Hey guys! Today’s post is a little different than what I normally do. Since quitting my job I’ve been working more often in coffee shops around town. So I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts on some coffee shops around Oakville! Today I am sharing my thoughts on the five coffee shops that can be found in downtown Oakville.

I want to share my criteria for what I think makes a good coffee shop. This might be a bit ironic, but I’m not a huge coffee fan – I know I’m going to coffee shops and don’t drink coffee! But I like to get out of the house sometimes and I enjoy the ambiance in a nice coffee shop. So instead of rating their coffee, I’ll be rating their chai lattes, my drink of choice! The three big things I look for in a good coffee shop are good food and drinks, reliable wifi and a nice atmosphere. Let’s get into it!

Second Cup


  • Affordable
  • Lots of seating options


  • Corporate feeling
  • Bland chai latte

Let’s start with the two chain coffee shops downtown. There has been a Second Cup downtown Oakville for as long as I can remember. Since it’s a chain the prices are quite affordable. On the flip side, the atmosphere is trying to be cute and cozy but also has a big dose of corporate feeling to it. That being said, there are lots of seating options. The wifi was free and no password was needed. The wifi was fast and reliable. My chai latte was alright. It was pretty nice but also on the bland side. It’s affordable but not my favourite option available.

Aroma Espresso Bar


  • Lots of seating
  • Free chocolate with a drink!


  • Need to use Facebook account to connect to wifi
  • Mediocre latte

The second chain downtown is Aroma Espresso Bar. I’ve been quite a few times before so I knew what the place is like. The lower level is pretty sparse but the upstairs has many tables. I love sitting by the window and getting the overhead view of the street. While the chai is alright (very cinnamon heavy) all the drinks come with a piece of chocolate which I love! The wifi is free but you have to connect through a Facebook account which was annoying. I think this cafe is better for socializing than working.

Tribeca Coffee Co


  • The best latte (and donuts!)
  • Amazing atmosphere
  • Small business


  • Busy and limited seating
  • Hour wifi limit

Near the top of my list of favourites is Tribeca Coffee Co. It has probably my favourite chai latte of all the coffee shops in this post. It’s the perfect sweetness level, very creamy and the perfect spice blend. They also sell fresh-made donuts in store so the whole shop smells lovely. While there is a good mix of seating (high top, table, chairs) it’s always pretty busy and it can be hard to find a good table. The biggest con is the wifi. The wifi network isn’t open. Once you purchase something you get a voucher for an hour. Now I haven’t tried asking for another voucher so I don’t know how strict the one-hour policy is. I generally like to work for two hours at a time so it’s a little annoying to be limited. I will usually do work that doesn’t require wifi, such as editing videos, during the second hour I’m there.

Pilot Coffee Roasters


  • Lots of seating
  • Small(er) business


  • Free wasn’t very reliable
  • The atmosphere felt a little old

One of the newer coffee shops downtown is Pilot Coffee Roasters. I know they have a few other locations so I was excited to try this shop but I have to say I was a little disappointed. They were the only coffee shop on the list that didn’t offer coffee mugs. I don’t mind paper cups but it’s nice if you’re sitting down to have a mug. The latte itself wasn’t bad but very cardamon heavy. The shop has a very industrial feeling which some people enjoy but isn’t my favourite. There was free wifi but it wasn’t very good. It was super slow and disconnected a few times on me. Overall I think this is a great place to great grab a coffee to-go but not to sit down.

Figaro Coffee House


  • Outlets and great wifi
  • Lots of seating


  • More modern than cozy

The final coffee shop in downtown Oakville is Figaro Coffee House. The latte was quite nice. While the spice blend was a little more subtle the mug was huge. They had lots of seating options, with two levels of space. I was able to get a cozy corner banquet. And they had lots of outlets, not something every coffee shop offered. There was some lovely jazz music playing – I normally listen to my own music but this time just listened to the music playing in the shop. They had free wifi available as well. I don’t have any major complaints. The only thing is that’s more ‘modern’ than ‘cozy’. But overall a great option.

And those are the coffee shops I checked out in downtown Oakville! Let me know if you’ve been to any of these coffee shops before and what you thought about them! And please let me know if I should be a part two – I’ve been going to more coffee shops and I’d be happy to share my thoughts about them with you guys.



Is Native Deodorant Actually Good? Review

Hey guys! Today we’re talking all about deodorant. Not necessarily the most glamourous topic, but it’s something I use every day so it’s an important product! This might be a little unusual but I’ve been using Old Spice Fiji for about eight years now, give or take. When I started working as a lifeguard, one of my coworkers introduced me to it. Men’s deodorants are typically stronger than women’s and working at the pool we would get sweaty and needed something stronger. The Fiji scent is lavender and pina coladas so I loved using it!

The only thing is that Old Spice deodorant is made with aluminum, which everyone says is bad for you. Now I haven’t done any research into this, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to switch to a natural deodorant. The only issue is that I haven’t found a good one. The other two I tried had very wet and sticky formulas that stained my clothes. They also did nothing to stop the sweat and smell. I wasn’t impressed and stuck with my Old Spice.

For a while now I’ve heard a lot of hype about Native deodorants. Native is known for making a clean deodorant made without aluminum and other nasty ingredients. The deodorants are also cruelty-free and made in the USA. They have done a lot of influencer marketing so I’ve seen so many ads about Native deodorants. When you see so many ads you question if the product is good or not. But I’ve also seen some influencers talk about the brand organically so I felt like the deodorant must be legit.

I wanted to test out the brand for myself and see if the products were worth the hype. For a while, their deodorants were only available on their website, but I found out they were available at Walmart in Canada – I actually vlogged my trip to Walmart when I picked it up.

On the Native website, they have seven classic scents and five limited edition scents. At Walmart, they have only five of the seven classic scents. I decided to go with Eucalyptus and Mint since it was the strongest scent. The deodorant is on the pricier side, being $15 CAD (they are $12 US on the website, which is basically the same when you do currency exchange). This is a lot because other deodorants are around $4-6.

My first impression was that the Native deodorant stick looks like other deodorants. Sometimes natural deodorants have gel textures, but this one is normal which I like. I will say that the deodorant is a little harder compared to normal formulas. I have to rub a little harder to get it on my armpits, but once it ‘warms up’ it glides on easily.

So far I haven’t noticed any issues with staining. I wear black pretty often and haven’t noticed any white substance on my clothes that can sometimes happen with deodorant. Can’t confirm if it stains white shirts though because I haven’t worn any white shirts in the two weeks I’ve owned it (what can I say, I don’t wear a lot of white). I haven’t noticed any product build-up in my armpits as well.

I couldn’t have picked a better time to test this deodorant. I’m a naturally sweaty gal and I’ve been living with a broken AC during a heatwave the past two weeks. So I really put this to the test. I would say this performs just as well as my Old Spice deodorant. To say I never get sweaty and smelly is a lie. I will never not smell if I’m outside in 30-degree weather or working out. But for everyday wear, it’s pretty good.

I will say that I do kinda regret getting the eucalyptus and mint scent. It’s nice when I first apply it and just chilling. But when I do get sweaty, the scent just doesn’t mix well with my natural body odour. The eucalyptus just as a musty quality to my B.O. But I think this is just due to my natural body chemistry. I don’t think I would have this issue with other scents.

Do I think this product is good or overhyped? I have to say I’m team Native deodorant. This is hands down the best natural deodorant I’ve ever tried. It competes on the same level as other mainstream deodorants but without the nasty chemicals. I would buy this again in the future, but just a different scent. I do understand that the price tag is high, but to be honest a stick of deodorant lasts me a decent amount of time so it’s not like hair conditioner which I go through in it like two weeks. Also Native is cheaper than other natural deodorants that you can get at Sephora so it’s all comparative.

Overall I like the Native deodorants. Let me know in the comments if you tried Native deodorants and what your thoughts were about it. And if you have other natural deodorants like you like or prefer more let me know in the comments!



Book Review 003

Hey guys! So today’s book review is actually books I read for an English class I took in university! I liked English in high school, but was always scared to take it in university. After talking to a few English majors, I decided to try it out! The class was longer genres, so they were actual novels versus poetry or short stories. In the end I really enjoyed the class, and there are a few books I would recommend from the class!

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The first book we read was Klee Wyck by Emily Carr. Carr is more well-known as being a Canadian landscape painter, but she also did write a few novels. Klee Wyck is an extremely interesting novel because it’s a memoir of sorts that won many awards after Carr’s death. The novel was censored, removing any parts that was critical of European missionaries. It wasn’t until 2004 that the original text was published again. Klee Wyck is a series of stories about Carr, British Columbia and the Indigenous people of the region. Carr explores the idea of how she, as a white women, can oppose the horrible treatment of the Indigenous people yet also profit from it at the same time. I would recommend this novel to anyone who wants to learn more about the relationship between colonization and the Indigenous people of Canada.

The second novel I read was another Canadian classic. Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harrison was highly criticized at the time of being published because it doesn’t glorify war. It tries to show the reader how war isn’t like the romantic version people had heard back home. I really liked this book, especially the style of writing. The details about the narrator are very minimal, allowing the reader to better put themselves into the narrator’s shoes. The writing is also very simple and easy to read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in World War 2, especially the darker/gritter side of war.

Probably my favourite book from my class was Animal Farm by George Orwell. This book is a classic for a reason. Animal Farm is a satirical novel, using animals to critic Stalin and the Soviet Union. The references are strong enough that anyone who knows some modern history can get them, but they are not so strong that they get in the way of enjoying the story. This is the perfect book for an English class, because it is rich enough to write about but still enjoyable to read. I think this would also be a good book for pleasure reading as well. While the writing is a little dated, it is meant to be read as a children’s book, so the language is quite simple. After reading Animal Farm, I am quite interested in now reading 1984. 

My least favourite piece was a play called Endgame by Samuel Beckett. This play is apart of the genre theatre of the absurd, which is basically the theatre version of surrealism or dadaism. Basically nothing makes sense. The play is supposed to be a comment on existentialism, but like I didn’t get it. The play was very cyclical, just repeating the same things over and over again without ever really making a point. I don’t even know how to describe or critique this play because it makes no sense. Save yourself the headache and don’t read this.

The next book is July’s People by Nadine Gordimer. Written in the 1980s, this novel was Gordimer’s prediction of what a post-Apartheid South Africa would look like. Unlike the past four novels, where I knew a decent amount about the subject matter, at the time I didn’t know much about South Africa. I have since made some South African friends (shoutout to Contiki for being us together) and now I feel more conflicted about this novel. I do think it some ways it reflects on identity in an interesting way, and it worked nicely with the other novels were studied in our class. I just think there are better novels about this subject out there. Also the writing is outdated and full of South African slang that I had no idea about. Very hard to read, wouldn’t recommend.

The final novel I read was Obasan by Joy Kogawa. The novel is about the interment and persecution of Japanese-Canadians during the second world war. While I didn’t know much about this subject going into this book, I felt like by the end I knew more about the topic. The story is a girl named Naomi, and switches between her experiences as a child and an adult. The story is simply and beautifully written. They are some more lyrical passages, which would be helpful to use if analyzing the novel. Overall I found the story very compelling, and I really enjoyed the novel!

And those were the books that I read for my English class! I just finished the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series recently, so expect another book review real soon!