Monday, 27 June 2016

Style Inspiration: Kimmy Schmidt

While browsing photos of Ellie Kemper (the actress that plays Kimmy Schmidt) for hair inspiration, I realized just how much I absolutely adore the wardrobe of Kimmy Schmidt.

Her wardrobe is extremely colourful, it's full of prints and patterns, and consists of a lot of skirts, cardigans, and small cross-body bags. It's pretty much my ideal wardrobe.

Fox sweater, cat sweater, heart dress, cute bags, colourful sweaters? Love it!

I've been saving some of her outfit pictures to my Pinterest boards for future outfit inspiration because she seriously knows how to to do colour and fun prints.

Have you watched the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt yet? What'd you think?
xo Jen

Friday, 24 June 2016

What I'm Loving Now

Summer has been here for less than a week and I've already fit in an amusement park trip (Canada's Wonderland!) and bought a new bike (and went for my first bike ride in 12 years!). So far, Summer's been great.

Along For The Ride

"It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend."

I finished up the audio book for Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen recently and I absolutely loved it. The characters were interesting and I loved the setting and details put into it. I honestly dreamt of the beach and ocean after hours of listening to this book. It also made me want to go for late-night drives or eat pie in the middle of the night. It was a great Summer read and I definitely plan on reading other books by Sarah Dessen. 


We're heading back to Algonquin Park this Summer for a few days of camping. I'm beyond excited to go and can't stop thinking about all the activities - campfires, s'mores, swimming, hikes, board games, laughing. It's going to be fantastic! 

 A shot from last year's camping trip. 

I have plans to hang out at the lake this weekend so it should be a great weekend too. 

Happy Friday!
xo Jen

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Summer Reading

Most of the time the weather dictates what genre of book I want to read. In the cold, darker Winters I'm all over fantasy and sci-fi stories. But come the sunny, warm weather I have a longing for books about friendships, romance, coming-of-age stories, and if the setting takes place near a beach? Even better! I've been on the hunt for some Summer reading material and I think I've come up with the start of my to-read list.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
"Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken."

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
"Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time."

"Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she's a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…. 

Maybe someday…"

"That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life. 

Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?"

"Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she's abandoning their plans - and Colby - to start college in the fall. 

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what's next? "

"Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don't hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she's someone else. As though the summer wasn't complicated enough already."

Do you have any Summer books that you'd recommend?
xo Jen

*All quotes and pictures are from Goodreads*
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