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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SHOP TALK: Brunch Bunch brings food + fashion together at Hintonburg Happening

By Dayanti Karunaratne and Kelsey Kromodimoeljio

Have you heard about the Hintonburg Happening? Yes, we all know that the ‘hood is a happenin’ place, but this week it really takes off in a celebration of art, music, food, and, yes, fashion.

Shop jewellery, home decor, and more at JV Studios.

Shop jewellery, home decor, and more at JV Studios.

On Sunday, May 3, our favourite little corner of boutiques comes alive with hospitality and spring fashion. In an event dubbed the Brunch Bunch, Muriel Drombret will host Dunrobin artist Mette Baker, she of the wearable gardens, while Twiss & Weber continues in their rock’n’roll vein with warm leatherette, moleskin, sparkle, and fringe — even a touch of paisley. Plus, following their Big Hair or Be Square event on May 2nd, T&W will be selling “air guitar inspired T-shirts” (i.e., “Bill and the Private Members” and “The Joiners”) by Winged Beast Outfitters.

Paisley dress by 3rd Floor Studio

Paisley dress by 3rd Floor Studio

Check out JV Studios for everything from bling to mugs, VAM Boutique for summer whites and pretty frocks, and Flock Boutique for cute dresses at Flock Boutique. Here you’ll find unique Canadian-made garments and styles perfect for work — and cocktail hour. We love this paisley print dress from 3rd Floor Studio.

The forecast for Sunday is calling for a high of 22 or 24, depending your source. Either way, we say get thee to a Hintonburg boutique for a satisfying and stylish start to spring!

SHOP TALK: Visit Victoire for modern, vintage-inspired wedding dresses from Birds of North America

By KELSEY KROMODIMOELJIO

Earlier this year, Victoire hosted a bridal event showcasing local wedding sources as well as the Birds of North America bridal collection. Fittings can be arranged at the Wellington location of Victoire

Earlier this year, Victoire hosted a bridal event showcasing local wedding sources as well as the Birds of North America bridal collection. Fittings can be arranged at the Wellington location of Victoire

In the April issue of Ottawa Magazine, we look at how we’ve celebrated milestones from past to present. And while weddings will forever be regarded as the bride’s big day, wedding styles and traditions have gone through many transformations over the years. Lately, we’ve witnessed a shift from the grandiose weddings to more personal and intimate affairs that prove to be just as enchanting.

At Victoire Boutique, owners Katie Frappier and Regine Paquette have seen an influx of brides who’ve gone a little simpler in their wedding planning but put a lot of care in adding more unique and heartfelt touches to their special day. Earlier this year, Victoire hosted A Modern Wedding Event for the vintage-loving brides with the collaboration of talented local businesses Auntie Loo’s Treats, Sparrow Floral Design, and Heart Deco Jewellery.

The event also marked the unveiling of the first bridal collection by Birds of North America, a Canadian design label that’s been a favourite to Victoire customers. Knee length cuts, bows, and the 1950/60’s aesthetics work beautifully in this collection for the bride who wants something old, something new.

The Birds of North America bridal line features knee-length dresses in simple silhouettes

The Birds of North America bridal line features knee-length dresses in simple silhouettes

 

Here, OTTAWA MAGAZINE talks to Birds of North America designer Hayley Gibson about the details behind her new bridal collection.

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SHOP TALK: The Reversible Pocket Square

By JULIA WALLACE

Rania Abdulla's Reversible Pocket Square

Rania Abdulla’s Reversible Pocket Square

As wedding season approaches, we’ll begin to see a lot of interpretations on “dressed up.” Here at SHOP TALK, we say nothing is better than a classic piece with a modern twist. Ottawa stylist Rania Abdulla has done just that with her innovative Reversible Pocket Squares.

Pocket squares that are double sided with two distinct yet complementary textiles, Rania’s creative accessories add variety to any outfit and are versatile to boot. Rania creates the Reversible Pocket Square from repurposed material in her Ottawa studio. As these brilliant accessories are made from recycled material, only a few matching pocket squares will be created and seen about town.

Show both

Show both patterns for a rich, textured look

The Pocket Square can also be worn a variety of ways — folded so that both patterns complement one another, or folded to showcase one of the two sides at a time. This accessory is a one of a kind, two for one deal — providing you an original accessory that is environmentally responsible, locally handmade and quintessentially bespoke. It is a classic piece — a small accessory with big impact.

Further modernizing the traditional pocket square look, Rania encourages her colorful creations to be worn by both men and women alike. Perfect for many occasions, her Pocket Squares can be worn tucked into shirts, jackets and dress pockets, either dressed down or dressed up. They can be worn with a casual outfit for a western cowboy feel, or for a more polished effect – Old Hollywood style. Tied onto the strap of a handbag, the squares add that European flair and a pop of colour to any outfit.

The Reversible Pocket Square is a vibrant twist on a classically traditional item, which expresses that the wearer knows quality and style – trends are fleeting, but the elegance of a pocket square is timeless.

This pocket square would

This pocket square — tied to a the strap of a handbag — would add touch of European flair. 

With wedding season and summer soirees quickly approaching, channel your inner Cary Grants and Katharine Hepburns and be sure to grab yourself a Reversible Pocket Square at her online store.