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.
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.
Hello 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.
Blue hair was (and still is) an amazing idea. However, it is a bitch to maintain.
Being an aunt is awesome.
Don’t go see the male strippers when you have a terrible cold, you will hate it.
You will never look like Rachel McAdams from The Notebook when you walk in the rain, you will always look like a drowned rat.
You should vote! It is your right and you should DO IT.
Put yourself out there and amazing things can happen.
Getting into college is even more awesome when you get the email at a family party and can share it with everyone.
Drink as much wine as you want. Life is crazy, but wine makes it better.
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.
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.