Bookish Nails!

Book Nails
Last week I got to party at a Harry Potter Festival here in Calgary, a wonderful day filled with HP music, butterbeer treats, and wizard costumes! Special for the day I decided to try out these newspaper nails. Check out the full instructions here. They are shockingly easy to do, and you can bet I’ll have bookish nails much more often!

Of course after doing these nails I had to have more! Now, there are some super elaborate nails out there which I have no hope of actually doing myself, so I’ve collected some of my favourite bookish nails that I think (hope) I can do at home!

House Colours & Deathly Hallows | Harry Potter

HP Nails

There are some gorgeous HP nails out there, but these ones caught my eye. I love being able to show off your house colours, plus I think the Deathly Hallows symbol would be easy to do.

Source: Pinterest


Book Crest | Heroes of Olympus

Heroes of Olympus

I absolutely love this symbol from the Heroes of Olympus books. It’s so simple, but I love the look of it, and of course the way it ties back into the book itself!

Source: Lili Lost In A Book


Tris Tattoo & Factions | Divergent


Most Divergent nails involve the different factions, and kudos to you if you can draw those. I liked these nails in particular because of the reference to Tris’ tattoo.

Source: Pinterest


Mocking Jay Pin | The Hunger Games


There are some brilliant Hunger Games nails – mostly involving fire. But these ones were definitely my favourite. While I don’t think I can manage the mocking jay, I love the effect of the grey on black.

Source: Pinterest


Dragon Egg | Game of Thrones / Eragon

Dragon Egg Nails

Similarly, I know I can’t draw a dragon. But I LOVE the dragon egg effect. And if you want an easy hack, check out this tutorial using a net or loofah.

Source: Petite Peinture


Galaxy Nails | Across the Universe / Ender’s Game / Lunar Chronicles

Galaxy Nails

I found galaxy nails referencing many different book series. I think they’re absolutely gorgeous! Plus following this tutorial, they actually seem pretty easy to do! Put these on my to-try list!

Source: Casa De Polish

There are so many bookish nails out there and I love all of them! Check out my Pinterest page for more bookish nails. I can’t wait to try some of these out! <3


How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life – Lilly Singh


On the Cover: From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.

Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.

WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.

Published: March 2017



The Review:

I did not actually know who Lilly Singh was before picking up this book. I am not really into Youtube besides watching A Very Potter Musical for the tenth time. But the book caught my eye because it’s written by a Canadian Youtuber and I thought, how cool it that? I chose not to explore Singh’s Youtube channel before reading this book or writing a review, because I wanted to hear Singh’s written voice before I heard her real one.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Singh has a big personality, and her personality shines through every page. Her writing is funny and sarcastic and constantly made me smile. While it is entertaining, this book is not a home-run for me. At times, Singh’s tone borders on lecturing and becomes off-putting. She proclaims loudly and repeatedly that any moment not producing is a moment wasted. It all felt so exhausting to me. Not everyone can produce content or schedule work at every waking moment.




Certainly, this book has some great advice, and if you are looking to upgrade your productivity and master the skills of leading, there are some amazing pointers throughout the book. Singh connects smart how-tos to relatable and humorous life lessons, and this book will shine to those with similar personalities. Unfortunately, I did at times struggle with the content. No chapter is linked to the next, and at 50 chapters there is just SO MUCH in this book that I think it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Yet Singh herself advises you to re-read this book, write in the margins, rip out the pages and post them to your wall so you can follow them every day – and I think there’s gold in that advice.

This book is fun, complete with hilarious come-backs, witty references, and bold colours on every page. Singh’s pictures made me smile, as did her writing, and I enjoyed the experience of reading her book. While I’m not sure that I am meant to be a Bawse, it was a fun read and is sure to be a hit with Lilly’s fans new and old.

Rating: 4 / 5





“Videogames are a great analogy for life. You go through levels, get thrown off by obstacles, and face several enemies.” p 26

“Sometimes I’m midway through my day and I discover I have a stain on my shirt. And by ‘sometimes’ I mean daily, because I’m an animal. So what do I do? I cover it with a jacket or decorative pin. Problem solved. […] When I spill my drink on the carpet and the stain won’t go away, I buy a new plant and conveniently place it on top. It works out great until I spill my drink four more times and my living room looks like something out of Jumanji.” p 46

“Don’t just try to pass your classes; try to ace them. Don’t just aim to pay your bills; save enough to travel. I don’t want you to write a script just to see a movie get made; I want you to win an Oscar. That’s the different between settling like a survivor and conquering like a Bawse.” p 59


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