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CONTENTS Issue 35 • May/June 2016

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SKN CLINIC’S TOP 5 WAYS TO RESTORE COLLAGEN AT HOME by Amanda Beisel

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HATS OFF TO CAFA

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BEAUTY BUZZ 411

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ASK THE WOW LADY: FROM WORTHLESS TO WOMAN OF WORTH

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, A PERFECT SMILE FROM ME TO YOU

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by Liberty Craig

by Crystal Jensen

by Christine Awram

by Dr. Kelvin P. Mah

WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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PAPER DOLLS

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STYLIST MINDSET: INTERVIEW WITH NICOLETTE LANG-ANDERSEN

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HOW TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN LONG, HEALTHY HAIR

Makeup by Holly Decker

by Crystal Carson

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PUBLISHER / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Shelly Lynn Nellis shelly@freshmag.ca ..........................................................................

EDITOR’S NOTE

ACTING EDITOR Roop Dosanjh copyeditor@freshmag.ca .......................................................................... ART DIRECTOR Flora Leung flora@freshmag.ca ..........................................................................

wo fashion-savvy, forward thinking, entrepreneurial women caught our eye for the annual “Art & Fashion” flip issue. Vicky Milner and Brittney Kuczynski make a brilliant team. They produce the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards—an organization that celebrates outstanding achievement and emerging talent in the Canadian fashion industry. Their most recent red-carpet award show was held in Toronto on Friday, April 15th, 2016, and many of the guests were A-list celebrities and models, such as Kim Cattrall and Elle Macpherson. Vicky and Brittney are on the rise and two outstanding women to follow! Speaking of the Arts, check out the flip side of Fresh Magazine, which is the Magazine plus Show Guide for ART! Vancouver. The ART! Vancouver Exhibition, held at the Vancouver Conventions Centre from May 26 to May 29, 2016, features talented artists from around the world. The evening of May 26 is the opening night, and I will be at our VIP lounge excited to see the beautiful pieces. Visit ArtVancouver.net for more details! We have more exciting news to share! For the next issue, we will have Cheryl Hickey from ET Canada on the cover—and Fresh Magazine is going national! Look for Fresh at spas and salons across Canada! We are feeling your love, and we look forward to connecting with you.

NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER Kristal Barrett-Stuart kristal@freshmag.ca .......................................................................... CONTRIBUTORS Amanda Beisel, Keri Lynne Hendry, Liberty Craig, Crystal Jensen, Christine Awram, Dr. Kelvin P. Mah, Holly Decker, Crystal Carson .......................................................................... COVER PHOTO CREDITS: Photographer: Paul Alexander Producer & Stylist: Crystal Carson Makeup & Hair Team: David Allan Jones and Brodine Naugle for Judy Inc. Stylist Assistant: Melanie Hayes Location: Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto Vicky wears: Floral Dress by Lucian Matis (Holt Renfrew) / Beige Shoes by Manolo Blahnik (Holt Renfrew) / Necklace by Caroline Neron (Stylist Box) / Earrings by Jon De Porter Brittney wears: Pink Gown by Christopher Paunil (Stylist Box) / Necklace by Caroline Neron (Stylist Box) / Bracelet by Jon De Porter .......................................................................... Fresh Magazine publishes six issues per year. Please send all questions, comments and inquiries to:

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SKN Clinic’s Top 5 Ways to Restore Collagen at Home By AMANDA BEISEL

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he team at SKN Clinic has tested and created many skincare products, devices and treatments over the past 8 years and here are our top picks for restoring collagen in the comfort of your home.

We are firm believers that if you want to achieve healthy, youthful skin and an optimal functioning body you need to commit to a daily home care program. This program should include well-formulated skincare, high-quality supplements, daily physical activity, proper nutrition and soul nourishment.

#1 APPLY VITAMIN A SERUM TO YOUR SKIN AT NIGHT Vitamin A is the most effective topical ingredient for stimulating collagen and has the most research and clinical to back up it’s efficacy. A few years back, a team of chemists in the US worked really hard to revolutionize the way we use Vitamin A by creating a form that was less irritating than the prescription form known as Retinoic Acid. After being told this would be impossible, they proved the experts wrong and created Iconic A Encapsulated Retinaldehyde. Iconic A helps skin produce collagen, improve the skin’s texture, reduce discolouration, fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture by helping to enhance the firmness & thickness of the skin. It also stimulates cell turnover ensuring that your skin is looking bright and fresh. Iconic A helps skin produce collagen, improve the skin’s texture, reduce discolouration, fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture by helping to enhance the firmness & thickness of the skin. It also stimulates cell turnover ensuring that your skin is looking bright and fresh. Rewind Youth Activator Serum by Skin Addix contains encapsulated retinaldehyde Clear Up Blemish Fighting Serum by Skin Addix contains encapsulated retinaldehyde

#2 APPLY VITAMIN C POWDER TO YOUR SKIN EVERY MORNING The strongest and most potent form of Vitamin C available for topical application is l-ascorbic acid. This powerful antioxidant works alongside Iconic A Encapsulated Retinaldehyde to synthesis collagen. It is a important to note that l-ascorbic acid is very unstable and light sensitive so it should always be in a powder form and mixed into the appropriate serum at time of use each day. L-ascorbic acid also provides the skin with photo-protection, lightening benefits for pigmentation and an overall brightness for the skin. Due to its potency, this form of Vitamin C is not recommended for rosacea skin or highly sensitive skin. Bright Lights Potent “C” Powder by Skin Addix contains l-ascorbic acid

#3 ROLL YOUR SKIN WEEKLY WITH THE SKIN SPIN ROLLER SYSTEM The Skin Spin Roller System is a simple antiaging tool that has multiple benefits keeping your skin looking youthful and vibrant. The concept of skin needling has to do with the ability of our skin to heal and repair itself. When rolling with the SKIN SPIN it creates hundreds of tiny dermal injuries that trigger the body’s healing response. Once the healing response is triggered the transformation begins via collagen promotion. Oh and we should mention it is great to target crow’s feet too!

#4 APPLY HYALURONIC ACID TO YOUR SKIN AND DRINK IT EVERYDAY Hyaluronic acid is an essential component of the skin because of its ability to promote, nourish and hydrate collagen. Hyaluronic acid retains water, keeping the collagen moist and elastic and is essential to take both

internally and apply topically for maximum full body benefits. Hyaluronic acid retains 1,000 times its weight in water within the skin’s cells keeping our skin plump and our joints nourished. No other biological substance can retain as much water as hyaluronic acid, making our skin smooth and soft with fewer wrinkles. DailyFix Revival Serum by Skin Addix contains hyaluronic acid HydraHit Moisturizer by Skin Addix contains hyaluronic acid 10x Hyaluronic Molecule by Fountain Beauty (internal supplement)

#5 DRINK YOUR COLLAGEN IN THE MORNING The addition of a high grade collagen supplement can provide tremendous benefits for skin, joints and bone health. WithinUs TruMarine™ is a Type I collagen – the most abundant form. Studies show that hydrolyzed collagen derived from fish scales consists of small peptide molecules that have superior bioavailability and digestibility when compared with other collagen products. Due to their lower molecular weight, these peptides are absorbed at a higher level through the intestinal barrier into the bloodstream, where they are then carried through the body, leading to collagen synthesis in the joint tissues, bones and skin dermis. WithinUs Trumarine Collagen is a Vancouver based company and can be found at SKN Clinic or online at SKNShop.com

CONCLUSION Your body is a temple that keeps you alive, your skin is a shield that protects you, and they both deserve to be nourished with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and lots of love. It is our mission at SKN Clinic to provide our clients with honest skincare advice, well formulated products and a friendly, trustworthy environment to nourish your mind, body and spirit.

Amanda Beisel is the owner of the award-winning SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic in Yaletown. She is a registered acupuncturist specializing in Cosmetic acupuncture and medical skin needling. Amanda is also the founder of Skin Addix, a natural cosmeceutical line focused on skin restoration. To learn more about SKN Clinic and Skin Addix visit SKNClinic.ca and SkinAddix.com


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With the third annual Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards, CAFA has hit its stride. By LIBERTY CRAIG PHOTOGRAPHED BY PAUL ALEXANDER PRODUCED & STYLED BY CRYSTAL CARSON

MAKEUP & HAIR TEAM: DAVID ALLAN JONES AND BRODINE NAUGLE FOR JUDY INC. STYLIST ASSISTANT: MELANIE HAYES LOCATION: BATA SHOE MUSEUM, TORONTO

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his past April, Vicky Milner and Brittney Kuczynski pulled it off: the third annual CAFA awards show, which cemented the event as the Canadian fashion industry’s ultimate gathering ground—and soon to be its pinnacle of achievement.

The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) was brought to life by Vicky (president), Brittney (founding director) and their partners to “recognize, celebrate, and promote established and emerging talent within Canada’s fashion community.” The duo didn’t understand why the established but fractured Canadian fashion community had no overarching support system—and worse, no celebratory awards program. At the moment they are only three years old, but be prepared: that CAFA award is poised to become the most coveted item in Canadian fashion.

THE CANADIAN FASHION INDUSTRY: BEFORE Vicky: Before CAFA, the Canadian fashion industry had all kinds of different initiatives, everybody doing their own thing provincially, without a broader national community to bring everyone together. There was no cohesive organization whose sole purpose was to bridge all existing initiatives, but also seek out new opportunities to elevate the industry and create a larger international spotlight. There was also nothing to celebrate the industry —similar to the Juno Awards for music, or the Canadian Screen Awards for film and TV. The fashion community is comprised of amazing artists. If we want others to pay attention, we need to make some noise. We need to celebrate our creative talent and create a platform for that global attention. Brittney: The Canadian fashion industry has always been a hidden gem, not widely recognized or celebrated by a mainstream audience. There was nothing connecting regional initiatives coast to coast; nothing to VICKY WEARS GOWN BY STEPHAN CARAS DESIGN ATELIER / EARRINGS BY CAROLINE NERON (STYLIST BOX) BRITTNEY WEARS GOWN BY STEPHAN CARAS DESIGN ATELIER / EARRINGS BY JON DE PORTER

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generate discussion about the future of the Canadian fashion industry, and how we can really take it to that next level.

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room, and everyone wearing Canadian. My favourite part of the evening was watching the red carpet, seeing everyone come dressed in Canadian fashion to show their support. I think that has an enormous stimulating effect, especially for emerging businesses!

Vicky: CAFA provides a collective voice that can represent the industry globally. With an awards show, we get a lot of media attention. This enables us to generate interest, and to build relationships year over year with sponsors, stylists, designers and bloggers, and leverage those relationships to create more opportunities for the fashion community.

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Brittney: CAFA is more than a celebratory dinner for the fashion industry: it’s a highprofile platform that connects regional markets to the broader Canadian and global marketplaces. It indicates a paradigm shift in how we’re thinking about the growth of businesses—not just celebrating but growing.

The industry has changed so much. It’s not about making a little black dress and shopping it around to brick-and-mortar retailers anymore. There’s so much capability online. The talk included topics like innovation in technology-enabled shopping, merchant infrastructure, retail optimization and enhancement, and payment platforms. It was a great opportunity for designers and industry enthusiasts to hear coveted insights from senior management in some of the fastest-growing companies in Canada: Shopify, BRIKA, Knixwear and Hubba. It was very exciting. What’s the point of celebrating Canadian talent if labels can’t monetize all the buzz they receive?

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE THIRD ANNUAL CAFA Vicky: Having Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau be part of the event was a huge highlight for me. She’s been a great advocate for Canadian fashion designers, and her support garners so much attention. To have her be part of CAFA, recognizing the importance of CAFA by presenting an award, is a huge deal for us. We hope to continue that relationship in years to come. Having Elle Macpherson there was great, and Kim Cattrall—every year we have more and more amazing people. CAFA has cemented itself as the fashion event for the country. Each year we’ve surpassed the last. This is the Canadian fashion award show—if you’re in the industry, you need to be at this event. But, to me, the best part is when people find out that they’ve won an award. It’s such a powerful moment—in a room full of peers, business owners and leaders, being acknowledged in such an important way. It’s very meaningful and inspirational – I get goosebumps just talking about it. Brittney: When Lucian Matis dressed Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau for the US State Dinner, everyone was gawking about this Canadian designer and it was so exciting for the industry. At the CAFA awards, it was the same thing: so many influential people in the

Brittney: On the morning of the event, we co-hosted the CAFA Tech Talk with OMERS Ventures, a top venture capital fund in Canada, in collaboration with Qasim Mohammad, an aficionado in the digital retail space.

OUTSIDE THE BOX Vicky: We’re launching a contest this summer in which two designers will have the opportunity to design a men’s and women’s capsule collection that will be sold at Real Sport Apparel to mark the 100th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2017. We’re doing this amazing initiative in partnership with the Leafs organization. Our goal is to create more traditional and untraditional partnerships in other sectors, to spread awareness of Canadian designers. Brittney: We don’t just want to market fashion; we’re looking at forming unconventional relationships. Last summer, we collaborated with a group of women in mining called Women Who Rock. We were able to expose Canadian labels to female professionals in this industry—and market our organization to a broader group than is traditionally done in Canada.

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My favourite part of the evening was watching the red carpet, seeing everyone come dressed in Canadian fashion to show their support. I think that has an enormous stimulating effect, especially for emerging businesses! – BRITTNEY KUCZYNSKI

THE STYLE OF ALTRUISM Vicky: What really motivates me is a huge respect for this artistic, creative community; and an interest in people’s stories. I appreciate fashion design and the process behind it, but I’m personally driven to create something long-lasting, a legacy of impact for the industry. So many talented designers struggle to succeed in this highly competitive industry. How do we create a framework to support these people—as a community, but also individually? How do we inspire and support the younger generation of talent? I spent a year doing research, meeting people and holding round-table discussions to find out what they need, so we could offer something truly valuable, and so the award really means something. I want winning a CAFA to symbolize a level of achievement, but also to be a vehicle for business development. Brittney: My full-time job is in finance, working for a large global financial services institution. I was introduced to the fashion industry through my work as a philanthropist a few years ago. While I very much appreciate and enjoy the aesthetic part of fashion, I am a strong advocate for the business side. Leveraging the knowledge I have acquired from experience in capital markets, in addition to CAFA, I also play an active role in helping designers grow their businesses.

COMPLEMENTARY OPPOSITES Vicky: I appreciate Brittney’s business acumen. What does it take for fashion designers to grow their brands? She brings the mentality of looking at financial opportunity. Where I come in is connecting people, organizing, researching and planning. I know where CAFA is now and CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ELLE MACPHERSON; SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE-TRUDEAU; VICKY MILNER; KIM CATTRALL (PHOTOS BY GEORGE PIMENTEL)

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where I want it to be in ten years, and all the steps that need to happen in between. Brittney: Vicky is the queen of getting things done and always follows through on the ambitious goals she sets out. I’ve watched Vicky turn into such an incredible leader; there’s truly nobody more passionate and well equipped to run such an enormous undertaking. We are fantastic friends, and complement each other professionally. I couldn’t be more proud of what she has accomplished running CAFA. We’re really having a blast and leaving an amazing legacy for this country!

CAFA IN TEN YEARS Vicky: We want to create year-round programming with CAFA to offer increased benefits and opportunity for the fashion community. In ten years, we’ll see the trajectory of great success stories: watching people from start-up to winning CAFA awards. We want to be part of people’s successes, give them that step that gets them to the next stage of their careers. We would also love to see government support. Right now we are privately funded through corporate and other sponsorships. I’d like the government of Canada to see the value in what we’re doing. When you invest in an industry, it comes back tenfold: job creation, manufacturing, consumer awareness. Another goal is to create more programming for the weekend of the CAFA awards. So many people fly in for the event, so let’s expand the weekend with increased opportunities for people to generate business. We did the Tech Talk this year, and Swarovski did a presentation to emerging designer nominees. We want to do more of that: make CAFA the place to make connections and do business.

BEST CANADIAN DESIGNERS FOR FRESH READERS Vicky: One of my favourites is Lucian Matis, especially for formal occasions. He dresses women with women in mind: classy, but with a bit of edge and sex appeal. LINE is really cool right now—they have beautiful knit wear and also a leisure wear line. Greta Constantine and Wayne Clark are also big favourites. For emerging designers, Matthew Gallagher, Beaufille and Sid Neigum are all doing so well right now. For accessories, I really like Jenny Bird, Dean Davidson, Rita Tesolin, Alan Anderson. I could go on! Brittney: We have a good scope of designers who cater to different age groups, a lot of opportunity to be fashionable, comfortable, professional and very feminine at any age. David Dixon has been around for over 20 years—I think he does a really good job of finding that balance between feminine and professional. Judith & Charles is a Canadian company. Also Smythe, to throw in a little edge. They have amazing jackets that last you a lifetime.

CULTURAL FABRIC Vicky: We’re not only helping the fashion industry; we’re encouraging entrepreneurship, creativity and culture. It’s easy to go to giant chain stores and buy whatever’s massmarketed; it’s much more special to buy your own country’s products and help small businesses. That’s what supports our economy, creates jobs, puts food on our tables and puts our kids through school. Supporting your own is a philosophical approach that encompasses industry, culture, and the economy as a whole. ___________________________________

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ASK THE WOW LADY FROM WORTHLESS TO WOMAN OF WORTH: EMPOWERED LEADERSHIP By CHRISTINE AWRAM

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he leadership of women is a diverse topic, and can still bring to mind old-style masculine thinking that includes C words like control, command and clout. This article starts to explore more inspiring, effective and compelling C words that include collaboration, community, connection and celebration.

WHERE THIS STORY BEGINS As Bryan Adams once sang, “It was the Summer of ’69, oh yeah... those were the best days of my life.” For me, the Summer of ’69 included some of the worst days of my life. I was nine years old, and I was severely beaten. In public. On Broadway. In broad daylight. What I clearly remember is cars driving by without stopping, and pedestrians crossing to the other side of the street. All I remember thinking is, “I’m not even worth saving.”

FAST FORWARD TO NOW That childhood experience led to a downward spiral and it negatively impacted every area of my life. Teenage runaway, abusive relationships, drugs, alcohol, you name it. But zoom to the present and I’m the Founder of WOW, an organization that’s been empowering women worldwide for over a decade. This article briefly shares two key elements that I embraced on my journey, which allows me to inspire and influence others. They form part of the foundation that makes WOW a forerunner in the empowered leadership of women.

COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY & CONNECTION In this era of the so-called Superwoman, our capes get donned right along with the Pantyhose and Prada. We do it all, and do it exceptionally well.

But at a price. When you put yourself on the fast-forward fast-track and ramp up the stress, burnout is right around the bend. It’s not healthy or inspiring, and it’s just not a powerful place to lead from. Be the leader that magnetizes and inspires. Women are fabulous collaborators, and we’re genetically wired for it. Let go of the Lone Ranger. Embrace your network of extraordinary women—they’re your community, not your competition. Share resources. Ask for help. Women create miracles together when joined in a common purpose. Plus, it’s a lot more fun!

CELEBRATION We all became familiar with the Law of Attraction once it hit Oprah. Whatever you put your attention on, that’s what you get more of. Positive or negative, the law of physics doesn’t distinguish between what’s good for you or bad for you, it’s just obedient, and follows the energy. Celebration is like putting the Law of Attraction on steroids. You create a hyperfocus when you celebrate. It revs up the energy so you receive even more, and then it starts infecting everyone around you. The energy of celebration is like a powerful rocket-booster. It inspires your team, and it feels fantastic. I’m personally a fan of the Happy Dance or throwing my arms in the air and shouting “YAY” when I’m celebrating, but everyone’s different so develop your own style.

ACTION STEP Celebrate with your community. From this day forward, when you’re out connecting and collaborating, avoid the standard “How are you doing?” greeting. Every time you pick up the phone, send an email or engage in a conversation, ask instead the Empowered Leadership question: “What are you celebrating today?” Then watch the magic unfold. That’s part of your WOW Factor.

Christine is the Founder of WOW and is a dynamic speaker, consultant, author, visionary and philanthropist. Diagnosed many years ago with a rare eye disease that was supposed to leave her blind, being a “medical miracle” refined her strategies that led up to the creation of WOW. She was honoured with the Outstanding Leadership Award presented by the Global Women’s Summit, and has personally empowered over 10,000 women. Christine also believes chocolate is a vegetable, as it comes from a bean. She can be reached at christine@theWOWevent.com

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A Perfect Smile From Me to You By DR. KELVIN P. MAH

icture it—it’s your big day. The day you’ve spent endless days and nights planning. It’s a gathering of everyone important in your life, in celebration of love and harmony. As you lock eyes with your spouse-tobe on your wedding day, they, and all your guests won’t be able to keep their eyes off your dazzling smile. That’s the moment that I love the most at weddings. That moment when you can see that the bride-to-be or groomto-be is feeling more content and confident than ever. In that very moment, and throughout your entire wedding

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day, you deserve to feel proud and free to smile, laugh, most likely cry and smile some more. As a dentist, I’m so cognizant of patient’s self-perception because I believe a smile radiates from within. With all the various treatments and tools I may have utilized to achieve that beautiful smile, I never forget that my most important criteria for assessing the success of a makeover is how my patient feels when they see their new smile. If patients feel great about themselves and their smile, they will smile freely and confidently. I often ask my patients; “how do you want to feel when you look at your wedding photos?” and “how do you want to feel on your wedding day?” When you look back on the photos of this special MAY/JUNE 2016


time in your life, you’ll want to see a smile that expresses all of the joy and excitement that you’re feeling! I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to help brides and grooms achieve the smile of their dreams before they walk down the aisle. I’m humbled because I know these moments will last a lifetime in the memory of the happy couple and their friends and family. But I want my patients to feel great about themselves even beyond their wedding day. One of my patients, Nicole, came to me before her big day. She was both excited about the wedding and anxious about the state of her smile. She didn’t want her uneven and discoloured smile to be a distraction during her most special moment. Nicole arrived expecting to hear that she needs many complicated cosmetic procedures, but was instead surprised and delighted by a different approach. I asked Nicole the single most important question that I ask all of my patients: “what do you want?” I wanted to get to know Nicole as a person, not just as a patient, so I could understand her story and why she came to me for help. I listened carefully to Nicole’s response and took every little detail of her desires into consideration. I stayed attentive to catch her subtle cues and continued the conversation until we got to the root of her smile dreams. More than anything, Nicole wanted to feel confident in her smile. She wanted her smile to complement her personality in a naturallooking way, and to showcase who she is on the inside. We discussed the various possibilities for Mini Smile Makeovers and decided on an in-office whitening treatment and bonding to even out her teeth and leave a long-lasting, brighter appearance. “Improving my smile was much easier and faster than I thought. I was also surprised by how minor changes could lead to such a huge result. And while I’ve always been a happy person, I feel free to smile now in a whole new way. As for Dr. Mah, what can I say? He was so friendly and caring, and spent a lot of time talking with me about what I wanted, and how I wanted to feel. He made me feel very important and that I was his most important concern. He was the right dentist for me, and I have already recommended him to my colleagues in the fashion world and family members, too. Thank you Dr. Mah for giving me the natural, beautiful smile I always wanted!” There are endless ways that I can help you achieve your weddingperfect smile. Many future brides and grooms come to our dental practice for professional teeth whitening, or general cleanings leading up to the big day. In other cases, I have treated patients with dental implants or porcelain veneers to make their smiles picture-perfect. In fact, the wedding season is one of the most popular times for cosmetic dental enhancements! Every bride or groom deserves to look their absolute best for their unforgettable day, and that’s where I can help. It’s my priority as a dentist to ensure that we go above and beyond to make sure your unique needs are met. Our practice is designed with you in mind. For Nicole, and many other patients, receiving a smile makeover is an incredible transformational experience. Even the smallest procedure can make such a big difference in your confidence and everyday life. I am absolutely grateful that Nicole allowed me to make an impact on her most important day by helping her achieve her wedding-perfect smile.

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Dr. Kelvin P. Mah believes in helping people—not merely treating problems—and takes a dedicated interest in the health and wellness of each individual patient. His award-winning Smile City Square Dental practice reflects a zen-like atmosphere of warmth and relaxation. He is also a graduate of UBC’s prestigious Dental School and is an instructor with the Frontier Institute. Discover the transformative possibilities of modern artisan dentistry at SmileCitySquare.com, and visit Smile City Square Dental on Facebook at facebook.com/SmileCitySquare.

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Inspirational women showing the world that passion drives success

JESSIE MCGRATH

BOBBIE LONG

ROSE KAECH

REENIE MARIE

It took a call from her doctor warning her that her heart condition could kill her to change McGrath’s health habits. But now, Jessie is a Certified Personal Trainer and the owner of Restoration Fitness.

When Bobbie Long sees a man looking good and feeling confident in a suit that she styled, she knows she’s on the right path. For most men, the process of finding the perfect suit is stressful and time-consuming. That’s when Bobbie swoops in like a suit-sourcing superhero.

Rose Kaech came up with the idea for Stardust Generation, her kids’ line of teething and sensory jewelry, after struggling to find a suitable solution for her son’s sensory needs. Rose’s son, Levi, is 5 years old and has autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and severe anxiety. He loves to chew on things to keep him calm but most of what is available is geared towards teething babies. But Rose had a solution in mind.

Reenie Marie has been involved in the fitness industry in one way or another for her entire life. As the owner of Mysfit Fitness, her focus is on women’s health and wellness at any age: mind, body, and spirit. Mysfit Fitness is all about the journey to excellent health and wellness through self-discovery.

After a journey that involved dropping from a size 18 to a size 6, Jessie began to regain her confidence, asking herself questions like: “Who am I? What do I love? And what’s important to me—really?” She got a divorce and started a business—and a whole new lease on life. Jessie believes everything begins with thoughts, then radiates out to your food choices, and then to your exercise habits. She helps women work their way through these patterns, creating customized approaches for each client. Having “done the work,” she knows what it takes and is able to hold her clients accountable. If you want to start taking care of you, check out Restoration Fitness at RestorationFitness.info.

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Her company, Haberdasher and Co. helps men elevate their wardrobes to their fullest potential and take their suit game to the next level. She has deep roots in the men’s fashion industry as a certified expert in tailoring, personal style development, and closet organizing. That means she knows exactly how to help men look their best, whether it’s in the financial district or walking down the wedding aisle. Best of all, Bobbie helps men get back to business and pleasure quicker. If you want the clothes you wear to work for you or if you know a man who could use a suit-sourcing superhero, book a complimentary consultation with Bobbie. Visit HaberdasherAndCo.com.

Stardust Generation caters to kids like Levi with an extensive line of kids’ jewelry made from food grade silicone that is safe to chew on. The sensory products have done so well that Rose now sells popular mom and babies teething products as well. She has a unique design sensibility that is funky, fun, and popular with moms, babies, and kids. In addition, portions of all her proceeds are donated to the Canucks Autism Network. To shop for Rose’s unique brand, visit StardustGeneration.com. Use the code FRESH20 to save 20% off your entire order until June 30th 2016.

Mysfits classes and services are conduits for her clients to reconnect, increase their level of fitness, eat and sleep better, have more energy, reduce stress, achieve individual goals, and so much more. Reenie always feels blessed to be surrounded by the support of so many wonderful women as they share their journey with her studio. The core of Reenie’s approach is to teach, inspire, and transform women by teaching the “why” behind the “what” of fitness transformations. Her years of experience have taught her that we all exceed expectations when we have the right tools and are allowed to be part of the process. To learn more about Mysfit Fitness, visit MysfitFitness.com. MAY/JUNE 2016


RENEE SWITZER

CHRISTINAWEIZMANN

LISA VAN REEUWYK

LISA GREENE

Renee Switzer, owner of SwitzerCultCreative, has more than 25 years of management experience in the high-end furniture design industry. Her passion is to build and maintain business relationships between the designer, the craftsman, and the client. Her expertise focuses on honouring these relationships, allowing each part of the team to create their own success. She says, “What drives me is the opportunity to help talented designers gain success in the market.”

When Christina Weizmann moved from South Africa to Vancouver in 1994, she embarked on a robust marketing and communications career in the travel franchise industry. Yearning to be an entrepreneur, she opened a successful design and marketing studio and operated it for over a decade. Now, as the Diamond and Custom Jewelry Consultant for her family business, Passion Diamonds, Christina taps into her design and sales experience when choosing perfect diamonds and creating beautiful custom jewelry. 
 Christina and her team source some of the world’s finest diamonds. They are ethically mined, cut, and polished at the best wholesale prices on the market. They offer exceptional service with hands-on diamond education, design inspiration and top-notch workmanship. It’s why they have such a successful client referral rate.

As a coach, speaker and workshop leader, Lisa van Reeuwyk is wildly dedicated to helping women in business to smash the statistics and create their own opportunities.

For the past decade, Lisa Greene, R.Ac RYT, has been helping her patients overcome physical and emotional pain at Greenetea Acupuncture.

SwitzerCultCreative’s mission is the discovery, promotion, marketing, and development of modern, original designs for living. In their new Vancouver Showroom and Gallery they express their passion for showcasing both established brands and new innovative collections of furniture, lighting, accessories, and textiles. The SwitzerCultCreative goal is to provide home furnishing products that help people create personal environments that provide peace, tranquility, and positive energy—all while supporting high-quality products that are eco-conscious. They place the highest importance on knowing about every detail of the products they promote. Find out more about Renee and SwitzerCultCreative at SwitzerCultCreative.com. MAY/JUNE 2016

Christina loves seeing her customers return as they celebrate all of life’s special occasions. She has a beautiful diamond awaiting you whether it’s for an engagement ring, wedding bands, a pendant, earrings, a bracelet, or for redesigning a precious family heirloom. To find out more Passion Diamonds, PassionDiamonds.ca

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Part media maven, with a background in television (Discovering Great Towns, Wings Over Canada), she brings a refreshing zest of mindfulness and a generous pinch of leadership, business development, and strategy know-how to her client’s lives. During the recession of 2008, she lost her father to cancer and was restructured out her dream job—all in the same week. Finding inspiration in her dad’s entrepreneurial spirit, Lisa launched Bloom Business Development in 2009. “Women must be comfortable putting their hand up for what they want as they work smarter, not harder,” says Lisa. Lisa’s training with some of the best thought leaders in North America has motivated her to confidently take action to be the change she wants to see in the world. In addition to her coaching, Lisa volunteers with the Vancouver chapter of the international non-profit Dress for Success. To find out how to work with Lisa, visit her at BloomLisa.com.

Lisa began her journey into Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in beautiful Nelson BC. Since then, she’s built a thriving practice in South Surrey. As a mother of three daughters, Lisa has learned that patience and understanding are the keys to connecting with others. She uses this wisdom to treat her patients’ problems, which can include fertility, stress, menopause, migraines, arthritic pain, digestive disturbances, or insomnia—to name a few. Lisa loves learning about other specialty fields and healing traditions. For example, in 2015, she received her yoga teacher training and includes its gentle movements in the treatments she gives patients. Currently, Lisa is specializing in facial acupuncture. It has fantastic anti-aging benefits and can help to refresh and rejuvenate the body and skin naturally. To learn more about this treatment or Greenetea Acupuncture, head over to LisaGreeneAcupuncture.com, or call 604-783-7337.

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KYLIE MATTU

SAMANTHA LENZ

AJ WOODWORTH

DANIELLE SCHEVEN

Kylie Mattu’s Stage Lab is having a big 2016. As directors for The Front Line Music, Stage Lab is now directing and filming music videos for performers on the Vancouver label’s roster.

A big presence in a growing town, Samantha is a freelance writer based out of Abbotsford, BC.

AJ Woodworth was inspired to start her business, The Glamoury, when she recognized an opportunity in the beauty market years ago.

Danielle Scheven is passionate about living a healthy, balanced life and helping empower women to feel beautiful in their skin. So when she and her mother, Donna Scheven, decided to go into business together, opening the online lifestyle boutique Carolily Finery in 2015, she knew exactly what her motivation was. She and Donna both wanted to inspire women and help them to live more beautiful lives.

Kylie started Stage Lab in 2013. At the time, the company was running slow motion video booths. After a few years, Stage Lab became known for its photography, and then its videography. The company currently produces music videos, YouTube channels, comedy shows, and corporate photography and videos. Kylie loves the fact that each project is completely different. When you go from shooting a corporate headshot to a music video, you’re never bored and always learning. Her clients value the fact that Stage Lab always delivers—even if the project involves something that Kylie’s never done before. Stage Lab is already expanding to Edmonton, Alberta, but Kylie dreams of taking even more of her beloved city of Vancouver by storm. She and her Stage Lab colleagues are working hard to make that happen. Check out Stage Lab at StageLab.ca.

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In the past, Sam has interned for CTV News Vancouver, written for ValleyBuzz in association with VancityBuzz and other media outlets. Currently, she writes for Surrey604, is an Access Producer for Shaw TV in Chilliwack, a blog contributor for the SuperDate as well as the Honeybeemom blog, and works with many individual clients based on their specific needs. On a personal level, Samantha is a strong mental health advocate and believes it is extremely important to educate others on the stigmas behind depression and anxiety. Sam’s passion for writing began at a young age; through networking she would love to connect and collaborate with more like-minded individuals. She is currently working on launching her own single-mom’s blog and novel, stay tuned. To find out more about Samantha, get in touch with her via email at samanthanlenz@gmail.com. You can also connect with her through Twitter @SamanthaLenz or Instagram @snlenz

AJ, who had been named the British Columbia Country Music Awards’ Female Artist of the Year three years in a row, struggled to find a Vancouver salon with flexible hours, a focus on both hair and makeup, and exceptional customer experience. But suddenly, a light went on for this award-winning musician. The concept for The Glamoury was born. “I wanted to create a space where women would feel comfortable to be themselves, with beauty looks tailored to each personality,” she says. “My goal is to make women feel pampered from the moment they walk in the door.” Opening this month in Yaletown, The Glamoury offers luxury makeup and hair services with an unparalleled commitment to quality. The Glamoury brand also includes a line of makeup that is Canadian made, paraben free, and not tested on animals. To learn more about The Glamoury, Check them out at TheGlamoury.com.

Carolily Finery specializes in vintage-inspired jewelry, homewares, and accessories. Danielle and Donna lovingly design and create all of their pieces in their Lower Mainland based Design Shoppe. Currently, their customers can purchase these Carolily treasures online at Carolily.com or at in-person events. In February 2016, Danielle and Donna began hosting pop-up style tea parties. ‘Carolily’s Tea Time’ is a way for these passionate creatives to meet their customers and it’s a way for their customers to see and appreciate the quality of the pieces while having fun trying them on. They look forward to releasing a bridal jewelry collection this spring, and a homeware and accessories line soon thereafter. Check out Carolily’s beautiful offerings at Carolily.com. MAY/JUNE 2016


JENNIFER WOSK

MAINKA CHEEMA

NERISSA ALLEN

RONI MCMILLAN

The original inspiration for Jennifer Wosk’s Soulshine Jewelry and Yoga is her talented grandmother, who had her own jewelry line. With the gift of the beads and pendants her grandmother collected on her world travels, Jennifer continues her legacy with a collection of unique heart-centered jewelry. Throughout her own travels, Jennifer acquires inspiring materials to include in her work. She loves creating custom pieces of wearable art.

Global West Montessori founder Mainka Cheema got her start inspiring young children in the most natural way—by caring for her younger brother. This experience sparked the “learning and playing philosophy” that is the hallmark of her company.

Nerissa Allen is the owner of Heavenly Lox, an online retail boutique of luxury human hair lace wigs, human hair extensions, and modern chic women’s apparel. She has also recently expanded her business to include a multi-label line of modern, sleek women’s apparel. Inspired by a love for fashion and personal styling, Nerissa is personally invested in the satisfaction of all her clients, and this has led to loyal clients from all over the world.

Roni McMillan heads up a marketing team for a manufacturing company in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. Her team is comprised of women who, in the past, have enjoyed corporate income but due to family priorities, career downsizing, etc., prefer to work from a home office.

Through the yoga side of Soulshine, Jennifer brings her students the skill and patience gleaned from a decade of personal practice. Her intention when guiding a yoga practice is to provide space for deep healing to occur, customizing sessions for the benefit of each individual. For Jennifer, yoga has been an essential part of her journey of self-exploration, and she wishes to share that gift with others. She provides group or private yoga and guided meditation sessions. To learn more about Jennifer and Soulshine, visit SoulshineYoga.ca.

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Inspired by the possibilities, she completed a certificate in Early Childhood Education and a Montessori Teaching Diploma from North American Montessori. After years of teaching experience, she founded her own daycare, Global West, with locations in Tsawwassen and Abbotsford. She is currently adding a third school to her Global West Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten brand. Mainka’s goal is to help each child build a strong foundation to help them thrive in their future, both academically and socially. In addition to the Montessori Curriculum, she offers weekly classes in Science, Cooking, Yoga, Music, French, and Creative Arts. To learn more, contact Mainka at GlobalWestMontessori.ca or at 604-763-4439.

Nerissa’s line of luxurious fashion wigs and extensions caters to a wide range of clients, from women just looking to update their styles to individuals with medical conditions requiring a more customized approach. She is particularly proud of her work with clients suffering with Alopecia, customizing units that suit their individual needs and build their self-confidence. To learn more about Heavenly Lox, visit HeavenlyLox.com and AdornBoudoir.ca. To keep up to date on Nerissa and her work, follow her on Instagram @heavenlylox or @adornbyheavenlylox; and like her on Facebook @adornbyheavenlylox.

After starting a family and wanting more flexible hours, Roni gave up a corporate career with the Federal Government to run her own business. With the use of e-commerce and the growth in the green movement, Roni’s business now generates more that a million dollars in sales annually securing her a strong six-figure income working half the hours she put in with the Government. Roni is passionate about helping other women create or re-create six-figure incomes. A marketing background is not necessary but being self motivated and having the desire to succeed is paramount, as schedules and work hours are managed by each individual woman. For more information, call Roni directly at 778-882-6586 or email roni@creatingsixfigures.com.

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paper dolls Play up your personality with a pop of colour. Photographed by ERIN CROOKS Makeup by HOLLY DECKER HAIRSTYLIST: CHERYL REGAL WARDROBE DESIGNER: LAURIE BROWN MODELS: HANNAH, JADE, BRIANNE, AND JENNA (EDGE AGENCY)


blue Azures and ceruleans signify loyalty, wisdom, and truth—but it can also exude confidence and fun!

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purple Traditionally known as the colour of royalty, this sexy hue also represents ambition, creativity, mystery, and magic.

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pink Think twice before dismissing this as a “prissy” colour—pink symbolizes joy, passion, and is proven to stimulate action and confidence.


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INTERVIEW WITH

NICOLETTE LANG-ANDERSEN Founder of NLA Designs Having spent the majority of my styling career dressing real women, from high-profile personalities to the girl next door, the struggle of finding a dress that fits all body types has been real. When I learned that a friend and fellow stylist Nicolette Lang-Andersen was launching her first collection of dresses NLA Designs “a vibrant brand designed with every woman in mind,” I had to find out more about it.

WHY ARE YOU CREATING THIS COLLECTION, AND HOW DID YOU GET HERE? I’ve always been interested in fashion and how clothes can transform a person’s look and self-esteem. Being a Fashion and Personal Stylist for more years than I can keep track of, my female clients brought up the same complaints time and time again. The challenge of finding that perfect dress that fits in the all the right places, difficulty in finding something that worked for them but was still on trend, and finding something that worked for their in-between size. I can’t remember exactly when I had my lightbulb moment, but as soon as I decided I wanted to create a solution to this problem I had the idea to produce a single design, that works on most body shapes, works for women across the ages, accommodates the in-between sizes and is adaptable for almost every occasion. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016


“I wanted to produce a single design that flatters most body shapes, works for women across the ages, accommodates the in-between sizes, and adaptable for almost every occasion.” HOW DOES THE DRESS WORK? The main highlight of the dress is that it accommodates many different body shapes and sizes. With a unique and flattering waist tie, the dress changes for the wearer’s body shape, hugging it and accentuating at all the right places. Each size accommodates two sizes, for example, the size small will work on a size 4 and 6 or anything in between. The message I want to send with the dress is to keep things fun and simple and to make women feel good in their own skin. It’s not about covering up what they have, but working with it and embracing it. It’s not about following trends, it’s about wearing something classic but still fashion forward. Being a new mom with a somewhat changed silhouette, I know first-hand the challenges this can create and the utter joy of having an item of clothing that has worked pre-baby and post-baby, lovable lumps and all.

HOW AND WHERE IS YOUR COLLECTION MADE? I strongly believe in being a socially responsible consumer and designer. Creating job opportunities and helping to push forward the retail and fashion community in Vancouver especially, is something I have always taken very seriously. Every aspect of the dress is made in Canada. The fabrics are sourced in Montreal, labels and buttons are sourced in Vancouver and my trusty seamstress, who helps with overflow is also sourced locally. This whole process has certainly opened my eyes to the challenges that designers are faced in Vancouver and Canada in trying to maintain their beliefs and creating something that is ethical while trying to keep production costs within budget and sell price of items affordable. However, I feel that there is a strong movement in Canada where consumers are becoming wiser in their purchase choices and more at ease at spending that little bit more on something made responsibly and of quality.

WHERE CAN THIS DRESS BE BOUGHT? The event launch will be taking place in mid-June and dresses will be sold online at CovetingChiChi.com and in-store at Fine Finds in Yaletown, Vancouver. PHOTOGRAPHER: PAUL BEHM / DESIGNER/STYLIST: NICOLETTE LANG-ANDERSEN / MODEL: ANDEE (KEY MODEL MANAGEMENT) / MAKEUP & HAIR: ELIZABETH MCLEOD / STYLIST ASSISTANT: TESSA RUSSEL


How To Achieve and Maintain Long, Healthy Hair By KERI LYNNE HENDRY PHOTO BY SERENE PHOTOGRAPHY

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or years, I thought my hair would never grow past my shoulders. When I was younger I had such long healthy hair. What was the problem?

It had everything to do with my hair routine and not having a plan. If you are stuck growing out your hair and cannot get it long, then here are 10 tips just for you!

VISION Find a hairdresser that gets your

vision. Whether it is colour or length, there has to be a plan that both of you agree on and work towards each visit.

PATIENCE Nothing happens over night.

While I was growing my hair out, I used high quality clip-in extensions. Honestly, the clipins got hot and were time consuming. I did not wear them everyday, but it got me excited to grow out my hair and have naturally long hair myself! It takes months, not weeks.

CONDITION Deep condition at least

once a week. I have been using Olaplex treatment at home in between colours. Ask your hairdresser if they carry Olaplex— it’s a game changer and can help repair damaged hair.

GET CREATIVE Avoid using heat

everyday. This one is important. If you blowdry and use either a curling iron or flat iron every single day, then you need to change up your routine. I get creative with buns, braids and ponytails. I will blow-dry and straighten or curl my hair twice a week, then alternate with different styles that do not include heat.

BE REALISTIC Be realistic with what

you can achieve with your hair type. Talk to your hairdresser about what might not be attainable to avoid disappointment.

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BAD HAIR DAYS Avoid any last

minute hair decisions when you are having a bad hair day. Save pictures of what you want your hair to look like and share them with your hairdresser. That way, when you go and ask to chop it all off, your hairdresser will easily talk you out of it.

COLOUR If you colour your hair like me, it’s important to avoid dying over your length every time you go for a root touch up in order to prevent breakage.

TRIMS Getting too many trims, too often? Before I found a consistent hairdresser, every time I went to get roots done, they would “trim” my hair, which left it the same length! Now, I trim my hair every third visit.

DRY SHAMPOO This is a lifesaver

and hair saver! I never wash my hair everyday to prevent breakage. The natural oils from your own hair can contribute to keeping it healthy! The healthier your hair, the less breakage and the longer it will be. So, feel free to add a little dry shampoo into your life. You will thank me!

CONSISTENCY If you stick with your

plan, you are going to see your hair respond in a positive way. You can have long hair that is coloured and healthy. Overall, it’s all about having a plan, sticking with it and being patient! If you need more hair inspiration please come visit me at KeriLynne.com or follow me and connect on Instagram @klynne_love. Every Monday, I post a new hair video with fun styles and ideas to help you get through the week! Have questions or want to see a certain style? I would love to hear from you! Lots of Love, Keri Lynne MAY/JUNE 2016


Fresh Vancouver Issue #35  

Fresh Vancouver Issue #35 May/June 2016, featuring an interview with CAFA: Ambassadors of Canadian Fashion, Vicky Milner and Brittney Kuczyn...

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