Sunshine Blogger Award (KIMANDMAKEUP)

Sunshine Blogger Award (KIMANDMAKEUP)

Hi All,

I apologize for not having a Friday Favorites post for today, but my schedule got away from me this week.  I was nominated by the gorgeous Kim from KIMANDMAKEUP for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you so much Kim for the nomination!  Definitely check her page out for amazing beauty and style posts.  I recently read her Best of Becca Cosmetics post and now want to buy a bunch of Becca highlighters 😄.

Sunshine Tag Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer their questions.
  • Ask your own questions.
  • Nominate your own bloggers.

Here are the questions from KIMANDMAKEUP:

  1. Which blog post are you most proud of and what are your favorite kind to write about?     I am most proud of Quick and Easy Bronzed Eye In 5 Easy Steps! because that was the first post where I really put myself out there in terms of pictures of myself.  It was very nerve-wracking for me and I’m proud that I actually posted it!  And my favorite kind of posts to write are beauty related!
  2. Name a beauty product you love that no one talks about?     This is a tough one, but a product that I personally haven’t seen talked about a lot is the Chanel Inimitable Intense mascara – it is my all-time favorite mascara.
  3. What is your favorite photo that you have taken for your blog?     This one here, because I am extremely awkward when pictures are taken of me, but SOMEHOW this one turned out alright 😆!IMG_7461
  4.  What makeup products are your currently wearing?     I currently just have on my Estée Lauder skincare with my Neutrogena sunscreen over top.
  5. Favorite coffee drink of the moment?     Iced vanilla latte 😋!
  6. What book are you currently reading or have read most recently?     The book that I am currently reading is The Thieves of Faith by Richard Doetsch.
I nominate the following people:

My questions for these lovely bloggers:

  1. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?
  2. How did you come up with your blog name?
  3. What is your favorite song at the moment?
  4. What is your favorite accessory to dress up an outfit (shoes, handbag, etc.)?
  5. What is your favorite show to binge watch (or just watch in general)?
  6. Do you prefer popcorn or sweets at the movie theater?

 

As always, if you’ve already done this award and/or don’t want to do it, totally understandable!  Thank you again to KIMANDMAKEUP for the nomination!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xo,

Lauren

Liebster Award (Maggie Simple Life, Yours Truly Emma x, Chloe Plus Coffee, Brooke Clarke)

Liebster Award (Maggie Simple Life, Yours Truly Emma x, Chloe Plus Coffee, Brooke Clarke)

Hi All!

I’m so honored to have been nominated 4 times for the Liebster Award!  I have been nominated by Maggie of Maggie Simple Life, Emma of Yours Truly, Emma x, Chloe of Chloe Plus Coffee, and Brooke of Brooke Clarke!  Thank you so much to each of these lovely ladies, and please be sure to check out each of their pages if you haven’t already!!

Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of the nomination.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

I’ll be doing this in the order that I was nominated in, and I’ll only provide 11 random facts about me towards the end because I’m just not interesting enough to come up with 44 total!

Let’s start with the questions from Maggie Simple Life:

  1. Have you ever have pets?     Yes, I currently have a goldfish named Shrek!
  2. What is your favorite dish?     Spaghetti noodles with alfredo sauce.
  3. What is the biggest reason for you to keep blogging?     Because it makes me happy!
  4. What is your current favorite show?     I’ve currently been blowing though How to Get Away With Murder on Netflix, so I’ll go with that for now.
  5. What is one thing you can’t live without?     A material item would be my iphone – I’m sadly glued to it.
  6. Do you have siblings?     Yes – 2 siblings.
  7. What is your favorite season?     Fall/Autumn, hands down.
  8. What are 2 languages you want to speak perfectly?     I would love to be fluent in Italian and Japanese.
  9. Do you watch sports?     I love to watch NBA basketball.
  10. Do you like living in a big city or a small town?     I’ve always lived in busier places, not necessarily cities but busy, so I’ve always wanted to live in a small town like on Gilmore Girls where everybody knows everybody.
  11. If you have to time travel, do you want to go to future or the past?    I think I’d choose the past!

Thank you so much, Maggie for your questions!

 

Up next, we have the questions from Yours Truly, Emma x!

  1. What made you start your blog?     I wanted a place to allow myself to be creative because I didn’t feel I had much creativity going on in my life.
  2. What motivates you for blogging?     I enjoy what I blog about so that’s a huge motivator for me!
  3. Whats your favourite blog post to date?     I think it would have to be San Diego County Fair 2017 because I basically talked about all the food that I loved there!
  4. What are your blogging goals?     I think my main achievable goal at this time is to continue to post 3 times a week.
  5. What is at the top of your bucket list?     A trip to Italy!
  6. Where would you go on holiday if you were leaving tomorrow?     Italy, lol!
  7. Whats you favourite comfort food?     Ice cream – specifically Cookies ‘n Cream from Baskin Robbins.
  8. Name one thing you can’t live without?     I’m going to be lazy and repeat my answer from above, my iphone.
  9. What would you do on a long weekend?     Go to Disneyland!
  10. What was your dream career when you were a child?     Corporate attorney.
  11. 2017 goal?     To live a happy, healthy, well-rounded life!

Thank you, Emma for your questions!

 

Here we go with the questions from Chloe Plus Coffee!

  1. What is your favourite blog topic to write about?     All things beauty related!
  2. What is the coolest thing that has happened so far in your blogging journey?     Honestly, it’s been connecting with so many AMAZING people all over the world!
  3. What is your favourite coffee shop?     I wish I had a cool and unique answer, but I don’t – it’s Starbucks lol.
  4. What is one thing you enjoy doing in your city/town?     I’m pretty boring, I don’t do too many adventurous things, so I’d have to say being able to have amazing Mexican food is something that I enjoy in my city.
  5. What is your all-time favourite book? (If books aren’t your thing, you can pick a movie/tv show 😉 )     HARRY POTTER!!!

Thank you for your questions, Chloe!

 

And last but not least are the questions from Brooke Clarke!

  1. How do you find ideas for posts?     I simply post about what I’m excited about – products that I want to share, food, clothes, etc.
  2. What is my favorite quote and by whom?     I recently came across a quote on Instagram and I have no idea who it’s by but I loved it – “Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you turn into the person who can”.
  3. What are the characteristics of a good blog post, in your opinion?     Good writing and honesty.
  4. What you have learned from blogging?     That to be a blogger, it’s nowhere near as easy as I thought it would be before I started!
  5. When not blogging, what you do for fun?     I enjoy going to the movies, or even just watching movies at home.
  6. Two random facts about me.     See below for 11 of them!
  7. What’s your ideal holiday? Where would you love to travel?     Italy – specifically visiting Rome, Tuscany, Venice, Florence, and Positano would be a dream come true!
  8. Have you got any phobias? If so what?     Spiders.  Yuck.
  9. What an interesting fact about you that not many people know?     I had knee surgery when I was 15 years old – I tore my ACL in a soccer game.
  10. What’s the craziest and most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?     Before I lived in San Diego, I visited for spring break and one night my friends and I spontaneously decided to go to Rosarita, Mexico for a concert, which turned out to be a total bust lol.
  11. Would you say you’re an optimist, pessimist or realist?     I’m naturally a pessimist, but I’ve been working on choosing to be an optimist!

 

Here are 11 facts about me:

  1. I am the middle child of 3 kids.
  2. I one day would like to adopt a boxer puppy!
  3. I don’t like to wear high heels, I just like looking at them.
  4. I’m addicted to Haribo gummy bears.
  5. Growing up, along with soccer, I also played volleyball, basketball, and also ran track.
  6. I LOVE the pen/pencil/notebook section at any story like Target/Walmart/etc.  I wish I could be a professional back-to-school shopper for other people 😆.
  7. I prefer to watch the summer olympics over the winter olympics.
  8. I rotate between 3 go-to drinks at Starbucks – a vanilla latte, caramel macchiato, or black tea lemonade.
  9. My all-time favorite movie is Shrek 2.
  10. My favorite comic book character is Batman/Bruce Wayne.
  11. I’ve luckily lived by a beach the majority of my life, but I am a pool person.

 

My 11 questions for you!

  1. What is your favorite song at the moment?
  2. What is a beauty product that you cannot live without?
  3. Do you prefer popcorn or sweets at the movie theater?
  4. Are you an early riser or night owl?
  5. What is your guilty pleasure TV show (current or past)?
  6. What is one song that you cannot stand to hear when it comes on the radio?
  7. Would you go back and repeat any single year in your entire life?
  8. What is your favorite theme park?
  9. What is your favorite accessory to dress up an outfit (shoes, handbag, jewelry, etc.)?
  10. Would you rather it be too hot or too cold out?
  11. How did you come up with your blog name?

 

I’d love to nominate anyone who is reading this post to participate if you wish to.  If you do, please let me know so that I can read your answers to my questions!

Again, thank you to Maggie Simple LifeYours Truly, Emma xChloe Plus Coffee, and Brooke Clarke for the nominations!!

xo,

Lauren

The Unique Blogger Award + The Self-Esteem Tag

The Unique Blogger Award + The Self-Esteem Tag

Hi All!

I was nominated by the amazing Azra from Simple Serenity for an award and a tag that are combined into this one post!  I believe that most of you already know Azra, but if you don’t as of yet, she blogs all things beauty, fashion, and lifestyle.  Definitely check her out if you haven’t already!

The Unique Blogger Award

Rules
Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
Answer the questions
In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
Ask them 3 questions

Questions from Azra:

  1. Do you have any plans for today?     I am still on vacation in Portland, so I plan to relax today!
  2. What is last movie you watched?     Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  3. What is your favorite meal at the moment?     This moment and every moment, my favorite meal is spaghetti noodles with alfredo sauce!

My 3 Questions:

  1. What is your current favorite show to watch on TV / Netflix?
  2. Do you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors?
  3. Favorite food to snack on?

 

The Self – Esteem Tag

Rules
Thank the person who nominated you & link to their blog
Answer the 10 questions
Nominate & tag as many people as you’d like

  1. What is one facial or physical feature you like most about yourself?     I’d say my eyebrows – I waxed them very thin when I was back in high school and it took YEARS to grow them back to the fulness that I now have them at.
  2. What values are most important to you?     Loyalty and honesty are extremely important to me.
  3. What is one personality trait that you like the most about yourself?     My sense of humor.
  4. What is your definition of beautiful?    Being genuinely happy.
  5. What is the last thing you did that made you smile or laugh?     The last thing that made me laugh really hard was when I went to Top Golf (it’s a driving range where you can eat, have drinks, have fun) and I didn’t stop laughing the entire night!
  6. When do you feel most attractive?     I feel most attractive when I’m happy.  I honestly feel happiness gives a radiant glow that no beauty product can give you.
  7. What are you passionate about?     Making my family proud.
  8. Who is the most supportive figure in your life?     My family – I’m blessed to have more than one extremely supportive figure.
  9. What are you most proud of about yourself?     Most recently, I’m most proud of starting this blog. 
  10. Do you feel good about yourself today?     Yes, I do.  I’ve been celebrating my birthday surrounded by family and friends so I definitely feel good about myself!

 

For both of these, I’d like to nominate anyone who would like to answer both sets of questions!  Either answer in the comments, or let me know in a comment that you’ve done this on your blog so that I can check it out!

xo,

Lauren

 

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

Hi All!

I was nominated by the lovely Mena of Femme Rewritten for the Mystery Blogger Award.  Thank you so much!  I love reading Mena’s blog because she has a mix of posts that I find to be thought provoking and captivating, and I love her sense of fashion and beauty as well!

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma and on her blog she describes this award as “An award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts.  Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates.  They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get.  This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”  Let’s get into the rules!

  1. Put the award logo or image on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in your post.
  3. Name the creator of the award and link their blog.
  4. List the rules.
  5. Answer your nominator’s questions.
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  7. Nominate 10-20 people.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 original questions of your choice.
  9. Share link to your best blog posts.
  10. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.

 

Here are the 5 questions from Femme Rewritten:

  1. What made you start your blog, and what makes you stay?  I mainly wanted to start my blog to share everything that I really enjoy in life.  Whether it be beauty products, fashion finds, or food, I just wanted a place to share it all!  What makes me stay is I’ve always enjoyed writing, so blogging is fun for me.  I also stay because of all of the wonderful people that I’m able to interact with on a daily basis because of blogging.  Yayy to new friends!
  2. If you had to write about one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Beauty products!
  3. Where do you draw your inspiration from?  Things that make me happy.
  4. Where’s your favorite place to write?  Due to the fact that I’m such a homebody, my favorite place to write is on my dining table.
  5. If you could be anywhere in the world, doing anything, with anyone, where would you be, what would you be doing, and who would you be doing it with?  I would be in Italy (specifically Rome) sightseeing with my loved ones!

 

3 things about myself:

  1. My favorite sport to watch on TV and in person is NBA basketball.
  2. I’ve been to 11 / 50 US states (HI, WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, TX, MN, WI, FL, NJ) and I hope to visit more!
  3. I’m extremely shy when I meet new people, but once I get to know someone, I won’t stop talking 😆!

 

Here are my nominees for The Mystery Blogger Award:

  1. Helene of AngelSpartaness
  2. Lorelle of a mindful traveller
  3. Linda of Olive and Clo
  4. Cassie of Cassie Morgan
  5. Stella of Simply Stella
  6. Brooke of Brooke Clarke
  7. Natalie of Style in the Afternoon
  8. Pamela of Starring Pamela
  9. Shelby of shelsrae
  10. Azra of Simple Serenity
  11. Brittney of Southern Lights Atlanta Nights

 

My questions for these lovely bloggers are:

  1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up, and did that happen?
  2. What is your all time favorite meal to eat?
  3. Are you a pool person or a beach person?
  4. What fictional place would you most like to go?
  5. What is your favorite season?

 

Here are some of my posts that I really enjoyed writing:

 

Thank you so much again to Mena of Femme Rewritten for the nomination!  And to all my fellow Americans, I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July 🇺🇸!

xo,

Lauren

 

 

One Lovely Blog Award / shelsrae

One Lovely Blog Award / shelsrae

Hi All!

I was nominated by the amazing Shelby from shelsrae for the One Lovely Blog Award – thank you so much, Shelby!  I love reading Shelby’s blog for her great beauty reviews, and she also has awesome lifestyle posts as well, with my recent favorite being her Summer ’17 Bucket List which has inspired me to do a last minute summer list for myself!

Here are the rules for the One Lovely Blog Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate (up to) 15 fellow bloggers
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them!

Let’s get started with the 7 facts about me!

  1. I am the middle child of 3 siblings – I have an older brother and a younger sister.
  2. I am originally from O’ahu, Hawai’i – I was born and raised there.
  3. I ‘blackout’ anytime that I go into Target – I go in for one item and somehow walk out with items that weren’t even on my radar.  It happens almost every time.
  4. I’ve lived in San Diego, CA for a little over 6 years now.
  5. I am absolutely obsessed with Disneyland, and pretty much all things Disney!
  6. I’ve never traveled overseas, but I really hope I get to one day!  My dream destination is Italy.
  7. The current show that I’ve been binge watching on Netflix is Young and Hungry.

And now for my nominations!

I apologize in advance if I’ve tagged any of you and you’ve already been nominated for this award a bunch of times!

Again, thank you to Shelby for the nomination, I very much appreciate it!

xo,

Lauren

 

 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award / CassieMorganM

Sunshine Blogger Award / CassieMorganM

 

Hi All,

I was nominated by the lovely CassieMorganM for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  I am extremely new to this whole blogging life, but from the start CassieMorganM has made me feel welcomed, which I very much appreciate!  It’s always nerve-wracking to jump into something new and as unique as blogging, but having someone there to Like my posts and leave such kind comments has really been encouraging – so thank you, Cassie!  Also, her blog has been such an inspiration as well to me, so definitely check her out!

Ok, so since I’m so new to blogging, I was nervous when I first saw this and thought *eeep* what will I have to do?!  After reading into it, I’m glad to say that I’m actually excited to participate as it sounds fun!  The rules that I have to follow are:

  1. Answer 11 questions from Cassie
  2. Nominate 11 bloggers
  3. Ask them 11 questions

Without further ado, here are Cassie’s 11 questions!

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?     In 5 years I hope to be married, happy healthy, and maybe with a dog or 2 😄
  2. What is your favorite thing in your home?     My bed!
  3. If you won a free trip anywhere where would you go?     Italy – that is my dream destination so I hope I’m lucky enough to get there one day!
  4. What is one thing you learned about yourself since blogging?     That I’m much braver than I thought I was.  I’m an introvert, so putting myself out there, even in a “behind the computer” format was a huge step for me!
  5. If you could change your name would you, and what would you pick?     I like my name so I would not change it!
  6. What is your favorite hobby to do on a day off?     Is binge watching a Netflix series considered a hobby?!
  7. If you had all the ingredients to make one dish in the kitchen, what would you make?     I’d make cheese enchiladas with rice and beans, because it sounds amazing right now!
  8. What are you wearing on your feet right now?     Nothing.
  9. How long have you been a blogger?     Approximately 17 days!
  10. What is your favorite phrase to say?     “Treat Yo Self” (attempted in Tom Haverford’s voice).
  11. What is around your wrist right now?     Nothing.

 

So now I am to nominate 11 bloggers which are: freckledfashionistaThe Pearly LifeChloe Plus CoffeeCourtneys Cornershelsrae.  peculiarporterStarring PamelaSians SecretsStyle in the AfternoonBay Area Beauty BloggerSimple Serenity

My 11 questions for you are:

  1. What is the one movie that you can watch over and over and never get sick of?
  2. What is your go-to Starbucks (or coffee/tea/beverage) order?
  3. What is one item that you can’t live without (other than your phone)?
  4. What is your favorite book?
  5. If you could star in any TV series, which would it be and which character would you play?
  6. If you could own any animal, and the animal would always remain baby-sized, which would you choose?
  7. If you could have one super power for one day only, what would it be?
  8. What was the first concert that you ever attended?
  9. What city do you wish you could live in?
  10. What is your go-to karaoke song?
  11. What is the most interesting place you’ve ever visited?

Again, thank you to CassieMorganM for nominating me to participate in this!!  Also, I’m sorry in advance if I’ve nominated you but you’ve already done this!

Have a relaxing Sunday everyone!

xo,

Lauren