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Jonathan welcomes professional stylist Tara Cole-McCaffrey, owner of Patron of Dreams, to talk about how to create your own personal writing style.

You can see more of Tara’s style at


Tara Cole-McCaffrey is the one woman show behind Patron of Dreams! Mom to two teen sons and a golden Husky-cross, and Wife to Writer/Illustrator/Artist Gregory (GMB Chomichuk), they live in a Victorian era character home, filled with antiques, heirlooms, art and oddities in Winnipeg. You could say that it’s been a natural and organic evolution for Tara to become a Vintage Shop owner, Wardrobe Stylist, and Editorial Blogger.

From playing childhood dress-up in her Grandma’s vintage-filled wardrobe, to teenage thrifting adventures in the 90’s; she learned to sew and up-cycle vintage clothes, style costumes for dance performances, theatre productions and film, eventually becoming a model, blogger and fashion stylist for sustainable brands, movies, music videos and promotional photography. Throw in a life-long passion for nature and a decade-long career in Environmental Science, and it was only natural for her to eventually open her own vintage shop in late 2018, selling eco-minded fashion.

Patron of Dreams Vintage is a sustainable, one-woman-run Canadian business, devoted to hand picking and curating bold, eclectic vintage and antiques from the 1890’s to 1990’s, as well as hand made up-cycled, one-of-a-kind fashions. With the use of story-telling, photography, videography and blogging, Patron of Dreams is ripe with themes of rewilding, empowerment, creativity and honouring nature, complemented by rebellious nudges for you to break free from fast fashion trends and create unique personal style instead. Patron of Dreams aspires to help you rekindle your connection with nature, while embracing your creative individuality. Patron of Dreams believes in a better world that values People and Planet before Profit.

Tara is deeply inspired and influenced by the natural world and creative artistic expressions of all kinds. Those two values combined is what Patron of Dreams is all about. The vintage and antiques that she sources, reworks and curates for her shop are essentially a diverse, eclectic and bold collection of opportunities for people to be innovative and self-expressive, in a personal and Earth loving way.

Find Patron of Dreams Vintage shop online at and sign up for free to her newsletter to receive early access to new vintage drops right to your inbox. You can also follow along on Instagram at  to see what the shop’s up to on the day to day. You are also welcome to read Tara’s free blog through her shop website, or directly at

Opening song is “We Got the Poison” by Electric Candles
Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur

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