Liebster Awards

The very lovely Skotskrutet nominated me for the Liebster Awards. Thanks!

The rules are that I must mention Skotskrutet on my blog (you should follow her - she is a Norwegian living in Glasgow and writes about food, fashion, travel, lifestyle), which I have now done.

Now I have to:
  • Tell 11 facts about myself
  • Answer 11 questions Skotskrutet asked me
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers and tell them I've nominated them
  • Ask them 11 questions 
11 facts about me:

  1. I'm from Virginia (Northern Virginia, suburb of DC)
  2. I watch too much TV
  3. I went to bartending school after I graduated from University (no, really, I did)
  4. I am the youngest of three sisters
  5. I am about 1/4 inch shy of being 6 feet tall
  6. The first LP I had was In A Different Light by the Bangles (someone gave it to me for my birthday when I was 12)
  7. My favourite flower is the peony
  8. My favourite authors are Iris Murdoch, Alasdair Gray, Jane Austin, Daniel Clowes and Raymond Chandler
  9. My favourite beverage is champagne
  10. I like playing backgammon
  11. I can riffle and bridge when I shuffle cards - my sister taught me how to do it when I was a little kid
11 Questions I have to answer:

1. Describe yourself in 5 words

Introverted American living in Glasgow

2. What is your favourite shop?

Is it boring to say Net-a-Porter? Or if it's a bricks and mortar store, I would have to say the House of Fraser in Glasgow or Liberty.

3. What is your biggest dream?

Either to be a novelist or have my dream home.

4. Whose wardrobe would you like to own?

I guess Rachel Zoe's wardrobe, which is full of amazing vintage (I love the 70s about as much as she does) and is about as massive as you could imagine, but it would all be in way too tiny sizes!

5. If you were having guests, what would you cook?

Probably chilli. It's easy and it would allow me to use two of my favourite ingredients: hominy and liquid smoke.

6. And what would you wear?

I remember Rachel Griffith's character on Six Feet Under talking about having dinner parties and wearing something she called 'hostess pyjamas'. If that's a real thing, then I'm all over it.

7. What is your top travel destination?

I've never been to Morocco, but it has been on my travel to-do list for quite a while

8. What is your dream job?

I'm not sure if it exists - I'd love to have a job where I come up with ideas and then someone gives me the money to make them happen. Wouldn't that be great?

9. What food can you not resist?

Black olives

10. What three things can you not live without?

I guess people aren't things, so I won't say my daughter and my husband. I guess an  iPhone, a great handbag, and something fascinating to read.

11. What is your favourite piece of clothing?

Right now it's my Markus Lupfer fawn sweater. The sequin fawn is so pretty!

Now I have to nominate 11 bloggers. This is tricky, because they have to have less than 200 followers. But where? Bloglovin? Or by email? Or some other way I'm not aware of? And how would I know how many email followers a blogger has? And it turns out that most of the blogs I follow have thousands of followers. Who knew? I never really thought about it before. This is making me think. I should make a concerted effort to seek out new blogs with a smaller following - support the newbies! Anyway, after some snooping around on Bloglovin, I found 11 bloggers I do follow who have less than 200 followers. In the end, I chose to nominate 11 bloggers I follow who have less than 200 followers on Bloglovin:
  1. Forever yours, Betty
  2. Girl Around Glasgow
  3. Shoe Daydreams (one of my favourites)
  4. Honey Lushy
  5. Glasgow Food Geek
  6. Food and Drink Glasgow
  7. Miss West End Girl
  8. Poor Jessie Ann
  9. Sleekit
  10. These Stylish Streets
  11. Twisted Skirt
So, nominated bloggers, here are the 11 questions I'm asking you:
  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What city in the world would you most like to visit?
  3. What books are currently on your night table?
  4. What is your favourite song?
  5. What are your three favourite films?
  6. What personal belongings would you save from a fire?
  7. What super power would you have if you could?
  8. What is your idea of a perfect weekend?
  9. What is your biggest vice?
  10. How do you think the city in which you live in impacts your style?
  11. What is one thing you would like to achieve this year?


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