Guest Post: Shop Local in Canada's Capital

Today's post is brought to you by Malorie Bertrand of EF Magazine. Malorie is a freelance writer, blogger, and stylist in Ottawa, Canada. If you like my blog, you'll love finding out about cool fashion brands and sustainable beauty on EF Magazine! Follow her on a sustainable tour through Ottawa...

Call me crazy, but I think it's often quite hard to find a city's shopping area gems. Don't you agree? It's easy to find the touristy spots — for Ottawa this includes Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, Chateau Laurier, the Byward Market and Sparks Street, to name a few. It's equally as easy to find shopping malls, but if you want the quaint boutique or cozy cafe, you have to dig a little deeper or be a really good sleuth and sniff out the hot spots on various travel blogs. 

So I've put together a short list of some of my favourite places to shop in Ottawa for Made in Canada, locally made, ethical, sustainable, vintage, you name it fashion. This isn't an exhaustive list but these are my go-tos when pulling for photo shoots or buying for myself.

Starting from east to west:

Young Janes

Young Janes is an adorable vintage boutique on Dalhousie Street, just east of the famous Byward Market. Dalhousie is a great little shopping district with the original Victoire Boutique location (more on that diamond to come), Workshop, Wunderkamer and now Isabelle too. Young Janes is a well-curated shop full of vintage finds that somehow manage to be contemporary and oh-so-wearable. Owner Mika and her husband used to live in the UK and she is as trendy as they come.

Photo credit: Young Janes

Photo credit: Young Janes

Bread & Sons Bakery

Bread & Sons Bakery is my go-to for scrumptious, vegan, chocolate oatmeal cookies or a refreshing cold, gazpacho soup. You might want to stop here on your way west. Hope on the 2 Bayshore bus on Bank Street and you'll be at our next shopping destination in fifteen minutes! 

Photo credit: Mikey G Ottawa

Photo credit: Mikey G Ottawa

Oresta Organic Skin Care

Oresta Organic Skin Care is a well-established, locally owned organic spa and eco-beauty business with three locations in the city. Owner Oresta has designed each location with warm, wooden furniture to showcase a beautiful collection of hand-picked all-natural and organic skin care, body and makeup lines. My favourite place for a facial!

Photo credit: Malorie Bertrand, EF Magazine

Photo credit: Malorie Bertrand, EF Magazine

Bridgehead Roastery

Bridgehead Roastery is where the magic happens, for coffee that is. Bridgehead is a local coffee shop that has expanded to 15 locations, plus the new roastery space. The coffee is fair trade, organic, and strong, just the way I like it.

Photo credit: Bridgehead Roastery

Photo credit: Bridgehead Roastery

Victoire

Victoire is Ottawa's boutique darling that has found much success. As I mentioned before, co-owners Katie and Regine expanded to this second location and most recently opened up a shop in Toronto on Ossington. Victoire is known for their pretty dresses and rockstar accessories, not to mention the retro decor and that timeless floral wallpaper. Here you'll find a plethora of Canadian designers.

Photo credit: Victoire Boutique

Photo credit: Victoire Boutique

Jasmine Virani

Right next door is the lovely Jasmine Virani and her namesake store/studio. Jasmine not only sells pieces from her own line but a slew of other jewelry lines from all over Canada. Expect a lot of silver, gold, raw stones, and recycled materials.

Photo credit: Jasmine Virani Jewellery Boutique

Photo credit: Jasmine Virani Jewellery Boutique

Twiss & Weber

Twiss & Weber is the new kid on the block. I (gasp) have yet to actually go into the store, but I've poked my head in once and squished my face up against its windows a few times to take a peek after hours. Co-owners Laura and Tonia met through mutual hobbies of knitting, felting, and dyeing and five years later opened up shop to sell their own ethical clothing line. The shop also features accessories from other Ottawa-based and Canadian designers.

Photo credit: Twiss & Weber

Photo credit: Twiss & Weber

AMH Style

AMH Style is my favourite consignment shop in Ottawa. It is beautifully laid out with wall-to-wall fashions for all types at great second-hand prices. From high-end vintage to popular lines such as BCBG and Club Monaco, this shop is always my first stop.

Photo credit: Ottawa Life Magazine

Photo credit: Ottawa Life Magazine

Green Tree Eco-Fashion

Green Tree Eco-fashion is Ottawa's first contemporary eco-fashion boutique and it has a loyal following of shoppers. I also pull from here for shoots a lot because owner Sara offers a lot of European and US lines I can't find anywhere else in town. Green Tree also carries one of Ottawa's only eco-fashion lines, Duffield Design, which offers beautiful, stretchy pieces that are lovingly hand dyed.

Photo credit: John Kehoe

Photo credit: John Kehoe

Cafe My House

After a long day of shopping, head back east on Wellington to Cafe My House for a delicious raw food experience. The ambiance is wonderful and I would highly recommend sitting outside in the restaurant's private courtyard.

Photo credit: Cafe My House

Photo credit: Cafe My House

Here' a link to a Google Map of all of the places! 

 

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Review: Luva Huva Lingerie

Review: Luva Huva Lingerie | thenotepasser.com

Luva Huva produces beautiful, handmade lingerie using ethically sourced fabrics. Joanna Ketterer, the designer, wanted to create a lingerie collection that celebrated elegant feminine style whilst also providing a sustainable alternative to the often wasteful fashion industry. All of the pieces are handmade in the UK from locally sourced, vintage, and end-of-line fabrics wherever possible. Ethical fabrics such as soy, organic cotton, and bamboo, which are brilliantly soft and breathable, are also used in this beautiful collection.

In a previous post, I covered ethical lingerie brands, including Luva Huva. Because of limited fabrics and editions, some ethical lingerie brands lack a wide range of sizes, but I'm happy to report that Luva Huva carries both larger cup sizes (A-D) and panties (UK 8-18). They sent me their Coraline Black Lace Triangle Bra and Brief Set to try out and review.

As soon as I opened the small envelope from London, I could tell the the pieces were delicate, but extremely well-made. The lovely lace detailing is strong and the bamboo jersey is soft. This bra won't provide much support, but it's light and breathable, making it perfect under airy summer dresses; I've found that lighter bras make a world of difference in the summer months. For this reason, I am definitely taking this set on vacation! 

I'm impressed with the fit, quality, and style of the Coraline set and would love to own more pieces from Luva Huva. They carry a wide range of sizes, colors, and styles which include pajamas, slips, t-shirts, bridal, and even swimwear. Luckily, they are having a huge sale online and, although they are located in the UK, shipping is amazingly only $7.95 to the US. Free recorded delivery is available on all UK orders over £50. You can also order from them via Etsy. Below are some of my favorite items (all on sale right now!)

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*I was gifted the lingerie set featured here by Luva Huva, but rest assured I only recommend brands I wholeheartedly believe in.

 

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Vintage Bummer: Mode Marteau

Ariana Boussard-Reifel and I kept running into each other. First at the Manhattan Vintage Show and then through the business equivalent of online dating, Google Analytics (thanks to this page). We finally gave in to serendipity and, after setting up an IRL meeting, learned that we also live in the same neighborhood. We've been paling around ever since! The bonus point of this story is that Ariana runs an exceptionally curated online vintage site called Mode Marteau (The Fashion Hammer, in English. That's right. The. Fashion. Hammer.) That being the case, I of course get bummed by the exceptional items that do not fit me (or sometimes my budget), but taunt me from the pages of Mode Marteau. Below are some of my favorites right now. 

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Also, let it be known that if you are not in NYC, you can purchase the goods online on the Mode Marteau website, on Etsy, on Reissued, on Threadflip. Promo code FRESH will get you 30% off the entire site right now!

If you are in NYC, Mode Marteau is having a HUGE SALE August 14-16 at their DUMBO studio. I will, unfortunately, be on vacation. But you, you get all of the details below and go, go, go!

 

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