Photographer: Adrian Diamzon | Location: Ottawa | Stylist: Jade Jehle | Skirt: Zara, Top: Forever 21, Shoes: Aldo

by Jade Jehle, Artistic Director & Blogger

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way.” – Marianna Williamson

I came across this inspiring quote not long before the start of the Tulip Festival in Ottawa and immediately knew I did not want to miss this year’s edition of the colourful, vibrant landscape Ottawa has to offer. You know you are Canadian when… you schedule and make sure to pass by the Tulip Festival. 😉

On one hand, it always has been quite a tradition for my friends and I to hang out in the beautiful city of Ottawa mid-May, attend this festival and eat at one of the closeby waterfront restaurants.

On the other hand, it is also an international celebration that began in 1953 thanks to Malak Karsh, renowned photographer who had suggested this to the Ottawa Board of Trade (now the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce) early 1950s. In fact, Canada (along with 26 other countries) is part of the worldwide World Tulip Society and the International Peace Garden Foundation. Symbolizing peace and friendship, this festival brings a serious amount of tourists to our national capital (I felt like a minority amongst the crowd!) and, let’s be real, creates tons of photo opps 😉

For this occasion, I wore my favorite spring office outfit: a flowy, light pink long-sleeved shirt to balance with my adjusted beige pencil skirt, that additionally has a soft opening or cut in the front (which can also be worn to the side if desired or for a change!).

The emphasis is on the shoes, a pair of light coloured sandals with a generous heel, and laces that can be tightened and even wrapped around the ankle more instead of keeping them long, in a bow. Since they are no longer available, I gave you my favourite and closest suggestions below!