Archive for April, 2015

Megan Williams: Our Interrupted Fairy Tale

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Megan is the Vancouver based author of the breakout, true love story, Our Interrupted Fairy Tale. If you’re looking for her, you’re likely to see her running the seawalls with friends who (she claims) have saved her thousands of dollars in therapy. She also has a new column in Valley Buzz – “How did you meet”. But if you really want to know Megan, take a look at what her friends have to say!

So what is there to know about 30 year old Megan Williams, that you haven’t already read? “It took me a little over a year to write Our Interrupted Fairy Tale – writing 1,000 words a day and sifting through old emails, diaries, letters and blogs. I moved to the spectacular North Shore with Chad in 2008, and have stayed there ever since. I still live in our mini-castle in the sky (read: very small, very high condo that over looks the ocean and city).

Since moving to the North Shore, I have run thousands and thousands of kilometres on the West Vancouver seawalls. Most of which have been with girlfriends who have saved me thousands and thousands of dollars in therapy – letting me cry through the rain, daydream about “what’s next” and drop minutes off my race times. I also still play tennis. Not as much as I used to – but each time I step on the court, I’ve got Chad’s coaching voice in my head. (Elbow up on the forehand, move towards the ball on volleys). I play one tournament a year – The Chad Warren Mixed Charity Challenge.

As for work, I’m on the communications team at BC Transplant, an organization that I am proud to be a part of, my colleagues are selfless and I have no problem showing up on weekends to work.”

FullSizeRender-15 copyI knew of Megan and her story for some time, but had the honour to meet and work with her for the Big Love BallFur Crying Out Loud” campaign shoot. Megan has this kindness that shines so bright from within – I don’t think this beautiful woman has a bad bone in her body! She is such a sweetheart and an incredible role model for woman and young girls all around.

Megan embodies strength, beauty, focus, dedication and most of all she shows us that the fight’s always worth it, when you believe in it! Her courage inspires you to step outside your comfort zone, listen to your heart and to do it all with love. “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale” is a true love story that shows us how through loss, love will always remain. Megan showed vulnerability in a way that allowed us all to see what a remarkable man Chad Warren was and how Chad’s spirit will continue to live on. As hard as it was to read this book, knowing how it would end, I found healing and comfort for those that I have lost to Cancer. It is with a grateful heart and love that I share our interview here……

BB411~ You released your new book “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale”, what do you hope people get from your love story?

MW~ I like that people will get to know a few things about this great guy Chad who they might have not otherwise had the privilege of meeting. But as time has gone on, I’ve been told that this story has helped others with their own life stories of love and loss – so I’m pleased this story has offered that as well.

megan-062BB411~ At what point did you know you were ready to tell your story?

MW~ It was about a year after I found one of Chad’s diaries. The timing was right in my life that I could commit to writing this story, and the timing was right in my grieving. I guess the pain wasn’t so acute that it would cloud the happiness of the story.

BB411~ What was the best and hardest part about writing this book?

MW~ Reliving our life together. The hardest part is similar – reliving our life together, and recalling the sickness and sadness that came with it.

BB411~ What are the plans to spread the love about “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale”?

MW~ I’ve recently signed with an agent in Toronto – so he’s taking over some of the planning now. We’ll have to wait and see!

BB411~ What inspires you to stay strong and embrace life?

MW~ I’m alive, I’m healthy and I’m loved. I can’t think of any more inspiration than that.

BB411~ What do you want people to know most and remember about Chad?

DSC03293MW~ That he was a kind, thoughtful, determined, good person. He also had the ability to make us blush and belly laugh at the same time with his super off-side jokes.

BB411~ Chad started a foundation called “Chad’s 1 Million“, can you tell me a bit more about it?

MW~ Chad’s $1 Million (for Multiple Myeloma) is a campaign to honour his wish to have his life make a difference for other blood cancer patients. Take a Look!

BB411~ You and Chad met on the tennis court, will you continue to play tennis or have you closed that chapter of your life?

MW~ I still play, but not nearly as much since Chad’s been gone. I play in the summers with my Dad in preparation for my favorite (and only) tournament of the year – the Chad Warren Mixed Charity Challenge up at Hollyburn in West Vancouver. It’s a great event, and for any tennis players who might read this article, I encourage you to consider registering this year! The tournament is set up as Chad wanted, accessible and open to players of any level. Good times only!

IMG_1866BB411~ What has “living on” meant to you?

MW~ I will never get over the loss of Chad. I haven’t met anyone who “got over” the loss of someone they loved. So, I’m living on, not moving on. I live on with Chad in my thoughts, conversations with friends and occasionally in my decision-making. He’s still here in so many ways.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?

MW~ Oh, you mean my #1 fans? My parents have cheered from behind the glass watching my tennis matches, with one phone call, and they were at the hospital with Chad and I in less than an hour, and again, this past Friday – Mom and Dad stayed up late with me as they worked through the wrinkles of my SheTalksYVR speech with them. Their tireless support has influenced me tremendously and I wish that feeling on everyone.

BB411~ You have found love again, was that a hard process? How has Brad helped heal your heart?

MW~ I have found love again! While I wouldn’t say it’s a hard process, but it’s very uncharted territory for both of us. Brad (I know, Chad/Brad – I like to keep it simple) as he says, chose to love all of me, not just the parts that apply to him. I’ve never had to “hide” my grieving, or pretend I didn’t have a life with someone else, before him. And I feel the same about him, and I’m confident it’s why we works as well as we do.

IMG_0149BB411~ What does the word “beauty” mean to you?

MW~ We use that word to describe so many things don’t we! So, considering I told my step-daughter that she was beautiful before leaving for work this morning, and I also said the cherry blossoms were beautiful on my run – I’d have to say “Beauty” is something natural. Something that requires a moment of pause as you think how special that person/view/object/moment is.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

MW~ Paying it forward. Sometimes, I find that a gesture or generosity that has been extended to me, doesn’t always mean I “give back” to that same place – I try to pay it forward where it seems fitting.

BB411~ Are you involved/support any charities that are close to your heart?

MW~ Chads1MillionChildren’s Wish Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis.

BB411~ Describe your style?

MW~  I had to text my friend and ask. I would have said, “comfortable.” Cristina said, “West Coast”. I think we mean the same thing, but hers sounds better.

IMG_7251BB411~ #1 thing every woman should have in her wardrobe?

MW~ Runners

BB411~ Bare feet, socks, flip-flops or stilettos?

MW~ Flip-flops

BB411~ What do you do to stay fit and healthy?

MW~  I run with friends – which doubles as therapy and a workout. I do track workouts with a group called SuperKrun on the North Shore to help get my race times down. Strength training in the gym and skiing and tennis for cross training. I like to keep moving.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

MW~ Whatever the facial people tell me – wax on, wax off.

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

Butter_Studios_Wedding_Photographers_Vancouver_megan_williams_our_interrupted_fairy_tale_3-900x500MW~ Whatever my hairdresser, Jaelyn tells me – shampoo, conditioner, comb, heat protector?

BB411~ Do you have any beauty secrets or words of wisdom that have been passed down to you from your mother or grandmother?

MW~ Drink water. Add sparkle.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

MW~ Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer – SPF 30. Everything after that is a bonus.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

MW~ Fun question! Halston, my Mom’s old perfume – it reminds me of being able to fit on her lap. Cigarette smoke and smarties – reminds me of my Grandma. Tennis Bubbles – reminds me of junior tennis.

64-450-2BB411~ What is your favourite fragrance?

MW~ Currently: Sugar Lychee by Fresh.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

MW~ I’m not great at answering this question, so I asked Brad’s little girl. She said, “Beautiful. Smart. Nice.”

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

MW~ I have an irrational fear of fish.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

MW~ You are not fat.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

MW~ “Your absence is like the sky – it covers everything.” – My cousin shared this with me. It’s actually a mis-quote from C.S. Lewis – but I like her version more.

5008_517342854126_51501401_30756267_5004979_nBB411~ Favorite food?

MW~ Brunch.

BB411~ Favourite colour?

MW~ Sparkle

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

MW~ I’d like to live in France for a few months. But most immediately, I’d like to run a sub 20 minute 5km.

BB411~  What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

MW~ That there will always be more love. I didn’t have to fall out of love with Chad in order to fall in love with Brad. That was a biiiggg moment for me.

BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?

MW~ I try to be Kind, Supportive, Empowering.

FullSizeRender-15BB411~ Describe your perfect day (when you have down time)?

MW~ Run with friends (coffee and muffin after – specifically at Crema in West Van), a swim with my step-daughter and Brad, champagne lunch and shopping with girlfriends, and a big dinner out after spending unnecessary amounts of time getting ready with girlfriends, with Taylor Swift on shuffle.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

MW~ I’d like to still be writing and living by the beach. But, this last year has been another reminder that the course you’re set out on can always change direction, so I really have no idea.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs (writers) starting out that are following their dreams?

IMG_0159MW~ Ask tons of questions, ask for advice, follow leads, have a plan and take chances.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

MW~ My life.

To keep up to date with Megan: Follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and check out Her Site!

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Hallie Jordan: A Balancing Act

HallieJordan-030315-119RTHighBest described by industry insiders as a “relentless redhead with a free spirit and a determined will,” Hallie Jordan is no stranger to theatre and film. This quirky girl next door with a quick wit and a stunning smile comparable to Julia Roberts, Hallie is also an accomplished actress and producer, founding SMALL RED STAR PRODUCTIONS and has produced several television pilots, independent films, and comedy sketches that have featured her on Funny or Die. With multiple movies set to release in 2015 and a huge motion picture role to be announced next, there’s no end in sight for this multi-faceted actress & producer.

Born in the heart of New York City, she found her love of the theatre as a child, while learning the ins and outs of the industry from her RKO Films Publicist grandfather who had worked with legendary actresses such as Judy Garland and Debbie Reynolds. Always the “new girl” at school while her mother traveled around the country for work, she found her expression in acting in school plays and local theatre. She continued exploring various artistic methods through college while studying abroad in Salzburg Austria, Nepal, The University of Paris- Sorbonne, and The Academia Del Arte in Italy. As a graduate of The Comedy Studies Conservatory at The Second City in Chicago, Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Redlands she utilizes her vast knowledge to explore the psychology, sociology, philosophy and business of acting.

While balancing her career as a professionally trained actress in theatre, comedy improv and music, she is actively developing pilots for television and films to continue developing her sense of creative independence with her production company, Small Red Star Productions along with her work in Philanthropy and Women Mentorship.

Have you ever meet someone that makes you feel like you’ve known them for a long time, that they’re so easy to talk to? Well that’s what I got when I sat down and chatted with the super talented Producer/Actress Hallie Jordan for our in depth interview. If you need a pick me up on how to grab the reins of life and run with it, this feature is for you. Hallie has this incredible energy that inspires you to give it all you’ve got, laugh more, never give up and ALWAYS stay true to who you are.

Hallie continues to work a balancing act between work and play and has found strength in her voice along the way. She is incredibly independent and holds her head high in all areas of her life. I could not believe what a generous heart she has for those closest to her and even strangers too (such a beautiful soul). She makes it very easy to stand behind her and show support, she has my vote on what ever adventure she decides to journey on. Hallie lives, breathes and eats passion for breakfast. This fiery red head is definitely a woman to watch out for. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed interviewing and writing it. Here’s to all the Girl Bosses like Hallie!

BB411~ Did you always know you wanted to be in theatre and film?

HJ~ Believe it or not, when I was really little, I wanted to be a painter. I think I was a better painter when I was 6 or 7 than I am now. My skills have not progressed. Then one day my mom took me to see Cat’s on Broadway, and that was it.

ISJrJw1pBB411~ You wear many hats, how did your career come to be?

HJ~ I never thought I would be a producer. I grew up in musical theater and since I was about 7, that’s what I wanted to do. I have trained to perform almost my entire life, but when I turned 22, I was shelved by a major agency. I refused to let anything stand in my way so I started creating my own work to ensure that I was seen and could continue to create. It helped me discover new creative outlets and while acting and performing will always come first, I like having the creative freedom to create new things.

BB411~ Tell us about Small Red Star Productions?

HJ~ I started SRSP around the time I was shelved by the agency mentioned earlier. By establishing my own production company, I was able to create my own work and projects to help propel my career forward. I was not going to ever take “no” for an answer, and SRSP helped make sure that I didn’t have a choice in backing out. The name comes from my mom. It’s her maiden name “Klein”, my brother’s last name “roth”, and my last name “Stern” (Jordan is actually my middle name) translated from German to English. My mother is a small red star…

BB411~ What projects do you have coming up in 2015?

HJ~ So much is happening this year that my head is spinning. I’m doing two movies out of the country, two movies in the country, re-developing a musical that I had wanted to produce, and am in pre-production for a project that I am spearheading called “Miss Glennside.” I’m not allowed to announce names quite yet for the others because it’s still very hush hush, but I can tell you that Miss Glennside is going to be hilarious and I have some pretty phenomenal people involved- In all of the projects. Miss Glennside is a web series around the beauty pageant culture and how ridiculous it is. Get all the latest scoop on Miss Glennside by following me on Social Media.

BB411~ Is there an Actor/Actress that you haven’t worked with that you’d love to?

HJ~ I love Amy Adams and Emma Stone.

BB411~  If you weren’t in the career you are today and could be anything, what would you be?

HJ~ I’d probably want to research social psychology, what makes people based on what’s around them sociology. Would you still be you if you weren’t growing up in the same environment, would you be the same person? Would you still like the same ice-cream if it wasn’t influenced that your mom liked vanilla ice-cream?

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HJ~ My mother’s best friend daughter, Marni Rothman. Marni was my biggest role model growing up. She also has big curly red hair, always inspired me to keep pushing forward, and even wrote my college recommendations for me when she worked for HBO. She now continues to producer for network television and is one of the strongest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?

HJ~ This is a tough one. My father actually passed away when I was a kid and I grew up with a single mother who had to move all the time to keep up with work. I did not find out that I came from an industry family until after I graduated from college. My mother, while we fight all the time, inspires me daily (while simultaneously making me crazy). I did have to grow up very fast because of my circumstances, but I was always encouraged to find my artistic voice and to not give up. The biggest influence anyone in my family gave to me was to remind me to never give up, even when I wanted to.

BB411~ You moved around a lot as a child with your mom travelling for work. What was the hardest part of that and what did you love about it?

HJ~ It’s definitely hard moving around so much because you don’t know how each town or group of people is going to be. I have literally been every high school stereotype one can be which was a lot of fun because I got to play a lot of different roles, but challenging because I had no idea where the real me started and the stereotype of what I was playing began. I love that I have friends everywhere, all over the world, and always have someone to call in every place I go. I do however wish that I knew what it was like to grow up with a group of friends. To have a “place” that means something to me- to Nest somewhere. Whenever somebody asks me where I’m from, I’m not entirely sure how to answer them, which is always an awkward beginning to a conversation.

BB411~ How do you stay centered and motivated with life’s daily stresses that come up?

HJ~ I have a manifestation coach that keeps me in positivity mode. But I have my struggles and my issues like everyone, it’s a very difficult career and people look at me and ask for advice saying “how did you get to where you are?”. I am not even represented and don’t have a full agent, so everything I do I do on my own and it wears on me some days. I’m still trying to make it just as hard as everyone else in this town. I’m no more talented than anyone, more famous or able than anyone. I just know how to push myself and my work publicly. I have amazing friends that really keep me up.

BB411~ How do you stay fit and healthy?

HJ~ I do a lot of yoga and I’m always on the go. I drink alkaline water, stay away from processed sugar (for the most part) and try to eat as little dairy and meat products as possible. I guess you could call me a fair weather vegan! I love brie cheese and if you put any in front of me I will eat all of it. Other than that, I make a conscious effort to shop at my local farmers market and watch what chemicals are in my food.

BB411~ Describe your style?

NBIypPolDdmSW-bUU_B2lqIcfRcOaYHfyo7f7PlnsaU,W_RYLDb50QezIZ2XlfgkNHFaDaglv1SVKPImpYNO7cIHJ~ I always have had a hard time describing my style but my friends joke that its “Boho Ballerina.” I dress like I live at Free People, but somehow there is always a bit of ballet class in it. I love Free People, Mod Cloth and any boutique with a cute day dress. Give me that and a cute pair of ballet flats and I’m set. I try to keep my outfits as simple as possible, never too much layering and never too much jewelry. Cute, classy and clean; lots of designs that flow.

BB411~ Top 3 things every woman should have in her wardrobe?

HJ~ A black night purse, tan heels, and a silk button down shirt.

BB411~ Bare feet, socks, sneakers or stilettos?

HJ~ Stilettoes…. but only in public. Put those socks on as soon as you can get those stilettos off your feet!

BB411~ What does the word “beauty” mean to you?

HJ~ A hashtag that I use for promoting “Miss Glennside.” ….I’m half joking. Beauty comes in a million different shapes and sizes, and I don’t just mean body. I have met beautiful people physically, who I just did not think were attractive because of their personalities. I’ve also met people who would not be considered “beautiful” in magazine land, who are some of the most beautiful people I know. I mean Stunning. I don’t think that beauty really has to do with what you look like all the time. If you can own yourself and have a certain kind of confidence, your beauty will radiate. Just because one person or culture has one ideal of what “beauty” is, doesn’t mean it’s the same for the whole world. I suggest taking a look at those buzz feed videos and articles that show you how different countries view beauty. The results might shock you.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

HJ~ Knowing that I am the only one who is going to make this happen. If I don’t, nobody else will, so it’s up to me to keep on pushing.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

HJ~ I have been involved with “The Young Story Tellers.” I donate to Planned Parenthood (because I believe every woman should have healthcare) and I really like Children International. I try to help out as much as I can when it comes to mentoring women in being the best version of themselves they can be.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

HJ~ I’ve worked and fought incredibly hard to be able to continue to do what I’m doing. Part of that fight is inspiring others to do the same. Giving back, to me, is taking the time to reach others, however medium that may be and helping them learn and develop how they can reach their full potential.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

HJ~ I wipe my makeup off with Target brand face wipes and use whatever that crazy stuff my dermatologist makes. It doesn’t have a name, I have no idea what she calls it, I call it “skin crack.” I use that.

HallieJordan-030315-018RTHighBB411~ What are your go to hair products?

HJ~ I know you aren’t going to believe me, but I have ethnic hair. I don’t know where or how I got it, but my hair puts new meaning to the word “jewfro.” The only women who know how to do my hair are those that are mixed race or of African American decent, and thank god for them! I get a karetin treatment in my hair every other month just to make it manageable, and even then it is still curlier than most (if not all) white girls. I usually dry it with a blow dryer and whatever protector spray I can find, then go through it with a curling iron so I can shape the curls I already have, and decrease frizz (just like how most girls with straight hair go through their hair with a straightening iron). I spray it to stay. I do try to go for any product that is sulfate free. Numa products are great, and so are Agave. These two are my favorites. Curl Deva is pretty awesome too.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

HJ~ Setting powder and my Nars blush 20.

BB411~ What are your thoughts on companies testing on animals? Which cruelty free companies do you support or are on your top pick list?

HJ~ Cruelty free all the way! We do not need to test on animals to ensure good products. There are other ways to test…I know Burt’s Bees is cruelty free and I love their lotions and lip balm. Nars takes the cake though for my all time favorite cruelty free company.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

HJ~ Pine. My elementary school was surrounded on every corner by pine trees. I get real nostalgic around Christmas time, even though I’m Jewish.

BB411~ What is your favorite fragrance?

HJ~ My Michael Kors or course.

FullSizeRenderBB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

HJ~ Relentless, Driven and Quirky

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

HJ~ I have a big Weiner! – Dog. Her name is Sausage. She is the love of my life.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

HJ~ Ignore them. Don’t take anything they have to say seriously. Have fun!

BB411~ Favorite quote?

HJ~ “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn’t hear the music”-Nietzsche

BB411~ Favorite food?

HJ~ Sushi, and chocolate…. but not together.

BB411~ Favorite color?

HJ~ It switches between red and whatever mood I’m in.

BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?

HJ~ Letting yourself be open and understanding of other peoples experiences and frustrations without judgement, offering help and guidance when needed, giving those that you are helping permission to fail and try again, being open and available.

IMG_1566_largeBB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

HJ~ I want to get lost in a foreign country on the most epic and exciting adventure!

BB411~ Describe your perfect day (when you have down time)?

HJ~ An Epic and exciting adventure! Or drinking tea, breaking down a script, and watching movies…. followed by an epic and exciting adventure.

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

HJ~ I’ve had so many lately. It is entirely up to you to live the life that you want to live, nobody else. It is nobody’s fault if you do not like where you are at. It is up to you to change it. As hard as it may be to take responsibility, there is always a way to change your life and your circumstance if you do not like where you are.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

HJ~ You will fail. and you will fail again, but only if you continue to fail can you succeed. Don’t be afraid to take a step back and try a new strategy. Just remember that it It took Thomas Edison over 1,000 attempts before he created the lightbulb. The Beatles were told that they had a boring sound and would never make a successful album. Michael Jordan was benched on his high school basketball team, and Marilyn Monroe was dropped from multiple studios before making it big. DO NOT give up.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

HJ~ Doing exactly what I’m doing now only at a higher level, with more money, and more consistency.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

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HJ~ When I was at theater camp, there was a camp wide inside joke similar to Paris Hilton’s “That’s Hot” only our phrase was “Loves it” #Lovethis reminds me of that. It’s a cute pop way to say that something is awesome.

To keep up to date with Hallie: Follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and check out Her Site!

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Gail McInnes: On Top Of Her Game

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Glasgow-born, Toronto-based Gail McInnes has worked in the fashion industry for over eighteen years with a focus on managing and promoting entrepreneurs and performers. She is owner of publicity agency Magnet Creative Management and co-owner of the exclusive fashion showroom Stylist Box.

Prior to launching her own successful businesses, Gail founded the ground-breaking The Style Box, Canada’s first-ever Canadian fashion designer rental showroom which catered exclusively to high-profile celebrities, dressing them for the Toronto International Film Festival, Emmy Awards, Gemini Awards, and Toronto Fashion Week.

Over the past two decades, she has accumulated an impressive clientele; having worked with actors, artists and performers, including the likes of Stephen Amell (Arrow), internationally renowned rapper Kardinal Offishall, Natalie Brown (The Strain), celebrity chef David Rocco, and reality star and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski; to fashion brands and organizations, including Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), Lucian Matis, Fashion’s Night Out Toronto, Line Knitwear, CAFTCAD, Andrew Majtenyi, Hilary MacMillan, and many more.

Gail_McInnes (2)She brings her inherent Scottish charm, expertise and insider knowledge to her role as the fashion host for TDot TV and freelance fashion reporter; having written for FLARE.com, Huffington Post, Global News, View The Vibe, and more.

Her in-depth view and opinions into the world of style is often called upon for various television appearances and interviews as an expert in her field, including CBC News, Global TV’s The Morning Show, CTV News, National Post, Globe & Mail, Tele-Journal, Slice Network’s X-Weighted, Party Mamas, and many more. She was featured as the Bachelorette in Come Date With Me, which aired on the Cooking Channel in the US and CosmoTV and W Network in Canada.

Gail gained international recognition when she was nominated in 2011 as “Communicator of the Year” by the prestigious Scottish Fashion Awards, in association with VOGUE.com. She is also a nominee of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards having been nominated in both 2012 and 2013.

Gail also devotes her extra time to furthering the careers of the next generation of fashion entrepreneurs through esteemed organizations including Youth Employment Services YES as an instructor of their Passion For Fashion Program, Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) as a mentor, and is regularly called upon as guest speaker and judge at various colleges and universities.

From The moment I met Gail years back at Toronto Fashion Week, I have been captivated by her authenticity, gorgeous smile and passion for life. Gail has this “Girl Boss” way about her that energizes anyone around her. She is determined, driven, focused and an incredible businesswoman. What I love most about Gail is she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. The clients, people and friends in her life reap the rewards having her in their corner, your greatest cheering squad. She stands behind what she believes in and goes the extra miles for the people she cares about. I find it inspiring to sit and talk with her and learn more on what it takes to have that entrepreneurial spirit. Oh and did I mention, not only is she beautiful inside and out, she knows how to rock the red lips!

Warning: This interview may cause you to stop what you’re doing and spark that entrepreneur in YOU!

BB411~ You have been involved with the fashion industry for over 18 years and wear many different hats. Can you give us a little insight into all that you do and how did everything come to be?

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GM~ It does seem like a lot, doesn’t it? It’s not really to me – I love being involved in as many aspects of the industry as possible. I want to see it continue to grow and flourish.

Day-to-day, I run my fashion branding and publicity agency Magnet Creative Management and our showroom Stylist Box, which I run with the ingenious Christian Dare. Then I freelance report and write for various outlets, including on air hosting for TDotTV. I’ve always loved writing and reporting – I am so lucky that I can also apply it to so many areas of my career.

BB411~ Did you always know that you would go into the career you are in today?

GM~ I never thought I’d be the owner of my own company, but I always knew I wanted to be in the beauty, entertainment and fashion industries.

When I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a makeup artist; by age 14, I was selling Avon door-to-door. At 12 I wanted to be a fashion designer. It wasn’t until my high school Fashion Arts teacher gave me a dose of reality and the best advice I was ever given at that stage; “Most people who go to fashion school end up as a patternmaker or seamstress. If you want to become a designer, you will need backing or come from a rich family.” I listened and decided at age 17 that I was either going to be a model agent or a fashion show coordinator. By the age of 20 I had already done both.

Stepping back and taking a look at the past twenty years always amazes me. I wish so much I could have told my shy, conservative teenage self to never place doubt on what you want to do – it is all attainable.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?

Gail_McInnes_Photo_Ted_BeltonGM~ Definitely from my Scottish upbringing and my parents. The educational system in Scotland is much more structured than the Canadian system – which I learned when I moved here in 1989. Both my parents are entrepreneurs and are self-employed.

Fear is the greatest motivator. I want to test myself and try to overcome anything which I ever thought I could never do or that was intimidating. I used to be deathly shy in social situations; overcoming that fear was just step one on realizing that if you put your mind to it, you really can challenge and accomplish things you thought were out of reach before.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

GM~ Acting, art, or music.

I always wanted to act. I loved my theatre company in school and I wish I hadn’t been so reserved and shy to pursue it more. I would have loved to have become a professional artist. My mum had wanted me to go to OCAD, but never pressured me in anyway. When I was in high school I worked at music stores; if I had pursued that career path, I could have seen myself getting into music management.

BB411~ Who did you admire growing up or do today?

GM~ My mother. She was the driving force in my family. She married my dad at the age of 18 and had four girls by the time they were 27. She ran the household and was always hustling and working to provide us a better life than how she had grown up. I admire her for her gumption and perseverance.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite designer to work with?

GM~ I’ve been so fortunate to work with so many amazing talented designers. It would not be fair for me to call out any names, but those who I call friends are special to me. They know who they are.

BB411~ What are the trends for Spring/Summer?

GM~ Even though trends can be fun to follow each season, I always say, wear what you like and what suits both your body and personality, don’t feel pressured into following trends.

BB411~ Which celebrity do you feel Rocks ongoing style?

GM~ Dita Von Teese, Cate Blanchett, and Tilda Swinton. They all have their own unique sense of style which is powerful in itself.

Gail_McInnes_Scottish_Fashion-AwardsBB411~ Favourite Colour?

GM~ Red.

BB411~ Describe your style?

GM~ Classic retro. I love a red lip and feminine dresses, but I also love to be a little “rock and roll” sometimes.

BB411~ Bare feet, socks or stilettos?

GM~ Stilettos.

BB411~ What are the 5 key pieces that every woman should have in their wardrobe?

  1. A perfectly fitted and tailored jacket
  2. A pair of classic black brogues and/or stilettos
  3. Well-fitted undergarments; especially bras – base garments are the most important thing
  4. A great classic white shirt
  5. A comfortable and well-fitted pair of blue jeans

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

GM~ Compassion. There is nothing more beautiful than someone who cares and understands the struggles of others.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

GM~ Any person or organization that is working hard to make a difference to our community without ego.

BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?

GM~ Being true to yourself and approaching every challenge with enthusiasm and optimism.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

GM~ I’ve been involved with Passion for Fashion, a free fashion business program from Youth Employment Services YES and the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) as an instructor and mentor for the past five years. I also actively support the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). Every holiday season we encourage our clients to donate a shoebox for the Shoebox Project – it’s a great charity which brightens up the lives of women in shelters.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

GM~ Giving back is so important, it’s all about supporting the community and helping as many people as possible.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?Gail-McInnes-tedbelton-007

  • Take more risks.
  • Don’t stay longer in a job or relationship than you should – get out the moment you know it’s not making you happy.
  • Never be afraid to ask – you’ll never know unless you ask. This can apply to everything from financials, raises, favours, information, etc.
  • Surround yourself with people you admire and never be afraid to say goodbye to negative people and environments.
  • Do karaoke! You’re gonna love it, and you’re actually not that bad a singer as you think.
  • Don’t stress so much about dating. Being single is actually the best time of your life – you’ll accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible.

BB411~ How do you stay motivated with life’s daily stresses that come up?

GM~ Laughter. It truly is the best medicine. I also am lucky to be surrounded by so many hilarious people.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

GM~ It changes each day and with the weather. In my twenties, I only ever used Avon’s Effective Eye Make Up Remover to cleanse, I never used soap, then I would use Nivea cold cream. Since I turned 30, I’ve been taking a greater effort to take care of my skin. I exfoliate once every two days with St Ives Exfoliating Apricot Scrub, cleanse and moisturize with Shiseido’s Benefiance collection – the skin softner makes such a difference. For removing eye makeup, I’ve been using Annabelle’s Eye Makeup Remover, I love how easy the pump is to use. And for serums, I am love with the velvety feeling that Estee Lauder Perfectionism [CP+R] leave behind.

BB411~ How do you stay Healthy and Balanced?

Style: "Portrait B&W"GM~ I wish I could admit to going to the gym five times a week, but with my hectic schedule it can be harder during busy times, so I end up there about three times mixing up the elliptical with yoga. I do walk as much as possible when the weather allows; typically walking 30 minutes to an hour or more each day to get to meetings and events. I am trying to be better with drinking more water. I never keep junk food or alcohol in my house, so I do tend to eat better and more balanced at home rather than during the week. And Vitamin D! I have a very low count and take 5 times normal on my doctor’s directions – it really does make a huge difference on your mood, especially during those winter months.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

GM~ Right now, I always have Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Amore, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat and Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara. If I don’t have time to do my makeup completely, these three products add extra glam in less than 5 minutes.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

GM~ Conair’s Curl Secret – this is the only way I can go from work to an event in no time. It’s so easy to use and creates beautiful curls that last all night.

BB411~ Favourite fragrance?

GM~ Victor and Rolf’s FlowerBomb.

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

GM~ My full name in Gaelic/Scots roughly translates to “Lively Fire of the Unique One”.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

GM~ “Power is being told you’re not loved and not being destroyed by it.” – Madonna

BB411~ Favourite Food?

GM~ Anything Mexican or Indian – I love spicy food.

BB411~ Describe your perfect day when you have some down time?

  • Sleeping in till noon
  • A long, leisurely brunch (grapefruit mimosas are mandatory)
  • Spa treatments
  • Dinner on a beautiful, hidden patio
  • A concert of one of my favourite performers or bandsStylist-Box-Gail-002_Teb_Belton

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

GM~ Learn from others before diving into the entrepreneurship world. Find mentors to help you with your business plan. Do your research to ensure there is place in the market for your service or product. After that, just go for it and push yourself further than you ever thought possible. Good things will come to those who work their asses off. Don’t expect anything to come to you – you have to find it yourself.

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

GM~ Meet Madonna.

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

GM~ No one is talking about you as much as you think they do – they’re too busy worrying about who they think is talking about them.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

GM~  My career is, and always has been, an evolution. I don’t want to jinx my plans just yet, but the universe will lead me to where I am meant to be.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

GM~ Time alone. I’m a loner at heart and my alone time is what gives me time to recharge for the next busy period.

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