January 3rd, 2015

Book Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner Book Review | Sara du Jour
I’m no stranger to fiction. I know it requires a suspension of disbelief. However, I think The Maze Runner asks its readers for more suspension than is really fair to expect of anyone. Continue Reading →


December 31st, 2014

Reflections on 2014

Reflections on 2014 | Sara du Jour
What a year 2014 has turned out to be! Like with last year, I wanted to look back on all the good the year has brought to my life. This time last year, I said in my Adieu 2013, Hello 2014 post that one of my major resolutions for the year was to move out and get my own apartment. And I did it! Continue Reading →


December 29th, 2014

23 Things I Learned by 23

23 Things I Learned by 23 | Sara du Jour
About two weeks ago, I turned 23. Being 22 was wonderful. It was a year of new experiences, great memories, a few unexpected hurdles, and lessons learned. I’m sure 23 will be the same! A while ago I compiled a list called 22 Things I Learned by 22, and I thought I’d try my hand at it again this year. Here are 23 things I know to be true, so far.  Continue Reading →


December 20th, 2014

A 1920s Gatsby Christmas Party

1920s Gatsby Costume Party | Sara du Jour
The Roaring Twenties. The Prohibition Era. The Jazz Age. This year, our office Christmas party was 1920s-themed. The invitations were delivered, beautifully designed in Art Deco style. The gentlemen and ladies were instructed to pick an alias and “dress to kill” – we were going to a speakeasy. There would be an open bar, catered food, a casino, and dancing. What better way is there to end the year? Continue Reading →


December 16th, 2014

Book Review: One Day

Book Review: One Day, by David Nicholls | Sara du Jour
If I had to sum up One Day in a single sentence, I’d tell you that it’s a story about two people with terrible timing.

Timing matters. I believe that stories need to reach you at precisely the right time – the moment you’re ready to receive them. While many books, films, and shows have come to me at the right moment in my life, this one didn’t. At least not initially. Continue Reading →


December 8th, 2014

Song du Jour: Only Love Can Hurt Like This

I’ve been obsessed with this song since I first heard it about a week ago, so I thought it was about time I shared it. Only Love Can Hurt Like This, by Paloma Faith.


November 30th, 2014

Sephora Beauty Haul

Sephora Beauty Haul | Sara du Jour
Do you ever feel like you use up your beauty products all at once? That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. I scraped the last of my beloved Bobbi Brown eye cream out of the jar, and squeezed the final bit of my favourite concealer out of the tube. And so, it was time to visit Sephora. But being the human sloth that I am, I did all my shopping online instead. Continue Reading →


November 29th, 2014

Loving Lately, Vol. 1

Loving Lately | Sara du Jour

I’ve decided to start a series I’m calling Loving Lately, which will be lists of just about anything that has awed, thrilled, or inspired me lately. I’d love it if you guys shared something that’s struck you recently in the comments section, and we can start a community of cool and interesting things. Sound good? Okay, let’s jump into some things I think are awesome. Continue Reading →


November 18th, 2014

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: 100+ Ideas for Everyone on Your List

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide | Sara du Jour
I’m a December baby. Fellow December babies know this means one thing: BIRTHDAYMAS! Birthdaymas is the combination of my birthday and Christmas. The holidays are a time for giving, but Birthdaymas is an excellent time for receiving, too. ;) Is it any wonder December is my favourite month of the year?

Since everyone starts scrambling for gift ideas right about now, I thought I’d compile a HUGE holiday gift guide to help you out. I’ve scoured every corner of the internet for unique, beautiful, or interesting things, and I hope you’ll find it useful when you go shopping for presents for everyone on your list, whether they are beauty lovers, homebodies, style icons, fangirls/fanboys, readers, hosts or hostesses, tech lovers, or men’s men. Continue Reading →


November 15th, 2014

Kate Spade and Indigo Holiday Haul

Kate Spade and Indigo Holiday Haul | Sara du Jour
I did warn you guys that there was another Kate Spade and Indigo haul coming – and this one’s a big one. At this point, my love affair with all things gold, polka dotted, Kate Spade, or Chapters Indigo is news to nobody, and as luck would have it, Chapters Indigo released a holiday collection that is a collision of all those things. It might as well have been designed for me! Continue Reading →


November 10th, 2014

Halloween Cocktail Party

Halloween Party | Sara du Jour
Last Saturday night, I hosted a little Halloween cocktail party at my apartment for a few close friends. Halloween, both for kids and adults, is half about the junk food, and half about dressing up – so I had to make sure both elements were present at my party. Continue Reading →


November 6th, 2014

Book Review: The Rosie Project

Book Review: The Rosie Project | Sara du Jour

I have to be honest: I was prepared to dislike The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. While I love romantic comedies on film, I very rarely read or enjoy them on the page.

It didn’t help that the glowing recommendation on the cover promised I’d fall madly in love with The Rosie Project. This only made me more determined to prove them wrong. Continue Reading →


October 31st, 2014

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Halloween Costume / Cosplay

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Halloween Costume | Sara du Jour

Last year, at Halloween, I dressed up as Disney’s Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, and Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The year before, I went as Hermione Granger. This year, I continued my trend of dressing up as my favourite fictional females, and went as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from the video games and films. Continue Reading →


October 28th, 2014

Fall Fashion Haul (Lulu’s + Forever 21)

Fall Fashion Haul (Lulu's + Forever 21) | Sara du Jour
Fall fashion is the most fun to shop and dress for, isn’t it? Jewel tones, textures, and layering make a comeback as we ease away from the bright colours and airy designs of summertime. Here’s a fall fashion haul of a few style pieces (clothing and accessories) I’ve bought over the last little while as I got excited for the change in seasons. Continue Reading →


October 26th, 2014

Recipe du Jour: The Breakfast Burger

Egg Frittata Breakfast Burger Recipe | Sara du Jour
It all started with a question: can you microwave an egg? I did what anyone with a thought in their head and working internet connection would do: I Googled it. As it turns out, you can microwave an egg. I skimmed through a few recipes that included this method, from quiches to complex frittatas, some of which were made in a mug. When I saw that, an idea began to take shape in my mind, and a recipe was born. I call it the Smoked Salmon Egg Frittata Breakfast Burger, and it’s ah-maz-ing. Continue Reading →


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