Friday, December 7, 2012

The Liebster Award

Sweater: F21 | Jeans: Kohl's | Boots: Report | Scarf: Kohl's | Watch: Fossil

THIS IS WHAT BEING REALLY HAPPY ABOUT HAVING YOUR JEANS BACK LOOKS LIKE. And what no shower/no makeup/hey finals looks like.

I started a blog-specific Pinterest account to focus on style instead of whatever catches my ADHD's attention. Do me a huge solid and check it out, wontchanow?
(Can you tell my dad's fam is from the deep north?)

So... Gina from Classy Ever After and Serena from The Serena Saga each nominated Sam ipsa Loquitur for the Liebster Award (thanks, ladies!) and I think that's kind of awesome and I hope you guys do too, and if not you should probably leave. Not in a mean way, in a "you're about to be really bored" way.

Deets on The Liebster Award

The Liebster award is given by a blogger to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Once nominated, you must post 11 facts about yourself, then answer the questions the nominator made for you. Next, you create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate. Then you choose 11 blogs to nominate, and be sure to link them to your post. Finally, go to their page and tell them. No tags back allowed!

11 Facts About Me

11. I'm a bleeding heart dog person.
10. French fries are maybe my favorite food. Classay!
9. I'm the world's slowest shopper, no contest.
8. I was a huge How I Met Your Mother fan until like season 6, then it got lame.
7. Every few years I get all itchy and want to move somewhere new.
6. For the first semester of law school the only groceries I bought were little kid cereal and milk.
5. Everything I own is Apple. I sometimes forget Windows exists.
4. I didn't like sushi, Chipotle, asparagus, creme brulee, Starbucks, or wine before I met Boyfriend.
3. I own the entire Star Wars collection on Blu-ray.
2. The only color my hair hasn't been is red.
1. I'm shy.

Questions From Gina

I got Serena's email after I'd already answered all these questions - for the sake of (your) time, I'm just doing the one set!

1. If you could describe your personal style using only 3 words, what would they be?
Schizophrenic magpie professional... just kidding. Sort of.

2. If you could purchase the designer handbag of your dreams (money is no object in this scenario), which one would you buy and what color?
The idea of super-designer handbags that cost more than cars makes me break out in a cold sweat. I love to look, but I can't imagine carrying around something that expensive. Where would I set it down? Where would I store it at night? In a safe? In a fire, would I be obligated to save it first? So I think I'd probably stick with something like this Kate Spade tote or maybe this DVF one. Does that make me boring?

3. What inspired you to start your very own fashion/lifestyle blog?
I followed blogs for almost a year before I started my own... and then I blogged privately for almost another year before I opened it up for everyone to see! I think I just got tired of feeling like I wasn't contributing anything to the blog community - and the community is the best part.

4. Is there a cause that is near and dear to your heart, and, if so, what is it? For example, mine is animal / pet rescue.
Animal rescue for sure. Spay and neuter your pets! Stay out of pet stores! Adopt adopt adopt!

5. What is your dream vacation spot?
Europe. All of it. I spent four months in a castle just north of London when I was in undergrad, and I feel like I got to see a little taste of everywhere, but I'm itching to go back. Interlaken, Switzerland or Athens, Greece probably take the cake for vacation spots, though.

6. Is there a garment, or an accessory that you just can't stop buying even though you know you don't need any more of them? Feel free to list more than one!
Do shoes count?! I'm a total shoe monger. I was literally debating in my head the relative merits of owning a black pump in suede, patent, natural leather, open toe, pointy toe, almond  toe... and then I realized I'm a freak and I stopped. Stopped thinking, that is. I'm still on the hunt.

7. What are the most important qualities you look for in a close friend or significant other?
Honesty and loyalty and humor. And generally not being a despicable, selfish, cheating little weasel.

:) Oh I'm sorry, did that slip out?

8. Would you describe yourself as more trendy or primarily timeless while incorporating the trends you love most into your wardrobe?
I always go for classic shapes like pencil skirts, cardigans, blazers, and pointy-toe pumps, but I'm drawn to bright colors and prints, so I tend to end up with non-traditional traditional outfits, if that makes sense. (It doesn't.)

9. If you had one wish, anything at all, what would it be?
To never worry. I'm a world-class worrier.

10. What is your favorite season for creating outfits? What season do you find to be most challenging?
Fall and spring for sure. I hate nasty Midwest winters, but I love to layer too much to ever be 100% happy with a summer outfit.

11. What honest advice would you give to someone who is thinking of starting a blog?
DO IT. Stop procrastinating and "perfecting your layout" and overthinking it and do it. Try as hard as you can not to care about how many comments or followers you get, just enjoy posting and getting to know other people. That's what this is supposed to be about!

And turn off the damn word verification for your comments! Thanks for calling me out on that one, Ani.

My Nominees

Please don't be offended if you have more than 200 followers and I nominated you! I mean it as a compliment, I swear. I just did a quick GFC/Bloglovin' count, so if I'm off, I'm sorry.

Blondie, Esquire
Create That Outfit
The Fashion Canvas
Life, etc.
My New Favorite Outfit
NAC Styles
Professionally Petite
Real Girl Glam
The Serena Saga - I know, I know, no tag backs - she was already on my list, she just beat me to it!
Small Town, Big Wardrobe
Twenties Girl Style

The Questions

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. Link us up to one of your favorite outfit posts ever.
3. If you could raid one celeb's closet, who would it be?
4. Who are your style icons?
5. Where do you work, and what's the dress code?
6. Dog person or cat person?
7. What's your star sign?
8. What's your favorite trend this year?
9. You just won $5,000: shopping spree, vacation, or something else?
10. What's your favorite non-bloggy hobby?
11. What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting a blog? (Sorry Gina, loved this so I'm stealing!)

Thanks, Gina & Serena!


  1. Thanks, Sam! It's was great to learn more about you :) my first year of teaching I pretty much ate little kid cereal and milk solid too. What is it about responsibility that immediately makes us want to revert back to being a five year old? :) also, hate the word things you have to put in after a comment. Way to call the blog community out!

    1. It's so true! During finals I survive on chicken nuggets and goldfish. Peeps are just lucky I'm not wearing footie pajamas. Can't wait to see your answers :)

  2. Sam, I loved reading this post and learning more about you. You make me smile with your fun loving perspective. Love it!!!
    Your advice to perspective bloggers is spot on. It is so important not to get fixated on the number of followers. All we have to do is be ourselves and pour our genuine heart and soul into our blog and the connections we make this way are priceless.
    You are a wise and gorgeous woman with a fantastic blog! I will be following daily.
    XO, Gina

    1. Thanks so much for nominating me! This was so much fun, and I'm so glad it led me to your blog :)

  3. I love your blog because you are literally the funniest girl ever and your blog is like reading a comedian script, also with fashion. Which is the greatest combination there could be, in my book. :)

    Congrats on the award! You deserve it :)

    Lynette @ lynette marie

    1. You're too sweet! You're no funny slouch yourself, miss "my skirt is trying to do me a solid and not kill my internal organs." Loved that ;)

  4. Oh yay, so fun to find another blogger who started their blog while in law school (I started mine in 2L and graduated in 2011). Will definitely be following along :)

    xo, alison*elle

    1. Amazing! Finding new blogs is always fun, but for some reason I get an extra kick out of fellow lawyer ladies :)

  5. Just so we're all aware, I hate you for looking so f-ing good with no makeup or effort. Serious hate.

    1. Juuuuust so we cool, I'm driving up there and taking you for an eye exam. And when I leave I'm taking your dogs, your closet, and probably your nail polish collection.

  6. Thanks so much for the tag Samantha!! Glad you got nominated in the first place - you deserve it! I've already had the award once before, but I'll see if I get a chance to do it again haha! :)

    1. Thanks girl! I was pretty sure you'd already been nominated but hey, can't hurt to get it twice :)

  7. You are so sweet!! Thanks for thinking of me. I've been traveling and working but catching up on blogs and will respond to your lovely tag soon. Hope you survived finals! xoxo.


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