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casual Fridays — done right


We moved into our new apartment coming on one year, pretty soon. Maybe it was just a surge of inspiration, but it wasn’t until yesterday that we realized our pale grey walls and floor-to-ceiling windows made for the perfect naturally lit, makeshift studio.

We’ve spent the last two winters shooting outside in snow and subzero temps, and maybe we’re just getting old — but we just can’t deal anymore (is it too soon for a Florida retirement?). So we pushed furniture out of the way and took down our paintings, and jumped right into our first shoot of 2015.


With the both of us pretty much done school for now (you’ll probably hear us talking about these minutiae in some form in the next few weeks), a post on workplace fashion seemed like a good fit. Specifically, the all-mystical “casual Friday”.

So we have some major beef with casual Fridays. Don’t get us wrong, we love to dress down, but it can take a wrong turn when people take it way too literally. This isn’t the time to pull out your oversized sweaters, joggers, or sneakers — save that for a weekend off. Rather, casual Fridays are the opportunity to dress up your more casual pieces, or subtly dress down your office wear.


For the ladies, maybe take your fave dark wash skinnies and pair it with a collared shirt and fitted sweater; for the gents, loose the tie and experiment with slacks in different hues. If you struggle with the grey area that is casual Friday, a good rule of thumb is to pick one “classic” workplace piece like a blazer, classic slacks, or collared shirt, and dressing everything else down. Once you master the casual Friday outfit young, stylish grasshoppers, you’ll see your work and play wardrobe in a completely different way.

Side note. Man, does it feel good to be shooting and writing again.

what she’s wearing | Le Chateau pants | Le Chateau sweater | Old Navy plaid shirt | Valentino rock stud booties | H&M jacket
what he’s wearing | Le Chateau pants | Banana Republic blazer | Express shirt | Daniel Wellington watch | Vintage bag


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Mad Hatter’s NYE Ball

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to our OurMode family! We hope everyone is enjoying time surrounded by friends and family — and of course, filled with too much food and wine. On our end, we’re really excited to have some time off to catch up with loved ones, but we’re also looking forward to ringing in 2015 with you guys!

This year we’ll be celebrating the new year at the Mad Hatter’s New Years Eve Ball, with the same team that brought Ottawa the sold out Gatsby NYE Ball last year! It’ll be a lavish evening with a live band, entertainment, food and endless cocktails, DJs and dancing.

The ball will be Ottawa’s biggest NYE party and proceeds will go toward the Caring and Sharing Exchange — a local charity that provides back-t0-school and Christmas assistance for Ottawa citizens that face economic hardship.

Last year’s event hosted 1400 guests and was completely sold out, so expect that tickets will go fast within the next few days leading up to NYE! You can purchase tickets through National Capital Gala. We’re giving away two free tickets to the gala, and to learn how to win, just watch the video below!

And if you’re like us and love an opportunity to glam up, this event is sure to bring together Ottawa’s best dressed. Ladies, think fascinators, red lips, and a dress fit for the Queen of Hearts! Gents, opt for colourful blazers, dapper pocket squares,  and a pocket watch. For outfit inspiration, we’ve pulled a few looks for you guys – we can’t wait to share our #ootn’s that night!

upscale, ball, themed outfit, alice in wonderland,

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