Saturday, 27 July 2013

Book Review: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

Since I'm finally done with university I have time to read for fun (Well, it's not like I studied all that hard during uni, I could have been posting book reviews then too, but yeeeeeah.)  I decided to add a new topic to my blog instead of just cosmetic reviews and clothing :)

*** This is a review containing my opinions on the book, including details!! SPOILER ALERT! ***

A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews, 2004

The story is about Nomi, a 16 year old Mennonite girl living in a secluded village in Manitoba.  She lives alone with her father; her mother and older sister Tash have both "gone missing".  In reality, Tash has become atheist and left town with her boyfriend, while Nomi's mother, Trudie, has been excommunicated from the Meno faith.  Trudie left town to save Ray, her husband and Nomi's father to have to decide between his wife and the church.  At least that's what Nomi originally thinks--the reader is left with more options concerning Trudie's absence near the end of the book.  Nomi and Ray are surviving together, both struggling at the loss of their loved ones in their own ways.  
I really enjoyed the unique feel this book had.  It was easy for me to become attached to Nomi.  The story was slightly hard to get into at the beginning (not much action), but after I pushed through the first chapters it became much more gripping.  Throughout the story, Nomi is presented as a loveable but misunderstood rebellious tennager trying to discover the meaning of life.  She knows there is more to life than her little village.  She feels the town is an illusion--she isn't fully aware of what's going on and what the leaders want her to believe.  Nomi is conflicted between how she was brought up and her love for her family: Trudie and Tash are going to hell since they left town according to her beliefs, but how can her loved ones who really aren't evil deserve to end up in hell??
Nomi goes through what I interpreted as a mini mental breakdown before the book's end: she is always trying to escape reality by experimenting with drugs (definetely not favorable to the elders!) She also stays out all night almost every night and is failling 12th grade.  Her closest friend/boyfriend Travis seens like good company to her throughtout most of the story but ends up leaving her in the end (the following day after he took her virginity, I was so angry with him when I read that part!!!!!!!).  Meanwhile Ray is acting suspicious as he slowly sells all the furniture in the house. 
Inevitably, Nomi ends up being excommunicated as well for her rebelious behavior and attitudes.  I was very shocked by the ending of the book: I was expecting her to leave town with Travis as Tash had also left town with ther boyfriend (but clearly Travis ending up being a jerk).  Then I was expecting Nomi to leave with Ray, but to my surprise Ray leaves town by himself in the middle of the night!!  The ending is left open so to say--the reader doesn't really know what happens to Nomi, where will she go??  Her father has left her the car and the house to sell, so at least she will have a decent sum of money to build her new life.  One thing that is certain is that Nomi finally comes to a spiritual conclusion and everything clicks for her.  She sees her faith in a different light.  She has hopes for a positive new life and wishes to one day have a family reunion.  The book is written in the first person by Nomi, and at the very end the reader finds out it is a narrative for her teacher, Mr Quiring (I really liked that touch).
This book actually won the Governor General's Award for English Fiction!! I really liked it, I thought it was very unique.  Have you read it?? xo

Friday, 26 July 2013

Summer Editon Luxebox 2013

Hi lovelies! I was so excited to find my Summer 2013 Luxebox waiting for me when I got home today.  I am EXTREMELY impressed with the products I received!! Here is a brief overview.  Once I try the products out I will post more detailed individual reviews :)
 
If you don't already know, Luxebox is a service offered by a company called Loose Button. Unlike monthly boxes, Luxebox is a quarterly subscription: one box for each season!! Full size and deluxe size samples of beauty products (including skin, nails, fragrance, etc.) are mailed to your door for a low price, giving you the chance to try products out before actually buying them. Find them here: http://www.loosebutton.com/

Colorsmash hair shadow-looks interesting!!
A lovely foundation brush from the Loosebutton brand
Essie nail strips-Such a cute pattern!!
Knotties headbands/hair ties
Kérastase hair oil-I love this!!!
Vichy Night Spa mask
Just Cavalli eau de toilette-the only product I didn't like, I'm just not a fan of the scent.
Cake Heavy Hand cream-If you familiar with this line you know it smells AHH-MAZING!!!
Olay CC cream-Can't wait to try this out!!
 
Are you subscribed to Luxebox?? Thanks for reading!! xo

Thursday, 11 July 2013

*CLOSED* Summertime 2013 Giveaway!! :)

Hello lovelies!! I wanted to thank you for sticking with my little blog!! Let's start with the rules:

1 - To enter, you must be a follower via GFC or Bloglovin' (new followers are welcome!).
2 - Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite summer snack and drink is.  Only one entry per person, please!
3 - Leave me a contact email where I can reach you if you are the lucky winner! :)
4 - You must be over 18 or have your parent's permission.
5 - The giveaway is open internationally!

Now on to the prizes!!
 2 polishes from Ardene (the colors don't have names)
Avon lip balms in "Melon Bud" and "Berry Blossom" 
A cute froggy keychain!! 
 Nail art decoration wheel from Ebay
 Forever 21 necklace
Forever 21 compact mirror

One winner takes all.  I will chose the winner randomly in one month's time; the contest will close on August 12, 2013.

Good luck everyone!! :) xo

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Avon Cosmic Nail Enamel Review

Hi everyone! I saw a new line of nail polishes offered by Avon of of course I had to try them!  The Avon Cosmic nail enamel line offers pretty blues, a nice lime green, among a few other colors.  The polishes are unique and very pretty.  They give a subtle holographic effect, and are very glossy!  I only picked one up since my nail polish collection is very large but I was so pleased with it I may get more!! Here is "Galaxy", a lovely medium blue.

Have you tried these polishes yet?  Thanks for reading! xo

Monday, 8 July 2013

A Walk In The Rain

Hello everyone! Yesterday was a warm, rainy Sunday.  I really don't mind the rain during summer, so I decided to go for a walk with my boyfriend. There is a river a short distance from his house so we decided to pay it a visit.  It was so lovely!! There were birds singing every where and the rain was so warm :)








I hope everyone had a nice Monday today!! Thanks for reading! xo

Monday, 1 July 2013

OOTD: Boyfriend Jean Shirt and Tribal Leggings!!

Hello everyone!! Here is a fun, casual summer outfit I wanted to share with you! I hope you enjoy!!

 
Shirt: Avon
Leggings: Forever 21
Purse: Aldo

The jean shirt is is sooooo comfy!  It feels like pyjamas :)  If you are not as daring, you could pair the jean shirt with simple black leggings.


No outfit is complete without Starbucks of course ;) I'm wearing Avon Speed Dry nail enamel in "Don't be Jaded" with Hello Kitty nail stickers from Ebay!!

Thanks for reading :) xo

P.S. Happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers!!