Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ottawa Fashion Week

Ottawa Fashion Week 2010, has come and gone. I was really excited to go, because I've never been to a fashion show before.  The idea of going seemed so glamorous.  Saturday was the only day I could go, so I got tickets for Morgan and myself.  It was going to be a girls night.  

Before Morgan came over I raided my closet to put together an outfit.

Of course none of these outfits made the cut.  By the last outfit of my black skinny jeans and purple tank, I was ready to burst.  That feeling of having nothing to wear was too overwhelming.  Morgan was due to come over to my place in a few hours, so I hit up the closest mall to pick up some new items.  It's not always the best idea to shop when you feel like you have nothing, because there's that tendency of buying too much.  But I tried to keep a clear head on what I wanted and not purchase everything in sight. 

I got a pair of essential - thick cotton - black leggings, a super cozy blue/grey sweater, a deep purple sweater, an adorable ivory rose headband and a dark grey bennie.  Done.  My style for the fashion show was going to be far from glamorous.  Just fresh & casual.  

When Morgan came over my tension just faded and we got down to the business of dolling up.  She is super talented at styling and I was very appreciative that she helped me out with my hair & false lashes.

The fashion show was amazing! I wish that we could have gone to all of the nights.  Both Morgan and I promised each other that next time we will prepare ahead of time to make sure our schedules are free for the whole week. 

The line-up Saturday night included: LABEL, Flood and Robicheau, Andrew Majtenyi, Jana Hanzel, Judy Design and Rachel Sin. It was so hard to pick out which designer was my favorite because they were all so good and different from each other. 

Flood and Robicheau had amazing bright colours and playful designs. The collection was fun!  Next summer my "got-to-have" is a bright jumper from F&R collection. 

Judy Design had a great rocker feel to her clothes, they were urban and wearable!  The music selection was great.  The opening song was Marilyn Manson, and poor Morgan got a punch in the arm from me due to my excitement (sorry Mo, but when Chris isn't around, I tend to punch the nearest person when I get too excited).  Each outfit was awesome, eager to see more, I was sad when her lineup was over. 

Jana Hanzel threw in a nice twist of having a violin musician playing at the beginning of her line-up.  The outfits to follow were classy and beautiful.  I wanted so many of them to add into my "work-appropriate" collection.  I loved the enlarged bows and flowers the models wore in their hair. 

Rachel Sin *sigh* xo is all that can describe her.  Je adore! I envied all the ladies who walked around the gallery wearing her dresses.

One of the big highlights of that night for me was meeting the beautiful ML, from Twenty York Street. She's a super talented Ottawa fashion blogger.  She's also really nice! If you haven't checked her out yet, do it!!!  She has great taste and is down-to-earth. It was too bad that we didn't have much time to chat but she was super busy with meeting & greeting others.   

I think this photograph is the best representation of how awkward I felt in front of the OFW poster. ML had her friends pointing cameras at us then Mo with my camera...  Too many cameras!  Which one to smile awkwardly at?!?!  My anxiety confession to ML relieved some of my nervousness because she was so friendly.  We laughed, I sighed.. after 2 minutes of photo-taking I had enough. 

after OFW self pics
My biggest regret was not taking a picture of Morgan.  She looked so pretty!!!  She always looks beautiful, but she was especially dolled up for OFW.  I continuously peer pressure her to start up a blog.  Mo would be so good at it!  She is so talented, that I know that she would be tons of followers and people adoring her style.

My second biggest regret of the night: leaving my camera in my purse for the majority of the time.  But thank goodness for fellow Ottawa Bloggers!  Including Twenty York Street, there are two other beautiful bloggers in town that I follow and enjoy reading.

Methodical Melrose has written a great review of Ottawa Fashion Week.  What I like about Melrose's is that she has great style.  Her clothes are what I would love to have in my closet. Then there's Pop Champagne, who has reviewed each day: One, Two and Three of OFW.  She also has an interview with the very talented designer, Adrain Wu.  Champagne is funny and full of fun celebrity gossip, local events and fashion.   It's everything that defines Pop. I like reading her "Around Ottawa" section, the events she follows are  interesting.  So check out all the wonderful links above to see the beautiful fashion trends and read the talented bloggers. 


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

you're beautiful

Poppy † said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

beautiful sets!.
What do you do?. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I always feel the same way that i dont hab anything to wear in my closet..nways loved that cozy cardigan u got..

20 York Street said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My dear Ashelle!

I am so so humbled reading your post that I have to admit, I've ready a few times over - thank you! That is so sweet and incredibly kind of you to write those super nice things about me!

If you don't mind, this is getting on Twitter and Facebook, ASAP! =)

As I told you, I've been scanning the crowds for you and I'm very pleased we met. I'm thinking of a blogger meet-up soon! With Julie, Mel, etc. What do you think?

p.s. J is still working on our photos, I love these ones you posted!



Pop Champagne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hey Ashelle! Thanks for mentioning me! Too bad we didn't have much chance to talk at OFW, hopefully we meet up again real soon sometimes and chat a bit! :)

Ashelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

worldgoesround & Poppy † Thanks for the kind words :) Thanks, the sweater is super cozy! Big cozy sweaters are always a great item to turn to when I have no clue what to wear.

Thanks 20 York Street! It was great meeting you, I think a blogger-met would be fun. Of course you can tweet or facebook this post. I’m excited to see the pictures that you have from OFW.

Pop Champagne No problem, I liked the photos and review of the OWF. It’s too bad that we didn’t know we’d be at the same event, hopefully next one we’ll get to see each other.

Ashley McConnell said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Just discovered your blog!

Great to see more Ottawa fashion bloggers!

Tinfoils Tiaras said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great blog- I'm a Ottawa fashion girl too! I was in Newfoundland for work during OFW so its great to read about what went on!

xo Emily

Collette Osuna said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG....I love all the outfits....and the awesome pics of everyone!!

You ladies look so fab!!

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aliciafashionista said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

BAHAHAHA I am obsessed with the outfit pics and the fact that I knew deep down that you probably didnt even end up with them! Your final choice was a good one though, I am totally loving that hair piece xoxo

Smelly Danielly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Number 1 I am obsessed with photo number 3! I LOVE that outfit!

Number 2 and totally off topic, but I love the layout of your place! I know I can only see the fireplace, TV, and railing, but I love it! I need a fireplace like that!

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I love the fourth outfit. So frilly.

Ashelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Ashley McConnell & Tinfoils Tiaras, it’s always great to met other Ottawa bloggers! I’ll definitely be checking out your blogs 

Collette Osuna you’re sweet to say all the outfits are nice. They were all way too cold for the Ottawa weather though. ML looked great that night! I felt way to grubby in my casual wear when I was standing with her.

aliciafashionista haha that’s awesome that you knew deep down that none of those outfits would do. I always fight that urge to get something new when there’s an event to go to. It’s sad because I have a lot of clothes, but can never find a thing to wear. Thanks for dropping by!

Smelly Danielly thanks  I will have to find an excuse to wear #3 soon before the weather becomes too cold. The layout of our house it great, it’s one of the reasons why I feel in love and had to get it. It’s a very cozy/cottage-like feel. The main living room has a great open concept with vaulted ceilings. Right now there’s barely anything in it because we have no idea what we want to do.

Jaclyn the frills are fun! I love those skirts because they have such great movement.

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