Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back

Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back

It’s so much fun when you meet a *true* badass.  A Boss.  There, I said it.  Because they make us better people. They get it– what it takes to achieve your goals, how you can make things better for the world around you, that you can have a good, solid, full body laugh at yourself in the process.  They are completely unapologetic for who they are and how they got there.  And they bring the rest of us along for the ride.

That’s Azadeh Boroumand in a nutshell.  She’s a mom, a wife, a role model, a Personal Trainer, a CrossFit Games competitor, a tireless advocate for true wellness.  Yup, a Boss. Continue reading “Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back”

Step One: Know Your Privilege

Step One: Know Your Privilege

As you probably know by now, we, at Handled, actively seek out people we find impressive, empowering, and inspiring. We do so because we want to share their stories with not only you, but with as many people as possible. We choose those individuals whose stories just have to be heard, and Karen Craggs is no exception.

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15 Minutes With Laura

15 Minutes With Laura

Does anyone else find that a new year rarely actually brings change? One always pledges to create some, but how often does that come to fruition? Fortunately for Handled, this new year has brought us the best kind of change…

Meet (drumroll, please)…LAURA, our newest Handler! Simply the fact we’ve found the one person on Earth who has to remind themselves to wear more black (no, that’s not a typo), goes to show how funky and fresh 2018 is and is going to be. We are so, so excited that Laura has joined the Handled fam, and we can’t wait for you all to read why. Continue reading “15 Minutes With Laura”

A League of Her Own

A League of Her Own

Here at Handled, we are fortunate enough to attend tons of fantastic events all around the city, and at these events, we are even MORE fortunate to meet tons of fantastic people. People who exude passion, drive, and a commitment to change.

Dana Bookman is one of those people.

We met her at a Women of Influence event in December, fell head over heels with not just her, but her entire movement, and had to sit down for a chat. Over steak-frites and a glass of red wine (or two), we fell deeper. Read on and you’ll see why. Continue reading “A League of Her Own”

Battle of the Basels: A ThoughtPiece

Battle of the Basels: A ThoughtPiece

I don’t know about you, but I was shocked to find out that Art Basel has not always been a who’s-where-in-what-with-who Miami Beach blowout for celebrities, overwhelmingly made up of models and quote-unquote influencers under the age of thirty. It was created nearly fifty years ago in Basel (I get it now), Switzerland, by gallerists, Trudi Bruckner, Balz Hilt, and Ernst Beyeler, “Europe’s pre-eminent dealer in modern art,” according to the New York Times. Continue reading “Battle of the Basels: A ThoughtPiece”

Gifting 101

Gifting 101

Step 1 to getting the holiday juices flowing…

It’s barely even November but if there’s one thing we’ve learned – and if you’ve lived, you’ve learned this, too – the holidays creep up on you. There’s just no way around it. Every year you trick yourself into thinking you have all the time in the world to get everything for ev-ery-one and before you know it, it’s the weekend before Christmas and all you’ve got to show for it is a stocking with your dog’s name sewn onto it. So take it from us (we know a thing or two about buying for others) and plan ahead. Rather take the time to pick the perfect gift, whether it’s a fur stole or a weekend away, because after all – you only get as good as you give. Continue reading “Gifting 101”

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”