Getting ready for an #IndigoWeekend

This post is not sponsored – but Indigo is easily one of my favourite places in Toronto.  Even just stepping in, hearing Jack Johnson singing about Banana Pancakes and smelling the Starbs ( because if you drink Starbucks you call it Starbs) you know whether you make your purchase here or online you are in for a fun experience.

Here are a few of my new favourites from Indigo:

Eye masks to me for the longest time seemed like something that was a novelty item or not necessary – but I have found the incredible difference when I use this for rest vs when I do not.  For one thing, it is insane how much I am tempted to rest with such a cute mask.  Also I do not have any interest to stay on my phone when I can block out the light. Here is the one I chose BONUS it’s on sale.


Another of my recent favourites is my new hobo style cross-body in black.  It is the perfect size to fit a book and a water bottle, or any essentials without looking and being too bulky.  I have a tendency for fitting as much as I can in my bags – this was just a perfect size for fitting a lot but staying chic. Sadly this bag is now sold out 😦 BUT they have many other cute accessories here.


Of course, Indigo is most known for the incredible amount of books they sell.  Having recently watched Blackfish on Netflix, I picked up “Beneath the Surface” – which is an incredible book about what happened at Seaworld from the one of the trainers himself, John Hargrove.  Having recently lost my dog has made me even more passionate about animals than I already was.  I was vegetarian and vegan for a while during high school and it didn’t work for me health-wise but if I could be vegan I definitely would.  Find it so critical to be a part of the lives of the animals in our world and understand their importance.



PS. thanks if you read the entire post – I will have a giveaway coming up with Indigo in the very near future 😉

Best always,

Melissa  ♡


Coriolanus #BooksOnFilm with Mr. Ralph Fiennes

If you Google Coriolanus many of the results will be of Tom Hiddleston in England performing this production. Quite glad that TIFF has brought this, to the big screen with Books On Film.

this Ralph doesn’t stay at the Budapest

One of the first films I saw on the big screen as an adaptation of sorts was the Joseph Fiennes starring The Merchant of Venice.  Though this was long ago back in high school, it feels as though I was back there again.  Glad to have learned before and continue learning with TIFF’s stunning program.

With TIFF Bell Lightbox introducing for it’s 25th show, Books On Film is a series in which professionals discuss why and how these stories have become what they are.

For those who may not be familar, Fiennes’ Coriolanus takes place in “Rome” ( quotations as this is a modern adaptation ) and after being banished from his city because of the people and frenemies, he partners with his ally ( played by the dashing Gerard Butler ) for a very intense and strongly emotive play-turned-film.

After the screening James Shapiro a Shakespeare scholar, sat down with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel for a Q&A which was later open to the floor.

When I was in England I was sure to take many photos, but mostly to pick up on the atmosphere of the Shakespearan world that existed before.

Someone asked “What is the Shakespeare production that was the best for you.. your favourite?” Shapiro replied that the best show for anyone is the one that they see between the ages of 17 and 20.  When it hits you like a splash of ice cold water in the face. For me at the time, this was Hamlet by Kenneth Branagh.  If you have not seen that one you must.

popcorn and Shakespeare and books and film = all the best things

In watching Ralph Fiennes, I could feel that he is truly a Shakespearean.  He understood the book and naturally brought it to the big screen.  While making a Shakespeare production a Hollywood modern-day film is no easy task, the film addresses the key points in the play.  It gives you chills that are just as strong whether during moments of brutality or uncomfortable silence.

Shakespeare though his stories took place in a different time, as said as well by Shapiro, it is too easy and scary to see how similar many of the people and situations are.


If you’re a book lover, film lover or both, Books on Film is a beautiful series that will surely teach you something.  If nothing else, leave you knowing something you didn’t think you’d learn about the film or about yourself.

Best always,

Melissa ♥