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.

A Case of Wanderlust: Great Books That Will Inspire You to Travel

Travel Wanderlust

Books have a fantastic power to transport readers to other worlds, places or times—so much so that often the best-printed adventures can have us ready to pull on our boots, grab a backpack and jet off ourselves.

There are so many wonderful travel novels out there that will have you lusting after faraway lands and ready for exploration. Along with beautifully showcasing countries you may have never visited; they provide poignant reflections on the act of travel and the positive transformations it can instigate. These five are some of my favourite, and all great examples of the true inspirational power of the written word.

Frank Body, a Coffee-based Skincare Review

Warning: May contain nuts! Really!

“Coffee-based skincare that rubs you the right way.” – Frank Body

Sweet Cheeks BundleIf that doesn’t catch your attention, try navigating Frank Body’s website or swipe through their pictures on Instagram!

In early May, I had written about my impression of my first Frank Body order (click here to read the unboxing). I was convinced by my friend S to give this Australian beauty brand a try because the cold weather in Montreal had left my skin unpleasantly dry. Normally, this type of topic doesn’t quite belong on my blog but since the complete product line is coffee-based, I made it an acceptable exception. It IS coffee after all.

My Little (Flavourful) Cup

My Little CupI haven’t had the chance to visit any new coffee spots lately. However, there is one in particular that I walk by every morning on my way to work that caught my attention ever since the renovations began for its new installation. My Little Cup opened some time around January or early February of this year. It didn’t take long before professionals working in the area would line up every day for an espresso and some freshly baked goods. Why did it take me 4 months to finally give it a try?

I was early for work last week which is something very rare for me (ah, maybe that’s why it took 4 months). There were only two people standing at the counter so I thought: “Here’s my chance to finally try their coffee! I won’t have to wait too long.” I was right. It took less than 5 minutes for the barista to finish the two orders before making my cappuccino. During that time, at least four other people walked up to the counter for their morning coffee.

“Unboxing” Frank Body

When you live in Montreal, one of the few things that you need to get used to is the weather. Though it’s winter (or feels like it) practically six month out of the year, sometimes you go through all four seasons within the same day: brisk rain in the morning, hot afternoon, chilly in the evening and snowy throughout the night. When that happens, your skin can suffer from the drastic change and that’s what has been happening the past couple of months.

While my friend S and I were sharing our latest beauty regiments that helped us with our dry skin, she mentioned Frank Body‘s body scrub. You must wonder why I’m mentioning this product in my blog. It doesn’t have anything to do with books or drinking coffee. Well, Frank Body is actually an Australian coffee-based skincare that targets cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions. Aside from the fact that I love trying new beauty products, Frank Body is coffee-based. I cannot NOT try some of its products. Also, did I mention that everything is cruelty-free? :)