Monday, 28 July 2014

Backyard Dinner Party

We had beautiful weather this weekend so when we invited a couple of friends for dinner, I thought we'd take advantage of it by sitting outside. I set a table in the backyard and bought fresh fish from Catch. They tweet what's fresh each day and you can order it for that evening by calling the restaurant. I grabbed prawns and oysters for the appetizers and made Bon Appetit's Butter Basted Salmon with Hazelnut Relish for the main. We sat out drinking champagne and white wine until the sun went down.

It's nights like these that make summer so awesome.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Stampede City Sessions

Based on the same idea as Austin City Limits, Stampede City Sessions is a show filmed here in Calgary featuring up and coming bands. I only just heard about it, but I'm completely obsessed! It's such a great way to showcase new artists. You can read more about it in this Avenue Magazine article or check out who has appeared so far on the Stampede City Sessions Vimeo.

Speaking of Avenue, their Insiders Guide to Folk Fest is worth a read if you're heading down this weekend. Have a good one!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Trailers for the movie adaptations of three of my favorite books have come out.

Both Wild and This is Where I Leave You will premier at the Toronto International film Festival this week. I'm looking forward to seeing both of them. Although the movie version of This is Where I Leave You seems a bit more light-hearted than the book, the cast is incredible!

The third is for Gone Girl which comes out in October.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Drift Accessories

At a Market Collective a couple of months ago, I saw the cutest bracelet ring at Drift Accessories. I had already bought a couple of other things, so even though I loved it, I walked away. I immediately regretted the decision and got in touch with designer Natalie and though she had sold the piece already, she agreed to make me a new one. It has quickly become my favorite way to add something fun to any outfit.

You can find out where Natalie will be selling her jewelry by visiting her Facebook page here.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Last Week

We spent last week travelling all over this lovely province of ours. Here's a little rundown of our adventures.

Pt. 1- Waterton
This was the first time I'd ever been to Waterton. What have I been doing with my life?! It's absolutely stunning and far less busy than Banff or Canmore. The original plan was to go camping with our friends at Bertha Bay, a campsite only accessible by boat or hike. However, the windy weather didn't cooperate and we couldn't get the boat across the lake. After a beer and some debate on what to do next, we decided to leave the park and set up camp closer to Pincher Creek. Even though things went a little sideways, we had an incredible time and the scenery was equally as gorgeous as in the park (with less of a bear threat to boot).

Friday, 27 June 2014

Non-Diner Brunch

This city has some amazing spots for brunch- Monki, Diner Deluxe, Over Easy, Dairy Lane- which are great if you're not in a hurry and don't mind waiting in line (or if you can sneak in on a weekday). Typically, when we decide to go out, we're already starving and want to get in as soon as we can. Here are a few great brunch and breakfast alternatives for those times you need food and a mimosa STAT.

Ox and Angela- they have an incredible breakfast tasting menu as well as a la carte items. I'd recommend the olive oil chocolate chip pancakes. I dream of those and their french press coffee!

Cassis Bistro- we checked out this cute french bistro a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. If you're willing to be really indulgent, their rosé cocktail and croque madame should not be missed!

Cucina (closed on Sunday)- The wild BC mushrooms & poaches eggs on toast is everything. I ate it too fast to take a photo!

All three spots take reservations which makes brunching even easier. Enjoy!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Summer Beauty Favorites

I've never been a fan of wearing a lot of makeup. One of my favorite things about summer is being able to get away with less of it while still looking fresh. Here are a few of my favorite things.

I like to start by mixing Bobbi Brown foundation into my daily moisturizer (which has an additional SPF). It keeps the foundation nice and light while still providing protection from the sun.

I use Tarte Cheek Stain and Nars Illuminator for dewy looking skin.

I use next to no eye shadow in the warmer months. To keep me looking awake, I really love this Benefit mascara.

I'm totally obsessed with Bobbi Brown's Beach scent for summer. It smells like the world's most amazing sunscreen. I throw this body oil on after the shower and it takes me right back to a beach vacation.

That's my entire summer beauty routine. It takes all of five minutes and I'm out the door and enjoying the sunshine.