Day for Exploration: Inglewood

It has been ages since I’ve wanted to pay a visit to one of Calgary’s coolest neighbourhoods: Inglewood. And since I’m an avid fan of cafés, I had to finally check out Gravity! The interior was absolutely posh and the food was superb. Is it a surprise that I didn’t order coffee? Go figure, they served Phil & Sebastian.

DSC04592I have a terrible habit of going shopping when I’m stressed, most specifically during exam times. Inglewood is definitely the place to go for all things local and unique! Of all the stores I visited, my top three favourites are listed below:

1) Reworks: This store is the absolute coolest! They are all about artistic innovations made from recycled materials, whilst supporting small businesses and/or local artists.

2) Olivier’s: Sweet tooth got you craving? This is heaven for all chocolate and candy lovers! Upon entrance, you are easily drawn in by the scrumptious whiff of their fresh, local goods. I made my last purchases of gifts & a little something for myself and family.

3) Phoenix Comics: How could I resist not going inside this haven of all things geek? What I appreciated about this particular comic store was it was well-organized, unlike most that are cluttered. It made maneuvering around and finding things easier. Also, if you collect pins like I do, they have plenty of awesome ones! They also have a vintage, yet pimp Ronald McDonald statue.

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Since stores are individually built, prepare well to dress in warmth if you are to visit in the middle of winter like I. Layers will do.

DSC04582DSC045871) Oversized Shirt: GAP (similar here) | 2) Leggings: H&M | 3) Coat: Thrifted (similar here) | 4) Boots: ALDO | 5) Thigh-Highs: Free People | 6) Backpack: Vintage from momDSC04595Inglewood is definitely a gem & will now be one of my favourite spots to hang out!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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Day 4: Typical Tourists

Our morning started a little later than usual because our bodies needed a little more energizing. After finding dislike and inconvenience in using public transit, we decided to drive down to New York and find a parking spot close to our adventuring. Not only was this more efficient, it was surprisingly cheaper.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESCentral Park was our first stop. I did not expect it to be as lively as it was: many people were exercising, tourists were lured into riding bicycles or carriages, vendors were in every corner and there was all kinds of performers. As a former viewer of CSI NY, I made a joke that there must be a crime scene somewhere in the park and sure enough, I found one. Let’s pretend it’s real.

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On the benches, there were messages engraved in metal plates. I was very fond of these two. Adorable, are they not?

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Walking around Central Park for a couple of hours depleted our energies. We grabbed lunch soon after and without surprise, ate Middle Eastern food. It was very tasteful but the portions were too big for our stomachs.

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Being outdoors for the majority of the day, we decided to finish it by going shopping. We took transit down to 34th St. from 59th as to not waste our paid parking. Claiming to be the biggest Macy’s store, we decided to check it out. It was indeed enormous! However, it was very crowded as if one was in a fish market: loud and packed. Having spent too much time inside gave me a headache.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESCentral Park’s peacefulness from the honking cars and traffic was a good way to spend the morning. It definitely reminded me of my jogs around Waterfront and Stanley Park in Vancouver. Oh how I miss my second home!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

For the Love of Vintage

Having lived in Vancouver, it has exposed me to lots of different ideas: healthy living, kale-eating, hipster loving and vintage shopping. Or you could say it has converted me to an almost full-pledged Vancouverite at heart because I’m all of the above. Fun fact: I still walk at a quick pace.

I live in Calgary now and prior to moving back, I feared that the transition would be difficult. It was and most especially on a personal level. But the anticipated change in lifestyle due to the lack thereof of diversity in services and shopping also contributed to my growing concern in ‘fitting in’. What was I to do without my favourite thrift/vintage/consignment store, Front and Company!? I was afraid to become entirely zombified of mall clothing. Call me hipster if you must, I’ve accepted it 😛

I’m just kidding…

I mean no offense to people who prefer shopping in malls or outlets. I just wish that they would try out thrift, consignment or vintage shopping before rejecting it. Although I do understand if they refuse to because they have been pre-worn by strangers. But in my defence, though rare, some of the items are actually brand new. If you remain unconvinced, vintage bags are at the very least an item that would be worth looking into.

Vintage shopping is fun because there is so much diversity and character in each piece. Since vintage pieces are usually one of a kind, the struggle in finding a size and/ or it being in good shape can sometimes be frustrating. If luck is on your side, this is when you find gems. Figuratively.

Enough chitter chatter and let me finally share one of my favourite stores in Calgary, Used House of Vintage! I have visited one of their locations in Granville Street Vancouver, though I found that I prefer this one in Calgary, down 17th Ave. I would guess their products is a reflection of whoever manages it and I could say my taste is more compatible with that of Calgary’s.

Their products are unique (as expected) and well-picked, the store is charming with its clean, well-organized layout and the customer service is awesome! In my two visits, I have managed to spend at least 30 minutes going around the store and chat with the sweet saleslady. I have failed to ask her name, twice, because I get too excited in talking to her about fashion and vintage stuff. I rarely meet people who share such an addiction… so you can understand, right? I’m also terrible with names.

I have been on the hunt for black, high waisted shorts or pants as I am itching to try crop tops without exposing my non-existent six-pack. I was ecstatic to find a pair of vintage Lee shorts, perfect in wash and fit, though it was sadly too short. In the end, I opted out in buying it but instead, finally snatched up my first crop top, an American Apparel. An incentive to find the perfect black, high waisted jeans I suppose?

At the checkout, a vintage Moschino bucket bag attracted my attention. My growing love for black and it being accentuated with gold hardware did not help in trying to resist from asking to take a look. What harm would a peek do?

Long story short, the answer is empty pockets.

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Outfit details:

1) Round Sunglasses: Queen Boutique in Kensington Calgary (similar here) | 2) Dress: Local Store in Calgary | 3) Cardigan: ZARA (similar here) | 4) Boots: Nine West (similar here) | 5) Watch: Marc Jacobs | 6) Lipstick: Marc Jacobs in Crush


I hope I have convinced you to go thrift/vintage/consignment shopping or even just try it out! Don’t be afraid to do so, it’s tons of fun!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!