Jamming & Nomming

Winter season is best season for spicy cravings and what’s better than tteokbokki, which is Korean rice cake with sweet, red chili sauce, and kimchi pancakes? But no Korean meal is complete without traditional beverage: makgeolli for a first.

My friend suggested we go to Don Day, a quaint Korean restaurant on 7th Ave in downtown Calgary. The setting struck me a little because it was if I was immediately transported to Korea, that is judging based on what I’ve seen from K-dramas. Need I mention that K-pop music was playing and oppas were our cooks? In short summary, this has been the most authentic and best tasting Korean food I’ve had in Calgary! I will definitely find myself coming back for more.
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Perhaps I couldn’t wait for another Friday to come that I’ve resorted to casual attire. I am absolutely in love with GAP’s supersoft tees. I went a little crazy two weeks ago when I bought a couple pieces. They are so comfy and easy to wear. Highly recommended!

DSC03913 DSC039231) Shirt: GAP | 2) Jeans: William Rast | 3) Socks: UNIQLO | 4) Sneakers: Ralph Lauren (similar here)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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Exotic Taste & Bright Days

Perhaps holding on to hope for warm and bright days was not such a bad idea as today, the magical genie granted my wish. With the majority of the day spent outdoors: consisting of deep conversations and park walks, it was a good reminder of how satisfying life is wi-fi free, while well indulged in good company.
DSC03637For lunch, we had a first visit to Rose Garden Thai Restaurant located in Stephen Ave. The setting was very authentic, as well as the food. Though to be honest, it’s not the best Thai food I’ve had in Calgary. But if in need of a quick fix, it’s worth a visit. Their good hospitality and delicious, coconut rice is what would bring me back.

DSC03631 DSC03632DSC03630Since we supplied Naked Leaf teas at work and my manager urged me to pay a visit, I decided to do that today. We were drawn in by the warm and unique setting, not to mention the fragrant scents of tasteful teas. The owners were so friendly and accommodating. They informed us that with the purchase of ~100g of tea, we would obtain a free tin customized with local artists’ drawings. Knowing that my purchase supports local artists was enough to convince me to come back for more!
DSC03633My dark outfit may not have represented how I really felt today but to be fair, served me well when the night fell to a Chicago setting of strong winds. But overall, I’m thankful for today.
DSC03640DSC036431) V-neck Tee: GAP | 2) Leggings: H&M | 3) Burgundy Coat: Vero Moda (similar here) | 4) Boots: Very Volatile (thrifted) | 5) Socks: UNIQLO | 6) Satchel: Dooney & Bourke (similar here)

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Music Recommendation of the Week: Dallas Green (City & Colour)

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I love music and am awfully excited to share my interest in it, more specifically by suggesting some of my favourite artists and bands. For my first post, I had to save it for a very special and talented man, my favourite artist to this day (and most likely forever), Dallas Green of City and Colour.

Dallas is a Canadian Alternative artist who was a former member of Alexisonfire. I was first exposed to City and Colour about 4 years ago by one of my closest friends, someone who I actually consider as a big brother, Carlo (check his music out!). The very first song I heard was The Girl and I instantly fell in love! Then again, who wouldn’t?

What attracted me most about Dallas Green was his crisp acoustics, unique voice that is perfectly balanced between crystal clear diction and ‘roughness’ and his incredible dynamics, singing effortlessly from low to high notes (or vice versa).

In 2012, Dallas won the Juno Award for Songwriter of The Year, a well-deserved title for his exceptional talent in songwriting. His music is very poetic and addresses daily struggles that are relatable to most people. Listening to his interviews, it is obvious that he is quite the man with soul, wit and is a nonconformist, traits that make him even more respectable in my books.

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Seeing Dallas Green for the first time at X-Fest Calgary 2013!

Last year, I was lucky enough to see him live at X-Fest Calgary! It was one of the best days of my life that I could scarcely fathom how I managed to not have a heart attack from all the excitement! Seeing artists perform live is quite a different experience from solely listening to them through audio files. Some sound better live or sadly, worst. If my knowledge does not fail me, I believe Dallas Green aims to record his music to have minimal ‘editing’, which makes him even more admirable as he sounds almost identical in recording and live. I do however, prefer live music for most artists.

I could talk endlessly about Dallas Green but I believe this is more than sufficient for sharing. I hope this convinces you enough to take a listen and eventually fall in love, as I have. Dallas Green has put me in a trance ❤


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Sleeping Sickness – “Like the sea, I’m constantly changing from calm to ill.”

2) Hello, I’m in Delaware – “I will see you again a long time from now.”

3) Of Space and Time – “There’s an elephant in the back of the room,
And it’s standing in plain view,
Everyone can see,
That it looks just like me.”

4) The Girl – “When you cry a piece of my heart dies
Knowing that I may have been the cause.”

5) Little Hell – “There’s a degree of difficulty in dealing with me
From my haunted past comes a daunting task of living through memories.”

6) Like Knives – “And I will blame myself
For holding on to what I hoped would keep you by my side.”

7) Save Your Scissors – “So save your scissors
For someone else’s skin
My surface is so tough
I don’t think the blade will dig in.”

Website: http://cityandcolour.com/

Hope you like this new segment! Come back in a week for the next recommendation!

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Finding a Hair Salon

Moving to a new city is challenging in itself: settling down, finding new friends and of utmost importance, finding a hair stylist! I have always been experimental with my haircuts that it’s important to me that I find the right fit. After living here in Calgary for a few months, I’ve finally found my go-to stylist after three trials!


1st trial: Gina Hair Salon @ #18-1324 10th Ave SW

image (1)This haircut was impulsive and a walk-in. The hairstylist informed me that she was able to accommodate me, even without an appointment. I was truly ecstatic that day to find that out because I felt the awful need to get a haircut. At the moment, I was satisfied with my haircut but now that I look back, it was awfully executed and the service was mediocre. I cannot fully put the hairstylist into blame as it was a walk-in, however I would have preferred to have been denied the walk-in than receive dissatisfaction. Price paid was not worth what I received.

 


2nd trial: Fai Hair Design @ Suite 218-2066 18 Ave NE

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Foremost, I apologize for not having a better picture of this haircut. However, I can say that I was more satisfied with this salon visit than the previous. This salon was recommended to me by my sister. She says that Fai specializes in Asian hair and therefore, proves himself to be a good hairstylist. I truly cannot deny this claim because I was very happy with the overall service. It is apparent that he is very experienced because he cuts quickly, but not at the pace of haste that finesse is absent. I would have returned to this salon but I wanted to at least try elsewhere before settling. Price was fair for the service received.


3rd trial: RedBloom Salon @ 638 11 Ave SW, Calgary

For days, I looked online to read reviews of hair salons and I decided to try out a more higher-end salon, that of which ended up to be RedBloom. The reason for this is that they offered $10 off for the first visit and this was enough of an incentive to try it out. As well, their hair stylists had short descriptions of their preferences and specialities. Wanting an asymmetrical haircut, quite a daring kind,A I went ahead to book an appointment with Amanda who claimed to enjoy ‘fun cuts’ (her hair looked cool too!)

Upon entering, the salon looked exquisite! I was taken back by the posh interior of zebra-coloured wallpaper, red chandelier and large mirrors. I was greeted with the choice of water, tea, or coffee and pampered by the unexpected scalp and shoulder massage prior to the haircut. As well, there was a long, but very informative consultation of my desired haircut. It was apparent that Amanda was well-experienced because it was as if she was reading my mind! She knew everything I wanted and was able to address my concerns before and after the cut: from length, after care and styling. She was the friendliest too!

The service great and I absolutely adore my haircut. As I’ve already mentioned, the price is a little on the higher side of things but I can no longer trust anyone else with my hair but Amanda after this piece she has well executed!

RedBloom even featured my transformation in their Instagram account!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!