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Be a part of our Cupcake Contest at the 2017 PotashCorps Wintershines Festival!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   December 2, 2016 07:06

We are looking for contestants for our upcoming “Dress it Up” Cupcake Contest taking place at the 2017 PotashCorp Wintershines Festival! Last year was our first year participating in this tasty and fun event, where contestants went head to head to take home the title of Best Cupcake in Saskatoon! The 2016 contestants were The Park Town Hotel, Cakes by Britney, Griffin Takeaway, Baby K Cupcakes and Cakes and the Cupcake Conspiracy. Congratulations to Cakes by Britney who took home this award for her “Ice Princess” cupcake!

Register in our 2017 contest and create your best cupcake inspired by The Princess Shop’s beautiful dresses in order to win the title of best cupcake in Saskatoon! Saskatoon will sample and vote for the best cupcake in #yxe on Tuesday, January 31st from 6pm-8pm at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market as part of the 2017 PotashCorp Wintershines Festival!  Early bird registration $30 ends December 16th ($50 after).

 

To register, please contact Bonnie @ bonnie@theprincessshop.ca or by calling The Princess Shop 306-222-3311. Spots are limited, get your registration in today! For more information on the PotashCorp Wintershines Festival, please visit http://potashcorpwintershines.ca/ 

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TD’s Women in Leadership Sponsors the Fairy Godmother Program

posted by The Princess Shop    |   November 16, 2016 14:39

The Princess Shop is proud to announce a new partnership with TD's Women in Leadership, who have joined in on the impact as the Fairy Godmother Program’s sponsor!

“Where confidence and capability meet opportunity.”

Women in Leadership is not only a promise, but an actionable initiative and key objective by TD Bank to enhance the organization’s diversity by expanding leadership opportunities for women. From their website: “At TD, women have access to valuable learning experiences, ongoing support for career goals and a powerful network of like-minded colleagues.

TD has extended this key objective outside of their organization by sponsoring and donation to organizations with shared values, like ours! The mission of the Fairy Godmother Program is to provide Princess Graduates with the needed self-awareness, self-confidence, motivation and live skills to accomplish their goals. The Fairy Godmother (mentor) provides encouragement and support in bringing these ambitions to reality.

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, TD Bank held a special event to present sponsorship for the Fairy Godmother Program! The event was held at Lucky Bastard Distillery’s beautiful space, it was catered, with complimentary beverages. The best part was that the room was filled with brilliant women from TD Bank branches from across Saskatchewan, not to mention the men in attendance there to celebrate Women in Leadership!

TD invited The Princess Shop’s Executive Director, Karen Robson to speak about the impacts our programs make. In addition, a Fairy Godmother match, Kaya and Zoya got to share with the room how the Fairy Godmother Program has impacted their lives and brought new perspectives.

To cap off the evening, several TD staff members put on a surprise fashion show showing off some of The Princess Shop’s amazing donated dresses! They all had a blast strutting their stuff on the red carpet runway!

TD’s sponsorship of the Fairy Godmother Program will provide learning opportunities and experiences for the matches to attend together over the course of this year’s cycle. The Princess Shop is proud to share values with TD Women in Leadership, and is excited to continue to encourage new perspectives, growth and learning through mentorship! 

Executive Director, Karen Robson

2014 Princess Graduate, Zoya

Zoya, Karen, and Kayla proudly holding the sponsorship cheque!

The lovely TD models!

The Princess Shop's Holiday Spiritraiser

posted by The Princess Shop    |   November 14, 2016 09:58

That's right, The Princess Shop's Wineraiser is back and better than before with The First Annual Princess Shop Holiday Spiritraiser. If you participated in the first wineraiser you'll understand how this is going to work, but there's more.

With a $20 donation there is a choice for a minimum donation of one bottle of wine, one 6-pack of beer, or one 375 mL bottle (mickey) of liquor. There is no limit on the number of donations and you will have the chance to win back all of your alcohol donations. The draw for the Holiday Spiritraiser will take place on December 8th, so don't miss your chance to get your donations in! The prize breakdown will be as follows: 

1st place receives 35% of all alcohol collected

2nd place receives 25% of all alcohol collected

3rd place receives 15% of all alcohol collected

4th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

5th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

6th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

7th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

8th place receives 5% of all alcohol collected

So here are the Official Rules of The Princess Shop's Holiday Spiritraiser:

1) Minimum donation of one bottle of wine, one 6-pack of beer, or one 375 mL bottle of liquor and $20 

2) For every additional $20 donation your name will be entered into the draw again! (For example a $60 donation means 3 entries to the draw!)

3) Homemade wine, beer or alcohol will not be accepted

4) Final draw will be on December 8th, 2016

This is an excellent fundraiser to get you set up for hosting this Holiday Season and we wouldn't want you to miss out! So, be sure to contact a Princess Shop volunteer, email info@theprincessshop.ca, or phone (306) 222-3311 for more information and to get your donations in! Cheers! 

10 Reasons Why Volunteering at The Princess Shop is Awesome

posted by The Princess Shop    |   October 24, 2016 08:22

The Princess Shop's team is full of hard-working women wanting to make a difference in the Saskatoon community by helping girls in need. There are so many great reasons to become a volunteer at The Princess Shop, but our volunteer team wanted to point out the top 10!  

 

1) Meet so many inspiring Princess Graduates

Meeting the girls who are benefiting from the program and getting to know about them and their dreams and goals gives inspiration to our volunteers for their own lives. 

 

2) Relive your Graduation Day 

Helping out the Princess Graduates on their big day and seeing them all done up with their dresses on, takes our volunteers' back to their own graduation day.

3) Making connections in the community

Helping plan The Glass Slipper BenefitPerfectly Pink BBQ or other events means reaching out to local businesses for donations, which is a great way to network in Saskatoon. 

4) Rewarding work, empowering women

Providing support for Graduation Day and beyond for girls in need and seeing the impact is an excellent feeling!

5) Looking at pretty, sparkly dresses

And helping our beautiful Princess Graduates pick out their special dress is so much fun!

6) Explaining The Princess Shop to members of the community

It's exciting to spread the word about what The Princess Shop offers to young women in the community and how we can help girls beyond their graduation day! Hearing people's positive reactions about our work is very rewarding.  

 

7) Having fun with our volunteer team

Whether it's Sunday morning brunch-ing or spontaneously buying tickets to Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival Runway, our volunteer team always has fun. 

8) Opportunity to take the reins on your own project as a coordinator 

As a coordinator you are responsible for your program (Next Chapter Program, Fairy Godmother Program, Dress Program, Fundraising, Communications), which is a great experience for young professionals that are joining the work force. This is a unique opportunity that a volunteer role at The Princess Shop provides. 

9) Even our dust is sparkly

Yes, that makes things like sweeping way more fun.

And if that wasn't enough... 

10) Sometimes we get visits from special friends

Sometimes it's from furry friends, like #JadeTheHuskyHeeler

And there are so many more! We are so fortunate to have amazing, committed women on our volunteer team!

If any of the above reasons interest you in volunteering at The Princess Shop, check out our openings and be sure to check back and join our email list for updates! We would love to have you join us! 

An Exciting Start to The Princess Shop's 10th Year

posted by The Princess Shop    |   October 6, 2016 12:14

Back to School means back to routines and getting down to business, which is what we’ve been doing at The Princess Shop! The change of season has the The Princess Shop team changing gears from summer and getting ready for the exciting year ahead of us!

The Princess Shop team had a great summer that was kicked off with The Perfectly Pink Appreciation BBQ, which was an awesome opportunity to celebrate a successful graduation season with all of our Princess Graduates. This summer we had a number of fundraisers including our first ever Wine-raiser, Firkin Friday at Fionn MacCool’s and Broadway Street Fair with KR Jewelry. Our volunteers also had so much fun with Back Then & Again Jewelry, selling old inventory at The Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo

 

 

Now that the summer is over and autumn (or winter?!) is upon us, The Princess Shop team has been getting back to routine and planning events for the coming months! The 2016/2017 Fairy Godmother Program has commenced! The first official activity in September was held at the University of Saskatchewan. The program coordinators, Emily and Susan, created a photo scavenger hunt for the matches to have fun with. This activity was to expose the Princess Graduates to campus in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, while working together with their Fairy Godmother. Some of the questions were designed to get them thinking about post-secondary studies and what they would possibly like to pursue, and others were just for fun! The activity was also a great form of exercise as the matches were running back and forth all over campus! The October activity will consist of a self-confidence workshop put on by MASALA Model & Talent. Future activities that the coordinators are looking into are a self defense classes, healthy cooking classe, and a personal finance session with TD Bank to name a few!

Coming up we are having The Fourth Annual Steak Fundraiser for The Princess Shop at The Sutherland Bar for the Saskatchewan Roughriders' away game vs. The Toronto Argonauts on October 15, 2016. This is going to be a fun event to cheer on The Riders, while supporting The Princess Shop! There will be a number of awesome raffle prizes that will be available to win! Tickets are only $20 and you can get yours by contacting The Princess Shop at info@theprincessshop.ca or phone (306) 222-3311!

Last, but certainly not least getting back to routine means starting to plan for the 10th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses! The Princess Shop volunteer team has already started brainstorming in preparation to make this year the biggest and best year yet! Make sure you save the date for April 5, 2017, it’s going to be an event you don’t want to miss!

To stay up to date on upcoming events, new and stories for The Princess Shop is doing, join our mailing list! Request to be added can be found on the homepage of our website, www.theprincessshop.ca, along the left page margin! 

Pretty Little Shoes Gives Back to The Princess Shop

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 23, 2016 19:32

 

 

 

Pretty Little Shoes creates an at-home shoe shopping experience while giving back to local women’s charities such as The Princess Shop! Pretty Little Shoes is an e-commerce initiative founded in January 2016 by Baillie Janex with majority of sales being online or through home Shoe Parties. Baillie is passionate about giving back to the community and that’s how Pretty Little Shoes became involved with The Princess Shop! For every 150 pairs of shoes sold through Pretty Little Shoes home parties a brand new pair of shoes will be donated to The Princess Shop to be used by Princess Graduates participating in The Dress Program

 

We have asked Baillie a few questions about Pretty Little Shoes and her involvement with The Princess Shop:

  

Q1: Tell us about Pretty Little Shoes

 

Pretty Little Shoes is a home and ecommerce based shoe company located in Saskatoon. The bread and butter of Pretty Little Shoes is the in-home shoe party.

 

Shoe parties are so much fun - we bring a selection of shoes for you and your girlfriends to try on, purchase, and take home the day of the party. What better way to spend an afternoon/ evening then trying on shoes with your girlfriends?! In addition, we also offer one-on-one shoe shopping appointments, shopping via our online store, and we also have Facebook and Instagram so our customers can stay in the know about all things Pretty Little Shoes.

 

Currently we carry ladies shoes from size 5-11, but also carry a small selection of little girl shoes. We offer a wide variety of shoe styles (boots, heels, flats, sandals, booties), and carry a wide array of brands.

 

Q2: Tell us about yourself! Why did you wish to be involved with The Princess Shop?

 

I am an entrepreneur, student, runner, friend, and volunteer. I love the flexibility that my business allows me to have. Each day is a different schedule and brings something new - which is good because it keeps me on my toes. :)

 

When I first started Pretty Little Shoes, it was a priority of mine to find a local organization that we would be able to give back to. I know a couple ladies who are Fairy GodMothers with The Princess Shop and they have expressed how much they love their roles, so The Princess Shop was an obvious choice. Not only is it wonderful that they provide graduation attire for the Princesses, but offering mentoring to these young ladies is very encouraging.

  

Q3: How does The Princess Shop benefit from your involvement?

 

I'm very excited to be involved with The Princess Shop! Every woman deserves to have a day that they get to dress up and feel gorgeous and if we can help by providing a pair of shoes, then I am so happy to be involved. Pretty Little Shoes is excited to donate one pair of shoes to The Princess Shop for every 150 pairs of shoes that we sell. We also gladly accept donations from our customers/ hostesses that we pass on to The Princess Shop.

 

Q4: What was your graduation experience like? Your dress?

 

To be honest, I wasn't overly excited about graduation and the dress up experience. I used to say I was going to wear a brown paper bag to my graduation. But when I went dress shopping and found a dress that actually looked good on my tiny frame, I got so excited! It was a gorgeous strapless, navy blue dress with ruching.

 

Graduation was always something that scared me a little - fear of the day, fear of what would lie ahead, and saying good-bye to many friends who I had become so close to. But my graduation day was close to perfection. I have so many fond memories of that day, whether it be the ceremony, getting dressed up, or spending the day with my friends.

 

Q5: If you could give Princess Graduates a word of advice, what would it be?

 

If I could give a word of advice to Princess Graduates it's this - Work hard. Dream big. Have faith. Don't settle. Success isn't just handed to you - you have to work for it. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, lift you up, encourage you, and love you just the way you are.

 

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Good things can happen if you stay within your comfort zone but great things happen if you step out and see what else is out there.

 

The Princess Shop is grateful for local initiatives that can give back to our Princess Graduates in unique ways! You can find Pretty Little Shoes online, to shop or book a home party, at www.prettylittleshoesonline.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrettyLittleShoes. You can also find them on Instagram @pretty.little.shoes and using the hashtag #PLShoes. Check it out for back to school shopping and you will also be contributing to a good cause, The Princess Shop!

After The Dress, there's the Perfectly Pink BBQ!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 4, 2016 19:34

For The Princess Shop, high school graduation is about much more than a diploma. For our Princess Graduates it is about making sure the young women in our community know that they are supported in their school work, celebrated at their graduation, and encouraged to pursue their post-secondary dreams.

The makeup washes away, the dresses are returned, and the photos are developed, but the story doesn't end there. Enter the Perfectly Pink BBQ presented by Kari Calder Realty. This is our post-graduation celebration. A time where we bring together all three of our programs: The Fairy Godmother Program (our mentorship program), the Next Chapter Program (our scholarship program), and our Dress Program (where we ultimately celebrate every single graduate that wore, or has ever worn a dress from the Princess Shop. 

As the saying goes, it truly does "take a village", so without further ado, we'd like to thank our list of generous sponsors that help fuel our programs, and ultimately make it possible for our team of volunteers to put on an event like the The Perfectly Pink BBQ.

Kari Calder Realty - Our generous Title Sponsor
Sask Energy - For their Community BBQ Program
Joi Photography - For documenting our event with beautiful photos
Astro Jump Saskatoon - For the bouncy castle that kept the kids (and volunteers) playing all evening
Spadina Freehouse - For donating ice
Hub City Display For helping get us setup with the right sound equipment
Saskatoon Child and Youth Friendly For bringing out their child and youth volunteers to help us run the event!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every sponsor, volunteer, and member of the community that has supported the Princess Shop through our 2015/2016 graduation season!

Much Love,

The Princess Shop 
 

Marie Gould of Spa Academy presents a full tuition scholarship to a 2016 Princess Graduate!

Guests enjoy a BBQ cooked up by SaskEnergy!

Title Sponsor, Kari Calder of Kari Calder Realty addressed the crowd about why she is involved with The Princess Shop.

Fairy Godmother congratulates Princess Graduate upon announcement of a scholarship award!

The kind youth at Child & Youth Friendly Saskatoon volunteered at the BBQ to make everything smooth!

Summer Vacation - The Princess Shop will be closed July 19-25

posted by The Princess Shop    |   July 18, 2016 11:17

With another successful graduation season wrapped up having served 127 Princess Graduates from 11 communities across Saskatchewan on their special day, we are ready to take a much needed holiday! 

We are so excited to begin the 10th year of The Princess Shop's operations! In the meantime, we're going to relax in the sunshine, and enjoy a few days off and have some quality time with loved ones. That is what summer is all about, right?

The Princess Shop will be closed Tuesday, July 19 through Monday, July 25, to resume office hours on Tuesday, July 26 at 9am. If you have a dress donation to make during this time, our donation drop off locations have you covered!

Stonebridge Drop-Off: Modern Sole Saskatoon 150 - 3020 Preston Ave S

Summer Hours: TUES 10am-6pm; WED/THUR 10am-7pm; FRI 10am-6pm; SAT: 10am-3pm
Please note, Modern Sole Saskatoon is closed Sundays and Mondays during the summer.

Kelsey Woodlawn Drop-Off: Exquisite Fashions & Bridal 1202B Quebec Ave (& 33rd St W.) 

Summer Hours: TUES/WED/THUR 11am-6pm; FRI 11am-5pm; SAT 10am-5pm

Lawson Heights/North Drop-Off: Pizza Hut 8-202 Primrose Dr

Hours: 1:30pm-4:30pm and 7:30pm-9:30pm, 7 days/week

 

We accept donations of current-style formal gowns, shoes, and accessories!


HAPPY SUMMER, and thank you so much for all of the support! 

Love, 

The Princess Shop Team 

The Princess Shop's Graduation Emergency Essentials Kit

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 24, 2016 16:45

Here at The Princess Shop, we are making our way through our 9th graduation season with 130+ Princess Graduates in our Dress Program! We have seen amazing growth in numbers of women accessing the Dress Program, which lends out the dress and accessories to graduating women in financial and/or social need. Furthering that, for Saskatoon Graduates we can set them up with hair, makeup, photos, limo and corsage (Thanks to these amazing sponsors) to provide the enhanced graduation experience to mark the accomplishment.

Over the past 8 years (this year not included) we have supported 628 women for their graduation day. That means 628 women have attended their graduation feeling proud of their accomplishments, and equivalent to their peers. 628 women who might not have attended their graduation celebration at all, if not provided the opportunity to be a part of The Princess Shop's Dress Program.

That being said, we know a thing or two about graduation days: the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

Whether you're reading this and you're a graduate, an escort, a parent, friend or a family member of a graduate, this is for YOU! We all want the big day to go smoothly, but we know anything can go wrong. It is our goal for our Princess Graduates to have a stress-free graduation day! Having been a part of so many graduates' big day, and accompanying them to hair, makeup and photography appointments, we have learned a lot about quick fixes, and how to be prepared in case of anything - and we would love to share this with you! 

Here is The Princess Shop's Graduation Emergency Essentials Kit:

  1. Safety Pins - these are a MUST for the day. They can temporarily fix anything from a shoe strap to a dress strap. They are small and can be thrown in a clutch easily! 
  2. Mini Sewing Kit - these are found at the dollar store and contain needle, different colour threads, mini scissors and a thimble. We love these kits because they are compact and affordable!
  3. Hooks & Eyes - throw a couple of these into the sewing kit. These are important pieces at the top of a zipper to take the stress off fastening the dress.
  4. Tide to Go Pen - a miracle worker for stains!
  5. Baby Wipes - an alternative to the Tide to Go pen. Last year a Princess Graduate got RED lipstick on her WHITE dress... Baby Wipes to the rescue! A nice gentle solution!
  6. Crazy Glue - the dollar store also has mini crazy glue tubes which is amazing. If there is something a safety pin can't fix, then saftey glue is your best bet!
  7. Bandaids - for when those heels start to hurt!
  8. Extra Bobby Pins - in case a piece gently falls out of your amazing updo!
  9. Q-tips - to gently touch up makeup throughout the day
  10. Granola Bar/Protein Bar - this one is important! During big, stressful days we tend to forget to eat or lose our appetite. However, keeping in mind that your energy needs to be sustained through the whole day, from hair and makeup to photos, to walking across the stage to receive the diploma.
If you want to go all out (and if you have the cargo room), you can add these items:
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Mini can of hairspray
  • Ballet flats so you can really hit the D-floor!
  • Fashion Tape (double-sided tape)
  • Mini deodorant stick
Other words of wisdom? Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated; most graduation days take place end of June, which is known to be hot! 
 
Oh, and don't forget your banquet/prom ticket!
 
Happy Graduation Day to all!
 
Much Love,
 

Wîtaskêwin: SIGA’s Continued Support of The Princess Shop's Dress Program

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 7, 2016 09:43

It all began in 2012, and SIGA has continued to be a Diamond Sponsor of the Dress Program for The Princess Shop in the subsequent years 2013, 2014, 2015, and again for this year’s 2016 graduation season! We are so proud to be among SIGA’s benefitting community organizations receiving funding for our program.

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) operates under one of their guiding principles, Wîtaskêwin: sharing the land and sharing resources. This lays amazing foundation for SIGA’s investment in Saskatchewan’s community.

SIGA has shared their resources with The Princess Shop for a number of years, to ensure that the Dress Program finds success in the lives of disadvantaged female youth who are graduating from high school. With last year’s 30% growth in demand for the Dress Program, SIGA’s continued support translates into stability of the program, and continued development to ensure the lives of 100s of graduates are positively impacted every year through an enhanced graduation experience, mentorship, scholarship support, and skill development.

SIGA displays a great example of what it means to share resources with our beautiful community and province, by all their work done in the community.

Our whole community benefits when young women have more self-esteem, confidence, and drive. Positively affecting young women impacts their families and dependents – and ultimately, our entire community.

 

A big thank you to all the staff and friends at SIGA for being a major part of the impact!


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