January 13, 2011

Blog Admiration

The talented and lovely Jewels of The Red Otter Shop named me for an "I love your blog" award, and with this sweet honor, I get to share a bit about myself below. 

1. why did you create your blog?
I started the blog to get into the regular practice of writing and improve my skills. My first posts were quite long, essay-like. Reading other blogs and connecting with bloggers was not initially on my radar. But I remember when I received my first comment from erin and I started reading her lovely blog and then found other bloggers through her blogroll. Soon, I had found the most amazing, inspiring women - most of whom I have never met but am so thankful to know through the words and images of their blogging spaces! Blogging and commenting on the blogs of these kindred spirits has become an unexpected joy in my life.

2. what kind of blogs do you follow?

An unintended, yet delightful discovery for me has been design and lifestyle blogs, which are the type that I enjoy the most! I am such a design amateur but have been so inspired by all the talent and creativity that exists in the blog world! I also love DIY and again, there is such vision for how to live in a splendid life in an homemade, inexpensive way.

3. favorite makeup brand?
Aveda. Lately, I have been trying to go mineral- and plant-based for my beauty products in lieu of chemicals. 

4. favorite clothing brand?
Madewell and J.Crew are my standards. But I am a sucker for a good find at TJ Maxx or Marshall's. And anything from a vintage clothing store.

5. your indispensable makeup product?
Eyeliner. I feel like my eyes come alive!

6. your favorite colour?
Coral. I love the warmness of it!

7. your perfume?
I have many scents for various occasions. But I must admit that my favorite scent (and the one I get the most compliments for) is Bath and Body Works' Moonlit Path. 

8. your favorite film?

This is a tough one because I love movies!  So I am picking the two that I can watch over and over without tiring: the 1994 film version of Little Women and Away We Go.

9. what country would you like to visit and why?

I have never vacationed in a warm location so Costa Rica is next on my travel list. But my bigger plan is to some day take the train from Vienna, Austria to Venice, Italy! 

10. make-up the last question and answer it yourself: what is the most significant lesson you've learned in your life so far?
In this past year, I have been on a journey of self-discovery (as corny as it sounds), and I have learned that there is only so much of our life that we can control. In the end, going with the flow and not setting up too many expectations makes this whole process of living so much easier and a happier experience.

I must now choose 10 bloggers whose blogging spaces I love (in addition to Jewel's)! These blogging wonders can participate or abstain at their leisure! Here are the 10 (of course, it's hard to stop at 10 if you look at my ever-growing blogroll!): Amanda, Ingrid, Mara, janis, dani, Mariah, Danielle, erin, Meg, and rachel


  1. This is SO, SO awesome! Congrats! I'm so happy for you and the cool feature - so well deserved! (And thank you for the shout out, my sweet friend!!) XOXO

  2. thank you so much for the shout-out emily! so appreciated. you are a doll. xo.


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