Saturday, February 22, 2014

Liebster Award 2014

Thank you so much to Harper over at Harper Honey for nominating me for a Liebster Award! Harper and I met each other through Her Campus, and it's been so fun to be part of the blogging community with her, as well.

For those of you who don't know, the Liebster Award is given to bloggers with under 200 followers in order to spread the word about new blogs. The nominator nominates 11 people and asks them to post 11 facts about themselves and answer 11 questions, and then each nominee must continue the cycle. Let's get started!

My 11 facts:
  1. I hoard samples of everything, from tea bags to perfumes to vitamins.
  2. My favorite accessory is a bold lip.
  3. My favorite TV shows are The Mindy Project, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, and Big Bang Theory. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a guilty pleasure, as well. :)
  4. Half the time when I "like" someone, I realize that I'm just bored and am absolutely not attracted to him at all.
  5. My ideal evening would be spent on a terrace of Morocco sipping fresh-squeezed orange juice, looking at the lit-up city, stargazing, and listening to the call to prayer. It's so peaceful, and literally the definition of an Arabian night.
  6. My favorite foods are pasta, pizza, and anything involving bread and cheese. Oh, and pomegranates!
  7. When it comes to clothes, I believe in quality over quantity. I may only have three pairs of jeans, but they're so versatile and good that I don't even lust after other pairs.
  8. I collect nail polish. I must have over 70 bottles.
  9. The beauty products that I can't live without are Organix Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioner, Moroccanoil Light Oil Treatment, Milani lipstick in Best Red, and unscented Chapstick.
  10. My favorite book is The Hunt for KSM. If 9/11, the War on Terror, or anything related to terrorism or war history interests you, read it.
  11. Even though I don't know what I'm doing next year, I'm absolutely confident that my life is going to pan out exactly how I want it to within the next few years. Watch me.

Harper asked me:

1. What are your top 5 favorite movies, and why?
Ah, I don't really watch movies! I guess High School Musical, because it's adorable and never gets old; Breakfast at Tiffany's, because it's a beautiful classic (and who doesn't love Audrey Hepburn?); and Zero Dark Thirty, because I'm obsessed with national-security issues, namely the War on Terror (and I really enjoy picking out what isn't factually correct in the movie). I know that was only three, but I really am not into movies.

2. Where do you like to go when you are upset or stressed out? What do you do there?
I go straight to my bed! I call my mom to vent, then take a nap.

3. If you could live in either a comic book, a romcom, a musical, a crime show, a gothic novel, or a sci-fi series, which would you pick and why?
Definitely a rom-com--and I'm pretty sure I'm living in one right now! My love life is already hilarious, why not film it?

4. In what ways do you hope your blog will grow or change?
I want to gain a following in other countries, as one of my blog's focuses is culture and travel. I just started the Morocco virtual-trip series, and I think it's one of the greatest ideas ever. Hopefully, I'll do more virtual trips, and chronicle some real ones!

5. You are on a mystery solving team, similar to the Scooby-Doo gang, with a combination of friends and celebrities. It's you plus 3 other people and an animal side-kick of your choice. Who's on your team?
Okay, my animal sidekick is definitely Serge le lama. I'd choose my friend Emily, as she's studying criminal justice and wants to do this stuff in real life; my sister, for the sole reason that her name is Daphne; and Sandra Bullock, because homegirl rocked the FBI stint in Miss Congeniality.

6. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself working in national security in Washington, D.C.

7. Tell me about something from your childhood that you still keep (a toy, a book, etc.).
When I was a baby, I was fascinated by cardboard tubes, like toilet-paper and paper-towel tubes. My dad strung together a few toilet-paper tubes as a "toy," and I still have it. He doesn't make anything ever and can have a hard time expressing his emotions, so it means a lot to me.

8. Do you have any favorite charities or causes?
I don't have specific charities, but my preferred causes are helping the homeless, helping veterans and their families, and expanding education to girls around the world. I always make sure to give at least $1 whenever I pass a homeless person in Ann Arbor, and if I don't have cash, I buy him/her the snack of his/her choice or a coffee. Today, I bought a man barbecue chips and an Arnold Palmer; last week, I bought a young guy Starbucks; the week before, I gave a nice homeless couple $5 and a box of Nature Valley bars. I try to do what I can.

9. Do you stay organized? What are you best at staying on top of, and what are you least organize about?
I'm the QUEEN of being organized! Between my (two) color-coded calendars, neat living space, and time management skills, I'm great at it--my parents even pay me to organize the house! However, if I don't write something down, I forget, so there's also a negative.

10. What time of the day or night do you have the most energy?
Definitely between 9 p.m. and midnight! Often beyond midnight, too. (It's almost 3 a.m. as I write this...)

11. Tell me 3 regrets you hope to die without.
Not seeing enough of the world; not knowing enough languages; not spending my life in a dead-end jo that I don't enjoy.

Now, I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the award!

  1. Nancy of Neatly Packaged
  2. Kirsten of Life in Kirsten's Boots
  3. Casey of Love and Waffles
  4. Rania of Excuse Denied
  5. Rosalyn of Rosalyn Gambhir
  6. Katherine of Kolouring
  7. Madeleine of Small Town Roots and Cowboy Boots
  8. Morgan of Mermaid Tales
  9. Emily of Pearls & Pokemon
  10. Camille of misscamillexo
  11. Kelsey of Things Unseen

And here are my 11 questions for these lovely ladies to answer:
  1. What's one thing that you really want to learn?
  2. What are your go-to beauty products?
  3. What do you love about yourself, and why?
  4. If you could spend two weeks exploring any country, which one would it be, and why?
  5. Where do you envision yourself in five years?
  6. What led you to your path of study and/or career?
  7. What's one little luxury in which you like to indulge?
  8. How do you hope to impact the world?
  9. What are your five favorite books, and why?
  10. How did you spend last summer?
  11. Where would you want to take your honeymoon, and why?

Can't wait to read everyone's responses! Nominees: comment with the link to your post. :)


  1. This is awesome :) Thank you so much Chloe :)

  2. Thank you so much for tagging me Chloe! I can't wait to put my responses!


  3. For some reason, I automatically like someone better when they say they watch Duck Dynasty or Here Comes HoneyBooBoo haha. I don't watch them very often myself, but I think its pretty safe to say that a person who watches Here Comes HoneyBooBoo is a person who doesn't take themselves too seriously. I dont know, just speculation I guess.

  4. I can't believe I just saw your nomination! Here's my link! :) Thank you!


I'd love to hear what you have to say!