What are the ingredients for a truly unforgettable summer? A few weeks ago we posed this question to our Pinterest followers, challenging them to create pinboards representing their answers for the chance to win a $500 Indigo gift card. The results were an overwhelming number of boards featuring beach reads, BBQ recipes, summer-inspired décor products, DIY projects, serene cottage scenes and more! Indigo's Product Developer Patrick Ramsey reviewed the entries and chose a winner: Sabrina Voci from Ontario! We thought it would be fun to get to know her a little better, find out what’s on her summer reading list and (most importantly) find out what she’s going to do with that $500 gift card!
Indigo: Can you describe the feelings you were hoping to evoke with your Pinterest board and the inspiration behind it?
Sabrina: I was hoping to capture the joy and excitement of all the things about summer we look forward to all year long: sunshine, spending time by the lake or ocean, travel, time with family and friends outdoors, and enjoying nature. I wanted to be sure to capture all the smaller things about summer we might overlook or take for granted—even if you don’t have fancy travel plans or a cottage to escape to, there are so many simple things to enjoy like sitting on an outdoor patio, taking a quick road trip on a long weekend, or having a picnic in the park.
Your Pinterest board is packed with fun imagery and products. Which pin is your favourite and why?
I love them all, but if I have to choose one it would be the lounge chair by the ocean. It reminds me of a cruise I took a couple of years ago in the summer. One of my favourite memories from that trip was just lying on a lounge chair and reading a book, with the sounds of the ocean and the sun shining, it was incredibly relaxing!
As the winner of our $500 gift card, what’s on your shopping list?
A Kobo eReader has been on my wish list for a long time, so I will definitely buy the Kobo Touch with a Kobo cover and several eBooks. I’m also going to buy a Native Union Retro POP Handset for my iPhone. I love all of Indigo’s lifestyle and home products, so there is no shortage of things I would love to buy. My challenge is not to spend the $500 all at once!
Do you have a favourite summer book?
I don’t have one favourite summer book, but the one book I am looking forward to reading this summer the most is The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty; it will be the first eBook I buy for my new Kobo.
Where is the best place to read on a warm, sunny day?
I think the best place to read on a sunny day is outside! If it’s really warm, I’d prefer to read in the shade, otherwise I’d prefer to get some sunshine—either in the park or some other green space, at a coffee shop patio with an iced coffee or tea, or on my own patio.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what three books would hope to have with you?
If I were to have any hope of surviving I’d probably need a book like the SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere by John Wiseman. Besides some sort of survival guide, I’d probably choose a very long novel or book of short stories to help pass the time, and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe seems very appropriate!
You can check out Sabrina’s summer-inspired Pinterest board below, as well asthose from runners-up Jessica Yu from Alberta and Rebekah Cuff from Ontario!