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 sweatshir ... >
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Relax at Nordik Nature Spa in Chelsea, Quebec

Shot of the entrance to Nordik Nature Spa
Bonjour et bienvenue a le Nordik (Hello and welcome to the Nordik spa). I recently decided to take a short drive to the Quebec side and pay another visit to this spa. Nordik is considered North America’s largest outdoor spa. I was here about 4 summers ago when I first moved to Ottawa, and have been meaning to return. I am kicking myself now for not coming back sooner as Nordik is breathtaki ... >
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Make Your Own Indoor Garden

Air plants displayed in an artistic way.
Mother Nature has nothing on me as I am outsmarting her and making sure spring has sprung, at least inside at my house with my indoor garden. She has been playing games with us by dangling a carrot in front of our noses by giving us only hints of spring. Living in a condo and concrete jungle, it does not bode well for trying to sustain an outdoor garden. The beauty of an indoor garden is that you ... >
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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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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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Soup Ottawa’s Eighth Edition

Photo of the soup and bread served at the 8th Soup Ottawa.
There really isn’t a better way to spend a Thursday night, then eating good local food in the hands of good company, listening to unique community ideas and all for a great cause at Soup Ottawa. Lowertown Brewery graciously hosted the eighth edition of Soup Ottawa with the theme of the night being “Prototype”.  I just recently learned about Soup Ottawa through a good friend and ... >
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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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Ottawa Says Goodbye to Holt Renfrew

It is always sad to see an iconic business, event, institution, or legacy leave, and the Ottawa Holt Renfrew is no different. For the past 78 years, the Ottawa Holt Renfew has taken residency on along the historic Sparks Street.  It will close it’s doors for good on Sunday, January 25th, 2015. Outside the Holt Renfew in Ottawa with its liquidation signs. Holt Renfrew Ottawa. From a branding ... >
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Review of the 2014 Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

When the true season of fall approaches, fashionistas in the nation’s capital know that the annual Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is on the horizon as well. I have been a couple of times since moving to Ottawa over the past few years, and this past year was by far the most successful trip that I have had. The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show was held at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Vendors from a ... >
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