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Laurie Callsen
Works at Alberta's NDP
Attended Westcliffe Composite School
Lives in Edmonton, AB
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Shopping Ban - Halfway Already?!
As I was getting ready this morning I did some mental math and realized that the end of March marks my halfway period through my 6-month shopping ban. This rocked me because: a) how the hell is it already April b) the last three months haven't been as hard ...
As I was getting ready this morning I did some mental math and realized that the end of March marks my halfway period through my 6-month shopping ban. This rocked me because: a) how the hell is it already April b) the last three months haven't been as hard as I thought ...
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Shopping Ban - Month One
I can’t believe it’s already been a month of my shopping ban, and so far I am feeling really good about my challenge! So far, these are the items I have purchased on my approved shopping list: Sugar scrub: $10 Sleeping Cap, nail foils, among other allowed c...
I can't believe it's already been a month of my shopping ban, and so far I am feeling really good about my challenge! So far, these are the items I have purchased on my approved shopping list: Sugar scrub: $10; Sleeping Cap, nail foils, among other allowed cosmetics: $29.57; Buttons & extra yarn ...
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My six-month shopping ban
I’ve been thinking about doing this for a few weeks now, and I suppose with a new year getting underway it’s the perfect time to do it. As of January 1, I've undergone a six-month shopping ban. My shopping ban is inspired by one of my favourite Canadian per...
I've been thinking about doing this for a few weeks now, and I suppose with a new year getting underway it's the perfect time to do it. As of January 1, I've undergone a six-month shopping ban. My shopping ban is inspired by one of my favourite Canadian personal finance bloggers, Cait of Blonde ...
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Burnt Out
I hate to admit it, but I think the time has come to declare what I’ve known in my heart for a long while: I am burnt out on blogging. This is definitely how I feel lately. But I don’t even drink beer. What the hell have I done? As I recently wrote in my EC...
As I recently wrote in my ECAMP article Edmonton's WWII Heroines, one parallel that I find between modern days and the 1940s is the expectation for women to do it all - housework, a steady job, volunteerism, social events - with a smile. (How's that for a shameless plug that's still relevant?) ...
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Musings on a self-made wardrobe
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my wardrobe: what I want in it, what I want out of it, and how I use clothing to express myself. But I also find myself thinking a lot more about where I want my clothes to be coming from. So I decided to take a bit of...
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about my wardrobe: what I want in it, what I want out of it, and how I use clothing to express myself. But I also find myself thinking a lot more about where I want my clothes to be coming from. So I decided to take a bit of a different take on the Me-Made May ...
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Life Lately
Oh goodness, what a hiatus I’ve been on. This blog has been embarrassingly neglected! Yikes. So I thought I would fill you guys in on what has kept me so busy lately.  The Alberta Legislature My new job First and foremost, I have really thrown myself into m...
First and foremost, I have really thrown myself into my new job as Communications Assistant for Alberta's NDP Opposition Caucus, which I started in late February. I am part of a three-person comms team, and work with seven other awesome staffers to support four incredible MLAs stand up for ...
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How I slashed $250+ from my monthly spending
As I alluded to in my previous post, Ian and I have made some financial changes to pay off our debt sooner while at the same time trying to make decisions that will work for us not just now, but several years in the future. So we did something that, on the ...
As I alluded to in my previous post, Ian and I have made some financial changes to pay off our debt sooner while at the same time trying to make decisions that will work for us not just now, but several years in the future. So we did something that, on the surface, totally looks like we violated ...
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Wedding Recap! Part Two
I’m back with the second part of the wedding wrap-up blog, focusing on the fashion of the day! Ian and I both knew that we wanted a classic, 1940s style for the wedding clothes, without being too kitschy, expensive or risky. While I really wanted to wear on...
I'm back with the second part of the wedding wrap-up blog, focusing on the fashion of the day! Ian and I both knew that we wanted a classic, 1940s style for the wedding clothes, without being too kitschy, expensive or risky. While I really wanted to wear one of my Grandmas' wedding dresses, ...
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Wedding Recap! Part One
While I am still on hiatus from blogging, I thought a blog post showing off our wedding photos and doing a bit of a recap of the day was in order. One of the many reasons we went with November 8 for our wedding was because I really wanted a winter wedding, ...
While I am still on hiatus from blogging, I thought a blog post showing off our wedding photos and doing a bit of a recap of the day was in order. One of the many reasons we went with November 8 for our wedding was because I really wanted a winter wedding, but didn't want it to be too cold for ...
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Sewing Redux: Beach Girl - a 1936 Sports Halter
I’m back with another sewing project! This time it’s my version of the 1936 Sports Halter. Outfit details: 1936 Sports Halter playsuit - me made, pattern by Eva Dress Sandals -  Sears Pineapple Earrings: Estate Sale Engagement ring substitute - a piece from...
I actually debated not posting these photos because I don't like how I look (too squinty! Not sucking in enough!) but c'est la vie. I neglected to do something that I've done with most other sewing projects - a trial run! After wearing this to Heritage festival I found that I didn't put the ...
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Sewing Redux: Spring has Sprung!
Today’s post is showing off my latest sewing project, the Simplicity 3688 blouse. You may recall the skirt from this set that I made a while back, and now here’s the blouse to match! The blouse is made out of some mystery bargain-bin fabric from Fabricland ...
The blouse is made out of some mystery bargain-bin fabric from Fabricland that is likely some polyester blend, as it actually melted when I was ironing the bias tape for the neckline. Luckily I had accidently cut two of the bias tape, so it didn't set me back at all. Still, it is a good reminder ...
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2014 Goals: 2-month check in
Hey all! Around the New Year I wrote a post outlining all my personal goals for 2014 , as well as my fashion goals for 2014 , and I wanted to do a quick two month (and a few days) check in on my progress.  I think one of the reason people don't take action ...
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Multi-media Communicator
Employment
  • Alberta's NDP
    Communications Assistant, 2014 - present
  • Koch Ford Lincoln
    Social Media Coordinator, 2013 - 2014
  • Camrose Canadian/Sun Media
    Multi-media Journalist, 2010 - 2012
  • Metro Edmonton
    Digital Journalist, 2012 - 2013
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Edmonton, AB
Previously
Camrose, AB - Flaxcombe, SK
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Vintage-lifestyle blogger
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digital content creator & communications assistant for Alberta's NDP // lives in Edmonton, Alberta // parties like it's 1944 // 
Education
  • Westcliffe Composite School
    High school, 1995 - 2008
  • Grant MacEwan University
    Journalism, 2008 - 2010
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