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Randi Chapnik Myers
Randi Chapnik Myers is Co-Founder and Content Editor of BrazenWoman.com, the only lifestyle site by women 35+ for women 35+. A journalist, blogger, editor and marketer, she specializes in custom content creation for publications, companies, brands and authors at RCMContent.com. Proud to call herself a social media addict, Randi is never far from a screen—even when she's out hunting for designer bargains.
Mara Shapiro is Co-Editor, Community of BrazenWoman. She is proof that it's never too late to reinvent yourself, and also that you cannot have too many pairs of shoes and lipglosses. A Social Media addict, Community Manager, and insatiable lover of movie popcorn, Mara is always on the hunt for the next best thing. You'll often find her laughing and dancing, phone in one hand, and a glass of red in the other. The only time she's not talking is when she's sleeping.
Patricia is a proud geek raising two little geeklings along with her geeky husband. You can find her on Twitter fangirling about her latest obsessions. Since she spends 8 months out of the year living in a barren winter waste land, she dreams of living bare foot on a tropical beach someday.
Lauren Millman is a Professional Certified Coach, Counsellor, Interventionist and Behaviourist, in private practice in Toronto. She writes for business organizations and e-magazines, and is a regularly featured expert on Rogers Daytime and CTV. Lauren is all about keeping it real, and thinking outside the box to help you get-your-happy-on. She's married with three kids, is a self-confessed coffee snob, and believes you can't own too many pairs of shoes.
Media and fashion have both always been present in my life, and I'm extremely fortunate to have worked in both industries. I've gone from Technical Director to Wardrobe Consultant at The Weather Network and a buyer's assistant at TJX Canada. I'm currently in my happy median...Public Relations. I'm happy to also be called a wife and mommy to two little divas
Wife, WAHM, blogger and social media addict, Jenn is always on the up & up and loves a juicy story. WIth a passion for making positive changes and a willingness to try just about anything twice, her honest, tell-all style may just have you laughing and cringing all at once.
Matthew Taub is a P90X Master Trainer, International Fitness Presenter, Insanity, TRX, Turbo Kick, PiYo and Spin certified, and Personal Trainer located in Toronto, Ontario. Working with his wife, Felicia Taub, another Master Trainer with Insanity, Turbo Kick, PiYo and Hip Hop Hustle, together they work to help couples and individuals change their lives with a base of fitness. Their framework is based on Banging out a Better Balanced Life.
Lisa is an Ottawa based certified interior decorator, who’s married with four children and who also runs her own interior decorating company. In her spare time she blogs, tweets, pins and instagrams to stay connected with clients, peers and others in the design field. Follow her along as she decorates and renovates any room she can get her hands on, sharing some great advice along the way.
World traveller, wine guzzler and cocktail shaker; always on the prowl for new adventures in the concrete world, all with a baby on the hip. Having recently swapped marketing alcoholic beverages for juggling martinis and diapers at home, Yashy's got a drink for every occasion. You can find her lusting after the next travel opportunity and sharing food and drink recommendations alongside kid friendly events happening in Toronto on her blog as well as on Twitter and Instagram.
Iva is a mother by day to one daughter and three sons. By night, she blogs to inspire other women that understand that fashion doesn’t end after marriage or children. Iva enjoys classic pieces with a strong cut and fit and knows that not every trend is a fit for everyone. Fashion doesn’t end at age 35.
Holly Bellman is the Executive Director of The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Trust (www.pencerbraintrust.com) and a beauty addict. She blogs about the products she loves and hopes to inspire others with new beauty findings and old favorites at http://beautyspotted.wordpress.com.
Suzanne Colmer is the Owner and Creator of Your Shop Girl Image Consulting. She has been featured on CBC radio, in the National Post and The Toronto Star. She specializes in teaching women and men how to love their clothes and dress for everyday life.
Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, and nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. He has appeared on CBS, FOX, ABC, and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer and published author. He is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) with the American Council on Exercise, a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) and a FITchef. For more information, please visit www.thelifestylerenovation.com and follow Joey on Instagram and Twitter at @JoeyThurmanFit.
Stylist Melissa Evans-Lee spearheads marketing strategy at Bayview Village. Always in tune with the latest lifestyle trends, her expert advice is regularly featured in the media, including Canada AM, Canadian Living, Rogers TV’s Daytime Toronto, the Globe and Mail, The Kit and more.
Corinne K. works with stressed and busy women. She helps them slow down and feel better physically and emotionally. She guides them to get real about what they truly need to feel more free, inspired and empowered in their lives.
When she's not working she's probably sitting on a patio somewhere with a glass of wine, traveling or wandering the city.
Check out her website at corinnek.ca.
Debbie is a happily married, suburban mother of 2 boys. She has spent the past 15 years in the food industry and over the last 2 years has grown a love for writing and blogging about her life experiences as a mom. While not working as a hiring consultant and juggling her busy household that includes two young boys, she can be found tweeting @debbiedavidov and on her blog and facebook page, Me, Myself and Kids. She is a lover of chocolate, wine, fashion and reality television...not necessarily in that order.
Years in the garment industry left Colleen Carlisle with a nasty habit of trend-watching and forecasting. Always obsessed with finding the perfect fit and the most flattering colours, Colleen is in the personal shopping and styling business as a Director with trend-setting accessories company, Stella & Dot.
Colleen is a passionate entrepreneur, an enthusiastic volunteer and a style-savvy dynamo who can't bear to keep her mouth shut no matter the consequences. She is happily married to Mr. Good Times and with their two hilarious children plus a dog called Bones they split their time between her hometown of King City, Ontario, and family homes in Muskoka and on Siesta Key in Florida.
Trusha Patel is an investment banking lawyer turned Canada’s Spice Queen™ and owner of Canada's most premium organic spice company, Spice Sanctuary. A regular featured expert on CTV Morning Live and Global Morning, Trusha is also a travel addict and a foodie who loves developing her own recipes, reads cookbooks like novels and is always snapping food photos when no one is looking.
Paula Coop McCrory
Paula Coop McCrory has a simple philosophy. “I pin what I love.” It’s an approach that has garnered her considerable attention. With 4.5 million followers, and growing*, on Pinterest; Paula is a verifiable social media marketer and taste influencer.
Jo Holness is a 48-year-old writer based in Winnipeg who has spent a lifetime playing with words. A regular opinion piece writer for CBC.ca, she also blogs at "Rick Mercer Is My Idol". Her favourite pastime?Ranting about injustice, impolite behaviour and the push towards acceptance of mental illness as just that: an illness. Jo is currently working on her first novel, set in Jamaica.
A certified nutritionist, freelance writer, blogger, mother of two, happy wife and foodie. I have always been passionate about food and its role as a building block in our health and wellness. There are few things I find more inspiring than a farmers market on a Saturday morning! I love a good read, hiking with my dog (okay, husband too), spending time with family and friends, and travel.
Dr. Michelle Berg
I am a Chiropractor working and living in the Richmond Hill area. I have been in practice for over 15 years, with a special interest in female and family care. I am a huge bookworm, love baking, do cross-stitch in my spare time, play Maj with a group of like-minded women 35+, and have just started to actually enjoy working out :)
Born and raised in Montreal, Qc. Defected to Toronto in 1998 (before a 5 year stint in Vancouver, B.C.) Happily divorced since 2007. Sorry, no drama between my ex-husband and I. Single working mom of two wonderful, amazing, cute-as-a button children. Knows a thing or two (ok, really a gazillion) about being single in your 40s and being called a Cougar (love or yuk when you hear that word?) Keep reading to find out.
Tina O’Connor is an on-air personality and relationship expert who focuses on parenting, sex and lifestyle issues — with a feng shui twist. She is the author and creator of the popular "Be That" book series, whose titles include "Be That Girl," "Be That Mom" and "Be That Kinky Girl," providing women and couples everywhere with concrete strategies to achieve more balance, happiness, peace and success in their lives. Tina holds a BSc in psychology and is a certified feng shui practitioner and mom of three who appears regularly on Global, CTV and Rogers TV stations across Canada. She has also appeared as a guest on a wide variety of radio stations, from CBC to Playboy Radio. With her straight-talking approach and dynamic personality, Tina gives real-world advice with a flair for entertainment. She truly is "That Girl."
Linda is living life large as she embraces the new era of a 50 Year Old. Hailing from our nations Capital, she loves everything about her new city except WINTER. This East Coast transplant loves volunteering and all things social media related. This Social Media addict can be found on pretty much every forum there is and loves sharing all the pieces of herself.As a stepmom to two musicians and mom to one furbaby, this lover of food, fashion, wine, crafts and travel she loves to bring you into her world to share what she is doing/loving.
My passion is education,serving and just plain making men and woman feel and look their best. I'm a Skin Care Therapist and Esthetician and my attention to detail is one of my greatest characteristics. Being a Gemini, I've been told that I have two sides to my personality........a quiet side and a devilish side. I wonder which one will come out to play. Stayed tuned.
Laurie Waldman is a 48-year-old Client Services Coordinator who is passionate about about all things Customer Experience. She's also Mom to two young adults and has been married to her best friend for the past 25 years. A lover of music and performing, she is happiest sitting around a campfire, singing her heart out and enjoying the company of friends.
Rachel Devine is an award-winning Aesthetician & Makeup Artist and is the owner of Aesthetics by Rachel, in Hamilton, Ontario. Rachel is also the founder and formulator of R Devine Skin Care, a professional, truly natural and organic, hand-crafted skin care line.
Humour blogger, dog mother, and married to a patient man. In my real job, I'm a crisis counsellor with over a decade of experience. I love to talk about love and life and the funny things that happen while we experience both!
Anastasia has been bringing ideas to market for global companies, startups and helping small businesses make their ideas reality for over 20 years. She is a passionate ideator, positive instigator, a results and facts driven business strategist and compassionate leader and visionary. She also loves exploring the world as a self proclaimed travel and adrenaline junkie. Anastasia has experienced being on top of the world in Iceland on glaciers, the rainforests of Panama, cycling the countryside in Cuba and enjoying everything off the beaten path.
I'm a semi-nomadic, gluten-free, dairy-free, baby-wanting ,self-proclaimed people-watching allergy-queen just trying to navigate this obstacle course called life. My blog, Bewildered Bug, is my measly attempt to relay my everyday adventures as someone who is not yet a Mom, but no longer a party girl.
Full time mama to 3 who left the corporate rat race to do the most important job in the world. Blogging is my sanity. Fashion is my religion. And sweet Ava Grace is both my daughter and muse. She inspires me every day; she just doesn't know it yet.
Nerina laughs far too loud, lives for CANDY & Word Search Puzzles, is a
Mother, DIY & Handmade Creator, Bookaholic, Wellness Geek, Blogger & Newbie Photog...
Sandra Williams Herve
Lover of coffee, wine, chocolate, Filipino breakfasts, massage, Netflix, autumn, hiking and travel. Especially travel.
Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, she taught English as a Second Language in Hungary, Ukraine, Egypt and Singapore before ‘settling down’ in Toronto, where she teaches ESL to new immigrants. She travels as often as she can, writing about her adventures in print and online publications including, Buffalo News, Via Destinations, Canadian World Traveller, Latitudes, Virgin Atlantic and Forever Young WNY.
With over 13 years of experience in the fitness and nutrition world, Lori is a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN), the founder and CEO of WOW! Weight Loss and the producer of the Wellness Business Summit. She is Vice President of sales and marketing for the Canadian Association of Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro) and writes for a variety of fitness and nutrition publications.
Visit Lori at www.lorikennedyrhn.com, her conference the Wellness Business Summit and her company WOW Weight Loss.
Melanie Nathan, a professional Digital Marketing expert, lives in Edmonton and loves technology. She is regularly featured on all types of blogs and also contributes to interviews surrounding her knowledge. Her tips have been featured on many authoritative blogs. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda is a Toronto-based freelance writer who loves travel, culture and food. Originally from Australia, Amanda has learned to use a snow shovel, but still craves Vegemite. Her writing has appeared in Toronto Star, up!magazine, Toronto Standard and Cottage Life.
Laira is CPR, TRX and Can-Fit-Pro FIS certified. When not teaching TRX @ Continuum Wellness Health Clinic or teaching Kickboxing @ Judy’s Group Fitness, she is co-owner of a medical aesthetics business at Avenue and Eglinton called Che Bella Spa.
Laura Jackson is co-founder of FIT CHICKS, a Canadian based women's only fitness company. FIT CHICKS offers award winning 8 week bootcamps and health retreats across Canada as well as online fitness programs. Certified Personal Trainer, Level 1 Kickboxing Instructor, Nutrition & Wellness Specialist and Culinary Nutrition Expert, Laura is the TV Host of “Shape Up with FIT CHICKS” on Rogers TV. www.fitchicks.ca.
I became a mother for the first time at 37. I know, I know – what the hell was I thinking? I believe in eating the last butter tart while my husband is sleeping, because snoozing = losing. I also blog at www.mommiesdrink.com.
Sheri Helman is a busy working mom of two (that's original), with a serious addiction to home decor and reality TV. With a 12+ year career in PR representing some of Canada's top brands like Well.ca and President's Choice and a lifelong love of writing, Sheri is trying to find time to fit it all in. Sheri's biting recaps of Bachelor episodes can be found at babefromtheburbs.com (where she really, really means to write about other stuff too - like REALLY). Naturally, her New Year's resolutions include writing more, and consuming fluids other than wine and coffee (here's looking at you, water).
Long-time friends, Nadine Moffatt and Paulina Zimakas have always had a love affair with fashion. Both have worked with clients helping them find their own personal style whether in clothing or interior design.
Having exchanged many dreaded change room tales with other women, they recognized a need - custom fashion that is affordable and accessible. Dress Mavens, an online custom dress boutique, was founded to help women feel comfortable in their own skin so they can forget size, and focus on fit.
Shannon is a Canadian writer, graphic designer, interior designer, artist, wife and homeschooling momma. She is the writer and one half of the creative duo behind the DIY and lifestyle blog, AKA Design. She is also the author of Bloggers & Brands, the blogger's guide to pitching and working with brands. Shannon lives in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario with her husband and three kids.
Paddy Regan is a retired business education teacher who now works part-time in the Special Events Department of an international cosmetics company. She has followed her passion for fashion since the acquisition of her much sought after go-go boots in the late sixties. In her eclectic professional life she has co-produced fashion shows, been a spokesperson for a large outlet mall and orchestrated public relation/ publicity campaigns for small retail businesses. She enjoys sourcing bargains, travelling and has a special interest in the visual arts. Her signature fashion adage is “Accessories are your best friends”.
Who am I?
Mother. Daughter. Publisher. Editor. Writer.
Janice Martin is a change catalyst and business coach with a 20+ year track record in leadership roles creating successful sales teams, building strategic alliances and growing highly profitable businesses in the retail, hospitality and food service industry. Janice has worked with high profile organizations such as Ten Thousand Villages, Gordon Food Service and many other regional and national organizations.
Natalia, The Love Coach
"The Love Coach" @ Lovistics.com / Entrepreneur / Yoga & Tango Enthusiast / #lovebydesign
Dr. Stephanie Bot is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst and owner of Dr. Stephanie Bot and Associates, based out of Toronto. She is also the founder of BizLife Solutions, a multi faceted Human Resource services provider offering online personal and professional development training for individuals and businesses. BizLife Solutions offers the broadest e-library of transformative courses in mental health, wellness, relationships, communication and more. For more wisdom and advice from Dr. Bot, check out the BizLife Solutions website. www.bizlifesolutions.com
BrazenMan is a writer and communication professional who has spent his life in the company of brazen women -- a media mother, a mess of sisters, a wife and daughter. He leads a communication company comprised overwhelmingly of smart, ambitious, talented and brazen women of all ages, in an industry dominated by women. Sometimes he is surprised by the way capable and brilliant women understand -- or don't understand -- the world. Here he offers the XY chromosomal counterpoint to BrazenWoman's XX view of the world.
Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails. She contributes Family Health articles to many websites and magazines and ensures her own family has fun while eating healthy & staying active. Find more inspiring tips on her website http://www.raisinghealthkids.co and follow her on both Twitter @Deb_Lowther and Pinterest.
Aeryn Lynne was born a geek, and couldn't hide it, so she embraced it. She likes breaking things, like social norms, which is why you'll find her encouraging 14+ sized Canadian women to be the fabulously fashionable women they can be, as well as playing in the mostly male-dominated tech industry. Aeryn is also an avid life-hacker, and will jump at any chance to figure out and share how to make life easier. Want to learn more about Aeryn? You can find her recent work on her personal site Geek with Style.
I empower women to become even more fabulous by living healthier, wealthier, + rocking their bliss to live FULL and to be conscious of joy and abundance that surrounds us daily! I am an honest, and open, straight shooter that finds time for me and I always make me a priority (after my son ofcourse!), because without a happy and healthy "me", everything else starts to crumble around me. I will always lend a helping hand to those fabulous women looking to AMP up and live BIG!
When she's not shooing her two children outside, Julie Dyer reads, writes, bakes and ekes out the occasional tune on her ukulele at her home in Ottawa, Ontario. She blogs at www.trysmallthings.com.
Welcome to my world! It's filled with event planning, social media, travel, foodtastic adventures, incredible events, and amazing people. I love a fabulous glass of wine, NFL football, crazy reality shows,and blogging about things that make me happy. Join me on my journey!
Kathy Walker is the founder of BeingSingleistheNewBlack.com. She lives life vicariously through the persona she writes about and she knows what's going to work (well hoping it will work at least) and what won’t. While normally subdued, when she puts on the right shoes and her red lipstick – watch out world! Her biggest secret is, she’s totally normal, with one exception: she has the bravado to write about what everyone's thinking but is too afraid to say. In the end, she is just trying to navigate her life while writing about lifestyle, dating misadventures and everything in between!
Julie spends her time writing (she co-authored bestselling cookbooks ‘Bite Me’ and ‘Bite Me Too’ with sister and chef Lisa Gnat), throwing crazy fun parties at Bite Me More (with style maven Jane Apor), watering her 3 kids and wondering what happened to Preparations A through G.
Tiffany is the Dirty Girl behind the lifestyle blog MyDirt.ca. Keeping her sanity is a full-time job with 4 kids but she manages to look good doing it (most days).
Carmen Rachel is a Toronto based make up artist specializing in fashion, commercial, and personal client appearances. www.carmenrachel.com