Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Liebster Award

Andrea from Andrea's Make-up Artistry has kindly nominated my blog for the Liebster Award. There aren't any actual trophies or plaques (I might fashion myself one though!) and definitely no glitzy award ceremonies, which is a damn shame. It turns out the Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers with less than 200 followers by other bloggers who enjoy your blog. It seems a really nice way to find new blogs and to help one another out.

The rules seem to vary depending on who has nominated you and they've evolved over time but I'm going to follow the same rules Andrea followed:
  • Give 11 facts about yourself,
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you,
  • Set your own 11 questions and nominate 11 bloggers for the award!
I'd really like you to check out Andrea's nomination post! I've followed all of the other nominees because they all seemed like great blogs!
11 Facts About Me
1. I wore a red wedding dress when I got married. It was custom made because nowhere sold red dresses at the time.
2. I have two dogs (both lurchers) called Monty and Buddy. Monty is the eldest and largest; he's 7 and weighs about 30kg (66lbs). Buddy is smaller is 2 years old and is only about 16kg (35lbs). They're very energetic at times but mainly enjoy lying around doing absolutely nothing.
"The Boys" at different ages
3. My two favourite foods are chicken dansak and risotto (but only when I make it myself!)
4. I'm planning on doing a CBT test and learning to ride a motorbike. My Dad has two motorbikes and my husband has one too. I'm a little apprehensive about it but I've been looking for a way to challenge myself and I think this might be it!
5. My eyes are hazel and change hue from time to time. Sometimes they're more brown and sometimes more green.

6. The best holiday I've ever been on was to Finland in 2009. My husband and I spent two weeks in Iso-Syote on honeymoon and it was fantastic. I'm a real ice queen and love the snow.

Finnish Reindeer
Iso-Syote, Finland
7. Unlike most people, I actually like my job.

8. I dislike gossip magazines like Heat, Look, Now, New, OK, Hello, Reveal, Star... I could go on... in short I think obsession with celebrity and celebrity culture is damaging to our self esteem whether consciously or not. When Celeb X loses weight we are told to either (a) admire her bikini body or (b) that she is dangerously thin. When she puts a few pounds on we're told she's (a) looking great or (b) let herself go. They show us pictures of women in natural states (no makeup, the HORROR!) and say it's to make us feel better about ourselves. It's wrong and I refuse to buy into it.

Come on ladies, please stop buying into this crap!
9. I am fascinated by stray apostrophes. I've noticed unnecessary apostrophes on shop signs, in subtitles at the cinema, on television, on menus (onion bhaji's anyone?!) and even on the back of a bottle of Nivea's Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover. Argh! Trust me, it's a curse!

10. I studied Combined Honours in Social Sciences at Durham University for 18 months before I had to leave due to ill health. I now have a higher education qualification in Humanities from the Open University. I would love to return to study full time but sadly I can't afford to do so.

11. One of my favourite films of all time is Strictly Ballroom which was the first film Baz Luhrmann directed. I don't particularly like dancing and wouldn't watch Strictly Come Dancing but this film is just all kinds of special. 
Source: Glogster.com
And now to answer the questions set by Andrea!

1. How many blogs do you follow and do you read every post?
I've checked my stats and I follow 315 blogs on Bloglovin! Wow, I didn't realise it was so many. I probably read about 80% of the posts but freely admit I don't tend to read outfit / fashion posts unless the preview picture is of something I'd be likely to wear myself. However, I'm unlikely to follow if it's purely fashion based and the writer doesn't have a similar style to me anyway. The other posts I don't read are ones that I miss due to being busy and I just don't seem able to catch up!

2. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
My original blog name was Twenty Something OAP and it was taken from song lyrics by a band called The King Blues. The song is called Save The World, Get The Girl. "I’m a 20 something OAP,
I’m screaming at my TV"... it resonated with me because people have always commented that I'm old before my time with my various grumblings about this and that. When I turned 30 I had to change the blog name. I still think it fits. (For readers who aren't from the UK an OAP is an Old Age Pensioner!)

3. Most useful blogging tip?
Proof read. Use the spell check. Ask someone else to proof read if you can. People are more likely to enjoy reading something if they aren't picking up on any basic spelling and grammar errors in their head. I'm not saying you should know what an Oxford comma is but cheking basic things such as that you are using "your" and "you're" correctly can make all the difference to how your you're perceived.

Source: cse.buffalo.edu

4. What is the most you have ever spent on a single beauty product? What is it?
£43 on DARPHIN: INTRAL Redness Relief Recovery Cream from Space NK. I still want the serum but it's £53 so I'm waiting until I have a few more reward card points built up.

5. What is the most you have ever spent on a single item of clothing? What is it?
I actually have no idea. My parents bought my wedding dress so I can't even say that! It's probably something really boring like £120 on a winter coat from Marks & Spencer or a pair of leather boots.

6. Most embarrassing moment?
I once went to school with two different shoes on. I also once called a teacher "Dad" in front of the whole class. Most of my embarrassing moments were probably as a teenager. As an adult you tend to forget things more quickly.

7. What is your day job?
I'm a Civil Servant. Apparently "the Civil Service helps the Government of the day* to develop and deliver its policies as effectively as possible." I like my job and I'd like to say more about it but I'm not allowed. (*Does not suggest endorsement!)

8. How do you see your blog progressing? Where do you hope it will take you?
I would like to continue with a mix of beauty, lifestyle and travel posts. I love writing about the cinema, gigs, days out etc but I also love talking about the products I use and reviewing them. I don't hope it will take me anywhere; I just like to write!

9. What are you most proud of?
I want to say "myself" but that sounds so conceited. I think I am most proud of the fact that I will always stand up for what I believe in even if it makes me unpopular.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Realistically I see myself in much the same place as I am now. Living in the same house, working at the same place, doing the same old stuff. In between all of that I hope I'll travel, have lots of fun experiences and continue to live a life that is loyal to my values and beliefs.

11. Which physical aspect of yourself are you most comfortable with/uncomfortable with?
I like the shape of my legs. I am uncomfortable with most physical aspects of myself but not enough to change them. Aside from the usual answers (tummy, bum etc) I don't like that I have short stubby fingers - thank you genetics / Dad!

WOW. That took forever and a day, so thank you if you managed to read it all, I really appreciate it!

My nominations: (I don't know how many follwers you have, I'm sorry!)

1. Gemma from Beauty Skool Dropout
2. Chelsey from Chelsey's Thoughts
3. Jane from Secret life of a mother and wife when bringing up a son
4. Beth from MissCosmeticBlogger
5. Jemma from Dorkface
6. Genevieve from Genevieve's Life Blog
7. Simone from Long Hair & Lipstick
8. Beth from Beth Tinkerbell
9. Kathryn from Miss Kathryn's Misstakes
10. Rachel from Rantings of Lard
11. Em from Any Girl Friday

My questions for you lovely ladies:

1. Do you like your first name? If not, why not?
2. Why did you start a blog?
3. Is there anything you won't mention or talk about in your blog?
4. What makes your blog unique?
5. Where do you live?
6. What is your dream job?
7. What is your favourite kind of music? Name some of your favourite bands.
8. Who is your biggest inspiration?
9. Kebabs - yes or no?
10. Do you have any piercings or tattoos? Tell us about them.
11. What is your favourite pizza topping? Thin crust or deep pan?

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. SuThanks for taking part, love the reindeer photo, also the mag cover made me laugh:) I once called my sociology teacher mum I'm front of the whole class, it is so embarrassing isn't it? Also used to be a civil servant (twice) once working in the Prison Service and once working for the Chilpport Agency. Would love to see a photo of your red wedding dress xxx

    1. Thanks for the kind comments Andres. The Prison Service?! Wow, I'd love to know more :D x

  2. I loved reading this!!! The quote from Marianne Williamson is perfect for me & predictably, I love the civil servant picture! I love my job too! 

    (Really love Heat, I know I know, but I can't help it, I need the no make up pics ha!)

    1. I knew you'd like that quote Laura, up job lovers are a rare breed!

  3. I've been to Finland but only Helsinki, would love to go up north like you did! I study with the Open Uni too :) found it very hard this year as did two (language) modules at the same time. Going to have a year off this year I think. Oh and I know what you're saying about random apostrophes. Really grinds my gears to see it used when it's simply a plural. hey GUY'S. >:(

    1. Thanks for the comment Amy, I really appreciate it! I'd love to go back to Finland - we stayed quite close to the Arctic Circle and visited it but didn't see the Northern Lights which I would LOVE to do! It was always so cloudy.

      At work we use a lot of acronyms and people always use an apostrophe to pluralise them. Glad I'm not the only person who notices!

      I've finished my OU sudy for now. I can't believe you did two modules together - very brave! It's become so expensive to study with them now and I'm not eligibile for any help so I'd have to curb my spending on literally everything else in order to afford it!

      Thanks again for stopping by :)

  4. Your Finland photos are stunning, what an ace honeymoon :) and i'm with you on the gossip mags they can be so pathetic and unnecessary! X


    1. I think it's really important for women to build one another up and support each other but the magazine industry perpetuates cattiness of extreme proportions, sadly :(


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