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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An Interview With Erin Bagwell, Director of Dream, Girl

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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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