Cara’s outfit (left): Eve Lavoie ‘Santa Monica’ dress $159, Pilar Agueci earrings $70
Erin’s outfit (middle): Mandala ‘Nina’ dress $158, Alex Jay Jewellery ribbon necklace $39
Kade’s outfit (right): Rita DiCesare drape dress $169, Wild Tree ‘Ottawa’ necklace $44, EMK Clothing wallet $10
A little while ago I posted about Workshop Boutique and the screen printing that they do at their studio here in Ottawa. Well, recently I had the pleasure of working with their sister store, Flock Boutique, on a photoshoot to show off some of the lovely dresses and accessories that they carry while wandering through their friendly neighbourhood(s) of Wellington West and Hintonburg. There’s so much to do throughout the neighbourhood that we ran out of time getting to all the places we originally planned on! Maybe that just means we need to do a round two when the fall collections come out ;)
Like Workshop, Flock carries all Canadian-made and designed items from over 150 independent designers. Our models for the day, Cara, Erin and Kade, are all Flock shop girls that know the store and these designers inside and out! And they were great models too…. ummm can you pass some of that awesome this way please? Kthx. ;)
As any good adventure should start we began with freshly made and oh-so-delicious doughnuts from Suzy Q. Suzy Q is a magical place filled with the best doughnuts around. I won’t lie, it’s always the first place that I take everyone who comes to visit Ottawa. Oops. But come on with flavours like caramel corn, london fog, cinnamon toast, blue vanilla fruit loop, maple bacon, and salty caramel (just to name a few), how could you not want to share it with everyone you know?!
Erin’s outfit (left): Jennifer Glasgow ‘Thalassa’ dress $194, Christi York vintage heart necklace $54, E.Green market bag $26.50
Cara’s outfit (right): Kabuki ‘Katie’ dress $155, Maboue earrings $24, Wine on Sundays necklace $25, Workshop clutch $25
Next we hit up the Parkdale Farmer’s Market where Cara found a bunch of goodies to take home! I love the market this time of year when it’s a sea of colourful flowers, fruit, and vegetables. It’s hard to resist the baskets of bright red strawberries, the sweet cobs of corn piled high, or the bunches of flowers. Oh, the flowers! The way they cascade in rainbow waves from above you and across the tables is irresistible. Can I live there please??
If there was a ranking for “best bakery exterior and interior” Strawberry Blonde Bakery and Macarons & Madeleines would be the winners in my book! Strawberry Blonde is tucked away just off Wellington Street, but you can’t miss it’s delightfully happy blue exterior with it’s name written across as you’re walking by. If you need gluten-free, vegan, or nut-free baking they are your people!
Cara’s outfit (left): Cherry Bobin SS15-18 dress $145, Fierce Deer triangle necklace $28, ReCreSkate by Anne Tranholm earrings $60
Kade’s outfit (middle): Annie 50 ‘Santa Cruz’ dress $195, Cynthia DM clutch $20, Larque rose stud earrings $22
Erins outfit (right): Workshop ‘Pickle Jars’ tee $35, Jennifer Glasgow ‘Sand Dollar’ shorts $109, Blondie Apparel ‘Skittle’ scarf $23
When you walk into Macarons & Madeleines it feels like you’re walking right into France (not that I’ve been, but that’s how I’m imagining it). They have a wonderful selection of pastries and macarons among other treats that you can enjoy at seating inside or on their summer patio out front. Definitely worth dropping in!
Like Flock there is a collection of other shops in the area who also carry unique items definitely worth checking out. We dropped in to Victoire Boutique where we were welcomed by the friendliest faces and a “Rock ’n’ Roll tea party” vibe as they describe themselves. Very accurate. Very awesome. Next door neighbours to Victoire is JV Studios Boutique and Twiss & Weber, and down the street is Fabrications and so many more great places. Pretty much the whole area is filled with fantastic shops, food, and places to go!
Photography // Amy Zambonin // website // instagram // twitter
Makeup // Mandi Hutchinson // website // instagram // twitter // facebook
Models // Cara Rowlands // Erin Stirling // Kade Deline / Kirby the dog
Locations // Suzy Q Doughnuts // Parkdale Market // Strawberry Blonde Bakery // Macarons et Madeleines // Victoire Boutique // Flock Boutique // Wellington West