Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dans La Rue:
Carleton University

Dressing up for the winter weather can be quite bland at times, especially here in Ottawa where a Canada Goose jacket is about as fashion forward as it gets, but Megan here knows exactly how to brighten up the winter blues. The amazing scarf she is wearing is handmade by herself, and it definitely looks like it is keeping her super warm. Warmth + style = my kind of winter. Who said it had to be boring? Take a style cue from Megan and try a little (or big!) touch of colour - it can't hurt! - J

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Invisible Cinema
Why We Love It:

It's no secret, and I'm hoping J and I are starting to prove, that the COOL in Canada's Capital is often overlooked. Many of Ottawa's hidden gems are literally invisible, but upon some exploration, reveal a truly special city. Like this place! Invisible Cinema: where one can rent essentially every great film ever created (and of course some of the not-so-great ones) and take in the work of local artists in the in-store gallery. The store sorta feels like your stepping in to someone's at-home cinema collection, complete with comfy chairs and couches. When I saw Indivisible's copy of Tommy Wiseau's horribly wonderful The Room on display, I immediately felt at home. -S

You might not think that a video store is all that special, but trust me, Invisible Cinema is. First of all, they import movies from all over the world, and you are sure to find that one you've been looking for for AGES. They've got indie films, foreign films, Bollywood films, "blaxpoloitation" films (yes, this means Blacula), tons of documentaries and the latest block busters. Such a great selection and in a visually appealing space to boot. Definitely check it out - your local Blockbuster does not even compare. - J

Invisible Cinema:

319 Lisgar Street

Ottawa, ON K2P 1T6

(613) 237-0769

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Why we love it:

Owner Wendy Velthoven had apparently dreamed of opening her own cupcake shop since well, umm...forever and Capital Oh is glad she finally realized her incredibly delicious dream!! The adorable interior and delicious gluten-free options (shout out to my lovely best friend, Sophie!) make Ottawa's Thimblecakes the next place you should go and indulge at. I'll let J give you the full scoop... *begins drooling* -S

This new cupcake shop opened about three weeks ago on Bank, and it is a very welcomed sweet surprise. The cupcakes are delicious, moist and fantastically cute (they also serve coffees and teas!). Another cool thing about Thimble Cakes is there guaranteed sugar-free and gluten-free options, plus all of their original (and possibly dangerous?) recipes. I got the chance to try the Spicy Chocolate (an slightly unusual combination perhaps?) and it was delish! My friend Grant came along and tried the Strawberry Cheesecake cupcake and also had nothing but good things to say about the taste. The atmosphere is super friendly, and they've got a bunch of vintage furniture that is comfy enough to make you stay a while. Go satisfy that sweet tooth craving, you won't be disappointed! -J

369 Bank St.

Dans La rue: Bank and Flora

Well, hey there Ottawa...we're back! In the midst of snowpocolypse, we seemed to have spent the last few weeks cooped up in the warmth of our apartments, sipping tea...watching rom-coms. Last Friday, with the recent change in weather, we finally went out for some style-hunting and exploring for the coolest in the capital. On that note, it's a tough life being a fashionista in the winter time. However, this young lady gets it in a fur-trimmed jacket with perfectly co-ordinated gloves and sunny shades. We also loved the snow pants...how practical! Staying warm never looked so cool. - S