FC Event: Meet the hosts of Bare All!

Happy Monday, friends!

We’re excited to bring  you YET ANOTHER awesome FC Event tomorrow night at our Queen St store…

Meet the hosts of Bare All!

Bare All is not your typical women’s retreat. Think girls weekend meets life overhaul. This event gives you the chance to meet the hosts of Bare All in a panel style Q and A, and learn more about how they will transform your life this February in beautiful Muskoka. This event is sure to be a blast whether you are signed up for the Bare All retreat, or if you just want to learn more about what’s possible at Bare All.



One of the lovely founders, co-active coach Jordana Halpert, shares the story of how Bare All came to be, and what you can expect from this adventure:

A few years back I was on my way to Muskoka, about to embark on my first ‘off site’ development weekend as a new manager. I was nervous, I was excited, it felt like camp. Only, you know… more professional.

I came to love those retreat weekends because everyone there brought their knowledge but dropped their ego. We stayed up all night talking about how our lives were going to change when we got home, buzzing about the actions we would take in life and business. The training was intensive. The conversation was powerful. We felt like sisters by the end.  We still do.

When I stepped out of managing a team to become an entrepreneur, I was left craving that kind of learning environment, so it didn’t take much for sparks to fly over coffee with a friend. She said she would love to get her three fave people in a room together and see what happens. I said I can do better. And three days later, Bare All was born.

know the power that comes from filling a chalet with amazing and brilliant women (and some wine). I also know how inspired I have felt ever since AshleyShannon and I met for the first time. And I can honestly say that this weekend will change lives. Hell, just planning it has already changed mine.

It takes immersion in a new mentality for something to really alter in our brains. New communities do that. When you are surrounded by people who inspire you, who are looking for change in their lives as well, it pushes you harder. Just like in yoga class when you secretly compare yourself to the guy next to you and then try something new.

Many development programs will do that- have you immerse yourself to feel the change. Problem is that it’s not accessible. You go home to a different world with the same old people, and ancient brain patterns just go on autopilot all over again. The approach of Bare All is what makes us different. We don’t want a weekend that doesn’t feel like life itself. We want honesty, and community, and sparks of change. But we also want wine, and good food, and practical action plans.

This isn’t just a retreat. It isn’t a girl’s weekend either. It’s both. It’s creating a community to support you when you go back to the city. It’s connecting like-minded women who are powerful and inspiring. Oh, and adding yoga to the weekend doesn’t hurt either.

We will bring our problems to this little cabin in the woods, work on them, and head home with new plans of business for our lives. We will sort out blockages in our bodies, minds and energy. We will talk about our sex lives with an expert, giggle like school girls, and learn a LOT. And if you’re not there, you will be jealous. Promise.

To RSVP for tomorrow night’s event: click here


FC Events: Finance and Business Panel

Join us for a Q+A Panel discussion on entrepreneurship, business and finance. Our host Shannon Simmons will lead the discussion with Laura-Jean Bernhardson (Fresh Collective), Yasmine Louis (designer and entrepreneur), Brenda Beddome (designer and entrepreneur), and Michelle Carey (designer and entrepreneur), through their ups and downs in business and how they prepared their finances for the next evolution of their businesses.

Shannon Simmons - Suit: Brenda Beddome, Necklace: Sugar Rush

Shannon Simmons – Suit: Brenda Beddome, Necklace: Sugar Rush

The evening will start with a networking mix and mingle while we sign in, then a panel discussion lead by Shannon Simmons. After the discussion we’ll have a Q and A from the audience, which we’ll close with another networking opportunity. After the event we’ll also offer an exclusive personal shopping opportunity with our staff and Laura-Jean and provide all guests the chance to take advantage of some amazing discounts!


To keep track of our upcoming events check out our new EVENTS CALENDAR!

FC Events: January 2013

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We’ve been having a great time hosting meetings and events at our locations over the last few months, and in 2013 we’re committed to bringing you even more great opportunities to network, shop, learn and grow with us!


Thursday, January 107:30pm
The Good. The Bad. The Human – A Personal Development Workshop Hosted By Simple Wisdom
(Find out more)

Tuesday, January 15 7:30pm
Finance and Business Panel – Hosted by Shannon Simmons
(Find out more)

Tuesday, January 22 7:30pm
Bare All – A Retreat Workshop Warmup
(Find out more)

Tuesday, January 29 7:00pm
Fashion and Beauty Night – Hosted by DaintyGirl.ca
(Find out more)

Become a FC Ambassador!

Fresh Collective is here because of all the wonderful people who join us on our journey – designers, staff, fans and customers. It’s important to us to be part of the community, spreading joy and beauty through what we do in many ways.
We’re looking for a few good women to help spread the word about what’s fabulous at Fresh Collective. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to join the inner circle at Fresh Collective. You’ll get first glimpse at our clothing each season, get products to review, and you’ll be treated like a Fresh Collective VIP with photo shoots, product samples, invites to special events (ours and other people’s too!).

In return, we ask that you share the good word about what you have experienced through our FC Ambassador program. Rant and/or rave about the product we’ve provided you, share the experiences you’ve had with us on your social media channels (and ours) and help us spread the good word. Phew, being a social butterfly is hard work!

If you’re interested in being a 2013 FC Ambassador, click here and tell us why!
Also, meet our current FC Ambassadors here.


Laura-Jean Bernhardson featured on Coral TV

As you may have seen previously on the blog, FC Ambassador Shannon Lee Simmons hosts a great web series called “Money Awesomeness” on Coral TV. She recently took some time to come into our Queen St store and interview our fearless leader, Laura-Jean about the challenges of starting your own business.

On Shannon: Top – Desserts & Skirts, Skirt: Fresh Baked Goods, Necklace – Sugar Rush
On Laura-Jean: Dress – Mandala Design, Jewellery – Odd Bird
(Both women are wearing belts by Susana Erazo)

Starting a Business in style Part 2 – With FC Ambassador Shannon Lee Simmons!

The babely, stylish and oh-so-smart Shannon Lee Simmons has finished her 4 part series “So You Want to Start a Business” as part of her “Money Awesomeness” show on Coral TV. As usual she looks absolutely lovely in Fresh Collective goodies!

We’re proud to have the support of such a savvy gal! Enjoy the videos, take notes and stay tuned – rumor has it there may be a new Money Awesomeness video coming out soon featuring our fearless leader Laura-Jean herself!

(see parts 1 & 2 here)

Part 3:

Dress: Michelle Carey

Part 4:

Dress: Brenda Beddome

Starting a business in style – with FC Ambassador Shannon Lee Simmons!

Our FC Ambassador Shannon Lee Simmons is a force! She’s sassy, smart, and stylish! Her web series Money Awesomeness (through CoralTV) is a great source of financial tips and tricks!

She’s currently in the midst of a 4 part series dedicated to starting a business and wearing tons of Fresh Collective goodies along the way! Check out parts 1 and 2 here (we’ll be sure to post other parts as they go live)!

Part 1:

Top: Desserts & Skirts :: Necklace: Sugar Rush

Part 2:

Dress: Annie 50

Doesn’t Shannon look stunning? We’re proud to have her as an FC Ambassador!

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!

Fresh Collective Bullfrog Event via Twitter!

Last night we played host to a fantastic event celebrating our new partnership with Bullfrog Power! We had an amazing turnout of FC Ambassadors, Staff, Designers, new friends and the wonderful staff of Bullfrog. We had a wonderful evening and are so unbelievably proud to have all 3 FC locations powered by Bullfrog!

Thank you to everyone that came out to share this evening with us! If you weren’t there you can relive it through the wonderful Twitterverse:

More fantastic images to come!

Experience the fabulous Bullfrog Power event at Fresh Collective Roncesvalles on September 27th through the fabulous eyes of twitter…