yoga is something me and H bonded over right from the beginning. and dance, because duh. so when it’s date night planned drake yoga, we knew we had long weekend plans.

champagne papi makes for a different kind of yoga class, but what’s a life with no fun?

commonwealth is one of my favourite venues in the city because of its decor: huge windows, exposed brick, leather tufted sofas, chains, great art, and bold wallpaper. if i’m going dancing, this is where you’ll find me.

while my old ass rarely goes out dancing anymore, i did love going there in the middle of the day on a saturday to enjoy a vigorous yoga flow. our mats were squished side by side on the dance floor, while the instructor took the stage.

we danced through sun salutations, wild thing and goddess pose, while a dj spun drake tunes and the disco balls spun overhead. well, at least heather and i danced. we shook our ass, and laughed and smiled through the class. it seems like the other attendees were much more structured and shy when it came to enjoying themselves.

it only solidified that i had the best date there. i love bad bitches.

heather is a yoga badass, even with her huge leg brace. she can do so much in it, but we did find out that it gets in the way of being able to do arm balances like crow pose. she tried, we laughed, and then laughed some more.

after class, we were treated to brunch by chef pigot from home & away. the line was pretty long so we decided to head to the bar first for truebuch kombucha mimosas.

we brought our glasses of champagne out on the dance floor to stand in line for food. between making line friends and catching up, we speculated what we’d be eating. to keep it a bit of a surprise, we only got to pick sweet or savoury. the rest of the menu was not revealed until brunch was placed in our hands.

we both picked savoury, which ended up being a roasted beet benedict with tots.

it was incredible! i love beets, but would never think of putting them in an eggs benedict. clearly, i’ve been missing out, because the earthiness from beets paired perfectly with the richness of egg yolk and hollandaise.

while i wished the crowd was a little less uptight, overall i was really impressed by the detail it’s date night put into the event.

we considered stealing drake balloons but decided to leave on good terms. i walked home in the snow with a smile on my face. the rest of my weekend was spent at home in my favourite drake way:  sweatpants, hair tied, chillin’ with no makeup on.


have you ever done a theme yoga class?

happy love day!

i’m not too huge on valentine’s day, but i am a huge fan of love. spreading love. making love. being love.

have you ever met those people who exude love in absolutely everything they do? i know a few, and i want to be them. there is such a calm and beautiful energy that they give off.

i have a lot of love for a lot of people, and get it in return, too. but as a perpetually single gal, romantic love has been something missing in my life. it’s something i definitely want.

last week i got to interview a matchmaker. getting advice from as many experts as possible can only help, right? Krystal Walter has been in the matchmaking business for over five years making sure her clients are prepared, confident and ready for love. Krystal’s insights are tried, true and personalized without the use of computer algorithms. the thought of escaping from an app to get specialized approach to finding the perfect match is very appealing, but it does come with a price tag. an introductory matchmaking membership with Krystal starts at $3,000; understandable for an executive service.

while matchmaking is currently not in my budget, Krystal did give me – and you – six great tips for finding love:

do something.

you have to put yourself out there in order to meet people. tinder might have a bad rep, but it’s the easiest option. because it is free and popular, that’s where the majority of people are going to be.

be prepared.

know what it is you want and stay true to that. Krystal reminded me of the Dr. Wayne Dyer quote, “how people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”

keep doing it.

it’s very rare that you’ll meet the person of your dreams on your first attempt at dating. like the saying goes, you have to kiss a lot of frogs…

leave your friends out of it.

you may love getting advice from your friends, but don’t talk with them about your date. they were not there, and you’ll only be presenting them with one side of the story. instead, ask yourself “what do i know about this to be true?” and make your own judgement.

first date don’ts.

activity first dates are not a good idea. if you do choose to do an activity – skiing, hiking, etc. – you need to make sure you are both at the same activity level.

don’t go to a bar. the atmosphere isn’t the greatest, it can encourage over drinking, and it’s often so loud you can’t hear your date or have an easily flowing conversation.

the best time for a first date is 3 p.m. it can be casual and quick and allow you to see if there is chemistry before planning anything else.

dress up for a date.

make an effort and put your best foot forward. first impressions are important and shows your date that you care.

i took Krystal’s advice and re-downloaded tinder and bumble since meeting people in person was just not happening. tip 1: do something. here goes nothing!


what are some of your best dating tips?

if there is a reason to celebrate, i’m always down for it. they are always the happiest moments and so full of love. i kinda love love. also, because it usually means cake of some sort (fingers crossed for cheesecake). i very much love cheesecake.

now that it’s happened, i can reveal what we did on saturday night for Katey’s engagement celebration!

since i moved to calgary, two other lovely ladies in our group have got engaged and each has had a special celebration planned for them. when Katey first text the gorgeous photo of her ring on christmas eve, i jumped straight into event planning, a skill we both hold dear – Katey more so, since she’s so incredibly organized (we found out she has the majority of the wedding planned already!). it had to be unique and intimate, it needed a classy atmosphere and still be quiet enough for great conversation.

after much deliberation, i made a reservation at 889 central lounge at the hotel le germain, with two bottles of brut rosé on ice. i think a good event takes the guess work out of most things. instead of searching through cocktail lists, just have a bottle of bubbles arrive at the table as soon as you’ve been seated. bonus points if it’s a pale pink hue, with delicate hints of cherry and strawberry. ultimately girlie.

another thought i had was to host the girls at my condo. if this were the case, i’d make a signature fancy cocktail. my choice? constellation by bombay sapphire. it combines three of my favourite beverages: earl grey, gin and bubbles. it’s definitely a cocktail for an evening of refined celebration.

star of bombay constellation

ingredients

  • 1 part star of bombay gin
  • 0.5 parts fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 parts earl grey tea simple syrup (1 tea bag per 250 ml, 1:1 sugar water)
  • 1 teaspoon st. germain liqueur
  • 2 parts prosecco
  • lavender

method

  1. shake the gin with the lemon juice, tea simple syrup and st. germain with ice and fine strain.
  2. pour shaken and strained mixture into a chilled champagne flute.
  3. add the prosecco over a bar spoon or by tilting the glass.
  4. garnish with lavender

cheers to love!


recipe courtesy of bombay sapphire.