Hi dolls, this week I was nominated by the very talented Annabelle of Annabelle Smith Photography for the Liebster award. I couldn't remember how long it had been since I filled one of these out - so I looked it up and it was 2012! Oh, those grand old blogging days before I decided capital letters were probably worth using (seriously, even now I'm barely starting to convert to proper grammar on my other social media networks. Blame Amanda Palmer - for me it's a stylistic preference, and based around the fact that everything on social media for me tended to be informal I felt all-lower caps suited that - now I'm just a conventional old plain Jane when it comes to grammar. Sigh.)
Anyway, the Liebster award is always a bit of fun and since I'm almost at 500 followers I thought it'd be a nice way for newer readers to get to know a little bit more about me. I'm always trying to improve my blog, but in doing that I've scrapped some of my personal posts (such as my Instagram updates) so a Liebster award is a great way to bring a touch of myself back, thank you for the nomination Annabelle! :) So here come the questions...
1. What inspired you to start blogging?
I had two reasons to start blogging - the first was that I'd read fashion blogs for years and really related to the passion they had for clothes. I wanted to start a personal style blog to try and carve my somewhat confused style into something more fluent like the other bloggers I admired who had a real signature look. I read somewhere that you should photograph yourself in outfits so you know how you really look, not just how you think you look, and so I thought why not start a blog myself? The second reason to start blogging was because I wanted to start creating an internet presence for myself because I want to work as an illustrator and it's important to market yourself otherwise nobody will find you.
2. What do you love to blog about the most?
I love writing outfit posts and wishlists because I'm a total clothing obsessive, but I also like my new blog because I get to go off on really geeky tangents about illustration stuff.
3. Who is your fashion icon?
I'm inspired by a lot of musicians because I'm such a music nerd. I love Amy Lee, Taylor Momsen, and Courtney Love (particularly from her Hole days.) I also adore the Olsen twins and get a lot of inspiration from TV shows such as Friends and Gossip Girl.
4. Where do you most want to visit before you die?
This is such a hard question because there's so many places that would be amazing! At the moment Italy and Ireland are next on my wishlist, Venice in particular. I also love France and really want to visit Paris again - I'd like to live there for a little while and top up my A-level French.
5. What's #1 on your bucket list?
A bucket list isn't something I've devoted much time to. I guess I'll have to put 'write a bucket list' on my bucket list.
6. Favourite magazine?
At the moment I'm really loving Elle, but I subscribe to Glamour, Cosmo and Company magazine. Being a student I don't feel like I have much time to devote to reading, so magazines are great because you can dip in and out of them when you need a break form work, plus the imagery always provides loads of inspiration for an aspiring fashion illustrator.
7. What is your most loved film?
When I was a kid it was The Aristocats so I'm going to stick by that!
8. Describe your favourite outfit?
I don't have a favourite outfit, but I have a favourite type of outfit: all-black, cinched at the waist, loads of silver jewellery, with chunky high shoes.
9. Describe your worst...
My worst outfit? That'd have to be what I wear when I'm doing illustration work around the house and want to be comfortable without getting ink all over my clothes. Oversized guys band T-shirts, either with leggings or sweats, frequently topped off with an XL Metallica hoodie donated from a boyfriend years ago. It's a totally attractive combination.
10. What's your speciality dish?
I really enjoy baking, and I make super-ace nachos when I'm drunk.
11. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I will be thirty-two, which is a scary thought! By then I'd probably want (or even have) a kid or two which is an even scarier thought! Mainly, in ten years I'd like to have set up my life as I'd want it to be: I'd like a nice home, a successful creative career, a happy relationship, and to be surrounded by my family and good friends. I don't know if this question refers solely to work prospects but I think a fulfilled personal life is just as important as a successful career because there'd be no joy in having a great career and coming back to an unhappy household. Don't get me wrong - I'm certainly ambitious and have high hopes for my career, but the two feed into each other.
I nominate anybody that read this post to answer these same 11 questions on their blog or in the comments section here (if you answer on your blog, please leave me a link in my comments so I can come and read your answers!) Today I'm off to town (can't miss out on the Topshop sale!) with my nan and auntie who are here for the weekend. My auntie's travelled all the way from Italy so I can't wait to catch up! What are your plans for this weekend?