Embracing the Canadian Beauty and Fashion Journey

From Homebody to Adventurer Embracing the Unexpected in My Canadian Journey

I moved to Canada from my hometown of 20+ years, embracing the delightful surprises of a new country.

The author in Calgary smiling with sunglasses on Caption: I moved from England to Canada months ago and I’m glad that I did – Shay Bottomley

They say change is as good as a holiday, but little did I know that moving from my quaint hometown in England to the fashion-forward city of Calgary, Canada would be the ultimate fashion vacation! Buckle up, fashion lovers, because I’ve got some tales to tell that will leave you in stitches and eagerly reaching for your shopping bags!

Weather… No Contest!

Snowy tree in front of apartment building in Canada Caption: Winter in Canada is no joke – Shay Bottomley

We Brits love to moan about our weather, but trust me when I say, Canada takes the crown in the extreme weather department! When I first arrived, bundled up like a polar explorer in multiple layers, I was met with a surprise. As soon as I stepped out of the airport, I started shedding clothes faster than a chameleon changes its colors. The dry air felt warmer than the UK’s humidity, despite the 10-degree temperature difference. Can you believe it?

But don’t let my newfound confidence in sub-zero temperatures fool you. A quick shopping trip in Calgary’s bone-chilling -30 C weather left me running for the warmth of my fireplace. Fashion enthusiasts, take note: layering is key for survival!

Mountains, Majestic Mountains!

Author Shay in Johnston Canyon, a hiking path overlooking trees and water Caption: Even an easy trail at the Rockies is no joke – Shay Bottomley

Now, let’s talk about the breathtaking Rockies! When I first set foot on their majestic trails, I felt like I had stepped into a fashion runway of nature. The views were stunning, the air crisp, and there I was, gasping for air like a fish out of water. Even as a semi-regular runner, I realized it would take more than just a sturdy shoe to conquer these trails. My gym routine went from 0 to 100 real quick, all in the name of being fashionably fit for the next hike!

Poutine: A Delicious Dilemma!

Fries covered in gravy in a metal bowl on a cutting board Caption: I love poutine, but I can’t eat a lot of it at once – Shay Bottomley

Foodies, buckle up, because this one’s for you! Picture chips with gravy… and now picture them topped with cheese curds. Voila! Poutine, the most amazing yet simple concoction of flavors known to humankind, takes center stage in Canada’s culinary scene. But here’s the catch: portion sizes are no joke! What restaurants in Europe consider an appetizer could leave you feeling like you’ve just conquered Mount Everest in Canada. So, fashionistas, prepare your taste buds, but also prepare your appetites, because finishing a plate of poutine might require a team effort!

Oh, Canada, You’re Bigger Than Life!

The Rocky mountains with tons of green trees in front of it Caption: I could drive for hours and still be in the same city – Shay Bottomley

Canada: the land of endless possibilities and endless distances! Let me tell you, my fellow fashion enthusiasts, this country is LARGE. It’s like trying to fit your entire closet into a teeny-tiny handbag. Back in the UK, an hour’s walk might take you to a neighboring town or village. But in Calgary, you’d barely make a dent in the city itself! And don’t even get me started on road trips. Hours on the road can leave you feeling like you’re just scratching the surface.

A Love Affair with Canada

The author posing with someone in a Haribo gummy bear costume Caption: I feel like Canada has welcomed me – Shay Bottomley

Despite the fashion challenges and jaw-dropping sights, I must say, I’ve fallen head over heels for Canada. It’s a country that embraces individuality and has reignited my passion for fashion. The friendly Canadians have made me feel right at home, even though I still find myself saying “sorry” a little too often!

So, my lovely fashionistas, if you ever have the chance to embark on a Canadian fashion adventure, I urge you to take it! From the weather that keeps you on your toes to the stunning landscapes that take your breath away, Canada offers a fashion and beauty journey like no other. Hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild and fashionable ride!

Tell me, have you ever experienced a fashion adventure like this? How did it change your perspective on beauty and fashion? Share your stories in the comments below, and let’s have a stylish conversation!