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A wedding event for the modern bride-to-be at Victoire

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Photo from the Sparrow Floral Design Facebook page.Photo from the Sparrow Floral Design Facebook page.

As a bride-to-be myself I can attest that wedding planning can be a real downer sometimes. From the overwhelming array of options, to the astronomical price tags, to parental expectations, being the event planner for your big day is stressful. If you’re in the same boat as me, head over to A Modern Wedding Event, taking place on March 5th at Victoire Boutique on Wellington. Bridal shows are a secret weapon when it comes to preparing for your wedding. Samples of products are standard fare for these events which are... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Jump into the rabbit hole with Flofferz

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From left: Jesse Alberto (House of Barons), Chelsea Vickers, Ramata Coulibaly and Domenico Tomei (House of Barons). All photos by John Aung.From left: Jesse Alberto (House of Barons), Chelsea Vickers, Ramata Coulibaly and Domenico Tomei (House of Barons). All photos by John Aung.

Flofferz knows that we live in a world that isn’t perfect and aspires to showcase this through a variety of mediums including photography, digital arts, illustration, painting and fashion. That is what makes this Ottawa production agency and magazine different. The founder and Editor in Chief of Flofferz, Ramata Coulibaly, is no stranger to being immersed in a world of perfection. Coulibaly has travelled the world modeling for various designers, shows and events where she was always having to live up to societal standards of perfection. Flofferz was created to... | Continue reading article

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High Tide Bow Ties taking one challenge at a time

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All photos from the High Tide Bow Ties website.All photos from the High Tide Bow Ties website.

So there I am shopping in Fabrications, a must-visit fabric shop on Wellington Street West, when I overhear a conversation. A fellow who I’d noticed scouring the shelves and pulling out fabric bolts is now talking with the owner. Apparently he has a business here in Ottawa with his buddy selling bow ties through their online store. They call themselves High Tide Bow Ties. “You should reach out to Apartment613” suggests the owner of Fabrications. At which point I say hello, and, “Cloth bow ties? I’d love to write a... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa luxury fashion gets a facelift

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

As one fashion luxury door closes in Ottawa, a new one opens. The iconic Holt Renfrew, a Sparks Street fixture for the last 78 years, will be closing its doors for good on January 25th, 2015.  Nordstrom, a large high-end American department store, will be taking over the luxury fashion market in Ottawa and will be open for business on March 6, 2015 at Rideau Centre.  Fear not fashionistas, there will only be a six-week withdrawal where high-end designer labels won’t be easily accessible in the Ottawa area. It is... | Continue reading article

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4 board game cafes & shops to help beat the winter blahs

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Selection of classic board games at the Game Buff. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Selection of classic board games at the Game Buff. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

With the holidays fast-approaching, and as exams and work slowly wind down, it’s easy to drift into winter hibernation.  A warm cup of hot chocolate and a Home Alone marathon are hard to resist this time of the year. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous this holiday season, and are willing to venture outside of the warm and cozy confines of your home, why not check out one of Ottawa’s up-and-coming board game cafes & shops. Quite possibly the ideal winter activity, board games allows you stay in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, and Grumpy B and create some holiday themed creations. All supplies are included within the 10$ cover to the event. Follow up the funk with some new wave music at New Wave night at OZ... | Continue reading article

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3 tea houses to warm your soul this winter

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Photo from the Cha Yi website.Photo from the Cha Yi website.

Next to water, it’s the drink that is most consumed from coaster to coaster, all around the world – tea. Black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu-erh and herbal varieties offer a slew of health benefits and a welcomed change to the regular double-double coffee run. As the winter months quickly begin to steep into our bones, cozy up with an old friend or a good book over a pot of loose leaf at some of the city’s warmest tea houses. 1. World of Tea Specialty: Rare and aged terroir artisan... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

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Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing out on incredible activities this weekend like Shopify’s Makers Market, Maxwell’s Bistro Strip Cheese III: Return of the Cheese Burlesque show, or the Berdy Elegance Networking Event for fashionable men. Let’s start with Friday. ‘Makers... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Support local this holiday season at the Christmas Markets

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After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.

Fresh off the wildly successful Support Local initiative in October comes the Christmas Market. Opening its doors this past Sunday, the Christmas Market will be held at the new Landsdowne Park for a total of five days this month. The 116-year-old Aberdeen Pavilion, colloquially known as the Cattle Castle, celebrated the commencement of the new holiday shopping experience with festive music, decorations, and 120 local artisans. Merchandise for sale included, but was certainly not limited to, fresh produce, preserves, home décor items, and even children’s toys. With no admission and... | Continue reading article

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