Paris Fashion Week just wrapped up and has left me reminiscing on my one-and-only Euro trip. Almost 8 years ago, my husband and I spent one week in Paris over New Years and had a wonderful time freezing our buns off touring the streets and indulging to our hearts content! He even proposed to me on New Years eve in a dingy bar with a mock ring, where I immediately told him to get off the dirty floor and was revolted by the ring he picked out… hahaha. One thing I will never forget is accidentally going to noted fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier’s photography exhibit in the Petit Palais. Oh yes, I also remember being super flattered when folks assumed I was a local (nailed it! all black everything is always a safe look in Paris!)
This post is not so much about visiting Paris or how to be Parisian, but mostly about how to nail your Paris Fashion Week street style look, while supporting local businesses in Ottawa!
Is anyone else super confused about this warm fall weather we’ve been having? I bought this Flippa K dress at Viens Avec Moi this summer and ironically it hasn’t been cool enough for me to wear it! My purse is a consignment treasure from AMH Style. My necklace is from Canadian designer Biko, purchased at Vincent. My Dior glasses are borrowed from Merivale Optometric. My bracelet is from Ottawa designer Jenny Bird from Magpie Jewellery, and new symphony booties were gifted from Geox Rideau Centre! If you do the math, that’s 5 out of 6 local item ratio, or 83% local.
This is just a little sneak peak of the Ottawa Street Style photoshoot I did last week with photographer Kristy Chapman, who is specializing in Street Style photography, particularly in teen and friendship photo sessions.
I loved her direction and how she was open to collaborate on ideas. As we were skimming through photos on her camera trying to get the right amount of people zooming by me, I said “You could make a gif with that!” and voila… this happened! It’s so cool. It’s like turning your photoshoot into a 3D experience. Look out world, no more deleting images, street syle fashion gifs are gonna be the next thing!
I can’t wait to share the photos from the shoot. I’ll be releasing them slowly. I also wanted to point out that the theme for this shoot was “Local”. In this photo, I am wearing a J Crew chambray top from AMHStyle, Toronto designer Rachel Sin Dolce Rose skirt, grey pumps by Enzo Angiolini purchased at Wolf and Zed and my Fendi bag is from a local luxury consignment service, Valamode. Now how is that for supporting Ottawa businesses! Not bad at all.
About Kristy Chapman Photography Kristy is a natural light photographer based out of Barrhaven, Ontario. When she’s not chasing around her 3 year old son or watching Netflix marathons with her husband, she can be found behind a camera capturing life’s moments. Kristy’s clients will tell you that she’s super friendly and they love her energy and excitement. Images by Kristy are natural, full of emotion and let the subject’s personality shine. Using a lifestyle approach, Kristy is best known for her family, maternity and newborn portraits.
If you look at my closet, you’ll see that I don’t have a lot of colour. I am quite picky when it comes to colours, to be honest. But I had a soft spot for the bright orange pops of colour on this blue Banana Republic Dress. I had to have it! You can’t see it in this picture, but the back of the dress is open. The dress is split at the waist, so you can get a glimpse of the low back with a soft breeze. Very sexy.
I paired the dress with a classic denim jacket (Old Navy), cobalt blue pumps (Nine West) and a vintage snake skin clutch (AMH Style), and my idea of a pop of colour for makeup is my favourite lipstick “Morange” (from MAC).
I love the juxtaposition of the bright colours of the dress and graffiti along side the drab trees and tones in this alley (Old Ottawa South at Bank Street and Sunnyside Ave).
A big thank you to John Finnigan-lin for these gorgeous shots! xox