DEIRDRE DERBY: STYLE PROFILE

Name: Deirdre Derby
Occupation: Owner of Dragonfly Vitality Fitness Boutique
Age: 50
Lifestyle: Outdoorsy, active, with time to be creative

 

Tshirt Dress – Floral on Denim Print from Canada-based Marvella

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Mornings are busy with my routine of lemon water and a flax seed cocktail, making breakfast for my son for when he returns from morning swim practice, walking the dog (or should I say, taking the dog for a sniff), going through my workout, and maybe some quick paperwork!

 

The afternoon is spent going over client workouts, class planning, doing my most favourite bookkeeping (NOT!), social media, and networking before my clients and classes begin later in the day and evening. I usually finish with clients and classes by 8:30pm, and then have a bit of unwind time watching some TV with my family. Bedtime is around 10:00pm, which is when I typically journal and read for a few minutes, before lights out.

 

 

Pina Cami – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry BobinAlexa High Rise Ankle Jeans – Camo from Montreal-based Lola Jeans

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family and friends are the most important things in my life. Obviously health is also very important to me, along with eating well and being active. Trying to decrease my carbon footprint as much as possible is another one, and that’s very difficult when you live in a suburb. I do what I can, however, even when it requires extra effort.

 

Learning and growing as an individual is also quite important! Whenever possible, I enroll in extra courses or read new books. Indigo is a dangerous place for me!

 

And finally, being creative!

 

 

Julia Tunic – Campers and Cars from Canada-based Desserts and SkirtsCropped Luci Leggings – Bamboo – Black from Toronto-based Palette

 

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being kind and compassionate without compromising who I am and what I need. Helping others return to really living through helping them become healthy.

 

 

Bloom Dress from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I LOVE clothes! It is pretty much a problem, hahaha!

 

I have to stay away from the mall just to avoid shopping! I’ve always truly believed that how you dress says a lot about who you are. Fashion allows us to express ourselves. Nothing can turn a bad day around like putting on your favourite outfit that you know you look amazing in – especially when networking or trying to make and impression! When you feel good in the clothes you’re wearing, you feel more confident. And it shows.

 

My tastes are pretty eclectic! For work I wear athletic apparel such as yoga pants, and I like to have outfits that make a bit of a statement and stand out. Funky bottoms, bra tops with fancy backings and the like. I love pretty dresses in the summer, great sweaters in the winter. It really depends on my mood!

 

 

Pina Cami – Flowers on Denim Print from Montreal-based Cherry BobinLisa Cavalli Shorts – Strone from Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

Fresh Collective has original clothing that actually fits, is comfortable and gorgeous, all at the same time! The prices are also very affordable.

 

Some of the big box stores make clothes for women who are sticks, but for me with my muscular legs, it’s very hard to find pants that fit both my legs and my waist! I have no problem with this at Fresh Collective. And I love that I’m not likely to see several other women in the same outfit!

 

 

Tshirt Dress – Floral on Denim Print from Canada-based Marvella

 

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I love helping women rediscover who they are and getting them on track to living well again through healthy eating and exercise!

 

I offer a program to suit many needs, whether you prefer to attend classes in-person in a small, home-based studio, or whether you prefer one-on-one in-person training, or online coaching!

 

I really enjoy the positive energy and community environment in my group classes, but my passion lies in one-on-one coaching! I love getting to know every individual that crosses my path, and doing so in a private environment allows me to really delve into who you are and what makes you tick! Then, together we can find your path to optimal health!

 

Hearing the joy in your voice when you begin to live again and experience all life has to offer is what makes my heart sing!

 

 

Pina Cami – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry BobinAlexa High Rise Ankle Jeans – Camo from Montreal-based Lola Jeans

 

I really want to get fit, but personal motivation has always been an issue for me. How do you encourage people to commit and stay committed to their diet and workout?

 

Commitment and motivation are truly the toughest part of the job. Small changes are key. Making a change so small that it isn’t overwhelming is the best way to go, and you need to feel successful at it. Once that’s in place, adding another goal becomes possible. And that goes for both diet and exercise.

 

When the client starts to feel improvements in their energy levels and gets more focused and excited to start a new day, the changes become easier to implement! Weight loss, muscle toning, better skin and hair start to occur, in turn reinforcing new behaviour patterns even more. Also, learning what workouts the clients like and dislike, what foods are completely off the table and what will work with their lifestyle are very important considerations! And of course, getting the client to really connect with why they want to change!

 

 

Julia Tunic – Campers and Cars from Canada-based Desserts and SkirtsCropped Luci Leggings – Bamboo – Black from Toronto-based Palette

 

What are your niche areas of fitness expertise?

 

Meeting a client where they are at! When I first meet with a client, we go through a fitness assessment to determine what their fitness level is. And we kick off from there. I take the client through a gradual progression so they don’t get sore and risk being unable to walk for days (although that does sometimes happen, I won’t lie).

 

Over time, the workout becomes harder and more challenging. The cool thing is that most of the time they don’t even realize it! They’ll complain about how they couldn’t finish a set, and I’ll have to point out that just a few weeks ago they couldn’t do half of that! When they remember where they started from, the light bulb goes off and they recognize how far they’ve come.

 

I also have a super power that allows me to know where a client is at, emotionally and physically, as soon as I see them. Becoming physically fit is not always about working out to exhaustion every time. If my client shows up in tears because of a life situation, a heavy interval workout may not be the best thing for them in that moment! In those cases, I often switch to yoga and relaxation. The client feels much better afterwards; they continue to trust me, thereby strengthening our relationship and commitment to their goals.

 

 

Bloom Dress from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

Tell us about some of your favourite client success stories!

 

About seven years ago, a father of one of my son’s friends was diagnosed with type II diabetes. He was close to 300lbs, tired all the time, cranky and irritable, and his family was afraid for his life. He decided he no longer wanted that life and was ready to change!

 

He started coming for personal training and lost about 80lbs, and still continues coming to this day! He now runs with his wife, goes on bike rides with the kids, plays squash with his brother-in-law, and really enjoys life! When there’s a physically-demanding task that needs to be done at home, he feels strong enough to tackle it and lets me know how he is still surprised about how easy it is, since there was a time he wouldn’t have been able to do it at all! Watching him become healthy and more involved with his family again has been amazing!

 

Another client came to me after a difficult divorce because she was ready to make changes. She had been in a car accident a few years beforehand, and was still suffering from severe neck and shoulder pain, to point that she found it difficult to do housework. She had subsequently gained weight and, coupled with her divorce, felt very unhappy about herself.

 

She began coming to personal training sessions, and we were able to strengthen the necessary muscles to lessen her pain. Housework stopped being an issue. She lost about 30lbs and put herself on match.com, and found an amazing new partner that she’s now been with for 3 years! She and her new partner have even done some renovations in her house all by themselves!

 

I have countless stories like these. At the end of the day, it’s not really about looking better or being thinner – it’s about living your life! What I do helps people arrive at the point where they can live to the fullest! We only have one body, and it is very useful when it works well! Look after it, and it will look after you.

 

 

Pina Cami – Flowers on Denim Print from Montreal-based Cherry BobinLisa Cavalli Shorts – Strone from Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I have three children – two girls who are now adults in university, and my baby son who is 14 and not allowed to get any older! Hahaha!

 

I love to make things and am always looking for new projects. I make cold-processed soap, eye pillows, yoga mat bags, and yoga socks – just because I like to! I also love to cook and bake. But travelling is probably my biggest passion! I have had the privilege of going to a few places in Europe and the U.K, and can’t wait to get that opportunity again. Next on the bucket list is Asia!

 

 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I can be found on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. There are a few workout videos on my YouTube channel for people to enjoy! My website is dragonflyvitality.ca. And I am on LinkedIn and Twitter. I can be reached by email at deirdre.derby@gmail.com.

 

STYLE PROFILE: DANIELLA THERESIA

Name: Daniella Theresia
Occupation: Singer
Age: 32
Lifestyle: Never too busy to smell the roses or eat the chocolate

 

Joanne Dress – Navy Apples from Toronto-based Palette

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My days vary based upon rehearsal and gig schedules, but I generally like to do at least 30 minutes of yoga to wake up my body before I warm up vocally.

 

Depending what’s coming up, I’ll practice for about an hour and then the rest of my day is flexible – sometimes I’ll have a rehearsal with my pianist, sometimes I’ll have time for a long walk in a nearby park, some evenings I’ll have rehearsals for ensembles that I sing in and, of course, some days I’ll have performances.

 

A significant part of my day tends to be spent in the kitchen; I love cooking and baking treats!

 

Joanne Dress – Blue Birds from Toronto-based Palette

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Authentic, heart-full connections, especially with regards to what I’m singing.

 

Sing-Sing Dress – Black and White Flowers from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I want to be remembered as the person that radiates lightness and joy and uplifts others with her singing.

 

 

 

Edie Dress – Tumbled Tulips -Black from Toronto-based Mandala

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I got bitten by the fashion bug late in life. I always loved beautiful colors and clothing, but had a hard time finding clothes that were actually flattering. Now that I know where to find those clothes, I have to rein myself in!

 

Obviously looking polished and put together is crucial onstage, but dressing well also helps me to get in a performance mindset when I have to sing. Even when I’m just practicing at home, there’s a difference between when I’m just singing in my exercise clothes or wearing a well-planned outfit. I’m more focused and alert when I’ve actually gotten myself ready.

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Turquoise from Toronto-based Palette; Laura Skirt – Forest Foxes from Toronto-based Palette

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love that there is a variety of designers and styles to choose from, and I love it even more that they’re all made in Canada! There seems to be something for everybody and I know that I can find what I’m looking for at your boutiques. The featured designers don’t shy away from bold colours and patterns – and I love wearing unique pieces!

 

I also appreciate that everyone at Fresh really loves the merchandise and helps you to find the best pieces for you, not just whatever is the best-seller of the moment.

 

Joanne Dress – Navy Apples from Toronto-based Palette

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Recordings!

 

My good friend Suzanne Yeo (pianist) and I released our first CD together last May, entitled The Eternal Feminine. This CD was recorded live at our concert, The Eternal Feminine (Part Two), which took place at the Heliconian Hall here in Toronto last May.

 

Suzanne and I have a long list of concert and recording ideas that are steadily being put into place. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but one of our concert theme ideas is called Neurotica.

 

I also released a CD/DVD a few years ago with Adriana Teodoro-Dier (pianist), entitled Alma Mahler in the Mediterranean. This program focused on the cultures and languages of the Mediterranean (think Italy, France, Israel…) and, of course, works by Alma Mahler-Werfel. There’s even a set in Greek on that recording!

 

Both of these CDs are available through my website or at my concerts. They make lovely gift ideas, and I also discovered that the soothing nature of The Eternal Feminine makes it a very good remedy for road rage.

 

If you no longer own a CD player, there are also mp3 album versions of my latest concerts available on my website. However, due to agreements with contemporary composers, there are some pieces that are available ONLY in CD format.

 

Joanne Dress – Blue Birds from Toronto-based Palette

 

Your latest CD release is a continuation of your previous concert, The Eternal Feminine: Part One. What inspired you and your collaborators to create this beautiful collection in celebration and exploration of the feminine experience?

 

When I first arrived in Toronto in 2016, I became disheartened because all of my public singing was for auditions that I wasn’t getting. I was doing all of the preparation with none of the rewards, and I started to question if I even wanted to be a singer.

 

I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a concert. That way, I could sing music that I truly loved and share it with more than just a few people on an audition panel (and finally hear some applause!).

 

I created The Eternal Feminine (Part One) with my friend Perri Lo (pianist) to highlight various aspects of women’s lives through their poetry and music. I wanted each piece to have either a woman poet, composer, or character and for each set to show a different perspective on being a woman. Themes included motherhood, love (lost and otherwise), fantasy, and relationships.

 

When I was creating the first concert, I was in the midst of a spiritual breakthrough – a lot of grieving and healing old relationships mixed with the joy of new relationships and experiences. As a result, that first concert program had a lot of themes of loss and sadness. By the time I met Suzanne and we started performing together, I was able to sing more joyful pieces and truly be able to connect with them.

 

Now, The Eternal Feminine is in its sixth variation and I’ve performed it with three different (women) pianists in the GTA and beyond! I even performed it outdoors at a spiritual retreat up in Rosseau, Ontario, where the frogs and birds were singing along with me.

 

This concert series has become a wonderful way for me to share what I do best and to highlight other women creators and women’s experiences. The possibilities of themes and repertoire seem to be endless, so I think The Eternal Feminine will be with me for a while.

 

Sing-Sing Dress – Black and White Flowers from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin

 

Tell us more about your upcoming performances!

 

You can see me singing with the Etobicoke Centennial Choir this Saturday (June 1 st) at the Humber Valley United Church. This choir was one of the first ensembles that I sang with when I arrived in Toronto, and I love their enthusiasm and diverse programs. This is also the last concert of their season, entitled After the Rain, and features floral-themed pieces. We will have guest musicians from local composer and guitarist Anton Apostolov’s Balkania Ensemble as well as guest visual artists. It will be quite a show!

 

In September, I’ll be giving a solo recital as part of St. James Anglican Cathedral’s Midday Concert Series downtown. These concerts are free to the public (any and all donations go to the performers), and are a wonderful way to reach people outside my usual demographic.

 

Suzanne and I are also creating a program entitled Decadent Delights, which will showcase composers and friends of the Second Viennese School – think Schoenberg, Gustav Mahler, Alma Mahler-Werfel, Webern… Singers tend to shy away from these challenging composers, but Suzanne and I love them and we’re determined to find pieces that our audiences will enjoy and might even walk away humming (hey, we can dream)!

 

Edie Dress – Tumbled Tulips -Black from Toronto-based Mandala

 

I’m very interested in hosting a little private home concert for friends and family. Do you offer such services?

 

Yes! House concerts are some of my favorite events – they are cozier and more intimate than a traditional recital hall. And when you can have a reception afterwards, it gives everyone a chance to connect and digest the music and the experience (and have treats – who doesn’t love those?).

 

All I need is a piano in good, tuned condition (I can also bring my own electronic piano for a small fee). The audience size is up to you. Our last house concert held 40 people with room to spare, but you could also have just a few friends over, or even just you! It’s your choice!

 

If you or a friend would like to host a concert, please contact me.

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Turquoise from Toronto-based PaletteLaura Skirt – Forest Foxes from Toronto-based Palette

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

My husband and I are looking for a house! Wish us luck!

 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

I’m on Instagram, Soundcloud, and YouTube.

 

I update my website regularly with gigs and new media.

 

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Laura-Jean is 5’5″ and 158 lbs.

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STYLE PROFILE: FRANCINE DICK

Name: Francine Dick
Occupation: Financial Planner
Age: Not quite Golden Girl territory
Lifestyle: Compulsive Volunteer

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Mustard Floral by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I always begin with 15 to 30 minutes of meditation, and then try to do some writing or catching up with e-mails before exercising. There are client appointments, putting together plans or researching investments for clients, and of course, endless administrative duties!

 

I do also take time for my own interests, whether it’s doing volunteer work, going to the theatre or attending a networking event.

 

Marjorie Tunic – Merlot by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean; Ankle Length Work Pants – Khaki by Canada-based Brenda Beddome

 

What in your life is really important to you?

The most important thing is how we behave in this world, and our moral character. Helping others and giving back is paramount, as we have so much. And of course, my children top the list.

 

Rachel Cardigan – White from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean; Pina Cami – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry BobinGwyneth Cropped Pants – Hex by Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

That I cared deeply, loved fully and had a great sense of humour.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket – White from Canada-based Lola JeansPina Cami – Flowers on Denim by Montreal-based Cherry Bobin; Dakota Bermuda Shorts – Navy from Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

You’re a pretty active lady, by the sounds of it! What’s your secret to balancing work and play?

 

Remembering what is important in life. My business is important, but it has never been first in my life. I’ve always taken time to volunteer and enjoy what life has to offer. Even while raising three kids on my own, I managed to lead a balanced life, and I take great pride in that.

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Taupe by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean Laura Skirt – Mushrooms by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

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

 

I love comfort and colour. When meeting clients, I have to look professional but not intimidating. I definitely like a business-casual look. I prefer the comfort of pants and will often opt for solid pants and a t-shirt with a vibrant jacket.

 

Andrea Wrap Dress – Mustard Floral by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The clothes are made for real women who work. They are comfortable, flattering, well made and well-priced. There’s always new things coming in to discover. And pockets!

 

Marjorie Tunic – Merlot by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-JeanAnkle Length Work Pants – Khaki by Canada-based Brenda Beddome

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

I raised three kids on my own, so I understand what it’s like to go through difficult financial struggles. With rent or a mortgage, daycare, and being an entrepreneur, it can be challenging to stay on top of finances.

 

I work with people to find solutions through planning, saving and insurance. I offer a complimentary discovery call so people can have a chat with me and see if we’d be a good fit to work together.

 

Gabriella Denim Jacket – White from Canada-based Lola JeansPina Cami – Flowers on Denim by Montreal-based Cherry Bobin; Dakota Bermuda Shorts – Navy from Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

Why is hiring a financial advisor such a worthy investment? How can those of us with modest financial goals and incomes benefit?

 

A financial advisor can ensure you’re on the right track to meet your goals. They’ll get you on track with pertinent questions such as whether or not you have a will, whether you understand your group benefits at work, whether you’re preparing for retirement, and so on.

 

Betty Cowl Top – Bamboo – Taupe by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean Laura Skirt – Mushrooms by Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What are some of the biggest misconceptions we have about financial planning?

That it’s too expensive or that we need to have a lot of money for financial planning.

 

Rachel Cardigan – White from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-JeanPina Cami – Navy from Montreal-based Cherry BobinGwyneth Cropped Pants – Hex by Montreal-based I Love Tyler Madison

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for my community service. And I have two cats.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

You can connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on my website!

 

STYLE PROFILE: NATALIE SIMMS BURNS

Name: Natalie Simms Burns

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Age: 32

Lifestyle: Work-from-home-boss

 

Rachel Cardigan from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean; Relaxed Fit Scoop Bottom T-Shirt from Toronto-based JericoAndy – Gaucho – Classic Rise from Montreal-based Yoga Jeans.

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Most days, you’ll find me working from my home office, coffee in hand and stretch pants on! But there’s also often something to pick up or drop off, so I’m always ready for some running around town.

 

Sailor Dress – Black Stripes from Montreal-based Cherry BobinUna Jacket from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-Jean; Frances Ziparound Wallet from Markham-based Pixie Mood

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My family and friends are my heart and soul. I would not be where I am today without their love and support. Especially not without my spouse and business partner Rob.

 

Other than that, I would say that the most important virtues to me are kindness and authenticity. I try to bring those with me to every area of my life, and try to surround myself with kind, authentic people.

 

Rachel Classic Rise Ankle Length Skinny Jeans from Montreal-based Yoga Jeans; Sub Top from Canada-based FIG.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for the light that I try to bring to the world. As a vegan, feminist, and environmentalist, justice and non-violence are central to my life’s mission.

 

Shift 18 Dress from Toronto-based Studio Fresh.

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I’ve always enjoyed expressing myself through fashion. I can show off my quirky creativity without saying a word! I also see fashion as another way to live consciously by choosing locally and sustainably-made clothing.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I absolutely love your focus on local designers, and on unique, quality products. In today’s world of fast fashion made offshore, it is so important to choose Canadian-made whenever possible. The shopping environment and staff in your stores are also always so pleasant!

 

Julia Tunic from Canada-based Desserts and Skirts.

 

Natalie’s online store sells a whole host of eco-friendly, cruelty free household and personal care products, including re-usable water bottles and containers, bamboo toothbrushes, deodorants, sunscreens and more!

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

My online store, www.ardentearthstore.ca!

 

At Ardent Earth, we’re all about sustainability and eliminating single-use plastics. All of our products are also 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Love the Earth with Ardent Earth.

 

Your readers can get 10% off their first online order with code FCSTYLE.

 

Or use this link to have it automatically applied -> https://ardentearthstore.ca/discount/FCSTYLE

 

Sailor Dress – Black Stripes from Montreal-based Cherry Bobin;  Una Jacket from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-JeanFrances Ziparound Wallet from Markham-based Pixie Mood

 

With a background in fashion design, how did you first get into the business of selling sustainable and eco-friendly merchandise?

 

While I still love to sew, and have a side-hustle making custom wedding dresses and costumes, I decided long ago that working in the fashion industry full-time just wasn’t for me. I’ve always been interested in eco-friendly products, but had a tough time finding Canadian-based companies that catered to this lifestyle. So, when the opportunity presented itself, I decided to take the plunge and open the store that I always wished had existed!

 

Julia Tunic from Canada-based Desserts and Skirts.

 

 

We love that your collection is not only vegan and eco-friendly, but natural and free of harmful cosmetic ingredients! What are some of Ardent Earth’s best-selling items?

 

Thank you! It is very important that all of our products be safe for the body and for the environment. As someone with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, I know all too well how cosmetics and personal care products can negatively affect the body.

 

Our Meow Meow Tweet deodorant is really popular right now, as more people are moving away from typical antiperspirants. Some other best sellers are our Buncha Farmers all-natural stain remover, Colibri reusable snack bags, and Brush with Bamboo biodegradable bamboo toothbrush!

 

Shift 18 Dress from Toronto-based Studio Fresh.

 

For those of us wanting to move ourselves toward a greener lifestyle, what’s the best place to start?

 

Start small. It can be overwhelming when you realize the severity of our environmental situation, and just how many products are problematic. But just because you can’t do EVERYTHING doesn’t mean you can’t do ANYTHING.

 

Look at the things you use every day and ask yourself if there’s a better option. A great start would be making sure you have a reusable water bottle, coffee mug and shopping bags, and getting into the habit of using them!

 

For personal care and household products, it’s always best to use up what you currently have to avoid waste, and then consider making a more eco-friendly purchase next time.

 

Rachel Cardigan from Toronto-based Palette by Laura-JeanRelaxed Fit Scoop Bottom T-Shirt from Toronto-based JericoAndy – Gaucho – Classic Rise from Montreal-based Yoga Jeans.

 

 

Which household products have the biggest environmental impact?

 

A lot of our modern household conveniences are having a big environmental impact due to the amount of plastic waste created. According to One Green Planet, these are some of the most wasteful everyday convenience items:

 

– Coffee pods
– Cotton swabs
– Plastic produce bags
– Plastic straws
– To-go containers

 

Luckily, Ardent Earth carries easy, reusable swaps for all of these!

 

Rachel Classic Rise Ankle Length Skinny Jeans from Montreal-based Yoga JeansSub Top from Canada-based FIG.

 

I’m a vendor with an awesome, eco-friendly product I’d love to start selling through Ardent Earth! Can we get in touch?

 

Please do! I can be reached at ardentearthstore@gmail.com

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Follow Ardent Earth on Instagram or Facebook @ardentearthstore

 

Joe Dress – Fit and Style Guide

We’re in LOVE with the super versatile Joe Dress from Montreal label Fig!

Here Laura-Jean shows 15 of the unlimited ways to wear this dress! It pairs easily with so many accessories, jackets, cardis and tights, and can be worn pretty much all year round with the right styling. 

Here she shows the fit and stretch. Laura-Jean wears the size large and is 5″5″, 158 lbs. Her bust is 42, waist is 35″ and hips are 41″. 

 

 

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

 

 

Fit Guide – An-Li Dress

Love sales? You can pick up our An-Li Dress at half off!

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 is wearing the An-Li Dress in size Large.

Pick up our An-Li Dress at half off now!

She’s about 5’4″ and has a 34″ bust, 28″ waist and 39 inch hips. How do you compare?

If you’re the same, go for the XS.

A little larger and you’re a a size Small! 

We LOVE the versatility of this dress! Style it for spring, summer or fall and you’ve got an easy, flattering look – and on sale now!

Pick up our An-Li Dress at half off now!

Pick up our An-Li Dress at half off now!

 

 

Shorts – Fit Guide

Laura-Jean is 5’5″ and 158 lbs.

She’s got a 42″ bust, 35″ waist and 41″ hips and here she is in the Maria Shorts in size Large.

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

 

Shop all shorts here

Shop all shorts 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

Or, message us through Facebook

We LOVE to hear from you! 

 

 

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

Or, message us through Facebook

We LOVE to hear from you!