Just One Thing – Laura Kartonchik

Just One Thing – Laura Kartonchik

Yves Saint Laurent once said “fashions fade – but style is eternal.”

We’ve found that somewhere – deep in the recesses of our individual style histories – there’s always just one thing that stands out in our minds as a crucial element or objet that highlighted a turning point in defining our personal style.

The subject of this Just One Thing Interview is our very own Laura Kartonchik – whose months-long dream of a particular pair of dove grey suede pumps served as opening statement to developing her own Signature Style.

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We’ve all had THAT moment…

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”