Style Profile- Fab & 40+ Edition: Erin Sperling

Name: Erin Sperling

Occupation: University lecturer in Education, graduate student and mother

Age: Can’t believe I’m not 25, and haven’t been for a long time.

Lifestyle: Home-based, road warrior, covered in toddler goo, packing googleslides and snacks

 

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Coleanthus Cardigan 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).

 

You signed up for a Fab & 40+ Style Profile. What was it about the campaign that had you sign up?

I love the idea of featuring the lives and styles of women who are right in the thick of life. Our bodies may be rebelling, our responsibilities are deepening, but we still have sass, freshness, and dreams to chase. And we need some clothing to do it all! I especially need a wardrobe overhaul. I did the wardrobe consult back as a treat for my 40th birthday, and I loved how much fun it was and the pieces I got from it. My power-fun outfits.

 

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Paralomis Tunic by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. More Than a Shrug in Textured Knit and Black Ponte Pants from Toronto line It Fitz Me. Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio.

 

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

What I like is the wealth of wisdom and experience and incredible friendships I have to tap into. And yet, the surprising thing is sometimes I still feel very naive and inexperienced. It’s a fine balance. I teach people in their 20s and sometime I forget I could be their mother, until the slang and cultural references come out, and oh yeah, nope, I am not hip anymore – LOL

 

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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

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

My little alarm clock wakes me every morning around 6:45am with a kiss and “Mommmmy, waaaake uuuup!” I try to snooze her, but rarely works. We eat breakfast, get dressed, and I get her off to day care. It’s just the two of us now, so it can be really smooth, or turn into a gong show very quickly. Flip a coin.

Once I drop her off, I sit down to my computer, at home or in a coffee shop, or I go to the gym first. I started going to the gym regularly about 10 months ago and I am so glad I did! So I work, lots of marking, lots of planning for the next classes, lots of responding to desperate emails from students, and a tiny bit of time working on my own dissertation. Then I pick up my kid at the end of the day, we make some food, hang out and her bedtime sometimes becomes my bedtime. Or I go back to work for a bit longer. I make a point of getting dressed in something reasonable every day (ie. not my pyjamas). But earrings and make-up are for special occasions and teaching time.

 

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Habana Tunic  and 3/4 Leggings by  Montreal brand Rien Ne Se Perd. Floating Moon Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?

My daughter is number one. Then my work and my extended family. I hope they don’t read that the wrong way!  

 

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Trinidad Dress in black and grey by Montreal brand Rien Ne Se Perd. Bird Cotton Scarf from Fresh Finds.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

Being kind, honest, and caring. And funny. And for having integrity. And for inspiring teachers to engage their students in environmental education.

 

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Coleanthus Cardigan by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. Necklace made in Toronto by burfurtART. Earrings and bracelet by Niagara based desinger Jon Klar (available in-store only).

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion, at times, is my only creative outlet. It’s my chance to bring in colour or sparkle to my life. Or an opportunity to show of some of my work from the gym. It’s also my way of sharing messages but maybe not so overtly, like trying to have something nature-inspired on me when I teach (my students notice), or being able to follow a compliment with a comment about a piece being local or sustainably sourced. I don’t shop a lot so I tend to have signature pieces that I intersperse with my standard jeans and t-shirts. I love wearing colour and I love that scarves are fashionable because they are also cozy.

 

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Paralomis Tunic by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima. More Than a Shrug in Textured Knit from Toronto line It Fitz Me. Necklace made in Toronto by Torched Studio

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

It is a local hub of creative forces. I love how so many of the items are created by Toronto or Canadian artist and can be mixed and matched in all sorts of interesting ways. I love that it showcases full fashion options, from shoes to bags, to clothing and jewellery and even coats.  So you can walk out with the whole shebang at once!

 

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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

 

What do you have that you want to promote? 

I am so awful at this! BUT one thing I did learn this year is that I am really good at helping others to teach their product. I have been working in and studying education for so long that I forgot it’s a skill set. One of my girlfriends was going for a very important job interview for a teaching and research position and I really helped her to hone her knowledge into a transferable set of information… and she got the job!! I love helping others, too and I am willing trade good pedagogy for cookies, childcare or gardening help… or wine 🙂

 

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Trinidad Dress in black and grey by Montreal brand Rien Ne Se Perd. Bird Cotton Scarf from Fresh Finds.

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

This photoshoot was the first time I was in public without my wedding band. I was so nervous, but I also didn’t want to do the shoot and see it in the pictures later with regret. So, hello world! This is me!

 

 

Where can people find you on social media?

Twitter me @erinsperling or facebook or LinkedIn.  

 

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