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Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Diane Bald of Arbour's Flower Shoppe and Tracey Brohm of Edward Jones / Jamey Drummond enjoying the Ciboulette et Cie tapas platter. Thank you for your sponsorships! For more photos, go to
10:51 AM
Leo looking dapper in his tuxedo from Seams to Please! Thank you Lillian for providing some of the tuxes! For more photos, go to
10:50 AM
Melissa Gignac with the Hair Metrix team! Thank you for the terrific job on hair and makeup for the show! For more photos, go to
10:49 AM
Many wonderful lines have come in in the past couple of weeks including: Joseph Ribkoff, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, fresh fx and Yest! Everyone has been commenting on the beautiful colours and our great selection of separates and dresses for casual, work and special occasion. Mark down on your calendar too: Joseph Ribkoff Trunk Show on Thursday May 8th from 3 - 7 p.m. at our store! GWP + refreshments.
7:42 AM
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Congratulations Barb Jones, Rebecca Graham and Liz Stewart at Meridian Credit Union's Women of Business of the Year Awards! You all do great work in your professions and in volunteering. Congrats also to the many nominees and your accomplishments. Thank you for the positive feedback on my speech - many thanks go to Myrosia Jejna for her expert training and coaching in my presentation!
7:12 AM
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Stephanie getting ready for her fashion show set, "Little Red Corvette." Many thanks to Bill, Nadine and Michael Goman for the fantastic car! For more photos, go to
9:04 AM
André Sanche, owner of Ciboulette et Cie joining in on the fun at the Boathouse Eatery after party. For more photos, go to
8:48 AM
Aaaahhhhhhhhh...relaxing at the Boathouse Eatery after party with Nicole Dupuis. For more photos, go to
8:44 AM
2 IMPORTANT DATES! Tuesday April 15th - Meridian Credit Union's Women in Business of the Year Awards; wish me luck on being keynote speaker! Thank you to Dave Keefe, Myrosia Jejna and Nate Lacroix for your assistance in my presentation! Thursday May 8th - Joseph Ribkoff Trunk Show featuring summer and transition 2014 collections at our store from 3 - 7 p.m. GWP and light refreshments. C U soon!
7:31 AM
Monday, April 14th, 2014
Garfield Dunlop, MPP (Simcoe North), Nancy Spiker and Whitney Edmunds, Joseph Ribkoff representative. See more photos from the show at
2:06 PM
Garfield Dunlop, MPP (Simcoe North) and Nancy Spiker at A Passion for Fashion Inc.'s 16th Annual Spring Fashion Show in Partnership with See more photos from the show at
2:03 PM
Lisa Maloney, CLH volunteer co-ordinator and I clinked our glasses last Friday night on our fourth successful year of working together! Danielle Smith, fundraising manager and I also spoke about how great everything turned out and the mutual respect we had in working together for the first time! Terrific ladies! Tomorrow: Meridian Credit Union's BWY Awards at MCC - see you there!
7:34 AM
Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Behind every production is a team of volunteers that go above and beyond. Many thanks go to our fashion show committee members: Alla Lifchits, Anne Connell, Carling Lesperance, Nadine Goman and Shirley Fielding. Back stage assistants include: Kristi Presse, Rita Baxter, Sharon Dutton, Kala Flannery, Nicole Dupuis and Shirley Cowdrey. Extra note of thanks to Bill and Michael Goman & Steve Killing!
8:45 AM
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
LOVE! That one word, emotion, feeling resonated throughout the room at the rec centre last night as we held our 16th Annual Spring Fashion Show in Partnership with! So much love that our hearts felt full and so rich in friendships, family and community. If you enjoyed your evening, please share it with us on and hit reviews. Thx so much!
8:19 AM
Friday, April 11th, 2014
Hmm...something borrowed, something new, something purple, something, it's not a wedding! It's our 16th Annual Spring Fashion Show in Partnership with! So glad there's no freezing rain like a year ago and that it's beautiful and sunny to get us in the spring mood. EVERYONE from event partners to sponsors to models, dancers and choir are super excited! C U 2nite!
8:01 AM
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
"I'm Still Standing" is an Elton John song but it has some significant meaning for me this week, in more ways than one! For those in the know, who have been around me, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about! LOL! Well, Sharon, Rita and I have also been swamped with new arrivals from Joseph Ribkoff and we're expecting MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS today. Come in and check it all out!
7:54 AM
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
"You want us to do WHAT?!?" "No way!" "Ha, ha! I love it!" "Oh that is so cool!" "OK, that is where I draw the line!" Where did all these expressions come from? Yes, it's a teaser - every one of these came from the models' mouths during rehearsal on Sunday as it was revealed to them what they are doing. Now how fun is that is when they're left gobsmacked?! LOL-so glad I can indulge in this!
7:07 AM
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Andre from Ciboulette et Cie told me what he is making for our fashion show guests and I can honestly say....I think everyone will thank their lucky stars for buying a ticket!! The food is going to be awesome ( Andre's contribution is HUGE! ), the people CLH supports will rock, and we have surprises that will kick a--! Shhh....we're not saying have to wait until Friday!
8:03 AM
Monday, April 7th, 2014
We had our rehearsal yesterday and it was so much fun! We had lots of laughs and I can see we have a lot of comedians on board this year! They know who they are. :) This will ultimately make for an entertaining night for all! Thank you everyone for coming out on a sunny Sunday to volunteer your time and rehearse. The talent is fabulous! We are all counting down to Friday - can't wait!
7:49 AM
Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Great Saturday helping local and out of town clientele plus someone new who came in for the first time and did very well! So glad that you like us, that you like our daily posts, and that you also like our facebook page. May I ask that if you haven't seen our page, please go to and enter in A Passion for Fashion Inc. and hit "like"? We would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!
7:13 AM
Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Yesterday morning, I was very busy assisting clients from Canada, the U.S. and the Netherlands - all online! I want to thank all of our new clients from around the world who are discovering us and allowing us the opportunity to serve you! Sharon and I also completed more fittings, tomorrow Nicole and I are off to rehearsal and we let stage manager, Kristi Presse take over! Kristi - you rock!!
7:23 AM
Friday, April 4th, 2014
Sharon, Rita and I have been super busy this week with new stock, clients, fittings, etc. I can't believe it's Friday and our fashion show is now only a week away! What are you ladies wearing? Joseph Ribkoff? Our rep, Whitney and our regional sales manager, Kelly will be here!! Show off one of your favourite JR outfits! OR, come in & see our new arrivals from Ribkoff, Yest, Parasuco & Tribal!
7:03 AM
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Rita and I were so moved yesterday when our model's caregiver told us how much her client has changed since modelling in our fashion shows. She said everyone has noticed her new found confidence. Another model's parent said how much her daughter looks forward to the show, loves the fashion and has just blossomed in the past year. This is one of the most rewarding parts about doing the event! :)
7:27 AM
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Lisa Maloney, volunteer co-ordinator for CLH just picked up all the swag bag items for the people in their day program to assemble, the commentary is 99% completed, the seating plan is 90% finished and fittings and rehearsals begin. Busy time but I always say busy is good, as you don't have time to get bored! :) In the meantime, come in and see our newest arrivals from Ribkoff, Parasuco and Yest!
7:34 AM
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
"In The Know!" is a new Rogers program and our very own Rita Baxter is being interviewed today for their first show! She will be discussing what's new in spring fashions and special events related to our store, like our fashion show on April 11th. We will keep you posted on airing date and time so you can tune in and see the episode. In the meantime, we have new Joseph Ribkoff + Parasuco today!
8:42 AM
Monday, March 31st, 2014
Congratulations to the Midland Public Library and Grounded Coffee Co. for organizing another successful Books2Eat! I was so glad I could attend this year with my friends Laurene Hilderley and her son Aaron. We loved all the displays and interpretations by the restaurant and business owners. Great job to all the volunteers, students, participants and the nominees and winners!
7:46 AM
Sunday, March 30th, 2014
On our April 11th fashion show in partnership with, Ciboulette et Cie is serving savoury appetizers, PSS Hospitality Class is making all of the sweets and Grounded Coffee Co. is serving tea, coffee, juice and water. Doesn't that sound delicious? There's also a cash bar with wine and beer sales. 5 tickets left - don't miss out! Call 705-527-5499 or message me through facebook!
8:16 AM
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
$10 off your regular priced purchase of $30 or more!* Show us this post on your smartphone TODAY as this is the last day of this offer. *Before taxes, one per client. Not to be combined with other offers or gift certificates. Fashion show ticket update: 5 left ( out of 380 ) as of last night! Thank you everyone for supporting this event and Very grateful and appreciative!
7:36 AM
Friday, March 28th, 2014
A client noticed more "Made in Canada" labels in our store the past few years. I told her the lines we are selling are Joseph Ribkoff, Dusak tops and dresses, Crystal tops, Frank Lyman, Yoga jeans and Tribal Sportswear. The other great thing is that the lines are very different from one another in styles and price points so there is a great selection to choose from. Come in and let us show you!
7:54 AM
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Three days left to use your $10 discount! Show us this post on your smartphone and receive $10 off a regular priced purchase of $30 or more.* *One per client, before taxes and not to be combined with other discounts and gift certificates. Tonight: No Borders Fitness' Zumbathon at the NSSRC at 7 pm and this Sunday March 30th, Books 2 Eat at the Midland Public Library at 2 p.m. See you there!
8:12 AM
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
I spent a portion of yesterday online and on the phone assisting clients with their purchases. I hit the jackpot with one of my ladies in helping her find the perfect outfit for an upcoming event in which she will make a stunning appearance! I'm so excited for her! Online is definitely a two way street where business can flow into town too and so glad the clients are finding us! Thank you ladies!
7:40 AM
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Back in January I was asked to be the keynote speaker for the Meridian Credit Union's Women in Business Awards on April 15th. I hesitated a fair bit before accepting. Now I follow in the footsteps of Maureen Reid, Lois Lipton and Mora Austin ( from the 3 years I've attended ) and hope I do as well as they did. I will forever remember Mora saying, "Don't be a BMW - a bitcher, moaner or whiner!"
7:53 AM
Monday, March 24th, 2014
Many thanks to our fashion show bronze sponsors: Busy Bee Taxi Inc., Dr. John Augimeri Family Dentistry, Dr. Wm. R. Edwards, Genesis Dental Hygiene Care, Health Works Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, Herb Carpenter Limited, Minds Alive, Mink Insurance Services, Paragon Home Inspection Services, Pur Spa, Rainbow International Restoration of Simcoe County, Simply Country & World Famous Dock Lunch!
6:57 PM
This past Saturday, I had a client who works in Barrie, come in and get "seduced" by all the lovely spring fashions! She found several items and said she tells everyone she gets her clothes from us. Another client from Toronto made a nice start to her spring wardrobe, finding many new tops and bottoms. Thank you so much ladies for choosing to shop in Midland at our store! Much appreciation!
9:00 AM
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
This special note of thanks goes out to our fabulous fashion show event partners: Ciboulette et Cie, Alla Promotional Videos, Grounded Coffee Company Inc., Hair Metrix, Sharron's Boutique Plus, PSS Hospitality Class, Choir, and Georgian Bay School of Dance! Everyone is so excited about their participation and cannot wait for the big night of April 11th. Thank you all for going above and beyond!
12:21 PM
Yesterday's snow was not a deterrent for those wanting a taste of spring - in the form of new spring fashions! Thank you everyone who came in to shop and scooped up some great new styles! More thank you's for fashion show sponsors including floral - Arbour's Flower Shoppe, 7th Inning Stretch - No Borders Fitness, After Party - The Boathouse Eatery, and Media-The Mirror and snapd! Only 10 tix left!
8:03 AM
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Inspiration starts here with new arrivals from Joseph Ribkoff, Tango Mango, Crystal tops, fresh fx and more French Dressing! Remember to show us this post on your smartphone and receive $10 off a regular priced purchase of $30 ( before taxes, one per client, not to be combined with G.C.'s and other offers )! NOTE: 4/11/14 Boathouse Eatery after party - tables all reserved; first come basis only.
7:28 AM
Friday, March 21st, 2014
It's "World Down Syndrome Awareness Day" and in support of this, let's wear our funky socks today! Our fashion show Mirror ad looked great - Celia looks wonderful in her picture taken by Kelly Moss! More thank you's to Silver sponsors: Dr. Carol Corlis McMaster, Huronia Dental Centre, Kopiec's Lawn and Garden Maintenance, Meridian Credit Union, Telizon and The Co-operators - Barbara Jones!
7:43 AM
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Our 16th Annual Spring Fashion Show in Partnership with advertisement is going in the Mirror newspaper today! It's revised slightly to fit the dimensions and again, I would like to thank our generous sponsors and event partners! Today, I'll thank "Gold Sponsors", Jamey Drummond of Edward Jones, Jennings Lodge Retirement Home and Fred Hook Ltd. I'll be sure to cover everyone!
7:26 AM
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Get a jump on your spring shopping - right here, right now! Show us this post on your phone and receive $10 off a regular priced purchase of $30 or more! One per person, before taxes and not to be combined with other discounts and gift certificates. Valid until March 29th. I also got my tickets for No Borders Fitness' zumbathon for the GBCSC and Books 2 Eat for the Midland Library! C U there!
7:29 AM
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
A huge thank you to Garfield Dunlop, MPP ( Simcoe North ) for inviting our daughter, Brianne to Queen's Park and allowing her to interview you and job shadow you for a class assignment! She enjoyed her time with you and in the legislature, and was pleasantly surprised to be introduced at the beginning as your guest. Thanks also to you and Jane for all the great work you do in our community!
8:01 AM
Monday, March 17th, 2014
Happy St. Patrick's Day! My son insisted I buy him a green long sleeved t-shirt so he would be wearing green to school with all the other kids today. I looked up the meaning of "green" and it is the color of balance and growth. On a positive, it can mean self-reliance. Notice recently politician Olivia Chow in yellow? It is the color of the mind and intellect and means optimism and cheerfulness.
7:52 AM
Sunday, March 16th, 2014
Jennifer Harker interviewed me for the Mirror newspaper the other day and asked what makes our annual fashion show so different in partnering with I replied it is the inclusion of the people CLH supports in modelling, and how they own the runway with their flare and enthusiasm. Audiences have said they smile, laugh, cheer and most importantly... feel LOVE! How great is that?
7:58 AM
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
LAST DAY OF 75% OFF WINTER CLOTHING AND 50% OFF WINTER ACCESSORIES SALE! I keep hearing clients say, "Whaaat?!" when I calculate the deals. Here's a sampling: Joseph Ribkoff dress, reg. $198, now $49.50, Tribal tank $35, now $8.75, Level 33 tops $24, now $6, Secret 2 pair luxurious hand socks $7.99, now $4 and Yoga skinny ankle jeans $130, now $32.50! Yowzers - sale on until 5 p.m. today only!
7:36 AM
Friday, March 14th, 2014
2 DAYS LEFT! That's right - only 2 more days to score some amazing deals at our 75% off winter clothing and 50% off winter accessories sale! I asked how many times you can do it ( meaning "shop" ) in a week, and the answer is multiple! Our clients are leaving our store thrilled with their purchases and we have more room for our new spring arrivals! Ticket update: 10 left after yesterday's rush!
7:44 AM
Thursday, March 13th, 2014
"It feels like spring!" Well, at least at A Passion for Fashion Inc.! The colours are breathtaking, the styles are inspiring, the mood is light and fun! New arrivals have come in from Joseph Ribkoff, Yest sportswear and separates, Mansted sweaters, and FDJ French Dressing. PLUS, great news for fashion show ticket buyers - a few extra tickets have been released! Call us at 705-527-5499 asap!
8:16 AM
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Our fashion show poster! A few tickets have just become available. Call 705-527-5499 for more info!
9:19 AM
How many times can you do it in a week?! I am talking about shopping! Since we started our 75% off winter clothing and 50% off winter accessories sale, women have come in 1, 2 ,3 and even 4 times and they keep finding neat stuff they didn't see the previous times! And with each visit, they leave with another bag of goodies at ridiculously low prices! See for yourself - sale is on until 3/15/14!
7:29 AM
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
The last few months of working on our fashion show in partnership with has me feeling so grateful for the commitment from all of our event partners and sponsors! They will all be acknowledged with our poster coming out tomorrow - yay! For now, a huge thank you to ServiceMASTER Restore of Midland for being our Event Sponsor and to Joseph Ribkoff Inc. for being our Diamond Sponsor!
8:02 AM
Monday, March 10th, 2014
Rita received a lovely compliment from a client on Saturday remarking on her excellent customer service and said she would not have bought the top if it weren't for Rita's recommendation on how to wear it. Great work Rita! And not to be outdone, another client commented on how great Sharon is in looking after clients with her years of experience. Thank you ladies for all that you do; Nicole too!
9:03 AM
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