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.

Standing With Guelph and the Women’s March

Hundreds gathered in Market Square this past weekend to show just how strong girl power can be. The Guelph Supports Women’s March on Washington event was organized by Bree Woods and Leanne Kirk, on short notice. Despite the notice, the turnout was high and the event was filled with so much love, hope, and anger.

Anger towards the fact that we STILL have to fight for women’s rights after so many years, and anger towards the lack of equality. It was passionate, it was constructive and across all women’s marches, it showed that we aren’t screwing around.

I attended the women’s march for approximately an hour and a half, photographing the event and showing solidarity with the women participating across the world. The speeches were fantastic and hearing everybody sing together was an experience that I don’t think can be described. Below are some of my favourite photos, and some of the kick-ass signs I saw throughout the day. You should be so proud of yourself, ladies.

For more information on the Women’s March on Washington and what’s next, head to www.womensmarch.com.

Local Ladies: On The Importance of Self-Care

Hello lovelies.

In this Local Ladies video, four local entrepreneurs talk about why self-care is important to them, as well as their own self-care habits.

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Local Ladies: On The Power of Vulnerability

Happy Monday, lovelies.

Welcome to another week of Local Ladies, a series featuring the amazing women in our community. This week is all about the power of vulnerability, especially as a business owner. Asking for help is hard, and so is letting people know you are vulnerable. Four local women share their experiences with vulnerability in this week’s video.

Keep reading to see the full video, and subscribe for more Local Ladies videos all month!

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