I was nominated a few days ago by the lovely Hilary of hilshaberdashery.blogspot.co.uk (@hilshaberdashery on Instgram) for The Liebster Award which as I understand it, helps people to find new blogs they might be interested in. The way this works is that I answer 11 questions and then nominate other blogs I love. I know it may be a little off topic but it was pretty fun to fill in and a good way to share blogs you love.
1. What was your first blog post about?
My first blog post was imaginatively titled 'Number One' and it was basically just an introduction to what I was going to be writing about on this blog. I think everyone has worries about putting any type of written content on the Internet and to be honest, I didn't really know how to begin!
2. What is your favourite season of the year?
My favourite season of the year is winter because I like jumpers and hats and black items of clothing! I was also cursed with thunder thighs and the thought of bare legs in summer is enough to bring me out in cold sweats! I remember being on a college trip to Berlin about eight years ago and it was 90 degree heat...and I still had thick black opaque tights on!
3. What's your favourite food?
My favourite food is anything oriental. My grandma and her family are from Singapore so I grew up with my mum replicating the dishes she'd eaten as a child. She also used to put chilli and curry powder in everything so I love anything hot or spicy. To be honest, I'm really not a fussy eater at all and I'll pretty much eat anything that isn't meat.
4. Who is your fashion idol?
I used to spend my life looking at fashion magazines - when I moved house recently, I threw away about 40 copies of Elle. To be honest, it doesn't influence me half as much as it used to anymore. I obviously look in shop windows and view fashion on the Internet but I haven't the foggiest what celebrity X has been wearing recently.
I'm going to say someone who influenced me into both this blog and the charityshopgold Instragram...Amie Kewley of www.creditcrunchchic.com. She's one of the most well put-together ladies I've ever seen.
5. Would you rather go on a skiing holiday or a beach holiday?
I'm alright with a beach as long as I have a towel to cover up aforementioned thunder thighs. Skiing sounds awful to me - I'm so clumsy and would undoubtably break at least one bone.
6. Who is your female inspiration?
My female inspiration is Karren Brady. She's been extremely successful in a male-orientated environment and I love her on The Apprentice. I also think her hair is impeccable which is something I can only dream of.
7. Chocolate or sweets?
I'm vegetarian which means most sweets are out of the equation (though M&S do an amazing veggie range which genuinely taste like normal sweets!) so I suppose it has to be chocolate. Not Galaxy though.
8. What do you want to achieve by the end of the year?
It's still January so I'm still positive about my resolutions!
I used to be a really good swimmer when I was younger and I decided I'm sick of seeing people in the pool and thinking 'I wish I was still that good' so I'm going to get that good again!
I'm also going to have ice skating lessons as of next month and I'm trying to find someone to teach me Malay (If anyone reading this can teach me, please get in contact!).
But most importantly, I recently got a volunteer role with the mental health charity Mind and if I can achieve anything by the end of 2015, I want to be good at that.
9. If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would it be?
My travelling at the moment is somewhat hampered by my lack of passport but I'd love to go to New York again - I don't think you could ever see all it has to offer. Singapore because it has such a large place in my family history and I've become a little obsessed with Indian culture at the moment so India.
10. List 10 things you want to do before you die.
Become fluent in another language.
Do another degree (hopefully in maths).
I'm pretty day-to-day so that's it for my big aspirations, sadly.
11. What's your favourite moment of 2014?
I had a really crappy 2013 and when I woke up on January 1st 2014, I was determined to make the year a good one and it really was. I can't pick one single moment so I'm going to say 10 seconds to midnight, freezing in the centre of Manchester when I looked back and thought the last 12 months had been a success! That's a sickly amount of sentimental - sorry!
OK, so I am not doing well with conventions of this post as I'm going to stick with the same questions should anyone want to complete. This is mainly because I'm horrendously short on time as I have another blog to draft, to get ready and be in time for football.
Oh dear, I really have not stuck to this at all!