Archive for February, 2012

March Yoga Challenge

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

January 1st shouldn’t be the only day you decide to start something new and beneficial for yourself. Everyday we should embrace healthy habits that make us smile and bring us closer to meeting our goals and resolutions – whatever they may be.

As students, it’s very easy to become sidetracked and to forget about taking care of ourselves. However, it’s not too hard to carve out time for yourself again. Finding time to “unplug” yourself from technology just for five minutes will be refreshing. Flossing your teeth at night, or savouring a nutritious breakfast will probably make you feel invincible! For me, it’s the little stuff that improves my mood and motivates me to consistently give my best.

And what’s one thing that really makes me feel energized and refreshed?

(No, not coffee!)

Yoga!

Many assume that to practice yoga you need time, flexibility, or a calm mind. In actuality, you just have to step on your mat and the rest will come.

Improving your sleep, maximizing your fitness, and managing your stress are just some of the benefits of yoga. (Hello, last month of classes!)

So, are you ready to join me for a yoga challenge?

Starting March 1st, I am making a point to incorporate yoga into my everyday. My goal is to gradually build up to 12 Sun Salutations, by beginning with one on March 1st, two on the 2nd, three on the 3rd and so on. My yoga teacher says that practicing Sun Salutations is a complete at-home practice. And, when you’re ready, you can drop into a yoga class at CBU – or do a video online to enhance your practice.

The Sun Salutation sequence (seen below) is a yoga basic and can be done anywhere and anytime. Get one in before class, in between studying, or right after you get up in the morning. They don’t take long and you will feel great after. Promise.

Yoga mats are available at the Fitness Centre at CBU, or you can purchase one at Winners for under $20.

So, won’t you join me on March 1st by bringing a little yoga into your life?

For a great beginner’s demo of a Sun Salutation, click here.

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The winter semester is almost over, even if it doesn’t feel that way right now.

Soon we will all be looking for spring/summer jobs and wondering what to do with all of our newly-aqquired free time. I am already perusing summer jobs and planning what to do next.

Luckily for us who are in the market for a summer job, CBU is hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, March 1st from 10AM-2PM in the Great Hall.Plenty of potential employers will be there, so make sure to bring several copies of your resume. You can find out more information here.

In addition to local jobs, there are also some amazing international development internships through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) up for grabs. You must be recently graduated, but, the roughly six month long internships in a variety of professional fields are the perfect in-between if you are not going straight into post-grad studies, or a full-time job.

These are just a few of the opportunities available for students looking for employment after the winter semester.

Where are you working for the summer? And, if you could work anywhere – where would it be?

This Means War

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Yesterday I decided it would be the perfect day to go to the movies, what with it being Reading Week, and Cheap Night at the theatre.

There was nothing that stood out to me except for This Means War - a new release starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy.

The movie is about two CIA agents, FDR and Tuck, who fall for the same girl: Lauren.

Lauren doesn’t know they know each other, or know their real professions. She also can’t believe that she went from dating no men to two men, especially two that seem to know everything she loves… only because FDR and Tuck have special assignment teams watch her every move.

The movie is hilarious, and by that I mean laugh-out-loud with the whole theatre funny.

This Means War also has enjoyable action sequences, and is a little bit suspenseful as you don’t quite know who Lauren will pick.

If you’re heading to the movies this week, I’d highly recommend This Means War!

You can watch the trailer here.

Spring looks to love

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Although there is still plenty of snow outside, and, for that matter, plenty of days left of winter – I still love to lust over all of the spring apparel popping up online. I am guessing I am not alone, right girls?

In the spirit of all things spring: I present some of the spring time trends popping up in 2012.

Prepare to forget about the snow, just for a little while!

Coloured Denim

Old Navy pink jeggings. $44.94.

AE blue jeggings. $34.51.

Coloured denim makes a scene this spring with even brighter colours than in previous seasons. From yellow to red, wear your pants with a comfortable denim button up for a stylish, eye-catching look. This look is perfect for spring at CBU!

Bright Blazers

Urban Outfitters colourblock blazer. $79.

J Crew doublebreasted blazer. $119.

Forever 21 blazer. $33.80.

Blazers are a basic that should be in every university students closet. Whether doing a presentation in class or interviewing for your dream internship – blazers can be dressed up or dressed down. Pick a bright colour to make the classic instantly younger and more fun.

Statement Stripes

Old Navy top. $19.94.

Forever 21 top. $15.80.

ModCloth 'Sunlight Up My Life' dress. $67.99.

Spring stripes are back in a big way. Stripes really can be worn with anything: denim, leggings, a skirt – you name it, this spring staple is versatile and cute.

Crossbody Bags

Forever 21 bag. $23.80.

Guess Confession Mini bag. $55.

Gap bag. $49.95.

Crossbody bags are a great way to roundout your spring look, especially ones with neon detail. Go minimalist by carrying only your essentials (cards, cellphone, keys), and your back will thank you! From strolling the streets of Paris or CBU – these little pieces of perfection are spring must-haves.

Those are some of my favourite spring looks, what are you eyeing for the spring?

Happy… what day is it again?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day! (And Happy Tuesday for non-celebrators.)

February 14th is here and in Sydney it is a beautiful, sunny day… reason enough to celebrate.

In honouring the day, I put together some quick and easy things for you and your Valentine to do together. And if V-Day isn’t your thing, they are still Tuesday-appropriate :)

Playlist

Everlasting Light – The Black Keys

All You Need is Love – The Beatles

You Da One – Rihanna

At Last – Etta James

Workouts

Valentine’s Day Booty Blast

Valentine’s Day Leg Scorcher

Treats

20 Valentine’s Day Desserts

9 Valentine’s-inspired Cupcakes

Love Lattes (DIY latte art)

Heart-Shaped Pizza(Proceeds go to charity)

Fun

DIY Manicure

Movie Marathon

Talk with long-distance loved ones

… How are you spending your day?

Cool Caper Q&A with Zeb Chepey

Friday, February 10th, 2012

At CBU you meet a lot of people. In my fourth year, I can no longer walk anywhere in the university without running into a friend or professor. That being said, I thought it would be neat to start a Question and Answer feature on the blog where I introduce some Cool Capers.

My first CC? Zeb Chepey.

I met Zeb over a year and a half ago – and if you have ever attended a Capers game, he is the number one fan, decked out in orange. Zeb constantly has a smile on his face and is always up for discussing sports, sharing travel stories, or baking on residence. (His mint chocolate chip cookies are to die for!)

Here’s what Zeb had to say.

Q: What year are you in at CBU, and what do you study?

A: Hey, I am in my third year here at CBU and I am in the BACS program.

Q: Where are you originally from?

A: I am originally from Austin, Texas! Home of the Texas Longhorns!

Q: You’re a big part of the Caper’s Orange Army… how many orange shirts do you have now?

A: Haha, before coming here to CBU I think I had 1 or 2 orange shirts. Now I have too many to count. Let’s just say I have a lot of orange shirts and Capers gear!

Q: Do you ever lose your voice from cheering at all of the Capers games?

A: Sometimes the night or day after a game my voice is a little dry but I am usually pretty good. Be loud, Be proud, and bleed orange! Go Capers!

Q: You travel a lot. Where have you been?

A: I have traveled all over the map, I love traveling.  I have been to India, Thailand, Cambodia, Italy, England, Germany, Switzerland, France, all around the States (to visit family and friends), and many more countries.  Oh, and of course here in Canada! [Editor's note: obviously his favourite place yet!]

Q: As a frequent traveler, what are your tips for students who want to travel while still in school?

A: Save up money (the best you can) and research places that you would like to go to. It helps and is beneficial if you can volunteer, work, or do some sort of activity when in another culture. Depending on where you go you can get more for your money, for example: When I was traveling and spending time in India I spent very little money.

Be careful of scams and always keep an eye on your money and personal stuff (passport, bags, camera, etc.).

Most importantly have fun and keep an open mind. Try to stay positive because when traveling not everything goes the way you will expect it too. Expect something to go wrong and just enjoy the ride of being in another culture =)

Q: What’s your favourite thing to do in Sydney?

A: Let’s see… I like hanging out with friends either here on residence or at East Side Mario’s (my second home). I love enjoying time with friends, going to Cape Breton Screaming Eagles hockey games, going to the movies, and working/cheering at the CBU Capers games!

Thanks Zeb! We’ll see you at a Capers game soon.

Readers: Who are some of your favourite people at CBU?

Cape Breton Island Film Series

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

With the weather being freezing, it’s hard to get out of bed (or to stop searching for cheap last minute vacations…)!

But, here’s one reason to get out of your room: the Cape Breton Island Film Series.

The Film Series shows 13 independant films, on 13 Thursdays throughout the winter. The films start at 7PM which is not too early, or too late.

The best part is that the price to attend the screenings is only $7 for students – almost $5 cheaper than a regular ticket at the movies. (And the films are generally incredible!)

I am looking forward to Like Crazy – an indie romance that I’ve heard rave reviews about. It’s already in my calender.

The films take place at the Empire Theatres… about a 5-10 minute drive from CBU. Not bad, right? You’ll be back in bed before 10PM strikes… unless you get ambitious and go for nachos at Boston Pizza after!

Enjoy the great films, and see you there.

Feb 9

MELANCHOLIA

Sci-Fi/Drama: A depressive bride celebrates her wedding at a sumptuous rural estate while the hitherto unknown Planet Melancholia hurtles toward a close encounter with Earth.

Feb 16

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Marilyn Monroe takes a break from a disastrous working honeymoon with new hubby Arthur Miller and annoyed director Sir. Lawrence Olivier to tour the English countryside with an incredibly lucky 23-year-old third assistant director who serves as her companion and guide.

Feb 23

CAFE DE FLORE

Drama: A decades-spanning, elegant and heart-wrenching rumination on love and destiny involving two seemingly unrelated love stories stories set in 1960s Paris and present-day Montreal.

Mar 1

THE GUARD

Comedy: An unorthodox Irish cop with a confrontational personality (Brendan Gleeson) teams up with a humorless FBI agent (Don Cheadle) as they try to crack an international drug-smuggling ring.

Mar 8

LIKE CRAZY

Drama: A British college student falls for an American classmate, only to be deported and banned from the U.S. when she overstays her visa.

Mar 15

A DANGEROUS METHOD

Drama: At the dawn of psychotherapy, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud fall for the same beautiful but troubled patient. Stars Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley.

Mar 22

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

Drama: Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to reconnect with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. Stars Elizabeth Olsen.

Mar 29

RESTLESS

Drama: A terminally ill teenage girl falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and commune with the ghost of a WWII Japanese kamikaze pilot.

Apr 5

CARNAGE

Comedy/Drama: Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons get into a fight, but the grown-ups’ increasingly childish behavior throws the evening into chaos. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet

Apr 12

MONSIEUR LAZHAR

Comedy/Drama: An Algerian immigrant is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically.

Apr 19

THE KID WITH A BIKE

Drama: Abandoned by his father, a young boy escapes a state-run youth farm, and persuades the town hairdresser to foster him on weekends.

For more information, visit http://cbfilms.ca

Fun February

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Somehow, February is a favourite month of mine.

February is a shorter month, which automatically feels easier in some way – like getting a long weekend.

February is the month of Reading Week, arguably one of the best parts of second semester for students at CBU.

And lastly, February is the month of love. (Whether you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, it is hard to ignore the colourful love notes and the red and pink sweet treats… I think we can all agree there are some redeeming features of V-Day.)

So: even if you’re not totally excited for any of the above listed Fun February points, I’ve compiled a list of things to do for you to make February extra enjoyable. Valentine, or Reading Week getaway optional.

Make a Sweet Treat

Sweet treats are inevitability going to tempt you this month. Scratch the candy-hearts and make your own mouth-watering dessert. Baking is relaxing (usually), creative, and can be done with all of your friends. Find a few recipes online and spend the day baking!

Cheesecake Pops. Yum. (bakella.com)

Get Outside

It may be cold out, and there may be snow on the ground, but, what better reasons to get outside? Bundle up and get your butt outside. The fresh air truly feels incredible, and you’ll forget about the cold when you make a snowman with your best friend – or go cross country skiing at Two Rivers Wildlife Park. Take a break from the books and take advantage of the beautiful weather around CB.

See a Movie

Going to the movies, or throwing your own movie night are two things I love to do. There are tons of good movies to catch this month… especially if you want to see all of the Academy Award nominated movies. As for me? I may or may not be lining up to see this “chick-flick” on February 10th. Who’s with me?

Oh, true love!

Treat Yourself

We work hard as students… meeting deadlines, pulling all-nighters, and so on. I think this month it’s only right to treat yourself to honour the work you’ve done, and to motivate yourself to keep it up into the Spring. I suggest purchasing a Spring wardrobe basic: a cute pair of Toms, or, for the men: a bright bathing suit! I would also recommend getting a massage, or even reading a good book.

Tom's Vegan Classics with watercolour floral print. (toms.com)

AE board shorts. (ae.com)

Enjoy your February :)