Shine On Blog Award



Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated for a lovely blog award! After a long search of trying to find the history I found that it is quite a mysterious award with little known about the origin. Do you know where/how this award started?

Rules for the award:
  1. Add the logo to your blog.
  2. Link to the person from whom you received this award
  3. Nominate seven blogs
  4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are “One Lovely Blog”

Firstly, thank you to Zoey from Amazing Star for nominating me for this award! I great appreciate the nomination. Check out Zoey’s blog for great fashion, beauty and more (she is lovely!).

My Nominations:
1. myfavesjournal
2. betweentheshadowsandthesoul
3. mylifethroughtheeyesoftheweb
4. gesundheitsuze
5. sandstormclick
6. thevintagepostcard

So hard to pick just 7! I wish I could nominate you all!

Thanks again Zoey for the nomination!

Love Lou xoxox

Sunshine Blog Award!

I was nominated for another award! And from one of my favourite bloggers! Evez from Gesundheit, Suze! Thank you so much, I love your blog! (I received a further nomination from the lovely Ramsey from Curious Mother today. Ramsay’s nomination reminded me to stop dragging my butt and finally finish the post!). Check out both blogs, they are great! (Click the names/blog names for links).

Here are the rules:
-Link back to the person who nominated you
-Post the award image to your page
-Tell seven facts about yourself
– Nominate 5-10 other blogs and let them know they are nominated

7 facts:
1. I love zombies!
2. I cannot wait for the Summer but I think my favourite season is Autumn.
3. When I was younger I dreamed of being an archeologist like in the film ‘The Mummy’.
4. I love movies, especially horrors.
5. I can’t draw (I think this is why I love photography so much!)
6. Currently I work tutoring A Level students.
7. Major girl crush on Zooey Deschanel (New Girl is one of my faves!)


My Nominations:

Thank you so much Evez and Ramsey!

Love Lou xoxox

Best Moment Award

Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.


Yes, another award! When I started blogging in January I never thought I would even have any followers aside from my Mom (hi Mom!), let alone get nominated for all of these amazing awards! To date I have 914 followers, 102 posts and over 12,500 views! Thank you so much everyone!

I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog. Since starting my blog I have met and made so many new and amazing friends, you are all the best!

Thank you so much to Jubilee Journey (link) and The Vintage Postcard (link) for nominating me for the award! Check out both their blogs, they are great!


There is no way I could pick just 15 best moments! There are so many blogs I love I cannot choose just 15 favourite posts, I must follow at least 10 times this number of blogs let alone pick 15 single posts! Instead I would like to ask you what is the best moment on your blog? Your favourite post? If you would like to repost the best moments award on your blog let me know (I think you are all great and would basically like to break the rules and nominate everyone!) 😉

Thank you again Ana from Jubilee Journey and Alli from The Vintage Postcard!

Love Lou xoxox

2 Versatile Blogger Awards!

I got nominated for a versatile blogger award! Thank you very much Ashley from escapebybeauty! (link) and A from Galaxy Star 7 (link). Check out Ashley’s and A’s blogs to see their beautiful and inspiring nail art!

Here are the rules:

  • Nominate 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


7 Facts:
1. I love to sew and my favourite thing to make are dresses!
2. Sleeping is one of my favourite things (like everyone I guess!). I try to get my full 8 hours in.
3. My bedroom is black and white.
4. I occasionally like to watch Jeremy Kyle with my Mom (guilty pleasure).
5. I’m accident prone and always have at least a few cuts and bruises!
6. I’m excited about planning my summer holiday this year!
7. I seem to collect notebooks, I have a cupboard full of brand news ones I’m scared to use! (i don’t want to ruin them!).

Thank you again A and Ashley!

Love Lou xoxox

Beautiful Blogger Award!

Thank you so much Charu from soulofspice! (link) Check out Chru’s blog for mouth watering food! Plus she is lovely and of course beautiful 🙂

So here are the rules:
– Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
– Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
– Tell us 7 things about yourself.
– Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

7 things about me:
1. I am a massive horror fan and zombie movies are my favourite!
2. You probably already know I love to read. I read most nights before going to sleep.
3. I used to have braces, and weirdly I missed them for ages when they were gone!
4. I cannot drive but it has been on my to do list for about 4 years! Hopefully this year…
5. The feel of velvet gives me the creeps!
6. I’m allergic to penicillin.
7. When I was younger I lived on only pizza for 2 years. I refused to eat anything else (sorry Mom!).


Thank you so much Charu!

Love Lou

2 Liebster Awards!

I’m not sure you can have 2 of these award but I was nominated at the same time by 2 amazing bloggers so I will combine into one post!

Here are the rules:
– Publicly thank the person that nominated you.
– Tell 11 things about yourself.
– Answer the 11 questions asked of you, and, in turn, make 11 questions for your own 11 nominees.
– Link to those 11 nominees, and tell them about it at their blogs.

Thank you Dear Kitty! I really appreciate this nomination! Here is a link to her blog. Also thank you so much Antoinette from A Flower For Athena! Here is a link to Antoinette’s blog. Both are lovely bloggers so go check them out!

11 Facts about me:
1. I’m a natural blonde.
2. My eyesight is terrible! I can’t even see the massive ‘A’ at the opticians without my glasses/contacts!
3. If I have a turtle I’m going to call him Benjamin Linus (yes after the baddie in Lost). Perfect evil genius and turtle name.
4. I have 2 galah cockatoos: Nemo and Mr. Pickles.
5. Currently training to mentor victims of domestic violence (1 week left!).
6. I have a plastic tooth, well half a plastic tooth (yes really!).
7. I’m the oldest sibling.
8. And I only have one younger brother.
9. I ❤ Sheldon from Big Bang Theory.
10. The girl from ‘The Ring’ terrifies me!
11. My family are the most important thing to me. You should never take them for granted.

Antoinette’s questions:

1. What made you want to start your blog?

I started reading a lot of blogs after I finished university. After applying for postgrad I found I had more time on my hands and decided to start blogging about my gap year adventures.

2. If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

I would probably be a Panda. They are the cutest and just get to sit and eat all day! Or a colourful tropical bird, you get to live somewhere warm and green and fly around!

3. What is your favourite piece of clothing?

I have a really old, massive, crusty hoodie from around 10 years ago that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get rid of! I only wear it around the house though, don’t worry I do go out in it! Haha.

4. If there was a fire and you could only grab one thing what would it be?

My family, Nemo and Mr. P.

5. What is one thing you have always wanted to do but have been too afraid to try?

I don’t think there is anything. If I want to try something I usually just go for it!

6. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

Rude people – manners cost nothing.

7. What is your dream career?

I used to think working in clinical psychology but now I’m not too sure! I would like a career where I can genuinely help people.

8. What is your all time favourite book?

So hard to pick just one! Especially as I like so many different genres. The book I have read the most times is probably ‘Beyond the Deepwoods: Edge Chronicles’. My Aunt brought me the first one for my birthday in the early 2000’s (and all of the sequels for subsequent birthdays/christmases). AMAZING book which I have read about 4 times over the years and forced countless others to read! I just looked for it on Amazon and found they have re-released them all with new covers! Link here.

9. What is one picture that inspires you? Post it in your answer.

I love pictures of my family, they are a constant inspiration! Here is one of my favourites from about a year ago.


l-r: Dad, Mom, Brother, Me

10. What is your favorite thing to cook? Share the recipe with us PLEASE!! : P

Another really hard one! At the moment I am cooking A LOT of gnocchi so I will say that. Find a recipe on my blog here.


11. Who is your style icon?

I have so many! I love the quirky style of Zooey Dechanel. The vintage style and curves of Christina Hendricks and Dita Von Teese. Diane Kruger, Audery Tautou and Emma Stone always looks amazing. Then there are the classics such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly…. I also like to find inspiration from other bloggers, BurdaStyle, magazines, pinterest and in the street. I’m also sure there are more I have forgotten.

Dear Kitty’s 11 Questions:

1. Which is the first blog you ever read? Does it still exist?

It would probably have been a sewing blog linked to a BurdaStyle account as this is really where I found out about blogging (around 5-6 years ago).

2. Which type of computer did you use, the first time ever you used a computer?

It was my Dads ginormous Gateway desktop in the early 1990’s.

3. Which computer program was that?

Maybe Windows ’95? Or the program before that? (I’m not even sure what that was?…)

4. Which is your favourite computer game?

The Sims – no question. I am selling it on eBay soon as when I play it I am very unproductive!

5. Which is your favourite computer program?

I use Mac now and my most used programs would probably be Pages, iPhoto. Keynotes and iTunes.

6. Which is your favourite photo subject?

I love taking all kinds of photos: nature, scenery/landscapes, architecture, portraits, food, etc. I’m not sure I could pick a favourite as I love the variety and I am constantly learning as a self taught amateur photographer!
My favourite category of photos to look at are probably nature.

7. Which city, province, state or country where you have never been to would you like to visit? Why?

There are so many places I would like to visit! One place I have been fascinated by since my childhood is Easter Island so I’m going to say there.

8. Is there any city, province, state or country in which you would never want to live? If so, which one? Why?

Probably somewhere like Alaska or Russia where it gets to crazy minus zero degrees! I couldn’t handle the intense cold!

9. What is/was your favourite subject at school?

School seems so long ago now! Haha. I used to enjoy math and science most, yes I was/still am a geek 😉

10. What is your favourite painting?

I’m going to have to go with one of my brothers paintings.

11. What is your favourite sculpture?

When my boyfriend and I went to Italy we visited a concentration camp (the only one in Italy). They had a beautiful memorial sculpture for all of those who lost their lives. It is a harrowing place with such a sad atmosphere, the things that happened there are unthinkable. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Trieste area.


My Questions:
1. What is your favourite colour? Why?
2. Where is your favourite place in the world? Why?
3. What is your first memory that you can remember?
4. If you had to live on one food for the rest of your life what would you choose?
5. Do you have any pets? What are their names? Can we see a picture?
6. Has a movie ever made a massive impact on your life? Why?
7. What are your hobbies?
8. What is your favourite holiday so far? And where is your dream destination?
9. How would you describe your style? And who’s style do you love?
10. Describe yourself in one word.
11. What is your favourite feature on yourself?


Again, thank you Antoinette and Dear Kitty!

Love Lou xoxox