A statement with simplicity

Although I am often guilty of shopping in Rideau Mall and pry my wallet open to the usual suspects ( Aritzia, Zara, Club Monaco), I also am completely obsessed with the few boutiques that are scattered throughout the Byward Market. There is something fun and frisky about hitting the pavement to zig zag across town to places like Victoire’s, Milk and Trustfund.

The catch 22? These sweet spots contain prices tags that are not nearly as affordable as the ones seen in the mall emporium. But, on the positive side, the fashions of boutiques are not mass produced and are usually quality product.

Juggling this “catch” one day as I stopped for my daily dose of caffeine at Planet Coffee, I decided to check out a new boutique called Roadtrip (keep in mind this was about 3 years ago). Roadtrip is funky, free-spirited and hits the nail on the head when it comes to a flirty, yet sophisticated style. Roadtrip also hosts a number of designers, all of whom bring a unique perspective to fashion and it shows in the diverse selection of pieces. I could spend hours in that place. Aside from the most intricate frocks and dazzling jumpers , Roadtrip has a beautiful collection of jewllery.

As you can see, Roadtrip loves their chunky statement pieces with brightly coloured earrings, over sized rings and loud necklaces. Each of these pieces are ideal for pairing with a simple, monotone top to draw attraction and make the outfit come together with your “statement piece”. I do have a soft spot for chunky necklaces too, but to my delight I happened upon a collection of necklaces that represent Roadtrip’s softer side. Immediately I was dishing out the cash, bought two of the necklaces and have fallen completely in love with them. One in particular wins compliments no matter when or where I adorn it and the other is a truly unique necklace but doesn’t lie boisterously around my neck. Sometimes when it comes to neck glam, less actually IS more as these two tiny peices seem to draw the eye of even strangers (sliiiightly creepy).

{Price tag: $25 each}

It is definitely more difficult to make a “statement” with necklaces that are smaller scale, but when compliments are delivered to such a delicate and tiny piece you know that you’ve made a statement with simplicity.

Which necklace do you like best? Do you have any miniature pieces that you simply can’t get enough of? Leave a comment and let us know!

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About Kate Lalumiere

After studying wine and spending years in the food service industry, Kate is nutshell's designated food and wine aficionado. Her posts take on the foodie-sphere one restaurant at a time, exposing some of the hottest spots to satiate the ol' buds ! Her favourite restaurants usually include: innovative menus, sustainable & local produce and unparalleled hospitality. Although Kate has a keen ear for food buzz in the National Capital, you'll also find her weighing in on fashion, music and anything that peaks her interest! ** Favourite Restaurant (Ottawa) : Supply & Demand • Wine of Choice: Every wine • Favourite Band: The National • Bad Habit: Being a backseat driver• Favourite Song: Wild Horses • Fashion Icon: Olivia Palermo • Favourite Movie: The Sandlot • Favourite TV Series: Gossip Girl (sue me!) • Sport: Football (to watch and play) • Team: Arizona Cardinals • Blackberry or Iphone: Iphone • Favourite Book: The Sun Also Rises, The Cat's Table, The Bell Jar, On the Road... • ** To ask Kate a question about food, wine or anything else contact her at : inanutshellca@gmail.com

One thought on “A statement with simplicity

  1. Nice post Kate. I like the twitter style necklace best.

    ( The top link in your email still goes to nutshell.ca instead of inanutshell.ca – just saying)

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