Somehow I ended up eating at SMITH Restaurant Winnipeg on four occasions over five days when I went to visit Winnipeg last…but to be honest, I kind of knew we were meant for each other from the beginning. The Hudson Bay inspired aesthetic had me doe eyed from the first time I laid eyes on the Hudson Bay blanket upholstery, the lacquered sleek minimal black tables, the cow hide rugs, to the petrified stumps and antler chandeliers. My inner Canadiana was so thrilled!!! But what really stole my heart was the menu.
Apart from its prime location in the cultural heart of Winnipeg, the Inn at the Forks sets itself apart from the rest with its incredible guest service, beautiful facilities, and convenient luxuries. My kinda luxury? The best food, a full service spa and relaxation facilities, and comfortable spacious rooms with views over the beautiful Forks. The perfect spot for a staycation as everything you could dream of is at your fingertips! Riverstone Spa and Smith Restaurant are both located inside the hotel and offer top notch spa services and delicious dining experiences! It’s really a perfect trio. And the truth was, as much as I like to adventure, I never really wanted to leave the hotel – which for those cold Winnipeg winters, is a clever convenience. Plush robes, slippers, jacuzzi, room service, wine… I wasn’t going no where! Continue Reading…
Nestled on a rooftop in the heart of the Italian district on Corydon Ave, Winnipeg, sits The Roost – an intimate and refined boutique resto that offers creative cocktails and shareable plates. Its atmosphere is coy, moody, and unassumed, but don’t be fooled – the cocktail list and food menu is bold and quite impressive featuring ever evolving inspired cocktails with ingredients found only in the most savvy of collections. Continue Reading…
Situated alongside the beautiful Red River in the historic Exchange District, downtown Winnipeg, is something bold, beautiful, and bright! Mere Boutique Hotel stands out amidst its historic and natural surroundings with its vibrant colors and striking architecture. I’m a huge fan of minimalism, and fresh, innovative spaces are definitely not underrated in my books. Less is by far more! Take a peak inside the finessed details of the contemporary Mere Boutique Hotel!
Mere Boutique Hotel is by far the most beautiful and unique hotel Winnipeg has to offer. Its innovative design elements reflect its high appreciation for the pure and simple. The “less is more” philosophy creates a lot of value displayed in the detailed use of space, natural lighting, and quality of amenities. The sum of its well thought out parts make for a truly calming and peaceful experience! Continue Reading…
Fitness bae and founder of #FitGirlGang Johanna Seier shares her tips on “How to Stay on Track with Fitness while Traveling”
Okay! So it can obviously be super easy to go into YOLO mode while on vacay.
We all know what that means… Ignoring exercise completely and eating
absolutely EVERY piece of food in sight. While travelling definitely is a time to
enjoy yourself and ditch the guilt, I am a huge believer in doing the little things to
help you still feel your best while away and actually maximize the enjoyment you
get out of your vacation.
Maybe back home you hit the gym for 1 hour 5x each week. Well, realistically
that is probably not going to happen on vacation. My best advice is to be efficient
with the time and equipment you have! Maybe that’s a fully functional hotel gym,
or maybe its just a pair of runners and your hotel room. No matter how restricted
you are on both time and equipment, you still have the opportunity to make it
- Get it over with early. The last thing you want to worry about while vacationing is having to fit in a late night workout in between all of the fun activities and events you likely have going on. Get up, get it done, and move on with your day!
- Know what you’re going to do! Plan out each exercise you’re going to do and for how long. Even if that’s just making a quick note on your iPhone, you’ll be WAY more likely to stick to it if you write it down and aren’t just wandering around aimlessly.
20-Minute Hotel Room Workout
This is a super-quick and effective workout to blast calories, increase your
muscle tone, and get in an awesome sweat without having to leave your room.
Push-ups x 15
*NOTE: To make this more advanced, do these with your feet on your
hotel bed. To modify, drop to your knees.
Single-leg Glute Bridges x 12/leg
*These are to be done lying on the ground with one heel pressing onto
your armchair or bed.
Mountain Climbers x 1 minute
Jump lunges x 20
Tricep Dips x 12
*Done with hands on the edge of your ottoman
Up and Down Planks x 1 minute
*Drop to your knees to modify
Complete each circuit 3x through with a 90 seconds rest between the two
Obviously while away, it’s so easy to give in to every single temptation and
completely disregard your health until you get back home. From personal
experience though, I can genuinely say that this is not going to make your trip
more enjoyable! I can remember going to all-inclusive resorts and absolutely
binging on junk food each meal to the point of being SO FULL that I honestly
didn’t even feel good. Yeah sure it was novel and exciting at first, but by the end
of the trip I felt lethargic, energy deprived, and just plain nauseous.
So here is my best advice: YES, enjoy yourself! But don’t completely disregard
health along the way. Try to choose one meal each day that you will allow
yourself to have whatever you want, and attempt to keep the others (as well as
the snacks you have throughout the day) more health conscious. Not only will
you FEEL better (and have wayyyy more energy) getting the nutrients your body
needs, but it is so much more satisfying to have the treats that you TRULY
WANT when the trip isn’t an absolute free-for- all at every single meal. Believe
me, I am all about “TREAT YO-SELF”, I just want to make sure that I’m going to
actually appreciate and enjoy all of the amazing things that I’m treating myself to!
Thanks Johanna! Seriously, this girl!!! I felt so inspired after our little afternoon, even I, and I’m borderline sloth lazy, felt I could do this after our meet up. Make sure you follow her on snap (@joseier) and insta (@johanna.seier) and join her #FitGirlGang. Stay tuned for our NEXT blog collab as we talk business and female empowerment!
Photography: Vanessa Mayberry
Tights – Lululemon
Shoes – Nike
Shirt/Sweater – Addidas
Tights – Titika Active
Bra – Titika Active
Shoes – Nike
Sweater – Titika Active
I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been watching too much Chelsea…but the Vintage Tee fad has definitely worn off on me. I absolutely LOVE finding ways to mix the casual and comfortable worn in grungy look of the Tee with more classy pieces like a blazer, high heels, or dainty necklaces. I love rocking this combo! Shop this look below!
Macarons, makeup, blowouts and bestie’s–BeYouTee Bar is destination “treat yo’self”. The perfect little spot to share the afternoon pampering yourself or getting the works with your squad (tunes, drinks, treats n’ all!!). We relished in all things glamourous from luxurious hair treatments and blowouts to makeup applications. If you haven’t already experienced the wonder of what a great blowout can do for your hair, you don’t know what you’re missing! Continue Reading…
It’s funny to think that summer has just ended and the fashion world is ready to roll out Spring, while I’m still enjoying the pre fall weather. Nevertheless, I love looking ahead. And I must say, the Canada Goose Spring Summer 17 Collection and is feeling pretty fresh. So what is Canada Goose doing that’s amazing? The Spring Summer 17 Collection boasts an array of contemporary ultra light transparent wind wear to the down filled jackets and coats we all anticipate. They also draw on a lot of urban influences seen in the use of neutral palettes and minimal lines. Continue Reading…
It’s the middle of summer, August long weekend approaches, and I must say – it’s been a beautiful first summer in Toronto! And although I’ve been working full time, on my days off I’ve enjoyed discovering my neighborhood, getting out to Toronto Island, lounging by the pool, and seriously vegging out! My brain is definitely on summer vaycay mode right now (I took a 2 hour nap today – mid day, haha) and while I’ve been flip flopping about what to talk about on my latest post, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite summer styles and places to shop!
It’s Canada Day long weekend, and while I’m personally stuck in the city this time around, I’m day dreaming of sitting on a beach with a picnic basket full of treats! So I’m throwing it back to a fun day last summer when my sister, friend Monique, and I ventured out to Victoria Beach for a get away that was oh so perfect! Continue Reading…