launch event

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.

Curated Life Spring Launch Celebration

In May 2016 we celebrated the launch of Curated Life magazine at Her Majesty's Pleasure in Toronto, Canada. The event was attended by recording artist, Liz Loughrey, CEO of the[fix], Dr. Liza Egbogah , blogger/image consultant Tara Leydon and members of the Peace Collective.

Last Friday, we celebrated the launch of Curated Life magazine at Her Majesty’s Pleasure with Toronto influencers and our community supporters. The event was attended by recording artist, Liz Loughrey, CEO of the[fix], Dr. Liza Egbogah , blogger/image consultant Tara Leydon and members of the Peace Collective.  The event also marked the upcoming season of MASTERCLASS events which will resume in July. For those who haven’t heard of the venue, Her Majesty’s Pleasure is a beautiful salon/spa and cocktail bar located in the King West Village of Toronto, Canada. 

 

Just before the long weekend, it was the perfect time to pamper our guests with a complimentary nail polish change. Guests also enjoyed decadent cupcakes from our second-time sponsor, the Bakeshoppe. Like all Curated Life events, the launch provided a networking experience for millennial women entrepreneurs and professionals. Guests in attendance were also able to view the first copies of Curated Life magazine. If you were not able to attend the event and would like to purchase a hard copy, you can do so here. Most of the price covers the cost of printing, but $5 from every copy sold will help fund editorial projects for our second issue.

After the event, each guest was treated to a complimentary gift bag stuffed with these items courtesy of our in-kind sponsors:

Tealeaves Jet Lag Therapy Kit

A carry on essential, the Jet Lag Therapy kit 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. 

Tealeaves 10 Whole Lead Pyramid Teabag Sampler

This sampler is a collection of Tealeaves’ top 10 masterblend whole leaf teas. Each blend is packaged in a convenient pyramid tea bag for easy enjoyment. The sampler includes flavours like Organic Earl Grey with Lavender, Vanilla Rooibos and Monsoon Chai.  

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. 

Pura Botanicals Overnight Watermelon Mask

Glowing skin is always in season. Try this ultra-hydrating overnight mask made with all-natural ingredients. It contains watermelon extract to brighten and nourish with vitamin C, neroli to increase skin elasticity, all-natural silk peptide and aloe to soothe your skin.  

Pura Botanicals Neroli Eye Ritual

Made with a blend of botanical humectants like rosehip, lavender and aloe vera, this Neroli Eye Ritual is an overnight beauty must-have. The ritual works to hydrates your delicate under eye tissue and to minimize puffiness. And the full-size ritual is packaged in a roller-ball for easy application. 

My Daughter Fragrances – Bloom 23 & Joyful

There is so much to love about this fragrance brand.  Inspired by a mother’s love for her daughter, each perfume is created in France and bottled by the owner’s family in Alberta, Canada. It is a more natural perfume, free of the harmful chemicals found in mainstream fragrances. Bloom 23 is a blend of regal gardenia, jasmine, ylang ylang and vanilla. And Joyfull is a blend of orange flower, lime blossom, rose, jasmine and sandalwood. 

Flashionista Jewelry Tattoo

Flashionistas is a Canadian line of temporary metallic tattoos you can wear as jewelry. Easy to apply and completely waterproof, these jewelry tattoos are the perfect accessory for the summer! You can even order custom designs for yourself or an upcoming event. (psst! they're on sale!! Use promo code "shiptome" for free shipping).

Here are a few more photos from the event taken by Customatic

Our next event will be held in July 2016. Be sure to follow us @curatedlifeca on Instagram/Twitter for updates. See you soon!