Spring Has Sprung!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (I'll have a review for this book up soon. I loved it).
La Fleur Fine Fragrance Mist by Bath and Body Works (Makes you smell like a beautiful floral garden).
 C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve (Best. Lip Balm. Ever). 
Italian White Sunflowers from Michaels
Gorgeous Storage Box from Winners

Garland from Dollarama
 Twine from Michaels
 Pictures from Pinterest.

I love this print! The bright colours and fun doodles are so uplifting and really make me smile. 

I've been obsessed with this pop rock sister trio since their first album Days Are Gone back in 2013. Four years later and they've finally released new music. I love their new sound. They just have a really nice style to their music that you just don't tend to hear that often. It's so refreshing and different (in a good way) from their previous record. Want You Back by Haim is my #1 most listened to song this week. This song is just the perfect song to sing and dance along to (which I've been doing a lot). I can't wait until their new album, Something to Tell You, coming out July 7, 2017! 

I hope you all had a great week and have a great day today! I'll see you soon with a new post. xx

love xena

Nicola Yoon Book Signing!

I had the best time meeting Nicola Yoon, the author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star, and Stella Meghie the director of Everything, Everything. They're both such nice and talented ladies. I highly recommend you read both of Nicola Yoon's books because they are so amazing. The movie comes out May 19th so don't forget to check it out! Watch the trailer below! (I can't stop watching it. It's a problem).    

I hope you all had a fabulous week and have a Happy Saturday and great week ahead. I'll see you soon with a new post! xx

love xena

Weekly Favourites #6

#1: TV Show

Thirteen Reasons Why is such an emotional, gripping, and powerful new show. If you haven't heard of it, essentially, it is about a 17-year-old girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide. Clay Jensen, the boy in the poster above, gets a set of cassette tapes that Hannah created and on each one is a different reason why Hannah decided to take her life. It's a very important show to watch and shows how much one person can effect someone's life. I read the book a few years ago and thought it was pretty good but I loved the ending the most. The show changed a few things and due to a lot of things being left unresolved I believe (I hope) season 2 becomes a thing. I highly recommend you watch it but be aware that there are trigger warnings for violence, self-harm, suicide, and rape. 

#2: Music

÷ (Divide) by Ed Sheeran takes the cake for album of the year and the year's not even over yet! I love every song on this album, no joke. His songs always resonate with me and make me feel so happy. He is a truly talented person, I mean his songwriting and ability to evoke so much emotion in his songs is just incredible. Non-stop been playing this album and I think it's one of my favourites of all time. 

Other songs I've been loving listening to:
The Cure - Lady Gaga
When I'm Alone - Lissie
Stay Gold - First Aid Kit
Crowded Places - BANKS

#3: Books

I am addicted! I just recently started the Royally Series by Emma Chase. I read Royally Screwed and Royally Matched in two days each (4 days altogether). Mind you, they are short books but they are so unputdownable. 

Royally Screwed is about Prince Nicholas Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, who is incredibly handsome and used to being bowed down to. Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty, Olivia Hammond, who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face. He becomes very intrigued by her and wants to take her out on a date. For waitress Olivia Hammond, dating a prince isn't what she imagined it would be like. There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it. Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

 Royally Matched is the sequel to Royally Screwed but it's not a continuation. It follows a different couple but I highly recommend you read Royally Screwed first as the male main characters are related and both are incredibly witty and a bit naughty. 

These were incredible fun and entertaining books. I loved Royally Screwed but I think I love Royally Matched even more because the main girl is a librarian who loves romance books!! ALSO, the (last?) book in this series, Royally Endowed, comes out June 15, 2017. So, if you are intrigued then definitely go read the first two so you can read the last one when it comes out. Highly, highly recommend if you are a sucker for romance and princes like myself. 

#4: Body Care 

Bath and Body Works recently came out with their new French Collection and it was actually on sale (it's on sale for $6.50 until April 23, 2017) so my mom and I got some new products. I love this collection. Every scent smells sooo good. B&BW really stepped up their game because the scents smell so expensive. I got both La Fleur (1) and Rose Champagne (2) in a Body Cream (1) (2) and Fine Fragrance Mist (1) (2). La Fleur smells like you just rolled around in a beautifully smelling garden and Rose Champagne smells like candy, roses, and fizz. I am beyond impressed with the smell and the packaging of these products. I can't wait until the French candles come out! 

I hope you all had a great week and have a great day tomorrow. Keep well and I'll write soon! xx

love xena

Happy Easter!

Easter manicure: Essie Gel Couture nail polish in...
 Dress Call (light purple) 
First View (baby blue) 
 Haute to Trot (pretty pink) 

Beautiful spring bouquet

Lindt Chocolate Easter Chick 

Oooh! I wonder what's inside? 

My momma's Easter gift to me!

My new stuffed animals! I'm going to put them on my bookshelf!

Close up of these goregous light purple flowers and baby's breath 

Chocolate cake with raspberry filling

I hope you all had a great Easter and long weekend! I'll see you soon with a new post. Keep safe, happy, and healthy!

love xena 

Fun Weekend Ideas!

Hello, everyone! This whole week I have been missing March Break terribly and wishing I could rewind time. It was just so relaxing and fun--especially not having homework for a whole entire week! Unfortunately, the break is over but that doesn't mean the fun has to end! I've been thinking about fun things to do on the weekend after a stressful and work-filled week and that's what today's post is all about. As much as having work to do and being productive is important, we all need a break from the stress and time to relax and do something fun. So, I've come up with a few ideas and recommendations if you are in need of a fun 'March Breekend'--get it?

1) Dinner and a movie!


My mom and I went on a dinner and movie date over the March Break and it was absolutely wonderful. We ate at Red Lobster (I recommend the Shrimp Linguine Alfredo) and after that we browsed in the mall for a bit since that was where the movie was playing. We watched Beauty and the Beast and oh..my..gosh. It was magical. The animation was incredible, the colours were vibrant, and the singing and acting was fabulous. It's a movie for everyone regardless of your age. I highly recommend watching this movie. You won't want to miss it!

2) Bake a treat!

I don't know about you but sometimes I just randomly feel like baking. I think it's because I look at a lot of incredibly mouth-watering recipes on Pinterest all the time. Whether it's a cake mix or from scratch I think baking is just so relaxing and the end result is always the best part. I'm going to recommend a pretty simple recipe to you all: Banana Bread! I absolutely love banana bread but this recipe is off-the-charts amazing! Definitely try it out!

3) Have a marathon of your favourite show!

This is probably my favourite thing to do on the weekend when I have little to no homework. You probably already do this but I'll use this as a chance to recommend some amazing shows to binge-watch. 
Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl are the best shows to binge-watch and rewatch over and over. They are just incredibly addicting and you'll never get tired of them. Once Upon A Time is the perfect show for everyone because it's based on fairytales which is something everyone can enjoy. Baby Daddy is just hilarious and so cute. They just recently celebrated their 100th episode and season 6 is currently playing on TV. I highly recommend all of these shows!

4) Read a book!

You already know how much I love to read so this should come as no surprise. I am going to recommend two books that aren't very long and are so unputdownable that you'll definitely be able to finish them over the 2-day break (possibly even both of them if you want to). 

First up, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Review: 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars 

This made me feel like I was on happy pills. It's honestly such a cutesy read filled with great dialogue, awesome friendships, pop culture references, and diversity!!! Also, I love that for the most part people were accepting of Simon's sexuality. I felt that everything was very realistic, the relationships especially. Overall, super cute and adorable read.

"The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat—soft and persistent, underlying everything." ~ Becky Albertalli

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Next, I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Synopsis: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

My Review:

I'll Give You the SunI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Incredibly poetic and imaginative. This book is really like no other. It's beautifully and vividly written, with raw and emotional scenes that tug at your heart, yet also so inspiring and artistic at the same time. It's a wonderful coming of age story and a true masterpiece. When I'm not reading it I'm thinking about it. It's spellbinding and relatable and just perfection. I wish every book I read was like this book but then it wouldn't be as special as it is. This is a book everyone should read. I'd give this book a gazillion stars.

P.S. Do not listen to Troye Sivan after reading this book unless you want to a have huge sob-fest. If you do want to bawl your eyes out then I recommend watching the Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy and listening to Swimming Pools. Even thinking about it makes me feel emotional. 

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I hope you enjoyed today's post and got some ideas on how to spend your March Breekend! I hope you all had a great day today and have a great weekend. I wish you well!

love xena

Weekly Favourites #5

Well...long time, no write. My last post was over a month ago!!! I honestly cannot believe this. I am so sorry for my absence. Two factors contributed to why I have not posted in so long: 1) I got the flu which was so horrible so I missed a week 2) I had lots of schoolwork to catch up on, as well as, tests and quizzes to study for. I am back now! I have a fun post today which you already knew by the title: Weekly Favourites! Lots of new discoveries and obsessions this month so if you want to learn more, then keep reading! 

#1: TV Shows

Riverdale is honestly my new obsession. It's based on the Archie comics but instead of just being a teen drama it's also a murder-mystery series. It's like Archie meets Scooby-Doo in a way. The series starts off with the tragic death of quarterback Jason Blossom on the Fourth of July and figuring out who in the town killed him. It's so addictive it's insane. Definitely check this one out on The CW or Netflix. 

I have been watching The Fosters every Tuesday since the fourth season started and it has been so dramatic. I've been watching this show since it started back in 2013 and it's honestly one of my favourites. If you don't know what this show is about, essentially it is about the Fosters family which consists of lesbian couple Stef and Lena, a police officer and a school vice principal, who raise a multi-ethnic blended family that consists of one biological son (Brandon) and for adopted children (Mariana, Jesus, Callie, and Jude) in San Diego, California. It's a really great show that touches on many themes such as family, love, and LGBT to name a few. This is a must-watch for the new generation in my opinion.

#2: Movie

I recently watched The Edge of Seventeen and it is so hilarious. If you know me then you know I love coming-of-age movies because they explore everything that comes with being a teenager. I always complain about how there are no good coming-of-age movies in recent times. And now my prayers have finally been answered! This movie is about Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) whose life becomes increasingly unbearable when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother. I know, I know, it sounds cliché but it's really good. I love watching Nadine deal with all the changes going on in her life. Plus, the comedy is great. Highly recommend!

#3: Music

Green Light by Lorde is the perfect dance-like-crazy-in-your-room pop song. Lorde hasn't released music in 3 years so I was so excited when this came out on March 2nd. Her new ablum Melodrama is coming out June 16, 2017--the cover art to which is above (isn't it gorgeous?). Click on the link to listen to the song!

Hero by Maren Morris is one of my new favourite albums. It's like alternative meets country-pop which is such a great and unique blend. I love every song on this album but my absolute favourites are I Could Use a Love Song, How It's Done, I Wish I Was, and Once. 

The Breaker by Little Big Town is another album I've been loving lately. I fell in love with their single Better Man which was written by Taylor Swift. This ablum is just very soothing and very easy to listen to. My favourite tracks are Better Man, Night On Our Side, Lost in California, and When Someone Stops Loving You. 

#4: Book

I just finished reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and oh my gosh it was fantastic. This book is about Kell, who is one of the last Travelers--magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel universes.

There is Grey London (our London but set in 1818) dirty, boring, and magicless with mad-king George III in power. Red London, where life and magic are revered and also where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the rougish heir to a flourishing empire. White London, a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And Black London, which no longer exists and is not spoken of. 

Offically, Kell is a Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. 

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. 

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

My Review:

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved the world building, magic system, and the incredible cast of characters!! I also really enjoyed the friendship developing between Kell and Lila. Though, Rhy wasn't a main character in this book I hope to see more of him in the sequel because he is just all kinds of charming and witty. Can't wait to see where this trilogy goes because this first book was very promising.

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I hope you enjoyed my post today! Let me know if you checked out any of the things I mentioned above. I hope you have a great week! 

love xena 

February TBR

Happy February everyone! I hope all is well and you are enjoying your day today. This week's post is about...you guessed it...books! I know books have been the main content on this blog for a few weeks and that's because I haven't purchased anything besides books and I had nothing else to really talk about. Next week's post though will be different, I promise! I discovered some new things this week that I want to share and recommend to you all so stay tuned for that. Anyways, if you are interested in finding new books to read then you'll definitely enjoy this post. As it is February, the month of love, I am hoping to read some romance this month but most of the books I read already have romance in them so that won't be a problem. Most of the books in this post are fantasy novels but I have a contemporary that I am extremely looking forward to reading as well. So, without further ado let's get started with the books I plan to read in the month of February! 

Summary: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

You probably remember that I talked about Caraval in my Most Anticipated Releases of 2017 post. Well, it came out on January 31 and I bought it! It's being shipped right now since I got the UK edition which is the picture above. I am seriously so excited for this book because I keep hearing amazing things and everyone is raving about it. I have heard it is similar to The Night Circus which I own and still haven't read but hear great things about. I can't wait until it arrives in the mail so I can see what everyone is talking about! 

Summary: Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

I have heard really great things about Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I was so intrigued when I read the summary. I've heard Laini Taylor's writing is beautiful which I am excited to see for myself. The picture above is the UK edition which I purchased alongside Caraval. They are both just so beautiful and I just had to have these editions. Looking forward to also receiving this one in the mail!

Summary: When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

I also talked about By Your Side in my Most Anticipated Releases of 2017 post and I am seriously looking forward to this one. This is the contemporary book I was talking about earlier so if you just want a romance novel to read this month, this is the one. I seriously love Kasie West's books because they are so cute and fun to read. They are also super short so you can read them in one sitting, which is great if you are going solo this Valentine's Day. Can't wait to get around to this one!

Summary: It's been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who's still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods--only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe's evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.

I saw The Edge of Everything on Goodreads and I thought it sounded so interesting. A few weeks later I found out that BOOKSPLOSION, which is a book club created by my favourite booktubers: Christine, Jesse, and Kat, are reading this book in February! I was even more excited to read this book because I really enjoy tuning into their liveshows and talking about the book of the month. It sounds very mysterious and intriguing and I look forward to reading it. 

Summary: Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

I actually found out about Scythe from Alexandra from twirlingpages.com when she wrote a review on it. It sounds so cool and incredibly interesting. It is going to be apart of a series which is very exciting as well. I also found out recently that it won a Printz Honor award which just makes me want to read this even more. Also, can I just talk about the cover...it is absolutely gorgeous! I've got to get to this one soon.

I hope you had a great week and great day today. Enjoy your weekend! See you next week.

love xena

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