My Top Brunch Spots in Calgary

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Hey ladies and gents, welcome back to The Selfish Column. Hope your New Year is as fabulous as you all are. If you have been wondering what I been up to the last few weeks, just follow my crazy antics on my insta page @nancynywala. YES peoples I changed my handle to my real name (guess I’m not a criminal after all).

So let’s get to the topic of the moment, BRUNCH, BRUNCH, BRUNCH aka mimosa heaven. For some people brunch is an elegant gathering, for others, it’s a survival method after a long night of vodka, but for most, it’s the only way to enjoy a weekend. As for me, brunch is simply a reason to get out of my house before I fall asleep again (lol). Truth be told, who doesn’t love a perfectly pouched egg, or an endless variations of avocado toast in their presences. After living in Calgary for four years I became very accustom to some pretty spectacular spots.

If you live in Calgary or have plans to visit sometime soon I’m sure you’re wondering which restaurants made the cut. Which restaurants is worthy of your tremendous headache, or just simply which can handle your regretful face of bad habits. Whatever your reasoning may be, we all want to enjoy the company we have and the food we eat.

Check out my top picks below and let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

Calcutta Cricket Club:

I was first introduced to Calcutta by their media team when they first opened. From the moment I tasted my first dish my tongue was in heaven. This might be due to the fact that I love a good seasoned meal. Calcutta Cricket is an East Indian Cuisine restaurant, so it is not surprising that they would include traditional East Indian breakfast. Their Tandoori Fried Chicken was the “bomb dot com”, but I believe what really stole the show is their cornbread. The cornbread is so buttery and mouth watering that it melts in your mouth. If you’re looking to start your morning with a little culture this is the perfect place… at least in the brunch realm.

Alforno Bakery & Cafe:

Alforno will always have a place in my heart. As a newbie in Calgary this was probably the first spot I visited for brunch. I was not sure what to expect from their menu because they displayed a very diverse catalog. They offer cafe, breakfast, and lunch all at once. However, I believe this is perfect place for a group that has a different meal perference for each memeber. My favourite dish at the moment is their veggie sandwich and of course their pizzas. If you’re looking for something that is light but satifying I would highly recommend any of the two items. I am a sucker for anything green on my pizza or my sandwich. I will pick that over a steak any day…(Don’t forget to pick up a their iced chia latte, one of my fav in this city).

Royale:

There is no secret that Royale provides a very unique dinner experience in the heart of the Red Water District. The moment you enter the restaurant you immediately feel like you are in France. The atmosphere is very authentic to some French decor with a little bit of mystery. If you’re into avocado toast and I mean if you’re REALLY INTO AVOCADO TOAST!!!. Than you must get your hands on their Avocado Toast served with Smoked Salmon, it is just incredible. This is the perfect date spot for those that love brunching over date nights.

Monki Bistro:

Monki is such an authentic brunch place —-it is the hub of all hubs. My favourite item on their menu is their classic take on the Egg Benedict. What can I say? I Iove me som fresh hollandaise. They have a great selection of Eggs Benny’s such as their Chorizo Bene, Salmon Bane, Spanish Bane, Brisket Bane and Bacon Bane. The Chorizo Bane is the perfect pick me up after a long night. This is pretty much the “cure”… If you know what I mean. 

I hope you enjoyed this read as much as I did writing it. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts on the comment section.

.~S.C~


Battle of The Prints

Hello everyone and welcome back to The Selfish Column. It’s the last month of the year so let’s make it count!. This post is all about the fashion wave that took over social media this Fall/Winter season. By reading the title you can kind of have an idea on what this trend is all about… Prints Baaaabaaay!!!. I’m not going to lie though the snake prints that was all over my timeline has been giving me LIFE. I am seriously obsessed with all the fun ways all these fashionista have been putting their looks together. I took a page from the many fabulous people online and came up with my take on this trend. As per usual I kept it cute, simple and affordable for my everyday women out there. I know those bills are catching up right before New Years ladies.

Enjoy the looks and let me know how you would style your prints. These outfits are probably what I am considering for New Years Eve.

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“For the love of cake”

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Boots: Zara Canada

Dress: Zara Canada

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Dress: H&M Canada

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Boots: H&M Canada

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Green Purse: Zara Canada

As always thank you for getting this far on the post. I hope you all enjoyed the photos and was inspired to create your own outfits with animal prints.

 

~S.C~

Cabo Vacation Lookbook: Outfits Ideas

 

Hey everyone and welcome back to The Selfish Column.  I would say happy spring but if you live in Calgary you know there is no spring in sight. But luckily I was able to experience some sun during my Cabo vacation.

Last month I and a group of some amazing women went to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate my girl’s bachelorette and let me tell you, things went a bit wild- – –  But I have to say it’s a girl’s trip dream come true.

What I’m most proud of when it comes to my outfits are how affordable they were. As you all know, The selfish Column is always here to save you a buck or two and that will NEVER change. I hope you enjoyed my first ever lookbook because I enjoyed creating this and can’t wait to see how all of you respond to it.

Now let’s get to business, THE FASHION.  These looks were just a snippet of what I wore on the trip and hopefully, it inspires you on your next vacation.

Mexico Dress
Dress From Forever21 $24.90 CAD

Mexico Dress 2
As a girl that love her blacks and whites and all the natural colors this print definitely allowed me to still be comfortable.

Mexico Pant 3
Top: Forever21 $24.90CAD

Mexico Pants
Did you really go on vacation if you didn’t wear white jeans pants?. These Pants are last summer’s look from H$M Canada.

Mexico Pants 2
Heels are a classic summer look from Call it Spring. I bought these about a year ago and can’t remember the price but rest assured they were on Sale.

Jump Suit 2
This jumpsuit was perfect for the beach, loose and comfy.

Jump Suit
Jumpin’ Jumpin’ Jumpin’   Jumpsuit: Forever21 $24.90CAD            Sandals: Forver21 $17.90CAD

Lemon Pants 2
I took risks this time around, and I feel confident about my decision.  I found that I actually look good in patterns and my skin tone pops when the suns around.

Lemon Pants
Top: Forever21 $22.90        Lemon Jeans: Forever21 $30.90CAD

Lemon Pants 3
The Real Housewives of Atlanta vibes with all the shade!!!!

Mexico All White 3
Purse: Forever21 $15.00CAD (Sale)          Top: Forver21 $20.90CAD

Mexico All White 2
White Sandals: Forever21 $17.90CAD                       Sunglasses: Forever21 $10.43CAD (Sale)

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Believe it or not, I have a bag of Swim Wear pieces that I take to every vacation I hit up. I haven’t changed them or purchased a new suit in about four years. Maybe this year I should start shopping, LOL. To keep it fresh I mix and match my bottoms with different color tops.

Bathing Suit
Bathing Suit Full Piece: HM Canada

Bathing Suit 2
In the sea but never lost at the shore

 

Most of my items are from Forever 21 Canada; yes I am an adult and I still shop there, and no I am not ashamed of it. (Plus these pieces are freaking cuteeeeeeee.)

As always thank you for stopping by The Selfish Column… until next time selfish readers.

 

~S.C~

 

Back To School Makeup Essentials For The Girl On A Budget– Dark Skin Addition.

Hi everyone and welcome back to The Selfish Column. I know what you’re all thinking, where the heck have I been? Truthfully, there is no excuse other than I have been living and working. I want to first say thank you to everyone that has supported me thus far and continue to support me on all my social media outlets. As you can see from the title I am here to talk about my everyday makeup guide. Please know that what works for me may not work for you. To be honest I was not planning to write about this seeing how I have always talked about my lack of makeup skills (I wasn’t trying to get roasted ya’ll —- The internet is savage)…….. BUT since a number of you guys have asked me to talk about the basics for my on the go look, of course, I had to share. Ironically, my favorite items are mostly drugstore products which I find gives me that finished look. I have listed my favourite six items below.

Drugstore Makeup List:

 

 

 

 Essence Waterproof Brown Eyeliner in the Color 02 But First, Espresso: 

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I actually use this to color on my eyebrows before I highlight them. This works for my eyebrow hairs compared to other darker colors and blends well with my skin. Believe it or not, I also use this to highlight my cheekbones and my nose when I feel like being fancy on a budget (It’s real out here people LOL).

 

Essence Kajal Pencil in the Color 01 Black:  

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I use this color for my eyeliner. For my skin tone, this is a perfect black eyeliner. It is dark enough when I first apply it without the need to go over my eyelids twice. You definitely get more use from this product because you don’t have to apply it over and over again for it to show. When I say it’s black it’s BLACK ladies… (cue Tupac).

 

Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Mascara:

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This mascara works wonders on my none existent eyelashes. This mascara is dual sided and not only volumizes my lashes but lengthens them as well. Listen if you know the struggles of these lashes of my mine, this is a miracle mascara.

Essence Longlasting Lipstick in the Color 28:

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I just love nude lipstick, how can you not. Nude color lips are so easy to transition from day to night and goes well with any outfit. This lipstick is so long lasting that I find that I can get away with applying it once. As a woman with such “voluptuous” lips, I find that this color enhances this feature without overdoing it. This is not your typical nude color lipstick only because it has a very brown undertone. This color comes out very natural on my lips and compliments my skin. I love mixing this color with NYX Liquid Cream.

 
 
Essence Long Lasting Lipliner in the Color 02 Hot Chocolate: 

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This color gives me LIFE. This brown chocolate liner goes so well with so many of my nude “lippies” that it has become an essential. BUT, the number one reason why I love this lip liner is that I also use it as my eyebrow color. YES people, you read correct, I use this as brow liner. Three bucks can go a long way on The Selfish Column!!!

 
NYX Liquid/Cream Lipstick in the Color 07: 

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Not gonna lie, I fell onto this color. I received it as a gift and was somewhat hesitant to use it. It took me few weeks to start using it but when I did (HOLY) this has become glued to me. I adore this color, it has become my go to liquid lip cream. I use this literally daily!!! I just love love love this color. NYX has been killing the game.

Well, ladies and gents I hope you enjoyed my list for my go to makeup essentials for all your in between needs. Please know this is just the basic in makeup products that people use on a daily. My goal was to bring something that is affordable and still get’s the job done. Seeing that back to school shopping is coming up I thought these six items would be perfect for the students that are on a budget and living that campus life. Please comment and share your thoughts on these items I love hearing what other people are using out there. Have a great day my loves.
~S.C~