Monday, 13 April 2015

TAG: Liebster Award 2015



A massive thank you to the gorgeous and terrifyingly stylish Claudia of ClaudiaWright.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award.

This is something I really like, because its about friendships and bloggers supporting other bloggers. 

You get nominated, answer the questions, nominate a bunch of people, send them some questions to answer and so the love goes on.


Claudia’s questions are really funny and original. Mine will not be as much, because I’m rubbish at thinking of stuff like that. But here goes!


1. If you were a contestant on mastermind, what would your specialist
subject be?


In the very unlikely event of this happening, sadly I think it would have to be 'useless celebrity trivia'. My brain may be pretty useless at retrieving the important stuff, but there’s no end of Kardashian-based nonsense it doesn’t hold on to. 

I feel like I should have said ‘literature’ seeing as I spent 3 years doing a degree in the
subject, but sadly I feel like I’d have a better chance with the trash.

2. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Variety is the spice of life to me, so this would be a proper death sentence.

At first I thought it would be logical to pick my favourite meal, which would be a Pad Thai, but I imagine that would get old seriously quickly. 

So…I’m going to go with avocado on toast. Its part healthy, part not, and quite bland. 

But it strikes me bland would be better than strongly flavoured if that’s what you’re stuck with for life.

3.Why did you take up blogging?



Quite simply, I love to write. I can’t do without it. 


One of my infant school teachers once predicted on my report that I would win the Booker Prize one day, and while I don’t think that is going to materialise, the love of writing is still there. 


I feel more myself in written words than spoken. Sometimes I make attempts at the novel I’ve been trying to write for about a decade, but mostly blogging suits my short attention span better. 

The photography and things are definitely elements I like less, but have had to force myself to get better at.

4. What is your biggest achievement to date and why? (getting into uni and passing driving test NOT allowed!)



Questions like this really make me think about how painfully ordinary my life is! 


I don’t really have any achievements that are staggering or note-worthy. 

I did win a national award for my marketing work last year, which was pretty cool. 

One of the only things I can think of is my marriage (sounds very 1950s but bear with me!).

I don’t mean the act of getting married itself, as any idiot can do that, but I do mean sustaining a real, adult relationship through many trials. 

That’s definitely not as easy as it sounds, especially when three years were long distance. 

A lot of people are very surprised when I say that I’ve been with Seb since I was 18 (I'm 29 now). I didn’t do many things right at that age, but ‘us’ was one of the things I must have gotten right somehow. 

Life is not a fairytale and there have been ups and downs, but we’ve always made it work. 

Now we’re closer than ever and there aren’t many couples our age with the amount of history we have,
so I’m proud of that. We’ve literally seen each other change from teens to adults! 

I'm proud of us for making it work, even through bad times and situations when it might have been easier to give up.

5. What is your favourite thing about yourself? And what would you like to change?



I really embrace my own flexibility and how open I am to change, I think that’s been a great asset in my life so far. 


I can see different viewpoints well, and I’m not afraid to admit when I’ve been wrong. I love new people and new experiences.

What I would like to change is the lack of a ‘off switch’ in my brain.

I worry, analyse and overthink things, and that’s exhausting- for other people as well as myself. 

Physically – I’ve never really been 100% happy with my weight. Like most of the female population, I always think happiness is about 10 pounds away! Especially at the moment, as I’m pregnant, obviously I’m getting bigger by the day, which is a little scary. 

But I do like my legs, because they’re super long and I don’t need to wear heels.

6. Explain your style in three words.



Unplanned. Hard edged. Minimal.

I’m not sure I have style so much as a lack of it. I would love to be effortlessly stylish and I know exactly the look I want – part uptown chic, part rock – think Leigh Lezark. 


But I find it a real struggle and I never really look put together – the only way the style thing works for me is finding an outfit ‘formula’ and reproducing it! 

So I have a few tried and tested equations, like "band tee + sparkly mini + biker boots" or "skinny jeans + silk blouse+ ballet flats + boucle jacket" that I wear to death. This is partly why I love Pinterest.

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?


I will be mother to a four year old, which is quite terrifying.

Hopefully I will be enjoying it! I don’t know if I’ll be planning more children at that stage or wanting to take my career to the next level after pacing back a bit this year with maternity leave. 

I’d like to think my house will be a lot more renovated and that I will have finally cracked the style thing. 

Perhaps I’ll have written that novel.

8. What is the most expensive beauty product/item of clothing you own?


Beauty product, it would probably be a face serum, because they’re always expensive, or perhaps my Chanel Vitalumiere foundation.

Clothing wise, it would certainly be my treasured Mulberry Alexa bag that I bought with my hard earned pennies.

9. What is the story behind your blog name?
 

There's no clever story, it just rolled off the tongue nicely! This blog has been called several things in the past but I kept changing it. Then I hit upon Seriously Shallow and it stuck. 

I fully meant it to be ironic, because I used to worry a lot about people thinking I was shallow and silly for writing about make-up all the time. 

But as I got older I realised a) not everything in life has to be serious b) people have many dimensions and can have an interest in politics as well as lipgloss and c) its my blog and I don’t care anyway.


10. Who is your favourite Kardashian and why?



This is extremely tough, because I have a love-hate fascination with them.

I honestly believe they are all vile, soulless people –every single one of them. And I find them highly irritating. But I’m still obsessed with their style for some reason. It pains me, but there it is! 

I will have to say Kim. Even though she gets it drastically wrong sometimes, a lot of her style is totally on point to me. She pretty much dresses how I would dress if my wardrobe budget was millions annually, perhaps with slightly less ass and see through stuff.

11. If you had a dinner party and could invite three people (dead or alive), who would they be? 


Dan Snow, because I’m obsessed with his programmes and he’d have some amazing anecdotes to share. 

Hugh Laurie, because I really want us to be friends (and my husband loves him beyond all measure), plus he could sing us blues songs after the meal.
And Marilyn Monroe, so I could find out all her secrets, and see if she was as luminous and magnetic as she came across on screen.


Spreading the Love



I nominate:

Charlie at  Dainty Bride
Laura at My Beautiful Forever
Chelsea at Chelsea Potter
Mel at Melamora
Hannah at Hannerking

Here are my questions for the ladies I nominate:

1.How did you pick your blog’s name?
2.Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
3.What’s your favorite TV show?
4.What are three things you cannot live without?
5.Who is your favorite fictional character?
6.What is your most prized possession?
7.Describe yourself in three words.
8.What is your guiltiest pleasure?
9.What single quality do you most appreciate in people?
10.What’s your favorite post that you’ve written? (Link, please!)
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