Today is the last day of 2017, so I thought it’d be cool to reflect on the year and review my personal favourites, from experiences to beauty, etc. So let’s start!
I absolutely love this product; it smells good and makes your skin feels extremely soft. I’ve found that it moisturizes my skin nicely as well!
Love, love love this product! It’s lightweight and smooth, and I found that it does make my complexion brighter. Or maybe it’s just the placebo effect, but I like it nonetheless!
It’s creamy, easy to work with, and takes your brows to the next level.
This was one of the first books I read in 2017, and I absolutely loved it. The author, Mark Manson, truly captures a counterintuitive way to live life, redefining what it means to not give a f*ck. Focusing on how to persevere through life and change our narrow view towards celebrating even the smallest of things, Manson truly captivates the audience with his writing, making his self-help book humorous, fun, and enlightening.
A beautiful historical-fiction novel about a German boy and a French girl whose paths collide in WWII. Two different stories and narratives intertwine in a fascinating twist. The prose is beautiful, with rich descriptions and beautiful imagery, and illustrates the similarities between two parties pitted against each other.
If you’ve ever wondered how to change your life but always made excuses to delay any changes, this book will destroy all self-doubts. It was the last book I read in 2017, and I highly recommend it to everyone and anyone. Jen Sincero does an excellent job of illustrating how to overcome obstacles that prevent us from reaching a goal. This book highlights the steps and ways for you to step closer to your end goal whilst reminding you that the most important thing along your journey for self-improvement is to love yourself.
*while we’re talking about books, check out my Goodreads account if you want to see what other books I love!
UNCLEXStudios is a clothing company based in Canada, founded by a YouTuber, Allegra Shaw that I love and follow. I got my hands on this feminist tee and absolutely love it – the material is amazing and soft, and the fit of the tee is perfect. A very simple and versatile shirt that makes a bold statement.
Watches, watches, watches!
An easy way to elevate and add to an outfit, and can really dress an outfit up or down! I have two of which I alternate: my leather Kate Spade watch that I wear daily, and my gold Fossil watch that I wear when I want to dress up an outfit. Simple, elegant, and chic.
A solid staple in every wardrobe, my black skinny pants are a lifesaver and are extremely versatile!
Spring/Summer Trip to China
This Spring/Summer, I went to China to visit family, and it was such an amazing experience to dive into the culture and enjoy a full month of amazing food. I went on a guided tour of Beijing to visit all the historical sites such as the Forbidden City, the Summar Palace, and of course, the Great Wall. Followed by that, I visited my father’s hometown of LuoYang, which I hadn’t visited in a good 10 years or so. There, we visited the Longmen Grottoes surrounding temples before going on a week-long road trip down South to Sichuan, stopping along the way to visit other destinations. The trip surpassed my expectations; the luscious green landscapes along the highways were a stark contrast to the exuberant city life of Beijing or Toronto, and I became fully immersed in the history that surrounded me at all times.
In the slideshow above, the first photo is of the Great Wall, the second is of the Summer Palace, and the third is of the Longmen Grottoes. All photos were from Google due to my inability to remember where I stored my own (sorry!).
Summer Road Trip to the Maritimes
This summer, my aunt came to visit us in Canada, and my family went on a two-week long road trip across most of Eastern Canada. Starting in Toronto, we made our way to Ottawa, where we stayed for Canada’s 150th birthday. The lines twisted around the streets of Ottawa, making it impossible to move, and the dark clouds threatened a downpour at any moment, but it was amazing to see how everyone came together to celebrate. Following that, we went to Montréal and Québec City, and I loved every minute of it. Being in Québec gave a much more European vibe, and the constant view of the St-Lawrence river transported me back to grades 6-8 when we were learning about the wars and the fight for the land we were standing on.
Following that, we went to Fredericton, St. Johns, and Charlottetown to finish off the tour. The Maritimes and the Atlantic provinces gave an entirely different sensation than Québec. The lack of tall skyscrapers and endless sights of hills, mountains, and water was able to relax anybody. Disconnecting from the high-pace, high-stress city life, I found that the escape was the most beneficial to forget about any worries, and doubts, allowing me to truly live in the present moment and be grateful for all that I had.
Nevertheless, I was happy to be home after the two-week long road trip. On the way home, we stopped in Kingston to see the Thousand Islands, and that concluded our incredible journey to the East of Canada.
Graduating High School and Starting University!
I finished high school this year, and it was bittersweet. I said goodbye to all my friends (including my best friend :((( ) and moved 2 hours away. Perhaps the biggest milestone that happened this year was the fact that I started university! A huge shift from having all the comforts of home. At first, it was strange sharing a communal washroom and having 20-something first years with you who have no clue what they’re doing. But now that a semester has passed, it doesn’t feel that difficult at all, and I’ve met some great people there. It’s all part of a journey, and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to study something I’m interested in and add another step to achieving a dream career.
That’s a wrap on my 2017 favourites! I hope that everyone had an amazing year, and I encourage everyone to reflect upon their year to see what they can improve upon for 2018. I wish everyone all the best in the new year to come!