Friday, 8 March 2013

Liebster Award

The lovely and adorable Bec over at Paper Trailing has nominated us for a Liebster award; an award for up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers ...The Liebster award is a bit like a chain letter, but it seems like a great way to share some facts about yourself, spread the love to some other lovely bloggers, and kill some free time. Of course, there is no obligation to answer the questions if you're nominated. But it is fun!...

The rules:

  • Share 11 random facts about myself,
  • Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked,
  • Nominate other up-and-coming bloggers for the Liebster award (don't forget to let them know you've nominated them) and,
  • Ask the people you've nominated 11 new questions.



11 random facts about me - Caroline:

1. I hate strawberries. 

2. I'm incredibly clumsy, and am usually sporting bruises on my legs from bashing into various items of furniture.

3. I have strong homebody/hermit tendencies that I try hard to manage, most of the time.

4. Drivers who queue through intersections and pedestrian crossings drive me crazy. It's just so selfish and rude.

5. I try to be active on social media, but most of the time I forget that it's there. 

6. I have two degrees - neither of which have anything to do with my professional career. I regret nothing!

7. I am claustrophobic.

8. I hate having my back to the door in restaurants.

9. I love classical music, but much prefer chamber music over orchestral.

10. I don't like speaking on the phone socially, and hate calling people because I feel like I'm probably interrupting them.

11. I value independence over many other things - sometimes to a fault.

Bec's questions - Caroline:

1. If you had to move to a different country tomorrow, where would you go?
Probably Britain, as some of my favourite people are in London. Although, I am also a huge fan of Seattle and moving there one day is a favourite daydream of mine, so also the USA, potentially. 

2. What is your favourite comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese - the really processed stuff that comes in a packet and costs like $1.50. I very rarely eat it though, as dairy and wheat are not my friends.

3. It's raining outside... What are you doing to keep yourself occupied?
Write! For Four Letter Birds, or some creative writing. Also, clean, read and reorganise my wardrobe.

4. What's the weirdest dream you've ever had?
I recently had a dream in which I was good friends with the Obamas - Michelle wanted me to write a speech for her to give at the inauguration ceremony, and they were trying to set me up with one of his political aids. I wasn't into it, even though he was cute. What's wrong with you, dream Caroline?!

5. Who is your most embarrassing celebrity crush?
All of my celebrity crushes are pretty vanilla, sorry to disappoint. Even in high school my big crushes were on cool people like John Cusack and various members of Blur. Although in primary school I thought Edward Furlong was pretty dreamy - and this was just from pictures 
in TV Hits magazine - I've still never even seen Terminator Two.

6. What song do you listen to when you need cheering up?
Magic by B.O.B. featuring Rivers Cuomo.

7. What is one habit you have that you don't want to change?
Being an early riser. I do like mornings.

8. And one you do want to change?
Staying up too late...see above!

9. What is the first album that you ever purchased?
River of Dreams by Billy Joel.

10. If you could hang out with someone famous for a day, who would it be?
Jennifer Lawrence - she is my spirit animal. I figure we could spend all day eating corn chips and talking about boys, and then go out for Mexican food and tequila shots, but still be home before midnight.

11. What is your favourite TV show?
I could never choose just one! Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Friday Night Lights, Girls and Vampire Diaries to name a few. Oh and Homeland. Good lord, how could I almost have forgotten Homeland! I'm sorry Mandy Patinkin.


11 random facts about me - Georgia:

1. I am almost six years older than Caroline. 

2. Like Caroline, I also hate telephones. I hate ringing people and I find talking on the phone extremely stressful. Working in an office as the receptionist/office coordinator was terrible and it didn't cure my problem. If I can avoid talking on the phone I usually will.

3. I'm really bad at telling jokes. In fact, my husband and my brother sometimes encourage me to tell a joke just so they can laugh at how bad I am at telling it. Premature punchlines are my forte.

 4. If I hadn't gone to art school I think I might have become a geologist of some sort. My husband laughs at me because I can be a bit of a rock nerd when a documentary about volcanoes comes on the television.

5. I got a High Distinction in a Performance Art class at university!?!? I'm not a big performance art fan and I tend to be pretty shy and self-conscious. Not great traits for a performer really.

6. I used to play The Sims for hours and hours every day. I think I might have even taken a day off work once so I could play it. I would probably still play it if I wasn't the mother of a toddler and if my computer was powerful enough to run it properly. I now play 'The Sims Social' on facebook most days. If you need a new neighbour, let me know... although I don't need more reasons to play that time-waster.

7. I can recite the alphabet backwards very fast.

8. I've never seen the movies 'Jurassic Park', 'Independence Day' or 'Titanic' and I don't want to.

9. I once won a competition for flying a paper aeroplane the furthest.

10. I swear that my baby boy's nostrils were little heart shapes when he was first born.

11. I really value good manners. I'm not sure if I always display them... actually, I know that sometimes I don't... but if someone I meet has good manners I will usually remember them well.

Bec's questions - Georgia:

1. If you had to move to a different country tomorrow, where would you go?
That's hard! I might choose France because I have been there before (briefly) and loved what I saw. I might choose Hawaii or Japan because I haven't been to either of those places yet but would love to go. Also I'd love to check out the volcanoes there (see point #4 above).

2. What is your favourite comfort food?
Food. I suppose at the moment it would probably be a cup of tea and some Caramello Koala chocolates.

3. It's raining outside... What are you doing to keep yourself occupied?
It actually is raining outside. I'm writing here on the blog and waiting for our toddler to wake up from his nap.

4. What's the weirdest dream you've ever had? 
I have so many weird dreams! Apparently I woke my husband up early this morning by yelling out something like 'But I can't get any sleep!'. I can't remember what that dream was about but I was reading an old diary of mine recently and came across a funny dream I wrote about. I dreamt that I got married at the local library. I didn't know who the groom was but my dress had yellow plastic flowers on the shoulders. I wish I remembered that when I actually did get married! Ha! That would have looked lovely!

5. Who is your most embarrassing celebrity crush?
Ha ha! I was almost going to do a whole blog post about this but decided it was too embarrassing.  I think my most embarrassing crush was on Michael Tunn. You may not know who Michael Tunn is if you aren't an Aussie somewhere in your '30s who used to watch 'The Afternoon Show' on the ABC. I think I found his awkwardness endearing and non-threatening maybe? I did get over that crush fairly quickly though. I'm not sure if I have a current crush, embarrassing or not.

6. What song do you listen to when you need cheering up?
Probably something by The Sundays... or Van Halen!?! Any number of songs can cheer me up... and any number of songs can make me depressed too.

7. What is one habit you have that you don't want to change?
Cleaning my teeth morning and night.

8. And one you do want to change?
Not flossing my teeth often enough.

9. What is the first album that you ever purchased?
I can't remember what the first album I purchased with my own money was. It was probably Kylie Minogue or Kate Ceberano or maybe Icehouse. The first music video cassette I bought was 'The Kylie Collection'. I remember that day and our trip to Brashes music store vividly.

10. If you could hang out with someone famous for a day, who would it be?
I often wonder who I would like to invite to a dinner party if I could invite anyone I wanted to. 
If I could hang out with someone famous for a day I might choose a number of real or fictitious people. It would depend a lot on what they were going to do with that day as I suspect that many celebrities live normal and boring lives. I don't think Wonder Woman would have boring days though so I might choose her. It might be interesting to spend the day with a famous recluse, like Doris Day, if they would allow it, to find out what changed in their lives.

11. What is your favourite TV show? 
Hoarders, Hoarding - Buried Alive, The Hoarder Next Door, How Clean Is Your House. (Can you see a pattern forming?) 

For some reason I also really like watching "The Middle". Sue Heck, the teenage daughter character, cracks me up... actually the whole family does. I love Sue's jackets with hearts on them. She's so '80s in a hearts, rainbows and colourful pencil-cases kind of way. Hey, Caroline, that makes me think, I know you love Shoshanna from "Girls". I think maybe you'd like Sue Heck too but in a more family-friendly, younger, sitcom way. Actually, that also reminds me, my new embarrassing celebrity crush could be Axl Heck, the teenage son... embarrassing mainly because I am almost old enough to be his mum... if I was a teen mum.

Another Liebster Nomination

Also, after seeing that Bec had nominated us for the Liebster Award I remembered that another blogger had nominated me back in September last year and I haven't answered her questions yet. Here are the questions from Hui at Putting The World Back On Its Axis.

Hui's questions - Georgia

1. What is your fashion style? 
Denim I suppose, if that is a fashion style. Jeans or skirt on the bottom and a nice t-shirt or blouse on the top. Smart casual? I like dresses too but they aren't very practical with little children.

2. Medicine or naturopathy? 
 A bit of both depending on the problem. Natural remedies can work to a point and then sometimes medicine needs to jump in to help out. I think if you lead a healthy lifestyle in general (not that I always do) then you will need less of both of these.

3. Which one Youtube guru/Makeup blogger is your absolute favourite? 
Lisa Eldridge. She seems very professional, experienced and realistic. I find the fact that she is a bit older than me helps me to respect her advice too. She works with some very big names but she is also happy to talk about her own personal makeup preferences for her own face. The thing I have most recently taken on board from her is that you don't need to apply foundation all over. Different products (foundation, concealer, primers, highlighters) applied to different areas can help you achieve a much more natural and much less ageing appearance.
4. Fitness junkie or couch potato? 
Neither. Those are both a bit too extreme for me.

5. What is your worst food habit? 
It was drinking too much Cola but with some encouragement from Caroline and our Auntie plus a little bit of will-power, I have cut right down!
6. How old were you when you first discovered makeup?
I discovered some makeup when I was a young teen as I had bad skin and was always trying to cover it up a bit. I didn't really start trying to figure out how to use it properly until a few years ago. I think you need to change the way you use makeup as you get older to work with your changing face and skin.
7. Top 3 books 
A difficult question. I reserve the right to change my mind on this but today I choose - 
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein
These are three books that I have read at least twice and would happily read again at any age.

8. How often do you buy beauty items? (eg. skincare, makeup)
Sometimes too often and sometimes not often at all. It fluctuates. 

9. How did you come by your blog name? 
I can't remember exactly. I think I was just brainstorming ideas and Caroline and I were sending ideas back and forth until this one stuck. We had some other choices we liked but they were already taken by other blogs.

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
 Dropping the kid/s off at school then going home to draw pictures for money?
11. Top 3 makeup must-haves 
  At the moment my must-haves are Benefit's Porefessional, any of my favourite mascaras and a little face powder.

Hui's questions  - Caroline

1. What is your fashion style? 
Hmmm, I don't know what I would describe it as. I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, and I tend to gravitate towards styles that are a bit classic or retro. I wear a lot of scarves, and almost always flat shoes. 

2. Medicine or naturopathy? 
Both? Neither? I'm yet to make my mind up about either.

3. Which one Youtube guru/Makeup blogger is your absolute favourite? 
Georgia! Duh.
4. Fitness junkie or couch potato? 
Neither. All things in moderation.

5. What is your worst food habit? 
It's a tie between skipping meals out of laziness, and too much sugar.

6. How old were you when you first discovered makeup? 
Old! Probably in my early twenties was when I really started using it.

7. Top 3 books 
Just 3? Sheesh. In no particular order:
1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

8. How often do you buy beauty items? (eg. skincare, makeup)
Only when they run out - it's one of the few new year's resolutions I've ever kept!

9. How did you come by your blog name? 
Georgia thought it up, because she's good like that.

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
Hopefully I will have escaped corporate life, be writing more (maybe even professionally) while living near the ocean in a white house with wooden floorboards, big windows and a colourful garden.

11. Top 3 makeup must-haves 
Bronzer (Guerlain), blush (whatever is available) and mascara (usually one I've picked up free with a magazine).

Our nominated blogs:

It's tricky finding blogs with less than 200 followers isn't it? I guess that is the point of the Liebster Award though. It makes us dig out some of the lesser-known folks on the internet.

The Loft-SG - This is our cousin Tom's blog - but I'm making an executive decision and declaring him eligible! He lives in Singapore (Singas!) and is pretty much the best ever.

Work Clothes I Suppose - I love a good "real-life" fashion blog. Brie-Marie lives in Seattle and has cool glasses. Love it!

All Things Kirpy  - I've chosen Natalie's blog as she is one of our (few) blog followers and she has less than 200 followers of her own (and she has a cute little bird next to her blog title too).

GGsdolls Blog - Gigi collects some unusual and cool dolls and builds some great little dollhouse rooms to display her collections. 

There is no obligation to take part at all but go for it if you are interested! 

11 Questions for our nominees:

1. Why do you blog?

2. What is your favourite song?

3. Do you collect anything interesting? Tell us about it.

4. What is the best job you've ever had, your favourite job? (If you haven't had a favourite, what do you think would be your favourite, dream job?)

5. If you had a time machine and you could go back in time is there something you wish you could tell yourself?

6. Do you have a favourite artwork (famous or not well known at all)?

7. Gold or silver (or other)?

8. If you could give yourself any gift today, what would it be?

9. If you could give a loved one any gift today, what would it be?

10. Facebook has been around for a while now. Do you think it is still useful or 'fun'?

11. Which TV show do you wish you could see more of? And which TV show do you wish there was less of?

Caroline & Georgia


  1. I can't decide which answer I like more, Caroline's dream about the Obamas, or Georgia's crush on Tunny. (Tunny! Flashbacks...)

    1. I didn't realise you had a blog too Al. We could nominate you too if you like :)