August 2015

Aug 31 2015
Post Views = 2938© Irene Becker, Founder, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ) Coaching, Consulting & Keynotes for a Better, Stronger Future  3Q Leadership™ Blog- 54,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing! I choose the road less traveled. •I love myself because from a place of self-love my ego is quiet, my awareness and compassion are restored. …

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Aug 31 2015

JOB POSTING – Senior Full Stack Developer – Ruby on Rails, Toronto, ON or Ottawa, ON Rent frock repeat (RfR) is an ecommerce collaborative consumption company where women, from across Canada, can rent designer dresses straight off the fashion runways for up to 90% off the retail price. With over 62,000 members and growing, Rent frock Repeat is looking for Senior Full Stack Developer – Ruby on Rails who keeps […]

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Aug 31 2015

Wedding season isn’t over just yet. Autumn weddings are coming around the corner, and Style Me Pretty has the perfect inspiration for your upcoming nuptials. Style Me Pretty has featured Rent Frock Repeat in their article. Read more for some amazing weddings ideas and inspiration! Click here to read more. *The model in the photograph is wearing the Theia Silver Blonde Sleeveless Beaded Gown from the RfR closet. It rents for $260.  

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Aug 31 2015
Daily in the Diamond household, (until next week when my older son will start middle school and THEY will now be responsible for feeding him thank G-d), there have aways been two kids' lunches to prepare: A main meal, 3 snacks, water and juice (the juice only goes to my older one). I have noticed a steady decline lately in the quality of snacks in their lunches (obviously my fault, despite being a very healthy household), and it's been driving me bananas! more...

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Aug 31 2015

From BBQ to lazy pancake brunches, we’ve rounded up the best Beach restaurants your whole family will love.

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Aug 30 2015

Learn 4 Ways To Empower Women I am writing this article from the comfort of my bed, with my 10 year old son to my right, playing Turf Wars, a mini game on MineCraft. I can feel my body screaming at me; my lower back is aching; my shoulders and neck are tight; my arms […]

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Aug 29 2015

Did you know that 3.7 Trillion dollars is lost globally through fraud?  Or that 15 billion employees steal from their retail employers every year?  And in the workplace, one out of five people lie or cheat in some way.


Pamela Meyer, author of LieSpottingwas sharing these scary statistics with the audience at the recent Incentive Works conference.  Through her presentation she gave us tips on how to detect deception, and it was fascinating.


Using video clips, she illustrated different people, mainly men, who are known now to have been lying.  She started with Bill Clinton, showed Bill Cosby, Rob Ford and then Lance Armstrong.  Powerful evidence of how even on camera an expert can detect the tell-tale signs of lying or stretching the truth.


Why do people lie?  In her research she found that 36 percent are people living beyond their means, 27 percent had financial difficulties, 19 percent were close to the vendors and 14 percent had control issues.


So what do you look out for?  When the person is swaying from the truth, they tend to use more language in their denial – saying did not instead of didn’t, distancing themselves as in Clinton’s case when he talked about “that woman.”


Sometimes, it’s a slip of the tongue that gives them away.  In the case against Susan Smith who had murdered her children, she talked about them in the past tense before it was known that they were dead.   When someone says in all honesty – listen, because likely it’s not.


Other times the person will rabbit on, not answer the question or will minimize the charges.  The example she used here was Rob Ford, but several of us in the audience could also think of another politician who avoids answering questions.


One of the most interesting insights she revealed was when a person is telling the truth, say their travellers cheques have been stolen, they are light on detail and cut to the chase to explain their dilemma, often ending somewhat emotionally. 


Whereas, if the person is lying, they give scripted, detailed step-by-step explanations, and rush at the end.  Very telling.  Her suggestion was that when someone is telling you a story and you are not sure if it is true – map it out – check it against the patterns she described.


Body language is a biggie.  Eighty percent of our communication is non-verbal and often the body language is a real giveaway as to whether the truth is being told.  Examples would include lipsmacking, grooming gestures, hand wringing, excessive sweating, closed eyes and slumped posture or cowered voice.


It’s important she shared that you get a baseline on the person so you are not jumping to conclusions.  Other behaviours to observe would be the blink rate, fidget patterns, postures, hand-leg gestures.   The key is to build a rapport with the person so you can get to know what is normal and what is not. 


Facial expressions are another clue – the look of contempt – one lip curled up (she used Trump as an example here) or nodding your head as you say no.  Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong is a classic example of someone dodging the truth.


While her presentation was entertaining, she gave us something to think about and watch for.  So often we take what people tell us at face value.  But maybe we shouldn’t. 


PS.  I use the expression to be honest or in all honesty a lot… so clearly I will need to watch my language, so just know I am telling the truth. Honestly. 

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Aug 29 2015

Did you know that 3.7 Trillion dollars is lost globally through fraud?  Or that 15 billion employees steal from their retail employers every year?  And in the workplace, one out of five people lie or cheat in some way.


Pamela Meyer, author of LieSpottingwas sharing these scary statistics with the audience at the recent Incentive Works conference.  Through her presentation she gave us tips on how to detect deception, and it was fascinating.


Using video clips, she illustrated different people, mainly men, who are known now to have been lying.  She started with Bill Clinton, showed Bill Cosby, Rob Ford and then Lance Armstrong.  Powerful evidence of how even on camera an expert can detect the tell-tale signs of lying or stretching the truth.


Why do people lie?  In her research she found that 36 percent are people living beyond their means, 27 percent had financial difficulties, 19 percent were close to the vendors and 14 percent had control issues.


So what do you look out for?  When the person is swaying from the truth, they tend to use more language in their denial – saying did not instead of didn’t, distancing themselves as in Clinton’s case when he talked about “that woman.”


Sometimes, it’s a slip of the tongue that gives them away.  In the case against Susan Smith who had murdered her children, she talked about them in the past tense before it was known that they were dead.   When someone says in all honesty – listen, because likely it’s not.


Other times the person will rabbit on, not answer the question or will minimize the charges.  The example she used here was Rob Ford, but several of us in the audience could also think of another politician who avoids answering questions.


One of the most interesting insights she revealed was when a person is telling the truth, say their travellers cheques have been stolen, they are light on detail and cut to the chase to explain their dilemma, often ending somewhat emotionally. 


Whereas, if the person is lying, they give scripted, detailed step-by-step explanations, and rush at the end.  Very telling.  Her suggestion was that when someone is telling you a story and you are not sure if it is true – map it out – check it against the patterns she described.


Body language is a biggie.  Eighty percent of our communication is non-verbal and often the body language is a real giveaway as to whether the truth is being told.  Examples would include lipsmacking, grooming gestures, hand wringing, excessive sweating, closed eyes and slumped posture or cowered voice.


It’s important she shared that you get a baseline on the person so you are not jumping to conclusions.  Other behaviours to observe would be the blink rate, fidget patterns, postures, hand-leg gestures.   The key is to build a rapport with the person so you can get to know what is normal and what is not. 


Facial expressions are another clue – the look of contempt – one lip curled up (she used Trump as an example here) or nodding your head as you say no.  Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong is a classic example of someone dodging the truth.


While her presentation was entertaining, she gave us something to think about and watch for.  So often we take what people tell us at face value.  But maybe we shouldn’t. 


PS.  I use the expression to be honest or in all honesty a lot… so clearly I will need to watch my language, so just know I am telling the truth. Honestly. 

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Aug 29 2015
Feeling like you want to get in your car and drive far, far away – or even get on a plane and leave everything behind – is a sign that you are overwhelmed and depleted. You might feel so unfulfilled, … Continue reading more...

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Aug 28 2015
August 28, 2015 This tranquil photograph was taken by Carly Ellis at the Scarborough Bluffs. more...

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Aug 28 2015
The Winner of The Sisters at Versaille Giveaway isNadine TatumThanks everyone for entering and for reading the blog!http://scandalouswoman.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss more...

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Aug 28 2015
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Aug 28 2015

Find out more about these magical winged insects with one of these sweet ideas for capturing your nature lover’s attention.

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Aug 27 2015

Meet Eric… When you hear the name Eric Daw the first thing that comes to mind is positive vibes. His contagious smile, vast knowledge of fitness and wellness impacts everyone he meets. Eric is the founder of Omni- Fitt, a 55+ organization that is dedicated to the health and fitness of it’s booming community. With […]

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Aug 27 2015

    SETANTA, HOW DID YOU FEEL BEFORE WORKING WITH SJ? Like a headless chicken!!! WHY DID YOU FEEL THAT WAY? I was making some big moves in the fitness industry. I had landed a great cover and was already working with some big brands in the industry. My network was growing, but I really […]

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Aug 27 2015

The mission of the Annual Toast for the Cure is to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer by raising awareness and motivating change in individuals. On Saturday August 15th the Annual Toast for the Cure did just that, by holding a fashion filled and musical night at the chic District 28 for their fourth year. All funds were raised on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society in order […]

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Aug 27 2015
“Who can I be calling?” I’m hearing that a lot these days as entrepreneurs get ready to flip the calendar to September. One of the reasons this question comes up is because many of you have not kept the funnel full over these past few months (of summer). Lack of planning leads to non-action. Many... more...

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Aug 26 2015
Beautiful, I have just come home from 2 glorious weeks of being *unplugged* in Southern… more...

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Aug 26 2015
Enjoy this beautiful excerpt and quotes from the international best selling book Open to the… more...

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Aug 26 2015
I do not know about you but I have no idea where this summer has… more...

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Aug 26 2015

Let their imaginations roam with a book-buying trip together to one of these well-stocked shops.

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Aug 26 2015
So this about sums up how I feel about turning 40 this year and deciding to choose my face. I have wanted to write a blog post on this topic for a long time, but the beautiful Catherine Deneuve so eloquently says it as it is. As we age, we either choose our face or our ass. Why? What does this mean? I'll tell you what it means. It means that when we eat, like TRULY enjoy life and EAT (and I still mean healthily), our ass grows but our face glows. And when we stop eating to spare our ass, our face gets gaunt, hollow, wrinkly and dehydrated. It's true ladies. Sorry. I've seen it. I decided this year I would choose my face. My ass has grown, but what is life without enjoying and living in moderation? The ON THE FENCE question of the day to my gals over 40: Have you chosen your face or your ass? more...

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Aug 25 2015

I always say…you’re the expert, the passion provider, the person bursting with amazing information! You work so hard to get that knowledge out to the world. You spend hours writing blog post after blog post…. But hang on a minute…do you ever feel like, “Why am I working so hard and writing all this free […]

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Aug 25 2015
I was honored to be spotlighted on the Canadian local show Couch Talk on Bell Media. The episode aired live this week. I wanted to share it with you because towards the end, I share some insight on why I believe in the cliche, “You can have it all, just not at the same time,” and I also give some biz tips for my biz gals out there. I hope you enjoy it.... Lire la suite » more...

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Aug 25 2015
“You never know what you have until it’s gone but you never know what you’ve been missing until it happens.” I’ve always loved this quote. I heard it years ago on a show some of you may or may not … Continue reading more...

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Aug 25 2015

Some trends we see on the runway are just plain unrealistic. These trends are over-the-top, lavish, and not to mention expensive. There is often a way to make these looks budget friendly, but does that make them an suitable for everyday wear? Not always. One trend we’re getting behind this year is the pleated movement. It was seen on Spring/ Summer 2015 runways by designers such as Michael Kors and Hermes […]

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Aug 25 2015

When it comes to TV shows for preschoolers, it's hard to beat Treehouse! Here are a few of our favourite shows

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Aug 24 2015
Hello and good morning! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I called today's post Mixed Monday, because that is exactly what we've got today. We've got an anniversary, a new beginning (first day of school), another new beginning (new business), and a fun weekend to share. 16 Years Ago Yesterday, April 23rd, marked the 16th anniversary of my first company. Yes, for $37.00, exactly 16 years ago, I registered my company on a hope, a prayer and 37 bucks. I found this on my hard drive last week. It was one of our earlier attempts at marketing and customer loyalty. One of my best friends Lori designed it for me. I was, after all, marketing my business on a shoestring budget. more...

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Aug 24 2015

Amanda Tancredi has been a huge part of the Rent frock Repeat family. Always a team player and quick with solutions. We at RfR cannot imagine our company without her! Here is what the staff had to say: “Well, where do I even start?  Amanda is one of the most focused people I have ever met.  That girl comes in and it’s head-down all day, barrelling through her work to […]

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Aug 24 2015

Summer may not be over just yet, but preparing for the holiday season is always a good idea! Fashion Ecstasy a Toronto fashion blog, featured Rent Frock Repeat in their Holiday Gift Idea blog piece. While prepping and planning for the busiest season to come, save a little stress and rent your Holiday dress. Read more here!

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Aug 24 2015

Plan a picnic, but a blanket down in the living, and pick up some fried or bbq chicken for a fun Friday night feast that will become a fun part of your routine.

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Aug 23 2015
"On the Way to the Ex" This photograph was taken by Sujit K. Reddy while going to the opening of the Canadian National Exhibition. more...

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Aug 22 2015
Hey there good looking! Happy Weekend:). Grab your favourite beverage, kick your feet-up, and sit- back and enjoy some of this week’s treasures.   Two words: Heavenly Joy. The little girl truly lives up to her name of Heavenly Joy. … Continue reading more...

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Aug 22 2015
Turning Activity into Results: The essentials of planning, prioritizing and productivity Working within the realities of the ever-shifting and increasingly demanding business environment has brought a whole new meaning to the concept of being busy. In fact, busy is the new normal, especially in these times of constant electronic communications resulting in “always being on […] more...

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Aug 22 2015
Most people envision the week of their wedding as a really happy time, but feeling stressed out about the big day can overtake some of the excitement. To let go of stress and enjoy the experience, take the days before … Continue reading more...

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Aug 21 2015
Maple syrup, you’ve had a good run, but it’s time for another syrup to shine: Rooibos Syrup. A [...] more...

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Aug 21 2015
Many people are interested in self-development and positive thinking these days. Many have heard about… more...

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Aug 21 2015

Any social media posts, content = Social Media “swipes” Once completed, these will be copied and pasted into Hootsuite, these swipes will either promote: upcoming event, call to action, blog posts, etc. This guide will explain how to effectively write social media swipes and how we would like them delivered. For my brand, I use […]

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Aug 21 2015

At Rent Frock Repeat we believe the cocktail dress should be versatile. The connotation that cocktail dresses are only appropriate for the bar scene is just not true anymore, at least not with our designer dresses. We have number of cocktail-style dresses that are so much more than a one-hit-wonder for a single night out. Style these designer rentals thoughtfully and you can attend just about any event seamlessly. This Metallic […]

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Aug 21 2015
If you earn more than your husband, you're more likely to be the primary decision-maker on money matters and take charge of things like paying bills, budgeting, saving, and planning for retirement. That's all according to my academic survey of over 1,000 women conducted with Dr. Brad Klontz, a financial psychologist. While that is something to be proud of, such an arrangement could be asking for trouble. After all, a sense of equity between two committed people is important, even if there's an income disparity. I can relate to this in my own relationship. When my husband Tim and I first got engaged and began planning our wedding, I was definitely the one who took the reins. Admittedly, I wasn't the best at delegating but, at the same time, he felt a tad awkward offering suggestions and providing input. more...

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Aug 21 2015

Are you trying to get out of the friend zone? Have you ever found yourself listening to the words, “I like you as a friend”? When Martin Dasko reached out to me to participate in his book “I like You As A Friend”, I jumped at the opportunity. The chance to share some of my dating knowledge with men and women who struggle with being friend zoned appealed to me. As […]

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Aug 20 2015
About two weeks ago, I was thrilled to announce that I had partnered with Motrin on their latest #MakeItHappenMonday Campaign, and that was our mission to transform every woman’s “I wish” into “I will.” Untitled 2 "Challenges have the power to lead to new growth that we never expected. I am on a mission to inspire women to step outside of their comfort zones and try something new-- and I believe Monday is the perfect day to do just that. This is where you declare to yourself and the world, how YOU are going to make it happen for yourself. To declare intent and set the tone for the rest of the week. To lean into any challenge and Make it Happen every Monday." I shared with you a little bit about my journey into meditation, and how after seeing a video by Jerry Seinfeld, I was totally inspired to up my meditation game and dive into Transcendental Meditation, or TM. more...

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Aug 20 2015

“Flattery will get you everywhere.”  Well that almost worked with me, I humbly confess. It is amazing how your ego can trip you up.


It all started with an email saying I had been selected as a “woman of outstanding leadership.”  I was then invited to take my “place among other remarkable women: you have earned it and you deserve it.”  OK – I’ve worked hard – why not.  So I click on and sign up for their free registration.


But… and here’s the catch, a few weeks later I get THE call. I’d frankly totally forgotten about signing up but the woman on the phone mentioned it, wanted to hear my story…( more stroking of my ego)… offering opportunities to highlight me in their magazine.


Then comes the crunch… $700 plus to join.   I thought it was free? With great persistence the sales gal carried on to say since I was so special (read reluctant to shell out $700+) she’d do me a favour and offer payments by two installments. 


Still I resisted and then the price went down. But like a broken record, she continues to try and close.  What level of membership did I want x or y?  She’d ask over and over again.


I am embarrassed to report I caved in, and signed up.  She was wearing me down and I didn’t know, short of hanging up, how to extricate myself. But just a few seconds later, I totally regretted it and started to question myself … Why did I let myself get suckered into this? I don’t have money to burn. What was I thinking?. I spent quite some time berating myself.


When I looked into their website I could see a group of women who likely had also been coerced into this purchase.    Well not me. Quoting the Ontario law whereby you have ten days to legally cancel contracts, I got out of it.   


Then two days later, I receive the same email that started it all.  It is in my junk mail – where it rightly belongs. I guess I am still considered a woman of outstanding leadership J


So if something like this arrives in your inbox – my advice – delete..  Don’t get caught in a scam that plays to your ego.  Leave your ego at the door and say no.


As for me, I’ve been there, done that and embarrassingly getting rid of the T-shirt.





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Aug 20 2015

“Flattery will get you everywhere.”  Well that almost worked with me, I humbly confess. It is amazing how your ego can trip you up.


It all started with an email saying I had been selected as a “woman of outstanding leadership.”  I was then invited to take my “place among other remarkable women: you have earned it and you deserve it.”  OK – I’ve worked hard – why not.  So I click on and sign up for their free registration.


But… and here’s the catch, a few weeks later I get THE call. I’d frankly totally forgotten about signing up but the woman on the phone mentioned it, wanted to hear my story…( more stroking of my ego)… offering opportunities to highlight me in their magazine.


Then comes the crunch… $700 plus to join.   I thought it was free? With great persistence the sales gal carried on to say since I was so special (read reluctant to shell out $700+) she’d do me a favour and offer payments by two installments. 


Still I resisted and then the price went down. But like a broken record, she continues to try and close.  What level of membership did I want x or y?  She’d ask over and over again.


I am embarrassed to report I caved in, and signed up.  She was wearing me down and I didn’t know, short of hanging up, how to extricate myself. But just a few seconds later, I totally regretted it and started to question myself … Why did I let myself get suckered into this? I don’t have money to burn. What was I thinking?. I spent quite some time berating myself.


When I looked into their website I could see a group of women who likely had also been coerced into this purchase.    Well not me. Quoting the Ontario law whereby you have ten days to legally cancel contracts, I got out of it.   


Then two days later, I receive the same email that started it all.  It is in my junk mail – where it rightly belongs. I guess I am still considered a woman of outstanding leadership J


So if something like this arrives in your inbox – my advice – delete..  Don’t get caught in a scam that plays to your ego.  Leave your ego at the door and say no.


As for me, I’ve been there, done that and embarrassingly getting rid of the T-shirt.





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Aug 20 2015
You’ve finally decided to get into shape, need more motivation or just want another ‘toy’ to add to your growing list of fitness gizmos. So you begin to check out fitness devices. I started on-line and then decided to go to one of the big box stores to take a closer look. There are now […] more...

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