Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Blogger Love Tag!

Fee from Make Up Savvy created this truly lovely tag, and I've been looking forward to having half an hour to sit down and think about my answers. It's so important to share the love in the blogging community, it's such a supportive place and I'm honestly not sure where I'd be without this little space as my outlet.

What was the first blog you ever came across?
I stumbled across the beauty community over on YouTube first, specifically a review on the Lily Lolo mineral foundation by Peachy Keen Cheeks. I don't think Victoria blogs or makes YouTube videos anymore but she opened the door to the bloggersphere for me and I'll be forever thankful. Rockstar Diaries/Love Taza was definitely one of the first blogs I remember finding and it's one I still read to this day.

Favourite blogs?
This question is almost like asking me what my favourite books are! How long have you got? Because I could probably list at least a couple of hundred if I thought about it for long enough. I subscribe to around 500 blogs and I read every single one, so if I could mention them all I would. (If I don't mention you, that doesn't mean I don't love you lots, because I do!!)

Wander to Wonder is an incredible lifestyle blog and Miho is one the loveliest ladies I've had the pleasure of 'meeting' in all my twenty four years! I always look forward to a new post from Rachel over at Blush & Brunch popping up in my subscriptions because she has a way with words that makes me feel like I'm catching up with an old friend who I've known forever! And Vicki from Let's Talk Beauty is completely wonderful and her space is the best place to spend a few minutes with a cup of tea.

Best blogging friend?
Okay, so I don't really know how to answer this question because, well... I'm not a very good friend! I'm not the best at opening up and having those conversations that friends have, I don't think. But talking about silly things I can totally do, so there are quite a few lovely ladies I absolutely think of as friends but they probably just think of me as someone they have a quick chat with every few months. Essentially what I'm saying here is I don't know what constitutes as a blogging friendship because I'm rubbish and awkward!

There was one person that came to mind instantly though and that's Carly from Carly Watts Illustration. At times I'm fairly sure that we're the same person, but really she's way cooler than I am and infinitely more talented! She constantly inspires me to work harder and think bigger. She's lovely, so incredibly supportive and I'm so pleased the bloggersphere has allowed us to 'meet'.

Name a blog that enables your purchases.
I think Emma from Girl With Makeup and I have pretty similar taste when it comes to make up products. Whenever I click over to read her latest post I almost always leave with at least one more product on my little 'products I really want to try' list! I've been trying to avoid all mentions of the Revlon Lacquer Balms but I've just seen that she has one and it'll only be a matter of time before I'm skipping merrily into Boots to purchase one for myself!

Five blogs everyone should be reading?
There are way more than five that I could list here, but the first that came to mind that I haven't already mentioned in a previous question are..

The Beauty Milk - Coco is stunning and she has such a talent for make up. I always trust her opinion.
Sleep and Water - every single review is so considered, written beautifully with stunning photographs.
Josie's Journal - she's so inspiring without even realising. You'll adore her, I just know it.
Blogger's Bookshelf - if you love books, the community they've built up over there is the place to be!
Sunny Sweet Pea - Jenny is lovely and her sweet lifestyle blog is an utterly perfect reflection of her!

What is your favourite way to read blogs?
Even though I wasn't sure at first, I've grown to really love bloglovin'. I like having a place to safely store all my favourite reads alongside ones I've recently discovered that I'm just getting to know. I also like to explore the popular sections although they're not as diverse as they used to be before the redesign.

Bloggers that inspire you?
Anyone and everyone that has made their space truly their own and is writing about things they're passionate about. When you really love something there's something extra that shines through and that's something that just isn't there if there's no passion.

Annabel from Fragmented Splendour is passionate about natural & organic skincare & beauty products. She constantly inspires me to make more considered choices when it comes to products I'm using regularly and I often find myself searching through her posts for recommendations.

Char from t*rexes and tiaras inspires me because she's an amazing lady, who genuinely doesn't see how amazing she really is. And I wish she did. She does so much, not only for herself but for others too. In fact she probably gets more things done every day than I do in an entire week, I don't know how she squeezes it all in! She's thoughtful, with a beautiful soul. And she makes some of her own clothes. And she loves shoes. She's a special lady.

Laila from Tape Parade inspires me by just being herself! She shares aspects of her incredible life, I love seeing little snippets of her days and I always leave her blog with the need to get stuck into something creative! She's an incredibly talented musician who has worked hard to get where she is, I have no doubt that she's going to be super duper successful and she really deserves the whole world. 

Favourite blog design/look?
I love designs that reflect the personality of the blogger. Whether that's something very monochrome & simple or bright pink & super girly, I don't mind as long as it fits and it's nothing too overwhelming that it takes away from the content. I adore A Little Boat Sailing because everything is beautifully laid out and it's simple but full of personality at the same time. Amy is also an absolute darling and deserves all the success in the world!

What is your favourite thing about blogging?
There really are so many things. The bloggersphere is an endless source of inspiration and the fact that it brings so much happiness to so many is nothing short of amazing and beautiful. For me having somewhere I feel safe, where I can be myself, write about whatever is going on in my head at the time and feel supported & like this is somewhere I really belong is something I never imagined would have happened way back when I nervously wrote my first post. It's brought me confidence within myself and my writing. It's taught me to always be positive and to always look for the good things.

Name a blogger you would most like to see write a book in the future?
Again, SO many! But I think my number one would be Nicola from Our Little Balham Life because she's a wise one that Nicola. I'm convinced that she has a lot of useful advice, knowledge and anecdotes stored inside her and she would be able to share them in such a relateable way. I'd buy her book for sure!

I tag you - I'd love to read about your favourite reads and the blogs that inspire you! 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

67 comments:

  1. Hi Jenni Ooh good quiz tag, I'm going to put this on my blog sometime this week. =) xx

    http://www.annanuttall.com/

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  2. Jennie <3 Thank you, that is all I can say.
    I'm having a tough time at the moment with various things, feeling like I'm not good enough etc so reading little things like this when I least expect it really makes me feel a bit more positive.

    I'm the same with friends, I really struggle and as much as I would like a best friend I just can't seem to open up properly, I always feel pretty awkward etc which is why I feel quite 'lonely' at the moment I guess. Gosh this turned into a self help session haha!

    I'm going to check out some of the other blogs you mentioned as there are some new ones there I haven't come across before :)

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. Sending lots of love your way sweet lady! You're amazing, don't forget that! xo

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  3. Aw you lovely lady you. Thank you so much. I've loved your blog since I discovered your sweet videos on you tube. This tag is brilliant I will definitely be doing this one.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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    1. Looking forward to reading your answers! xo

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  4. This was such a lovely tag to read! You're definitely a big part of the blogging community to me <3 I think of you as one of my best blogging friends too Jennie! I really do :) I hope you know hehe. I'm not always very good because I'm not such a chatty person so maybe people think I'm a bit distant. You're really helping me to push myself forward with our project, so I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am! Eep, we are pretty much the same person aha, I'd watch HP with you anytime <3
    p.s. I 100% agree about Coco and Josie - they are lovely! xxx

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    1. Hehe yayy, we'll have to have a Harry Potter party one day ;) xxx

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  5. You always give the best recomendations! Off to discover more blogs now...xx
    www.LaurasHaven.com

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  6. your writing style is so endearing.. that sounds weird, but i love it. such personality. :)

    www.zoewithumlauts.blogspot.ie

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  7. I am honoured to be mentioned in your Blogger Love Tag - amongst some of my favourite blogs too! You have to make sure when you read my blog with your tea you have a nice biscuit too!
    This is such a positive tag & I loved doing it too x
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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    1. Ohh absolutely, gotta have a chocolate digestive too! <3

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  8. Loving this post, found some amazing new blogs on one of my favourite blogs - yours!
    Casualllyawkward

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  9. You're always SO generous when it comes to encouraging other bloggers and fostering a sense of community, I think it's just a reflection of your sweet soul :) Thank you for mentioning me and your kind words - I agree with a lot of what you described about the other bloggers that we mutually follow. And you're right, the great thing about blogging is having your own little space on the web and feeling safe that you can express yourself freely and that you will find that connection and support from like-minded individuals :)

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    1. Whoever invested the blog is a total genius. I love this community so much <3

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  10. Bahaha I don't know whether to say sorry or not for being such an enabler. But I have to say that I love the Revlon Lacquer Balm that I bought ;)
    In all seriousness though if I done this post (might do actually) your blog would be up there, it was a big inspiration to me in starting my own. I remember back in uni writing my dissertation and reading your blog on my breaks and loving it so much and so badly wanting to start my own as a result. And I did!
    I love so many of the other blogs you've mentioned including Fragmented Spendour, Let's Talk Beauty, Sleep and Water and A Little Boat Sailing! I'm an avid blog reader too, it's genuinely one of my favourite things to do. Great post Jennie :) x

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    1. Haha definitely don't apologise, I love it! I need one of the Lacquer Balms for sure! Thank you so much, that's so lovely to hear and I'm so pleased that you did start your own!! <3 xo

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  11. This was the BEST surprise for a wednesday afternoon, thank you, you've got me blushing now ;)
    I don't know where I'd be without a blog these days, the blogging community is so rewarding! also I think yours was one of the first blogs i ever came across ;)
    xxx

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    1. N'aww! The community is so lovely <3 x

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  12. Ohhhh Jennie, you lovely lady.
    Have to admit, that almost made me cry x x

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  13. I love seeing all these different blogs! -Hanna Lei

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  14. great post! i love finding loads of new blogs to read - my evening is now sorted xxx
    mollyox.blogspot.com

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  15. hehe i feel the same! reading your blog always feels like i'm talking to a friend. i'm either nodding along to your thoughts/ideas, or i'm taking mental notes on what to check out in stores next time. i hope i get to meet you (and ralphie) in person some day! x

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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  16. I felt the same way about Bloglovin'! Then there was that scare with Google reader shutting down and I completely switched, hehe.
    Interesting read, Jennie. Thanks for the blog recommendations!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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    1. Me too, I wonder how I managed without it now hehe xo

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  17. Great post -- will have to check out some of these blogs :)

    http://audreyallure,blogspot.com

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  18. WAAHHHHHHHH JENNIE! You are SUCH a sweetheart I can't believe you mentioned me and had so many lovely things to say! I am so pleased and happy you enjoy my blog so much. You have been so supportive of my little patch of internet and it means a lot to me. I was literally reading through this post taking note on all the bloggers you've mentioned and then saw my name and I am so excited!!! Thank you so much XXXXXXXXXX

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    1. You're so welcome, I love your space so much! <3

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  19. Ooh this was a fun read, lots of good recommendations to check out! Although it can be so difficult to whittle down which blogs I'd pick as favourites, you're right - there are just too many good ones!

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

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  20. way to make a girl's day! thank you so much for being so kind about me Jennie, you are the sweetest and i am so glad we have become virtual friends. we are, even if you don't always feel like disclosing your feelings or being too open - that's who you are and it doesn't make you a bad friend in the slightest! xx

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    1. Thank you sweet, that means the world! xo

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  21. Some old faves of mine here, and looks like some new favourites too now! xx

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

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  22. So enjoyed reading this tag, what a wonderful post & very nice to see :-)

    Will be checking out the lovely blogs you have recommended for sure!

    Sophie <3

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  23. Clicked on all the links! What a lovely tag :)

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  24. This was such a fun post to read, Jennie! I definitely feel like I have so many more blogs that I need to check out and read now (: I have to say that I disagree though about you not being a good friend though ;) In the short time I've known you, it's really become so evident how kind-hearted and supportive you are. So happy to know you even if we haven't met in real life yet (:

    Melanie
    Lace and Combat Boots | a life + style blog

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    1. Aww that's so lovely, thank you <3

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  25. This was a good read! I'm way too new to the community to be able to really contribute but I will be looking at some of your recommendations!

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

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  26. Jennie thanks a bunch for mentioning me!! :D :D I can't pick favorite blogs either. I read SO many (I'm also subscribed to hundreds). I thoroughly enjoy writing and reading blogs. Yours is one I adore. I adore your attitude of support towards the community. I've seen many bloggers that sadly don't want to "share the traffic or spotlight" and get competitive (not only in the beauty community, all around the Internet really) but that just sucks all the fun out of blogging. Stay amazing! <3
    xx Coco

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    1. You're so welcome lovely! I think that's such a shame, it's so much fun to share the love! <3

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  27. its such a nice tag dear !! i love reading your answers :) and i will be checking out those blogs right now :) you are an awesome girl !! xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  28. This was so much fun to read. I will be looking at your blog reccomendations.

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  29. I love Josie and Carly too! :) Josie just cracks me up and inspires me to work on my classic wardrobe and Carly is one of the nicest and most talented people I've ever met online! <3

    Tara xo

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  30. I always find such great blog recommendations through you Jennie! I might have to steal this tag some time :)
    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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    1. I'd love to read your answers, I think it's such a sweet tag <3

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  31. Oh Jennie you are forever increasing my bloglovin reader list! As much as I love you for this it also means I have so so many wonderful posts to read and never seem to catch up :)
    Thankyou for sharing some more fab blogs with us - best go make another vat of tea to keep me company with all my reading ;)
    x

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    1. hehe ahh I know, I'm always behind on bloglovin'! xo

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  32. So lovely to see you did the tag :) pefect person to do it as you always share the love.

    Loved your answers.

    Fee x

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    1. Aww thank you sweet! It's a lovely tag! <3

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  33. What a great tag! I will try my very best to do this one! And on a side note I TOTALLY LOVE your new header, that Carly is a very talented lady :) x

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