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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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Acting British in the capital in honour of Will and Kate

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With Will and Kate arriving for Canada Day celebrations in the capital this week, it’s your chance to embrace your inner monarch and take in some truly royal experiences in the capital city. If following the official itinerary isn’t your style, we thought we could provide some suggestions of some other British activities you can take on in honour of the royals. Have a pint (or two) – there are no shortage of British-themed pubs in Ottawa and this is your chance to refer to drinking a Boddington’s as a... | Continue reading article

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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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Pan-Am Cup brings volleyball powerhouses to Gatineau

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. By Vera Grbic When I think of Apt613, I think of all things cultural. Sports do not come immediately to mind. However, as a long-standing culture and sports enthusiast, I think the two should more often coalesce. Then I realize that there may be a reason for the separation, at least in Canada. Much of our sporting focus is on hockey, “Canada’s game”. While I’m not arguing that hockey is played by only one specific cultural segment of Canada’s population – in fact, the wonderful thing... | 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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The great Apt613 t-shirt design contest! Inciting sectarian conflict since 2011

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If there’s one thing we learned in this year’s March Madness Neighborhood Wars, it’s that Ottawa’s appearance of unity is just a polite facade covering deep-seated sectarian divisions. Some of these are geographical: members of the Hintonburg Army will turn at the drop of a hat to verbally savage what it views to be weaker neighbourhoods, while residents of superpower Centretown lazily assume their cultural hegemony will last forever. Other divisions revolve around food: there are some who will tear you a new one for doubting that Hintonburger makes the... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb: Where should I go to catch Game 7?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. We got this tweet from hockey fan @nskbelanger earlier today: @apartment613 what’s the word on good places to watch game 7 in otown? As a Canucks supporter still reeling from... | Continue reading article

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