07/29/11

Things We Like

Hello friends.

Are you as excited about the long weekend as we are?

Michelle is off to her family’s cabin for some sun and relaxation, and Chris is xxxx.

We’ll be back blogging on Tuesday. Till then, here’s what we’re digging this week:

  • Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray. On the days Michelle has used it to pump up her post-workout hair, she’s received more compliments than when her hair is squeaky clean. She may never wash her hair again.
  • So here’s the problem with our yoga poses at that time of the month.
  • Philosophy Hope In a Jar moisturizer. So lightweight and luxurious.
~The Toque Girls
07/28/11

Erin Kleinberg Fall 2011

In my dream world, summer lasts year round.

But I’ll be okay with autumn as long as I can wear this:

It’s from Erin Kleinberg, a Canadian designer who is based out of NYC. She’s also a co-founder of The Coveteur, a dangerously addictive blog which peeks into the closets of some of North America’s most stylish.

I’m a huge fan of Kleinberg’s clothing. She makes T-shirts that drape just the way T-shirts should. She’s known for adding little embellishments to clothing — things like gold zippers and sequined epaulettes — that make the pieces stand out.

I saw her fall 2011 collection this week. It’s my favourite yet. So, dear readers, have a gawk below.

How fantastic is this coat? I could use this on my October San Francisco trip.

And a few more…

(Dear husband who made me to walk through snow in the middle of July when we could’ve been swimming, take note. I happily accept presents.)

The line is available in Canada at Holt Renfrew and in the US at Barneys New York, Nordstrom Via C and Saks Fifth Avenue.

~Chris

07/27/11

The Lunge and Grab

Someone came up to me at the gym the other day and said, “I always see you doing the craziest exercises. Where do you get them?”

Over the years, I’ve amassed some unique exercises. I’ve taken them from books, like Making The Cut by Jillian Michaels and The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss, and from countless classes, boot camps and personal training sessions.

The move that prompted the question at the gym was something I call “the lunge and grab.” I’m sure there’s an official name for it, but my trainer didn’t fill me in — he just gave me the rundown on how to do it and off I went. I’ve been incorporating it into my own workouts ever since, because it works a whole bunch of muscles at the same time.

Here’s how you do it: Place a weight on the ground in front of you, slightly to the right of where your right foot would land if you lunged forward.

Now, let’s all pretend that my can of black beans is a 15-pound weight, which is what I typically use at the gym. Cool? Cool.

(And I’m smiling not just because of the beans, but because my fabulous friend Jen was taking the pictures and making me laugh. Now, on to the exercise.)

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lunge forward with your right foot.

Lean down and grab the weight with your left hand.

While you’re holding the lunge, lift the weight up and across your body. At the top, your arm should be straight and your eyes should be on the beans, er, weight.

Lower the weight and place in the same spot on the ground.

Push yourself back and up out of the lunge. Perform 10 to 15 repetitions on the same side and then switch.

You’ll know it works because, for a couple of days afterwards, your legs and core will have that great post-workout burn goin’ on.

And if someone stops you to ask where you got the crazy exercise, feel free to tell them all about the Toque Girls blog.

~Michelle

07/26/11

Going To The Sun Road

Have you ever heard of the Going To The Sun Road? It’s a 50-mile road that winds up through the mountains of Glacier National Park with incredible scenes of waterfalls, glaciers and forests on either side. Completed in 1933, the road side is still edged by the old masonry wall — which is decidedly low for anyone with a fear of heights.

It’s one of my favourite road trips from Calgary. It’s too far for a day trip although it’s a comfortable day trip from Fernie.

Two summers ago, we hiked from the peak down to Hidden Lake where we ate lunch with mountain goats and cooled our feet in the water.

This weekend, we went back. And horror of horrors, look what we found!

I wanted to turn around immediately and scurry back down to summer. Unfortunately, the boy — who grew up at the base of a ski hill and believes snow makes everything better — still wanted to hike into the lake.

There are times in marriage you just have to suck it up and compromise. So off I went, slipping across the snow, glowering at the boy’s back and sending telepathic messages that I deserve diamond earrings from Tiffany’s for this one.

Note the lack of a toque and pants. I did, however, have a bikini in my bag.

We saw plenty of winter fiends who were prepared for the day. Skiers, snowshoers and this creative family who brought ski pants and garbage bags relished the snow.

And we saw this guy on our way down!

We’ll definitely go back. Next time, though, I will check the snow conditions.

~Chris

07/25/11

My New Army Green Jacket

Happy Monday, readers.

It’s late Sunday afternoon and I’ve just returned from a fantastic mom/daughter weekend in Banff. (I feel so lucky to have had her all to myself for the weekend. We had great talks, ate fantastic food and laughed harder than I have in a long time.)

It’s hot and sunny outside and I’m itching to go for a run, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet and introduce you to my latest purchase: a Kill City army green jacket. Here it is on my post-spa, blissed out self, while waiting for a cab outside The Rimrock Resort Hotel on Saturday night:

And here it is from the back:

I also found this cool vest version on the Kill City site:

I picked up the jacket at Primitive a few weeks ago and plan on wearing it all summer. Come fall, it will be the perfect way to toughen up my girly dresses.

Right now, though, all I have on my mind is running. My toe isn’t painful anymore — just hideous — so I leave you now to hit the trails.

Have a lovely day.

~Michelle