Written by Jamie Maxwell
Valentines Day is recently behind us. For weeks before that particular calendar date, we're practically bombarded with reminders of our hearts. Paper representations of hearts, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, and paper valentines in the shape of hearts or emblazoned with hearts across the front line the store shelves for us to purchase for our special sweethearts. The heart is such a peculiar thing though. We know much about them on a biological and scientific level but what do we really know about them on emotional level? We know that they love, that sometimes they break, and that they beat faster when someone we like is around. There are countless books, poems, and movies devoted to trying to figure out the workings of the heart but it's nearly impossible. It's partly due to the fact that our hearts are never the same twice. They're always growing, changing, ever evolving. Here's just a little glimpse of what makes our hearts race and glow lately.
Looking for something new and slightly unusual for your next date night? Consider heading down to Buttermilk Fine Waffles on 17th ave for Buttermilk Cinema, their weekly movie night. Every Monday night, they showcase a different film, showing such classic films as Die Hard, Say Anything, or The Grand Budapest Hote. Odds are they're showing something that you love or a classic you've always wanted to see. Cash flow a little tight right now? No problem! There's no charge at the door, so you'll have plenty of funds for waffles. Whether you have a sweet tooth or savoury is the name of your game, the Buttermilk folks have you covered with offerings such as a sumptuous lemon curd and goat cheese waffle or ham and asiago. One thing is for sure, this will be one Monday that you'll definitely be talking about around the watercooler on Tuesday morning.
MA1 Bomber Jacket
Legend has it that these highly identifiable jackets were first developed to replace the B2 Bomber Jackets for use in the United States Air Force. Newer jets required a lighter weight jacket with more maneuverability so we started to see these nylon beauties transition into use, then later popping up amongst civilians in the 70s and 80s. Thirty years later, these iconic pieces are making a re-emergence, though this time with a slightly slimmer cut though often keeping the military markings and colours. If drab olive or khaki isn't your thing, you have options. You can dress up this classic jacket by getting it in a flashy pink or sleek black or get it in a satin instead of the standard throwback nylon. If you're searching for one of these bombers to call your very own, you can scour our very own local army surplus store, Crown Army Surplus, or second hand at a vintage shop like Kensington's Peacock Boutique. If you're looking for something a little flashier, you can find one at one of the many fine local boutiques such as Gravity Pope or the gents can easily find a version by canadian-made brand Reigning Champ at Understudy. If you're looking to rock this retro chic look, be sure to act fast. Local clothing merchants tell us this look has been hard to keep in stock, often selling out in a single day.
Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale
Hailing from Halifax, these rockers just released their new album on February the 5th. Previously self-recording and releasing their own work, they've recently started working with record labels You've Changed and Paradise of Bachelors allowing for more exposure across Canada and into the US. Click above for an official audio track for "Mixer" from the new album.
Have you looked out the window lately? The weather has been drastically changing every five minutes, a sure sign that the seasons are in flux on the prairies. Warm and sunny one moment, snow and fog the next, the outdoors is rapidly shifting and evolving, never staying static. I think in that way, the weather is a lot like us; constantly shifting, changing, and never staying in one place.
That’s why we post Swizz ♥s; to show you all the newest and greatest things that are changing our world right now. With no further ado, here’s our roadmap of our heads and hearts lately.
Kiesza - Hideaway
Hailing originally from our fair city of Calgary, Kiesza has been making big waves around the world, as of late. Topping the charts in North America and Europe, her catchy brand of electro dance-pop brings to mind 90s legend Cathy Dennis. Classically trained in tap, jazz and ballet dancing, Kiesza performs all of her own stunts as she shows the world choreography that is genuinely rare amongst pop tarts day and age, evoking memories of Janet Jackson or Madonna but adding a flair that shows where she's been, adding a taste of authenticity in a music sphere that seems to be ever overrun with manufactured pop stars who are renown for flashy packaging over substance.
Pussy Bow Blouses
You don't need to be Margaret Thatcher to pull off this throwback look. Instead of pairing this with the traditional pencil shirt, this is a more flamboyant look, as reimagined by fashion powerhouse Gucci. Instead, leave the tweed alone and opt for a wide-legged trouser or femme up those jeans. If you fancy yourself a fashion maven, go for the extra points and make it a trend two-for with a pleated skirt, the longer the better! Think Helena Bonham Carter in an Edwardian daydream.
Meet Baddiewinkle. She's 87, she's outrageous, and she's here to steal your man. After Helen Van Winkle lost both her husband and son, she started turning to her alter-ego Baddie Winkle for comfort. Baddie Winkle could do things that Helen Van Winkle couldn't do. She's fearless, ageless and fun. Known for her daring fashion-forward urban attire and a genuine zest for life, she's been challenging people's perception of what's age appropriate and just what an octogenarian can do. With her Instagram garnering such famous fans as Rhianna, Nicole Ritchie and Mylie Cyrus, Baddiewinkle has been catapulted from internet phenomenon to real life fashion maven, garnering a spokesmodel deal with clothing company Dimepiece and even hosting the VMAs. Who knows what this wacky granny will do next? Whatever it is, the world is watching now.
Written by Jamie Maxwell
Recently, we were fortunate enough to enter into a partnership with ABC apiaries and acquired some beehives of our very own. On a staff field trip to Heritage Park to go visit our bees, our beekeeper was able to point out a baby bee that was just being born. Immediately after it emerged from it's nursery-like chamber, it went right to work doing the tasks that it was born to do.
Humans, however, are not bees. We aren't born to hit the ground running, nor can we perform the same mindless tasks over and over again without rest. We require downtime, time for quiet introspection and quality naval-gazing. Also, unlike our buzzing brethren, we need the constant stimulation of new experiences and influences to break up the monotony of the mundane.
It's with that in mind that we bring you this week's edition of Swizz ♥s, to introduce you to a thing or two to shake up your life. With no further ado, here are our new favourites.
American Horror Story: Hotel
For those of you who have been following this HBO original series, the wait is finally over. Another delightful season of your favourite scary stories is almost upon us. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, we're glad you're finally out of your coma and urge you to catch up on the first four seasons of the series that boasts the most star-studded cast with such veterans as Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, and Neil Patrick Harris.
This season is set to be even more glamorous with a cameo from none other than Lady Gaga. Every season tells a different classic horror story and last season saw the always fabulous Jessica Lange perform a haunting rendition of a David Bowie cover. As the show is notoriously tight lipped about upcoming seasons, we have few clues of what to expect this season but from what we've seen so far, this should be another stellar season of this spooky series.
Good Luck Bar
Lately, the cool kids of Calgary have found a new hidden hangout. Located just around the corner from The Drum and Monkey, one can find a small metal door the is utterly unmarked, saved for a simple sign reading "Good Luck Bar". One quick trip up the stairs will find you in the final word in dive bars. Unmatching chairs, cramped quarters, and nothing on tap, Good Luck is the ultimate in unfussy. If you're thinking of attending a show at Good Luck, refer to the name if you're thinking of getting in at the door. With an official capacity of 46, pre-sale tickets are practically the only way to be counted amongst the honoured guests many nights. Pay a visit if you're looking for no-frills fun with a price point to match, cute bearded hipster boys, and girls who shall be referred to as Sun Dress Winter Scarf.
Normally, when people think of pastel colors, they think of translucent negligees and little old blue-haired ladies but these days all that has been changing. More and more, the popular choice amongst the fashionistas has been soft and muted shades of lilac, pink cotton candy and yes, even baby blue. Instead of going shopping for some Manic Panic, the twentysomethings are opting for a trip to their local salon to tint their tresses.
Courtney Barnett - Dead Fox
Hailing from down under, this dismal darling perfectly encapsulates the beauty and terror that is the modern world. Mixing shredding guitars and distortion with deep and astounding lyrics, every album listen is practically an existential crisis in its own right. Following up on her Double EP A Sea of Split Peas, this aussie rocker brings us her first full length LP, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.