Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Review - Heaven is For Real


I initially heard about Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo when it was enthusiastically recommended to me by my sister Rosalyn, who'd read it and found it to be an truly wonderful and hopeful read. I kept meaning to pick it up, but it wasn't until relatively recently that I actually found the time to give it a go.

For those of you who don't know, haven't read it or seen the accompanying film (I haven't yet), this is a (best-selling) book about one family's experience with their son's near-death experience, specifically his experience with heaven, the unexpected knowledge he gained on that journey, and the  great and lasting impact of the experience on his family.

What to say about this book. It was heart-wrenching, touching, moving, encouraging, incredible, uplifting, amazing. The family in question is a Christian family, and their beliefs certainly are central to the story, but I definitely think that no matter your faith or background, that this is a truly beautiful story, well worth a read.

If you've read this book, I'd love to hear your thoughts! And if not? I'd also love to know what you're reading lately - I'm always looking for new books to check out!
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Music Monday: The Calgary Collection



I absolutely love independent Canadian music of all kinds, and follow various music projects looking to discover new talents and what's happening on the Canadian music scene. So I was delighted to discover the ongoing series entitled "The Calgary Collection", beautifully filmed and featuring just the kind of interesting folk I love hearing about and listening to. Even moreso than usual when the star of one such video is also a blogger who I've been following for ages - Amy Nelson from Amy Flying a Kite. Her style is lovely (that heart print dress!!), her photographs are enchanting, her writing is poetic, and her voice, as you'll discover in this video, is unique, special, and mesmerizing. She also shares some thoughts on folk music, the listener, and female voices that I also found so interesting.

Long story short? This is absolutely worth a watch for so many reasons. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Reading in Style v. 13

Chris from Over the Top 
Estée from Essiebutton
Caitlin from Style Within Reach
Gosia from Make Life Easier
Alix from I Covet Thee

Today's "Reading in Style" ladies come from far and wide but share one thing in common - enjoyment of a good book. 

First up - Chris from Austrian lifestyle blog Over the Top. I initially started following her blog while trying to learn German, but since then I've found a few good book recommendations from her. Particularly the one she's reading here, a (translated) copy of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy Mcginnis which I have definitely added to my to-read list.

Estée really needs no introduction - she's a youtuber and blogger extraordinaire. However, if somehow you haven't already, check out her channel, Essiebutton (and accompanying blog). Right. Now. She's a beauty pro, but I also love that I can fulfill my dreams of future greyhound ownership vicariously through her and her beloved hound, Reggie (aka reggiebutton). Such a cutie. I loved this post namely because she's reading one of the books topping my to-read list right now, Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl.

I loved this laid back easy weekend reading post from Caitlin of Style Within Reach (also find her at The Glitter Guide), particularly because I too enjoy lounging in jammies, coffee (or preferably tea) in hand, reading a good book.

Reading as relaxation? That's what Gosia of Polish lifestyle blog Make Life Easier suggests, and I couldn't agree more. (P.S. She's checking out The Body Book, by Cameron Diaz). 

Last but certainly not least, is Alix, of beauty blog (and youtube channel of the same name), I Covet Thee. There's nothing more luxurious than enjoying a book and a bath by candlelight - it's a favourite indulgence of mine as well.

Would you like to be featured in my next Reading in Style post? If you've got a bookishly stylish look/post to share, feel free to send it my way! rebecca (at) lotsixtyfive (dot) com!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Reading Essentials

Reading Essentials
I think every book-lover has their own routine for settling down with a good read. Perhaps a quiet nook, or a soft armchair. Curled up in bed or perched on a window seat. I can enjoy a good book anywhere, in any way. Although in an ideal world, I have a hot bath, then cuddle up in comfy clothes in the coziest spot I can find. I also have a couple of items that I generally surround myself with when my nose is in a book, and I thought I'd share them with you here today.
 
(Reading) Glasses - A daily glasses wearer out of necessity, I much prefer wearing contacts when I can. But when I have to focus on reading, glasses win out. Why? My eyes tire much less quickly. When I do wear glasses, I always like to have fun with them. I especially love this pair from one of my frame favourites, Bonlook.
 
Soft Cushion - This gorgeous fluffy pillow is perfect for cuddling up on the couch with a great novel.
  
A Fresh Mug of Tea - I may have a bit of an addiction to teas of all kinds. My go-to? Peppermint. There is truly nothing better to accompany a good read than a steaming hot cuppa. 
 
Scented Candle - I don't love candles with overpowering scents and tend to stick to soft scents in general. That said, I think the librarian in me died and went to heaven when I discovered Byredo Parfum's leathery vanilla scented candle, "Bibliothèque". Heavenly.
 
Cozy Slippers - My sister got me these "foot duvets" from Restoration Hardware as a Christmas gift a few years ago and they. are. incredible. So warm, so toasty. For someone with seemingly chronic cold feet (literally) - these are a godsend, and an absolute requirement for a comfy-cozy reading session.
 
A Good Book - La pièce de resistance! The books on my to-read list are too many to count, but one of the ones I am dying to pick up and dig into is the recently announced winner of the prestigious Giller Prize, "Us Conductors" by Sean Michaels.
 
What are you reading lately?
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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Giveaway & Review - Obiqo Skincare

I am a major lover of beauty products of all kinds, and so I of course jumped at the chance to test out some items from Obiqo Skincare's line-up.  I am really into serums lately, and also am forever searching for face washes that are not too harsh for my sensitive and highly reactive skin, so I chose accordingly, the Intensive Facial Serum and Gentle Face Wash with Marine Extracts. I've been using both daily for the last month or so, wanting to give each a fair trial, and I can honestly say I am really happy with the results.

The face wash was definitely my favourite of the two. As I said, my skin often reacts badly to new products -  it's super-sensitive. A big part of the reason I chose this product to review was the keyword: Gentle. And it delivered. My skin was happy and responded really well to this product. It's got a gorgeous soft scent, isn't drying, yet somehow contributed, I think, to helping my skin stay much clearer than usual, and was great at removing makeup. This would be a product I'd definitely pick again, and would gladly purchase.

The serum was nice, and I noticed my skin looking healthier overall with daily use. That said, I didn't find it quite as hydrating as I'd hoped, my skin felt a bit tight now and then after use. But again, in spite of the tightness it did look better. I've really liked this product thus far, and will definitely use it all up, but while I would definitely repurchase the face wash, I'll admit I would be slightly less likely to pick this product up a second time.

Now for the best news of the day - I'm happy to share that the folks at Obiqo will be giving one of each of these great products to a lucky Canadian reader (My apologies to everyone else, I'll have open giveaways soon, I promise!). 

The giveaway will be open until next Sunday. I'll announce the winner on Monday, November 17th.

Everything else you need to know to enter is in the widget below.  Good luck!

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