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In From Me To You on
April 7, 2018

5 Tips to Get the Most From Vintage and Thrift Store Shopping

What are your thoughts on thrift and vintage shopping? Do you love it, hate it, or not have any luck? I used to be into vintage and thrift shopping a few years ago and though I haven’t done it much recently, getting my hands on this vintage Ozzy Osbourne concert tee had me thinking about it and I wanted to share some shopping tips from my experience. Keep reading for my top 5 tips on how to get the most out of vintage and thrift shopping.


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In From Me To You on
February 23, 2018

3 Things I’ve Learned While Working For Myself

Hey guys! It’s been about five months since I went back into freelance work and my learning curve has been extensive. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I used to work as a freelance stylist for about two years so this isn’t my first rodeo but returning back to this unpredictable type of work as a blogger/model/etc has brought with it a new slew of lessons and I wanted to take some time to share them as I settle more into this position. Keep reading for my #girlboss takeaways.


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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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