Thursday Q&A with Arran Elliott

Arran Elliott at Studio B in the Glebe (Photo: Bruno Schlumberger)

Born and raised in Ottawa, Arran Elliott is the owner and master stylist at Studio B Urban Modern Hair. She has worked in the industry for the past 16 years and now runs a busy salon in The Glebe. She’s worked on movie sets, fashion shows, rock stars, and recently showcased her paintings at a local event. She answered Style’s many questions.

OCS: Who are your style icons?

AE: My style icons are Oribe, Lady Gaga, Michelle Pfieffer (Catwomen), Mad Men

OCS: What’s on your bedside table?

AE: Chocolate wrappers and a musical unicorn.

OCS: Best home accessory?

AE: My artwork and my terra cotta red bedside tables with jewelled knobs

OCS: Best recent fashion find?

AE: Vintage Holt Renfrew fur hat found at Ragtime

OCS: Whom would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?

AE: Dr. Phil and Christopher Walken

OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?

AE: Michael Jackson

OCS: What’s your earliest memory?

AE: Getting a Fisher Price tool belt for my second birthday

OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?

AE: Terry-towel half top, black skin tight pants, fake tan, fake nails, tons of makeup, pushup bra. My mother told me I looked like trash, and now I can see she was right!

OCS: Proudest moments?

AE: Getting my first pay cheque from Le Château; buying my business; working hands on with my style icon Oribe in New York City.

OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?

AE: Red terra cotta bedside tables with jewelled knobs

OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?

AE: Hard-working, honest, creative, someone who can stand alone (one-of-a-kind)

OCS: Whom would you most like to dress?

AE: Oribe…hands down.

OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).

AE: Perfect day off: Me and my best friend Amie Jane in New York City. No plans … just do it!

OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?

AE: Alexander McQueen and Picasso

OCS: Favourite local artist (if different from above, and doesn’t have to be a visual artist)?

AE: Dave Cooper

OCS: Best book you read in the past year?

AE: It was Jenna Jameson: How to Make Love Like a Porn Star.

OCS: Favourite food?

AE: My husband’s cooking … and chocolate

OCS: Most-oft-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?

AE: I don’t have either of those devices but at the shop, it would be All of the Lights by Kanye West.

OCS: Wine, beer or both?

AE: Both

OCS: Mac or PC?

AE: Mac

OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?

AE: I married a chef.

OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?

AE: Whalesbone

OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?

AE: My business and my clients make me happiest to be here.

OCS: Fave blog or website?

AE: I don’t do computers.

OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?

AE: (see above)

OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?

AE: Eating chocolate in bed…in the middle of the night

OCS: Favourite place to spend time?

AE: My home

OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?

AE: I want to make people think either through my expression in hair or artwork.  I want to be known for always doing something different … like wearing a dish towel as a scarf as I did today!


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