Last weekend, I partnered with the Mexican Tourism Board to immerse myself in “Experience Mexico” in Ottawa, a cultural and celebratory event held in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
My first official press tour has sadly come to an end. And what a whirlwind it was. My friend and fellow Ottawa influencer, Katie Hession from Yow City Style, joined me for a road trip to Toronto for the weekend. I drove us in a brand new 2017 Ford Escape, courtesy of Ford Canada. We had a hectic agenda and truly made the best of our time there, sans our family! It’s quite refreshing to travel with someone that has the same interests and goals: do, eat and see all the things in Toronto! No need to deal with kiddies or hangry husbands who want to eat before we have had a chance to photograph our food. I know most of you were following our Instagram stories, and I have to say it was nice staying in touch with Ottawa while we were in Toronto. Hopefully we made you proud, and you were able to enjoy it as much as we did!
Ugh, I have a soft spot for these little paper bags, and I can’t shake it off! When I was unemployed over 3 years ago, I started a marketing and virtual assistant business, and Uashmama was one of my favourite clients to work with. See, the Canadian distributor is located right here in Ottawa! Although I didn’t have the chance to do some groundbreaking work, I did help the humble team with a few proposals and odd marketing jobs. I have to say, I do miss those days, but I am so grateful for my stability today. It’s sort of has come full circle, now that I get to work with them on the blog!
For those who don’t know, Uashmama (pronounced Wash+Mama), is a line of lifestyle goods made of leather-like paper. The paper fibre is treated like leather and offers a durability and similar look to leather and it’s all the way from Italy.
UASHMAMA IS NOW OFFERING FREE SHIPPING ON ALL HOLIDAY ORDERS!
Uashmama makes different products for the household like their famous paper bag meant to be used as a gift bag, container or basket. They are both practical and beautiful! The toughest part is making a decision because you will want them all. There are so many great colours and sizes to choose from. I have some all over the house. In the bathroom, I use them to hold my hairbrushes, my hair products, makeup brushes and small towels. In the kitchen, I use them as a bread basket or a plant holder.
PRO TIP: I use a Uashmama bag to ripen my avocados! See? They are so very versatile!
And last but not least, they also have a gorgeous selection of handbags, wallets, purses, clutches, lunch bags, hampers, and.. backpacks! I have had my eye set on this chrome backpack since last year and finally it’s all mine! It will be travelling with us this January on our trip to Hawaii! (More on that later!)
These Uashmama bags are the perfect and original addition to your holiday gift giving this year. Two years ago, I used them as the container to my Christmas gifts, and for a joke, I put one as the star on top of my Christmas tree! That’s how much I love these little guys.
The main message here is that Uashmama is offering FREE SHIPPING for all your purchases until the end of the year. So if you hate paying for shipping, like me, this offer is for you!
A big thank you to Uashmama for supporting this post.
The photography on this post is brought to you by Debra Cowie, Ottawa’s famous product and food stylist! She has been a great photography and flatlay coach and is lovely to work with. Stay tuned for more of her great work on the blog!
I dug up some old photos from my Instagram, from two years ago… back when I used to get a whopping 7 likes! Bahahahaha
No, we don’t have the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller center, nor do we have Mariah Carey unveiling The Bay’s annual Christmas window display, but by golly, Ottawa’s got some really great community rituals that should become official annual traditions.
I grew up in Toronto, so I am just now creating my Ottawa traditions with my family. Here are some of my faves!
You look forward to the reveal of Flower’s Talk Tivoli Christmas window display.
You start shopping at Tinseltown Christmas Emporium in Hintonburg because it is now acceptable.
You head over to your local farmer’s market to get your Christmas tree
You round up the gang and make boxes for the ShoeBox Project
You tune into Majic 100.3 on December 1 like clockwork for their all-day Christmas music
You take the family on a slow drive down Taffy Lane in Orleans because it’s warmer in the car and it’s free. You also wonder “who is paying the hydro bill?”
Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark? Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights. 💡 . . Have you been to Taffy Lane in Orleans? It’s the best and cheapest way to get your Christmas light fix🎄Theses are some pretty committed citizens and we thank them for their duty! I saw a house hosting a food drive, so make sure you pay it forward 😇 This is part of our Christmas tradition in Ottawa… what’s yours? . . #myOttawa #ottawa #ottcity #igersOttawa #613 #yow #ottawalife #narcityOttawa #613style #ottawaphoto #yowstyle #ottawastyle #ottawafashion #ottawau #ottawablogger #ottawablog #ottnews #canadianblog #canadianblogger #canadianstyle #canadianfashionblogger #canadianfashionblog #canadianfashion #orleans #taffylane #christmaslightshow #ottawachristmas #thingstodoinottawa
You take the kids to see Santa at Billings Bridge. It’s tough competition out there, but he’s the best lookin’ one in town!
Are you ready to kick off your holiday festivities? If so, we’d love to have you join us on Saturday, November 14th as we welcome Santa to Billings Bridge! You’re invited to join us at our welcome party from 1-2pm, followed by a visit with Santa from 2-4pm. For more info on our event visit our blog via our bio link 👆🏻! #ottawa #happyholidays #santa
You take out your copy of “Santa’s coming to Ottawa” and keep it on your kids’ TOP READS list for bedtime stories
You hit up Lansdowne for their tree lighting ceremony and Christmas markets
Top 5 FESTIVE things to do at Lansdowne this December! . 1. Christmas Tree Lighting! December 1st from 5:30pm-8:30pm . . 2. Lansdowne Christmas Market Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 23 from 9am-3pm . . 3. Ottawa 67’s Teddy Bear Toss & Free Post-Game Skate December 10 at 2pm . . 4. Holiday Pottery Sale December 8-10 . . 5. Hoffman-eh! December 31 from 6pm-Midnight . . Want more details? Click the link in our bio!! 📷 @landonspics #lansdownelive #lansdownepark #tdplace.
You pack snacks in the car… “We’re going to Kanata to see the #Magicoflights at Wesley Clover Parks Campground!”
What’s your favourite thing to do in Ottawa at Christmas time?