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.
Straight from work and cocktail chic. Carolyn turned heads in her blush Jones New York.
Chloë from xochloegordon.
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.
*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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Gorgeous menswear and accessories at Zara’s sister store, Massimo Dutti.
Matched only by the women’s line.
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.)
Anthropologie. In Ottawa. This is next-level shopping.
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.)
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.)
Carolyn bought this stunning Marimbula necklace.
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?