Liebster Award

I’ve been nominated a few times now for a Liebster Award! Hooray! It’s German word term of endearment and it’s always nice to be loved recognised and it feels like people like my little piece of the blogosphere, which is such a comforting thought! I was nominated by Eva from The Multitasking Mummy, Sarah from Creating Contentment and then lastly by Bec from Styled by Bec. Probably because Bec’s nomination came through when I was a bit less busy then the first two times, and because I love dabbling in fashion and styling, I immediately wanted to answer Bec’s questions. So I did. It then took a bit longer before I could think of extra people to nominate. (I still didn’t get the required 10, not because I couldn’t think of people, but rather because they had already been nominated.) If I have time, I might try to answer the other two ladies questions, because it’s a nice way to share about yourself. In the meantime, read on to hear my replies to Rebecca’s questions.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery and why?
My engagement ring. Not only do I love the setting and the high quality diamonds, but it is so sentimental. Whenever I stare it I remember our picnic, my husband reading a poem on bended knee and then heading out to the show afterwards to find my family to show them the ring and being dazzled by it all day as it sparkled in the brilliant sunlight.
What are your three favourite shops?
I’ve just discovered “Flower”, I adored shopping there, bought a lovely dress for Christmas and am itching to get back, The Accountant should be relieved I have to travel to the nearest capital city to find a store. I’ve enjoyed shopping at Sussan this season, and Myer is just a perennial favourite because it has so much variety of good quality clothing.
Dress or pants?
I like wearing dresses, although in winter I tend to favour pants for warmth, not having to put on stockings and hiding hairy legs. But I feel nicer in a dress generally. I’m loving a “Firefly” dress that I bought at Pure and Simple in Highfields at Jacaranda Manor. (Locals you should check out this shop, it’s gorgeous.)

I wore my Firefly dress at Problogger earlier this year.
What is your favourite colour combination?
Do you know what? I really love red and green at Christmas! I love Christmas, and it’s always fun dressing and looking Christmassy!
You have $1000 to spend styling your living room. Where do you go and what would you buy?
A rug and a coffee table. I got a rain check to get these for Christmas last year. I’m hoping that I can at least cash it in before December this year!

Footnote: Since writing this I bought a coffee table! Yippee! I really wanted a very sophisticated French coffee table, but in the end, I chickened out and bought a cheaper more solid functional one. I’m so glad I did, so far it’s already stood up to substantial abuse, including, but not limited too, being danced upon, hosting games where you use your fist to violently hammer a plastic spinner, being licked and on the first day one of the triplets used it as a urinal.
What is the most expensive piece of clothing you own?
I think my knee high Camper boots. I hardly wear them anymore because the zip has turned in and rubs uncomfortably on my ankle. I bought them in London on Kensington High Street when I was living there and pregnant with my first child. I was actually tossing up between a blue pair with heels and and a flat brown pair. The brown pair were the practical choice, but the blue pair were such fun! I was just about to choose the blue but went to try the brown pair one last time when I saw that the shop assistant had taken them away even though they were under the chair I had been using and put them on hold for an out of town customer who had just rung through. I then had a squabble with him and bought them on principle. (If the customer walked into the store, she wouldn’t have snatched them off me after all!) I’ve often wished I bought the blue pair as well though!

Where is your favourite shopping centre or favourite shopping destination?
In Toowoomba it’s Grand Central. In Brisbane I’m loving Chermside at the moment. Worldwide shopping destination that I have actually loved shopping most would be Abu Dhabi, although some Christmas markets in Austria on Christmas Eve were very magical also.

About to go shopping in Abu Dhabi in 2005.

If money was no object, where would you go on holiday?
Scandinavia and Russia. I will get there one day! It’s possible I may be retired before I do it though!
What’s the best present you ever received?
I loved the Christmas present my husband gave me at the end of our first year of marriage. I had given him a list of present ideas, just like our family used to give my mother. I was excited to see the present all wrapped up, it was obviously the suitcase I’d asked for. But when I got it, it was really heavy. I opened the case and it was full of wonderful things, I was in 7th heaven and overwhelmed with how extravagant Alex had been (this was in the days before he was an accountant, but he still had an accounting mentality with our finances!). Alex looked worried and said, “I couldn’t find two things on the list. Is that OK?” It turned out Alex’s family didn’t do lists and he thought that I wanted to get him every single thing on the list! It was tempting not to tell him I didn’t expect everything on the list, but I had compassion! Best present(s) ever!
Do you prefer online shopping or bricks and mortar?
I love online shopping, but I much prefer to do it in person, especially with clothing. It’s hard to find good fits online and when I’m in a store, I will often get shop assistants to recommend clothing, and they will often pull something out that I would ignore while it is on the hanger, but actually it looks spectacular on. 

I nominate

Renee at Mummy Wife Me
Danielle at Miss Chardy
Juanita at Wife Mumma Life
Karen at Tales of a Twin Mum
Maria at Mummy Goes Mad

My questions:

1. What do you hope people say about you at your funeral? (I thought I would just start with a deep question!)

2. White or Red Wine or other? (Let’s have an easy question after the first one!)

3. What is your favourite activity to do with your kids?

4. Can you remember when you discovered the truth about Santa?

5. What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?

6. Do you follow recipes or do you prefer to make it up as you go?

7. Your favourite flower?

8. Are you a messy person or a tidy person?

9. If I gave you $1000 and said it needed to be spent before the morning, what would you buy today?

10. Can you sing in tune?

Can you share any of your own answers to the above questions? (My questions or Becs?)

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