this little slice of the internet has introduced me to a lot of lovely people. it was an incredible gateway for me meeting new people once i moved to calgary almost six years ago (what? six!?)

one of those great people is Irene – you may know her as @heyseto! as a born and raised calgarian she’s basically a unicorn. and for that reason, she’s also my oracle for when i want to know something great about this city i’m calling home. Irene knows the pulse of the city and makes an effort to keep ahead of the curve when it comes to new and local.

who better to dish the essentials for any wild rose country lady? check out Irene’s calgary localist must-haves:


happy camper crewneck
i think every girl in calgary already has a Camp Brand Goods “happy camper” sweatshirt and if they don’t, they need to get one. i have had mine for many years now and it is super worn in and well-loved. {laura’s note: i have one, too!}

artisan bonbons
sometimes you just need to treat ‘yo self with these delectables from the chocolate lab.

peppermint lip butter
that dry calgary weather means some extra work on my skincare regime. Rocky Mountain Soap’s chapsticks are great for keeping those lips smooth and kiss-worthy. i like the peppermint for a little extra tingle. {laura’s note: one of erin’s favourites, too}

alpine studs
i love these beautiful earrings because they let me take keep the mountains with me.

alberta pin
a chance to show off my alberta love in a simple little pin.

wild rose beauty balm
Neal’s Yard Remedies also has rich and creamy moisturizers to help rehydrate your skin. i like the wild rose beauty balm because it covers all your skincare bases. {laura’s note: one of my favourites, and one of tanya’s, too}

dote magazine
a copy of dote magazine to read up on the latest style and décor trends in calgary. plus it makes for the perfect adornment on the coffee table.

peter is the most delicious cold-pressed juice. perhaps it’s due to the fact that juice because somehow made carrot juice so palatable or that it reminds me of childhood stories of peter rabbit.

what are your local must-haves?

i’ve been doing part and parcel for a few years now, and never tire at getting a look at what my friends – and some strangers – consider their daily essentials. especially find it interesting when it’s in a different setting than what i’m used to. while Erin and hang out much more regularly as city people now, it all started on the trail. the contents of her hiking backpack familiar with – she always has great snacks and bug spray when i forget it – but her purse i’m not acquainted with.

let’s peek inside Erin’s bag, shall we?

this has made me come to realize i keep basically nothing in my purse.

peppermint rocky mountain soap company lip butter
because ain’t nobody got time for crusty lips and alberta is dry as hell.

lemongrass rocky mountain soap company hand lotion
for the same reasons above regarding hands. ;)

skull candy headphones
>because music is a must while taking transit or going for a walk.

swell bottle
full of lemon water because hydration is key.

iphone charger and a battery pack
because i’m on my phone way too much and it will most likely die before i get to where i’m going.

calgary public library card
because we are lucky to have such a large library system and you never know when you might need a good book!

that’s it! other than my wallet/keys/phone which i think are givens.

what are your pure must-haves?

i love nicknames. my best friend and i had one for every guy we dated. looking back at it, i can barely remember their real names, but i know every nickname associated with each gem.

Chrissy loves them, too. i don’t know about her dating life, but her friends all get a delicious alias – it only makes sense for a food blogger. along with drool-worthy recipes, Chrissy details her travels on her blog the hungary buddha eats the world.

from healthy to decadent, europe to alaska, Chrissy writes about it all. not surprisingly, her purse has a very similar theme. let’s take a peek.

for a long time i didn’t even carry a purse. i was a tomboy to the nth degree, and a purse just seemed so…girly. it took me until after college, really, to get over it. maybe after law school? anyway, i was a late bloomer when it comes to purses, but now that i’m old i’ve made up for lost time, and they’re one of my favourite things to buy.

what’s in mine? well, not too many exciting things, but here we go:

a little thing of vaseline
i’m a mouth breather (tmi?) and so have the driest lips on the planet. chapstick just doesn’t cut it.

why does my nose always drip? and not just in the winter!

for a long time, i just had a wristlet that i used as a wallet and my friends mocked me endlessly, particularly when the “leather” on it started to crack. finally, i got myself a big girl wallet and i’m particularly fond of mine from stella & dot.

a pen
more specifically, a fun pen that i won’t forget and that no one will want to steal. since i just got back from Disney, the one i currently carry has Mickey ears.

an umbrella
i used to live in Chicago (until 2 months ago!) and always had an umbrella because…you never know. also, it was a hard core, two layer windproof umbrella because….Chicago. anyway, old habits die hard and i still carry it around.

gotta have chocolate, usually one of a little fancier variety that i want to eat square by square rather than all at once. whatever chocolate bar i have tends to actually last quite a while because, if i’m honest, i’m an excellent ration-er of treats. currently: vosges blood orange caramel (a stowaway from Chicago).

usually of the hotel stowaway variety. currently, i’m using this lovely grapefruit scent from H20.

a gazillion receipts (not pictured)
why do i hoard receipts? i don’t know, but there are always at least three loose ones messing up the works.

international currency
i’m not so good at cleaning out my purse or my wallet. i usually have leftover currency from wherever i traveled last. currently: $5CAD and a few loonies.

because you never know when there will be a postcard emergency.

what are your purse essentials?