Dolly’s Top 3 Summer Reads

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As of lately I’ve been focusing on personal development and self-improvement. Reading has become part of my daily routine and has been beneficial in more ways then one.

For starters, it has been a huge stress reducer. No matter how much stress your facing in your daily life, reading transports you to other realms, distracts you and keeps you in the present moment. It has been my number one mechanism for relieving tension, and allowing me to relax.

Additionally, everything you read fills your head with new bits of information. Knowledge is one thing that can never be taken from you, and can only bring life improvements. It’s also been proven that reading spiritual books can lower blood pressure and bring a immense sense of calm, while reading self-help books has been shown to help people dealing with certain mood disorders and mild mental illnesses.

A few benefits that I have personally noticed since I’ve been digging into the books consist of a wider vocabulary, a reduction in stress, and improved focus. Not to mention, I now look forward to sitting in waiting rooms, long commutes, or any period of time that I would normally dread, as it gives me a chance to read and relax.

So far, the top three books I’ve read this summer are “You are a Badass”, by Jen Sincero, “Pretty Happy”, by Kate Hudson, and “Mastering Your Mean Girl” by Melissa Ambrosini. If you’re in the market for a few great books, I highly suggest these.

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1. You are a Badass, by Jen Sincero

You are a Badass, is all about identifying and changing the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want. It consists of a very amusing how-to guide on creating the life you want, and how to “make some damn money already”.

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2. Pretty Happy, by Kate Hudson

In Pretty Happy, Kate Hudson talks about the four pillars that ultimately lead to an overall happy life: cultivate an intuitive relationship with your body, eat well, awaken your body, and the miracle of mindfulness. She stands by the saying, “You don’t have to be perfect. Pretty happy is pretty great”.

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3. Mastering Your Mean Girl, by Melissa Ambrosini

In Mastering Your Mean Girl, Melissa Ambrosini tells you her life story and how she’s managed to create a life beyond her wildest dreams. She provides amazing advice on how to overcome that sneaky voice in your head that is constantly telling you you’re not enough- your ‘mean girl’.

Summer Shades of Blue

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Hey there! Long time no talk. I apologize for my absence over the past few months, I’ve been going through yet another transition of moving. I’m officially back in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, working at Bigley’s Beach House. Of course theres yet another life story to fill you in on, however, that is a blog post in itself. But I will be publishing it in the near future, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I wanted to jump right into all of the amazing summer fashion!

I came across this dress the other day at Bigley’s, and I couldn’t help but treat myself. This dress is by Cupcakes and Cashmere. The print is absolutely stunning, and the details are incredible. The tassels really set the tone, and the embroidery at the bottom truly makes it a one-of-a-kind. The fabric is so light-weight and perfect for summer. It’s made of 60% viscose and 40% rayon. I’m wearing a size small, however, it does fit a little big, so if you’re interested in purchasing it I would consider going down a size.

The Vince Camuto gladiators that I’m wearing are also from Bigley’s. Their available in two colours, black and mochaccino. My sister-in-law let me borrow her black pair while we were in Florida and I immediately fell in love. Their extremely comfortable and fashion forward. I love how the self-tie lace-up creates a commanding look with shorts, skirts, and even relaxed dresses. Their definitely a great staple gladiator for summer. Oh and they fit true to size!

The Cupcake & Cashmere dress is currently only available in store at Bigley’s, but will be available at bigleyshoes.com within the next two days. Find the Vince Camuto gladiators here.

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