Sunday, 21 August 2016

Links of the Week

Well, summer is almost over. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Granted, I've only been home for two months and I've kept myself decently busy. I'll be heading out on Saturday to return to school (with a little detour in Scotland...) so it's time to pack up and get ready. It's hard to believe that this time next year I may not be in this position. Hope your summer ends nicely! 

Truly Madly Guilty So I just started Big Little Lies (more down below) and could not be more excited for the tv series. But what's even more exciting is that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman bought the rights to Liane Moriarty's most recent novel, Truly Madly Guilty.

Hollywood Ruining Method Acting I saw Suicide Squad the Saturday it came out and was a little disappointed. It was a great film but could have been SO MUCH better. Jared Leto's performance has obviously garnered a lot of criticism and analysis - Leto is the main example in this article. I completely agree with everything the article states. 

Mixing up the Jumpsuit I'm so tempted to try and recreate this outfit but then I'm reminded that (a) I don't live in New York, and, (b) I'm not Blair Eadie.

The Best Button-Up Shirt This is the loveliest shirt. I picked it up during a back-to-school trip (maybe my last? at least second last) to Madewell and though I haven't worn it yet due to the scorching heat, it will get some great use during the other three seasons. 

Julia's Favourite Makeup Products I know next to nothing about make-up so I love comparing other people's must-have's. I was rather excited when I saw that I use the same Fresh Sugar as her!

Dogs and Real Estate This made me laugh a little but then realize that I will probably be the subject of a follow-up article in a few years time... The things we do for our dogs!

Most Liveable Cities Does your city make the list? Does it make you want to explore some of the top 10? It's making my unplanned trip down under more inevitable. 

Currently ReadingBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
Another one I've had on my Goodread's "Want to Read" section for a while (well, since Reese Witherspoon recommended it...) and I love it. I have a few heavier reads that I should've started instead as I've had them for longer, but BLL seemed like a nice, lighter book. Reese is tooootally Madeline and I just love reading Celeste with Nicole Kidman's voice. Though I kind of wish that I hadn't known the actors before starting the novel, it makes me pretty confident in the adaptation. Excited to see who the victim is! I'm nearly 100 pages in.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Links of the Week

Ocean's Remake I've been eagerly waiting to see who will headline the new Ocean's film as I'm a huge fan of the Clooney/Soderbergh trilogy. This cast seems pretty unbeatable! Very excited to see all of these ladies and their (hopefully) quirky characters. 

Nicole Warne Style My obsession with the Gary Pepper Girl began a few years ago when I started following her on Instagram. It's easy for anyone to fall in love with her page because of her incredibly enviable style sense and constant state of wander. I never really noticed patterns in her wardrobe (probably because I was too busy drooling and reminding myself that her taste in probably unattainable for me...) so I thought C&C's breakdown of her outfits was interesting.

Most Adorable Shirt The second I laid eyes on this blouse at Madewell, I knew it would be mine. I've been looking for a great button-up that didn't look too stiff or preppy for a while and this is certainly it. The top fits great and has a nice feminine flair. 100 percent recommended! 

Cinnamon Rolls These rolls are my favourite treat for breakfast. They are so darn easy too! I made them this past week and they didn't last long. I've tried this recipe a few times but I think I'll venture to Sally's Maple Cinnamon Rolls next time!

Penny Oleksiak Well, if you don't know her name by now you must be living under a rock. Penny has been the champion for Canadians during the first week of the Olympics! It's hard to believe that she still hasn't even graduated high school yet she has four medals. Her reaction and her family's to the gold medal is a reminder of why the Olympics is so great. Way to go, Penny!

The 5-Hour Rule I didn't know what the 5-hour rule was before reading this article but it seems like a great practice. If Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Oprah are dedicated to this learning then it can't be too bad. 

Make Your Bed I laughed a little at this article because the writer just nails it! Sure, Pinterest may fool you into thinking that a messy bed is the new black, but you will still be living in a mess. Make your bed, you'll feel better. 

Currently Reading: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kailing.
I've had this book for over a year but I only started reading it recently. It was at the top of my list but I just never set aside the time! I definitely plan on reading Why Not Me? after. She writes like she's talking to her best friend aka. you, the reader. I've laughed out loud a few too many times in public since I've started it, too. It's a book that I find I can put down and pick up whenever. I'm almost done and I'm honestly quite sad that it has to end. If you love The Mindy Project (or just funny and honest writing), pick up her book. 

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Kitchen Conundrums

It's not hard to get stuck on a YouTube binge. The suggested videos on the side lead you down a path of almost no return. Whether it's late night talk shows, Ellen, movie trailers, BuzzFeed food, Grey's Anatomy clips, or epic fails, we all have our weaknesses.

I don't know how I've only recently discovered this channel, but Everyday Food's series 'Kitchen Conundrums' is my new favourite binge-worthy playlist. The channel is from Martha Stewart so I'm sure the recipes are up to par. All of their videos are pretty great, but this series especially so because the host talks a little about the science behind the recipes. It also doesn't hurt that he's pretty cute to look at ;)

Here are some of my favourite videos gearing up for summertime. 

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew is so nice when the weather starts to turn!

Seeding a Pomegranate

I don't think I've ever seeded a pomegranate without creating a bloodbath. 

Grilling Steak (without a barbecue)

I love steak with a capital L but tend not to make it for myself because I've never been able to cook it the way I like (medium rare). I will definitely be trying out this technique! 

Fixing "Broken" Buttercream

This has happened to me too many times to count and I hate having to try to frost a cake or cupcakes with gross buttercream. Glad to see that there is actually a way to save it!

Making No Churn Ice Cream

An ice-cream maker is nothing that I've ever considered a necessity and this tutorial validates my hesitance. This recipe seems so simple! 

Don't all of these seem so easy now? I am dying to try out the ice cream. 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Statement Couch

Over the past few years, it seems that 'statement' couches have become increasingly popular. I admire the woman who can organize a fuchsia velvet couch into her living room - it takes serious guts to invest in furniture like that. A bold piece certainly becomes a focal pint and sets the tone for the rest of the house. I mean, if you're looking to add some feminine flare, that is one sure way to do so. I used to think that something like said fuchsia velvet couch would stick out like a sore thumb, but finding these designs on Pinterest has changed my mind. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Girl on the Train

I was aware of the popularity of The Girl on the Train before deciding to read it, but it was finding out that Emily Blunt would be the star of the adaptation that encouraged me to read the book. I mean, the woman really can do no wrong. If Miss Blunt thought it was a worthy read, surely I would too. Great news: I did! It's been described as the 2015 version of Gone Girl. Sure, there are similarities - thriller, multiple narrations, different timelines, slightly unlikeable characters - but overall they are separate. Gone Girl is about games whereas The Girl on the Train is all about secrets. 

The novel is a slightly unsettling tale that will give you a lesson in character study. Our three lead women are connected through the men in their lives and the mystery begins with a death (I was going to say "shocking event", but, in all honesty, everyone presumably knows that's implied). Though the main protagonist is Rachel, we are privy to other character's thoughts that certainly enlighten the story. 

As for the film, it looks like everyone was cast perfectly. I'm a little skeptical of Justin Theroux as Tom for no other reason than he is not at all what I had envisioned (I was picturing a Matthew Goode-Andrew Scott hybrid). Haley Bennett as Meghan is fantastic - I can't say anything else; I've been dying to see Rebecca Ferguson in something since Mission Impossible last summer so I'm very excited for her as Anna; Allison Janney is perfect in everything so I have no doubt she can bring a little more life to Officer Riley; we didn't get much of a look at Luke Evans as Scott but considering the rest of the cast, I'm sure he is game; and lastly, Emily Blunt is obviously looking superb as Rachel.

Here is the trailer:

WARNING: Spoilery-area ahead :)

Some thoughts about the novel:
  • All of the characters are clearly messed up and it makes me wonder if a community of people like this really do exist...
  • It had quite a few lull points - took me quite a bit longer to get through than I thought
  • Will Rachel ever be happy again?
  • Kamal should really have his licence revoked
  • From the trailer - I think they made it obvious who the killer is
  • I first wondered why Anna was part of the narration, but I think I ended up enjoying her parts the most
  • Will Rachel and Anna keep in contact? They share a unique bond...
  • I think I read the last 70 pages consecutively because I was too hooked at that point to put it down

Monday, 25 April 2016

Style Crush: Elizabeth Olsen

My style crush on her started when I saw a picture of her hair when she was promoting Martha Marcy May Marlene. I posted a picture of it on my short hair post, and it is still one of my favourite looks. Once I looked beyond her hair, I realized how great her style sense is. It's nothing too special or extravagant, just basic everyday looks - kind of a tomboy chic. I find it nice to see a celebrity not exclusively wearing crop-tops, body con dresses, or five-inch heels. Having fashion designer sisters likely doesn't hurt, but Elizabeth Olsen has certainly mastered being "effortlessly fashionable".