Soft, cozy, and easy to layer: ideal duds for the frequent flyer
Travelling has never looked so good, or felt so comfy! If you’re often on the road for business or pleasure, it can be challenging to find the right outfit. Green Tree Eco Fashion tackles this problem with a classic look that features three of their most popular and versatile basics: skinny “Yoga Jeans” by Montreal’s Second Denim Company ($114.99), a long black cami from Part Two ($24.99), and a reversible bamboo wrap (seen here in both short and long styles) by Ecoskin ($179.99). Top with a statement necklace and oversized tote to complete the look. With eco clothing for both men and women, you can feel good about purchases from this boutique, and never have to sacrifice style. 358 Richmond Rd., 613-695-8733.
Treat yourself to a day of indulgence in the nation's capital.
You work hard, it’s time to enjoy yourself! From small splurges to big-ticket items, we’ve highlighted five luxury items that — bonus — also make great souvenirs from your trip to Ottawa.
ROAD TO RELAXATION
Nothing says luxury like taking time for yourself (why is that?). In this day and age of smartphones, laptops, and nonstop digital communication, there is no greater feeling than turning off and tuning out to curl up with a magazine. The glossy pages, beautiful photographs, and scintillating stories offer an escape — if only for a little while. Whether you’re reading fodder for the mind or guilty pleasure rags, this act (and its inexpensive price) is one of life’s simplest pleasures. While in Ottawa, a trip to Mags & Fags on Elgin Street is a must. In business for 30 years, this shop carries 4,000 magazine titles that range from obscure and special interest to mainstream favourites. 254 Elgin St., 613-233-9651.
koko chocolates: delicious, rich, and local, too!
Local chocolatier Jen Winter has created quite a reputation for her gourmet sweets, koko chocolates. A perfectly grown-up treat that won’t break the bank, her tasty truffles have creamy ganache centres and are dipped or molded in premium Belgian chocolate. Find fine flavours such as Thai Chili, Triple Chocolate, Margarita, Passion Fruit, and more, as well as seasonal offerings. Retails for about $5.25-$6.50 per 3-piece sleeve. Available at The Candy Store, 350 Richmond Rd. in Westboro, and several other locations in Ottawa.
Head over to Westboro for a scrumptious meal at Village Café.
Ever tried a caesar salad with grilled romaine hearts? If not, drop what you’re doing and head to The Village Café in Westboro. The unique, smokey flavour will change how you look at this restaurant staple. Described as “fresh, contemporary, handcrafted comfort cuisine,” there’s really no better way to sum up the food, which includes vegetarian pot pie, a daily sustainable catch, stuffed chicken, and Brome Lake duck salad. And that’s just dinner – they also do lunch and Sunday brunch. 295 Richmond Rd., 613-728-2162.
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.