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My Top 5 Fitness Studios in YYC!

Fitness has always been an important part of my lifestyle and Calgary has a great variety to keep it fun and interesting. If you are looking for some fun ways to work on that summer bod, check out my 5 Favourite local fitness studios!

 

ONE CYCLE – 2115 4th Street SW
Located in Mission, One Cycle is an integral part of my weekly routine. The amazing instructors at this high-energy spin studio will have you breaking a sweat and having fun in no time.

 

UNDRCARD Boxing Studio – 349 10th Ave SW
Boxing is a great way to switch up your routine. UNDRCARD’s 50-minute boxing/core sessions get you “fighter fit and always kick my butt! They also have a gym, sparring ring, and offer special themed classes, including strength training, and self-defence.

 

KULT FITNESS – 224 14th Ave SE
The new kids on the block and one of the coolest studios in the city! Kult’s climbing workouts are 30 mins of high intensity sweat-love for your body. And if that’s not your cup of tea, the circuit training group sessions are amazing as well.

 

YYC CYCLE – 1117B Kensington Road NW
Another awesome local spin studio! YYC Cycle has three great locations to choose from: Kensington, Marda Loop, and Avenida. The tight-knit community at this studio will make you feel right at home. Take a         class with one of their many “Motivators” and join the #BikerGang.

 

BOLD ATHLETE – 2424 University Drive, NW 
Looking for next-level full body fitness? The experts at Bold Athlete will help you step-up your workout game. BA offers both group and individual basis, and a team with a ton of experience training high performance athletes.

 

 

 

BK Milestones: Chapter 3

“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

I owe a lot to hockey. This sport has given me lifelong friends, invaluable lessons, and a world of opportunities. Now, it’s my turn to give back. 

This year I began volunteering with HEROS, a local non-profit that uses hockey to empower and inspire marginalized youth. Most importantly, HEROS provides a safe and stable environment for young people to learn, connect, and succeed; a valuable opportunity which would not be financially possible otherwise.

BK Milestones: Chapter 2

“Family is not an ‘important thing’. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

Family means the world to me. From my grandparents to our newest addition, Blakely Jane, their love and support have had the greatest influence on who I am today. 

Growing up as a third generation realtor in Calgary, my family has shown me the ins and outs of the industry. I’m so grateful for their teachings and the knowledge they’ve passed down.

 

Milestones: Chapter 1

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” – Nelson Mandela 

Life can get hectic. In between our packed schedules and daily routines, it’s important to take time, pause, and reflect on the moments, big and small, that shape who we are. With the Milestones Series, I wanted to share those moments with you.

Everyone has a dream and a story to tell…

This is mine.

The Spring Market is Approaching!

The Chinooks have started to roll in and it finally feels like spring is right around the corner. If the change in seasons has inspired you to change locations, you’re not alone. Spring is one of the most popular times to start thinking about buying or selling a home.

What makes spring such an exciting time of year for real estate? After hibernating through the sleepy winter months, there seems to be more energy flowing throughout the city. This energy leaves us feeling motivated, refreshed, and ready for something new. Whether you’re buying, selling, or both, spring offers plenty of benefits. Sellers can attempt to list at a better price and buyers have more inventory to look at.

There’s been a lot of questions recently surrounding the market in Calgary, especially with the new mortgage regulations taking place. Although it can be intimidating for some, we are here to help you work through all of the information out there to make the entire process as seamless as possible. Together, we can collaborate on a good pricing strategy and get your home ready for all those buyers coming out of winter hibernation.

Take a look at the CREB February Monthly Market Stats below to get an idea of what we will be seeing in and around YYC for the start of 2018!

Remember, if the numbers don’t seem encouraging, there are always opportunities in every market with the right strategy.

Bespoke garments in YYC

Bespoke tailoring was once considered an unattainable luxury for most men. Today, a new generation of clothiers is disrupting the garment industry and making Bespoke accessible for Calgarians. We recently met with Rachel Fugate, Executive Clothier of LGFG Fashion House to talk about the rise of Bespoke garments in YYC.

Has Bespoke fashion always been popular in Calgary? Or is it gaining traction lately?

Bespoke has been available in Calgary, but not necessarily as accessible to the public as it is now. Here at LGFG, we offer the highest quality Bespoke garments and convenience. Our garments are made in the UK, but our local clothiers bring high-quality production right into our clients’ offices. By connecting on a personal level with our clients, we get to know exactly what they’re looking for. We choose fabrics, measure them, and our UK team cuts patterns to our specifics. It’s an amazing team and system that makes our garments unique and sought after. Who doesn’t like service that comes to them and delivers a top of the line product at a competitive price?

What makes the LGFG experience so special?

Bespoke is luxurious. Anyone can head out and find a suit online or off the rack. Since LGFG creates garments from scratch, each suit is completely unique. Our clients choose every detail from fabric, to liners, to style details. We are very upfront with our cost. Bespoke fashion from LGFG is competitive with other high end brands, and if you are already purchasing suits from reputable stores, there will be nothing
surprising here.

Some clients prefer to meet in their homes because they have an extensive collection of suits. We can work with them to coordinate newly made garments into their existing wardrobe. This is a unique service that we, at LGFG, can provide because of our mobility. A unique advantage to the discerning client.

What do you think has stopped men from going Bespoke rather than retail?

Some men don’t realize that Bespoke is even an option. They may have found a “good enough” fit off the rack and are creatures of habit. What they don’t realize is that they are missing out on tremendous convenience. We guarantee our fit and make any alterations that need to be done locally. Once we have your measurements on file, we can reorder future suits with the click of a button. Plus, having a personal tailor who’s willing to come to your office and help you sort out exactly what you’re looking for is a luxury that our clients have earned! Our clients are hardworking guys and deserve fine, tailored clothing.

Trends for Spring/Summer 2018?

We are seeing some great, bold blues out there right now. We love vests for spring, so convenient in the warmer months to take off your jacket and still look sharp. For our bolder clients, hounds tooth has made a strong comeback. Also, don’t forget your pocket squares!

Renovation Resolutions

There’s never a bad time for a fresh start, but January always gets us thinking about the year ahead and the changes we want to make. Have you been waiting to give your current home a facelift? Putting off preparing your home to get it on the market? Why not make 2018 the year your “Renovation Resolutions” become a reality?

Getting started is the hardest part. That’s why we’ve put together our top three tips to kick start your next project.

First stop: The Calgary Renovation Show, held January 12 to 14th at the BMO Centre.

Meet renovation experts that will guide you every step of the way, from concept to installation. The Renovation Show is a must-see for projects of all shapes and sizes, and kids under 12 get in free at this family-friendly event. Grab your tickets at: https://calgaryrenovationshow.com/

Making your space feel cool, modern, and on trend can be tough (and expensive). If you’re not sure where to start, we love this feature from GQ. Always take time to research before you remodel and don’t be afraid to use Instagram or Pinterest to keep track of your ideas.

Finally, ditch décor that make your home feel outdated. If nostalgia has you holding on to that poster from university or your grandmas couch, it’s time to let go. Declutter your space and make room for new pieces that reflect who you are today with this guide. And while we’re at it, Stop Doing This To Your Home in 2018!

One thing that will never go out of style is your own personal taste. Whatever your Renovation Resolution may be, the best look for your home will always the one that feels right to you. Happy renovating!