10 pieces of life advice that most people ignore (but shouldn't)

1. wear sunscreen.
Every day. EVERY DAY. Wear a higher SPF when it's sunny. Reapply throughout the day.

2. go to the doctor.
I know, it's such a pain to call the doctor and book an appointment and all that jazz when you can just ignore the problem forever and it'll most likely go away! oh wait. no. that's not how it works. you know what's worse than making an appointment? the constant gnawing feeling that you don't know what's wrong.

3. drink water.
The "8 glasses a day" advice is an old wives' tale, but if you're not a huge water drinker, at least aim for 2 or 3.

4. don't touch, prod, or pick at your face.
Just don't.

5. do your car maintenance.
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the people who wrote your car's manual know more about your car than you do. So do the work, or prepare for your car to break down at the worst possible moment.

6. exercise at least a little bit per day.
Even if you're exhausted, if you've sat in an office all day and then sat on your couch, go for a walk around the block before you go to bed.

7. read the instructions once, twice, or three times.
This means read the instructions before you start any work. Comprehension first, building/fixing/etc. second.

8. get 8 hours of sleep.
Believe it or not, all those articles telling you to get ample sleep aren't doing so for their own good. You need that time to relax, rejuvenate, and help your immune system stay strong.

9. stop drinking pop. 
It's bad for you.

10. don't go grocery shopping while you're hungry. 
Tried and tested. Don't do it, or you'll leave with way too much food (and nothing that was actually on your list).

quote of the day

" This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find … themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real live adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. … they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party. But they don’t do those things, so they live in an extended adolescence, no closer to adulthood than when they graduated.
Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal.
Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? … Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?”
Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe … life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path. "

Two Girls One City: Part I

Blog readers, meet Paige - the mastermind behind The Wholesome Handbook, an artistic, bucolic, introspective and inspiring woman, and one of my very closest friends. Despite the fact that we are total opposites - as she put it, I'm "buzzing with energy, always on the go" and she's "relaxed, contemplative, and probably barefoot in the garden" - we both love Calgary and spend a lot of our time exploring it. So we decided to put together a multi-part blog collaboration that focuses on our two (very different) perspectives of the city - one take wholesome, one take electric. Part one focuses on our favourite eats & treats around the city. Enjoy! 


Paige: Saskatoon Farm
A kitschy, country-kitchen style greenhouse, shop and cafe, perfect for a wholesome morning-after escape with your fella or for delighting your nieces from out of town with a visit to the resident pig. Order the Farmer’s Biscuit and a slice of the saskatoon pie, and return to the city with half a dozen tiny aloe plants and a packet of heirloom lettuce seeds in your tote.
Suzanne: Blue Star
A small, bustling diner in the heart of Bridgeland, Blue Star is the perfect go-to for an a delicious breakfast close to the heart of Calgary. Their ingredients are locally sourced, their employees are infallibly friendly, and the Huevos Rancheros (or one of their famous eggs benedicts) will always hit the spot and leave you full (and happy as a clam!). There’s always a line-up on weekends, so drop by early to put your name on the list – and while you’re waiting, grab a coffee from Luke’s Drug Mart and wander around Bridgeland to admire the beautiful old houses.

P: Corbeaux Bakehouse
For your inner francophile, no place in the city is better than Corbeaux. From the voyeuristic glass-walled kitchen to the tiny cocktail bar in the corner, Corbeaux is impossibly chic. You can order a ham croissant to-go at the lively, crowded counter, or take a seat and slowly savour the communal-style lunch and dinner (a delightful selection of house-made bread, fine cheese, and meat). If you’re feeling a bit more traditional, they’ve also got lovely main courses to choose from. And no one will judge you if you decide to finish things off with a pillowy macaron and an espresso. After all, what is life without a little indulgence?
S: Holy Grill
I would recommend the Holy Grill simply for the charming, unfailingly welcoming (and not to mention handsome!) Yee boys who run the place, if it wasn’t also for the amazing food they serve. The smash browns are out of this world, especially when paired with one of their avocado bacon crisps or eggs benedicts . The chatter of happy customers and the steady stream of unlimited coffee makes for an atmosphere that makes you want to stay all day (but don’t, because chances are there’s someone waiting for your table).

P: Model Milk
I do love a good culinary adventure, and Model Milk provides just that. Their menu is a constantly-changing landscape of hearty, experimental fare that feels exciting and familiar all at once. You’ll want to hide away in a dimly lit corner in the art-deco inspired historic dairy building, flirt outrageously with the charismatic wait staff, and sip artisan cocktails into the wee hours of the night.
S: Una
One of the most highly coveted dinner spots in the city, Una always has a wait, doesn’t take reservations, and isn’t exactly easy on the wallet – but boy, is it worth it. Their low-key but flavour-packed pizzas pair perfectly with their house wine, their trendy yet welcoming interior design, and their selection of desserts (my favorite is the flourless chocolate cake). Afterwards, walk off that over-full stomach with a stroll down lively 17th ave.

P: Rosso Coffee Roasters, Dominion Bridge
This tiny coffee shop is nestled in a converted iron foundry in one of Calgary’s oldest communities. Ramsay itself is one of the main reasons I love Rosso, another being the fact that they roast their beans on-site in a huge contraption right behind the counter. Grab a crumbly scone and a coffee and take a walk – soak in a piece of Calgary’s heritage with a historical walking tour or meander along the river.
S: Analog
Local coffee brewer Fratello opened up Analog Coffee in 2013, right on the busy corner of 17th Ave and 7th St. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and white walls, the interior is bright and inviting and always filled with quiet chatter and the smell of brewing coffee. If you’re looking for a quick latte this spot isn’t for you – they truly believe that good coffee takes time. The seating is limited, but if you can grab a spot at the window, it’s the best spot in the city to people-watch!

6 style tips for the small-busted ladies

1. bring attention to the neckline.
pick shirts with draping, ruching, embellishments, or an interesting neckline such as a crew neck or a turtleneck. bringing attention to the neckline and adding a bit more volume (aka visual weight) will accentuate your bust (even if it's on the smaller side!).

2. stay away from boxy, structured tops.
structured, stiff tops have the tendency to flatten you out and make you look even smaller. instead, opt for flexible, drapey fabrics that will accentuate rather than flatten.

3. go loose.
another great thing about being smaller-chested is that you can wear oversized shirts and sweaters without worrying about it making you look larger.

4. wear lower necklines.
one thing that's great about having a smaller bust - we never have to worry about falling out of our shirts! so rock those low v's with no fear (v-necks hug the curve of your chest and make it look bigger), and show off that beautiful decolletage.

5. wear higher necklines.
higher necklines are great because they elongate the torso and draw the attention to your face. they have the potential to flatten a large bust, but are very flattering for smaller busts.

there ain't nothing wrong with having a smaller bust! just ask Twiggy, Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth, Charlize Theron, Kiera Knightley, and Kate Moss.
Oh and... the best advice of all for small-chested women - STAND UP STRAIGHT, SHOULDERS BACK!

quote of the day: how do men feel about your weight?

No guy is going to get you naked and be like, “Sorry, I thought you were like five pounds less, nevermind” he’s probably going to put his mouth on you wherever you let him and that’s that. Any guy that doesn’t completely worship the naked body of a woman he’s into anyway is an asshole. Or a teenager.

6 new years resolutions to improve your life in 2015

People look at the start of every year like a new beginning. This is generally a good thing, as it gives us a specific date to attempt to change the things we don't like about our lives - however, the pressure of actually keeping these life-changing habits can put a definite damper on the new year.

I know I'm not alone when I say I've broken more resolutions than I've kept over the past few years (according to Time magazine, only 10% of resolutions are actually kept). But this year can be different! Here are 6 resolutions that will better your life in 2015, and won't be impossible to keep.

1. make time for yourself.

As soon as life gets busy and stressful, people have a tendency to let their self-focus fall to a back burner. Unfortunately, as soon as we put ourselves last, that's when we get sick, the stress gets worse, the irritability increases, and we kinda just suck to be around.

This year, keep yourself in mind when things get stressful, and vow to always make a little bit of time for yourself - an hour here or there to do something that relaxes you and makes you happy. Additionally: take your vitamins, exercise where you can, don't rely on junk food for nourishment, don't forget to drink water, pay attention to your health and hygiene, and if necessary, meditate before bed.

2. stop hitting snooze.

I am a relentless snoozer. I hit the Snooze button 3-6 times before I wake up in the morning, thinking that it will be better for me and I'll be less tired. As it turns out, it's worse for you to hit the snooze button, as every time you fall back asleep your body tries to entirely reset its sleep cycle (rather than continuing the sleep cycle you just woke up from, which was my reasoning).

Try downloading a sleep cycle app that will wake you up at the correct point in your sleep cycle, and enjoy waking up on time, having a coffee, reading the paper... and not being late for work.

3. do something different with your money.

If you have a little bit of savings, or you find yourself spending the money in your bank account just because it's there, why not do something different?

Talk to someone about setting up a TFSA (Tax Free Savings Account), an RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan), or an RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan). Set up automatic withdrawals from your bank account into one of these savings accounts - it will not only give you a sense of financial security, but you'll be amazed how much you can save up when even $50 is taken every month!

4. say "yes" more.

I want to start off this point by clarifying: I don't mean saying yes to everything (especially things you don't want to do). I mean saying yes as in putting yourself out there, even when you're feeling lazy or unsure or nervous. Whether it's a project at work, a new friendship, a new hobby, a new experience - try saying yes this year and see where it gets you.

Trust me, I know it's hard sometimes to turn off Netflix, change out of your pajamas and accept an invitation to go for drinks with friends... or volunteer for that new project at work that is maybe a bit out of your depth... but keep in mind: which will benefit you more in the long run?

5. go somewhere you've never been.

I am a firm believer in the idea that traveling to new places is one of the most successful ways to feel accomplished, happy, and adventurous - and one of the quickest ways to get rid of that "stuck in a rut" feeling that happens during the year. So why not plan a trip to somewhere you've never been before?

Whether you go to another continent or just the next city over, plan it into your year. Look up fun things to do, restaurants to eat at, attractions to see. Try couch surfing or renting someone's home. Go on an adventure!

6. get rid of the "Treat Yourself"/"You Only Live Once" mentality (except once in a while).

I am guilty of this, and I know I'm not the only one - this is a part of my generation. We see something we want, and we think "I worked hard today/I got a raise/I exercised already/I have the money - I'm going to treat myself with this clothing/food/gadget/whatever because you only live once". But this Treat Yourself mentality is a slippery, slippery slope, because eventually you end up "treating yourself" way more often than you should.

Don't get me wrong - you deserve to spoil yourself once in a while! But if you find yourself justifying purchases every other day by saying "treat yourself", try cutting down. Chances are, if you're telling yourself that it's a "treat", deep down you know that you don't need it.

cheers to a new year!