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WINTER 2012 Calgary Herald

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up front

8 OPENING NOTES Celebrating Calgary shops 10 OUR FAVOURITE THINGS Banishing winter chills 12 BEAUTY COUNTER In the pink, with new beauty products

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TRENDS How to wear leather and look great SHOES & BAGS The season is bootie-licious COVER STORY Why violinist Sophie Serafino calls Calgary home SHOPPING GUIDE All your store details SPOTTED Style on the street

living 28 NOURISH A new take on comfort food 30 HER RIDE Avoiding the upsell 32 at home Creating a welcome haven for guests 34 RELATIONSHIPS How to find yourself after losing your job


38 HEALTH BOOSTERS Nutrition, fitness and inspiration 40 wellness Under the weather? When to work out or sit out 42 SPA Dip your toe into warm waters

online at calgaryherald.com/hers DON’T MISS VIDEO How to make spaghetti and meatballs events calendar Add your event listings free our Making Monday Better blog Start your week off right

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editor’s letter

I’ve been thinking a lot about circles recently. I’ve always loved the circle as a symbol — it’s so complete and yet unending. We have circles that we move in, circles that surround us with support, even circles that exclude us. What fascinates me is where those circles in our lives intersect. If I could, I’d draw one huge circle of support around Calgary within which everyone would feel valued and included. I have a reputation for setting some pretty big goals, but even I know that’s stretching things just a bit. But here’s the most wonderful part of a circle — you’re never alone. I’ve been privileged to meet women in our million-people-plus community who are out there every day, drawing their own part of the circle, or creating circles that lay within that bigger circle, strengthening it. There’s so much that’s asked of us every day, especially at this time of year, when the sparkling lights herald a season of entertaining and to-do lists. But if you can find just a few minutes in your day to think about your own circles, try it. If you put your work (paid or otherwise) and your life and your goals into different circles, how would they link together? Which of your circles would allow you to help, in ways small or large, to create a community in which everyone would feel welcome? When you reach out your arms to hug someone this season, think of the circle you’re physically creating. Maybe it’s a small thing, but that’s often where the most amazing ideas start. Welcome them. Act on them. As always, you can reach me with your ideas at yjeffery@ calgaryherald.com. Let’s make 2013 our best year ever — for ourselves, and our community.


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the most wonderful time of the year It’s the season for giving, and there are plenty of hot new shops in Calgary to make your search for that perfect gift even easier. And, really, there’s no reason why you can’t take advantage of that browsing time to scope out a few pretty things to add to your own wish list. Here’s a look at what’s new and noteworthy in the city this season. BY CHRISTINA KUNTZ




Calvin Klein: explore.calvinklein.com. You’ll find a full range of sleek, sophisticated men’s and women’s apparel, jeanswear, accessories and that oh-so-famous underwear at the new Calvin Klein store, which opened this fall at CrossIron Mills. Free People: freepeople.com. Calgary’s boho-chic set now has a Free People store to call their own. The popular clothing brand has opened a funky shop with a “cottage-inspired design” at Chinook Centre, featuring plenty of cool Y dresses, footwear and accessories, as well as AR its new intimates line, Intimately Free People. Hillberg & Berk: hillbergandberk.com. Fans of Hillberg & Berk can now get their high-end jewelry at a holiday store in Mount Royal Village. The Saskatchewan brand launched the temporary store in November, featuring all the styles from the latest Le Circ de Vie collection. Check it out at 110-880 16th Ave. S.W. Joydrop: facebook.com/Joydrop. There’s plenty of joy to be found at this funky Westhills shop, which features a wide variety of gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, earrings, handbags and scarves. Carrying designer lines such as Melinda Maria, Love Heals, House of Harlow, Dean Davidson, Big Buddha and more, Joydrop is a great place to find that special little something. It’s located at 230 Stewart Green S.W. Swimco: swimco.com. Heading off somewhere hot this winter? Be sure to check out the new Swimco at Hanson Square on 17th Avenue S.W. before you go. The Calgary-based swimwear chain offers a wide range of

styles and has great staff on hand to help you find the perfect fit. Van Heusen: vanheusen.com. Find high-quality business wear, as well as sportswear and accessories, for both men and women at the new Van Heusen store at CrossIron Mills. The American brand is known for its top-notch dress shirts, with a history that dates back to 1921.


Holiday Scavenger Hunt Get into the festive spirit and explore the downtown with a holiday scavenger hunt. For this event, Downtown Calgary will be releasing daily clues from Dec. 3 to 14. Participants then bring their answers to the wrapup event at the Devonian Gardens on Dec. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m., where they can enter for a chance to win a Best of Downtown prize package, as well as enjoy fun activities for the whole family. Go to downtowncalgary.com for all the details.


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Paul Hardy: paulhardydesign.com. He’s quite possibly Calgary’s biggest fashion name and he certainly gave Calgarians a reason to celebrate this year. Earlier this fall, Paul Hardy marked the 10-year anniversary of his first ready-to-wear collection by teaming up with Tourism Calgary to put on a special event that showcased everything Calgary has to offer — including his incredible designs. Guests were treated to a sneak peek of his Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Breaking Amish. The styles follow the coming-of-age tale of an Amish girl who flees her colony and then must come to terms with life in the big city, featuring everything from soft, floaty dresses to dramatic leather and sequins. And that collection isn’t the only thing we have to look forward to from this talented designer. Hardy has plans to launch a new handbag collection next year, as well as an online store featuring his leather and knitwear styles, jewelry and accessories. Looks like there’s another amazing 10 years to come. Do you have a style, decor or beauty event, or an opening or anniversary coming up? E-mail yjeffery@calgaryherald.com to share the details.


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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 Jones New York Knickers N’ Lace Lammle’s Western Wear Marianna’s Wedding Salon Pipestone Travel Store Stephanie’s Kids Studio Blue Wong Ken’s Jewellery

experience the holidays 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! RECENT RENOVATIONS, NEW STORES, SAME GREAT SERVICE! Visit www.wpv.ca for more information.

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Mastering the season

Never mind that the temperature is south of cool — these Calgarians are making winter a state of mind with their choices for both home and away. BY MELISSA LAMPMAN

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Mo’mi Dawodu

Singer/songwriter, yoga instructor: As a songwriter, Thiessen is always looking for a little inspiration. Which is why, when winter sets in, you’ll often find her curled up in a papasan chair with the quilt her mother made for her when she was 18. “I didn’t realize how cool it was at the time, but I love it more and more as the years go by,” she says, noting she’ll sit in the chair with the quilt and a cup of coffee every morning to write. “My mom, she knows I use it, but she’ll never know just how much it really means to me.”

Owner, Mo’mi Dawodu Makeup Artistry: Not one to follow fashion trends, Dawodu gravitates toward key pieces for her wardrobe that never go out of style. This includes the go-to boots for winter she purchased at Browns in Calgary a few years ago. “They’re great. I can wear them with skinny jeans or a dress,” she says, adding she choose the bluish-grey colour to offset the myriad black footwear already dominating her closet. “With a little heel, these boots can be dressed up enough for the evening, but aren’t too high to wear during the day.”

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Chief Executive Officer, Silvera for Seniors: Although Adamson wouldn’t necessarily call herself a fashionista, she does admit to having a bit of an addiction to silver jewelry. “It doesn’t seem to matter where I go, if there is silver jewelry then it will catch my eye — and most likely my wallet,” she says, adding she loves the look of silver played off a black and white outfit and feels ready for anything when wearing the trio together. “I like a shirt that has great cuffs or something with a little bit of an edge. I don’t feel dressed without it on a weekday or weekend.”

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By Yvonne Jeffery

Forged in fire Tracy Slobodian didn’t actually mean to settle in Calgary. After coming here for the summer of 1998, however, she liked the city so much she decided to call it home. It’s our gain. The fine arts graduate from the University of Manitoba works days as an interior designer and nights in her own glass studio at home, handmaking the beads that form her unique jewellery. Armed with her own torch and kiln, she transforms sticks of glass, heating them, wrapping them around a mandrel (a stainless steel welding rod, dipped in bead release), rotating them and adding “stringers” of colour, all to create one-of-a-kind beads. These find their way into jewellery, wine toppers, butter knives and more, in the long tradition of the glassmakers of Italy. “It’s called lampworking, because when it was first invented, in Murano, they actually used coil lamps as the heat source,” she says. Slobodian launched her own company, Chartreuse Designs, in 2007 to help fuel her passion. Inspiration comes in many forms, from the textures of tiles and fabrics to the nature that surrounds us. “When I’m out in B.C., I always have things in my pockets — rocks, seashells, leaves, acorns . . . and I have a collection of things around my glass studio that make me happy.” Most recently, a trip to Shanghai earlier this year has her working with antique jade beads, mirrored in her glass work with ivory and turquoise. “Being creative is my passion,” she says. You can find Slobodian’s pieces at chartreusedesigns.ca.

An eye for style

While chilly winds can give us rosy cheeks, we’d prefer to gain ours with this new compact from Aerin, the youthful yet still elegant brand from Estee Lauder, available at department store counters. At $78, this includes cheek, lip and eye colours, and comes in a pink pouch that makes it easy to find in your purse. For more glowing colour, the new Pomegranate line from the Greek company Korres offers toner ($26, 200 mL) and mattifying treatments ($49, 40 mL shown here) without additives such as silicons and parabens. You can find Korres products at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora locations.

If you’re looking for interesting eyewear, Vancouver-based Claudia Alan Inc. offers AYA sunglasses and readers with unique Canadian art. Check out the arms of these Yasmin Raven style sunglasses ($39) to see work from renowned First Nations artist Corrine Hunt, who was the medal co-designer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games — $1 from each purchase goes to the OneXOne First Nations Nutritious Breakfast Program. You can shop online at claudiaalanstore.com.


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winter trends


Get ready to amp up your cool factor with some of the season’s hottest leather looks. From trims and inserts to tops and trousers, leather (both fake and the real deal) is everywhere this winter, making it easy for you find a style that’s as subtle or as showy as you’d like.



A boxy, leather top looks classy (rather than tacky) when paired with some chic print trousers. Judith & Charles Zane leather top, $395, and Picasso pants, $265, from Judith & Charles. DKNY Delia heels, $130, from Town Shoes. Bracelet, $78, from Passione.

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It’s not all about the black leather; bold, unexpected shades — like yellow — are the perfect way to brighten up a winter wardrobe. Bano eeMee New York leather jacket, $360. Kenzie blouse, $89, from Adorn Boutique. Judith & Charles velvet Piccolo pants, $275, from Judith & Charles.

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Judith & Charles Pratt pants, $550, and Paige blouse, $325, from Judith & Charles. David Dixon heels, $165, from Town Shoes.

Supertrash dress, $209.98, from Passione. Nine West booties, $165, from Town Shoes.

Not ready for full-on leather trousers? Leggings with leather details are just as cool (and far more flattering).

Just a hint of leather on the shoulders and sleeves gives this sexy little black dress a tough edge.


A leather-trimmed miniskirt adds an edgy touch to this casual and colourful look. Kenzie coat, $169, and Kenzie miniskirt, $89, from Adorn Boutique. Top, model’s own.

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Long and tall boots are a winter staple, but short and sweet is in this time around. Booties are hot for winter, keeping you warmer than a standard pair of pumps and still keeping you in fashion. Available in a range of colours, textures, prints and sizes — from those that barely skim our ankles to ones that rise up to mid-calf — they offer something for everyone. STYLED by Gwendolyn Richards. PHOTO BY TED RHODES

Ecco black leather lace-up bootie, from Ecco, $200

Nine West brown suede bootie with snakeskin trim, from Nine West, $165 HERS PAGE 20

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Browns black leather bootie with sequins, from Browns, $178 Nine West tiger print bootie, from Nine West, $165

Dries Van Noten black and tan duo animal print booties, from Gravity Pope, $943

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Don’t just deck the halls for the holidays — decorate yourself with some sparkle or lush velvet. These clutches are the perfect trimmings for that holiday party or night out. STYLED by Gwendolyn Richards

Browns metallic envelope clutch, from Browns, $140

Town Shoes red velvet clutch, from Town Shoes, $69.95

Town Shoes metallic sequin clutch with four-ring handle, from Town Shoes, $69.95


Town Shoes black crystal clutch, from Town Shoes, $110

Browns burgundy velvet quilted clutch, from Browns, $68

Purple clutch with crystal embellishment, from Adorn Boutique, $39

Nine West gold glitter clutch, from Nine West, $75 For store info, see our shopping guide on page 45


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Sophie Serafino on location in the oval room at the Fairmont Palliser hotel in downtown calgary. For store info, see our shopping guide on page 45. HERS PAGE 26

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playing home

When Sophie Serafino started to play the violin at this fall’s The Heart Truth event, the crowd lining the runway for the red dresses was held spellbound by her stunning combination of music and movement. In this story, we find out more about the woman behind the performance. BY MEGHAN POTKINS, Photography by Gavin Young. There’s a story that violinist Sophie Serafino likes to tell about her prized 200-year-old violin. A few years ago, Serafino took the instrument to London to be tested and the appraiser discovered trace amounts of gunpowder residue on its body. “Either the player had it on his hands, or, (it) could have been something more dramatic,” says Serafino, brushing her fingers over an unusual mark on the violin. “The neck was once broken off and it has an old-fashioned repair which is about 150 years old,” she says. Serafino likes to imagine that some disgruntled music patron took a shot at the player, but missed, striking the violin instead. “Who knows what might have happened?” she says with a suggestive arch of the eyebrow, as she settles into position for a photo shoot at the Fairmont Palliser on a recent fall weekday. The multi-talented violinist, singer and composer can’t say she has ever been shot at while playing the violin. Quite to the contrary, Serafino has been heaped with praise by audiences from London to Bahrain since her first release in 2004. Eight years later, and the Sydney, Australia-raised performer is preparing for her third album-length release from her new home base in Calgary. While Serafino’s work can be loosely categorized as adult contemporary pop, her original compositions are heavily influenced by the sounds of classic Spanish guitar and Middle Eastern music — something she attributes to time spent living in places like Istanbul and Cadiz. “When I’m writing (music) in those cities, it just really affects what (I) do. I really absorb it,” Serafino says. “If you dropped me in the middle of Istanbul in a blindfold, I would know where I was because of the smell and the sounds and the voices.” Last year, she followed her heart to Calgary, a move that that offered some exciting opportunities — including the chance to collaborate with Grammy-winning Canadian artist Dan Hill. But there has been some heartache as well. A recent separation from her Calgarian husband — her reason for moving to the city in the first place — has left her feeling a little raw. But Serafino says she is coping with the support of close friends and by channeling her feelings into her work. These days, Serafino spends hours at The Beaches studio on 11th Avenue, writing, recording and perfecting the tracks that will go onto her third album-length release due out next year. “I practice three to four hours a day and sometimes it can be up

to five or six hours a day. Then there’s dance class to keep me fit, vocal practice and writing music,” says Serafino, who somehow finds time for her duties as an ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Canada. “There’s a lot of discipline required to get things done and show up to everything you need to show up to.” And lately, Serafino has been making time for one more thing in her busy schedule — fashion. With her flame-coloured hair and striking features, Serafino has become a bit of a muse for local designers and stylists. Edmonton fashion boutique My Filosophy has dressed Serafino from their stable of Canadian designers for the last six months. “What I like about her style is that she’s very diverse, she can be very classic (or) edgy. She can do the whole gamut of different styles,” says owner Tannis Davidson. “And Sophie’s curvy. She’s a real woman and she fits our clothes beautifully.” One of Serafino’s favourite new pieces is from Vancouver designer Chloe Angus, who will design Serafino’s entire stage wardrobe for her upcoming tour. It’s our cover look this issue — a floor-length skirt patterned with giant red hibiscus-type blossoms, paired with a sheer black long-sleeve top. The skirt suggests something Spanish and romantic, but the overall effect of the outfit — with its stark black-and-red palette and scandalous hint of skin — is almost punk rock. It’s the kind of contrast that Serafino carries off without blinking, not just in her clothing choices, but also in her music. And while some music traditionalists have criticized the young performer for deviating from the classical canon with her highly physical stage shows and pop/rock influences, Serafino isn’t having any of it. “I think a lot of my colleagues would have the impression that I’m not disciplined because I’m very free and I like to improvise,” Serafino says. “I don’t like that attitude. I think any expression is valid … and if you’re always thinking about what other people think, you dilute your message. So I just focus on what I have to say.” And for now, even if her heart is still smarting a bit, Serafino is content to deliver her message to Calgary audiences as she marks just over a year of calling this city home. Swapping Sydney for Cowtown was surprisingly easy, she says. “The attitude of the people is similar. We have a similar sense of humour, we’re both easy going and I find the lifestyles quite similar,” says Serafino. “My home base is here. I’ve transferred everything here. And Calgary has really welcomed me.” n



Wine pairings It may be hard to choose which one of these three Tuscan gems will pair best, so Curtis Gallinger, the general manager of Bonterra Trattoria, says the best option may be to just try them all (we like his thinking). None, he says, will disappoint. •

“I immediately thought about the Il Nero di Casanova from La Spinetta (100% Sangiovese). With its great acidity and good tannins, it works wonderfully with the tomatoes and herbs.” “The 2006 Valdisanti from Tolaini (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Franc) is always a favourite of mine. The deep, dark fruit flavors — coupled with French oak spice — marry nicely with the hint of herbs in the dish.” “If it’s a bit of a special night, you might want to go with the 2006 Pasticcio from Terralsole, which is a palatefriendly blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese. Once again, the Pasticcio has some good structure that works well with the tomatoes, and some fantastic dark fruit and herbaceous notes that get me thinking about simmering sauces.”

Music to cook by •

That’s Amore, Dean Martin. Even if it’s not pizza pie cooking in the kitchen, it’s hard to stop singing along with this song’s chorus. Con Te Partiro, Andrea Bocelli. The strength and power of Bocelli’s voice combines beautifully with the melody. Nessun Dorma, Luciano Pavarotti. Considered this Italian tenor’s signature piece, it builds to a dramatic finish that will have you raising your glass of chianti. Mambo Italiano, Rosemary Clooney. A kicky beat that will have you shaking your hips as you stir up some marinara. La Partita di Pallone, Rita Pavone. A great song from the ‘60s. Just don’t think about the fact she’s apparently singing about her boyfriend abandoning her on Sundays to go the football (soccer) game.


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A bowl of spaghetti topped with slow-simmered tomato sauce and a couple of meatballs is pretty much the culinary equivalent of a down duvet: warm, comforting and excellent to cozy up with on a snowy day. Even a relatively basic recipe, like these ones from Martha Stewart, can offer up a taste that belies the amount of effort that went in. A few special additions, like the fresh parsley and finely grated Parmigiano, boost flavours while still giving you lots of time to snuggle down with a book, a fire and maybe a nice glass of Italian red. STORY and photo by Gwendolyn Richards

have a ball! Spaghetti & Meatballs Both recipes come from Martha Stewart.

MEATBALLS 8 oz (250 g)

ground beef chuck (80 percent lean)


large eggs, lightly beaten

8 oz (250 g)

ground pork

1 ¼ tsp

(6 mL) coarse salt


garlic clove, minced

freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup (125 mL) finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 1/2

or pecorino Romano cheese

slices white bread, torn into small pieces (1 cup/250 mL packed)

3 tbsp (50 mL)

finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup (50 mL)

whole milk

1/4 cup (50 mL)

extra-virgin olive oil


basil leaves, torn


small red onion, finely chopped

1/4 tsp

(1 mL) dried oregano


garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp

(25 mL) tomato paste

pinch of crushed red-pepper flakes (optional)

1 can

(28 oz/798 mL) peeled plum tomatoes with juice, pureed

½ tsp

(2 mL) coarse salt

freshly ground pepper


FOR MEATBALLS: Mix together beef and pork using your hands. Stir in garlic, cheese, parsley, eggs, and salt; season with pepper. Soak bread in milk for 5 minutes and then stir into meat mixture. Lightly dampen hands and roll mixture into 1 ½-inch (4-cm) balls, transferring to a rimmed baking sheet as you work. Refrigerate for 1 hour. As red sauce simmers, heat oil in a heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, fry meatballs, shaking skillet occasionally, until brown all over, about 6 minutes, and transfer to sauce. Simmer until meatballs are cooked through, about 10 minutes. (Test doneness by cutting 1 meatball open.) Makes 18 meatballs. FOR RED SAUCE: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste. Add pureed tomatoes, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes (if using), and salt. Season with pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thick, 25 to 30 minutes. Makes about 2 cups (500 mL) sauce. Thank you to Community Natural Foods for providing our ingredients.


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how to avoid the upsell With complex and computerized vehicle systems these days, most of us prefer to hand off vehicle maintenance to the experts. But when you’re not sure what’s really needed, you could be easy prey for the unnecessary upsell. By Jody Robbins We checked in with David Symcox, shop foreman at Barlow Auto Pro (where more than half of their clientele are female), and Stuart Robbins (a licensed mechanic and, full disclosure, my brother) to get the skinny on supposedly superior products.

engine lubricated so things don’t grind to a halt. While synthetic oil is technically better than regular, you don’t need it, says Symcox. “If you plan on living in a city with major temperature swings and want to keep your vehicle for a long time, synthetic oil would give the engine more longevity, but it isn’t necessary.” The Call: Calgary certainly qualifies as a city with major temperature swings, but the verdict is that if the manufacturer specifically recommends synthetic oil for your vehicle, you should choose synthetic oil; otherwise, you’re fine with regular oil. What’s more important is regular oil changes, based on the time period or mileage the manufacturer recommends for your vehicle.

Wipe out: When you can’t see, winter driving isn’t just challenging — it’s virtually impossible. Winter wiper blades have a plastic coating on them that doesn’t freeze up, so they work better to remove ice than standard blades. But the key with any wipers is to ensure they’re not stuck to your windshield. Simply give them a tug by hand or defrost the windshield before switching them on. The Call: This simple swap-out is worth it. Fancy fuel: Should you buy a premium gasoline when you fill up at the pump? Not necessarily, says Robbins, adding that temperature swings can result in water droplets condensing in the air inside your gas tank, and running into the fuel. He recommends keeping the gas tank as full as possible in winter to prevent condensation, especially

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Get the right grease: Oil keeps the

if you’re parking in a heated garage. The Call: Stick with what’s recommended for your vehicle, as stated in the manual or on the gas cap. If ethanol has been added to regular gasoline where you’re filling up, Robbins recommends going one grade up.

Tire temptation: Tires lose one to two pounds per month through the side wall, and colder air means they deflate faster in winter. Some shops recommend using nitrogen instead of compressed air, as it’s a larger molecule that doesn’t shrink as quickly. “There are advantages,” notes Symcox, “but you’re not driving an aircraft — it’s just your car.” The Call: If you regularly check your tire pressure (once a month in winter), the benefit of nitrogen doesn’t outweigh the cost. If this isn’t on your to-do list, consider nitrogen, as it can lengthen the time between tire fills (and if you do run into a tire that needs air, you can still add regular air to your nitrogen-filled tire).

It’s all in the details: Detailers will thoroughly clean the interior and exterior of your car using professional products and equipment. This level of service is pricey, considering you can easily do most of the job yourself with a can of Armor All and a hand vacuum. But if you’re prone to spilling beverages over the central console (where the electronics and some airbag modules are located), consequences could range from an interior light not working to an airbag malfunction. The Call: If you’re consistent with cleaning up after yourself, says Symcox, this kind of care isn’t required. Confidence is key: If you don’t understand what’s going on with your vehicle, look it up on the Internet or ask the service technician to show you, right then and there. Don’t be afraid to ask what will happen if you don’t follow their recommendation, says Symcox. “When you start asking questions, it scares them a little bit,” he says. And a little chutzpah never hurt anyone. n


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Chevrita or Champfleury? Ask the experts at Calgary’s favourite grocery store and deli.

Your holiday entertaining needs are available at your local Co-op! We will help you make holiday planning simple and easy with our unique selection of premium quality meat, baked goods, deli and produce items. Try the Agropur Discovery Cheese Box containing six fine cheeses in one convenient box. Exclusive to your Co-op deli.

Preparing a Party Tray Display cheeses on a wooden cutting board. Select a range of soft to firm cheeses with mild to strong flavours. Present by stacking firm cheese cubes, fanning slices in curved rows, and pointing soft cheese wedges outward. Fill in gaps with fresh grapes and berries, or with olives and pickles in small bowls. Offer an assortment of crackers, flatbreads and sliced baguette. Add chutney or mustard as a side.

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gorgeous guestroom It’s hard to believe this sumptuously refurbished guest room began as a teenager’s bedroom, complete with wall-to-wall, grape-coloured shag carpeting.

By Danyael Halprin When interior designer Karen Hall, of Circa Interior Designs, took on this project in Shawnessy, the family’s teenage daughter had requested red walls and a red ceiling. With her mom thinking that would be too loud for a guest room after her daughter moved out, Hall reached a compromise with a lively colour palette of red, pink, purple and orange for fabrics and accent pieces. “I subdued everything with the golden yellow walls,” says Hall, adding that the colour is Straw by Farrow & Ball. “The room has a very warm glow because of the wall colour, so it really envelops you.” The hits of black in the faux fur cushion, cashmere throw and iron mirror further ground the room and add an air of sophistication. To pamper the client’s large extended family visiting from across Canada and friends coming from all over the world, the queen-sized bed is pure luxe, with a two-toned red striped suede headboard, and feather and down bedding from British fabric company Designers Guild. The floral bedding’s reverse side offers up a purple, red and orange stripe that’s echoed in the thick silk taffeta curtains, again by Designers Guild, on the south-facing window. To open up the 90-square-foot room — a size typical of this 1970s split-level home — Hall designed a large black mirror, made by a local iron worker. Standing more than six feet high and four feet wide, the mirror “brings the room’s colours around and in to encircle you,” says Hall, as do the bi-fold closet doors that she redesigned with a bevelled glass mirror effect. With no room for a chest of drawers, Hall gutted the closet and redesigned it with built-in shelving and drawers to create lots of storage, along with hanging space. A pair of maple bedside tables and a bed platform with pullout drawers provide extra storage, while Hall designed the floor lamp and table combination specifically for the compact space. When using a bright, bold colour like red, a room can become an overwhelming, stimulating environment. While this guest room is striking, the tones soothe, explains Hall. Counterbalanced with the warm, soft wall colour, the room creates an inviting and restful space. A final do-it-yourself hint? Corners are the perfect spaces to create moments in a room, says Hall. She conjured one up in the cosy reading nook with a red leather chair and whimsical artwork.

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There is some truth to the adage of not knowing what you’ve got until it’s gone — I never loved my job so much as the day I lost it. But that left me with a question. Without my job, and without my title, who exactly am I? By Meghan Jessiman




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rom the age of 15, I have been someone’s employee. My parent’s answer to the typical teenage name brand obsession was to drive me down to the local casual dining chain to have me secure a hostessing job that would allow me to buy all the overpriced denim and sneakers my little heart desired. Seven years and a university degree later, the time came to cross the Rockies to Calgary, chasing the dream of becoming a magazine editor. Against all odds, that dream came true. Now, from the outside, being a lifestyle editor looks like one of the most glamorous careers a girl could have, all fancy clothes and shiny event invites. The reality of magazine publishing is that an entry-level salary can barely cover your rent, never mind head-turning heels, and when you spend hours staring at a computer screen, by the time you are supposed to head to an event all you want to do is head to bed. Still, I loved my job, and I was taken by surprise when I was told it was disappearing. I don’t think I had the same reaction to being laid off that most people do, as there was no real anger or panic, and I didn’t experience the stages of grief I was warned about. Instead, I felt this was the universe’s way of resolving a situation I didn’t have the guts to deal with on my own. I had known for some time that I wasn’t meant to be sitting at a desk for eight hours a day. Whether I had miscalculated my dream, or my priorities in life had simply changed, I don’t know. But this was my chance to figure out what I wanted and build a career — and a life — that I would be happy with moving forward. Quarter-life retirement seemed a tad improbable, but my severance did leave me with a bit of time on my hands to reassess, well, everything. The prospect of free time was simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. What if I looked at this cosmic kick in the behind as an identity opportunity, rather than suffering through an identity crisis? Easier said than done. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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“If you live to work then that is a massive part of who you are and having that taken away can cause a major tailspin.”

psychologist Deborah Loiselle

Like it or not, who we are and what we do are a pivotal aspect of almost every introductory conversation. As a magazine editor, I was impressive. Without the mystique that was attached to that title — real or not — who was I? According to registered psychologist Deborah Loiselle, of the Calgary Counselling Centre, questioning your identity when you lose or leave a job is completely normal — although the degree to which this kind of change impacts people often depends on their life priorities. “If you live to work then that is a massive part of who you are and having that taken away can cause a major tailspin,” says Loiselle. “If you work to live, though, if the point of your job is just to have enough money to do the things you love, then losing it is not going to be as impactful.” Five years in a particular field certainly didn’t qualify me as an industry veteran, but having always thought of myself as a woman who was focused on her building her career, having that suddenly taken away left me feeling a loss and feeling lost. What do you do when the career-based rug is pulled out from under you and you’re forced to reevaluate your wants and needs? If you know what you want to do, the steps for moving forward are a little bit easier, says Loiselle, but for those who are looking to change directions there are plenty of resources available to help them find the right path. “The government program ‘Career Paths’ is specifically designed to help people discover what they would like to do for a living and what they would excel at,” she says. “For those who have it narrowed down, employment counsellors can help you with resume updates, job search skills, interview refreshers, anything that you may have gotten rusty at while you were employed.” The things that I love have changed drastically in the last few years and I at least knew that I wanted what I love to be a part of what I do for a living. I also knew what I didn’t want: no set schedule, no monotony, no boss and no desk — tables and couches would do just fine. My enforced free time became enforced study and networking time. I invested in myself, certifying as a nutritionist, and started selling myself as a freelancer, focused on the areas of life I feel passionate about. Only time will tell if my self-employment is sustainable, but here I stand today as living proof that there is life (and a good one, at that) after desk. n


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Healthy hot chocolate? Yes, please! Weather experts predict that Jack Frost will do some serious nosenipping around Calgary this year. A good way to brace against colderthan-usual temperatures? A healthier-than-usual cup of hot chocolate. The healthiest hot chocolate is homemade, says Jennifer House, a registered dietitian who runs First Step Nutrition, a family-nutrition business in Calgary. House recommends heating a cup of milk on the stove or in the microwave, then whisking in equal parts cocoa and sugar. She uses a half-tablespoon (7 mL) each of cocoa and sugar for every cup of milk to create a hot chocolate less sweet than commercial brands. If you want the sweetness of store-bought varieties, increase the cocoa and sugar to one tablespoon (15 mL) each. If you go for store-bought hot chocolate, look at the first few ingredients. “They likely list something similar to sugar, corn syrup (another sugar) and hydrogenated vegetable oil. Where is the chocolate in that? Or milk?” Avoid any kinds of hot chocolate with hydrogenated oils on the ingredients list and pay careful attention to the sugar amounts, she advises. And House has a great idea for kids’ hot chocolate: they get one minimarshmallow for every year of age.

Holiday food safety tips Michael Dekker, a culinary instructor at SAIT and former executive chef at Rouge Restaurant, dishes on his tricks to keep parties delectable. Have a plan: “The more planning you can do, the better the execution. It’s when we’re doing things at the last minute that there are problems,” says Dekker. To start, figure out the number of guests and come up with a menu, an ingredient list and a grocery list. Assess the space you’re working with: How big is the fridge? Do you need to bring in extra coolers? Where will you lay out the food? Will it be sit-down or buffet-style? Invest in a food thermometer (or two): Dekker recommends using thermometers often: when storing food prior to cooking, throughout cooking and once the fare is laid out. One of his favourite tips: when you run out of fridge space, use your insulated garage, provided the space is protected and the temperature hovers around zero degrees. “When you first plate up foods for salads and platters, it’s great to use the garage as a kind of storage area.” Look after the bird: If you’re planning on turkey, get a fresh bird or allow enough time to defrost it properly, in the fridge and never on a counter, he says. “You’ll need at least at least two to three days to defrost the turkey in the fridge.” Cook the turkey until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 185 F (85 C). The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recommends taking the temperature in the thickest part of the breast or thigh meat, making sure the thermometer is not touching any bones. Monitor the buffet carefully: If you’re serving food buffet-style, put serving trays on ice to keep cold foods cold and use warming trays to keep hot foods hot: Dekker emphasizes the need to monitor temperatures carefully. The CFIA recommends throwing away any food left at room temperature for more than two hours. Don’t add new food to dishes already in use. Instead, use a clean serving dish each time you restock. Be Eggs-tra Careful: You can buy commercially prepared eggnog containing pasteurized eggs that have harmful bacteria removed. These store-bought versions may be the best option for parties with pregnant women and children in attendance.


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Preventing dry winter skin Forget the pricey lotions and the hightech supplements made from the latest thing in fish oils: a few affordable, triedand-true tricks provide your best defence against dry skin this winter. The most important thing you can do to protect your skin is moisturize often — even up to four times a day, says Wendy Smeltzer, founder and medical director of Calgary’s Sante Spa. “It’s not about what moisturizer you’re using but about using moisturizer frequently and really keeping your skin well-lubricated,” says Smeltzer, a board member of the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine. It’s estimated we lose about two cups of water daily when it evaporates through our skin. “As we lose that water, the outer layer of our skin dries out and becomes rough and itchy,” she explains. When we apply and reapply moisturizer frequently, we’re reinforcing a barrier that keeps water from seeping out of the skin. The best moisturizer is the one you like and will use, says Smeltzer. Newer moisturizers contain ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which beef up the moisture in the skin by imitating our own natural oils. These high-tech

ingredients are good but not necessary, even in Calgary’s harsh winters, according to Smeltzer. Older brands of moisturizers that have been around for years “are still tried and true and work beautifully.” To get the most from your moisturizer, rub it in right after a shower or a bath. You’ll be able to seal a little extra moisture into the skin. And if you want a real bargain skin care product, look no further than your kitchen tap. “Water. Water. Water. That’s the most important thing you can consume to keep your skin healthy,” advises Smeltzer. There isn’t a single food proven to keep the skin soft and hydrated. But a wellbalanced diet that includes healthy fats — things like avocado and walnuts — can bolster the skin’s natural, moistureretaining barrier. And the most under-utilized skin care tool for a Calgary winter? Sunscreen. “The only time that I have had a patient hospitalized here in Calgary for sunburn was a patient who was spring skiing,” said Smeltzer. “UV light is there whether the temp is minus 20 or plus 20, so it’s important to continue using sunscreen for outdoors even in the winter months.”

Planning a winter ski trip? Steal a few tips from a pro If anyone knows how to travel with skis, it’s Kelly VanderBeek. The 12-year veteran of Canada’s ski team has logged tens of thousands of kilometres in the air, sometimes traveling with up to six pairs of skis. In between prep sessions for this year’s season, VanderBeek gave HERS a few tips for jet-setting with snow gear. • Check the airline policy before getting to the airport. Some airlines charge extra for transporting skis, others don’t. Air Canada and WestJet will accept one container of ski gear as a first piece of checked baggage and will waive the overcharge fee. Many airlines require that skis and poles be packed in a rigid and/or hard shell case specifically designed for shipping.

• If you’re travelling with multiple pairs of skis and snowboards, cargo might be the most affordable way to get your gear to the slopes. Whenever possible, the national ski team sends their gear by cargo. • Find a good bag specifically designed to transport gear: something that’s robust and easy to carry, with a little extra space. “It’s better to have a bag that you can pack extra things in around your skis — your ski jacket, gloves, helmet. That gives you extra padding and saves room in your suitcase.” • Don’t put your boots in the same bag as your skis and poles — you risk damaging your poles. Instead, squeeze your ski boots into your suitcase or take your boots as a carry on.

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If you’re under the weather, exercise might be just the prescription — or a huge mistake. Here’s how to make the call.



Fitness trainers make their living by getting people to move. But every so often, they deliver this unexpected bit of advice: go home, veg out. Sometimes, the body needs a rest, says Dean Somerset, a personal trainer and the medical and rehabilitation coordinator for World Heath Clubs. The challenge is learning to recognize when you need to rest and when you can push on through. “There are things you can train through or train around. It’s important to know the signs that something’s not quite right. Your body is telling you to stop or else something might go wrong.” Below, fitness trainers give a head-to-toe rundown on when you can work out and when you should sit out.

A Head Cold: Work out. But, a caution: adjust your workouts to your cold. “A head cold isn’t something that means you shouldn’t work out at all. I’d say just change how you work out,” says Somerset. He recommends replacing high-intensity workouts with easier exercises like walking or riding a bike. “You want to get moving and allow your lungs and sinuses to expand a bit. It’ll help you heal up a little faster than if you were just sitting on the couch.” If your head cold moves into your chest, cool it on the exercise, says Stephen Cornish, a researcher in kinesiology at Athabasca


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University and co-owner of Lethbridge’s Integrated Fitness Training. “You may be dealing with a bacterial infection. That’s something that should be treated before you start to work out with any intensity again because it might perpetuate the problem.”

A Stomach Bug: Sit out. Stay home and give yourself time to recover, says Jari Love, personal fitness trainer and creator of the Get RIPPED! workout. People develop gastrointestinal problems from plenty of different things — food poisoning, viruses, dehydration. No matter the cause, the symptoms are likely enough that you’ll want to lay low for a few days. Even if you do want to work out, wait until you’re fully recovered and rehydrated. Hit the gym too early and you’ll worsen your dehydration by sweating, says Love. Plus, show up at the gym sick and you risk spreading your icky germs around. “ ‘Stomach flu’ is often contagious, so do everyone a favour and stay home.”

Sore Muscles: Work out. Stiff and achy muscles are perfectly normal after a workout, says Love. “The soreness comes from tiny tears to the muscle fibres that occurred during your last workout. These little tears are a good thing because when the muscles repair, they become stronger.” On days when you’re aching from an earlier workout, it’s best to mix up your exercise routine. “The way to train through that process is to do something different,” says Somerset. If your legs are sore, do an upper body workout. Or change the design of the workout. “Instead of focusing on strength, go for higher reps or a different style of workout altogether.”

Foot Pain: It depends. Stubbed your toe? You can work out, says Somerset. “Don’t do too much high-impact loading work like squats or deadlifts, especially if it irritates you when you do those movements.” Pain from the heel? You may have Achilles tendonitis, an injury due to repetitive strain on the area. “This type of injury, you have to give it time, wait it out. Cycling is okay as long as the seat height is high enough. No running or

squash or any sport like that.” With plantar fasciitis, rest the foot, ice it frequently and consider treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, says Cornish. “You want to take down the inflammation.” He encourages anyone with plantar fasciitis to find an exercise that doesn’t place too much load on the foot. “Pool running or swimming can be very good.” Whatever the injury, listen to your body, says Love. “You should go and see a doctor in cases where pain does not go away and, of course, if you can’t put any weight on your foot.”

Backache: Work out. Studies show exercise can help with back pain, but what a person can do depends on the severity of the pain. Low-impact activities such as Pilates, elliptical machines and water aerobics might be the most comfortable, says Love. Check with your doctor or physiotherapist if the problem lasts more than a day or two, adds Cornish. “That’s not a time when you want to be working out because you could be aggravating an injury. You should see a health professional to get a good idea of what’s going on. “There might be a muscle imbalance or weakness that’s causing a pain to occur. You’ll be better off to get some physiotherapy and some treatment that will address those imbalances.”

Bruised From A Fall: It depends.

Between the slips on ice and tumbles while skiing, winter should be the season called fall. If you don’t experience any localized pain after a spill, participate in light activities like walking on a treadmill or riding a bike, says Somerset. “Just something to get the blood flowing to allow the muscles to heal up a bit more.” But if you’re experiencing pain in one of your joints, take time off and get your injury looked at. “Joint pain is never something you should train through,” he says.

Hangover: Work out, but hydrate first!

Ever heard someone say that they’re going to sweat out their hangover in the gym? That works only when they’ve rehydrated properly. Cornish offers this tip to check if you’re hydrated: check out the color of your pee. “If you have clear urine, that’s a good sign that you’re hydrated adequately. If you have dark-coloured urine, you are not hydrated at all and you need to take in some beverages besides alcohol.”

After A Tooth Extraction: Sit out. If you’ve had a tooth extraction, wait two or three days. “Let the wound heal up so you don’t wind up having stitches pop out,” says Somerset. But for basic fillings or other minor dental work, you can keep to your regular workouts. n

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THERAPY “Do you get motion sickness?” It’s not the typical question you hear at the beginning of a massage – but this was not a typical massage. I was about to embark upon my first-ever Watsu treatment, water shiatsu performed in a warm pool. (It’s pronounced WATTS-oo and, like the Brangelina or Bennifer of spa treatments, comes from water + shiatsu = Watsu.) BY MICHELLE MAGNAN

The adventure happened at the end of August, when I visited Rancho La Puerta, a renowned health and wellness resort roughly an hour’s drive south of San Diego, located in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Since 1940, the luxe getaway has been offering its guests – everyone ranging from Canadian travellers to Hollywood celebrities — the opportunity to get fit, eat healthy meals and relax in private mountainside digs. Every day begins with an optional hike at 6:15 a.m. Things only get more active from there, with fitness, dance, yoga, Pilates, Bar Method, meditation and

countless other classes beginning every hour, on the hour. The biggest challenge at Rancho is not choosing activities; it’s not overdoing it on day No. 1 because you’re excited to try everything on the menu. Whether you’ve overdone it or not, visiting Rancho La Puerta’s spa is a fine idea. Treatments such as massages, body wraps and facials featuring organic products are designed to work your hard-working body into ecstasy. I tried one of each of the aforementioned treatments and can report that they worked wonders


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on my sore muscles. But Watsu, ladies. Watsu is a must. When I signed up, I had no idea what to expect, other than what we were told by the practitioner on Day 1 of our visit: the experience, he said, is akin to “escaping gravity.” So, when I showed up at the private, warm Watsu pool – just one of the many pools on Rancho’s 3,000 acres of land – and he asked if I get motion sickness, I was nervous. Because, yes, I do get motion sickness. On a romantic, calm Mexican dinner cruise, I’m the first girl to lose my dinner when waters get a wee bit choppy. When I responded as such, he said, “No worries. I’ll go slow and take it easy on you.” Going slow, he said, meant that he wouldn’t move me through the water as quickly as he would with other, less wimpy people. (I may be projecting the “less wimpy” part.) Here’s what happened next: after strapping floating devices around my calves and thighs, he told me to lean back, relax and keep my eyes closed. With my lower half floating, he supported my upper back and head. This is when the magic began. The Watsu practi-

tioner slowly pushed and pulled my body through the water, stretching my limbs, massaging my shoulders and back, kneading me to a far away place. My fear of seasickness drifted away, as did any semblance of time. The hour passed far too quickly and, before I knew it, he was propping me back up along the side of the pool. He stepped away quietly, letting me ‘wake’ in my own time. When I finally opened my eyes, I felt relaxed and calm, like a whole new person. The feeling of wellness stayed with me for a long time, well after I’d returned to Calgary. Winter is here, the feeling has faded and I’m craving a return trip to Rancho La Puerta in 2013. I will go for the classes, healthy food and deep sleeps. And no question, I’ll sign up for Watsu because, as much as I’m looking forward to the overall escape from reality, I’m also eager for the escape from gravity. Who would have guessed? (A 60-minute Watsu session is US$145 at Rancho La Puerta. For more information about the resort, visit rancholapuerta.com or call 1-858-764-5500.) n

Taking the waters, closer to home If you can’t get away this winter to a sunny paradise with pools, consider checking out a local spa with water-inspired treatments. When you get home – all blissed out – keep the good vibes going and make yourself a Mai Tai, kick your feet up and call it a day. Scrub and repeat In September, the Hyatt Regency Calgary reopened its doors to a beautiful, renovated Stillwater Spa. (Not that it was shabby before!) Check out the lovely space as you check in for the H20 Scrub 60 treatment ($150), a luxurious loofah and salt scrub followed up with some crazy moisturizing. Your dry skin will thank you. (700 Centre St. S.E., 403-537-4474, calgary.hyatt. com/hyatt/pure/spas) DIVE RIGHT IN Sign up for any fab spa treatment at RnR Wellness The Spa, located within Calgary’s stately Fairmont Palliser Hotel, and spend some time enjoying the facility, which boasts a heated indoor pool and a co-ed whirlpool. Don’t forget to pack your bikini! (133 9th Ave. S.W., 403-244-9290, rnrwellness.com) OASIS FOR TWO We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs. With its indoor and outdoor pools, waterfall treatment whirlpools and an indoor hot tub, it’s like H20 heaven in the heart of the Rockies. For some pampering that involves plenty of water, sign up for the spa’s signature Rockies Healing Retreat for Two, a

ABOVE: An early hike through the picturesque landscape surrounding Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, is one of the many activities visitors can choose to participate in when visiting Rancho La Puerta. LEFT: Watsu combines the therapeutic effects of water and shiatsu massage.

two-hour experience for couples involving massages, a footbath, scrub and a dip in the Japanese soaker tub. (405 Spray Ave., Banff, 403-762-1772, fairmont. com/Banff-springs/willow-stream)

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We had a great time in the Calgary Herald’s studio with model Lisa Moreau. An actor, model and stay at home mom, Moreau was raised in Calgary and says that playing in the splash parks are one of her favourite things (in season, of course). Whatever the weather, her big extended family offers her twoyear-old son plenty of playtime with his cousins. MODEL: Sophia Models International, sophiamodels.com HAIR & MAKEUP: Krista Ho Lem, professional makeup artistry, kristaholem.com Adorn Boutique: 1216A 9th Ave. S.E., Inglewood, 403-261-9919, adornboutique.ca Judith & Charles: The Core, 751 3rd St. S.W., 403-263-6761, judithandcharles.com Passione: #102, 524 17th Ave. S.W., 403-275-3737, passione.ca Town Shoes: multiple locations, townshoes.com Ecco: multiple locations, eccocanada.com Bano eeMee: jacket available by pre-order at Mealan, Something2Wear and Studio Intent; info at banoeemee.com

Adorn Boutique, 1216A 9th Ave. S.E., adornboutique.ca Arnold Churgin Shoes, multiple locations, arnoldchurgin.com Browns Shoes, multiple locations, brownsshoes.com Ecco, multiple locations, eccocanada.com Gravity Pope, 524 17th Ave. S.W., 403-209-0961, gravitypope.com O’Connors, 1420 1st St. S.W., 403-269-4996, oconnors.ca Town Shoes, multiple locations, townshoes.com Nine West, multiple locations, ninewest.com Stuart Weitzman, 6455 Macleod Trail, S.W., 403-265-0551, stuartweitzman.ca

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We couldn’t have asked for a more glamorous and welcoming location in which to shoot our cover story for this issue. The Oval Room at the Fairmont Palliser hotel in downtown Calgary was the perfect backdrop for Sophie’s unique combination of traditional (her violin) and modern (her musical interpretation). MODEL: Sophie Serafino, sophieserafino.com HAIR & MAKEUP: Helen Hoi Kwan, makeup artist, HOImakeup.com LOCATION: Fairmont Palliser: fairmont.com/palliser Designer: For both the cover and the inside feature, Sophie is wearing eco-chic Vancouver designer Chloe Angus, chloenangus.com My Filosophy: Sophie is dressed via this Edmonton boutique, myfilosophy.com

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KENDRA BOUCHER: How does Boucher manage to look stylish from head to toe? It’s in her genes. “My mom says that when she was my age, she was always very put together and used a lot of accessories, so I guess that kind of thing carries on,” says Boucher, laughing. “And she still dresses that way.” We spotted Boucher doing a bit of shopping on her lunch break at The Core, where her colourful blouse from Aritzia caught our eye. She’s paired it with some basic black Joe Fresh pants and added another touch of brightness with a Coach clutch. “I really like bright colours,” says Boucher. “I try not to go with all black in fall and winter because you have to brighten things up somehow.” She also likes to finish off her looks with funky jewelry, and says heels — like this leopard-print pair from Nine West — are essential. “I wear heels all the time,” Boucher says. “I’m not that tall, and they really lengthen the leg.” Working at a small oil and gas company, Boucher says she generally looks for pieces that she can wear to work and then dress up to go out. “I’m pretty trendy,” she says, “but I do try to buy classic pieces that you can wear season after season.”


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