#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

Look Winter Cozy-Chic

Living in Canada during the winter can be a trying time. And if you love fashion it feels almost impossible to keep your style game on point with all the layers, clunky boots and the freezing weather.

We find there are key pieces in our winter wardrobes that take us from freezing civilian to Elsa and Ana levels of winter pretty.

1. Find a warm statement jacket. We love the long maxi tweed jackets because you can dress them up or down and they always look fresh.

2. Slimming Skinnies.  Keep your bundled-up top half in check with a skinny jeans, trousers, leggings or tights as a sharp accessories combo. The slim leg will balance out a heavy coat and layers.

3.  Pile on the Knits.  Choosing your favorite knits can be tough – so what torture yourself by choosing just one?  Wear them all!  The trick is to opt for thin sweaters and cardigans and layer away, but avoiding the bulk.

4. Wear your favorite hat.  Whether it’s a beanie or a fedora – keeping your head warm is key to comfort and fashion.  The streamlined silhouette of a brimmed hat and a simple beanie will keep your ears warm and avoids the bulk when paired with a wool scarf and over-sized jacket.

5.  Statement boots.  Why not spice up your outdoor gear with a tasteful heel and a pop of colour.  If the ground is dry and your walking distances is at a minimal try spicing up your outfit with a bold boot.

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Lacey Wears: Wool Jacket + Scarf  + SkirtWilfred from Aritzia / Heels – Cape Robbins from Winners / Tights – Marilyn Munroe /  Top – Urban Outfitters / Sunglasses – QUAY Australia / Hat – Hinge from Nordstrom / Bracelet & Choker – Country meet City Designs 

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Kay Wears: Jacket + Turtleneck + Trousers + Boots – ZARA / Tank – H&M / Adidas Beanie – Urban Outfitters / Sunnies – ALDO

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What are some of your winter wear essentials?

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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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Winter 2016 Obsessions

Winter is in full force here in Ottawa. We just got pummeled by a snowstorm leaving behind 51.2cm of snow. So what better time to let you fine people know what our current Obsessions are for the Winter Season – apologies for missing Fall…..

 

2016 Winter ObsessionsONE – H&M “Pile” Coat & Winners Fab Find– We laid eyes on these beautiful coats back in the Fall and knew we had to have them! They have been surprisingly warm coats. We definitely bought them more for the trend and have been snug and styling all winter long. Style Inspo goes to Keiko Lynn from her “Big Pimpin‘” post.

TWOTsCrochetShoppe – The Sloan Toque is a winter essential. It’s warm, adorable and the quality of the stitching is amazing! Tanya of TsCrochetShoppe has many more colours and styles to choose from on her Etsy shop and some fun style inspo on her Insta feed.

THREEForever 21 “Longline Faux Fur Stole –  As you can probably tell, we have been loving the faux and vintage fur these past two seasons. This stole is from Forever 21 and the colour really grabbed our eyes. The great thing about this stole is you can dress it up or down. It’s a real showstopper!!

FOUR – Meowingtons “Black Knee High Catyhose” –  CATS! Need we say more?! We both wear a lot of dresses and skirts and are always looking for cute tights and knee-highs to pair with our outfit, so when we stumbled across this adorable site we had to own these Catyhose! Check the site out there are a lot more insanely cute kitty inspired apparel!!

FIVE – Sorel’s “Joan of the Arctic Boot” – Investing in a good pair of winter boots is something we have both put off for many years now, but finally we cracked this winter, knowing we would have a lot of walking to do. So we tried a bunch of different brands and did our research and eventually chose the Joan of Arctic Boots in Black and Curry from Sorel. They are very comfortable, warm, aesthetically pleasing and versatile!! Also there is great sales on right now on the Sorel Website. If you are looking for a good pair of boots to invest in, these boots are great!

Keep your eyes peeled for our Spring 2016 Obsessions!!

XO,

-Country meet City

Spring 2016: Fashion You Can Actually Wear

Lets be honest, what trends we wear in real life are really decided by what looks good on us, and not because they are “trendy.” Choose the looks you love and feel comfortable in. Fashion is all about expressing yourself and feeling good while wearing it.

With Groundhog Day confirming that we will have an early Spring, we thought it would be appropriate to share some Spring 2016 Trends.  And good news, a lot of these trends are from previous seasons!  We have compiled a list of trends that are easy to wear and incorporate into any wardrobe.

Check out our top picks below:


Print on Print!

It’s back! This is a trend that just keeps on popping up every season. It’s an old trend made new. You take a tiny print and pair it with a bigger print, take a bold print and in and coordinate the colors and walk out the door!

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Dress – HepKat Vintage, Stockings – H&M, Heels – Le Chateau, Brooch – Vintage


Retro Chic

Whatever you want to call this trend, it is not going away! Vintage look and feel is here to stay.

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Blouse – Winners, Trouser & Boots – Zara, Watch – Fossil


Sailor Stripes

Stripes and nauticals are returning this spring – and we are excited. However, wide stripes seem to be dominating the runways thus far.

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Crop Top – Forever 21, Maxi Dress – Winners, Necklace – H&M, Heels – Old Navy, Glasses – Polette Eyewear

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Cardigan – Winners, Dress – Forever 21, Belt – Joe Fresh, Necklace – Peoples Jewellers

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Crop Top & Skirt – Forever 21, Heels – Old Navy, Necklace – H&M

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Cardigan – Casa Blanca, Tee-Shirt – ZARA, Necklace – H&M


Fringe Effect

Love your fringe bag, skirt, jacket or vest? Well the fringe is hanging around this spring, too!

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Jacket – Zara, Dress – Copious Fashions, Socks & Sandals – Urban Outfitters, Necklace – Forever 21


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Dress – Vintage, Fringe Vest – Forever 21, Watch – Fossil, Socks – Urban Outfitters


Floral Feast

Who doesn’t like flowers? Try a floral patterned full skirt or dress to satisfy your floral cravings.

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Dress – HepKat Vintage, Necklace – Aldo Accessories, Heels – Winners


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         Dress – Sirens, Floral Jacket & Bolo Tie – Value Village, Tights – Calvin Klein  , Ankle Boots – Zara


XO,

-Country meet City

 

How To: Wear Animal Print

Animal print never goes out of fashion. In fact, it is one print that should be kept in your closet. Every season we hear the same thing, “Animal print is on trend!”

The question isn’t about “should you” or “shouldn’t you” own an animal print, it’s knowing how to incorporate it into your wardrobe.

The biggest issue when it comes to animal print is – how do you wear it and pull it off?


Tone that leopard print down

If your outfit is too wild, tone it down. If you wear an animal print top, you can tone it down by wearing a single-colored-bottom in color that blends well with your wild print. Lacey chose a classic leopard shiny knit top and toned down by a matte brown calf length skirt with gold buttons complementing the gold shimmer in the top.

Remember wear a shade that complements your animal print.

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Top & Skirt & Shawl – Vintage

Shoes – Thrift

Matte Black Antler Tip Necklace – Country meet City Design

Belt & Bracelets – Forever 21

Tights – Urban Outfitters

Lip Stick – Mac – Prepare For Pleasure


Don’t match animal print if it’s large

Matching colors and prints is very common in styling. However, choose only one large animals print and complement it with other non-animal pieces. For instance, Kay’s dress is a zebra print, and she paired with non-animal patterned black tights and plain black heels.

A touch of the same print on your footwear only works when the black, beige or white shade is dominant in the print.

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Dress & Coat – H&M
Tights – Fancy Socks, Rideau Centre
Heels – Le Chateau
Necklace – Vintage
Lips – Sephora

Animal print and color clash

A new way to wear animal print is to team it with bright colors. Now, not everybody has the heart to apply this idea but it´s something worth a try. The key here is to go for only one single vibrant color.

Our favorite is zebra print with emerald green and leopard print matched with ruby red.

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Only match animal print with accessories

If you must go matchy-matchy with your animal print do so with your accessories, provided they do match.

If you wear leopard printed shoes, match it with a purse in leopard print purse or scarf. But also remember that there such a thing as over-kill. Don’t go overboard with matching your print.

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Come on ladies!  Get your print on!

XO,

-Country meet City

Werkday Wednesday – Hats, Scarves & Shawls

As the temperatures start to get cooler, we take solace in the fact that there’s one stylish item that can keep us warm: fall scarves and floppy hats.

Yes, our favourite fall accessory is back with a vengeance with plenty of styles to suit every outfit. Grab an over-sized version that can double as a shawl or opt for a comfy, snuggly add-on to your ensemble.
Fall means limitless layering options, the new and very welcome blanket shawl trend, and stomping across crunchy colored leaves in your favorite fall boots topped with an over-sized hat — make us not miss the sweltering summer months. Fall accessories are the best kind of accessories.

Lacey wears a vintage cotton blanket as a blanket shawl; blanket shawls are very suitable for any fall or winter outfit. Just cozy up in a blanket like those and belt it or wrap it, as you wish.  Lacey also wears a small vintage faux fur scarf.  Faux fur is a fun way to dress up any outfit, giving it a touch of vintage glam.

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Kay wore the same scarf but in two different ways.  The first is a classic wrap, and the second style is the single knot.

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XO,

-Country meet City

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