January 9, 2014


Liebster (German): sweetheart, beloved person, darling

The Liebster award is given by fellow bloggers to new blogs with smaller followings but huge potential; it is a great way to find new blogs as well as support one another.

I was lucky enough to be nominated by not one, but two fellow bloggers!  Thank you SO, SO much to Lauren of Lauren Elise and Mary-Katherine of The Gold-Hatted Lover!  You are too sweet!

The rules of the Liebster award are as follows:

* Mention the person who nominated you with a link to their blog
*Answer the eleven questions they asked
*Nominate eleven other bloggers with a smaller following but a lot of potential
*Create eleven of your own questions for them to answer
*Notify your nominees

Here are my answers to Lauren's questions:

1. If you could live anywhere where would you choose?  

This is actually a really hard question for me, as my husband and I are currently trying to figure that out.  My "fun" answer would be to live all over; I would love to live in New York for a bit (non-winter months), Paris (so cliche), the Italian countryside, etc., etc.  But we're both family oriented and our families live here in So. Cal, so we'd never leave.  So my real-world answer is that I'd stay in LA, and probably opt for living in Pasadena.  It's not Paris, but such is life :)

2.  What is your favorite article of clothing

I'm a jeans gal.  If I could wear jeans everyday, I would (and rotate with leggings). But for now I'll have to make do with casual Friday and weekends.

3. Best movie you've ever seen?

Another hard one considering my husband and I are at the movies pretty much once a week.  I don't know about the best movie I've EVER seen, but a (fairly) recent favorite of mine is "Life of Pi"; the cinematography and meaning behind the movie are both beautiful.

4. Favorite TV show?

Oy.  I hate to not answer the question directly, but I don't have many favorites of anything!  It probably has to do with my indecisiveness!  TV shows currently watching (DON'T judge): The Bachelor (hello, Juan Pablo!); The Goldbergs; Modern Family; Grey's Anatomy; Impractical Jokers (if you haven't seen this, it's a MUST; hilarious!); Homeland.  Dexter and Breaking Bad were also on the list until they stopped airing.  I know, I watch A LOT of TV and I'm not proud of it.  But if I really, really had to pick a favorite show, it would be..... Sex and the City, duh!

5. What inspires you?

Hmm, I'd say my parents and their work ethic.  They immigrated to this country with little money and English skills.  But they worked hard (and still do) and raised four kids, constantly instilling in us the value of an education.  If it wasn't for them, I probably would have never considered law school.

6. A quote to live by.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5-6.  It's a guarantee that life will be hard at times and simply suck, raising questions to which you may never know the answer.  It's important to try and trust in God during those trying times.  If you don't know about my brother's story, you can read about it here.

7. What's your favorite type of music?

Another "favorite" question that makes me uncomfortable lol.  I hate to admit it, but I mostly listen to Top 40.  KIIS F.M. is programmed first in my car.

8. Favorite social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)?

I used to be all about Facebook, but Instagram now dominates my life.

9. Why did you start blogging?

As a creative outlet.  Being a lawyer is as non-creative as it gets, so it is much needed!

10. What is a pet peeve of yours?

People who wear sunglasses indoors/at night and poor grammar.

11. Coffee or tea?

Coffee.  I have Gold benefits at Starbucks.  It's a problem.

Now, this really is enough about me, but I still have Mary-Katherine's questions, which I've answered below

1.  What is your favorite realistic brand and your favorite lust-after brand?

For my "realistic" brand, I like J.Crew and Forever 21 (no shame!).  For a lust-after brand, Chanel (sigh).

2.  What is your favorite book?

I was an English major, and until this day, John Milton's "Paradise Lost" is on my list.

3.  Who was the best concert you have ever been to?

Michael Buble.  Not only is he exceptionally talented, but he's hilarious too (and a little raunchy!)  He really puts on a fantastic show.

4.  What are the top three places you would like to travel to?

Last year, my husband and I finally did a Europe trip and went to Paris, London, Florence, Venice and Italy (these were my top list).  Now, I'd like to go to Thailand, Ireland and Greece.

5.  Where did you grow up and where do you live now?

I grew up in So Cal and still live in So Cal.  Not very exciting lol.

6.  What is your favorite season?

I love Fall.  The changing leaves are gorgeous and the weather is perfect.

7.  What are your top three favorite nail polishes?

Essie's "Ballet Slippers"; OPI's "Lincoln Park After Dark"; and Essie's "Bikini So Teeny"

8.  What are your favorite trends for the coming year?

It's not really a "recent trend," but I've been into pattern mixing lately.

9.  How would you describe your style?


10.  What are three of your favorite blogs?

The Sweetest ThingParis in Four Months; and Gal Meets Glam

11.  How long have you been blogging?

I started in August 2012 but didn't keep up with it.  I started getting active again in October 2013.

OKAY.  So now it's my turn!  My nominees are:

1.  Emily of Bows and Depos
2.  Dina of Sweetest Somethings
3.  Tess of In Good Faith, Tess
4.  Becky of A Girl and Her Sparkles
5.  Ashley of Sparkle & Soul
6.  Lexi of Streets of Gold
7.  Dana of The Casual Classic
8.  Libby of Colorfully Living
9.  Jana of Jana Style
10.  Ashley of Sincerely Miss Ash
11.  Audree Kate of Simply Audree Kate

My 11 Questions:

1.  Why did you start a blog?
2.  Favorite place ever visited and why?
3.  What is your can't-live-without beauty item?
4.  Number one goal for 2014?
5.  Something your readers probably don't know about you?
6.  What's the most adventurous thing you've done thus far?
7.  What would be your "dream job"?
8.  Early bird or night owl?
9.  Favorite pasttime?
10.  If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would be your first purchase?
11.  Favorite alcoholic drink?

Can't wait to read the responses!



  1. Thank you so much for the nomination!!! I really appreciate it! Love your blog too :) Followed on bloglovin and blogger!

    Xo Jana


  2. Thank you for the nomination. I have done one of these once before. If I get some spare time I will definitely do another one :)

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  3. Thank you for the nomination!! Love your blog!



  4. One of your nominees nominated me for this award and I'm so glad she did! I love coming across aspiring fashion bloggers, especially in the So Cal area. I'm a new member to the So Cal Blogger Society as well :)

    xo, Paige

  5. loved reading all your responses and getting to know you a little more!

    also, you reminded me how much i love "lincoln park after dark" and my nails are now painted the pretty dark color! :)

    xo mk


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