April 26th, 2013
Nestled right in the design mecca of Calgary, District is an ideal spot for settling down after a day of gallery-hopping and hitting up mid-century modern furniture shops.
With a chef who regularly sources local products to add to the menu on a moment’s notice and dishes that will almost certainly include bacon, this place is certainly the spot for a satiated appetite. First and foremost a brewhouse, District has pick-up Thursdays where you can fill a growler full of their house brew for only $15.
As the saying goes, it's 5 o'clock somewhere. —Kait Kucy
Design District Urban Tavern, 607 11 Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-233-2433 www.calgarytavern.com
April 25th, 2013
Beach babes, long boards, and bellini bars - it’s all about Huntington Beach, California.
The Shorebreak Hotel’s front desk features a massive wave, there are surf films projected on the walls of the lobby, cruiser bikes and vintage surfboards in the rooms, all done incredibly stylishly. www.jdvhotels.com
Beach volleyball, all year round! And then, of course, there are the surfers (er, we mean the surfing) in and around the famous pier. It’s not called Surf City USA for nothing.
The Huevos Rancheros (pictured, $9) at Zimzala in the Shorebreak Hotel, with excellent coffee and a bellini bar in a breezy room was our idea of brunch heaven. The name of the restaurant means “peace with sand between your toes.”
Order one of the massive longboards from Huntington native Peter Hamborg a firefighter and father of 5 surfing, modelling, lifeguarding boys (why does this sound like a reality TV show in the works)? Cruise The Strand, 10 miles of paved track along the beachfront. www.hamboards.com
Lucky you if you get a sighting of one of the famous surf Woody’s like we did!
April 24th, 2013
Sometimes it's Britney and sometimes it's indie - our music taste really runs the gamut.
And sometimes, we just want some good tunes to wind down to. Calgary's Boreal Sons aptly-named latest album Bedtime Briar has the perfect combination of four songs that drifting off a little more melodic.
Sweet dreams guaranteed. —Kait Kucy
Boreal Sons, www.borealsons.com
April 23rd, 2013
We like to think we have "wash-and'-go" hair, until a weird bump convinces us otherwise.
Instead of hiding under a hat, we book a SteamPod Treatment. A Replenishing Smoothing Cream filled with Pro-Keratin technology is applied to wet locks and dried about 80 per cent of the way. Then, using a steam-powerered straightener tool, a stylist combs out hair, leaving it smooth, soft and shiny for about three washes.
Rumour has it that a commercially available product will be on shelves in the near future but we're happy to leave it to the pros. —Kait Kucy
SteamPod Treatment, starting at $85 when booked with cleanse & style, 1211 Kensington Rd. NW, Calgary, 403-270-7333, www.swizzlesticks.com
April 22nd, 2013
Filled with all sorts of delectable and detoxifying elements, the soap absorbs bacteria and toxins from your skin. Coconut, olive and hemp oils moisturize while the peppermint invigorates and leaves a fresh scent.
Plus, you can add this soap to your increasingly growing list of locally made products. —Kait Kucy
Anvil Handmade Hemp Soap with Activated Charcoal, $6.50 at The UnCommons, 1325 9th Ave. SE, Calgary,, 587-353-9337, www.theuncommons.ca
April 19th, 2013
The latest buzz in Calgary? We'll give you a hint: you'll need a veil.
Founded in 1960, The Calgary Beekeepers Association holds events and workshops (like the upcoming Bee-ginners Bee Keeping course) to teach amateur enthusiasts how to create a happy and healthy colony and even how to harvest honey.
Sounds bee-licious. —Kait Kucy
April 19th, 2013
When your little one asks if his apple juice is organic and his animal crackers fair trade, you know you've got a little green machine on your hands. Herewith, 5 eco-friendly products that the entire family can feel good about:
An obsession amongst the VitaminDaily.com moms, Mini Mioche sustainable clothing line is designed and made in Toronto and features pared down yet stylish basics - a mini version of what you would wear - in an array of sweet neutrals, never a cartoonish pattern in sight. Fabrics are coloured with eco dyes, packaging is minimal and fair wages are paid to all involved. We love that the clothing lasts and that the basic tees are unisex enough in style to be passed down to the next little boy or girl. From $25 at www.minimioche.com
Not only can your children sip water or fresh pressed juice from their phthalate free, lightweight, completely recyclable SIGG bottles, but now, just in time for Earth Day, they can also save one sq. meter of Panamanian rainforest with the purchase of each specially designed Sigg bottles for CUIPO, a social enterprise focused on rainforest conservation. Ditch the plastic for good and help diminish deforestation – all in one sip. From $17.99 at www.mysigg.com and at select Whole Foods Markets nationwide.
Expand your horizons beyond melamine or even bpa free plastic plates, with the smartly designed Brinware plates. Fashioned from durable tempered glass that does not break easily (even on a tile floor, trust us!), each piece also has a flexible food safe silicone cover that fits snugly around the bottom of each plate, offering extra cushioning from slippery hands, as well as a pop of kid friendly colour that allows the striking prints screened onto the back of each plate to emerge. Ideal for a toddler and up. At www.lussobaby.ca and ttps://www.crocodilebaby.com
Designed in Canada by a busy mom of 3, the SoYoung line of PVC and pthalate free cooler bags are cute enough for your kids but stylish enough for Mom or Dad. Heidi Klum and daughter Lou are fans. Pack their snacks in the insulated bag when you’re out and about, or use one to tote your own healthy, made-at-home lunch to the office. www.soyoung.ca
Fashioned from recycled newspaper, these colourful O’bon pencils last 2-3 times longer than traditional wooden pencils because the leads are better protected. They also manage to inspire awe for the wild in your child, with each pencil showcasing a different animal that corresponds to a particular colour. We love their bright hues. From $2.50 at www.lavishandlime.com
April 18th, 2013
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April 17th, 2013
With a road infrastructure revolution, navigating Calgary's busy city streets no longer requires nerves of steel.
And BikeBike is taking our love of the two-wheeler to the next level. We cannot get enough of its awe-inspiring collection of cargo bikes. Perfect for the downtown lady without a car, we picture a sunny-day bike ride with a basket filled with fresh flowers, baguettes and a couple bottles of vino.
We're pedal pushing converts, and proud of it. —Kait Kucy
BikeBike Calgary, 1501 17th Ave SW, Calgary, 403-457-2453, www.bikebike.ca
April 16th, 2013
While on the lookout for ethical and sustainable jewelry, we discovered Mala Collective.
Based in Vancouver but handmade in Bali, its jewelry is ethically sourced, sustainably harvested, and combines form and function. Made from rudraksha seeds (known to embody peace and love) and gemstones, the pieces not only look good but will also relieve anxiety, improve circulation, or provide protection, depending on the stone.
We like the Surfer Mala necklace ($138) a combination of lava, obsidian, and turquoise, which will deflect negative energy and protect the wearer on a journey. Let’s test it out on a surfing trip to Bali, shall we? —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Bracelets start at $20, necklaces at $55 in Vancouver at Nicole Bridger, 2151 W. Fourth Ave., and online at www.malacollective.com