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Creating an eye-catching store window with Fashion on Display

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We walk by shop window displays every day – some are bland, some are catchy, and some we don’t even bother to look at. What if we, the citizens of this fine city, were given the power to hop behind those store windows and put up a creative display? Thankfully, we have Malorie and Maureen from Fashion on Display to make this happen for us. Fashion on Display brings together local shops, artists, designers and you, happy shopper – with this mixture of Ottawans, they produce not just snazzy window... | Continue reading article

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Vote for your favourite t-shirt design – starting now!

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The time has come to make your vote count once again. We got a great response for our call for designs in our first-ever t-shirt contest (we’d like to thank everyone who submitted a design), and the editors of Apt613 had a hard time narrowing down the submissions to the top 10. Now it’s up to you to decide which three designs will get printed. The top three designers will be featured on Apt613 and will receive a cash prize: $100 for third place, $200 for second, and $300 for... | Continue reading article

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Finally, a new shoe store that (hopefully) doesn’t suck

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The people behind ByWard Market fashion innovators Schad (and SchadBlü) are bringing a new shoe store to Ottawa later this summer. Wolf & Zed is scheduled to open on Sussex the weekend of Aug 8-9. Having spent a good part of the last 24 hours debating if I should keep the olive green Tory Burch flats I’d just purchased on sale at Holt Renfrew – and subjecting my colleagues to more flip-flopping than I care to admit – I’m particularly excited about this news. (I finally decided to return them,... | Continue reading article

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More Fashion, Less Victim: Dress for success!

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Jes Lacasse is a wardrobe consultant who knows style. She grew up absorbing Vogue, studied costume design and fashion history, and thinks about clothes all the time. Jes does personal styling and shopping for private clients and dabbles in lifestyle design. If you have questions about fashion, she wants to answer them — please e-mail her at jes.lacasse@gmail.com. Your Sweet Bippy is where she blogs about style, shopping, cosmetics and self-love. She is also known to obsess over clothes on Twitter. Happy summer, sweetnesses! We’re in the thick of it,... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Fringe Festival Edition!

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Thespians are known for their attention grabbing ways, but does their flare for the dramatic extend to the wardrobe? Melanie Yugo, crafter extraordinaire and co-founder of Spins & Needles, and Lauryn Kronick, a vintage-obsessed fashion junkie, were on hand at the 2011 Fringe Festival to find out. While the festival ended last week, we hope that some of the styles that made their way to the famous fringe beer tent last all summer long.

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Get yourself pretty: a how-to on making your own fabulous fascinators

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Post by Karen Diepeveen and Diane Bond. Photographs by Trevor Pritchard. There are a few of us at Apt613 HQ who will jump on any DIY or crafty project (and maybe just one person who is really talented in this area… The rest of us just think we are.) And so, when we found out the Royals were coming, we decided it was time to adopt some of their fashion stylings and add a bit of a Canadian flair. We’re not big hat-wearers in this country, but we can buy... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Fests, festivals and festivales

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Happy Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day weekend, all! For those of you looking to celebrate this holiday over in Gatineau, the Festival L’Outaouais en fête is a safe bet. Afraid of crossing bridges? Stay in Ottawa and head to Shanghai for the epic Tapette dance and French-DJ spinning party Friday night. In other notable days, while it’s only been two years, the Michael Jackson tributes are just getting started – and our city’s got one on Saturday. The Fringe Festival continues (as does our coverage over at fullyfringed.ca), and over in Wakefield they’re... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: Mélanie & Steven

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Post by Dominic and Nancy Having just returned after a month of travel (many apologies for the lull in posts), I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of home.  What is that unidentifiable quality that makes a house or apartment feel like a home, even to a stranger?  Whatever it is, Mélanie & Steven have managed to harness that quality in their fresh, cheerful, and above all, homey-feeling New Edinburgh abode.  Favoring a clean and simple design vibe, Mélanie and Steven resist falling into minimalist... | Continue reading article

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I just want to f**k you over: One Ottawa designer’s allegations against Urban Outfitters

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If you take photos, design logos or posters, draw webcomics – essentially, put your creativity out there online for the world to see – you’ll probably wince when you read about what happened recently to graphic designer Steve St. Pierre. Last week, I chatted with St. Pierre for a story I was writing for online Ottawa news site OpenFile. (Full disclaimer: When I’m not a mild-mannered arts-and-culture blogger for Apartment613, I take on a secret identity: mild-mannered OpenFile reporter.) St. Pierre – who’s also a member of local band Old... | Continue reading article

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More fashion, less victim: BumpIt or dump it, expiration and trip preparation

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Jes Lacasse is a wardrobe consultant who knows style. She grew up absorbing Vogue, studied costume design and fashion history, and thinks about clothes all the time. Jes does personal styling and shopping for private clients and dabbles in lifestyle design. If you have questions about fashion, she wants to answer them — please e-mail her at jes.lacasse@gmail.com. Your Sweet Bippy is where she blogs about style, shopping, cosmetics and self-love. She is also known to obsess over clothes on Twitter. Hello darlings! I hope you’ve been taking the time... | Continue reading article

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