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May Reads

May Reads

In the month of May I managed to read quite a few books and make up for my lacking in other months. I’m now on a better track with my reading challenge! Anyway, on with the books. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan 3/5 Stars […]

I watched all of Too Hot To Handle

I watched all of Too Hot To Handle

The world may have come to a total stop, but the Netflix reality programming department has not. Too Hot To Handle was unleashed upon the world on April 17, and it was exactly what we all needed – a trashy tv show with heart featuring […]

March Reads

March Reads

Well, I didn’t read much in March. I aim for at least 2 books a month. Things came up I guess. I also had a hard time getting through the one book I did read so I guess that slowed me down a bit. My goal is to read at least 3 books in April to make up for it. I definitely will have the time!

American Royals by Katharine McGee

2.5/5 Stars

I put a hold on this book last summer, and it finally came to me. It’s obviously a very popular book. I’ve been hearing about it for a while now. I was really looking forward to reading it.

It takes a look at an alternate reality in which America has a Royal Family. After the Revolutionary War, a crown was offered to George Washington, and hundreds of years later his family still reigns. Princess Beatrice is set to become the first Queen Regnant of the American throne.

The book follows her and her sister, Samantha, and their struggles for normalcy, as well as Samantha’s friend, Nina, and their brother’s ex-girlfriend, Daphne.

I love the concept of the book. I’m very interested in the British Royal Family, and I thought it was an interesting idea to see what that would look like in the USA.

I just didn’t think the book was that great in execution.

It was a lot longer of a book than I was expecting, clocking in at nearly 450 pages. I found it to be a bit too long. It was hard for me to get into at first. I feel like we could have gotten to the point a little bit earlier than we did. That’s probably the difficulty of having 4 narrators interwoven. Each character talks about their POV of each situation, which makes it a little drawn out for my tastes.

I also wish the characters were just a little older. Beatrice is 21, and Samantha, Nina, and Daphne are 17-18. I think if they were in their mid-to-late 20’s, it would all feel a bit more realistic to me? I have no issues reading books where the characters are in that age range! It just doesn’t feel like a good fit here.

Am I going to read the new book in the series coming out this summer? I mean, probably. I’d like to see where the story is going.

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My Favourite ‘Comfort’ Reads

My Favourite ‘Comfort’ Reads

Many of us, myself included, have a lot more time to read these days. I’ve always been a big reader. It’s a great way to escape into another world. There are a few books that I read over and over again because they are warm […]

Sephora Haul – February 2020

Sephora Haul – February 2020

I’ve had a pretty crazy 2020 so far. Because I’m very good at justifying things to myself, I thought my hard work so far this year deserved a treat in the form of a trip (online) to Sephora. Bite Beauty Changemaker Foundation in L40 I […]

January Reads

January Reads

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

4.5/5 Stars

In the latest offering from the writing duo Christina Lauren, the frequently unlucky Olive ends up taking her twin sister’s honeymoon due to an extreme illness that took over her and her beau’s entire wedding. The catch? She has to take the trip with her new brother-in-law’s insufferable brother, Ethan. But what’s a little time with the ‘devil’ for a free vacation, right?

This is a chick lit romcom type of book, so you know what’s coming. Obviously Olive and Ethan fall in love on the trip. But how we get there, and how we get to the end of the book doesn’t feel like your typical chick lit. There was some nice twists and turns along the way to lead you to the satisfying ending you picked up the book for.

I thought the characters were all charming, and I loved the scenes the authors built. There were also a couple moments I found myself genuinely laughing out loud.

I really enjoyed this book, as I expected, it’s right up my alley. I can see myself re-reading it in the future.

Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

4/5 Stars

For what a classic this one is, I can’t believe I’ve never actually read it. I’ve seen the movie once or twice, and I liked it. I saw it at the library and thought it was time.

Bridget is fumbling her way through her early 30’s as she watches her friends get in relationships, her mom experience a mid-life crisis, and as Bridget falls in love with a playboy co-worker, all while trying to cut back on cigarettes. This is all while everyone asks her when she’s going to get married and have kids. She takes most of it in stride, but makes some ‘interesting’ choices along the way that she regrets immediately.

I had a great time reading this. I will say, that it’s crazy how far we’ve come as a society when it comes to women’s weight. This book was published in the late ’90s, and every chapter starts with Bridget mentioning how much she weighs with anything over 125 being ‘fat cow’ category. I can’t imagine this flying today, and with good reason.

The book was funny and I am looking forward to reading the whole series, and then maybe watching all of the movies too.

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Sephora Fall 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations & What’s In My Cart

Sephora Fall 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations & What’s In My Cart

Well folks, another VIB sale at Sephora has arrived. It comes at the perfect time to start some Christmas shopping. Most of the gift sets are out already as well, so you can get a lot of value with those. With an extra little discount, […]

Influenster Voxbox – Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation

Influenster Voxbox – Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation

I received these products complimentary from Influenster and Kat Von D for review. I was looking forward to trying a new high-end foundation. I don’t often buy high-end foundation unless it’s on sale, so it was great that this one was coming to my door. […]

What I’ve been watching this week – October 1

What I’ve been watching this week – October 1

Hustlers

I know, I went to go see a movie in theatres, I can’t believe it either. With all the hype surrounding the movie, and with the absolutely unreal, star-studded cast, I felt like I couldn’t miss it. Especially now that I have Tuesdays free since Bachelor in Paradise ended.

The movie, based on a true story, followed Destiny’s rise from rags to riches through the NYC strip club scene with help from her friend, and fellow stripper Ramona. After the financial collapse of 2008, everyone fell on some hard times, they enlisted other dancers to help them get back on their feet using some, not super legal methods. It’s touted as a Robin Hood story. It is. It’s hard to feel bad for the Wall Street guys.

I enjoyed the movie. I don’t think I could say I loved it though. I thought the cast was fantastic. Jennifer Lopez was incredible as Ramona. There was quite a few laughs as well. There was just a lot of really sad elements to it. Which was the point, I know that. We’re told the whole story through Destiny’s point-of-view, and it’s revealed that she may not be the most reliable narrator. So it was a little difficult to be 100% on her side.

If you’ve been wanting to see Hustlers, you definitely should.

Schitt’s Creek

I am so deep into Schitt’s now. Ethan and I have really been enjoying watching an episode or two before bed every night. It’s been a great way for us to savour it. It’s so funny and features some of the most cleverly written jokes I’ve ever heard. I’m a little mad it took me so long to watch it.

Top Chef Season 1

I’ve completely given up on Southern Charm. After a few weeks break from it, I just couldn’t go back to it. I needed something to have on while working. Top Chef is just a trusty standby, so I put it on. I am still having a great time watching it!

A (mostly) Colourpop Haul from Ulta

A (mostly) Colourpop Haul from Ulta

Colourpop is one of my favourite makeup brands. It’s incredibly reasonably priced, and I haven’t come across many duds in their line up. It’s not the most easily accessible brand in Canada. With international shipping, duty fees, and exchange rates, the costs can add up. […]