The Kobo eReader

Everyone seems to be releasing their versions of the eBook reader. It’s getting harder to decide which one is the one to purchase! I didn’t have a choice in the matter and also happen to be very content with my holiday gift, the Amazon Kindle. However, seeing new eBook readers come out makes me wish I could own more than one, but they aren’t the cheapest commodity for a soon-to-be graduate.

The Kobo eReader will be released on Father’s Day in June and it has some of the same functions as does the Kindle, and the Nook. It does not have a separate colorful library presentation as does the Nook, but seems to be more similar in interface to the Kindle. However, from what I could tell from it’s website, it looks more customizable than Amazon’s Kindle. I think one of the best features about the Kobo eReader software-wise is the ability for the user to sort through their library easily, using chapters to move throughout the book, instead of the locations used by Kindle. It will give the user more ease at finding their place in their book, in addition to skipping around to random pages. Also, it’s a nice touch to have the book covers viewable, where in the Kindle, there is no option to view all of your books by cover, and even when you open your book, it’s right to business, starting on the first page of the first chapter. The Kobo also includes a nice built in quilted back cover, a nice addition to the eReader lineup, that is meant to mimic the feel of a real book (it also makes it look quite cute, in addition to the cute customizable front panels design accessories). The only weird thing about this eReader, in my opinion, is the small blue navigation button. It looks like it might be awkward to control and navigate the reader. The side buttons also look a little small to manage… the Kindle’s large buttons simplify the task of turning that page! Not that I’m saying it’s difficult… Still, at $150, it presents a competitively priced unit that could present competition for other established eReaders like the Kindle. Who knows how good its library really is though… you can’t beat Kindle’s library of over 500,000 books!

But at less than 8 ounces (compared to Kindle’s 10.2 ounces), it could be the next big thing. Maybe.

Kobo eReader

Kobo eReader


I was at Borders yesterday procrastinating writing my paper for class, and I found that I had a 40% off on one item coupon! The frugality in me immediately won over so I then shut my computer and walked out of the Seattle’s Best into the closest section that also happens to put a smile on my face: the food section. Now, I’m not a very… experienced cook or baker, but in January I spent some time trying different recipes and only improvising a little bit. But though I am new to the gas burners, I love food and want to be wearing the apron (my cute little one from Anthropologie)!

So I started at the first cookbook shelf and found I was in the soups and stews section. Boy do I like soup. One of my quick and easy favorites at home was Top Ramen Chicken/Beef/Oriental. Classy, I know. But really, I do like soup; just hold the cream, please.

Anyways, finally I found the Food Network cookbooks section and almost bought the Everyday Pasta, cause I love pasta, Italian food, and Giada’s recipes are always easy to follow and delicious, but I didn’t want to limit my cooking extravaganza to pasta. I only had one 40% off coupon and I needed to use it wisely. That was the moment I happened upon Barefoot Contessa. That lady can cook! So here’s the book I chose: Barefoot in Paris.

Lovely French Cookbook!

It is a lovely French cookbook with classic treats, dinners, drinks, and desserts. I have yet to try a recipe, but I’m excited to work some French cuisine magic in my kitchen and also improvise on some of the meals! Wish me luck!

I had one of the most delicious steaks three nights ago on the eve of my departure from the Northwest. My boyfriend and I were looking for an elegant, tasty restaurant for our anniversary which we spent in Spokane, WA. I was a bit apprehensive about being able to find a memorable restaurant for our anniversary, but as we were driving to our hotel (we stayed at the Davenport Hotel, which I highly recommend), we passed a burgundy awning with “Churchill’s Steakhouse” written in script on the right-hand side of the street. I looked to my boyfriend and asked: “How do you feel about having a steak tonight?” And that was that!

However, when we went to make dinner reservations, their number was unavailable and had been disconnected. Confused, I called the Davenport Hotel Concierge and he informed me that the hotel had burned down (or at least some of it had) a year and a half ago! Oy. However, the concierge proceeded to inform me that the steakhouse had just reopened last Friday but had yet to issue a press release of their reopening! Score 1 for the anniversary.

Needless to say, we had a delightful meal, filled with excellent wine, steaks, cheesecake, and a special bottle of champagne. Spokane may not be a tourist destination, but it certainly does offer a high-class steakhouse that delivers on all accounts. Delicious!

Interior of Churchill's
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Churchill’s Steakhouse


I learned about a new designer rental service through RachelZoe.com and this time, they’re renting out designer dresses. Next time you’re stressing out over what to wear to an event, the choices are easily laid out in front of you and range from affordable $50 frocks, to the slightly less afforadable, though stunning, $250 gowns.

Check it out here:
Rent The Runway

This month’s issue of online magazine LonnyMag featured the newly updated Hotel Avalon in Beverly Hills, CA.

Breathtakingly beautiful and retro. The way the blues and the geometric patterns work with the more curved furniture… ah!

Check out the hotel’s website or LonnyMag starting at page 31!

Of course Piperlime had to send me a weekly email, one that contained just what I really don’t need to spend money on: shoes. Floral shoes, in particular. Here are my favorites from this wonderful devilish newsletter that hopefully won’t wreak havoc on my credit card bill:

kate spade purple with a bow
Mmm royal purple and a bow…
yellow suede pump
Hello, yellow suede.
tie dye purple and white with a rosette
Tie-dye and flowers? I think I will finally own something tie-dye.
t-strap heel
And a little bit of fifties to mix it up.

Kate Spade Gillian: $325.00; Elizabeth and James Madison: $350.00; AK Anne Klein Kalei: $79.00; Seychelles Veronica: $90.00.

Who knew that Ralph Lauren had a “Create Your Own” shirt section of their website? The Ralph Lauren shirt is a classic, the hallmark being the polo playing jockey on horse. The great thing about the Create Your Own shirt option on their website is that you can completely customize it, from choosing the number of horses on your logo in addition to the embroidery color and of course, the shirt color.

The only problem is that they run a bit pricey, but I suppose for getting a completely customizable shirt in return (you can even get your initials on some of the shirts, and the USA ones put your name on the back!), it’s just about worth it.

This would be my choice, though I can’t decide if I really would want my initials plastered (sewn) to the front of my shirt, would you?

ralph lauren oxford

Striped Skinny Oxford: $89.50.

Several of the Create Your Own shirts are on sale here!