5 summer essentials for the minimalist

IMG_3392 (2)Summer 2017 is fast approaching so I thought I’d share my summer essentials with you. I usually see that people have so many items on their list but I just want to keep things simple and on an as needed basis. Here is my list:

  1. Deodorant- You should be using deodorant all year around but summer time is the most important season to make sure you are using it. If you are like me, you sweat like crazy in the hotter seasons and when sweat settles, it smells. So, take my advice and  protect your reputation and other people’s noses. Just kidding.
  2. Sun glasses- Because it’s stylish and protects your eyes. Need I say more?
  3. Body Spray or Perfume- Going with the smelling nice theme. I use body sprays in the summer because it lighter and carries a freshness with it, so it can be used through out the day.
  4. Tumbler cups- Because you need to be hydrated. I love these cups because it protects the cold beverage for a longer period. It’s also nice to have your own cup you carry as you go about the day so you can get a refill of water anywhere.
  5. Make-up removers- This may not apply to everyone but I keep make-up removers around just to wipe the sweat of my face, not make-up. haha. I am sweat monster, hence why most of essentials are chosen to combat sweat.

What is a summer essential for you?

Book review: Windfallen by Jojo Moyes


Within the last 2 years, I have become a huge fan of Jojo Moyes work. I’ve read over 6 books by her but most were of her recent work, so I as I was searching for a new book to read, I read some reviews and decided to choose one of her earliest work. Windfallen which was originally called The Forbidden Fruit is the second book that Jojo Moyes wrote.


The story starts with Lottie and Celia meeting a group of Bohemians in the their very conservative town outside of London called Merham. The town did not accept the Bohemians but Lottie and Celia, most Lottie was drown to the outsiders because of how different they were. And becasue Lottie was also an outsider who had no family of her own but was  accepted by the people of Merham becasue she joined Celia’s family. Lottie eventually began to feel unwanted the older she got and especially when Celia entered into a relationship with a man Lottie thought was meant for her instead of Celia, Guy.

Celia met Guy when she was away in trade in school in the city of London and decided that He was the man she was going to marry. Upon completing her schooling she brought Guy back to Merham to introduce to the family. When Lottie set eyes on Guy, she too decided that Guy was the man for her which created so much tension within her self and out of misery and other circumstances led her to move out of Celia’s family house and join the Bohemains for while until eventually moving with them to France.

Fast forward to 50 years later, the house the Bohemians used to live at in Merham and was given to Lottie was bought by a young wealthy man who also finds love in Merham with a woman he had no business loving due to her baggage.

My thoughts

I absolutely love Jojo Moyes style of writing as I’ve said before in previous reviews. Her ability to time travel and still connect all the dots makes for a challenging reading at first but exciting when the reader finally catches on to what she is doing.

You can clearly tell that this is an early work because the transitions from a time period to the next isn’t as easy as her later works.

I also thought there were quite a bit of cliff-hangers.

We didn’t find out what happened to Celia and Guy, it seem like there was more to be told. Also, whether Celia found out or knew about Guy and Lottie,etc…

There were so many characters which I felt had no significant purpose to the story. They made for interesting read but I didn’t understand how they added in to the main stories.

For once, I didn’t like the main character, Lottie. She seemed helpless in the story but as reader being exposed to her thoughts and motives, she appeared arrogant and not very likable.

I also did not understand the epilogue. I tried to do a little research about it but it seems like I wasn’t the only who didn’t understand.

Overall, I liked the book but I’ve also read better from her!

Have you read Windfallen? did you comprehend the epilogue?