Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Girl Behind the Blog // Liebster Award


I realized the other day that while I post quite alot on here, and have shared things I didn't think I'd ever do, I've not really introduced myself. When Sally from DiagonSally nominated me in her Liebster Award post, I was stuck for a few days wondering how I'd fit that onto my blog. But I was also beyond grateful for her and for having had the pleasure of having her as a friend. 

If you actually think about it, the questions she was asked, as well as the answers she provided us to answer, are questions one doesn't actually talk about that often. Not even with your friends. Really, think about it - when was the last time a friend of your asked you what are you most proud of in your life? 

To give you a better context into my life and who I am, I am 23 years of age, was born and raised in Portugal, I collect books and mugs, and happen to eat more chocolate than I probably should. I have a Tourism Information BA degree, which is basically a fancy way of saying I speak far too many languages and am too much of a nerd to do anything else other than study my own country and other cultures. 

If I had to be in a Hogwarts house, Pottermore claims I'd be in Slytherin. This isn't to say I'm cunning or would be what many know as 'Death Eater'. I honestly just think this has alot to do with the fact that I'm a Scorpio: I'm a sweetheart at heart really, but I have to admit I never trust too easily and rely more on myself than other people because of that.

I also just signed up on Tinder last week, which has alot to do with how hilarious Vix's stories have been for the past couple of weeks. I just thought, why not? Safe to say I wasn't as ready as I thought and I'm constantly print screening things and sending them out to my friends. 

When I'm not blogging or writing, I'm probably reading or going to the gym. Both relax me and increase my capacity of being able to handle certain things in my life I'm not entirely comfortable with. 

I like to be inspired as much as I like to inspire. But let's get on with, shall we?

Rules associated with the Liebster Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog in your post.
2. Show the award on your blog or in your post.
3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
4. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 -11 bloggers that you feel deserve the award.
6. Create a list of new questions for your nominees to answer.
7. Once your blog is published, let your nominees know that they have been nominated and link them to your post for more details.

Who am I?

1. What song/album do you currently have on repeat? // This past week I've had Charles & Eddit "Would I lie to you?" song on repeat. I'm currently listening to it and getting distracted every few seconds because I'm singing to it.

2. What are you wearing right now? //  Zara Body Curve Jeggings, black fitted turtle neck shirt and a working out hoodie on top because it's so cold in my house.

3. If you could only wear one make up brand, what would that brand be? // This is quite a hard question to answer because I don't feel I've tried alot of brands, or atleast as many as I should to be able to claim I'd wear that and only that for the rest of my life. Maybe Estée Lauder. Maybe Laura Mercier too. This is hard.

4. What was the last dream you remember? // I kid you not, I don't actually remember my dreams as often as I wish, but it was probably something Harry Potter related.

5. What are you allergic to/dislike eating? // This is quite a boring answer but I'm not actually allergic to anything that I know of, and if I had to say I dislike eating anything, I'd have to say I'm not the biggest fan of eating Rabbit meat. I don't like the smell, or even just thinking about anyone close to me eating it.

6. What is your dream job? Are you living it? // As difficult as it is for me to say this, I don't think I've yet discovered what my dream job might be. Especially because I love a variety of things. If anything, I'd love to do something that involves being a Tourism Critic, because I get to travel, write and give my opinion on different matters. But I'd also love turning this blog into a job as I absolute adore giving everything I have into it.

7. Where would you like to travel next? // My dream country is England. I'd love to visit London - I often joke around that I was born in the wrong country even though I love mine to bits. But I've also been thinking that I want to do an interrail before I turn 25, which basically means I'd love to be travelling around Europe for a whole month without having to worry about anything other than seeing, experiencing and living.

8. What's your current favourite perfume? // Recently I discovered that my mother used to wear the same perfume I've been using for a few years now. It was pure coincidence, and I don't remember who told me, but it's made me want to hold onto it even more. I'm talking about Amor Amor and I love the whole scent - it was a discovery for me and it's one I consider to be my scent.

9. Are you an apple/samsung/nokia ect? // I'm Apple all the way. Seriously, I bond with people over their Iphones or Mac books and I mean it when I say I'm not going to change brands anytime soon.

10. What book are you currently reading? // 1984 by George Orwell.

11. What are you watching on Netflix/Youtube? // At the moment I haven't been watching either of them as much as I wish because I haven't had time. I don't have Netflix (What a shocker I know) because I can't justify spending that much money when I find everything for free online, but I'm anxious for Blindspot to come back. And if or when I do have time, I've been watching alot of 1Million Dance Studio videos, and whatever is on my subscription box on youtube (I follow 388 accounts so it's never the same).

12. Coffee or Tea? Cola or Pepsi? Chocolate or Strawberry? //  Coffee and Tea (I drink both everyday). Neither, I only drink water or squeezed juicies. Chocolate all the way, I'm addicted.

13. What do you look for in a person? // Relationship wise I'm looking for a friend. I'm looking for someone who makes me love who I am further, someone who allows me to be myself. I'm just looking for someone who allows me to make them as happy as they make me.

14. How has blogging changed you as a person? // It's made me appreciate who I am more, and shown me a side of myself I hadn't discovered yet. It's also helped me alot with my confidence, which is something I'd been trying to work on for a while. It helped me make that step, and realize/put to work my true passion.

15. Are you a listener or a talker? Introvert or Extrovert? // I'm all of those in one. Does that make sense? I like to listen to what other people have to say because I like to be listened when I talk too. Plus, I just like paying attention and making other people feel welcome and happy. Also, I'm shy when I first meet people, but then I make a U-turn and end up being too loud and too happy and talk too much.

Who am I nominating?

Cate at Catesbliss;
Olivia at OliviaCheryl;
Anne at Annesmiles;
Stella at Looksandtravels;
Pam at PamScalfi;

My questions 

1. What do you think makes your blog special?
2. How long did it take you to muster the courage to start a blog?
3. Have you ever been somewhere that did not live up to your expectations?
4. What's one thing on your "To-do before (...)"?
5. How would you define yourself in 5 words?
6. If you could learn another language what would it be and why?
7. What book has had the biggest impact on you?
8. If you had to pick one Marauder to be friends with, who would it be and why? If you haven't read Harry Potter and have no idea what this means, what book have you been meaning to read for a while, and haven't as of yet?
9. What is a quote you go by?
10. What makes you smile when you're having a bad day?
11. What's your favourite dessert?

Ella x

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