Fabulous Liebster Love!

We won a Liebster Award! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Thank you very much to MHK in STL for awarding us with the prestigious award, you’ve made two girls very happy and very grateful! 😀 

So what is the Liebster Award(?), I hear you ask. Well, the Liebster Award is all about the discovery of new blogs, and giving the award to your favourite blogs so more and more can be found, and shared, and ideas can be shared and read by many more. It also helps bloggers hopes of expanding their exposure and gaining more followers.

“Liebster” is a German word (I should really know what it means as I took GCSE German for two years-I think it means something associated with ‘love’ as ‘lieb’ means ‘love’). The exact meaning of it is slightly varied, and it can mean anything associated with the words ‘sweetest’, ‘dearest’, ‘lovely’, ‘pleasant’, ‘valued’, ‘cute’, ‘endearing’ or ‘welcome’.

So how does it work? Well the blog that awards yours with the ‘Liebster Award’ designs a set of questions that you have to then answer, in our case, the questions have come from MHK in STL . Then, when you are choosing your few favourite blogs, you then design your own set of questions for them to answer, and on it continues.

Myself and Scarlett will both answer the set of questions separately and then design our own individual set of questions and choose our own favourite blogs. We hope you enjoy reading our answers! 🙂

Laura: 

1. Is there a story behind the title of your blog? If so, share it!

Yes, there is actually. Ours was a joke that started it actually. Scarlett has always used the word “fabulous”. She uses it as an adjective to describe everything, and always uses it to sign off with her name, and in reference to herself. I can’t remember exactly what happened, but I think it was the day we were down at V-shape: “A Fabulous Adventure“, but the planning definitely came when we were at my dad’s house taking fabulous pictures of ourselves. We were laughing, as we usually do together, and obviously thinking we were both hilarious (we’re not, but we like to think we are) and I remember saying something like “we should just start our own blog or something” (because I know Scarlett has her own blog) as a joke. But then Scarlett got all excited and began to explain all the possibilities of this ‘joke’ and I began to get involved in the excitement too. We began to discuss this, and I remember saying “yes, we should call it ‘Fifty Shades of Funny'”. Scarlett loved it and it made us laugh again. Later that day at V-shape we began to brainstorm ideas for posts and what we would include in our blog.

That night, Scarlett messaged me (as she created the entire blog (thank you Scarlett!)) saying that ‘Fifty Shades of Funny’ had already been taken and that there was a ‘Shades of Funny’ available and ‘Fifty Shades of Fabulous’. I really wanted the ‘Fifty Shades’ part involved, and of course with Scarlett’s fabulous-ness, it really made complete sense to go for the second option. We both loved it, and ‘Fifty Shades of Fabulous’ was born.

We then got carried away, and jokingly said we should make a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc etc for ‘Fifty Shades of Fabulous’. It was another joke, but later on I received a barrage of links to all our new pages. Sigh.

Scarlett: I take things seriously – especially blogging. So when Laura jokes, I go out of my way to make those things happen.. mostly to see how Laura will react, but partially because you never know where blogging may lead.

2. What is your favourite go-to hobby to cure boredom?

I could do anything. Competitive sport games with friends and family are always tons of fabulous fun. I used to play cricket with my Dad and brother and I absolutely loved it.

Oh and to watch ‘Jamie’s World‘ videos. I don’t think I’ve seen anything funnier. They are partly to congratulate in helping me retain my sanity during my exam and revision period. The girl is a genius. If you would like to check out her videos too, click here to go to her Facebook page.

3. If you could donate $10,000 to a charity of your choice, which charity would it be? Why?

My choice would be Marie Curie. I mostly always wear on of their yellow daffodils. It was always on my blazer when I went to school, and I think I remember getting really annoyed when I was told to take every accessory off my blazer, which included the daffodil, because it was a charity that I was showing my support for. The yellow daffodil now hands from my college lanyard. The story behind why I would donate this money to them because the nurses were an amazing support and help for my Nan when she was suffering with terminal cancer. That help and support meant the world to her and the world to my family, and without them, we wouldn’t have known what to do. I therefore want every person who are suffering with cancer to have the opportunity to be helped and supported by these people, because they made such a positive impact on my Nan’s and my family’s lives in the darkest days, and I want this for all cancer sufferers and their families too. Marie Curie’s work and their nurses help would not be able to continue without much needed donations, and that is why I would donate $10,000 to them.

4. What’s your favourite thing to do with your best friend?

Anything. Best friend’s make everything great, so it’s hard to pick a favourite.

5. It’s a rainy day. What do you do?

Sleep. No I’m joking. What a waste of a day if you just slept through it.

Well I tell you one thing I definitely wouldn’t do. Go outside. Actually, I tell a lie, I would, if it meant I had a house right next door that I could come back into, peel off my damp clothes, dry myself and get into some warm and snuggly pyjamas, otherwise, no, I would not go outside.

I find my house full of possibilities of activity on a rainy day. It’s better when I have the house to myself because then there’s more to choose from. I could read, bake, watch TV, learn to play the guitar, sing, dance, clean, tidy, iron, wash pots, finish housework, finish any other work I have to do, go on the Xbox (with my brother’s permission of course), draw, craft, Playstation, Wii, blog, anything really. I probably wouldn’t do most of those actually. I would try and take full advantage of being stuck indoors for the day and attempt to finish jobs I have set myself to do because it annoys me when I have stuff to do and I am not productive. However, I would probably just end up and want to lounge around with a blanket and plenty of pillows watching films all day. That would be perfect. I love films. Preferably watching them on my own, but I don’t mind company.

6. What’s your all-time favourite movie?

What a fitting question after my last response! Ooh, I have no idea! Hm, I’m addicted to film adaptations of the novels of Jane Austen. My favourite is probably the 2005 adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ starring Keira Knightley and Matthew McFadden. I will simply refuse to watch any other adaptation of that story. It pains me to have to watch another as I believe there is nothing that can top that version. It’s completely fabulous.

7. Ice cream or frozen yoghurt?

I don’t think I’ve ever had frozen yoghurt, I didn’t really know there was a difference between the two. Now I have acknowledged there is, I guess I would have to say ice-cream. Vanilla if I’m having it with a brownie or chocolate cake, and triple chocolate with chocolate sauce and all the chocolate swirls if it’s just on it’s own.

Scarlett: YOU’VE NEVER EATEN FROZEN YOGHURT?! Holy mother of god.

8. If you could hang out with a celebrity of your choice, who would it be?

Ooh, there’s so many to choose from. I would love to hang out with most of them I reckon. Someone who could keep my laughing I reckon. I think Keith Lemon (Leigh Francis), David Tennant and Danny O’Donoghue I reckon would be great fun to hang out with for the day, but I don’t know if I would choose them.

What I would really love to do is hang out on the sets of TV shows and films, to watch it all happen, and see how the people are off the cameras. I think that would be really great.

9. What is next on your reading list?

I’m currently reading ‘Picture Perfect’ by Jodi Picoult. She’s my favourite author right now. Her books grip me. So far I’ve read: ‘My Sister’s Keeper’, ‘Salem Falls’ and was part way through ‘Perfect Match’ at school, but I left before I got to finish it :-(. The topics of her book are often quite dark and disturbing, so I would not recommend for younger readers. The topics are also sometimes difficult to grasp as they contain a lot of specialised knowledge that I can not understand, and I don’t think would be able to understand without a degree in that profession. I find that this makes them all the more interesting to read, and to find out what spin she puts on them is intriguing.

The next item-s of my reading list would be to definitely read all of her books.

10. What are your hopes and dreams for your already adorable blog?

Aw, thank you for the compliment!

I never really thought about hopes and dreams if I’m honest with you. The main thought was to just start up a blog with my best friend and write about our adventures together, and things that make us laugh in the hope that they would brighten up someone’s day.

The hope to start off with was to get into the world of blogging and explore what it’s like.

The dream for the future would probably be to continue this, to keep entertaining people, and to watch in grow across our lives. My other dream for it will be for it to keep Scarlett and I together when we are separated, and to keep us and our adventures alive, connected and fabulous; wherever we may be in the world.

Scarlett: As you may notice, i’m no good at writing big lengthy answers like Laura – so here are my answers in basic form!

1. Is there a story behind the title of your blog? If so, share it!

The story behind is Laura has clearly already explained – so there we go!

2. What is your favourite go-to hobby to cure boredom?

I have many things I can do when I get bored: Art, Pokémon, Minecraft, Reading, walking.. My favourite at the moment though is most definitely blogging.

3. If you could donate $10,000 to a charity of your choice, which charity would it be? Why?

Myeloma UK – My Auntie Sue died of this awful disease just before Christmas so i’d do anything to help anyone going through the same thing. It’s one of the lesser known of the cancers so it doesn’t get as much funding so the $10,000 would go a long way.

4. What’s your favourite thing to do with your best friend?

My favourite thing to do with my best friends is just be with them. With my friends we could do anything and find enjoyment out of it. However, with Laura: just staying in, watching films (such as hairspray) singing and drinking cocktails.

5. It’s a rainy day. What do you do?

Stay in bed watching movies and blogging – inviting friends round sometimes to stop me from going insane.

6. What’s your all-time favourite movie?

It’s a tie between The Shawshank Redemption and The Hunger Games – both clearly are tear jerkers: Shawshank, the end where Red and Andy hug on the beach and Hunger games, where Rue dies. I am currently watching the Hunger Games and the way that the sound and picture is used to show different things is really clever. The Shawshank Redemption is just a classic, and I don’t know of one person who doesn’t like it.

7. Ice cream or frozen yoghurt?

Frozen Yoghurt any day – I currently have lots of Frubes in my freezer.

8. If you could hang out with a celebrity of your choice, who would it be?

ZAK BAGANS! I bet you all knew that was coming. Zak Bagans is my idea of perfection, but if Aaron Goodwin was there as well that’d be the perfect day in my eyes: Zak’s beauty, greatness and all round fabulousness and Aaron’s brilliance and witty humour would cause for an extremely brilliant time, not to mention we’d go on a ghost hunt – something I’ve always wanted to do.

9. What is next on your reading list?

I’m currently looking for the Hunger Games saga – i’m sure Laura said her brother has it.. I May have to steal it off him when I get home.

10. What are your hopes and dreams for your already adorable blog?

Cute, “Adorable” – Thanks ❤

I agree with Laura – I hope for it to keep us in touch where ever we are in the world – another big dream that could come out of it is for our blog to get recognised by something big and we and Laura could become famous for it.. A long shot but never say never right?

So without further ado…here are our Liebster Love nominations:

It’s me, Charlotte – anyone that loves reading is super cool. Books are the way forward, forget about technology. Nothing can beat a good book. We especially loved her ‘Book Obsession post’. This is pure fabulousness:

“People do not understand why I am obsessed with books.
I don’t understand why they aren’t.
This.
Right here.
When I talk to some people I cannot understand why they don’t love books.
But then I talk to people who are equally excited by books and the world is balanced once again.”

Thoughts from Hazel  – Her words are simply beautiful.

Advent’s & Other Fine (ell) Adventures – We love the way her posts end with what she is thankful and grateful for in her life. It’s such a lovely and inspiring passage to read. There should be more people with the positive mind that she possesses.

…and last but not least; polka dots and leopard spots – Her fashion sense and quirky highlights makes her our firm favourite fashion blogger!

So the questions for our nominees are as follows: 

  1. Can you remember why, when and where you first decided to write a blog, if so why, when and where?
  2. What is your all time favourite thing to wear? Favourite book? What’s your most played song?
  3. What is your favourite thing to do when you’re home alone?
  4. Would you prefer to be without music for the rest of your life or without television?
  5. What is your idea of a perfect date?
  6. Do you say Oreo or Orrrreo? 
  7. Which is your favourite Haribo sweet? 
  8. If you could bottle something in order to keep it forever, what would it be? 
  9. What’s something you’ve disliked your whole life?
  10. If you were Prime Minister/President, what would your first official act be? 

We can wait to read your answers! 🙂

So to our nominees/award-ees, and all the other bloggers out there:

Stay Safe, Stay Warm, Stay Hydrated and Stay Fabulous!

Written by two very happy girls!