“Beyond the Lobby: Bookseller Receptions”

Bursting the Bubble, Lifestyle/Personal

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I mentioned on Bursting the Bubble Week 8 that I attended the Random House of Canada Bookseller Reception. I also mentioned that there would be more about it on the Retreat by Random House website.

Well…IT’S UP!

You can check out my post here: The following is a guest post from Vanessa Grillone, Publicity Intern

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

"Beyond the Lobby: Bookseller Receptions"

Bursting the Bubble, Lifestyle/Personal

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I mentioned on Bursting the Bubble Week 8 that I attended the Random House of Canada Bookseller Reception. I also mentioned that there would be more about it on the Retreat by Random House website.

Well…IT’S UP!

You can check out my post here: The following is a guest post from Vanessa Grillone, Publicity Intern

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

Kindred Spirits

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal, Toronto Adventures

So, I finally met up with the ever wonderful and super inspiring Amanda DiPasquale from Not A Model Blog. We’ve been meaning to meet up for ages and finally that day came. On a sticky and humid Thursday we met for lunch at St.Lawrence Market and chatted about books and writing. It was so nice talking to a fellow writer, reader, dreamer, and blogger. One who can listen to my corny stories and appreciate them. One who can quote lines from books I’ve read and understand what it feels like to love (and sometimes hate) being a writer. One of those people who remind you why you write, who remind you that it’s okay to be sensitive to your surroundings, that it’s okay to analyze things — that’s why you’re a writer. I don’t often come across a person I can really relate to, a person with similar ambitions, and even though our stories are different I feels as though I’ve found a kindred spirit in Amanda. I think that’s why I love her blog posts so much, I can always find something relatable and inspiring.

Our conversation left me feeling incredibly motivated to go after what I want and I appreciate all of her advice. It also got me back on track with my blog, it reminded me WHY I started it in the first place, and I promise to bring it back to where I want it to be.

Thanks for the wonderful conversation Amanda; I’m really looking forward to working with you soon!

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo

The awkward moment is upon me…

Lifestyle/Personal

That awkward moment when your pen is your voice and you can’t find your pen…

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Okay, you caught me, my pen is ceremoniously sitting beside my notebook, and yet the blog has been awfully quiet lately. Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and enjoy the silence while everyone else in the world runs around and screams out loud. Observe and ponder, let your thoughts wander. Think about your hopes and your dreams, how far you’ve come and what’s yet to be seen. Think about changes and fears and all those fallen tears.

My pen has been scratching, my thoughts have been hatching, even though my INTERNET voice has been lacking.

For that I am sorry — I’ve been a little busy — collecting my stories.

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

All I need is room enough to lay a hat and a few friends

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

“All I need is room enough to lay a hat and a few friends.” – Dorothy Parker

I’m learning (slowly) that the best way to show someone you love them is to listen to them, to care about what they care about, to support them — even when listening means pretending to care about something you don’t really understand. Sometimes you need to let your crazy family member (ME) get excited about silly things and try to get excited about them too.

Thanks to all of those who do that for me (Jess, Mom, Dad, Joseph, Alex, Ash, Tia M, Sarrrahhh, Steven, Alanna Marie, Buddy, Katri etc.etc.). Thanks to those who try to understand what all of this “blogging” means or why I get excited over a new Twitter follower or why I jump around whenever I get invited to an event. Who smile when I receive a new book to review because you know that nothing makes me happier than a book waiting for me in the mailbox. Thanks to those who have to tell others that their friend/sister/daughter/niece/granddaughter/girlfriend is a Writer and feel a sense of pride when saying it — even though you’re pretty certain that I don’t really do much of anything but daydream :P.

I’m at a point in my life where YOUR support is the most detrimental.

I know who I am but I’m trying to be something great. I’m letting my passion guide me and comfort me but it would be a lot harder if I didn’t have your support.

So, thanks.

You make me smile. You’re my motivational penguins ❤

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo

I just blog. A lot.

Categories, Fashion & Beauty, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal, Products and Brands, Restaurant Reviews, Toronto Adventures

“So, what kind of blogger are you?” a question that was asked many times at my first fashion event at Minling Pan Studio.

I am a player -- I blog a lot, about everything.

I am a player — I blog a lot, about everything.

I’m still trying to find my place. I’m trying to figure out my niche. I blog, a lot, about everything. I follow the most amazing fashion bloggers, beauty bloggers, food bloggers, book review bloggers, and lifestyle bloggers, and I’m trying desperately to find my place in the mix. I’m trying to stand out in the WORLD WIDE WEB. I started this blog as a compliment to my diary and it has become so much more to me than that. It has helped me meet some amazing people, go to some fantastic book and beauty events, and I am so thankful for that. I hope that I can attend many more and that somewhere along the line I’ll find my niche, my thing.

On second thought, maybe I never will — maybe my thing is writing about everything.

Maybe I don’t really have a niche.

Maybe I’m a Writer and that’s all there is to it.

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

Stay tuned for three new posts on Chic Darling, a review of The Dinner by Herman Koch, a new Buytopia deal, a book review blogger event, and who knows what else!! 😛 🙂

So, how’s that novel you’re working on?

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

When people ask me about my novel, it goes something like this…

 

If you’re actually wondering about my novel — it’s contemporary romance and it’s complete. I’m currently querying for an agent (know of any??). I’d like to start working on a sequel or a second novel of a different genre but I think I’d like to focus on poetry for a bit.

I hope my little video made you giggle on this cold Saturday!

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

So, how's that novel you're working on?

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

When people ask me about my novel, it goes something like this…

 

If you’re actually wondering about my novel — it’s contemporary romance and it’s complete. I’m currently querying for an agent (know of any??). I’d like to start working on a sequel or a second novel of a different genre but I think I’d like to focus on poetry for a bit.

I hope my little video made you giggle on this cold Saturday!

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

Christmas Gift-Guide

Just for Fun, Products and Brands

I’ve seen a lot gift-giving blog pots recently but none for people like myself. So here is my first ever gift-giving guide/suggestions for the BOOK NERD BLOGGERS in your life <;3

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1. The best books I read in 2012:

2. Volant Large Ruled Notebook by Moleskin from Papyrus (my favourite notebooks to date – seriously I spend a lot of time with them) $12.95

3. Writers are made of 10% water and 90% coffee, so a witty coffee mug will delight them. This “Always Blog on A Full Tank” mug can be found here $10.00

4. Bookish shirts are amazingly awesome. The “GO TO HELL I’M READING” shirt can be found here $28.99

5. Every writer wants a typewriter to display nicely in their lavish office or Beauty and the Beast library. I’m swooning over this vintage typewriter, found it on Etsy $303.39

What are you buying for the book-loving, coffee-drinking, blogging, old-fashion-pen-and-paper-Writer-friends in your life?

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

"…the relentless pursuit of riches doesn't lead to a meaningful life."

Book Reviews, Uncategorized

I just finished reading minimalism: live a meaningful life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus and I must say that I’m a little overwhelmed. I took to highlighting my favourite parts, writing down my favourite quotes, and making notes in the margins of the book – it seems that I’m well on my way to growth and change.

 

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At age 30, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus left their six-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on life’s most important aspects. And they never looked back.

Although I grew up with a different lifestyle than the minimalists and have consciously been working towards my passion for years, I got a lot out of this book. It helped me realize that there are many areas in my life that I need to work on. It made me realize that I need to focus on the more important things (health, passion, relationships, growth, and contribution) while letting go of all the crap that doesn’t add any REAL VALUE to my life, things that get in the way of living a meaningful life. 

This book brought to light simple values, ideas, and truths about the human condition, “Conformity is the drug with which many people self-medicate…We try to keep up…placing immense pressure on ourselves to be something– or someone– we’re not,” (Foreword). Don’t conform, don’t put pressure on yourself to live someone else’s life. Live your life and make it meaningful!

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I would definitely read this book again (in fact they recommend that you do). I would recommend it to anyone who is trying to figure out if they’re really happy, anyone who wants to live a life that is full of value – full meaning.

Hope you all had a wonderful Friday!

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo 

Check out: The Minimalists Blog