LOCAL LOVE

Location:  Fairmont Hotel Macdonald ( http://www.fairmont.com/macdonald-edmonton/ )     Photography:  Terolenn Mykitiuk  ( http://www.terolenn.com/photography )     Hair and Makeup:  Reema Aulakh (instagram:  @reemakestudio ) 

Location: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (http://www.fairmont.com/macdonald-edmonton/)

Photography: Terolenn Mykitiuk  (http://www.terolenn.com/photography)

Hair and Makeup: Reema Aulakh (instagram: @reemakestudio

Snow day in Edmonton today but a few days ago the winter did finally gave us a bit of a break. And am I glad.

My mood is often defined by the amount of time I spend outdoors. Before, I moved to San Francisco, I relied heavily on vacations to get this fix. I would put my head down and just work work work up to every vacation plans I had. And if there were no trips in the works… god help anyone who had to deal with me.

Mannat's Mode Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton
Mannat's Mode Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton
Mannat's Mode Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton
Mannat's Mode Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton
Mannat's Mode Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton
Mannat's Mode Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton
Mannat's Mode Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton

When I moved to San Francisco, I had to make an active effort to get to know the city. Moving to a new place though, it seemed like the natural thing to do. Get out there, check out new café’s, restaurants, places to hang out, local events, parks etc. San Francisco is a hot bed of activity and every area has a niche and identity. It was so fun going through this experience with my now ‘forever friends’ SF crew that I did my Masters with. It obviously resulted in a much happier me! The happy moods stayed longer and I was seldom ‘down’ (only when I got home sick and love sick and… literally sick).

When I moved back to Edmonton with a job opportunity, I thought you know- I was really starting to like this new version of me… this Mannat’s Mode of being happy. How can I make sure this sticks moving back home?

And then the bell rang! Its not where you are, its what you do. I have mentioned this in my previous blog post, please read: https://www.mannatsmode.com/blog/mannatsmodexmarqueenoir

In an effort to continue down this path, I now keep track of the local events and festivals! Please look at the below ways to stay in the loop! (List courtesy: Christina Mah, it pays to have cool friends) 

Some cool sites to follow for the happenings in Edmonton are:

  1. Explore Edmonton (https://exploreedmonton.com/event-calendar)

  2. Avenue (http://www.avenueedmonton.com)

  3. Yeg Date (http://yeg.date)  

  4. City of Edmonton (https://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/schedule_festivals_events/events-calendar.aspx)

  5. Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.ca/d/canada--edmonton/business--events/)

  6. Edmonton Journal (http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/whats-on/index.html)

Some other cool ways to track and explore local love: social media accounts (instagram + twitter) of all of the above and stay tuned to our local radio stations: Hot 107, Virgin Radio and Kiss FM on your drives to and from work. 

I discovered the new Funicular open in Edmonton through those links above or the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Instagram page (I don’t remember which one it was). Anyway! It’s a great little local attraction to check out. Its got long hours of operation (look at the images) and is a fun, family friendly activity! I stopped by there before I made my way to dinner plans in Downtown Edmonton for some amazing river valley views!

Love and Light,
Mannat