Beautiful Bloggers

Y’all, I know my little blog hasn’t been around for very long, so I’m incredibly honored that Hannah at Put the Kettle On has nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award!

To be quite honest, I started this blog on a whim at what was probably the least convenient time possible, but I’m so excited at all the positive feedback I’ve had over the past three months. Hopefully I can continue to offer some inspirational, thought-provoking, entertaining, and funny posts for many more months to come.

Now it’s time for me to return the favor. As per the rules of the award process, here are my seven nominees for the Beautiful Blogger Award (drumroll please):

1) In the Heart of Laughter – I love how honest and well-spoken (or should I say well-written?) Elena is in her posts. Her open letter to Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o was inspiring, and her discussion of rejection was thought provoking. Do yourself a favor and follow this truly beautiful blog!

2) Love and Sparkles – This blog just makes me happy, pure and simple. From how to create the perfect winged eyeliner (seriously, I’ve been trying to learn this FOREVER, and I think I may finally have gotten the hang of it) to book reviews to just anecdotes about life, Love and Sparkles is just as informative and fun as it is well-written. Um, can you tell I totally love it?

3) C to C Friendspirations – Cat and Cristy are two friends who use this blog as a way to not only keep in touch, but to share some great quotes, design ideas, and recipes with the rest of us lucky readers.

4) Style & Expect – This is a fashion blog that features outfits that are as fashion-forward and fun as they are affordable. Joana is a fashion-designer and businesswoman who uses her wardrobe and beautiful photography to give us all a little bit of style inspiration.

5) Something In Law School – A first-year law student blogs about the trials and tribulations of going through law school. This blogger isn’t afraid to tell you how it is: how frustrating and terrifying law school can be at one moment, and how those same aspects of law school can drive your desire to succeed even more. If you are a law student, a lawyer, or a prospective law student, you should definitely check this blog out.

6) Harp On Life – This is a charming lifestyle blog run by three lovely young ladies – Erika, Gina, and Caroline – that’s filled with yummy recipes (I’ve definitely got a couple of their recipes bookmarked!), makeup tips, career advice, and design ideas. It’s like what I wish my blog could be when it grows up.

7) Duchess-at-Large – As someone who is both a bit of a history nerd and a 20-something who is still fascinated with princesses, I adore Duchess at Large. It focuses not only on the British royal family, but other royals around the world as well. A number of the posts offer some interesting historical context, such as old royal family photos and recaps of royal romances.

P.S. If I could nominate Put the Kettle On, I absolutely would. It’s one of those blogs that puts a smile on your face! Hannah offers a great mix of new music, a look at some of the chic-est clothes and pieces of decor she’s discovered, and personal posts. The best part of Hannah’s blog are the posts about her adventures around England. Her stunning photographs alone make me want to hop over the pond and spend a few weeks in the English countryside! #wanderlust

My Favorite YouTubers

Featuring: Extremely Decent, Simon’s Cat, Thatcher Joe, Zoella, Jenna Marbles, and Marcus Butler.

British siblings Zoe and Joe both have YouTube channels with over 5 million subscribers between the two of them. Zoe filmed Joe trying to do her makeup without any instructions. In return, Joe had to let Zoe put makeup on him and post it on his channel. Hilarious. Zoe’s channel is called Zoella, and Joe’s is called ThatcherJoe – because he is literally a roof thatcher (I didn’t even know those still existed in places like England).

The makers of this video, Extremely Decent, are actually a group of comedians living in L.A. They don’t put out videos too often, but when they do, they are marvelous. I highly recommend you also check out their video “A Facebook Update in Real Life.”

Simon’s Cat is a collection of short animated clips about… well, cats’ antics. The drawings are fairly simple, but spot-on and pretty amusing.

Jenna Marbles: the Queen of YouTube. Her videos are basically social commentary with a lot of sass. She also has the two weirdest, awkwardest, and somehow still most adorable dogs ever, Kermit and Marbles, who always make an appearance at the end of her videos.

Here’s a video collab. that Joe did with Alfie from PointlessBlog. They basically play hot potato with a ball that randomly shoots off electric shocks. Panic ensues – particularly when Alfie realizes he only knows four Harry Potter characters.

Here’s a video collab. on Marcus Butler’s channel. Two 20-somethings try to cut each other’s hair. There’s a lot of freaking out and a lot of fake girly voices. “Dude, your fringe is RIDICULOUS! I’m going to give it a feathered look.” “NO! I don’t want a feathered look!”