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Recent Reads


It may not come off since I rarely talk about my love for it anymore and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t even had time to think straight recently but I absolutely love reading. I was an early reader as a kid and throughout high school I’d rather get a Chapter’s gift card for Christmas than one for the mall and had accumulated hundreds of books before I graduated. When I started university I was filling my reading time with text books and case studies instead of teen dramas and the fact that I was living in a tiny dorm room didn’t exactly give me an ideal housing situation for my books (although I must say I packed quite a few into my freshman dorm room).

Recently the Chapter’s on Robson in Vancouver had a massive liquidation since it’s closing and everything was 50% off. Although I felt like crying a little bit since I absolutely love that store I must admit I was pumped to pick up some new reads. I’ve only started on one of these so far so I don’t have any real opinions yet (believe me I will make an update post when I do) but I wanted to show these babies off.

The first one, and the one that I’ve actually started, is Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht. I was a huge fan of #GirlBoss and thought this was going to be along those lines so I decided to give it a shot. Another thing that intrigued me is that it was in the business section, compared to non-fiction or lifestyle which most others are filed under. I must say so far it has lived up to its name, it has the same vibe as Girl Boss but is a little more life guide and a little less memoir. I haven’t finished it yet but so far so good, and as I said I’ll keep you updated.

Next up is one that I’ve been looking to get my hands on for quite a while now but since it’s pretty recent it’s only available in hard cover, which inconveniently made it almost $30 Canadian which is a little steep for my student budget but reasonable when it was half off during the sale. I haven’t started this one yet but if you want a full description of It Was Me All Along check out the Amazon page here, but I’m also gonna give you my little summed up version of it. This is a memoir that depicts the author’s struggle with being overweight up until 20 and then trying to change her relationship with food and find herself in the process. I’ve read a few books that are along these lines and have really enjoyed them so I’m interested to see how I feel about this guy.

Last but not least is one that shows off my weird side that absolutely loves true crime (insert heart eyes emoji here). I stumbled upon the little wonder called Death by CannibalI own quite a few different weird true crime books and I’m a sucker for cheesy ones like this (also a sucker for crazy stories and cannibals tend all be a little insane). I haven’t started this one either, mostly because I don’t want to be seen in public reading this, but I have high hopes. There’s really nothing exciting to this besides lots of messed up true stories.



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What’s In My Carry On?

Carry On Essentials

When I’m forced to tell one fact about me I go with one of three facts; either I’m not French in anyways (despite my last name), I played soccer for 13 years, or that I absolutely love travelling. Even if it’s just a short flight home to finish family being on a plane makes me the happiest girl ever. This past week I’ve been (and still am) in the Okanagan visiting family so I thought it was only appropriate for me to make a little post on what I bring in my carry on considering how often I fly.

First of all, keep in mind I pack like a mother of 3 when I travel. My carry on is always packed full of entertainment, things I’m too scared to lose in my regular luggage, and the obvious travel essential. For my bag I use the Kate Spade Sophie Tote, I believe it’s no longer available but you can still find it on ebay and several companies make knockoffs, because it’s the perfect size and squishes  down nicely to fit under the plane seats. It also has a zipper to prevent losing anything and inside pockets (why I like it better than the longchamp bags) to keep everything organized.

For entertainment I bring a few things. Obviously I pack my laptop (it also fall under the ‘too valuable to check’ category) and my phone. The next main thing is my lovely iPad mini, which I mainly bring to listen to podcasts on while I’m in the airport. My new obsession is a podcast called “Guys We Fucked” which is 2 female comedians from New York who bring ex-hookeups on without telling them the topic of the show and questioning them. I warn you it is very 18+ but also hilarious. Besides that I just have the typical travel stuff, I always pick up a magazine and Diet Coke at the airport (usually a Cosmo or Nylon) and this time I brought a book as well for the actual plane ride. I’m a big fan of The Devil Wear Prada so when I saw the sequel at Superstore for 40% off the day before my flight I couldn’t pass it up!

Next up are my liquids, I honestly don’t pack much since this was a short flight and when I’m coming home to family I know there’s enough toiletries there that I don’t have to pack any. This time I just packed some makeup for touchups (they aren’t necessarily liquids but it’s easier to keep them in a bag), a tiny sample size of the La Vanilla Grapefruit perfume I received as a point perk at Sephora. I also threw in a small Jack Black face wash I got as a free gift with my brother’s Christmas gift just because I don’t keep any higher end face products at home.

Odds and ends take up the rest of my bag. I like to carry my laptop charger, USB cord, camera, camera charger, camera cord, and an extra battery in my carry on when I travel just in case (seriously nothing is worse than being stuck at an airport with a dead phone). Then I have my wallet. A few weeks back Kate Spade was on Hautelook and I jumped at this wristlet, it holds all my cards, has a place for my phone, and a wrist strap so it’s perfect for going out. It also have it super easy to take out of my little everyday purse and toss it in my bigger carry on tote for my flights. Lastly I have my passport, which I have inside this super cute J Crew passport holder so it’s easier to see in my bag.

Keep in mind if I’m going on a longer flights I will pack an extra set of clothing, more toiletries, and probably an extra pair of shoes to be comfy on the plane.

So that’s about it, all the little things I stuff into my big bag when I’m planning on take a flight! Feel free to leave me a comment telling me what else you’d bring if you were travelling. Also I rarely post soI thought it was fair to post my instagram, and twitter on here so you guys can keep up with my life outside of my blog.