Welcome to Festival Fashion Week! With RBC Ottawa Bluesfest starting on July 8th, Katie of YOW City Style and I decided to collaborate and feature a handful of boutiques in Ottawa that will offer some of the best music festival fashion our city has to offer. Be sure to check out my blog over the next week to read about a featured store on a daily basis with its accompanying festival fashion looks. Also, follow Katie’s YOW City Style project on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/yowcitystyle), Instagram (www.instagram.com/yowcitystyle) and Tumblr (http://www.yowcitystyle.ca/) to see the daily featured looks. So, forget H&M and Forever 21 for a moment, and read on to get inspired!
To start off, Katie and I will be featuring Viens Avec Moi (VAM Boutique), probably one of my favourite stores of all time. Set in a cute little house at 1338 Wellington Street West, owners Sophie Beaudoin and Renee Morra have managed to offer a selection of carefully curated pieces that are extremely covetable.
Thanks to these two ladies, Ottawa’s style afficianados have access to cool brands normally exclusive to the United States such as BB Dakota, Cynthia Vincent, Mother Denim, Maurie and Eve, Bella Dahl and Wildfox. Also available are superstar Canadian brands such as Jenny Bird (this jewelry line is…whoa. Amazing.)
Sophie and Renee opened their boutique in December 2011 as an extension of the Models International Management modelling agency owned by Sophie. Renee herself assists with the modelling agency’s day to day operations as a booking agent, stylist and is responsible for international placements.
This boutique is gorgeous with its white, airy rooms, rustic feel with a cozy exposed brick fireplace in its front room, whimsical feminine chandeliers and vintage furniture placed throughout. In addition to the beautiful fashions for women, VAM Boutique also offers gourmet maple syrup by St. Leon, beauty products for men by Baxter of California, and hosts pop-up shops for various other retailers such as Sparrow Floral Design.
Rebecca greeted Katie and I at the store the day of the photoshoot and I’m pretty sure that VAM’s staff is hired directly from the modelling agency! Rebecca is tall, slender and looks like she could be found on the streets of New York, portfolio in hand, rushing to her next casting call.
Viens Avec Moi chose to feature the following items on Rebecca for our feature:
- Jeans, Mother Denim
- Camisole, Glamorous (UK)
- Kimono, Bella Lux
- Rings, Lissa Bowie Jewellery
- Bracelet, Lissa Bowie Jewellery, Jenny Bird, Christie Leah Payne
- Necklaces, Wolf Circus, Flora Ciccarelli
- Bag, Cleobella
- Hat, Janessa Leone
We oohed and aahed over the store’s festival fashion picks, mainly as they were pretty much 100% what we would choose to wear on a daily basis. From the gorgeous delicate jewelry, to the awesome Cleobella bag perfect for a music festival, the store’s inventory is a treasure trove for those looking for cool, of-the-moment, instagram-worthy styles.
Btw, VAM Boutique is one of my favourite instagram accounts. Very “stalk-worthy”. Check out some of their instgram pics below!
What are your favourite pieces from this shoot? Let us know in the comments!