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)

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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