‘Tis the season of giving — and the hectic holiday stress that comes along with it!
Between the hustle and bustle, it can be hard to find that perfect gift — the one that’s meaningful and significant — for absolutely everyone on your list. That’s why this year we say ditch the generic gifts and spend some time looking in the nooks and crannies of YYC for those unique, one-of-a-kind gems made by talented creators right here in our city.
A library is a public space that allows its patrons to become immersed in a book, expand their imaginations, and open their minds to new ideas. It is not only a home for the stories that shape our culture—the building itself transcends generations, telling a story of its own. Such is the case with Calgary’s new public library. After 14 years in the making, the highly anticipated Central Library opened its doors for the first time at the beginning of the month. Led by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and Calgary design firm Dialog, in collaboration with the Calgary Public Library Foundation
It’s time for everyone’s favourite cool-weather, pumpkin-filled season to begin! The transition into fall brings with it an array of vibrant colours that convert the city into a beautiful autumn wonderland, encouraging everyone to throw on their coziest sweaters, grab a hot chocolate and enjoy the many events that this time of year is known for!
It’s always felt natural for me to be one of the first to volunteer to try new things and push myself into situations that are out of my cushy comfort zone. With being a writer and extremely right-brained, it’s these scenarios and experiences that are key to staying endlessly creative and continue to lead my journey throughout my life and career. However, that being said, usually (more like always) these situations are ones that involve me keeping two feet on the ground.
It’s no joke when I say I am absolutely terrified of heights. Acrophobia is more of an accurate description.
A lot of the time when we hear the word “resort,” a sunny beach, ocean waves, and a margarita in hand are the first images that come to mind — a spot that essentially transports you from reality to a world far different from your regular everyday grind.
Sound familiar? Sometimes it’s important for you and your family to take a breather and enjoy a few days in a spot where life is made easy, the views are great, and your only job is to get a little rest and relaxation.
Luckily for us here in Calgary, we don’t have to go far to have a magical home-away-from-home experience.
As you may know, Homes and Lifestyles is a show written, filmed and created by Calgarians, about Calgarians, for Calgarians! We like Calgary – have you heard?
All jokes aside, we have some mad love for this big little city of ours. It’s full of dreamers, doers and ambitious humans who hustle hard and together make up the vibrant pulse that Calgary is known and loved for. Being a part of this incredible community is what makes our big (little) town somewhere that you can not only dream, but also become a part of something bigger than yourself. Our metropolis has been handed a few very large le
It’s officially time to welcome the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth back for yet another year of wild festivities that pay tribute to the western hospitality that runs through the veins of our city.
For 10 days straight the city comes alive with rich food, thrill-seeking rides, memorable parties, home-grown talent, exciting entertainment, and so much more! It’s a celebration of our history and a look towards the future.
It’s no surprise that people who grew up here probably have the whole “Stampede routine” memorized. However, sometimes you need a bit of a refresher!
With spring well on its way (fingers crossed), we have been channelling our inner hostess vibes over here at Homes & Lifestyles. Backyard BBQ’s, potlucks and best of all, cocktail parties, we love to entertain and be entertained. It’s these exciting gatherings that allow us to create amazing memories with our friends and family, while connecting over good food and even better drinks!
The ultimate host or hostess is hard to live up to with the high standards set by the queen hostess, Martha Stewart. However, even if you’re spread isn’t a Pinterest worthy moment, the fun is all in the process.
It’s been over 30 years since the original Kananaskis Lodge was built within the Kananaskis valley amongst the surreal Rocky Mountains. Emerging from a complete facelift and redesign, this boutique hotel has been officially renamed the “Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge” and is now officially a part of Marriot’s exclusive Autograph Collection of Hotels. Not only is this the first hotel in Alberta to be a part of the Autograph Collection, but it’s the 5th one in Canada.
With summer right around the corner and long weekends every month, we are officially deeming it road trip season!
However, sometimes it’s hard to make the time for an entire weekend extravaganza. Luckily, Calgary is positioned perfectly between the badlands, prairies, foothills, and the Rockies which leaves a ton of options for a quick day trip that is no more than a mere two-hour drive away.
Experience the charm of a rural small town, learn the history of our province, marvel at the views from a mountaintop, shop for gems at a vintage shop, or head out for some lakeside activities.
They say that an era’s top trends will always come full circle, but a classic cocktail has yet to go out of style!
If anything, the demand for the sophisticated, 1920s inspired cocktail bar has only increased, as seen in the influx of bougie, culture-infused culinary offerings popping up all around the city… People want a drink that measures up!
Plus, there is truly nothing better than looking forward to a delicious hand-crafted cocktail after a long, hard day, and certainly after a long week!
The coffee shop grind seems to be a growing trend amongst young professionals and even long time nine to fivers looking to switch things up.
Cafes are beginning to see more and more affluent people taking on the world remotely from their laptops. Luckily, Calgary is keeping up with this booming trend, as there seems to be a new coffee shop opening up every other month. Let’s be honest, there is no such thing of having too many caffeinated spots to choose from!
Let’s be perfectly honest, the market for trendy, Instagramable coffee shops will never be too saturated!
With so many amazing local roasters popping up, Calgary’s coffee game is undoubtably going strong.
There really is no better way to start off the morning than with a steamy brew in hand and a delicious baked-good in the other. Posting up at a local coffee shop is the best way to get the creative juices flowing, motivate your workflow, all while supporting the hard work and passion of the entrepreneurs that made that magical caffeinated spot possible.
This year’s focus is all about taking the time to slow down and treat yourself to a little Rest and Relaxation.
This may be different for all of us, but for some it means finding a way to spark creativity through a new craft, event, project, or really anything that involves spending a chunk of time offline. With this being said, we all know how self-guided crafts can turn out – half complete, full of frustration, and a major Pinterest fail.
We encourage you to save yourself all that ...