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Meghan Markle Designs Fall Workwear Collection for Reitmans


Meghan Markle Designs Fall Workwear Collection for Reitmans

Reitmans has brought back Meghan Markle as  design collaborator, introducing her second capsule collection, launching this fall. The collection of fashion-forward staples includes five versatile pieces that can easily be mixed and matched taking women effortlessly from desk to dinner. Heavily involved in the design process, Ms. Markle ensured her personal style was reflected in each item.

“The first collection was a learning curve for me and for Reitmans as well. We wanted to provide a capsule collection that incorporated my personal style and personality while always embracing the Reitmans woman,” says Markle. “The fall collection is comprised of pieces I love to wear with a bit of an edge. I hope Reitmans shoppers will love it as much as I do!”

Five key pieces designed by Ms. Markle create the ultimate fall wardrobe, including a modern update on traditional workwear pieces such as a faux leather pencil skirt and boyfriend-style blouse. Cropped leggings and a turtleneck bodysuit add a casual, trendy take on weekend dressing. Rounding out the collection is a cashmere blend poncho that can be styled three different ways.

“Ms. Markle truly embodies the modern, professional woman, both in her career and personal life. She resonates with both existing and new Reitmans customers, making her the perfect partner for this workwear collection,” says Jackie Tardif, Senior Vice-President of Merchandising for Reitmans.

The Meghan Markle fall collection will be available online and at select Reitmans stores across Canada as of November 3. An exclusive online pre-sale for registered shoppers will also be available, customers can learn more by visiting




Meghan Markle Designs Fall Workwear Collection for Reitmans (CNW Group/Reitmans (Canada) Limited)
Meghan Markle Designs Fall Workwear Collection for Reitmans



Staples Canada Releases Top Trends, Must-Haves for 2016 Back-To-School Seaso


Staples Canada Releases Top Trends, Must-Haves for 2016 Back-To-School Seaso

Staples Canada is helping students, parents and teachers get ready to go back-to-school by releasing its annual short-list of the hottest trends.

Consumers will find a fresh and wide assortment of items that feature vibrant colours, small and compact shapes and sizes, loveable and huggable products, modern designs and ways to personalize and customize, as well as smart technology to increase productivity.

“Everyone wants and expects practical and unique items for the back-to-school season, while staying within budget,” said Pete Gibel, senior vice president of merchandising at Staples Canada. “That’s why we make it our mission to be ready with the broadest assortment, the latest trends and the lowest prices so our customers can have the best back-to-school shopping experience.”

Staples’ 2016 Top Trends Include:

Vibrant Colours 

Add a pop of colour to any homework station with the Poppin desk letter tray, pencil case or pen cup. Brighten up a locker area with the NeatLife Drippy Paint Magnetic Pencil Cups and Drippy Paint Magnetic Divided Bins that come in pink, purple, green and blue.

Loveable and Huggable 

Everyone needs a hug or a jolt of inspiration from time to time. Find lots of personal and practical gratification from Staples Animal Folders to the Thermos Chewbacca lunch bag. Keep crayons and the Maped Croc Croc rabbit-shaped pencil sharpener tucked away in a Staples elephant or kitten printed pencil case.

Small and Compact 

Pack only what’s needed, thanks to items such as compact desk clocks for teachers, the Sistema Bento Box all-in-one lunch container and food divider, Swingline mini staplers, 6-in-1 compact PowerCubePNY Micro Sleek USB and the HP Deskjet printer.

Favourite Characters

With action packed backpacks from Disney’s Star Wars and Captain America, to cute and cuddly lunch bags from The Secret Life of Pets and Finding DoryStaples let’s students take the movies to class.

Say it with Emoji’s

From Merangue Emoticon Locker Magnets to quirky Merangue Emoji Pencils, these fun products add personality and function throughout the academic year. The ZIPIT Grillz Backpack has an expressive exterior pocket for students who are looking to showcase personality and style.

All About Tech

Staples makes sure all bases are covered for optimal back-to-school productivity with slick and slim items like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4Galaxy TabPro SGalaxy Tab S2Skullcandy Wireless HeadphonesFitBit Fitness Tracker and the Logitech mouse that comes in watermelon or lemon patterns. The Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker saves space while offering powerful sound and quality, and also comes in fun colours such as mint, red, white or black.

Being Green

With items like Post-it Greener NotesStaples Recycled Poly Report Covers and Staples FSC-Certified Eco-Responsible Multiuse Paper, it’s easy going green. Save money by eliminating waste with re-usable lunch products like the Precidio Snack/Drink In The Box and assortment of Cryopak additions. 

Make it Personal  

In 2016, customers can expect custom classroom products from Staples which allows parents, students and teachers to personalize agendas, planners, labels and posters – to name but a few. Locker accessories like the Merangue Dry Erase Board and the Wall Pops! Fashion Locker Accessory Kit let students add a personal touch to their space at school.


For a complete list of the top trends and products from Staples for the 2016 back-to-school season, view the online lookbook by clicking here.

Staples has all the back-to-school products that students need at the guaranteed lowest prices with a 100% price match guarantee, great rewards and stress-free shopping. Back-to-school resources are available either in-store or online at, or through the Staples mobile app. Throughout the season, parents, students and teachers can join the conversation around the latest trends, deals and back-to-school hacks using #ThinkStaples.

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Walmart Lauches New App for iPhone & Android Users

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Walmart Lauches New App for iPhone & Android Users


Digital shopping assistant lets consumers shop online, browse flyer features and read reviews

Walmart Canada announced today the launch of its new online shopping application for iPhone and Android users. Canadians can shop conveniently and anywhere they are, with the touch of a button. Not to mention Walmart’s low prices every day.… Continue reading

2nd Annual Amazon Canada Prime Day #PrimeDay


2nd Annual Amazon Canada Prime Day #PrimeDay

On Tuesday, July 12, the second-annual Prime Day will feature more than 100,000 deals worldwide exclusively for Prime members, making it the biggest Amazon event ever. New and existing members in Canada, U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria, will find deals across nearly all departments and categories, ensuring there will be something for everyone. Members in Canada can shop starting at midnight PT, with new deals as often as every hour throughout the day. To find out more and also how you can participate in Prime Day, visit… Continue reading

Be Inspired and Celebrate Summer with the #CTWOWGuide

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Be Inspired and Celebrate Summer with the #CTWOWGuide

I love catalogues! Are you a catalogue addict like me? As a little girl, I loved when a new one would come into the house. They would always inspire me, and I would dream big while my mom shopped till she could drop. This year I was so excited when Canadian Tire brought back its catalogue. Now this a catalogue that keeps up with technology and gives me tips and tricks and so much inspiration!


First of all, I love that the catalogue is back. I missed it.  I have been loving having the catalogue at home and flipping through the pages gaining inspiration and ideas page by page. I also love the fact that I can take it with me anywhere. Yes, I have even had a bath with my catalogue. It was great to relax and plan my new backyard patio!


Back in April Canadian Tire sent out a 200 page catalogue for the first time in 10 years. As I said, I have been loving having mine with me here at home. Did the Wow Guide arrive in your mailbox? It had over 1000 products that are perfect for spring and summer! These pages are different, though. It is not your typical catalogue! You can engage with your catalogue to learn more and do more!

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Canadian Tire brought the catalogue into this century age giving us so many exciting ways to engage with the catalogue!  I love my ability to ” hover and discover”. Did you know you can hover your phone over the catalogue and get digital content? Genius right!?  It matches up the image you are hovering over with all the content you need right at that moment. There are so many things for you to find when you hover! I love that all I have to do is hover, and I get so much amazing content. The app lets you find everything you may want to know! If you have not hovered with the Canadian Tire app, you are missing out! From videos that allow you to see a product in action, to inspiration pages to grilling tips and tricks Canadian Tire has thought about everything! They have brought the wow factor!

So you want to be wowed! Here is what will WOW you:

  • You will find even more products, Yes there are 1200 in the catalogue, but there are even more online. Make sure you check them all out!
  • You get amazing how-tos! There is so much you can learn about the products and even see them in action.
  • You can not only find out how much the product is but if it is in stock at your store and even which aisle it is in making shopping an easy trip.
  • You can check out the latest in designer trends.
  • Browse the galleries of photos and get inspired. This is one of my favourite things to do.

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The WOW Guide is an amazing way for Canadians to see the best of what a physical store has to offer, and with the amazing new technology, also gives us lots of great add-ons! We can now shop in a whole new way. This “phyigtal” world is new and exciting as it allows us easy access to our local Canadian Tire store straight from the comfort of home.

I love shopping from home!


With over 1000 items in the Wow Guide, we can easily find fantastic new products and classic favourites to help us prepare for summer.  Whether it’s the stylish new wick furniture for the patio, lanterns to light up the night to a new grill to a booce game they have it all. This summer my backyard will be the place to hang out!

What is on your list for summer?

You know where to go if you need some inspiration. Grab your WOW Guide.

Join us on Thursday, June 22nd for to celebrate Summer with Canadian Tire and the summer inspiration that comes from the Wow Guide!



#MothersDay is Right Around the Corner!

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#MothersDay is Right Around the Corner!

Did you know that Mother’s Day is right around the corner? It’s this Sunday! I almost forget every year – this year I scheduled it into my work calendar so I can plan a special day for my mom well in advance! For those of you who are like me and forget every. year., here are some great ideas on how to treat your mom this Mother’s Day!

Your Mom is a special woman, we don’t need to tell you that (after all, she gave you the gift of life!) So celebrate with treating her to a fun day out, complete with the perfect presents.

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You really can’t go wrong with a good brunch! Order champagne or a bottle of wine before she swings by. Check out Toronto Life’s list of top restaurants of 2016 for some ideas – I’m taking my mom to Chabrol!

Here are some of my top picks for Toronto Mother’s Day brunches

Kasa Moto

Kasa Moto does a Japanese style brunch every weekend, and they’re amping it up for Mother’s Day! Expect bento breakfast boxes as well as some of the freshest sushi in the city.
Brunch starts promptly at 11 a.m.
Price: Prices vary

Biff’s Bistro

The newly renovated Biff’s Bistro is the perfect spot to bring Mom for Mother’s Day! Is your mother keen on Paris (okay, who isn’t?!?) The Parisian-influenced menu includes Fois Gras, frog’s legs, quiches, frites, and real-deal Parisian desserts.The menu is a-la-carte, and brunch starts promptly at  11 a.m. The resto also hosts a fondue night that evening at 5 p.m.
Price: Prices vary

Cibo Wine Bar
Bring mom out for an Italian brunch on Mother’s Day, and there’s no place in the city that does is better than Cibo Wine Bar. With locations on King West, in Yorkville, and at Yonge and Eglinton Cibo Wine Bar is hosting a special Mother’s Day edition of Italian Bubbles + Brunch, with a complimentary glass of Prosecco.
Price: $35

Portland Variety

This King West outpost has the look of a nouveau French bistro, but the food packs a punch. Espresso bar in the front (complete with freshly baked pasteries,) and restaurant in the back, their brunch continues to be the best in the city. Lemon ricotta pancakes, patatas bravas, I’m drooling already.

Price: $40

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I love treating my mother to a little spa day, but most Spa’s can seriously break the bank. Her Majesty’s Pleasure is a full service beauty boutique on Queen West My favourite part? The spa doubles as a full service cocktail bar so you can sip on fruity martinits while getting pampered.

Gift Ideas

I’ve put together a list of gifts that you can pick up that will make your mother swoon! Show your mom how appreciative you are of all the things she’s done for you with a heartfelt gift.




The Bay has a fragrance and beauty sale in honour of Mother’s Day. My mum has always loved Ralph Lauren – walking into a Ralph Lauren store today still smells like I’m walking into her room! This RL gift set has a fragrance, as well as hand creams.


Compliment mum’s good looks (after all, she gave you yours!) with stunning jewelry. I’m keen on this small pendant from Sears. You can shop for it here. Many people have very specific taste when it comes to jewelry. Take note of what your mum wears the most frequently. When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a staple piece of jewelry like small diamond earrings or a meaningful pendant necklace she can wear on a day to day basis.

Foldover Clutch - Aqua

Aqua Foldover Clutch

Knotted Tote - Ivory

Classic Ivory Tote

Did you know Indigo isn’t just a mecca for books? It also is a one-stop-shop for gifting. From it’s recent jewelry collaboration with Canadian designer Jenny Bird to a wide selection of home goods, look no further than Indigo for all your gifting needs! I’m thinking my mother would love a bag in a pastel spring colour like the one above, 

Is your mother a whiz in the kitchen? Mine sure is. There’s really nothing like coming home for a holiday for one of my mother’s incredible home made meals – flatbread pizza, eggplant parm, I’m drooling already! Canadian Tire is offering in honour of Mother’s Day – like this GORGEOUS copper cooking set. Check out their sale here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6" 16GB Android 5.0 Lollipop Tablet - White


The Samsung Galaxy tablet is one of the newest surfaces to hit the market, so it’s decked out with all the greatest features. Your mom can download books, catch up with relatives on Facebook, and view family photos, all with a swipe of her finger! Swing by Best Buy to pick one up.

How are you celebrating this mother’s day? And what gift have you decided on to treat your mother with? Let me know in the comments below or tweet at me @ShesInfluential


Samsung Canada Introduces the Galaxy Tab E Lite and Galaxy Tab A 7


Samsung Canada Introduces the Galaxy Tab E Lite and Galaxy Tab A 7

One of the biggest tech companies in the game, Samsung, is dropping some incredibly new products! The new Galaxy Tab E Lite and Galaxy Tab A 7 arrived in Canada on March 23rd.

I’ve always been a big fan of Samsung products because they really think of the user. They may not be as pretty as iPhones, but their performance makes it SO worth it! Especially the memory – the new Galaxy offers 32 GB of MicroSD storage! They’re wonderful products for travelling too (something I do WAY too much of!) Instead of bringing my larger laptop everywhere, the Galaxy tablet enables me to do alllll my work, without carrying everything around! And I can download movies and watch them on my long-haul planes.

The best part? The Galaxy phone has a no-slip back, for those of you who are prone to dropping your phone!

Here are some other great features of the new Galaxys

  • Versatile device options for the entire family: The Multi User Mode enables families to create up to eight unique user profiles with their own music, games, apps and photos. While sharing one device, everyone can keep everything organized and ensure personal information stays personal.
  • Multi-tasking ease: Maximize time and productivity by working on two apps at the same time.Effortlessly watch movies, check email, shop online and chat with friends on a single screen.
  • Safer and more secure Kids Mode: Enabling Kids Mode allows for up to six kids’ profiles, blocks unsuitable apps, sets time limits and provides a wide range of fun and educational content giving kids access to a safer and more appropriate world of colour and fun.
  • Ultimate value and affordability: Available for under $200, these high-performance multi-purpose tablets can be used for working, storing and viewing content.

Designed to offer the ultimate family-sharing experience, both tablets offer a child-friendly interface, endless entertainment options and multi-tasking functionality, maximizing productivity while keeping everyone in the family connected to what matters most.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite and the Galaxy Tab A 7 will be available as of March 23rd at Samsung Experience Stores and retailers across the country. The 7-inch Galaxy Tab E Lite will be available in white and will retail for $149.99 (MSRP). The 7-inch Galaxy Tab A will be offered in black and white and retail for$199.99 (MSRP).  You can check out availabilities here

Here are all the specs from the brand new products!

Galaxy Tab E Lite

Galaxy Tab A 7







UPC Code


White Colour
UPC Code: 887276095844

Black Colour
UPC Code: 887276149578

White Colour
UPC Code: 887276149592


193.2 x 116.5 x 9.7mm (310 g)

108.6 x 186.9 x 8.7mm (280 g)


7.0″ TFT

7.0″ TFT

WSVGA (1024×600)

WXGA (1280×800)


1.0GB + 8GB (micro SD up to 32GB)

1.5GB + 8GB (micro SD up to 200GB)



5.0MP AF + 2.0MP


3,600 mAh (up to 9Hrs of Internet Usage time)

4,000 mAh (up to 11Hrs of Internet Usage time)


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

BT v4.0, micro USB 2.0

BT 4.1, micro USB 2.0


Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Android 5.1 (Lollipop)


1.3GHz Quad-Core

1.3GHz Quad-Core

Unite Box Size

197.9 x 122.4 x 45.9 mm (421.8 g)

200 x 118 x 48.5 mm (451 g)

What do you guys think? Should I convert? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @shesinfluential

Join us at the #SDMBeautyGala Twitter Party and support Women’s Cancer Programs!

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Join us at the #SDMBeautyGala Twitter Party and support Women’s Cancer Programs!


With all this warm weather we’ve had lately, isn’t it time to celebrate? On April 30th, the fine folks at Shopper’s Drug Mart are throwing an in-story Spring Beauty Gala to celebrate spring! In stores across the country, gala guests will enjoy complementary makeovers, skincare consultations, free samples, refreshments and snacks. How great is that?

Even better – funds raised go to a good cause! What’s better than shopping for a good cause (other than your own wardrobe!) Funds raised at locations in the Prairies and Atlantic Canada will benefit Beauty Gives Back, a charitable initiative of the Canadian beauty industry, dedicated to helping women beat the Cancer Blues.

How can you attend? Just swing by your local Shopper’s Drug Mart and talk to a beauty expert to get your ticket! Tickets are only $10 – and the best part? $5 of the ticket is donated to a charitable organization. The remaining $5 is redeemable on any purchase made at Shoppers Drug Mart during the event!

About Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is Canada’s only charitable cancer program dedicated to empowering women to manage the effects that cancer and its treatment can have on their appearance. At the heart of Look Good Feel Better is the free, 2 hour hands-on workshop offered at 120 cancer care facilities and hospitals across the country. Since its inception, it is estimated that Look Good Feel Better has helped hundreds of thousands of women across the country.

What is the Cancer Blues? It’s a term for the emotional distress caused by cancer and its treatment. The Cancer Blues is a huge and overlooked part of the cancer story. For the majority of women, a cancer diagnosis unleashes as many emotional symptoms as physical ones.

. Visit to learn more about this great cause!

Save the Date! April 27th at 8pm is our Twitter Party, where you can join us to learn more about this fab event and the great cause it benefits!


Twitter Party Details
Date: April 27th, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Host: @ShesConnected
Moderators: @BGBCanada @LGFBCanada @SherryLAbbott
Hashtag: #SDMBeautyGala
Prizing: 5 (five) $100 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Cards

 Read the official contest rules 

Whirlpool’s #EveryDayCare Campaign


Whirlpool’s #EveryDayCare Campaign


When you were little, what chores did you get stuck doing? I remember I was always on garbage duty – I’d have to make sure all the garbage and recycling bins in the house were not overflowing, and I’d drag the big bin to the curb every Tuesday morning. Although I hated it at the time, looking back it set me on the road to being a responsible adult!

That’s why I was so surprised when I read a new research piece last week. Did you know that 79 per cent of Canadians surveyed feel that Children who grow up without doing chores are more likely to grow up with an unhealthy sense of entitlement? Even more scary – 59 per cent of Canadians surveyed said children today spend less time doing chores compared to when they were young!

Experts say there are two areas where chores influence children’s development – increasing independence and increasing the ability to work well with others.

Parenting expert Alyson Schafer thinks housework is vital to a child’s development – “Too often children are excused from helping, or treated like indentured servants who resist being ordered around,” said Ms. Schafer. “Instead we need to invite them to help and participate in the jobs needed to keep the home running smoothly. It’s these contributions and helpfulness that make children feel valued, feel a part of the family, and build life skills for when they set up their own home.”

Even though it doesn’t feel like a large contribution, small tasks like taking out the garbage or doing the dishes imprint a sense of responsibility in us. It helps us learn to care for our families in the long run!

Further interesting survey data includes:

  • 89 per cent of Canadians surveyed feel parents need to lead by example if they expect their children to adopt a positive attitude to doing household chores
  • 59 per cent of Canadians surveyed feel it is most appropriate to start giving children household chores when they are between five and eight years old, while 27 per cent view the ages of nine to eleven years the best time to start giving chores to children
  • Among parents surveyed with children at home, 50 per cent describe their household as opting for a clear division of responsibility, while only 28 per cent say they try to do chores together and 20 per cent of parents do all of the chores themselves

What do you think? Let us and Whirlpool Canada know by tweeting with the hashtag #EveryDayCare!


Join us for the #TangerineMoneyBack Twitter Party on April 5th!

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Join us for the #TangerineMoneyBack Twitter Party on April 5th!


Tangerine Bank just launched it’s new Money Back Credit Card that includes phenomenal ways to save your money!

When you sign up for your Tangerine Money-Back credit card you can select two (or three if you have previously deposited your Money-Back Rewards into a Tangerine Savings Account) ways to earn 2% money-back. There are no caps on how much you earn, can you believe that? The money-back you earn at Tangerine gets deposited directly into your savings account.

The categories available for the tangerine credit card

You can pick two of the above categories to earn money back on while using the car. I love that you’re able to choose whatever category is most relevant to your own lifestyle so you can reap the most benefits possible.You can change your categories whenever you like! And perks of signing up by June 27th, 2016 – your chosen category will earn 4% back in the first three months!

More Benefits

The card has a 1.5% foreign transaction rate, in comparison to the usual 2.5% rate you can save a fair amount if you travel abroad frequently!

Rewards Features:

  • Earn 2% Money-Back Rewards on purchases in two 2% Money-Back Categories of your choice, and 1% Money-Back Rewards on all other purchases.
  • Have your Money-Back Rewards deposited into a Tangerine Savings Account, and get a 3rd 2% Money-Back Category.
  • Money-Back Rewards are earned automatically and paid monthly, and can either be applied towards your Credit Card balance or redeemed into your Savings Account.
  • No limit on the amount of Money-Back Rewards you can earn.
  • Change your 2% Money-Back Categories to suit your spending.
  • Orange Alerts are emailed to you so that you’re up-to-date on what’s happening in your Account.

Additional Card Benefits:

  • 1.5% Foreign Conversion Fee – one of the lowest in market
  • Free Cards for Authorized Users on your Account
  • Purchase Assurance and Extended Warranty1 – For most new purchases made anywhere in the world using your Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card, you may receive a lifetime maximum of up to $60,000 for the following insurance coverage:
  • Purchase Assurance, which may automatically cover loss, theft or damage, in excess of other insurance, for 90 days from the date of purchase; and
  • Extended Warranty, which may double the period of repair services, to a maximum of one additional year, when the original manufacturer’s warranty expires.

Want to find out more? Join us on Tuesday, April 5th while we talk about the #TangerineMoneyBack program.



More details are on our Twubs page so be sure to check it out here

Date: Tuesday April 5, 2016
Time: 8:00pm ET
Host: @TangerineBank
Guest: @krystalatwork
$500 in Prizing

Prizing for Canada Only except those in the province of Quebec

Curious for more information? Check out the great videos Tangerine Bank put together below: