Calgary

Container Bar

Container Bar, Kensington | Calgary, AB

I’VE GOT THAT SUMMER TIME, SUMMER TIME SADNESS. Currently missing: warm summer nights & sitting out on patios!!!

Calgary increased its hipster quotient with a container-turned-bar; Container Bar is a fully recycled patio in an alley in Kensington, and it’s lots of fun because:

1. They bring candy to your table once you sit down, how awesome is that?
2. Their white balsamic salad dressing is so good?!
3. Different kinds of GIN & TONICS!

Austin is one of my favourite cities in the world and while this isn’t quite “Austin-y” enough (i.e., the tables & chairs were matching, plus it could stand to be a little more gritty like Remedy Cafe on 109th street in Edmonton), it will suffice for now!

Mother Nature dumped a ton of snow on Calgary earlier this week, which was a shock to everyones systems! I now understand what One Direction is singing about in “Summer Love” –> “cuz you were mine for the summer / now we know it’s nearly over / feels like snooowww in September” (HAHAHA, yeah I just referenced 1D in a post. Ain’t no shame in my game). Hopefully we’ll get a few more weeks of REAL fall weather *fingers crossed*! My heart can’t handle another episode of Snowtember.

XO, MC

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midi rings

midi rings, Essie Topless & Barefoot Swatch, Coutu Kitsch Calgary
How darling are these handmade midi rings from Coutu Kitsch? I acquired them at the Inglewood Night Market a few nights ago. If you want to shop their pieces, it was unfortunately the last Night Market of the year but you can buy their jewelry from etsy OR follow them on twitter, facebook, or instagram. I haven’t been to Market Collective that many times yet, but you can probably find them there as well if you’re from Calgary. (NOTW: Essie – Topless & Barefoot + Sally Hansen – Big Money).  

Have a delightful Sunday, you gorgeous people.

<3 MC

Natural Chaos

ImageElbow Falls, Bragg Creek.

Back in June, Southern Alberta was devastated by catastrophic flooding. I was displaced from my apartment for a week, but thankfully (miraculously?) our street remained untouched. However, Bragg Creek was one of the areas that wasn’t so lucky. In spite of Mother Nature’s wrath, it was so heartwarming to see the strength, generosity, and resilience of this province!

Anyways, it was a refreshing change of pace to get out of the city on such a beautiful day. Summer is on its way out but I’m not ready to let go just yet.

<3 MC

chambray & cowboy boots

So much delay in this post, but better late than never!

Despite the resulting fatigue and sea of denim on my apartment floor, my first full week of Stampede as a Calgarian was a good mix of work & play (but sometimes there isn’t much difference between the two in my life anyways). Thank goodness this thing only lasts 10 days, I don’t think I could last another day wearing those cowboy boots! I do wish I could wear chambray all day everyday, it actually goes with everything. Dress it up, dress it down. Wear it with (almost) anything in your closet. It’s my new favourite.

{ jcrew employee or stampede attire?}
mc jcrew stampede

 { Wit White Wheat Ale from Village Brewery, quite good}
mc gingham

{ sour patch kids & sticky hands }
mc sour patch

{ OUR FEET ARE SO HURTY }
mc boots

{ everyone loves a good carousel }
mc merry go round

{ i’m like a little kid excited about bright & colourful lights }
mc stampede lights

And I’m pretty sure it’s “yeehaw”, not “yahoo”.

<3 MC

Recorded moments on film

Was at Market Collective this past weekend and stumbled upon the work of one Amy Victoria Wakefield! I was especially interested in her 2013 Metallic Photo Calendar featuring photographs from her travels around Europe (LOVE!) Her other photographs feature inspirational quotes and beautiful Canadian landscapes, which are so charmingly beautiful. The prints would be the perfect addition to any girl’s apartment and since you’re shopping local, you can feel good about supporting the economy ;)
carrouselI’m having a hard time deciding which prints to get, they’re all so lovely! Another vendor that I really liked was Uh Oh my DeerI need this for my kitchen!!!

<3 MC

fall foliage

It’s everyone’s favourite time of year, and it’s times like these where I really start to miss (and appreciate) good ol’ Edmonton and all its dense green space along the North Saskatchewan River. Scrolling through everyone’s autumn-themed instagrams everyday definitely gives me fall foliage envy ;)

Luckily, the weather has been unseasonably warm (by warm, I mean 15-16C) so it made for a great opportunity to go for a walk and explore my new surroundings.

{ golden arches }

{ I guess my walk to the grocery store is alright… }

{ taking the scenic route to WURST Beer Hall }

<3 MC

Calgary so far

{ City Skyline }

{ Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros }

{ dessert at Q Haute }

{ Beer flights at National Beer Hall }

{ My desktop wallpaper at work – ich liebe Wien! }

I’m going to save my breath and not get into the differences between Calgary and Edmonton. It’s easy to compare these two on paper, but it’s a completely different story  when you live there! But just for the record, I’m forever partial to the latter since I’d rather shoot myself in the foot than cheer for the Flames. Plus, these two cities mean absolutely nothing to anyone outside of Canada unless you’re an American that’s really into Hockey! ;) Which reminds me of that time when I was in Austin and someone asked me where in Canada I was from. Whenever I get asked this question, I usually reply with “western Canada” because from experience, saying “Edmonton” or “Alberta” tends to draw blank stares. But then homeboy completely takes me by surprise and asks, “oh, from Edmonton or Calgary?” WHAAAAAT!!!!!! A non-Canadian actually knows of Canadian cities other than Vancouver and Toronto!!??! Amazing. He explained that his dad lives in Calgary, working in oil & gas, so he’s been there a few times. Since Alberta is the Texas of Canada (wassup, cattle & oil!), I would say that Calgary is much like Dallas and Edmonton like Austin in terms of size and culture. I don’t know if that analogy means anything to anyone, but if you’ve been to the 4 cities, you’d probably agree.

Anyways, I’ve wasted no time in integration as I quickly found myself at  the Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros show during my first night in town; it was sold out but my friend had an extra ticket and I’m so glad I went because they were so cool! If they stop by your city, definitely check them out. Also, I’m still trying to get into a routine and haven’t been able to post regularly. Pardon my absence!

<3 MC