18 Dec 2016

Bloom by Estée Lalonde

A few months ago one of my favourite bloggers, Estée Lalonde, bought out a book called Bloom and I couldn't have been more excited to get my hands on it!

If you know me, you know that I've always said that I hate reading. I just couldn't ever sit down and read a book like normal people could. In school and college I studied English and I absolutely hated reading the books (and I never actually did - Sparknotes was my BFF). For one of my 2016 New Years resolutions, I said that I wanted to start reading books. I know that I am posting this a few weeks before 2017 but I actually got her book in October so I didn't completely fail!

Anyways, I really admire Estée and I was really looking forward to what this book was about. First of all, I have only ever bought two bloggers books before and they were both recipe books, Get The Glow by Madeleine Shaw and Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr. I know that there have been other bloggers bringing out beauty, style and autobiography kind of books, but I was never really intrigued by them. Obviously when Estée announced that she was releasing a book, I was excited because I am basically obsessed with her (in a non-creepy way of course!). 

So, for the past few months I have been reading her book on and off, re-reading certain sections and taking it all in.

The name Bloom was a really good choice because it isn't branded by her name on her blog or Youtube channel, which I don't have anything against but, I admire the effort and creativity that went into it. Estée talks about the process of naming the book in the book too and it shows how significant a name of a book really is (I think I've said book too many times).

At the back of her book it has a quote from her:
For me, the word "Bloom" encapsulates the idea that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. It's a word that hints at becoming who you are meant to be.

And that is exactly what the book is.

Bloom covers several areas and is split into eight chapters; life, people, work, beauty, fashion, home, travel and food.

Despite the fact that the chapters cover the areas that Estée blogs and talks about on her Youtube channel, it isn't at all repetitive. What stood out to me was the fact that the book isn't just an autobiography or a story about her life. It is a story about how she is the person she is today. What makes Estée, Estée. What makes her happy. What gives her a purpose. I find that it is a reflection on the significant moments of her life that have defined the person she is today. Whether that is from her childhood or her more recent years, it is a story about her Blooming, literally.

Immediately after reading the first few paragraphs I was sucked in.

You can really hear her voice when reading Bloom, which is really refreshing. I mean, I bought the book to read what she has to say and not what the editor has to say and I think it really comes across in her writing. 

What made me continue reading was the way the chapters are structured. Estée divided the chapters into sub-sections and then discussed that topic. But she didn't just talk about it, she gave us a story, offered advice and tips and added in the most beautiful photos too.

The book also featured letters which were from her partner, Aslan, and her mum too - just a heads up, they are very emotional. I like how she broke up the sections of stories with little lists or pointers. It was a nice way of adding a bit of a twist to what would be just a life story. 

I find that Bloom is a very real representation of Estée, captures an array of topics that have shaped her into who she is and tells her story. It has things that she has never ever talked about online before including very personal issues. She offers advice on how to find yourself, become a better you and get through life.

I was already inspired by Estée prior to her releasing Bloom but I am inspired even further after reading it. I highly recommend this book, even if you aren't a fan of books or are sceptical about bloggers books! It is a great read, offers very helpful life advice and encourages you to find yourself.

I like how she prompted the reader to think about their Bloom story - what makes them who they are today. It really got me thinking about my experiences and how I've become the person I am today. In fact, I began writing down a few things that have shaped me as a person and it helped re-live certain moments in my life. 

I love these kinds of stories and it was refreshing to finally find something I enjoy reading. I wish I could write a book. It seems like it is very beneficial on a personal level, if it is something like Bloom


  1. I love Estee! Haven't got her book yet but it sounds incredible. Reading more was also one of my 2016 resolutions and I think the key is just to find books that you love! I recently picked up 'You are a Badass' by Jen Sincero and a few others that are super motivational and now I have really started to enjoy reading :) ♥

    Amy // snippetsofamy.co.uk

    1. Ooo that book sounds like something I might enjoy! I'll check it out :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I got this for Christmas and can't wait to read it :) I never usually buy blogger books either!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. I'm sure you'd love it as much as I did! Big fan of your blog, thanks for stopping by mine :) x


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