Sunday, 5 February 2017

BLOOM BY ESTEE LA LONDE


If I'm being honest, I have a love-hate relationship with Estee's channel. Sometimes I find her a bit 'over' for my liking but at the same time, I find her topics 'closer to life' compared to other Youtubers. After a few good thoughts on whether or not to buy her first book, I succumbed. I'm glad I did. Reading this book made me appreciate life more. It made me want to blog and travel and eat and share it with my readers.

Blogging is hard. You take pictures, edit them, make sure it looks great. You write a content, pour your everything to it, proofread it, edit it, proofread it some more. Then you make sure the layout is nice. Then you read it again to make sure you didn't miss anything. Then you post it. Then you syndicate it over social media. Then you hope that someone will read it. That, my friend, is a life cycle of making a blog post. If blogging is this time consuming, what about youtube, let alone writing a good book.


Book is divided into 8 chapters. 1. Life. 2. People. 3. Work. 4. Beauty. 5. Fashion. 6. Home. 7. Travel. 8. Food. I like how raw the whole book feels. It's like peeking into a diary of another human being. It has pictures and mementos about her life. I particularly enjoy this rather than gawking at someone's luxury items that are tagged as favourite today but will be gone next month. 

Following my heart. Page 51. She has a boyfriend and his name is Aslan. He's an Asian and moved to the UK at the age of 9. They have an interesting love story and I'm very impressed by Estee's courage to move into a different place {Canada to England, to be exact} to be with the person she loves. They met online, which is a taboo until very recently, and they got to know each other through Skype. You gotta have much love, confidence and bravery combined to pack up your bags and go! I am happy for Estee, she made the right decision.

Here's an excerpt of Aslan's letter to Estee:
"When you are an adult, those friends you had back at home are not so easy to forget, and neither is the family you are leaving behind. This is why I have always been so amazed and proud of you. As someone who hand never done much travelling and was self-admittedly a major homebody, to move to another country is a brave and life-changing thing to do. I am extremely glad that you did have the courage to do it because I'm not sure I would have done if I were in your shoes and we would not be living the wonderful life we do now."


My favourite chapters are those about work and travel. I appreciate her humble beginning and her rise to fame. I like her work space too. And her love for plants. She may have flaws but who doesn't? This is one of the many things she wrote:
"If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." 
I like the layout of her travel journals. And her tips too. Now, I want to go to Berlin, Germany and try their vegan restaurants! It's pretty hard to encapsulate what this book is all about. It's a mish mash of all things life and love under sun. It's not just a book splattered with pretty pictures on it but it definitely has a content that real people can relate too. 

Book retails for £16.99 but I bought mine from Amazon for £11.89. You're welcome. -CMK
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