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Savouring Summer’s End

As I sit here typing at 6:53pm , I stare out the window and I’m amazed to see that it’s already getting dark outside. The maple tree across the street is showing off its new orange and red tones and there is a distinct chill in the air.

I sigh to myself and pull my cardigan closed, wondering where the summer went and fretting about winter which will close in on us like an “unstoppable rebel force”. Complaining about the weather is second nature to me, after all, I’m a good (typical) Ottawan. It’s what we do, the weather here changes so drastically in the blink of an eye. Regrouping quickly though, I take Reese for a quick walk around the neighbourhood and enjoy the break from the months of crushing humidity.

Savouring Summer's End | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

Outfit Details

Leila Bodysuit – AritziaSkirt – Jen’s Pirate Booty c/o Tallow | Bag – Leather shop in Barcelona (similar here) | Sandals – L’Intervalle  (no longer available – sorry!) | Sunglasses – Chloe

Savouring Summer's End | Style Domination by Dominique Baker
Savouring Summer's End | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

As you’ve already probably guessed, I am NOT a fan of cold weather, but I do love cold-weather clothing. Snuggly knits, grandpa cardigans, boots and coats…they are my favourites. And then there is my beloved cashmere, whose softness feels like a warm hug.

The summer of 2018 was a great one, spent at music festivals, bbqs and cottages. Throwing on my well-loved Levi’s cut-offs and hopping on my bike for a good ride was a summer must. Then there were the countless trips to Toronto where I relaxed on my sister’s rooftop patio or headed out for a taste of my favourite caramel ice cream. It’s the simple pleasures that really enhance life, you know?

Savouring Summer's End | Style Domination by Dominique Baker
Savouring Summer's End | Style Domination by Dominique Baker
Savouring Summer's End | Style Domination by Dominique Baker
Savouring Summer's End | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

This little outfit I’m wearing was a staple during the scorching summer months. This trusty black bodysuit I’m wearing is from Aritzia, my home away from home. It proved so versatile that I went back and bought it in every colour and pattern they offer. The skirt? A Jen’s Pirate Booty bikini cover-up c/o Tallow – a great little boutique here in Ottawa.

My favourite bags are backpacks, just ask those closest to me. I’m rarely seen without one…I guess you can say it’s one of Dom’s Signature Looks. The little sandals are an end-of-summer sale score I found at L’Intervalle, another one of my shortlisted fashion haunts.

As the days get shorter and shorter, I look forward to transitioning the wardrobe to fall, sipping mulled wine and getting cozy in front of a fire. The spring and summer of 2018 will always remain a real goody in my books though.

*Photography by Alyssa Beltempo.


  1. September 12, 2018 / 9:35 am

    I noticed the exact same thing here in Chicago. As I started to become a little down about it, I had to regroup as well and appreciate all the really nice hot summer days we had. As Ottawa does, Chicago’s weather changes at the drop of a dime and you never know what you’ll get! Today I am wearing a black blazer with gold speckles, a black silk blouse, Joie black jeans and thong sandals. HA! What a mix. Still warm enough for summer’s end but cool enough to wear a light jacket.

    Thanks, once again for the words of inspiration and fashion uplifts!

    • Dominique
      September 12, 2018 / 4:20 pm

      You are welcome, Cheryl! Thank you for always reading my posts! Part of me really loves this time of year for the fashion, but DAMN – I hate winter!!

  2. Cheryl Roberts
    September 12, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    You are so welcome! I hate winter months too and they are long but we’ll enjoy this nice entrance into Fall and count our blessings (:-)) Have a lovely evening Dominiquel! XOXO

    • Dominique
      September 13, 2018 / 4:37 pm

      Hi Cheryl!!

      You too! We can hate winter together!! LOL!


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