What is Tampon Tuesday?

Menstruation. Something every woman has to deal with, whether that is with sanitary pads, tampons, or alternative options. But what happens when you can’t afford those products? When you have to decide between buying groceries or feminine hygiene products? That’s where Holly Mastrogiacomo comes in.

Holly is the owner of Smitten Apparel, a consignment clothing store in Guelph, Ont. In addition to supporting and empowering women by selling clothing in a range of different sizes, Smitten Apparel has also implemented the Tampon Tuesday program as part of its community outreach. Founded in 2009 by CTV London, Tampon Tuesday holds events in which the admission is one box of menstrual hygiene items. Smitten Apparel has take this on as well, offering a five per cent discount on your purchase when you donate an item and a ballot entry to win a gift certificate.

Inspired by Holly’s story and her drive to create change in her community, I just HAD to interview her. We talked about Tampon Tuesday, her recent Goodworking experience, and her advice for women starting their own business. Click on the video below to see my full interview with Holly Mastrogiacomo, owner of Smitten Apparel.

For more information on Holly and Smitten Apparel, go to http://www.smittenapparel.ca. To learn more about Tampon Tuesday and get involved, go to http://www.tampontuesday.com.

An Interview With Erin Bagwell, Director of Dream, Girl

Hello, lovelies.

You may remember that a few months ago, I attended a screening of Dream, Girl with The Rhyze Project and other incredible local women. We all loaded up on to a school bus and road-tripped to a different town to see the film, and it was SO worth it. Dream, Girl is a documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs.

If you can find a Dream, Girl screening in your area, I highly recommend you go see it. This film is beautifully made, and showcases female entrepreneurs in such a well-rounded and REAL way. Erin Bagwell and producer, Komal Minhas, were also featured in Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. Oprah knows what’s up. I knew as soon as the film ended that I wanted to interview Erin Bagwell, as part of the Local Ladies. In this interview, we talk about her ENTIRELY female crew, the importance of self-care, and the power of vulnerability.

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Erin Bagwell (right) and Joanne Wilson (left).

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Local Ladies: Megan MacKay, YouTuber and Comedian

Hi lovelies!  This week in the Local Ladies series; I had the pleasure of interviewing Megan MacKay, a YouTuber and comedian in Toronto. You might recognize Megan from her Ray Rice Inspired Makeup Tutorial, a satirical beauty video that has over 2 million views, and rightfully so because of it’s important message about domestic abuse. I am so happy to have Megan as a part of this series, and I hope you enjoy this interview as part of September’s Local Ladies series.

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Source: https://youtu.be/zyNa9kqq8mk

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21 Things I Learned Before 21.

14305334_10153991161502711_8692433340450530779_o.jpgHello lovelies. Yesterday was my birthday! The only day (well, week) of the year where I can be a total self centered diva, so naturally it is my favourite week of the year! This year I turn 21, old enough to drink in the United States, which really doesn’t mean all that much to me. But hey, if I ever feel like recreating the Hangover and losing a friend on the roof of a hotel, NOW I CAN! But to be honest, all I wanted for my birthday was to drink a beer and watch Blair Witch, which I ended up getting (as you can see on the left). What can I say? I’m low maintenance.

Just like last year, I wanted to write about the funny (and not so funny) little lessons I’ve learned in the past year. Except last year I only wrote ten, this year I am going for the big 21. So, here’s what I learned in the past 365 days of being 20 years old.

  1. Blue hair was (and still is) an amazing idea. However, it is a bitch to maintain.
  2. Being an aunt is awesome.
  3. Don’t go see the male strippers when you have a terrible cold, you will hate it.
  4. You will never look like Rachel McAdams from The Notebook when you walk in the rain, you will always look like a drowned rat.
  5. You should vote! It is your right and you should DO IT.
  6. Put yourself out there and amazing things can happen.
  7. Getting into college is even more awesome when you get the email at a family party and can share it with everyone.
  8. Drink as much wine as you want. Life is crazy, but wine makes it better.
  9. Losing a bunch of weight won’t make people treat you better, and it won’t upgrade your life. The way you think about yourself is what can change your life.
  10. Step outside of your comfort zone, that’s where all the magic happens!
  11. The Academy Awards are not just a show, they are a month-long journey.
  12. Cherish the people in your life, they won’t be around forever.
  13. Toronto ComiCon is a place you need to go every year.
  14. The Office finale will ruin you. RUIN YOU!
  15. Sometimes you don’t feel good enough. It happens to all of us.
  16. Coffee with Faith and Chelsey is always a good idea.
  17. Watch some films directed by women, they’re fucking awesome.
  18. Take a social media detox, it’s good for you.
  19. Blue lipstick is fucking cool. No matter what anyone says.
  20. Change is scary, but it is necessary for growth.
  21. Interview and collaborate with as many inspiring women as you can, it’s a complete game-changer. It’s the best thing I’ve done all year.

There you have it, folks. The 21 lessons I have learned in 21 years of living, the good and the bad. I can’t wait to see what I have to write about next year, but only time can tell. That’s my favourite part of writing posts like these, is knowing that one year ago I had no idea any of these amazing things would happen to me. Life is full of tiny surprises and victories, and if you choose to celebrate those instead of life’s failures and tragedies, you will be just fine.