Monday, January 10, 2022
Since sometime in the last century, January is the traditional launch of “cruise” collections, created by retailers for those who travel by big boat or airplane to a resort each winter. If you belong to this consumer segment, the following is for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for fresh swimwear to wear at the cottage or public swimming pool in the summer of 2022, the following is... also for you.
▪️The bold fuschia, floral, black, and white palette of Montreal brand SHAN’s 2022 resort collection means you’ll always stand out in a crowd. From teeny bikinis to longer lycra shorts, all swimwear tastes are accomodated. This collection lies at the high end of the price spectrum, so be prepared to pay handsomely for the gorgeous pieces. $150 - $685.
▪️Florals, mauve, black feature prominently in the latest collection from Selfish Swimwear, also based in Montreal. $80-$120.
▪️The entire collection of Nettle’s Tale swimwear is modelled by real women with a wide variety of body shapes, just to prove how great the pieces look on non-supermodels. Many pieces are priced well under $100, and the entire collection is definitely worth a look.
▪️Ottawa’s Coast Beachwear is made for both the water sports enthusiast as well as the fella who loves to lounge and read. It’s a small collection of small briefs, but the makers list among its benefits “look taller, quick dry, full tan.” $78.
It’s January. Time to get stuff done.
▪️Take your creations to the people. You’ve spent much of the last 20 months sequestered in your bedroom studio, crafting things that make your heart sing. Maybe it’s time your creative skills evolved into a side hustle. Ottawa Markets is now taking vendor applications for the ByWard, Parkdale, and York Street markets. Sell your crafts, soap, baking, and other homemade things directly to the people.
▪️Visit a gallery. It’s the final few weeks of the Andrew Morrow exhibition at Studio Sixty SIx, comprising both large- and small-scale paintings of (mostly) solitary figures living through the isolation of our times. “His current practice exists at the intersection of relationality and art, motivated by a desire for connection, community, and wellness” - Studio Sixty Six. Until January 29, 2022. Suite 101, 858 Bank Street.
▪️Hike a trail. The fresh air will invigorate you, we promise. Visit @adventurereportfor a ranked list of Ottawa area trails (easy to challenging).
We'll see you tomorrow– Martha and Darren
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