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February 9, 2014 in I Adore What I Love

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: one of the main reasons why I started this fun little blog in the first place was because I’m totally that self-proclaimed blog-obsessed girl who was inspired by my other favorite bloggers on the ‘net.

Something I haven’t mentioned on here very much though, is that since creating I Adore What I Love, I have been more exposed than ever to a ton of other amazing blogs out there in the blogospere that I had never previously heard of.

You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this!
Well, it’s because I’ve been given the honor of being presented with The Liebster Award by Emily, a fellow blogger of the lovely website Class and Sass.  The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who are still building up their following and readership but have enormous potential to be successful in their own right!  I absolutely, positively adore the concept and idea of this award and all that it stands for; in addition, I truly look forward to connecting with other inspiring bloggers because of it!

www.iadorewhatilove.comOh but there are RULES:
1. Mention the person who nominated you with a link to their blog
2. Answer the eleven questions they posed to nominees
3. Nominate eleven other bloggers with a smaller following but a lot of potential
4. Create eleven of your own questions for them to answer
5. Notify your nominees

Thank you again to Emily from Class and Sass for choosing I Adore What I Love for this awesome reward – you’ve seriously made my month!  Loving your classy and sassy blog so much as well!

With that being said, I’ll start by answering Emily’s questions for me:

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I honestly love just writing and coming up with things to introduce to my readers and talk about with them.  The writing part totally calms me and it’s a great stress-reliever at the end of the day!

2. What trait do you love most about yourself, and how do you feel it contributes to your success as a blogger?
Haha this is a funny question.  I’m not one to talk about the things that I love about myself often but as long as you asked, I would say that something that I’m proud of is that I’m a very positive person.  I choose to smile a lot, laugh often, and look at the glass half-full rather than the opposite!

3. Which post of yours thus far has been your favorite post?
OMG but there are so many that I loved writing and sharing with everyone – how do I pick just one?  Along with the 8 that you’ll find on the left side of your webpage under the heading “Favorites: I Adore What I Love Posts,” I absolutely adore all the personal posts that I’ve written too.  Namely, 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me, My Top Moments of 2012, Weddings Every Weekend, It’s Out First Year Wedding Anniversary, My Crazy Weekend Full of Concerts, and My Top Moments of 2013.  For me, these posts are so much fun to go back to and reread and I plan on continuing to do so in the years to come!

4. Why did you decide to start blogging?
See above! I also touch on why I started blogging within the “About Me” page of my website!

5. If one song could describe your life/mood right now, what would it be?
Hard questions, Emily!  I need to keep thinking about this one…

6. How have your friends reacted to your writing a blog?
It’s interesting! Most of my friends have been super supportive and absolutely love my blog, share my posts on Facebook (you know who you are!! Thank you!!), “Like” the blog page on Facebook, get excited to read every new post, subscribe to receive I Adore What I Love emails, etc. while other friends who I thought would have been more supportive just aren’t.  For the most part though, I can’t complain! I get so much positive feedback (sometimes even from old friends who I haven’t spoken to in years) and all that love makes me want to keep up what I’ve started even more!

7. What are your top three favorite blogs?
Lauren Conrad – her and her team cover SO many different topics that I can relate to. Love it!
Sincerely, Jules – I have serious outfit envy because I would wear everything she puts on her body, exactly how she styles it.  And the best part: so many of her picks are also extremely affordable!
How Sweet It Is – Jessica cracks my sh*t up!  Like, I laugh out loud at every post of hers that I read. Not to mention, she makes the most incredibly looking recipes on the planet!  I’ve even tried a few in my own kitchen.

8. Top three favorite stores?
Yikes! I have way more then three favorite stores!  Take a look at the left side of this blog page under the heading “Favorites: Stores” for my complete list.

9. Who’s your favorite Gossip Girl character? And if you didn’t watch GG (watch it PRONTO), what’s your favorite TV show?
First off, I was an AVID fan of Gossip Girl and will forever miss watching new episodes every Monday night on the WB.  My favorite character was the good-girl version of Sarina. More importantly though, I died for her wardrobe and seeing what she’d wear in every scene!

10. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
Italy! I have always wanted to travel there – so much so that since I was a little girl, I would tell people that some day when it was time for my honeymoon, that was where I wanted to go!  When it came down to it though, after all that wedding planning, all I wanted to do was get some r&r and not worry about being a tourist. (And let me tell you, St. Barths and Anguilla made for THE MOST perfect honeymoon in my book!)  I have no doubts, though, that I will get to Italy one day with my hubby!

11. What advice would you give to someone just starting up their blog?
Just to be yourself!  Write about what you feel is right and don’t feel the need to be like anyone else. Also, take it day by day and start out by telling all the people in your life about it right away. I literally waited months before I even told my mom and best-friends.  What was I waiting for??? 

Well that was fun! Now, for my nominees:
1. Lauren of A Daily Debut
2. Nicole of Cedar and Rush
3. Jess and Jill of Jess & Jill
4. Cassie of True Agape
5. Erin of Color Me Styled
6. Whitney of See Shop Eat Do
8. Patrice of The P Life
9. Samantha of Gold Coast Girl
10. Brooke and Meggan of Somewhere, Lately
11.  Chelsea from Olive & Ivy  (Who also happens to have done all the coding for my blog!)

My Questions for these Lovely Ladies:
1. How long have you been blogging for?
2. Is it your full-time job?
3. Sum up your style in 5 words or less.
4. What’s your favorite restaurant in the city you live in… name the city and the restaurant!
5. Salty or sweet?
6. What is one thing that nobody knows about you?
7. Who was your favorite Bachelor and/or Bachelorette?
. What’s your go-to workout?
.  Reality TV or Scripted? With that, what’s your favorite show on television now?
. Tell me your favorite on-line stores! (I’m always looking for new ones to browse around at)
. Back to blogging… any challenges so far?
First BONUS q: I used to feel weird telling people about my blog but now I own it. Have you ever felt the same?
Second BONUS q:
Which one blog do you read every time a new post is shared?

To all my nominees:
I can’t wait to read your answers to my questions and in addition, learn a little something new about you!

To all my readers:
I sincerely hope you can appreciate this post!  I don’t know what I would do without any of you and feel so lucky that you’ve chosen my blog to follow!  Please remember that you can always share the I Adore What I Love love by using the share buttons in the pink bar below each post to facebook it, tweet it, pin it, and/or email it!  I’m also hoping that you come away from this post having discovered some new daily reads!


  • Emily February 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Love this and your answers! Now I have two more blogs to follow too, I love Lauren Conrad’s!!

    • Dana Ivy February 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks again Emily for the nom! I had never heard of the Liebster award but I am totally all about it. I totally meant what I said… you made my month! Xo

  • kelli February 9, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Whooo hoooo!!! Congrats! So proud of you. Loveee your answers. My favorite answer what what you like about yourself- you are so spot on. You are one of the most positive people I know. I often wish I could live in your world. Love you!

    • Dana Ivy February 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Awww I don’t know what I would do without you kel!! You’re the most positive and supportive friend and I just love ya so much. Xoxoxo

  • Patrice February 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for the nomination!!! This is such a great idea. I will let you know when my post is done!

    • Dana Ivy February 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Absolutely! Well deserved =) Looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

  • Cassie February 10, 2014 at 9:27 am

    The blog world is a bit crazy. In the beginning, I guess like many things new, we don’t know how to share the news. But then once we find out place with our blog we tell everyone about it!

  • Erin Bassett February 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you for the nom!! I love your answers and can’t wait to get to work on my own. I totally agree with the Friends question… some support it loudly, some quietly, and some are just not interested at all… it has been fascinating!

    • Dana Ivy February 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Right?! And you totally deserve that nom! I’m so looking forward to reading your answers to my q’s!

  • whitney February 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Dana,

    Thank you so much for the nomination! I loved reading your responses. It’s always interesting to learn more about other bloggers.


    • Dana Ivy February 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Of course! But no need to thank me – I love your blog so it was an obvious choice :) Glad you enjoyed my responses… hope you’ll choose to partake so I can read what you have to say too!

  • Chelsea February 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I can’t believe I didn’t see this, I feel like such a jerk! But thanks so much!! <3

    • Dana Ivy February 23, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Haha no worries Chelsea!! And you are so very welcome! Well deserved!! Xoxo

  • Orly May 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Congratulations on your award!

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