Saturday, 13 June 2015

ONE HUNDRED & SEVENTEEN/ #velovogue15

Confession: I am twenty-three years old and I have never learned how to ride a bicycle. A lot of people are shocked when they find that out but I really don't think it's a big deal. I'm all kinds of clumsy and I just envision myself flying head first into a dumpster or something. That's not to say that I'm not a fan of bikes - they're interesting, the culture that is associated with them is remarkable and in all honesty they're just really aesthetically pleasing to me.

I'm starting to feel like a bit of a bike poser, or at least that's how I felt last weekend. Laura, her twin sister and I went to Velo Vogue's annual bike fashion show and we had a really good time. The decor was absolutely phenomenal; the place was decked out in multicoloured bike tires, there were models everywhere! The show itself was put on by an amazing local blog in support of Rite Bike Ottawa. I can't even imagine the kind of time and hard work that it took to pull off an even like that. I really admire them for it, they truly did a phenomenal job! Although I don't ride bikes myself, I didn't feel too out of place because the fashion (both on and off the runway) was fantastic.

I decided to go for a bit of a sporty look myself with just a basic cotton dress and my New Balance sneakers. I still can't get over how well these shoes compliment my Kate Spade handbag, I feel as though they were made for each other. I threw on my Eileen Fisher coated denim jacket just for some extra layers and I made my lips pop with NYX's matte 'Neon Pink' lipstick.

JACKET/ Eileen Fisher DRESS/ Forever 21+ HANDBAG/ Kate Spade 
SHOES/ New Balance WATCH/ Michael Kors

Outfit photos by Laura Kidd

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

ONE HUNDRED & SIXTEEN/ old world underground

The Diefenbunker is a four-story, 300 room, 100,000 square foot underground bunker, and was meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of Cold War fear, between 1959 and 1961. The name of the facility was given by a Toronto Star journalist who exposed a story of its development. - The Difenbunker's Official Website

The Diefenbunker is unlike anywhere I've ever been before, or anything I've ever seen. It is literally a bunker that is hidden so far underground that it is built to withstand a nuclear blast. The place is enormous and it is equipped with everything imaginable. There are medical rooms, surgical rooms, dental rooms, board rooms, decontamination showers, rooms dedicated to radio broadcasting, a bank vault, and so much more.

The bunker is absolutely phenomenal and if you live in Ottawa, or have a chance to visit here, I highly recommend going to see it for yourself. They did a fantastic job of preserving everything; it truly feels as though you walked through a time machine and ended up back in the '60s. It has a bit of a creepy vibe to it, which I absolutely adore, and with a good chunk of the rooms being dedicated to a traditional museum type experience - it is very educational. I went with Aurelia and we both enjoyed the bunker immensely. We just sort of wandered around and took in all of the sites and readings for ourselves but there was so much to look at and do, it was a bit overwhelming. I'm already planning my next trip back and I'm hoping to go on a guided tour for the next time around.

If you're familiar with The Hunger Games trilogy - it is a bit reminiscent of District 13. Or at least that's what was on my mind the entire time I was down there.

I wore super comfortable clothes to go out and explore the bunker and I'm happy that I did. There was a lot of walking and a few stairs. Being as underground as it is, it was downright cold so I'm happy that I brought my trusty denim jacket with me.


JACKET/ Old Navy DRESS/ H&M+ LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve 
SHOES/ Converse HANDBAG/ Balenciaga NECKLACE/ H&M 
WATCH/ Michael Kors

Outfit photos by Aurelia Cerquozzi / Bunker photos by me
This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

ONE HUNDRED & FIFTEEN/ faux pas

Hi my name is Rosie and for my next trick I'm going to be committing one of fashion's biggest faux pas! Here I am, in all my glory, wearing leggings as pants!! *gasp*

I'm not sure if it really counts as a faux pas seeing as my blouse is long enough to cover my bum but either way I don't really care. Rules, in my opinion, are made to be broken. It's definitely not the most risque look I've gone for but I still felt a bit self-conscious throughout the day.

My main goal for this look (that I admittedly threw together in about 1.5 minutes) was comfort. I had an extremely long day that day and this look had to take me from work in the morning to out to a board game lounge at night, and everywhere in between. I think it did a great job at that and I really owe it all to my crisp white blouse.

Although I threw the outfit together in less than two minutes, despite the fact that I'm wearing leggings as pants and forget about the Nike trainers - I looked chic and I felt confident (for the most part) and I owe that all to the white blouse and blazer combo. I'm a sucker for classics and I think that those are two very versatile pieces that everyone needs in their wardrobe. A blazer and a white blouse can literally spruce up any look, even one that is pantless and paired with trainers.

BLAZER/ Lord & Taylor TOP/ H&M+ LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve 
SHOES/ Nike HANDBAG/ 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli
SCARF/ via Consignment 
Photos by Laura Kidd

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

ONE HUNDRED & FOURTEEN/ summer 2015


Here's a bit of a bucket list / set of goals that I hope to accomplish by the time September rolls around. I have a lot planned for this summer and I'm hoping to make the most out of it. Although summer isn't typically my favourite time of year this past winter was mostly spent in hibernation due to the extreme cold so I can't wait to soak up a bit of sunshine and warmth.

1) Road trip to Atlantic Canada with my brother and live out my lifelong dream of visiting Newfoundland and Labrador.

2) Go to as many concerts and festivals as possible. So far I have tickets to: Drake, Shania Twain, Bluesfest (to see Kanye West!!!!!) and Riot Fest in September.

3) Go on a haunted walk of Kingston with Aurelia and stay at a haunted bed and breakfast.

4) Get at least one new tattoo.

5) Spend a lot of time exploring different parts of Ottawa that I'm not too familiar with.

6) Visit museums! Upper Canada Village, the Diefenbunker, the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of Nature, ect ect ect. I live in the nation's capital so there are museums everywhere.

7) Try out as many different and new restaurants in Ottawa as humanly possible.

8) Dye (at least part of) my hair teal.

9) Take as many photos as I can and bring my dSLR virtually everywhere with me. I'm really hoping to get back into photography.

10) This may sound like a small one but I'm going to try to spend more time outdoors. I'm definitely an indoor person; I typically can't stand how humid it gets here and I have a huge fear of bugs. I really can't remember the last time I had so much as a bit of a tan and that's a bit ridiculous!! Being outdoors includes: drinking on patios, hanging out on balconies and screened in porches. Baby steps, people!!

What are your plans for this summer?

* Photo and edit were done by me.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

ONE HUNDRED & THIRTEEN/ i donut care

When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!
- Homer Simpson

I don't think it's physically possible for me to put my love for The Simpsons into words. I wouldn't even know where to begin. I am 100% the kind of person who causally quotes the show on a day to day basis (whether you realize I'm doing it or not) and truthfully it really isn't just cartoon for me, it's a way of life. There are few things in life that I love more than that show... is that sad?

I have loved the show ever since I can remember and I'm lucky to be surrounded by a handful of people who are just as crazy about it as I am. Take my oldest brother for example, when we're together we pretty much talk exclusively in TV quotes and The Simpsons is definitely our favourite. When we both went to Universal Studios in Orlando this past summer and found out that there was an entire section dedicated to The Simpsons it is as if we died and went to heaven.

I found this t-shirt while shopping online at Forever 21 a few months ago. It was hidden in the men's section (a perfectly cromulent place to shop, I highly recommend checking it out next time you hit up the website) and I freaked out when I saw it. I have been on a bit of a donut bender lately so I figured that this t-shirt fit my lifestyle seamlessly.


JACKET/ Eileen Fisher TOP/ Forever 21 (men's department) 
SKIRT/ Addition Elle LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve SHOES/ Converse 
BAG/ 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target SUNGLASSES/ Aldo
Photos by Suzanne Waugh

* Fun Facts: My favourite characters on The Simpsons are Lisa, Milhouse, Homer, Moe and Grandpa (I really couldn't pick just one... but if I had to it would be Lisa) and my absolute favourite episode is $pringfield (the gambling episode - season 5 - arguably the most quotable episode)