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Cottage Life

Cottage Life

Feature Photo by Ping Hu / Alex is wearing an off-the-should dress by Ralph Lauren $119


Nautical Stripe Joe Fresh $19
Teva Original Universal Sandals $99 at the Hudson's Bay

From Gatineau to Muskoka, Ottawans are
fleeing the city heat in search of the laid-back lake lifestyle.

If you stick with the basics, packing doesn’t need to be a challenge.
Whether you are staying with colleagues or hanging with friends,
expect to spent a lot of time in the water or out in the sun.

Make sure to bring a mix of casual clothes for the day and a couple
of sun dresses for the evening, as well as layers for cooler and wet weather too.


ALEX’S COTTAGE ESSENTIALS 

Marshalls Navy Mesh One-Piece Bathing Suit $39.99

Bathing Suit: If your hosts are
the active type, expect to do
more than simply tan in your
swimsuit. Be sure to pack a
bathing suit that allows you
to partake in the water sports
without any slip-ups.

Joe Fresh Floppy Hat $16

Floppy Sun Hat: You’ll be spending hours in the sun, so pack a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunblock.

Sandals & Sneakers: Leave your city shoes behind and pack footwear that can get wet and dirty. Bring a pair of neutral sandals that pair with most outfits.

Nautical Style: The formula for nautical style is as simple as it is perfect: navy, white, and a stripe. This classic style is an easy way to fit right in.

Warm Clothes: A sweater and leggings are great to have on hand in case it gets cold at night. If the bugs are out, you’ll want to cover up.


DON’T FORGET A HOSTEST GIFT!

Hudson's Bay Luxe Beach Towel $45
Winners Gold Inflatable Swan Pool Float  $29.99

Cook a meal, buy a few bottles
of wine or bring a gift to ensure that
you get invited back!

Any host would be happy to
receive beach towels in the
Hudson’s Bay’s iconic
signature colours or
consider giving them
a playful floatie.


FLORAL FIXATION

Never underestimate the draw of the floral print. For years, designers have been including florals in their spring/summer collections and this year, they’re back at it again. From maxi dresses to rompers, a romantic floral print is a clear indicator that summer has arrived. Designers opted for bolder blooms for 2017, but the wise investment would be to find a muted print that will last you for seasons to come.

TOPSHOP Ditsy Lace-Up Tea Dress $68
Marshalls Floor Length Floral Cold Shoulder Dress with Ruffle Detail  $149.99
H&M Floral Dress

Styling Tip
Shake up your 9-to-5 dressing routine with a floral dress paired with a classic blazer.
Go from the boardroom to the weekend by switching out your blazer for a jean jacket
and be sure to steer clear of over-the-top accessories to let the florals be the focus.

 Alex is wearing Design Lab from the Hudson’s Bay $68

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