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!

 

 

 

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