The Sunshine Award

First of all, thanks to Jolie for nominating me for the Sunshine Award! As a new blogger (with an actual purpose), it is exciting to be so well received by my fellow cyberspace cohorts!

Here are the rules that I need to abide by:
  • Share 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions by your nomination bloggers.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers.
  • Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
And here we go! 

11 Facts:
1) Before Lipstick&Yarn, I authored a blog called 'The BK Lounge' which basically detailed the exploits of my daily life without having any real purpose. You can check it out here.
2) I hope to do a PhD in Literary Theory.
3) I grew up in small town Ontario, Canada. There was a cornfield across the road from my house and I lived IN TOWN!
4) I am madly in love with the man of my dreams, and that is pretty cool.
5) I hate peas. 
6) If I was to be a character from 'Friends', I would probably be Monica - crazy OCD and all.
7) I think snail mail is one of my favourite things ever. There is so much joy in receiving a letter from a friend or family member - I have to say, my grandparents have always written me pretty rad letters. 
8) I have a very important 'No Christmas Music before Remembrance Day' rule. This is important because I LOVE Christmas and I make it last as long as possible. 
9) On the topic of Christmas, I am a firm believer in the Biblical meaning of Christmas, and I get some pretty intense shivers down my spine when I reflect on the act of incredible Love on which my faith is based upon.
10) My favourite places in North America are: Disney World, Florida, and the beaches of Nova Scotia, Canada.
11) Winter is my favourite time of year. I prefer layering clothing on, than having dress for Ontario's terrible heat.

Questions from Jolie of

What 5 products that you absolutely cannot live without?

Since the type of “products” was not specified, I am going to differ from the track of “beauty and fashion” and give a more diverse list of the products that I can’t live without.

1) My good ‘ole Apple iPhone 4s. I don’t believe this needs any explanation.
2) Bic’s 12 pack of ballpoint pens. - I am a student, so these guys are necessary to my life. Practical and simple, I’ve always been very picky about my pens. Bic’s have always done the job without taking themselves too seriously.
3) My travel mug. All things coffee and tea come with me every where, all the time. I do not know what I would do without it.
4) On the makeup end of things: my Covergirl foundation. I have fairly picky skin when it comes to products I can use. Covergirl makes a great sensitive skin formula, and since I have used it for as long as I can remember, it just seems necessary to my life.
5) Socks. Socks are pretty important in my daily life. I hate it when my feet are cold, so I usually have more than one pair on at any given time.

What are your current goals for your blog/YouTube Channel?
My current goals for my blog are pretty simple. Create a space that reflects life and style that is applicable to the 20-somethings who may not have as much disposable income as their favourite 30-something bloggers. While I appreciate what many of the women in their 30s bring to the lifestyle blog sphere, I have found that the lives they present are at least a decade beyond where I  am. The truth is that this blog was inspired heavily by the show ‘2 Broke Girls’. While watching that show, I found myself struck by how surprisingly accurate it was in describing the life of the young adult. Coupons, thrift store shopping, and saving up to buy the expensive bacon are all realistic aspects of the lives many 20-something Millennials who are putting their hard earned coffee-shop job money toward their student/government loans and living paycheck to paycheck because of it. 

Which post/video did you have the most fun writing/filming?

I have pretty limited post options to work with, since I am only about a week into my blogging experiment, but I really did enjoy doing the nail how-to post. I have a bunch of beauty tutorials which I am excited to incorporate into the blog later on. I have also been working on some projects that fall under the ‘Yarn’ part of the blog’s title that I am excited to share. 
If your life story became a movie, who would you have play you?

If my life story became a movie, I would probably want Jennifer Lawrence to play me. That probably sounds a little cliche, since Jennifer Lawrence is basically everyone’s go-to actress now that she’s won an Academy Award and had a huge movie release this week (Catching Fire, for any of you readers who aren’t up to times on the Hollywood buzz), but I have people tell me I look a little bit like her, so it would be fun to have my celebrity doppleganger play me. She’s also hilarious, so that’s an added bonus.
I don't know if I see it....
In which country/state do you reside?

Which Country or State? I’m going to answer this with a bit of facetiousness. I live in Canada, but since Canada’s a pretty big place, I think it is necessary to specify in which Province (the Canadian version of ‘States’) I reside. Currently, I am living in British Columbia, near(ish) Vancouver. 
What motivated you to create a blog/YouTube channel?

Oh, really should have read these questions through before going all long-winded in previous answers. I created this blog because I was tired of reading blogs whose content was inapplicable and unrealistic for 20-something post-students in my situation. I don’t have access to a fancy camera because $600.00 is a month’s rent and groceries, nor do I have the ability to buy the latest stilettos, make-up products, or vintage (read expensively old) furniture pieces. I wanted to create a blog that could reflect the average jo(sephine) of the Millenial age. Let’s build style from wardrobe basics, rediscover how to knit and quilt and crochet, and share practical recipes that save us 20-somethings some $$ (home-made bread recipes anyone?). 
How do you deal with blogger’s (writer’s) block?
Man, writer’s block of any form is THE WORST. As a current graduate student, I am all too familiar with the plight of wordlessness. I solve this by doing something I love. Since my blog is kind of a One Broke Girl meets Fashion meets Domesticity meets Student, I immerse myself in the wonderful and fragmented World Wide Web. Sometimes, this means watching 3 straight hours of Friends. Sometimes, this means scrolling through Buzzfeed. Other times, I will put the computer down entirely, throw on some Anne of Green Gables, and crochet until the ideas come back.  

If you won $500 today, what would you do with that money?

I would like to be responsible and pretend like I would pay my rent, or use it as a means to pay off a little bit of debt, but let’s be honest here: I would go shopping. 
Which stores do you mainly shop at for your beauty products?

Beauty Products? Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart if it is anything related to make-up or nail polish. I don’t splurge on high-end beauty products, so those stores do just fine. Otherwise, if we are talking about products I use to make myself beautiful (hair straighteners, curling irons, etc.,) I will keep an eye out for sales. The straightener I am currently using was purchased from Winners for around $40.00, and I use it every day. 
Do you have a favorite pair of shoes and what are they?

Only one favourite pair of shoes? Now that’s just mean. Anyone who knows me, knows that the worst part of a mall is that section where the shoe stores and bookstores are all next to each other. THE WORST! I love shoes, and I love books, and that is never going to change.
That being said, my favourite pair of shoes are these cute gold vintage flats that I picked up for $5.00 at a second-hand store last summer. 

What is your favorite scent?

My favourite scent has always been sawdust, or freshly cut grass. These bring me back to my childhood and remind me of days watching my grandpa whittle wood, or laying in the grass after a fresh rain. 
My favourite perfume is the rich scent of Jacob. I cannot describe why, except that it is the most amazing thing ever and makes me feel like a real adult every time I wear it.
1) The White List 
2) XOXO Julie 
3) Fashion Anna 
4) Where the Sidewalk Begins 
5) Chattering Gem 
6) Poppy Loves 
7) Sunshine and Smiles 
8) Sparkling Footsteps 
9) A Girl, A Style 
10) Could I have That? 
11) The Effortless Chic 

Questions for Nominees

1. What inspires you most in your day to day life and why?

2. Is there anywhere you have always wanted to travel to but have never been able to?

3. What is your favourite book and why? 

4. When you began your blog, what were your intentions? Have they changed?

5. Do you have any random/embarassing/unique skills and what are they?

6. Tea or Coffee?

7. Does your blog contribute to your life ambitions? 

8. Who is the coolest person you have ever met?

9) What is the worst job you have ever worked? 

10) What songs would constitute the soundtrack to your life?

11) What is the #1 thing on your bucketlist? 

Be sure to let me know when you have completed the questions! I would love to pop by and read them! 

1 comment :

  1. Thank you for participating in this nomination tag! :) I really enjoyed your answers. I loved that you posted a side by side picture of you and "J-Law", because you two do look similar! Thanks again.



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