BE MINE, GALENTINE

It’s possible that chocolates, flowers, and fancy dinners with your significant other are totally your thing – but if you’ve ever found yourself dreaming about a holiday that solely celebrates you and your girlfriends, Galentine’s Day is something you should you should be celebrating.

What is Galentine’s Day, you ask? Well – duh it’s the best day of the year.

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Still a little confused? Galentine’s Day is a holiday Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character, Leslie Knope, created that occurs every year on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day.

Basically, it’s like Valentine’s Day, only instead of celebrating the love you have for your significant other, you spend it with your girlfriends, who after all deserve a holiday all to themselves too.

This Friday we are celebrating a little early with our girlfriends. We are off to have dinner and watch Fifty Shades Darker – ya we aren’t afraid to admit it.


Galentine Ideas:

Shopping Trip!

Photoshoot!

Movie date!

Galentine’s Gift Exchange!

Get Your Nails Did!


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Jewellery – My Vintage Retreat

Photographer – Willow Lamoureux Photography

Tea Set – Deux à Deux

Floral Crowns – Blumenstudio

MUA – The Art of Beauty by Tammy

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#GIRLBOSS – My Vintage Retreat

Entrepreneurship is a hot topic these days. Countless books and articles have been written about it, success stories hitting the headlines touting billionaires who went from “zero-to-hero” plug up our news-feeds.

Furthermore, entrepreneurship is no longer reserved for those with primary inventions and enough courage to risk their entire savings on an innovative idea. Rather, it is often a side project or passion that hopefully will lead to something full-time.


Vintage and country – two subjects that make our ears ring and that is why we love Tracy.  No stranger to the artisan scene here in Ottawa we wanted to introduce you to – My Vintage Retreat.

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My Vintage Retreat is a handmade haven, where Tracy’s adoration for vintage aesthetic and love of re-purposing collide in creative bliss. Working from home in Mont Cascades, Quebec, she finds herself inspired by the natural beauty of the wooded surroundings, wild antics of her three sons, and the thrill of creatively re-purposing.


Tracy has always been a creative ‘weirdo’ but gained the confidence to start selling home décor in 2011 as a way to make some extra money when expecting her second baby.

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Since then, My Vintage Retreat has grown into her full-time obsession and a therapeutic retreat that keeps her grounded amidst the demands of being an at-home-mom to her active sons.

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Loving the entire process of re-purposing – the hunt for material, the creative brainstorming, the trial and error of experimenting with techniques, and the satisfaction of seeing something she created being enjoyed and appreciated is her greatest satisfaction, whether it is meeting with craft show customers and enthusiasts or connecting with other creative spirits.

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Tracy’s products are all handmade by herself with a conscious nod to quirk and kitsch and with the goal of turning unused goods into functional treasures. With her mediums and technique constantly changing and evolving as she tries to creatively re-purpose various materials.

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Tracy started-off re-purposing bone china tea cups into eco-friendly, hand-poured soy wax candles. Shortly after, she inherited some wonderfully aged barn board and turned it into wall hangings that feature cute images on burlap. From there she branched out into hand-painted burlap pillow covers.

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More recently Tracy has been experimenting with ways to salvage the pretty and impressively detailed patterns on cracked or chipped antique dishes. Teaching herself how to use some new tools and techniques through major trial and error and started forming these dishes into jewellery. She cuts each shape by hand, sands the edges to a smooth finish, and seals all porous surfaces herself. The result is a growing collection of jewellery that is unique, completely one of a kind, and a wearable piece of nostalgia.

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Tracy is one of the most honest, selfless, authentic people we have had to opportunity to meet and ‘work’ with.  Please take a minute and check out her constantly changing and updating pieces on:

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Mt Vintage Retreat will be at several markets over the holiday season including:

Foire Atisanale / Christmas Craft Fair

Vorlage Ski Hill, Wakefield, Quebec

Saturday, November 5 – 10AM to 4PM

Sunday November 6 – 10AM to 4PM

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Horticulture Building @ Lansdowne Park

Fun. Fabulous. Free – Presented by 613flea

Saturday, November 12 – 10AM to 5PM

Hintonburg Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Hintonburg Community Centre

Saturday, November 17 – 10AM to 4PM

Mistletoe & Ivy

Bronson Centre

Saturday, November 26 – 10AM to 4PM

Shop Your Local Talent Holiday Craft Show

Old Ottawa South Firehall Community Centre

Sunday, November 27 – 10AM to 4PM

Craftalicious

Knox Church, Elgin Street

Saturday, December 3 – 10AM to 4PM

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XO,

-Country meet City

Transitioning Summer Pieces into Fall

Don’t pack away your summer pieces just yet! With just a few simple styling tricks you can take your favorite warm weather basics into Fall (or from casual to office-friendly).

We don’t want to ignore that it’s still warm out, but Fall is here and it’s one of our favorite seasons. Fall offers weather that is most wardrobe friendly, allowing you to accessorize, layer, and express your personal style.

Since every season has its trends, will be rounding up the ones that are getting us especially excited for the coming cooler temperatures.  First up is transitioning pieces of our summer wardrobe into wearable fall pieces.


Florals

This was one of our top trends for spring, but it doesn’t have to be limited to only warm weather. You can still wear florals but opt for a longer dress or skirt and update it with a long-sleeved blouse, or a denim or suede jacket.  These updates will have you ready for fall in no time.

Layering

One of the best ways to transition? Layering is our ultimate tip. Not only will layering your pieces help you to stay warm, but the individual pieces can be worn now, and are perfectly transitional throughout the seasons. A vest or blazer or a blouse worn under your chosen outfit will make it easy to adjust to changing temperatures throughout day.


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Dress and Necklace – Country meet City Designs

Ring – Foe & Dear

Vest – Darling Vintage

Sandals – Zara


 

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Dress – Zara

Blouse – HepKat Vintage

Brooch – Vintage

Heels – Winners


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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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Polo in the Park Ottawa!

Mark your calendars!  This Saturday, August 27, Polo in the Park Ottawa takes place in the beautiful Wesley Clover Parks in Nepean from 10:00 – 18:00.

Yes, the day will be full of horse polo matches, but that’s not all! Away from the arena, there is children’s entertainment including horse rides, bouncy castles, and face painting.

You can also enjoy many pop-up boutiques, food concessions and refreshment area.

In the tradition of polo matches around the world, fashion and hats are a huge attraction.  We got a little crazy and created a hat and fascinator with vintage violin sheet music.

This year’s Polo in the Park will be hosting a Hat Contest with five different categories!

  • Hat-A-Tude
  • Dapper Dan
  • Too Hot to Trot
  • Colt & Filly
  •  Fresh Flowers

Registration for Hat Contest: 10:00 to 12:00
Hat Promenade: Grand Prix Ring @ 12:30
Winners Announced: Grand Prix Ring @  16:00

Polo in the Park Ottawa is a fundraising event of the Rotary Club of Ottawa South to assist community agencies to provide the important services that so many rely upon. This year’s beneficiaries include the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and TROtt.


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Kay Wears:  Skirt – Old Navy, Blouse – Forever 21, Brooch – Vintage, Sunglasses – ALDO Accessories, Sandals – Winners, Fascinator – Country meet City Designs


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Lacey Wears:  Dress & Belt – Anthropologie, Sunglasses – Forever 21, Sandals – ALDO, Necklace and Hat – Country meet City Designs


Show us your hats!

XO,

-Country meet City

Polo in the Park – DIY Polo Hat

Polo In The Park Ottawa is coming up soon and with a name like Country meet City, how can we not be excited!?!

FAQs:

Date: Saturday August 27, 2016

Time: 10AM to 6PM

Location: Wesley Clover Parks (401 Corkston Road, Nepean)

Tickets: General: $15 // VIP: $250 // VIP Table of 10: $2,000

*Free for Children 18 years & under*


The Rotary Club of Ottawa South has partnered with Wesley Clover Parks and the Ottawa Polo Club to bring Ottawa the inaugural Polo in the Park fundraising event to benefit the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and TROtt (Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton).

Polo in the Park is also hosting a hat contest!! There are 5 categories this year:

  1. Hat-A-Tude
  2. Dapper Dan
  3. Too Hot to Trot
  4. Colt & Filly (Kids)
  5. Fresh Flowers

Polo is referred to as “hockey on horses” and is a unique sport with a long and compelling history. Fashion also plays a major part in polo events and is watched just as closely as the match itself. Major fashion players at these matches are hats/fascinators, cute dresses and sunglasses.

We love to get crafty and want you to as well.  So we put together a little DIY Flower Fascinator to get you inspired!


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TOOLS & MATERIALS:

  • Plastic horses
  • Flowers (faux or real)
  • Headband
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gold paint
  • Scissors

STEP 1:

This is a horse event. So grab your horses and paint them!

Let them dry!

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STEP 2:

Cut your flowers off the stem.

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STEP 3:

Glue the flowers to the headband.

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STEP 4:

Glue on horses to the headband.

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STEP 5:

Violà! Your finished! Now go and rock your fascinator!

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How would you make your Polo Hat?

XO,

-Country meet City

Pins & Patches

Maybe it’s because the 90’s are  back with vengeance or perhaps it’s just because they’re cute and fun. But it sure is nice dropping under $10.00 on a pin or patch and not feeling guilty about it.

This summer our t-shirts and denim jackets are covered in patches and pins.

Enamel pins are the micro-trend of the moment, and they are the sprinkles on top of any outfit. We visited Victoire, Value Village and our mom’s jewellery boxes to collect a few pins to add to our collections.

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‘Whiskey’ Pin (Top) / ‘Say Goodbye’ Pin (Bottom) – Sick Girls (Toronto Based)


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‘Clover Lapel’ Pin – Stay Home Club (Montréal Based)


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‘Sorry I’m Not Sorry’ Patch – Rosehound Apparel (Toronto Based), purchased at Juxtapose Annex (Toronto)

Kay Wears: Jean Jacket – Old Navy / Dress – Winners / Pins – Listed above/ Flower Crown – Forever 21 / Sunglasses – MILK / Black Studded Sandals – Winners / Patch T-Shirt – ZARA / Pleated Skirt & Scarf – Vintage / Suede Sandals – H&M / Heart-Shaped Sunglasses – Old Navy / Patch – Listed above


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Lacey Wears: Jacket – Gap / Patch T-shirt – Winners / Shorts – Levi’s / Cowboy Hat – Bailey / Cowboy Boots – Justin’s / Belt – Vintage / Pins & Patches – Listed above


It’s a subtle way to display everything from political beliefs to quirky sayings, so there’s absolutely a pin or patch out there with your name on it.

If you’re pinning, you’re winning, and if you’re patching you’re matching.

XO,

-Country meet City