#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

Bestie Gift Guide

Besties.

We all have at least one or are lucky to have a few. They have been with us through thick and think with you. Shared our laughter, silliness, cries and the dark times. They truly know and understand us on a level many will never get to experience.

When it comes to getting your bestie(s) a gift you want it to be perfect and a true reflection of their interests and your love for them.

Finding the perfect gift can also take a lot of time (and money) – We’ve gathered some majorly legit gift ideas that will leave your bestie speechless.


 

MatchingJewelleryWhat better way to make your bestie-ship official then adorable matching necklaces? JV Studios, local to Ottawa, has crafted this beauty with a personalized braille message ” Best Bitches“.

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SucculentsShare your green thumb with your bestie with some adorable mini-succulents from the amazing Blumenstudio.

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SunglassesCheck out the  Adele sunnies from Polette (we’re obsessed with this site) and buy a different colour for each of you (Golden-Metal and Blue-Metal shown below). Polette has a great selection of sunnies at great prices!

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MugTeacupArtRuss on Etsy has some hella cute mugs. We fell in love with these matching mugs. Can you tell we’re huge fans of F.R.I.E.N.D.S?

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TreatsWe love treats and when we can share them and nom out we do! A favourite place of ours to hit up is the Cupcake Lounge. Their XO Box is a great pre-arranged gift idea!

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CandlesThank you for being a friend. If the Golden Girls aren’t relationship goals, I don’t want to know what is. We stumbled upon these totally sick Golden Girls Prayer Candles on Etsy by TheEternalFlame. #amen

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CatStuffBoth of our current obsession are Pins and Patches. We also share a deep love for kitties. One of our favourite local stores, Victoire, is carrying a too-cute for words “Feline Fine” patch by Bruised Tongue. And did we mention it’s only $7!!

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MatchingTeesGirl Power – nothing exudes this more than Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts. We just had to put this amazing “Fight Like A Girl” Baseball Tee by TheRaesPrints from Etsy on our list.

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AlcoholCraft Beer is amazing. It’s taking every city by storm! We both love Ottawa’s selection and love that you can now get a Beer Growlers (pictured below). You make a deposit and can have one of these bad boys filled. Cheers to your bestie!

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ColouringBooksAdult Colouring books are super popular right now and really great to help relieve stress.  Treat them to the new Ottawa in Colour – Colouring book!

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ManiPediTreat Yo’Self! What’s more perfect than pampering yourself? Bringing your bestie along! Nothing makes you feel fresher than a Mani/Pedi from The Ten Spot.

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CameraA picture can say a thousand words and record moments forever. We both have FujiFilm Instax Mini 8‘s and love them! You can buy them at Urban Outfitters and get different Polaroid photo paper. Say Cheese!!

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ConcertTicketsLaughter is the best form of therapy. Treat your bestie to some concert tickets. The hilarious Amy Schumer is on tour and heading to Ottawa November 10th!

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MatchingTattoosWhat better idea than BFF tattoos? Last summer on Lacey’s birthday we got our friend Sarah to join in and we all got tattoos (Lacey: A Sailboat / Kay: Jupiter Symbol / Sarah: Deathly Hallows Symbol). Need more inspiration? Click here.

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VinylRecordPlayerThis is one of our more pricey picks, but a perfect gift for the music loving friend! You can find the Ion Photon Vinyl Record Player at Urban Outfitters.

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XO,

-Country meet City

 

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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