First look: Shopping the Rideau Centre’s *ah-mazing* new expansion

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When a three-year, $360-million project finally wraps up, naturally you celebrate with champagne — and lots of it! Such was the case at last night’s preview of the Rideau Centre‘s *ah-mazing* new four-storey expansion (only the bubbly was blue). I went with my favourite shopping buddy, Carolyn from The Fashion Fix, and enjoyed pretty nibblies while we shopped some of the 21 new stores. Simons. H&M. Anthropologie. Massimo Dutti. A new Zara. All gorgeous spaces with merch that is be-yond and more that we didn’t get to because heels and concrete floors. Here’s some of the highlights. 

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Straight from work and cocktail chic. Carolyn turned heads in her blush Jones New York.

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Ottawa’s who’s who were all there, including Emily from The Best of This Life, Chantal from Mode Exlusive and Emily’s friend Dean.

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Chloë from xochloegordon.

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Squish treated us to samples of their strawberry rhubarb gourmet gummies and sent us home with more. You know, to revive us after all that shopping.

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*cue the angels singing* Finally, an H&M downtown. Many prayers have been answered. (I’m a bit disappointed we won’t be getting the home line — we’ll have to go to Montreal and Toronto for that.)

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Here kitty kitty.

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Gorgeous menswear and accessories at Zara’s sister store, Massimo Dutti.

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Matched only by the women’s line.

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Carolyn models two pieces from Massimo Dutti’s exclusive New York collection — so exclusive it’s in store just for one week! (I know this photo’s a little grainy but a look this stunning needs to be shared.)

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Anthropologie. In Ottawa. This is next-level shopping.

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I love a good vignette, and Anthropologie does them very, very well. Will Taylor’s Dream Decor is perfection alongside the boho-luxe bedding and mudcloth-inspired vases. (I reviewed Dream Decor here in June. Just saying.)

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How convenient, they’re already in a basket so I can carry them home. (For all of the Anthropologie I want in my life it might be easier to move in.)

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Carolyn bought this stunning Marimbula necklace.

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And put these Zara beauties on her wish list. (Not a Christmas wish list, silly! More like a next payday wish list.)

Ready to do a shopping tour de force? What new-to-Ottawa stores are you excited to shop?

13 thoughts on “First look: Shopping the Rideau Centre’s *ah-mazing* new expansion

  1. Looks like a conspicuous consumer’s dream.
    “If I had a million dollars……..”
    Love the shots, would love to see the “author” in some of the pics…

    1. The Simons is *huge* and there’s so much to choose from at Squish — you won’t know where to start! (Where maybe start with the pineapple gummies or the sweet and sour brains — you can ask for a sample!)

  2. Can’t wait to see what you splurged on! Must know details! Looks like so many great stores were added, very exciting.

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