This article first appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Ottawa Magazine.
Give some edge to your summer style with a unique accessory, such as these cuff bracelets. Inspired by the rising sun, the sharp design of these cool accessories adds a special summery touch that is subtle enough to accent any outfit, day or night. $165–195. JV Studios and Boutique, 1282A Wellington St. W., 613-421-9696.
Before and After
Before stepping out, apply Kiehl’s Sun Protector Lotion Spray ($32) — the lightweight, oil-free formula won’t clog your pores and will protect your skin in the water or on land. Kiehl’s, 50 Rideau St., 613-860-7778. If you accidentally indulge in too much sun, ask for forgiveness while applying African Paradise Body Conditioner ($39.95), which contains cooling aloe and shea butter. And if it’s all just too much, Eau Roma ($9.95) will soothe you from head to toe with a calming rose-and-lavender spritz. Lush, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., 613-564-5874.
Wedges never go out of style, but that doesn’t mean yours shouldn’t stand out. Turn heads from the beach to the boardwalk with a stunning pair of espadrilles. These Circus by Sam Edelman Sutton wedges will catch many eyes, and the 4½-inch heel will have you overlooking it all. $152. Nordstrom, 50 Rideau St., 613-567-7005.
If you’re planning a long day at the beach, you’ll need to take supplies. Keep it stylish with a boho tote, like this trendy Lola raffia messenger bag. The woven-rope bag is accented by a braided metallic cross-body strap, leaving your hands free for beach chairs and bottles of wine. $228. Michael Kors, 50 Rideau St., 613-482-4000.
Fun & Flirty
No beach day, road trip, or outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shades, and summer calls for a large collection of flirty styles. These heart-shaped Joyceanne sunglasses will add a little fun to your facade, and the thin gold frames mean that they match well with beach wear, festival duds, and patio dresses. $12. Aldo, 100 Bayshore Dr., 613-828-3300.