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Back to School Essentials with MUJI

MUJI stationery for back to school

For all of us students and teachers, September is the start of a new year. The minute academic planners hit the shelves, I become obsessed with the idea of a new beginning. A new haircut, a new wardrobe, a clean desk and, hopefully, brand new work habits to match. I feel the itch to stock up on pretty notebooks, fun sticky notes and colorful gel pens to help keep my busy schedule organized. It takes a really good planner and quite a few to-do lists to keep track of all my teaching duties, research deadlines, blogging ideas and social outings. For beautiful stationery that is also functional, Japanese retailer MUJI is my first stop.


A Home Spa Experience with Vichy Ideal Body Spa Shower Gel-Oil & Gel-Cream

vichy shower gel blog review

Not having a bathtub at home, I rarely have the chance to indulge in proper home spa sessions anymore. There are days when a face mask and freshly painted nails just can't take my mind off how much I want to take a long, hot bath. On the bright side, I haven't had to scrub Lush bath bomb residue from the side of the tub in a very long time, so it's not all bad. I still got pretty excited when the Vichy Ideal Body Spa Shower Gel-Oil* and Spa Shower Gel-Cream* came in the mail. Shower gel doesn't usually make me squeal with joy, but a shower-friendly way to pamper myself from my favourite brand of skincare ever? That's worth getting excited about.


Esqido Lashes: A Beginner's Guide to False Lashes

how to wear esqido mink false lashes

When it comes to makeup application, my biggest challenges are concentrated around the eye area. The darker eyeshadows in my palettes go unused because I don't trust my blending abilities, I still haven't mastered the subtle art of the perfect winged liner, and I had never worn false eyelashes before my visit to the Esqido Lashes counter at Holt Renfrew yesterday. Read on for a review, tips for beginners and to see Esqido's BFF lashes* in action.


Currently Playing: The End of History by Fionn Regan

the end of history album fionn regan review

I recently dusted off my copy of The End of History by Irish folk singer-songwriter Fionn Regan. The memories associated with my favourite songs are always much more vivid than those brought back by places or smells for me. The first notes of Be Good Or Be Gone bring me right back to my folksy music days, when living in London was still a distant dream. 


Mugler Angel Muse Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Angel Muse, the shiny new fragrance by Mugler. It's a feminine, sweet and mysterious scent, one that you will #hatetolove. The PR fairies at Mugler were kind enough to offer one of my readers a bottle of Angel Muse. Enter the giveaway below!