Westfest 2013

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Wow, what a wonderful weekend that was. The rain held up for the most part on Saturday, and it was lovely, clear, bright and sunny on Sunday. I hope everyone got a chance to come out to Westfest 2013 this year, and if not, make sure to come next year! Here is my coverage of the event (I was able to go Saturday and Sunday.) And a big thank you to everyone who posed for a picture! Enjoy

Bailey C, offsetting neutral black and white with stunning cobalt blue shorts and cute caged heels.

Bailey C, offsetting neutral black and white with stunning cobalt blue shorts and cute caged heels.

Rock wall fun

Rock wall fun

Yoshi Chladny, an amazing local performer.

Yoshi Chladny, an amazing local performer.

Dom C. Effortless, appropriate and chic. From Urban Outfitters (although could not longer find it on the website, so you may be out of luck!)

Dom C. Effortless, appropriate and chic. From Urban Outfitters (although could not longer find it on the website, so you may be out of luck!)

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Gabe R. Love the cat shirt. I think everyone should own a cat shirt. Urban Outfitters.

Gabe R. Love the cat shirt. I think everyone should own a cat shirt. Urban Outfitters.

These kids were awesome.

These kids were awesome.

Emily M. I love how she paired the bold pattern of the shorts (Forever 21) with a sheer, neutral top.

Emily M. I love how she paired the bold pattern of the shorts (Forever 21) with a sheer, neutral top.

The Knit Seat! In front of Lilac Lingerie.

The Knit Seat! In front of Lilac Lingerie.

Megan W. I absolutely love space leggings, and have been after a pair for forever. These are either from Urban Outfitters or Urban Behaviour. One of the Urbans at least!

Megan W. I absolutely love space leggings, and have been after a pair for forever. These are either from Urban Outfitters or Urban Behaviour. One of the Urbans at least!

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The always lovely, and contributor Jane M!

The always lovely, and contributor Jane M!

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Arya M. 1) I love the name Arya (GOT anyone?) 2)I love the sheer tights with the tat peaking out. Adorable

Arya M. 1) I love the name Arya (GOT anyone?) 2)I love the sheer tights with the tat peaking out. Adorable

Local preformer

Local performer

Katie D. One of my favourite Bridgehead baristas, looking great in a light floral print.

Katie D. One of my favourite Bridgehead baristas, looking great in a light floral print.

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed. Take care
-Fi

Twiss & Weber Pop In Shop: March 21-24

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Two local ladies are mixing it up this weekend in Wellington Village! Laura Twiss and Tonia Weber handcraft women’s ready-to-wear pieces and from March 21-24 they are showcasing their creations at a transformed “pop up shop” located at 1304 Wellington Street West.

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Laura and Tonia pride themselves on creating unique clothes that are stylish, modern and flattering for women of all shapes and sizes. Their inspiration comes from their favourite musicians, fashion icons and childhood friends. To them, great fashion doesn’t have to be complicated. I couldn’t agree more! Another super-cool thing: they offer sewing lessons at their permanent boutique, located at 177 Armstrong Street in Hintonburg.

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Check it out ladies! Runs until March 24.

Happy Shopping!

-Jane

 

Things to be excited about: New businesses

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Here are some exciting new businesses opening in the area this spring. Some are actually already opened:

Byward Market News and Toy Soldier Market

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Couldn’t find any information for them online, but I’ve been wanting a news shop since the one that used to be next to the Herb and Spice shut down, more so since Collective Works is now gone. Looking forward to this great addition!

Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern

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I will be eating lots of oysters here…Here is a more extensive look at the work they’ve been doing, click here. Also you can follow their twitter for updates.

A pharmacy

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Again, no info online. I wonder if their proximity to the Rexall will be an issue.

Slaysh, fashion:

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They are moving from their Bank street location to Wellington West! Should be a great addition.

Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen

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Juniper’s Richard Nigro is opening this great looking grab and go cafe/kitchen. All I can say is…yum!

Did I miss anything? What are you excited about? I’ll be home April 16th to check out all these great places in person!!

-Fi

(Thank you to my Dad, his iphone, and his daily walks for these photos/post inspiration)

New business: illume espresso bar

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The anticipation is over, a new locally owned espresso bar, illume, opened its doors today. Located right across from the Metro, on the ground floor of the new condo building, illume is a great, cozy alternative to the Bridgehead further down the street. We had vanilla lattes, presented beautifully, which tasted amazing. While I am a die hard Bridgehead fan, I think illume is well situated (not too close to any other coffee shops) and offers a product that is unique and different. I look forward to returning!

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Take the time to check them out!

-Fi, xo

Westboro / West Wellington Holiday Shopping Guide: Part 1

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Hey lovelies. I was inspired by Jezebel’s often hilarious Holiday Gift Guides, so I thought I would put together my own holiday shopping guide, specifically for the areas of Westboro / West Wellington and Hintonburg. I am a firm believer in supporting local businesses, and what better time to do so then around the holidays when, no matter what you’re celebrating exactly, it’s safe to say you will probably do some shopping at some point.

This Part 1 is very simple, I wanted to highlight the Urban Craft Market which is happening tomorrow, Saturday, December 1st at the GCTC. The next one will be in January, so make the effort to start your holiday shopping early and attend. I posted about it last year, you can check out the post for more pictures here.

Local Tourist Ottawa did a great in-depth look at Urban Craft, you can read it here for more information about how the market came to be developed and the people behind its success.

I don’t get home until the 4th so I’m disappointed I won’t be able to attend. But check it out if you haven’t already, it’s always amazing, and a great place to support local vendors.

Keep your eyes peeled for Part 2 in the next few weeks.

xo, -Fi

Westboro Handmade Kilts

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My friend Alan Dempsey is pretty much the only solid friend I made during my Undergraduate degree at Carleton in Greek and Roman Studies. We spent many hours drinking before Latin class at Mike’s place, which needless to say wasn’t the best idea. You may remember Alan from my Halloween 2011 post. Anyways! Alan, from Scottish heritage, has started a side business making handmade kilts from his Westboro home:

From his Etsy shop: “Handmade kilt from Wool/Rayon blend. Perfect for everyday wear and semi-formal occasions.
This kilt is a “modern” kilt. It rests on the hips just like a pair of pants for a more comfortable and casual feel.
The kilt fastens by means of belt (not provided) on the outside. The inner apron is held in place with velcro for quick adjustments.
The rear pocket is perfect for wallet and/or phone. It can be placed on left or right side.

Take a second and check out his Etsy shop, or send him an e-mail at Adempsey10@gmail.com if you’re interested.

xo,

-Fi

My recent Dip Dye experiences: Purple / blue and Green

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So my first Dip Dye post still receives a lot of hits, and I’ve noticed so many lovely women rocking the dip dye look these days. I’ve actually noticed it a ton in BC, almost more than Ottawa. Either way, I’ve been playing around few a few colours recently and I thought I would show them here.

First, I got my hair dyed ombre before I flew out to BC. I got it done at the lovely Character Hair Salon in Hintonburg:

However, back tracking. Before I dyed it ombre, I wanted to try purple. I used Manic Panic in Ultra Violet:

Above is how it looked over my natural brown.
And this is how it looked over my blonde:
Excuse the ridiculousness, I took this photo weeks ago not intending to post it. BUT as you can see, it came out much more blue than purple. I enjoyed it, it was just different than what I was expecting.
After playing around with purple / blue / red I wanted to try something different. I really want to rock teal ends, and I know Manic Panic makes a teal. However when I went to Shoppers, instead of carrying my stand by Manic Panic, they had Jerome Russell’s Punky Colour, a product I’ve never tried before. I settled with Apple Green:
This is how it looked on my blonde tips:
I got a lot of compliments, but I wasn’t super pleased with it. The best / worst part is, the above photo is from November 6th, and the green is STILL THERE, despite me literally scrubbing it with shampoo. That’s good because the Manic Panic required re-dying almost every week to keep up the vibrancy. SO I highly recommend Punky Colour, check out their website if you are unfamiliar.
I’m waiting for the green to completely go away before I move on to my next dying project, but I have a few ideas in mind that I will post here when they are done.
I fly back to Ottawa on Tuesday, and I can’t wait! Except I don’t have any winter boots, I’ve been rocking Tom’s here all fall (oh no I’m turning into a BC hipster…)
xo
-Fi
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