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613 Style File: Ottawa fashionista spring styles, Nordstrom Gala for United Way

By Apartment613 on March 19, 2015

It’s so close we can almost taste it: Spring. With it, the colour palette of our wardrobe changes, we put away our long johns and we watch the ground waiting for those tulips to peep out!  In celebration of impeding Spring we bring you a new style file, from the Nordstrom Gala for the United Way on March 5.

The Gala, held at Nordstrom’s new Rideau Centre store, raised funds through the United Way for project step, which provides school-based intervention for young people with addictions issues. Since project step began in 2007, more than 5,000 students have accessed school-based counselling, more than 20,000 students have had education sessions and 2,000 parents have received counselling. The program continues to receive support and to grow annually.

The Gala was sold out, attracting 1,800 people, including some of Ottawa’s incredible fun fashionistas. We had a chance to meet a few of them.

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OCCUPATION: Anchor, CTV Morning Live


Dress: BCBG

Shoes: Marciano

STYLE INSPIRATION:  Lois picked her dress for this event because  it’s Spring! “We’ve been going through a hard winter in Ottawa, and I’m very wistful and optimistic and hopeful that  Spring is coming soon! No better time than now to wear it.” Lois loves anything that is edgy, tailored and form-fitting, but shows a bit of femininity, as well. She loves bold colours, which look great on TV.



OCCUPATION: Corporate Lawyer, Canadian Payments Association


Dress: Emogene Couture , rented from Rentfrock Repeat (recently opened at 107 Murray St.)

Shoes:  From her wedding, first time she’s worn them in 10 years

STYLE INSPIRATION:  Chloe loves fashion, being different and taking risks.  She thought this dress would stand out at this event. She was correct, because there were many people just wearing all black. Chloe indicated that she uses Rentfrock Repeat  for all of her events.



OCCUPATION: Manager, Individualist Department, Nordstrom


Dress: Jill by Jill Stewart  (purchased at Nordstrom in Seattle)

Feather jacket: Second Hand

Ring: Elizabeth Stone

Necklace and Bracelet: Lorren Bell

Shoes: Via Spiga (Nordstrom)

STYLE INSPIRATION: Tonight, Leah’s style is somewhat reminiscent of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with her black Jill Stewart dress with gold weave and classic sweetheart neckline. She told me she thinks that Nordstrom will elevate fashion in the city.

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OCCUPATION: Event Planner,  Chic Event Planners


Tunic/Skirt: Zara

Purse: Kate Spade

Shoes: Christian Laboutin

STYLE INSPIRATION: Karinne’s style is classic and she likes elegance.  Jennifer Aniston is a style icon: “She’s effortless, always classy. I like her casual style, as well. ”

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OCCUPATION: Education and Special Events Managers, NARS Cosmetics, Canada (there is a new NARS counter at Nordstrom!)




FASHION INSPIRATION: “I always wear all black. This is legitimately the only colour I own and it’s white and I wanted to step out of the box.” She always buys stuff from Asos online and it’s always perfect.

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OCCUPATION: Kindergarten teachers, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board


Dress: Wayne Clarke

Booties: Swedish Hasbeens

Bag: Luis Vitton

Solid Bronze Bracelet: Pamela Love


Dress: Banana Republic Factory Outlet

Shoes: Nine West

STYLE INSPIRATION:  Astrid describes her style as vintage/modern funky: “I don’t look at one particular style I borrow from all areas.”  Laura buys what she loves and enjoys mixing affordable and higher end pieces.