It’s not October, but it is time for Oktoberfest! I’ve never been to the Munich extravaganza, but I have been to one hell of a shindig at my Austrian friend’s house. I can’t make her annual party this year, but I hope to have a festive weekend, nevertheless. Here’s some fun links to make your Friday better…
So cute! Why Starbucks gets your name wrong.
With cooler nights, this is right up my alley. How to make toast for dinner.
Love these nudes! Your guide to fall makeup.
5 backstage beauty lessons from New York Fashion Week.
Shaken or stirred? 7 cocktails to welcome fall.
So worth the watch! How sugar affects the brain.
In online dating, everybody’s a little bit racist. Who we are when we think nobody is looking.
Thank you feminism! A look at marriage counselling in the 50s and 60s.
Origami condom, anyone? New, innovative methods of birth control.
Forget fancy condoms, why are breast pumps so ugly and noisy?
Thank goodness MIT is hosting a breast pump hackathon this weekend!
When Nordstrom opens it’s first Canadian location in Calgary at Chinook Centre on Friday, it’s going to revolutionize our shopping scene. For real, ladies. I had a sneak peek earlier this week. Here’s what I’m stoked about:
There’s not one, not two, but three women’s shoe departments! And they’ve totally nailed their merchandizing. All women’s apparel is grouped according to lifestyle, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. A quick glance at the mannequins lets you know you’re heading into active wear, or ladies who lunch, or trendy teenager, or rock mom.
The kid’s section is located beside the second floor mall entrance and next to their bistro (fully licensed with kid’s menu – score!). There’s a cool a play area and lots of designer brands. I was drooling over their fancy dresses for girls and smart suits for boys. Plus there’s mini Uggs, toddler Hunter boots and Converse for babes.
But it’s their make up department that really wowed me. They have these trending areas showcasing the latest looks by a variety of brands and a Play Bar, where you can try on loads of product. There’s two Beauty Concierge staff that aren’t commission based, so you know they’ll point you in right direction. Or make an appointment with a beauty stylist for a (free) full makeover. All I can say is, look out Sephora!
Nordstrom doesn’t have a return policy and handles all returns on a case by case basis (with a goal of keeping customers hap hap happy). That rumour about the person in Alaska who returned tires (even though Nordstrom doesn’t carry car tires)? It’s true. Nordstrom took over this building in Alaska that used to sell tires, and the sales rep honored the claim. Wow.
If you’re as excited as I am, check out their Beauty Bash on Friday (tomorrow), Sept. 19 from 7:30-9:30 a.m., before the Grand Opening. There’ll be free consultations, a special gift for the first 2,000 customers, sips and snacks.
Have you ever shopped at Nordstrom? Are you keen to see what all the fuss is about?
I don’t throw dinner parties much. I used to, but we don’t so much anymore. It just seems like such a hassle. Then I read about this awesome tradition and it made me reconsider. Plus, I’ve recently deduced the best day of the week to have a dinner party is… Friday.
When you host people on Saturday it becomes a much bigger deal. You pretty much lose the day shopping and preparing the meal. Sunday you’re all hung over and the counter full of dirty dishes only adds to the Sunday blues.
That’s why having friends over for supper on Friday is so brilliant. It’s more casual, inherently less stressful and let’s face it, nobody expects a four-course meal when they know you’ve just come from work. Not only is it a lovely way to kick off the weekend, having people on Friday frees up the rest of your weekend.
What to serve for an impromptu Friday night dinner party? I think you can never go wrong with: Roast chicken and risotto or pasta with a big salad and roasted veg. And make your dessert a day in advance, so you don’t have to worry about it. This one is a real crowd pleaser, especially in autumn. It doesn’t really matter what you serve, though. It’s the ambiance you create. If you keep it simple and are less stressed, your guests will be, too.
Do you host dinner parties? What night do you have them? Do you have any foolproof meals?
Cider punch image via.
Have you heard of these AntiGravity Suspension Fitness classes? I had heard something about hammock yoga, but I had no idea what it was all about until I checked out Fit Republic in Bridgeland. So far, it’s the only licensed AntiGravity studio in Calgary.
This boutique studio offers a wide variety of classes including combining two different programs (Yoga plus Ride equals Yo’Ride). If you’re into fusion fitness, this is your Mecca. There’s TRX, barre, rowing and cool spin classes, where you cycle to fab destinations via video monitor. But it was AntiGravity I was most curious about.
AntiGravity is so much more than “hammock yoga.” I mean, who even called it that in the first place? It’s awesome for people with bad backs, compression issues, tight hip flexors, etc… If you have some kind of problem (ha!), check out the benefits here. Most folks come out of class a full inch taller! Sadly, you’ll shrink during the rest of the day.
In the introductory AntiGravity class I took, we hung upside down like bats, stretched it out like vampires, flew like butterflies and chilled inside cocoon-like wraps. There were also amazing stretches to get those hip flexors less stressed and plenty of inversions to decompress the spine.
It was unusual, interested and definitely something I’d do again. I felt especially limber and supple after class. I’m keen to try their anti-gravity fitness and barre classes, too.
Have you ever tried an AntiGravity class? Do you think it’s something you’d like to try?
This weekend could not come soon enough for me. We had a crazy freak snowstorm earlier this week and so many lovely branches from thousands of trees broke off. It looked like a war zone on many streets, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only grumpy bear with this early onslaught of winter. Fortunately, most of the snow has melted, as has my icy mood. I’m looking forward to weekend of sleeping in, soaking up the September sun and trying some of the yummy looking recipes from Babycakes (I’m so buying this cookbook). Here are some links I enjoyed this week and I hope you do, too!
Somebody threw a drone into a fireworks display and this is what happened.
Some good ideas here. 5 day weeknight dinner game plan.
I always said Safeway flowers didn’t count. 10 things not to buy at the grocery store.
The best 404 message.
A party disguised a cooler. Behold the Coolest.
Did you know MEC organizes weekly women’s runs and cool workshops on topics like bear safety and bike maintenance?
Image via Tourism Canmore.
What are your plans for the weekend?