Kat and Katy's December Favourites
2018, what a year you’ve been!
We’ve visited 7 countries, lived in two different cities (in opposite sides of the world), met inspiring people who have changed our lives for the better, and started Kitty Gang!
2019 has big shoes to fill as the last year was full of growth in the most surprising ways. We cannot wait to see our friends thrive this year doing what they love, and we’ll continue sharing the stories of the incredible people we meet along the way.
To kick off our 2019 blog posts, we want to share our favourite resources for learning, inspiration, and anything that has kept us sane over the crazy December holidays.
Kasiq is a fashion and advertising illustrator based in Seoul. His Instagram is mostly a collection of watercolour portraits, and I’m completely obsessed with his style — I mean, it speaks for itself, really.
Beth is a cook, writer, photographer, and podcaster who has run the successful Local Milk blog for the last 5 years. After staggering success, she branched out to help other creatives with branding, marketing, and visual storytelling.
“A creative girl with a passion for strategy, I teach creatives & entrepreneurs like you how to build beautiful lives & businesses they love.”
As Kat and I venture further along with Kitty Gang, we realised that helping people go after their creative pursuits is what we want to be a part of. In a similar way, Beth is the woman paving the way for creatives helping creatives.
If you’re not familiar with Sam Harris, he’s a modern-day polymath— a neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author who often explores controversial topics regarding the human mind, society, and current events.
In this episode with Peter Attia— a physician and podcast host of The Drive — they discuss different meditation practices and the nature of the human mind.
If you’re interested in learning more about meditation this is a great episode to dive into because I find the philosophies incredibly insightful to the practice.
The in-depth research done by Noel and Ben on some of the most ridiculous topics in history will have you wishing that this podcast was around when you had to do your own history reports in high school!
From topics such as; Why do British Lawyers wear wigs? to The Strange History of Antarctic Fruitcake and even goes as far as Roald Dahl: Children's Author and Secret Agent.
These guys will have you hooked from the get-go!!
You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life - Jen Sincero
Not into self-help books? Me neither.
This is a self-help book for people who hate self-help books. Jen Sincero is a success coach, which pretty much means she helps big dreamers get their shit together for a living.
For a self-help book, it’s pretty funny and relatable, so her prescribed methods aren’t totally far-fetched.
If your resolution this year is to read more books, I highly recommend you put this one on your list.
Wendy does fashion DIYs from fashion up-cycles to constructing dresses from photo inspiration. I can’t stop watching them.
Now that I have my sewing machines in Vancouver, I can’t wait to get started on sewing projects, and I know I’ll be trying out a few of Wendy’s tutorials, especially this amazing Ariana Grande dress inspo:
This has been my go to sleep aid for the month of December! The app offers you a 7-day free trial where you can test out their sleep stories and music for meditation, concentration, as well as video tutorials on stretching and gentle movements.
A personal favourite is a story called Blue Gold read to you by Stephen Fry (if you have never heard anything by him I HIGHLY suggest that you go to Youtube now!!!). The man has the smoothest and most calming voice that I have ever drifted off listening to.
The New Central Public Library - Calgary
I went home in December for the holidays, and I got to visit the new central library that opened in November in the up and coming neighborhood of East Village.
It’s designed by American-Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and Canadian firm DIALOG— and it’s stunning inside and out.
If you’re in Calgary and looking for an indoor photoshoot location because it’s currently January in Calgary and FREEZING, visit the new library. There’s plenty of natural light, interesting shapes, textures, and art throughout.
Beauty & Wellness
The Ordinary. is a skincare line by DECIEM. What makes this brand unique is that they name their products after the active ingredients which can get a little confusing if you’re new to the skincare world—everything sounds intimidating when you’re using chemical names.
But fear not, the website is organised to help you make the best decisions for what you might need in your skincare routine. Best of all, this line is AFFORDABLE, and many of their products can be compared to high-end Sephora skincare lines such as Drunk Elephant, Glossier, and Sunday Riley.
My favourite products for my oily-combination skin type are:
This month I did not change anything in my beauty routine. My skin has been very happy as of late, and I don’t want to mess that up.
I took two weeks off around Christmas from social media for a bit of a self-care.
It’s easy to get caught up online with some unhealthy habits. For the holidays, I intentionally put the phone and laptop down to make more meaningful connections with friends and family.
Having the freedom to work where ever and share my passion and love of Kitty Gang with the world is amazing, but what good is it all if we forget how to make human connections and create everlasting memories with the people who mean the most to us.
My goal for the year 2019 is to do something at least once a month and to leave my phone at home. Whether it is dinner with friends, a hike or taking a class of some sort, I want to be fully emersed in the moment and just enjoy every single second of it!