February 2016

Feb 29 2016

 Leprechaun leading the St. Patricks’ Day Parade. Photo by Aaron Lynett St. Patrick’s Day Parade Follow the leprechaun through the streets of Toronto and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, in its 29th year of bringing Irish spirit to Toronto! There will be lots of sparkly green floats, leprechauns, pots of gold and Irish fun […]

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Feb 29 2016
Whoa! Where to begin? There we SO many drool worthy frocks at last night’s 88th Academy Awards that had us speechless! From Momma to be, Chrissy Teigan, looking amazing and showing off her bump. To fellow Canadian, Rachel McAdams stealing the show in her emerald green, backless dress, with a train of our dreams. It is safe to say there were a few common themes at this year’s Academy Award […] more...

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Feb 29 2016
An article in Sunday’s New York Times reminded me once again of the importance of girlfriends. In case you missed it,  I have included the link here http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/opinion/sunday/what-women-find-in-friends-that-they-may-not-get-from-love.html?_r=0 more...

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Feb 29 2016
Have you Googled yourself lately? Or better, have you had your teen or college kid Google themselves lately? If so, what did you find? Were you shocked by the results? more...

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Feb 26 2016
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Feb 26 2016
Our habits are largely related to our success in life. There are several habits that successful people have that unsuccessful people don’t. In fact only a small1% of the population owns half of the world’s wealth. There are certain habits … Continue reading more...

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Feb 26 2016

Siblings Hasna, Hana, Sarah and Bilal Syed not only sing together, they are working to change the world together.

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Feb 26 2016

Ellen DeGeneres invites dancing Toronto Starbucks barista with autism and his manager on show.

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Feb 25 2016
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?  We all struggle with this – and it is not just when you are young.  Some of us are still asking that question and are unclear on the answer.


Last night we had the launch of the One Red Lipstick book, a project I had been involved in as the editor.  The stories are of 24 entrepreneurial women who have been there and back, and still navigated their way to achieve success on their own terms.  


 Not only was there a sense of pride and accomplishment last night, but the launch  served to remind me of why I love what I am doing and how my plans for the future are taking me in the right direction.  So I’d like to share how I know this is right and perhaps then you can check whether you too are on the right path.


Pay attention to your reactions.   There’s a glow.   Your face lights up when you talk about your plans.  Your eyes shine brightly.  There’s a contagious enthusiasm about what you are doing and saying.   Several people, for example, remarked that I looked so relaxed and excited.


When you speak it all comes naturally.   The words flow, there’s no script because you are speaking from the heart.  Apart from the names of the people I had to introduce last night, I had no notes and no trouble telling people who they were and what they’d done.

You meet the right people who can help you achieve your goals.  It’s more than being in the right place at the right time.  It’s serendipity.  When you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, it all starts to fall into place.   And part of that synchronicity is that you are aware of what you want to do, so your antenna are up, and you are more open to new people and new ideas.


You share your plans and ideas and say them out loud.  In doing so, you are actually making a public commitment to yourself that you will do what you are planning to do.


The theme of the evening was resilience and courage.  It takes courage to walk through the challenges in life, but without the tenacity to stick with it, learn and move on, we’d all be stuck in a place where we don’t want to stay.


Last night I made my announcement that I am starting a publishing company so I can help others get their message and stories out into the world.   I said it out loud and already, can you believe, already would-be authors are coming forward.  Who knew?


Life is pretty cool when you are willing to open new doors for yourself.   I have no idea where this new venture of mine will take me, but I know that starting it up is adding a bounce to my step as it combines all that I love – writing, books, and people.


Just think of all the book launches I can organize – always a party gal, I just love bringing people together. And no, I am not giving up Company of Women, just expanding what we do.


If you are at a crossroads, dig deep.  What do you enjoy doing?  What makes your heart sing?   


While the stories in the book vary,  one thing the women have in common, is they didn’t let the stuff of life hold them back, they dusted themselves off and moved forward. 

And you can too.



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Feb 25 2016
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?  We all struggle with this – and it is not just when you are young.  Some of us are still asking that question and are unclear on the answer.


Last night we had the launch of the One Red Lipstick book, a project I had been involved in as the editor.  The stories are of 24 entrepreneurial women who have been there and back, and still navigated their way to achieve success on their own terms.  


 Not only was there a sense of pride and accomplishment last night, but the launch  served to remind me of why I love what I am doing and how my plans for the future are taking me in the right direction.  So I’d like to share how I know this is right and perhaps then you can check whether you too are on the right path.


Pay attention to your reactions.   There’s a glow.   Your face lights up when you talk about your plans.  Your eyes shine brightly.  There’s a contagious enthusiasm about what you are doing and saying.   Several people, for example, remarked that I looked so relaxed and excited.


When you speak it all comes naturally.   The words flow, there’s no script because you are speaking from the heart.  Apart from the names of the people I had to introduce last night, I had no notes and no trouble telling people who they were and what they’d done.

You meet the right people who can help you achieve your goals.  It’s more than being in the right place at the right time.  It’s serendipity.  When you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, it all starts to fall into place.   And part of that synchronicity is that you are aware of what you want to do, so your antenna are up, and you are more open to new people and new ideas.


You share your plans and ideas and say them out loud.  In doing so, you are actually making a public commitment to yourself that you will do what you are planning to do.


The theme of the evening was resilience and courage.  It takes courage to walk through the challenges in life, but without the tenacity to stick with it, learn and move on, we’d all be stuck in a place where we don’t want to stay.


Last night I made my announcement that I am starting a publishing company so I can help others get their message and stories out into the world.   I said it out loud and already, can you believe, already would-be authors are coming forward.  Who knew?


Life is pretty cool when you are willing to open new doors for yourself.   I have no idea where this new venture of mine will take me, but I know that starting it up is adding a bounce to my step as it combines all that I love – writing, books, and people.


Just think of all the book launches I can organize – always a party gal, I just love bringing people together. And no, I am not giving up Company of Women, just expanding what we do.


If you are at a crossroads, dig deep.  What do you enjoy doing?  What makes your heart sing?   


While the stories in the book vary,  one thing the women have in common, is they didn’t let the stuff of life hold them back, they dusted themselves off and moved forward. 

And you can too.



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Feb 25 2016
Have you ever sat and stared at your computer, feeling paralyzed and not sure what to do next? You know you need to grow your business and make sales calls and yet …….the fear of picking up the phone is crippling. I know. I’ve been there. And I hear this all the time from my… more...

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Feb 25 2016
We don’t like to play favourites here at RfR, but when it comes to dresses, there are a few that we cannot keep on the rack! As soon as it is returned, another customer is asking to rent it. The Cynthia Rowley Amethyst and Garnet Crinkle Off Shoulder Gown would fall into this category. Whether it is a gala, a wedding or even a New Years event, this Cynthia Rowley frock […] more...

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Feb 25 2016

Children who have lived in one community all of their lives might find it difficult to understand the challenges that people face when they must move to a new community or country. Sharing these books with your children might help them walk in the shoes of those who have had to make new beginnings. After […]

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Feb 24 2016
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Feb 24 2016
Following your dreams is not for the faint of heart. The truth is a lot of stuff will go right and a lot of stuff will go wrong. At the end of the day, to persevere you have to be able to say, “I’m going for it. I’m taking my leap. F*CK IT.” more...

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Feb 24 2016
Happy Wednesday! This week we are continuing with our Number Signs with Fireese! This week learn numbers 30-100! Check out more videos on our YouTube channel! Happy Signing! more...

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Feb 24 2016
Spring will be here before we know it, and with the warm weather will come all of the season’s exciting new trends and styles! Time to pack away our chilly weather wardrobe, and get ready for this season’s latest and greatest. If the spring runways were any good indicator, the next big trend that we’ll see popping up everywhere will be the “X” neckline. This style is a fresh new […] more...

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Feb 24 2016
Your news feed is about to get a lot more expressive. After months of user testing in a handful of countries, Facebook today is releasing “Reactions” to the rest of the world. The feature isn’t so much a new tool as it is an extension of an existing one; by long-pressing—or, on a computer, hovering—over the “like” button, users can now access five additional animated emoji with which to express themselves. Each emotive icon is named for the reaction it’s meant to convey. “Like” you already know—say hello to “love,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad,” and “angry”." - Via Wired Magazine more...

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Feb 24 2016

March Break is fast approaching, and if you’re wondering what to do with the kids, we’ve collected up a few of the coolest camps going. Whether it worms or circus or robots that your little people are into, there’s a camp for that. Action Potential Labs There’s five days jam-packed with hands-on science and art […]

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Feb 23 2016
Post Views = 2100I hope you enjoy this short post and video about  information overload and solutions to this growing problem. These days most of us are deluged by the sheer volume and velocity of information before us.  While this access to information is supposed to help us make faster and better decisions, it has …

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Feb 23 2016

Birthday parties are a big deal and unforgettable fun when it’s a sleepover. Especially if it’s as awesome as sleeping with the dinosaurs at a museum! Here are three great ideas for sleepovers in Toronto. Grab your sleeping bags! Best birthday party sleepovers Royal Ontario Museum Kids aged five and older can bring their friends […]

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Feb 22 2016
In case you didn’t know, our co-founders Lisa and Kristy started Rent frock Repeat from the ground up. It all began when the pair was invited to a wedding one March. Neither wanted to spend the money or time on yet another dress that would be worn once, then subsequently tossed in the closet to collect dust and eventually be forgotten. The pair had seen an article about a U.S.-based dress rental service, […] more...

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Feb 22 2016
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Feb 22 2016

You know you should blog right? You know you should shoot videos and post them to YouTube right? Oh ya!  Don’t forget to post on social media….all the time… yes every day. Oh and you know you have to be consistent! BUT what you do NOT know is…. Who the heck is reading your content […]

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Feb 19 2016
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Feb 19 2016

Because kids can get just as stressed as adults, we’ve rounded up the top Toronto kids yoga classes. Many of these also include family classes so everyone can become more mindful together. Where to go for Toronto kids yoga Liberty Movement Kids classes run several times a week here. They also have a special class […]

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Feb 19 2016
Let me preface this by saying, I am not a fitness trainer. I am not a health guru. Not a doctor. Not a physiotherapist. I am just a certified life coach and entrepreneur, and what I am saying today holds no scientific weight, nor any weight at all, you might say. It's merely based on my personal experience and perception. But I do, however, think I'm onto something. more...

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Feb 18 2016
There are no heavy bags to carry here,just champagne glasses!Event Life Entertainment & Salon 22 presentELE Wedding Pop Up Shop!!Meet, greet and shop at this VIP bridal event. Brides and their entourages will get the opportunity to meet with a cura... more...

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Feb 18 2016
There are no heavy bags to carry here,just champagne glasses!Event Life Entertainment & Salon 22 presentELE Wedding Pop Up Shop!!Meet, greet and shop at this VIP bridal event. Brides and their entourages will get the opportunity to meet with a cura... more...

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Feb 18 2016
“I wanted to share my experience with you from my reception in Mexico wearing a frock from your showroom. It was amazing. This dress is so much fun.” – Diana Prenoveau It has been a pretty chilly few days here in the Great North, but when we receive photos like our Customer of the Week, Diana Prenoveau, dancing away in the heat of sunny Mexico, it is enough to warm us […] more...

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Feb 18 2016
It's cold outside baby! And whether you're in full winter clothes or toying with spring fashion (I've been wearing some pastels to work lately), there is one place that has you covered in this department. Day to night, causal wear, career apparel, girls night out, date night, wedding wear, winter coats, shoes, accessories. Yes, your one stop shop is LeChateau.com. I have been their proud Brand Ambassador for over three years now. Untitled If you don't believe me, take a look at this video... And without further ado, let’s show you some great winter and spring looks for every woman, that come in every size, for every occasion. more...

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Feb 18 2016
It’s Thursday morning and my blog should be written and posted.


It’s not.  

I’ve been sick all week – oh nothing serious, just your common cold, but it’s amazing how low you can get.


So I have been trying to look after myself.  



Novel idea.  Slow down.  Not do so much.  

These are hard lessons for me as I am used to squeezing 26 hours into a day.


Usually my blog will focus on something I have learned or observed in the past week… hmm.   What have I learned??? 


1.              One brand of tissues is better than another

2.              Lip balm is soothing on your chapped lips.

3.              Not to go cold turkey on all the cold meds at once.

4.              A cold lasts seven days or a week no matter what you take.

5.              Food isn’t the same when you can’t taste it

6.              Reading a juicy murder mystery is distracting and I should do it more often.

7.              Life carries on, whether I am at meetings or not. 


So this morning I venture out, for the first time in a week.  My first concern is whether, in this cold weather, my car will start and I will get to my meeting, but if I don’t, I guess I should remember point #7.


Of course, the biggest lesson in all this, is not to push myself so hard.  But I seem to struggle with this one.    Perhaps I should pay attention.


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Feb 18 2016
It’s Thursday morning and my blog should be written and posted.


It’s not.  

I’ve been sick all week – oh nothing serious, just your common cold, but it’s amazing how low you can get.


So I have been trying to look after myself.  



Novel idea.  Slow down.  Not do so much.  

These are hard lessons for me as I am used to squeezing 26 hours into a day.


Usually my blog will focus on something I have learned or observed in the past week… hmm.   What have I learned??? 


1.              One brand of tissues is better than another

2.              Lip balm is soothing on your chapped lips.

3.              Not to go cold turkey on all the cold meds at once.

4.              A cold lasts seven days or a week no matter what you take.

5.              Food isn’t the same when you can’t taste it

6.              Reading a juicy murder mystery is distracting and I should do it more often.

7.              Life carries on, whether I am at meetings or not. 


So this morning I venture out, for the first time in a week.  My first concern is whether, in this cold weather, my car will start and I will get to my meeting, but if I don’t, I guess I should remember point #7.


Of course, the biggest lesson in all this, is not to push myself so hard.  But I seem to struggle with this one.    Perhaps I should pay attention.


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Feb 18 2016
I was dragging my suitcase down the long hallway at the hotel in Phoenix recently. I remember thinking to myself – ‘why didn’t I ask for a room closer to the elevator???” And then, as I was at the airport heading to my flight, I missed the sign for the ‘PreTSA” check in and found… more...

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Feb 17 2016
We have just gone through a deep freeze here in southern Ontario with a low Sunday of -26C. What a time to step outside of my comfort zone and choose to incorporate cold showers into my morning routine! It all started last March when I was reminded by a wise naturopathic doctor how healthy it is to finish a hot shower with a few minutes in a cold splash! Finishing a shower with a cold blast is also great for rinsing your hair after washing it. I began to do this regularly for quite some time and then somehow dropped the practice. Continue reading more...

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Feb 17 2016
Not at all. Other articles you might enjoy:Wordy Wednesday: We Want It All!My SHERO: Misty CopelandWordless Wednesday: Bedtime#HADRY Coming Soon!Wordless Wednesday: Milestones and Messes more...

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Feb 17 2016

To kick of 2016, Inna Miretski launched UTKATA Yoga, an office chair yoga delivery service.

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Feb 17 2016

Career Skills Incubator is a non-profit organization that enables and recognizes the development of career skills. Located at the Centre for Social Innovation, the organization’s goal is to empower people to develop whatever career skills they need in the present and the future. They recently launched Menteer.com, a unique app that propels mentorship into the […]

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Feb 16 2016
It is better to prevent burnout at work than to treat it after it happens. Once someone enters this dull routine from which one only craves to escape, it requires serious involvement and sometimes psychological treatment. But is there a way to prevent burnout without experiencing and treating it? The answer is yes! What you need to do is to pay attention to the following signs that put you in the risk group to burn out at work: more...

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Feb 16 2016
We have all been there, we see a super cute idea on our Pinterest feed, and we think “Oh yeah, I can totally do that!” but the complete opposite happens instead. As a self-proclaimed Pinterest failure, I have given up my DIY days. However, the lovely ladies of the duo, the Sorry Girls, Becky and Kelsey, are quite the opposite. They are DIY queens! They go a step further than […] more...

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Feb 16 2016

Here’s a quick rundown of six of the best indoor play places inland around Toronto to help you and your kids survive a long Toronto winter in really fun ways. Playground Paradise This City of Toronto east-side indoor playground also offers well-priced parties. 150 Grenoble Drive, Toronto Sprouts Growing Bodies & Minds Sprawling Leslieville indoor […]

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Feb 14 2016
So today, instead of wallowing in "woe is me" because I don't have that ONE special Valentine, I am going to reach out to my MANY friends and ask: will you be my Valentine? more...

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Feb 13 2016
Last week I was invited to try a new on-demand home service app called Jiffy. App users can order a variety of home services, from painting to snow removal to mobile auto detailing, in under a ... Read More more...

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Feb 12 2016
When you have children it can be really tough to make time for one another. Life gets in the way and most of your time is spent taking care of the kids. As a result, your relationship begins to starve … Continue reading more...

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Feb 12 2016
Let's focus on the bigger picture, regardless of the outcome. Let this be a catalyst for change. more...

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