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Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

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Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.

The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

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Babes & Gents: A local design company with big dreams

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All photos by Jessica Deeks.All photos by Jessica Deeks.

Dressed in Babes & Gents drop-crotch pants, Amir Hasanzadehzargari is enthusiastic as he tells me about his challenges and dreams, his unique and rocky road to launching Babes & Gents, an Ottawa-based clothing brand. Launched last year, the company sells its clothes online at babesngents.ca. As of today, that is the only place you can buy Amir’s creations. His collection includes lines for women and men, and is surprisingly well priced. Most items, from hats to crop tanks to tees hover at around $30, although there are a few items, such... | Continue reading article

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Behind the scenes: Curating fashion with Victoire and Birds of North America

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Birds of North America - Spring 2014 Collection sneak peek!Birds of North America - Spring 2014 Collection sneak peek!

Ever wondered how clothing gets selected in your local shops? How store owners manage to pick those really great pieces from collections of lovely designs? This week, you get a chance to find out, with Victoire Boutique hosting a Collection Launch down at their West Wellington location. For three days, they’ll have the entire Spring 2014 collection from Canadian designer Birds of North America on display. Stop by to peruse the collection, and take the chance to buy like the shop owners do for their stores: with all colours and styles... | Continue reading article

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New boutique will help EcoEquitable better serve Ottawa

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Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and  Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.

A local social enterprise is hoping to broaden its capacity while better serving the community through a brand new boutique. For twelve years, EcoEquitable has provided employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. While participants develop valuable skills to achieve financial independence, a huge amount of what would have been waste gets repurposed through the program. Last Thursday, the organization opened the doors of its new space to show off a new boutique that will feature creations generated by the program. I had the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa and ticket giveaway!

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Vaudeville troupe the Mansfield Brothers. Vaudeville troupe the Mansfield Brothers.

The weekend’s knocking at our doors and it’s another busy one, particularly if you’re living or heading to Wakefield! Thursday EcoEquitable is a non-profit, small-scale social enterprise that uses repurposed fabric in an innovative manner to create employment opportunities for women, particularly the immigrant & refugee, unemployed, or part-time workers. It’s been around for years but is taking a big step, opening up a boutique. Its launch party is taking place tonight at 404 MacArthur Ave at 5:30. DtD Media X presents lounge music at Pressed, hosted by Kway Sway... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

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Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.

The weekend’s almost upon us and Winterlude is in full swing. You might want to save your mandatory stop to look at the pretty sculptures for Sunday, because the weekend is chalk full with fun things to do. Start your Thursday evening early at the Ottawa Art Gallery with the dual exhibit of David R. Harper & Rémi Thériault and Painters Eleven. Thériault’s exhibition consists of a series of large colour photographs on the physical transformation of European sites where Canadian armies fought in WWI. Harper’s exhibit “Entre chien et... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Another beautiful winter weekend, folks. Head out sledding on some of the best hills, or strap on your skates for a bit of a glide. Or, stay cozy inside with any of these exciting activities… Kick off your weekend tonight with Tara Holloway at the Lunenburg Pub, playing her trusty guitar. Toronto indie rocker Brendan Canning stops by Zaphod’s on Friday, playing the early stage with The Gallop. Kitchen Party guarantees to be an awesome sweaty dance-a-thon, as always. The Tiny House Mansion Concert series is back, this time celebrating... | Continue reading article

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613 StyleFile: Part I – Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show – So Much Style So Little Time

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November’s Ottawa Vintage Clothing show brought a lot of style inspiration this year, with shoppers coming dressed for the occasion with outfits from the forties to the seventies. In preparing this article, I was fortunate to have guidance from Jaime McLeod of Housewife Vintage/Flowers and Vintage. She was Apartment 613′s charming guest style-spotter. She did indeed have a great eye, and whilst selling her own vintage wear in a booth she sent me chasing after some fancily dressed attendees. In this article, Jaime also tells us about her own style... | Continue reading article

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Townies invited to Wakefield’s 1st winter market – celebration of community & old world charm

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Image by Carrie Rodger Bradley.Image by Carrie Rodger Bradley.

Inspired by the quaint winter markets still popular across Europe, Wakefielder Jackie Hansen proposed that her village launch one of their own. This Saturday, that community will welcome revelers from across the Outaouais and NCR to celebrate the season at the Wakefield Christmas Market. I got a chance to ask Jackie what’s in store and what it’s about. “We are so excited to start this new holiday tradition! I wanted to create an event that I’d want to go to.” Billed as family-friendly, the new market – just a 30-minute... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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There’s plenty to keep you going this weekend, whether you want to find unique gifts or get one of your own. Craft shows continue, with Craftalicious and the Hub Market on Saturday and the Chinatown Craftwalk on Sunday afternoon. The Enriched Bread Artists are mixing it up with an 80s dance party and an art sale featuring photographs, textiles, prints and more. Get your share of foodies delights at the Holiday Locavore Artisan Food Fair, happening all day Saturday. And you can make your own gifts with the Make and... | Continue reading article

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