Saying goodbye to my best friend

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5 Ways to get rid of a cold/flu

Freddy facts of the week:

So you either didn’t see the post last week, or you just happened to fall victim to the current cold/flu buzzing around your home/school/workplace.Either way, here’s what you can do to get rid of it more efficiently so you can be back to your normal self in no time.

  1.  Rest: I can’t stress enough to get as much sleep as possible. If you’re off work, sleep longer and nap when possible. If you have to continue working, minimize other activities to ensure you receive the proper sleep you need to fight off this bacteria/virus.
  2.  Drink up: All that coughing and sneezing, (and if its the flu,any fluid emission from either end) makes you very dehydrated, make sure you ingest enough water to keep your system afloat
  3. Install a humidifier: Viruses and Bacteria thrive in dry, arid environments, by utilizing a cool air humidifier you can combat the virus in the air. You definitely want it running when you go to bed.  These handy little fellas can be purchased at any major supply store (walmart, superstore, ikea)
  4. Take vitamin C: right now vitamin c is the best friend your immune system can have. Try and get your daily intake either by consuming fruits and vegetables or by taking a supplement.
  5. Take hot showers: the steam from your shower will help break up the phlegm in your chest and nose. Try to breathe as deeply as possible to help clear those airways.

Hopefully this helps you beat that nasty cold/flu, it works for me!

Good luck my darlings! Get better soon!


Photo by Randy Porter

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5 Ways to prevent catching colds/flu

Freddy facts of the week: 

It happens every year, and it’s not always in winter. No I’m not talking about snow (although sometimes in Canada that’s true!) I’m talking about colds and the flu. Chances are we’ve all come in contact with a customer, coworker, loved one who shows symptoms of something amiss. Here’s what to do when you see this happen around you:

1. Disinfect all surfaces and materials 

Cold and flu viruses can live on hard surfaces up to 16hrs and fabric up to 12hrs. It is important to wash clothing, bed linens, and sanitize surfaces with a sterilizing product such as: lysol, windex, bleach, vinegar. 

2. Don’t touch your face

If someone coughs on you, don’t fret, unless they coughed or sneezed directly into your eyes, nose or mouth, there’s little to no risk of contagion. However, if your hands touch mucus anywhere and then you scratch your eye, itch your nose, or wipe your lips, the virus or bacteria can travel in the mucus membrane, thus rendering you potentially ill especially if you don’t already have the antibodies for this particular pathogen. 

3. Avoid close contact with infected persons

Often times viruses will spread through households due to one person being sick and the rest catching it. If the person is your partner, avoid close contact. If it’s your child contact is probably necessary, just make sure you sanitize everything they touch and try to keep your face out of the sneezes and coughs if you can. 

4. Get your vitamins 

Lacking nutrition can lower your immune system making it much harder to fight the bacterial war that can be waged against us. If you don’t eat a balanced diet then at least consume a multivitamin daily. 

5. Remain hydrated

There’s never an end to the benefits of water. In this case, your immune system is essentially in your blood. White blood cells are responsible for identifying, then tackling viruses and bacteria, and afterward cataloging their appearance along with an arsenal of antibodies  to ensure we don’t get sick from that one again. Blood needs water to transport itself efficiently throughout the system and ensure our immune response isn’t delayed. So drink up!

Here’s hoping you can all avoid that dreadful cold onset. 

Photo by Andras Schram

Hair and makeup by Tara Smith

Pants by Freddy Canada (available also at Freddy USA)

Shirt by Apt 22

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4 Stampede Fashion Must Have’s

Freddy facts of the week

The greatest outdoor show is coming to Calgary for its annual debut on Friday, THE CALGARY STAMPEDE!!! And as much as it is a celebration of western riding and culture, it’s also a chance to strut your cowboy fashion sense up and down the midway. I’ve comprised a list of 4 essentials in order to pull off the stampede runway with style. 

1. Cowboy hat/ Cute hairstyle

If you look good in a hat, go for it! I always like the sparkly ones. If not I suggest something with braids and some curls. Or you can go for the pigtails or pigtail braids, very on point.

2. Plaid Shirt

Nothing says rodeo living like a plaid shirt. You can also step this up a notch and find some western shirts at your local western store. 

3. Blingy Belt and Jewelry

Think BIG when it comes to belt buckles, and the more sparkle it has the better. As for jewelry you can play it up or play it small, if it sparkles it’ll look great either way. 

4. The Best Denim

Jeans are a staple of the western world, but those bulky wranglers don’t do much when it comes to shaping a girl or accenting your butt. Freddy has hands down the hottest denim for all your stampede needs. Rather than buying some cheap pair of pants just for stampede, get yourself a set that will last you forever. 


Bralette by Jenny Frank

Jeans by Freddy Freddy USA

Photos by Walt Klimasch and Pablo Ley

Hair and makeup by Tara Smith

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Calgary Parking Authority Scam

How many of you have been screwed by the parking meters in Calgary? For me it’s happened multiple times, and personally, I’m sick of it. Today was the last straw. 

I parked off 6th ave and 6th st SW in order to reach the courthouse. I brought with me $7.75 to pay for my parking to avoid, hopefully, another ticket. When I went to the machine I put all the money in, I always push the “print receipt” button as i simply can’t trust those machines… And this is why: 

It said I only paid $3.75. When I called the parking authority they gave me a website where I could add additional money via credit card. (It ate my money once and now it wants more money). I explained to the gentleman that I had already paid enough and my parking should be covered, he gave me the email to contact the Calgary Parking Authority further (because calling them isn’t enough). To be safe I tried calling to process yet another payment via credit card, only to be told repeatedly that my card was not valid… I proceeded to email the CPA and detail my experience via email message, this was the response I received: 

So I can ask for a refund for $4 but I potentially would’ve received a parking ticket for $75+…

I would’ve ran out of time if I hadn’t almost fainted in line at the courthouse and a kind officer moved me to the front in order to process my payment faster. When I came outside there was a parking authority vehicle conveniently in the area ticketing other cars. I stated to him that he had better not ticket me as my stub still said I had 3 minutes left. He suggested I move my car immediately to avoid a fine…

My point here is, if we cannot pay by coin, and we cannot pay by credit card, then the Calgary Parking Authority is scamming people. I personally have paid over $500 in the past 5years of parking downtown. How many others have been scammed the same way? We’ve all attempted to pay and been screwed in the process. It’s one thing if you’re dodging the payment, it’s another when you’re trying to be honest and still being taken advantage of. Our economy is currently in the tank and parking tickets are the last thing we as a city need to be fretting over. 

Dear City of Calgary, please fix your busted parking system, employ more caring/helpful staff, and stop abusing your patrons. This is beyond ridiculous. 

Sincerely, an angry Calgarian

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Free Canada Day Activities 

What a great country we live in! If you’re here in Calgary there’s many activities to take part in, And most are FREE! I’ve listed them below:


Fireworks will take place on Centre Street bridge at 11 p.m. Friday.

If you tune your radio to Wild 95.3 or 101.5 Kool FM you can watch them to synchronized music.

Best spots to view them from? Check below 

Riverfront Avenue 

Festival Market (between Eau Claire market and the YMCA)

Sien Lok Park

McHugh Bluff Park

Tom Campbell’s Hill Park

Nose Hill Park

Max Bell Centre

Shaganappi Point and 26 St. S.W.

Valleyview Park West Ridge at 26 St SE 

List of activities

Prince’s Island Park


Aboriginal showcase and powwow
Canadian military displays

Fort Calgary

Living Flag: Wear red or white and join in on a group selfie to participate in a “living” Canadian flag at noon
Entertainment includes a pancake breakfast, live music, a petting zoo and various children’s activities

The Fort is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Riverfront avenue 

12pm: Food trucks will be along the street and the day will finish with live entertainment on the Riverfront Stage at the Harry Hays building. 

Olympic Plaza

The plaza will have a market, craft stations and food trucks as well as stage performances. 

Eau Claire Market

11am-4pm family activities 
Artisan Market will remain open until 9 p.m., along with a beer garden, entertainment and food trucks.

The first 1,000 guests will receive free ice cream. 


9 a.m the street fair will host crafts and vendors, children’s activities

Educate yourself and others about Canada’s Chinese settlers all day until 11 p.m. with cultural performances and family friendly activities

East Village Street Fair, Show & Shine and 5th Street Square, see classic cars and imports.

Heritage Park is hosting a parade with live entertainment and a variety of family activities. 


Enjoy free parking in the following parkades on Canada Day:

McDougall Parkade

Centennial Parkade

City Centre Parkade

James Short Parkade

Convention Centre Parkade

City Hall Parkade

Street parking is free!!!!! those oh you parking in city-run surface parking can park for a cheaper rate. 

Don’t have anything to wear? No problem! 

Head over to Chinook Mall and stop by the Freddy Pant Room or order online (if you order online you receive a free tank top! Yay Canada day freebies!) 

Hop on your bike, jump in a car or take the c train to the festivities and I’ll see you all there! Happy Canada day everyone! 

Photo by Andras Schram

Hair and Makeup by Tara Smith

Wardrobe by Freddy Canada

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5 Signs he’s not the one for you

Freddy facts of the week: 

Last week we reviewed how to identify the great guy, this week let’s examine those who aren’t worth your time. Any of these 5 reasons are HUGE red flags and should have you running for the hills if you’re not already. 

1. He only calls you after midnight

You, my dear, are a booty call. No one wants to be that girl. You deserve to be the number one to someone, and if he’s not talking to you through the day, he’s probably not worth your time 

2. He waits days to text back and has some lame excuse for being busy.

Ladies, unless he does business at the top of Mount Everest, there’s a point throughout the day that he has both time, and cellular signal to contact you. If he doesn’t it’s typically because he chooses not to. Even if he works 8-12 hour days, if you’re on his mind, he’ll text you. And why shouldn’t he? You’re fabulous! 

3.You haven’t met any of his circle

Friends and family are the first indication that he’s planning on keeping you around. If he’s only taking you out alone you might want to question your worth to him. 

4. He’s rude to you

You’ve probably already forgiven him for whatever he said to you when he was drunk. But you have to ask yourself, if alcohol shows what people are hiding, does this not show you that he holds some form of malice towards you? Having someone call you derogatory names or  undermine your intellect are sure signs that he doesn’t respect you. If the person you think you love doesn’t respect you, you’re doomed my dear.  

5. He has another woman

You’d think this one would be obvious but let me elaborate. No man is with a woman because he’s stuck with her, give them a bit more credit than that. They do what they want to do, so if they’re still with her, it’s because they want to be. Not to mention, if he’s cheating on her, what’s to say he won’t cheat on you? Run away while you can.

Ladies, never lose your sense of value. You’re worth so much more than you give yourselves credit for. 

If you find yourself feeling alone and dejected, remove yourself from the drama, block his number and social media, take yourself on a shopping spree and plan a girls night. Never forget to treat yourself like the queen you are.

Speaking of shopping sprees, it’s Freddy Canada‘s semi annual sale! Now you can get the hottest styles for up to 50% off. Not in canada? No problem! USA head on over to Freddy USA.

Photo by: Andras Schram

Hair and makeup: Tara Smith

Clothing by: Freddy (Chinook mall location) 

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