Month: February 2014

All In A Week’s Work: Fashion Tips from Guest Stylist Rebeka

Picking a wardrobe for the office shouldn’t be a chore. Office attire has come a long way, especially for ladies, and we can have fun with fashion while still looking professional. Play with color and shape and learn to shop smarter and you’ll have a functional wardrobe in no time. Here are a few useful tips from my guest stylist Rebeka that will minimize the time and cost you invest in creating your look. Channeling your inner fashionista it’s all in a week’s work. The pictures were take around the city of Ottawa. MONDAY: Staples  Once you figure out “your style” (i.e. what colors/shapes you feel most comfortable in) go with it.* I wear this dress A LOT. I actually have multiple dresses in this shape (different colors and fabrics) because I know it works for me. I can change the dress up by wearing different blazers, cardigans and accessories. Knowing that I’ll get a lot of wear out of a piece like this dress, I like to invest in it if I can, while saving on …

5 Things to Do in Panama

We only had one week to explore Panama so we had to be selective about what we could see. Here are my five favorite things we did during our stay. 1. EXPLORE CASCO VIEJO NEIGHBORHOOD Stroll the narrow streets of Casco Viejo and take in the colonial architecture. Check out the Presidential Palace, Plaza Herrera, Iglesia de San Jose and the National Theatre. End the day with dinner at The Fish Market, a food truck nestled inside the ruins of a colonial building. All of their dishes are under $10. 2. HAVE LUNCH AT MERCADO DEL MARISCO  A quick walk from Casco Viejo, the fish market is a great place for lunch. For $5.00 you get a satisfying lunch for two consisting of two cups of fresh ceviche and two local beers. Once you’re done with your lunch, walk around to see the catch of the day, men cleaning fish and preparing ceviche. 3. VISIT A NGABE CHOCOLATE FARM  The Oreba Chocolate Tour in Almirante is run by indigenous Ngabe farmers. The guide takes you on a great hike of a …

Walking Tour of Istanbul

Istanbul is a beautiful city and a great time capsule. The city has been a cultural hub during the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. There’s a lot to see but here are my favourite spots and the best part is that they’re all within a thirty minute walk: Start your walk at the Grand Bazaar. Built in the 15th century, this is one of oldest malls in the world and has about 3000 shops. The bazaar is a maze and you could easily get lost but it was a lot of fun to wander around and see the jewellery, carpets, clothing, and art available. I did try to bargain for a carpet but walked away empty-handed because the price was still outside my comfort zone. The selection is overwhelming and the process can be a little intense. Walk east from the bazaar for about 10 minutes and you’ll arrive at the Basilica Cistern which once served as a water reservoir and filtration system for the city including Topkapi Palace. The cistern dates back to the 6th century and …