Love Lock Bridge in Ottawa

Photo of a railing with locks set against the sunset.
On a recent visit to Ottawa this past summer, I visited the love lock bridge.  After having been in Ottawa for years, I must have been living under some really big boulder because I never knew it existed. It is really quite an amazing sight and place to be. Thousands of couples have shown their commitment and devotion to each other adding a lock to the collection. The bridge just oozes with love! ... >
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Club Monaco Gets a Refresh

A shot of the entrance of Club Monaco.
When you think of Club Monaco, what initially comes to mind? This once Canadian owned fashion company has grown up! It looks quite spiffy in it’s new renovated stores. I remember it in the mid 90s when it was best known for its sweat shirts and crew neck T-shirts. Club Monaco Original Logo Sweater Fast forward almost 20 years later, and you will find much more than athletic sweatshirts. Clu ... >
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How to Create a Birthday Party for a Horse

Meg standing next to Griffin presenting him with his platter of horse treats.
Birthdays are not just for humans. Horses, especially registered breed horses, have known birthdays (otherwise known as their foal date). My bratty Thoroughbred horse foaled on April 4th, 2003 – making him 12 this year. What were you doing in the spring of 2003? What was I doing back in the spring of 2003? I was in my last semester of high school as Griffin was just a foal frolicking in past ... >
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Vincent – A Women’s Fashion Boutique on Preston

Photo looking into the store, showcasing some of the displays of clothing.
Nestled right in the heart of Little Italy along Preston Street, lies the cutest and trendiest women’s apparel boutique that goes by the name of Vincent. The first time I stepped foot in the store, I was immediately greeted by the smiling faces of the dynamic sister duo of Amanda and Angie. They welcomed me into their store like it was their home. One can’t help but fall in love with t ... >
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DIY Easter Egg Decorating at Any Age

Easter eggs in their finalized state displayed on fake grass.
Easter has always been a fun time of year as it signifies the start of a new season, new beginnings and allows people an outlet to be creative by decorating Easter eggs. As a child, I always enjoyed decorating them. Some years, the level of creativity varied with just dying the eggs and slapping stickers on them. Other years, I got much more elaborate with multiple colors, glitter, and detail. I a ... >
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Treasure Hunting at the Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market

With the weather being the pitts lately, last Saturday I decided to check out the indoor Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market that was held at the Fieldhouse at Carleton University. Spring is no where to be found as of late, but inside at the show, it resembled being outside as visitors walked across the astro turf in the well light and high ceilinged venue. Treasure hunters of all ages were having ... >
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Beckta Dining & Wine on Elgin Street

Entrance to Beckta from Elgin Street.
There is a new tenant at the address of 150 Elgin Street and it is Beckta Dining & Wine. The historic home, originally built in 1875 for it’s original owners – the Grant Family, is deemed an Ottawa heritage building.  As per municiapal bylaw, it has maintained the majority of its exterior aesthetics from the 19th century. Inside of the building, is a whole new story, as m ... >
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Toronto Raptors host the Miami Heat and give out bobble heads

A Charles Oakley bobblehead situated next to its box.
After seeing an awesome Toronto Raptors game back in the fall, I decided I wanted to see another one! Unfortunately, Drake was not there this time. The 2014-2015 season is a commemorative year for The Raptors as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary in Toronto.  Every Friday night home game, the team wears purple retro dinosaur jerseys with the team’s original logo. In addition, they have ... >
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Ottawa’s Noodlefest 2015

Two bowls of pork, lam and yam soup with chopsticks.
I sipped, I slurped and I filled my stomach with delicious noodle dishes at Ottawa’s Noodlefest. It was the second annual Noodlefest organized by the Prive group (same group that put on the 613 Night Market).  The location couldn’t be more perfect, because after I finished my regular Saturday shift at Aritiza, JD met me and we just walked over to the beautiful Shaw Centre without ha ... >
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Filly in the City

When you combine the horse world with the fashion world in an urban downtown setting, you get Filly in the City.  Christine Curtin, the owner of the store, combined her passion for horses and previous work experience to bring Filly and the City to life back in mid December.  On a recent trip back to Toronto, I had the opportunity to speak with Christine after she kindly invited me to take a look ... >
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