How To Look Great for a 15-Hour Day

How To Look Great for a 15-Hour Day

A long workday is one thing, but when the holidays approach it’s not just those extra days in the office, it’s the festive lunch, the client entertainment, the kids’ school concert, and the corporate party that make keeping up your best that much more of a conundrum.

For the season that has you running from one thing to another, from dawn until dusk, something must be done to keep you looking and feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed – instead of roadkill run ragged.

We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves for helping you maintain your good cheer – and good looks – during the long days ahead. And, they can all be done in a bathroom break – which is great, because we bet that’s all you’ve got time for!

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A year of Handled

A year of Handled

Raquel and Laura reporting to duty from our favourite little Queen Street East cafe, Sweat and Soda. We are sitting here with our fearless leader, Shira Yoskovitch. In case you hadn’t heard, she is the Founder and CEO of Handled Concierge Services. We had a lovely chat leading up to Handled’s one year anniversary, turning the tables on our vibrant leader by putting her in the hot seat for a series of questions. Read below, you know you want to. Continue reading “A year of Handled”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

Everyone’s heard it: “It takes a Village.” I mean, mostly that statement crops up when we talk about child rearing but I think it applies to life in general. Whether we prefer to have few, very close friends or a large broader group of friends, we’re all built to need connection. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date”

The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal

The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal

When was the last time you journaled?

Do you have to search back to your teenaged days, when you filled a padlocked diary with the angsty flare-ups and minutiae of high school life? Or maybe, like us, you pick up a fresh ‘Travel Journal’ notebook each time you exercise your wanderlust so you can record every exciting moment of your adventures.

If this is journaling, it’s just not practical for everyday life – and that’s exactly why most of us don’t do it.

But, considering how many experts wax poetic about the benefits of journaling as though it’s a self-care cure-all, we started wondering: had we been doing it wrong this whole time? So, we checked out a bunch of different options to find a better way. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal”

Self-Care – How do you like yours?

Self-Care – How do you like yours?

Since last time we were in this space together, we’ve been feeling tired. Like really, exhausted, candle-at-both-ends, biting our tongues, sending ourselves to our rooms kind of tired. Right after a piece we wrote about self-care, you say? Hello irony, our old friend….

At Handled we’ve had lots of practice providing self-care to others, but sometimes we need a good dose of our own medicine. And so we asked you: What are your preferred self-care activities? And, more to the point:

Do you know what fills your cup and brings you a sense of emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being? Continue reading “Self-Care – How do you like yours?”

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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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”

I’m thankful for my village

I’m thankful for my village

Hello, my name is Shira and I’m a control freak (hi, Shira).  I admit it. I LOVE to have my hands in all aspects of what’s going on around me.  I get an actual thrill from being able to make things work.

But if I’ve learned one thing in my 40-ish years it’s that you can’t- just. can. not- be involved in everything all the time if you want to 1. be the best – friend, family member, employer, employee, person; and 2. keep your sanity.   This is by far the biggest lesson of 2017 for me.  Yes, whilst I suppose I’d always known this at some level (in other words, I had been told many times but it hadn’t really successfully sunk in before), the past 12 months of developing and launching Handled has driven the point home in a profound way.

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Strategy Online: Handled bets on demand for personal shopping

Retailers and brands are all working hard to invest in their mobile and omnichannel experiences, but some consumers might just be too busy to shop.

And while personal shoppers are largely limited to the wealthier among us, technology is a bit of an equalizer – something a new Toronto business is betting on.

Handled Concierge Services is a new mobile-based personal shopping service officially launched earlier this month, aimed at busy professionals and families who find certain kinds of shopping to be more burden than pleasure.

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PSFK: This Company Is Trying To Put Personal Shoppers Within Reach

Now there’s an app to access personal shoppers. Founded by Shira Yoskovitch in Toronto, Handled Concierge Services has created a personalized approach to shopping, powered by technology. Understanding that busy professionals don’t have a lot of extra time in their day to spend searching for the perfect gift or new clothing, the Handled app offers it as a service.

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