Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Wardrobe Stylist

Today's post is a little bit different than normal, but we are always open to new things here at Capital Oh, so here goes!

One of Ottawa's own fashion designers, Rania Abdulla, is showcasing her latest collection of menswear this week at Fashion Art Toronto (on until the 27th). Abdulla began designing the collection, Pairing Paisleys, in 2010, which she describes as clothing "tailored for the modern gent." The collection reflects the trendy, classy, and urban male and is intended to make the men who wear it feel handsome and luxurious. With a philosophy that states, "innovate, don't imitate," Abdulla strives to bring originality in her designs.

Aside from designing garments, Abdulla started her own styling consultant business called, The Wardrobe Stylist. Over the course of her seven year styling career in Ottawa, Abdulla has worked with a long list of high-profile clients which will only get longer. As a stylist, she noticed a lack of options for men who wanted to look put-together. Now, she is pursuing her true passion for designing and aiming to fill that void in fashionable menswear.

We're super excited for Rania to represent Ottawa's fashion scene in Toronto, and we wish her luck with the show! Go get 'em girl!

(If anyone is in Toronto on Wednesday, the 24th, you can check out her collection at Fashion Art Toronto, or you can check out The Wardrobe Stylist and see what Rania's all about!) - J

*photo by Mitch Lenet

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Why We Love It: The Mud Oven

This post probably should have happened a while ago, but I finally got the chance to do some arts and crafts at The Mud Oven.  I've been eyeing the ceramic skulls from outside the window for some time, so I ventured over with some friends for a night of fun and relaxing DIY-ing.  We chose our pieces (two skulls and a big mug) and our colour palettes and got our hands dirty.  The whole experience definitely made me feel like a kid again and the bright primary coloured interior and furniture really enhanced that experience even more.  The staff member who was working that night was also very helpful, giving us tips and tricks for properly painting our masterpieces.  Once we were satisfied with our designs (two hours later!) we handed them in to be glazed and fired in the kiln.  The ceramics come out shiny and ready to use – they’re even microwavable! – but the whole finishing process takes about 5 days.  I can’t wait to pick my sugar skull up!  - J