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In Diary on
October 10, 2017

5 Tips for Haggling Like A Pro In the Marrakesh Markets

Marrakesh is a beautiful city filled with history and culture. One of the things its most known for are its markets, often referred to as souks. While preparing for my trip back in August, I knew I had to make the most of my time in the souks sourcing pieces for my global fashion store Sororum. I did some research but I also learned a lot along the way. Here are my 5 best tips for how to get the most out of your Marrakesh market experience should you ever travel there.


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In Women On Top on
March 31, 2017

Keys to Success with Nicki of CurriculumShop.com

With support from online fashion heavyweights like Refinery 29, Who What Wear, Nylon, and the Zo Report, CurriculumShop.com is quickly making a name for itself in the world of digital fashion retailers. Since its start two years, founder Nicki Podvalej has been driven by her inspirations, entrepreneurial spirit, and the insightful advice of those close to her. Keep reading to learn more about her process and what keys to her success we can all apply to our lives.


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In Women On Top on
February 10, 2017

Denim, Inspirations, and What’s Next with Kealan Sullivan of 69 Vintage

Denim is a wardrobe staple, there’s no denying that. Whether as jeans or a jacket, intact or distressed, it’s an iconic textile that the fashion world will continue to reinvent.  Who would know that better than Kealan Sullivan of 69 Vintage? An avid collector and enthusiast, Sullivan’s collections spans decades. It’s no surprise that she chose denim as a medium for expression in her runway collection entitled “Wild Child” which debuted at Fashion Art Toronto last year.

In part one of my interview we discussed her fashion background, the success of her long-running vintage store, her passion for human connections, and her journey to finding confidence. Now in part two we’ll discuss her designs, her inspirations, and what’s next for the self-described “OG wild child”.


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In Women On Top on
February 2, 2017

Kealan’s Way: Passion, Confidence, and the Success of 69 Vintage

Kealan Sullivan is a Toronto fashion OG. In a city where fashion boutiques in the downtown core are here today and gone tomorrow, Sullivan stood her ground as a highly respected, successful business woman for over 10 years. As the owner behind 69 Vintage, her life revolved around sourcing and selling the best secondhand pieces she could find to a city full of discerning thrifters.

Now that she’s entering a new chapter, I caught up with Kealan to see what I could learn from her entrepreneurial spirit. She opened up about how she started her business, how she ended it (on purpose), and what she’s passionate about now.  From creating a runway collection (which I’m wearing!), to traveling, to reconnecting with herself, Kealan is doing it her way.


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In From Me To You on
June 3, 2016

Life 101: An Open Letter to My High School Self

Every year around this time a new class of students completes their current level of education and must decide if they will advance to a higher level or enter “the real world”. I was 17-years-old when I graduated from the charter arts high school I had been attending in Michigan. I had been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design’s Fashion program with a scholarship and was so excited to be beginning this new chapter all on my own.

That was years ago. I am very different from the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, out-of-state pupil I started out as. If I had to go back and do it again, there are definitely things I would change and some I wouldn’t. But since I can’t, hopefully this open letter to my former self will be of help to those now in the same shoes I once wore.

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In Women On Top on
May 17, 2016

Orejen Fashion Lab: How Tonya Belle Turned Her Passion to Profit

While her latest business endeavor, Orejen Fashion Lab, is a relatively new addition to the world of womenswear, creator Tonya Belle is no fashion rookie.  A first generation Canadian of Trinidadian descent, Belle’s professional journey began as a retail store manager after studying fashion management at Seneca College.

From there she became a merchandiser for Tommy Hilfiger, before becoming the first merchandiser ever for luxury fashion retailer, Holt Renfrew. Persistent weekly calls to Holt’s human resource department finally lead to a merchandise associate position in their buying office where she began honing her love for supporting emerging brands.

She had additional buying stints at Sporting Life, Sears, TJ Maxx, and Target totally over 15 years of buying experience before she entered maternity leave and set her sights in a new direction…

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In Women On Top on
February 7, 2016

Lingerie 101 With Rachel Avery of Kallone Intimi

I’ve always had an affinity for lingerie. Something about intricate lace, smooth satin, and delicate fishnets really puts me in touch with my feminine side. While walking in Toronto’s West Queen West neighborhood I found there was always one store that instantly stopped me every time I’d approach it.

The mannequins in the display window of Kallone Intimi have a sultry, mesmerizing quality about them.  They definitely live up to the store’s name, meaning “beauty” in ancient Greek. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I decided who better to teach me a few things and get me in the spirit than store owner, Rachel Avery.

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In Diary on
January 3, 2016

New Year, New Me?

New year, who dis?


I know I said here that I’m not into New Years Resolutions and I’m still not into the idea of them but I’m a sucker for goal-setting and self improvement and the start of a new year just feels like the right time to look at life, see where I’m at, and what I’d like to work on.

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In From Me To You on
December 13, 2015

Fall/Winter Wardrobe Palette for Fair Skin

Wine. Mustard. Terracotta. Olive. These are the official colors of the fall season. These deep hues look amazing on medium to dark skin with warm undertones from bronzed tawny complexions to caramel and the darkest chocolate shades. If you fall into that description these are the colors that accent you best and when autumn arrives and everything on the retail market is coming out in this spectrum, this is your time to shine.

If you’re like me though, very fair in complexion, even my warm undertone can’t make this palette look good on me. I’m actually the fairest of them all and Snow White jacked my steez. I’m more suited to the spring palette and these colors make me look pale and sickly. This is part of the reason why I don’t really like fall because aside form the fact that it’s getting colder and I’m dreading winter, all of the cute clothes that come out look bad on me. *Cringe*

Luckily I’ve found a solution. Read more

In Diary on
November 21, 2015

Find Your Tribe

A few days ago I submitted my photos to be featured on one of my favorite fashion web sites, Fashion Bomb Daily. Less than two hours later the owner, Claire Sulmers, emailed me back to let me know she had chosen me to be that day’s “Bombshell of the Day“. Imagine my total excitement of seeing my photos on a site I really admire with a very kind write up by the owner herself.

But alas, even the sweetest moments can sometimes be tempered with a little tartness. Along with all the positive sentiments from her readers regarding my style also came a few insults too. Everything from skinny-shaming to personal jabs and of course your average “OMG, she can’t dress!” rant. The Shade!?!? 

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