• How To Match Clothing Well: 5 Easy Tips For Matching Colours In Your Outfit

    Jun 26, 2018

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    Monochromes

    Monochrome technically means shades of the same colour: white-grey, light-grey, grey, dark-grey, charcoal, etc. But it can also mean dressing all in the same hue. While the latter tends to be trickier to pull off, it definitely works in an all-grey suit for example. Monochromes are both easy and chic, in style in 2018, and can be matched in practically any way. Check it out.

    Earthtones

    A solid, tried and true colour approach, especially for men, is matching a variety of earth tones, or “neutrals”. While this can include a big range of colours, it generally encompasses tans and browns, dark greens and olives, greys, blacks, and water tones. They all go well together making for a quick, easy, and fashionable outfit.  Find out more.

    Analogous vs. Complementary

    Most people think complementary colours “complement” one another. In art, where the term originates, it means opposite. Complementary colours are directly opposite one another on the colour wheel. Red → Green. Blue → Orange, etc. Analogous colours are beside each other; red → orange → yellow. In clothing, analogous tends to mix better because you get shades of similar colours. Complementaries are highly contrasting and can quickly get circus-like in a single outfit.

    One colour accent

    A great style approach is to wear an outfit of similar, monochromatic shades, and add a single pop of colour. A tie, a blazer, or a killer pair of bright Vans against a muted backdrop makes an outfit really sing without needing to put in a lot of effort.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you match your outfit colours and define your own personal style. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Plan Your JFL Experience Now

    Jun 25, 2018

    From July 11th to 29th, Montreal comes alive for the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. While Montreal is known worldwide for its summer Jazz Festival, JFL is doing its part to put the city on the comedy map, too.  An entertainment landmark, JFL is recognized for the quality of its content and the professionalism of its staff. Timbercreek wants to help you plan you JFL experience now/ Read on for a rundown of the festival at large, and highlights for this year.

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    Mission

    “At Just for Laughs, our mission is very simple, it’s three little words: make people happy.” As a core operating principle, the Just For Laughs team shoots for nothing less than happiness for the public, their customers, partners, media, and sponsors. That’s a pretty good business model, and a pretty great product.

    The Festival

    Every summer, Montreal plays host to the world’s top comedians for close to two weeks of gut busting laughter. With artists like Kathy Griffin, Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart and a pantheon of others, it’s no laughing matter how much laughing will be happening. 

    JFL Comedy Pro

    Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a four-day event running during the peak of the Just For Laughs Festival. It explores all facets of comedy. Participants at the 2017 Just For Laughs ComedyPRO event included Kevin Hart, Jim Carrey, Trevor Noah, Danny MacBride, Kaitlin Olson, Jay Baruchel, Ari Graynor, the casts and creators of Vice Principals (HBO), I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime), The Mick (FOX), The History of Comedy (CNN) and much more. JFL Pro runs July 25th to 28th, 2018. Learn more.

    Kevin Hart: Irresponsible Tour

    The first concert announcement for JFL 2018 is none other than comedic rockstar, Kevin Hart. After spending consecutive weeks in the number one box office spot for his film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Kevin is bringing his highly successful U.S. concert tour to Montreal on July 27th. Get tickets.

    Tickets and info

    For tickets, schedule, and more information on the Just For Laughs Festival, check our their website.

    Timbercreek hopes you will add some laughter to your life this summer at the Montreal JFL festival. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How To Teach Your Dog To Swim

    Jun 19, 2018

    It’s summer and that means it’s time to swim. For dog owners, it’s the season to either watch your dog splash around like a pup, or deal with their water phobia. While some breeds love water, others avoid it like the plague. What owners don’t always realize is that dogs aren’t born knowing how to swim: they need to learn. Before you head to the beach, it’s important to give your dog a bit of swimming experience in a safe environment. To help your canine get his or her feet wet, Timbercreek brings you this list of tips and tricks for teaching your dog how to swim this summer.

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    Start early

    Like humans, dogs adapt better to training, skills, and circumstances the younger they’re exposed. Start early. Frequent baths for puppies is a great place to start. You can gradually increase water depth, and graduate slowly to using a baby pool, or the shallow end of a full outdoor pool if you have access to one. Check it out.

    Take it Slow

    Take it slow with water training. Introduce your pet to water early and often. Use the bathtub or a plastic baby pool, and make the water luke warm. Hold your dog under the belly, speak in a calm tone, and be supportive. Be overt, and praise frequently.  Aim to make the whole thing a positive experience and your dog will respond better. Find out more.

    Be Safe

    Make sure your dog is safe and protected. Before they swim, make sure that the body of water is known and obstacle free. If your dog is frightened of water or not a natural swimmer, use a flotation device. You can also get an extension leash with a body harness to offer extra support. Dogs tend to naturally stay within a short distance from both shore/exits and their owners, but keep an eye on where they roam.

    Know your dog, know the breed

    Some breeds love water and take to it instantly. Others hate it, and will avoid it unless submerged. Even the most water-phobic of dogs should be exposed to water, if only to survive in an emergency. In these situations, it’s key to follow the previous points and make the experience as positive and supportive as possible. Read more.

    Getting out and proper praise

    A lot of dogs will naturally find their way out of a body of water. But pools and lakes with larger areas can be harder for them to navigate on their own. With guidance, they’ll learn their way to shore, or to the pool stairs, but when starting, guide them yourself. Dogs will follow your voice and your direction of movement, so make yourself clear and visible. And once your dog finds the exit and gets out safely, praise them thoroughly, adding treats as well for positive reinforcement.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you teach your pup how to swim this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Masculine Decor For Your Home

    Jun 18, 2018

    Manly decor goes way beyond posters and aftershave. And while classics like chrome, exposed pipes, bearskin rugs, and muted monochromes may always fit the bill, what's thought of as manly decor is changing, fast. For some ideas on how to outfit your pad with some manly decor, Timbercreek brings you this list of tips and tricks.

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    Rustic Loft Look

    We love the look of this rustic loft. In particular we love its mix of masculine decor and vibrant colour. Bright colours tend to not be thought of as manly. But why not? While monochrome has been thought of as a manly palette forever, incorporating a bold accent colour can brighten up a space in a manly way. Pantone’s color of the year is pretty bold, yet gender neutral. Give it a try in your space by incorporating some ultraviolet throw pillows, curtains or furniture into the mix. Balanced with a hefty dose of white, grey, black or brown, a pop of colour can add amazing character to your space. Check out the loft we love here.

    Brewery Home

    We’re swooning for this masculine home that’s located in an old brewery. Complete with high ceilings, brick walls, and concrete flooring, it has good bones. It also has a lot of great style that anyone can work into any space. Leather furniture (the more vintage the better) in combination with some well-scavenged furniture items (that mix styles and eras) work well here to create that perfect mix of chic, masculine, and eclectic. One of the rooms features a well-balanced cluster of black framed paintings and posters on the wall, as well as lots of rustic reclaimed wood pieces like coffee tables and shelves that add to the manly feel. See it for yourself and read more.

    Industrial Chic

    This industrial style condo is deceptively simple and chic. Abundant use of greys and monochrome make it feel very masculine. If you want to achieve a similar look, you can’t go wrong by incorporating grey into your paint, linens, or furniture. Grey is also a major decor trend in 2018 and there’s a good reason for it: it allows for a mix of light reflectivity and blends well with practically every other color. We also love this condo’s use of artwork, in particular how they chose to hang their artwork above their TV to make the TV less of a focal point. They used art sparingly throughout, careful not to overcrowd the walls. See it for yourself here.

    Eclectic

    Eclectic decor is basically defined as not sticking to one style or color scheme. It can be super freeing, and can lend major originality to a space. But it has to be handled with care as it’s easy to go from eclectic to kitchy. For a masculine eclectic look, most pieces in the home (furniture, throw rugs, etc.) should be dark or light -- from dark mauve to black or from white to grey. This creates the opportunity for your artwork and small accent pieces to tastefully steal the show. Look for abstract art pieces, bold flowers, and brightly coloured or patterned accent pillows. Check out a great example of a chic eclectic space here.

    Timbercreek hopes these ideas for creating a more manly and stylish space help you design the home of your dreams. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Balcony Decor Ideas For Summer

    Jun 13, 2018

    Summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to make the most of your balcony. Timbercreek is here to help with some great balcony decor ideas. Your refreshed outdoor space will be so nice you'll want to sleep on it!

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    Cushioned Bench

    Many apartment balconies are small, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be royally adorned. While there may not be room for full size Muskoka chairs, a good bench, complete with outdoor-ready cushions, can be the perfect fit. A two seater will provide all the deck lounging you’ll need. Check it out.

    Flowers and Veggies

    Balconies are ideal for growing flowers and veggies. While exposure to sun is generally preferred, as long as there isn’t all-day shade you should be able to grow flowers and plants including edibles like herbs, tomatoes, cucumber, and hot peppers. With a little TLC they will blossom. Even the most space-limited patio can be turned into a micro-garden of eden. Read more.

    Twinkle Lights

    Despite the name, twinkle lights (better known as string or rope lights) are both hip and functional. Don’t be fooled, they’re not just for Christmas. A small balcony can get a lot of mileage out of just one string, adding atmosphere and a welcoming nighttime glow. The price is definitely right as well. Find out more.

    Table for Two

    Patios of any size, especially the small ones, should still be functional. While entertaining a host of friends might be tough, a table for two should be doable. A plethora of styes and options abound. Opt for options that are easy to store like folding, collapsible, and hanging versions. These are excellent for odd angled, small sized balconies that don’t have room for furniture to be out 24/7. Read more.

    Outdoor rug

    The majority of urban balconies are made of concrete, so it’s essential to warm them up a bit. Thankfully there’s a big range of sturdy yet fashionable outdoor rugs and carpeting that can make your balcony space feel more cozy and liveable. If you want to go vintage, don’t forget the old-school Florida-style throw-back, astroturf!

    Timbercreek hopes this list has given you some fresh decor ideas for decking out your balcony this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Dollar Shave Club

    Jun 12, 2018
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    Buying your Dad a razor is a decent and classic Father’s Day gift, but buying him a steady supply is genius! Dollar Shave Club offers great razors, delivered to your door every month, for next to nothing. Timbercreek is here to help you get better acquainted with their subscription service, and make your dad's year.

    The Concept

    Razors haven't changed much over the years. Sure, today they come in multiple blades, with slicks of aloe vera to guarantee a clean close shave. But the basic principle of a sharp blade that dulls over time, and regularly needs replacing, remains. Up until now, you pretty much had to hit the drug store on a regular basis to replenish your supply. Dollar Shave Club has changed the game by delivering razors to men at a lower cost. Finally. By eliminating the need for stores and the middleman, DSC can source a good product in bulk and deliver it to you for less than it costs you to drive to a drug store and pick up yourself.

    Their pricing

    It’s actually not a dollar per month as their name suggests. The base DSC package is just $3.50/month. It includes a free handle, and 5 2-blade cartridges. Where it works out to a dollar is in the 5 2-razor blades a month. Divided by $3.50 it works out to a small number with a decimal in it, so it’s actually less than a dollar.

    The Competition

    Customers claim to spend up to $40 a month on razors. While that’s excessive, one razor from a brand like Gillete can easily go for $5 to $15. Dollar Shave Club sells their products for almost half the price.


    Great Simplicity

    Dollar Shave Club offers 3 kinds of blades. That’s it. Three. This translates into an easy-to-buy product. Cheap and easy to buy is a great combination.

    Get it for Dad

    Father’s Day is coming and Dollar Shave Club makes a great gift. Sign up, order, wait for shipping -- that's all it takes! Find out more.

    Timbercreek hopes this article gives you a valuable gift idea for Father’s Day. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad

    Jun 11, 2018

    It’s almost time to celebrate Dads. Once a year, we get the chance to honour our fathers for all they’ve done and all they do. And while a tie or some Old Spice are always killer Dad gifts, a little thought can make the occasion extra special this year. For inspiration for ways shower your Dad with thanks, and let him know you care, Timbercreek brings you this list of gift ideas for Father’s Day.

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    Man-Spa Treatment

    The high end barber shop trend has inspired a ton of man-pampering products and services. From standard haircuts to straight blade shaves, beard oiling, neck massages and cigars, things have progressed since the candy-striped barber pole days. Treat your Dad to a pampering experience, and upgrade if possible to include a bourbon (or scotch) and a cigar. He’ll talk about it for the whole year. Check it out.

    Gift Cards

    Gift cards are small, plastic, and impersonal,  but they’re also small, plastic, and totally useful! There's a gift card for any dad -- LCBO, SAQ, Home Depot, The Keg, Canadian Tire, iTunes, Amazon, Bass Pro Shops, Walmart, Indigo, The Bay, Golf Town, Best Buy, Kobo. Need we go on? A well-chosen gift card is an excellent gift for your Dad.

    Dinner and a Movie

    Dates aren’t the only occasions for this classic combo. Pick up some ingredients for Dad’s favourite meal and prepare it yourself, or treat him to dinner at his favourite place. Follow up with his choice of movie, and make sure to get popcorn. Find out more.

    Putting the Man back in Manicure

    If you haven’t had one, you don’t know what you’re missing. While most often associated with female pampering, Mani-Pedis are magic -- plain and simple. From the functional aspect of nail cutting and cuticle removal, to the purely aesthetic nature of the whole thing happening in a massage chair, a Mani-Pedi should be something every Dad has the pleasure of trying at least once. Check it out.

    Go-Carting

    No, they’re not just for kids. Go carts are the closest thing to car racing grown men can get. They’re fast, you can ram into stuff, cut tight corners, fishtail: it’s all there for the taking. While downtown and/or indoor tracks can be hard to find, most cities have a least one centrally located location for your Dad to explore. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list gives you some ideas for creating a memorable Father’s Day this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Accessories Everyone Should Have In Their Wardrobe

    May 31, 2018

    Accessories can make take an outfit to new heights. To make sure you look chic, Timbercreek brings you this list of 5 accessories everyone should have in their wardrobe.

    Belts

    Belts are back, in a big way. A major Spring 2018 fashion trend, this season features a host of vibrant options for both men and women. Made from a variety of materials like leather and velour, and available in a ton of styles, there’s a belt out there for everyone. Be daring and express yourself, it’s all good – from super-wide to super-narrow, to patterned and bowed, to crazy colors. Learn more.

    Scarves

    Whether it’s the dead of winter or the middle of summer, a beautiful scarf is always a great accessory. From hefty tartans to delicate silks, muted greys and violets to raucous pinks and mustards, a scarf can add flair to any outfit, in almost any season. Learn more.

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    Sunglasses

    Sunglasses are fashionable and functional. This season you can expect to see a lot of 80s March Break and styles reminiscent of the Matrix. There will be a lot of almond-shaped lenses, wire frames, vintage Oakley wraparounds, and reflective iridium on offer.

    A Great Bag

    Spring 2018 features a ton of chic bag styles to choose from. You’ll notice a lot of faux snake and gator skin, lunch box style, leather fringe, oversized, and tiny options. Even fanny packs are in, with runways showcasing a ton of haute versions of the 80s style pouch. Learn more.

    Footwear

    Practical shoe styles are big this season, with “platform” sneakers, multicolour runners, wingtips and brogue mens footwear, flats, and even some bedazzled birkenstocks dominating the scene. Your feet will be so happy. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of must-have accessories helps you navigate what’s in fashion this Spring. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 11 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Dreads Their Morning Commute

    May 30, 2018

    Having to get up, hop on a train, bus, or subway, or drive for an hour just to get work isn’t on most people’s fun-things-to-do list. Commuting is never ideal, but there are ways to make it more enjoyable. To help you take back your morning, Timbercreek has list of ways to make your commute a little better.

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    Podcasts

    Make a habit of downloading a few podcasts every week. By listening to them while you are in transit, you can transform your commute into something to look forward to. Best part is, you can listen to them offline or underground in the subway. Learn more.

    Flipboard

    A dull commute is the perfect time to get up to speed on what’s happening around the globe. While known for business, Flipboard is a fantastic all-round news and information resource. With everything from politics to market reports, technology, food and art, it’s got something for everyone. Check it out.

    Meditate

    Regularly practicing meditation is a great way to combat stress set a positive tone for your day. All you need to do is focus your mind for as little or as long as you like. To do so, pay close attention to your breathing, make it steady and deep, close your eyes, and try to let your many thoughts slip into the background. If that sounds difficult, there are many tools out there to help. Find out more.

    Duolingo language learning

    Duolingo is a popular language learning app. It’s perfect for maximizing your productivity on your commute. Tackle French or Italian, or brush up on your Spanish. Learn more.

    Free audiobooks from the Public LIbrary

    Libraries are an incredible free resource worth every penny of public tax dollars. City libraries offer a variety of free services, including free audiobook downloads, as well as free online courses.

    Walk, ride, or otherwise be active

    Incorporating exercise into your commute can make for a substantially happier work life. In Montreal, for example, the most satisfied commuters are walkers. If you are close enough to your workplace to walk, ride or run, give it a go. If you’re not, try to take the stairs along the way.

    Bring a paperback book

    As a society we are reading more than ever, but that reading is almost entirely confined to the internet. An analog paperback book slows down the mind, increases attention span, stimulates visual areas of the brain, and helps pass the time wonderfully.

    Brain games

    Luminosity and other “brain gym” apps offer ways to exercise and strengthen your mind. While they require some concentration, they offer a great way to spend your commute.

    Work

    It’s often hard to work on a full size laptop while you commute, but phone apps like Notes, Evernote, Google Drive, and Google Docs can let you get work done while you commute.

    Timbercreek hopes these ideas help take the edge off your commute. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Life at The Lofts On First

    Apr 30, 2018

    An exciting residential building in the heart of downtown Calgary, Timbercreek’s Lofts on First brings fresh energy, stunning architecture, and the best of luxury living to Cowtown. With an array of amazing amenities and building features, plus unparalleled neighbourhood access and exquisite loft-style suite construction, Lofts on First is a renters dream.

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    First Impressions

    Converted from a commercial tower into a residential community, Lofts on First offers luxury loft-style rental living in the heart of Calgary. The complex features a sophisticated lobby where residents and guests are greeted with an elegant sitting area and designer decor.

    Perks You'll Love

    Residents of Lofts on First can enjoy privileged access to a host of club-style amenities including: a multimedia party room, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a multipurpose space that is half basketball and half volleyball court, a billiards room, and an internet lounge that features free wifi.

    Sweet Suites

    Every suite at Lofts On First is the ultimate expression of luxury living.  With modern quality finishes and the most detailed craftsmanship, every corner is a haven of privacy and comfort. Each suite includes a gourmet kitchen (complete with a quartz countertop and Energy Star stainless steel appliances), a stacked full-size washer and dryer, plus luxe plank flooring, an exposed concrete ceiling, designer lighting, low-flow shower heads and toilets.

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    Killer Neighbourhood

    Being a resident of Lofts on First puts you in the centre of the vibrant Beltline district. Arguably Calgary’s hippest area, it offers the best of everything -- from fashionable shopping and dining to culture, entertainment, recreation and transit options. As a new and exciting building in the area, Lofts on First will add to the revitalization of the entire neighbourhood.

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    Location Envy

    Your friends will be jealous of your address. Smack dab in the middle of downtown, Lofts on First is close to pretty much everything. Steps from the Calgary Stampede grounds, the Calgary Tower, public transit, restaurants and bars, the Core shopping center, Studio Bell/The National Music Centre, a host of public parks and outdoor greenspace, and only a short distance away from Eau Claire and Kensington, Lofts on First is perfectly situated.

    Timbercreek wants you to make Lofts on First your new home. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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