What to Wear Wednesday – Summer Wedding

What to Wear Wednesday - Summer Wedding
(clockwise from top left: “Antonel” dress by Dinh Ba – $205 (both photos), Heart pendant by Sugar Rush, Earrings by Curious Oddites, Pendant by Curious Oddities, Earrings by Sugar Rush, “Varga Girl” dress by Annie 50 – $204, “Cherry” heel by Miz Mooz – $125, “Strawberry” pump by Miz Mooz – $140, “Waltz” heel by Miz Mooz – $130)
It’s the time of the season for loving… date nights, summer getaways and WEDDINGS. In fact, this very weekend is one of the busiest weekends for weddings in the city of Toronto!

Fresh Collective is spilling over with perfect dresses, shoes and accessories for any romance-filled summer occasion. Whether you’re knocking your partner off their feet on date night, dancing the night away at your best friend’s wedding OR bestowing a sweet thank-you gift on YOUR bridesmaids, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our Fresh Wedding Pinterest board for even more fun wedding ideas!

The Swagger Coach: Putting on the Ritz – an Office-friendly Fashion special

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Fashion is fun. Simply put, not only is it a lot of fun, its also one of the easiest ways to make a statement without ever opening your mouth. I’m a lucky, lucky gal to work for a fashion company which embraces all sorts of fashion. Here at Fresh Collective, there is no set-in-stone dress code for our retail staff, and I thank my lucky stars for this every day. You’ll notice, on any given day, that many of our folks are indeed dressed in head-to-toe Fresh gear, but this is because we’re the first to see these clothes, and we often fall in love with them while trying them on… even before they hit the sales floor! Plus, we know and love our designer friends and love giving them our business. We’re customers too! When was the last time your usual chain-retailer offered to have a garment customized for you? When was the last time you were in a big-box store and a designer approached you and thanked you for trying on their garment, and then asked you for feedback? Never, that’s when.

I love a pencil skirt and a blazer as much as the next gal, but I’m not the kind of girl to get gussied up in office wear for sport. Life is good when your wardrobe can be as creative and funky as you like. Its also nice to come home, flop down on the couch and not have to immediately slither out of a suit as though it’s trying to eat me. As much as I enjoy being fashionably free, most of my friends work in corporate environments, which requires modest, straight-laced outfits and that often limits creativity and expression in dressing. Its all-too easy to get caught up in the over-structured, oatmeal-coloured world of crisp lines and classic cuts, and some of us simply fall into this pattern for lack of inspiration, concern over maintaining professionalism, or even inexperience with mixing professional items with more casual ones. A friend of mine suggested writing this week’s blog about dressing for the office, but keeping your sense of self and pushing the bar while still dressing appropriately, with class and style. Janet, this one is for you!


First thing’s first: The “office” has been redefined over the last decade. While the word “office” once conveyed greyscale cubicles, navy pantsuits and buttoned-collar tops, it can now refer to a relaxed environment, some welcoming pets, casual clothes and mid-day social activities for staff members. Depending on your field, your place of work could indeed be quite welcoming of jeans, comfy clothes and sensible footwear. Take a look around you, and use your better judgement to establish the “feel” of your environment. Dressing in a way which reflects your surroundings and team is always appropriate, but dressing just a bit more neatly will convey your attention to detail and commitment to presenting yourself in a flattering light. Coming to work looking groomed, collected and neat reflects your ability to look after yourself, and this is a trait which most managers, supervisors and bosses value, as you’ll likely be able to pay due attention to projects, tasks and finishing touches you’re assigned. Regardless of what kind of environment you work in, there are definitely ways to incorporate unexpected elements of fashion and design in your wardrobe, even if you are one of the few who have to abide by strict and modest guidelines.
As far as fashion goes, there are a zillion gurus out there who preach the wonders of certain strategies and themes in dressing and adorning your body. Personally, I take a bit from each of them, and roll it all up into one big fashion advice ball. One of my personal favourite teachings, though, was from the all-knowing, omnipresent Stacy London, who is known for her femme-chic yet powerful and no-nonsense approach to dressing. On one particular episode of What Not to Wear, she scolded a frumpy woman as she stood in front of the wraparound mirror and claimed that no one noticed her. No one noticed her because she never gave them reason to notice her, and it was sad to see the woman (who was lovely, really, but totally unkempt) express such apathy over her appearance. In a cut-away segment, they showed clips of the woman’s boss being interviewed, and he expressed that there had actually been complaints from other workers who would observe the woman coming to work in sweatpants, sports-team t-shirts and rubber shoes, even though her job description involved recruiting, hiring and general HR duties. She didn’t define her work environment as “professional”, as it was a rather relaxed environment. She knew that her appearance probably left the wrong impression on people who came to the agency to find work, and were greeted and processed by a woman who looked as though she had been abducted from her home at 3am, rolled up in blankets, and dropped at her office bleary-eyed and swathed in fleece. Stacy showed the woman an endless combination of outfits the incorporated comfy, dark-wash jeans in a slack-like cut, relaxed, stretch blazers which wore more like cardigans and simple tops with fun necklines to jazz up the most casual of combinations. While she showed off the garments, she taught the woman about 5 key elements of creating a memorable, captivating outfit that communicates confidence and style. I loved these rules, and wanted to share them, with my own fun twist, for you guys to chew on this week.
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FIT

Blouse by Monikova

Blouse by Monikova

YOUR CLOTHES HAVE TO FIT. They have to fit. There are two routes to getting clothes to fit you perfectly. Both start with the essential understanding that, if a garment is not the perfect fit off the rack, it is NOT an issue with your body, and it is NOT an issue with the garment. No one yells at the square peg for not fitting in the round hole. The issue is simply that the garment is not constructed perfectly for your body… yet. Now, your options are either to search for garments which DO fit your body perfectly, or to alter the garments you find and love to fit you. I’d suggest the second option, to save you from passing up on great items which could be showstopping on you, if a few simple tweaks are made. Clothes that fit well create balance and proportion on your frame, and make the difference between looking sharp and looking frumpy. Hem those pants. Nip that too-baggy waistline. Crop those sleeves.
Play it safe: well-tailored jackets, proper-length skirts and pants, dresses which are shaped proportionately
Push the Limits: Architecture-inspired seams, added volume in choice spots (shoulders, hips) retro-influenced waistlines and necklines, bias hems.


SPARKLE
Sugar Rush Summer Romance Collection

Sugar Rush Summer Romance Collection

Unless you work in a mine, your workplace has a light source. It could be those evil fluorescent lights in your office or the natural warm sunlight which comes streaming in your windows (stop pressing your nose against the glass and just go for a walk, people are staring). What catches light better than a little twinkle? Jazzing up simple outfits with a string of glittering beads, wearing a top with a glittering pinstripe, or wearing a flashy, bright ring will update your look and add a bit of glamour while respecting office dress code. One of the guys, my butt.
Play it Safe: Simple necklace, crystal earrings, a hammered brass cuff bracelet, beaded necklines, metallic-toe shoes
Push the Limits: Subtle glitter-woven garments, sparkly embellishments on lapels and pockets, a blinged-out bib-style necklace over a classic oxford shirt, studded details, bejeweled hair fascinators



TEXTURE

Top by Mandala Design

Top by Mandala Design

Fun fur, pleather pants, and fishnet anything have NO place in a professional environment. None. Scrap that idea now. Done? Okay, good, now we can move on to incorporating fun materials and textures into your wardrobe. Keeping shapes classic, you can get a lot of bang for your buck when mixing and matching fabrics. Keep more playful materials office-friendly by balancing textured pieces with simpler ones, and play them up for night-time!

Play it safe: Linen in fun colours, pairing two contrasting fabrics in the same colour family (pale pink chiffon and cotton twill, or ivory lace and satin), items with accents and decals in fun textures and overlays
Push the Limits: A leather blazer paired with simple bottoms, layering sheers, snakeskin shoes, layering two contrasting fabrics in contrasting colours (red leather with royal blue silk, yellow flocked cotton with violet crochet knit) A stiff peplum top, or panels of various textures incorporated into a skirt



COLOUR

Wrap dress from Address Apparel

Wrap dress from Address Apparel

Everyone can wear colour. the brightness, saturation and amount of it worn are up to you. Colour is a BRILLIANT way to add a splash of fun to an otherwise boring outfit. Picking out garments and accessories in fun colours can also breathe new life into what you own already, and can play up your natural features, like your beautiful blue eyes, your chestnut hair, or your porcelain/freckled/gloriously tanned skin.

Play it Safe: Vivid shoes, colourful stacked bracelets, a playful headband, a pop of colour on your earrings, a bright hued top under a classic suit
Push the Limits: Contrasting primary colours (red jacket with a blue skirt and yellow shoes) tone-on-tone layering in slightly different shades, Matching garments to makeup (turquoise blazer with a bold streak of the same colour lining your eyes, or a mandarin orange lipstick which matches your pants) colour-family stacking (all pastels, all brights)



PRINTS

Printed pants from Brenda Beddome

Printed pants from Brenda Beddome

You guys know I love a good print. But how to incorporate a print into office-friendly attire? Simple. Balance. If you work in a creative field, bright, wacky prints can be totally acceptable. If you work in a more conservative environment, subtle prints will be your bff. Prints can add a playful touch, they can draw the eye and shape the body, or they can simply add dimension and interest to solids. Pick your favourite print, pair with matching accessories, and have a blast!

Play it safe: Pinstripes, small polka dots, subtle stripes, soft florals, pairing a print with a basic, layering under/over solids
Push the Limits: Combining two contrasting prints in similar colours (white and navy stripes paired with white and navy dots), double-exposed prints (large polka dots on top, small dots on the bottom), loud prints, allover printed garments, colour-blocked accessories (pink and green printed dress with bold green shoes, pink bracelets and a pink and green necklace) Pairing a print with ANY of the above mentioned (sparkle, texture, colour)

There you have it folks! Challenge yourself to incorporate one of these fun strategies each and every day next week, and see heads turn!

What to Wear Wednesday – A Day For Mom

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What to Wear Wednesday – A Day for Mom by freshcollective

Whether you’re the Mom being celebrated or you’re spending time with yours, this outfit is sure to have you feeling and looking wonderful! The Rita Di Cesare dress is made from a soft jersey that just floats off the figure. Pair it with this fun pair of Miz Mooz pumps and a complimentary statement necklace from Sugar Rush‘s Summer Romance collection and enjoy this beautiful weekend!

 

Fresh Collective For Mom

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Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY! Give her a gift as unique as she is.
It’s fast approaching! Have you picked something up for your Mom yet? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Stop by or call any of our stores and we’ll help you hand pick a beautiful piece of one of a kind, stunning jewellery that will make this Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget.

What to Wear Wednesday: Bold and Bright

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What to Wear Wednesday – Bold and Bright by freshcollective

It’s getting warmer and warmer out there – finally time to ditch the winter neutrals and break out of those blahs in bold patterns and bright colours! This outfit does just that with a pixel-patterned top from Mandala Design, cropped spring Yoga Jeans (our fave) in aquamarine, and a pop of colour for your ears from Sugar Rush. Anchor the look with a cute pair of black pumps from Miz Mooz and you’re set to celebrate the season!

 

 

The Swagger Coach: JEWELLERY JAM

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I spend far more money on jewellery than on shoes. Far more. Simply put, the jewellery which surrounds me daily is hand-crafted by the lovely folks I love and work with, plus is far more affordable than a new pair of wedge heels, double plus will likely leave my feet feeling better at the end of the day. So this week, I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of our most on-trend items and give kudos and shout-outs to the folks who made them with love. Oh, and FYI, the top that I’m wearing in ALL of these pics is one of my new favourite arrivals in-store! This is the Kyle top by Melow par Melissa Bolduc. Its actually TWO one-shouldered tops which can be worn a variety of different ways to take you from casual to athletic to flirty! I’m wearing it in black (to let the jewellery shine, of course!) but we also have it in emerald green, navy blue, and black and white jailhouse stripes!

1) SPRINGTIME BRIGHTS

Dreary winter days are gone, girls, and so should be your neutral winter accessories. With a season so full of colour, one simply can’t help but to totally bathe themselves in lush colours and bold shapes. Spring fashion is coming in like a lion with vivid colours, glossy finishes and a strong nod to mod themes. Splashing up your wardrobe with vivid accessories can be a great way for colour-shy girls to dip a toe into the fashion pool, or can be a way to take your notice-me dress to a whole new level of awesomeness. (Psst, that white oxford shirt in your closet is screaming for some of these, as you read this. Just so you know.)

Turquoise beaded earrings from Sugar Rush. Featuring antiqued brass fixtures and lever-back fasteners. Available in other colours!

Turquoise beaded earrings from Sugar Rush. Featuring antiqued brass fixtures and lever-back fasteners. Available in other colours!

Hand-layered glass pendant from SailorGirl. Large domed glass pendant featuring swirls of transparent and opaque tangerine glass, hung on a sterling silver chain with lobster-claw fastener. Also available in other colours including blends of sterling silver sheets within glass, and multi-toned glass.

Hand-layered glass pendant from SailorGirl. Large domed glass pendant featuring swirls of transparent and opaque tangerine glass, hung on a sterling silver chain with lobster-claw fastener. Also available in other colours including blends of sterling silver sheets within glass, and multi-toned glass.

Layered glass Carnival charm bracelet from SailorGirl. Each bead is hand formed and layered, then suspended on a sterling silver bracelet. Style also available in other collections including Tuscan Vineyard and Ocean Wave.

Layered glass Carnival charm bracelet from SailorGirl. Each bead is hand formed and layered, then suspended on a sterling silver bracelet. Style also available in other collections including Tuscan Vineyard and Ocean Wave.

Fused glass pendants from Leila Cools. Each unique pendant features a one-of-a-kind colour and image combination. A Fresh Collective best-seller for years, these are available in a multitude of shapes, sizes and images to suit every wearer.

Fused glass pendants from Leila Cools. Each unique pendant features a one-of-a-kind colour and image combination. A Fresh Collective best-seller for years, these are available in a multitude of shapes, sizes and images to suit every wearer.

2) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

The advantage of springtime is the lack of necessity in bulking up with layers of heavy fabrics and stiff textures. We start to see chiffon, linen, goslin and light cotton weaves making their much-welcomed comeback, and we crave the warm breeze of a calm summer’s day. Hey, soul sister, its time to appreciate the art in the world around us, and that spills right over into the jewellery you choose to adorn yourself with. Get in touch with your artsy earthy side this summer with some of these! Pair these with flowwy skirts, tunic tops and your very favourite denim jeans.
A Printed Brass cuff from Odd Bird. Featuring this classic image layered sheerly over a lightweight brass cuff. Fully adjustable!

A Printed Brass cuff from Odd Bird. Featuring this classic image layered sheerly over a lightweight brass cuff. Fully adjustable!

This Esmerelda-inspired set is hand-crafted from the Sugar Rush spring romance collection. Featuring verdegrised brass hardware and coins, turquoise and seafoam beads and lever-back style fasteners. Similar styles available in other colour collections.

This Esmerelda-inspired set is hand-crafted from the Sugar Rush spring romance collection. Featuring verdegrised brass hardware and coins, turquoise and seafoam beads and lever-back style fasteners. Similar styles available in other colour collections.

Hand-crafted glass Tree of Life pendant from SailorGirl. This piece is created using many consistencies, layers and textures of glass to create realistic bark and a textured finish to the touch. Soon available in Cherry Tree colour combo as well.

Hand-crafted glass Tree of Life pendant from SailorGirl. This piece is created using many consistencies, layers and textures of glass to create realistic bark and a textured finish to the touch. Soon available in Cherry Tree colour combo as well.

Double-long kelly green beaded necklace from Curious Oddities. Soft green faceted beads set on a hand-linked brass chain featuring intricate patterns and fixtures. Can be created to order in many custom colour combinations and lengths.

Double-long kelly green beaded necklace from Curious Oddities. Soft green faceted beads set on a hand-linked brass chain featuring intricate patterns and fixtures. Can be created to order in many custom colour combinations and lengths.

3) PUT A BIRD ON IT
Birds have claimed their place in the hearts of fashionistas everywhere. Symbolic of freedom and peace, birds have been ruffling some feathers (see what I did there?) lately, and we’ve got the most adorable accessories to compliment your springtime wardrobe… no chirping included! If realism is your thing, we’ve got you covered there too, but my very favourite of the birdy jewellery is cartoon-inspired, charming and playful. Wear these with a cute summer dress with a matching cardigan, a bright blouse or a co-ordinating purse!
Hand-inked jay bird studs earrings and hairpins from Odd Bird. Printed on tiny slices of fallen branches, these colourful jays are retro-licious and just a tiny pop of cheekiness. Earrings on coated brass backings, hairpins on brass crimped pins.

Hand-inked jay bird studs earrings and hairpins from Odd Bird. Printed on tiny slices of fallen branches, these colourful jays are retro-licious and just a tiny pop of cheekiness. Earrings on coated brass backings, hairpins on brass crimped pins.

Wood-cut owl brooch from Odd Bird. Featuring argyle wings, this laminated piece is attached to a slim-fit silvertone pin backing. Adorable on blazers, jackets, scarves, hats and bags.

Wood-cut owl brooch from Odd Bird. Featuring argyle wings, this laminated piece is attached to a slim-fit silvertone pin backing. Adorable on blazers, jackets, scarves, hats and bags.

Sterling silver bird earrings from SailorGirl. These hammered silver birdies are affixed to fish-hook posts. Also available in a matching pendant on a sterling silver ball chain.

Sterling silver bird earrings from SailorGirl. These hammered silver birdies are affixed to fish-hook posts. Also available in a matching pendant on a sterling silver ball chain.

4) PRIM AND PROPER
Maybe it’s the release of the Great Gatsby (I <3 Baz Luhrmann). Maybe it’s the general “in-ness”  of retro-current fashion, or maybe folks are simply falling in love with romantic side of feminine jewellery. Sweet, ladylike accessories are IN, in a big way. This generation’s take on the prim styles feature more volume, whimsical details and unexpected splashes of colour. Paired with lace and chiffon, clean ivories or petal pinks, these feminine pieces will make you feel like YOU’RE the only girl in the world!
Layered brass necklace with capsuled brass key from Vanessa Yannow. Each unique necklace features a capsuled vintage charm or a vibrant feather.  This style available in silver, and with several different capsule pendants. Matching earrings also available.

Layered brass necklace with capsuled brass key from Vanessa Yannow. Each unique necklace features a capsuled vintage charm or a vibrant feather. This style available in silver, and with several different capsule pendants. Matching earrings also available.

Pearl Burst ring from Sugar Rush. Pearlized beads fastened alongside glass and crystal beads to create a burst of texture and shine, reminiscent of fireworks exploding in the sky. Ring is fully adjustable, wide band style made from antiqued brass. Also available in soft pink pearls, and seafoam pearls.

Pearl Burst ring from Sugar Rush. Pearlized beads fastened alongside glass and crystal beads to create a burst of texture and shine, reminiscent of fireworks exploding in the sky. Ring is fully adjustable, wide band style made from antiqued brass. Also available in soft pink pearls, and seafoam pearls.

Filligree heart pendant from Sugar Rush. This large hand-verdegrised heart pendant is set upon a powder blue chain, and complimented by pearlized and crystal beads. One of a kind, but similar items are available from the Summer Romance collection.

Filligree heart pendant from Sugar Rush. This large hand-verdegrised heart pendant is set upon a powder blue chain, and complimented by pearlized and crystal beads. One of a kind, but similar items are available from the Summer Romance collection.

5) PINUP PERFECTION
What’s more fun than circle skirts and adorable kitten heels? Vamping up like their bad-girl counterparts and getting in touch with your retro-rockabilly rockstar side! Polks dots, bold florals and juicy cherries are always a sure sign of fabulous weather, and this spring will be no exception. Hollywood’s hottest IT girls are rocking blatantly 50s style digs, and style queens like Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani, Christina Hendricks and Dita Von Teese are all fans of the throwback styles. Get girly with us!
Resin rose pendant by Curious Oddities. Set on an antiqued brass chain, this necklace is the hottest selling piece of the season. Available in a rainbow of colours, and a variety of sizes, these flowers are also available on rings and lockets as well.

Resin rose pendant by Curious Oddities. Set on an antiqued brass chain, this necklace is the hottest selling piece of the season. Available in a rainbow of colours, and a variety of sizes, these flowers are also available on rings and lockets as well.

Red-on-white polka dot studs by Curious Oddities. Brass-framed studs are hand-set with glass domes and fused for durability. Brass is coated and long-wearing, and nickel-free. Butterfly backings. These are available in a variety of colour combinations and prints, plus matching pendants, bangles and hairpins!

Red-on-white polka dot studs by Curious Oddities. Brass-framed studs are hand-set with glass domes and fused for durability. Brass is coated and long-wearing, and nickel-free. Butterfly backings. These are available in a variety of colour combinations and prints, plus matching pendants, bangles and hairpins!

Cherry Lever-back drop earrings. Framed in the same setting as their polka dot counterparts above, these drops hang about a centimeter down and feature a levered back. Cherry background shown in light blue, also available in black and white, and in pendants, bangles and hairpins.

Cherry Lever-back drop earrings. Framed in the same setting as their polka dot counterparts above, these drops hang about a centimeter down and feature a levered back. Cherry background shown in light blue, also available in black and white, and in pendants, bangles and hairpins.

See something you love? Drop me a line at Jamie@freshcollective.com to chat about the items shown here. All items available for purchase, and may be able to be customized or adjusted for preference and fit. Many of our designers can accomodate custom items, and offer full collections of beautiful, locally made treasures. Looking forward to seeing you all in-store!

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!
SONY DSC Plain Tag Bracelets will be $59.00 +tax, bangles will be $79.00 +tax, and Kelly will even be waiving her usual customization fee so those prices are all inclusive! 

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.

Happy New You January Sales Event!

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Hello FC Fans! We’re very pleased to let you know that many of our great Boxing Week deals are carrying on until the end of the month! At these discounted prices it’s easy to create a new wardrobe for a new year!

Happy New You Sales Event - 20%off

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Who will you be in 2013? Whoever that may be, let Fresh Collective help dress you for success! Stop by one of our three stores OR shop online right now to take advantage of these (and many other) savings!

I Rush, You Rush, we all scream for Sugar Rush! – FC Ambassador Guest Blog – Liz Parker

As a Fresh Collective Ambassador, I was thrilled when I was invited to the Roncey store to select some Sugar Rush jewellery to add to my already absurd collection of baubles.  Sugar Rush is designed by Jessie Tucker-Lyzwa, a stand-out chick with purple hair, though in this pic it’s PINK!

When I arrived at the Roncey store, I was spinny with delight when I saw the Sugar Rush display:

Jewellery is the icing on the cake.  Once you’ve figured out the perfect outfit, jewellery is what puts a stamp on your style.  What I enjoy about an event where black dresses are aplenty is observing how people accessorize … and make each outfit their own.

Sugar Rush’s jewellery has a sense of movement… to me, it looks like the pieces were caught in the breeze.  Outdoor elements are included, like the shapes of leaves and feathers.

I was very drawn to the purple, as it’s one of my favourite colours – look at this beauty, with the funky earrings:

But they look so much better on the wonderful Veronica Doval Slater, a fellow FC Ambassador

And I’m delighted, as she was quietly coveting them.

I also ogled Sugar Rush in beautiful red …

…. and they brought out the ham in me:
 And THEN … I spotted this gorgeous GREEN combo.  I love green as much as I love purple, and it was the whimsical feather motif that grabbed me:

 And here it is on yours truly:

I love how jewellry makes you feel.  Polished, elegant, funky … whatever the look you’re going for, the perfect set of earrings, necklace, ring, or bracelet truly is the “Jewel in the Crown”.

I also attend a party in late September at the Roncesvalles location, celebrating Fresh Collective being powered by Bullfrog Power.  This company is a 100% green energy provider, which helps their clients set up clean, renewable energy solutions.  We Ambassadors received a lovely info kit about Bullfrog, and I included in this pic with my beautiful green Sugar Rush jewellery acquisition:
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For more info about Jessie and Sugar Rush jewellery, follow them on Facebook here.

For more info about Bullfrog Power:  www.bullfrogpower.com

Thank you to Fresh Collective and Bullfrog for the GOOD TIMES! Green jewellery and green frogs – all good!

Cheers!

Liz Parker/LIZPR 

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!