November 2015

Nov 30 2015
We are in the midst of a rough flu season and I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get a flu shot.  I also want to talk about immunization and pneumonia.  In Canada, only 16.7% adults with chronic medical conditions are immunized against Streptococcus pneumonia. That’s right –only a small percentage of Canadians […] more...

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Nov 30 2015

Tis’ the season! Between trimming the tree, holiday shopping, social gatherings and everything else in between, it is safe to say that this time of year is hectic! One festive event that you will want to put into your calendar is the HoHoTO event. The HoHoTO event is a Toronto based occasion with emphasis on the digital world. In 2008, HoHoTO began with a call to action on Twitter, thinking […]

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Nov 30 2015
Hi Girlies, Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend. It's December tomorrow. December, people!! When did THAT happen? Beside beautiful falling snow, winter often brings something entirely different -- flu season! In fact, my family's skin has already faded from golden brown (summer lovin') to pale white to green-like. You can feel the winter chill in the air fast approaching. We slacked off with our health regime all summer long, because we had the benefits of natural sunlight, the great outdoors, and we ate a ton of fruit. However, with a bunch of kids packed into close quarters at school, for hours on end, it's only a matter of time before everyone is sick again. more...

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Nov 28 2015
This morning, I review my life’s purpose and mission statement, as I do first thing most mornings, and ask myself: […] more...

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Nov 27 2015
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and giving, you get to see friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. However, for most people the month of December also means more bills, more errands … Continue reading more...

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Nov 27 2015
Happy Thanksgiving to my friends south of the border! Hope you are enjoying good quality time with your friends and family. Truth is, there’s no better place to stock up on the greatest office party, holiday season and New Year's party attire AND gifts than the store on every main street and in every mall across Canada, and online at LeChateau.com. more...

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Nov 27 2015

From Thank You, Mr. Falker. As parents and grandparents we want our children to do well in school both academically and socially but sometimes the path is not as smooth as we would wish. Share these books with your children to help them gain a broader perspective about school experiences. Thank you, Mr. Falker Written […]

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Nov 26 2015

When you say someone is professional, what do you mean?  We had quite the discussion about this at one of our meetings this week, when two profs from University of Guelph came to ask our opinion.


Knowing they were coming, I’d actually given the topic some thought and found it interesting, that it was far easier for me to come up with what is unprofessional – like being late for a meeting, neglecting to say thank you when you’ve received some help,    being indiscreet, or crossing boundaries from professional to personal.


When we delved into this further, there was much conversation about social media,  and Facebook in particular, being the downfall of some folks, who reveal and share way too much personal information, and thereby diminish their standing and regard by others.   Employers just have to check out their Facebook page, and jobs are lost or careers railroaded.


So what does professional behaviour look like?  We felt it was about respect, and not just how you treat people, but the environment and how you communicate with others.

It’s about follow up – delivering on your promises.  It’s having and holding true to a high standard in your career. It’s acknowledging the contributions of others.  And it’s also how you show up in the world – as a person and yes, in how you dress.


The consensus was that Casual Friday has done nothing to enhance the professionalism in the workplace.  In fact, someone remarked that we’ve lost our sense of occasion – when we’d dress up to go out for dinner or a birthday party.


This whole dialogue was a prelude to our next topic – one on values and how our values impact and need to reflect our brand.  Two fairly connected topics in a way, as both hold us to our intentions and as women, often our need to be authentic.


But values are not something we likely give much thought to as we embark on this world of entrepreneurship, and yet we can quickly discover that they impact what we do and won’t do within our business.  It therefore behooves us to think and reflect on what values we hold close and which would be deal-breakers.


I know for myself integrity, honesty, respect and ethical behaviour are all strong values for me and I’ve been in situations when that line has been crossed, and I’ve had to make tough decisions.  In one instance, I quit the project because I did not want to be part of what, in my view,  was unethical.   On another occasion I ended a business partnership as I didn’t like the way she treated my team.


But the other part of digging deep on your values, is that they may well be the deciding factor for a potential client on why they want to go with you, rather than someone else.  So your marketing, your brand and your website presence needs to convey what you hold near and dear.


How do you do that?  By using the words that describe your values in your marketing materials.  By being the leader and role modeling your values to others.  For example, if giving back is important to you, showcase what you do in the community to make a difference.  Have giving back be an integral part of your website. Foster it in your employees – give them time off to volunteer.  Involve them in your philanthropic activities.


We covered a lot of ground in two hours, and I know we all left with plenty to think about, and to do in terms working authentically, professionally and with integrity within our businesses.  


Self-awareness is important – it’s time well-spent.  I encourage you to delve in and reflect. Ask yourself about your values?  How do you convey them to the world, and are you true to them?  What does professional mean to you?


Let us know, it would be fun to keep this dialogue going.





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Nov 26 2015
Book your "Roadmap for Your Renovation" Assessment Between November 27 to November 30, 2015 and get 20% off your Bill for the Assessment and the Report. Black Friday to Cyber Monday 2015 OfferPromotional Code: BLMON2015 Picture credit: w... more...

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Nov 26 2015
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Nov 26 2015
I LOVE SPEAKING. I love getting paid to speak. I love continuing to develop my professional speaking skills too. I know that many entrepreneurs are extremely frightened at the mere thought of getting on a stage and speaking. ‘Best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about!’ – Michael Mescon Professional... more...

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Nov 25 2015


Tackling Your Wedding ‘To Do’ List
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With your wedding budget confirmed, the next step in planning your dream day is assembling your action plan. This is a very important ‘to do’ list that allows couples to stay on track and manage competing priorities in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding day.

1. Write it down
Some of my brides use excel, others use word and some keep shareable notes on cloud systems like Google drive. Any way you slice it, write down your action items in a format that works for you. You will be referring to this list often, so make sure it’s accessible and there is a concise way to note your progress from month to month.



2. Secure your wedding venue
You already started looking at a few location options in your budget planning and now it’s time to start your long list and examine the venue contenders, (you can read all about your venue search in next week’s post). Only after you secure your location, can you move on to other important things to tackle before your wedding day!

3. Assign people to each task
It doesn't have to be all up to you! It’s OK to delegate to your fiancé, friends and close family members who you trust and who want to be involved. It’s a nice way to incorporate important people in your wedding day plans.

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4. Touch base month to month
Depending on the service, I like to meet with my brides monthly to check in and make sure the planning is moving along. It’s also very important that brides communicate monthly with everyone involved in planning to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.

5. Go Month by Month
Break down your list by each month leading up to your wedding. There are lots of websites that can help suggest specific to do lists like here comes the guide or Wedding Wire, but generally speaking, follow these month by month guidelines:

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      ☆  Months 12-9 – Are all about securing your vendor dream team! Your venue, caterer, officiant, photographer, Videographer and DJ just to name a few. Feeling overwhelmed already? Think about hiring a wedding planner!
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      ☆ Months 8-6 – Shift focus to your wedding apparel, gift registry and transportation and accommodations for you and those from out of town.


      ☆ Months 5-3 – With the bigger picture complete, work on the smaller details. Finalize all wording for your invitations, shop for your wedding rings, confirm your wedding favours and finalize your décor plan so you can start sourcing all the décor pieces that will make your wedding unique. Think about the timing of your wedding day and ceremony details – your wedding party and readers during your ceremony. This is also a time to finalize the date and time of your wedding rehearsal.

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      ☆ Month 2 – All invites should be mailed out and RSVP’s are tracked. Don’t forget to apply for your marriage license as well.
      ☆ 3 Weeks – Determine your shot list with your photographer, write your speech and/or vows, determine your preferred song lists, schedule your final fittings and complete all final décor touches like your guest book, toasting flutes, etc. It’s all coming together!
      1 Week – confirm all table arrangements and create your place cards. Arrange all tips and final payment with vendors and share your wedding itinerary with your vendors including set up and tear down times.
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      ☆ Post Wedding - Always write your thank you notes to all guests and vendors in a timely manner, (wedding etiquette is no later than 3 months after your wedding).
Don’t forget to return all rentals by the required deadline to avoid unwanted fees, consider donating your wedding dress to organizations like Joy and Back and exchange your unwanted gifts.
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Nov 25 2015
Image via Pixabay by Jill111 9 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress You haven’t started shopping yet for the holidays. You still haven’t found the perfect family photo to print on your holiday greeting cards this year, and you just found out your cousin and her two-year-old twins will be staying at your house for the(...) more...

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Nov 25 2015
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Nov 25 2015
I know how the story ends. We all do, sadly. On this Tuesday night, I am waiting for the critically-acclaimed […] more...

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Nov 25 2015

The holidays are around the corner and all we want to do is bake, eat, sleep and repeat. […]

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Nov 25 2015

To get a great photo of your kids with Santa this year, we’ve rounded up a few options for you. A heritage village to the traditional mall santa, we have you covered. Toronto Christmas Market Take a trip down Santa Lane in the Toronto Christmas Market, get a photo with Santa, ride the carousel, and […]

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Nov 25 2015

We believe it is important to be able to pin faces to a brand. That’s why here at the office, we think it is important for you to get to know a little about who we are and how we each contribute to Rent frock Repeat! Amanda Tancredi is head of our Logistics and Operations department here at Rent frock Repeat! Always busy, making things are running as efficiently as possible, Amanda […]

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Nov 25 2015

Toronto's Company and Co. launched its second escape room today. This one will take you into the subterranean tunnels of Casa Loma for the ultimate escape adventure.

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Nov 24 2015
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Nov 24 2015

Time is running out for this year’s Movember fundraising campaign. So far over $35-million has been raised globally, including over $8-million in Canada. While Movember is more than half way over there are still a few activities left to participate in and show your support.

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Nov 24 2015

Engagement photoshoots are so exciting! The different looks and scenery always create stunning and memorable photographs. Deerlace Studio in Ottawa created a enchanting engagement shoot, with the help of the Rent frock Repeat closet! Take a look at the stunning photoshoot from Deerlace Studio here.  

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Nov 24 2015
Putting the “I” in Team: the role of influence as a core leadership skill in achieving consensus Brought to you by the Goodman School of Business, Brock University and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, facilitated by Rashmi Biswas Working with a range of stakeholders is an accepted reality for many leaders. Achieving group consensus […] more...

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Nov 24 2015
By Guest Blogger Josh Bowen You’re going to do it. You know you’re going to do it. Hell, I’m going to do it! Yeah, I’m going ALL IN on Thanksgiving. Most of America will. However, you don’t have to deep fry your turkey or use four packs of butter in your “mashed taters” to have a great, tasty Thanksgiving. Here are some healthy alternatives to help make your Thanksgiving a Healthsgiving: Sweet... Lire la suite » more...

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Nov 24 2015
With American Thanksgiving this week and the Holiday season just around the corner, this time of year is all about festivities and joy. I wanted to draw your attention today to something that Aeroplan is doing that is really exciting. For those that might not remember, I have proudly been Aeroplan's Brand Ambassador for over two years now. And why would I not be proud? I've been a loyal member of this program for over TWENTY YEARS! If you don't know how it works, it’s simple: sign up for an Aeroplan number, accumulate miles, and redeem them for practically anything you’d want! Beside redeeming miles for Flights around the world, Car rentals and Hotel stays, Aeroplan also has 12 categories where you can also redeem: Activities & Entertainment, Fashion & Accessories, Eco-Friendly, Electronics, Gift Cards & Ideas, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Luggage & Totes, Media & More, Sports & Outdoors, Travel & Getaways and Money Can’t Buy. more...

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Nov 23 2015
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Nov 23 2015

Striving to become an environmentally savvy shopper can prove daunting as more companies rely on greenwashing to boost sales. (Think products that are labelled biodegradable but take over 100 years to biodegrade or only partly biodegrade.) Rob Grand, the owner of Grassroots in Toronto, and his staff research all the products they carry, ensuring they […]

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Nov 23 2015

Sticking to free festivities this holiday season doesn’t make you a scrooge. There’s plenty of merry to be had at any of these no-cost Christmas events happing in Toronto this December. Toronto Christmas Market Free (and less crowded) on weekdays, attractions at this European-inspired market at the Distillery include daily caroling and sing-alongs with Santa’s […]

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Nov 23 2015

The German-Coulter family are set to raise $1 million to help North York General Hospital renovate the Phillips House, a historic estate the hospital will transform into a leading-edge outpatient mental health care facility for women, children and youth.

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Nov 22 2015
“ After forty years of writing plays, books and one woman shows, I know what it is like to face that blank page, to be afraid to start, and then to judge yourself mercifully when you do.  With the coaching have created a process by which you will feel safe enough to bring your story to light. I Read the full article... more...

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Nov 22 2015
Writers do you want to save $100 off the January 2016 Creative Writing Bootcamp? Join us online for this Creative Writing Coach and One Funny Lady Deborah Kimmett and a worldwide community of writers for 5 weeks Winter Bootcamp online, starting January 2016. The course is chocked full of seminars, group and one one one coaching, time Read the full article... more...

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Nov 21 2015

In our society today that is FATTER and SICKER than ever… Why on earth are fitness and health experts, coaches and trainers broke? Are these not the very experts who CAN turn this epidemic around? These professionals make less money than the bartender who is serving up empty calories of vodka working 3 nights a […]

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Nov 21 2015

I often get asked about how I was able to build my personal brand and business in the fitness and health industry so powerfully all by myself. Look, at the end of the day…. I was just a personal trainer with a desire to build something big. How I was going to make it happen.. […]

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Nov 21 2015

  Problem Solving With a Purpose Solving a client’s problem is your job. I preach about this all the time because it is so true. Clients and customers seek out services and products because they understand they need help. They know they have a problem – even if they can’t specifically identify it. Well, it’s […]

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Nov 21 2015
Accepting yourself fully – at your best, at your worst and everywhere in between – can lead you towards better self-love. That said, it’s not easy to let go of self-judgment and embrace all of the parts of us that … Continue reading more...

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Nov 20 2015

The space under the Gardiner Expressway will undergo a massive revitalization thanks to a $25 million-dollar donation from a local couple.

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Nov 20 2015

Blue Jay's third baseman Josh Donaldson was named the American League MVP.

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Nov 20 2015
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Nov 20 2015
I am honoured and thrilled to announce that I am joining the Board of Directors of Sampradaya Dance Creations, a […] more...

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Nov 20 2015
Happy almost 2016! I am sure you already know that some of the most popular New Year's resolutions are to lose weight, work out more frequently, and be healthy. Well, we are just weeks away from that time of year. more...

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Nov 20 2015

I was searching for positive characteristics of a good guy when I stumbled upon this blog written by Kris Wolfe of Good Guy Swag. I work with single men to help improve and create their online dating profiles so they can meet a compatible women “offline.” This list is pretty accurate and worth taking notes […]

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Nov 19 2015

This week’s Customer of the Week, is the lovely Lisa Zanichkowsky! Lisa Zanichkowsky rented the new stunning Badgely Mischka Emerald Long Sleeve Gown from the Rent frock Repeat closet. Lisa wore this head turning frock to the Amazing People Gala in Ottawa, and is safe to say she looked nothing short of amazing! We love this Badgely Mischka gown here at RfR. The jewel toned colour is universally flattering, and compliments every skin tone. […]

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Nov 19 2015



that was my subject line in my email to my friend.


Thing is, how often do we check in with one another, let alone with ourselves?  We’re all so busy going here and there; attending that event, dashing off to another, that we can forget to ask or not notice that a friend seems a bit distracted or down.   We’re on auto-pilot.


But somehow the stress and sense of overwhelm can seep through to our everyday lives, and we can find ourselves on a fast track to being burned out.  Been there, done that, still have the T shirt.  In fact, truth be, I likely should be wearing it right now.  It’s been a hectic fall.


Part of it I think is we take on too much, and then when we realize that we have, we don’t want to let anyone down, so we honour our commitments.  However, there can be an expensive price tag to be paid if we continue despite the warning signs.  Or perhaps we have some difficult decisions and choices to make, as we take our lives in a different direction.  Contrary to the media, I don’t think we can have it all.


I know when I am over-stretched.  I get a tad tetchy, a little impatient and start to take stuff too personally.  


With the holiday season fast approaching, the pressure is on.  Not only do we have to get our usual stuff done, but we have to fit in all the gift buying, wrapping and delivering.  I don’t know who does what in your household, but the buck stops here.  I do the “Santa” bit in our family.


I can just hear you… she needs to chill.  I know but my point is that don’t think I am alone.  In fact, I know I am not.   As women we tend to take it all on and there comes a breaking point, when enough is enough, or we get sick.


So check in with your friends.  Check in with yourself.   How are you doing?  What can you do to slow down?  Is there something you can delegate, forget and leave out this year?  Does everything have to be perfect or can you let some things drop?


Perhaps your business has evolved and become something beyond what you thought.  Is this what you want, and if it isn’t, how can you change it so it fits with where you are at right now?


At the end of the day, it is all about choices.  And often we have more choices than we think.  We don’t have to feel boxed in.  We can choose to opt out rather than opt in.  


So for December, I am taking my chill pill.  I am slowing down the pace and maybe then I will enjoy it all more.  What about you?  Are you OK?






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Nov 19 2015
I LOVE SALES. I know that is not a common feeling among entrepreneurs because I hear more about the ‘fear of sales’ more than anything. And that kind of thinking is a mystery to me. ‘You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want’... more...

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