April 2015

Apr 30 2015
May 1, 2015 Dr. Bardai prescribes exercise as the best medicine more...

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Apr 30 2015
May 1, 2015 Listen up as our celebs, Jackie Richardson, Michael “Pinball” Clemons and Sue Johanson, chat about their beloved progeny. more...

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Apr 30 2015
May 1, 2015 As we emerge from another Canadian winter, high school student Lani shares her favourite Toronto springtime events and places to visit. more...

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Apr 30 2015
May 1, 2015 Interns, older employees, company mergers all have workplace impact and Vera Held has solutions to manage these situations. more...

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Apr 30 2015
May 1, 2015 The special relationship that can exist between children and seniors becomes evident as you share these books with your kids. more...

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Apr 30 2015
Thanks for the wonderful support of my music! “Jeanette Arsenault is one of Quinte’s pearls–polished over the years into a prolific singer and songwriter. She resides in Belleville, Ontario, and formerly, Prince Edward County; yet, she is sought the world over and is often far from us. Arsenault has performed in events of scale including... more...

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Apr 30 2015
Happy Thursday! Looking or tips on signing with your Toddler? Check out this video! Happy Signing! more...

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Apr 30 2015
Council of Canadian Academies releases STEM Skills report Let's Talk Science is well positioned to support recommendations from expert panel. Read more > more...

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Apr 30 2015
Yesterday morning on my weekly Global TV segment, I shared the latest research out of Cornell University. The studies are in on money and happiness: People Who Spend Money On Experiences Instead Of Things Are Much Happier. When it’s payday and that paycheck gets deposited into you account, do you run out to buy a great pair of shoes, or a nice handbag? Or do you save up for an experience? If given $400 - would you spend it on an iPhone or a plane ticket to somewhere you've never been before to experience a new city? Does your money go toward THINGS or EXPERIENCES? Because the latest research is telling us, we'll be much happier if we collect LIFE EXPERIENCES over THINGS. It is said experiences sustain your happiness for much longer than purchases on your wish list - experiences such as art exhibits, doing outdoor activities, learning a new skill, or traveling. (Cornell University). more...

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Apr 30 2015
Hosting (and attending) LIVE events are one of the best ways to grow your business. Yet, many of you continue to hide behind your computers, tucked away in your offices, ‘hoping and wishing’ for business to come your way. It just doesn’t happen that way folks. Last week, I wrote about the value of attending... more...

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Apr 30 2015

Customer Of The Week: Maria Pontikis “I wore it to a wedding in Dallas, Texas over the weekend and every second person stopped to compliment me on my dress. Total showstopper!”- Maria Pontikis This week’s Customer Of The Week is the lovely Maria Pontikis! Maria Pontikis rented one of our lovely dresses, and she looked absolutely stunning! […]

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Apr 30 2015

  Beauty How To: Fake 8 Hours of Sleep with These Simple Makeup Tricks There’s nothing better than looking revived, refreshed and bright-eyed in the morning. But the reality is, we can’t look like that every day. Correction- we can’t look this way naturally every day. But with the help of a little makeup and […]

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Apr 29 2015

Alison Nolan is the Rent frock Repeat employee of the month! Alison has been with Rent frock Repeat for over a year now — my how time flies! She’s positive and a total team player — we’re blessed to call her RfR family! A few compliments from Alison’s co-workers: Alison has been with us for over […]

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Apr 29 2015

Lauren Merkley is the Rent frock Repeat employee of the month! Lauren joined our team when we opened our new Ottawa location located at 107 Murray St. in the Byward Market. She’s a force to be reckoned with and we couldn’t be luckier to have her on our team! Here are a few kind words from […]

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Apr 29 2015

  Red Carpet Style Steal: The 2015 Daytime Emmys This year’s Daytime Emmys red carpet was chock full of our favourite spring fashion trends. From statement colours, to feminine florals, to colour-blocking – we couldn’t take our eyes off this year’s nominees. Here are three of our faves from the red carpet this year, and […]

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Apr 29 2015

Beauty Review: Concealer 101 Tips and Tricks for Concealing Imperfections Concealer can be a life-saver when a blemish appears, but it has to be applied correctly to really work its wonders. Despite what meets the eye, there is more to concealer than just choosing the right shade. But an overload of this product could actually accentuate […]

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Apr 29 2015

“Take me to the water, drop me in the river.” Sing it! Better yet, rent a boat or take a local cruise and see the city skyline or visit Toronto Island.

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Apr 28 2015

“We were even more excited when the business began to scale quickly.”- Lisa Delorme, The Opinion 2015  Customers are the livelihood of a business, and co-founder of Rent frock Repeat, Lisa Delorme, knows just how important they are. In a recent edition of The Opinion, Lisa opens up about the value of customers, and how […]

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Apr 28 2015
Cheat Sheet:  Business Development | A 3Q Perspective (Including over 400 bonus business links) ©Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ) 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing! The imperative to hone your ability to communicate and sell your ideas, your products, your services/organization is more than the litmus test of sales people …

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Apr 28 2015
Sharing is caring! Add a little NFFTT to your friends’ lives… You’re invited to share our newsletter for the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Sufjan Stevens... Read more > more...

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Apr 28 2015

  Where & Wear Event Listings We are back with this week’s Where & Wear event listings,  helping you fill up your social calendars with events all across the country. We help you with that dilemna that arises every weekend, where are you going and what are you going to wear? What:  Toronto Fashion Incubator […]

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Apr 28 2015

Trend Tuesday: Vintage Inspired Looks History is known to repeat itself and fashion is a constant reminder of that fact. It seems every season is influenced by an era past whether it be this years 70s revival or spring 2012’s throwback to the graceful 50’s style. It seems though the styling may be outdated, and […]

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Apr 28 2015
It's no secret I have been a LOYAL member of the Aeroplan program, accumulating Aeroplan Miles as I have spent dollars, for almost 20 YEARS. I am also their proud Brand Ambassador, so it gives me great excitement to share more cool stuff about them with you... THE AUCTION IS STILL OPEN! Yes, you can bid from today - May 4th, 2015 more...

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Apr 28 2015
As many of you know, I am the proud Brand Ambassador of LE CHÂTEAU, Canada's leading specialty retailer and manufacturer of contemporary fashion apparel, accessories, and footwear at value pricing for style-conscious women and men of all ages. I can usually be seen on TV, at red carpet events, speaking, working, or even at carpool in LE CHÂTEAU. So, I'm excited to announce today that LE CHÂTEAU now has you covered for this upcoming summer wedding season too. A first! more...

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Apr 28 2015

What could be better than a summer pass to fabulous frocks? Available on April 29th, RfR offers three different passes that allow you to wear dresses all summer, at amazing prices.  For example, Summer Pass B gets you 3 dresses for only $295, including insurance and shipping.  This makes that $150 rental you had your […]

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Apr 27 2015
From the time I was a little girl I wanted to find my soul mate.… more...

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Apr 27 2015
Throughout my teens and most of my 20’s, I prayed it wouldn't happen. At 27, I thought I was ready, then the break-up came and I was glad it hadn’t happened. Then at 30, in a stable and happy relationship, I wondered if it would ever happen. Now, firmly into my 32nd year, married to the man who makes my world a better place, I’m starting to wonder whether I ever want it to happen. Yep, you’ve guessed it; it’s babies. So what changed? Pressure. If I believe the medics I have about 2.5 years to safely have a child without too much concern. After that, my risk of having a down-syndrome child or me bleeding to death on the delivery table grows exponentially. more...

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Apr 27 2015

Fact: Kids love animals, especially live ones. Believe it or not, you can see everything from pigs and sheep to bison and llama right here in Toronto

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Apr 25 2015
Toby here!A dog with a blog... sharing my take on life and the great things people are doing to change the world!Today mom interviewed Deborah Barnes on her radio show:Deborah's book is called PurrPrints of the Heart Photo Credit Deborah BarnesIn ... more...

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Apr 25 2015
Toby here!A dog with a blog... sharing my take on life and the great things people are doing to change the world!Today mom interviewed Deborah Barnes on her radio show:Deborah's book is called PurrPrints of the Heart Photo Credit Deborah BarnesIn ... more...

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Apr 25 2015
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses on three things to help people feel better: their thoughts and beliefs (about themselves, the world and others), their behaviours and their environment. Basically, self-talk impacts our mood. The good news is that you can … Continue reading more...

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Apr 24 2015
Tonight, I saw a mesmerizing performance of the ballet, Anna Karenina, choreographed by Boris Eifman, St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet. The ballet is based on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, considered the greatest novel ever written, and is a psychological drama revolving around the love triangle of heroine Anna Karenin and her husband and lover. It is a story that […] more...

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Apr 24 2015

3,500 Canadian Students Gear Up for Let’s Talk Science Challenge

From April 24 to May 29, Let’s Talk Science kicks off STEM exploration and discovery with Grades 6-8 students.

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Apr 23 2015
So, if you're a parent, maybe you wanted to know some of the hot parenting trends we're seeing so far in 2015. Some may seem obvious and welcomed (getting back to old school values), others some may seem odd to you. more...

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Apr 23 2015
My heart is melting for this little kiddo. I just had to share! Many of you have seen her grow up from a cute signing baby to a toddler and now into a sweet little lady who helps me with my videos. I’ve always known she was very compassionate and thoughtful but this act of(...) more...

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Apr 23 2015

At a recent event our speaker eloquently advocated that the small business owners in the audience consider an email newsletter as way to keep in touch with existing customers, and potentially recruit new ones.


And you could see that they were taken with the idea, until it came down to what  they would actually write about.  Hmm.  Not so easy for some.  But it doesn’t have to be complicated and a difficult item on your to-do list that you put off, rather than getting it done.


The underlying rule is that 80 percent of your content needs to be informative and helpful to the reader, and only 20 percent should be focused on promoting your product or service.  That means you need to find the bulk of your newsletter from elsewhere.


However, that doesn’t have to be the intimidating task that it first appears.  Here’s some tips to keep you on track and make your new “publication” easy to produce.


1.              Keep it simple.   The newsletter doesn’t have to be lengthy.  In fact it is more likely to be read if it is short and sweet.

2.              Think about what people want to know.  What information would be helpful to your clients but also fits with your business.  For example, if you are in real estate, articles about home décor, gardening, stain removal would fit the bill.

3.              Consider having 3-5 regular “columns  People like familiarity and once you set the sections up, they will come to look for them.  It also makes it easier for you to find material.  The columns don’t have to be big either. You could have “Thought of the Month” with an inspirational quote.

4.              Tips and How-to articles work well.  When I worked on a national magazine, we found that people read the sidebars first, before delving into the main article. People are busy, so sound bites work.

5.              Have a guest column. You can then get someone else to write the content. It could be an Advice column with typical questions answered by an expert.

If you team up with other professionals in complementary businesses, you could help each other out e.g. a landscaper, kitchen designer and interior decorator.  Several women at Company of Women did this and it worked well for them.

6.              Keep a file.  If your newsletter is monthly, you may want to start a file where you collect and clip material to use, so when it comes time to pull it all together, you are not scrambling to compile it.

7.              Visuals.  Use photos if you can but make sure you have permission or have paid for them.  The last thing you want is being sued for illegally using a photo.  Downloading from Google Images, for example, can be courting with danger.  There are several sites that offer free digital photos like www.freedigitalphotos.net

8.              Use a template.  Programs through Constant Contact, for example,  provide you with a template you can use.  They are pretty easy to manage (even I can do it) and give you a professional look.

The bonus in using an email marketing program is that they track the mailings, what was opened, number of click throughs and who wants to unsubscribe, so you just have to send it out.

9.              Keep your list clean.  However, you do have to make sure your mailing list is permission based.  What does that mean?  It means that you have asked the person (by email or in person) if you can send the newsletter and they have agreed. 

No longer can you meet someone at a networking event, get their business card and then automatically add them to your list.  With the introduction of the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) you run the risk of hefty fines if you are accused of spamming people.

10.           Track the results.  As with any aspect of your business, you need to track the results – in this case, the response to your newsletter.  By keeping your business front and centre with your clients, has it generated new business?  Have you recruited new clients who like what they see?  Which sections are opened most frequently?  When do they open them? 

When you study all this, you can zero in on when is the best time to send it, and what type of material is of real interest to your readers, and fine tune it to make it even better.


It has been said before, but people do business with people they know and trust.  Sending out a newsletter is one way to build that trust.  When you give your clients an opportunity to get to know you better,  you become more than just another salesperson selling your wares.  Good luck.




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Apr 23 2015

At a recent event our speaker eloquently advocated that the small business owners in the audience consider an email newsletter as way to keep in touch with existing customers, and potentially recruit new ones.


And you could see that they were taken with the idea, until it came down to what  they would actually write about.  Hmm.  Not so easy for some.  But it doesn’t have to be complicated and a difficult item on your to-do list that you put off, rather than getting it done.


The underlying rule is that 80 percent of your content needs to be informative and helpful to the reader, and only 20 percent should be focused on promoting your product or service.  That means you need to find the bulk of your newsletter from elsewhere.


However, that doesn’t have to be the intimidating task that it first appears.  Here’s some tips to keep you on track and make your new “publication” easy to produce.


1.              Keep it simple.   The newsletter doesn’t have to be lengthy.  In fact it is more likely to be read if it is short and sweet.

2.              Think about what people want to know.  What information would be helpful to your clients but also fits with your business.  For example, if you are in real estate, articles about home décor, gardening, stain removal would fit the bill.

3.              Consider having 3-5 regular “columns  People like familiarity and once you set the sections up, they will come to look for them.  It also makes it easier for you to find material.  The columns don’t have to be big either. You could have “Thought of the Month” with an inspirational quote.

4.              Tips and How-to articles work well.  When I worked on a national magazine, we found that people read the sidebars first, before delving into the main article. People are busy, so sound bites work.

5.              Have a guest column. You can then get someone else to write the content. It could be an Advice column with typical questions answered by an expert.

If you team up with other professionals in complementary businesses, you could help each other out e.g. a landscaper, kitchen designer and interior decorator.  Several women at Company of Women did this and it worked well for them.

6.              Keep a file.  If your newsletter is monthly, you may want to start a file where you collect and clip material to use, so when it comes time to pull it all together, you are not scrambling to compile it.

7.              Visuals.  Use photos if you can but make sure you have permission or have paid for them.  The last thing you want is being sued for illegally using a photo.  Downloading from Google Images, for example, can be courting with danger.  There are several sites that offer free digital photos like www.freedigitalphotos.net

8.              Use a template.  Programs through Constant Contact, for example,  provide you with a template you can use.  They are pretty easy to manage (even I can do it) and give you a professional look.

The bonus in using an email marketing program is that they track the mailings, what was opened, number of click throughs and who wants to unsubscribe, so you just have to send it out.

9.              Keep your list clean.  However, you do have to make sure your mailing list is permission based.  What does that mean?  It means that you have asked the person (by email or in person) if you can send the newsletter and they have agreed. 

No longer can you meet someone at a networking event, get their business card and then automatically add them to your list.  With the introduction of the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) you run the risk of hefty fines if you are accused of spamming people.

10.           Track the results.  As with any aspect of your business, you need to track the results – in this case, the response to your newsletter.  By keeping your business front and centre with your clients, has it generated new business?  Have you recruited new clients who like what they see?  Which sections are opened most frequently?  When do they open them? 

When you study all this, you can zero in on when is the best time to send it, and what type of material is of real interest to your readers, and fine tune it to make it even better.


It has been said before, but people do business with people they know and trust.  Sending out a newsletter is one way to build that trust.  When you give your clients an opportunity to get to know you better,  you become more than just another salesperson selling your wares.  Good luck.




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Apr 22 2015

The Time Barrier by John Raymond is one of the best books that I’ve read in quite awhile. This needs to be a movie- I’m not kidding.
It reads like a script. If you like sci-fi..even if you don’t ( I didn’t think I was a sic-fi fan) you’re going to love this [...]

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Apr 22 2015

The 2015 Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Gala Toronto The 4th annual Waterkeeper Gala takes place on Thursday, April 23rd, and we can’t wait! The coveted and prestigious fundraiser raises money to protect not only Lake Ontario, but all of Canada’s watershed. We spoke with Waterkeeper Gala co-chair Jennifer Baichwal about this year’s event. The Cause Lake […]

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Apr 22 2015

  “BASH NOIR IS AN ENTICING AFFAIR TAKING PLACE AT THE STUNNING NEW HORTICULTURE BUILDING IN OTTAWA’S LANDSDOWNE PARK. UPON OPENING HOURS, GUESTS CAN EXPECT TO INDULGE ON PASSED APPS AND OPULENT COCKTAILS WHILE CHATTERING AMONGST OTTAWA’S LIKE- MINDED SOCIALITES. THE EVENING WILL UNFOLD AND ESCALATE WITH NOIR INSPIRED ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC, DECOR, DANCE FLOOR, BOTTLE SERVICE AND […]

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Apr 22 2015
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Apr 22 2015

Red Carpet Style Steal: Elizabeth Olsen What’s black, white and hot all over? Elizabeth Olsen is our current fashion fixation. http://t.co/h1AwdIpw9J pic.twitter.com/VirhAiWemU — Fashion&Style (@FNStylecom) April 14, 2015 Do you find yourself fantasizing about the life of the youngest Olsen sister? We don’t blame you. Elizabeth Olsen is just as stylish as her designer big sisters […]

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Apr 22 2015

Birds in the City! Get your real-life twitter fix at one of these birdie havens. Tweet Tweet!

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Apr 21 2015
 Toby the Dog Here!A dog on a mission to build a kinder world...Here is one way to show your support for kindness.... wear it around your neck.Hot Dog Collars designed this awesome collar for me.Mom loves the collars, the fact it's washable (and b... more...

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Apr 21 2015
 Toby the Dog Here!A dog on a mission to build a kinder world...Here is one way to show your support for kindness.... wear it around your neck.Hot Dog Collars designed this awesome collar for me.Mom loves the collars, the fact it's washable (and b... more...

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