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Whether you dress preppy or urban, you can pull off these winter trends in your own way


When it comes to fashion, we’ve noticed you can wear the same item in dozens of different ways. The way you choose to wear something defines what your style is.

There are countless “types” of style, and each unique to the people expressing themselves through fashion. In terms our own personal styles, it’s safe to say we are each other’s opposite.

If you’re “sweet,” you like classic, preppy looks. Your base wardrobe consists of A-line dresses, floral prints, pleated skirts, peplum tops, and timeless jewelry, such as pearls or a Tiffany & Co. locket.

If you’re “street,” you dress with an urban, athletic vibe. Your base wardrobe consists of denim with ripped details, jersey tops, classic sneakers and leather jackets. You like to add some edge to your casual looks with brushed metal accessories and bold watches.

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Calgary’s surrounding communities have plans to continue to give back this year through charitable events.


Many organizations in towns help their communities by holding toy drives, generating food donations, helping the local hospital expand and providing gifts for those who are in need. 

Surrounding communities, such as High River and Didsbury, have distinct ways of giving back.

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Sustainable hygiene kits help girls in developing nations miss fewer school days

Calgary Journal reporter Devyn Ens reflects on the Calgary chapter of Days for Girls and their sew-a-thon held Oct. 9.  

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Females in many parts of the world lack access to sanitary products such as pads, tampons, and menstrual cups to use during their periods.

A group of Calgarians has banded together to tackle the problem, working under the umbrella of the American-based charity Days for Girls.

The local Days for Girls group provides handmade reusable fabric pads, along with underwear, soap, Ziploc bags, a washcloth and moisture barrier shields. All products are placed in a visually pleasing yet discreet bag for users to take with them to school and work.

Organizer Donna Leuw became involved with Days for Girls a year ago, after seeing a small display advertising the organization at Creative Stitches, an annual sewing and craft trade show.

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Hiking provides so much more than a great view

hiking1Calgarians have the luxury of being near the Rocky Mountains. You can be wearing your rubber gloves, elbow deep in luke warm soapy water, scraping grease from your frying pan as you stare at the silhouettes of the great grey triangles that grace the city's western horizons with their beauty.

One day you realize you have some spare time on your hands, or maybe you even make time, gather some friends and take to the highway to get an even closer look.

How many times have you driven through the Rockies? Or stopped in Banff or Canmore, took a couple of photographs and had some fudge but never even stepped on to a trail to see what the views from the mountains are like?

The Rockies offer much more than a pretty backdrop. They can pack a serious punch to your fitness level and make your calves hurt more than any stair stepper or elliptical machine.

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