Can't stop listening to this


Getting-ready-for-fall shopping spree

For the first time since probably high school my mom and my sisters went shopping together. My sisters and I have birthdays in August so my mom had suggested we all go downtown to the Rideau Centre and the Byward Market and shop till we drop. We finally did this yesterday, and only made it to about 4 stores in the Rideau Centre. My mom, being the best mom around, gave us each some cash and I went a little crazy (what a surprise). I thought I'd share with ya what I picked up.

One of our last stops was at Forever 21 - the day after the grand opening. What a ZOO. I was so tired by this time that I just wandered a bit with my sisters, grabbed a couple things and threw it in their bag, then went to hold a place in the ginourmous lineup at the cash. I managed to get 2 fluro tanks, a fluro striped shirt, a fluro tank and a stack of studded bracelets.

I was dying to get to Zara, as I always manage to find a few things when I shop there. Which I did once again. I picked up 2 fluro knit sweaters (I see a theme here), a beige knit sweater and a leopard print blouse.

I went a little nuts at Aritzia, one of my favourite stores. I picked up a few tops - a long cashmere blend striped sweater, a really soft grey cotton cardigan, and a pretty black lace camisole.

I also picked up 3 pairs of pants. A sort of gold colour pair of J Brand pencil leg cords, Citizens of Humanity (my FAV brand) Avedon low rise skinny jeans, and a dark blue pair of Citizens of Humanity Ava low rise straight leg pants. 

Everything in the Gap was 30 or 40% off so I grabbed a few things in there too. A super soft light blue dress shirt, a short sleeved boxy sweater, a pair of nude flat pointy shoes and a jaguar print belt I forgot to photograph.

My mom stopped in at MAC to get some lipstick so I grabbed my foundation and a cool lustreglass lipgloss in a copper ("ornamental"). When I was waiting for everyone to show up at the mall I ran into BCBG and picked up this gold studded ring.

We had a blast. Since we didn't get to the Byward Market I hope we can plan another outing soon - but I might leave all my credit cards at home. :-)


Yep, more footwear

My twin sister, a co-worker (Valerie) and I paid a quick visit on our lunch break the other day to a new shoe store here in Ottawa that I am totally stoked about. You see, Ottawa has ZERO shoe stores, except Aldo and Town Shoes, both of which I am really tired of. When I heard the owners of Schad (on Sussex) opened up a shoe store next door I knew it had to be good. Wolf & Zed is awesome as they carry all sorts of brands most of which I've only ever seen online (Diesel, Camper, Mjus, Frye...). I tried on a pair of really cute booties from Mjus that I had to have, and Val should have bought these Mjus knee high boots but didn't. (Check 'em out on Facebook).




Folks, Ottawa's FIRST Forever 21 store is opening TOMORROW MORNING!!! Of course, there's no way I'm showing up for the chaos on opening day but hopefully one day next week I'll get off work early and take a little trip down to the Rideau Centre. And maybe one day we'll even have an H&M, or even an Anthropologie....

***UPDATE: Went shopping at Rideau today (Sunday, day after grand opening) with my mom and sisters and my little sister insisted on going to Forever 21. What a freaking ZOO. The lineups at the cash were at least 30 people long and it was 90 degrees in there because of all the people. UGH. I did manage to throw some items in her bag for me. :-)


Angelina Wrona

Yesterday morning, before heading out to go antiquing in towns west of Ottawa (Perth, Merrickville), I happened to flip through an issue of Ottawa At Home magazine and came across a story of artist Angelina Wrona.

I had seen her art in a shop on the main street of Merrickville a few times and always found it to be completely mesmerizing. She's now got a new shop on the other side of the road called Anarchy Gallery where she sells her art work as well as jewelry, bags and clothing. One of her prints really caught my eye and we almost walked away with it (same size/shape and framing as the one above), thinking it would be perfect in my new dressing room - that does not exist yet.

I'm going to hold off until the room is built and I know I have wall space for it. Jeff did end up buying me this bag instead so I did not leave empty handed. I went through Angelina's website and picked out some of my favourite pieces. (OMG - how adorable would the girl above me as a tattoo?!)