MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream
Artistic expression counts for a lot in the world of synchronized swimming, which is why Synchro Canada has made MAKE UP FOR EVER the official make up partner for its senior national teams. Luckily, you too can express yourself artistically without having to memorize all that complicated choreography. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Aqua Cream line offers 25 highly pigmented shades that can be worn on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. It’s smudge-proof, tear-proof, waterproof, and won’t run, crease, or transfer. Perfect for wherever your day takes you — Olympic swimming pool or otherwise. $25.
Available at Sephora locations including Bayshore Shopping Centre, 100 Bayshore Dr., 613-596-5050, and Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-567-1830. www.sephora.com
The Rideau Centre houses one of the few Body Shop Pulse Boutiques in Canada.
The Body Shop has been helping women feel beautiful for years — and now it’s had a makeover of its own. The store’s Rideau Centre location (along with only two others in Canada) has been transformed into a Pulse Boutique. The shop is laid out in a way that encourages customers to test and ask questions about their favourite products. It’s energetic, interactive, and easy to find what you’re looking for. The store’s makeup section is highlighted, and trained beauty experts are always on hand for free consultations and makeovers. We recommend the Honey Bronze line for summer: Made with honey and beeswax (sustainably sourced, of course), it creates the perfect sun-kissed glow.
Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-230-2777, www.thebodyshop.ca
Photo credit: Nina Iouguina
Dining, entertainment, and shopping — what more could you ask for? Downtown Rideau spans a 23-block area and includes 475 businesses and organizations that contribute to the eclectic urban vibe. Some highlights from this district include the two-storey Urban Outfitters store (the only one in Ottawa), the Rideau Centre (home to 180 stores), an assortment of restaurants, and artistic venues such as the National Arts Centre and the Ottawa Art Gallery. The beauty about this area: you can buy an outfit, go out to dinner, and catch a show, all within a few blocks.
Photo credit: Nina Iouguina
The “Janira” patent leather dress sandal by Geox
You’ll feel like the queen of the urban jungle when you strut your stuff in the “Janira” patent leather dress sandals by Geox. With bold colours and modern design, these shoes are indicative of the brand’s 2012 Spring/Summer line, which focuses on colour, texture, and prints. And even though you’ll be rocking a sky-high stacked heel, the shoe also features padded insoles, a patented breathable sole, and soft leather lining to wick away moisture, so you never have to sacrifice style for comfort. $130. Available at Geox, Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-567-4369.
Roots Cable Lace Scarf, seen here in oatmeal, also available in light grey.
Bundle up against the cold with this Cable Lace Scarf from Roots. Made with acrylic, wool, and cotton blend, you’ll feel cozy, but still lady-like. Pair with a pea coat, dark jeans, and knee high boots to add a touch of whimsy to a streamlined look. Available in oatmeal and light grey. $48. Rideau Centre,
50 Rideau St., 613-236-7760, and four more stores in Ottawa.
The newly renovated lululemon store in Westboro.
Yoga lovers, runners, and anyone who is looking to stick to their New Year’s resolutions should make a beeline for lululemon. This Canadian store made a name for itself with athletic apparel for men and women that is both fashionable and functional. Head over to the newly renovated Westboro location to stock up on hot products like the “Destined for Greatness Duffel,” the breezy “No Limits” tank, and other great gear for your sweaty pursuits. Two locations, 340 Richmond Rd., 613-761-1839, and Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-230-6633.
Find Ottawa's Forever 21 downtown at the Rideau Centre.
In September, fashionistas’ wishes were granted when Forever 21 opened its first store in Ottawa (and a two-storey one at that!). Known for carrying runway-inspired fashions, it’s a favourite amongst hipsters, bargain hunters, and girly girls. With a price range that spans $1 to $65, you can try out trendy pieces without breaking the bank, so you don’t have to worry if they only last a season. With plenty of ruffles, animal prints, and vibrant colours in their arsenal, this is just the place to pick up your New Year’s Eve outfit. Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-233-0423.
ATYRA Bomber from Napapijri.
Don’t let chilly weather get you down — instead, use it as an occasion to dress to the nines with the ATYRA Bomber for men by Napapijri. This down-filled jacket comes with removable sleeves, which means it can be worn as a vest when things start to heat up (though, we admit, that might be a while!). Plus, fashionable features like knit shoulders, Arctic rib-knit cuffs, and badge decals mean you can stay stylish as well as warm. $598. Available at Harry Rosen in the Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-230-7232.
Ooh la la, a cashmere travel set from the HBC Collection.
Show off your Canadian pride (whether you’re Canadian or not) with the HBC Collection. This signature line from the Hudson’s Bay Company offers a range of high-end items that boast the multicoloured stripes synonymous with the brand (we love this cashmere travel set, $350). The collection also features collaborations with a variety of designers, such as Smythe, Steven Alan, Caroline Fur, and Harry Barker, for products that range from apparel to fur accessories to pet products. The Bay, Rideau Centre, 73 Rideau St., 613-241-7511, and St. Laurent Centre, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., 613-748-6105.
There's something to suit every taste at Pandora.
Fashionistas who love good deals as much as they love good bling will be happy to know a Pandora Concept Store opened at the Rideau Centre in September. Here, you’ll find modern jewellery at affordable prices. But that’s not to say you can’t spend a pretty penny — in fact, with their “Moments” charm collection, you could build a bracelet that’s worth up to $30,000! (Charms start at around $30). Other noteworthy collections include the DIY-friendly Compose Earrings and Black Crown Diamond watches. Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., and St. Laurent Centre, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., 613-741-7577.
Marilou Moles is the founder and creative director of Twenty York Street, a local fashion and lifestyle blog. Here, we get her thoughts on Ottawa’s style scene.
Marilou Moles from Twenty York Street. Photo credit: Jose Perez-Alvarez.
What role does fashion have in shaping a city?
It inspires creativity and self-expression! Fashion is global; when you take home pieces from different parts of the world — whether through travels or local stores — it enhances that city’s identity, if only through the medium of fashion.
What are your favourite places to shop?
I’m a huge fan of Banana Republic and the Rideau Centre. I also love local brands Kania and Miikali, and accessories from frAsh by Isobel Walker!
What’s your favourite neighbourhood for shopping?
I love the ByWard Market. It has everything, including clothes, shoes, gourmet food, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and — when you get hungry after shopping — lots of cafés and restaurants to choose from. Though the Glebe also houses fantastic spas and stores like Thann.
What Ottawa store is a hidden gem?
Everyone is gushing about Roadtrip right now because it has a fantastic selection and most items are under $100!
How would you describe Ottawa’s style to someone who’s not from here?
Evolving. The city’s style is definitely a superb representation of its multicultural and multi-disciplinary citizens. Though the weather — especially in the winter — is a huge factor, Ottawa has its own unique style identity. You’ve got the classic dressers, preppy, sexy glam, hip-hop, eclectic street style, and the downright wacky!
Read more from Marilou at www.twentyyork.com.
Sephora opened its newest location in Bayshore. There's also a store at the Rideau Centre.
Beauty mavens take note: Sephora has opened its second location in Ottawa! Boasting a jaw dropping 9,000 beauty, skin, body, and hair products from more than 200 top brands, it’s a must for any woman who wants to feel pampered. Hot tip: schedule a complimentary Express Service at the Sephora Beauty Studio for one-on-one expert sessions that range from attaining flawless foundation to perfecting the smoky eye. Bayshore Shopping Centre,
100 Bayshore Dr., 613-596 -5050, and the Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-567-1830.