Category Archives: Nominations & Awards

Happy Sunday All!

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and gotten in some nice relaxation and rest to gear up for the new week ahead. I’ve been diligently planning my breakfast, lunch and snacks for the week and I’ve got hold of this brilliant idea to put all my meals in mason jars ( sadly, not mine! ), but which I found on this amazing food/fitness blog – Big Red Kitchen – written by it’s founder, Robin, whose fantastic imagination and creativity when it comes to healthy food and how to do it fast and effectively really inspires! You can see more on her Mason Jar Meals – here. Other than that, I’ve been playing the PS3 all weekend with my boyfriend to kind of zen out and let me just say that the original Silent Hill is SO scary!! I seriously couldn’t get past the first level. IT’S SO CREEPY! I also played some Little Big Planet (so cute!) and then my newest obsession : JK Rowling’s Book of Spells by Miranda Goshawk which is this interactive game for the PS3 Move which allows you to learn how to do all the spells from Harry Potter (time to geek out and gush!) and OMG it is AWESOME! If you’re a fan of the books or films or whatever, I highly recommend it. It’s obviously meant for young children, but I have absolutely no shame in enjoying it regardless! I will try to post some images on Instagram (@StorybookBeauty) if you guys would like to see what the game looks like. It is SO MUCH FUN!

Okay,  so past my rambling on about my weekend, today’s post is a big massive THANK YOU! for all the lovelies who nominated me for a few awards this past month or so – THANK YOU SO SO MUCH! It means loads to me that others read my blog and like the posts, find them helpful, and keep coming back so thank you very much to all of you.

And onto the Awards!


 Thanks so much to AOuiBitofRed for nominating me for this Beautiful Blogger Award!

You can see her original post on it – here.

The Beauty Blogger Award has the following rules:

1. Link back the person who nominated you.
2. Post the award on your page.
3. Tell seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate seven bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.

7 Facts About Me:

  1. My favorite song of the moment is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. 
  2. I have an obsession with all things fantasy related including HP, OUAT & Grimm.
  3. I love zombie films!
  4. I really enjoy film score soundtracks.
  5. When I was 5, I once peed myself on the swings at school ( you totally needed to know that).
  6. I have a strange like for checking the mail ever since I was young. I think it’s because nobody ever wrote me letters and I was always hoping someone would Lol. Now I look forward to beauty parcels !
  7. My favorite drink is milk tea with boba or jasmine tea with aloe jelly. YUM!


  1. MyLuciteDreams – I love your product reviews. Somehow, I think we have the same skin and like the same products so thanks for reviewing them for me! LOL.
  2. SweetJellyBean – I love how cute and adorable everything on your blog is. Your presentation is so much fun and I love that!
  3. BeautyandtheBestoftheRest – You are truly a brilliant writer. Your mini novel last year was AMAZING (did you ever finish that btw??) and your posts are just as great. I love reading your posts even if they are simple and short. Plus, I find I really like you as a person too because you have a lot of integrity.
  4. ASimpleLifeofFashion – I love your simple fashion posts – They are exactly what your blog is about and it’s a lot of fun to see what you’re wearing! I really enjoy being nosy haha.
  5. FashionNoodles – I love that you have tons of fashion posts, but your posts are still diverse with bits of different things thrown in! They’re always fun to see and read!
  6. HealthyFrenchie – Your posts inspire me. How you overcame your own life struggles and help others really inspires me in life and as a blogger. I love your tips and pictures of your town and adorable dog, Freddie!
  7. BrownPonytail – I really find your posts to be so entertaining and funny. You have great comedic timing as a writer and your posts are also really helpful!


Next is the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award – Thanks SO much to Breige @ Beauty & the Best of the Rest for nominating me! You can see her original post – here

The Rules for this Award:

  • Acknowledge the person who passed the award to you and provide their link.
  • Include the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions I posted below.
  • Nominate blogs and link those you have especially enjoyed reading. The number you can select is up to you.
  • Notify each individual that you have nominated them.

Ten Questions from Breige:

What is your favourite TV show and why? It’s so hard to pick a favorite as I love quite a few these days, but probably Once Upon A Time as it really has the most diverse and fun story to theory craft on at the moment! I love fairy tales so it’s no wonder that I love this show. You can see my recent post on it – here.

Do you have a song that you don’t mind playing on repeat? There are loads, but one of my favorites at the moment is Florence + the Machine’s “Shake It Out” as it’s really easy to relate to and uplifting all at once. You can listen to it in my workout playlist – here.

What is the coolest thing that you have ever done? I dunno. I really enjoyed going to the UK when I was 15. That was TONS of fun and really cool to see Cardiff Castle, Tower of London, Big Ben, and go shopping and meet new people. I even got to go to school with my friends from Wales who went to a Welsh school. It was crazy to hear people speaking fluent Welsh and also to see the difference between US and UK education. Theirs is better! Lol.

What do you think makes a good blog? I think interesting, helpful, and inventive content makes a good blog. I notice that the ones who teach me new things and show me products I’ve never seen before or maybe beauty reviews that I’m curious about and do so in a fun way are the ones I keep going back to. I love a good sense of humor as well! You should be able to laugh at life and yourself.

What do you think makes a good blogger? As I said above, I think it’s someone who really knows how to write about things in a new and interesting way or is creative and can show you and teach you new things to make life more fun or just easier. Also, I really love a good sense of humor.

What is your favourite online shop? That is SO difficult to answer, but one I really love is BeautyHabit and then I love everything on Etsy and Sephora pretty much!

Tell me something completely random about yourself. I am so terrible at answering these ones. Uhmmmm. I’m really in love with the Gourmet Shrimp Taco Plate at Rubios right now. It is the most delicious thing EVER. Seriously. If you can, go try it RIGHT NOW. Lol.

My Questions for My Nominations:

What is your favorite food?

Why do you blog?

What’s your favorite part about being a blogger?

What makes you laugh?

What’s your favorite film?

What’s your desert island makeup product?

What is your favorite accessory?

What makes you feel most confident?

What do you love about blogging and what do you dislike?

And lastly, my nominations!  


The last award is the Super Sweet Blog Award – Thanks SO much to AkirahBabe for nominating me! You can see her original post – here.

Rules: Thank the blogger(s) who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Nominate other blogs for this award and let them know. Post the award on your blog. Answer 5 questions:

  1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies!
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
  3. Favorite sweet treat? Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies or Boba!
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? Around my period. It’s like Good GOD Just give me some dark chocolate or shut the hell up! Yes, I’m like that Lol.
  5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? I do! My mom calls me doodlebug and it never gets old! 😉

My Nominations: 

  • Pixi Wishes & Forehead Kisses – I love all of your food recipes – they look SO delicious! Also, you always include an interesting story with your posts about yourself which I find really interesting to read.
  • LatinoLook – I love that you post in English and Spanish! It allows me to practice my Spanish AND read an awesome post!
  • Wands&Pliers – We have a mutual love for HP and food apparently! I love all of your restaurant and food posts – I am a foodie at heart, I guess! Your reviews do make me wish I lived in Vancouver though!
  • NonFashionista – I love that you have diverse fashion and beauty posts and they’re always very fun and helpful.
  • MaesBeauty – Your nails are AMAZING! I look forward to seeing them everyday haha. They are fun and inventive and inspiring to nail noobs like me.

Thanks so much to everyone who nominated me and thanks also to all of you who come by and continue to read my blog – it means a lot and I appreciate it very much!

Have a Great Day!

Thanks so much to Sweet Jelly Bean, CrystalChronicles, and AuNaturelEssence for nominating me for the Blog of the Year Award – it means a lot to me to be recognized by my fellow bloggers for something so lovely!

The ‘rules’ for this award are :

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –    and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group — click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – thumbnails

Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

My Nominations : 

I’m always thrilled to be nominated for awards by fellow bloggers. It is a really lovely honor and feels great to be recognized for my hard work and passion. I really appreciate it, so specials thanks to D @SweetJellyBean for nominating me for the So Sweet Blog Award and also to Hina @BeautyWidBrainz for nominating me for the Inspiring Blog Award. It means a lot to me!

So Sweet Blog Award

(5) Nominated Bloggers: 

  1. EverydayAdorable
  2. PeachMilkyTea
  3. RaRaReid
  4. FashionNoodles
  5. ChrystaloveVintage

Inspiring Blog Award 

Answer the Following Questions:

  • What clothing item makes you feel at your best? workout clothing or skinny jeans, hoodie and boots.
  • When are you most energetic? Morning/noon/evening? Evening, hands down.
  • Time to kick back and relax! What’s your pick-me-up food/drink? Drink – jasmine green tea with aloe . Food – spicy tofu or some kind of fruits or veggies.
  • Your favorite kind of chocolate?
    Godiva, dark.
  • To follow-up on that, what’s your favorite pastime? too many to name.
  • What sound do you love? holy type music, like orchestras and piano. I love a lot of soundtracks. Right now I’m obsessed with the Like Crazy OST. The movie was fantastic, btw!
  • If you could pack your bags and leave right now, what country or city would you go to? London, UK, Paris, or Sweden.
  • There’s an album called “soundtrack to your life”, what songs have to be on it?

My Life OST

  1. First Day of My Life (Bright Eyes)
  2. Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls)
  3. Not Listening (Papa Roach)
  4. Immigrant Song (Karen O, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)
  5. Be My Escape (Relient K)
  6. Electric Daisy Violin (Lindsey Stirling)
  7. Dead Hearts (Stars)
  8. We Move Lightly (Like Crazy OST / Dustin O’Halloran)
  9. Fragile (Like Crazy OST / Dustin O’Halloran)
  10. Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo)
  • Do you have any bad habits? Smarties addiction, bad at getting up early, and nail biting
  • What’s one habit others do that you absolutely can’t stand? Carelessness, Inconsideration, and Lying.


Thank you so much Sweet Jelly Bean for nominating me!

I always appreciate it so much when I’m nominated, recognized or mentioned by other bloggers. Of course it feels great, but it also feels extra special because they are my peers in this and I have so much love and respect for them. It means a lot to me so thank you!

For this award, all nominees must – 

  • Thank the person who nominated them and link back to that person’s blog
  • Nominate 7 bloggers for the award
  • Dish 7 Secrets about themselves! 😛

…And the Nominees Are…

  1. HealthyFrenchie 
  2. F00dVentures
  3. SweetJellyBean
  4. BeautyandtheBestoftheRest
  5. KJAnderson
  6. MademoiselleSnow
  7. SkinGoodness

7 Secrets About Me 

  1. I have the same birthday as Adolf Hitler (April 20th) and was perpetually made fun of for it all through grade school! It was seriously embarrassing, though my older brother thought it was hilarious.
  2. My mom is blonde hair, blue eyed, though you’d never know looking at me!
  3. I’ve lived in California for the majority of my life, but moved 5 times throughout my childhood. I hated it, at the time, but now I love to travel and I find I’m more open to change.
  4. I attended 3 different high schools, 4 elementary schools, and only 1 middle school.
  5. I was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school. I still don’t get it?
  6. I am a huge Spice Girls fan. I used to own a spaghetti strap (1999 called! It wants it’s shirt back!) that said “Girl Power!” on it. Yeah, still a feminist 10 yrs later!
  7. As a child, my favorite films included Beauty and the Beast, The Little Rascals (B&W originals), Pinocchio, and the Brave Little Toaster.

Special thanks go to Isha @ThePleasantlyPlump for nominating me for this lovely award!

I really do appreciate it very much and I try my best to post when I’m nominated for awards like this so I hope you enjoy the post ❤

The Sunshine Blogger Award Rules :
1. Include award logo in a post or on your blog page.
2. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
3. Nominate 10 other fabulous bloggers.
4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.
5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.


1. What do you feel your purpose is in life?

I feel like my purpose in life is to connect with people and tell stories. Whether that is through writing, acting, or art, that’s what I truly love. Oh! I also love to cook and travel. Definitely need to be doing those 2 as well 😉

2.What is your favorite book? 

There are way too many books that I love, but my all time favorite series is Harry Potter by JK Rowling and my current favorite series is the Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson.

3. Who or what inspires you most in life?

Stories, especially fantasy and science fiction, inspire me a lot. I have a love for film, books, and anything that can tell a good story.

4. Would you rather donate time or money?

It depends on what it is, but usually time.

5. What are your best qualities? 

My ability to make people laugh, cheer people up, and my gift giving ability. Seriously, I give some epic gifts ;-).

6. If you were an organ in the body which would you be and why? idea.. a heart, maybe? I’m alive, full of energy, and I never stop moving (very twitchy disposition).

7. Why do you blog? 

I blog because I love to tell stories. I love to tell people about the things that interest me, whether beauty, fitness, health or something random that I thought about today. I also love people. People truly fascinate me and I love meeting and learning about all different types of people from all over the world. It’s magical.

8. What is your greatest accomplishment? 

No idea as I’m not dead yet so I can’t properly assess this one…

9. Who is your role model/ hero and why?

My role models are positive people who have an impact on the world and artists whose work inspires me. Examples – James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bob Ross, Mr. Rogers, Bill Nye, Christopher Nolan, and many others.

10. If you could be anything or anyone in the world,what would it be and why?

I would be an actor and a writer. I love to act more than anything and I love to write as well; both are great ways to share my stories with others – one with words and one with actions.

Now here are my nominations for this lovely award:

Thank you so much to the lovely lady @BeautyandtheBestoftheRest for nominating me for this lovely Loved Blog Award. I feel really fortunate and happy to be nominated and also for having such amazing followers and a fantastic blogging community that I am proud to be a part of.

Here are the rules of the award :

1.Thank the person who gave you the Award.

2.Give this Award to as many or as few bloggers as you like as long as you love their blog. State the reason(s) why you love their blog. (remember to tell them that you have nominated them.)

3. Post a link to your favourite blog post from your own blog.

4. Answer the following 3 questions :1. If you could be a celebrity for a day who would you be and why? 2. If you could have one wish granted what would it be? 3. What is one thing that you just don’t understand?

My Nominations: 

  • BeautyandtheBestoftheRest. Maybe it’s dumb that I’m nominating her for an award that she created, but whatever, she deserves it. She has inspired and helped me grow as a blogger so much. I really love reading her posts and she is a truly talented writer.
  • HealthyFrenchie. This girl is so inspiring. She’s strong, confident and beautiful and she will show you that you can be too. I really love reading her posts on fitness, life, body image and health.
  • F00dVentures. This girl is my nutrition guru. She’s a nutritionist genius and her blog is such a valuable source of nutritional science and understanding that I feel she and her blog are my personal pocket nutrition guide. Plus, she’s funny, beautiful, and a talented and creative cook!
  •  SweetJellyBean. This lady is a brilliant blogger – she has many posts that are super helpful for new bloggers, awesome beauty posts on Korean beauty brands, and others.

Favorite Blog Post Of Mine: 

This is really a difficult one, but I really enjoyed a recent post I did on Fall Fashion Finds for 2012 – Inspired by Lisbeth Salander.


  • If you could be a celebrity for a day who would you be and why? This is kind of difficult for me to answer because I really like being me; I just want to be an improved, richer, and more fulfilled version of myself so yeah.
  • If you could have one wish granted what would it be? To win a crap load of money so I can spend my time working toward things I really want in life as opposed to working and doing what I love on the side all the time.
  • What is one thing that you just don’t understand? I just don’t understand racism, sexism, or people who think the world is going to end.

Beautiful Blogger Award!

Special thanks to Mademoiselle Snow for nominating me!

Thank you so much!

The rules for the award are:

  • Post seven interesting things about myself.
  • Nominate other bloggers who IMO deserve the award.
  • Let them know about nomination.

Seven things about me:

  1. I have hazel colored eyes
  2. My favorite foods are cucumbers, berries (any kind), and salmon.
  3. When I was 6, I wanted to be a waitress as a career LOL. No lie.
  4. I love extreme and dangerous weather, especially rain, thunder, floods, earthquakes…what can I say? I live in California
  5. Current favorite TV Shows are Grimm, Once Upon A Time and Game of Thrones.
  6. My favorite drink is jasmine milk tea with boba or jasmine green tea with aloe.
  7. I bought a Nissan Versa because Hiro Nakamura drove one in season 1 of Heroes. Product placement/ brand sponsorship works people.

Here’s a few lovely blogs that I can think of right now!

(Please check them out and follow!)

Awards : One Lovely Blogger + Very Inspiring Blogger!

Yay! More Awards!

Thank you so much to SkinGoodness for these awards!

I really appreciate it and I always feel honored and special when another blogger recognizes me. It’s always nice to know people actually read my posts and enjoy them so thanks for that as well!


The Rules for these Awards are as Follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.

2. Share 7 random facts about yourself.

3. Nominate 7 bloggers for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Nominate 8 for the One Lovely Blog Award… and leave a comment on their blog to let them know.

7 Random Facts About Me:

  1.  My favorite colors are purple and green.
  2. I have a champion line AKC Brussels Griffon named Yoshi no Samurai, or just Yoshi
  3. I have a level 80 Warlock in World of Warcraft. Yep.
  4. I am 5’6″ in height. 
  5. Due to an obsession with the Daughters of the Moon series (see them – here!) and the fact that one of the girls in the series had my name, I spent the better part of 6th grade trying to convince people I was psychic and had premonitions. Nerdy to the max lol. Don’t you judge me!  
  6. I own an Alienware laptop; a gift from my boyfriend
  7. I wear glasses now due to too much time spent on the computer. Hoorah! 
Nominations for Both One Lovely & Very Inspiring Blogger: 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award + Tag!


To me, these blogger awards are akin to my receiving packages in the mail – I basically turn into a giddy 12 year old fawning over shiny, happy things.

Special thanks to Masquerade21 over @BeautyandtheBestoftheRest, whose blog I’m always perusing and reading for the latest in beauty, fashion and frankly reading whatever she posts on; she’s just an interesting read and I like to lurk in peoples’ lives okay!

I am Italian Sicilian AND Irish so this sort of nosiness just can’t be helped; it runs in my blood!

Okay, enough rant, onto the Rules:

~Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

~Share 7 things about yourself

~Nominate 7 bloggers you admire

~Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.

7 Things About Me

  1. I have been fantasizing daily about going to the Wizarding World of HP for the past 2 months. I’m a HUGE fan and it’s seriously some sort of crime that I haven’t been yet!!
  2. I ❤ jasmine green tea.
  3. My current favorite fruit is the blood orange – seems super stereotypical since I am Italian, but whatever, I’m owning it!
  4. I own a Nissan Versa, which I bought purely because I wanted the car that I saw Hiro driving in Heroes – I know, I am such a victim of product placement!
  5. I have 3 vinyl decals on my car – Sign of the Deathly Hallows, Mockingjay and a purple Zombie Hello Kitty.
  6. I seem to have a bit of an obsession with saying “Blam!” lately whenever I want to sound impressive. It’s kind of ridiculous, but it makes me laugh so there. Don’t you try and steal my simple joys in life!
  7. I am in the process of getting a membership at Crunch Gym so look forward to random posts about how I am doing weird workouts such as Anti-Gravity Yoga and Body Web TRX.

7 Bloggers I Admire

  1. Mae’s Beauty Reports – HER NAILS ARE AMAZING!
  2. Elena @Love212 – She has lovely DIY style and fashion posts!
  3. Jenn @CosmeticMonster – Most Amazing and Adorable Blog Layout + Top notch beauty reviews!
  4. Shauna @THEFIGHTFORFITNESS – She is such as buff bada$$ . Seriously.
  5. Kirsten @F00dVentures – My BFF across the USA, this girl is SO knowledgeable about health and nutrition + she has serious creative genius in the recipe and food idea department!
  6. Athena @Fitness & Feta – I just find her so inspiring. She is so super fit and lovely + she always offers great workout ideas and play lists!
  7. Whitney @Wands&Pliers – Combining Harry Potter love and Beauty is THE BEST IDEA EVER! I’m almost mad I didn’t think of it first, but then I like this blog too much to be jelly!

Definitely recommend all these blogs!

Tag! You’re It!

( I was tagged by Masquerade21 @BeautyandtheBestoftheRest 🙂 )

  1. What do you need to be happy? Healthy, whole foods, good friends, exercise, ambitions and lots of laughter.
  2. Top All Time 3 Favorite Songs! This is such a tough one! Check out my currents though! OneRepublic’s “Tyrant”, Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake”, and Fort Minor’s “Remember the Name.”
  3. Describe your Dream Man. 

  4. Dreams + Hopes? Soo many!
  5. 3 Beauty Items You Can’t Live Without? Organic Oils, My Fairest of Them All Face Powder and Eyeliner.
  6. Outfit you’re prone to wear at any time? pajamas LOL.
  7. If you could have any job in the world… Actress, Singer, Writer, Beauty Entrepreneur in that order.
  8. Talents? Acting, Singing, Writing, and grilling fish.
  9. Role Models? JK Rowling, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Gary Oldman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  10. What you expect from your readers? Nothing really. Just read my posts and enjoy them. Maybe tell others if you like what you read enough! Oh! And SMILE! 😀

Thanks again to Masquerade21 @BeautyandtheBestoftheRest for the Nod!

Illuminating Blogger Award!

Thanks so much to Colleen @ Beauty Botanica for nominating my for the Illuminating Blogger Award! I know, for a lot of people, blogger awards may seem tired, but I think it’s a great way to promote my favorite bloggers and other awesome blogs so yeah, here we go! Plus, I always feel so special being nominated because it means somebody likes my posts and reads them and why else am I blogging if not to bring happiness and fun beauty stuff to others, right???

The Illuminating Blogger Award is for a blogger that shares illuminatinginformative blog content. This award was created by Food Stories Blog. The award site is here.

One random thing about me is that I went to a lake with friends Saturday and got mad sunburned whilst paddle boating. BTW, that sh*t is HARD WORK! 

I would like to nominate the following people for the Illuminating Blogger Award:

  1. Whitney @WandsandPliers – Love her beauty reviews and our mutual love of Harry Potter!
  2. Kirsten @F00dVentures  – Educational posts on food and nutrition plus amazing recipes!
  3. Lucy @fitterstrongerbetter – Awesome fitness and health posts and Lucy is truly an inspiration!
  4. Mystique @Beast&Beauty – Fantastic beauty reviews, life posts and more, Mystique always has great posts!
  5. Bliss No. 9 – This girl always has fun reviews on beauty products, beauty box subscriptions, and lovely makeup hauls and reviews!

1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom.
2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
3. The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site ( in their blog post.
4. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
5. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award. Many people indicate that they wish they could nominate more so please feel free to nominate all your favorites.
6. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (