04/04/16

Blogging Awards: Liebster & Blogger Recognition

Happy Monday!!!!

Totally agree as I am chugging my first cup right now… It was a crazy weekend with judging and family time but I am finally catching up on some recent blogger awards from some amazing people. I have been nominated by the wonderful Steph for the Liebster Award!! I also was recently nominated by one of my blogger friends Hannah from LoubsandLips for the Blogger Recognition Award.  If you haven’t already checked out their blogs then you are missing out and need to do so, asap! Thank you so much the nomination and support!!!!

Liebster Award

If you haven’t heard of this award before, it’s passed on from bloggers within this amazing blogging community and if you are nominated then you follow these rules and keep it going:

  1. Tag the person who nominated you and thank them.
  2. Answer the 11 questions you are given.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers and tag them.
  4. Give them 11 new questions to answer.
  5. Notify your nominees.

Here are the answers to the 11 questions I was asked:

What is your blog about and why did you choose that theme?

My blog broadly can be described as a lifestyle & fashion blog. I was always so skeptical of starting a blog because of the time to write and keep up with it and I also wasn’t an expert blogger. I didn’t know what I was doing and sometimes still don’t know what I am doing but I have just come to the point where I love to write and share my life stories that I went for it! It is a mixture of fashion, beauty, fitness and lifestyle posts. 

Dallas, Texas….  Why do I live here? I question that all the time. The summers here are scorching hott and dont blink because you will miss winter. But, there is so much southern hospitality and southern charm here in Texas that I cant just leave. This is home! I lived in the Ohio for  years and I am will never live up north again…. The cold is not for me!

What’s your favorite country to travel to?

Well…. I have actually never traveled anywhere outside the US except Mexico. Sooooo it would have to be Mexico lol 🙂

What’s your favorite beauty brand?

I have probably bought a single product from every beauty brand out there. I do not have the budget or bank account to support all high end brands as my regular makeup routine but if I had to pick a high end brand it would be all Tarte products. They make such amazing products that last over 3-4 months. You definitely get your money’s worth. As far as the affordable brand, I would totally choose all ELF products! Like…. all of them! 

What’s your favorite handbag?

I love me some Louis Vuitton but again, my bank account and my 4 year old son slightly take the luxury out of that. My Tory Burch Leather Camel would take the reigns. 

Which post was the most challenging to write?

I honestly have not had a difficult or challenging post yet. Trust me, there are some that I felt passionate to write and had some difficulty finding all of the right words to say but nothing that was super tough. My favorite post to date is probably 10 things I would tell my 18 year old self. There is so much I think about looking back on my college days that I wish I knew but at the same time I wouldnt have grown from it today. It is a must read for those close to you that are in high school 🙂

Who’re your favorite three bloggers?

Double Dose

Sequins and Things

Brighter Darling

What’s your favorite YouTube channel?

I never got into YouTube until I started watching makeup and hair tutorials. Being a dance teacher, I am constantly watching dance videos or competition videos so going from that to beauty videos was an adjustment but I cant stop. Favorites:

Melissa – Hilarious Beauty Channel

Nikki Tutorials – Beauty

Jaclyn Hill – Beauty Channel

Dancers Global

My questions are all focused on getting to know you guys better and I hope you enjoy them!!

  1. What would constitute a perfect day for you?
  2. What do you love most about blogging?
  3. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  4. What’s your favorite hobby?
  5. If you were to be on a desert island and could bring 3 things that were not a person, animal or used for survival/to get off the island what would you bring?
  6. What do you love most about blogging?
  7. Who are your favorite bloggers?
  8. If you could live in one place for the rest of your life, where would you live?
  9. If you could switch lives with someone who would it be?
  10. What is your favorite piece in your closet?
  11. What are you eating/drinking right now?

Blogs I nominate:

Blogger Recognition Award

Rules
1. Thank the person that nominated you & link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award. Attach the award to the post.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog got started.
4. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
5. Select other blogs you want to give the award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link
to the award post you created. (You cannot nominate the person who has nominated
you.)

How my blog got started

I started a separate Instagram from my personal that I always posted outfits and beauty posts. I eventually wanted to get a blog going so I created one but waited about 2 months to launch it. I wanted to make sure I had time to write and post regularly rather than it sit and do nothing. I then created a weekly schedule of posts and corresponding  Instagram posts but to this day… I do not follow the schedule accurately lol. I kind of just write when I want and post when I want. That’s the beauty of the blogger world 🙂

Advice

Be yourself!!! I know this is constantly the advice I hear from other bloggers but it really is true. No matter how many followers you have the content is the reason for your blog. If you are new to the technology of blogging, you are not alone. It is scary trying to figure out what to do or what host to use. I am no expert on SEO nor do I have website expertise but I do know that WordPress and Blogger are good hosts to use for starting out. Get the basics and then just go. Sometimes being overwhelmed makes new bloggers latch onto another blogger and the way that other blogger does things. But if you’re a new blogger, embrace your newness, your fresh eyes and your don’t-quite-know-how-this-is-supposed-to-go perspective! It might just be that you’ve got an idea that nobody has thought of or tried, or were too afraid to pursue because it wasn’t the “right way” to blog. Just wing it… we all are 🙂

Blogs I nominate: No pressure, I would love to learn more about these wonderful ladies 🙂

Jamie @ PushupsPastaPinot

Allison @ How to get things done

Rachel @ This Italian Family

Thanks for the nominations and I please feel free to tag who you would love to hear from!

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
01/11/16

Golden Globe Favorites

Another year, another award show! The Golden Globes is one of my favorite award shows as far as the celebrity guest list. I love the fashion, presenters and the talent that is always in the room. If you missed it last night, it was probably one of the best awards shows I have watched in awhile.

Amy Shumer and Jennifer Lawrence are probably my favorite duo of 2016…..

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Eva Longoria and America Ferrera were hilarious about introducing themselves with their correct titles. Being called other actresses names who look very similar isnt always a bad thing since they are all smoking hott!!! 🙂 Eva’s dress was one of my favs also….

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The skits were pretty funny but the acceptance speeches were even better!!!

Tarajj P won Best Actress for Drama series and let everyone know she was going to take her time thanking everyone lol…. She also passed out cookies to everyone on her way to the stage in honor of her name on the show…. Love her! 🙂

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I honestly did not see one fashion flaw or dress that I did not like… Everyone was dressed to the nines and looked amazing! I did have my favs for sure….

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I am OBSESSED with Kate Winslet at all times!!!! She is flawless no matter what she wears or what she is doing…. I am a HUGE Titanic fan so seeing her just makes me happy! And seeing her with Leonardo makes me even more happy 🙂

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Speaking of Titanic…. my total obsession last night was Leonardo Dicaprio!!!!! I mean, you can not get more perfect than this…

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Everyone is talking about how he looked at Lady Gaga when she walked up to the stage for her award… This was actually pretty funny but some people did not think so :/

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To me, it looked like she was being a little flirty trying to get by and he didn’t know how to react. His acceptance speech for Best Actor made me love him even MORE!!!

What a show….. There were so many more awesome moments but these were my favorites of the night!

What were some of your favorite moments? Who’s dresses did you just obsess over?

Brittany 🙂

 

 

Brittany
10/23/15

Versatile Blogger Award!

 

versatile award

Wait What?? I did not even know these existed let alone I just started blogging in September. But that is amazing and I will take it! 🙂 Another reason why I just decided to go for it and start a blog. It is amazing how so many bloggers support each other and encourage each other every day. The blogs I have come across in the last couple of months of doing this are simply amazing! I have also noticed my make up stash increasing along with my closet getting a little more colorful from all of the wonderful beauty/fashion recommendations I have read! 🙂 But hey that’s what blogging is about right?!?! 🙂 I want to thank Claire for the nomination…Check out her blog wanderingsofclaire 🙂

So the Versatile Blogger Award asked for 7 facts about me…. ENJOY! 🙂

  1. I am an only child. I’m sure you are thinking, oh spoiled, brat, lucky, weird etc. Well, I really wanted a brother or sister for about 4-5 years and then I realized that being an only child wasn’t that bad. My mom put me in dance at the age of 2 1/2 so that was pretty much my life until I graduated college!! I made lots of friends through dance and they are still in my life to this day. Lol Yes, I was very well taken care of as any child should be but my mom made sure I knew how to appreciate things. I had my first job at 15 and have worked ever since. So the thought of siblings started to go away around age 12. I was ok being an only child and consider my close friends like sisters. Who knows, I might meet some amazing bloggers that I can consider sisters one day! 🙂
  2. Speaking of dance, I have been a dancer my entire life and still teach dance to this day. I was on a studio competition team from the age of 2 until I graduated high school. It was something I absolutely loved doing and I have met sooooooo many people/friends along the way. The dance world is a crazy, competitive world but you learn so much about yourself and life. No, my mom was not a crazy dance mom lol – she was the “team mom” for several years but never made me do things I did not want to do. I knew I wanted to dance in college so I continued my dance career at the University of Cincinnati. They were 4 time National Hip Hop Champions at the time so I was like…..”Uhh DUH!” My parents were not particularly happy I was going to be moving 2000 miles away (remember I am an only child) but they knew my passion for dance, especially hip hop, and supported my decision to move to Cincy. And now the dance team is 8 time National Hip Hop Champs!!!!! Let me tell you, hands down best 4 years of my life! I met so many amazing people and still call everyone I danced with friends today! I still cant retire the dance world as I still teach hip hop at a local studio 🙂
  3. Since I had my son in 2011, I have pretty much become a crazy, ADD, OCD, organized, clean freak! I used to be that person who could just lay on the couch while there was a pile of dishes in the sink or the house being a mess but then everything changed! My husband will tell you that the roles have pretty much reversed in our house. He used to be very OCD about everything and now I like yell at him if there is a shoe on the floor! lol Having ADD makes you constantly need to be doing things but I think the OCD developed over the last couple of years. Getting things done and making them perfect – that is a fun combination especially with a 3 year old. It is like a fighting battle when I go around picking up his toys and 5 minutes later they are back on the floor along with 15 other toys! 🙂
  4. I am an avid runner! I love exercise and being active but I have always loved running. I ran in high school and continued through college. I ran my first half marathon about 3 years ago after I had my son. The motivation to lose the baby weight combined with the love of running helped me complete 13 miles. It was not easy and honestly on mile 8 I was like “Why did I sign up for this again?” but when you cross that finish line you have a sense of accomplishment that no one can ever take away from you. I encourage anyone who is questioning doing any kind of race to just go for it! There is no rule that you have to run the entire thing so walking is perfectly fine. It will actually start to inspire you to do more races down the road 🙂
  5. One fun little fact that I am super proud of that not a lot of people believe…. I had Perfect Attendance from Kindergarten through 12th grade! Yes! I can not take all of the credit for that because my mother is the one that kept me on my toes about being prompt and attentive everyday. Trust me, there were days where I did not want to go and it was a battle some mornings but she always said “Brittany, you can not break the streak you have going now…” That made me suck it up and just go no matter what. I am still that way when it comes to my job or other commitments. I show up… no matter what! 🙂
  6. I love me some soap operas and reality tv! I am an avid watcher of The Young and the Restless as I catch up with it everyday on DVR. I have been watching it since like 9th grade and no matter how many days I skip, I can always catch up with whats going on 🙂 It is an addiction I cant get rid of…. AND any reality tv show is probably on my DVR as well. I dont know what it is about good drama and watching people’s lives play out but my go-to shows are Real Housewives (all of them), Teen Mom, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, The Bachelor and Dance Moms. I am also a huge college football fan! I could probably watch football over anything else sometimes but that is part to do with my dad raising me on sports! Go Irish! 🙂
  7. One fun fact about me and my family is we all share the some month of birthdays AND anniversaries AND Christmas!!! December is the lucky month of chaos where I run around like a crazy person, plan every birthday party and dinner almost every weekend, try to fit in our anniversary along with the craziness of Christmas! My bday is the 12th, Ridge the 14th, My husband the 18th, Christmas, our anniversary the 28th! Like What?!?!?! It pretty much flies by in the blink of an eye but I would trade any of it for a second!

Did you catch of all that? That was a lot of information at once! I hope you enjoyed learning about me and getting to know me a little bit more.

Now here are my nominations for bloggers I feel deserve this award! Below are rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

First, the Versatile Blogger Award:

If you are nominated, you have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. You should:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award and include a link to his or her blog.
  • Select fifteen (15) blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered and/or follow regularly. (Choose blogs you find excellent!)
  • Nominate those fifteen (15) bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award, including a link to the originalVBA site.
  • Notify your nominations!
  • Finally, don’t forget to tell the person who nominated you seven (7) things about yourself.

Now to nominate 15 blogs!

  1. Amanda @ Amanda Bella
  2. Hannah @ Loubs and Lips
  3. Holly @ Make Today a Hollyday
  4. Danielle @ Danielle Davis Style
  5. Chelsea @ The Dancing Runner
  6. Mahagony @ Casually Alluring
  7. Olya @ Shiny Little Pearls
  8. Little Sunshine @ Little Sunshine
  9. Christine @ Tulle Me Something
  10. Katie @ Red Velvet Snow
  11. Hil @ Sincerely Hil
  12. Rachael @ Sweat and Repeat
  13. Arielle @ With all my Affection
  14. Kathleen @ Kathleen B Davis
  15. Heba @ Fever Dream

That was a lot of but I follow each of these fabulous blogs and love them! You should check them out if you have not already 🙂

This was a fun post to do and I look forward to reading all of the fun facts about my nominees! Thanks for being amazing people 🙂

Brittany 🙂

Brittany