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Everything you need to know about spray tans in Calgary (and why I love Bronze Baxx)

It wasn’t until my early 20s that I finally accepted that my skin was not made to tan, it was made to burn. I was so envious of my friends who would spend 5 minutes in the sun and emerge as bronze goddesses. Meanwhile, I was applying every tan enhancer in the mall and would spend my summer in two shades: pale and red. While I have embraced my natural skin tone and my inability to tan, my desire to spend my vacations as a bronze goddess never went away…and thanks to spray tans even people who are lighter in complexion can fake it. I put a call out on Instagram for recommendations for where I should go for an amazing spray tan in Calgary. Overwhelmingly, people came back and recommended Bronze Baxx and after spending some time there last week I can completely see why. The first thing you need to know about Bronze Baxx is that it’s more than just a place to go for tanning, they are the ultimate pre/post event prep destination and my new favourite way to treat myself. Of course they offer standing and lay down tanning beds, but they also have a IV […]

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Be a Good Human – Local Laundry’s #CommunityCrew Project

It’s easy to forget what it means to be a good human when we have become so disconnected from each other. I can’t tell you the number of times that I catch myself being so oblivious to the world around me and this is especially true on my commutes to and from work on the train. The second I step out of my car at the station, my noise-cancelling headphones are on, my phone is out, and I could literally be standing next to my BFF and I probably wouldn’t notice. Despite having a fairly public life and being very connected via social media, in real life I’m quite the opposite but I’m far from being the only one. If you’re out in public, chances are the overwhelming majority of people around you are on their phones and disconnected with real life. All this to say, how can we be good humans if we only interact with each other over technology? How can we maintain common courtesies if we are too wrapped up in watching puppy videos to notice when someone needs our help? I was asked to be part of Local Laundry’s Travelling Sweater/#communitycrew campaign a month or so […]

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Sam’s Fitness Club

My relationship with fitness has changed quite a bit over time. Growing up, I was always involved in sports both at a competitive and a social level. I started playing soccer when I was 5 and didn’t stop until I was 15, I was captain of my high school Field Hockey team, and played volleyball competitively as well. The time after I graduated high school was the first time when I didn’t have a strict schedule of games once or twice a week, practices Monday to Friday, tournaments on Saturday and Sunday off.  I no longer had an obligation to eat relatively healthy before games and to stay fit so I would always get on the starting line. Suddenly I was the only one responsible for my fitness level and I didn’t really know how to manage that. It’s been ~10 years and I’m still trying to figure it out. I go from being hyper-dedicated to working out and have an unstoppable drive to sweat and strengthen to looking for ways to sell my gym membership. I do love fitness but money, time and my lengthy list of legacy sports-related injuries gets in the way. It seems like everytime I […]

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