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Tour de Blogosphere: Chantal Sarkisian on Mode XLusive’s success

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Photos from Chantal Sarkisian's Instagram account, @chantsy.Photos from Chantal Sarkisian's Instagram account, @chantsy.

Local fashion stylist, body positive advocate, mother, and all-round cool girl, Chantal Sarkisian, is no novice in the blogging world. Throughout the past five years she has used blogging as an outlet to share her interests and inspire others. Her journey so far has found her exploring a number of avenues, from reporting on Ottawa culture to chronicling her maternity leave experience, determined by her hobbies and life at the time. Currently, Sarkisian is the founder of the popular blog, Mode XLusive, Ottawa’s voice on plus-size fashion and style. You... | Continue reading article

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Art in Fashion 613 hosts night of visual spectacle

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Image by Liz Atmore Vitols from the Art in Fashion 613 web page.Image by Liz Atmore Vitols from the Art in Fashion 613 web page.

Fashion is sometimes dismissed as the most frivolous of the artistic pursuits. But Art in Fashion 613, an event hosted October 17th at Library and Archives, is hoping to change that. The inaugural event is the product of a partnership between Bombshell Revival Designs, an Ottawa-based fashion design venture, and CreativeOttawa.com. Kym Brown, the founder of Bombshell Revival, left a career in corporate law to pursue her vocation as a fashion designer. She formed her business on the premise of empowering women, citing fashion as a way to embrace one’s own... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for October 14th, 2015

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One of Bombshell Revival Designs' creations, photo from their websiteOne of Bombshell Revival Designs' creations, photo from their website

This week on Apt613 Live, Michaella speaks with Kym Brown of Bombshell Revival Designs about the upcoming event (October 17th at Library and Archives Canada) Art in Fashion 613, a fashion show/burlesque performance/night market. Catch Apt613 Live every Tuesday at 6pm on CHUO 89.1 FM.

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EcoEquitable launches new fashion line

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All photos from EcoEquitable's Instagram page.All photos from EcoEquitable's Instagram page.

For over a decade, EcoEquitable has been providing employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. They’ve grown from a drop-in sewing centre to offering workshops ranging from learning to operate a sewing machine to pattern making and home decor. They operate a fabric boutique and now they’ve launched their newest brand, Flagbarer. We caught up with Anouk Bertner to talk about EcoEquitable’s beginnings, this latest venture and her words of advice. The following interview has been edited for clarity: Apt 613: Tell me a... | Continue reading article

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Fashion tips for Bluesfest: dress to impress, but bring comfy shoes

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Two of the RBC Bluesfest shirts designed by Kania, photo courtesy of Julie BeunTwo of the RBC Bluesfest shirts designed by Kania, photo courtesy of Julie Beun

It’s that time of year again for Bluesfest, one of Ottawa’s most-anticipated festivals. With the summer weather in full swing, everyone seems to come out of the woodwork to enjoy good company, great music and our city (without having to bundle up in multiple layers and parkas). I’m a true fashionista and gain all kinds of inspiration, and sometimes chuckles, as I browse through Instagram and Facebook photos of various bloggers, celebrities and assorted hip people. This year, Bluesfest is upping its coolness factor and giving us all another reason... | Continue reading article

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Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

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Carly Smith of Darling YesCarly Smith of Darling Yes

Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking to create a business of their own! Apt613: Tell me a little about yourself! My name is Carly and I’m the owner and designer of Darling Yes. I have a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton,... | Continue reading article

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Island Park Distribution shows off their Ottawa swag

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Island Park Distribution's "Stirling" five-panel hat. Image from IPD's Facebook, by @finnsquareIsland Park Distribution's "Stirling" five-panel hat. Image from IPD's Facebook, by @finnsquare

Island Park Distribution is Ottawa’s newest initiative to support artists, while simultaneously throwing their hat in the ring for local fashion. This two part project looks at both the amazing talent of local Ottawa artists, and provides unique and stylish attire showcasing those artists. IPD was founded by Martin Conley-Wood and Richard Monette, who grew up several streets apart. Their partnership blossomed, and soon the idea to simultaneously help local artists and launch a clothing line was born. Island Park Distribution launched in March of this year to a flurry... | Continue reading article

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Velo Vogue is high-class fashion for the low-emission commuter

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All photos by VictorPax.comAll photos by VictorPax.com

Ironically, as I pulled into Saturday night’s Velo Vogue Fashion Show, a brilliant event pairing local style with great bikes, I accidentally stained my favorite caramel-coloured pants with a long, jagged line of bike grease. Some might call that a sign. Maybe bikes and fashion aren’t meant for each other. Cyclists are always finding new ways to mess up our outfits, after all. We sweat, we get splashed by Nissans racing through puddles, we even lean too close to our freshly greased bike chains while parking. Considering all this risk,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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goods shop: North Dalhousie’s newest neighbour

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Photo courtesy of goods shop.Photo courtesy of goods shop.

Walking into goods, Ottawa’s newest variety shop, it’s clear that owners Jessica Wilson-Frenken and Josie Videto have great taste. Like, really great taste. From silk screened prints to cocktail supplies, and pottery mugs to intoxicating essential oils, the shop is full of perfect items to make your home even homier, your workspace more appealing, and to fill your garden with flowers to protect you from zombies. What started as a few shelves in local clothing boutique Victoire, quickly grew into this actual bricks and mortar shop. Open since March 2015, goods... | Continue reading article

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