Lifestyle

THE PLEASURE FACTOR

By Karen Turner With COVID-19 still top-of-mind, many of us will be hunkering down at home this winter in an effort to stay healthy. Here are a few feel-good finds to up the pleasure factor. Calling all couch potatoes: Snuggle up on family movie nights on the Vesta 2.5 sofa from Furninova. The...

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How To Pull The Wool Over COVID: Luxuries Worth Staying Home For

By Henrietta Southam As the coronavirus has continued to run amok, I’ve devised a personal Keep Out, COVID! plan to stop its havoc at your entrance. Home, now, is your cocoon, where self-care comes not only first but to your doorstep. This list of items will help engage and soothe all five senses...

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THE LUXE LIFE

By Reba Wilson Bringing Meaning to The Word ‘Luxury’ Luxury is an overburdened word and an ever-evolving concept. Everyone has their own definition of luxury and that’s precisely what makes it so hard to pin down. In addition to having become a marketer’s catch-all phrase, it is at once influenced...

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FREUD, MEET FASHION

By Hattie Klotz Neuropsychologist and social media influencer Mary Marquardt is empowering women, one stylish Instagram post at a time. When Mary Marquardt moved to a new neighbourhood in Ottawa, she wanted to get to know people in her community. She approached the organizer of the Hintonburg...

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What’s Between the Covers

Whether you gobble them up or give them as gifts, these new books will whisk you away as you shelter in place. By Hattie Klotz As the weather closes in and the holiday season beckons, I get a strong urge to curl up fireside with a tottering pile of books, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and...

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EMBRACE BEAUTY AND WELLNESS

Show Your Skin Some Love Treat yourself to an at-home skincare spa sesh with Chia Seed Moisture Cream, Indigo Eye Cream and Cherry Blossom and Bakuchiol Resurfacing Lip Repair from Boscia Botanical Science. Your skin will thank you. All Boscia’s nurturing products are free of preservatives...

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Looking Inward

By Paul Gessell When Ottawa photo-artist Leslie Hossack set out to document the life of Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916), a Danish artist celebrated for his arresting interior scenes, she focused her lens on a fitting art form for our times.  Leslie Hossack was “smitten.” It...

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Couple Goals

By Hattie Klotz With four businesses between them—Models International Management, Viens avec Moi boutique, North & Navy restaurant and its soon-to-open little sister Gia—glam duo Sophie Beaudoin and Chris Schlesak have a lock on taste, talent and the city’s creative scene. Is there a conflict...

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Making Space for You

Yoga Attic is a place where you can reconnect with nature, with a caring community and with yourself. If public feedback is anything to go by, Yoga Attic is “heaven on earth in the Ottawa area.” That’s how blogger Robyn Baldwin has described the unique space in Greely. An admirer on Facebook calls...

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GREAT ESCAPES

Stay home? Sure. These new books take you in all directions. By Hattie Klotz The range of my reactions to lockdown and global upheaval has been hard to define. Safe to say it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster. One day I’ll crave escapism, the next a good dose of reality. Here are books for every...

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In Our Own Backyard: Kin Vineyards

Located just outside Carp, this winery has been a game changer for the region. Story and photos by Janet Dorozynski If you told me when I moved to Ottawa almost 20 years ago that you could make good wine in the area, I probably would have scoffed and said it was impossible. Although we have plenty...

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BLACKBOOK Lifestyle

has been leading Ottawa’s stylish side for a decade It’s entirely possible Ottawa has a little more panache than it did in 2010. For a decade, BLACKBOOK Lifestyle has been shining light on the city’s stylish side, and the luminaries behind it, James Jefferson and Daniel Mackinnon, are celebrating...

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