Style Profile: Dr. Tanya Lee

Name: Dr. Tanya Lee, N.D.
Occupation: Naturopathic Doctor
Age: 31
Lifestyle: city-folk

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Dress: Adiona Maxidress, Encircled, $168; Shrug: Farinosa Shrug, Was $79, now $63.20; Necklace: Makaria- burfurtART, $88

 

What’s a typical day like for you? I typically start my day off with a run, then spend my day treating patients 5 days a week.  On the weekends I’m often cycling around the city with my friends and/or boyfriend, enjoying the many outdoor treasures the city has to offer.

What in your life is really important to you?  Striving to maintain the optimal balance between good health, social activities and my work.

 

 

What would you like to be remembered for? Someone who has helped many people achieve their health goals which enabled them to live happier lives.

 

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Dress: Indra- Creations Encore, $149; Necklace: Real Flower Necklace- Love, Montreal, $30; Bag: Sheenan Doctor Bag, Matt & Nat, $140

 

What role does fashion play in your life? My career takes up most of the time which can leave very little time for creative, extra-curricular activities.  Putting together unique and well-styled outfits helps bring out my artistic side to accompany my professional day to day life.  I shamelessly love being complimented on my style choices, and extremely proud when the piece is made by a local designer.

 What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? Supporting our local, Canadian businesses and designers!

 

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Tee: Oom Ethikwear; Pants: Dressy Sweatpant – Encircled, $128; Scarf: Black and White Infinity scarf, $35

 

 What do you have that you want to promote?  I am a naturopathic doctor that is accepting new patients.  I have experience treating a variety of health conditions, including, but not limited to, hormonal imbalances, low energy, sleep problems, digestive concerns, depression, anxiety and complicated conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pain syndromes, thyroid health, autoimmune conditions, and infertility.  I have a special focus on pediatrics.  For more information, people can visit my website at www.tanyaleend.com.

Is there anything else we should know about you? I’m a music junkie

Where can people find you on social media? www.tanyaleend.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drtanyaleend

 

 

 

Style Profile- Kara Isert

Name:  Kara Isert
Occupation:  Owner of Sparkplug Coffee, fresh roasted coffee delivered to your door!
Age: A few well-earned grey hairs
Lifestyle: urban adventurer

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Dress: Studio Fresh Boho Dress $189, now on sale for $151; Shoes: Elaine (Black) – Miz Mooz, $190; Necklace: BurfurtArt $48

 

What’s a typical day like for you?  Every day starts with a big mug of coffee, of course. Monday / Tuesday I blend up & mail out fresh roasted coffee to customers across Canada. Other than that, there is no such thing as typical. Pretty much every day includes some work on building Sparkplug Coffee. The rest of my time is spent on adventures with my sweetie (Joe), volunteer work, hanging out with friends, riding my vintage Vespa.

(Above) Kara shares what she’s passionate about: Coffee and her business Sparkplug Coffee!

 What in your life is really important to you? Family, friends, Joe & good coffee.

What would you like to be remembered for? My great taste in friends.

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Tunic: Dania Tunic- Desserts and Skirts, $125; Leggings: Essential Leggings- SPANX, $99; Necklace: BurfurtArt $48

 

 What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion is helpful for letting people know who I am –  fun, playful, confident and not super conventional. Wearing funky, interesting clothes and accessories makes me happy and also creates an easy talking point for establishing connections with new people.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?  Fresh isn’t important just for coffee! I love the fresh styles and unique designs. All the Fresh Collective staff are helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. And I love that the designs are created and made locally.

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Top: Jo Slouch Top – Mandala Design, $64; Necklace: Trish Necklace – Blooming Brilliant, $62; Skirt: Sara Flip Skirt – Mandala Design, $78; Shoes: Elaine (Black) – Miz Mooz, $190

 

 What do you have that you want to promote?  I’m on a mission to make your favourite cup of coffee come from your own kitchen. Try out Sparkplug Coffee – order online at www.Sparkplug.Coffee (yes, a .Coffee domain!) with a choice of 6 delicious coffee blends, whole bean or ground for your coffeemaker. Order 1 bag to try it out or put it on Autopilot to have coffee sent every 2, 3 or 4 weeks – never run out again!

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Is there anything else we should know about you? I live in one of Toronto’s oldest, newest & best neighbourhoods – Corktown – and am on the board of our local community association, the Corktown Residents & Business Association (www.Corktown.ca). Whatever your neighbourhood, I highly recommend getting involved in your community association. It’s a good way to meet your neighbours and be informed about the changes going on where you live.

 Where can people find you on social media?

the Sparkplug Coffee website  www.Sparkplug.Coffee

@SparkplugCoffee for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest

Sign up for Sparkplug Coffee email news and immediately download our tip sheet: 8 Easy Steps to Great Coffee Every Time.

 

 

Style Profile: Rebecca Earl

Name: Rebecca Earl
Occupation: Sleep Consultant, The Sugar Plum Sleep Co.
Age: 37
Lifestyle: Organized chaos

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Top: Genesis top – KLATT, $100; Pants: High Rise Skinny Jeans- Yoga Jeans, $130; Bag: Jeane and Jax $90

 What’s a typical day like for you? I like to wake up before my boys (ages 6 and 4) to catch a few minutes to myself and prepare for the day ahead. I walk my boys to school and then spend my mornings getting tasks completed around the house and hitting the gym. My boys come home for lunch and after I walk them back to school I spend my afternoons focusing on my clients, marketing, business planning and networking. After school you can find us at the park burning off some energy before supper. Lately, we’ve logging some serious time with Lego and board games in the evening to help the boys get ready for bed. Once they are asleep,  most evenings involve catching up on e-mail, a cup of tea,  spending some time with my husband and an early bedtime. Ok, so maybe there is some Netflix in there too…..not every night though, I swear!

 What in your life is really important to you? Right now I’m focusing a lot of time and energy on achieving patience and grace throughout my day. In order to do that I’ve made exercise, sleep and healthy eating priorities. I’m a way nicer person and a much better mom when I look after myself.

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Tunic: Dania Tunic – Desserts and Skirts, $125; Pants: Essential Leggings- SPANX, $99; Boots: Bloom Boot – Miz Mooz, $295; Necklace: Colleen Poitras $75; Bag: Jeane and Jax $45

What would you like to be remembered for? I’m extremely fortunate to have been invited into the lives of hundreds of families through The Sugar Plum Sleep Co.  I absolutely love helping families achieve better sleep and my hope is that they remember me as knowledgable, compassionate, and encouraging.

(Above) Rebecca Earl talks about what she’s passionate about:  Helping families get better sleep with her company Sugar Plum Sleep Co.

 What role does fashion play in your life? I wear a lot of different hats during the day so my clothing needs to work hard by being comfortable and able to transition from one place to another. I’m also a big fan of colour and like to wear pieces that have some energy and personality.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love supporting small Canadian business and Fresh Collective does an amazing job of showcasing talented local designers. The staff are also great at helping you find exactly what you need.

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Top: Wallis Slouch Tee – Mandala Design, $68; Skirt: Gloria Solid Flip Skirt – Mandala Design, $88; Necklace: BurfurtArt $48; Shoes: Elaine (Cobalt)- Miz Mooz, $190

What do you have that you want to promote? My goal is to improve the quality of sleep for the entire family, so I’m excited to announce that this Fall I’ll be launching Sleep School for adults. The program is designed to help individuals make realistic and lasting changes to their sleep habits. The program includes a detailed  a detailed sleep guide for adults with weekly challenges; participation in a private Facebook support group; access to a private sleep tracking tool;  individual follow up support of progress; and a bedtime essentials sleep kit that includes my favourite items to support a restful night’s sleep. Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know when this program launches.

 Is there anything else we should know about you? I have a serious sweet tooth (chocolate covered almonds make everything better); I’m an only child (most likely because I never slept through the night until I was 2); and I always dance like no one is watching.

Where can people find you on social media?

You can find me online at www.sugarplumsleep.com or through the following social media channels.

Instagram: @sugarplumsleep

Facebook: TheSugarPlumSleepCo.

Pinterest: The Sugar Plum Sleep Co.

 

Style Profile: Shelly Burton

Name: Shelly Burton
Occupation: Reiki Practitioner & Family Wellness Specialist
Age: 29
Lifestyle: Free flowing

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Cardigan: Spinosus Cardigan- Jennifer Fukushima, $269; Top: Charlie Slouch Tee – Mandala Design $64; Necklace: Marakia – BurfurtART, $76; Pants: Prada cropped pants – Brenda Beddome, $139; Shoes: Stella Wide Strap, $204; Bag: Velo – Matt and Natt, $96

 

What’s a typical day like for you?
I wake up, take a flower essence and spray myself with chakra sprays and grounding blends, go through a whole bunch of Reiki sessions, and do my best to respond to everyone! Throughout the day, I take time to walk, breathe, eat delicious organic food, and connect with my girlfriends. I regularly check in with Spirit about what I am guided to do and what is in the highest good for me, action wise.

 What in your life is really important to you?
Living my truth, and harmonizing hearts.

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Dress: Cynthia – Jennifer Fukushima, $169; Shoes: Stella Skinny Strap – El Naturalista $189; Necklace: Love Montreal $30

 What would you like to be remembered for? Creating a new wave of change in the world, by harmonizing hearts and inspiring youth to express their creative, brilliant and whole selves, so that they are able to create a life that serves them and spread their light into world, inspiring harmony.

What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion plays a huge role in my life! I lived in England for 4 years, and really miss all the amazing clothes over there. Fashion is a way of expressing yourself! Your uniqueness!

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Dress: Nicole Knit Dress – Kabuki, $189; Necklace: Curious Oddities, $40; Shoes: Croche – El Naturalista, $184; Wallet: Connoly – Matt and Nat, $ 76

 What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love how the clothes are comfortable, unique and trendy. This is an essential and hard to find combination as a healer! Fresh Collective is a life saver in this regard! Plus I love to support local, boutique shops.

What do you have that you want to promote?

Yes! On June 6 & 7th, I’ll be hosting a special Healing with Horses & Reiki workshop with Wendy Golding, Founder of Horse Spirit Connections.

Why Horses? Working with horses is a fun, gentle, and incredibly powerful way to accelerate the healing journey. Horse work allows you to bring things to the surface that might otherwise be difficult to process. Combined with Reiki, it is then possible to let go of emotions that have been challenging or limiting you from expressing your highest potential and true inner light, with ease!

There’s only a few spots left! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity, to transform your life from the inside out! A $175 deposit reserves your space. Register online today here!

 Is there anything else we should know about you?

I am basically a gypsy.
I love horses, dancing in drum circles, and African house music.
It is an absolute honour and privilege to witness my clients blossom. I am so grateful for my work, each and every day!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

Twitter: @saburton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reikiwithshelly

 

Style Profile: Hollie Hoadley

Name: Hollie Hoadley
Occupation: President, Lead Strategist of Creative Solutions Consulting (Entrepreneur and Professional Problem Solver)
Age: Younger than Betty White and older than Justin Beiber. Just started seeing wrinkles but no grey hair.

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Dress: Heidi -Mandala Design, $ 168; Necklace: Liberty & Love $ 32; Shoes: Amsterdam – The Art Company, $ 230

 

Lifestyle: Self-proclaimed hustler. Perfectionist. Networker. Blonde joke advocate. Loves bacon. Super sporty athlete but wants to eat tacos too.

What’s a typical day like for you? 8am alarm goes off. I hit snoozes every 9 mins while checking Twitter and Instagram in bed until just after 9am. 9:05am get pumped for the day ahead. Eat breakfast in front of computer while checking emails, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Work on the computer until I realize that food should probably happen…and soon. Shove food in. Repeat until supper. All of a sudden it is 12am and I should probably stop working now. I write a list of tasks for tomorrow right before a shower. And finally bedtime….but not before checking Instagram just one more time. And sometimes I even throw in meetings throughout the day, in which case I shower and get all dolled up.

 What in your life is really important to you? Family. It is the most important thing someone can have. Even if they aren’t biological, you adopt people into your life and they become your family. I am not sure what I would do without these jerks. Love you all.

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Cardigan: Cardamine Cardigan – Jennifer Fukushima, $ 169; Top: Charlie Slouch Tee – Mandala Design, $ 58; Pants: Diamond Cropped Pant – Brenda Beddome $139; Bracelet: Leather Bracelet – BurfurtART, $58; Necklace: BurfurtART, $ 34; Purse: Moxy – Matt & Nat, regular price $96, now 20% off at 76.80

 What would you like to be remembered for? I used to think I wanted to be remembered for my butt. I realized that those things aren’t the most important things anymore. Now I want to be remembered for my laugh, my smile and how I make people feel when we interact. I hope to inspire people and leave my mark in some moment in their life. And hey…..if they remember my butt, then……bonus!

What role does fashion play in your life? I have gone through MANY style changes over the years. From tomboy to miniskirts and all the way to business suits. I never really knew my style. I knew what looked good on me and what colors brought out my baby blues but not a defined style. It has taken me a long time but I think I know who I am now. I don’t follow trends. I don’t spend thousands on brand name purses but I choose items that will stand the test of time. Fashionable items that are a bit different that are exactly me!

 What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love that they support local. They are in great locations and the staff are sooooo helpful! Great selection of quality clothes and accessories. And for doing things like this!

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Dress: Patti Shirtdress- Mandala Design, $178; Bracelet: Leather Bracelet, BurfurtART, $58; Necklace: BurfurtART, $34; Shoes: April – Miz Mooz, $125

What do you have that you want to promote?  As an entrepreneur, I find it hard to have real connections with other business people. All of the networking events seem the same. Financial advisors, Multi Level Marketing reps, people only attending to get business or free food and drinks. They never attend to connect; to make actual, real connections. A colleague and I decided to start a Meetup group for those reasons. It’s called ‘Women Behind the Business”. If you are an entrepreneur who wants to replace your current board of directors (children, pets, family members) with people who are walking in your shoes, if you want to learn from the collective experiences and knowledge of this group, and show genuine support and respect for bold women like yourself, then this group is for you. Similar to a Mastermind group, we will be bringing people together with different experiences and ideas to collaborate, brainstorm, and provide support to help the participants overcome obstacles. For business owners Masterminding can help you model other successful entrepreneurs, make you accountable for achieving your goals, and provide you with your own personal experienced advisory group. Our meetups will be informational and focused yet lighthearted and fun.   First Meetup – April 21st

Is there anything else we should know about you? I genuinely love being an entrepreneur and helping other entrepreneurs. I love going for coffee and brainstorming business ideas. I love seeing those ideas come to fruition. And wait….did I mention I love bacon?

 Where can people find you on social media? EVERYWHERE!!!

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/hollie-hoadley/54/1a8/23b

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CSCheadquartersTO

Instagram: https://instagram.com/holliehoadley/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HollieHoadleyTO/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CSCheadquarters

 

Fresh Collective Style Profile – Katherine O’Neil

Name:  Katherine O’Neil
Occupation: Mom, wife and National Vice President & Ind. Consultant with Arbonne Intl.
Age: 42, but who’s counting?
Lifestyle:  Play dates, business meetings, beach time and lots of laughter

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Dress: Lexi dress – Studio Fresh $189
Necklace: Curious Oddities $28
Bracelet: Love Montreal $30
Boots: Katherine’s own

What’s a typical day like for you?  Up, down and all around!  All kidding aside, life with 2 kids under 8, a business to run, a household to manage and making room for me time can lead to some crazy days.  That said, being your own boss also means you get to take days off and vacation whenever you want :)  Probably my most stressful time is between 7:30 and 8:30 am trying to get everyone out the door.   Tack on a workout (need to be more consistent with that one!), a business lunch, catching up on emails, and shuttling kids to an extra-curricular activity.

That said I always make time for a cup of tea on the couch and just zen out for a bit and take in my surroundings.  Right now I love staring at the lights on the Christmas tree with a cat curled up on my lap.

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Top: Lexi top – Studio Fresh $135
Jeans: Second Denim $138 (now 20% off)
Bracelets: Ch-ch-ch-chains – BurfurtART $45
Boots: Katherine’s own

What in your life is really important to you?  I have so many things to be grateful for but the most important thing to me is my family.  My kids amaze me in the joy and wonder they see in the simple things and my husband keeps me grounded but also laughing all the time.  Together we’re a pretty amazing team if I say so myself :)   I’m also a bit of a foodie so I’d be remiss not to mention fabulous meals amongst friends.  Breaking bread with great conversation over an incredible bottle of wine is one of life’s guilty pleasures.

What would you like to be remembered for?   As someone who took risks and went after the unrealistic dreams, helped bring out the best in people, and laughed… a lot.  As my friends know, I want to leave it all on the dance floor.

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Sweater: Cordofolio Cardigan – Jennifer Fukushima $269
Skirt: Jess denim flocked skirt – Mandala Design $98
Necklace: girliepearlies – BurfurtART $56
Bracelet: Love Montreal $30
Boots: Katherine’s own

What role does fashion play in your life?  It’s fun and functional.  Fashion is something that can comfort you with a cozy sweater and boots one minute (I love the fall for that) and make you feel like Scarlett O’Hara ready to take on the world the next.  I think the older you get the more confidence you have because you know what works on your body.  On the flip side, confidence also comes from within and knowing who you are and it allows you to take more risks be it a bold colour or just a really different cut.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?  Everything!  Every time I go in there are so many things that catch my eye.  Everything has a cool indie vibe but is also easy to mix and match with something new or what is already in your closet.  The fits are fantastic and super flattering, not to mention everything feels as if you’re wearing pyjamas. How they do that I have no idea!   The staff are knowledgable and fun and you can’t help but walk out with an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks – the best is that you’re supporting local, socially-conscious talent.

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What do you have that you want to promote?  I’m pretty passionate about helping people realize their full potential and really figuring out what they want in life.  Coming from the corporate world where I had a very successful career in Communications, I never thought I would find myself in an industry that was so outside my comfort zone but like so many people today, I was searching for more time and more choices.  That said, starting an Arbonne business was the best decision I ever made.   I’d never experienced a company culture like this before, where you are truly valued and recognized, and the calibre of people is top notch.  While the products and income are phenomenal, working with and watching people take risks, learn, and become the best versions of themselves is really what it’s all about.   This business is all about paying it forward – the ultimate win/win.  I think we could use a lot more of that in the world today.

 Is there anything else we should know about you?  I’ve got a huge bucket list of things including ballroom dance lessons.  2015 might be the year to start working on that cha cha with my husband!

Where can people find you on social media?

  • fb:  Katherine Bruni O’Neil
  • LinkedIn:  Katherine O’Neil
  • web:  katherineoneil.myarbonne.ca

 

Fresh Collective Style Profile – Yvonne Bambrick

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Top: Slouch tee – Yasmine Louise $65
Jeans: Yoga Jeans – Second Denim $120
Necklace: girliepearlies – BurfurtART $46

Name: Yvonne Bambrick
Occupation: Urban Cycling Consultant, Photographer, Coordinator of the Forest Hill Village BIA
Age: 38

What’s a typical day like for you?

There’s nothing typical about my days. I’ve got such a wide variety of things that come up from week to week – from a photo shoot across town, to a meeting in a local cafe, emails (always and throughout the day), helping a relative get to a Dr.’s appointment, site-meetings, glass of wine in the market, an evening lecture… I’m regularly amazed at just how much can fit into a day, but I have no doubt that I would never be able to get as much done without my trusty bicycle. Predictable travel times and no traffic – works for me!

 What in your life is really important to you?

Friends, family, my bicycle and my camera – in whatever order best suits my daily schedule

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Coat: Sacha – Soia and Kyo $445
Sweater: Apiomorphic tunic – Jennifer Fukushima $199
Necklace: girliepearlies – BurfurtART $48
Jeans: Yoga Jeans – Second Denim $120

What would you like to be remembered for?

I’d love to be remembered for the contributions I’ll continue to make to the livability and enjoyment of my hometown Toronto, and for being a fiercely loyal and reliable friend.

What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion trends aren’t something I follow, but I like to look well put together while also being practically dressed for riding a bike everywhere. I have my own style that evolves with the pieces that come my way via clothing swaps, or that I find of occasional shopping excursions with my style icon, and dearest buddy, Melanie.

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Dress: Mona Dress – Studio Fresh – $189

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I try to buy locally made everything and can always count on Fresh Collective to have beautiful, flattering clothes that won’t go out of style, whatever that means ;)

What do you have that you want to promote?

I just wrote a book about how to ride a bicycle in the city and I’d love to get it into as many hands as possible! Although this book is aimed at new and would-be riders, there’s plenty of useful information in it for people who are already comfortable on the roads. The Urban Cycling Survival Guide comes out in March 2015, but you can pre-order it online (see link below!).  Better yet, why not ask your local bookstore if they plan to carry it! A great gift for any bike-lovers on your holiday gift list ;)

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Click here to pre-order!

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I’m a long time volunteer in Kensington Market and am one of the co-creators of Pedestrian Sundays which just wrapped the 11th season of car-free community events!

If you’re looking for someone to photograph your upcoming holiday party, conference or headshot, I’m your gal. Some of my work can be found here.

 Where can people find you on social media?

@yvonnebambrick on Twitter.

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Fresh Collective Style Profile- Carrianne Leung

Name: Carrianne Leung
Occupation: Educator, Writer, Business Owner, Mother. In other words, very occupied.
Age: 47. Loud and proud.
Lifestyle: Frenetic fun.

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Dress: Brinn Houndstooth Dress – Mandala Design $138
Shoes: Lonna Mary Jane – $100

What’s a typical day like for you? If I can get my kid and myself out the door in time, both of us clean, dressed, fed and with lunch in hand by 8:45 AM, then the hardest part of the day is over.

What in your life is really important to you? Family. Friends. Social justice. Inspiration. Books.

What would you like to be remembered for? Generosity.

What role does fashion play in your life? I have always loved fashion. I grew up in the 80s with the likes of Cyndi Lauper as a style influence, so I appreciate a particular whimsy in clothes. I was also a Goth for 5 minutes in the 90s and will always have a love for the melancholic fashion statement. In other words, I have range.

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Dress: Lexi Sweater Dress – Studio Fresh $189
Necklace: Curious Oddities – $48
Shoes: Lonna Mary Jane – Hush Puppies $100

 What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?  Where do I start? I am sure that at least half of my wardrobe comes from Fresh Collective designers. Being a 40 something woman who must juggle multiple roles – I work with OCAD U cool kids, I co-own an organic grocery store, I have a 7-year old kid. I’m a writer and do readings – the pieces that I get from Fresh are able to transfer into all these scenes.  I love the colour, the prints, the amazing cuts and shapes of the clothes and how well they are made.  They are also classic in an unconventional sense – they outlast the other 5-minute trends in fashion and still come off as very current years after purchase. I also love that they are made and designed in Canada.

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Top: Erika Comfort Jersey Tee – Mandala Design $78
Dress: Stella Panel Jumper – Mandala Desgn $168
Bracelet: Ch-ch-ch- chains – BurfurtART $45
Shoes: Lonna Mary Jane – Hush Puppies $100

What do you have that you want to promote?  I launched my novel The Wondrous Woo last fall, and it’s been a wonderful year, culminating to being shortlisted for the Toronto Book Awards. A second novel is in the works! Also, please shop at Multiple Organics, the specialty grocery store that I co-own with Nupur Gogia. We are “fresh”, too!

Is there anything else we should know about you? My superhero power is that I can sleep – anytime, anywhere.

Where can people find you on social media? I am on twitter and facebook!

Fresh Collective Style Profile – Ana Bailão

Name: Ana Bailão

Occupation: City Councillor, Ward 18

Age: A woman never tells ;)

Lifestyle: On-the-go.

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Style Coach Notes: Ana liked this dress so much, after our photo shoot she bought one in the same style but a different colourway. This style just works on most women. The band creates a nice long line from under the bust to the hem and the cut of the skirt just flows away from the body skimming over tummies and hips. The demure tie and collar give it professional polish but the fabric shows off your shape. Very flattering! (Dress: Jayne Zig crimp shirt dress – Mandala Design $138, Shoes: Lonna Mary Jane – Hush Puppies $100, Bracelet: Ch-ch-chains – BurfurtART $45)

What’s a typical day like for you? It starts with a shot of espresso to kick off early morning meetings with stakeholders at City Hall. Followed by council and committee meetings, taking my day into the early evening. It doesn’t end there; even without any afternoon siestas! Usually, there are community meetings schedule weeks in advance for topics such as planning applications, parking upgrades and new community projects. Weekends are just as action packed, with numerous community festivals and events, allowing me the opportunity to better connect with the residents of the area; always making a day of work much more enjoyable. Continue reading

Fresh Collective Style Profile – Sophia Perlman

I met Sophia last year, when she sent us a picture of herself performing in a Paper People Clothing dress similar to the one she is modeling here.  We chatted a bit through Facebook several times about various things and just got to know each other through there.  She told me how much she LOVES Fresh Collective, and how she has bought a lot from us over the years, and it just seemed a natural match to feature her as a Style Profile model, especially given the launch of her tour!  Make sure you check out this lovely lady at a gig near you soon!

- Laura-Jean Bernhardson, CEO and founder of Fresh Collective

Name: Sophia Perlman

Occupation: Singer, musician, teacher and creative co-consipriator

Age: 29

Lifestyle: Always on an adventure of some kind.

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Style Coach Notes: When Sophia isn’t performing, her lifestyle is pretty casual, so this dress is great. It doubles as a tunic, and can be worn with leggings or skinny jeans. (Dress: Panel Tee dress – Desserts and Skirts $88, Necklace: Hand inked & dyed turquoise locket – Curious Oddities $32, Shoes: Lonna T-bar – Hush Puppies $100)

 What’s a typical day like for you? A typical day means that it wasn’t anything like any other day I’ve had, and will probably not be like any other day to follow! Some days I’m performing, other days I’m teaching (everything from Kindergarten to College), or living my double  life as my own booking agent/manager/publicist. Rare days are the ones where I get to hide out at home and practice or work on my songwriting – when the weather’s nice, I’ll take Tallulah – my precious junk-shop rescue accordion out and find somewhere outside to sing and practice (which I think my neighbour upstairs much prefers to my staying home!). Most days will be a combination of some or all of the above. I have a hard time keeping still at the best of times. Luckily my husband Adrean, who is also a musician, is really grounded and patient and into doing things one at a time. He helps me remember to slow down and keeps me grounded!

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