Vintage Love + GIVEAWAY

Vintage is my thing. I'm an old soul who just adores the look, feel, and smell of vintage clothing and accessories. They have so much charm, class, and decadence. Vintage shopping gives me such a thrill and my favourite time of year is approaching once again! 

I've said this before but it rings true. The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is like Christmas for me. Yes, it's an opportunity to shop from vintage stores across the nation and have the best selection from each store. BUT it's also a huge celebration of style. STYLE. Not fashion. 
Style is an attitude. An air. A feeling. People with style don't just simply get dressed. They dress UP. Their outfit isn't just about the fabrics they put on their body but the attitude and confidence they carry them with. When I get dressed, something happens inside. I feel giddy, happy, and free. My outfit carries me and I carry it. We marry into a beautiful relationship. 

Before this turns into a love story, I'll get to the real meat of this post. I want to send YOU to the Vintage Show FO FREE so you can use your valuable coins towards something SPECIAL! 

To enter:

  • make sure you're able to attend the show on Sunday, April 10 from 10am - 5pm in Ottawa, Canada 
  • like the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show 
  • like The Fashion Kidd 
  • leave a comment on one of my Facebook page posts telling me what you LOVE about vintage
Two winners will be randomly selected on Friday, April 1st and will be notified via Facebook comment. Each winner will receive two tickets to the show. Your tickets can be picked up at the show (front entrance).  

If you plan on attending the show, make sure to follow and tag @ottawavintageclothingshow and @laurakidd on Instagram so we can see what you wear / pick up! I would LOVE to meet you there so don't be shy! 

Here's a taste of what you'll see at the show, from my photo archives:

Fall Vintage Show - 2014.

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Multi-Coloured Sequins x Inspiration Awards

I am starting to believe less and less in coincidences. I feel like everything I've done and the people I've met have all played a role in my life or taught me something. I met someone last Spring who inspired me so much he literally brought me to tears. It was at a student-run mental health gala Masterpieces of the Mind and featured guest speakers and artists. One such speaker was Jayson. He told his story of living with mental illness following a car accident in high school. For years he struggled with living in fear and silence until he was able to get help. The most striking part of his story for me was hearing how he was able to change his family's mindset around mental illness. Since then, he's not only reduced stigma within his family but it's spread to his friends, school and community. He does so much to help others and contribute to this cause. I felt he was more than worthy of The Royal's Inspiration Award - Youth Category. And so I nominated him! And to his and my pleasant surprise, he was chosen! Watch his full story here
Ok so Jayson was definitely the star of the night but since this is a fashion blog, let's take a quick peak at my outfit. I bought this top over a year ago but hadn't found the right place to wear it. I couldn't believe what good condition it was in. I shop for sequins A LOT and this was by far the most perfect piece I've found. Doesn't it remind you of the Rainbow Fish colours? It was most fitting for this special evening. The sequins directed the rest of the outfit and so blue lipstick only felt right, ya know? 

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Yogi Adventures: Part 2 / February

Oh, Almonte. Where do I begin? 

This was my second Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training weekend (in a series of six). We took a little field trip 45 minutes out of the city to spend four days in the small town of Almonte, Ontario. I had heard of it before but truly didn't understand just how special it is. It's the cutest little town! There are adorable shops, restaurants, bridges, waterfalls, and the kindest souls! All within just a few blocks of each other. I've always considered myself a city girl but I quite enjoyed my time here. 

This weekend we had the honour of being taught by the most famous Kundalini teacher in the world, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. She was joined her by husband and teacher partner, Gurushabd. They've been practicing yoga for 45 years and their wisdom is beyond anything I've ever seen before. When Gurmukh speaks, the room quiets. Her words are so intriguing. She must do yoga or something. Wink. 

She owns the Golden Bridge Yoga Centre in New York and Santa Monica but also travels A LOT to India, Europe, Canada, and all over the world. If she happens to come somewhere near you, I'd encourage you to see her. 

I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend four days with these incredible teachers, my teacher training family, and everyone in between. I want to specially shout-out to Christine (Kulmeet) for bringing everyone together and making this happen, it's truly her forte. This weekend had a profound effect on me. I came home feeling refreshed, inspired, and light. I felt like my priorities were straightened right out. Ha! 

I had been feeling all wrapped up in my own mind about the things we all stress over: money, loneliness, FOMO, not having enough, wanting more, etc. But by the end of this weekend, I felt my heart was full and all my worries had shifted. I realized all that matters is love. To give, to help, to experience life's beauty, and to feel love. 
The glow. 
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