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.

Belle

Belle

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!

 

 

Septemebr Favourites 2017

I know I say this every month but I truly can’t believe that it is practically October. I am so excited for chunky sweaters, colourful leaves and the crisp fall air. But let me not get ahead of myself. Before I start obsessing over October, let’s talk about what I was obsessed with this month. Ready? Let’s dive in!

Favourite Skincare

I always struggle to find facial cleansers that work with my skin type. They will usually either dry out my skin or cause lots of breakouts. Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil isn’t like that. It leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated. If you are looking for a new cleanser, I would recommend trying this one out.

Favourite Music

This month, I have been listening to a random collection of new songs. My four new favourite songs are Praying by Kesha, Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith, Find You by Nick Jonas, and Too Much to Ask by Niall Horan. I really like the beat and vibes of all these songs. I especially love Praying, as it is such a powerful song.

Favourite TV Show

This month, I binged the British drama, The Five on Netflix. It is about a boy, Jessie, who goes missing at the age of 5. Twenty years later, his DNA turns up at a crime scene and his older brother, as well as his friends, must figure out what happened. It is insanely captivating and each episode ends on a cliff-hanger, so it is perfect to binge.

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

P.S. Want to know more products that I have loving? Check out my current favourites!

 

 

3 Sugar Scrubs That Are Perfect for Fall

Fall is just around the corner. The air will turn crisper and the wind will become sharper. As much as I love fall, I am not a fan of how it can dry out my skin. However, to keep your skin silky smooth, all you need is a sugar scrub and a moisturizer. Sugar scrubs are super easy to make and the three below have the most delicious fall-inspired scents. Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

– 1 cup brown sugar

– 1/4 cup coconut oil

– 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

– 2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

– Mix all together in an adorable, airtight container.

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 

– 1/2 cup light brown sugar

– 1/2 cup white sugar

– 1 tsp ginger

– 1/2 tsp nutmeg

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

– 1/4 tsp ground cloves

– 1/3 cup coconut oil

Directions: 

– Mix all together in an adorable, airtight container.

Pumpkin Latte Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

– 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

– 1/2 cups sugar

– 1 tbsp. ground coffee

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 tsp nutmeg

– 1/2 tsp ground ginger

– 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

Directions:

– Mix all together in an adorable, airtight container.

 

Will you be trying any of these DIY sugar scrubs this fall? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. For more fall-scented awesomeness, check out these pumpkin scents that you will love!

Your 3 New Favourite Etsy Shops For The Fall

Looking for a new favourite fall candle? How about a cute fall mug? Look no further than these three Etsy shops for your new favourite fall items. Without further ado, let’s dive in!

Backwoods Soap and Candle Co.

If you are looking for the perfect fall candle, look no further than this small batch company from Vancouver Island. Try their Fall Collection Trio Mason Jar Candle Set (shown above) for only $17. It features a mini pumpkin spice latte, mini apple crisp and mini oatmeal and milk candle. They also offer a variety of other candles and soaps.

Pretty Collected

Although they are categorized as a “Bridal Shower & Baby Shower Printables | Guest Books” on Etsy, they have a ton of adorable fall mugs and printable. My favourite mug of their is Fall Breeze, Autumn Leave, Pumpkins Please Coffee Mug ($22.70).

Julie Garland

Julie Garland is a jewellery designer from Oakville, Ontario. Her designs are stunning and well priced. She has a variety of pieces for all seasons. However, my favourite fall-inspired piece of hers is a Sterling Silver Pinecone Necklace ($37).

Will you be checking out any of these Etsy shops this fall? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Want even more fall-inspired goodness? Check out these fall clothing items you have to have in your closet!

Recreate Storybook Cosmetic’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Palette

I am a huge fan of Storybook Cosmetic. Their products are always so fun and creative. However, I am not a huge fan of their price tag. Their Charlie and The Chocolate Factor Palette is $55, which isn’t unreasonably expensive but is a lot for a student, such as myself, to spend. Therefore, I decided to recreate the palette using Morphe eyeshadows, so you can have the same stunning colour combination with a better price tag. Are you ready to start saving? Let’s dive in!

Note: The colour matches aren’t perfect, but as close as I could get. 

 

charlie and the chocolate factory

Row 1 (From Left to Right)

  • Pearl
  • Flame
  • Silk

Row 2 (From Left to Right)

  • Breakfast at Tiffaneez
  • Love Me
  • Dazzling

Row 3 (From Left to Right)

  • Sun Kissed
  • Porcelain
  • Pink Silk

Row 4 (From Left to Right)

  • Lilac
  • Crème Brule
  • Starlight

Pricing

The Storybook Cosmetics Palette: $55

Your Morphe Palette: $2.50 x 12 = $30

Savings: $25

Will your be recreating this palette? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Want to recreate a different eyeshadow palette? Check out how to use Morphe Shadows to make an alternative to the Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Palette.

 

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3 Items You Must Have in Your Closet This Fall

The leaves on the trees have started to change. The air has become crisp. Fall is officially here, which means it is time to pack up your summer clothes and bring out the chunky sweaters and chic jeans. If your fall wardrobe is looking a bit bare, or you just need an excuse to go shopping, hit up the mall and add these three fall must haves to your closet!

The first is a button up corduroy skirt. The one I have been loving is the Gap Button Front Skirt in Red Delicious ($64.95). The deep red colour is perfect for fall. Pair it with a black faux leather jacket and some black ankle boots for a chic, edgy look. Another great option is the Forever 21 Corduroy Mini Skirt in Rust ($30).

The second item is a vinyl jacket. Yes, vinyl. If you want to go all out, the ASOS Jacket in Red Vinyl ($87) is for you. The bright, shiny red colour would look awesome with a pair of black skinny jeans. Or, for a more classic look, go for the ASOS Trench Coat in Vinyl ($134).

Lastly, there is a bright turtleneck. As much as I love wearing black clothing, this fall is the time to add a bold turtleneck to your wardrobe. Both the UO Cooperative Cindy Ribbed Mock-Neck Sweater in Orange ($59) or the H&M Knit Sweater in Magenta ($59.99) are great options for that splash of colour.

What are your wardrobe staples for this fall? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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My Current Favourites

It makes me sad to say that I can barely remember the last time I made a post, all the way back in May. Over the past three months, I was busy with exams, and then went to work at a summer camp with limited Wi-Fi access. Unfortunately, Broken Heart Designer got pushed to the back burner. However, before I got insanely busy with my freshman year of university, I wanted to get a few posts in. I thought a good way to start off was with my current favourites. So, lets dive in!

Favourite Movie

This summer, I didn’t get a lot of time to watch movies or television. However, I made sure I got the chance to see Baby Driver. Not only does it have a fantastic cast, including names like Kevin Spacey and Ansel Elgort, but the whole movie was filmed around the soundtrack. Every step, gunshot, or car maneuver was synchronised to the music, which was incredible to watch. This is a must see for everyone, even if you aren’t a huge action fan.

Favourite Book

When I heard that Lilly Singh, aka iiSuperwomanii on YouTube, was writing a book, I was extremely excited. I am happy to say that How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life didn’t disappoint. It is funny, inspirational, and perfect. It is full of life lessons, helpful advice, and hilarious stories, If you haven’t read this book yet, or haven’t watched any of Lilly’s videos, what have you been doing with your life?

Favourite YouTuber

If you are looking for some positive, inspirational vibes, look no further than Kalyn Nicholson. This Canadian YouTuber creates videos on a variety of different topics, such as How to Get Inspired and Motivated and How to Quit Bad Habits. If you are feeling like you need to relight that spark or you need a bit of encouragement to get up and going, go check out her videos. She also just wrote an ebook, titled #feels, and I am so excited to read it soon.

Favourite Face Mask

My skin had a rough summer. It was constantly breaking out, while also feeling really dry. I stopped by a LUSH store and one of the employees recommend that I try their Love Lettuce Face Mask. I have since become obsessed. It exfoliates my skin and gets all the gunk and oil out for my pores. It leaves my skin feeling clean and clarified, without feeling dried out. I highly recommend trying out a LUSH face mask. They just came out with a new line of Jelly face masks that I am excited to try out.

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

5 of The Cutest Demin Shorts for Summer

What does sunglasses, floral dresses, and sandals all have in common? They are all staples for any summer wardrobe. Denim shorts would also be on that list. They work for all occasions. Keep it casually with a distressed band tee and some sneakers or dress it up with a lace bodysuit and some cute sandals. However, not all denim shorts are the same. Keep reading for 5 of the cutest ones for this summer!

 

denim shorts

 

  • Forever 21 Star High Rise Denim Shorts ($31)
  • H&M Embroidered Denim Shorts ($40)
  • H&M Embroidered Denim Shorts ($30)
  • Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal Recycled Levi’s Cartoon Parch Denim Shorts ($72)
  • ASOS Missguided Anarchy Mid Rise Embroidery Feather Short ($38)

Will you be rocking any of these denim shorts this summer? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Ice Cream is also a summer staple. Check out this amazing no-churn dairy-free ice cream recipe!

 

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