Mmmmm…Pure Gelato!

Happy Monday, All!

I had an absolutely fantastic weekend! Our good friend Meredith was visiting from LA and we were fortunate enough to all get together on Friday night for dinner.

Being an LA native, Meredith has access to some of the best authentic Mexican food in her revered city.  To make her feel at home, we wanted to take her to local favourite El Camino for tacos and margaritas (El Camino has perfected the margarita, in my opinion).  Unfortunately, it true El Camino fashion, the wait for a table was over 90 minutes long, so we decided to head up the street to Town for dinner. Continue reading Mmmmm…Pure Gelato!

Award Tour!!

Hi all!

I want to thank every single blogger who has nominated me for an award!  I am truly flattered.  Not to toot my own horn, but there are so many awards that I have been nominated for and tag posts to complete, that I’ve had a hard time keeping up. I feel the best way to share my answers with everyone is to do two or three combined posts over the next week or so to cover all of these great awards and tags!

First up, The Real Neat Blog Award!  A huge thank you to fivezero for nominating me! Continue reading Award Tour!!

Festival Fashion Week! A Collaboration Between Style Domination and YOW City Style – Store Feature: Vincent

Little Italy is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in our city.  Some of my favourite restaurants are located here on Preston Street, such as the infamous Giovanni’s and La Roma.  This little area of town is a vibrant, fun area, flanked between beautiful Dow’s Lake and Lebreton Flats…which just happens to be where our biggest music festival, RBC Bluesfest, is taking place.

Last year, I accepted a job in this neighbourhood and often take walks down Preston Street to grab a coffee at Starbucks in the morning.  During one of these walks, I noticed a cute, little boutique nestled between the big Russell Restaurant Supplier and The Moonroom (great tapas and cocktails, btw).  This boutique just so happens to be one of the greatest places in Ottawa to find luxe, in-demand designs.  Let me introduce you to Vincent. Continue reading Festival Fashion Week! A Collaboration Between Style Domination and YOW City Style – Store Feature: Vincent

The Creative Blogger Award!

Hey Everybody!

I am thrilled to learn that the beautiful Katie of plus+beauty27 nominated me for the The Creative Blogger Award!  I’m so flattered!  My little blog is really coming along, and I never dreamed that it would be such a fun, satisfying hobby! Continue reading The Creative Blogger Award!

Garden Tour with Style Domination

I am a diehard gardener.  I just love it…probably my favourite hobby (yes, it trumps shopping).  If you share my same flower lust, you are probably gearing up to welcome spring, dusting off those gardening tools and longing to dig around in the dirt!  It’s still snowing and dreary here in Ottawa, which is doing nothing for my current sour mood, so I’m taking some valuable advice from my dear friend Vanessa and looking at pictures of some of the world’s most beautiful and famous gardens in order to find my happy place.

Let’s start with the glorious gardens of Versailles, France:

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versailles-flowers-copyNow off to Villa d’Este,Tivoli, Italy. A former dilapidated monastery, the grounds were recently declared a UNESCO heritage site.

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Gorgeous wisteria at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.  Located in Georgetown, the gardens have a very “Merchant Ivory” feel.

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Now off to the verdant environs of Stourhead, Warminster, England. This is a personal favourite thanks to its expanses of greenery and nice mixture of different tree types, thus featuring brilliant colours in the fall. Henry Hoare II loved the classical era and dotted his Wilshire estate with replicas of ruins and classical buildings such as the Pantheon and Temple of Apollo.  Ahhh – to be rich!

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Hopping on over to Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan.  Just stunning!  I wish my zone supported wisteria! These gardens feature over 150 wisteria plants of over 20 different species.  The best time to visit is late April and May when the plants are blossoming.  Too beautiful…

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The famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England feature many large greenhouses.  Look that those giant, perfect lily pads and of the “field” of bluebells!

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…and last but not least, Canada’s Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  A dazzling example of a reclamation project, the grounds used to be an exhausted quarry until Jennie Butchart filled it with soil from nearby farms.  Her “pet project” eventually expanded into 55 acres which are now home to over 700 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers blooming from March to October.  Look at those happy Japanese maples!  I just love them – one of my favourite tree varieties. Heaven!

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Anyone know what this beautiful purple tree is?

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xo,

Dom

Style Domination Goes to Rome

My first trip to Italy in 2013 changed my life.  This trip made me realize that there is more to life than work, the rat race, working out and consuming.  The Italians really know how to relax and enjoy the finer things in life such as quality food, beautiful wines and art and architecture.  A trip to Italy has always been #1 on my bucket list.  I’ll never forget how my husband broke the news that we would be heading to Italy for our ninth wedding anniversary.  He took me to one of our favourite Italian restaurants and before we started on a couple glasses of fine red wine, he presented me with a small present.  When I opened it, it was a tour guide of Rome.  I cried.  He’s the best – a true romantic…and great at surprises! Continue reading Style Domination Goes to Rome

How to Take a Great Photo…for Beginners (like me)

I love taking quick shots of well, anything.  My friends know that I’m pretty much obsessed with selfies and snapping pics of anything that interests me.   Continue reading How to Take a Great Photo…for Beginners (like me)