Can you believe it’s April already?! It seems like every time I blink I’m in the next month.
March, and 2017 in general, has been treating me well. It was the month I completed two presentations, handed in my final submission for my in the works novella, and was able to spend more time with my friends and Chris.
What else has been great about March? Here are my favourites that have come out of this month that borders on Winter and Spring weather!
Favourite Book: Paper Teeth by Lauralyn Chow
My professor assigned me this collection of interconnected short stories as it relates well to my personal writing. Following the complex and hilarious lives of the fictional Lee family in Edmonton, Alberta, Chow explores what it means to be a second-generation Chinese-Canadian family.
This work navigates the concept of hunger for one’s culture, one’s placement in an ever-evolving society, and the hunger for family. I connected strongly with this work as a Chinese-Canadian myself, though I think anyone would enjoy the book regardless of their background.
Favourite Restaurant: Three Ravens Restaurant
As part of our trip to Banff, I brought Chris to the Three Ravens for a birthday dinner. Not only was a mountain view our side dish – our food was jaw-dropping.
The elk tartare was sublime, and our creme brûlée dessert included three different toppings: mint ‘snow’, berry pearls, and matcha tuille. This restaurant does its absolute best to ensure that every bite is different from the one before, using a variety of unique ingredients in creative ways.
Favourite Makeup Product: Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up Highlighter
When Chris’ sister moved to London, she left me a whole bag full of makeup. I’ve barely made a dent in it, but as I was shifting through it all, I immediately gravitated towards this little highlighter sample from Benefit.
I’ve been using this cream highlighter nearly every day now. It’s not as intense as a powder highlighter since I do use a translucent powder to set the cream formula, but I enjoy this everyday look, and it’s a such a pretty, subtle glow.
Favourite Tea: Mint Blend SolidariTea
Do I really need to say this after my last blog post? The Mint Blend is refreshing, flavourful, and includes notes of rose and sage.
For every bag sold, this small tea company donates $1.50 to support Indigenous women in domestic violence situations. This is an important cause I believe we can all support, and the tea is really delicious.
Favourite Miscellaneous Item: 50mm Canon Lens
For my birthday, Chris bought me the brand new camera lens I had been pining after for months. I love this lens, especially because it’s for portrait photography. I love creating that depth of field in photos, and the lens is small enough for me to carry my camera without my neck hurting from its weight.
It’s also not quite as obnoxious as other lenses out there – especially if I’m heading out to eat!