Tuesday, November 13, 2012

How to Make the Most out of a Weekend in Calgary

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Nestled among foothills, mountains, prairies and breathtaking landscapes, new visitors may be surprised to discover all the upscale shopping and entertainment that beautiful Calgary has to offer. If you’re coming for a long weekend, here are some favourite hot spots to check out in this great city!
Where to Stay
Whether you’re looking for serene countryside or downtown bustle, there are plenty of hotels, inns, B&Bs, ranches and suites to accommodate you. If you like getting the best of two worlds, places like roseman provide home-like living with all the luxury and comfort of an elegant hotel.  These suites come equipped with a full-size kitchen, living area, desk and more; ideal for a short weekend retreat or a weeklong vacation!

Shop till you Drop

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Head to Downtown Calgary to experience some of the city's finest shopping, dining and entertainment. There are a variety of shopping districts that each offer their own unique shops, boutiques and entertainment nearby.

Head to Marda Loop, a savvy shopping district filled with over 130 trendy stores for all types of shoppers. Family-owned businesses around the district include jewelry stores, unique gift shops and vinyl record stores.
Other main shopping areas of Calgary that you may enjoy during you weekend retreat are Uptown 17th Ave, Kensington Village, Inglewood, Haskayne Mercantile Block at Heritage Park Historical Village, Olde Towne Okotoks and Victoria Park.

Chow Down

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During your stay in Calgary, don't forget to stop at some of the city's most delicious eateries to give your taste buds a fantastic experience. Stop into Home Sweet Home for a tasting experience unlike any other. Dine on small portions of Canadian cuisine that you can share with friends and family. Rock crab ravioli and bison tartar are just two examples of entree items that you may find here. In addition to Canadian cuisine, taste the entrees from other areas of the world at Creative Korean. This restaurant specializes in classic Korean dishes combined with the latest trends worldwide. You can't forget to grab desert at Dream Puffs, where the gourmet cream puffs are simply to die for. From casual dining to upscale dining, Calgary has it all.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Awesome FAUX UGGS!

New UGGS in "sand"
The first pair of UGGS that I ever owned were purchased from an amazing little shop in Freemantle, Perth, Australia and I got them as slippers even before the craze hit North America. I still have these beaut's that I do wear around as boots but this purchase was in 2003 so clearly it is time to upgrade my warm go-tos. Browns has a selection of UGGS that I really like but they are ranging in price from $250-395 and I just can't justify that price. One of my co-workers found this awesome website that we ordered our boots off of and they just arrived today. Ya- they are probably knockoffs but you seriously wouldn't be able to tell (unless you compare them apples for apples like we did.. but still). Here is the site! We got these for about $90 and the price goes down with the more pairs that you buy so we combined an order. I am super impressed with the way they turned out and will most likely be ordering more! They also arrived in about 10 days which is great... They come from Beijing so I was expecting weeks. UGG boots fit about one size too big so go one size down and they will stretch- I am normally an 8 and ordered a 9. Here are some more photos of them and a few others I have my eye on:
Yayyy I'm in love with the white fur accents and buttons! These EXACT pair at Browns right now are $395. PFFT!
They look legit, right?! Super warm!
Here are some others I have my eye on.... Why do men hate UGGS by the way?!
Don't ask me why I like these.... Because they are bright and unique I think!
I like the color and tassel on these boots.