?

Depends on the day, and I appreciate that. Lately I’ll do a bit of work on the post production of our film, The Drawer Boy. Sometimes I have an audition. Sometimes I volunteer at my kids school. If I’m lucky I’ll meet a friend for coffee. Sometimes I do corporate coaching. The most consistent thing is hanging with my son. I like that each day is different.

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Emmanuelle Dress in Navy from Montreal line Annie 50.  Maestro Bolero in White by Montreal label Rien Ne Se Perd

 

What in your life is really important to you?

What others think of me. No, just kidding. I work against that. I know how quickly children grow so I’m trying to be as present with my growing kid as possible. I used to want to simply learn things about myself and improve me. Now I’m learning (from my partner) to have goals, even big goals, then set out to achieve them. Pretty simple concept but it’s a new reality for me.

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Du Fleuve Dress in Black & White Feather from Montreal desinger Cherry Bobin.  Arabella Stretch Cotton Jacket  by Montreal brand Soia & Kyo. Sylvia Tote in Black by Markham based bag line Pixie Mood. Feather Cotton Scarf  in Navy from Fresh Finds. 

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

Creating something (or a body of work) that moves people, that allows people to feel all the feels.

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What role does fashion play in your life?

A very small one, I’m embarrassed to say. Bag lady chic. In the past, my style was dictated by what was passed down to me or what I found at Buy the Pound. Now I’m adjusting to having a post baby/post forty new shape, which is forcing me to pay attention to what I put on my body. I can’t just throw anything on anymore without looking like a hobo. Being comfortable is top priority for me in my everyday wear.

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Anemone Tunic in Shirobi Circles by Toronto Designer Jennifer Fukushima.  High Rise Ankle Jeans in Foam Blue by Montreal brand Yoga Jeans. Necklace from Hamilton based jewelry designer Curious Oddities. 

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that it’s Canadian made. Great quality. Unique design. My partner has bought me two dresses from FC and they’re both very feminine, flattering and practical (pockets!)

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Paralomis Tunic in Marsala by Toronto Designer Jennifer Fukushima. Lilian Drapy Vest by Montreal brand Soia & Kyo. Shirley Peasant Skirt in Brown Medallion by Toronto Fashion line Mandala Designs

 

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Anything else you have that you want to promote?  

I would love for people to look out for our upcoming film The Drawer Boy, coming to a theatre near you!  And I’m also busy adapting my play “Lune” into a film as well.  

 

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Emmanuelle Dress in Navy from Montreal line Annie 50.  

 

Where can people find you on social media?

I’m on Facebook or @drawerboyfilms on Instagram.

 

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Du Fleuve Dress in Black & White Feather from Montreal desinger Cherry Bobin

 

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Style Profile- Fab & 40+ : Sonam

Name:  Sonam

Occupation: Teacher

Age: 40 ish

Lifestyle: Always trying to balance work, kids, husband and friends.

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Tunic by Toronto fashion label Mandala Designs. Jacket by Toronto line Studio Fresh. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART. 

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m a morning person so I’m usually up by 6:00 am.  I like to take the dog for a quick walk and then get lunches made for the kids and myself.  After that, I wake up the kids and my partner and head off to work for 7:40.  I’m a teacher, so work consists of surrounding myself with young people.

 

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This year I’m teaching in the Special Education and Co-op department.   When I get home, my partner, who is a writer and loves to cook, has dinner ready.  The kids come home and then it’s either swimming lessons, ball hockey or tae kwon do.  Then I collapse on the bed and pretend to read for five minutes before I fall asleep.

 

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Dress from Montreal line Rien Ne Se Perd. Linen Cardigan by Montreal brand Cameleon. Necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?

My family and friends provide me with lots of love and support.  

 

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More Than a Wrap Dress from Toronto brand It Fitz Me. Necklace by burfurtART. 

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

As someone you can count on.

 

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Celeste Dress in Charcoal by Toronto fashion label Mandala Designs. Necklace by burfurtART. 

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

My go-to outfit is a dress, cardigan and leggings.  This is something I could easily wear everyday and pretty much do. I have a dress addiction.

 

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love the local Canadian designers and its unique selection keeps me coming back. As well, there are also the incredibly warm people who work there.

 

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Tunic by Toronto fashion label Mandala Designs. Jacket by Toronto line Studio Fresh. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART. 

 

We discussed how you were not one to indulge in fashion… How did you enjoy being a model for an hour? Since on your off modelling hours, you are a secondary school teacher and mom of 2! :D

Being a model for one hour was lots of fun. However, I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the lovely photographer/manager, Angela.  She made it so much fun.

 

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Dress from Montreal line Rien Ne Se Perd. Linen Cardigan by Montreal brand Cameleon. Necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

What was your favourite outfit of the shoot?

Favourite outfit of the shoot is the grey dress.  I love it!! I bought it!!

 

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More Than a Wrap Dress from Toronto brand It Fitz Me. Necklace by burfurtART. 

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

I am doing Co-op this year and if anyone would love to have a young person at their workplace you can find me at Western Technical Commercial School.  

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

Facebook and that’s it.

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Celeste Dress in Charcoal by Toronto fashion label Mandala Designs. Necklace by burfurtART. 

 

 

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