Elaine Atkins

Blogger | Freelance Writer | Editor

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hello. I am a blogger.am a writer.am a freelancer.am a mother.love family travel.love food.

I am a creative content writer with 8 years of experience in managing and growing personal and professional blogs and social media accounts. I have been  blogging since 2010, and have a knack for establishing and maintaining relationships between brands and their audience by being engaging, building trust and addressing client and audience needs.  I have a written for several publications and have years of experience as an editor.

I can’t wait to work with YOU!

 

CONTENT CREATION

As a blogger I create interesting and unique content on my blogs keeping the brand’s message at the core.  I always keep my readers in mind with the goal of  sharing my personal experience with them. If you’d like your product, service or brand featured on my sites, we can discuss exactly how I can create original content to suit both audience and business.

FREELANCE WRITING

I have years of experience writing for several publications. I am able to write in a variety of voices to suit the needs of my clients, keeping their customers and audience in mind. I can help you create unique content to highlight your business and suit your clients’ needs.

 

 

EDITING

As a freelance writer, I have experience writing for several editors and I also manage a team of contributors for my websites. When I write and edit I always keep SEO in mind. I can help you edit old and new content to boost your readership.

 

 

 

LET’S GET IN TOUCH

Elaine Atkins

 Email: hello@elaineatkins.ca

EXPERIENCE

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Founder and Editor (launched 2015)

Elaine Loves – Lifestyle Site and Personal Blog

Elaine Loves is a lifestyle site and personal blog highlighting products and services I love and my experiences and adventures. I particularly enjoy writing about motherhood, family travel and food. The network I have built over the years as a well known Toronto beauty blogger has led to the opportunity to work with brands such as NESTEA, Huggies, and Jamieson Vitamins.

 

Founder and Editor (since 2010)

Toronto Beauty Reviews – Beauty Review Blog

I research, write, edit and publish blog content, and also manage and edit contributor content to ensure each post is SEO friendly and meets my brand’s aesthetic. In this role I also create a schedule of blog posts and promote blog content via social media scheduling tools such as Buffer. Interacting and engaging with each of my readers is a priority by responding to their comments and questions directly on the blog site, through email or on social media.

As Toronto Beauty Reviews continues to grow, contributors have been brought on board to aid in the review of products and services. As the editor I provide editorial direction, schedule timelines and ensure quality posts are written and published in line with the brand.

I have built a strong personal brand that has garnered the attention of national brands and PR companies such as FCUK Canada, St. Joseph Media, Biotherm, Shoppers Drug Mart, Buick Canada, L’Oreal Paris Canada etc. In addition I have been a blog ambassador for several large brands aiding in the promotion of campaign launches and building brand awareness. Some of these brands include Aveeno, Tria Beauty and Matrix Biolage.

 

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Mommy Connections Contributor

Mommy Connections – #MomSquad Member for Website Blog

As a member of the “MomSquad” I reviewed products geared towards infants for their national audience. Focusing on products used during the first year of a child’s life, I shared my personal experiences as a new mom to help readers make informed purchasing decisions.

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BeautyDesk Contributor

BeautyDesk.com – Digital Content for online Beauty Magazine

Creation of original digital content focusing on beauty under the direction of the BeautyDesk Editor. Articles focused on beauty tips, product reviews and beauty advice.

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Beauty Panel Member

FASHIONMagazine.com – Digital Content for Fashion Magazine

An original member of The Beauty Panel – a panel of cross-country beauty experts.  Beauty tips and tricks were shared with a national audience. With direction from the Digital Editor, I created new and engaging content for their readers and followers.

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Style Contributor

Huffington Post Canada – Online website for Fashion, Style and Beauty; Part of AOL Lifestyle Sites

Contributor to the  “Style Council It List” which featured the top beauty, style and fashion stories of the week. Creations of original content for the site through direction of the editor and specific clients.

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Contributor

Style Democracy – Retail Event Management and Fashion and Lifestyle Marketing Agency

Contributor to the Style Democracy blog proving content focused on reporting trends and beauty tips. Through understanding the brand’s goals, original and strategic content was created to help them connect and engage with their audience. Promotion the brand’s fashion and beauty retails events on my own social media accounts helped the brand to gain further reach.

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Highlights

Top 10 In Canada for 60 Days in Paradise Competition

60 Days In Paradise – Competition to find a Canadian Island Connoisseur to Tobago

I was chosen top 10 in a national competition to become a Canadian travel ambassador to Tobago. My video entry, blog post my ability to reach audiences via social media landed me into the final round of the competition.

Buick Canada Klout Influencer

Buick Canada Collaboration with Klout

I was selected to participate in a video describing my experience as a Klout Influencer taking an extended 3-day test drive with Buick Canada. My Klout score allowed me to participate in a program and I was then approached to create a video for internal purposes only; however my video was 1 of 3 selected during that campaign to be used on the Buick Canada YouTube channel.

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Notable Features

 

“8 Canadian Beauty Blogger You Need To Know” – ivillage.ca

“Tastemakers” – View The Vibe

“Blog Feature” – QC Career School

“20 Questions With…” – FS Local

“This Beautiful Life” – This Beautiful Day Blog

“Clothes-ing The Deal: How Canada’s Fashion and Beauty Entrepreneurs Did It” – Metro News

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Artist and Business Manager

Blush Pretty: Hair + Makeup Artistry

In this role I developed initial marketing strategies for the business and event promotion by planning, coordinating and executing monthly in-studio events attended by media, clients and beauty enthusiasts. Through my established relationships and networks I reached out to media and bloggers and promoted the brand through the team’s social media account.

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Project Manager

Spark Sessions – Fashion and Beauty Blogger Conference

As an executive committee member of Spark Sessions my main role was to identify potential speakers and secure their participation for the workshops and conference held throughout the year. The main contact for all the speakersI was responsible for handling speaker logistics leading up to and on event day. I was also integral in social media promotion and interaction through twitter, facebook and content creation for the website, blog and newsletters. Assisted in other aspects of the conference such as programming, marketing, operations and sponsorship.

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Freelance Event Coordination and PR

DesignHerCo – Designer DIY Projects Studio

I was sought out to coordinate a media launch event for the client’s new product “DesignHer Kit” and was responsible for researching and reaching out to relevant media and blogging outlets to cover the product launch event. I was able to successfully earn coverage for the event, product and crowd funding campaign, and was credited with generating media mentions of the product on several media outlets including “CityLine” which led to an increase in orders for the client.

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Freelance Event Coordination, PR and social media

Beauty Room – Skin Care and Esthetics

Consulting the client on media/blogger relationships, I was able to develop the client’s first social media strategy which included creating an event to help build blogger relations by providing services that introduced bloggers to the brand and client. I handled social media activities on behalf of the client on Twitter and Facebook and was onsite to act as media relations during the event.

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Freelance Event and Project Coordinator

Flirt Custom Lash Studio

Responsible for coordinating two events for the client in the same week (team photo shoot + media launch event and social community event), I was successful at seamlessly executing both events by reaching out to media and bloggers generating interest and media mentions for the launch event. By using my established networks I was able to secure donations for the social community event honouring women of the WoodGreen.org Homeward Bound program through high profile brands such as LOFT, The Body Shop, Kiss Nails and Blush Pretty.

 

EDUCATION HISTORY

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Bachelor of Applied Science – Chemical Engineering

University of Toronto

I graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto which led me to a career in the pharmaceutical industry where I spent 11+ years.

 

TESTIMONIALS

Liya Choi

Liya Choi Marketing and Business Development Manager / Pure + Simple

I have worked with Elaine on a number of projects and events in the beauty industry, ranging from the Beauty Board event organized by the BlushPretty team to Spark Sessions. Elaine’s exceptional communication skills along with her detail-oriented and organized nature makes her excel in event planning and management. It has always been a pleasure working with her.

Sommer Dunsmuir

Sommer Dunsmuir Owner / Flirt Custom Lash Studio

In December 2013 Flirt Custom Lash opened the doors at its newest location at 777 Richmond St West. After getting through the Christmas season and some of the winter, I wanted to make an official announcement to the press that FCL was now downtown. I turned to Elaine to help co-ordinate this effort, she suggested a “Lash and Learn” . . . an opportunity for the press to come see the new space, chat with me, meet the FCL lashettes while watching a live lash application. A brilliant idea! And one I hadn’t thought of. From that point forward, all aspects of the event were handled by Elaine…The Lash and Learn was flawless and ran without a hitch; an event with as many moving parts as this one had could have been a disaster. Elaine was also an hand on the day of the event…guiding media and staff effortlessly though the evening.
Hiring Elaine to take care of this allowed me to focus on the daily aspects of my business while making a grand entrance into the Toronto market. In a business focused on image, how you present yourself to the public is important. It’s with confidence that I put the image of my brand in Elaine’s hands.
Stephanie Daga

Stephanie Daga Founder + Creative Director / Blush Pretty: Hair + Makeup Artistry

Elaine has been an integral part of building the BlushPretty brand over the years. Through her attention to detail, extensive online network, and social media savvy, our online presence has grown considerably making event-related income streams more profitable. With Elaine’s assistance, we have produced successful events in collaboration with other locally based beauty brands;  such events provide a return on investment that exceeds the expectations of BlushPretty but also the brands we have partnered with.

 

MY WORKS

Freelance Writing

Freelance Writing

My Personal Writing

My Personal Writing

Klout Influencer Buick Canada Test Drive

Klout Influencer Buick Canada Test Drive