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Spring Favourites

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Spring Favourites!


Spring is here and I don’t know about you but for me it’s the perfect time to make some changes & do some shopping! I’m not a shopping addict at all, but when seasons change from winter to spring, I’m always inspired to refresh my wardrobe and my home. Here are some of my Spring Favourites:

DRESS

This dress is not something I would usually try on! I love pairing it with cute pantyhose, hats, it goes great with both jackets and coats. A good reminder to get out of your comfort zone and try something different.

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ACCESSORIES

I purchased quite a few pairs of earrings from Simons. I photographed a very stylish Realtor Lara Stasiw a few weeks ago and she brought the most beautiful earrings to her photoshoot. It pushed me to refresh my neglected jewellery box.

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PHOTO OF THE SEASON

This photo I took of Hair & Makeup Artist and Educator Tuhina reminded me of the Tale of Two Wolves:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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BOOK

My favorite book recently was “Sapiens”. It’s a grand overview of the history of humankind. I may not agree with the author on all his points, but I enjoyed it a lot, not to mention learned a lot as well. It really made me think about our species, what we’ve accomplished and where we’re going.

TV SHOW


I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed (out loud!) so much watching a TV Show. Rachel Bloom, the creator and main star of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is a breath of fresh air. Don’t let the title fool you, in addition to being extremely funny, this show is also really smart. I was surprised to see it was a musical - but the songs are absolutely hilarious, I think “I’m So Good At Yoga” and “Let’s Generalize About Men” are my favourites!

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QUOTE

I think this quote says it all. Life can be a crazy ride and the only thing we truly have control over is ourselves and our attitude!

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I hope you enjoyed my Spring Favourites and found them inspiring! Wishing you the most beautiful Spring!

xoxo

Agnes


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Tuhina

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Meet an amazing Hair & Make-up Artist and Educator Tuhina! Tuhina wanted her photos to be iconic and timeless. She loves wearing black and gold, so she prepared great outfits in those colors. Props included a director’s chair and of course a make-up artist’s kit!

Through our gentle process, this beauty opened up during the magical afternoon of her photoshoot.

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary
— Pablo Picasso

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Interior Designer Christine Da Costa

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Meet lovely Christine of Decor by Christine - she’s an experienced Interior Designer and self-proclaimed glamamama! Christine is one of the most energetic clients I’ve ever had and her happiness really translates through the photos.

In addition to offering interior design services, Christine also has an online store on her website with accessories hand picked by her! I fell in love with mugs, blankets and prayer beads she brought to the photoshoot and I couldn’t resist to purchase them for myself.

Christine’s motto is “decorate as you dress”. I love that because her style is nothing short of amazing. She approaches a room like a woman’s outfit: buy great, timeless pieces that have longevity and accessorize with less expensive items! “I’ve always loved how Fashion intersects with Interior Design and frankly I cannot get enough of both!”

A couple of weeks ago I worked with the fabulous photographer Agnes from Pure Studios to take some professional photos of me & I just got back from her studio after the Reveal. I couldn’t be more ecstatic over the images she was able to capture of me. The interior design industry is all visual and that includes pictures of yourself. I am my brand so damnit I better look good, right? With any service company you are basically representing yourself and what your company stands for!
— Christine Da Costa

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Lisa

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A successful broker, lively spirit, caring friend, simply a lovely woman... We laughed over ripped jeans, shared mind boggling stories and truly enjoyed a sunny afternoon of her photoshoot.

She was nervous about not knowing what to do in front of the camera, about looking awkward, about her smile looking fake…

Thank you for trusting me, Lisa!

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Please remember that going through a range of emotions before and during your photoshoot is completely normal. Most women experience: desire, doubts and fears, nervousness, excitement, letting go, having fun… wanting more! It’s my job to capture amazing photos of you that will be cherished forever.

Hair & Make-up Artist: Elegant Makeup

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Educational Strategist Jane Kristoffy

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Feeling grateful to have met and worked with wonderful Jane Kristoffy. Jane is an Educational Strategist helping students achieve personal success. She is an elegant, intelligent and classy woman, simply lovely to be around and I’m very happy our paths have crossed.

Jane attended our “Instagram For Your Business” Seminar few months ago and she did her branding process the right way! It started with determining her brand colors. Strong red, navy and light blue were the final choices.

As most women, Jane was also nervous to have her photos professionally done. Please remember this is completely normal! It’s MY job as the Photographer to walk you through the entire process and deliver beautiful and natural photos of you.

Recently I went through Agnes’ entire process: consultation, photo shoot and reveal. Her professionalism and commitment to impeccable work was evident in all sessions, as well as during her email communications and delivery of photos.

I’m thrilled with my photos, and I enjoyed the experience of the photo shoot more than I expected! Hair and make-up, arranged by Agnes for the day of the shoot, as well as a relaxed and supportive atmosphere in her studio, made the photo shoot special.It was an “event” for me! Agnes ensured I was comfortable having my photos taken, offered helpful suggestions, and never rushed the process.

I am new to marketing my business, as well as the use of social media platforms for sharing my brand. During each of the three sessions, Agnes patiently explained strategies for me to use in order to get my brand/services in front of my ideal clients. I appreciated this extra time and expertise.

I can’t imagine a better experience, or better professional to get this job done. On top of this, Agnes is warm, creative, smart person.I look forward to working with her again!
— Jane Kristoffy
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Spring vibes with Christie Ressel

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Winter in Toronto is no joke, so this colourful photoshoot with Stylist & Youtuber Christie Ressel was a true treat. We were talking with Christie about how we start feeling a bit miserable in late January and we cannot wait for spring. Wearing colourful outfits truly helps and Christie is a master when it comes to color.

Keep scrolling to hear about Top 11 Spring Trends from Christie!

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As usual for Christie’s monthly photoshoot, I made sure to choose locations where colors go with her brand. This way her presentation stays consistent and she can use her photos for many different platfroms, like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, her website and blog.

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If you cannot wait for spring either and you’re curious what spring trends we’ll be rocking in 2019, check out Christie’s video on the subject!


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Laura De Sanctis

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Our last photoshoot with Laura De Sanctis, Nutritionist at Go With Your Gut, was super cozy, sweet & sexy!

Laura has just launched her “Shift Happens” affirmation cards. They are a wonderful tool to help shift our mindset, to heal and establish self love. They are so much more than pretty photos and cards.

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This year has been a year of lessons... a lot on letting go and trusting the universe. Letting go of people, things and circumstances and creating space for the better. I created Shift Happens affirmation cards and journals to help people holistically heal and make a shift in their lives. Many times we cling to certainty, we cling to thoughts, feelings or people in response to fear. The body always responds to how we think and feel.

When you create space, shift your thinking, and let go of negative thoughts, your body will respond. It all starts in the gut. I challenge you to make the shift.
— Laura De Sanctis
The moment you realize your worth, you shift. You attract new energy and new people who respect your worth. It all starts with you.
— Laura De Sanctis

I couldn’t agree with Laura more!


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Veronica

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One of my New Year resolutions was to photograph more fashion, so I was thrilled to start working with Veronica! I felt very inspired when she came with wardrobe ideas to her consultation. She’s also such a sweet soul.

Veronica is our subscriber, which means she benefits from regular photoshoots. She wanted the vibe of this photoshoot to be edgy, minimalist and modern!

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Personal Stylist Christie Ressel

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As a fashion lover, I’m beyond excited to be working with Christie Ressel. She’s a Stylist with many years of experience as well as a YouTuber with a devoted fan base. No surprise here - when I met Christie I felt as if I’ve know her for years. She’s warm, bubbly and super inspiring. We started working together in December and despite cold temperatures it has been a blast.

Keep scrolling down to get Christie’s advice on how to look cute when it’s cold!

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We were super lucky that it started snowing during one of our photoshoots! Snow makes winter photos absolutely dreamy.

I really like that Christie is using colors boldly in her wardrobe. It’s very uplifting, especially during long Canadian winter.

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If you ever wondered what winter essentials would help you look cute when it's cold, watch this video from Christie. She’s giving practical winter outfit ideas so you can look cute when it's cold and freezing outside!


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Winter Favorites

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A lot of us have a love-hate relationship with this season. I’m no different. I love the atmosphere of Christmas, dreamy snow, mulled wine in restaurants, cozy sweaters. But I also have a hard time with shorter days, less sunlight and being lazy and unmotivated. Here are some of my recent favourites which have helped me enjoy this winter much more!

  1. Red Parka

    I love dressing up in winter, but when it’s quite cold, there’s nothing like a great parka. It’s a must for me when I’m travelling, makes me feel safe, comfortable and warm. This Calvin Klein model has plenty of practical pockets. When I’m travelling, I always want to have my documents, my wallet and phone in an inside pocket.

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2. Lavender Goodies: Sleepy Body Lotion & Pure Couture Soap

If you know me well, you know I’m obsessed with good quality lavender products. They are a big part of my bedtime routine. I love using the lavender soap from Pure Couture for my evening shower and afterwards Sleepy Body Lotion on my body. After this ritual, I usually fall asleep in minutes :)

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3. Pearl Ear Muffs & Gloves

Cute accessories can brighten a dark winter day. I particularly like these ear muffs because they keep my ears warm without messing up my hair!

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4. Photo of the Season: Sexy Sweater Weather

I’ve been wanting to take some sensual photos just for myself for a while now. But as it often is with those things, I kept delaying it. The main reason was gaining a few pounds, as I always do when fall starts. Then I decided I don’t need to look perfect to be happy with a photo of myself. Once the photos were done, my only regret was not having them done sooner.

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5. Quote: Women should be Brave, not perfect.

There’s a lot of famous quotes from Billie Jean (one of my favourite tennis icons), but this one is very special to me. Every single day I see women stopping themselves from marketing themselves, from speaking out, from putting themselves out there simply because they’re not perfect (in their head).
If we want to change that for our and future generations, we have to be brave. We have to consciously choose where we put our focus. Nobody will do it for us, we have to do it for ourselves. Seeking validation is pointless because if you’re doing that, you’re already giving your power away. Why not instead focus on what good we can create, how we can become masters of our craft and how we can have plenty of fun along the way.

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I hope you enjoyed my winter favorites! Before we know it, it will be spring again.


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