#OOTD – Ice Ice Skateway

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We’ve found the best way to beat the winter blues is to try to get out and make the most out of it.

Ottawa was built for winters. One of our favourite things to do in the winter months is to hit up the Rideau Canal. It transforms into a 7.8km long Skateway during the winter months – it’s the World’s Largest Skating Rink. And, not to mention it is blessed with multiple BeaverTail  vendors along the way.

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Although we didn’t have time to skate, we decided to make the most of the chilly weather and take a walk on the Skateway (yes, we are THOSE people…).

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Kay is Wearing: Coat – H&M / Vest + Belt – Winners / Dress – Forever 21 / Boots – George / Sunnies – ALDO

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Lacey is Wearing: Coat – Vintage/ Vest – Winners / Jumpsuit + Ring – Forever 21 / Boots – Ariat / Sunnies – LensCrafters

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What do you do to beat the winter blues?

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XO,

-Country meet City

Falls Hottest Accessories: Embroidery & Silk Scarves

Embroidery and silk scarves may be little details, but they’re kind of a big deal right now. And here at CmC, we’re a little (okay a lot) obsessed with these two accessories this Fall.

The Scarf.

Suddenly, silk scarves seem to be everywhere — you’re fully dressed, ready to leave the house when you realize your outfit’s missing a little something. Should you add a statement necklace? Nah, it’s Fall and it’s cool and maybe you don’t want to be too fancy. What you need is something in between — cute, but not over-the-top. What you need is a silk scarf.

It may sound a little Western, we know, but after spotting this must-have accessory we’re convinced it’s worth a try.

Kay pulls a sophisticated look that can be worn all through fall and winter. To achieve Kay’s look (the ‘Necklace’) – Roll scarf  to preferred width. Tie loosely around neck (back to front), then knot in the front to finish.

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Kay wears:  Top – H&M, Culottes – Dynamite, Scarf – Vintage, Heels – Winners, Sunglasses – Aldo Accessories


Embroidery.

Back in the day our denim jackets carried a few embroidered patches – okay maybe ours still do. All this being said – you didn’t see our mom’s wearing them.

We are breaking this mold.  Lacey is a mom – and along came Fall 2016, with embroidery making a comeback, damn right we are wearing it.

There are so many options of embroidery out there right now – many even come attached to blouses, shorts or blazer and there is something to fit every style, age, and mood.

Lacey opted for a blazer from Zara’s Fall Trafaluc collection with embroidery on the breasts and yoke – appropriate for a corporate office and full of life.

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Lacey wears:  Blazer, Culottes + Ankle Boots – Zara, Belt & T-shirt – Forever 21,  Choker – Country meet City Designs


Honestly, we think you can wear almost anything, it’s more a matter of how you wear it, rather than what you wear. Which of course means – bring on the scarves and bring back the badges and embroidery!

XO,

-Country meet City

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The White Stripes

Black on white, navy on white, thin or thick and always horizontal.  Stripes, stripes, stripes on a basic top is one of the most long lasting classic looks around.

We love a good stripe.  No seriously we really do – If you guys haven’t checked out our friend Flic Taylor’s blog called Love a Good Stripe – you must.

So how to style the classic stripe?

Pick a trouser or skirt, and place black & white striped top with it.  We promise you it will work. It will look fantastic. A black and white stripe is clean, always trendy but always effortless, chic.  If your look doesn’t feel fresh enough mix it up with tons of chunky accessories and this season’s hottest trend a bomber jacket of a different print.

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IMG_8253Kay wears-  Bomber Jacket – Zara, Striped top – H&M, Trouser & Heel – Winners, Necklace – Thrifted


There’s something retro & sophisticated about a navy striped top, it’s chic and cool altogether in one piece.  It’s the 60’s styles, 90’s basics, and that nautical feel that never seems to fade.

Keep that retro feel and add a navy or red skirt with a bold belt and choker scarf.  Don’t be afraid to add that pop of colour – navy is complimented well with yellow and red so don’t be shy!

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IMG_8323Lacey wears – Striped Dress – Anne Taylor, Skirt – Vintage, Shoes – Zara, Scarf – HepKat Vintage, Watch – Fossil


A striped top is the easiest thing to wear – even though it may not seem like much. A good stripe really does goes a long way.

XO,

-Country meet City

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How to Dress in a Heatwave

We have been hit with a heatwave, so dressing weather-appropriately is must – think boho vibes.  But what do we do when we have to dress a little more formal and actually go out and meet people in this sweltering heat?

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Here are five tips to keep you cool during these summer months:

1. Choose lightweight Fabrics to stay cool in the heat

As a general rule – the best fabrics for heat and humidity are lightweight and made from natural materials such as cotton or linen.

  • Feel the weight of the cloth – make sure its light;
  • Hold it up to light – make sure you can see through it ever so slightly;
  • Natural and light fabrics usually dry faster – which is nice when its 30C outside.

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2. Breathable Fabrics Are Best For Hot Weather

High temperatures mixed with high humidity can make your life miserable when having to wear anything more than a bathing suit.

It is important to allow air circulation to maintain a cool body temperature.

You want fabrics to be breathable and to allow maximize air flow through the clothing, allowing that heat and moist air to escape.

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3. Lighter Color Clothes Are More Suited For Hot Weather

It’s simple – dark colors absorb more light. Therefore dark hues are going to be hotter.

Light colors reflect light – making them cooler to wear in the summer.

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4. Perforated Shoes   

It’s days like this you can ditch the pumps and pull out your favorite wedge, strappy, and flat sandals.  It’s important to always allow your feet to breath. If you feel you can’t do the whole sandal thing, try a slip on shoe with no socks or stockings.

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5. Straw & Felt Hats Provide Protection

Hats are a classic and stylish option for sun protection.

A wide-brimmed straw or lightweight felt hat is fabricated to allow air circulation through the fabric, vent holes and weave of the hat.

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Kay Wears:

Dress – Old Navy / Scarf – Vintage / Sandals – Call It Spring / Belt – Winners / Jewellery – ALDO Accessories

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Lacey Wears:

Dress – Ardene / Sandals – Old Navy / Accessories – ALDO


We are definitely feeling the heat today and the weekend looks like it’s only going to get hotter. So keep your wardrobe light and breezy, and, if all else fails live in your pool or local lake.

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What are your heatwave fashion tips? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

XO,

-Country meet City

5 Reasons why we may never make it as BIG Fashion Bloggers

First off – we dare to be ourselves, therefore we dare to be different.

We both suck at acting and fashion blogging is a lot like acting, and a bit like Hollywood – there are hundreds or maybe even thousands of fashion bloggers popping up daily and wanting to make it big. Behind those sunglasses and whitewash photos the reality is that a majority will fail.

However – failure is only how you define it.

In our modest experience, of running our own fashion blog and being part of a larger scaled community, there are the 5 attitudes and qualities that hinder our ‘status quo’ blogger minds.


1We are too avant-garde and have a distinct voice and style.

We complain about this all the time – and so do engaged readers – style bloggers all look the same.  They wear the same shoes, buy the same statement pieces, take the same style of pictures.

We want to be different – we want our own style and flair to shine through – therefore we will continue.

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2If you think you’re producing new and unique content… you’re wrong.

It’s 2016 – there is no such thing as new and original content, but there is a way to present ideas in new unique creative ways.  That being said– if you’re doing the same roundup of ‘Essential Wardrobe Items’ on a white background with little text, you’re doing the same thing as every other bloggers?

We have this problem – we are creative, and are different on so many levels, oh and also we like to write.

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3Focus on your own end game; worry less about competition.

Competition is only healthy when it encourages someone to try new things.  If you let competition take control, it will cripple you as a person and as a blogger.

We try to focus on our personal growth, building a positive community and quality content.

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4You get caught up in acquiring new pieces and accessories, instead of creating new content.

Too many new pieces for new content is a vicious cycle, and is unhealthy for anyone – not just fashion bloggers.  While it may help to attract new readers and keep people coming back for more, it’s not a sustainable blog practice in the long run. It just leads to too much consumption, too much debt, and a loss of your own style and identity.

Practice re-use and recycle!

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5You ask, “Why isn’t this happening to me? How come I’m not getting those opportunities?”

Everyone wants to believe their blog is the next big thing – and often forget why they started their blog in the first place.  We do it because we enjoy it.

Comparing yourself to other bloggers is a quick way to hinder your site, your progress, and vision.  We are guilty of this, we have attempted too hard at times to be like the next “Insert Blogger’s Name,” so that we could get the same opportunities they did. It’s not worth it.  In the end we are all human, and if you are determined all these great things WILL happen to you… on your time and with a lot of sweat and hard work.

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What do you think stands in the way of bloggers and “making it” in the blogosphere?

XO,

-Country meet City

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Denim Jackets: A Wardrobe Must-Have

It’s a classic and an essential to any woman’s wardrobe – the denim jacket.  With temperatures hesitating to warm up in our capital these jackets are essential for the in-between weather we are experiencing.

Denim has been used since the late 18th century. It was introduced to California by Levi Strauss in 1853, during the California Gold Rush—imported denim fabric from France and used it to create sturdy, solid trousers that would later become the omnipresent blue jeans.

The jean jacket is without a doubt a wardrobe asset when not feeling the bomber jacket, pea-coat or classic blazer.   Not only does a classic denim jacket have timeless appeal and the ability to add a touch of “cool” to a bland outfit, but it integrates itself into your wardrobe.

Denim jackets are a secret weapon to a woman’s wardrobe: whenever you aren’t sure how finish off an outfit, or how dressy an event you are attending may be wear your denim jacket to dress it dress it up or down.

Styling Tip – where neutral colours, like white and black and add the denim to pull together the outfit.  If you are feeling a little more girly, add a denim jacket to create that cute feminine yet boss lady look.

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Denim Jacket – Gap, White T-shirt & Hat – Urban Outfitters, Bolo Tie – Value Village, Slacks – Winners, Birkenstock Sandal – Apple Saddlery


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Denim Jacket & Flats – Old Navy, White T-shirt – Ardene, Scarf & Brooch – Vintage, Sunglasses – Aldo, Skirt – Forever 21


How do you wear your denim?

XO,

-Country meet City

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How to Dress In Style Without Spending The Money

One of the many reasons we started a fashion blog was to fight the misleading belief that in order to love style and fashion you need to spend a shit load of money.  My friends, this is not the case; you can easily be stylish without being rich. You do not need a huge paycheck, only a creative mind!

Materials matter. Take a moment and look at the tag.  Did you know that Forever 21 sells 100% silk garments? You just have to look for them. We also love real leather and prefer cotton jeans to spandex. In other words, choose wisely no matter what store you are shopping, and only go for genuine materials, versus brand name.  Good material is what lasts not just what is on the label.

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Mixing the high and low. It’s simple, mix in higher quality pieces with your lower quality pieces when you get dressed.  Have a vintage shirt that needs some sprucing up?  Add your new necklace from H&M to give it that chic appeal.

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Diversify your shopping. You are able to create high-low outfits is by diversifying what stores you shop at. Instead of only shopping at box stores please try a thrift store or discount stores like Winners.

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Fit is key. Last but not least is fit. You can pull of a cheap dress if the fit is just right. You can also make an expensive dress look cheap if the fit is not right. So pay close attention to fit.

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Where to Buy Tips:

Bags – If you only have enough money to invest in one area of your closet, we would suggest a good bag, or in Lacey’s case a good backpack.  Lacey loves Herschel and Fjall Raven.

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Shoes – Shoes are important to your comfort and the health of your body, so this would definitely be another important place to invest in some good pairs.  Try Winners or Marshalls for unique different yet quality shoe.

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Belts – Our favorite is to buy inexpensive belts and in various colours.  Forever 21 is the best place to find cheap belts and surprisingly great quality.

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Jewelry – Kay loves statement necklaces and rings – she tends to find the best selection at H&M, Aldo Accessories and Forever 21.  If we are looking for a more one-of-a-kind piece we always head to Devine Fine Jewellery and Magpie Jewellery.

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Jeans – We both have different body types yet always tend to gravitate towards BDG for pants (because they have a long in-seam) the GAP and Zara.

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 Tops – If we want a trendy top we tend to spend less and shop at Forever 21, H&M or a thrift store.  The best place to find a classic white t-shirt is Brandy Melville or the Gap. However, if we want a more classic blouse we will visit Zara or Artizia.

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XO,

-Country meet City