I met Sonia through Evan Malach, who is the creator of the play, “A Simple Twist of Fate” where she plays The Fiddler. I met Evan because I was driving up Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market one day and I saw a wallet that looked freshly dropped. I pulled over and picked it up, did a little googling and tracked down its owner who was Evan. We chatted and he told me about the play, which is being put on in a gorgeous synagogue just down the street from the store, so we thought it was a great connection to promote his play on the Fresh Collective Style Profile. Sonia was a delight to work with, and everything she put on looked great! It was hard to narrow it down to just 3 outfits to showcase!
- Laura-Jean Bernhardson, CEO and founder, Fresh Collective
Name: Sonia Shklarov
Style Coach Notes: Sonia’s petite and fit frame suits this dress that shows off her legs and shoulders. We added a silk scarf tied as a belt – in a rosette style no less!- to show how this dress can be dressed up, but it’s equally great with flat sandals for a casual walk in the park on a sunny afternoon. (Dress: Sofia – OOM $98, Necklace: Ch-ch-chains bracelet w/necklace extender – BufurtArt $65 + $12, Belt: Silk Scarf – Leah Bazian $59, Shoes: Lonna T-bar – Hush Puppies $100)
What’s a typical day like for you? I like to make my days a balance of work, fitness, and socializing / community engagement. The summer is the best time to do all three! As a freelance violinist, I’m in charge of my own schedule – but that doesn’t mean I don’t have the responsibility to do a certain amount of work each day. If the night isn’t too late (sometimes I don’t get home ‘til 12 or 1am after a concert), I wake up before 8 and go for some type of workout. If there’s time, I try to squeeze in a short meditation before getting on with my day! Then, I love to head to a cafe for some social networking – work e-mails, business calls, updating social media sites, etc. These things are a huge part of my life as I’m constantly expanding my professional network, which is essential for a freelancer. After lunch is when I get the bulk of my work done: practicing violin, going to rehearsals, editing new musical ideas, and the occasional meeting. This is when I feel the most inspired and productive! In the evenings, I either go to a concert (my own, or a colleague’s), or out with friends – though during very busy music seasons, more practicing and rehearsals. Of course, all of this can change in a heartbeat during orchestra season (September to May) – days become packed with rehearsals, traveling, and more practice!
What in your life is really important to you? Music – namely, violin, staying in shape musically, keeping all parts of my work balanced. Also, learning – musical, spiritual, social. Also, I’ve been blessed with an amazing circle of family and friends, which is an element I intend to cherish and maintain – the people closest to me make me happy and I would do anything to make them happy in return.
What would you like to be remembered for? My smile, my energy, and shining a light into any one person’s life.
Style Coach Notes: This is the more dramatic of the looks we chose for Sonia, and thought this dress would be good for an opening night party of the play or for interviews from the media. While it makes a statement, it’s comfortable and flowy for dancing the night away. We kept the accessories simple with a delicate brass bird necklace and red bead earrings. (Dress: Cynthia – Paper People Clothing $169, Necklace: Brass Bird – Curious Oddities $22, Earrings: Curious Oddities $22, Shoes: Lonna T-bar – Hush Puppies $100)
What role does fashion play in your life? Well, I hardly thought about it until I moved to Toronto in August 2012! Recently, fashion has really changed for me – expectations are different, and people here are more fashion-conscious than they are anywhere I’ve lived in my adult life. As a woman, I feel like my outfit says a lot about me – simple, confident; or sophisticated; complex, casual, or high-maintenance. I think it’s a power to effect how people perceive you – like it or not, it’s the first impression people get! It’s been a bit of an experimenting trip for me.
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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love how the salespeople are so friendly and helpful! All the colours of the outfits are amazing, and they really bring out the character of the person wearing them – as well as encourage us to take risks; try something new that perhaps we didn’t consider before. The dresses are great for many occasionals and are super comfortable – definitely on my list of stores to return to very soon!
Style Coach Notes: This is a simple and pretty look for Sonia. The rich colour looks stunning on her and the cut skims her curves without hugging tight anywhere. The fabric is light and airy, and this is a perfect summer dress for a wedding or event. It can be worn so many ways: for example belted or not, with a variety of scarves, with a blazer, wrap or shrug. A dress like this is a blank canvas for your accessories. For this look, we tied the black in the shoes together with the black in the scarf – simple, easy and looks great! (Dress: Scarlet Linen Dress – Paper People Clothing $225, Scarf: Silk Scarf – Leah Bazian $59, Shoes: Pepper – Miz Mooz $150)
What are you up to these days? My music, to add a spark to any occasion, or give special concerts! I’m classically-trained, so lots of my work is with classical music – Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Brahms .. but I love touching the community through other musical styles, such as Klezmer, traditional Jewish tunes that people haven’t heard in years, movie music from the 30’s, the Beatles, contemporary popular songs, and that’s just scratching the surface. This July, I’m involved in a musical production for the Fringe Festival, called A Simple Twist of Faith – please check out the details below!
This summer, the Kiever Shul, a synagogue in the heart of Kensington Market, will be home to one of the most compelling new shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival. A Simple Twist of Faith is a heartfelt musical that tells the story of a Jewish American soldier during World War One whose experience in a German synagogue changes the course of his life. Audiences are treated to a mobile experience through the historic Kiever Shul in this innovative piece of Site-Specific theatre. The musical features some of Toronto’s finest musicians and shares an unforgettable story not to be missed. Just in time for the beginning of the hundredth anniversary of The Great War, this is a must-see Fringe show that will uplift and inspire.
*Sonia will be playing the role of the fiddler, a mystical pied piper type who leads audiences around and through the historic building with her captivating violin playing. Any patrons who come see the show, visit the merchandise table, say you came because of Fresh Collective Style Blog and receive the Official Cast Recording of the show at a discount.
A Simple Twist of Faith
Opens July 2nd 2014 runs to July 13th 2014 at The Kiever Shul
25 Bellevue Avenue (Across from Denison Square)
July 2nd 7PM
July 3rd 7PM
July 4th 1PM
July 6th 12PM
July 7th 7PM
July 8th 7PM
July 9th 2PM and 7PM
July 10th 1PM and 7PM
July 11th 1PM
July 13 12PM
**Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.
Tickets: On sale June 12th
Purchase online: fringetoronto.com | By Phone: 416-966-1062 | In Person: At the Festival Box Office (581 Bloor St W).
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