May 2015

May 31 2015
June 1, 2015 Respect in the workplace is vital to co-workers getting along and remaining productive. Vera Held explodes this and other important workplace issues. more...

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May 31 2015
June 1, 2015 With summer and more leisure time on the way, why not encourage your children to get involved in some creative endeavours: drawing, painting, sculpting, dancing, music, acting. To motivate them, you might want to share some of the following books. more...

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May 31 2015
June 1, 2015 Most of the Celebrities Joyce Singer-D'Aprile has ever spoken to in the Entertainment Industry have told her that they have no intention of ever retiring. They insist that they are doing what they love, and will continue to work at their craft as long as humanly possible. Not surprisingly, Adrian Luces, Honey Novick and Michael Williams concur. more...

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May 30 2015
Having a baby is a true miracle and often an extremely happy time. However, people don’t talk about how giving birth can be physically and emotionally traumatic for the mother, not to mention exhausting. It can be difficult because the … Continue reading more...

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May 29 2015
May 29, 2015 "Home Sweet Home" This photograph was taken by Jacqueline Cervoni at High Park in the community initiated bird sanctuary. more...

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May 29 2015
Summer is officially around the corner, and whether you’re a working girl or stay-at-home mom, here are some summer fashion trends that you might like to wear this upcoming season. I am LOVING some of these cool summer fashion trends! Summer is my favorite season. I'm not on the fence here... the are some HOT looks! more...

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May 29 2015

It is a bit like a wedding really.  You work all year planning an event, and whoosh, in a few quick hours it is over.
I always need a few days to step back and reflect on the conference.

As I read through the evaluation forms, Sam Horn’s presentation was the highlight of the day by a long shot, followed of course by the firemen.

What an entrance my MC Liz Radzick made, complete with pink boa being carried in on a stretcher by four hunky firemen, followed by the dancing gals. I don’t know how she comes up with these ideas, and of course she never shares them with me. It’s always a surprise. So I have to say, I’m just a tad worried about what she will do next year.

Sam was so approachable, telling memorable stories to illustrate her points, so everyone came away with concrete tools.  She also hung around to work with people one-on-one after her talk was over. Everyone at the conference got a copy of her book and I highly recommend reading it.  If you want to know more, check out my book review for Actionable Books.

One of the challenges as an event planner is last-minute cancellation and we had our share for this conference, with three speakers having to cancel last minute – all for good reasons – but which left me scrambling.  Momentarily.  This is when the power of your network comes through, and I am most appreciative to the women who came to my rescue – Krista Wright, Michele Bailey and Jackie Dinsmore.  Ladies, I owe you one.

And the panel was amazing.  Each woman shared her story with real honesty and it was clear there is no magic formula to success as each took a different path to get there, but each showed the tenacity you require to stay the course.  Perhaps one of the great one-liners came from Julie Cole when she said when life hands you lemons, make a gin and tonic!

This year we added two awards to the event, which for me, was special.  I felt like a little kid bursting to share a secret. We had ten nominees for the Woman of Inspiration Award – each worthy of recognition – but it was Colleen Saunders who won over both the members and the judges with her courage in taking back her life after her husband committed suicide and her willingness to share that horrific time with other families and mental health workers so the pain was eased for them, as much as it could after such a tragic occurrence.

But we also wanted to honour a long time friend and member of Company of Women – Donna Messer – who had sadly died in April and so a special tribute was played in her memory and we presented an award to a woman who, like Donna, is constantly helping others and linking them to people they need to meet, and that was Linda Sztanko.

For me it was a long, full day and I suspect for the women attending it was too – with 24 speakers sharing their stories and expertise, two heart-touching award presentations and then let’s not forget… the firemen.   What more could a gal ask for? 

Yes, well that’s my challenge for the 10thJourney 2 Success conference in 2016.  The good news is that I have a year to plot.   Thank you everyone for making this year’s event happen.



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May 29 2015

It is a bit like a wedding really.  You work all year planning an event, and whoosh, in a few quick hours it is over.
I always need a few days to step back and reflect on the conference.

As I read through the evaluation forms, Sam Horn’s presentation was the highlight of the day by a long shot, followed of course by the firemen.

What an entrance my MC Liz Radzick made, complete with pink boa being carried in on a stretcher by four hunky firemen, followed by the dancing gals. I don’t know how she comes up with these ideas, and of course she never shares them with me. It’s always a surprise. So I have to say, I’m just a tad worried about what she will do next year.

Sam was so approachable, telling memorable stories to illustrate her points, so everyone came away with concrete tools.  She also hung around to work with people one-on-one after her talk was over. Everyone at the conference got a copy of her book and I highly recommend reading it.  If you want to know more, check out my book review for Actionable Books.

One of the challenges as an event planner is last-minute cancellation and we had our share for this conference, with three speakers having to cancel last minute – all for good reasons – but which left me scrambling.  Momentarily.  This is when the power of your network comes through, and I am most appreciative to the women who came to my rescue – Krista Wright, Michele Bailey and Jackie Dinsmore.  Ladies, I owe you one.

And the panel was amazing.  Each woman shared her story with real honesty and it was clear there is no magic formula to success as each took a different path to get there, but each showed the tenacity you require to stay the course.  Perhaps one of the great one-liners came from Julie Cole when she said when life hands you lemons, make a gin and tonic!

This year we added two awards to the event, which for me, was special.  I felt like a little kid bursting to share a secret. We had ten nominees for the Woman of Inspiration Award – each worthy of recognition – but it was Colleen Saunders who won over both the members and the judges with her courage in taking back her life after her husband committed suicide and her willingness to share that horrific time with other families and mental health workers so the pain was eased for them, as much as it could after such a tragic occurrence.

But we also wanted to honour a long time friend and member of Company of Women – Donna Messer – who had sadly died in April and so a special tribute was played in her memory and we presented an award to a woman who, like Donna, is constantly helping others and linking them to people they need to meet, and that was Linda Sztanko.

For me it was a long, full day and I suspect for the women attending it was too – with 24 speakers sharing their stories and expertise, two heart-touching award presentations and then let’s not forget… the firemen.   What more could a gal ask for? 

Yes, well that’s my challenge for the 10thJourney 2 Success conference in 2016.  The good news is that I have a year to plot.   Thank you everyone for making this year’s event happen.



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May 29 2015

Frock Friday: Jacquard Floral Print Dress with Popover Top As we get closer to the summer season, our love of floral prints continues to blossom. As you all know, here at RfR we love a good floral print frock. This week, we highlight this Jacquard Floral Print Dress with a Popover Top. Complete with a […]

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May 28 2015
This week we’d thought we would do a little ‘Throw Back Thursday’ for you. It’s been 8 years since we posted this video, where has the time gone? Fireese is all grown up, and this video has been viewed by over 4.5MILLION people! If you haven’t seen it already, we hope you enjoy it! Happy(...) more...

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May 28 2015
On this week's Global TV segment, I shared five great summer reads. In the fall, I had included something for every woman: fiction, non-fiction, laugh-out-loud funny, witty, heartwarming, and a heart-pounding thriller. For the summer though, I kept it a little lighter. We don't have to be serious ALL THE TIME. ;) Sometimes it's okay for Calgon to take us away. Here is the segment on five great beach reads. As you can see, I wouldn't do well in a book club. It takes me 9 months to read one book. more...

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May 28 2015
How many of you have ever turned the calendar page to September and asked yourself “where did the summer go”? I see it all the time with entrepreneurs and, as we turn the page to June next week, I wanted to jump in and give you some tips for taking control of your summer happiness.... more...

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May 28 2015

Beauty Review: Holy Grail Hair Products We asked our staff for their can’t-live-without-it, miracle hair solutions. Here’s what they had to say: 1.) Malika Renee Product: Guyanese Pride Organic Coconut Oil I’m a strong advocate for coconut oil because of its versatility. Because it’s raw coconut oil, I can use it on my hair, skin, […]

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May 28 2015

Customer of the Week: Virna Rodriguez Virna Rodriguez, our Customer of the Week, looked nothing short of fabulous at her prom this month! Virna rocked the Royal Blue and Black Strapless Floral Gown with Peplum Detail by Badgley Mischka from the Rent frock Repeat closet and she wore it oh, so well. The length of this […]

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May 27 2015
Erica Diamond here reporting live from Day 2 at C2MTL.;) more...

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May 27 2015
I am pleased to announce the launch of my new radio show, SHANNON SKINNER LIVE on VoiceAmerica Women’s Channel (World Talk Radio), starting Tuesday, June 2 at 7pm EST. Hosted by Shannon Skinner, SHANNON SKINNER LIVE is a weekly lifestyle show that uncovers the stories and solutions to living an extraordinary life and making this […] more...

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May 27 2015

 Beauty How To: Lip Lining Trying to follow the exact lines of your lips is not always easy or practical. When lip liner goes wrong, it’s more than just noticeable, it is embarrassing. But the wonderful thing about lip liner is, if used carefully and correctly, you can not only achieved perfectly lined lips, but […]

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May 26 2015
Dear Radiant Beauty, There was a time when I had given up on true love.… more...

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May 26 2015
I had one of those moments today where I thought to myself… Holy Crap.. People who have been in business for as long as I have been alive are hiring me to coach them. Why is this? Simple… The marketing landscape is changing. I can’t stress this point enough. Think of this like some massive […] more...

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May 26 2015
Embracing change is never easy. We as a people, are not by nature, adaptive to change. Why? Change means 'new.' Change involves the unknown. Change means breaking comfortable patterns. Change involves going outside our comfort zone. We can fight change, we can try to avoid it, but change happens. And while change can come as a huge relief if we’ve just moved past a bad chapter in our lives, change can also be very scary. It involves tremendous risk, and puts us outside our comfort zone. But here's what's true-- you make the choice about how you’re going to respond to change. You hold the power. more...

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May 26 2015
After a late night a couple of Thursdays ago (due to unexpected events), I woke up Friday morning on the tired side and with a full day ahead, I knew that I needed to lie down for a bit. So … Continue reading more...

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May 26 2015

Trend Tuesday: Mixing Prints A common misconception in the fashion world is that prints don’t mix. But the truth is, whoever said that must have have been doing it wrong. Fashion is all about self expression, so it’s good to define your look with elements that make you stand out. Mixing prints not only makes […]

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May 26 2015

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

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May 25 2015
A look at one of this year's hottest item. Womenswear brands everywhere seem to have this one covered in some shape or form. We love this style because it's easy to wear, and so classic. This is also a great skirt to wear anywhere from the office to co... more...

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May 25 2015
A look at one of this year's hottest item. Womenswear brands everywhere seem to have this one covered in some shape or form. We love this style because it's easy to wear, and so classic. This is also a great skirt to wear anywhere from the office to co... more...

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May 25 2015

Ask Lisa & Kristy: What’s One Piece of Advice You’d Give Your Younger Selves? In case you didn’t know, our co-founders Lisa and Kristy started Rent frock Repeat from the ground up. It all began when Lisa and Kristy were invited to a wedding one March. Neither wanted to spend the money or time on yet […]

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May 25 2015

There's plenty of art right in front of our noses, art the kids can sometimes even climb on!

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May 23 2015
Think about how you were raised by your parents (or other caregivers.) What choices did your parents make in raising you that shaped your beliefs about how to raise a child? If you and your partner want to have a … Continue reading more...

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May 23 2015
Welcome to the weekend beautiful souls! Let’s kick it off with a little something that may make your heart melt…it sure melted mine. Thank you to my amazingingly wonderful mother-in-love Andrea for sending this to me. This week has been … Continue reading more...

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May 23 2015
Weekend at the cottage time! more...

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May 22 2015
Daniela Popp is one of those people who radiate love and compassion. Her energy is… more...

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May 22 2015
I am bouncing in the back seat of an open Jeep as it meanders through India's Kaziranga National Park, a wildlife sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site located in the northeastern state of Assam. Despite the spitting rain, I am grateful to experience my first-ever safari. more...

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May 22 2015
I am bouncing in the back seat of an open Jeep as it meanders through India's Kaziranga National Park, a wildlife sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site located in the northeastern state of Assam. Despite the spitting rain, I am grateful to experience my first-ever safari. more...

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May 22 2015
Hello Ladies! Seeing that I missed Wordless Wednesday this week, I would love to blog where I have been this week, in PICTURE. It all started Monday morning. I kissed my three men goodbye at 6am and headed to the airport. I was going to Seattle Grey Mercy West. No, I wasn’t. I’ve just always wanted to say that (I’ve been a big Grey’s Anatomy fan) ;) more...

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May 22 2015
I had the honour last night of watching the lovely Lata Pada, perform classical and modern Indian dance with the company she founded, Sampradaya Dance Creations, which celebrates its 25th anniversary. Her most recent production “Nirantara” is powerful, mesmerizing and enchanting. There are only 2 nights that you can see it (May 22 & 23) at […] more...

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May 22 2015

Frock Friday: Cactus Flower Sleeveless A-Line Dress How to Style A Printed Frock Now that we’re finally seeing double digit temperatures, it’s time to start thinking about summer wardrobe essentials. A summer closet is filled with vibrant colours, knee-grazing hems, and short sleeves that will keep you stay chic and cool all season long. One […]

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May 22 2015

 How to Frock: High Necklines and How to Accessorize Them Sometimes, picking accessories can get confusing. You have to think about making sure they don’t clash or take away from each other. It’s important to have accessories balance and complement your outfit because that’s their sole purpose – to add to an outfit without overshadowing […]

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May 21 2015
Learn these opposites signs and how to put them in a fun and engaging song! This is a perfect way to help your child learn key ASL signs! You’ll find Fireese a great little teacher for your child! To learn more with Fireese, you can purchase her Musical Adventure DVD here! more...

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May 21 2015
One of the biggest categories that Lissa is recognizing in the world right now are people that are not technically classified as Sick People or Well People. We are familiar with this concept. Those of us who are not technically labeled Sick by professionals because blood tests are in the normal range, vital signs are stable yet we don’t feel vital. There can be a feeling of constant fatigue, depression, anxiousness, restless nights’ sleep, decreased libido, weight gain, muscle and joint aches and pains, digestive issues, headaches, chest tightness and dizziness. Continue reading more...

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May 21 2015
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May 21 2015
The fruit harvesting season is just around the corner, and we are looking for volunteer leaders to help us pick and share the bounty! This year, we have two exciting... Read more > more...

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May 21 2015
Have you ever felt the least little bit of resentment about your decision to be an entrepreneur? It’s a holiday Monday here in Canada as I sit and write this article.  It’s a gorgeous day out there and I could sit on my front porch all day and enjoy reading a book. Before coming into... more...

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May 21 2015
10th Anniversary of the Let's Talk Science Challenge Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from Hamilton and area schools will unite to explore, compete and celebrate today at McMaster University Read more > more...

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May 21 2015

Beauty Review: The Best Bronzers Craving that sun-kissed glow that screams summer? Us too! But we know how damaging the sun can be to our skin, so faking a natural glow is a must. There are so many bronzers on the market, it can be hard to decide which is the right one for you […]

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May 21 2015

Feel Your Best Series: Summer-Ready Legs Warm weather means one thing: less clothing! Rejoice in mini-dress season ladies, because it’s upon us. It’s time to get tanned and show off those gorgeous gams. Now for some of you, the idea of bare legs may evoke more fear than excitement. Are your legs not looking long […]

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