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SWIZZ ♥S 2nd Edition

written by Jamie Maxwell


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

pussyblouseYou 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.








baddywinkleMeet 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.

Swizz ♥s

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

GoodLuckLately, 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.


 Pastel Toners

pastelNormally, 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

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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.

Fun Facts About Massage

Guest Post by Nick Stokes Uptown Spa

                Massage is regarded as one of the oldest, known to human, health care services. It was used in China, India, Japan and we can even see it on the walls of Egyptian tombs. Nowadays, it is one of the most present medical services providing relief to people all over the globe. Today, there are above 80 different types of massage treatments with emphasis on different body parts and type of treatment. Given the time when it was first practiced, it is no wonder that it is mentioned all over the course of history. Today, many interesting things can be discovered about this medical practice such as:

  • Our skin is the largest organ on our body. It is used as a protection coat, for transferring heat and cold and for creating energy through sun. Naturally, it allows us to feel the  effects of massage to its fullest.
  • There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in skin and 3000 on tip of the finger.
  • Each time when we get a massage, our brain receives the sensation because our skin cells send the nerve signal from skin to brain. Muscle nerve travel at speed of 390 feet per second, allowing us to feel everything in an instant.
  • Whenever we get touched or when we receive a massage, our body released endorphins which are natural pain killers. There are certain massages that are done over clothes such as Canadian Deep Tissue Muscle Massage which is used only for pain relief. Besides the fact that the person is in full clothes, it is also necessary to be seated. Canada has numerous reputable spas such as Uptown Spa in Toronto.
  • In Korea, only blind or visually impaired can practice massage.
  • There are over 45,000 patents listed in European Patent Office for massage only.
  • Elderly people that are performing massage on their grandchildren have higher self-esteem and they are less likely to suffer from depression based conditions.
  • Lomi Lomi is another interesting type of massage originating from Hawaii. It is supposed to mimic the movement of the waves and hula-hula dance.
  • Recently 1000 therapists from Indonesia gathered in order to massage 1000 people for 15 minutes which was the biggest group therapy ever.
  • Interesting enough, touch is the first feeling that develops in the human body and also the last to fade away. Any type of touch can reduce the heart rate, it can lower chances for depression and lower blood pressure.
  • When a body receives massage, it instantly gets relaxed and the stress level in body is reduced. Furthermore, 60 minutes of massage have same effect on your body like 7 to 8 hours of good sleep.
  • Julius Cesar used massage as a cure for epilepsy.
  • Massage, as a word, was used for the first time in England during 15th century.
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage is type of massage which is meant to regulate work of lymph within the body.
  • Another interesting type of massage is Esalen Massage which is used to heal emotions.

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