Curated Life Magazine - Issue 3

Photo: Rachel Pangilinan / @sincerelyimage

Photo: Rachel Pangilinan / @sincerelyimage

It’s a new season. This time of year has always been a symbol of renewal and hope. We find ourselves dreaming more and doing practical things like cleaning and reorganizing. For example, when I decided to live a “curated life,” one of the first things I did was overhaul my closet. This simple act, made me realize that I could no longer hold on to the past and a stagnant life. I craved change and entrepreneurship brought me that change.

In my experience, entrepreneurship is similar to a metamorphosis. Dr. Maya Angelou wrote, "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." And I find these words to be so true. We all know entrepreneurship isn’t easy. It takes confidence to pursue the opportunities we dream of and even more courage to create these opportunities for ourselves.

When I launched Curated Life, I chose to fulfill the one of my biggest but least-likely-to-come-true dreams. It was intimidating because I had no industry connections and most of my career was spent in a completely different sector. I was so afraid of failing. But with every event and every issue of Curated Life, boss babes like you have shared similar experiences. We’ve all had to overcome our fears and focus on the love we have for our budding businesses. We have to learn to be confident and move forward in the direction of our goals.

In this issue, you will learn about the importance of self-confidence, building a brilliant brand and strategies for funding your own start-up. You’ll be introduced to boss babes from across Canada and have an insider’s look at our MASTERCLASS events. It is my hope that this issue leaves you feeling more empowered and informed. You can download a free copy of issue 3 here. Grab a cup of tea, face mask and enjoy!

 

MASTERCLASS ft. Flawless by Friday, Lisa Zamparo + Ignite Capital

Brittny Sklar Robins, founder of Flawless by Friday. Photo by Red Tumi Creative.

Brittny Sklar Robins, founder of Flawless by Friday. Photo by Red Tumi Creative.

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great summer so far. I’ve really enjoyed meeting you face-to-face at our spring and summer MASTERCLASSES. And I can’t wait to see you again in the fall. We’ve been really busy over the last few months developing some very special projects that I will be sharing with you over the next few months.

Until then, here is a quick recap of our summer MASTERCLASS, which focused on ways to fund a start-up. We discussed the challenges we face securing capital as young entrepreneurs who may have student debt and little assets. Though overcoming these challenges may be difficult, it isn’t impossible.

Our featured start-up story was that of Brittny Skylar Robins, the founder of Flawless by Friday. Growing up in rural Ontario as one of five sisters, Brittny was her family’s very own beauty expert. Moving to Toronto in her early-twenties, Brittny tapped into the concept of inner confidence shaping outer beauty through her work as a make-up artist. Brittny later desired to transform this concept into her own beauty brand. During the MASTERCLASS, Brittny shared her journey from starting her company with a $5000 loan from her parents to now approaching investors.

In terms of advice, Brittny provided us with a lot of gems. For example when speaking about approaching hesitant investors Brittny said, “I am okay with people thinking that I don’t know what I’m doing more than I am okay with not pursuing my passion. In terms of funding my start-up, I spend every day proving myself. When I’ve proven myself this much more, [I say] this is how much more support I need – whether it’s support from friends, family, the bank or a venture capitalist.” 

Brittny also provided us with samples of Friday by Friday’s Flawless in 15 Under Eye Rescue and Facial Mask System. Made with honey and gold, these hydrogel masks provide a luxury facial in just 15 minutes. The masks are designed to sooth your skin, boost collagen production while decreasing puffiness and redness. Flawless in 15 is perfect for beauty on the go and one of our favourite new product discoveries. We’ve even featured Flawless in 15 in our Issue 3 editorial feature, “Carry on Beautiful”. If you are looking for a new facial system to try, #supportyourgirlgang and check out Brittny’s line here.

Next we heard from our resident CPA, Lisa Zamparo.  As our expert for the night, Lisa provided us with practical steps to “wellth,” by harnessing energy, money and confidence to build a business. In summary, Lisa’s advice was to know where you’re starting from (ask what do you own? What do you owe? What do you need?). Be your own venture capitalist by funding your business with a 9 to 5 job. Be credit worthy. And finally, start managing what you already have. Lisa suggests bookkeeping even when your business is small. Read more from Lisa in our magazine on pages 34-38.

Finally, we learned about Ignite Capital’s upcoming business competition from Laura Gannon. Each year Ignite Capital invites emerging Ontario entrepreneurs who have limited access to capital, to compete for up to $25,000 in funding. The competition has four award categories: young entrepreneur, women entrepreneur, immigrant entrepreneur and the “start me up” category. To compete you will need to complete the application on their website. From there a short list of participants will be invited to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges. In addition to funding (which is a combination of a loan and grant), participants are also provided with business skills training. Applications for the competition are due September 10, 2017. Visit ignitecapital.ca for application details.

If you are looking for more advice about ways to your start-up be sure, be sure to read “How to Fund Your Start Up” in the magazine (page 36), digital downloads are free and there is also the option to purchase a print. Also be sure to follow us on Instagram @curatedlifeca for our upcoming event announcement. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

MASTERCLASS ft. QUINSCO & Dr. Stacy Thomas

rachelle quinsco

Rachelle Joaquin, founder of QUINSCO. Photography: @andreyaklobucar

As millennial women entrepreneurs, we often face challenges that are two-fold because we are both young and women. Generally these challenges include limited access to capital, financial literacy, business planning skills and confidence. At Curated Life, we’ve designed our signature MASTERCLASS series to specifically address these issues. During this spring’s MASTERCLASS, we focused on confidence and how it impacts your business or personal brand (because as entrepreneurs they are one in the same). 

Our featured start-up story was that of Rachelle Joaquin, founder of QUINSCO. An actuary (mathematician) by trade, Rachelle started her company as a way to foster her creative side and passion for jewelry. Feeling like an outsider in the fashion industry, Rachelle started out by only giving or selling her creations to family and friends. As she started to receive positive feedback, her confidence grew and so did her business. In addition to her start-up story, Rachelle also shared her strategies for building confidence as an entrepreneur. One strategy is the use of affirmations, “it seems silly at first, but this one small thing really helps…my favourite affirmation is, ‘I am enough’” Rachelle said. She also shared that staying true to who you are in your business is also essential. “At the end of the day, I’m not just selling jewelry, I’m selling my story.”

Our expert for the evening was Dr. Stacy Thomas, a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping people design their lives. Dr. Thomas is known for her approachable style and ability to translate research findings into practical strategies for everyday life.  At the MASTERCLASS, Dr. Thomas taught us that “confidence is the intersection of belief, not just your belief about yourself but the belief of those around you.” We learned that fear and seeking perfection can impede confidence. But focusing on prioritizing our own voice and focusing on our mission can build confidence.  Dr. Stacy led us through a discussion designed to challenge us to change fundamental assumptions about ourselves. We assessed ourselves, thinking about when we felt the most or the least confident, and why. From there we created a plan to take practical steps to boost our confidence.   

To help you along your journey, we’ve included a summary and worksheet on pages 13-15 of Curated Life Magazine Issue 3  You can also download a copy of Dr. Thomas’ resource sheet here.

curated life master class sponsors

Our gift bags have become a must-have staple at our MASTERCLASS. This spring’s gift bag features beauty and health products that can help you look and feel confident. We would like to thank each of our in-kind sponsors below for their contribution.

Got2B Volumaniac Bodifying Mousse & Hairspray: If the 90s are making a comeback, why not mousse? This mousse gives your hair extra body andaccompanying Volumaniac holding spray features 24 hour hold. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Nagi Raw Organic Energy Bars: From the Polish word for naked, Nagi is exactly that. These delicious energy bars are raw, organic, non-gmo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and free of artificial preservatives. Created by health and fitness expert, Justyna Kozlowska, Nagiis nutrient-dense to help sustain an active body and a sharp mind. Made in Canada. Available in a case of 12 for $44.99CDN at eatnagi.com

Flawless by Friday Mesmereyes Eye Mask System: These eye masks use cooling gel technology to quickly hydrate, depuff and firm the delicate skin under your eyes. Flawless by Friday was founded by Brittny Skylar, who went from growing up on a farm north of Toronto to running her own company right in the heart of the city, all before the age of 30. Mesmereyes 3-Day Eye Mask System is available for $26CDN at flawlessbyfriday.com  

Way of WILL Sampler Set: Based here in Toronto, WILL is a modern aromatherapy system for active lifestyles. This set includes five samples: 35 Yoga Mat Spray, 42 Foot and Shoe Spray with Moisturizing Body Oils- 06 Warm Up (Nutmug + Galbanum), 05 Refresh (Basil + Black Spruce) and 07 Breather (Cedarwood+ Grapefruit).  Prices range from $19.50-$32USD. You can also receive 20% off by using the promo code CURATED20. Available at wayofwill.com

Tealeaves Jet Lag Therapy Kit: Each guest will receive the carry on essential, Jet Lag Therapy kit which contains two masterblend teas – Energy and Relax. Energy is an invigorating blend of mint, citrus, yerba maté and ginkgo biloba to help keep you alert and focused. While Relax is a floral, caffeine-free blend to help you ease into a peaceful sleep. Available for $3.80CDN at tealeaves.com

Schwarzkopf GLISS Oil Nutritive: Made with liquid keratin and 8 beauty oils, this hair system is designed to nourish your hair without weighing it down. Guests will receive the full-sized shampoo, conditioner and weightless oil spray. Available for $9.99CDN each at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

NEST Fragrances Eau de Parfum: This collection of fine, botany-inspired fragrances is filled with modern yet feminine florals. Each guest will receive a 8ml roll-on from the line. Available for $32CDN exclusively at sephora.com

CND Creative Play Nail Lacquer: Get creative with vibrant nail colours that are perfect for your summer manicures. Guests will receive one of the following lacquers: “Poppin’ Bubbly” (champagne) or “Jammin’ Salmon” (pink). Available for $6.99CDN at sallybeauty.com

Bite Beauty: These lip products are made of natural ingredients & by hand, right here in Toronto. Guests will receive either the Matte Crème Lip Crayon in “Leche” or the Amuse Bouche Lipstick in “Liquorice” or “Chai”. Available for $28-$32CDN at sephora.com

Lipidol Overnight Facial Oil: Add this to your beauty routine to help nourish and rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. Made with Ylang-Ylang and Black Pepper essential oils, it is a luxurious but affordable way to replenish your skin. Available for $9.99CDN at Walmart.

This year, our MASTERCLASS sessions will run bi-monthly from May to November. Be sure to join us for our next MASTERCLASS, July 7th, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. This MASTERCLASS will focus on financial planning for your personal life and business. The event will feature Charted Professional Accountant, Lisa Zamparo and Flawless by Friday founder, Brittny Skylar as our keynotes. Please register below. 
 

Cupcakes + Conversations: Celebrating One Year of CuratedLife

Our amazing panelists & MC. [left to right] Hayla Amini, Jade Janelle, Emily Antflick, Alyssa Bertram & Mary Young.

Our amazing panelists & MC. [left to right] Hayla Amini, Jade Janelle, Emily Antflick, Alyssa Bertram & Mary Young.

Last year when I launched my Curated Life project, I chose to fulfill the one of my biggest but least-likely-to-come-true dreams. It was intimidating because I had no industry connections and not a lot of experience since most of my career was spent in a completely different sector. I was afraid of failing. But, every time I thought I should just quit and go back to my quiet, comfortable life there was always an encouraging word from a Curated Life follower or a sign that pushed me to keep going. Now that we’ve reached this one year milestone together, I can truly say the struggle was all worth it.

We're all set to begin...

We're all set to begin...

On Friday, there was so much to celebrate. Within a year, we have built a community of millennial women entrepreneurs who support each other and connected them to community resources through 6 events (3 of which were at capacity). We built connections with Canadian and women-owned businesses through in-kind sponsorships of our gift bags that were distributed at each event. We also launched a print/digital magazine as a platform to further share the inspirational stories of these entrepreneurs. This November marks the launch of our second issue which features the story of Aurora James (founder of Brother Veilles), profiles of women who are using creativity to innovate and our Boss Babe gift guide by Veri Chic with Chy. (Side note: mail delivery/pick up for pre-orders will be arranged soon. The issue will be available for sale on December 2nd).

We were also celebrating the accomplishments of our amazing panelists. Mary Young, who was our first master class speaker and a contributor to our first issue, celebrated her first major collaborations with Apple Canada and the Peace Collective (And she’s so humble, I still remember how she helped us haul tables up a set of stairs at the first class). Hayla Amini, one of our very first gift bag sponsors, celebrated a successfully transitioning Flashionistas from a retail business to a provider of event activations and collaboration with TOPSHOP for the Bobbyball. Emily Antflick, our July master class speaker, celebrated the launch of Shecosystem’s new space and receiving a Start Up Canada grant. And Alyssa Bertram, our September master class speaker, celebrated two successful brand events and transitioning easy. from a part-time to a full-time business.

With over 90 guests in attendance, this was our biggest event yet! Our panel discussion was led by Miranda McKie, President of Young Women in Business-Toronto chapter. Miranda is a Master Data Governance Professional by day, but also believes in the importance of breaking down barriers for women and helping them succeed in their careers through her work with YWiB. The panelist discussed what ignited the spark to start their own businesses and what keeps them motivated. We also discussed if there is or isn’t a formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur. As well as challenges specific to being a young woman entrepreneur and how they overcame these challenges.

Blogger, Jade Janelle provided her voice as our MC for the rest of the evening. In addition to the panel, we had a brief presentation from a new project called askconnie.co, which will be showcasing the best local businesses in Toronto over the next few months. And heard the start-up story of Shiva Burnett, co-founder of Avazera. As one of our first gift bag sponsors last November, Avazera has always been supportive of our mission to empower young women. This year, Avazera was not only a vendor at our event, but also a patron of the second issue of Curated Life magazine (along with Dr. Liza Egbogah of the[fix] chiropractic+massage). And a special thanks goes out to Chyauna, verichicwithchy.com, who sponsored our DJ for the night, SoWaveyy Sound (@sowaveyy).

A Sneak Peek of our panelist's gift bags. Which featured all the items below, plus extra, full-sized goodies from SweetSpotLabs.ca (A Canadian & Women-owned company)

A Sneak Peek of our panelist's gift bags. Which featured all the items below, plus extra, full-sized goodies from SweetSpotLabs.ca (A Canadian & Women-owned company)

I would also like to thank all our in-kind sponsors who contributed these amazing items for our curated gift bags:

Barreworks Class Pass, $21 CDN, barreworks.ca

Founded in 2012, Barreworks was the first Toronto studio to specialize in ballet barre-based fitness classes. Their technique was developed by a team of local dance and fitness professionals, all dedicated to the creation of a safe, effective, and fun exercise system. With two locations, and classes 7-days a week, they're ready to welcome you to class! You can read more about Barreworks in the winter issue of the magazine.

Lipidol Overnight Face Oil, $8.97CDN, Walmart and walmart.ca

A great addition to your nightly beauty regime, this nourishing oil works while you sleep. It’s designed to supplement the skin’s natural oily layer, increase moisture retention and enhance overnight rejuvenation. Lightly fragranced with essential oils of Ylang-Ylang and Black Pepper, Lipidol’s overnight face oil is non-comedogenic and suitable for sensitive skin.

Joe Fresh Plum Powder Eyeshadow, $6.00CDN, Shoppers Drug Mart

Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated. You can keep it simple and still enhance your natural beauty. The Joe Fresh Beauty line is filled with products to help you master the 5-minute face without breaking the bank. Now at Shoppers Drug Mart, Joe Fresh offers a great selection of on-trend beauty products, like this pretty plum eyeshadow.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Trio (the same fragrances retail as a roller ball set for $59.00CDN, sephora.com)

Adding a bit more luxury our gift bags is this Marc Jacobs fragrance trio. This family of floral fragrances is fresh and feminine. The trio includes Marc Jacob’s signature scent Daisy as well as two other interpretations- Daisy Eau so Fresh and Daisy Dream.  Guests received a 1.2ml sample coffret with all three fragrances.

Pur Gum Bubble Gum, $1.69CDN, shopcan.thepurcompany.com

Pur Gum is all the goodness gum should be – vegan, nut/soy-free, gluten-free, and aspartame-free. Pur Gum is naturally sweetened with xylitol, a sweetener with a low glycemic index. What makes Pur even sweeter? The company is Canadian-owned. Guests also received an offer of $10 to use on the online shop (coupon).

Sweet Spot Labs Wipettes, $11.99, sweetspotslabs.ca

SweetSpot Labs is on a mission to refresh every woman’s shower routine and daily cleansing rituals. SweetSpot Labs recently launched a new collection of natural washes and wipes that are pH balanced for your sweet spot and good for your entire body. SweetSpot Labs products are made by women, for women and use natural ingredients to gently clean, hydrate and soften skin. Guests received a sample of the wipettes with a coupon. Our panelists received an assortment of full-sized products.

Tealeaves Jet Lag Therapy Kit, $3.80CDN, tealeaves.com

Tealeaves is a Vancouver-based, luxury tea company. Each guest will receive the carry on essential, Jet Lag Therapy kit which contains two masterblend teas – Energy and Relax. Energy is an invigorating blend of mint, citrus, yerba maté and ginkgo biloba to help keep you focused. And Relax is a floral, caffeine-free blend to help you ease into a peaceful sleep.

Because I am familiar with the social determinants of health, I truly believe that a woman is best empowered when she is economically empowered. That is why there is a strong emphasis on women’s entrepreneurship throughout each Curated Life project. So there was no better way to celebrate our one-year market then with a pop-up market. We were so pleased to have this diverse group of vendors and are looking forward to hosting more pop-ups in the future. Please be sure to check these vendors out and support them by making a purchase if you can.

 

Shiva & Svetlana – Avazera (www.avazera.com )

Julie – Pinkfolio – (www.pinkfolio.me)

Rachel – Q U I N S C O (www.quinsco.com )

Monique – London Ivy Natural & Organic (www.londonivyproducts.com)

Christina – Curls & Confidence Healthy Hair Subscription Box (www.curlsandconfidence.ca)

Lisa – Upnorth Naturals(www.upnorthnaturals.com )

Mya – Beauty Counter (beautycounter.com/en-ca/myabreukelaar)

Thu – VO2 CO (www.vo2co.com)

Brittany – Fjord Life (www.fjordlife.ca)

Tianna – Pink Princess Cosmetics (www.pinkprincesscosmetics.ca)

Yuliya – Yuliya C Jewellery (www.yuliyachronajewellery.com )

Mo – The Covet Lifestyle (www.facebook.com/thecovetlifestyle/)

 

I’m looking forward to giving you a look into our winter issue shortly. But for now, enjoy our cover reveal below.

 

curated life magazine aw16 winter issue cover featuring Aurora James Toronto

Thank you again for all the support. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @curatedlifeca / #mycuratedlife to stay up-to-date on our events and publication projects.

Cupcakes + Conversations: Celebrating One Year of CuratedLife

Come and celebrate with us!

We are celebrating one year of Curated Life. Curated Life is about living an empowered lifestyle. We host master classes for millennial women entrepreneurs and publish a semi-annual magazine.

Our year end event will be held at Ryerson University's Launch Zone on Friday, November 25th at 55:30PM. The event will feature a panel discussion by our master teachers, Mary Young (Mary Young), Alyssa Bertram (Easy Period), Hayla Amni (Flashionistas) and Emily Antflick (Shecosystem). The panel will be moderated by Miranda McKie (Young Women in Business - Toronto) and the rest of the evening will be hosted by blogger, Jade Janelle. The event will also feature a pop-up market and musical entertainment. 

VIP guests will enjoy light refreshments and a curated gift bag. A limited number of print magazines will also be available to early-bird ticket holders. The curated gift bag includes items from Joe Fresh Beauty, Marc Jacob fragrances, Pur Gum, Barreworks, Tealeaves, Lipidol and Sweet Spot Labs. We would also like to acknowledge our patrons, The[fix] and Avazera. General admission is free and open to all!

MASTERCLASS ft. easy period

Alyssa Bertram, founder of easy period (www.curatedlife.ca) 

Alyssa Bertram, founder of easy period (www.curatedlife.ca) 

It’s a new season. For me, September has always been the month when I set my goals for the year ahead.  I begin this process my examining my purpose and my intentions. In terms of this venture, my intention is to grow Curated Life into a platform that will allow us to learn from each other’s journey. In doing so, I knew that it would be important for us to connect face-to-face through our MASTERCLASS event series.  It’s been almost a year since the launch of Curated Life and I am so grateful to see this dream come alive.

September’s event focused on best practices to get your business or brand noticed online. To begin, we were joined by Taylor Aplas and John Yoo of Brainstation Toronto. During their presentation, Taylor and John offered advice from which social media platforms to join to a brief introduction on Search Engine Marketing. Brainstation is a global leader in technology training that offers courses in coding, marketing, product management and UX & UI design.  Brainstation offers relevant full-time or part-time courses taught by established digital leaders. Brainstation is currently offering us a discount on part-time courses and weekend seminars. Enter the promo code CURATEDLIFE50 when you register or email us for details if you are interested.  You can learn more about Brainstation and their course offerings here:  www.brainstation.io 

Refreshments provided by JuleChu Lifestyle

Refreshments provided by JuleChu Lifestyle

Our featured start-up story of the month was shared by Alyssa Bertram, the founder of Easy Period: a subscription service that delivers organic feminine hygiene products directly to your door. Alyssa came up with her business idea after wishing her tampons would magically appear and never run out. “An idea isn’t a business plan…,” Alyssa said, “you have to put your ideas to work…And you have to be honest with yourself about who you are, what you are passionate about and what you are going to do with that.”

A defining moment in Alyssa’s journey was centered on her mother’s health and recovery.  This experience led Alyssa to researching the nasty chemicals often found in mainstream feminine hygiene products. Alyssa decided to ensure that her company would provide healthier options to women and destigmatize periods; empowering women locally and abroad. “It was important for me to couple this indulgent service of having organic products delivered to your door with a conscious lens,” Alyssa explained. As a result, Easy Period donates 5% of profits to ZanaAfrica Foundation, a non-profit that delivers pads and health education to girls in Kenya.

But the journey from idea to launch wasn’t an easy one. Alyssa shared a few of the challenges she faced with her start-up among the group. Giving advice to others in the room she said, “Barriers are going to come. I feel like [barriers] are there to test you to see if you really want to start a business…it’s a test of your character.”  You can learn more about Alyssa’s company at www.easyperiod.ca

Now that we’re nearing our one year anniversary, it’s clear that our gift bags have become a must-have staple at each event. The gift bags are made possible solely by our generous in-kind sponsors. When curating the gift bags, I try to find sponsors that reflect the message of Curated Life. Such items are usually produced locally, created by a female entrepreneur or has some socially conscious element. This month’s gift bag had a bit of each: 

Curated Life's signature event gift bags with samples from our in-kind sponsors

Curated Life's signature event gift bags with samples from our in-kind sponsors

1.       Sephora Collection Luxe False Lash (provided by Sephora Canada)

As one of the most powerful beauty retailers in the world, Sephora frequently uses its influence to buoy emerging brands and support women-owned brands like Kate Von D, Bobbi Brown, Briogeo and many more. This month Sephora contributed luxe false lashes from their signature collection. These lashes are designed to add fullness and length to your lashes. The material is soft and flexible so it fits to your eye shape easily. The lashes come in an attractive and durable case for storage. With proper care, these lashes can be worn up to 30 times. These lashes are exclusively available at Sephora for $21CDN. 

2.       Toronto Popcorn Company

Established by husband and wife, Joseph and Caramhel Villegas, Toronto Popcorn Company has quickly become a main attraction at Kensington Market. With over 100 flavours of gourmet popcorn, from classic caramel to cupcake, it is a foodie paradise. Toronto Popcorn Company has generously supplied grab bags as a perfect take-home snack. To find out more about their popcorn, check out www.torontopopcorncompany.com

3.       Upnorth Naturals

Canadian and female-founded, Upnorth Naturals is a natural hair care line for curly-textured hair. Upnorth Naturals generously provided samples of their 8 –oil blend for dry hair. This oil blend contains coconut, avocado, lavender, neem, grapeseed, jojoba, rosemary and sandalwood oils. The blend can be used as a pre-shampoo hot oil treatment or as a styling product. The full sized product can be purchased directly from Upnorth Naturals for $14.99CDN here, www.upnorthnaturals.com.

4.       Vo Bath Citrine Lotion Body Scrub

Another local and female-founded brand, Vo Bath & Co., a natural and luxurious bath and body company from Toronto. Vo Bath & Co. specializes in creating unique formulations using plant-based ingredients and science. Vo Bath & Co. provided samples of their Citrine lotion body scrubs for this event. This 3-in-1 product, works to exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse the skin. While the aroma of the grapefruit, tangerine and lemon essential oils waken and stimulate the mind. More details about this amazing product can be found here. The full-sized product retails for $42CDN on their website, https://www.vobathco.com/

5.       Tealeaves – Assorted Tea Master-blend Bags

Tealeaves, a Canadian company, is served in the best hotels around the world.  Tealeaves offers an assortment of master-blend whole leaf teas. Each blend is packaged in a convenient pyramid tea bag for easy enjoyment. Flavours include Organic Earl Grey with Lavender, Vanilla Rooibos and Monsoon Chai. Learn more here,  www.tealeaves.com

 6.       The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay

The Body Shop was established by OG Girl Boss, Anita Roddick, in 1976. Her vision was to use her business as a force of good – there wasn’t a name for it back then, but that business model is called “social enterprise”. This year the brand renewed this commitment by announcing their mission to “Enrich, Not Exploit,” making it one of the most recognizable and innovative conscious beauty brands. MASTERCLASS attendees received The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay. This clay uses the power of charcoal to draw out impurities from the skin. Use this clay as part of your at-home spa experience to help de-stress and rejuvenate your senses. This clay is available at The Body Shop for $24CDN or online here.

7.       Access Community Capital Fund (info card)

Access Community Capital Fund is a Canadian registered-charity that provides micro-loans up to $5000 for individuals looking to elevate their standard of living through entrepreneurship. Access Community Capital Fund can be found online at www.accessccf.com.

8.       Futurpreneur Canada (brochure)

Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. You can find out more about Futurpreneur Canada’s mentorship program and other amazing resources at www.futurpreneur.ca

9.       Curated Life Magazine (post card)

Curated Life magazine is something I dreamed of putting together for years. I filled notebook after notebook with ideas, before mustering enough courage to begin the work. In this publication, I hope to capture the essence of the supportive sisterhood of our Curated Life events in a way that could be shared online and in print. We are currently preparing our second issue. Until then you can continue to read and download digital spring issue for free here.

Below are a few more photos from the event. You can also follow our journey by following @curatedlifeca or using the hashtag #mycuratedlife on Instagram and Twitter. If you missed this event, don’t worry. MASTERCLASS events are now bi-monthly.  Save the date for Friday, November 18th, 2016. If you’re interested in learning how you can sponsor an event or advertise in the magazine, feel free to email hello @ curatedlife.ca.  

MASTERCLASS ft. Shecosystem & Futurpreneur Canada

Emily Rose Antflick, founder of shecosystem,ca sharing her start-up story

Emily Rose Antflick, founder of shecosystem,ca sharing her start-up story

Happy Civic long weekend everyone! First of all, can I send a huge thank you to everyone who attended this Friday’s MASTERCLASS. I know you could have been either at the cottage or getting ready for other festivities in the city. I am so grateful that you decided to start your weekend with us.

When I was preparing for this week’s event, I came across a program from the first event I ever coordinated.  It was 12 years ago and I was only in high school, but it was the first time I truly saw myself as an entrepreneur. Since then my academic pursuits took me in a different direction, but I always found entrepreneurship to be my creative outlet on the side. Like other women entrepreneurs, my business began when I felt unsatisfied (and a bit frustrated) about not finding the opportunities I wanted within the structured environment of a traditional workplace. So, I felt like I had to go out and create the opportunity for myself. In some ways, being an entrepreneur has turned me into a D.I.Y. wonder woman but it has also taught me the value of mentorship and a supportive network. Mentors, in business or in your personal life, can help you along your journey by offering advice and wisdom they’ve gained on their own journey. Mentorship can be formal or informal. Your mentor can act as a coach when you need to be challenged or a cheerleader when you need a boost. Your mentor can be more experienced or even a peer.

This is why I wanted to create an anthology of stories and resources by and for millennial women entrepreneurs through Curated Life magazine.  I wish to grow Curated Life into a platform that will allow us to learn from each other’s journey. In doing so, I knew I that it would be important for us to connect face-to-face.  And so, I launched the MASTERCLASS event series in January. At each MASTERCLASS, you will be connected to community resources that will help you start or grow a prosperous business.

Introductions lead by Linda Morena, mentor-in-residence and Daniel Graham, Business Development Manager of Futurpreneur Canada

Introductions lead by Linda Morena, mentor-in-residence and Daniel Graham, Business Development Manager of Futurpreneur Canada

This month’s event focused on understanding the value of mentorship. To begin, we were joined by Linda Morana and Daniel Graham of Futurpreneur Canada. Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. During the event, Linda and Daniel explained the benefits of mentorship. We learned that good mentorship can build your confidence, add to your business acumen and provide you with an extended network. We also heard of the success story of Kailey Gilchrist, founder of NONA Vegan Foods Ltd. You can find out more about Futurpreneur Canada’s mentorship program and other amazing resources at www.futurpreneur.ca

Emily starting her talk with a quick mindfulness exercise.

Emily starting her talk with a quick mindfulness exercise.

Our featured start-up story of the month was Emily Rose Antflick, the founder of Shecosystem: a co-working and wellness environment where women thrive. Her work stems from a feminine paradigm that values collaboration, emotional authenticity, and work-life integration. She is a versatile educator and program designer with rich perspectives on learning and community building. Emily also hosts weekly co-working meet ups with integrative wellness sessions. Emily began by leading the group through a breathing exercise and sharing a spoken word poem. When describing her business journey, Emily referred to it as a “seed in a dark place”, saying, “This is how most stories begin. So I let myself be in that dark place for a while and took the time to water myself with creativity and the things I liked to do.” And oh, how that seed has grown! In less than one year in business, Emily just announced that she has received the keys to her own space and is looking forward to establishing Shecosystem’s very own co-working space this fall. Until then, you can catch Shecosystem’s co-working sessions.  Her next sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd and Tuesday, August 9th at the Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar. To learn more about how you can join in visit www.shecosystem.ca

 

Our refreshments and gift bag swag. Details below. 

Our refreshments and gift bag swag. Details below. 

This event would not be all that it was without the generous support of our in-kind sponsors. I’m extremely appreciative of the gifts they’ve allowed me to pass on to you. I would like to send a special thank you to Panago Pizza for including our event in their #randomactsofpizza campaign. Panago Pizza provided delicious food that accommodated different dietary restrictions/lifestyles (including vegan ‘za). Guests were also provided with a voucher for a free Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Cookie with Caramel Dip (sweet!). Find your local Panago or order online.

When curating the gift bags, I try to find items from brands that reflect the message of Curated Life, so every item has a unique tie. I’m pleased the share this month’s gift bag reveal:

1.       Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad (provided by Sephora Canada)

 Like a true girl boss, Kat Von D has used her business acumen to take her on a journey from tattoo artist to global beauty phenomenon.  The Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad can be used to transform your eyes through the art of colour contouring. Each quad contains a base colour and additional eye shadows to define, contour and highlight the eye. The palette is available in four colours: sage, rust, plum and smoke. The quad is exclusively available at Sephora for $34CDN. 

2.       Papabubble Toronto Handmade Candies

Established in Barcelona, Papabubble is all about artistic and innovative sweets that are handmade with love. New to Toronto, this artisan delight is made right before your eyes in their downtown boutique. The candies are made using just 5 simple ingredients and can feature custom made designs for your business or special event. You can check out the Toronto boutique at www.papabubbleto.com or visit in-person at 3360 Yonge Street (at Melrose Ave).

3.       The Body Shop Vitamin E AquaBoost Essence Lotion (full-sized)

I love The Body Shop for so many reasons (read that post here). For one thing The Body Shop was established by OG Girl Boss, Anita Roddick, in 1976. Her vision was to use her business as a force of good – there wasn’t a name for it back then, but that business model is called “social enterprise”. This year the brand renewed this commitment by announcing their mission to “Enrich, Not Exploit,” making it one of the most recognizable and innovative conscious beauty brands. MASTERCLASS attendees received The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion, which designed to quench thirsty skin for up to 48 hours.  The formula is light weight so it absorbs easily into skin and it is made with naturally-sourced hydrauronic acid. You can layer this lotion under a cream to prepare your skin for the day. The lotion is available at The Body Shop for $20CDN or online here.

4.       Holt Renfrew H Project  x  Boxed Water

In the spring/summer issue of Curated Life magazine, we discuss the importance of shopping consciously. This is because the products you consume can have a great impact on people and planet. This is why we were so pleased to learn that Holt Renfrew’s H Project has partnered with Boxed Water to replace the plastic water bottles distributed in-store. Boxed Water has a lower carbon footprint and is 100% BPA-free.  And if you’re in the area, be sure to check out Holt Renfrew’s newest location at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The 130,000 square foot store has amazing live installations this weekend which include fashion illustrations by Monica Smiley and cold-pressed juices from Village Juicery. Holt Renfrew Square One will also offer Bespoke services that include a Leather Artisan, Nail Bar and Beauty Lab. View store address and hours here.

5.       Easy Period (info card)

Recently launched, Easy Period is a subscription service that delivers organic feminine hygiene products directly to your door (bonus: each box comes with a fair-trade chocolate bar). The company’s founder came up with the idea after wishing her tampons would magically appear at her door and never run out (don’t we all have that wish? Urgh, #lifeofagirl). But, it was after researching the nasty chemicals often found in mainstream brands, that she decided to step in by establish a company that provides healthier options to mainstream tampons and destigmatize periods; empowering women locally and abroad. Easy Period donates 5% of profits to ZanaAfrica Foundation, a non-profit that delivers pads and health education to girls in Kenya. Learn more at www.easyperiod.ca and be sure to look out for a feature about the company in the next issue of Curated Life magazine.

6.       Access Community Capital Fund (info card)

Access Community Capital Fund is a Canadian registered-charity that provides micro-loans up to $5000 for individuals looking to elevate their standard of living through entrepreneurship. Access Community Capital Fund has also partnered with Ignite Capital to offer an opportunity to compete for $20,000 of business funding. The competition closes on September 2, see www.ignitecapital.ca for application details. Access Community Capital Fund can be found online at www.accessccf.com.

An awesome way to end an awesome night!

An awesome way to end an awesome night!

If you missed this event, don’t worry. MASTERCLASS events are now bi-monthly.  Save the date forFriday, September 23rd ,2016.  The topic and speakers are to be announced shortly. If you’re a company interested in learning how you can sponsor an event or advertise in the magazine, feel free to email hello@curatedlife.ca. 

Until then, please enjoy a few more photos below. You can also follow @curatedlifeca and #mycuratedlife on Twitter and Instagram. 

MASTERCLASS ft. Shecosystem & Futurpreneur Canada

 Emily Rose Antflick, founder of Shecosystem

 Emily Rose Antflick, founder of Shecosystem

The MASTERCLASS is back! I’m pleased to announce that our signature event series will be returning and we will now host MASTERCLASS events in Toronto bi-monthly. We are also hoping to expand the series to other cities next year, so stay tuned!

During next week’s event you will learn about how mentorship can aide your business' success from Futurpreneur Canada mentor-in-residence, Linda Morana. Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. The organization is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Futurpreneur Canada’s mentoring program is internationally recognized and hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. To learn more about the organization see, www.futurpreneur.ca

You will also hear the start-up story of Emily Rose Antflick, founder of Shecosystem. Emily will also share how mentorship has helped her grow her business. Emily Rose Antflick is the founder of Shecosystem: a coworking and wellness environment where women thrive. Her work stems from a feminine paradigm that values collaboration, emotional authenticity, and work-life integration. With an M.A. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Emily spent a decade teaching and creating transformative educational journeys for youth in Canada, Bali, Australia and Washington DC. She is a versatile educator and program designer with rich perspectives on learning and community building. As the founder of Shecosystem, Emily hosts workshops, meetups and events that unite the ecosystem of working women in Toronto. Stay connected as she prepares to launch a women’s coworking and wellness space this fall! www.shecosystem.ca

During the last portion of the event, you will spend time building a profile of your ideal mentor. The event will be held on Friday, July 29th at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $25 (plus Eventbrite fees). Admission includes refreshments, workshop supplies and a curated gift bag. There are a limited number of spots available for this exclusive event, so please register in advance here. I’ll like to send a special thanks to our in-kind sponsor, Panago Pizza, who will be providing us with a delicious supper.  Oh, and our lovely gift bags? Check out our Instagram page for a few sneak peeks. The full gift bag reveal will be posted next week. Hope to see you there!

THROWBACK: Check out the recap video of our last MASTERCLASS below.