Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Victoria Barnett kindly nominated me for the Liebster Award! She has a cute little fashion and lifestyle blog that you can find here. I’ve actually been nominated for a Liebster Award before, but I’m flattered to be given the honor once again. 🙂

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you by linking to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger who nominated you asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
  • Make 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them!

Victoria’s Questions:

1) Where’s somewhere you’d like to travel to?

AH! That is a loaded question! I want to go everywhere, but for the sake of having a simple answer I will say I’d love to explore the UK.

2) What’s a movie you could watch over and over?

“That Thing You Do!” has been one of my favorite movies since I was in 5th grade and I most definitely could watch it over and over. The music is infectious and the cast is perfect — and it was written and directed (and stars) Tom Hanks who is one of my all-time favorite actors. It’s just a WONDERful film (pun fully intended)!

3) What’s one makeup product you can’t live without?

Lipstick because it helps make me look more lively. Without it, I think I look kind of like a zombie. My favorite is Revlon’s Red Velvet.

4) What’s your favorite thing to do on a lazy day?

Marathon TV shows on Netflix, of course!

5) How many pets do you have, and if you don’t have any, what’s one you’d get?

I have one little doggy named Rory and he is the love of my life.

6) If you could live in the city, suburb, or countryside, where would you live?

I like the city, but only to visit. So I’d probably have to go with suburb because I can’t function without a Target nearby.

7) Name someone who had helped shape you into a better person.

There are so many people in my life who have! I won’t answer the obvious and say someone in my family has, but I’m going to go with Chaundra who is the security guard at the job I just quit a few months ago. She’s been my rock throughout the year and kept me strong in moments of weakness and always gives me words of encouragement and tells me how proud she is of me. I love that woman, she’s the best.

8) What’s your favorite restaurant to go to?

It really depends on my mood, but I’m going to say Cheesecake Factory because cheesecake.

9) Are you planning to purchase anything soon?


I’m most likely going to be pre-ordering Lang Leav’s next book of poems called “Lullabies” which is coming out later this month.

10) What’s your best trait?

I’m loyal to my loved ones like a true Hufflepuff.

11) What’s something that makes you smile?

Handsome British and Scottish actors. Or just actors from the UK. Examples: Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington, Gary Oldman (hell yeah, Gary Oldman!), etc. * le sigh * 

My Nominees:

I don’t know of nine other bloggers to nominate… * shrugs shoulders apologetically * 

My Questions:

  1. You’re throwing a fancy tea party – who are the 5 fictional characters you would invite?
  2. If you went to Hogwarts what house would you be sorted into?
  3. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
  4. What is the first fandom you ever became a part of?
  5. The Doctor lands his TARDIS in your room – all of time and space, where do you ask him to take you?
  6. What is one super power you wish you possessed?
  7. Do you have a celebrity crush? If so, who is it? Spill it, girl!
  8. What three items must you have with you whenever you head out the door?
  9. Which iconic Harrison Ford character do you like better: Indiana Jones or Han Solo?
  10. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
  11. What’s the first concert you ever went to?

Thankies to Victoria for nominating Le Fancy Geek for the Liebster Award! Your turns, Gwen and Kelsey 🙂



11 Facts of Randomness

Sweater: Skip ‘N Whistle // Glasses: Derek Cardigan // Rory’s Sweater: Martha Stewart for Petsmart

‘ello there!

Sooo… a few days ago I had a post that said I was nominated for the Liebster Award, and there are certain things that nominees are supposed to do when… er, nominated. One thing is to state 11 random facts about yourself. I totally forgot to do that in my little Liebster Award post, so I’m gonna list them here!

But before I get into that, check out my unicorn holiday pullover! Isn’t it all kinds of adorbz?! My mom got herself, my dad, and my sister matching sweaters too from (they’re by this company based in New Orleans called Skip N’ Whistle) so we could wear them on Christmas. My sister and I will be wearing unicorns while my parents will rock snowmen. Our Christmas pictures are gonna be HELLA EPIC.

Okay, back to bidness. Random facts about moi in 3…2…1…

  1. I don’t wear pink on my birthday. Nothing on me can be pink. NOTHING. Even the tags of my clothes or my chonies (TMI?) can be pink. It’s a superstitious thing that started when I was 17.
  2. I’m obsessed with Disney. ALL THINGS DISNEY!
  3. I was in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers official fan club when I was in 3rd grade. SABERTOOTH TIGER!
  4. Hanson stole my concert virginity at the tender age of 11.
  5. I don’t like odd numbers unless they’re divisible by 5. I only make exceptions for 1 and 21 because 21 is 12 the other way around (12 is my lucky number) and 1 equates to my birthday month.
  6. I’m not crazy about my last name, so I tend to use my middle name (Penalosa) in its place.
  7. I have an affinity for carousel horses. Or I guess I have an affinity for anything horse-related (thank you, My Little Pony!), but I love carousels. And the first piece of writing I ever had published was an essay in which I compared life to a carousel ride. In case you’re curious, it can be read here.
  8. If I don’t like the way a store display looks I will change it until I am satisfied. O.C.D. much?
  9. I originally wanted to study and major in graphic design because I wanted to start my own line of tees and accessories with characters I used to doodle — kind of like Paul Frank or Gama-Go.
  10. My parents thought I would become a dentist because I loved yanking my loose teeth out when I was little. I think I was just anxious to get my monies from my mom the tooth fairy.
  11. I hate horror movies not just because I’m chicken poop, but when something scary happens my automatic reaction is to cover my face, but I do it so fast that I end up bitch slapping myself.

Oh, Rory. He was not having any of this picture taking bull sh!t.

And in case you’re wondering: yes, that is a Yoda tree topper. And yes, that is a Nagel print hanging in the back. SO 80s! Don’tcha just love how random our decor is?



You like me! You really like me!

While I was away at Disneyland, I was informed by Caroline of Girl in the Yellow Dress that she nominated me for a Liebster Award! I feel very honored to be recognized and thought of to be nominated for a bloggy award thing, so thank you very much, Caroline!

The Liebster Award, from what I understand, is an award that fellow bloggers grant amongst new blogs with less than 200 followers that deserve recognition and encouragement from the community. I started my blog last April, so while I’m technically not super new, I do have less than 200 followers (because I really suck at networking, but I’m getting more serious about it) sooo… yeah. Do I still count? How old does your blog have to be in order to be considered “new?” Whatever, I’m going with it! The rules of the Liebster Award is that when nominated, you’re supposed to answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you, and in turn nominate 11 other blogs and create a set of questions for them to answer.

EDIT: I just found out that when you’re nominated, you’re also supposed to write 11 random facts about yourself. ACK! I think I’ll just put that in another post so this one won’t look like crazy word vomit.

Here are the questions Caroline came up with:

What do you like to do when you aren’t blogging?

When I’m not blogging I like to do crafty things like make jewelry for my Etsy store, lurk the interwebs on sites like Tumblr and Reddit, hang out with my friends, “window shop” a.k.a. torture myself by going to stores when I know I can’t afford to buy anything, cuddle with my fluffy love Rory and zee boyfriend, and watch movies and tv shows on my laptop (because I don’t have a TV anymore).

Where do you dream of visiting?

Disneyland in Paris. That place looks all kinds of magical! I’ve been to Paris before, but I feel like my trip there was way too short. I’d love to spend a month or two traveling around Europe.

If you could move anywhere in the world where would it be?

I haven’t been to Portland since I was in diapers, but from what I’ve heard it sounds like my kind of town, so I’d totally move there!

What was your favourite childhood toy?

A stuffed brown bunny that I named Bunny (so creative, right?). I was very fond of her as a kid and I actually still have her! My Little Pony figures, stuffed Rajah from Aladdin, and my Disney princess dolls were some of my favorites as well.

Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by many people, but for different things. For writing and all around awesomeness, I’m inspired by John Green, Walt Disney, Neil Gaiman, and my boyfriend <– because he constantly encourages me to be creative. The former also inspire me to keep my inner child intact, because being an adult, for lack of a better word, sucks. For style I’m inspired by Audrey Hepburn (who isn’t?), Rachel Bilson, and Minnie Mouse. There are tons of other people I could list, but then this would turn into a long ass paragraph.

If you could take anyone out for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be?

Mark Twain. I’ll be honest, I’ve never read any of his books (*gasp* I know, I’m horrible), but I love his quotes and he just seems like a witty and superbly intelligent man, and I just want to eat filet mignon and sip on hard apple cider while listening to him talk about whatever.

Favorite Mark Twain quote: “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

Being happy and not living in Stockton.

What quote do you live by?

“Make good art.” – Neil Gaiman

What’s your favourite book?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

What’s your favourite memory?

I don’t know, I have so many to choose from. AH! Just so I feel like I’m not excluding friends or family, I’m gonna go with my favorite nerdy memory: That time at Comic Con I stalked Nathan Fillion and when I finally got to meet him he said, “Hi angel, how’re you doing today?” NATHAN FILLION CALLED ME AN ANGEL. And then he told me to turn my camera on so we could take a picture together and then he took my camera from me and took the picture himself. We both look weird in it, but OMG IT WAS SO FUGGIN GLORIOUS!

What did you want to be growing up? Are you doing it?

I wanted to be a few things: a can can dancer, high wire girl at the circus, and an artist. I’m rhythmically challenged, not flexible, and afraid of heights, so the former two professions listed I am definitely not doing. I guess I can say I’m bit of the latter as I write, create jewelry, and enjoy crafty projects. I actually feel very weird calling myself an artist though. o__0

Here are my nominees:

And here are my questions for them:

  1. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
  2. What are you currently obsessing over (TV show, movie, product, piece of clothing, etc)?
  3. What is the first album you ever owned?
  4. If you were told you were adopted, who would you hope your biological parents would be?
  5. What 3 items must be inside your purse at all times?
  6. Which do you prefer: coffee or tea?
  7. What is the last book you read?
  8. Where do you seek fashion inspiration from?
  9. If your life were a TV show, what would be the theme song?
  10. Which celebrity would you want as your BFF?
  11. How did you come up with your blog’s name?

Thanks again for the nomination, Caroline! And be sure to check out the blogs I nominated 🙂