SHOP TALK: Back to school for the little ones

BY KELSEY KROMODIMOELJO

Back-to-school can be a stressful time of the year… for the parents! New clothes, supplies, lunch paraphernalia – the lists rival that of Christmas! To help you in your quest for an A+ start, we’ve got you covered with the coolest stuff that you and your little ones will love.

 

First Day of School Outfits

Back to School Outfits V2-2

Clockwise from top left:

VICHY DRESS BY ELECTRIK KIDS (0-5 years), $45 – Workshop Boutique, 242 1/2 Dalhousie St, 613-789-5534

SKIP HOP ZOO FOX BACKPACK, $25 – Fab Baby Gear, two locations: 1244 Wellington St West & 755 Bank St, 613-729-8838

PUPPY STARDUST TEE (6-12mo – 12 years), $28 – Workshop Boutique, 242 1/2 Dalhousie St, 613-789-5534

MINI MIOCHE 100% ORGANIC COTTON SHORTS, $21 – Mini Mioche (online store)

HERSCHEL SUPPLY KIDS SETTLEMENT BACKPACK IN ETON BLUE, $40 – Fab Baby Gear, two locations: 1244 Wellington St West & 755 Bank St, 613-729-8838

VANS CLASSIC SLIP ON, $48 – Nordstrom, 50 Rideau St, 613-567-7005

 

Lunch Time

Lunch Time

 

SKIP HOP ZOO INSULATED FOOD JAR, $23 – Fab Baby Gear, two locations: 1244 Wellington St West & 755 Bank St, 613-729-8838

BAMBU KID’S FORK & SPOON, $11 – terra20, two locations: 2685 Iris St & 1304 Wellington St West, 1-855-837-7220

SKIP HOP CLIX BENTO CONTAINERS (3 pk), $9 – Fab Baby Gear, two locations: 1244 Wellington St West & 755 Bank St, 613-729-8838

FLUF SNACK PACKS, $18 – terra20, two locations: 2685 Iris St & 1304 Wellington St West, 1-855-837-7220

ORANGE DRINK IN THE BOX, $11.20 – terra20, two locations: 2685 Iris St & 1304 Wellington St West, 1-855-837-7220

 

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

FUN FLAGS COLOURING BOOK, $14 – Workshop Boutique, 242 1/2 Dalhousie St, 613-789-5534

P’KOLINO 16 COLOURED PENCILES, $12 – terra20, two locations: 2685 Iris St & 1304 Wellington St West, 1-855-837-7220

MADE BY HUMANS RECYCLED ERASERS, $3 – terra20, two locations: 2685 Iris St & 1304 Wellington St West, 1-855-837-7220

COLIBRI MONKEYS PENCIL CASE, $6 – terra20, two locations: 2685 Iris St & 1304 Wellington St West, 1-855-837-7220

 

Recess in Session

Recess In Session

GREEN TOYS JUMP ROPE, $15 – terra20, two locations: 2685 Iris St & 1304 Wellington St West, 1-855-837-7220

HATLEY SUN HAT, $20 – Fab Baby Gear, two locations: 1244 Wellington St West & 755 Bank St, 613-729-8838

LENA ECO ACTIVE BULLDOZER, $22 – Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, four locations (see website)

GREEN BEAVER SPF 30 CERTIFIED ORGANIC SUNSCREEN, $23 – Fab Baby Gear, two locations: 1244 Wellington St West & 755 Bank St, 613-729-8838

SHOP TALK: A Little Pampering at Smudge Beauty Bar

By Kelsey Kromodimoeljo

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Smudge Beauty Bar not only offers the traditional salon essentials like manis and pedis, they also do henna tattooing.

We can all agree that a little pampering every now and then is more than a luxury – it is a necessity. And with the new concept of express beauty bars, a quick-fix for indulgence and beautification has become easier than ever. Smudge Beauty Bar is one such boutique salon that opened this year, taking over the beautiful two-story Dalhousie Street loft that once housed Young Janes vintage store.

Smudge Storefront

“Where everyone knows your name.”

Smudge offers express services for those on-the-go and more involved spa beauty treatments if you have some time to relax. Owned and operated by Inaas Kiryakos (co-owner of Milk Shop) and hairstylist Mark Mignault, Smudge Beauty Bar offers the typical manicures, pedicures, massage treatments, waxing, tinting, and eyelash extensions (with facials coming soon!) as well as some of the not-so-typical like henna. In addition to its services, Smudge carries a well-curated range of soaps, lotions, bath bombs, candles and other apothecary goods from independent Canadian beauty lines.

Look for workshops, special events and deals on Tuesdays and Fridays – the relaxed and social atmosphere makes the Beauty Bar a perfect setting to unwind with your girl (or guy) friends. Or treat yourself: $50 for an express mani + pedi, head and shoulder massage.
Smudge Beauty Bar, 223 Dalhousie St., 613-680-2309

 

SHOP TALK: Test driving the new, all-electric Ford Focus

BY NICOLINA LEONE

When an e-mail appeared in my inbox last week offering a test drive of Ford’s new all electric car (by chance, my editor being away meant her out of office directed e-mailers to me), I jumped on it.

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The special green licence plates that allow drivers to use the “two-people-or-more-only” lane

I lined up my test drive for this past Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon, knowing I’d have a lot of out-of-office stuff to do. I also knew I would have little time to do any research into the car, on the Internet, reading the manual, or just spending sedentary time in it playing with the buttons – so this experience would be as basic and (hopefully) user-friendly as possible (I have extremely limited technical skills that don’t go much past posting food pictures on Instagram).

My Ford contact forwarded me a few blogs of other test drivers to prepare me (that I have only just read) and a link to the CAA website that shows where the charging stations are in my area.

Tuesday morning, my boyfriend dropped me off at the dealership so I could get my car. “Make sure it’s pink,” he said.

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100% recycled material for the seats.

It was blue, but nonetheless, I was pumped. After a quick tutorial and a signature, I was off. There wasn’t much necessary in the way of explanation: she showed me how to gauge my “fuel” usage (I started with 129km of drivability), how to plug the car in, that my green licene plate meant I could drive in the “two-people-or-more-only” lane alone, and told me that the apholstery was made of 100% recycled material. And that the brakes are very sensitive. For a late-braker like myself, this would be an understatement. I was embarrassed as I made my way out of the parking lot, jolting the car every time I tapped (I felt like I was tapping, anyway) the brakes. I was also very nervous, I consider myself a good driver (my dad is a car man, a mechanic, a Formula 1 fanatic – and I like to think I inherited his skills) but I haven’t been driving regularly for over four months.

However, once you get going, it’s a breeze. The first thing I did was drive to my dad’s shop – from Carling and Kirkwood to Scott and Parkdale. He was out when I arrived so I drove to work at Somerset and Booth. Holy sh*t the car is quiet. There is actually a green icon of a car on the dashboard to show you when the care is drivable (as in when it’s on), otherwise you can hardly tell. I parked, using the rearview camera as an aid.

Over lunch, I went to pick up my boyfriend (called him from the bluetooth in the car – I know this is already old news, but for me – exciting!) from work at Carling and Woodroffe. My Ford rep had told me the car will eat more kms if you use a lot of things like radio, AC, etc. So I kept the AC off (I’m a windows down person anyway) but did keep the radio on. Sirius was also an option, but like I said, I can’t be bothered with technology most of the time, nor did I have the time to figure out how to use it.

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My usage is tracked on the left of the dashboard.

The more I drove, the more I got a handle on the brakes and noticed other things like how good the acceleration was. I picked up my boyfriend and we discussed the stats on my dashboard as we drove back to my dad’s shop at Parkdale and Scott (this blogger’s dash looked a bit different than mine). There was a battery shaped metre that kept track of how many kms I had left. When I was heavy on the gas, I used more kms and when I braked or coasted, I recharged. It became a game for me, how much could I recharge this time? My boyfriend (a full-stack developer for a software company) quickly figured out the screen to show me where most of my battery power was being used in the car and another that showed how long it would take me to charge the car (at around 100kms left – 4 hours to charge at a 120v plug and only 45 minutes at a 240v). The former I was able to find on my own later pretty easily, the latter I never saw again.

Finally getting to show my (68-year-old Sicilian) father the car was somewhat disappointing but not unexpected. “I don’t like electric cars. How am I supposed to know if it’s on?” However, when we drove off, the bewildered look on his face in reaction to the car’s stealth was worth it.

We ate nearby (Anthony’s Pizza, my favourite Italian-style crust in Ottawa), then I drove him back to work. After that, I had to go downtown for an interview near Sparks, then, finally, back to work at Somerset and Booth.

As the afternoon went on, I kept thinking, “No gas. No gas ever again.” It was a comforting thought – even for someone who normally is without a car. I still get gas-price-related anxiety when passing a station sign, post-traumatic-gas-purchasing disorder, I guess.

After work, I had a quick errand to run at Bank and Nepean, then I was off to my serving job in Hintonburg.  It was a busy night in the ‘burg and I wasn’t off until close to 10. It was raining and I had a momentary panic that I wouldn’t be able to start the wiper blades (some cars are tricky!) but I was fine.

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Charging (or not).

A few minutes later, I was in my parking garage. I have an outlet right next to my parking spot, and I plugged the car in. The input area didn’t light up, but when I peaked back in the car, there was a plug icon on the dash similar to what you see when your phone is charging. Being that I was exhausted and still had 72km left for a half day tomorrow, I wasn’t worried.

I also had the luxury of the “big brother” effect. Unlike this blogger, I didn’t get nervous about running out of kms. If something happened, I’d just call Ford and they’d deal with it.

The next morning I woke up early for breakfast with a friend before work. Got to the car – it hadn’t charged. Oh well, it was likely a problem with my outlet rather than the car. Off to the other end of Hintonburg to grab my girlfriend and then back to the Wellington Diner for their $5.99 weekday breakfast (oh, those potatoes).

“I’m driving an electric car.” I proudly told her. “I can see that.” she said.

Back to work for a few hours, then a lot of running around before returning the car: Somerset and Lyon, then Bank st. near Lansdowne, followed by Westboro for a course of interviews. By 12:30, I was headed back to Ford.

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Goodbye, dear friend.

I returned the car with a final sweep, making sure I hadn’t forgotten anthing, and a longing look. I had started to fall for the car. I’d come to think of it like I think of a new phone: reliable, clean, unscratched, and with a charge that lasts longer than a day. I still had about 50km left – oh the things I could have done with those 50.

This page has the car listed at about $34,000 with a possible $8,500 rebate from the govenment. And he’s also got the car down as costing only 25 per cent as much as regular gas car.

It is amazing for the running around a busy person needs to do in the city (or just having fun in the city – check out this blogger’s post) for a day (or two). Could you get to Montreal or Toronto? Yes, if my estimation from the CAA map is correct (this was at a cursatory glance). It just may take a while. There are plenty of charging stations available, but what if they are all 120v’s? That means over 4 hours of charging. If they are 240v’s, it’s much more reasonable. But I think I’d use my gas savings on the train.

If you’re interested in learning more about this car, and possibly taking it out for a test drive yourself, check out EV Day on Sparks St. today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I won’t be in the market for a car anytime soon, but when I am, I know where I’m going. And maybe by then, it will be available in pink.

SHOP TALK: Summer sandals, flirty sunglasses, and more beach essentials

By KYLA CLARKE

This article first appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Ottawa Magazine. 

Photo by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

Photo by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

Cuff Love
Give some edge to your summer style with a unique accessory, such as these cuff bracelets. Inspired by the rising sun, the sharp design of these cool accessories adds a special summery touch that is subtle enough to accent any outfit, day or night. $165–195. JV Studios and Boutique, 1282A Wellington St. W., 613-421-9696. 

Before and After
Before stepping out, apply Kiehl’s Sun Protector Lotion Spray ($32) — the lightweight, oil-free formula won’t clog your pores and will protect your skin in the water or on land. Kiehl’s, 50 Rideau St., 613-860-7778. If you accidentally indulge in too much sun, ask for forgiveness while applying African Paradise Body Conditioner ($39.95), which contains cooling aloe and shea butter. And if it’s all just too much, Eau Roma ($9.95) will soothe you from head to toe with a calming rose-and-lavender spritz. Lush, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., 613-564-5874.

Stand Out
Wedges never go out of style, but that doesn’t mean yours shouldn’t stand out. Turn heads from the beach to the boardwalk with a stunning pair of espadrilles. These Circus by Sam Edelman Sutton wedges will catch many eyes, and the 4½-inch heel will have you overlooking it all. $152. Nordstrom, 50 Rideau St., 613-567-7005.

Roped in
If you’re planning a long day at the beach, you’ll need to take supplies. Keep it stylish with a boho tote, like this trendy Lola raffia messenger bag. The woven-rope bag is accented by a braided metallic cross-body strap, leaving your hands free for beach chairs and bottles of wine. $228. Michael Kors, 50 Rideau St., 613-482-4000.

Fun & Flirty
No beach day, road trip, or outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shades, and summer calls for a large collection of flirty styles. These heart-shaped Joyceanne sunglasses will add a little fun to your facade, and the thin gold frames mean that they match well with beach wear, festival duds, and patio dresses. $12. Aldo100 Bayshore Dr., 613-828-3300.

 

MOST WANTED: The Cargo Bike

BY DAYANTI KARUNARATNE

This article was originally published in the Summer 2015 print edition of
Ottawa Magazine

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Lana Stewart, a.k.a. Modal Mom, with her six-year-old son, Alden Harrison, and their Babboe cargo bike — at the farmer’s market at Lansdowne. Photo: John Kealey

For Lana Stewart, a.k.a. Modal Mom, the choice to buy a cargo bike was a no-brainer: it’s the family vehicle.

The Babboe allows her to chat with her six-year-old son, Alden Harrison, about their next stop, that new park, and all the things they pass by. In addition, it holds a lot of pool toys, soccer balls, and groceries.

Sure to bring a smile to kids and passersby alike, cargo bikes are increasingly common in Ottawa. Most come from Europe and are custom-ordered through local bike shops (long and hefty, with a price tag to match, they’re not the kind of thing you pick up on a whim). From $2,600.

Available through Tall Tree Cyles, 1318 Wellington St. W., 613-725-2453, and Foster’s, 305 Bank St., 613-236-9611.

 

SHOP TALK: Festival Fashion

By KELSEY KROMODIMOELJO AND SOPHIE WALLACE

Photo courtesy RBC Bluesfest

Photo courtesy RBC Bluesfest

At big-name music festivals like Coachella, the spotlight is not only on the musicians, but on the street style seen in the crowds. Fashion has now become an integral part of the summer music fest experience, so expect to see editorial-worthy ensembles at this year’s Bluesfest as it kicks off its new #RBCBluesfestFashion campaign.

RBC Bluesfest is embracing the art of festival dressing, aiming to provide to an immersive and interactive fashion experience. A Style Squad of fashion journalists, bloggers, photographers and stylists will be on the lookout for the best-dressed attendees to post on Bluesfest’s social media. (Follow #RBCBluesfestFashion on Instagram and Twitter to stay updated on all the festival fashion on your smartphone and tag yourself in your own style-charged outfit with the hashtag for a chance to win a piece from local designer Kania.)

To help you get started on your festival look, we’ve gathered some items from some of our favourite shops at Bayshore Shopping Centre, including the new Desigual store.

Here’s one for the rock stars! And those who love them.

Rock Out: Talula Atami vest from Aritzia, $68; aritzia.com; Bluesfest tank top by Kania, available at Bayshore Shopping Centre;  Forever 21 textured bangle set, $11; forever21.com; Danier Della pebble leather backpack, $149; danier.com; Steve Madden Majestic open toe mule sandals, $100; stevemadden.ca; Roots Simone wide brim fedora hat, $34; roots.com; H&M cotton shorts with lace, $30; hm.com

Talula Atami vest from Aritzia, $68; aritzia.com; Bluesfest tank top by Kania, available at Bayshore Shopping Centre; Forever 21 textured bangle set, $11; forever21.com; Danier Della pebble leather backpack, $149; danier.com; Steve Madden Majestic open toe mule sandals, $100; stevemadden.ca; Roots Simone wide brim fedora hat, $34; roots.com; H&M cotton shorts with lace, $30; hm.com

The camera loves colour…

H&M sleeveless top, $13; hm.com; Forever 21 braided bead headband, $6; forever21.com; Inzi flap clutch with crossbody strap from Town Shoes, $42; townshoes.ca; Desigual Celia floral shorts, $59, desigual.com;  Forever 21 feather charm hand chain, $8; forever21.com; Payless American Eagle flip flops, $10; payless.com

H&M sleeveless top, $13; hm.com; Forever 21 braided bead headband, $6; forever21.com; Inzi flap clutch with crossbody strap from Town Shoes, $42; townshoes.ca; Desigual Celia floral shorts, $59, desigual.com; Forever 21 feather charm hand chain, $8; forever21.com; Payless American Eagle flip flops, $10; payless.com

Country stars are breaking all the rules with boho-infused accessories.

Old Navy floppy hat, $20; oldnavy.com; Desigual Etnik earrings, $27; desigual.com;  Desigual crossover mini dress, $79; desigual.com;  Desigual bowling bag, $104; desigual.com;  Desigual Olivia ring, $39; desigual.com;  Call It Spring Gleiwen boots, $90; callitspring.com

Old Navy floppy hat, $20; oldnavy.com; Desigual Etnik earrings, $27; desigual.com; Desigual crossover mini dress, $79; desigual.com; Desigual bowling bag, $104; desigual.com; Desigual Olivia ring, $39; desigual.com; Call It Spring Gleiwen boots, $90; callitspring.com

If it’s a rainy day — think Glastonbury!

Zara floral printed top, $36; zara.com; Kate Spade butterfly pendant necklace from Hudson’s Bay, $48; thebay.com;  Fulton bird cage umbrella from Hudson’s Bay, $48; thebay.com;  Tattly temporary tattoo Lovely set (online), $15; tattly.com; Hunter rain boots, $100; softmoc.com; Zara floral printed high waist shorts, $30; zara.com

Zara floral printed top, $36; zara.com; Kate Spade butterfly pendant necklace from Hudson’s Bay, $48; thebay.com; Fulton bird cage umbrella from Hudson’s Bay, $48; thebay.com; Tattly temporary tattoo Lovely set (online), $15; tattly.com; Hunter rain boots, $100; softmoc.com; Zara floral printed high waist shorts, $30; zara.com

And, of course, a classic hippie chick look:

Zara printed kimono, $36; zara.com; Zara short top with frill, $20; zara.com; Call It Spring floral headband, $12; callitspring.com; Shwood Canby Wood Original sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, $229; sunglasshut.com; Botkier Bethany bucket bag from Hudson’s Bay, $430; thebay.com;  Aldo Galirien shoes, $100; aldoshoes.com; Desigual denim Bermuda trousers, $69; desigual.com

Zara printed kimono, $36; zara.com; Zara short top with frill, $20; zara.com; Call It Spring floral headband, $12; callitspring.com; Shwood Canby Wood Original sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, $229; sunglasshut.com; Botkier Bethany bucket bag from Hudson’s Bay, $430; thebay.com; Aldo Galirien shoes, $100; aldoshoes.com; Desigual denim Bermuda trousers, $69; desigual.com

SHOP TALK: Prepping for beach season at York Street Spa

By KYLA CLARKE

Have you seen the Summer 2015 edition of Ottawa Magazine? Our Shop Talk for that issue can be found in the Exposed! series — and Kyla Clarke, our gregarious and stylish intern, can be found in the background. In this post, she reveals the prepping that went on before the shoot.

Kyla Clarke models Nordstrom shoes — and her mani-pedi by York Street Spa. Photo by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

Kyla Clarke models Nordstrom shoes — and her mani-pedi by York Street Spa. Photo by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

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Walking through the bright red doors of York Street Spa is like walking into heaven. The converted historic home, which now houses the renowned salon and spa, reminds me of an old mansion or castle — and they  sure treated me like a queen.

Quickly offering to take my coat, the friendly receptionist sat me down in the cozy waiting area (next to an impressively elaborate espresso bar) while I waited for my appointment. When Tanya came down to take me away, she had no idea I was with Ottawa Magazine, but she didn’t treat me any differently after I told her. She offered me one of three (yes, three!) choices of water — lemon, cucumber, or regular. I opted for cucumber and, damn, that stuff is refreshing!

Tanya and I instantly hit it off, chatting about summer, shopping, life … girl talk. But that didn’t distract her from taking great care when handling my neglected tootsies and dry hands. She knew just what to say when it came to suggesting polish colours, caring for my embarrassing toenails, and even what I should get for my mom for Mother’s Day.

Pretty nude shade to keep it safe for photo shoot day!

Pretty nude shade to keep it safe for photo shoot day!

I decided while I was there that I should squeeze in an eyebrow wax (when in Rome, right?), but I was worried because I usually prefer threading, a gentler method. Tanya assured me she would be gentle — and I couldn’t be happier. I did not shed a tear (which I normally do during a wax) and the shape was amazing. So thick and full! She gained herself a repeat customer in this writer, and I walked back out through those red doors feeling like nothing short of royalty.

 

SHOP TALK: Going to great lengths with Caryl Baker Xtreme Lashes

By DAYANTI KARUNARATNE

When I booked my (complimentary) lash extension service at Caryl Baker Visage at Bayshore Shopping Centre, I pictured myself on a stool for twenty minutes or so. I thought the process would be like getting a manicure — a short session during which I would quiz the esthetician about the salon, the service, how she got into that line of work, her weekend plans. It would be a peek into the world of beauty that would someday serve some sort of editorial package.

To be honest, I really only accepted the invitation because I had an event that night — the Riverkeeper Gala — and being a pregnant gala-goer is tough. No drinking, achy back, cravings to be in bed with House of Cards … I needed something to bring back the spring in my wedge-heeled step. Eyelash extensions sounded like it would do the trick. Quick little pampering session, right?

Luckily, the people at Caryl Baker noted my suggested appointment time of 3 pm might not be a good idea. In the end, I was at their stylish face-spa for over 2 1/2 hours!

And perched on a stool I was not. When I arrived, the staff ushered me into a special room, about six feet by 15 feet, and asked me to fill out a fairly long form. (I’ll admit, I started to get cold feet at this point! I could never go through with plastic surgery … ) But the esthetician, Lianne, answered all my questions fully and with such confidence that I quickly started to relax.

The reclining chair — located in a small, quiet room.

The reclining chair — located in a small, quiet room.

Lianne explained that, while other salons might put three or four extensions on each lash, Caryl Baker Visage’s new Xtreme Lashes put one extension on each lash, which makes for a “natural but noticeable” look. She assured me that the extensions aren’t “heavy” and will only cause damage to the natural lash if you’re prone to rubbing your eyes (so not good for little babies who miss their nap, I suppose!).

And then, I lay myself down for the process.

The worst part: eye guards. These are little pieces of plastic that are taped on right below the eye (you know, where we show our lack of sleep.) The more she asked if they were itchy, the more they became itchy. I dug deep: I have given birth. I can do this.

Another bad part: the sound of needle nose tweezers — and scissors, did I hear scissors? — operating very close to my eyes.

The best part: the music, the room, the confidence and fluidity with which Lianne worked. At times she would put one finger on my nose, just to steady me/her. I fell asleep right away!

Xtreme Lashes Before and After

Xtreme Lashes Before and After

Another good part: the glue — medical grade and hypoallergenic — needs to be changed regularly, which means a quiet alarm goes off every 15 minutes. (You’re 15 minutes closer to being done! I quickly lost track.)

The really, really best part: the end result. They’re 11 mm — that’s 2 mm longer than my 9 mm natural length, which I learned is the norm.

I don’t wear a lot of makeup to begin with, but I almost always wear mascara. I guess I’ve always felt my lashes were quite short and thin. Of course, you can wear mascara with these extensions but it’s best to avoid a waterproof one, as so much rubbing is required to remove the stuff. But me, I think I’ll avoid the stuff for the month or so while these suckers stay on.

In the end, the extensions did give me an extra thrill at the event that night, and I’ll enjoy looking a little more put-together. I don’t think they look fake — as my husband said, I just look a little “Disney-ified.” I’ll take that as a compliment!

Plus, Lianne suggested that extensions are great for vacations, when you don’t want to spend a lot of time putting on makeup. Me, I think they’re great for pregnant ladies who might be feeling awkward about their rapidly changing bodies.

Caryl Baker Visage

Rideau Centre, 613-230-2212
Bayshore Shopping Centre, 613-820-2140
St. Laurent Centre, 613-746-5301
Place D’Orleans, 613-841-7222

SHOP TALK: Garden Party Glam

BY SARAH FISCHER

This article was originally published in the May 2015 print edition of Ottawa Magazine

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Photo: Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio; Willow and Forsythia arrangement and vase courtesy of Scrim’s Florist

Twice the Fun
Animapop, a new Italian clothing line, has created the perfect reversible summer party dress. With a photographic floral print on one side and subtle polka dots on the other, this laser-cut neoprene short-sleeved dress is wrinkle-free and easy to wash and comes with its own travel bag. $245. Manhattan West, 322 Richmond Rd., 613-695-0517.

Channel Chanel
Add elegance to your outfit with this unique Chanel-style hat, which is made in Italy with straw, lace caging, and pearl details. Designed for Justine’s private label, this topper is sure to evoke Coco Chanel — and ensure that you are the belle of any garden party. $425. Justine, 17A York St., 613-562-4000.

Step Up
The Alli nude sandal with 3½-inch heel, by Donald J. Pliner, will be your go-to shoe for summer. The asymmetrical elastic bands and padded foot bed will transport you from day to evening in the utmost of comfort, and its neutral tone and gold details make this the perfect versatile sandal. $358. Wolf & Zed, 519 Sussex Dr., 613-860-7463.

Get Prepped
This linen blazer adds a preppy edge to a man’s outfit. The navy windowpane jacket is made by Sand ($695), a Danish company that produces all its goods in Europe. Pair it with L.B.M.’s garment-washed-cotton casual pant ($295), and you are set to accompany your partner in style. Morgante Menswear, 141 Sparks St., 613-234-2232.

Don’t Sweat It
Keep cool in the summer sun with Haupt’s 100% cotton summer-weight sport shirt ($140); its subtle diamond print with navy contrast trim pairs perfectly with a bold printed blazer. Cuff your pants and dare to go sockless with Allen Edmonds Strand oxford dress shoes in walnut ($450). Add an Italian silk Stenströms pocket square to finish off the look ($65).
E.R. Fisher Menswear, 199 Richmond Rd., 613-829-8313.

Looking for something a little different? Here’s an alternative look we shot for this May issue feature.

Photo by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

Photo by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

Alice & Olivia Kiro dress
$428 from Schad
Rich colour highlights the lush floral print on a fit-and-flare alice + olivia dress. A plunging V neckline cuts a flattering profile, and stretch mesh frames the exposed back zip. Sleeveless. Lined. Pockets. Strong liner underneath to define shape of fit and flare.

Checkered hat
$275 from Justine. Made in England, for Justine’s private label.
Black and white checkered cloth line the outer brim. Black nylon ribbon surrounds top with big statement bow. Straw structure.

Designers Remix – Bau Shoe
$418.00 from Wolf & Zed
Chunky wide heel, pointy toe, ankle boot. Patent beige leather with black elastic detail. 100% leather.

Mirto long-sleeve floral print sport shirt
$225 from E.R. Fisher Menswear
Egyptian Cotton, Made in Spain

L.B.M. garment-washed 100% cotton pant in red
$295 from Morgante Menswear

L.B.M. garment-washed, linen, window pane sport jacket in blue
$875 from Morgante Menswear

Hugo Boss Cennis double-monk strap in dark red
$475 from Morgante Menswear
Zig-zag stitching on front round toe, and on heel.

SHOP TALK: Don’t make Gone Girl’s mistake — avoid a fake kidnapping with this anniversary gift guide

BY SARAH BROWN

This article was originally published in the April 2015 print edition of Ottawa Magazine

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Photo: Marc Fowler, Metropolis Studio

Your anniversary’s fast approaching. Yes, already. Comes around once a year — really quickly, we find. Oh exquisite agony! What to buy, what to buy? Now, Gone Girl readers will remember how horribly awry Nick and Amy’s fifth anniversary went, as Amy marked the date with a fake kidnapping and a decidedly unnerving treasure hunt. If only she had chosen to commemorate the wood anniversary with a bespoke shaving brush and a woodsy soap in a mahogany bowl! Yes, the movie would have been shorter, but, oh, how much calmer and more romantic! With that in mind, Ottawa Magazine consulted the modern bride and groom’s guide to anniversary gifting, selecting some practical ways to show your love — and, hopefully, get lucky — on the big day.

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