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Three inspiring Calgary women


Five ways to ямБnd zen in the city


Nine fabulous summer shoes

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At Community Natural Foods we believe that all great taste bud experiences start with natural and organic ingredients. So, make your taste buds happy with products chosen for quality, freshness and great natural flavour. Shop at Community Natural Foods today and purchase a few of our favourite organic and fresh ingredients to make all of your favourite recipes.

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contents SUMMER 2012

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OPENING NOTES Launches, anniversaries and more OUR FAVOURITE THINGS Get ready for summer stylings BEAUTY COUNTER The season is bold

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COVER STORY Spending a day with Amanda Lindhout ACCESSORIES It’s hot, hot, hot for shoes and bags SHOPPING GUIDE Find the looks in Calgary SPOTTED Style on the street

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NOURISH Sip your salad, with gazpacho JOURNEYS Seaweed secrets from Victoria’s shores HER RIDE Road trips without the rage AT HOME Taking your life outside

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RELATIONSHIPS How to find unconditional (and furry) love HEALTH BOOSTERS Nutrition, fitness and inspiration HEALTH Find your zen in Calgary SPA Discovering the city’s new spas



LeAnne Bunnell’s tips for a gorgeous outdoor space see page 32

online at DON’T MISS VIDEO How to make gazpacho ONLINE EXTRA LeAnne Bunnell’s Margarita Lime Gimlet recipe EVENTS CALENDAR Add your event listings free OUR MAKING MONDAY BETTER BLOG Start your week off right WATCH FOR OUR FALL 2012 ISSUE PUBLISHING SEPTEMBER 15


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editor’s letter



This year has seen some wonderful news for HERS: we’ve been Editor: Yvonne Jeffery nominated as Best New Magazine of the Year by both the Alberta Publisher: Guy Huntingford Magazine Publisher’s Association and the Western Magazine Editor-in-chief: Lorne Motley Managing editor: Monica Zurowski Awards. We’re thrilled, of course, and so grateful. You hear from Art direction: Rachel Niebergal, Peridot Design Inc. Writers: Daniela Codreanu, Christina Frangou, Christina Kuntz, me each season as the editor, but I can tell you that there’s a very Melissa Lampman, Michelle Magnan, Lisa Monforton, dedicated team pulling for the magazine with every issue. Rachel Niebergal, Gwendolyn Richards, Jody Robbins, Lisa Wilton Like our advertisers, many of whom have been with us from the Photographers: Grant Black, Colleen De Neve, Leah Hennel, start and others who are discovering the magazine as it evolves, Gwendolyn Richards Web designer: Forrest Molstad and the advertising staff here who work so hard to share our Copy editor: Christina Kuntz, Gwendolyn Richards message. Our production folks, who Editorial assistant: Wendy Leckie Project co-ordination: Jamie Zachary manage deadlines and pressure with Print co-ordinator: Tori Marin the ease and calm of long experiPre-press technician: Ron Kindrat, Kevin Andrechuk ence. Our designers, photographers ALGARY ERALD and writers, who bring such passion, creativity and skill to their work. And, 215 – 16th St. S.E.; Calgary, AB; T2E 7P5 of course, you — our readers. Your suggestions and your support mean Marketing Vice-president: Siobhan Vinish Director of Marketing: Alana Engler the world to us, and it’s wonderful to Advertising Vice-president: Rob Maleschuk meet you in person, as we’re doing in Director of Advertising, HERS: James Green our HERS DiscovAdvertising queries can be directed to James Green at 403-235-7212. ery Dinners (watch hers for details). You’ve seen us advocate for real women in our photos, especially our style shoots, and I’m even more thrilled that Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology logy this issue — which we envisioned as one full of fun AGE REFINING SOLUTIONS... NS... for summer — is about inspiration as much as that At Institute for Skin Advancement, we provide the latest in cosmetic osmetic procedures and all-important relaxation time. Amanda Lindhout laser treatments. With over 14 state-of the art lasers and light ht devices available, we graciously offered to share not just her story but are able to customize your cosmetic treatment to provide you ou with the most effective her time as our model. It was a joy to work with and predictable results. her on our photo shoot, and to discover how she’s • Cool Sculpting - advanced non • Rosacea therapy surgical fat reduction procedures working daily to make our world a better place, • Vein treatments • Exilis - skin tightening for • Wrinkle and fine line treatments especially for women and children. all body areas - Botox, Restylane, Exilis, Ulthera On other pages, you’ll discover local women • Ultherapy - non - surgical face lifts • Chemical peels with proven results who are equally inspiring: they head up non• Laser Hair removal • Skin resurfacing LightSheer® DuetTM offers you profits, own their own businesses and bring beauty • Sun spot removal exciting treatment speed & into our lives. As you head into summer, I hope amazing comfort combined with • Tattoo removal the safety and results you desire you’ll find fun and a healthy dose of inspiration, • Advanced scar revision treatments too. Let yourself dream about how you want your • Acne therapy life to look. And know that you can make it happen. Thank you all — and have a wonderful summer!









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FASHION, ACCESSORIES & SHOES Aldila Boutique Blue Moon Accessories C’est Casual Boutique Check-M8 Shoes Clarks England Shoes Ella Bella Maternity Boutique Erin’s Boutique Fashion Addition 14+ First Class Fashions Knickers N’ Lace Lammle’s Western Wear Marianna’s Wedding Salon Pipestone Travel Store Stephanie’s Kids Wong Ken’s Jewellery


35 Years of great fashion, food, gifts and so much more! @ willowparkshops

This year Willow Park Village Celebrates 35 Years as a Calgary Shopping Destination! From fashion, home accessories and aesthetic services to great restaurants, specialty food, flowers and more, Willow Park Village has been offering Calgarians and visitors alike a fabulous shopping experience every time! Sign up for monthly updates including anniversary specials, promotions, events and so much more at

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SPECIALTY FOOD, LIQUOR & RESTAURANTS Booster Juice Broken Plate Greek Restaurant Caesar’s Restaurant Chianti Café & Restaurant Chocolate Spot COBS Bread Crave Cookies & Cupcakes Ginger Beef Peking House M & M Meat Shop Meez Fast Home Cuisine North Sea Fish Market Quizno’s Classic Subs Springbank Cheese Starbucks Sushi Ginza Japanese Restaurant Willow Park Cigars Willow Park Wines & Spirits GIFTS, FLORAL & HOME DECOR Blooms & Butterflies Florist The Compleat Cook The Down Shop Bedding The Willows Casual Home LEISURE, BOOKS & WELLNESS California Tan Country Pleasures Eyeclectic Eyewear First Choice Haircutters Fitness Equipment Sangsters Health Centre Self Connection Books Soccer Shop Tip To Toe Spa Boutique Willow Park Hairstyling Salon & Spa Willow Park Village Chiropractic & Natural Health SERVICES & ELECTRONICS Alberta Motor Association AMA - Travel Marianna’s Alterations & Repairs Newton’s Fine Drycleaning TD Canada Trust UPS Store Vistek 6/5/12 4:00:48 PM


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hot in the city

We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to cool shops in Calgary, but there’s always room for a few more. Here’s a look at some of the latest fashion and home decor stores to open their doors in our fine city, as well as a shout out to those who are celebrating a special milestone this year. BY CHRISTINA KUNTZ



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Sit.: This unique pop-up offers accessible, high-design furniture and accessories as well as collaborative work by artists from Calgary and beyond. Created by the owners of Domicile Interiors, Sit. is a cool mix of retail and community space that will appeal to those who love all things creative. It’s at 820 11th Ave. S.W. until October. Limitless: Anyone who appreciates fine furniture design will adore this chic design studio from a Netherlands-based brand. Located in Inglewood’s Atlantic Avenue Art Block at 1015 9th Ave. S.E., Limitless features “quiet luxury and sensible elegance,” with pieces from top designers from Europe and Asia. She Apparel: Downtown shoppers can now browse through beautiful lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear at She Apparel’s new location in Bankers Hall. Similar to its other Calgary locations, this latest boutique carries a wide range of styles and sizes, including cup sizes from A to K. Creamery: Women on the hunt for the CH perfect skincare products AIS E, L IMIT will want to pay a visit to this LESS culinary-themed shop in Eau Claire Market. Just take a seat at the bar in the open-style kitchen, consult with one of the “chefs,” and get your own custom-made face or body products, which include high-quality ingredients and some delightful scents.

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Ingear: This funky Kensington store has recently moved to a bigger and better spot just down the street from its old location. And all that extra space means there are now even more cool things to catch your eye, whether it’s unique jewellery and handbags or stylish furniture. Check it out at 1127 Kensington Rd. N.W.


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Ethan Allen: After 30 years at its Mayfair Place location, Ethan Allen has now moved its design centre to 15 Sunpark Plaza S.E. Big and beautiful — with plenty of natural light — this new store offers lots of furniture styles and decorative accessories for your home, as well as a complimentary interior design service.

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Fashion Addition 14+: Tired of seeing nothing but basic, boring options for plus-size women, Bill and Marilyn Booth decided enough was enough. They launched Fashion Addition 25 years ago, with a goal of bringing a bit of style to the plus-size industry. You can see just how well they’ve done by visiting the Willow Park Village location, one of six Fashion Addition 14+ stores in western Canada. Maria Tomas: A shared passion for fabric ignited the spark that led Julian Riley and Klari Fekete to open Maria Tomas 10 years ago. Today, the full-service furniture and decor store continues to be a favourite in the design district, likely due to its beautiful space, knowledgeable staff and exceptional selection. It’s located at 1015 11th St. S.W. Toni Plus: It all started 20 years ago with Toni Tiraborelli determined to improve the options available to plus-size Canadian women. These days, her five Toni Plus stores — including the one in Mount Royal Village — offer a wide range of styles and sizes for full-figured ladies, and Tiraborelli continues to encourage designers to expand their lines beyond size 14. Willow Park Village: A top shopping destination for 35 years, Willow Park just keeps getting better. It’s now home to more than 60 speciality shops, services and restaurants, which means you can indulge in decadent chocolate or cupcakes while shopping for everything from soccer gear to high-end jewellery. Be sure to check out its latest addition: the new Jones New York shop. Do you have a style, decor or beauty event, opening or reno coming up? E-mail to share the details.


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our favourite things

Making it easy Leslie Tamagi

Lani Donaldson

Having grown up in northern B.C., Lani Donaldson can’t wait to break out the flip flops as soon as summer comes around. Donaldson, president and CEO of Beacon Literacy Inc., fondly recalls when she and her sister used to refer to wearing flip flops as having “happy feet”; as they got older, this included putting polish on their toenails. “Being from a wintery climate, it was always such fun to be able to go outside without socks, shoes or boots,” she says. “Now, whenever I throw on a comfy pair of flip flops I smile and think, ‘happy feet.’ It always lifts my mood, puts bounce in my step and reinforces my gratitude for being who I am, what I do and who I am becoming.”

Phoebe Fung

Phoebe Fung wears her mood on her sleeve — quite literally. All summer long you’ll see the Vin Room owner sporting vivacious, brightly coloured, printed shirts. Having worked in Calgary’s corporate oil and gas industry, Fung uses vibrant florals and graphic prints to stand out in a sea of black, grey and blue suits. “It’s floral and is the same colour as my patio — I get compliments on it every time I wear it,” she says of this season’s favourite shirt from Ralph Lauren. “I just love the colours. Anytime you wear a vibrant colour, you’re cheering yourself up and you’re cheering the people you see up. It just reflects all those vibrant colours that you enjoy about summer.”


As president of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, Leslie Tamagi is no stranger to steel-toed boots and hard hats. But, when going out on the town, she dons her favourite pair of neutral-toned soft leather heels decked out with metal studs. Tamagi got the heels after a girl’s night out with longtime friends resulted in her being a fashion show model for a friend’s clothing store opening. “I just couldn’t seem to get them off my feet when the night was over, and so now I can wear them anywhere I want,” she says. “The neutral tone with the edgy addition truly makes them a wonderful accessory for any outfit — the perfect blend of fashion and fabulous to wear.”

From our tops to our toes, it’s all about comfort and fun for summer — but there’s still room for a little edge. Three Calgary women share their seasonal faves. BY MELISSA LAMPMAN

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shop talk On Tuesday June 26 Blu’s Southcentre will close for renovations. The new design is spectacular. We will reopen July 26 2012. We look forward to welcoming you back in about a month. Please note our Bankers Hall location is open regular hours and ready to serve you. All the names you love to wear will be front and centre for fall. Thank you from all of us at Blu’s

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Bold hues Enjoy some hand candy from L’Oreal Paris’s Colour Riche Nail Colours. They‘ve come out with 27 new high-gloss vibrant summer colours to go perfectly with all your breezy outfits this season. Our personal favourites are L’orange, Devil Wears Red and Walk on the Beach. Head out to your favourite drugstore, where $6.99 will be well spent. Achieving a natural tan can be a challenge. Many self tanners stain, and spending money at the tanning salon adds up quickly. Sisley Paris’s Tinted Body Sun Glow Gel (approximately $90) is a simple and natural way to achieve your sun-kissed look — it doesn’t rub off onto your clothing or furniture, and it comes off easily in the shower. Best of all, it moisturizes!

Drink up Moisture is the key to having healthy gorgeous hair, but Calgary’s weather works against us. What steps can you take to ensure you have the best locks, especially this summer? Alberta’s 2012 Hairstylist of the Year Wendy Belanger emphasizes the importance of having a proper hair care regime. She says women will commonly get their hair done at a salon, but leave without the essential products to help maintain their luscious look afterwards. “Hair always needs a drink,” says Belanger, who owns Influence Salon on 17th Avenue S.W., and has worked high profile shows such as New York Fashion Week, the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards. She recommends Hydracure by Pureology, an intense moisture mask. Another hot product, new to the market, is their Precious Oil, which contains four rich ingredients: coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, olive oil and sunflower seed oil. It’s Green Seal certified, meaning it doesn’t contain elements such as parabens and silicone — the bottle is even 100 per cent biodegradable. And Belanger’s recommendation for an adventurous look this summer? Try a soft ombre look, in which the ends of your hair are lighter than the rest.


Summer lovin’ You don’t have to wait until next Valentine’s Day to experience the love. Sandy Angle’s jewelry, Stillwater Designs, will have you spreading the love all year long with her heart line. “To me, these heart pieces are a reminder to live consciously and gratefully, and to appreciate every moment,” says Redwater-based artist Angle, for whom creativity has shone in the many fields in which she’s worked — from photography to marketing. Becoming a mother, however, saw her experimentation with jewelry come to fruition, when courses such as paper making, pottery and wiring added to her already valuable skill set. Sterling silver is her primary material of choice, for its light weight and ease of working. This heart bracelet ($180) is a classic; matching earrings ($70) are also available. You can find more of Angle’s designs at


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Ad ve rtising Fe ature


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“Dr. Daher, you have taken my dream and turned it into my reality, perfectly straight teeth. For this I wanted to say thank you to you and all of your staff.” - Brandon

THE INVISALIGN PROCESS After an initial complementary consultation, Daher will carefully document a treatment plan to meet the patient’s specific needs. Digital impressions of patients’ teeth are taken with an Intra-Oral Scanner, allowing patients to forgo the need for traditional dental impressions. Then, a customized treatment plan is formulated. Each set of aligners gently moves a patient’s teeth into the prescribed positioning. Each aligner is worn for a two-week period (with the exception of mealtimes), giving teeth time to slowly evolve. Daher and his team will monitor the progress with office checkups every eight to 10 weeks. While total treatment time varies, depending on the dental condition and commitment to wearing the aligners, most full treatment programs take around a year to complete. While some professionals claim Invisalign is best suited to just 40 per cent of the population, Daher maintains it’s a viable treatment for almost every patient, including those with dental issues such as overbite, underbite and crossbite, as well as crowing and widely spaced teeth.


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spring trends

The POWER of

PATTERN It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re wearing polka dots. Or a quirky bird print. Or, really, any type of playful print or pattern. And that’s what makes these styles, as modelled by Amanda Lindhout (see her story on page 18), such a great choice for summer. Whether you’re into flowing paisley pants or funky floral prints, this season offers plenty of fabulous options that make it easy for you to feel as good as you look.




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spot on Fresh and feminine, polka dots are where it’s at this summer. Combine the pretty pattern with an elegant, form-fitting dress and you’re guaranteed a winning look. Simone polka dot dress, $129, from Plum, Hillberg & Berk earrings, $80, and bracelet, $365, from Hillberg & Berk.

flights of fancy Combining a peplum waist with a cute bird print, this flirty little dress is not only flattering, it’s about as on-trend as you can get this season. Yumi dress, $89, from Kismet, Hillberg & Berk earrings, $95, and bracelet, $385, from Hillberg & Berk.


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a touch of tribal

Show off your wild side with a funky tribalprint skirt that’s both cool and casual. A simple tank goes well with the busy print, while a floppy hat adds a feminine touch.

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floral fever

A basic blouse becomes so much cooler with a funky flower and bird print. Finish it off with coloured jeans in a soft summer shade for a look that’s casual but classy. Equipment blouse, $285, Bordeaux seamless tank, $85, and Paige jeans, $220, from Mariah. Hillberg & Berk earrings, $80, and necklace, $220, from Hillberg & Berk.

crazy for paisley Cool, comfortable and oh-sochic – if you’re looking to make a statement, these silk paisley pants tick all the boxes.

Goldsign silk pants, $403, and Vince white silk top, $225, from Coco & Violet. Razzle Dazzle cropped top, $33, from Espy. Hillberg & Berk necklace, $150, and earrings, $80, from Hillberg & Berk.


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heart& home

At 30, Amanda Lindhout knows what’s important to her. Making the world a better place might seem daunting, but it’s exactly what she’s doing. .BY MICHELLE MAGNAN

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On an overcast day in April, Amanda Lindhout is settling back into her routine at home in Canmore after a trip to Africa. Wearing a plaid shirt, black leggings, Argyll socks and one of her signature looks — a scarf tied to hold back her long brown hair — she is sipping on coffee while tackling her to-do list. If you’ve paid attention to the work Lindhout has accomplished in the last couple of years, you know the list is not short. At 30, she is the executive director of the Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF), an organization she founded in 2010 to help create change in Somalia — the country where she spent 460 days as a hostage. During that extremely difficult time, Lindhout promised herself that, if she survived her ordeal, she would do something significant to empower Somali women, educate children and, ultimately, make Somalia a better place. “My vision for the foundation has always been big — to create some really big education initiatives that have the potential to create massive change in that part of the world. All of the other work that we do is really

Zara Trafaluc butterfly top, $39.90, and Zara Trafaluc jacket, $89.90, from Zara. Rich & Skinny jeans, $160, from Mariah, and Hillberg & Berk earrings, $95, from Hillberg & Berk.

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important, too,” she says. “I put my heart into everything that we do.” Lindhout’s heart and incredibly hard work have already created change on a grand scale. She has established a university scholarship program for women, opened a women’s literacy school in Kenya for Somali refugees and is currently spearheading a program that, once established, will provide education to hundreds of thousands of kids. Though funding education is paramount, Lindhout is helping in many other ways, as well. After witnessing the devastating effects of the 2011 famine during a trip to Africa last summer, Lindhout organized Convoy for Hope — a series of emergency food deliveries that continues today and has fed roughly 300,000 people. On her recent trip to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, Lindhout met with women in the GEF’s new program, called SHE WILL, which is dedicated to supporting survivors of rape and other abuses. She created SHE WILL in January 2012 in partnership with Fartuun Adan, a woman Lindhout describes as “heroic” for pioneering the development of desperately needed support services for Somali women. Thanks to SHE WILL, Somali girls and women are receiving medical care, therapy, education and business grants to help them rebuild their lives. Soon, they’ll also have a safe place to recover. Lindhout and Adan plan to build Somalia’s first safe house for women — and there will be no stopping them. “When I get an idea about something in my head, I’ll do everything I can to try to make it happen,” she says. “I just won’t stop.” Lindhout’s work is being recognized and supported internationally, by the likes of Somali activist Dr. Hawa Abdi, a 2012 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and the Clintons — Bill invited her to participate in a panel discussion about the crisis in the Horn of Africa at a Clinton Global Initiative in April and Hillary asked to meet with her one-on-one. Lindhout also has many supporters in Canada. Rachel Mielke, founder of the Regina-based Hillberg & Berk jewelry company, is one of them. Mielke made a donation to the GEF in support of its women’s empowerment programs and, in exchange, asked Lindhout to be the face of her spring/summer 2012 collection. “Each season we choose a new real woman

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with an amazing story to tell to be the face of the collection,” says Mielke. “I asked Amanda to be the face of Hillberg & Berk’s spring/summer collection because of the courage she had in overcoming her bad experience in Africa and turning it into a positive for others.” Working with Hillberg & Berk was an easy decision, says Lindhout. “It’s absolutely beautiful jewelry and a great opportunity to bring attention and awareness to our women’s empowerment programs, which we were thrilled to have Hillberg & Berk support.” The collaboration was an especially natural fit, considering Lindhout’s love for fashion and her always-polished style. In her early 20s, Lindhout would devour the fashion featured in Vogue magazine and then hit thrift stores in search of more affordable pieces to recreate

“My vision for the foundation has always been big — to create some really big education initiatives that have the potential to create massive change in that part of the world.” AMANDA LINDHOUT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GLOBAL ENRICHMENT FOUNDATION

the outfits. “As I have gotten older, my style has become more refined,” she says. In her role as executive director of the GEF and as a frequent speaker, Lindhout is clear on her fashion choices. “I love Kate Middleton’s classic, elegant style. Like her, I tend to dress for work conservatively and very feminine,” she says. “Being in the public eye and on stage every week, it is important to me that my clothes reflect who I am — confident and happy. Rather than just following trends, I wear what I love and what makes me feel good.” Lately, that means bright colours, such

as green, red and purple. And when she’s at home in Canmore, her style is more relaxed — “luxe boho,” she says, with plenty of layers, flowing skirts, great jeans and lightweight scarves “for a bit of colour and fun.” Lindhout is grateful to have Canmore as a home base — a calm place where she can re-charge and catch up with loved ones. She grew up in Red Deer but, at the time of her release from captivity in November 2009, the media had set up camp outside of her father’s home there. To avoid the crowds, Lindhout joined her mother in Canmore, where she was living at the time. “I was very sick when I came home and I felt very fragile. Suddenly, everything was overwhelming to me,” she says. Lindhout says she found solace in Canmore. “It’s just been a really healing place for me to be — being surrounded by the mountains and this small community that has welcomed me in. And though it’s a small town, Canmore has really great restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.” A handful of her favourites: The Trough Dining Co., Rocky Mountain Soap Company, Indigo Bay and Gingerella. Lindhout lives in a peaceful condo with many windows — her one request in a home after the time she spent in captivity — and her view of the stunning Three Sisters peaks is unrivaled. “I think I have the best view in all of Canmore!” she says. But quiet time in Canmore is rare these days. Between her travels with the GEF and her speaking engagements, Lindhout spends roughly five days of every month at home. With everything she has planned in the near future — including finishing a book about her life and experience in captivity, called A House in the Sky, which will be published next year — her pace won’t be slowing down soon. Certainly not on this foggy April day, because Lindhout has something big on her mind. “What I’ve been feeling the last couple of days settling back into being at home is just total dedication to supporting these women in the SHE WILL program,” she says. “I feel so much compassion for those women because they’re dealing with this struggle on their own.” On their own, perhaps, but with a mighty new ally.

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This summer, the temperature won’t be the only thing that’s hot. Sandals, fancy flip flops and strappy shoes are taking

cues from the heat and sun, blazing in shades of red, coral, orange and yellow with a shimmer of gold. STYLED BY GWENDOLYN RICHARDS. PHOTO BY GRANT BLACK


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SUMMER SIPPER Fresh produce — like tomatoes that actually taste as they should, unlike their bland winter counterparts — is flourishing. You can turn to standby salads that allow the bright flavours of good vegetables to stand out, but for a twist, gazpacho is a perfect summer sipper. Think of it as a salad that eats like a soup: lots of vegetables diced up with a smooth olive oil to add a hint of richness and a splash of vinegar for some bright tang. The result? A beautiful mosaic, with little flecks of green from the cucumber, red onion’s purple and two tones of red from the tomatoes and peppers. STORY AND PHOTO BY GWENDOLYN RICHARDS


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red onion


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Wine pairings Jesse Willis, proprietor of the newly opened Vine Arts Wine & Spirits and the sommelier for Taste Restaurant, has three suggestions that will work well with the flavours of gazpacho. •

DOMAINE HOUCHART COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE. I can’t possibly think of anything more magnificent than a cold glass of rose and a bowl of gazpacho on a beautiful summer afternoon. Rose is an extremely versatile food wine, combining the intensity of a red wine with the freshness of a white. This classic example delivers a beautiful salmon colour with flavours of strawberry and citrus fruit.

TELMO RODRIGUEZ BASA BLANCO, FROM RUEDA, SPAIN. This obscure white wine hails from the region of Rueda in northwest Spain and is made from a blend of the local grapes Viura and Verdejo, along with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc for good measure. This delicious white is crisp and refreshing with flavours of grapefruit, pineapple and fresh cut grass.

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2-3 cups (500 to 750 mL)

tomato juice

2 tbsp

(25 mL) red wine vinegar, or more to taste

4 tbsp

(60 mL) extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) sea salt 1 tsp

(5 mL) freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp

(5 mL) sugar, optional

Roughly chop the cucumber, red bell peppers, tomatoes and onion. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add each vegetable separately and pulse until coarsely chopped. (Processing all together will lead to some vegetables turning to mush, which is not what you want.) After processing, add each vegetable to a large bowl. Add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Stir until combined. Taste for seasonings, adding sugar if desired. Chill well before serving. Serves 4 to 6. Thanks to Community Natural Foods for providing our ingredients.

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from sea to spa “This is where the story starts,” says Diane Bernard at Whiffen Spit, in Sooke, B.C. On the seaweed-strewn beach, a mink makes a hump-backed run across mud flats, while basking seals bark at our intrusion. She laughs. “If Victoria is the city of gardens, I have the wildest garden — the ocean garden.” STORY & PHOTOS BY YVONNE JEFFERY Known as “the seaweed lady,” Bernard has been harvesting the ancient, nutrient-packed ocean plant from this shoreline 45 minutes southwest of Victoria for more than 10 years. On a sunny, breezy morning, I’ve joined her for the public tour she offers when the tides are right, to learn how the plant has inspired an entire line of skin care products. She’s quick to dispel the notion that seaweed is smelly or slimy. “If the ocean is the garden, the shore is the compost pile,” she explains. “And we would never judge a vegetable or fruit garden by the smell, texture and look of the compost pile.” To prove her point, she reaches into the cold waters of a tidal pool and pulls off an olive green, almost bushy, seaweed sporting bulbous sacs. It’s rockweed, she explains, encouraging me to pop onee of the sacs. A clear, odourless liquid spills out and I rub it into the back of my hand, where it creates an immediate skin softening effect. n “We use it in our serums,” she says. Rockweed, in fact, contains iron, protein, iodine, niacin, phosphorus, B complex vitamins, vitamins A, E and C, and numerous trace mineral elements. When Bernard started harvesting seaweed, she sold it primarily to local chefs, including at nearby Sooke Harbour House. Then one of her clients showed her a “seaweed-based” spa line in which seaweed extract was far down the ingredient list.


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Diane Bernard demonstrates the cool, silky feel of seaweed fresh from the ocean.


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“I kknew new we ccould ne ould ou ld d do o it better,” sh she sa says says. ys She started with four products; today, she and her small staff work with about eight different seaweed varieties to create some 40 Seaflora skin care products that are distributed mainly through spas. Each product is USDA certified organic, with seaweed the primary ingredient.

Bernard and I chat as we wander on the flats and in the tide pools, examining the species of seaweed she uses: sea lettuce, for its astringent properties, for example, and the fast-growing, whip-like bull kelp for its potassium, protein and free amino acids. She notes medical researchers are even looking at seaweed’s antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, particularly to help treat burn victims. Finally, the incoming tide washes in, chasing us back to shore, and I head to downtown Victoria, where Sapphire Day Spa owner Heidi Sherwood welcomes me for a Seaflora facial treatment. Decorated in natural materials, with layers of richly coloured, sumptuous fabrics, Sapphire evokes an immediate sense of calm and grounding. The spa encompasses both esthetics and energy balancing work, with a strong focus on community. “We don’t believe it’s about pampering or spoiling people; it’s about caring for people, about making them feel better,” says Sherwood, noting many spa traditions — including those from the sea — date back thousands of years. “If it’s still here, there’s a reason; it’s authentic, and it works.” “Seaflora is a labour of love,” she adds. “These are beautiful products.” The facial includes cleanser, exfoliant, seaweed eye patches, seaweed masque, serum, and shoulder and arm massages, and it leaves my skin feeling rehydrated for days. But perhaps most amazing is that I’ve met the woman who harvested the seaweed, I’ve touched the silky, pliable, smooth fronds, and I’m now a believer in this incredible renewable resource.


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Be prepared: Key to any successful

Pit stops: All kids need breaks to get their wiggles out. Search for green spaces along the route and set the expectation that everyone at least tries to use the bathroom. With one set of relatives in Regina and another in Edmonton, the Schuba family has logged plenty of miles as a family of four. One thing they don’t break for is food. “We don’t waste time eating at restaurants. Stopping is for burning off energy,” explains Maria Schuba. Their ideal leg-stretching break is a park or, if it’s raining, a mall. Pack it in: No one can control traffic or

accidents, but you can control how you deal with them. When the Freedman-Smith family was stuck in the car for four hours last summer, packing food and hockey sticks turned a bad situation into a pleasant afternoon of road hockey along the TransCanada highway. You’ll want to bring enough distractions to keep everyone occupied, but that doesn’t mean spending a lot of money. Try making


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road trip is having realistic expectations of all passengers and scheduling the drive accordingly, says Julie Freedman-Smith, Parenting Power co-founder. “Make a plan and decide as a family how the trip can be made enjoyable for everybody.” Not keen on listening to The Wiggles repeatedly? Sort that out in advance. Hand off responsibility to older children by involving them in creating the driving plan and equipping them with maps to avoid the dreaded “how much longer” whines. “By letting kids know the plan in advance, they feel they’ve some control over what’s happening during the day. Kids enter into power struggles when they feel they have no control,” explains Freedman-Smith.

surprise bags with dollar-store items for each child. Cookie sheets across car seats become lap-desks, while library audio-books attract all age groups — as do disposable cameras, hacky sacks and soccer balls. Recent hits for the Schuba kids were Silly Putty, Etch-a-Sketch and pipe cleaners. With the last few hours being the worst, consider saving electronics for later in the day, when nobody’s fresh anymore. Be aware, too, that adults acting as the main source of stimulation is an accident waiting to happen. “Kids can get quickly hooked on an adult as the entertainment, which results in more demanding behaviour,” says pediatric sleep and behavioral specialist Kitty Raymond. And when you stuff a group of people into a small space for a long period, don’t be surprised if you get on each other’s nerves, says Freedman-Smith. “Rather than trying to fix a problem in the heat of the moment, make it work for the time being, realizing you can fix it later once everyone has cooled down.”


ENSURE YOUR VEHICLE IS ROADWORTHY. Ashley Wolfe, general manager at GSL Chev City, recommends topping up fluid levels, checking lights and brakes, ensuring tires have appropriate air pressure, inspecting air conditioning, testing cooling system pressure, and checking vehicle is capable of towing trailer weight. MAKE SURE YOU PACK a roadside assistance phone number, emergency road safety and first-aid kit, bucket lined with plastic bags for travel sickness (or a makeshift potty), cooler of food and drinks, moist wipes, candles, blankets and a second set of clothes in a resealable bag (what’s wet, dirty or smelly gets sealed). DON’T FORGET TO LET SOMEONE KNOW your estimated departure and arrival times. JODY ROBBINS IS A CALGARY-BASED FREELANCE WRITER. FOLLOW HER ON TWITTER.COM/JODY_ROBBINS


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If the summer season is too short in Calgary, why not take advantage of every sundrenched moment and move outside? For inspiration, we looked to elle design owner and interior designer LeAnne Bunnell’s urban outside oasis. Together with her design assistant extraordinaire Adeline Schickedanz, Bunnell has created the ultimate area for casual entertaining — all under a giant blue canopy of sky. Here, she shares her recommendations for creating a quintessential summer space. CREATE THE PERFECT BACKDROP: Bunnell gives credit to Colleen Ransom of the Secret Gardener for creating her zen-like yard — an intelligent mix of planters and perennials. For privacy and shade, Swedish columnar aspens border the north and south fence lines of the west-facing property. Japanese forest grass frames the patio, while heuchera with foliage in rust-coloured shades complements the overall colour scheme. Meanwhile, succulents in contemporary square planters effectively anchor the space. COLOUR IS KEY: A dramatic combination of black, orange and lime, paired with khaki green, highlights everything from furniture to throw pillows, while subtly echoeing the palette of our prairie landscape. Unusual colour pairings are very much a signature design element for Bunnell, who was selected from designers across the country to launch a new RONA paint collection that features custom colours representing the different regions of Canada. “I embrace unusual, unpredictable colour schemes,” notes Bunnell, who also changes colour palettes in her home to reflect the seasons. She notes that with Calgary’s harsh, bright light, the right colour accents are key — especially outside. HOSTESS HOSPITALITY: Calgary has its share of bugs, chilly nights and quick weather changes. But instead of running inside when the temperature drops, Bunnell has a stash of luxurious blankets on hand for her guests to stay warm, and to keep the party going. “I haven’t succumbed to the industrial outdoor heater yet,” Bunnell says with a laugh. When the sun sets, candles are lit to create an intimate mood. While her relaxed style is evident everywhere, Bunnell also recommends lowering your standards in the summer. “It’s all about people taking it easy. At my house, I’ll get you the first drink. . . after that, you can help yourself.” And speaking of drinks, her signature Lime Margarita Gimlet, featuring just the right amount of Olmeca Blanca Tequila and lime cordial, is sure to keep her guests coming back for more. Dining table, sectional, galvanized planter and blankets, IKEA. Lanterns, placemats, table cutlery, Homesense. Dining chairs, Nood. Square fibre-concrete planters, orange patterned plates, white enameled cutlery caddy and bucket, Canadian Tire — MacLeod Trail. Throw pillows, Crate & Barrel, The Bay. Sectional seat and back cushion fabric, DWA Interior Furnishings; fabricated by Bonnie’s Blind Ambition. Finger bowls, charcuterie board, mustard pot, Indigo. Outdoor area rug, Dash & Albert. Bar cart, cutlery in caddy, Crate and Barrel. Martini glasses, deck box, Gluckstein Home at The Bay. Vintage orange egg cups, lime and white napkins, bistro place settings, wine glasses, designer’s own.


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When Sandra Johnston, executive director of Calgary’s Pet Access League Society, talked with Mount Royal University students during a recent PALS event, she was fascinated at the number of them who turned to their dogs and cats during difficult times such as exams or breakups. “Basically, they hung onto the dog and felt comforted by them,” says Johnston, whose organization offers pet-assisted therapy for seniors with dementia, people with psychiatric issues and physical disabilities, and children in hospital. “A lot of the students we were visiting had parents who had broken up and the dog was the guiding light through that for them.” Johnston also knows how important pets can be to a person’s well-being. She recalls how her late golden retriever Fred helped her through


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sickness and relationship troubles and made her a more social person. “He wanted his walk and his time with me,” she says. “I can remember how he introduced me to other people so that I was able to expand on my social circle. That to me was very important.” Research published by the American Psychological Association last year showed people who owned pets — dogs in particular — were in better shape physically and psychologically than those who didn’t. Lead researcher Allen R. McConnell, of Miami University in Ohio, told the pet owners his team tested had, among other benefits, greater selfesteem: “(They) were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extroverted, tended to be less fearful and tended to be less preoccupied than non-owners.”


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For certified canine massage therapist and Reiki practitioner Pamela Porosky, her relationship with her cat Trinity actually changed her life. Feeling lonely after most of her close friends went off to university and her father’s work forced her parents to move, Porosky visited the Edmonton SPCA and found the feline that would be her friend for the next 13 years. “I was looking at a beautiful grey tabby when something grabbed my head from above,” she recalls. “I removed the clawed paw from my hair and looked up and saw these big yellow eyes staring at me. I was spoken to with a very commanding ‘meow’ as if to say, ‘You are taking me home.’ So I did. “I honestly don’t know if I would have gotten through that transition without her, let alone all the tough break ups, job changes and moves since. It was as though she knew I needed someone and decided that it should be her. She’s definitely what I call an ‘impact cat.’ ” While dogs and cats are the most popular, and perhaps easiest, pets to relate to, Suzan Farlow discovered a special connection with a disabled parrot named Phantom. The bird already had a congenital problem when, at six months old, it crash landed, developing paralysis of both legs. Not wanting to euthanize Phantom, Farlow instead raised her pet with extra care. “What amazed me from the start was this bird’s attitude,” she says. “Even when he was in pain, he had a very upbeat disposition. He played, he loved watching the wild birds outside his window. . . . He taught me more about acceptance, grace under challenging circumstances and unconditional love than I have learned in any other life experience.” Farlow is passionate about the importance of forging relationships with animals, as she believes most women need more authentic connections in their lives. “Animal companions offer authenticity, emotional honesty and commitment,” says Farlow, a bird behaviour consultant. “For some individuals who work at home or spend significant amounts of the day in solitary pursuits, an animal may be the only other living thing they really interact in any significant way with on a daily basis. “Animals may be a key liaison to remember who we really are and what is really most important.” However, pet relationships aren’t a one-way street. With the amount of unconditional love they send our way, we must take good care of our furry or feathered friends. Other than the basic necessities of food, water and shelter, Johnston says kindness is key. “They’re so undemanding,” she explains. “You don’t have to go into the head or the psyche. I had a cat for 24 years and at the end she was deaf . . . I’d come home and go to the bed and tap the bed to see if she was still alive, because I never knew. (But) she was just so appreciative of me being there.” A fun, active lifestyle is also important, according to Porosky, who emphasizes the benefits of daily walks and games. “We can be proactive about their health by taking them to the vet regularly, but also providing them with a healthy and balanced diet and supplements if needed,” she says. “Complementary therapies are also important to help promote their well-being, in order to give them a long and comfortable life. “And lots of hugs, of course. If they’re the hugging type.”

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If you pick your own, only choose fully red berries. Grasp the stem just above the berry and pull with a slight twisting motion. Pick berries in the early morning or on cool, cloudy days. Berries soften in the heat of the day and are easily bruised. Keep strawberries cool. They’ll keep fresh in the fridge for three to four days, depending on the quality. Freeze anything you can’t eat within three days. Sort but don’t clean strawberries as soon as you bring them home. When you are ready to use the berries, wash them quickly in cold water and drain well.

Strawberry Salad Dressing This recipe comes from the Whole Foods app, a great resource for healthy recipes.

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Ready, set, cycle Love the idea of biking (better butt, easier on the environment), terrified by the reality (traffic, dogs, potholes)? Join the club. A survey of Canadians showed that feeling unsafe is the number one reason they don’t bike. But that’s an obstacle easily overcome, says Kim Goddard, a bike enthusiast from Calgary’s Mountain Equipment Co-op. “Don’t be afraid to start out. Get yourself out there, start slowly and the feeling of accomplishment is amazing,” she says. Here are her tips for bikers just starting out: • • •

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Get a bike that you are comfortable on and comfortable with. If it’s not new, get the bike checked out at a local shop. Consider a hybrid bike for city cycling. The tires are wider than a road bike and the frame is lighter than a mountain bike. Learn the rules of the roads and the pathways. “That’s the real key to being safe.” In Calgary, all bikers older than 14 years are considered vehicular traffic and must ride on the road rather than the sidewalks. The pathways “are fantastic for biking” but have very strict speed limits, as low as 10 km/hr in some places. Consider taking a course. Bike Calgary offers an urban bike skills course designed for beginners. Wear a helmet and don’t wear earphones. Start out in areas with low traffic. Ride on pathways with few pedestrians and stick to residential roads. Slowly build up to higher traffic areas.

Feeling down? See a sad movie Forget the summer blockbusters: go watch a tearjerker instead. Researchers report in the journal Communication Research that people feel happier after watching a tragic movie. When we watch a sad movie, the film triggers thoughts about our own close relationships. Just thinking about those relationships is enough to give our happiness a boost. “Tragic stories often focus on themes of eternal love, and this leads viewers to think about their loved ones and count their blessings,” says Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, lead author of the study and associate professor of communication at Ohio State


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University. The researchers had 361 college students watch an abridged version of the 2007 movie Atonement. After watching the movie, students were asked about their emotions and response to the movie. People who said the movie made them think about their close relationships experienced an increase in happiness. Interestingly, people who thought about themselves after the movie did not have the same positive response. Other research has shown that relationships are a major source of happiness in our lives.


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Eastern philosophies encompass the five earthly elements — wood, fire, earth, water and metal — to help achieve the elusive balance of body, mind and spirit. It’s a lofty goal, to be sure, but those same objectives can be achieved through some therapeutic summer fun. Here are some ideas to help you get your yin and yang on, right here in the city. DOWN TO EARTH & WATER

Retail therapy is pretty standard for most of us when we feel like we just need something in our lives, but can’t quite put our finger on what that is. Amid the glass and concrete of downtown’s The Core, a mecca of retail therapy, there’s another form of therapy to be found — that of the botanical variety. Head up to the fourth floor of the shopping mall for the soon-to-be re-opened Devonian Gardens. Since 1977, the expansive indoor oasis has been a haven for harried urbanites who have slipped in to eat their lunches or bring their kids for a nature break. Now, the Gardens are set to reopen in June or July after a four-year, multimillion-dollar overhaul. Like ants building a colony, workers have been carting in trees from Hawaii and Florida. There will be more than 500 of them in 18 varieties, plus 10,000 shrubs and plants, and three ponds, one of them filled with koi fish. The temperature will hover around 20 C and give humidity-starved Calgarians a rush of warm, moist air. June Flanagan, a horticultural consultant and regional author, knows blooms and greenery aren’t just good for eating. They also have mental and environmental benefits, especially when our habitat is the concrete jungle. “Plants buffer the busy pace of city life, filter noise and provide a green oasis where people can relax, recharge and feel mentally refreshed and physically rejuvenated,” says Flanagan, the author of Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens: The Best Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs. You’ll find even more indoor botanical goodness at the Calgary Zoo. Head to the Enmax Conservatory, where you can breathe in the lush, tropically humid surroundings. Then, be sure to wander around the Garden


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“It’s cool to connect to the grass and the ground beneath you. It challenges your balance.” KRYSTAL SCOTT, YOGA TEACHER Gallery, where hundreds of busy butterflies will put a grin on your face. And if digging in the dirt makes you smile, sign up for one of the zoo’s horticultural therapy classes ( FIRE: SPARK ONE UP

There’s something about building a fire that gets us in touch with our inner kid — or cavewoman. If you haven’t had the pleasure and the feeling of accomplishment from putting match to paper and sticks and watching as the flames begin to flicker, it’s time. You could do this in your backyard, but the city has plenty of parks where you can do the same in a natural setting. Put your feet up and enjoy the warmth as the sun sinks, or bring along something to cook up on your fiery creation — a gooey snack like homemade Smores or roasted marshmallows will do. There’s nothing finer on a summer night than crawling into bed with the faint smell of campfire in your hair. You can book a picnic spot complete with a firepit at AIR: TREE POSE UNDER THE TREES

An “ohm” a day keeps the blues away. Yoga teacher Krystal Scott has begun her second summer of running Calgary Outdoor Yoga. Grab your mat and head to the south end of Stanley Park every Sunday at noon until mid-October. “It’s cool to connect to the grass and the

ground beneath you. It challenges your balance,” Scott says. Just try looking up at the trees while you’re in tree pose, rather than staring at a wall. It’s not easy. You’ll feel rejuvenated for the rest of the day. You’ll also feel good that the fee — a $5 to $10 donation — goes toward, an international micro-credit organization that helps small business people around the world. Namaste. ( METAL: BRIDGES AND MONKEY BARS

Put away any notion of the irony surrounding the controversy over the bridge called Peace. Bridges can indeed be things of architectural beauty — even the newly minted Calatrava bridge. Take a stroll across and glimpse the Bow River and the city through the red metal arcs. It’s guaranteed to help you see the world in a different light. When was the last time you hung upside down from your knees on a monkey bar? If you haven’t indulged yourself since you were a kid, try it again. Hanging upside down gives you a natural buzz — a rush of blood to the head. And there are proven health benefits to turning our world upside down, say the health experts at The act aids the digestive tract, improves brain function and some yoga teachers even call it the instant facial, which if done regularly (one to three minutes at a time) can actually decrease or keep wrinkles at bay. HERS PAGE 41

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three fresh new spas Thinking of treating yourself to some spa goodness this summer? You may want to check out one of Calgary’s three newest spas, all of which offer tantalizing treatments. Read on to find out more about each location’s philosophy, signature treatment and best at-home advice. BY MICHELLE MAGNAN


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Since opening its doors in June 2011, Soma Advanced Skin and Body Therapy has been treating Calgarians to customized skin treatments like laser photo facials, microdermabrasion and peels. (100, 808 1st St. S.W., 403-984-3887, The spa’s philosophy: “Soma’s philosophy is ‘look well, live well, be well,’” says Lourdes Juan, spa director. “Soma actually means ‘body’ in Greek. Our team believes in full-body wellness and treatments.” Juan says that treating skin at Soma is not about using the latest injectable — it’s about a more natural approach. “We want clients coming on a regular basis to let a professional have a look at their skin, give it the treatment it needs and help them come up with a care plan.” The signature treatment: “The Glow Essentalis is a client favourite and introduces Calgarians to a quick and effective way to take care of their skin,” says Juan. The 20-minute treatment ($98) uses a peel made of botanical ingredients, vitamins and alphahydroxy acids to exfoliate and promote cell renewal.” The best part about this treatment? You can squeeze it in during your lunch break and still have time to grab a sandwich. The best at-home tip: “My No. 1 tip is: don’t over-exfoliate. It seems the notion of being clean is to scrub the living daylights out of your skin until it’s red and raw, but only a few people can use a gritty scrub,” says Juan. A safer bet: “Use a gentle exfoliation mask once a week.”

Located on the top floor of Hotel Le Germain, Calgary’s newest spa is intimate and luxurious — and possibly the only spa to offer chocolate Mini Eggs in the waiting area. (Two thumbs up!) The German-made treatment beds are heavenly, too. (899 Centre St. S.W., 403-930-5959, The spa’s philosophy: “Our philosophy is really to create that ultimate urban sanctuary,” says Christina Arthur-Dick, marketing director. “With this spa, we tried to create three oneof-a-kind wellness rooms to meet the needs of guests, Calgarians living and working in the downtown core, and couples, to give them time to reconnect with their partners.” The signature treatment: “We have two signature treatments: a facial and a massage. The Revitalize Facial is designed to cleanse, purify and balance and uses the Darphin products we carry, and it includes special lymphatic drainage and a complimentary foot massage,” says Arthur-Dick of the 90-minute treatment ($230). “The signature Energizing Hot Stone massage is designed to relieve tension and improve circulation.” Sounds like 90 minutes of energizing bliss to us. ($195) The best at-home tip: “The best way to extend your spa experience is to bring the spa home with you and buy the products used during your treatment. For example, bring home the file from your pedicure and use it yourself. If you had a facial, pick up one of the products to help you achieve that glow at home.”

This long-standing Calgary salon and spa opened a beautiful new location on the corner of Southland Drive and Acadia Drive S.E. in the fall of 2011. Be sure to check out the living green wall in the manicure room — the lovely plants act as filters, helping to clear the air of formaldehyde. (611 Acadia Dr. S.E., 403-278-2525, The spa’s philosophy: “We’re a full-service salon and spa dedicated and committed to providing the best in hair, skin and body care. We’re a place of wellness and our goal is for our guests to look and feel their best,” says Shirley Sherbut, manager and owner. Esthetica offers everything from microdermabrasion and laser hair removal to manicures, pedicures and massage. The signature treatment: “Hands down, it’s our organic Sea Flora Body Wrap,” says Sherbut of the 90-minute treatment ($100). “We use an organic seaweed line that comes from the underwater gardens off the coast of British Columbia. It’s a renewable seaweed, which is great. Our clients just rave about it because you come out so soft.” (See travel story on page 28.) The best at-home tip: “One of our girls’ best tips is: after a manicure, apply a goodquality top coat every day afterwards to prolong the life of the manicure. It keeps a beautiful gloss to it, like it’s new. It’s definitely worth investing in a good-quality top coat, like the one from OPI.”


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CASSANDRA RAE VICKERS: There’s something effortlessly cool about Cassandra Rae Vickers’ style, from her colourful hair right down to her funky wedges. A hair stylist at Influence Salon and a makeup artist for her own company, Vicked Beauty, Vickers worked on our summer style shoot, which is where we first spotted her great look. Like many creative types, Vickers clearly isn’t afraid to stand out in the crowd. “I love wearing things that will catch people’s eyes and that I won’t catch another person wearing. I think that’s what draws me to things,” she says. Vickers describes her wardrobe as a mix of classic and funky pieces, with an emphasis on beautiful fabrics. “I like to get staple pieces and then add fun stuff every season,” she says. Among that fun stuff would be these pastel jeans from Top Shop, which became one of her favourite shops while studying in London. She’s also a big fan of scarves, such as this printed one from Edmonton’s Loft 82 boutique. “They can dress everything up,” says Vickers. “It’s my one perfect accessory that just adds that last little pizzazz.” A soft top from the U.K. and a fun pair of wedges from Winners complete the outfit. “It just makes me feel really fresh and summery,” she says. “It’s great when I can play around with colour a little bit, whether it’s on my lips or in my clothes. Colour is my thing. I put it everywhere.”


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