Ottawa’s Newest & Not-So Common Concept Shop


Last Thursday, I was invited to the media preview of The Common, Ottawa’s newest urban fashion stop at 380 Elgin Street. This modern take on city strip mall, finds a new way to gather multiple local shops into one common space: The Common, Le Petit SalonMorning Owl Coffeehouse and soon-to-be  eclectic eatery.

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Nader Salib, owner of The Common Concept Shop, finally materialized his dream of owning a retail space in Ottawa.

I had the opportunity to speak with Nader and congratulate him on taking the risk and opening a clothing boutique, a dream we share in common (no pun intended there!). The Ottawa market is tricky, when it comes to high-end boutiques and private labels. Everyone wants them, but are they ready to support them? It’s lovely to browse, but at the end of the day, these shops need sales to survive!

I think Nader is on to something with this collaboration. I admire his out-of-box approach to turn a dream into his new reality. Partnering with other solid businesses, like my favourite coffee shop Morning Owl, should help to minimize the risk and amplify the impact! It offers a unique twist on convenience and cross-promotion of services. Come for a new outfit, and grab a coffee while you do it. It’s a new type of space that welcomes loitering and ultimately your business!

The collection at The Common is a mix of upscale street and urban fashion; a smart selection of threads and kicks for men and women. The space is simplistic and oh-so perfect!

This lovely gentleman prepared me the best cup of coffee I have ever had! It was prepared in an AeroPress, similar to a french press, but it uses pressure and a filter. This offers a full flavoured cup of joe with a smooth and rich texture. So. good. Here is a glimpse inside Le Petit Salon.

And now… pour la piece de resistance!


We had a sneak peak at the graffiti space, which is a work-in-progress and soon-to-be eatery. Rumour has it that this restaurant will be offering a combination of Caribbean and Mediterranean fare. That sounds perfect to me, and I can’t wait to try it!


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Simons Gatineau Haul: All dressed up and nowhere to go

Head to toe Simons, well almost! I love this outfit! It’s fun and flirty and perfect for the Holidays. It’s not a traditional holiday or winter colour scheme for that matter, but I don’t tend to stick with rules. This is a navy marino wool t-sweater paired with a pale pink tutu. I snatched up both pieces from Simons. I completed the look with a bright bib necklace and vintage Louis Vuitton Mary-Janes, and voila!

I don’t feel like doing a lot of talking, so let these gorgeous pictures speak for themselves! These are, once again, brought to you by the ever-talented Kristy Chapman Photography.

I have been hoarding these photos for a while, and I am so happy to share them with you, finally! This shoot was also meant to display my gorgeous kitchen… a.k.a. my bedroom. I love it! I live there 24/7! Thanks to my lovely husband who did all the work, almost 1 year ago!

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What to Wear: Celtic Christmas on The Farm

The Celtic Christmas on The Farm is on November 29, and fast approaching! This celebratory event is filled with local taste makers and holiday enthusiast. What I love most, is that your ticket purchase allows each car to leave with a Christmas tree! How original is that?!
Celtic Christmas on The Farm is the birth child of none other than the leading voice of Ladies Who Lunch Ottawa, Catherine Landry. With exciting partnership between local Ottawa businesses, Catherine’s events also incorporate a humble philanthropic surprise initiative. I can’t wait to see who will benefit this time around!
So please make sure you BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

These events are jam packed with activities and so much fun for the entire family. The trouble is, Ottawa socialites are wondering how to dress their best attending this family affair, while embracing our cold Ottawa climate!

Worry not, I have pulled a few inspirational looks that are sure to impress!

Pretty in plaid

Chantal Sarkisian Ottawa Curvy Style Blogger

Wellies for wetness

Blankets and scarves

Leather all the way

Tutus and boots

Fur is purfect

Boot, Hat, Shawl, check!

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Ottawa & Toronto GIVEAWAY: Treat Yo Self with Givopoly!


It’s no surprise that I suffer from a little motivational syndrome called TREAT YO SELF. The syndrome became apparent, when I immediately connected with Episode 4, Season 4 of Parks and Recreation, a.k.a the “Treat yo self day” episode. Here’s a clip of the script, for your reading pleasure. It will also add some context to this post.

Tom Haverford: Once a year, Donna and I spend a day treating ourselves. What do we treat ourselves to?

Donna Meagle: Clothes.

Tom Haverford: Treat yo self.

Donna Meagle: Fragrances.

Tom Haverford: Treat yo self.

Donna Meagle: Massages.

Tom Haverford: Treat yo self.

Donna Meagle: Mimosas.

Tom Haverford: Treat yo self.

Donna Meagle: Fine leather goods.

Tom Haverford: Treat yo self!

Donna Meagle: It’s the best day of the year.

Tom HaverfordDonna Meagle: The best day of the year!


Here are my top 5 reasons to Treat-yo-self:

  1. Live in the Now
  2. Celebrate small victories
  3. Live today like it’s your last day
  4. You work hard, you deserve it
  5. Gotta have it all…NOW

Disclaimer- I am by no means a financial planner and absolve myself from any fiduciary responsibilities, so please “treat yo self” with caution.

About the GIVEAWAY

I am thrilled to partner with Givopoly, an online gifting company that knows a thing or two about the “Treat Yo Self” movement. What makes me even happier about this Giveaway is that the contest is open to both residents of Toronto and Ottawa, because Givopoly is slowly expanding across Canada! Yay, that’s more people who can treat themselves with local gifts!

Here are top 5 reasons why I love Givopoly:

  1. Convenient gifting and delivery service- Treat Yo Self!
  2. Excellent customer service- Treat Yo Self!
  3. Awesome selection of local gifts- Treat Yo Self!
  4. Free birthday cupcake!!- Treat Yo Self!
  5. Support local small businesses- Treat Yo Self!

The Prize- Givopoly is graciously giving away a $50 “Treat Yo Self” shopping spree to one lucky winner! Winner will be announced on November 30 2015.

GIVEAWAY Instructions

  1. Visit the Givopoly website and chose a gift you would send yourself. Note that the item you select does not have to be in the $50 price range. Simply chose your favourite item.
  2. Tell us in the comments below how you would “Treat Yo Self” with Givopoly and include a link to the item you chose in #1.
  3. Patiently wait until Monday, November 30, where I will announce the lucky winner of the $50 shopping spree.
  4. Contest is open to Toronto and Ottawa residents. Only one entry per person.
  5. Always “Treat Yo Self”.

I love this “Harper Bracelet” by Leah Alexandra- Treat Yoself!

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