The Liebster Award

I was nominated for my first ever blogger award, the Liebster Award, by the lovely Michelle from Blessings by Me. Please go check out her blog! She does mainly lifestyle stuff over there including recipes, interior decorating, crafting & personal stories from her life.

The rules here are super simple. I have to answer the 11 questions given to me by Michelle, ask 11 new questions of my own, and then nominate 11 other bloggers. So let’s do it!

  • 1. What’s your biggest fear?

Losing my mind or personhood for any possible reason (ex. dementia, Alzheimer’s, trauma, etc).

  • 2. What absolutely grosses you out?

Sandwiches with cold cuts! I know it’s weird but I’ve hated them since birth. Instead of a traditional packed lunch I used to make myself saltine cracker sandwiches with peanut butter when I was a kid. Truth is I’d rather skip a meal than eat a deli sandwich.

  • 3. What one person you would love to meet someday.

David Attenborough. (If you don’t know who he is, you should.) I feel like I could learn so much from him.

  • 4. What is your dream vacation?

Exploring the island of Santorini!

  • 5. Do you like the way you laugh?

My family has always made fun of the way I laugh, but many people have told me they love it. So I love it too!

  • 6. What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t worry. Everything will work itself out.

  • 7. What is your favorite type of candy?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, hands down.

  • 8. What was the best thing that happened to you yesterday?

A delicious dinner! I love a good meal.

  • 9. When were you late for something that you wished you were early for?

I don’t like to toot my own horn but I’m rarely late for things; I’m chronically early most of the time. However I was recently late to catch the train back from NYC so I had to wait around the station for ages for the next train. Boring.

  • 10. What is the one thing you love most about your bathroom?

Good water pressure!

  • 11. What is something you wish you could do but do not know how?

Oh gosh, so many. Wish I could make my own clothes, or cut my hair. I’d save so much money!

 

And here are my 11 questions:

1. What is your dream job?

2. Dog, cat, or none or the above?

3. What is your favorite book and why?

4. What is your “spirit animal”?

5. What is your favorite city in the world and why?

6. What is the one food item you could eat everyday and be perfectly happy?

7. If an alien came down to Earth and asked you to explain what love is, what would you say?

8. If you could time-travel, where & what time period would you travel to?

9. Choose one person who has passed that you could have a conversation with now.

10. What is your favorite type of blog to read?

11. What do you like to do in your down time?

 

And here are my nominations! Please go check out everyone on this list; they are so awesome.

In Diane’s Kitchen

Emma Kernstein 

Liz Slay

Lifestyle – Adventure – Beauty

Jeans and Gems

Louise Austin Richards

Beautyholics 101

Forty Flirty Fabulous 

Blushy Darling 

Sophiaaaxo

Sunshiny SA Site 

 

Good luck to everyone and have fun!

xo, Erica

 

Instagram images that inspired me this week, Vol. 2

As a follow-up to my post from last month, here is another round of cool images from Instagram this week! If you’re not familiar with my first post, it’s a very simple premise: I pick images that I feel are particularly beautiful and/or inspirational in some way, feature them here and tell you why I love them. That’s it. Considering this is a beauty blog and most of the accounts I follow on IG are those of other beauty bloggers, brands, publications, influencers, etc, most of the images are beauty-related (what a surprise?). But I do like throwing in some randoms here and there.

I hope you are as wowed by these images as I am, so let’s get into it!

bobbibrown

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I think it’s only fitting to include this post from Bobbi Brown in this list. You’ll be hard pressed to find any person or family that hasn’t been touched in some way by this horrible disease, so it’s important to remember what the fight is against. These particular lipsticks are part of Bobbi Brown’s Pinks with a Purpose Lip Color Duo, where they will donate $17 for every $45 Lip Duo purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I think that’s awesome.

 

buxomcosmetics

Two things that drew me to this image: the hues of rose-pink & burgundy and the textures. I loooovveee the whole autumn color palette both in makeup & fashion. Sign me up for more deep pinks, plums, burgundys, golds, warm browns & reds, please.

 

doseofcolors

Don’t you just love all the glitter?? This image stopped me mid-scroll and I knew I had to screenshot it. Between the deep (but still bright) glittery eyes, the sheen on the skin, and the twinkle on the lips, it’s like magic. Of course I know that this has been filtered within an inch of its life, Photoshopped/manipulated, but don’t ruin my fantasy. I still love it anyway for what it is. Plus I really like Dose of Colors; they’re a kick-ass indie brand that does some high-quality products.

 

ohglowygirl

Did I mention already that I love texture? Well I do, so #texturetuesday on IG is a fun day for me. I love almost everything that skincare & beauty blogger @ohglowygirl posts, but these kinds of images are particular favorites of mine. We see so many photos of outer packaging, it’s nice to see what’s going on inside sometimes. I love the overall beigey tone of the photo and how the colors of each product play off each other.

 

ragenjewels

I’ve been following the jewelry brand Ragen Jewels on IG since this summer and their whole aesthetic just speaks to me. They do dainty jewelry very well and their prices are quite affordable to boot. I love the mix of traditional golds & silvers with bright pops of color, like in the piece above. Any image with stacked or layered jewelry catches my eye to be honest. And I’m a sucker for any piece with the ‘evil eye’ design; I have a few already in my collection (although not from this brand…yet). The ‘evil eye’ is a huge design element for this brand, so if you’re into that kind of thing you should really check them out here.

 

ohprettythings

This image is just so gorgeous and luxurious to me, yet it seems somewhat retro at the same time, which I assume is down to the fabulous editing skills of makeup artist Jessica or @Ohuprettythings as she’s known on IG. The play of white and black against each other is great. I love a good flat-lay not only because I’m a product junkie but also because it’s a little voyeuristic to me I guess. I just love to see what others are using, what backgrounds they have, etc; almost a peek into someone’s life. You might think the lighter sitting in the middle is a bit strange and out of place, but it nearly blends in with the rest of the image and it adds something a bit personal IMO.

 

milkmakeup

This image speaks to my girly-girl side. Can you guess why? If you can’t, don’t worry I’ll tell you: pink & purple of course! That’s what immediately drew me in but then the high-shine or gloss on both the eyes and lips is what kept my attention. I’m not bothered either way by the expression on the model’s face; to me it’s all about the colors and textures. I’m a real fan of a glossy editorial-looking eye, and the “broken” quality of this (i.e. the nude eyelid with the gloss up to the browbone) makes the image just more interesting to look at frankly.

 

thebeautyidentity

Remember when I said earlier that autumn colors & tones are kinda my thing? Well now you know why this image from Samantha or @thebeautidentity got me excited! I love the staging of this and the shadows that the light is throwing; the products are perfectly aligned and in focus and it seems like the sun is either rising or setting. I also have that eye palette from Dose of Colors (in Baked Browns) and it’s so incredibly lovely. I must use it more!

 

sezane

This is my random pick, but it was a must. In college I went through a serious James Dean phase and enthusiastically read several books on him, watched all his movies (only 3 sadly) and even some of his early TV work. Anything that I could find either on DVD or on YouTube in the early days. I even did a presentation on his life & work in one of my communications classes. I was obsessed. When I saw this image it brought me right back to that time in my life. Rebel Without a Cause was probably my favorite work of his; it’s just so iconic, isn’t it? Little trivia fact: the actress that played Jerry Seinfeld’s mother on Seinfeld actually dated James Dean in the early ‘50’s before he was famous and even wrote a book about it (which I’ve read of course).

What images have inspired you recently, from Instagram or elsewhere? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

PIN IT!

Check out the IG images I’m loving this week!

Video: A thank you!

 

 

I’d love it if you’d check these posts out if you haven’t already! They are some of my personal favorites from September 😊.

– Want to know how ColourPop became so successful? Read this.

– Instagram images that inspired me this week

  • Vol. 2 is coming tomorrow!

– Joah Beauty has launched at CVS Pharmacy!

– Has CVS brought us the future of drugstore beauty?

And please leave me some of your favorite blog posts in the comments below so that I can show them some love too! ❤️

Xo, Erica