03/05/19 Fitness by Jacflash Women's Power Yoga Workshop with Kay Ghajar and Fertility Acupuncturist Anne Matthews

On Tuesday, February 5th, Fitness by Jacflash hosted a Women’s Power Yoga Workshop with Yoga Instructor Kay Ghajar and Fertility Acupuncturist Anne Matthews.

All photos courtesy of our amazing photographer, Nicole Shabada.

Goodie bag sponsors included lunapads reusable pads, tansy & mae scrunchies, LADY FLOW premenstrual ease and relief teas, easy period organic cotton tampons, and Andie & Co. custom-made essential oil rollerballs.

Our space, yoga mats, and equipment were provided by lululemon’s the attic - a fully functional studio with change rooms, washroom, filtered water, and sound system - located above the iconic Queen Street West store.

As always, tea was provided for attendees so they could cozy up and settle in for the Wellness Education portion of the event. We were thrilled to host Anne Matthews, who debunked period and fertility myths, shared tips and tricks for a healthy period, and answered our burning questions. Anne was gracious, knowledgable, and SO FUNNY.

Our yoga instructor Kay Ghajar then lead us in a one hour power yoga session. Her detailed, descriptive instruction and high energy made the class exciting, comprehendible and achievable for the women in the class who are all at different levels. You can catch Kay’s regular class Tuesdays in the attic from 7:45-8:45PM.

Our amazing assistant, fellow yoga instructor Meredith Marr, was on-hand providing assists and adjustments for everyone.

Our raffle ticket prizes were two pairs of THINX underwear. These period-proof undies hold up to 2 tampons’ worth — yet look and feel like regular underwear. Our Fitness by Jacflash founder, Jaclyn Genovese is a THINX Leader, which means you can shop for THINX underwear and save $10 dollars with the following link www.shethinx.com/jaclyn.

Spaces by Jacflash Brings to Life a Parisian-Inspired Richmond Street Office

Spaces by Jacflash began this office project with a beautiful, blank space containing an abundance of natural light, white brick feature walls and black mullion windows. The one existing piece our client wanted to incorporate was a family heirloom: a black and gold, ornate desk of Parisian semblance. We designed the rest of the space to complement the desk, resulting in a romantic, yet masculine concept throughout. 

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At the entrance of the office, we combined a tufted, tan leather bench, a marble and black coat rack and an antique framed map of Toronto. Our goal was to create an inviting energy for guests and clients to come in, take their coats off and make themselves at home. 

The CEO required an enclosed space to work privately, hold meetings and make calls, while still being able to supervise and collaborate with his staff. As such, we built a separate room for him in the corner of the office space. We built a half drywall wall on one side and a sloped triangle wall on the other, for additional privacy. We then installed custom, matte black mullion framed glass and a lockable door to match the building's original windows. We added a white, marble tulip boardroom table with black leather and wood chairs featuring brass accents and a jute rug to generate a homey feel in the private office space. On top of the boardroom table hangs a modern style, crystal chandelier light to add character and created a polished finish.

As space is limited for the nine staff who work in this office, we designed and built four two-sided, and one L-shaped, provincial stained wood desks with matte black legs and an extrusion for the staff to home their belongings. Atop each extrusion lays a black, custom mouse pad. 

Our client longed for a relaxed, refined vibe in the living area of the office, where meetings could be held and the staff could enjoy any time off. We paired a leather sofa with a grey, rounded chair, a marble coffee table and a set of three black and gold side tables. We added a grey area rug with accents of tan throughout, to tie in the tan accents throughout the space. We chose a seven-bulb floor lamp to sit aside the media unit and TV, and surrounded it with a Parisian-style moulding that continued across the room’s previously large, white, barren wall. 

Though the large room does not allow for plumbing, our client still wanted a kitchenette for the staff to use throughout the day. We designed a matte black, clean looking kitchen area, with a white marble high-top island counter. We paired this island with round, tan bar stools with black legs to complement the tan, leather bench in the entranceway. The kitchenette contains a hot and cold water cooler, a Nespresso coffee machine and a microwave for the staff to enjoy.  

As a finishing touch, Spaces by Jacflash swapped out the old, neon tube lights with double smoked glass, globe pendant lights and adorned the space with plants to elevate the organic and homey feel. Overall this space is professional, refined and cozy, a vision that our client imagined and we enjoyed bringing to life.

BEFORE & AFTER: Dull, Cluttered Living Space Becomes a Bright, Chic Oasis on a Budget!

Spaces by Jacflash revamped a once dark, dated and empty condo into a modernly chic and functional living space.

A dark, midcentury credenza once sat against the wall beside the sombre kitchen. To brighten things up, we swapped a lighter, white oak and metallic credenza that was previously placed in the living area. We paired this metallic credenza with a round and radiant antiqued golden mirror, which added a contemporary flare to the kitchen and opened up the space to appear lighter.

The dining room had a long, characterless white wall, so we installed a faux brick wallpaper to give the dining and kitchen area some industrial charm. To add drama to the wall, we installed 4 acrylic accent shelves to display glassware, photos, cocktail books and some greenery. This installation brings an organic touch and colour to the space. 

Previously, the dining area was not being used and instead left a dark, empty space in the apartment. We added a white dining table and matching bench, 4 wishbone chairs and swapped out a dated track light with a modern, multi-light chandelier. The brighter furniture and lighting, organic elements and industrial design transformed this dead space into a comfortable, contemporary part of the home.

The living area went from feeling sombre to luminous with the use of appropriate textures, shapes, and design features. We were working on a budget as our client opted to keep their existing sofa, coffee table and media unit. We swapped out the rug, side chair and side tables and added lighting to unify the room as a serenely stylish space. 

Property Brothers x Spaces by Jacflash: Casaza

Spaces by Jacflash has been working on a project that we are ecstatic to finally unveil! We've partnered with the Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, to be one of few hand-selected designers featured on Casaza, their new design platform. Launched in the summer of 2018, Casaza’s mission is to make design accessible to everyone and empower you to make your dream space a reality. You can check out our founder, Jaclyn Genovese’s profile here.

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02/05/19 Fitness by Jacflash Women's Power Yoga Workshop with Kay Ghajar and Leyla Bagheri in our brand new home!

On Tuesday, February 5th, Fitness by Jacflash hosted a Women’s Power Yoga Workshop with Yoga Instructor Kay Ghajar and Personal Development Coach Leyla Bagheri in our new home - lululemon Toronto’s studio, the attic.

Goodie bag sponsors included Bare Snacks apple chips, Loved & Beyond handpoured candles, 1day beauty lipliner, and Undercarriage natural deoderant.

Our space, yoga mats, and equipment were provided by lululemon’s the attic - a fully functional studio with change rooms, washroom, filtered water, and sound system - located above the Queen Street West store.

Tea for the workshop was provided by long-time Fitness by Jacflash sponsor, Safaroma. Safaroma was created in response to a desperate need to provide a channel for thousands of Afghan female farmers to sell their products at fair market prices, thereby doing away with unscrupulous middlemen and dominant distribution corporations. In 2016, they began work with the Ghoryan Saffron Farmers' Union and expanded as a trusted partner for other women's co-ops as well as individual farmers. We were drinking their Paradise Tea (an herbal blend with infused saffron) for the evening.

Our speaker, Leyla Bagheri, graciously shared her story and struggles with self-love. She asked everyone to rate their relationship with themselves from 1-10 and walk to that number in the room. We discussed our reasons for the rating with people who shared the same rating as us. Finally, we wrote “love letters” to ourselves, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Our yoga instructor Kay Ghajar then lead us in a one hour power yoga session. Her detailed, descriptive instruction and high energy made the class exciting, comprehendible and achievable for the women in the class who are all at different levels. As a special treat, we had Sophie Lukacs (@sophie.lukacs) playing the kora at the beginning and end of the yoga session. The kora is a 21-string lute-bridge-harp, which originated in West Africa. Sophie has been living and studying the kora in Mali for the past 3 years.

Our amazing assistants, fellow yoga instructors Meredith and Jessica, provided hands-on assists throughout the session.

Raffle ticket prizes were two full-sized tubs of Undercarriage deoderant paired with Skindew’s aromatherapy body oil. We also have Corrine from 1day beauty on hand to answer questions and share her lipliners in person. As a special treat, Tori from Top Knot was present to unveil their stylish workout and casual hats - designed for women who want to sport a high pony with their hat! Jaclyn and Kay rocked theirs all night :)

Black, Gold, and Greenery Bring A Once-Drab Liberty Village Space to Life

Spaces by Jacflash brought life to this once cold, cluttered and cramped condo. We chose a modern looking sofa with an extra-deep seat and crisp tailoring, which has a strong presence but feels airy and light thanks to the thin frame and cast metal legs. We paired this sofa with a rope-like ottoman for a spontaneous seating option, while a glamorous brass pedestal marble top coffee table and a brass and black velvet side chair bring sophistication into the space. To tie everything together and create warmth in the space, we added black velvet curtains and an alluring but cozy loom area rug. We re-merchandized her existing wall shelves by layering differing sized frames, and a touch of greenery. The high-gloss media credenza's geometric doors adds an eye-popping interest to the space. 

In the dining area, the client wanted to keep her existing dining table, so we paired it with glamorous acrylic chairs and a refined shiny brass bell pendant. A black cowhide rug sits below the dining set to add warmth to the area and we moved her existing mirror to the side wall to open up the space. 

We created a small seating nook by bringing over one of the acrylic dining chairs and pairing it with a gold framed piece of artwork, a luxurious, black pull up side table, a succulent and eucalyptus stem to add height. 

The client wanted to keep her original desk in this office and loved the idea of a black feature wall. To create a more refined and finished look, we custom built a geometric wall to add depth and character to this once-confined space. We swapped out her old desk chair for a striking black, velvet high back chair, and adorned the blank wall with 3 layered matte black floating shelves to display her office items, awards, books and plants.

We added endless plants and flowers to bring life to the entire space, and for a finishing touch, we swapped out the old, dated, cookie-cutter door hardware for some sleek, modern, matte black handles.