What I Wore: Ottawa event outfit inspiration

As you know, I get invited to so many events in the city, but if you are not following me on Instagram, you may be missing out on some of my outfit posts. Here is a recap of what I wore to the latest fashion events in the city! I hope it will inspire you to think outside the box and push a few boundaries, whether in your clothes, makeup or hair! Just have fun with it!

Canadian Fashion Weekend- Alan Wainwright Photography
Infinity Convention Centre Opening Gala
Metamorphosis Eco Fashion Show –  Alan Wainwright Photography


Brittany Gawley Photography
Rethink Breast Cancer Boobyball 2016
Continue Reading

London Calls: What to Wear to #BASH2016

Did you attend Bash Noir last year? Seriously, it was the highlight of all the events I attended. A job well done, with larger-than-life installations, live art battles, chocolate cigars and mesmorizing dances performed by robotic creatures. I know, it sounds out of this world, and it truly was.

This is why I am so excited for #Bash2016. The Bash events annually support the Ottawa Snowsuit Fund and help raise a lot of funds to purchase snowsuits for kids in the city. After the winter we had this year… I am sold!

Bash 2016, ‘London Calls’ is an enticing affair taking place on June 10, 2016 at the stunning new Horticulture Building in Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park. This 21+ posh affair boasts an evening of royally outrageous entertainment, special guests, London inspired menus and in true BASH fashion- an event experience that is unrivaled in the Nation’s Capital. The ‘Royal Guard’ will be welcoming socialite guests as they enter past the famed skyline, and straight into the London Underground. With a Beatles Cover Band, a VIP High Tea Party, and London themed Tavern, you won’t find a better excuse to support the Snowsuit Fund, and to get seriously ‘groovy baby’.

London Calling Bash2016 June 10 Ottawa Fashion Blog Chantal Sarkisian

Now the question remains… what to wear to the affair?

You would have to confirm with my fellow London fashion blogger living in Ottawa, Flic Taylor from Love A Good Stripe, but based on my research, London style is effortless, expensive with a side of kitsch. And by kitsch I mean colour, pattern, out-of-the-box pairing and just plain old fun! The art is making it look like you are not trying so hard, but you kind of, sort of did.

Quirky London Style- ellecanda.com
Quirky London Style-photo credit ellecanda.com


See what I mean? - photo credit ellecanada.com
See what I mean? – photo credit ellecanada.com

Without trying to create a formula, I think this is an opportunity for you to really think outside the box and have fun with your closet. Pairing things irregularly and adding bold colours and print can really take your look to a whole new place. Just make sure you have a killer pair of heels and a show-stopping clutch to pull the entire look together.

See what I mean? - photo credit https://selfserviceuk.wordpress.com
See what I mean? – photo credit https://selfserviceuk.wordpress.com


Continue Reading

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!

Continue Reading

Calling All Fashion Aliens: Spaceman to the #Boobyball Rescue!

You all know that I am an advocate for women’s empowerment, whether it’s physical health, mental health or entrepreneurship. My passion is to help and support women, in all facets of their lives. This is why I am so happy to share in this incredible celebration with you: BoobyBall’s Planet Booby. I hope to see you there!

BoobyBall Planetbooby Ottawa Fashion Ides Blog Mode Xlusive Chantal Sarkisian Curvy Style Blogger

PLANET BOOBY crashes into Ottawa for the first time on Friday, November 13, 2015 to raise funds for Rethink Breast Cancer; an out-of-this-world event to wake the inner-alien in all.

The Cause
Rethink Breast Cancer’s mission is to empower young people worldwide who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer. Rethink is the first ever Canadian charity to bring bold, relevant awareness to the 40s and under crowd; foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters; infuse sass and style into the cause; and, most importantly, respond to the unique needs of young women going through it.  By taking a breakthrough approach to all aspects of breast cancer – education, resources, advocacy, community building, and fundraising – Rethink is thinking differently about breast cancer.

This year’s goal is to raise $50,000, with proceeds going to support the expansion of Rethink’s innovative programs for young women who are living with and affected by breast cancer.

I love the breath of fresh air that Rethink Cancer brings to the table. It’s not about pink pots and pans, it’s about staying creative and engaging a new generation of women and men to take a stance in their health.

The Event
Boobyball was launched in 2002 by a group of dedicated young women in support of their friend Sarah O’Regan who, at just 23 years old, was diagnosed with aggressive, advanced breast cancer. Fast forward 14 years, and Boobyball is now one of the most coveted and high profile fundraising events for young philanthropists in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg, and Sarah is a thriving mother of three.

“Over the past decade, Boobyball has raised over $3.4 million dollars for our work for young women with breast cancer. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of all the people who come out every year,” says MJ DeCoteau, Executive Director, Rethink Breast Cancer. “A lot of Boobyball’s success is due to the fun and creative themes that we come up with every year. Planet Booby will be no exception – it will be out of this world!”

A glimpse of the galactic happenings at Planet Booby:

  • Cosmic music by DJ PAQ
  • Central Command VIP suites
  • Intergalactic mini manis from The Ten Spot
  • Helmet hair touch ups by Rinaldo’s
  • Celestial sips of [yellow tail] wine
  • Spacey souvenir shop by Boss Promotions
  • Boobyball’s out of this world gift bags
  • Planetary Photobooth by MDRN Photobooth co.
  • Oxygen Booth courtesy of Molly Maid

Tickets for PLANET BOOBY in Ottawa are on sale now at www.boobyball.com. You can also follow their events page on Facebook.

The Fashion

Okay, so you have your ticket, and now… what do you wear? When I think Aliens/Spaceman/Gallaxy takeover, my mind gravitates to mod and retro glam. Here are some of my favourite 60’s inspired sci-fi fashion looks.

Martian Girl from Mars Attacks!
Martian Girl from Mars Attacks!
Fembots from Austin Powers.
Fembots from Austin Powers.
Retro 60’s Sci-fi line by Lazy Oaf

When it comes to textures, think of leather, pleather, patent leather, sequin, metallic and even vinyl. Most importantly, make sure you have fun and remember that it’s all going towards a great cause!

And now, a good old fashion tune to conclude this message. Ironically, Bif Naked is a Breast Cancer survivor, so this pretty much closes the loop quite nicely.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hai0zxSC9-M?rel=0]

Continue Reading