Welcome to the New Blog

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Hello everyone!

Today is a very exciting day! You've probably noticed that my blog looks extremely different today. If you missed my latest post, last Thursday, then let me fill you in. I've switched platforms! My blog is now officially located at SquareSpace. Making the switch from WordPress was definitely a lot of work, but it was a pretty seamless process which I plan on writing up a post about the transition soon!

As you can see, there's a lot that has changed on this new blog. There are still some minor details to be tweaked over time, but for the most part, you're looking at The New and Improved Bookish Brunette!! How exciting is that? Take a poke around, stay for awhile. I hope you enjoy it!

Moving forward, I'll be going back to posting regularly, as I now have the time and space to do so! My blog schedule will be: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Phew. That's a lot! But I have a lot of posts to make this summer and I definitely want to keep you updated. 

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Felicia x

A Small Hiatus...

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Hey guys! So, as you might have noticed, I've been a little bit all over the place lately in terms of keeping to my blogging schedule and posting regularly on social media. It's been a bit of a crazy time lately, so let me fill you guys in.

I started this blog back in 2015. I know, can you believe it? I didn't really start to be serious about it though until the last year or so, but in that time I've become super invested in constantly uploading to and improving my site. In these past few months, I've started to weigh out the options of going full-fledged into this, by starting on a paid plan. About a week ago, you may have noticed that I bought a domain and I'm now officially thebookishbrunette.com (*insert excited dance*)! That was the first step of a major blog overhaul that I am happy to say is about to begin, as I am moving my blog over to Squarespace!

It was a huge decision to transfer my blog to a different platform, trust me. It's been weeks of comparing sites and plans, and reading reviews, and watching YouTube tutorials on designing websites. Ultimately, Squarespace is the best-suited platform for me and my blog. I'm very excited that my blog has a new, permanent home and I can't wait to show you guys the new-and-improved Bookish Brunette!

However, with changing my blog platform, I need to go on a tiny hiatus, so that I can export my blog and transfer my domain and all that fun stuff onto my new site. It won't be too long (I hope *fingers crossed*) but I'll probably be inactive for a few days and I just wanted to keep you guys updated, as well as share the exciting news!

In other news... I've decided to start a YouTube channel!! I'm super nervous and excited about it all tbh. I had a channel once before, where I uploaded a very short and shaky montage sort of video from my graduation cruise on the Carnival Magic a couple years ago (you can still see that here if you want!). But this YouTube channel will focus more on vlogs, which I'll be starting up this summer while I'm in Orlando! I can't wait to get my first video up for you guys to see, and hopefully you guys like it haha. In the meantime, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

So... yeah! That's all for now, I think. I'm so pumped for you to see my new blog and my new YouTube channel. And I think it's going to be a very exciting summer!

Talk to you all very, very soon :)

Felicia x

That Time I Nearly Didn't Graduate High School

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Yep, you read that right. And it's not clickbait or anything. This is the actual story of how I quite literally nearly did not graduate from high school. This is a pretty lengthy story, so I'd suggest grabbing a cup of tea or coffee or hot cocoa (yum) and getting cozy. Comfy? Okay, let's do this.

Basically, this has a longgg backstory, so bear with me for a sec.

So my high school was a bit of a shit show when it came to course selection. And by that I mean that course selection was less of selecting the courses you would take the following year, and more of listing off the courses that you had hoped to take and then praying that you would be able to take it. They should've named the whole process something more fitting, like "Course Lottery". There was not a single year, save for grade nine, that I got into all the classes I had planned for. And not because the classes were full, or because I didn't have the prerequisites or whatever. Nope. It was because the classes I wanted to take kept getting the axe. Literally, at least five classes I had selected were dropped during my four years of high school.

It was the same thing every year. I'd get called down to the office at the end of the school year, weeks after sending in my course selection, and I'd come to a conference room full of other unlucky students, sheets of course outlines strewn across the table, and a few guidance counsellors there to inform me that, yet again, the courses I'd chosen for the following year were no longer available. Imagine my reaction when I walked in one year and had them say, "You've got it the worst out of anybody - three of your courses have been dropped. That's a new record!". Three out of eight courses in one year had to be replaced. I should've received a gold medal for Unluckiest Student of All Time. I spent a half an hour trying to decide on courses while every single person in the room stared at me sympathetically.

Forcing me to choose new courses in a limited amount of time without my parents there to consult on it was kind of a death sentence. It usually ended with disastrous outcomes, like taking grade eleven Chemistry, after failing the chemistry unit of my grade ten Science course. However, the real prize winner was grade twelve, when I was called in individually to my guidance counsellor's office to choose a new course. She basically informed me that I had two options: 1) to take a course at my school, out of the few available courses: gym (no), chemistry (GOD NO), and exercise science (was she even trying??), or 2) to take a course online, through another school district. Wait. I could do that??? Apparently! The world was my oyster - well, at least, Ontario was. So she showed me a bunch of courses that I could take and, feeling the pressure, I decided on Philosophy. Did I want to take Philosophy? No. Did I have any idea what Philosophy was even about? No x2. But hey, it wasn't gym. My guidance counsellor got in contact with the other school, which was in London, Ontario, and set up for me to take this class online. I got a login and a website URL and I was sent off to figure it out on my own. What could go wrong?

The course itself was surprisingly fine. I wasn't about to become the next Socrates or Descartes, but I did get a 90% in the end so I felt pretty good about myself. I had a few issues with the teacher, who claimed that I didn't hand things in when I had proof that I did, but it was sorted out eventually. I started to suspect that something fishy was going on when I realized that my grade for the course hadn't shown up on my midterm report card. I went to the office to tell them and they assured me that they received the mark but it wouldn't show up until my final report card. Okay, sure. They just reminded to come to them to make sure they'd received my mark at the end of the semester. So that's exactly what I did. And they said they got the mark and all was well.

Flash forward to graduation. I had this weird feeling all day. Yeah, I was anxious because I had to stand up in front of all the kids I went to high school with on a stage, in high heels, which is a disaster just waiting to happen. But there was this weird feeling, too, that I couldn't explain. Our graduation was held at a performing arts centre in the downtown area of our city. When all the students arrived, we were guided upstairs to this really big room which was used as a makeshift dressing room, where we would receive and dress in our caps and gowns. They had these long fold-out tables where staff were handing out packages according to our names. Basically, you got your cap, gown, and a little cue card which had your name on it. On the back of the card, it stated whether or not you were an Honours student and if you had any extra awards. When you went up to cross the stage to get your diploma, you'd hand the card to the announcer and they would say your name and awards. Pretty simple, right? So I get my little graduation set and join my friends to start getting ready. All my friends are talking excitedly about the awards they'd received, so I look at my own card. And there's nothing there. All it says is my name. I just kept flipping over, back and front, praying to god that I missed something. But nope. At this point, I'm panicking, hoping this some sort of a joke or something. I turned to one of my friends and said, "There's nothing on my card - no Honours or anything" to which they replied, "Well you clearly just didn't get Honours." So, peeved that the assumption was that I didn't get the grades and that this wasn't a mistake, I just said, "Uh, I finished with an 89%. I definitely got Honours." I was horrified and embarrassed because now I was the only one in my group who didn't have Honours and no one even though I got it in the first place. I worked my ass off in grade twelve. What was going on???

We were piled up into the theatre a bit later, where we sat in alphabetical order by last name until our row was called to line-up to cross the stage. My group was eventually called and we went to cross. I handed my card to the announcer and as they called out just my name, I gritted my teeth and tried not to cry. After a minute or so, they brought us out to the lobby to collect our ~real~ diploma (opposed to the fake one that they give you on stage) and the picture of our graduating class. I got my folder and headed back to my chair. As soon as I sat down and looked at the folder, I knew. I didn't even have to open it to be absolutely sure that there was no diploma in there. Just a thin sheet of paper. I sat there for the rest of the ceremony, trying to act cool in front of my friends, all the while trying to hold down a panic attack. To add insult to injury, they tossed their caps while I was outside, not getting my diploma. As the ceremony came to an end, my parents - who were sitting a few rows up, diagonally from me - turned around and gave me a thumbs up, as if to say "You did it!". I just looked back and shook my head.

You can tell by my face that i'm not impressed lol

You can tell by my face that i'm not impressed lol

When the ceremony was over, the students exited first, followed by the parents. I got out into the lobby and the first person I saw was my boyfriend. He walked up, all happy, and I just kept shaking my head, saying over and over, "I need my parents. I need to see my parents." So my parents come out, along with my boyfriend's parents, and as soon as I saw them, I burst into tears. Right there, in the lobby at my graduation, in front of all my high school classmates. I just kept saying, "I didn't graduate." So they're all confused like wtf of course you graduated. I handed my dad the folder and was like, "It isn't in there. Please look for me. I can't look at it." So he took out the sheet of paper which basically said, "Congratulations on graduating from ---- Secondary School. You technically graduated and all, but we're going to hold onto your diploma until you send us proof that you completed your online Philosophy course." I swear to god, I have never seen my dad so pissed off in my life. He stormed off, looking for my principal, while my mum and my boyfriend's mum tried to comfort me. I refused to take any pictures for a long time, as I was feeling pretty sorry for myself, standing in front of everyone sobbing (not that anyone actually noticed). But then all of a sudden, I just wiped my tears and said, "Okay, let's do this." My boyfriend and I took a bunch of pictures together and you'd never be able to tell that I'd been sobbing five seconds before. #talent

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In the end, my dad gave my principal a LOT of shit for it. They tried to blame it all on me at first, saying that by taking an online course in another district, it was my responsibility to make sure that my school got the grades. Which would've been a fair point, had I not done exactly that months prior to graduation. They had even confirmed that the school had the grade in their system. So they apologized and said my dad could come in the next day to get my report card, my diploma, and my Ontario Scholars honours diploma. What killed me the most though was the fact that instead of getting in touch with me beforehand, and saying that they hadn't yet received the mark, they decided to instead let me fake graduate and make it all way more convoluted. Cause that makes sense????

In the end, I graduated with an 89% and I was an Honours student, and all was sorted out. And it's something to look back on and laugh about now because it was so perfectly ironic that my school had to do just one last crazy thing to me before I graduated. But it's still pretty disappointing that I didn't get the satisfaction of standing on stage in front of all my peers, with someone announcing that I got Honours. It's like there was nothing to show for all that hard work that I'd done - isn't that what graduation is for???

So that's the story of how I nearly didn't graduate! Super stressful day but a helluva story now, haha. I don't do a lot of these storytime sorts of posts - or any at all - but I hope you enjoyed it!! Let me know in the comments if you want more posts like this :)

Felicia x

Chit-Chat Update

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Hello lovelies! As I'm writing this, it is 8 o'clock on a Monday morning and I'm awake, which is something that hasn't occurred in a very long time, possibly not since high school. Typically, when it's up to me, like it is today, I'm in bed until at least ten o'clock, sometimes even noon when my boyfriend has to come upstairs and drag my sorry ass out of bed. Yes, he even does the 'pull the covers off me and yank me by the legs' bit. I'm NOT a morning person. But for some reason, I've been up since seven and oddly enough.... now don't quote me on this.... but I'm enjoying it!! I've got my coffee, I've done some reading, and I'm ready to get on with my day.

With all this free time to sit and stare out the window from my fav chair and ~think~, it occurred to me for the first time that I have not written a Friday Thoughts post in uhhhh ages. Hell, I can't even remember the last time I posted one?? As it turns out, my life isn't especially exciting and I can't justify posting weekly updates anymore. Only so many ways you can say, 'This week, I drank a lot of coffee and read a bunch of books'. Sooooo instead, I thought that today I'd do a bit of a chit-chatty post to update you all with what's been going on with my life recently. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and get cozy!

My family has been busy as ever with booking our triad of mini vacays for the summer. Lately, it's been all talk about flights, and hotel bookings, and all that jazz. As usual, we'll be spending the summer in our vacation home in Florida, but we like to take one or two - or three!!! - little trips while we're down there. When in Rome, am I right??? As a travel agent, my dad gets pretty awesome hotel rates for my family, so we like to take advantage of that. My mum and I are actually the ones starting off with our own short mother-daughter trip to Nashville in June. I love Nashville. Have ever since I first visited last summer. But this time is going to be even more special because I'll be seeing the great Paul Simon perform on his farewell tour - a literal once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I cannot wait for that. And then in August, my whole family, including my bf, are doing a two-part trip for my 20th birthday. We'll be starting off with a stay at Walt Disney World's Port Orleans French Quarter resort for a few days, over my birthday. My bf and I loved our staycation there last summer so much that we decided to return again, this time with my parents! After that, we'll be off to Miami to spend a few days at my fav, the Grand Beach Hotel which is right by the ocean. I stayed there in 2014 and fell in love. I'm sooooo ready to get back there and just soak in the sun for a few days!!

The Oscar's are coming up very soon, as you probably know. For the first time like ever, I've been trying to watch as many nominated films as I can before the awards air. This year, I'll actually watch the Oscar's with an opinion instead of rooting for films because I like the actors in it. So far, I've watched Lady Bird and I, Tonya, which were both at the top of my must-see list. I quite liked them both, although I'd probably be more likely to watch I, Tonya again, than Lady Bird. I thought Allison Janney was FANTASTIC in it. Though I mayyyy be biased. She is one of my fav actresses, after all.

February is my bf's birthday month and on the 24th, he turned 20!!! We celebrated at home, watching films and having some pizza - his idea of a perfect evening, which got ZERO complaints outta me. He got full discretion of movie selections, so he chose Hercules and The Fate of the Furious which I just bought him for Christmas. We ended the night with an Oreo Blizzard bday cake from Dairy Queen - his fav - and the finale episode of The Office (which I had serious FEELINGS about, ok!?!?). I can't believe he's already in his twenties. Whereas I'm still in my teens. How strange is that? I've still got 6 months till I catch up to him!

I've been listening to Taylor Swift's Red album a lot lately. Unlike basically the entire world, I'm not into her new album. Don't hate me!!! But god, do I love Red. My returning obsession started when I was doing a reorg of my bookcase the other day - I had the vinyl of Red on in the background. I'm loving it just as much as I did when it first came out when I was in high school. So I'll prob be listening to that for the next, like, three months haha

My boyfriend and I have been working on a special project of sorts lately. It sounds SO bizarre, but we've been working on collecting Disney film dvd's.... For our future kid. Right??? It's so weird. I'm buying dvd's for a person that won't even exist for, like, ten years. It's not as weird as collecting baby clothes, which I've been told is too weird and that I'm not allowed to do that (lol). But it's still pretty high up there. My parents did it for me before I was born, with Disney VHS tapes. And I got to thinking - with Disney putting their movies away in the vault so often, who knows when the classics will come out again?? What if my kid doesn't see The Little Mermaid or Hercules all because I left things up to chance?? As a Disney fanatic, I ain't letting that happen. So, with that in mind, we've just ordered The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Lilo & Stitch, Moana, and Tangled. It's gunna take a long time to get them all, but I'm willing to wait and I'm so glad we thought of it!! No kid of mine is growing up without access to all the Disney films their heart desires!!

Well, that's all for now. I certainly think I've rambled on long enough, don't ya think? These past couple months have been busy, but I have a sneaky suspicion that things won't be slowing down anytime soon. Hope all is well for you guys!!!

Felicia x

Valentine's Day Makeup

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Happy Valentine's Day to all! I know that a lot of people see today as being ~super tacky~. Which is so understandable. I'm totally against the traditional "guy gives his girlfriend flowers and chocolates and a diamond necklace bc it's the 14th day of the 2nd month" Valentine's Day. Blegh. Not my style, and not my boyfriend's either. I look at today as more of an opportunity to take a step back from the craziness of your day-to-day life and remember to show some love & appreciation to those in your life who deserve it! My boyfriend and I didn't do our usual for Valentine's Day this year - which is dinner or a movie - because my boyfriend has midterms tomorrow. Instead, we did a card exchange and a very small prezzie exchange (he got me a little stuffed dog and I surprised him with 8 strategically placed funny Valentine's cards throughout the house). It's a chill night for us!

Buuuuut, I will always take any excuse to do a rosy eye look and Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity for that! So I thought I'd share my look today with you guys. :)

Products

  • Too Faced Natural Love Palette - Honey Butter as a base, Makeup & Chill in the crease, Honeymoon on the lid
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
  • Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
  • Tarte Blush Bazaar Palette - Dainty
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit That Glow - Sunburst
  • Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint - Delish
  • E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit - Medium

How did you guys celebrate Valentine's Day?

Felicia x

Favourite Tarte Products

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I really really really love Tarte. It's just one of those brands that I have been buying from since I was first introduced to makeup and I keep going back for more, all these years later. I've had a few misses with Tarte, as I have with any other brand, but today I thought I'd share with you some of the hits.

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TARTEIST LIP PAINT MINIS

I'm really not quite sure how I ended up with not one, but two of these mini lip paints - but what I do know is that I love 'em. They're the perfect size to toss in my purse and take on-the-go with me when I'm running out the door. I own the shades "Birthday Suit" and "Delish" - a nude-pink and a rosy mauve, respectively. "Delish"gives a more super-matte finish, it's the kind of a fun lip colour for nights out, whereas "Birthday Suit" is a creamier matte, which I find more of an everyday kind of shade. I would absolutely buy these in full-size in the future, but for now, I love carrying these lil guys around!

TARTE BLUSH BAZAAR PALETTE

I talked about this product in my January Favourites post, so I won't go into too much detail here. I just wanna reiterate just how damn much I love this palette. 10 WHOLE SHADES. Seriously, how convenient is that??? I'm a huge fan already of the Amazonian Clay Blushes, so this is straight up my alley. I just really love how there's a mix of both shimmery and matte shades, rather than just one or the other. I think it just adds that extra bit of versatility to the palette as a whole. As I mentioned before in my January post, I have been loving "Authentic"and "Angelic" best out of the shades in this palette.

TARTE CLAY PLAY FACE-SHAPING PALETTE

This is a new purchase of mine but it quickly became a favourite for me after it arrived in the post. This face-shaping palette has a variety of matte shadows that can be used for eyes, brows, and face - plus an assortment of contour shades that are just to die for. One thing that really drew me to this palette is how ideal it is for travel. If you've been following my blog for awhile, you may know that I'm often going back and forth between home and Orlando, which makes condensing my makeup collection into a travel-friendly size a real challenge. This is perfect for me, as it's like a bunch of palettes combined into one thin - and beautiful - package. I've been using the shades "Journeyand "Ember" for my eyes lately and I love them!!

What Tarte products do you guys love?

Felicia x

A Bit of Change...

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Soo as you may or may not have noticed, there's been a bit of an adjustment to my blog. The Coffee Chatter is no more. I'd like to introduce you all to Bookish Brunette.

I've made quite a few changes to my blog name over the years. I've been The Toronto Girl, and then when that didn't suit me anymore, I became The Coffee Chatter. But it never really felt quite right. I've humming and hawing over this for months and months and months. And then it hit me. I love books. Something with books or literature in the title would surely suit me best.

And so, Bookish Brunette was born.

This feels right. I think that, honestly, this is my forever blog title. I've already secured Instagram and Twitter usernames, and I'm ready to fully commit to my blog. Woohoo!

So, I'm excited to embark on this ~new~ journey with all of you!

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2018 Goals

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I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions. I feel like every year, we create these expectations for ourselves that we make ourselves feel horrible for when we don't stick with them. However, I definitely believe in writing out a few things I'd like to try to accomplish with the span of the year. For me, goal-setting can be really beneficial to my overall success so, here are the goals I'm setting for myself this year.

Create - and stick to - a TBR list

Oddly enough, considering how often I read and how much I enjoy it, I've never actually prepared a proper TBR list. Weird, right? I'm the kind of person to buy a new book I want to read, then put it on my evergrowing pile of unread books and reread the Harry Potter series for the billionth time instead. But not this year. I've already gone ahead and created my first-draft TBR list - which I'm sure will be added to once my favourite authors start to release new novels!

Declutter my wardrobe

It's time. It's time to say goodbye to the fraying, stretched-out pair of jeans I wear way too often and should've tossed months ago. It's time to part ways with the terribly worn out sweater I've owned since I was fourteen. I always hate to go through my wardrobe and declutter, as I hold onto everything because of sentimental value. But since I moved, my closet space is a third of what I used to have and now I have to share the space with my boyfriend - so it's time. Luckily, there are some things that I don't need that are still in good shape that someone else might need that I will be donating.

Reading challenge

This year, I'm challenging myself to read 50 books. Yes, you read that right. Fifty. Five zero. It seems crazy, I know, but I think I can do it! Goodreads allows you to set a goal and then once you record the books you've finished on the app or site, they add that book to your goal. I did this reading challenge for the first time last year and exceeded my goal of 17 with ease. This year, I'm up for a real challenge.

Rediscovering my creativity

This last year was a bit of a dud for me when it comes to writing. I had my heart set on making major progress on my novel, but it never happened. I was feeling a complete lack of inspiration. So, this year, I'm ready for a new creativity boost. I am convinced that comes from broadening my horizons. That means new spaces for writing, new adventures, and new experiences.

Respect the skin

The first half of last year, I did not stick to a skincare routine at all. I treated my skin like crap, if I'm honest. I finally started to treat my skin with some respect in the last few months of 2017 and I could almost immediately see the difference - my acne was disappearing and my stubborn acne scars have almost vanished. I've definitely learned my lesson. I'm carrying this skincare routine on over to 2018 and sticking to it for good.

1 Second Everyday

I am a big fan of the 1 Second Everyday app. I think it's a really cool idea. If you've never heard of it, it's an app where you take a one-second-long video every day and then you can put the videos into a compilation - pretty explanatory, right? I first heard of it from Zoella on Twitter about a year ago (who has since posted a video from 1 Second Everyday to show her year of being twenty-six). I'm determined to post a second every day for the entire year!

Focus on my health

I have the worst immune system. Ever. It's honestly awful. I've always had a poor immune system and this year, I'm going to be taking steps towards improving my that as well as my overall health. It's time to def get my health into check!

Happy New Year's to all!

Felicia x