Watermelon, Blueberry, Mint, and Feta Salad with Mojito Style Sparkling Water

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Hello again!

Here’s a recipe for those hot summer days when you are craving something fresh and crisp. The ingredients pair really nicely with one another for an awesome variation on the watermelon and feta salad. I hope you enjoy.

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Beauty Buys: Summer Makeup Haul

Beauty Buys Summer Makeup Haul

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No better way to put off essay writing than listening to The Great Gatsby soundtrack (which I listed on my Commodity Fetishism: May Obsessions post) and writing about my most recent beauty haul. I personally love haul posts and videos. They’re so fun to read/watch – it’s a bit like a vicarious shopping experience (i.e. one where you get all the fun of checking out awesome products without the unfortunate spending of funds!).

Overall, I would consider this haul both very successful and very expensive. To be fair, I was looking to invest in some new makeup and other beauty and wellness related products, so I was prepared to spend quite a bit on this particular haul.

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Homemade Chai Tea Latte

ImageAs I mentioned in an earlier post, the “Quotidian Luxe” tag is all about creating a luxurious and special feel in your life. These posts are dedicated to appreciating little things and little moments that, despite their littleness, offer high quality experiences and deliver high impact in our lives. Embrace the small things, we say!

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The Proust Questionnaire, Little & Luxe Edition

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I have to be honest – I’m not a huge magazine reader. Often, they are filled with irrelevant information, shoddy research, and just plain awful writing. As an English M.A. student, the above criteria are quite important to me when judging what I’m reading. That said, there are a select few magazines which I really enjoy, and of these magazines, Vanity Fair is probably my favourite. It has such a varied range of articles, from fun and quirky, to hard-hitting political pieces, to focused editorials on art, literature, and culture. All in all, a diverse and interesting reading experience.

One of my favourite VF features, though, is the “Proust Questionnaire.” In case you’re not a big VF reader and haven’t heard of the Proust Questionnaire, it is basically a personality questionnaire made popular by Marcel Proust’s responses to a similar questionnaire he once answered in his youth.

As Little & Luxe is still getting started, I thought it would be fun to do a little questionnairing ourselves! So in honour of both Proust and Vanity Fair, I give you the Proust Questionnaire: Little & Luxe Edition.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Absolute contentment.

What is your greatest fear?
Dystopias à la 1984, Brave New World, or Fahrenheit 451.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Jack Kerouac.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Overindulgence (hence the pursuit for little luxuries).

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Discriminatory practices, lack of critical thought.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Tiramisu, at the moment (soooo good).  Continue reading