Tuesday 23 February 2016

The Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Live and Peaches late last week and me being the general busy body I am I hadn't got around to my part of the challenge until now. 

If you hadn't heard of the award it goes as follows:

In summary someone nominates you and in their post they will have answered 11 questions. They will then nominate 11 bloggers with less than 1000 followers or readers. They'll write 11 different questions for their nominees to answer. If you are nominated you'll answer these questions and again nominate 11 new bloggers and set the new questions. 

Remember to let them know they have been nominated and add their links to your post. 

To clarify I am basing followers off a Twitter count. Ain't nobody got time for searching everything else.

1. What does your blog name mean to you?
My blog has had a multitude of different names from when it meant different things. I changed it in November(ish) when I decided to give it a proper go. I hadn't even really been planning on changing the name (it was called Food & Furore before) but I felt it didn't fit properly anymore. I was watching a documentary on Netflix when one of the interviewees used the phrase 'We're all one and the same' and I just loved how it sounded. It's connotation I suppose is a bit opinion dividing. It resonated with me because as different as we all may be, we are all still fundamentally the same. Die hard unique-ers might want to burn me at the stake for being so flippant, which is cool, but it's here to stay. 

2. What is the best part of blogging for you?
I think the best part for me is the sense of community. Although I am in no way 100% confident with my blog or even myself, I feel it gives me a boost that I can't get from anything else. It's fun and I love just spending a cosy afternoon just tapping away in silence, it's so soothing.

3. If you had the chance to work with any brand which one would it be and why?
This is a tough question because there are so many brands that I love and respect the hell out of. Equally there are as many more which I narrow mindedly love solely for their products and not their ethics. To work with a company like Voyage Maison would be amazing because their products are so gorgeous but being a true lippy devotee Jeffree Star would be pretty perfect too.  

4. In a movie about your life who would play you?
Aagghh what a hard question! For no other reason than that she is amazing in every character she plays I would choose Kate Winslet.

5. What was the first concert you went to?
The first concert I ever went to was the Oasis Heathen Chemistry tour when I was 10. My parents had a spare ticket and I wanted to go and it was probably the best concert of my life. I would sell my soul to see Oasis again.

6. Do you share your blog openly with people you know?
As much as I love doing it I do feel a slight cringeyness about sharing it with other people. The majority of my friends know I do it and a lot of my family, but I don't tell them to read it. It's silly really, people have said to me in the past 'what is the point in writing it if you don't want people to read it?' The truth is I do want people to read it but my confidence isn't 100% when it comes to sharing it.

7. Who is your favourite blogger?
My favourite blogger has to be Hannah Gale. I have been following her for years and love her posts and utter relatability.  Her Instagram is gorgeous and I so rarely skip past a post on her blog.

8. Is there anything you would give your blog up for?
 I could think of a million impractical answers for this. Zero calorie McDonalds, thick non-tangley hair, a permanently clean car, free Manolos for life... but in all seriousness I don't know. In my own life when I'm crazy busy, stressed or not in a good head space my blog does take a back seat and I wish it didn't. Definitely one to improve upon this year!

9. What is your favourite food/meal?
Okay this question is perfectly impossible. I love SO much food and couldn't pick a favourite meal. I cannot get enough calamari that's for sure. Same with potatoes. Being a true (northern) Irish gal I'm going to have to go with potatoes. Favourites being chips, roast pots, dauphinoise and mash of course.

10. Cats or dogs?
I have always been the ultimate dog person but I love cats too. I have a Pug X Lhasa Apsu called Betty and a tabby cat called Clementine Stephanie Gallagher (or Clemmie for short). Betty is a Belfast gal and Clem lives with us here in Leeds.


I also have a Thoroughbred mare called Ozzie who completes the fam and they are all the lights of my life.

horse on beach

11. Blogger or Wordpress?
I use Blogger and always have done for personal use. I use Wordpress occasionally at work to manage blogs/microsites and it is pretty straightforward however I am used to how Blogger works for me. Maybe at some point I will consider the switch but right now I am happy as I am!

And now my nominations are:

For those who would like to take part my questions are:

1. What made you start blogging?
2. What would be your dream job?
3. What is your absolute fail-safe outfit you feel the most confident in?
4. What is your weirdest passion?
5. What have you gained the most from blogging?
6. Have you experienced any negativity to do with you blog or blogging in general?
7. What is your favourite lipstick?
8. Who is your blogger inspiration?
9. What is your favourite thing about your body?
10. How do you normally spend your weekends?
11. What is your favourite piece of advice?

Thank you to Live and Peaches for nominating me! I'm looking forward to reading my nominee's posts!

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