Sharing The Love

This was going to be my usual Sunday inspiration round up, but a few days ago the lovely Xixia sent me an email to say she’d featured me on her blog as part of her ‘Liebster Blog Award’ post. She asked if I’d be able to take part too by answering a couple of questions & then tag a few other bloggers to take part as well.

I don’t usually take part in these pass around questionnaire type things I often see on blogs, but I thought the idea behind this one was really lovely & I’d actually been meaning to do a post on some of my newly discovered favourite blogs after Becky featured me in her own roundup. I was super flattered & felt inspired to share the love too with my own post, but with holiday organizing I never got around to it! So I’m taking this opportunity to combine the two!

Below are my answers to Xixia’s questions & then afterwards some of my newly discovered favourites!

Favourite things
Who is your favorite celebrity?
Andy Warhol. He is my absolute idol, I love the way he turned fine art on it’s head & made people see the beauty in even the most mundane. Most people can marvel at the beauty of a DaVinci, but few stop to admire what an amazing piece of graphic design the label for Campbell’s soup is! And it really is! His wit, ambition, kookyness & the fact he is insanely quotable are just a few of the many other reasons I love him so much.

What is your favorite quote?
“To see a world in a grain of sand, And heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” William Blake is one of my favourite poets, and artists, this is the opening verse of the poem of his I love best “Auguries of Innocence”.

What is a pet peeve of yours?
People who are far too easily offended & those that seem like they’re just looking for an excuse to be offended so they can whinge about it! I find that so irritating!

Sunlight or moonlight?
Oh this is so hard, I guess I would have to say moonlight though, as I love nothing more than gazing up at the night sky, it’s so beautiful & it just fills my head with so many questions.

What is your favorite movie?
I’m going to have to cheat a little on this one, I’m such a movie nerd that I could never pick just one, so instead I’m going to list my 10 favourites (in no particular order)! Sorry!
Pulp Fiction, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dawn of The Dead (original), Oldboy, The Fountain, Princess Mononoke, Ichi The Killer, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliette, Pan’s Labyrinth, Moon.

What could you eat everyday and love it?
Pasta or pizza! I actually do pretty much eat one of those every single day anyway, as I’m a very fussy vegetarian!

Modern or vintage?
Definitely modern. I love to take inspiration from vintage fashions, especially the tailoring of the 40s & the teddy boys/girls of the 50s, but I very rarely buy vintage myself. I think mostly because the era’s I find most inspiring all catered towards a totally different body type to mine, I have no tits or ass to fill out those lovely hourglass jackets & dresses!

What is your guilty pleasure novel?
I’m not sure I have any that could be classed as a ‘guilty pleasure’, but maybe Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I can still read it over & over again! I guess my love of graphic novels is probably quite a guilty pleasure too!

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Oh, another hard one! I love so many cartoons, it’s so hard to choose! I guess, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, she was my favourite growing up, I totally related to her awkwardness & I so longed to be a mermaid just like her!

What wardrobe item can’t you live without?
My battered black boots!

World Cup or Olympics?
I’m not a sporty person at all, but I really can’t stand football, so this is easy – The Olympics!

5 Newly discovered favourites…

Define Delirium, Black Outfits, DrapingDefine Delirium
I adore Mika’s outfit posts, she does minimalist, effortless dressing so perfectly. I love her writing style too, so well written but also full of personality.

Love For School Girl, Photography, Architecture, OutiftsLove For Schoolgirl
Full of lots of beautiful examples of Rae’s photography, her travel posts leave me feeling insanely jealous of all the wonderful places shes been able to visit or live in & I love the way she’s constantly changing up her style for her outfit posts. One moment shes a sweet schoolgirl, the next retro 50’s, preppy or laid-back surfer chic.

melissa araujo, outfitsMelissa Araujo
I love Melissa’s mix of minimalistic, sporty style with an edge. She is also super talented making a lot of her own clothing & also has a clothing line too!

Josie Loves Shoes, OutfitsJosie Loves Shoes
I love the way Josie writes, her posts seriously crack me up & she has such a knack for finding the funny in any situation. She also has that simple, effortless kind of style totally nailed & if you can say you’re not jealous of those never-ending legs, then I’m sorry, but your lying!

Chocolates cookies & candies, outfits, photographyChocolate Cookies & Candies
I’m a sucker for gorgeous photography & Marlene’s lovely blog is packed full of it! I only recently came across it, but as soon as I saw the photography I knew it would quickly become a favourite. I also love the ‘Pass It Forward’ series she does, showcasing 3 of her favourite blogs each time & I have found so many new blogs to love because of it! The posts are always packed with wit & charm too, it’s hard not to love!

It would be great if you 5 could carry this on & do a post answering my questions & then tagging a few other bloggers take part too! I think this is such a nice idea & a great way to spread some love around!

My questions to you are:
What is your favourite song?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Who is your favourite artist or what is your favourite artwork?
Sweet or salty?
Sum yourself up in 3 words?
Who is your favourite fashion designer?
What would you do if you had 24 hours to live?
What is your favourite movie?
One fact about yourself that not many people know?
If you could be someone else for a day who would you choose?
What is your favourite quote?

PS: I wish I’d had time to include more awesome blogs, but do go check out the links page for a whole list of my favourites, new & old!

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  1. Posted 19.08.2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    its great to know you better from those questions! :)

  2. Posted 19.08.2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Stephanie, what a lovely surprise to get a tweet this morning! I’m deeply honored that you’ve included me amongst a group of such stunning bloggers and touched by the words you wrote. I’ve been following Rae’s blog but I can’t wait to check out the other 3. Thank you again for making my day!

      Posted 20.08.2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      Aww, I’m so happy to hear I made your day! :)

  3. Posted 19.08.2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Loved this post, you gave good answers! I love Warhol too and Pan’s Labrynth although it was scary. I’m also scared of Alice in Wonderland too, read it as a kid and it freaked me out! It had the original illustrations, I thought they were creepy as well. Like her head is a little too big or something, do you know what I mean?

    Thanks so much for nominating me and for your lovely words! Totally surprised me and got me out of my bad mood haha xxx

      Posted 20.08.2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, the John Tenniel ones! They are a little creepy I must admit, I agree I think it’s the proportions are a little off, it’s kinda unsettling! Arthur Rackham’s ones are my favourite, they’re a lot dreamier but still have that sinister kinda edge needed for Alice & Salvador Dali’s ones are just insane, but in a really good way! :D
      Aw, no problem! I’m glad I could help get you our of your bad mood! :)

  4. Posted 19.08.2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy you felt inspired to share the blog love!

    I can’t wait to check out your picks in a second.

    p.s. Thanks for linking to me too :)

  5. Posted 20.08.2012 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    i’m a huge fan of warhol too. you’ve probably read the diaries. there’s just something about his rambling prose that makes you believe perhaps he is normal and you’re not! i can’t explain, but i share the same fascination with his work. anyway this is a great idea – already reading rae’s and marlene’s blogs but going to check out the other ones now!

      Posted 20.08.2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      Glad to see so many other Warhol fans! Yeah, I have the diaries & The Philosophy of Andy Warhol & lots of other books written by/about him! It seems to be what people buy me when they don’t know what to get, “Oh, she loves Warhol & books, I hope she’s not got this already!” Hah! Not that I’m complaining! ;)
      I know exactly what you mean though! I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is either, but I think maybe it has something to do with the certain kind of naivety it has & the way he states things so plainly? I would so have loved to have met him & been able to pick his brain about all sorts of things!

  6. Posted 20.08.2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Very interesting post !!!
    Now I know more about you :)

  7. Posted 20.08.2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Warhol is definitely a fave of mine – I’m not generally a huge pop art fan in terms of aesthetics but Warhol was so influential! I love the films he made of people just sitting about, where he abandoned them in front of the camera. So many of your picks are things I love too! I could survive on nothing but pizza and pasta, it’s by far the tastiest food. And I’ve definitely found my new blog obsession with Mika’s Define Delirium, her style is exactly what I want to look like. Can’t wait to get some more black in my wardrobe. I’m having a little think about maybe doing this post, I don’t usually share much personal stuff on the blog but this is so interesting!

      Posted 22.08.2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

      I do love the aesthetics of Pop Art too, I guess because it’s so different to what I usually like, but then my favourite series of Warhols is the ‘Death & Disaster’ series, especially the electric chairs, which I think are closer to my usual aesthetic taste! I think the juxtaposition of the really macabre subject matter with the over the top, cheerful bright colours is really clever. Yes, I love his films too!
      You should definitely do one too, I think it’s nice to know a little more about people & I would love to read your answers! :)

  8. Posted 21.08.2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Oh gosh, I really enjoyed reading your responses!! The Little Mermaid is one of my favorites too, though for Disney princesses, I think my favorite is still a tie between Mulan and Belle. :)
    And ah, Warhol is amazing!! I’m planning a visit to the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh ( thank goodness for it! ). Am so excited. ^^

    ♥ xixia

      Posted 22.08.2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

      Glad you enjoyed them Xixia! :D
      I’m really jealous your so close to the museum, I’ve always wanted to go & if I’m ever even remotely close to Pittsburgh I shall be paying it a visit! When you go please take lots of photos, I’d love to see them! :)

  9. Posted 22.08.2012 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    I am SO happy to have found your blog, all of your posts are so put together! this is also a great list too!

  10. Posted 22.08.2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi Stephanie! So glad that you are back & that you came back with so many beautiful photos…I’ve never thought I would be tempted by theme parks, but after seeing the pictures of your trip, I could easily change my mind…Usually I tend to skip awards & chains, but the truth is that I love Q&A and I enjoyed yours very much because they let you discover a little bit more about people’ characters and I’m so happy to read that you love Italian food! I also want to thank you for including my blog onto your links page…such a nice surprise!

      Posted 22.08.2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thankyou Caterina!
      I totally agree, I never usually do them either, but the idea behind this one was so nice, you get to find out a little more about people & also get to share a little blog love too, which is always nice & good karma!
      I’m a little bit Italian on my grandads side, so I think my love of Italian cuisine comes from there & also most likely my need to drown everything in black pepper, garlic & parmesan! ;)

  11. Posted 11.09.2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    love reading this post steph – already read marlene’s, rae’s and melissa’s blogs but as always is so nice to discover more. enjoyed the q&a too – i absolutely love princess mononoke and actually started reading fashion blogs when i came across rumi of fashiontoast posting some photos of her in a mononoke outfit for halloween! and here we are! ;)

  12. Posted 11.09.2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    hah! i already commented on this earlier – sorry ;) am travelling at the moment and clicked on this post link from marlene’s.. strangely did think the warhol bit was familiar, and the ariel bit, random dejavu!

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