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CALCUTTA CRICKET CLUB

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There is a hot new eaterie in town and it is next level dreamy in terms of the design. The Calcutta Cricket Club looks like something Wes Anderson would have visions of while planning his next film. This is the newest restaurant venture from the team at Thank You Hospitality. Spearheaded by Cody Willis (Native Tongues Taqueria – one of my fave local restaurants and Two Penny – another new spot featuring fine Chinese cuisine), the new Indian restaurant and bar is a partnership with Shovik Sengupta, Amber Anderson, and Maya Gohill, and is inspired by the cosmopolitan nature and cuisine of West Bengal. The name is influenced by the Raj-era Calcutta Cricket & Football club, and is the very first interior design project from local artist Maya Gohill (I wrote about her for SFGirlByBay here). 

Calcutta Cricket Club is open seven nights a week from 5pm until late. I don’t know about you but I just want to sit here and stare at these photos – my mouth is watering. Hell, I’m making plans to eat + drink there this weekend!

Calcutta Cricket Club – 340 17th Ave SW – (403) 719-1555 – No reservations.

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SEE THE POSSIBILITIES

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I have always had somewhat poor eyesight. I still remembering being in grade school and squinting at the chalkboard trying to make out the words. I still remember getting my first pair of glasses in grade four and suddenly being able to see so clearly. My eyes continued to get worse all through my childhood and into my twenties. Now they’ve seemed to finally slow down and stay somewhat consistent – a big relief to me as my contact lens prescription is already pretty high.

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Working as a writer and photographer requires me to take good care of my eye health. With a career that focuses on décor and design, my eyesight is super important to me – otherwise how would I experience life the way I do – or even make a living? In almost every part of my day to day I rely on my eyesight to create, write and share with my readers and followers.

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By partnering with the Canadian Ophthalmology Society to share their See The Possibilities campaign, I’ve learned a bit more about the role of an ophthalmologist and the impact they have on their patients. Most people don’t know the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist and an optician. Here is what you need to know:

Ophthalmologists specialize in eye and vision care and are the only eye care professionals who are medical doctors. They are trained to perform eye exams, diagnose and treat eye diseases, prescribe medications and perform surgery. They also write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses. While other eye health professionals can correct vision, only an ophthalmologist can restore it. Ophthalmologists are essentially the medical “quarterbacks” of the eye health team. They work collaboratively with the other eye O’s (opticians and optometrists) and other medical specialists to ensure optimal patient treatment and care.
Optometrists examine eyes for both vision and health problems and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. An optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (OD), but is not a medical doctor.

Opticians use prescriptions written by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist to fit and sell eyeglasses and other eyewear.

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Now that you know the difference between these three professions, you can see how important it is to have all three to care and maintain your eye health. As part of the See The Possibilities campaign, there are a number of amazing patient stories that share the transformative effect ophthalmologists have on the lives of their patients as well as the lives of their loved ones and family members. It’s so inspiring to see and also such a great reminder to remember how important it is to maintain your vision health.

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To learn more and watch inspiring patient videos visit seethepossibilities.ca

 

This post is in partnership with the Canadian Ophthalmology Society, Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog full of fresh content.

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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS WITH SAJE

One of my favourite things about being Canadian, is celebrating all of the amazing entrepreneurs and companies that were founded in our country. As Canada marks 150 years this weekend, Saje Natural Wellness is celebrating their 25th anniversary! To celebrate the milestone, founders Kate and Jean-Pierre LeBlanc created a special 25th anniversary limited edition Pocket Farmacy. Featuring five of their most-loved roll-on oil blends, the pocket or purse-sized kits includes everything you need for wellness on the go.

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Each roll-on is 6ml (these actually last quite awhile for me even with daily use) and include five different blends: Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy, Immune Germ & Virus Fighting Remedy, Eater’s Digest Digestion Easing Remedy, Stress Release Tension Reducing Remedy and Pain Release Analgesic Remedy. I’ve been a long time user of all of these except for the Immune roll-on so I am excited to try that one out – especially as a mom to a young child who is constantly picking up germs at the playground and elsewhere.

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I had the privilege of interviewing co-founder Kate LeBlanc about this momentous occasion for her company and family – and also how Saje has made such an impact over the past 25 years. Happy Birthday Saje!

Starting the company 25 years ago, did you ever expect that you’d be opening up your 50th Canadian location in 2017? 

When my husband, Jean-Pierre and I founded Saje 25 years ago, our dream was global wellness. At that time, we weren’t sure how that vision was going to be achieved, but we just knew that we wanted to bring nature’s medicine to the world, starting in Canada.

Four years ago, our goal was 50 top tier and thoughtful Canadian locations by 2020. It’s incredible to think that goal has been achieved three years early! It’s surreal to be welcoming our 50th location with a second store in West Edmonton Mall; it’s a massive milestone for us that holds great significance.

What has been your number one favourite product to use since opening up shop?

It’s always so hard for me to pick just one – but luckily I get to share my faves regularly with our monthly feature ‘Kate’s Faves’!

Something I always have on hand is Immune (known as Fortify in the USA). With my busy travel schedule, it keeps my immune system strong and helps me fight the germs I come into contact with so frequently on flights and in hotel rooms. I travel with our roll-on remedy, which I apply to my neck and directly underneath my nose during travel, and at night – on the bottoms of my feet.

Immune also comes in different application methods to make it extra-easy to stay in good health. Whether you choose to roll on the remedy, apply a spritz of mist or enjoy a hot bath, the healing powers of tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint will increase your wellness while you’re on the go.

What have you noticed over the past 25 years about how Canadians approach health and wellness? 

We now have Saje locations coast to coast and something I’ve noticed has always remained consistent is the value of wellness that many Canadians have in common. There’s a desire to lead happy and healthy lifestyles – and an openmindedness and sense of shared community there. I think Canadians are at the forefront of pro-active health and are now seeking other healing modalities and methods that support a more natural approach. Our incredibly supportive Canadian communities have allowed us to bring natural wellness to more provinces across the country and I’ll always be grateful for that.

It’s a disconcerting thought to reflect on all of the synthetic products we put on ourselves daily and the poor air quality and pollution we breathe in. When using synthetic products, your body is constantly ridding itself of those toxins and over time these chemicals build up and deplete our immune system, allowing illness and stress to take hold. 

Our VP Brand and my daughter Kiara often describes our stores as a place to go to when 3pm hits and you just don’t feel well. We’re that place you can go to when you don’t necessarily want to see your doctor, but you have a health concern – and it might be a result of this depleted immune system. You can come in, get help and feel better – and at the same time because you’re using plant-based solutions you’ll experience health benefits, rather than side effects.

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The Pocket Farmacy Remedy Kit is your special 150 x 25 year anniversary product – why do you think this set is such an essential for Canadians to keep with them?

It felt like a natural fit to bring a limited edition of our Pocket Farmacy      to celebrate 25 years of Saje history because it was how Saje all started!

Jean-Pierre origionally blended these formulations for his own use. A car accident had left him with soft tissue damage and on pharmaceutical medication. Soon he was adding even more medication to address the side effects from those that were meant to be helping him  – and he thought, there’s got to be a better way. It was then that he blended the five original remedies found in the Pocket Farmacy. At the same time, I had a passion for incredible retail environments and experiences – so together, we combined our passions to create Saje.

All that said, it was a natural selection for our celebratory, limited edition product. Growing Saje has been an exhilarating and rewarding journey and we feel the Pocket Farmacy speaks so perfectly to that experience. And even more rewarding to celebrate alongside Canada’s 150th anniversary!

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How has being Canadian helped you professionally?

I’m super proud to be from this incredible country. Growing up in small town Ontario, yet also having experiences in Canada’s biggest cities – and living where I am now, amongst West Coast beauty – have played a huge role in who I am as an individual and my values of community, connection, wellness and nature. This, combined with my desire to experience other cultures and ways of life, has been an incredible lens to gain inspiration from.

I’m also always inspired – wherever I go in Canada – by the people. Some of the most genuine, kind hearted people I’ve ever met have been in towns, Coast to Coast, when I’m in our retail stores connecting with folks. It’s my favorite part of my job.

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How have your Canadian roots influenced your work?

I grew up working in my mom’s fabric store. She was so much more to our little town than just that; she was a pillar of our community. I remember her hosting teas with the ladies of the town, and she had a real passion for customer service. People gravitated towards her for a place to go for more than fabric – for connection and a sense of community.

I knew then and there that I was passionate about retail, and that one day I wanted to pursue my own entrepreneurial journey within it. It was this early experience that inspired one of Saje’s founding pillars – outrageous customer service. To this day, it remains a founding pillar and the foundation of everything we do at Saje.

Beyond this, I have always been incredibly inspired by nature, by the effects it can have on the body, mind and spirit. Whistler is one of my favorite places to go to get grounded, feel super connected to myself and general disconnect, unplug – and at the same time, reconnect.

That’s something I also really love about essential oils – they have the ability to instantly lift us out of a place of anxiety and help us land in a place of possibility. Picture yourself taking a deep breath in the middle of a serene, remote place in the woods and think about how body would feel in that moment. That’s the effect essential oils have.

Essential oils act as rapid transit to nature. Whatever state my body and mind are in, whatever I’m feeling in that moment, I know I can rely on the ability of essential oils to adapt to what my body needs. When you’re connected to nature, your body releases endorphins which elevate happiness.

Thank you to Saje and Kate for the Pocket Farmacy Kit! 

KENSINGTON 1918 TAP + TABLE

If there is anything I say time and time again, is how lucky we are in Calgary to have such a strong culinary community with endless new spots to dine out with friends and family. And some places are totally unexpected which is super exciting to me. The Kensington Legion is one such place that is surprising and unexpected. If you’ve ever been to the Kensington Legion or just driven past it you’re probably thinking of the large drab, concrete, one story building located on Kensington Road. Well, you are certainly in for a change of pace when you check out the NEW Kensington Legion located right next door. This new building represents a partnership between the Legion and Truman Homes – the very firs of its kind in Canada. The stunning result is a modern, four-story structure located at 1918 Kensington Road NW. The gorgeous window-filled new building features the Legion Members’ Lounge, two floors of office space as well as the 1918 Tap & Table restaurant which is open to the public.

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The new restaurant is a fantastic inner city destination and a great addition to the neighbourhood. I can see 1918 Tap & Table quickly becoming a staple for the area with their fresh and delicious farm-to-table menu created by Chef Chris Murphy. I popped into 1918 previous to the opening with my Jack – between the two of us we make quite the pair for dining out. I have Celiac and Jack has an egg allergy. But Chef Chris Murphy easily accommodated our dietary needs and we ate some beautiful dishes like the Grilled Chicken Breast with Artichoke & Caper Pan Jus and Crispy Polenta. Guests can expect fresh, authentic fare from a menu that changes every three months, ensuring in-season ingredients are always prioritized.

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I am also super impressed with their gorgeous bar set up. I tried one of the gorgeous cocktails made by their house mixologist. They are planning on having all sorts of amazing feature cocktails on rotation all of the time – and rumour has it that there will flaming cocktails, allowing their bartenders and mixologists to add a bit of performance to their drink crafting.

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The restaurant is super spacious and beautiful with massive windows, stunning light fixtures and plenty of seating. I can’t wait to see it filled with people enjoying a local craft beer and delicious food.

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They also rent out the space for events – I can totally picture it being a great venue for a Christmas party or wedding reception.

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You should go:

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Follow along on Instagram @1918tapandtable

This post is in partnership with 1918 Tap & Table and all words are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog full of fresh content.

CHATTERS STYLE HAPPY TOUR

There is nothing I love more than getting my hair done. When the Chatters Mobile Hair Salon rolled into Calgary this month I was beyond thrilled to pop down and see what kind of magic they could create with my hair. It was a bit of a rainy, stormy day but we huddled inside the gorgeous pink van (seriously – what a genius idea for a hair salon) and created some braid magic with my stylist Sara. I loved chatting with the whole crew including the host for the entire cross-Canada adventure, Jessica Clark!

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In case you don’t know much about Chatters, it is an Alberta-run company where you can pick up everything you need for great hair from hair product to cutting edge styling tools. Some people might not know that they are also a full-on salon with services ranging from haircuts to colour to waxing. They have something for everyone. Celebrating Canada 150, Chatters decided to embark on a fun tour spreading cute hair styles and hair education across the entire country. What a great idea! I loved getting to be part of the tour and celebrating our amazing country with them.

Stop by their glamourous little pink van during their tour for a free hairstyle, cute coupons, buy some product or get a hair consultation! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #StyleHappyTour & @ChattersHairSalon on Instagram – their updates and Instagram Stories are the best and also pretty hilarious! The Style Happy Tour is stopping in 9 Canadian Cities (see tour dates below) and documenting their entire adventure! They are sharing their whole journey on their youtube channel, ChattersCanada. You can see me in Episode 3!

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I just booked my first hair appointment with Chatters and also stocked up on a selection of their house-brand products from Kenneth Bernard so stay tuned for a follow-up blog post featuring my experience with both!

The Chatters Hair Salon Style Happy Tour is touring across Canada until the end of June – make sure to look for the van in your own city at the dates below. And be sure to meet the amazing Chatters Style Happy Tour team! They are a total blast to hang out with and seriously know their hair! 🙂

07.06 – Vancouver, 08.06 – Kelowna, 10.06 – Calgary, 12.06 – Edmonton, 16.06 – Regina, 18.06 – Winnipeg, 23.06 & 24.06 – Toronto, 26.06 – London, 28.06 & 29.06 – Ottawa

This post is in partnership with Chatters Hair Salon and all words are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog full of fresh content.

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