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613 Style File: PROMdemonium edition

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With the coming of spring, Ottawans strip off their bulky winter shells to reveal the fashionistas and fashionistos hidden beneath. The return of warm weather fashions also means the return of Apartment613′s Style File team and their tireless pursuit of the fabulous.  Melanie Yugo, crafter extraordinaire and co-founder of Spins & Needles, and Lauryn Kronick, a vintage-obsessed fashion junkie, compile the 613 Style File. This month the ladies hit up PROMdemonium, Ottawa favourite radical, community-oriented, gender-bendin’, bike-lovin’, enviro-humpin’, queer-diggin’, slow dancin’, big dress wearin’ dance party. With outfits ranging from... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: Fly on the Wall

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Post by Dominic and Nancy Some of you might remember the call-out we did a few weeks ago about the new column we’re starting. Well, here it is! After quite an influx of demands, we finally bring you our first Apartment Crush tour. We dropped in on Professor Adam Oliver Brown’s fossil-filled downtown apartment to scope out the cozy space he shares with his cat, Dr. Tuxtable (a Cosby show and tuxedo enthusiast), as well as with several other little creatures. Name: Adam Oliver Brown. Neighborhood:... | Continue reading article

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Dust on the Throttle: Crazy ladies take on the Mongol Rally

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Post by Kim Bosch The Mongol Rally: a 10,000 mile drive from central UK to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. This ain’t no jaunty ride along the trans-Canadian highway. The journey (whichever way you choose to undertake it) tackles some of the most massive mountains, desolate deserts and heinous “roads” in the world. Which might leave you asking: What kind of nut-jobs would participate in such a thing? Enter Danica Doucette-Preville, a public servant and Ottawa gal, who first stumbled on the idea to participate after seeing the rally’s finish line during... | Continue reading article

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More Fashion, Less Victim: Petit problems, Prom predicament and colour conundrum

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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 is taking on the challenge of magazine editorial work. 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 lovelies! After a... | Continue reading article

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Farewell Aunt Olive’s, Hello Gypsy & Co.

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Post by Lauryn Kronick What started off as a way to make space in her Chinatown apartment has become a physical reality for Aria LeRoux. Her love of vintage fashion, recycling clothing, screenprinting, jewelry and art has resulted in a new store in the Golden Triangle, Gypsy & Co, which opened this week. Gypsy & Co moves into the space after Aunt Olive’s Vintage, a pillar in Ottawa’s vintage-clothing community, said good-bye to earlier this week after four years in business. Gypsy & Co will stay to true to the... | Continue reading article

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I was framed! Best eyewear stores in town

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Post by Kim Bosch Squinting to see spring, but still too creeped out to have your cornea lasered? Ottawa has a few great independent eyeglass stores to frame up your peepers in style. For the practical-minded, there’s Pflug Optical (1580 Merivale), an Ottawa staple for over 30 years. They offer classic shapes with small quirks (e.g. standard rectangle frame in vibrant green). Pflug is a great place for those having trouble picking out frames on their own. Excellent customer service and honest opinions are abundant at this shop. If Elton... | Continue reading article

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I challenge you! Duelling Chefs 2011

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By Chris Cline and Yasmin Nissim This Monday night local chefs will ‘meat’ their match in a head to head, high-‘steaks’ cook-off extravaganza! The Duelling Chefs return for a second year to entice attendees with fast-paced culinary creations from some of Ottawa’s top gastronomic gurus. Last year, Juniper Wine Bar and Kitchen launched the first ever Duelling Chefs competition, intended to bring together top chefs from around Ottawa to compete in some friendly competition and raise money for local charities. This year, Juniper returns again with 10 new challengers set... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in YOW!

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I may be biased, but I think our city has one of the best airport codes – which naturally is why the name of this unconference tonight is so great. And the content will be, too! Also tonight? Danko Jones down at the Capital Music Hall – some serious rockin’ will go down there. On Friday, Julie Doiron hits the stage at Mavericks and Rich Aucoin takes on Cafe Dekcuf, while Babylon celebrates one year of its dancing FRENZY. Following owner Eugene Haslam’s stroke in December, Zaphod’s has decided to... | Continue reading article

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Attention craftsters: Get creative with CPAWS-OV and Wabi Sabi for Earth Day 2011

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Post by Allison The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-OV) is teaming up with Wabi Sabi to get crafty for Earth Day 2011. To raise awareness about wildlife and wilderness in Ontario (and the need to protect it!), CPAWS-OV and Wabi Sabi are inviting volunteers to knit, crochet, felt, sew, or weave some woodland critters and plants to create a nature scene for Wabi Sabi’s window display. The display will show off these creations from April 1-22 at Wabi Sabi (1078 Wellington St), and an... | Continue reading article

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Business Watch: Forever 21 coming to Rideau Center

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Just as the Urban Outfitters makes itself comfortable on Rideau, another fashionista Mecca is opening its doors. A tip from The O’Valley blogger Chantsy has revealed that Forever21, an H&M-esque purveyor of fine cheap clothing, will be setting up shop in the Rideau Center. Apparently the store, which will open this September, will take over part of the space of the food court and have its own exit onto Rideau Street. More details are available here from our friends at OpenFile Ottawa, who broke the story a while ago. The Good: More... | Continue reading article

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