#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

2017 – The year people may Quit Social Media

For those of you high on 2017 resolutions – perhaps its self-care, spending more time with your family, reading more and buying less – here’s an interesting statistic to consider: according to a recent survey in the UK more people want to quit social media than quit smoking in 2017.

Sure, social media outlets can offer incredible knowledge – it gives people a platform to voice their opinions instantly – perhaps to share a joke, or an opinion.

But, it’s also a toxic swamp. Facebook is larded with annoying ads and fake news, and Twitter is full of hateful homophobic, sexist, racist rotten eggs. (Instagram may be the only happy place left on the Internet and it has it flaws).

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Evidence is mounting that too much social media use can hurt your family life, wreak havoc on your mental health, and interfere with your day job. Over the holidays, we noticed many people started posting farewell posts on Facebook, saying goodbye to social media along with 2016, a year nearly everyone acknowledges as ‘The Worst’.

So what does this mean for us?

With a blog – we survive with social media platforms.  But we acknowledge there are way too many possible platforms out there to use.

A full-on Twitter or Facebook deletion isn’t in the books for us, but we feel we have a good grasp on ways to use our social media mindfully and positively. We want to bring social media back to the ‘good-old-days where we can use social media as a space for positivity, encouragement, support, education and connection – instead of this current gross-pit of bigotry, snark and jealousy.

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Whether your approach to New Year’s resolutions is cold turkey abstinence or temperate moderation, taking back control of your social media temptation is a smart one for 2017.

What would you like to see from us? What’s the tone you want to see from us online? How can we make social media more productive, interesting and caring for you our reader?

XO,

-Country meet City

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See you later, Bye, 2016!

We’re supposed to regard 2016 as the worst 12 months in the history of humanity – or at least according to all the memes.

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It’s true, there have been some pretty awful events this year, namely: Trump getting elected, the abundance of celebrity deaths and the rise of terrorist attacks. But it has also been a very glorious, liberating, bonkers, awe-inspiring roller-coaster of a year.

But it’s the year we took a risk.

We have always felt different and maybe a little weirder compared to other bloggers. Our personalities and styles have always set us apart, for better or worse. 2016 was a year we decided to do more for ourselves and learned not cater to others definitions of what it means to be a blogger. We also took a bit of a step back from blogging as often and events to focus an evaluate what we wanted to and be with our blog.

2016 has had some really crappy things happen but it has also been a year of growth. Always try to find the positive in all situations and strive to be your best self.

We will leave you with a quote that really stuck with us from Russian designer, Gosha, summing up 2016 perfectly:

“…there is a great international unity of young people… I feel a great energy that comes from youth all over the world. Old people can keep making wars for money, but we’ll grow up and change the world.”

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Cheers to you and a happy + healthy 2017! Be the change you want to see.

XO,

– Country meet City

Thrifty Tips – Holiday Party Edition

The holiday season is upon us – and this means holiday festivities, so looking and feeling a little glamorous may be somewhat important. There’s a slight catch, though. Christmas is often expensive and gift shopping and engagements makes any budget for a party outfit slim to nonexistent.

We are no stranger to working our wardrobes to their full potential – knowing that everyday clothing and accessories in our closet can be easily transformed into a fun festive outfit with little additions.  Sprucing up your wardrobe by adding a few smart new items to your fashion arsenal will have you ready for the Christmas party season.


Shoes Can Make a Statement – A great pair of statement heels or boots are the perfect single item for anyone who wants to spruce up her wardrobe this holiday season. An eye-catching pair can transform a simple outfit into a holiday ensemble.

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Razzle Dazzle –Invest in a new jewellery item this holiday season. Much like a pair of shoes, a bold necklace or earrings can add some much-needed razzle dazzle to a dull outfit.

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Makeup Matters – Did you know that you can take an outfit from day-to-night just by changing your makeup? This is a best-kept secret. If you need to look great for a holiday party, use a dark black liner and created a winged-eye look. Or, skip the eyes and just apply a dark red lip colour to give your look some instant flair.

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Statement Jacket – A well-cut or striking outer layer is the last thing you put on but the first thing others see, so it makes sense to ensure that it’s a hard-working piece, regardless of what you’re wearing underneath.  Grab a fun jacket for your party and pair it with something you have in your closet at home to create an easy holiday outfit.

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Christmas party season should be fun. With these tips, you can spruce up your wardrobe and look stylish for all of your holiday functions without having to spend a fortune.

XO,

-Country meet City

A Woman’s Worth

2016 has felt very heavy but also very productive and eye-opening for us. It has taught us to keep swimming and to never let people’s negativity define who we are or what we want to achieve.

Our friendship started in College and was built upon our quirky and different personalities meshing together in school projects and McDonald’s runs in between classes. But grew into something more meaningful on a deeper level of understanding and support.

As women, we need to have these friendships. We need strong women in our lives for support, learning, collaboration and inspiration. Our society has a lot of backwards notions about how a woman should look, act and portray herself and it’s so difficult not to get caught up in or affected by these ideas and “rules”.

We need these friendships to empower ourselves and to strive to be more than just the status quo and to acknowledge that every woman comes in and with different shapes, backgrounds and ideals.

The world is a very different place from when our parents where young and women’s roles have significantly changed and evolved for the better. We need to start being the change we want to see and to also be better role models for young girls. Boundaries and rules are meant to be bent and challenged.

Follow the beat of your own heart and never apologize for not meeting someone’s definition of what it means to be a woman and your worth. Surround yourself with strong and empowering woman who will inspire and support you.

XO,

-Country meet City

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Photo by: Amy Zambonin

Local Gift Guide – For the City Girl

We all have those urbanites in our life – you may even be one of them.  And with a name like Country meet City, we thought it would only be appropriate to follow-up with a Gift Guide for the City Girl.

Finding great gifts for that girl who lives in the city can be tough. They may have a small apartment/home and may spend a lot of time out and about, so you probably won’t want to give them large things that require them to be at home to use. But things they can use while they’re enjoying the city, going about their everyday life? They’ll appreciate those gifts over and over again.

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Once again we’ve done all the research for you, finding all of the best and locally sourced gift items from luxe jackets and blazers, mala necklaces, artisan bags and personalized wine glasses.  Even better,  is you can find it all at the Freewheeling Craft Christmas Market and happening December 3-4 from 10AM-4PM at the Glebe Community Centre.  This Christmas Market will have something for everyone on your list.


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Everything at Rowes Fashion is 100% handmade! From pattern to cut to sew and made in Ottawa.  Every piece is unique and made with the highest quality of materials.  Possibly the best part they will adjust pieces to fit you just right.
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Website: rowesfashion.com

Facebook: @rowesfashion

Instagram: @rowes_fashion

Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/rowesfashion


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Tangente (French for tangent) is a collection of eco-friendly women’s clothing and accessories. Designed for conscientious consumer and created with fabrics made of organic cotton, bamboo, ramie, tencel and vintage trims. Cathy only uses materials that have the lowest possible impact on the environment. Each garment is designed and produced in her studio in Ottawa!

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Facebook: @tangenteclothing

Instagram: @tangenteclothing

Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/tangente


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Inner Echo was created by Tara and Shannon, with the simple belief that life is like an echo and what you put out into the universe comes back to you. When you vibrate at a high frequency your experiences and surroundings do the same. It is simple – radiate love, kindness, empathy and joy in all that you do and watch as the universe radiates them all back to you!   Inner Echo is malas, wraps, stacks, and bracelets & essential oil blends that raise your vibrational frequency — with the bonus of additional therapeutic benefits.

All of Inner Echo’s pieces are made up of powerful authentic gemstones & other sacred materials that each have their own unique healing properties. ts_innerecho_blondie_lacey

Facebook: @innerechomalas

Website:  www.innerechomalas.com

Instagram: @inner.echo

Twitter: @innerechomalas


claypigeonChristine is the mastermind behind Clay Pigeon Design.  She is a rocker that creates these beautiful modern, often multi-functional ceramic pieces, influenced by nature, ‘dark rock’, mid-century design, and cats.  So many cats.  Her pieces are for anyone in any house or apartment and a must have for any cat lover out there. 

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Website:  www.claypigeondesign.com

Facebook:  @ClayPigeonDesign

Instagram: @claypigeondesign


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Salsabruce ain’t no salsa – but Amal’s items are hot hot hot!  Creators & Curators of hand-made jewellery and home furnishings.  Using new and used clothing and accessories both vintage and current.  Our favorite is the statement ostrich feather necklace and deerskin leather belt.  This necklace and belt will spice up any outfit for the holiday season!

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Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/salsabruce

Facebook: @salsabruce

Instagram: @salsabruce


So what is on your list for your Uptown Girl this holiday?

XO,

-Country meet City

*  Photo Credit: Alex Sarna Photography *