I found Erin Coleman of Capital City Curves on Instagram looking for fellow curvy babes in Ottawa. I liked her style, so I asked her a few questions.
What’s your passion for fashion? To me fashion is wearable art. It should evoke interest and wonder in the people that view it. It should tell a story about who you are and what goes on inside your head. That being said, I don’t have just one style. It’s constantly changing just as I am as an individual. Sometimes vintage and quirky; sometimes modern and simple. If it catches my interest, I’ll give it a try. I also like to mix vintage pieces with modern outfits. It creates interest and usually starts a story with strangers.
What XLusive tip can you share? Try it on! Don’t feed into the idea that “certain styles” are only for “certain body types”. We are in an era of body positivity! (FINALY). It’s time to break all the fashion rules. Wear horizontal stripes and loose or tight fitting pieces! Experiment. If you love it, try it, and don’t get discourage if the first one you try doesn’t work, keep trying things on!
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.
This is by far, my dress of the summer. I purchased it at Victoire, an Ottawa boutique, a few months early knowing that it would come in handy. I have worn it to two different weddings this summer, and hope to get some more mileage on it at work. It’s just so… Darling! Well, it is after all a Darling dress. It was from the same collection as this little number.
The floral details are crisp and bright. They hit the nail on this one. The bright colours and the cut of the dress are absolutely flattering on any skin tone. The pleated front of the skirt, including shallow pockets, offers a nice distraction and helps to hide my “post-pregnancy” pooch. The caps on the sleeves add a lovey structured but feminine touch. The skirt hits me just above the knee, which is the optimal spot on my legs, and helps to make me look tall and slender.
I paired the dress with some navy heels from Winners and my favourite silver Ela clutch, purchased on consignment in a Vancouver shop called Mine and Yours. I did my own up-do and had a really good makeup day. My Laura Mercier Paint Wash lipstick in ‘Fuchsia Mauve’ really tied it all together! My last accessory was my handsome date/husband/arm candy of the evening.
I have my 4th wedding of the summer in September, but I have another trick up my sleeve for this one, so stay tuned! Wholly weddings, Batman!!
I was invited to attend the media preview of the new Simons in Gatineau last night, that is set to open its doors at 11 a.m. this morning inside Les Promenades Gatineau shopping mall. The good news is that Simons is also scheduled to open an Ottawa location on Aug. 11, 2016 at the Rideau Centre.
One of Canada’s oldest family owned company’s, Simons is now being led by Peter Simons, CEO and 5th generation Simons family member. We had the pleasure of getting a personally guided tour of the store with Peter and had an opportunity to get cozy with Simons true Mission and Vision.
Here are 10 things that I learned last night:
Simons is one of the oldest Canadian family owned business, founded in 1812 by Peter Simons in Quebec City.
The Simons family business model is all about supporting local and doing world class business in Canada. Although this may cost them more, they are passionate about being a fully Canadian business.
Simons loves to experiment with different brands that offer a creative and fashion forward feel at a great value. These sub-brands will evolve as fashion trends do, but the Simon brands focus on remaining classic and timeless.
Simons is a large supporter of Canadian Arts and Culture and believes that they need to be integrated in their community. They also strive to support as many smaller initiatives as best as they can.
Every store has a creative Canadian collaboration, including Douglas Coupland and Julie Tremblay. For the Simons Gatineau store, Julie Tremblay has created “Metamorphique” a large scale art installation in the centre of the store, suspended between positive and negative spaces in the ceiling. This large piece was created in her Brooklyn studio and disassembled into 18 pieces to be relocated to the store. It took 1 year to create. The inspiration behind this concept comes from the patterns we see in the movement of nature, whether organic or inorganic matter. The textures and shapes in this piece also resemble the movement of textiles and fabric.
Every store is carefully designed with architecture in mind, to maximize the shoppers experience.
All clothing is available to purchase online, but their major focus is serving their clients in-store with a true Canadian customer service approach.
Although Simons doesn’t carry a specific Plus-Size line, their “Contemporaine” brand, targeted to a more mature crowd, goes up to XXL.
Simons is working on a few initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint and provide more eco-friendly options. They are looking for discovery brands that are advancing environmental and social initiatives.
Simons approach to fashion is allowing women and men to mix their brands, which is why they carry a wide range of price point and style selection.
Thank you to Emily Lynne Smith from The Best of this Life for capturing some shots of me swooning over the purse section at Simons!