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Penguin Drop Caps Series

27th February 2016

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The Penguin Drop Caps Series is a GORGEOUS series of 26 special edition classics in hardcover, that would make any booklover weak in the knees. Their covers feature an illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer Jessica Hische, and create a lovely rainbow when displayed as a set.

I can’t believe it took me this long to discover these – they are so pretty and a great way to discover some reads you may not have considered otherwise. Penguin has so many great collections but this just might be my new favourite!

I bought myself the first five with a gift card I received for Valentine’s Day and ordered G, H, I, P, and X online which I know seems random but they’re the hardest to find evidently, so I grabbed them when I could. I’m still waiting for those to arrive, and dreaming of the other 16 I still need to get.

Are you in love with the series too? Have some of the books and need a few more to complete the set or want to buy the entire thing in one shot?? I’ve discovered an amazing online shop that will allow you to do just that. In fact if you love gorgeous books, you must check them out. JUNIPER BOOKS is based in Boulder, Colorado but they will ship internationally. If you’re a booklover, do yourself a favour and check out their book shop. Not only will you see so many of the beloved classics and series that we love to collect, but also some incredibly unique and beautiful custom book sets as well. Prepare to fall in love. Seriously.

Check out the full listing below!

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  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  3. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  6. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  8. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  9. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  11. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  12. Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
  13. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
  14. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
  15. Butterfield 8 by John O’Hara
  16. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  17. The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen
  18. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  19. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  20. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  21. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
  22. Candide by Voltaire
  23. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  24. Sky Burial by Xinran
  25. When You Are Old: Early Poems and Fairy Tales by W.B. Yeats
  26. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Penguin English Library

25th February 2016

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I LOVE books. Love love love.

I read every single day and more often than not, you’ll find me at home reading a good book. I am a party animal.

The last year or so, I read most of my books as ebooks, and read very few books in hand. I think many of us had an ebook moment. For me, that moment has mostly past. I am back to reading (and buying) actual books and I love it.

I’ve also discovered the book community on Instagram (bookstagrammers) recently, and am mildly obsessed. Honestly, I have no idea how it works or how one gets thousands of followers and likes, but that’s not really why I’m trying it out. I love it because I’ve discovered so many great books and collections by following the #bookstagram hashtag. One of these collections is the PENGUIN ENGLISH LIBRARY.

The Penguin English Library is a collection of 100 beloved classics, with book covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. They are lovely and in paperback format,  so they are very affordable. And their spines are dreamy, as you can see above, especially when displayed as a collection.

Aren’t they dreamy?? Check out 60 of the 100 below.

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You can find these beauties in stores and online, although you might have to get resourceful if you’re after the entire set. I sadly don’t have any of these just yet, but they’re on the official husband-buy-me-these list for when he needs gift ideas (which is always). I’m partial to Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters so I’m starting with those.

Do you own any of these Penguin English Library editions?? Check out the full list below:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen
  2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  7. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  8. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  10. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  11. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  13. Evelina by Fanny Burney
  14. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  15. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland andThrough the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  16. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  17. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  18. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  19. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  20. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  21. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  22. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  23. The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle
  24. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  25. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  26. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  27. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  28. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
  29. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  31. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  32. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  33. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  34. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  35. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  36. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  37. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  38. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  39. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  40. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  41. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  42. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  43. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  44. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  45. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  46. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
  47. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  48. Howards End by E.M. Forster
  49. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  50. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
  51. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  52. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  53. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  54. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  55. New Grub Street by George R. Gissing
  56. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  57. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  58. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  59. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  60. Tess of D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  61. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
  62. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
  63. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  64. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  65. Daisy Miller and the Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  66. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  67. Washington Square by Henry James
  68. The Wings of a Dove by Henry James
  69. Dubliners by James Joyce
  70. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  71. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  72. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
  73. Melmuth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
  74. The Confidence Man and Billy Budd, Sailer by Herman Melville
  75. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  76. The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
  77. Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  78. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  79. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  80. Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett
  81. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Lawrence Sterne
  82. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  83. Treasure Island and The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson
  84. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  85. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  86. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
  87. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  88. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
  89. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
  90. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  91. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
  92. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  93. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  94. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  95. The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells
  96. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  97. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  98. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  99. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  100. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

DinHer 2010

1st September 2010

DinHer is an event that I hosted during Blogher in NYC  a few weeks ago. What started out as a small dinner to get together some lovely friends and bloggers, turned out to be a great event that was relaxing, enjoyable and a wonderful opportunity to get to know some fantastic and cool women.

When I was planning the dinner, I thought it would be great to have a little swag bag for everyone. Turns out the swag bag ended up being kind of huge. It was actually really fun getting all these great products together for the bag, maybe a little less fun trying to get it over the border, but fun nevertheless. Thank you so much to Toni (@itsToni) who was a HUGE help along the way, and was key at getting some fantastic swag items for the bag!! Also, Sandy and Cheryl helped out with the swag overload, and I am so grateful to both ladies! Thank you!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the sponsors for the event – all 38 of them – THANK YOU for making the event a fun and successful one! First of all, I would like to give a huge shout out to Adria and GM Canada for not only providing myself and my roomies with a Chevy Equinox for the trip to and from NYC, but GM Canada was also generous to sponsor the dinner itself for all the attendees – We appreciate you GM Canada!!

We were given the chance to drive a Chevy Equinox and it was a great ride. As the back seat passenger, I was thrilled that I had a crazy amount of leg room, despite the massive amounts of luggage and swag that was stuffed in the car with us. Christine who was the driver on the trip said,

“I was really impressed with the Equinox loaned to us by GM Canada. The ride was smooth and quiet (well mostly, if you don’t count the passengers – KIDDING), but even better was the gas mileage. To New York, out of New York, back to New York (yes, that’s right) and then finally home again on $80. Now that rocks!”

Old Navy Canada was very generous and sent us a huge box of swag for everyone. Each blogger received a cute headband, sandals, a tank top, a handbag and the delightful surprise of an item also known as JACKET IN A PACKET!

Another great Canadian Company that sent me 5 huge boxes of swag that provided 10 full size products to all the ladies. From their shampoos, to the hand soap, it is all eco-friendly and it all smells wonderful. Thank you Live Clean!

A big thank you to Mabel’s Labels for their fabulous addition to the swag bags! Great Blogher1o specific swag, their famous labels, along with some fab panties, made these a hit!!

I knew that I definitely wanted to have a special little something for each of the ladies that would be a personalized piece of jewelery. Thanks to The Vintage Pearl, each of the ladies received a lovely necklace personalized with their initial, and a pearl. I handed them out to everyone after the dinner, and everyone was thrilled. THANK YOU!!

The Cow and the Moon co. contributed fantastic notecards from their new line of paper products, and even created this awesome personalized Blogher notebook for me as well. Thanks so much Kelly!

  • CHEVY MISSIONS

Thank you to Chevy Missions for contributing purse hooks, to help keep our handbags off all those dirty floors!

Touch’d contributed a full size Bath Butter to everyone. This product smells SO GOOD and is so versatile, it can be used as a moisturizing body soap and also a shaving cream. Thanks so much Rachel!

I was thrilled to be able to add the Mini Makeup Collection from E.L.F. to the bags – I really wanted to fill the bags with things that I would also want, and I always want fantastic makeup. Thanks again E.L.F!

I was thrilled when I found out that Penguin Canada was interested in contributing to our bags. We were lucky enough to be give three great books: Sima’s Undergarments For Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross, Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell and advance copies of A Room Swept White by Sophie Hannah.

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of EOS before Twitter, but then I kept hearing about their infamous lip balms and shaving cream, so I had to try it. Thankfully they contributed their shaving cream and their lip balm smooth stick for everyone. As soon as I got to New York, I also made a point of stopping to buy some more. Thanks EOS!

I’ve been tweeting with Tara for a while and I was thrilled when she said she would contribute her coffee sleeves for Dinher. They are impeccably made with these gorgeous fabrics – love this product!

Fun Movie Swag on Twitter is always doing these fun movie giveaways, based out of Toronto. They contributed some fun stuff, from some of the new releases like Salt, that my kids have enjoyed playing with, so thank you so much for that!

Who doesn’t love My Little Pony? I used to play with these as a kid, so I get a kick out of watching how excited my three year old gets when she’s playing with her My Little Pony toys. It was great to be able to add one to everyone’s bags.

A special thank you to one of the DinHer attendees who also contributed to the swag bags – as an Avon rep, she contributed some AVON products to everyone. Thanks Cheryl!!

All of the ladies received a 2010/2011 organizer from Busybody books – a great product for organizing yourself and your family’s commitments. Despite all the electronic organizers, I prefer pen to paper, and this is a great tool for just that, and it’s pretty to look at to boot.

Another fantastic Canadian company that is a shining example of good business, and I might be biased when I say this because I totally admire the owner, Lindsay. Grace Announcements does everything from business cards, to art, to stationary and invites, does them impeccably. I was thrilled to add some personalized notepads to the bags. Thanks so much Lindsay!

  • ENERGIZER

Thank you to Energizer for contributing  the Energizer® Recharge Smart Charger for everyone, which always come in handy with two young children and many toys that seem to need batteries all the time. Also,

Peartree is a U.S. based stationary company that makes some beautiful products from address labels, invitations to note cards. Thanks to Peartree for contributing personalized items to each bag, including return address labels and note cards.

Thank you to Sensodyne Canada for contributing their sensitive toothpaste and the Breathe Right strips (my personal favorite – my bed buddy just happens to be a snorer).

Thanks to DK Books Canada for donating a reusable tote and a fantastic book called A Slice of Organic Life by Sheherazade Goldsmith – a gorgeous book about leading a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.

Thanks so much to RuMe Bags for contributing the Macro RuMe bags that held all of the swag, that was very heavy. The bags can hold up to 50lbs and look gorgeous doing it too. These bags are beautifully made and they have a great selection of products available – love the kid’s totes!

  • PASSION PARTIES

My lovely twitter friend @ManiacalMom provided us some fun swag that she sells through passion parties, and was also lovely enough to donate a door prize that I gave away during the dinner, which one of our lucky ladies won! It was a much coveted prize – and we’ll leave it at that!

  • HALO SLEEPSACK

The Halo SleepSacks are adorable products that ensure babies can be both warm and safe when sleeping – we were sent adorable themed sleep sacks. They come in many colors, designs and sizes, so be sure to check them out. If you don’t have little ones any longer, they make a perfect shower gift I think.

  • COTY

Thanks to Coty, we received the latest perfume by Baby Phat called DARE ME. Cute bottle, and smells nice too.

  • REISENTHEL

A last minute addition to our bags were these great reusable totes from Reisenthel – the mini maxi shopper in a variety of designs. In a time where caring about the environmental and being aware of even the smallest actions that we can do to make a difference, you can honestly never have too many reusable totes, especially cute ones.

  • HADAKI

Hadaki generously provided each of the DinHer attendees a cool wallet, called the Large Money Pod – they were all different colors and patters, but beautifully made and such a unique product. Be sure to check out all their products on their website. Also, we raffled off a fabulous Hadaki tote to one very happy attendee!

  • BALBOA BABY

Balboa Baby is company that makes gorgeous baby slings and nursing covers, among other items in these beautiful fabrics and patterns. The ladies chose from nursing covers, the sling and the shopping cart/ high chair cover. Another great site to check out if you have a babe of your own, or need to get a special gift for a friend.

  • CHRIS BLAKE

Chris Blake is someone that you may recognize from Twitter – I recognized him a while back when he followed me. I thought he was quite the hunky dude. And then I heard him sing – he has a fantastic voice, and he was gracious enough to provide all the ladies with one of his cds entitled WAVE. If you haven’t heard his music yet, check him out here, and you can also now find him on Amazon and iTunes!

  • WANNA HAVA COOKIE

I knew we wanted to have one edible item in the bags, and I was thrilled that Wanna Hava Cookie wanted to be part of it. They sent us these lovely little boxes containing the most delicious whoopie pies in different flavours. Seriously to die for. They make many products and they ship to the U.S. and CANADA!! They just opened their first store in NYC, so try to make it out there if you happen to be in the neighborhood, you will be glad you did.

  • NAME YOUR TUNE

Name Your Tune cds are an award-winning, Canadian product that provides personalized music for your child. Within 14 songs, your child’s name is heard more than 80 times, which I can tell you from experience, is beyond thrilling for a little person. This is a fantastic product, from a company that knows good business, and just happen to be really, lovely people. A great kid’s gift!

  • THE JIMMIES

I was thrilled when I was contacted about adding The Jimmies cd to our swag bag – The Jimmies are a fun, rock band for kids. This particular double cd titled “Trying Funny Stuff” included a live concert cd, music videos, and 6 karaoke videos. A really fun, energetic cd that gets the little people dancing. Make sure to check them out!

  • SURVIVAL OF THE HIPPEST

For Twitter fans, Survival of the Hippest is a site where you can order jewelery to key chains to tie clips, that will immortalize your Twitter handle or perhaps a favorite hashtag. Thanks so much for providing us with a great discount on our first order!!

  • FELD ENTERTAINMENT

Thanks to FELD Entertainment for providing us some fun Disney products for our bags and as a door prize. Fun clown noses, disposable cameras, and other items were a great addition to our DinHer bags.

  • Blue Avocado

Thanks to Blue Avocado, another great eco-friendly company, for providing us two great door prizes for our event – the starter kits (which included veg, pack, and pod bags) were a big hit.

  • OWLSAY DESIGNS

Owlsay Designs is an Etsy shop that was generous enough to provide each of the ladies with a luggage tag that helped identify their bags, and will be great for their travels, as well as a discount on a future purchase. Please check out her sight where you find handmade items from passport covers, pouches, and magnets. Thanks so much!!

  • FOUNDATION STUDIO

And our last addition to our bag was from another Twitter friend, Foundation Studio, who provided each of the ladies a gift certificate that entitles them to a 125×125 pixel ad. They offer many different professional services, including web design and branding. Thanks so much Ariane!

  • CARMICHAEL DIGITAL

And a huge shout out to Carmichael Digital for providing our DinHer event with a fantastic site to show off all of our sponsors throughout the planning process. If you need help with strategy, assessment, training and/or coaching – they are the people to call! THANKS SO MUCH!!

Check out some pictures below of the great products that all the companies provided to the DinHer event! Thank you!!

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