Bay St. Bull: Step up your professional game with Handled

From startups to restaurants to high-tech corporations, women are taking the business world by storm and leaving their mark. Handled’s Shira Yoskovitch on bringing personal shopping to the masses.

A personal shopper or stylist may seem like a luxe service, but the founder of Handled, Shira Yoskovitch, would disagree. Yoskovitch believes that you don’t need to be a CEO to benefit from Handled’s affordable suite of service offerings. 

Handled is a shopping concierge on your phone or desktop. Tell Handled what you want, and they take care of the entire shopping process for you. That includes browsing, buying, delivery, returns and alterations for apparel, accessories, home gifts and related items all according to your budget and timeline.

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Marnie Consky is on a mission to help women feel confident in their bodies – and to make thigh chafing a worry of the past!

Marnie Consky is on a mission to help women feel confident in their bodies – and to make thigh chafing a worry of the past!

We count ourselves lucky for knowing Marnie Consky.

Brimming with as much experience as she is with curiosity, spending time with Marnie is to know you’re in the presence of a lightning rod – one who will light you up as much with her glow, as she will with her self.

Empowering and inspiring confidence in women is what Marnie’s all about. In fact, it’s exactly why she founded her company, Thigh Society in 2009. To give women the world over something she wanted for herself – the perfect anti-chafing underwear. When she couldn’t find it, she went out and made it herself. Now that’s a lightning rod!

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Jan Frolic is awakening the Captain & Poet in each of us, and we’re forever grateful

Jan Frolic is awakening the Captain & Poet in each of us, and we’re forever grateful

Hanging with Jan Frolic is a pretty awesome experience.

Full of so much energy and focus that you’d swear that she has her own theme song & cape, she instantly puts you at ease, and looks straight at you in a way that lets you know that you have her full – and I mean FULL – attention.

Jan’s made it her mission in life to help people, particularly women, who are trying to make the world around them a better place. And now she’s embarked on a new venture to bring that way of thinking to young children so that they learn to embrace their inner superpowers early.

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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”

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”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself

The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself

You know what they say: if you’re going to talk to yourself, make sure you say something nice. We admit, it’s not something we’re consistently good at. We find it easier to congratulate ourselves and confirm our greatness when something goes well. But we then forget to continue this positive self-talk when things aren’t going well. When we feel down, challenged, or unworthy, we find it hard to believe what we’re saying to ourselves. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself”

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?”

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”