Category: Review

Be Kind, Buy Local

Credit: BKIND Products

Last year, I decided to explore and support more local brands as I saw too many businesses go bankrupt and close their doors in Montreal. It’s not easy these days, and local entrepreneurs and creatives need all the support they can get. After all, it’s not just a business for them, it’s also a dream.

My coffee addiction and determination to use more cruelty-free products whenever I can lead me to this beauty brand called BKIND Products. It’s local, cruelty-free, uses natural ingredients and has a coffee body scrub. I was sold!

RECO, Indigo’s New Recommendation App

Indigo, the largest bookstore chain in Canada, launched a recommendation app last week called RECO. Similar to the beloved Goodreads, this new app allows its users to “share, discover, capture and discuss the books you love with friends and trusted experts.” Is it an app worth downloading to your smartphone?

Since Indigo is my favourite book retailer and I love everything that they do, I obviously had to try RECO. After only a week of playing with it, I think I’ve made up my mind whether it’s an app I’ll be keeping on my phone or not.

Vi by Kim Thúy

Vi by Kim Thuy

“Vi” by Kim Thúy
Publication date: April 4, 2016
Publisher: Libre Expression (French edition)
Pages: 144
Rating: ♥ ♥ 1/2

When I first heard about Kim Thúy, a Vietnamese-born Canadian author, I was very excited to read her work and was proud of all the recognition she had received. To my disappointment, her debut novel “Ru” left me feeling empty as it lacked depth, and development both in her story and with her characters. You can read my review here.

Ton petit look by Carolane and Josiane Stratis

Ton petit look by Carolane and Josiane Stratis

Ton petit look by Carolane and Josiane Stratis
Publication date: October 30, 2015
Publisher: Les éditions Cardinal
Pages: 221
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

When I first gathered ideas for Books & a Coffee, my cousin introduced me to this local fashion and lifestyle blog called Ton petit look (or The Pretty Looks for its English version though not updated since July 2014). It was meant to be some sort of an inspiration as this blog created by twin sisters Carolane and Josiane Stratis, both from Montreal, is one of the most famous and subscribed to in the province of Quebec. When I heard that they were going to publish their very first book to celebrate the 5th anniversary of their blog, I was intrigued about its content but didn’t get around to reading it until a few weeks ago. In all honesty, I didn’t plan on picking up a copy simply because I don’t follow their blog religiously. However, the beautiful cover convinced me otherwise and mostly, the positive reviews from a few friends who raved about how wonderful the book was.

The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking by Maria Menounos

The EveryGirl's Guide to Cooking by Maria Menounos“The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking” by Maria Menounos
Publication date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Pages: 336
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I preordered Maria Menounos’ third book “The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking” once I found out it was being published. I waited patiently for the release date (March 8) but to my surprise, my bookstore received it early and shipped a week prior. It was exciting to open the package when it arrived in the mail and to hold this beautiful (pink) cookbook in my hands. I think I even hugged it but I do that with most of my books anyway.