Mandala Design’s Gayle Dress and Matt & Nat!

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Oh happy day!  I get to show off TWO of my favourite Canadian brands in this post!

Starting with the Gayle dress by Mandala Design, this is a almost a quintessential Fresh Collective kind of dress.  Here’s why:

  1. The colours and prints are fun, bold and feminine!
  2. Not only is the fit flattering on most bodies, this style walks the line between sexy and demure all at the same time.  You could wear it to teach grade three or out on a date and it would be appropriate for either situation.
  3. The fabric is easy care and virtually wrinkle free.  It will travel exceptionally well, pack small and you could easily wash it in your hotel sink if need be!
Gayle dress- Jane

Gayle Dress by Mandala Design – $128; Bag (left) Baxter – $128 and now 20% off Bag (right) Whilem $124


Mandy Armstrong, the designer behind Mandala Design knows her customers’ needs very well, and is masterful and designing with YOU and your lifestyle in mind.  Year after year, we love seeing her collections come out and be consistent favourites with our customers.

Matt&Nat is another favourite among our customers because they last FOREVER! The number one thing I hear customers say about Matt & Nat is “Oh I have one of their wallets/bags from 8 years ago and it looks great but I think it’s time for a new one”. Matt & Nat is a vegan bag line that looks like leather and a lot of thought goes into the details of the design making it perfect for everyday use. The price points are also great making them easy to fall in love with.


Akibo clutch by Matt&Nat – shown in Iris, other colours available are black, storm, champagne $79 (20% off now $63)

I want to make sure to highlight the really fabulous Akibo clutch from Matt&Nat.  When I select all the styles I always look for how it’s going to fit into people’s lives. This clutch is awesome because your hand slides through the front strap making it stick to your hand easily. This is the perfect clutch for going out on a date, attending a networking event or just looking like the creative professional that you are. Now 20% off for a limited time!

 jane's bio

Product info:

Style Profile- Samantha Hurwitz

Name: Samantha Hurwitz
Occupation: Chief Encouragement Officer of FliPskills; author, speaker, Leadership & Followership coach
Age: 49, enjoying it & excited about my fifties


Dress: Gayle Dress, Mandala Design, $128; Purse: Willem- Matt&Nat $124


Lifestyle:  Embracing a work/play lifestyle and loving my new downtown Toronto condo and life: lots of walks, bike rides, yoga, yummy food, dates with my husband, and connecting with new people. It’s lively and dynamic! One thing that has exceeded my expectation about Toronto is how friendly people are and how easy it is to meet new people.

I skype and travel often for work and play. We have 5 kids around the world – London U.K., Brazil, Halifax, Montreal and Port Credit.

What’s a typical day like for you? That’s part of the fun! My schedule is fluid with lots of variety. Most days involve connecting with people, meeting new people, collaborating, creating, coaching, writing and learning.

What in your life is really important to you?  My family & friends.  Expanding my horizons: new things, knowledge, experiences and people.  Living a healthy, active, compassionate life.


Top: Charlie Slouch Tee – Mandala Design, $58; Scarf: Ambrosia Scarf – Jennifer Fukushima, $69; Skirt: Sara Print Jersey Flip Skirt- Mandala Design, $78; Bag: Schlepp Bag- Matt&Nat, regular price $115, now 20% off at $92.


What would you like to be remembered for?  I’d like to be remembered for being warm, encouraging and engaging!

What role does fashion play in your life?  I love clothes and accessories!!! Always have. For me it’s much more than a uniform – it’s a creative expression of who I want to be out in the world: colourful, cheerful, eye-catching and interesting while still being comfortable and practical.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?  I love the values, entrepreneurial spirit and creative flair that FC espouses. I love that the merchandise is beautiful, functional and unique. I love the engaging, easy-going service approach to help customers find the exact right piece or outfit not simply make the sale. Shopping at FC is a relationship not an event.


Top: Carli Print Jersey Slouch Tee – Mandala Design, $68; Purse: Akibo Clutch- Matt&Natt, $79; Skirt: Denim Pocket Skirt- Desserts and Skirts $88; Bracelet: Colleen Poitras


What do you have that you want to promote?  I’d love people to buy and read Leadership Is Half The Story: A Fresh Look at Followership, Leadership, and Collaboration available at bookstores and online bookstores all over. It’s our new book, published March 3rd by the University of Toronto Rotman Press. It’s a very contemporary conception of how to be highly collaborative and most effective when you are leading AND following in your partnerships and organizations.

 It’s really different than what’s out there. People are saying it’s “timely, refreshingly quirky, absolutely practical, important, a must-read”.

 Is there anything else we should know about you?

I met my awesome and brilliant husband, business partner and co-author 10 years ago. We began researching and developing the ideas for the book, and dating. So this book is very personal and passionate, anything but the usual, especially for the leadership genre.

Where can people find you on social media?

We launched a new website and facebook page for events to complement the book: or and and we’re Sam&Marc@FliPskills_com on Twitter.  Connect in!!!