Summer Book Giveaway

The other day, I posted all about my favourite books to dive into this summer. And I can’t wait to get reading! I also thought to myself how fun it would be to get someone else started with a great read AND since I just celebrated a little blogging anniversary (2 years!!), what better time than now to do a GIVEAWAY! I’m so excited to do a contest and share with one lucky reader a few surprise “reading inspired” treats, along with the New York Times Bestseller, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan.

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“An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.”

“Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.
As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness” went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.
Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Lonelinessis an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.” – from Goodreads.com

Good luck! The Summer book Giveaway closes Wednesday!

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Best Summer Reads 2015

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It is one of my favourite times of year again! The time to assemble a great list of books, head to Chapters and get cracking on my summer reading list! Let’s hear some excited cheers for summer reading!! Yaaaayyy!!

Last year I put together a list (check it out here) and I got such great feedback from it, I thought I would follow the same format…a little something for each summer destination: a day at the beach, a week away or a great escape! Really you could take any of the following books and have an enjoyable read in any circumstance but its fun to break them down into categories. I put a lot of research and thought into my book recommendations and I know this is a killer list. So without further ado, here is my BEST SUMMER READS 2015 edition!

summerreadsBeach: Beautiful Ruins | The Vacationers | Lost & Found | The Girl on the Train

Week: Circling the Sun | American Ghost | Hausfrau | The Opposite of Loneliness

Escape: The Marriage of Opposites | The Nightingale | Church of Marvels | The Paying Guestssummer readsSo what do you think!? Have you already started your reading list? Have any more recommendations for me?

Check back this weekend to enter a contest to win one of these great books to start your summer reading off right!

Happy Reading!

Today I’m Talking: Yeg Bloggers

yeg bloggersLast weekend I attended the Poppy Barley party hosted by local bloggers 204 Park, and I had an amazing time. Not only was I inspired by the gorgeous new shop on Whyte Ave., but I was so happy to be surrounded by so many talented individuals, meeting many online friends for the first time! Yeg bloggers are really starting to come together!

Besides dabbling in a cocktail or two made by the incredible Liz (seriously she was a magician!!), we eyed up the gorgeous footwear, took photos by the balloon backdrop and accomplished a little leather DIY tray – that thankfully wasn’t too hard for most of us!!

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Kassey & Janna showing off their skills!

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With my ladies Nicole Ashley & Behind the Blush

Being at this event got me thinking…

I am so thrilled to see such a great community of lovely ladies springing up here in Edmonton. I think it is so incredible to have women (and men!) doing what they love and finding creative outlets to channel their passion. Blogging has grown into such a huge world and it is oftentimes really overwhelming trying to navigate the foreign territory; but, having a growing blogging community here in Edmonton leaves me feeling really grateful and proud! I was so excited to spend the day with some of these like-minded individuals and it left me in anticipation for the next time I get to sip delicious drinks, laugh over a botched DIY and inspire each other with our stories and advice.

A big thank you to 204 Park for including me!!yeg bloggers

Looking to check out some more local talent?? Take a peek at some of these fabulous ladies:

http://www.thelovelyordinary.com 

http://www.dutchielove.com

http://www.shoptheskinny.com

http://www.adventuresinfashion.ca 

http://www.northernstyleexposure.com

http://www.dressmedearly.com

http://www.mariealamode.blogspot.ca

http://www.chantelleteresa.com

And of course….http://www.poppybarley.com (shoes below modelled by the awesome Anton!)

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Blush Bridesmaid Dresses

Hunting for the perfect wedding dress can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. And those same feelings can be applied to the search for the perfect bridesmaid dresses! When considering options, I have said the same words that most brides say…”I want you to be able to wear it again!” But it’s true. I want my besties to feel comfortable in something that suits them and to, hopefully, get some more use out of down the road. And, I absolutely do not want them breaking the bank! So, having them choose their own bridesmaid dresses seemed like the best idea, especially with all the amazing options available in our colour palette. As long as they choose something in the blush, cream or nude family, I am one happy bride! Mismatched dresses are thankfully still on trend and this way everyone can choose something they love! Here are some of my faves, all for under 200$$ bridesmaid dresses

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I’m looking forward to seeing all my gals in their choices! Stay tuned this summer to see them all together 😉

And just for fun…check out the dress my mom and I found together the other night! I think this may just be the best Mother of Bride outfit around!! bridesmaid dresses

And, how lovely! This weekend…get 25% off all dresses at Anthropologie!

Inspired Reads: Cupcakes & Cashmere At Home

cupcakes & cashmere at homeI have reviewed several novels and even some non-fiction works in this series, but never have I looked at a home or design book. Which surprises me because I have so many incredible ones!! (my living room is getting close to its max with coffee table books, I’d say). So I decided it was time to look at my most recent home book purchase: Cupcakes & Cashmere At Home. I have been a long time fan of Emily’s blog, as have most bloggers, and I think most of us can say that it’s a staple in our daily reading. I have followed her for years and still have her first book that was centred on seasonal style. So when her next instalment hit the shelves, I grabbed it pretty quick. Here’s why I love it just as much as her blog…cupcakes & cashmere at homePart 1: Her first section is all about decor, broken up into different areas of the home. I love that she used her own pictures instead of relying on other decorators’ work and really plugged her awesome interior decorator, Amber Interiors (big fan!!). Her photos are crisp and clear, much like her blog, and I especially love her design inspiration boards. She breaks down some great interior design ideas for both renters and home owners and includes many of her personal design philosophies. I love that she injected her personality into the book…it makes it that much more enjoyable to read. PS…I am so stealing some ideas from her office shelf styling!cupcakes & cashmere at homePart 2: The second section is all about entertaining, which is a big passion of hers. I LOVED this section because it gave me some great inspiration. Ryan and I love hosting but we tend to do the same thing most nights. She included different themed parties with what to cook (recipes included), what to wear, how to prepare the house and even what songs to listen to…what a great touch! I absolutely loved this section of the book and plan to make good use of it (how lucky are our friends lol)

So if you’re looking for a design book that is completely relatable, beautiful and just the right amount of inspiration, then pick this one up. It definitely makes my list of inspired reads. cupcakes & cashmere at home

 

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