Friday, 14 September 2012

Liebster award

Ooooooooooh, this is ker-Azy exciting, the lovely Katy at has nominated for a Liebster AwardJ Whoop whoop! If you don’t know who Katy is, you are mad, go follow her NOW – she has a mascot for goddness sake, it’s beyond awesome. And of course she’s incredibly talented, check out her flamingo nailsJ


Anyway, I’m very excited that anyone reads this, so being nominated is beyond thrilling. The rules demand the following;

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must answer the 11 questions the 'tagger' has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then chose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.
5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.
6. There's no tag backs!

So without further ado;

1. I started doing my nails years ago at Secondary School. I wasn’t allowed to wear make-up (strict parents) but polish was ok, so it became a big form of self-expression for me.  I had loads of polishes, and really got into (fairly basic) nail art. Then GCSE, A Levels, Uni, etc came along and for a while it fell by the wayside. Then last year I started noticing nail art everywhere, and as I do a job where I have to dress quite conservatively I decided it was time to start up again. 

2. I have two pet cats and I adore them. I rescued them both from the RSPCA a few years ago and I’m amazed by how different they are now. In particular, when I recued Boo she was terrified of people; because of this she’d spent 3 months at the centre being overlooked for friendlier cats. I fell in love with her when I saw her and knew she’d be coming home with me. For those of you who’ve seen my ‘Gratuitous Kitty Pictures’, you’ll notice that she is no longer scared of people and is now addicted to cuddles and playtime. Monty is also amazing, and stupidly elegant. He looks like he should wear a monocle!

3.  I love reading; I’m a total geek and list all the books I’ve read. The list goes back a good few years now.

4.  I have a job that demands a huge amount of my time, and painting my nails is a great way of distressing after work. But I also try running whenever I can, even though I think I may look like Phoebe from Friends when I do.

5. Talking of Friends, I love the series, and quite regret the fact that they are no longer played constantly on E4 lol.

6. I love fashion, but always get it wrong. I’m not really the shape for fashion (gangly legs, plenty of curves, not all in the right places, massive feet). So I stick to nail art.

7. My musical taste is eclectic, but my favourite albums are the ones I grew up with when tiny when my parents would play them.  Kate Bush, Elton John, The Beatles, Elvis and Paul Simon are amazing, and make me smile when I hear them. 

8. I would literally kill for dim sum. I’m lucky enough to live reasonably near a China Town, and suspect that one day I’ll be found there, face down on the pavement, having OD-ed on Chow Sui pork buns.

9.  I make the best Christmas cake. Fact.

10.  I’ve recently discovered The Great British Bake Off, and now my Tuesday nights involve pjs, tea and watching baking disasters and triumphs.

11. I love Lil Bub. If you don’t know what he is, you need to head to YouTube and check him out. Then go awwwwwwwwwwwwww

Monty is pleased you have made it so far. Well done.
Please keep reading to see who I've nominated:)

Ok, now onto the questions I have to answer, set by the lovely KatyJ

1.     If you were put under a curse and turned into a nail polish, what kind of polish do you think you would be?
I’d love to think I’d be some classy Dior or Chanel number, but the chances are I’d be a sparkly Barry M colour, cheap and cheerful.

2. What's the strangest thing that's ever happened to you?
Meeting my bfBut strange in a good way.

3. What's on your Christmas list this year?
Nail varnish, anything with cool owls on, books, anything from Paperchase.

4. Which books have you read recently, and were they any good?
I read Angry Housewives eating bon-bons recently, loved it as it looks at how life has changed for women in America since the 60’s, but in a fictitious,  warm and enjoyable way. 

5. What's your preferred method of creating nail art (stamping, tape, dotting tools, etc)?
Love tape manis, for me it feels retro as it’s what I did when I was younger, but also appeals to the side of me that likes straight lines and order.

6. What was your worst subject at school?
PE. Because I was really short sighted, so I just kept getting hit on the head with whatever ball was in play.

7. If you were given an all-expenses paid holiday to your dream destination, where would you go?
Antarctica. I find it fascinating, Frozen Planet with David Attenborough (all hail!) only fanned the flames further.
8. Do you play any musical instruments?
I used to play the clarinet. I miss it. But no, I no longer play anything.

9. What colour do you have most of in your nail polish collection?
Blue. Which is odd, as I’m not sure it suits me that much.

10. Who you do look up to/admire?
I really admire people who anyone who is happy to be themselves and ignores the generic crap that our media seems to dictate as being acceptable.

11. What's your number one pet peeve?
People who can't make their point without swearing. Buy a thesaurus! 

You may well be sleepy like Boo now. But please keep going to find out
which wonderful people I've been following and loving. 

My goodness, I haven’t typed this much in a long time. Ok, so my questions for the bloggers I nominate.

1.     If you go back in time, where would you go and why?
2.     Can you speak another language other than your mother tongue?
3.     What type of biscuit is your favourite?
4.     Do you have a pet?
5.     What has been the best present you’ve ever received?
6.     How did you get into nail art?
7.     If you won £100 what would you spend it on?
8.     What is your favourite American sitcom?
9.     Where would you most like to travel to?
10.  Tiny dogs; good or bad?
11.  Do you have a nickname?

And here are those amazing blogs. These are the ones I love browsing when I need some inspiration, giggles or just that warm fuzzy feeling that you get when you realise that there are great people in the world who have a passion and desire to share their ideas, skills and sense of humour!

Good luck to them all, and go check them out, you'll love them like I do. 


  1. Eeeee thank you so much for the paragraph at the start! Made me grin like a Cheshire cat :P

    Also I'm beginning to think we might actually be twins... I'm obsessed with stuff from Paperchase, would love to visit Antarctica, was awful at PE, and am a reading geek :D

    1. You're welcome:) lol - we're like Joey's hand twins, only mainly nails! We can have a race, who can get to Antarctica first - or maybe just Antarctica themed nails first. I hit Paperchase and Waterstones hard this weekend, I'm now the proud owner of many more books and some epic stickers (which I'm going to start putting on my new nail varnish cupboard!)x

    2. Hahaha, I've always loved Joey when he meets his hand twin! Although I love every Friends episode, pretty much. And that is an excellent idea - we should totally do a travel-themed collaboration! Imagine all the cool things you could do for destinations around the world :D I just saw your other post about your shopping spree - what books did you get? I'm jealous of your Paperchase opportunities, it's been too long since I've been to one :'(

  2. Thanks dear! Will do a post now. :)