This Sunday, I signed up for a major impromptu photoshoot with the most talented creative powerhouse I know: Brittany Frid, Owner and Creative Director of Satin & Snow, Ottawa’s leading fine art wedding planning and designing company.
Yes. This woman of many talents, is also picking up photography on her not-so-spare time. I’ve been following Brittany over the last two years online and I truly admire her self-made success. Like me, she works hard, non-stop, round-the-clock. That’s what it takes to make it, and my friends, she has made it.
I love her fresh romantic style and her creative eye. She has photographed me in ways that I have never seen myself. It’s remarkable. I am so in love with these photos and feel privileged to have worked with her. You know that I ALWAYS smile in my pictures, it’s my security blanket. I usually hate my serious face, and this woman captured it bang on! Or “BINGO” as she would say! She admitted that she was weary of shooting in the sunlight, and would also be going out of her comfort zone. But I have to say that the light and gentle breeze are what made these pictures come alive.
When I asked what “mood” she wanted to shoot, she told me “light, white and airy”. With only a few minutes to get ready for the photo shoot, I knew only one skirt could pull this look together: my white pleated skirt from Melanie Lynn, circa 2012. I can’t believe I have had it for that long. In fact, I wore it to my best friend’s wedding when I just found out I was pregnant with Victor. Lots of great memories in that skirt! So glad the style has come back. You can pick up a similar pleated skirt at Aritzia (I recently bought the black one!). I paired it with my blush Academy knit tank which I purchased after my Spring Lookbook photoshoot with Smithery and my grey hat (also from Artizia). On my lips, I am wearing Stila’s liquid lipstick in Baci.
Have you seen them? #NordstromOTT has been blasting photos all over social media, and we, 7 Ottawa Fashion Bloggers, were lucky to take part it in all!
Who are this year’s Ottawa Fashion Bloggers rocking Nordstrom Spring Style?
A few cold weeks ago, Nordstrom Ottawa organized a lovely Sunday morning complete with food, fashion, a flower wall and lots of photos! They greeted us with open arms, fed our bellys until we were full, beautified our faces and graciously draped us in the most wonderful clothes and accessories. Even though I did not get to keep my outfit, the chance to walk around and say “pass me those Karen Walker sunglasses” and “oh, that Chloe bag will work” and “I’ll get those Manolos in a size 9 please”… was enough of a remarkable experience.
I love when brands go the extra mile to make you feel special. My dressing room had everything waiting for me, and all in my size! Can you image? I had a quick chat with my stylist and BAM! it was gorgeously laid out for me with matching shoes too! A girly-girl’s dream come true!
It’s no surprise that the Ottawa Fashion scene is experiencing a renaissance like no other. Almost every mall is under construction with major renovations ahead. There is no need to cross the border; the US or Quebec’s for that matter. Ottawa shopping has changed, and so should your routine!
I pulled together a handful of new shops that have opened up, and some that will soon!
Hudson’s Bay next to the Rideau centre has done a massive overhaul. They have recently opened Ottawa’s first Topshop and Topman. This #LONDSTYLE inspired brand provides a nice variety of trendy pieces at a mid price range.
Simons will be opening their second store in the area, inside Rideau Centre sometime this summer (August 2016)
H&M will be launching an online store soon for Canada! This means you Ottawa gals can get your hands on H&M’s plus-size line, and you don’t have to shlep to Place d’Orleans to get it! Also, this means more sizes available at your fingertips! I will keep you gals posted of the progress, as there are no dates confirmed yet!
I was invited to attend a fundraiser luncheon, hosted by Sue Norton of Pink Tiger. Over lunch, we watched Canadian fashion designer, Kristie Lance, present her Spring 2016 looks which also included her first full plus-size line. This fashion show lunch was also a fundraiser to support Look Good Feel Better. The lunch was held at Santé Restaurant, who hosts fashion show lunches on the regular!
Pink Tiger is an online marketplace that showcases a variety of Canadian designers. The unique shopping experience at Pink Tiger is built around a Random Acts of Kindness movement.
At Pink Tiger, we are truly passionate about two things: fashion and philanthropy. We believe that companies have an obligation to give back to the community – after all, our community is our customer base. We also believe that by supporting emerging and existing designers, we can give them a way to give back, just by selling an item on www.pinktiger.com.
She’s been doing some pretty crazy work all over Ottawa these days, and if you haven’t heard of her, you must be living under a rock! I am always amazed at Kristie’s talent and finally had the chance to watch the fashion show. I was front row, and not back stage this time! Kristie does custom design work and specializes in curvy and plus-size fashion! Her clothing line is available from size 0-22. She and I share the same philosophy when it comes to embracing your curves and I couldn’t be more honoured to share this with you! You’ll have to follow her #JoinTheRebellion ventures online.