Fresh Events: Colour Your Spring!

Join us this Thursday, February 28th from 7:30-9:30pm as we open up our Queen Street store for a night of fun, fabulous fashion and set you up to leap into Spring head first!

Receive a complimentary consultation with our amazing Style Coaches and learn what colours work for you, which shapes are the most flattering for your figure, and how to make them work together!

Our Style Coaches for the evening... Laura-Jean Bernhardson and Kelly Kan!

Our Style Coaches for the evening… Laura-Jean Bernhardson and Kelly Kan!

It’s time to add classic essentials and funky modern twists to your wardrobe. Our boutique is bursting at the seams with fantastic new Spring collections. At this workshop our Style Coaches work with attendees to help you:

  • Dress for success at work and brush up on professional but personalized attire
  • Learn how to build a versatile wardrobe without over-stuffing your closet
  • Find the right shapes and cuts to show off and play up that amazing figure of yours, curves, no curves, and everything else!

Bring your friends, and show up ready for a fun evening with our top-notch stylists and get ready for all the amazing things spring has to offer!

Bonus: Win a blouse from designer Monikova!

One lucky attendee will walk away with a brand new Monikova blouse!

One lucky attendee will walk away with a brand new Monikova blouse!

This Fresh, Fun Fabulous event is also our opportunity to preview the new Spring 2013 line from MONIKOVA! You’ll have a chance to shop the collection (and the entire store) before and after the  styling session.

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Click the button above to check out the event on Meetup and secure your spot! See you Thursday!

What to Wear Wednesday: Oscar Party!

What to Wear Wednesday - Oscar Party!

What to Wear Wednesday – Oscar Party! by freshcollective featuring peacock jewelry

The most glamorous night in Hollywood is just around the corner, but why let the celebrities have all the fun? Many people host fancy nights in with friends and family to watch the big show, gaze longingly at the stunning gowns of the evening and cheer on their favourite films!

Wear a gorgeous dress in a classic cut like this new number from Michelle Carey, and pair it with a great pair of heels or wedges (Hush Puppies pictured). Top off your look with some hollywood red lips and your most stunning statement jewellery (necklace by Elementals) and you’re ready to rock the red carpet!

We’ve put together a Pinterest board of fun Oscar party ideas:

Not up for hosting and don’t know any friends having a screening? There are many events popping up at nightclubs and restaurants across the city, including this one at Riverside Public House on Queen St E that I plan to attend in my red carpet finest:oscar party

 

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It’s been a great year in film and I’m really excited to see who comes out on top. Personally I’m rooting for Les Miserables – it’s always been one of my favourite musicals and I think they did a stunning job of it – I actually went to see it twice I loved it so much!

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Which film do you hope to see celebrated this Sunday night?

All You Need is Love… and a little sparkle…

Valentines Day is around the corner, and Fresh Collective has you covered with beautiful love-themed jewellery and accessories (maybe you want to accidentally leave this blog post open on your significant others’ computer? hint hint)! Whether you’re seeking a gift for a special someone in your life, or a little something sweet for yourself, we’ve got the goods – handcrafted by local designers and made with LOVE!

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Sterling silver heart necklace – handmade by Andrea Apa (Apa Designs) – $42

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Hand-beaded bracelet from BlackJam: Objects of Designed Happenstance – $50 (take an additional 20% off now!)

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Rose pendant and stud earrings from Curious Oddities – Necklace: $25, Earrings: $16  (available in multiple colours!)

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Rose Quartz statement necklace from Elementals Jewellery – $169

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Sterling Silver rose earrings from new FC addition Sailor Girl Jewellery – Only $20!

Which of these stunning pieces do you hope finds it’s way to you this February 14th? See more great Valentine’s jewellery on the FC Facebook Page!

Something Sweet and Special from Elementals Jewellery!

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Custom Bracelets from Elementals Jewellery!Kelly Kan, the fabulous talent behind Elementals Jewellery has something special planned this month! February 8th & 9th at Fresh Collective Queen St, Kelly will be offering customization on her bangles (pictured below) and plain tag bracelets (same as pictured above, but without the raw diamonds). These stunning pieces can be customized on the spot with your name/message!
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Get to know Kelly a bit better with this Q&A:

How long have you been designing/where did you get your start?

I guess you can say Jewellery Design is in my blood. My family have been in the fine jewellery business for three generations. I was given my first kit with plastic beads at three, I think. Growing up, I never bought any of my friends Christmas or Birthday presents- everyone always got handmade necklaces or bracelets. I spent a lot of time with friendship-bracelets-in-progress pinned to my jeans as an early teen. 

Where did you find your inspiration for this collection?
I have always loved mixing textures, high-lows and design influences. My signature piece for Spring/Summer 2013 is a perfect example of the aesthetics that I love- It’s a very classically crafted double strand of Swarovski pearls, with a beautiful Art-Deco inspired clasp – but the pearls are this delicious matte neon pink.
If you could dress any celebrity who would it be?
I would love to see my jewellery on Local Torontonians! Off  the top of my head – Sarah Polley, Meaghan Rath and Anna Silk. 
What is the most rewarding part about having your own line? I get to pour my creativity into my very own vision. I don’t need to answer to anyone else’s design mandates except my own and my client’s. It’s one of the hardest jobs I should imagine, but also the most fulfilling. The learning curve is steep. 

What has been the best part of your Fresh Collective journey thus far?
Working for yourself is lonely- I hide in my basement all day!  Being part of the Collective puts me back into a community of like minded, talented people. 
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Co-hosting this Queen St Trunk Show will be the awesome Jessie Tucker Lyzwa of Sugar Rush – another one of our fab jewellery designers! Jessie will be unveiling new pieces from her spring line as well as offering 40% off her Fall/Winter line!
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The Elementals/Sugar Rush Trunk Show runs from 1pm-5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Feb 8, 9, 10). See our EVENTS CALENDAR for more up and coming Trunk Shows and Events.

What to Wear Wednesday – Sassy Sweetheart

What to Wear Wednesday - Sassy Sweetheart

What to Wear Wednesday – Sassy Sweetheart by freshcollective

All You Need is Love… and a sweet outfit for your Valentines plans! Whether you’re going out with that special someone, or having a wine night with the ladies, the Vanessa Sweetheart Dress from Mandala Design is the perfect choice!

Pair it with a cute pair of Pique wedges from Hush Puppies that are the perfect mix of cute and comfortable, and a stunning statement necklace of freshwater pearls from Elementals Jewellery and you’re all set for a lovely evening!

What are your plans for February 14th?

FC Event – Bullfrog Power Party Snaps

We got our fab party snaps back from our great event photographer! Check out the great fun we all had at last weeks Bullfrog Power event at the Roncesvalles store!

Special thanks to:
Ashlea Wessel (our fantastic and talented photographer)
Steamwhistle (for the delicious beer)
Hidden Bench (for the equally delicious wine)
Sweetpea’s (for the beautiful flower arrangements)
Rowe Farms (for the tasty treats)
Glory Hole Doughnuts (for the surprise snacks)

And to our amazing designers, FC ambassadors and store staff for filling the Roncesvalles location with fabulous people! We’re so proud to be Bullfrog Powered!