Summer of 2018, In Books

I know I have been MIA for the last few months. I have spent the majority of the last three months, since the end of May, in Algonquin Park working at a summer camp. This meant that I had no Wi-Fi, and therefore was unable to post. I was also unable to scroll through social media during my free time, which gave me more time to read. I always love to share what I have been reading with you guys, so I thought sharing all the books I read in the last few months would be a good way to come back after my break from blogging. So, lets dive in!

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister

Last semester, I took a Women Studies class. I have considered myself a feminist for several years but this class showed me how uninformed I was on certain aspects of feminism and gender equality. Which is why I picked up this book. I want to learn more and read about different perspectives and opinions. I highly recommend this book if you want to learn more about feminism and single women in current American society.

Odd Birds by Ian Harding

If the name Ian Harding sounds familiar to you, that would probably be due to his role on the hit teen TV show, Pretty Little Liars, where he played Ezra Fitz. If you are looking for a stereotypical memoir on a TV star, then this isn’t the book for you. This is a celebrity memoir but with a twist. He tells stories about his life and career in relation to his favourite pastime: birdwatching. Even though this wasn’t my favourite memoir, I am a fan of his and I did appreciate the originality. So, if you are a fan of Ian Harding or just a fan of birds, you should pick up Odd Birds.

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

The first book I every read by Nick Lake was Whisper to Me, which I only picked up because I liked the cover. However, I feel in love with the book and couldn’t put it down. There Will Be Lies was no different. It is a story about a teenage girl, named Shelby, who questions everything she knows about her family and her past after she gets into an accident that turns her life upside down. If you love a good thriller or mystery book, then this is the book for you.

Find The Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende

I am going to be honest. When I picked up this book, I expected it to be funny. Maybe it’s just me, but after reading the title, I was expecting a unique, funny, quirky twist on your classic everything-is-going-to-be-okay self-help book. I was disappointed. It wasn’t funny or unique. It was the classic self-help book, stating that all you need to do is Find the Good, even in unfortunate situations – like death. I always hate when I say this, but I don’t recommend this book. Maybe my expectations ruined my ability to appreciate this book for what it was but, in my opinion, this book was nothing special and wasn’t really worth the read.

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski 

Similar to Nick Lake, Sarah Mlynowski is another author writes books that I can’t put down. I was so consumed that I finished this book in only a few hours. I See London, I See France was the perfect summer read, full of drama and romance and set in Europe. The novel follow Sydney and her best friend Leela on their dream summer vacation to Europe. However, things get messy when Leela’s ex shows up on their flight. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a captivating book to finish off the summer season right.

DIY Rules For A WTF World: How To Speak Up, Get Creative and Change the World by Krista Suh

Have you ever heard of the Pussyhat Project? The pink hats that created the iconic seas of pink at the Women’s March? Well, Krista Suh was the women behind those hats and she wrote this manifesto to help other women create her path and make a positive change in the world.  It is inspiring, accessible, and motivating. It even has exercises to help you realize your full potential. If you are only going to read one book from this whole post, this should be the one.

Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Various Authors

I have mixed feelings about this book. This book contains 13 short stories, written by best-selling YA authors, which were fairy tales reimagined from the villains point-of-view. This was the part of the book I liked. I have always been a fan of retellings of classic fairy tales and I loved the unique perspective that each author had. Furthermore, with every short story, there was some type of reflection done by a Booktuber. This was the part I wasn’t a huge fan of, and often skipped or scanned over. Some of their reflections were interesting, like the one that were Instagram profiles for the characters of the short story that it accompanied, but many were boring, which I felt took away from the unique, interesting nature of the book. So, while I recommend the short stories, especially if you enjoy retellings of fairy tales, I would recommend skipping most of the Booktubers’ reflections.

What books did you read this summer? Let me know in the comments below!


P.S. Want more books to read? Here are my opinions on some of the books I read last year!



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My Recent Favourite Things

It has felt like a century since I have last posted. This last semester at school was insanely busy and blogging fell to the back burner (again). But now that exams are over, I have more time and I want to start blogging again. To start off, I am going to share my favourite things from the last few months. Ready? Lets dive in!

Favourite Podcasts

In My Current Favourites post last year, I mentioned my love for the YouTuber Kalyn Nicholson. I love her energy and she is so inspiring and motivating. She recently started a podcast, Kalyn’s Coffee Talk, where she covers a variety of topics, from wellness to mental health, in order to help you live your best life. I am obsessed.

I have also been obsessing over the Adult Sh1t podcast, from As/Is (Buzzfeed), hosted by the lovely Kelsey Darragh and Kate Peterman. They push boundaries, talking about everything from going to the gyno to mental illness to self-care. It is super empowering and simply amazing. Unfortunately, Kate just announced that she would be leaving the podcast. However, I know it will still be just as incredible with just Kelsey!

I highly recommend listening to both these podcasts!

Favourite TV Shows

There has been so many new TV shows that I have been loving. However, my two favourites are Rise and For The People. Inspired by a true story, Rise has been called the new Glee and stars the incredibly talented Auli’i Cravalho, also know as the real life Moana. On the other hand, For The People is a legal drama created by the brilliant Shonda Rhimes and is sure to fill the gap in your heart after the final episode of Scandal.

Favourite Movie

One of my favourite books ever is Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. So, when I heard that they were making a movie, Love, Simon, inspired by the book, I had very high expectations. This movie surpassed all of them! It was beautifully made and the cast was amazing. I highly recommend seeing this movie if you haven’t yet.

Favourite Books

Speaking of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the author recently released a sequel. The sequel, Leah on the Offbeat, was centered around Simon’s best friend, Leah. While I believe that the original is always better than the sequel, this book didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t put it down! I literally finished it in three hours! You need to read this book.

I also have a second book favourite: Meet Cute: Some People and Destined to Meet. This collection of short stories for young adult authors was adorable and made my heart melt. Each short story was about a “meet cute,” a cute way that two people, destined to be together, first meet. This is such a feel-good book and is perfect if you want a book that makes you smile!

Skincare Favourites

For whatever reason, my under eyes have not been having it lately. I am always waking up with them slightly swollen and heavy-feeling. Benefit’s Its Potent Eye Cream has been a lifesaver. I apply it after my toner and before my facial oil and my under eyes instantly feel so much better. As for a cleanser I have been reaching for the Garnier Rose Water Cleansing Milk. Most cleansers, even ones for dry or sensitive skin, leave my skin feeling tight and dry. Which is why, for the last year or so, I have only been using cleansing oils, which I love. However, on my last trip to the drugstore, I found no cleansing oils, so I picked this cleansing milk up instead. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed, and hydrated. I am so happy that I picked it up and I highly recommend it if you have dry skin like mine!

What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Want more of my favourite things? Check out my 2017 favourites!

5 Things To Do To Say Goodbye to 2017 and Hello to 2018

Happy New Years everyone! I hope you all had a splendid holiday and are excited to for 2018. I wanted to share 4 little rituals that will get you into the right mindset. Use them to get inspired, refreshed, and ready for 2018!

Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Future Me is an online service that allows you to write a letter to your future self that will be emailed to you in a year. It is the perfect time to look back at all the amazing memories and accomplishments from last year, and set goals for this year.

Make a Ten Things Left – Ten Things Invited List

Get two pieces of paper out. On one, write ten things you want to leave in 2017. It could be anything, such as a habit, person, or negative thought. On the other paper, write ten things you want to invite into your life in 2018. This is also another amazing way to reflect. Burn the first list and plant the second one.

Level Out Your Consume-Create Ratio

We are constantly consuming. We are eating, watching, listening, or absorbing information, especially as students. Take some time over the break to level out your consume-create ratio. The opportunities to create are endless, such as cooking, writing, playing music, or potting a plant.

Do a Technology Detox

The holidays are a great time to spend time with friends and family, without the constant pressure of outstanding deadlines and assignments. Be more present by doing a technology detox. Spend 24-hours without your phone and social media and spend it with the people who mean the most to you.

How to you prepare for a new year? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Need some help with your new year’s resolutions? Check out these amazing subscription boxes that will help you achieve your goals this year!

2017 Favourites

2017 is near the end and what a year it has been. Across the globe, people have been stuck with tragedy and miracles. For me, it was a relatively good year. I graduated high school and just finished my first semester at university. Today, I wanted to share with you my favourite products of 2017. Each of these products brought a bit of joy into my life this year. Are you ready? Lets dive in!

Favourite Books

This year, I read several amazing books. I have talked about all the books I have read this year in 2017 in Books, Thus Far and 2017 in Books Pt. II. So, I just want to highlight my top five:

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • The Female of The Species by Mindy McGinnis
  • A Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  • How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
  • Talking as Fast as You Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls by Lauren Graham

Favourite Music

This was also a great year for music. I could go on and on for ages about all the different songs and albums I loved. However, I will just mention the four albums I was obsessed with:

  • Flicker from Niall Horan
  • The Thrill of It All from Sam Smith
  • Places from Lea Michele
  • Divide from Ed Sheeran

Favourite Skincare

This year, when my skin needed a pick-me-up, I would reach for either the Fresh Rose Face Mask or the LUSH Love Lettuce Face Mask. The Fresh mask is gel-based and is extremely hydrating and refreshing. As for the LUSH mask, it is made from an exfoliating ground almond base, so it is very rejuvenating and purifying. As for my go-to skincare for every day, I have been loving the Simple Cleansing Oil. It removes all the dirt and makeup without drying out my skin.

Favourite Makeup

This year, I have two favourite mascaras: Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Benefit BadGal Lashes Mascara. I pair them together for full, voluminous lashes that stay all day. I have also had a go-to blush and bronzer trio that I have been obsessed with: Benefit Hula BronzerBenefit Dandelion Blush, and Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty. They also make an amazing natural eyeshadow look.

What have you been loving this year? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Ready for 2018? Check out these amazing subscription boxes to help you complete your New Year’s Resolution!


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6 More Subscription Boxes To Help With Your New Year’s Resolution

Have you started thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? With two weeks left until 2018, it is time to start thinking about how to make next year the best year yet. And, if you anything like me, you make resolution but end up giving up on them by the end of January. However, this year will be different. For whatever resolution you make, there is a subscription box that can help you achieve it. Don’t know where to start? Keep reading for 6 different resolutions and six matching boxes.

Start Cooking More

Want to start cooking more? Try the Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Kit for just $26. It includes 6 different spices and blends from around the world, as well as recipes, such as Chickpea Veggie Burger or Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie, for any diet.

Try More Vegan and Cruelty Free Beauty Products

Want to be more eco-friendly when it comes to beauty products? Then the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is for you. For $23/monthly box, you get 4-7 new products to try out, ranging from cosmetics to skincare to nail polish. They also have a makeup box and a snack box.

Making Your Morning Coffee at Home

Tired of spending way too much money on your morning coffee from Starbucks everyday? Look no further than the MixCups Box. Each month, get 30 single-cup coffees, including new roasts and seasonal classics, for $30. You can select your coffee preferences to match your taste.

Drink More Tea

Not a coffee person? Not to worries. The Simple Loose Leaf Tea Company will send you 4 different teas monthly from around the world for only $9 a month. You can also get a box with only decaf tea, if your new year’s resolution is to give up caffeine.

Be More Organized

Up your organization game for only $40 a month with the Busy Bee Stationary Box. It is full with beautiful stationary for all your planning, note-taking, journaling, and letter-writing needs, such as planners, stickers and highlighters.

Practice More Self-Care

Treat yourself more in 2018 with the Therabox. Curated by therapists, this box is designed to reduce stress and increase happiness. The box is $35/monthly and filled with items such as bath salts, teas, and journals.

What is your New Year’s Resolutions? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Want to check out more subscription boxes that you will love? Click here and here!



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October Favourites 2017

I can’t believe we only have two months left in 2017. The day I am writing this, it snowed briefly for the first time this year, which was bittersweet. Winter is just around the corner. But before we get out the winter coats and fur gloves, lets look back at the past month. Keep reading to see all the products I was loving this month!

Favourite Book

I just did a post on a lot of the books I read recently, so I won’t go too into depth on books but I did want to highlight two books that stood out to me. They were This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis and Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski. They are on the opposite end of the scale. This Darkness Mine is dark and intriguing, while Ten Things We Did was light-hearted and funny. However, they are both amazing books and I could barely put either of them down.

Favourite Makeup

I have a new makeup routine, that I am planning on making a post about, but I wanted to mention one product that I can’t get enough of. It is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty. It is a pretty light pink-purple tone that is extremely flattering on the skin. Beyond simply using it a blush, I wear it as an eyeshadow with Benefit Dandelion Blush and Benefit Hoola Bronzer for the perfect neutral eye that lasts all day with no fallout.

Favourite TV Shows

I have two new favourite TV shows: Dynasty and The Mayor. I am going to be honest, I only started watching Dynasty because Liz Gilles, who played Jade in Victorious (a Nickelodeon show I watched religiously growing up) plays the lead and I only started watching The Mayor because I adore Lea Michele. However, they are both extremely entertaining. Dynasty is suspenseful and dramatic. The new Gossip Girl. The Mayor, on the other hand, is insanely funny and gives me major Brooklyn 99 vibes. If you are looking for a new show, I highly recommend both of these.

Favourite Skincare

I went to the drugstore one day to replace my Simple Micellar Water and ended up picking up the L’Oréal Micellar Water Complete Cleanser. It was less expensive than the Simple one and had double the volume. I have become obsessed. Designed for normal to dry skin, this micellar water doesn’t dry out my skin and leaves it feeling cleaned and refreshed. Defienelty worth giving it a try if you are on the hunt for a new cleanser or makeup remover.

Favourite Music

I have already mentioned one Glee star so far in this post and I am about to mention another one. Darren Criss, who played Blaine, and his older brother created a duo called the Computer Games. I have had their EP Lost Boys Life on repeat all month. I am currently listening to the song Every Single Night, which is probably my favourite. If you miss Darrin Criss’ amazing vocals, you are going to fall in love with this EP.

What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Check out more of my favourites by clicking here!



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The Fall Lip Colour That You Will Love

Out of all four seasons, I love fall fashion and makeup the best. There is nothing cuter than a chunky sweater, a stylish pair of boots and a deep, dark lip colour. The lip colour to rock this fall is a deep plum colour. It looks good with every skin tone and doesn’t wash out your other features. Below are some of the best plum lip products. Are you ready? Let’s dive in!


plum lipstick


  • Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Plum Role ($25)
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick  in Homegirl (Currently on sale for $15)
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania ($9)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hill Liquid Lipstick in Potion ($26)
  • Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Escapist ($12)

Will you be rocking some plum lipstick this fall? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. For more fall lip colours, click here!


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2017 in Books Pt. II

In March, I wrote a post called 2017 in Books, Thus Far where I shared all the books I had read so far this year and my thoughts on them. Well, it is time for part two. Since then, I have over 20 books, so I am not going to share them all with you, just some of the highlights, in no particular order. Ready? Lets dive in!

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

I bought this book the day it came out. I loved Mindy McGinnis’s book The Female of The Species (which I mentioned in pt. 1 of this series). The novel follows Sasha Stone, who is first chair clarinet and top of her class, who is used to everything going a certain way. When she finds herself attracted to the school’s bad boy and that she absorbed her twin in the womb, she is worried her heart isn’t really hers at all. This book is dark, powerful, and captivating, and well I haven’t decided if I like it as much as The Female of The Species, I still believe it is a must read in 2017.

10 Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mynowski

On the exact opposite end of the spectrum from This Darkness Mine, this book is fun and youthful. 16 years old, April, convinces her parents to let her live with her friend. Unsupervised, these two girls plan to make the most out of it and they do some things they probably shouldn’t have. If you are looking for a book to brighten your mood on a grey day, I recommend picking this one up.

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

I mentioned this book in My Current Favourites about a month back but this post wouldn’t have been complete without mentioning it. Lilly Singh is a popular YouTuber. Her debut book is full of life lesson, helpful advice and hilarious stories. It is inspiring, funny, and motivational. Everyone has to read this book.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I adore Becky Albertalli’s first book, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (which I talked about in my 2016 Favourites). Therefore, I had to pick up her new book and I wasn’t disappointed. The book follows twins Molly and Cassie as they fall in love. It is beautiful written and was basically impossible to put down. If you haven’t read either of Becky Albertalli’s books, I highly recommend both of them.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This story explore mental illness, loss, and what happens when you hold onto the past. Meet Griffin. His first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies unexpectedly in a drowning accident. He has to deal with loss and heartache and the only one who understands his pain is Jackson, Theo’s current boyfriend. Get ready for a boatload of emotions with this book, in a good way.

Letters to The Lost By Brigid Kemmerer

I just finished this book and it literally made me tear up a bit. Juliet lost her mom in a car accident and the only way she can cope with the loss is to write letters to her mom and leave them at her grave. Declan lost his sister in a drunk driving accident. He reads the letter that Juliet wrote and writes back. They connect immediately and share things they have never shared with anyone else. It is emotional and powerful.

What books have you been loving recently? Let me know in the comments below!

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4 Halloween Costumes You Already Have in Your Closet

Halloween is only a few weeks away. But don’t worry if you haven’t figured out your costume yet! I have you covered. Below are four cute and easy costumes that you already have in your closet! Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

To be the most stylish Winnie the Pooh, all you need is yellow bottoms (like this Forever 21 Mix Skirt ($30)), a red crop top (like this lattice caged cropped top from Urban Plant ($10)), and some yellow felt. Cut some ears and the word ‘Pooh’ out of the felt, and stick the letters on the crop top and the ears on a headband. Voila! You are done. Bonus points if you get a jar of honey!

Veronica Lodge from Riverdale

Veronica Lodge

Start with a cute black top, like this simple long sleeve shirt from the GAP ($26), and a plaid skirt, like this plaid mini skirt from Urban Outfitters ($25). Add some black heels, such as this Camy heel from ALDO ($70), and a strand of (fake) pearls (you can pick up this strand at Forever 21 ($8)). Last but not least, add a boatload of confidence and class and you have yourself a classy Veronica Lodge.



Have a cute blue dress, such as this Home Before Daylight Periwinkle Dress rom Lulu’s ($44), laying around? Layer it on top of a white blouse, such as this V-Neck Blouse from H&M ($20), and place a white apron, like this Chef Works Four-Way Apron from Amazon ($14), over the dress for the perfect Belle costume.

Claire from The Breakfast Club

Claire from the Breakfast Club

This one is a bit of a throwback. All you need to rock this iconic costume from the 1985 film is a pink blouse (like this Sateen Dolman-Sleeve Blouse form Forever 21 ($21)), a long brown skirt (like this button-front maxi skirt from Forever 21 ($30)) and some brown boots (like these Guisa boots from Call It Spring (on sale for $30)).

What are dressing up as for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Want even more costume ideas? Click here for a Rory Gilmore, Eleven from Stranger Things, Gryffindor, and Taylor Swift costume! Or click here for a Snow White, Minnie Mouse, Where’s Waldo, and Red Coat from Pretty Little Liars costume! Want even more? Click here for a ranch girl, A from Pretty Little Liars, Emma from Once Upon A Time and a 70s Biker Chick costume!


4 Cute Band Tees!

Fall is here. Which means adorable outfits full of layers. Band tees make the perfect base. Pair it with a soft flannel or edgy leather jacket, some skinny black jeans and over-the-knee black boots for an Instagram-worthy outfit. Looking for an awesome band tee? Keep on reading!

band tees
  • Forever 21 Kiss Graphic Band Tee ($22)
  • American Eagle Van Halen Band T-Shirt ($16)
  • Brandy Melville AC/DC Tee ($35)
  • Boohoo Katie Nirvana Licence Print Band T-Shirt ($17)

Will you be rocking a band tee this fall? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Want more fall fashion? Check out these fall must have pieces!