Kat and Katy's October Favourites

 
 
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WE’RE BACK!!!

The last couple of weeks have been hectic for us over here at KG HQ with Kat moving over to the West Coast (west coast-best coast) and Katy working two jobs (not nearly as glamorous as one would imagine).

Worry not, we are back and over the moon happy to share our list of October Favourites with you all!!

 

Instagram Accounts

 

Roshe the Floof Bear @run.roshe.run

Can’t get enough of cute doggo Instagram accounts? Me neither.

Roshe is a Samoyed puppy with a case of undeniably adorable resting sad face. He’s my cousin’s puppy, but I’m not biased when I’m gushing over this dog’s cuteness— 26 thousand people love his Instagram account. He’s basically Calgary’s sweetheart.

-Kat

 

Rising Woman @risingwoman

Rising woman is a Vancouver based group of compassionate, dedicated women who have joined together with the co-founders, Aiyana and Heather. “We explore our shadow issues, archetypal work, unravel our relationship patterns and support one another to develop a deeper sense of wholeness, power, and integration as conscious women.”

I love the fact that even though this group is based in Vancouver, their Instagram has more than 81.6K followers, which goes to show that with the power of social media they are able to extend their wisdom and positivity much farther.

-Katy

 

Podcasts 

 

Cheftimony Episode 006: I’m Outta Here

 

Cheftimony is a podcast run by a man named Graham MacLennan who has spent the last 20 years of his life working in a law office as well as volunteering in kitchens to develop his cooking skills.

After taking a break from the office to devote himself to the cooking industry, Graham had the privilege to work at some of Vancouver's kitschy kitchens- Burdock & Co, Harvest Community Foods, Passing Cloud.

Once Graham returned to his law office, he wanted a way to share stories of those who love food and who just want to talk about the things that drive our passion for what we eat.

Not only is this podcast full of all the feels, but it also has been kind enough to host a dear friend of mine Gregory Sugiyama @stretchandfold.

In this episode, they talk about the changes that are always in industrial kitchens and some theories that they have about who we are seeing more and more “cook wanted” signs hanging in windows.

-Katy

 

Books 

 

Sapiens a Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

You know that feeling when you cross an item off of your reading list that has been on there for years? Sapiens has been on my reading list for over 3 years and I’m relieved I finally got around to it.

Harari goes through the history of humankind through the lens of evolutionary biology, sociology, and even philosophy. If you’re into that sort of stuff, you should put this book on your reading list, but don’t wait 3 years to get to it.


 

IKIGAI: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life- Héctor Garcia and Francesc Miralles

In Japanese, Ikigai is written by combining the symbols that mean “life” and “to be worthwhile”. It roughly translates to “Happiness of always being busy”

As someone who is constantly in fear of becoming stagnant, this hits home. I believe that even if you don’t know what you’re doing, as long as you are moving, you are moving forward.

With Japan having 24.55 people over the age of 100 for every 100,000 people, there has to be some secrets that we all can gobble up and implement into our everyday lives.

One big take away that I walked away with was from a study that concluded;

“A small dose of stress is a positive thing, people who faced challenges and put their heart and soul into their work in order to succeed.”

Being passionate drives you to keep moving!


 

Apps/Websites

 

Trello/ trello.com

 
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I’ve dabbled with Trello before, but I’ve only really come to appreciate it now that I’ve been managing multiple projects for work.

Trello is a web-based project management app. At first glance it looks like a fancy spreadsheet— and for the most part, that’s exactly what it is. I love that it gives you an overview of everything you’re working on, visual representation of progress, and it can be collaborative.

I’ve become obsessed. Katy and I use it to plan Kitty Gang content, I have a board for my personal goals, and I even have a board that tracks all the food places I’ve eaten so far in Vancouver.

I’m always looking for neat apps that help me stay on top of my productivity, so if you have a system that you love, please share it with me!


 

Explore

 

Granville Island

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For those who have not been to this Vancouver gem… allow me to introduce you to Granville Island!!

This spit of a landmark is filled with eclectic stores, art galleries, hand crafted beer and wine shops and a market to make any person swoon.

The peninsula was originally used by First Nations as a fishing ground, and has since grown to house 275 businesses and facilities that employ more than 2,500 people and generates more than $215-million in economic activity each year.

An adventure for the whole family, with everyone being able to find something that makes them smile from ear to ear.  

 

Beauty & Wellness

 

Shiseido Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam

 
Shiseido extra creamy cleansing foam
 

The foaming cleanser gently removes dirt and build up with the small beads as well as the fact that it gets crazy foamy... And I mean CRAZY foamy. A little bit goes a long way!

It leaves my skin feeling hydrated without leaving an oily residue. This brand started 145 years ago and has strived to have a cult following by providing only products with the highest quality ingredients

 

Chanel ROUGE COCO Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Number 5 Mademoiselle

 
Coco lipstick.
 

 This is an old favourite of mine, but I’ve fallen in love with it again.

The product just feels special. It’s become my go-to nude (again) lipstick because it’s hydrating, the colour works with every look, and I love seeing it in my purse. Why I ever strayed from this product I’ll never understand.

 

If you end up trying/ reading/ or listening to any of our recommendations, please share it with us on Instagram by tagging us @weare.kittygang.

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