Essential Summer Reading List

 

Inspired by the written word, this week our staff offer their recommendations for must-read books for Summer 2015! Whether you are looking for some inspiration, a bit of mystery, or a good laugh, smitten’s essential Summer Reading List has something for everyone.

 

Kelly’s Pick: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, this stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Read this if… You want a magnificent, beautifully-written and deeply moving novel from a writer whose sentences never fail to thrill.

 

Susan’s Pick: O’s Little Book of Happiness by the Editors of O Magazine

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Revisiting 15 years of the magazine’s rich archives, the O’s editors have assembled a collection that offers a dose of inspiration, a sprinkling or practical advice, and a bounty of exuberant stories by great writers.

Read this if… You are looking for a bit of inspiration. Oprah’s Little Book of Happiness is the perfect choice for someone on the go this summer! 

 

Sapna’s Pick: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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From Lahore to Paris and places in between, the master of the modern Middle Eastern epic, is at the top of his form.

Read this if… You liked Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns and are looking for an unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

 

Carmella’s Pick: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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Hilarious and full of SNL anecdotes, this book will make you feel like Amy Poehler is the BFF you’ve always wanted!

Read this if… You want inspiring insights, a good laugh, and photos of Amy Poehler in various costumes throughout the years.

 

Aadila’s Pick: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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This book takes place in New Zealand during the gold rush and will have you reminiscing about the mix of cultures on the opposite end of the world, as well as the frontiers of mining communities.

Read this if…  You want a historical fiction murder mystery that leaves you baffled, intrigued, and caught up in the lives of an eccentric group of characters.

 

Anna’s Pick: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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An unforgettable collection of essays and stories that articulate the universal struggle we all face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to impact the world.

Read this if…  You want an inspirational book that encourages you to follow my dreams and embrace the journey of self-discovery.

 

Whichever you choose, these books are sure to take you on a literary adventure.

Happy reading!

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It’s Party Time!

The Victoria Day long weekend has finally arrived and we’re ready to celebrate!

Hand-picked recipes by our staff, here is what you would find at a smitten Victoria Day BBQ! From refreshing drinks to decadent desserts, these ideas are sure to inspire you this long weekend!

 

Strawberry-Sangria-SAPNA

Sapna’s Pick- Strawberry Sangria:
Refreshing and bright! Make it your own with your favourite seasonal fruit.

 

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Kelly’s Pick- Crispy Baked Coconut Cauliflower:
This light app is a go to crowd pleaser- it’s gluten free, dairy free and even vegan friendly!

 

summer chickpea salad- CARM

Carmella’s Pick- Summer Chickpea Salad with Honey Garlic Lime Vinaigrette:
This easy salad can be thrown together the night before- the flavours get better the longer they marinate!

 

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Aadila’s Pick- Caprese Burger with Artichoke Pesto:
This burger is full of flavour! For a lighter option, enjoy in a lettuce wrap.

 

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Isabel’s Pick- Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus:
Quick, easy, and ready in less than 20 minutes!

 

mini chocolate ice cream sand- ANNA

Anna’s Pick- Mini Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches:
Customize with your favourite ice cream or substitute the chocolate chips and roll in rainbow sprinkles for a pop of colour!

 

creative napkins- SUSAN

Susan’s Pick is our #smittentip: find fun and creative ways to bundle your cutlery and napkins. Presentation is key with any party!

 

Wishing everyone a lovely, lazy long weekend, from our smitten family to yours!

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Sweet Tooth!

 

These decadent chocolates will leave you longing for more! Treat your Valentine to a special collection of hand-painted and hand-made bonbons using the finest quality couverature chocolate. A little taste of heaven for your special love – a gift sure to be cupid approved!
 

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Kiss & Tell!

 

Surprise your favourite wordsmith with this special gift! The Emily Ley Simplified Journal is designed for 100 days of journaling big thoughts and great memories—the perfect choice to inspire some creativity and perhaps a love letter or two.

 

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Wanderlust!

 

Planning a romantic getaway with your Valentine? Enjoy the therapeutic mysteries of the Orient with this exciting new line of products infused with the ancient herbs of Tea Tree and Ginger. The revitalizing herbal formula of this travel collection is designed to help boost energy levels, perfect for any couples retreat!

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Heat Things Up!

 

Prepare your senses for a delicious journey guaranteed to delight even the most discerning of palates. These beautiful Sloane Tea gift sets are reminiscent of old-world luxury with a new twist–each inspired by Sloane tea experiences and travels.

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You, me and a cup of tea… the perfect choice to help warm the heart of your Valentine!

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Heart of Gold!

 

Give your heart to someone you love this Valentine’s Day.

Letterpress printed by hand on antique machinery, this 10″ x 10″ gold foil print is the perfect symbol of your affection, serving as a sweet reminder that you’ve given your heart away.

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