The Sunshine Award

Hello lovelies! Today I've got another tagged post for you - this one is my nomination for the Sunshine Award :) I was nominated by Gaby from AnotherGirlyBlog who is a fantastic blogger, so please do hop over there for a read if you have time. If, like me, you're not sure what the Sunshine Award is then read on...

The rules
Share 11 random facts about yourself
Answer the 11 questions that the nominating blogger has created for you.
List 11 bloggers who you believe deserve recognition.
Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let them know you nominated them. 

11 Random Facts About Me
1. I have been to 22 countries (23 if you count four hours in Doha airport) and still want to go to more!
2. I'm the youngest of three sisters.
3. I tend to get quite into weird sports and became a huge AFL fan when we were in Australia - go Freo!
4. My favourite film is The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
5. I'm a bit of a nail polish junkie and have about 50 shades (boom boom!)
6. I'm currently writing a murder mystery novel set in Roman Britain.
7. My dream job would be as a book reviewer or a literary agent - getting paid to read books for a living would be amazing!
8. I love watching American crime drama series like Castle, NCIS and CSI (RIP CSI: New York *sniff*), but my favourite is Criminal Minds for its brilliant characters.
9. I'm getting married on 1st November 2014.
10. In a bid to try and get more into crafting and baking, I recently joined the WI. I know it seems quite uncool but I love it!
11. I tend to go very Scouse when I'm annoyed or around my family (who are all from Liverpool), which N thinks is hilarious.

Gaby's 11 questions

1. What make-up brand could you not live without?
This is a tough one, but I think it would be Bobbi Brown. I've only tried a couple of their products but they are consistently excellent and tick pretty much all the boxes for products I want. Although I'd miss my Naked palette and Nars blusher terribly!

2. Why did you start blogging?
I've blogged on and off for about six years, but when I re-started it seriously about six months ago it was an outlet from job-hunting - I'd been travelling for eight months so was on a full-time job search and my blog was my means of switching off as it meant I could write about something totally different after filling out application forms all day long! But gradually I got really into it and began enjoying it a lot, and now I can't imagine not doing it.

3. Costa/Nero/Pret/Starbucks?
It depends what I want! But if I could only ever go to one, it'd be Costa - they have the best flat white and hot chocolate, and I do love their hazelnut lattes. I'd miss Starbucks' gingerbread lattes and Nero's chai lattes though!

4. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
About 45 minutes, which seems like ages! But that's to do everything - shower, wash my face, brush my teeth, wash and dry my fringe, get dressed, do my make-up and straighten my hair.

5. What's your favourite season?
Autumn, especially on cold clear crisp days when the leaves are changing colour. I like that it isn't too chilly but I can still have warm drinks and wear my winter coat and woolies. Plus it has Bonfire Night, which is one of my favourite times of year, and my birthday in October :)

6. Do you prefer long/short and curly/straight hair?
At the moment my hair is quite long because I grew it when I went travelling and am still deciding what to do with it for my wedding, but I've been looking at pictures from when it was shorter and I miss that style a lot! I've always worn it straight though, mainly because I'm quite lazy and can't be bothered with the fuss of curling it, but I might give it a go for Christmas this year.

7. What's your favourite book?
Oh I have so many! But if I had to choose one I think it would be The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. For those who haven't read it, it's about a man called Henry who has a rare condition where he randomly travels through time to key events in his life, and his relationship with an artist called Clare. It's such a beautiful love story and always makes me cry whenever I read it.

8. What's your idea of the perfect night in?
Curling up on the sofa with N, a BBQ pizza from Pizza GoGo and a really good box set - we're currently working our way through Firefly but trying to eke it out because it's so short! I'm really enjoying it though. It's the first Joss Whedon TV series I've watched and has made me eager to finally watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

9. If you had to have someone narrate your life who would it be?
It has to be David Attenborough - I just think he has the most wonderful voice. I very nearly met him once a few years ago when my friend C and I saw him in the British Museum but we were too shy to say hello!

10. If you could meet one person dead/alive who would it be?
This is a tough one, but I think I would like to meet John Lennon. I've been a huge Beatles fan all my life - my parents met through a shared love of the band so the Beatles' music was always on in our house when I was growing up - and from what I've seen of him in their films etc he seems so funny and like he'd be brilliant to hang out with.

11. If you could travel back to one moment in time when would it be?
I would go back to Tudor England and watch a Shakespeare play in the original Globe theatre. I'm a huge Tudor history nerd and an English Literature geek - I did it for my degree and loved it - so to see one of his plays performed to a contemporary audience would be amazing. I'm not sure what play I'd choose though, perhaps something like Henry V as I haven't seen many of the history plays (though I'm going to see David Tennant in Richard II in January which is super-exciting!).
The bloggers I'm tagging
1. Orange Chic
2. Love, Hanan
3. Handbag Beauty
4. Mischief Beauty
5. Blogging From Bucks
6. Let's Capture The Castle
7. The Adorable Dork
8. From KATYpillar To Butterfly
9. Ohh Kaye
10. A Daynasaur
11. Fashion Novice

My questions
1. Which country/city in the world would you most like to visit?
2. What was the first gig you went to?
3. Which bloggers inspire you the most?
4. If I was coming to your town or city for 24 hours, what would you suggest I do?
5. What is your least favourite food?
6. You have £100 to spend in one clothes shop - where do you go?
7. What's your favourite make-up look?
8. What was the last film you saw, and what did you think of it?
9. Tea, coffee or hot chocolate?
10. How did you come up with your blog name?
11. And because the festive season is upon us... What's your favourite Christmas song?

Thanks for taking part if you were a nominee - don't forget to leave me a link to your answers! And if you weren't nominated but would like to answer the questions then I'd love to see your answers too :)


  1. I've not tried any Bobbi Brown products, I think I'm missing out! Raspberrykiss xo

    1. Hi Shannon, thanks for your comment! You definitely should try Bobbi Brown, the products are amazing - I particularly like the foundation and concealer, but they do lovely eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks as well. Plus as a pale girl the fact they do foundation in colours that aren't remotely orange is brilliant!