The Liebster Award

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Thank you to Michelle of My Creative for nominating me for the Liebster Award last week. If like me you’ve never heard of it before then it’s like a chain mail thing that’s trending within the Blogsphere right now. I must admit, I did initially think “oooh a nomination for an award?” only to realise it wasn’t quite the Oscars or Baftas! ;) However, in all fairness, I am still rather excited by it and in the spirit of community building, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon to share in all the fun.

So what is it, you ask? The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers or anyone you think deserves recognition. The meaning of ‘Liebster‘ is German and means dearest, beloved, and welcome, which I thought was rather lovely! Once nominated, you answer all the questions and then enlist your 10 nominees….and you get the gist. I think it’s a fun way of getting to know your blogging community, sharing a little about yourselves and connect up with like-minded bloggers out there….and to be honest, I can’t quite remember when the last time I took part in something like this (probably when I was back in high school!) so without further adieu, here are my answers to Michelle’s questions:

  1. Click your fingers and where would you like to be right now? Anywhere warm, please! I’m seriously missing the sun and its warmth especially with the miserable weather we’ve had here lately. As a child, I grew up around beaches so I must admit, I do have withdrawal symptoms from the lack of sand, sun, clear blue skies and waters……..and boy I’m definitely going through that now! (wish it would stop raining here!!! argh!)
  2. What has been your biggest adventure? I never did the gap year in my teens or went off backpacking around the world in my 20s so I guess I would say that moving to the UK shortly after turning 18 to attend university and then stay on for the next 12 years is probably the biggest adventure of them all. Having to leave the security of your home, your family and friends, and start out some place completely new (a million, gazillion miles away to a much colder climate to where I came from) at that age is probably something I still to this very day don’t quite realise how big that was. It’s been amazing though; all the experiences have moulded me into becoming who I am and I have settled in well enough to call this country ‘home’ (albeit my second, or third home!) ;)
  3. What is your favourite thing that you have cooked recently? In all honestly and much to my disappointment, I haven’t been too adventurous this year on the cooking front but I did cook a surprisingly awesome chicken and red bean curry with very limited ingredients at home! I think my mum would be proud! :) So, yeah that’s definitely got me thinking about doing more experimental and improvised recipes this year!
  4. If you could skip the learning and suddenly have a skill what would it be? Can I pick two? I’ve always wanted to play the violin and be AMAZING at it but seeing how much I struggled with reading music when I learnt the piano as a child that dream never quite materialised! And my second one would be photography – while I’m OK at it and have always expressed a keen interest in it, I wish I could just naturally be a pro and create the most beautiful images at every snap! I guess the latter is something I’m practising on but boy I wish it came much easier!
  5. Are you doing now what 18-year-old you thought you’d be doing? At 18, I enrolled to study architecture and thought I’d be a high-flying architect by now making my millions….but that’s far from the case! ;) Okay, it’s not all bad – architecture still is a part of me but little did I imagine I’d be going down the academia route or that I’d end up marrying a fellow architect or in fact be blogging and collaborating with creative individuals I met through it. So yea, as an 18-year-old, there are things that I never envisaged would happen now nor foreseen the changes that have taken place along the way but either way, it’s all been a fabulous learning curve which is what I find the most exciting!
  6. What do you think 80-year-old you would like to see you do before you get there? To explore the world and enjoy/appreciate life more. I have always stuck by the books and been so career driven but then you get to an age where you realise there’s much more to life than that. So I’d like to see myself actually living my mantra of ‘living life to the fullest‘ more where every day feels rewarding. I do not want to get complacent with the norm but at the same time not lose sight of what’s important too. So yeah, definitely travel more, do more charitable/voluntary work, build our house, set up a design studio, raise a family and enjoy the smaller things in life. 
  7. Finish the sentence: When I find myself smiling while walking down the street it is usually because … something’s reminded me of my family or friends, my childhood or something I’ve shared with my hubby (I can easily get all nostalgic) Oh and kids make me smile too – their innocence and carefree attitude totally brightens up any kind of horrible day I have and quickly puts things into perspective.
  8. What is your favourite ritual – daily, weekly, monthly or annually? Hmm, I’m not overly ritualistic but I guess my favourite daily ritual is getting up early to start my day with a coffee and 30-45mins of quiet ‘me time’ before I begin my work. I find that if I jump straight into work, my day seems a lot more intense and I come out of it all frazzled! And my weekly ritual would be going on ‘date nights’ with my husband usually to the cinema or grabbing a bite to eat somewhere – nothing fancy but keeping it very old school! Oh and exploring parts of London over the weekends be it with the hubby or friends – it started off as a weekly thing but be more a monthly thing now :)

Okay, I don’t care much for how many followers my nominees have as I’m sure they have tons, so I have picked them based on how funny, interesting, creative and/or inspiring I find them and thus the need to subject them to this misery (just kidding!) :D If you haven’t as yet discovered my nominees, here they are: Viktorija of Viktorija’s Illustrations, Sophie of The Private Life of A Girl, Zoe of Conversation Pieces, Peg of Peg London, Nicole of A Life Less Beige and Ché of Indie Berries – you have been nominated! :)

And here are my totally random 10 questions for you:

1. Why do you blog?
2. If you could be anything in this world, what would you be?
3. What would be your biggest pet-peeve?
4. Are there any ridiculously ‘bold and adventurous’ things you’ve yet to do or try?
5. What book or film could you read/watch over and over again?
6. What would you put in your time capsule for people in the future to find and why?
7. White, Milk or Dark Chocolate?
8. If you were to compile a mix-tape/CD for a road trip, what music would I find on it?
9. What would be the most embarrassing moment in your life? :D
10. What is the best piece of advice found/given to you?

Oh and here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate other bloggers for the award that have fewer than 200 followers.
4. Create 10 questions (or less) for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Thanks again Michelle for nominating me. This has been refreshingly fun so I look forward to reading all the answers my nominees have! :) Oh and I have more random stuff about me if you want to check here.

Enjoy! xx

Blogtacular 2014 finally booked!

BLOGTACULAR ScheduleSo I finally took the plunge! I’ve been stewing over whether or not to sign up to this two-day event for Bloggers in May next year as it’s a lot of money to shell out for me right now. Nevertheless, I decided I would have to see this as an investment that would help further my skills in the long run especially if I’m serious about wanting to provide “great quality content and beautiful design” on here!! And with an Etsy shop opening soon and other business ventures on the horizon, the more I can learn on styling and how to effectively PR my work, the better it is for me! Well….here’s me hoping anyway!!  ;) To be honest, when Blogtacular announced they have Joy Cho (designer and famously known for her blog Oh Joy!) as the keynote speaker for…..that did it for me. I can’t wait to learn how the schedule evolves now. And, while still expensive for me, thank heavens I managed to bag the early bird ticket too!

Right then….roll on Blogtacular 2014!! ;) Looking forward to meeting more creative bloggers in May! So if you’re attending, let me know! :) xx

{Blognic 2013}

Thanks to Ellie, Lynne and Bethan who organised a stupendous picnic affair for bloggers at this idyllic secret garden within Regent’s Park, I had the most delightful afternoon meeting new bloggers (or putting faces to those I’m following on Twitter and Instagram) over a fantastic spread of homemade delights from sweet to savoury items courtesy of all those who came along! And the weather was a bonus being on it’s best behaviour, giving us plenty of sunshine to kick back and relax in! This is my first ever blognic and I’m so glad to have attended. If there’s ever another one being held in the future, I’ll most definitely encourage more bloggers to sign up to it as will I! It really is a great opportunity to meet and hang out with more like-minded creative folk! Anyway, I won’t waffle any more but rather give you a little peek at how the blognic event took place on the Sunday afternoon. IMG_9295-web IMG_9311-web IMG_9301-web IMG_9300-web DSC_2931-web DSC_2925 DSC_3008-web

DSC_2984-webAnd this is our youngest and cutest blogger attendee partaking in all the banter! ;)

IMG_9318-web DSC_2996-webAnd check out Michelle’s awesome retro-esque video clip she made of the event to give you a better taste of the wonderful afternoon in the sun! Once again – thanks to the girls for an awesome day out and it was an absolute pleasure seeing/meeting everyone! Hope to see you all again soon! x

It’s that time already….Blognic 2013!!

invite2013-1Less that 24 hours to go till the BLOGNIC event! It pretty much says exactly what it is on the tin….a “picnic  for Bloggers”! :) From my experience at the ‘Eat N Snap’ event hosted by Michelle (who btw, was kind enough to let me know about the Blognic!), I can honestly tell you how nice it is  to meet other creative folk who have a passion for craft, handmade, vintage and all things design related as much as I do and it’s also rather nice to actually put faces to the names of bloggers or crafters and designer-makers that you follow on the virtual world. You feel like you know them so well through following them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (without sounding too stalker-ish!!) so to actually meet them in person is always a privilege…..especially if they are ones you admire and look up to! :) So yea – thanks to the hosts, bloggers Ellie Bethan and Lynne who hosted this back in 2011, this lovely event takes place tomorrow at Regent’s Park between 1 and 5pm (check out their awesome map below!!) and Im quite excited at the prospect of socialising and networking with fellow bloggers! And it’s giving good sunny weather too – happy days! :D If you’re a design/lifestyle blogger then there’s still some time to sign up for it here. Right then – enjoy the rest of your Saturday and hopefully see some of you tomorrow!! x blognic2013locationmapsmall

[What’s On] ‘Eat + Snap’ Photo-gathering session

BLOG_STRIP_EAT-N-SNAP-1-webOn Saturday, I made my way over south of the River to meet a group of avid photographers and bloggers for Michelle’s Eat + Snap event; it’s a photo-gathering session where a group of us met for brunch, discussed all the tricks of the trade and went off galavanting around the markets with our cameras capturing whatever we found that caught our eye. This was Michelle’s first session and judging by how great the day panned out and having met so many like-minded creative enthusiasts I think I can confidently say she’ll be running more of these in the future – and if she does, it’s one I urge you to partake in! So, we (the 9 of us!) met at Village East on Bermondsey street – a gem of a place (and area!) I hadn’t explored yet – and we all had a good ol’ natter over some great food. I’ve met Michelle once before; at Zeena’s Lino-printing workshop taking photos for Mollie Makes magazine which is also where I met Charlotte from LottsandLots who turned up at this event too, so it really was nice to see a few familiar faces again. As for the other faces – well I was delighted to have met them too for you really couldn’t’ get a nicer, friendlier bunch! :)BLOG_STRIP_EAT-N-SNAP-2-web

Once we finished brunch, Michelle went through the key ‘must-know’ basic techniques (you’d be surprise to know that even though you think you know them or have covered them before, you’ll still need a refresher’s course!) followed by some tips of her own and some examples of her fabulous work. And then we headed out to put all the tricks to practice. Michelle initially had planned on taking us out to Borough Market but then decided to check out Maltby Street Market which was just round the corner from where we were. I hadn’t heard of this place before but when we got there it was just the perfect spot for our street-photography. It’s a much smaller place than Borough Market but the street that opens out by the arches, known as the ‘Ropewalk’, was bustling with punters selling fresh street food and high-end artisan produce. And the arches are taken over by a range of quirky bars and restaurants so if you’re looking for a delightful gastronomic experience (not to mention a street-photgrapher’s haven!!), this is place is a must-visit! It is smaller than Borough Market but the good thing about that is it’s laid-back and bursting with charming characters (both punters and vistiors!) I certainly will be going back there again….making sure I savour all the food! ;)BLOG_STRIP_EAT-N-SNAP-3-web

Come 2pm we started to wind down and a few of us that remained decided to sit down for some gin-based cocktails by Little Bird Gin (distilled in London!) before heading home. All in all, it was such an amazing way to spend my Saturday morning doing what I love and meeting some genuine lovely people! The photos here are only a sample of what I took on the day just to give you a wee taster (I may put few more up on our sister blog ‘Hidden Exposures‘). Oh…before I forget – I simply had to add this one below, which pretty much summed up our camera-happy day! ;)

DSC_2978 EDITED webA massive thanks to Michelle for this wonderful and fun opportunity! If any of you are interested then I’d keep your eyes peeled for future dates on her blog. It’s pretty relaxed and great way to meet new creative people! If you want to see other blog posts about the day check out the ones on Lotts And Lots, Randomly Happy and of course My Creative Photography! xxx