Off the runway at OFW

Backstage at OFW

Obviously there was a ton to see ON the runway at OFW this past weekend, but what about off the runway?

I was impressed with those of you who decided to strut your stuff.

Here are some of my favourite fashionable attendees!

My partner in crime, Justine. (Fashgasm)

Sid Cratzbarg, looking awesome of course!

James Jefferson of Blackbook Lifestyle rocking some amazing fur

Awesome hat on this guy!

The lovely Jenn Schad

Loren and Julia

That almost concludes it, I had a blast!


Sunday fun day

Here again to give you some details from my Sunday night covering Ottawa Fashion Week for! There were quite a few flavours but I had my eyes on a few things. Saturday night may have been my favourite night, but Sunday was certainly a fun day (for those of us who weren’t hungover from too much champagne, anyway).

We also got to have a little fun with a charity fashion show featuring some celebs walking the runway for UNICEF.

Here are some of my favourites (and some that made me go, HUH?!) from the final evening of OFW. It was certainly something else!


Loft 604

This line wasn’t AMAZING but still classic and cool. Also, those pants are something I would put on my “stuff to buy your boyfriend” list.

Ella Peru

Ella Peru

Loving the high socks, of course. One of my favourite looks that I could recycle forever.

Ella Peru


A Complete stunner from Helmer!


But this is around the time he started to lose us. Confusion sets in!


If you were there, I’m sure you heard the whispers…


A real glassy dress, the music stopped and all we heard was her walk. Luckily, she was amazing.


And our final “wtf” moment…


Absolutely one of my favourites! It made me truly miss my maxis!

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for some street style and my article before the end of the week! Until then, check out all of the outfits from OFW at

More faves at OFW

Mostly photos for you all, today! I am sad that Ottawa Fashion Week has ended, but I had a blast while it lasted working for!

I’ll be linking an article in the coming days, but for now, here are some of my favourites from Saturday night!

Tribal Sportswear





Rachel Sin

Rachel Sin

STAY TUNED for Sunday night shots and some awesome street style spotted at OFW.

*Photos copyright Melissa Schilz*


Ottawa Fashion Week Roundup cont’d

I consider myself one lucky girl! Attending Ottawa Fashion Week  for was a blast!! Got to hang out with some amazing people in the photography pit and mingle with some of Ottawa’s finest. All while snapping photos of some great fashion! It really doesn’t get much better than that.

I know I gave a pretty quick blurb last night about what I had seen so far, but I have a lot more to say about Friday before moving onto Saturday completely! I may have deemed it the most uninteresting and unfashionable night, but I still want to point out the things I appreciated most!

So from attending this weekend’s shows, it’s pretty obvious what you should be aiming to add to your wardrobe.

Bold colours are back! And in Ottawa, we need a little flare after a long winter wrapped up in dark wool coats. Elena’s Creations had some amazing tones, from royal blue to rich reds, but it wasn’t overpowering. There were also some lighter colours in the mix. Definitely some chic looks that range from simple to sassy.

Elena's Creations

Elena's Creations

Elena's Creations

Animal prints were everywhere, as well as other bold prints, as we saw with Amanda Emmanuel on Friday.

Emmanuel’s designs are definitely wearable for some summer fun if you’re looking for a bold colour palette. Nothing dull came down the runway here! The materials looked amazing, but I’m very picky when it comes to my prints. I can’t see myself rocking all of these pieces, but I would definitely recommend this line to those who have a passion for bold and beautiful prints. A few designs I was fan of were the following:

Amanda Emmanuel

Amanda Emmanuel

Amanda Emmanuel

I could honestly go on about Y!D.N.A. forever…the blackface, the gas-masks-turned-stylish studded face-wear, and the shredded outfits and dark tones… but instead I’ll just post more pictures. Feast your eyes on these!




I’m glad the night ranged, leaving room for something a little heavier.

I was also quite intrigued by frAsh, which brought out some amazing jewellery on angelic like models with feathers on their chests. I felt as though I had been transported back in time to some sort of ancient tribal ritual. Although confused at first, the crowd seemed pleased, and I was too!

The pieces were quite large, including wrist cuffs, heavy chains, and even a stunningly large headpiece. I couldn’t help but wonder how much it must weigh!


More to come!


*photos copyright Melissa Schilz*


I have the pleasure of attending Ottawa Fashion Week as a contributer for this weekend!

First night of Ottawa Fashion Week brought tears to my eyes in more than one way.

There was some serious style alongside some unfortunate disasters. I noticed myself comparing one woman’s coat to an ostrich. This is not a good thing.

Feathers, pleather and silk are absolutely in this time of year, but only appreciated when done right. Although night one brought some disappointment, Saturday evening made up for this travesty.

I really enjoyed most of this evening, and there were very few pieces that left me feeling unsure. The colours that ElizBourk brought to the runway were a favourite of the night. Some of the models seemed to float down the runway, along with the giant white balloons that some had in tow. She told me she got most of her inspiration from fashion blogs and street style.


Last night, Y!D.N.A was pure brilliance. At first the reaction from the onlookers was one of shock and confusion, but can we expect anything else from Canada’s breakthrough designer of 2010? I’m talking goth-erotic, and even a little kinky. One thing I can’t deny, this collection made the evening! You couldn’t help but stare and the appeal was undeniable. Most of it was not exactly wearable, but eye catching and frisky. Definitely a show stopper and brought back a tired crowd of fashion lovers. Was Ottawa ready for this? I think so! I’m so sick of the bashing towards Ottawa street style. Yes, you have to dig to find some gold, but when you do get there you have truly hit the jackpot.



!Nu.I was another fan favourite of Friday evening, rocking the erotic nerd look. Heavy knits and gorgeous details made it worth my while. I loved the sleekness of the designs, and the collection was quite eclectic with a range of inspiring outfits. I thought my hopes for Ottawa Fashion Week had been dashed until this moment. And it only has gotten better.



That’s all for now! But trust me, there’s so much more to be said! After all, I haven’t even yet mentioned the fabulous Rachel Sin! For now I have well over 1200 photos to continue to sift through and edit. I’ll be posting all the designs from this weekend for

*Photos copyright Melissa Schilz*

music note

In love with this song and this video.

I’ve loved M.I.A for a long time, and her videos are amazing.

Flipping the bird at the Superbowl? Even my dad laughed at the controversy following this move. This woman should be an inspiration for us all. Plus, she makes some killer tunes!

I’ll be jamming to this while I prepare myself for OFW.

Nail it down

I love painting my nails, and I am 100% natural. Never had fake nails and I have promised myself I never will. I get that manicure on what I have grown myself!

My latest experiment has followed the ring finger trend that has been popping up everywhere since last year. I have whole-heartedly decided that if you choose the right colours it can really glam up your look.

First, if you’re wondering WHY it’s the ring finger, it’s because it’s the finger that usually catches our eye first. Once you splash some polish on there, this is even more true.

How to pull off the look?

Use a colour that stands out. Some combinations may fail miserably, while others will shine. I really enjoy pale colours with the ring finger painted with silver or gold glitter. Yes, glitter. On one finger, it’s okay!

You can also go with more bold colours all around. Some dark nails paired with a bright colour that really pops.

I recently tried a vampy purple with a metallic green/teal colour. As I brushed on each stroke of polish I felt a bit of hesitation, but in the end I felt as though it was right. Then I fell in love.

Essie's "Material Girl" paired with Wet N' Wild's "Caribbean Frost"

What do you think of this trend? Tacky or lovable?

My vote is going to lovable, though I can see why it might be cringeworthy. Some colours are never meant to be together, so be careful! I’m one to pair weird patterns and even clashing colours, but there’s a way to do it right and a way to do it WRONG!

Share your thoughts!

Ottawa Fashion Week

It begins tomorrow! It’s time to show ’em who’s got style, because I am rather offended that we are constantly ragged on for being “unsexy” and “unfashionable”. Just because the politics happen to go down here doesn’t mean we can’t take a walk on the wild side. I can’t deny that I’ve seen a lot of poorly fitted suits and some rather drab dresses, but I have also seen some of the most inspiring outfits, especially on campus and downtown.

Tonight I’m just trying to decide what I should pull out of my closet for this weekend. If you’ve seen my closet, you know that this will be a difficult task. Too much stuff to sift through! But the snake skin heels will definitely be making an appearance, I’ve been dying for an excuse. Lets just hope I don’t die wearing them.

As for the rest, I think I’ll be rocking some loose fitting dresses, a single feather earring and some light coloured blazers.

Tomorrow night is bound to be amazing but Saturday is the night I am most looking forward to!

Hope to see some of my Ottawa friends there!

Hangover breakfast

Something delicious that uses a range of foods from your cupboard! I threw this together by chance, and it was delicious in every way.

It looked a little something like this:



What to do:

Make two over easy eggs and toast two piece of bread to golden brown.

Slice avacado and chop tomato.

Put all this together and smother salsa on top. The spicier the better. Add cheese it you like (havarti or brie, mmmm)

The final step would be to pour some coffee, open the newspaper and not think about the outside world for approximately 15-20 minutes while basking in the glory of your amazing hangover breakfast. Even if you’re not hungover.

The hair situation

After years of denying my curls, I finally managed to embrace them. It took time, but now I do not use my straightening iron to merely straighten, but to give my hair some wave and some bounce. Since giving in to the natural wave, I find myself disliking the straight haired look…

One thing is for sure, curly girls, you need to learn to manage them. I was unaware for awhile, hence my hatred for them. Taming them is now second nature. You might even call it fun. And the best part of having thick curls or wave? Second day hair, without the grease! Sometimes it even looks better than the day before. I apologize to the ladies with thinner hair…

Curly girls, I recommend the following…

1. Ditch the blowdryer every so often. Letting your hair air dry is nice, and you might be surprised at how great it looks. I know I was.

2. Use a good shampoo. Pantene smells good but it leaves so much residue in your hair, it makes me want to gag. I like Redken and Biolage. Classic favourites.

3. Use the right product. And not too much either. Trust me, I’ve used almost every curl taming cream, mousse, gel, spray and serum there is. Very few have held my interest, as I am very picky. Thick pump creams weigh your hair down too much, so personally, I avoid those.

Moroccan oil is by far the best thing I have used. Doesn’t leave your hair greasy, and great for thick dry hair. So smooth!

When I DO blow dry my hair, I use this:

And for days I wanna be gelin’…

Sometimes I’ll put moroccan oil in my hair, let it dry, and then scrunch it out with gel. You just have to make sure you don’t use too much gel, helmet head is so 90s and we’re over it. There is nothing worse than a crunchy curl!

For a softer look, I take strands of hair and twist them around my straightening iron. Do this from root to tip, practice makes perfect because it takes some skill. But the results can be better than a curling iron if you do it right! Just need a rounded edge, like I have on my argan straightener.

These are my favourites as of today, but I try new product all the time, so I’ll keep you posted if I find something even better!