Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I'm a little late to post this, BUT I just wanted to say thanks again to fellow Ottawa blogger Girl About O Town, for profiling S and I for her sweet blog.  We got to meet Katharine (that's her real name y'all) and she was such a pleasure.  So, check us out!  Apparently, we haven't changed much in the past year - we still have similar tastes in colour palette and animal prints! Also, manly man behind out header this month has left us.  It was a fun Movember - hope you all enjoyed those Mo's...but please, no Decem-beards...- J

Monday, November 28, 2011

Why we Love it:  Milieux

Those Architecture kids at Carleton sure know how to throw a party--J and I can attest! This year, Milieux (formerly Kosmic) will take place at Aberdeen Pavilion in Landsdowne Park THIS THURSDAY. All proceeds of the event go to Architecture for Humanity (AFH), a non-profit organization that provides architecture services to developing countries around the globe. Tickets are sold both in the University Centre at Carleton and the Architecture building every day leading up to the event. It's too Capital-cool to handle, Ottawa: the incredible installations, DJs, and bands make this night virtually unmissable. Get your tickets! - S

Here's Milieux on Facebook. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why We Love it: Heavens To Betsy

So I totally visited this place in the summer and (silly me) forgot to post on this Capital-Cool retailer! So here you go. I decided to give this post a holiday theme--too early you say? I don't think so!

Located in Wellington West, Heavens to Betsy screams holiday gift-giving. The bright pink sign and funky mural will immediately remind you of your quirky mother, and the perfect present will await you inside (this actually happened to me last year)! Specializing in ironic gifts, unique jewelry, clothing and an extensive range of holiday ornaments, HTB is the PLACE TO BE this shopping season. Its website describes it as a "Nic Nac Bonanza"--isn't that reason enough to make the trip? - S

Heavens to Betsy
1111 Wellington Street
613 722 1917

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Capital Oh: "Quirky Couture"

We're usually not into posting photos of ourselves on this site (it's not about us!) but we can't help but direct your attention to this lovely interview/style profile fellow Ottawa Blogger Loren Romei (Lo's Stylebook) published yesterday. Loren's an aspiring fashion journalism student studying at Carleton and we had so much fun dressing up chatting with her a couple of weeks ago. Here's the interview. Thanks Loren!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

As you have probably noticed, a strange man with some pretty impressive lip foliage, has taken over our header, and with good reason.   That's right ladies and gents - it's that time of year again - the time where the boyz II men in our lives decide it's a good idea to grow some mo's for the month, otherwise known as Movember.  Moustaches will be showing up on guys everywhere, and all for a good cause.  The aim of the month is to raise awareness as well as funds for men's health, prostate cancer in particular.  So, in honour of this new tradition, us Capital Oh girls are doing our part to show some support!  My dad's even got his own Mo'space page - check it out!  Donate! 

Our new header (courtesy of the lovely Diana Brucculieri) will be up for the whole month, so you better get used to that lip duster.  Now, it's time to separate the men from the boys - get growin'!  - J

For more information or to donate, check out Movember Canada

Sunday, November 6, 2011

One Year Later: Ottawa Vintage Clothing Sale

My trip to the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Sale last November was one of my first inspiring discoveries in Ottawa for Capital Oh. I knew the seemingly sleepy city had a secret to uncover and my trip to the sale last year confirmed my suspicions. The event is pure magic. The setting at the Chateau Laurier transports visitors to another era and the furs, dresses and accessories are de-licious. I was so happy I could share the event with J this year too. We both scored some  treasures as well. A gorgeous (and crazy-reasonably  priced!!) fur shawl for myself, and a gold collar necklace for J. Also check out the lingerie set-want, want, want! Yay vintage! - S

Monday, October 24, 2011

Appletree Thrift Shop

A little while ago (when checking out the PunkOttawa flea market) I stumbled upon the A.P.P.L.E. Tree Thrift Shop, in the basement of the Bronson centre.  A.P.P.L.E. (A Post Psychiatric Leisure Experience) aims to provide support and recreation for individuals dealing with emotional, psychiatric and mental health challenges.  The "shop" is run by Disability Works, a program funded by the Trillium Foundation, and they provide free work clothing to those with disabilities, plus the funds go towards the disability centre.  I got to talking with the lady in charge, who was just so sweet.  She was so passionate about the cause, which made the conversation and my whole visit such a pleasure.  She was so excited that someone had come in to check it out, I couldn't resist posting about it.  We here at Capital Oh love using fashion (and shopping) for a good cause, so I highly suggest you head on over to the Bronson centre to check out this little set up.  And they don't have only clothes, but accessories and housewares too!  They are always accepting donations, and we know how many clothes you've got pouring out of your closets - why not donate the things you haven't worn in a while?  I'm sure someone would love that year old dress just as much as you did when you bought it!

Oh, and another thing!  This Saturday, for all you ghouls and gals who are looking for some Halloween fun, they are hosting a dance.  Tickets are $10, and they will have hamburgs, hotdogs, soft drinks and beer for sale PLUS live entertainment.  Sounds good to me! - J

211 Bronson Ave. (basement)

Check out for more info! 

Capital Oh: Profile

Our first video (hopefully of many) is finally here! This episode of Capital Oh: Profile follows fellow Ottawa Blogger Justyna Baraniecki as she prepares for Day 2 of Ottawa Fashion Week. Watch Justyna pick out gorgeous dress and make-up for the evening while discussing her interest in fashion, the importance of Ottawa Fashion Week in the community, and how her knack for fashion developed on a farm in Poland. Watch it now! Do it!

Also HUGE, HUGE, HUGE thanks to Komal Minhas of KoMin Productions for the videography.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Coming Soon:

Justyna Baranieki is a blogger, stylist, and Capital Oh pal. Our first Capital Oh film follows the gorgeous writer behind and face of the blog Chameleionic as she prepares for Day 2 of Ottawa Fashion Week. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Fashion Week: Day 3

So fashion week always manages to occur right before university crunch time, meaning that J and I have been too busy falling asleep on our laptop key boards to update this lovely little blog thing. But that doesn't mean we didn't have an awesome day 3 of fashion week! We did! It was so awesome. Samuel Dong's painfully-pretty floral and butterfly-printed dresses left us drooling, while Rachel Sin's collection left us craving a fruity cocktail (and a cocktail dress). We also met Nicole from MTV! She's kinda famous, it was exciting. And J and S's matching pleated skirts and center-parted hair were perfectly praise-worthy, if I do say so myself. There were also wedding dresses,  Harieth Paul, Jeanne Becker via satellite, and so many new friends! This was by far my favourite night of the weekend (other than when that awful woman at the Corel booth told me I could only take one piece of Halloween candy. How dare she? Why wasn't there free food at this event? Why?). See you next spring Ottawa Fashion Week! - S

1.)Samuel Dong
2.)Rachel Sin
3.)The Media Pit[look at that hilarious smiling, waving guy!]
4.)Nicole from MTV!
5.)This woman had the most fantastic dress on!
6.)I don't know who these girls are but they sure rock the pleats!
7.)Rachel Sin
8.)Samuel Dong

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ottawa Fashion Week - Day 2

Day two of fashion week really exciting!  Ralph Leroy got us fired up when he sent a dancer down the runway with flaming batons to open his colourful show.  Then we got a shocking surprise when Alexis Reyna stomped down the runway during his own show, wearing nothing but tiny mesh shorts...And by nothing, I mean NOTHING - he was definitely not afraid to let it all hang out.  As S put it, "that definitely woke everyone up!"  Our favourite of the night had to be Travis Taddeo, who's airy colour palette and light fabrics were perfect for the warm summer season.  Walking in his show was Ottawa's very own top model, and ELLE cover girl, Herieth Paul.  It was really nice to see her supporting her hometown.  
- J and S 

1) Alexis Reyna photographing the media pit in his (almost) birthday suit
2) Fire dancer opening the show at Ralph Leroy
3) Alexis Reyna
4) Ann and Lauren of Aritzia
5) Amber Watkins, swimwear designer
6) The closing looks at Travis Taddeo
7) Stylish showgoers
8) Artist, Lana Greben
9) Walker Tamblyn and Emma of Hand Down Your Pants Vintage

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ottawa Fashion week: Day One

No pants? No problem! Tonight marked the beginning of Ottawa Fashion Week and J and S were front-row ready in our most fabulous ensembles. Tonight's shows were great way to start off the weekend. Our favourites   included the chunky beaded jewelry at Micalla, the python prints and Asian flare (and pantslessness) at Anomal and the easy, carefree stylings of Valerie Dumaine. PVC and plastic reflected fashion fetishism at Simon Ekrelius and we loved the classic leather motorcycle jackets and trenches at Rud by Rudsak. Here are some of the photos from tonight, including a few of the new friends we made! See you tomorrow,  fashion week friends! -J and S

1.) Valerie Dumaine
2.) We ♥ed these shoes.
3.) Rud by Rudsak
4.) Halloween candy? Yes please!!
5.) Models and Christina of Peterborough (S's hometown)'s Strutt agency 
6.) Micalla
7.) New fashion friends!
8.) Anomal
9.) New fashion friend all the way from Calgary!
10.)Fellow Ottawa blogger Erica and her fabulous sequined shorts.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

This past Saturday I ventured over to the Bronson Center for the 3rd annual PunkOttawa Flea Market.  It was my first time at the event, and I have to say it was pretty neat.  Handmade jewelry, thrifted clothing, and tasty baked goods - right up my alley!  I talked with a few great vendors, including Brandi Tweed (photographed above).  She's a crafter and designer and had a whole bunch of her unique stuff for sale.  I also scored a great sweater and some pretty rockin' red fringed booties for only seven bucks - a steal I tell ya!  While browsing the tables, I met a girl named Shanna Steals, the creative force behind Jaded Raven Creations.  She hand makes all of her products, which include hand felted pins (there was even a donut one! If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I LOVE donuts!) and round buttons with pictures of everyone from Willy Wonka to Sinead O'Connor (my personal fave).  Another really interesting vendor was Roselyn McDermott, the lady behind Country Rune.  She specializes in hand crafted jewelry and wood burning, something that I haven't really seen in such detail before.  I highly suggest checking out all these cool chicks and their work!  

Overall I'd say it was a pretty successful day, and I will definitely be back.  - J

Check out PunkOttawa here for updates and future events!