Thursday, April 17, 2014

In the Springtime

Easter Weekend
Dress: Gap Bag: Kate Spade Shoes: Kate Spade Belt: Tara Jarmon
It's hard to believe Easter weekend is already almost upon us (particularly because it SNOWED in Ottawa the other day). I'm celebrarying by spending the long weekend with family, taking the train out of the city this evening. Springtime is one of my favourite times of year, and Easter weekend is usually the marker, for me, of when spring really gets started - it seems to be particularly slow coming this year. The spring season is one of my favourites, especially because it is usually when brightly coloured items finally find their way out of my closet again. I love the simplicity of this shirtdress, with the lemon-printed Kate Spade x Keds sneaks that I have been lusting pretty much since the moment I saw them. I look longingly at them every time I pass by Town Shoes in the mall. Swoon.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Object of My Affection

This dress, from vendor Emma Paige Designs, is the dress of my dreams, the dress that was sadly too small, is the dress that stole my heart at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. Mint condition vintage Albert Nipon, this quickly snapped phone photo cannot even begin to do it justice. It was glorious in person. The fabric was beautiful and the colours vibrant and lovely.  Of course, it was rather expensive for what I could afford, and even if it had been within the reach of my modest pocketbook, it was not my size. Although I almost had myself convinced to purchase it, if only to hang it on my wall and enjoy as simply a thing of beauty.

I visited it lovingly many times throughout our visit to the show, and when my friend Catherine and I would get separated, she quickly figured out that she could probably find me somewhere in the vicinity of the loveliness of this dress.

It was the kind of dress that had me envisioning the kinds of adventures we might have together. Worn with bare feet, and a pink silk scarf in my hair, wandering along the white sand beaches of PEI with an ice cream cone in hand. Pairing it with leather sandals and a jean jacket to go to the Byward market in late spring and summer for fresh fruit. I pictured myself in this dress wearing jingling golden bangles and sipping a glass of white wine at a garden party. Suffice to say, it was love, pure and simple. But alas, unrequited. I hope this beauty will find a truly happy home.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of spending the morning with my friend and fellow librarian Catherine at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. It was a treasure trove of gorgeous dresses, tiny shoes (for my sasquatch feet at least), silk scarves, fancy hats, and bits and baubles of all kinds. We spent a happy couple of hours perusing the wares of the various sellers in attendance (some much more well curated than others, finding all sorts of beauties. I think one of my favourite parts of the show was simply people watching - checking out the stylish ensembles of fellow showgoers (Victory rolls and 50's dresses abounded) and hearing the gasps of delight as pre-loved pieces were matched with their new owners. I wished I had brought my proper camera instead of merely my phone (please forgive the poorer photo quality) for the purposes of capturing some of the stylish showgoers, but I think even then I probably would've been too shy to approach any of them.

The green sparkly dress, above, was one of my favourite pieces overall. It wasn't my size, of course, so I did the next best thing and snapped a photo of it. I turned to look at some other garments on display from the same vendor, and turned back around to see that it had been eagerly snapped up, hopefully on its way to a happy new home. There was yet another dress that stole my heart, but I didn't include a picture of it here, because it was so glorious as to merit its own post (coming soon). There were many other beauties, including one beautiful but sad blue dress that had been tried on by too keen an attendee only to get rather severely damaged. A cautionary tale.

I didn't end up purchasing anything, but it was a fantastic event filled with innumerable unique items, and all in all, a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Music Monday: Yesternite

Relevant Magazine (and their weekly podcast) is one of the main places aside from 8tracks where I discover new music. Gungor has been on my radar for a long time, but I was reminded of their awesomeness recently when watching some of the live sessions the folks at Relevant have been posting to their youtube channel. This tune, Yesternite, was my favourite of Gungor's contribution to those live sessions. A fantastic song, by some seriously talented musicians. Well worth a listen.

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Spring Potpourri

Blazer & Tank: Smart Set Jeans: Forever 21 Boots: Joe Fresh Necklace: Baublebar Bag: Kate Spade

Thankfully the snow in Ottawa is finally melting, my friend Joe and I took these pictures on a mild yet still wintry day, considering we were officially into "spring". Aside from my dark denim, I kept this look pretty monochrome with only the white spring potpourri bib necklace and the white strap of my bag breaking it up. I love colour, but if I am honest the vast majority of my wardrobe falls into navy, black or white. Looking forward to breaking that pattern once true spring weather finally arrives.

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Happy Birthday Stylelist!

I can hardly believe it's been a year since the launch of Stylelist Canada. It's been an absolute blast working with so many talented ladies, putting together content, interviewing designers. I can't wait to see what year two will bring!  Check out favourite looks from the past year, featuring yours truly along with the other stylish members of the Style Council. 

Here's to an equally fantastic year two!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Reading in Style v. 10

I think Alix of The Cherry Blossom Girl must share my love of books, because she often features them in her perfectly styled posts (as seen before here and here). 

If you haven't checked out Winnipeg-based blog Oh So Lovely (or their amazing shop, Rhymes with Orange), you seriously need to. Loved this playfully bookish photo from one of their recent posts.

Ricarda is the German fashion blogger behind Cats & Dogs, whose style has been on my radar for some time, and whose convenienty bilingual posts have been helping me on my journey to getting back some of my basic German skills, picked up on a long-ago exchange to Switzerland.

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming Reading in Style post?
Feel free to submit a post via email - rebecca (at) lotsixtyfive (dot) com

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