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NEXT BIG THING

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Hello, my darling Internet pals. I nearly forgot tell you about some very important news that I recently announced. I’ve started a conference with one of my best buds Mike Morrison (you may know him as Mike’s Bloggity Blog). Mike founded SocialWest, a three-day all-encompassing social media conference. Since then we’ve partnered up to present NEXT BIG THING, a one-day conference-like experience for creative people. Hosted right here in Calgary, Alberta we plan to jam pack the day with amazing speakers, incredible networking experiences and everything else you want in a great learning experience (coffee, treats, parties, swag!).

Anyways, you can check it out for more information here – and be sure to sign up for our newsletter as we are announcing some really big news at the end of the month! Hope to see y’all there if you live in Calgary! xx

SUMMER BEAUTY LOOK

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If there is one thing I love about summer it is the fact that I can get away with a lot less makeup. Not only does my skin colour ever so slightly (maybe not this year?), I also sweat way more in the summer so why waste precious foundation and makeup on super hot summer days? Regardless, I like to keep my makeup routine short and sweet so that I can quickly get ready and get on with my day.

I recently attended the FIRST EVER London Drugs #LDBeauty here in Calgary and it was an absolutely amazing evening full of makeup, cocktails, hair products, amazing food and great (new + old) friends! I ended up with a big bag of swag so I’ve been taking my time using each product and finding my favourites. Today’s look is super simple featuring a pink ombre lip. I’ll be blogging my other new favourite products from #LDBeauty soon!

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I started by moisturizing my skin with La Roche-Posay’s Rosaliac UV Rich Cream followed by e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer. Seriously, this primer is AMAZING. And for only $8.99 I am obsessed with this product. I’ve found that some primers don’t absorb or lay flat – they ball up along the contours of your face. This primer is perfect though and very comparable to higher-end primers I’ve used in the past.

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Since this look’s feature was the lips I also primed my lips with Almay’s Age Essentials Lip Treatment which has been in daily rotation since I received it at #LDBeauty. It has SPF30 and is also said to reduce lines around the mouth. Suddenly, just this year I’m starting to see those pesky lines appear so I’m kinda smearing this stuff on like crazy.

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After I was primed up I used my favourite liquid foundation from NYX, Stay Matte But Not Flat in Ivory. Again, such a great product for an excellent price (only $10.99). I’ve been smoothing it on with my fingers all summer which I find offers me better coverage without looking too cakey.

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One of my favourite products from #LDBeauty and the one I am most excited to see at London Drugs this fall is the Revolution Ultra Contour Palette. This new (to Canada) makeup brand is known for their epic palettes and this contour palette does not disappoint with eight stunning powders for perfect contouring and highlighting. I did some light contouring with the lightest brown powder in the palette and a swath of the sparkly gold strobe powder above my cheekbones. It is kind of hard to see in the photos as it was such a sunny day but I really love how soft and subtle you can get with these powders. As always, I was using the my favourite brushes from London Drugs – the Real Techniques Core Collection.

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Next up I used Revlon’s adorable multi-purpose palette – Eyes, Cheeks + Lips in Berry in Love. Another great price – this palette is only $20 but includes six eye shadows, four lipsticks and a summery pink blush. I used the two soft purple middle eye shadows to create a bit of interest on my eyes. I used my all-time fave liquid liner L’Oreal Lineur Intense in Black and Annabelle’s new SUPERNOVA Mascara that will debut this fall. I used the blush from the Revlon palette – it really is the perfect pink for summer. My only complaint is that the lipsticks in the palette are too close to the blush – especially if you are not using the tiny brush provided.

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Finally – the ombre lips! I’ve been dying to try this trend for months but never found the perfect lip colour until I tried Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in HD Obsession. First I dabbed Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer in Fair on my lips to create a soft and creamy base. Then starting from the middle of my lips I brushed on the matte lipcolour, getting gradually lighter as I worked my way out. I didn’t fill the colour in up to my upper lip line. Instead I used my Real Techniques Lip Brush to sweep the pink upwards – making sure it didn’t look too uniform. While you can definitely get a lot more dramatic with your ombre lip in the evening, I kept this one pretty sweet and simple for daytime. It was easy to touch-up and if some of it came off while sipping a coffee it didn’t look messy.

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Lastly, the neutral metallic nail colour I am sporting is another new favourite. Part of the Sally Hansen Color Therapy Collection, this amazing new formula includes a healthy does of argan oil to keep your nails moisturized and smooth. The colour is Powder Room and it is the perfect pearly coppery pink. I haven’t taken it off since I got it at #LDBeauty.

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The photos of me were taken by the talented 10 Cent (aka Lori Andrews)! Book her for your next lifestyle or blog shoot!

BIKE BIKE BIKE

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After a hiatus (pregnancy and such) of approximately two years, I am finally back on my bicycle and this time with my adorably cute and tiny passenger, Jack. I’ve had my bike for years now but just added the Yepp Maxi Bike Seat to my setup. Hailing from the Netherlands where bicycles and commuting with your child are as common as cars here in Canada, the Yepp bike seat is super strong and sturdy, well-designed and comfortable. We managed to pick up ours used while we were on holiday but they are pretty easy to find new or used if you are on the hunt for one.

MY BIKE:

Linus Dutchi 8 Bicycle in Black

✚ Yepp Maxi Bike Seat in Black

* Both found locally in Calgary at BikeBike – 1501 17 Ave SW

BIKE WISH LIST:

Basil Sweet Pink Bottle Basket – Great for stashing bottles of bubbly or rose on your way to a house party.

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Sahn Helmet – Vancouver-based company that makes the most beautiful helmets. I’m torn between matte black and glossy white. Thoughts?

Basil Bike Crate in Neon Coral – I am pretty obsessed with plastic crates as it is so when I found this large neon coral crate from the Netherlands it immediately went to the top of my wishlist. How great would it look strapped to the front of a black and white bike?

REDFISH KIDS CLOTHES

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There is nothing I love more than kids being kids. Playing hard, going on adventures and getting dirty. I’ve always believed that clothes are meant to be worn and enjoyed – not to be just saved for a special day (you probably will never see any of Jack’s clothes at a consignment shop, ha!). Redfish Kids, a local Canadian company based in Vancouver, BC, creates beautiful children’s clothing that are well-designed and durable. Each garment is locally made with an amazing attention to detail – each and every piece seems to have a certain uniqueness to it.

“Born out of a need to create clothing with “heart”, Redfish Kids Clothes are symbolic of our commitment to honour the strength and courage of our children and their unlimited potential to shape the future of our world.” Could their mission statement be any more uplifting and inspiring for parents?

They recently sent a package of goodies this way for Jack and his little friend Greta to enjoy. We all headed to the park for a fun playdate with these two blonde toddlers decked out in their Redfish Kids gear. I just love the matching striped shirts – absolutely so cute!

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Baby Tofino Kimono || Baby Kuzi Navy & Lime || Kelly Skirt Key Lime || Electric Blue Floral Millie Dress || Chartreuese in Bloom Party Dress || Swing Dress || T-Lab Wooden Cat || Playforever Race Car ||

Thank you to Redfish Kids for gifting these outfits to Jack and Greta.

HELLO SUMMER SOLSTICE

It is here, my friends – the Summer Solstice. And what a beautiful day to be celebrating it on at that. Not only is it the longest day of the year but today also marks the first time a Full Moon and the Summer Solstice have come together in over 70 years – a truly once in a lifetime experience. I’m out on Vancouver Island for the week so I am greatly looking forward to experiencing this solstice with family, surrounded by flowers, water and the fresh sea air.

Late last week I had a tarot card reading by the talented Tegan of Tarot Readings by Tegan. It was an absolutely eye-opening conversation and I was amazed by how in tune and accurate her readings were – more about that below! We also chatted about the Summer Solstice and how readers can take advantage of this occurrence.

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What does the Summer Solstice mean for all people?

Tegan: The Summer Solstice is the mid-point of the year when we enjoy the longest days because the sun has reached it’s highest point in the northern sky. Basically this is very positive and “bright” energy. Unique to this year, the Sun is travelling beside the planet Venus which helps soften the heavier challenges we may be coming up against at this time.

What is one thing people can do to take advantage of the energy of the solstice?

Tegan: What I find fascinating, is this year’s solstice is packed with some planetary aspects that are tremendously potent and stirring things up in all aspects of our lives. For example, dynamics that have become riddled with manipulation causing fear and control through disillusionment could start to crack open. As we start to see more clearly during this solstice, we can get a peek into the reality or truth of the situation. Unfortunately, this can be a very shocking wake up call. However, it helps us move forward in finding our power to reinstate strength and stability in parts of our life that have been hurting for a very long time. There is an abundance of healing and growth energy during this solstice period. Depending on what is happening for us at this time, there are options to move forward in brave new ways to bring deeper levels of prosperity and wellness into our lives.

What are your recommendations for the month ahead?

Tegan: One recommendation to help yourself, is to slow down and breathe. Feel into the situation with more depth and begin to let go of what is not working. The first wave of response is usually emotionally based and very subjective causing reactions and arguments to triggered. When we are ready to truly grow and love as deeply as we dream, we will make a choice to move forward with both our intelligence and our heart in partnership. The upcoming solstice is the perfect time to change any behaviour patterns that feel stagnant and gently explore the new path that is calling you onward.

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Thank you, Tegan for this amazing guidance as we move forward into the second half of the year.

If you are interested in having a tarot card reading done by Tegan, I highly recommend her services. I had an hour long session with her and it was very eye-opening and thought-provoking – even inspiring! It was all done via Skype which was very cool. We covered all aspects of my life from career to big decisions to family. She was very open to me directing the reading and asking specific questions that I wanted answers to. I found her incredibly insightful and left the reading feeling refreshed and inspired to move forward this summer.

You can book with Tegan online here or if you live in Vancouver or Tofino you can have a tarot card reading done in person – send her a note for more details. Happy Solstice everyone!

Photo by Rich Stapleton for Cereal

WIN THE ULTIMATE SLED ISLAND EXPERIENCE FROM 4TH STREET!

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Folks, festival season is officially upon us and Sled Island is set to take over the city in less than a week! We’ve teamed up with our friends at Avi Urban , the developers behind Duke At Mission, to create the Ultimate Sled Island Experience for one lucky winner and their very lucky plus one – valued at over $800!

Not everyone may know this, but 4th Street is home to the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival. We are big fans of everything that they do and we love how they support the other local businesses on 4th Street. We’ve partnered with some great local businesses to make this experience one-of-a-kind, showcasing how 4th Street can be your Sled Island homebase as you navigate from rock show to rock show. Food, drink, fashion and wellness services are to be found on every block.

TO ENTER: Follow @4thStreetCalgary on Instagram and leave a comment telling us why you love Sled Island and tag a friend to spread the word! Winner must be able to attend Sled Island June 22-26, 2016. Winner will be drawn on June 19th at 8pm MST and announced on Monday June 20th! Good Luck!

What You Get:

2 – Sled Island Discovery Passes thanks to our friends at Avi Urban | Duke at Mission

$50 Gift Card for Pre-show Drinks + Snacks at The Mission

$100 Gift Card for Famoso Pizzeria

$50 Gift Card for Weekend Brunch at Anju

Post-Sled Float at Clear Float Spa

$50 Gift Card for Juice Because Post-Sled Recovery Juices

1 – Sled Island Care Package from Neal’s Yard Remedies

Calgary By Bike maps (www.calgarybybike.ca)

 

Save Big on 4th Street with your Sled Island Wristband!

These participating businesses are offering great incentives to #shoplocal with your Sled Island wristband!

Amaranth(1407 4th St. SW)
10% off

Anju (344 17th Ave. SW)
Promo Sled Island dish for the table

Phil & Sebastian(2207 4th St. SW)
10% off coffee drinks

Feisty Consignment (#12, 2100 4th St. SW)
15% off new merchandise

Shelf Life Books(1302 4th St. SW)
20% off

Butter Beauty Bar(2429 4th St. SW)
$10% off service

Clear Float Spa (105-1800 4 St SW)
10% with promo code #sledisland either in-store or online.

Yoga Santosha(320-1800 4th St. SW)
Free classes for passholders, half price drop-ins for ticketholders from June 20 – 26

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OBJETIK

There is truly nothing better than the feeling you get when you buy something that is hand-crafted and made by someone who has spent years dedicating themselves to their particular field. From industrial design to pottery to lighting and toys, Objetik, Montreal’s newest online design boutique features unique items that are exclusively made in Quebec.

I’ve always known that Quebec is a hub for fashion design, but I never realized how many amazing product and industrial designers call the province home. It is something to be incredibly proud about as a Canadian. I haven’t been to Quebec in about six years and it literally sky-rocket to the top of my travel wishlist. Oh, how I’d love to spend a week browsing through studios and designer showrooms. I want to know what is so different about Quebec that fosters this kind of creativity. The creative masterminds behind Objetik are husband and wife team Adrian and Tara Milroy. Tara holds a Masters in Contemporary Design where her thesis searched for unifying themes in Canadian design, while Adrian has a background in Physics and handles business and technical operations.

With the aim of cultivating awareness of Quebec’s design culture, Objetik presents works by contemporary designers aspiring to create useful, impactful, and sustainable objects. Crafted with precision and passion, the items are true to their materials and locally produced as much as possible. Just take a scroll through some of these incredible products. I am currently coveting them all especially the products from designer YYY. In love!

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“Design in Quebec is thriving, and we wanted to create a virtual space to promote the designers, exhibit their works on a global scale, and offer them for sale,” says Objetik founder Tara Milroy. “We hope to draw attention to the discipline of design in Quebec, both locally and internationally, with the hope to redefine the ways that people experience everyday objects.”

Objetik.com currently features over 50 works by 17 designers, and will be offering worldwide shipping. Go forth + shop Canadian.

BATS FOR BRATS!

If the idea of 10 local artists armed with 10 custom-designed baseball bats sounds like a night in heaven to you, you won’t want to miss BATS for BRATS this weekend! Baseball enthusiasts, art lovers and party-goers will want to pop down to Commonwealth on Sunday for a night of baseball, beer and bidding. A free one-night-only charity event, BATs for BRATS features a silent auction of ten unique baseball bats with all profits going to support Kidsport Calgary, a non-profit organization with 178 chapters across Canada that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under.

The bats are handmade in Calgary by Schindel Bats and then customized by local artists, graphic designers and illustrators. Some of my favourite artists and designers like Heather Buchanan and Chris Pecora are participating – I can’t wait to see what they come up with! See the full list of artists here!

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It is going to be a great night of art, drinks + with a great fundraising component – you can’t lose. Oh – and it is free. Win – win – win – win – win…..

Sunday, June 12 @ 7pm 

Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10 Ave SW

More information at www.batsforbrats.com

MINI LIFE: MINTED NAME LABELS

Gone are the days of writing your kid’s name on their belongings with a piece of tape and a sharpie. Minted just launched their brand new custom name + clothing labels collection and I am loving how they transformed such a tiny detail/chore into something absolutely adorable. They are all designed by Minted’s independent artist community and I loved browsing through the various designs to find something perfect for Jack. 

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These personalized name label bookplates for his books are so cute and have transformed them all into heirlooms that he will cherish for years to come.

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The new smaller-sized and machine washable name labels are perfectly designed for clothes. I chose the Venice Brush style in four bright colours – looks so adorable in his little shirts. You could really add them to anything tho – stuffed animals, bags, etc.

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The personalized name labels are a durable way to customize bottles, food containers, toys, sports equipment, clothing care tags and much more. The labels are waterproof, non-toxic, dishwasher and laundry safe. It is a great (and cute) way to alert people of your child’s allergies or dietary restrictions. These rainbow labels were too cute to pass up.

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FRIDAY EDIT NO. 001

Happy Friday, everyone! What are you up to this weekend? The first weekend of June already – it certainly feels like summer now, doesn’t it? I have a busy weekend ahead of me – hosting a garage sale (hurray for purging junk out of our home!) and celebrating my friend’s birthday. Sunday, I will be at Lilac Festival on 4th Street at The Mission with AVI Urban – come visit if you are in Calgary! Hope you have a good one whatever you get up to.

While you wait for the weekend to begin, here are a few of my favourite things this week…

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I am obsessed with this new Saved by the Bell themed diner in Chicago. Someone out there is making all of our dreams come true and I love it. And I love it even more that Vogue had the exclusive story on it.

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Louis Vuitton’s Resort 2017 show in Rio De Janeiro was earlier this week. Beyond the incredible fashion, I am head-over-heels for the seating choices flanking the curvy runway. Spray painted plastic crates for the win. Definitely DIY inspiration for my next backyard party. Also – that view?!

The AVOCADO emoji is coming, you guys! As is the black heart and ‘fingers crossed’ emoji. It is rather sad how excited I get about the addition of new emojis but I guess it is a part of modern life.

I made hot for food blog’s vegan BBQ (cauliflower) wings this week and was blown away by how delicious they were. I don’t even like ranch sauce and I was licking the bowl clean. Another vegan recipe for the win!

I didn’t know you could propagate your own succulents. This is a super helpful blog post detailing how to grow itty-bitty succulents right at home.

Some interesting articles for those of you working in creative fields:

Why I Stopped Calling Myself a Freelancer 

What Murakami and other Literary Giants Learned from Brand Writing

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