Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Liebster Award

Guys - the beautiful and amazing Kate from Taffeta and Tulips nominated me for a Liebster Award! I absolutely love Kate's lifestyle blog. Her posts range from fashion to food to travel to adorable photos of her cutie patootie kids. She has FOUR by the way. And if I look nearly as good as her after even having one kid, I'll be stoked. Plus, she's certainly on point with the outfits - no mom jeans here, folks. She's an inspiration and I really recommend visiting her blog.
The Liebster Award: Basically, it's a wonderful way for up and coming bloggers to connect and support each other. I'm loving this community vibe!
The Guidelines: mention the person who nominated you, list 11 random facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you, then create a new set of 11 questions and nominate 11 up and coming bloggers. Let's go!
11 Random Facts About Me:
  1. I think everything should have a drive-thru window. Thus, my obsession with online shopping. It's about as close as I can get.
  2. In the fifth grade, I had my own business called "The Sunflower Girl" selling handmade flower pens. I used to take fake flowers, glue them to the tops of ball point pens, and wrap them in green tape. Then I'd stick a bunch into flower pots with styrofoam and moss and sell them at school. I got in trouble for it but kept selling them on the D.L. Y'all can't stop me!
  3. I have platypus feet - large, wide, and flat. Comes in handy during shoe sales though! And swimming...
  4. Speaking of swimming, I get lazy and doggy paddle rather than actually swim. 
  5. If I don't cook something for a few days I get very stressed out. 
  6. I never, ever do my hair. I'm very lazy about doing my hair because it's SO thick and I have so much of it. I've learned to accept the frizz and just let it air dry. It's so bad that I don't bother packing a comb when I fly home to California. I don't even own a brush.
  7. I have more shoes, lipstick, and clothes than I know what to do with but I never go out. I hermit it up in my apartment and cook or watch PLL. (Just saw the season finale btw and o.m.g.)
  8. Burgers are just my favorite. With peanut butter. Seriously. 
  9. Aside from lamb, one of my favorite dishes to make (and eat, of course!) is one of the simplest pasta dishes. I created it based off of a pasta dish Anthony Bourdain had in Italy of pecorino romano, lots of freshly ground pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. I substituted with parm and love lemon so I add lots of zest and lemon juice. I then add vegetables like grape tomatoes and fresh baby spinach to add some nutritional value and parsley or basil for extra freshness. I could eat the whole pot by myself I love it so much. (pictured below; printable recipe here)
  10. My favorite color is gray. (Does that even count as a color?)
  11. I love hip-hop dance movies or shows. Step Up 2 is a favorite. And don't even get me started on how America's Best Dance Crew got cancelled...
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11 Questions from Kate:
  1. Sweet or salty? We talking food or personality? Eh, both answers are the same anyway. Salty ;). Sea salt and vinegar chips are my downfall.
  2. Morning person or night owl? Morning person! I love working out first thing in the morning. Maybe because otherwise it just won't happen.. Plus, evenings/nights are for jammies!
  3. Describe your personal style in three words. Simple, edgy femininity. 
  4. Name one beauty product you cannot live without. Shu Uemura eyelash curler, hands down.
  5. What is the item in your closet you wear the most? My Joie leather jacket. So versatile.
  6. Describe your favorite menu at a dinner party. This is hard! It really depends... If it's close friends: anything BBQ'd and served casually. If it's something nicer (like my dress-code parties): charcuterie and roast chicken with vegetables. It's simple enough and family-style, but still very elegant. Plus, it pleases most anyone.
  7. Where is your ideal vacation spot? Anywhere with the love of my life. Oh, and a sunny beach.
  8. Name three things you wish to accomplish this year. This year is going to be very eventful for me, actually. First up, graduating from law school. Second, finding an awesome job. Third, finding a great apartment to share with my guy. Needless to say, I'm excited about 2014.
  9. Country or city? City! Los Angeles to be exact. But preferably living in a suburbish area on the outskirts of the city. Crowds and traffic stress me out. I just need the entertainment and eclectic and exciting food.
  10. What is your idea of the perfect weekend? Friday night: homemade dinner at home and relaxing with wine. Saturday: A hike, healthy lunch, a nap on the beach, then a seafood dinner out. Sunday: A visit to the farmer's market, brunch complete with mimosas, then BBQing and relaxing at home. What can I say? I'm a simple southern Californian girl.
  11. Who is your style icon? Modern favorites are Olivia Palermo, Emma Watson, Ashley's really hard to pick just one!
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My 11 Questions:
  1. Do you have a pet? If not, what kind (if any) would you get? (Of course I'm asking my corgi obsession continues.)
  2. What's your biggest fashion Achilles' heel?
  3. Can't leave home without?
  4. What's something you used to wear and love but are totally embarrassed about now?
  5. Favorite food to eat and/or to cook?
  6. Ideal place to live?
  7. If you could do anything for a career, you would...
  8. Worst thing you've ever eaten?
  9. Favorite workout (if any)?
  10. What's a current trend you are absolutely hating?
  11. If you had to wear one brand for the next five years, which would it be?
My Nominees
  1. Simply H Squared
  2. Perpetually Caroline
  3. Kiwi Who
  4. Vogue & Heels
  5. Glimpse & Glimmer
  6. Werner Beauty
  7. Sequins at Breakfast
  8. KTR Style
  9. Style by Jules
  10. Style-Wire
  11. At/Least
Thanks again to Kate from Taffeta and Tulips and to you all for reading!
I seriously love sharing all the things I enjoy with you and am so thrilled by the support.
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  1. Congrats on the accomplishment! I've already been nominated previously, but thank you nonetheless!


  2. AWESOME!! Go Banana! <3

  3. Thanks for nominating me! I'll definitely do my post later this week :)

  4. Oh wow! Thanks for nominating me :)

    Lisa – AT LEAST BLOG

  5. Thank you for your sweet comments! I love your 11 random facts! Especially admire your entrepreneurial spirit even in the fifth grade! Sounds like this will be an exciting year for you :)

  6. Thank you for nominating! Took me ages to reply to your comment, sorry sorry sorry! You have a great blog and I'll work on the questions by tomorrow!


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