Loafers and Polish Collab for #BacktoSchool with Plato’s Closet Barrhaven

A few weeks ago, Barrhaven Blog posted the “Back to School Fashion Tips” article that I was featured in. I won this photo shoot on Loafers and Polish, where Jenn, the editor, styled 3 outfits for me and my good friend Karine at Plato’s Closet in Barrhaven.
My Facebook feed today was loaded with First Day of School pics, so I thought it would be appropriate to share the rest of the awesome photos that Kristy, of Kristy Chapman Photography, took that day!

I used to love getting my first day of school outfit ready. One that I remember particularly well, was my grade 8 Clueless inspired short plaid kilt with lace up boots! I must dig up a photo… (to be continued…)

By the way, I haven’t had my makeup done in over 10 years, since I am also a makeup artist and usually do my own work for shoots. I had the pleasure this time of sitting back in the chair and letting Toni Rose take the lead!

Look 1- Sporty & Feminine

Look 2- Edgy Cool

Look 3- Effortlessly Chic

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Style Profile: Erin Coleman of Capital City Curves


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!

Stay Social with Erin!
Blog: capitalcitycurves.com
Twitter: @erinrcoleman
Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitalcitycurves
Instagram: @capitalcitycurves

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Ottawa Street Style: Business Cool

It’s getting chilly out there, and although I hate to admit it… Summer is coming to an end faster than we can say “hell no!”

I love this comfy transition look, perfect for fall or even spring. The light weight cotton parachute pants (forever 21+), the striped blazer (Marshalls) and a pop of colour in my yellow pumps, reminds us that the sun is still around. 

A nude tone leather bag (mine is a Marc Jacobs purchased on Valamode.com) is also a versatile and classic accessory every girl needs to compete her look.

Wear this look to work, or pull it off for a dinner date with the gals. You are sure to remain warm, comfortable, relaxed and on point for your next occasion.

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This Glamorous Romper


I’m so excited to finally wear my Glamorous romper! I purchased it at Vien Avec Moi, on Wellington West. It’s a warm sunny day today but just enough of a cool breeze to pull off small leather booties too (these ones are my 2 year old Nine West boots… Lots of wear on these bad boys) . I paired it with my new Wilfred Free black leather tassel bag from Aritzia, and Quay sunnies. I love the contrast between the dark warm leather and the light and airy Paisley romper. Very edgy.

Oh yes, you may have noticed that I chopped my hair off! I’m trying to go back to my natural dark blond hair. I have a few tiny highlights in the front and had a light pink toner put in all over. It’s a really soft look, and the color really comes out against the brick wall. I was told it will wash out after three or four washes. It’s an all-around pretty edgy look for me, something I’m still getting used to. But can we talk about my lipstick though? Vermillion Red liquid paint wash from Laura Mercier. It’s my third shade from the series! I just love it!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday weekend, I know I will!

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