Jalouse de mes lunettes? These Dior and Caroline Abram sunglasses can be yours

Aren’t they lovely (insert heart eye emoji). What I meant to say what that they can be yours at a fraction of the cost if you join me and my friends at Merivale Optometric on October 27 from 4-8 pm.

Les Parisiens Ladies Night is this year’s theme, hosted by owner and head Optometrist Dr. Joelle Zagury. She will be featuring Dior and Caroline Abrams sunglasses/prescription eyewear, and will be making a donation with each purchase to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Zagury, who is no stranger to fashion and known to be a trend setter in the city, is a brilliant business woman (#girlboss) who has managed to slay the eyewear industry in Ottawa, by running a quaint, yet fully stocked shop in the heart of the busy Merivale Rd strip (just across the street from Nicastro’s.. that’s the secret I bet!). Merivale Optometric houses the best of the best when in comes to fashion eyewear and includes top brands like Jimmy Choo, Ray Ban, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Kate Spade and Burberry to name a few.

If you’ve been wanting a new pair of sunnies or need a new pair of glasses, please come by on October 27 and just have a peek, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Ottawa Street Style: Black & White with a dust of Pink for Fall

The weather has been cooling down these last few days, and finally I had an excuse to wear my new pink wool coat from Old Navy. I don’t see it online, so I apologize in advance 🙁 I guess it’s an in-store only item.

I felt pretty sharp and comfy going into work today, especially for a Monday morning! I only hope to be this inspired when I wake up tomorrow!

Outfit details

I wore a white shirt and black quilted joggers from H&M and my new Ecco kicks! My purse is from Danier (:( sad face because they are now closed) my shades are Bailey Nelson, and my necklace is from Canadian jewelry designer Biko, purchased at Vincent this weekend!

A big thank you to Alan Wainwright Photography for taking these pics!

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Cecilia Racicot: New Ottawa fashion designer for real girly girls

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I love supporting local, especially when the business is run by a woman. This post is not just about any woman, it’s a new Fashion Designer in Ottawa, and you are going to love her! Not only is her work of utmost highest quality, she has fair prices, makes clothes to measure and her styles are going to blow each season out of the park! I present you Cecilia Racicot.

Cecilia Racicot designs are created by Ottawa cool girl, Megan Racicot.

CECILIA RACICOT was born out of a love for fashion and a desire to create. The brand offers an exclusive portfolio of the current trends of the season and tailor made one-of-a-kind apparel.

Launched in 2016 as the go-to for made-to-measure skirts, CECILIA RACICOT has expanded to include women’s vests, dresses and accessories.

Proudly designed and made in Canada, CECILIA RACICOT emerges as an affordable lifestyle brand for women of all shapes and sizes, embracing beauty and individuality.

If you are looking for fun, flirty pieces with an edge, I urge you to visit the site and spend all of next week’s pay. On my birthday a few weeks ago, I treated myself to the Ezra jacket, a fun floral quilted pattern that will add a zing to any boring outfit. You know, on those days that I am feeling less creative.

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Gorgeous quilted floral pattern.

Then… I ordered some more! I can’t wait to get the Rowan skirt soon!

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I really wish Megan the best of luck in her work and hope she is here to stay. Now, I just have to convince her to design enough pieces for a fashion show… won’t you help me encourage her!

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#GotHummus? New Ottawa Restaurant Chickpeas sure does!

Chickpeas Ottawa just opened it’s doors and already they are getting slammed with crowds of Ottawan’s demanding all the chickpeas! If you’re looking for a healthy, made-from-scratch meal, that happens to be vegetarian, you may want to do yourself a favour and head over to Trainyards.

We had the chance to sample the multicoloured hummus tray, the falafel sandwich, the falafel bites and the piece de resistance… the falafel waffle!

The owner and head Chef, Omar, was telling me that he travelled to Lebanon on a quest to find the best authentic and made-from-scratch recipes. He worked with chefs and visited quaint restaurants that helped him develop his signature menu and learn the tricks of the trade. Omar also told me that he soaks fresh dried chickpeas every night and removes the skin off 15 Kilos of chickpeas every day to make the creamiest hummus in town!

Chickpeas is not a fancy restaurant. It’s a healthy, vegan/vegetarian friendly eatery with a simple, tasty and fresh menu. You can grab a quick bite to eat, bring the family or take your meal to go. I love that it’s located in Trainyards, only minutes away from my place. It’s nice to have a healthy take-out option in the area.

So here is what we ate…

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Gorgeous high ceilings and fresh decor.

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Here is the plate of hummus we were all dying to try! Beet, original, black bean, mango, avocado and red pepper. My fave was avocado!

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This is the signature BAKED falafel waffle. I absolutely loved it! The falafel batter is so fresh and delicious. It’s not too heavily spiced and super soft in texture.
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Delicious falafel bites!
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Yummy falafel sandwich. This falafel is particularly delicious because the falafel is fried. I love the fresh tomatoes in the sandwich that help to balance the salt in the dish. The falafel chips are perfect for the avohummus.
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