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ME to WE Back to School!

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This is the first September since I was three years old that I'm not going back to school and that terrifies me! But regardless of what I'll be doing this fall, I'll still always love looking at stationery and back to school supplies. It's always fun to see how things have changed over time (shout out to the days of Apple Works!) And besides, who says stationary is only for back to school? Having some notebooks on hand is great for most people, whether you want to keep track of purchases, make meal plans, or a million other routine tasks. ME to WE offers some amazing socially conscious products to help you start the school year off right. 

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me to we store, me to we, me to we stationary, back to school

me to we store, me to we, me to we stationary, back to school

me to we store, me to we, me to we stationary, back to school

What's unique about the ME to WE range is that they develop socially conscious products that can easily be used in your everyday life. Every purchase helps to empower a child in a developing community to gain an education. The range features things like pencils and notebooks, which allows kids to focus on their studies and help raise their families and communities out of poverty. Since 2009, ME to WE has donated more than $8.5 million to WE Charity in cash and in-kind donations.

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Half of all ME to WE profits are donated to WE Charity, with the remainder being reinvested to ensure sustainability. In addition, ME to WE has developed the "Track Your Impact" promise for transparency, meaning the positive impact of your products and experiences can be traced to the WE Village partner community where it was delivered. The designs are fashionable, functional and socially conscious.  

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Whether you are looking for back to school items for yourself or children, or stationery for home or work, ME to WE offers high-quality stationery with a charitable backing. 

xoxo K

Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine: Book Review

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Every now and then, a book comes along that you fall head over heels for. You empathize with the characters, you laugh out loud at the sharp-witted dialogue while tears spill out of your eyes, staining the carefully handled pages before you even realize how much you have connected to the book. That was the experience I had with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.


Reese Witherspoon has an online book club (RW Book Club), where anyone can read the book of the month and discuss it with fellow readers on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook. I remember seeing this book when it first launched on Chapters but didn't think anything of it. But I thought I would give the book a chance since I loved some of her previous recommendations.

Within the first few chapters, I was hooked. Eleanor is an eclectic character, one who is socially inept and possesses an expansive vocabulary. She has lived on her own for over ten years and works as an office assistant at the same job she got right out of school. Eleanor is completely fine with the way her routine life has turned out.

But as events unravel and she begins to interact more with other people and develops a life-changing crush on a musician, she begins to realize how things aren't necessarily as good as she leads others to believe.




I absolutely loved how the reader is able to witness Elenaors personal evolution--you are with her through hilarious shopping trips and unethical adventures, through her lowest points and her joyous occasions. It felt like such a natural progression through the story. The book also centres around the horrendous conditions that Eleanor faced as a child and her early twenties, but these passages were beautifully written as they explained Eleanor's coping mechanisms.

I generally find myself more comfortable reading books where the character is relatable, and while Eleanor's scars and emotional wounds are a far cry from the loving childhood I experienced, I can relate to the socially awkward part of her character. Whether it's ordering the same thing every time you go to a coffee shop, having set days and times for chores, or wanting to stay home instead of spending the night out with friends, I think the comfort of a routine is something a lot of us can relate to.


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is part of a new age of books that are being referred to as "Up-Lit". Whereas thrillers (grip-lit) and dystopias have been most popular in fiction in recent years, "Up-Lit" books are uplifting fiction (the name says it all). These books are more optimistic than feel-good, leaving readers on a high note. They focus on empathy and positivity despite the problems the characters may face.

In light of this, I loved how Eleanor's storyline didn't progress into a love affair. One of my biggest pet peeves in books is when the main character happens to fall in love and all of their problems are miraculously solved. While Eleanor certainly begins working through her complex problems, she did so with the help of a friend. Not a lover who suddenly appeared, but someone who cared about her well being and who was there to help her through her lowest points.

I'm certainly not the best at articulating why I loved certain books, and while it's something I'm hoping to work on, I really do recommend you give this book a try. This has easily become one of my top books of all time, and regardless of your literary preference, I think you will enjoy this book immensely. After all, there is a bit of Eleanor in all of us.

xoxo K

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contour Powder

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I very rarely wear contour. It's not that I have amazingly defined cheekbones and don't need it. On the contrary, my face is quite round. But I'm also becoming lazier with my makeup routine as I get older (she says at the ancient age of 24). My once 20+ product face has been pared down to about 10 items. My general rule for contour is that if I know I'm going out and having photographs taken, I'll apply a bit under my cheekbones and on my temples for some added definition. 




The Rodial Instagram Compact deluxe contouring powder in 03 is very cool toned and completely matte, especially in comparison to the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow. It has a stiffer formula, which is actually preferable in my opinion because you don't pick up as much product on your brush. That being said, it is very pigmented and quite dark on my fair skin, so I do tend to wipe the access on a tissue before applying it to my face.

It leaves a very natural shadow under the cheeks and looks great in photographs. I can't actually find a photo of me wearing it, so you'll just have to take my word on it. The compact is very weighted and luxurious feeling, as I would expect from Rodial. It has a good sized mirror at the top as well, making it perfect to throw in your purse to amp up your makeup for a night out.

While I won't be using it often, I think it's a great product to have in your collection for nights out. And while it is expensive, coming in at $75 CAD, you do get 0.4 oz of product, which is more than what's in a Too Faced bronzer.

xoxo K

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter

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When Amy brought in this highlight in her discarded box of goodies to work one day, I went mental. She had some amazing products in there, including the Teeez Cosmetics and Stila watercolour blush I reviewed a few weeks ago. I've heard wonderful things about the Bronze Goddess range, and I was quite excited to give the Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee highlighter a try. While this particular highlighter is no longer available (at least from what I can find online), there is a similar version. 

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On an unrelated side note, how gorgeous is this book? It's Paris in Bloom by Georgianna Lane, and you'll probably see it pop up in backgrounds quite a bit!

Back to the highlighter now. I've used it a few times, and can honestly say it photographs better than it wears. It's a very stiff formula, and I can't seem to get a lot on my brush. It applies very sheerly and appeared to have a bit of glitter in it that I didn't detect when I swatched it. Perhaps there was some residue on my brush from another highlighter.

The colour is very golden and I don't find it the most flattering on my skin tone. That being said, because it is so sheer, I can still pull it off, unlike the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, which is far too dark for me. It appeared to last most of the day, but it would have been hard to notice if it was fading due to the sheerness of the formula.

Would I recommend this product? Only if you are looking for a golden, sheer highlighter.

xoxo K