Proudly Accepting & Administering the Liebster, or “Most Favorite,” Award.

My blogging friend, Kirstiie, author of Tribe of Mannequins has nominated me to receive the Liebster Blog Award (thanks, sugar!). I learned from K that the title’s meaning translates from German to English as “Most favorite.”

I am happy to accept my first blogging related award and am excited to nominate several other blogs: 2 Gliterary GirlsThe Eye of Faith, Vintage Reflection, Eccentric Owl, and Help With Your Life.

Here’s How It Works:

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.

3. Choose eleven people to give this award to (with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. Remember, no tag backs.

Kirstiie’s Questions for Me:

1. What inspired you to start a blog?

I’m a fiction writer and am always interested in exploring new avenues with my writing; I’ve always wanted to do an especially beauty-focused writing project.

2. What is your favourite past time, other than blogging?

As a Florida girl, raised at the beach, my favorite thing to do is enjoy the beauty the Sunshine State state offers—but, I always remember to apply/reapply sunscreen every 45 minutes

3. What is your profession?

I’m a professional Aesthetician, Lash Stylist, and Makeup Artist.

4. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

My secret dream was to work in the salon industry, but I always thought I’d be a large animal vet. I grew up riding horses and, when they were sick, we took them to the horse hospital at UF. The staff was so good to me and always let me sneak into the observation room to watch live surgeries!

5. What is your favourite trend this season?

I keep seeing more and more women coloring their hair red for fall/winter. I think it’s a nice transition color and is a little less harsh than trendier dramatic, dark hair. As a natural redhead, I think we should carry on the revolution!

6. Who is your beauty icon?

I’d have to say that I feel in love with Audrey Hepburn at an early age, but Bettie Page stole the show.

7. Tell us a secret

I sleep in a hair masque 2x/wk.

8. What do you look for in a good blog?

Good writing. I’ll read blogs, of which I would seemingly have no interest, if they’re written well.

9. Do you advocate non-animal tested beauty products and anti-fur, I hope so!

Of course, but I don’t necessarily exclude products which have been tested on animals.

10. Are you For or Against faux tan?

I’m totally for faux tanning if done well. As an Aesthetician, I know the #1 aging factor is the sun’s rays and look for opportunities to look good without completely frying my skin!

11. What past trend do you hope makes a comeback?

I was recently looking at my Mother’s photos from the 1970s and am diggin’ the bell-bottom look. I think they’d be a fun look for fall paired with a form-fitting, long-sleeved shirt and a cute pair of boots, clogs, or the right heels.

MY Questions to Nominees

  1. What’s the #1 beauty product you can’t live without?
  2. What does beauty mean to you?
  3. Which beauty look do you like, but struggle to achieve?
  4. Which men’s trend of 2012 do you wish a man in your life would try?
  5. Which celebrity’s style do you like, or emulate?
  6. What characteristic do you especially look for in a blog?
  7. What’s the first blog you fell in love with?
  8. Who is your favorite Femme Fatale?
  9. We’ve all had beauty/fashion “oopsies.” What’s your oopsy?
  10. From time to time I write about my friends and family. How do the people in your life respond to the idea of themselves as subjects?
  11. In your opinion, what is the one book that should be read and re-read?

Let’s Talk Robberies: Cars, Designer Bags & Missing Makeup/ Lash Kits.

Recently, upon completing an especially sweaty cardio routine, I left the gym to find my driver’s side window smashed. I watch television, and believed the cops might want to dust for fingerprints, so I refrained from touching the vehicle or tampering with the evidence/surfaces. The notion proved founded when the police arrived fifteen minutes later; they dusted for fingerprints–their boots crackled amongst the shattered glass.

I’ll skip the long montage of bursting into tears in front of my gym friend, hysterically requesting my Zumba teacher to dial 911, and the harsh realization that my main makeup & lash kit was stolen (worth over $1,000.00). As a small [mobile] business owner, I was devastated.

Also disillusioned and crushed was my inner-fashionista. My brand new, patent leather Coach tote was stolen and an array of assorted contents: my wallet along with everything you need when you’re leaving on a road trip within five hours. That was a double personal slam with all professional aspects aside; I was forced to postpone a trip to see my Mother and family and the precious bag my best friend purchased to commemorate my college graduation was gone for good.

The point of this post isn’t really a boo-boo session for Ms. Ashley Evelyn, although I’m starting to question the validity of this statement the more I re-read the last paragraph. Accidents like this really do come out of nowhere–and no countdown- to- vacation high can prevent such occurrences.

You can prevent this, or at least lower your risk, by learning from my blunders. Below is a mis-matched list containing afterthoughts & investigator tips.

Here are some things that I have learned:

-The “Towel Covering Technique” no longer works. In fact, tossing a towel over anything in your car probably automatically signals a green light to thieves.

-Always remove your purses, computer bags, wallets, and valuable items from the car. Not even once. I directly ignored my instinct and kicked myself repeatedly later.

-If you can’t take things with you, all important items belong in the trunk. Then again, maybe they belong in the garage? The house? Then again, what if the house is broken in to? Whatever. The thieves didn’t steal my treatment bed, resting in the trunk, but they took what they could see and steal quickly.

-If someone makes off with you credit cards, ID’s, and/or check book, it’s not enough to simply close accounts and reissue them under a new account number. Individuals looking to steal your identity are merely detained by switching accounts because all the information they need remains in the bank’s files. It sucks, but changing banks is the best way to keep your assets safe.

-Lake Mary PD is incredibly helpful, kind, and competent.

Beauty Runs in the Bloodline.

I was obsessed with lavender, peel-off nail polish as a child. I willed the lacquer dry so that I could “jazz hands” my way around the house– and do my nails again. As an adult, I probably paint my nails 2-3 times/wk. To me, there’s something therapeutic in dragging glossy pigment across my nail bed.

Apparently, this is a familial trait. My second cousin, Baby Lyla, challenges my status as “Girliest Girl” in the family. I’m not passing the torch yet, but I try to be a good example to my younger family by impressing on them what’s most important in life– at least in relation to boys & beauty.

When I really care for someone, I beg, “Please don’t over pluck your eyebrows! Let a professional [such as myself] do them for you.”

Lyla’s eyebrows  still qualify as “baby brow fuzz,” so that advice can be postponed until a later date. However, the simplest advice I can offer a little girl with wet nails–or a woman of any age– is, “Keep your fingers out straight, sit still, and don’t touch anything.” I looked her in the eye and repeated, “Lyla, don’t touch anything until your nails dry.”

Her mommy (my delightful cousin, Jane) invoked the genius “kitten claws method” to while away the time. Somehow, a toddler, who wouldn’t move up to her big girl bed for four more days, managed to relax and let her nails dry. I thought about all the times I’d fudged a manicure or a pedicure due to impatience. A child understood the bain of the nail tech’s existence…she listened and her nails looked fabulous for it!

P.S. Her favorite color is purple– can you tell?