We’ve all had THAT moment…

You know the one… it’s 2:30am, you’re doing your levelled best to get just a little bit of sleep, but your Everest-sized to-do list is haunting you.  Forget about counting sheep- you’re too busy counting how many things you have to do vs. just how little time you have to do it in.

Yup- I get it.  And that’s exactly why I launched Handled.  Because not so long ago, that was the very picture of me, and I just so desperately needed someone to help, or at least just take the edge off my growing stress level and get some of it off my hands.

But not just that.  Handle it, start to finish, without me having to worry about it getting done.  And, not just done, but Done with a capital D, to the level (or better?) that I would myself.

Even more (was I dreaming?)- it would get done, to the highest quality and attention to detail, and we’re having a laugh all the while that it’s happening?!? Continue reading “We’ve all had THAT moment…”

For Your Inspiration: Sandra Pierce, aka The Bag Lady of Bay Street

For Your Inspiration: Sandra Pierce, aka The Bag Lady of Bay Street

If there’s one woman out there who does it all – this one has got to be it.

Some of you may know her as The Bag Lady of Bay Street, we witnessed her be referred to as the “Unofficial Mayor of Toronto,” but most consistently she is Sandra Pierce, woman-extraordinaire. We met her for lunch one August afternoon, and based on the fact that she showed up wielding a gorgeous black cane and sporting red enamel circle frames, our expectations were appropriately set quite high.

Sandra coined “Bag Lady Syndrome,” which is when a woman fears that she won’t have enough money saved for retirement, no matter how successful and financially responsible she is. And Sandra knows a thing or two about financial stability, seeing as how she is one of the top Investment Portfolio Managers in Toronto. We spoke about this, The Power of the Purse – a charitable evening that raises funds and awareness of the power of women and girls in the developing world – and fashion in a candid, no holds barred interview over lunch at the Hazelton in midtown Toronto. Ladies (and gents), take notes. Continue reading “For Your Inspiration: Sandra Pierce, aka The Bag Lady of Bay Street”

Why we’re dreaming of cold weather

Why we’re dreaming of cold weather

It’s safe to say that a) summer is officially over, and b) we’re all rather upset about it. However, I can also confidently say that the single largest saving grace for the chill in the air is what you and every other fashion lover guessed: Fall coats. They are *the* wardrobe staple for this time of year, whether their purpose is to serve us functionally or decoratively. Handler André puts it best as “outerwear that’s an extension of our personal style, instead of just armour against a stiff breeze.”

From traditional classics to straight-up showstoppers, Shira and André have selected their men’s and women’s favourites from this season. Try and stop yourself from drooling, I dare you. Continue reading “Why we’re dreaming of cold weather”

15 Minutes with André Isaac Reid

15 Minutes with André Isaac Reid

One of the things we pride ourselves on here at Handled is our commitment to getting to know our customer inside and out – what they like, what they want, and what they didn’t even know they needed. But on top of that, we want you to get to know us. Because not only are we awesome, we want you to figure out which one of us you want to shop for you (we’re pinching ourselves just thinking about it). So over the next few installments of this blog, expect a continuation of the series, “15 Minutes With,” a Q&A of fashion and lifestyle questions to give you a taste of what we have to offer. And there is no better Handler to kick things off than our beloved André, a man who truly needs no introduction, other than the fact that he phone-ordered black beaded Armani shoulder pads in ‘09. I challenge you to read on and not call him afterwards. Continue reading “15 Minutes with André Isaac Reid”