BASH NOIR: an evening of fashion & fundraising

Ottawa Bash Noir Snow Suit Fund event

Join me on June 20th, for this year’s hottest summer event, BASH NOIR, in support of the Ottawa Snowsuit Fund. Get your tickets before they sell out!

The Snowsuit fund is an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds for the purchase and distribution of new snowsuits to needy children in our community. For more information, visit www.snowsuitfund.com.

BASH NOIR IS AN ENTICING AFFAIR TAKING PLACE AT THE STUNNING NEW HORTICULTURE BUILDING IN OTTAWA’S LANDSDOWNE PARK. UPON OPENING HOURS, GUESTS CAN EXPECT TO INDULGE ON PASSED APPS AND OPULENT COCKTAILS WHILE CHATTERING AMONGST OTTAWA’S LIKE- MINDED SOCIALITES. THE EVENING WILL UNFOLD AND ESCALATE WITH NOIR INSPIRED ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC, DECOR, DANCE FLOOR, BOTTLE SERVICE AND SOIREE. THIS ONE OF A KIND EVENT IS BASED ON THE NEO-NOIR AND FEMME FATALE FILM GENRE. AN UPSCALE DRESS CODE IS REQUIRED WITH A COLOR SCHEME OF BLACK, AND RED HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. NOTABLY CATERED BY ACE MERCADO RESTAURANT, VIP BAGS BY RINALDO’S HAIR SALON, BOTTLE SERVICE BY GREY GOOSE CHERRY NOIR, AND DIRECTION BY NATIONAL CAPITAL PRODUCTION; THIS IS AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THIS HAS BEEN A SELL-OUT EVENT EVERY YEAR. BE SURE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS EARLY.

But the true question remains… what shall I wear to the affair? I guess you will have to tune in and see! Or just buy your ticket already!

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Ottawa’s Nordstrom Gala: A grand old time

Last night’s Ottawa Nordstrom Gala was a blur. A magical combination of gourmand canapรฉs neatly stacked in rows on little carts, tiny cans of sparkling bubbly, a killer upbeat band, friendly smiles around and a magical feast of fashion.
Everyone came dressed in their best.

Personally, it was a bit of a sensory overload, but I managed to take it all in. My secret is going stag. I was happy to bump into my friends from Ottawa Life Magazine (seen below on the Step and Repeat). I made a point to say hello to fashion mavens Erica Wark, Christopher Massardo and Alyssa Beltempo. I had an absolute blast to say the least. Lots of friendly faces and close friends to catch up with.

I didn’t do much shopping, but I did spend lots of time (and $) at the Laura Mercier counter with Melody Iafelice who was representing the brand. Apparently, my choice of bright pink/purple lipstick made quite the impression on everyone (#trendsetter hahaha).

I wore a navy knee length tutu (purchased on Amazon.com) paired with a knit graphic tee from Forever21+ with “Champagne S’il Vous PlaรŽt” written across the top. It was quite appropriate for the evening and very well received. I got many lovely compliments, someone even kindly told me that I reminded her of Sarah Jessica Parker… um… Success!

I wore a simple pony tail because I am a mom and had no time to get ready. I opted to focus on makeup and a killer lip instead. It worked in my favour ๐Ÿ˜‰

In my travels through the department store I spotted a plus size section that I hope to dissect at a later date. First, I need more sensible footwear and second, I need a clear head… no alcohol beyond this point!! What can I say, I love champagne!

I didn’t take too many pics, I was really just soaking it all in. I encourage you to do the same and explore the wonderful worlds of shoes, cosmetics and bags!

Thank you Nordstrom for an exquisite event! The bar has been raised. Bravo!

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