Articles Tagged ‘shoptalk’

ON THE PLUS SIDE: Mode & Distinction, EDIT by Jeanne Beker offer trendy options that celebrate the female form

Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.

With the inaugural London plus-size fashion week that took place earlier this month, and the launch of EDIT by Jeanne Beker for Addition Elle, there’s plenty of action in the double digits of the size charts. Bold prints, silhouettes that celebrate the female figure, and on-trend colours are all part of the growing options available to those shopping for plus-size clothing.

Mode & Distinction creates an intimate shopping environment.

Here in Ottawa, a unique independent store in Gatineau brings together great names in fashion like Spanner and Neon Buddha — all carefully chosen to flatter different body types. And because Mode & Distinction is a smaller store, customers can expect individual attention. Owner Johanne Cadieux has created a quaint, homey environment, and aims to help women find clothes that not only flatter their figure but also suit their personality and remain on-trend.

“Right now, the tunics are trendy and they look good on many body types,” Johanne says. “Also, the colours are vibrant for next summer, which gives a punch to women’s apparel — we try to encourage women to wear bright colours instead of wearing only dark colours.” (Amen to that!)

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STYLE PROFILES: The Dharma dude, a Brachic babe, and more stylish citizens from our Shopping annual

Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.

Akash SInha is wearing a Mexx shirt; Guess vest; pants by Brooklyn Industries; a belt from a ByWard Market vendor; Clarks shoes; and a custom bag from Photo by Rémi Thériault.

Earlier this month, we introduced you to Dina Renon, the cover model from Ottawa Magazine‘s Shopping annual. Of course we never give away the whole story — to get all the details in the profiles by Victoria Abraham and the stunning Rémi Thériault photo spreads, you have to buy the guide.

But we can’t help but bring our stylish ambassadors of fashion into the digital realm. Here’s a glimpse of five folks that caught our eye this season. From an up-and-coming stylist to a seasoned entrepreneur, we love their personal flair and worldly tastes.

Take Akash Sinha. He brings a spiritual approach to community building with his green building company, and uses a wide variety of ways to make sure he’s always having fun. It all translates into fostering positive relationships, exploring the arts, and having fun.

“We definitely want to be a part of what makes Ottawa cool.”

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WHAT TO WEAR: Two tasty looks for the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival

Grey handbag, Smart Set, currently on sale for $25; faux-leather bracelet, Smart Set, $10; The ultimate V cashmere sweater by Banjo and Matilda, Holt Renfrew, $255; leather and lambswool leggings by Greta Constantine Skin, Danier, currently on sale for $199; booties, ECCO, $295; necklace, Addition Elle, $20; Seiko watch, The Bay, $595

Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.

Yes, the extravaganza that is the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival brings out the foodies and the wine connoisseurs, the locavores and those who tweet about their every meal.

But there are also visitors who just want to be seen, people who attend it for the novelty of eating an array of fine foods while socializing with friends and strangers. Because, hey, with Ottawa’s overabundance of Irish-themed pubs, it’s fun to imbibe in an atmosphere other than a bar.

Either way, it might be useful for the first-time festival-goer to know that it’s completely de rigueur to get dolled up for this event. You will see and be seen; judgment may occur.

Faux-leather skirt, Edit by Jeanne Beker, The Bay, $89; burgundy faux-fur scarf, Tristan, $50; gold bangle set, Addition Elle, $20; sleeveless scoopneck top, Smart Set, $28; black suede booties, ECCO, currently on sale $129; leopard print purse, Danier, currently on sale for $119.


And while you don’t want to look like you’re going to a gala, this isn’t a trip to the grocery store either. You’re going for something casual yet special; an outfit that’s trendy but still takes into account some of the practicalities of being on your feet and consuming lots of great food and drink.

Herewith, a couple looks we like for this weekend. Cheers!