Clean Beauty

*This post is sponsored by Community Natural Foods For the past few weeks, the Dote team has been testing out some Canadian (and even some Calgarian) made clean beauty products that can be found at Community Natural Foods. After having tested the products for a bit and feeling more familiar with them, the Dote gals have given their honest...

A Slow Sunday in Copenhagen

Church bells ring in the distance as the kettle boils, warm rushes of steam pouring into the bright kitchen. It’s Sunday morning in Copenhagen, Denmark and I’m about to make a cup of Japanese pour-over coffee and begin my day. The concept of slow living has come to hold almost mythic status for me in the last few years, culminating in my move...

What I’ve Learned – Danielle Gordon, Optometrist

In 2006, shortly after graduating from optometry school in my hometown of Waterloo, Ontario, my husband (and fellow optometrist) Ryan, and I made the decision to venture west to Alberta to start our careers.  Looking back, I can remember how excited we were about the opportunities that existed in this province, and how we happily packed our...

How Connection Grows…

Three years ago, I walked into a Crave Cupcakes shop on a Friday evening, unaware that I would be leaving with far more than some delicious treats. I ordered my cupcakes, not-so-patiently waited to have them packaged up and saw something I hadn’t ever seen before. It turned out to be a Dote Magazine. I immediately got one, knowing from the...

#EVERYBODIESBEAUTIFUL

It all started at the beach. Young, modest and insecure; I found myself wading in the water wearing a one-piece Speedo covered with a t-shirt and board shorts. I'm not sure why I felt my thighs were embarrassing or that my body was something to be covered and unseen, I just know that by being covered up I was hiding. I was afraid. It was...

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

When it comes to skincare, I have a pretty simple routine; wash, tone, moisturize and hydrate, that’s it. But since turning 30, I have noticed my skin starting to lose some of it’s luster, firmness, and youth. I’ve never really been into facials, and Botox and other more invasive treatments were never an option for me – I’m just not...

A Meaningful Life

When I was a child, I remember being happy. I was raised by great parents (losing one of them far too early, but still…), always well cared for, encouraged, and provided for. Yet somehow I got to adulthood not knowing some basic things about life, which I really wish I didn’t have to figure out so late. It isn’t the things you might...

Five Foods to Add Into Your Diet for Healthy Hair & Skin

Are you lusting after a long, healthy mane and clear, glowing skin? Add these five foods to your diet and you’ll be glowing in no time. Lemon (and warm water) You’ve probably heard this a million times, but a great way to start off your morning is to drink warm water with a couple of lemon slices. It may be over used, but for good...

Essential Ingredients for a Hygge Gathering in Copenhagen

Since moving from Calgary to Copenhagen seven months ago I’ve found myself embracing many Danish staples: trading my bus pass for a bicycle, flats for sneakers, and considerably darkening my wardrobe. However, what I’ve embraced most wholeheartedly has nothing to do with modes of transportation or a newly monochrome closet, it’s the Danish...

Seasonal Depression Food

I’m not sure if it was the allure of the snow-capped mountains and prospect of new beginnings in Canada or the fact that my current husband had placed a love spell on me, but I found myself moving away from the southern United States and into the frigid climate of Calgary back in 2007.  As my first winter approached I realized I had gotten...