Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award

Happy Thursday, y'all! We almost made it to the weekend! It was very rainy and gloomy in Atlanta this past weekend, so when I saw a message from Whitney (@aimingtostressless) nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, it immediately brightened my day!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy. For me, it meant that all of my hard work was actually being noticed! So thank you sweet Whitney!  {Whitney is a flight attendant and has some really awesome travel posts. Go check her out! -->}

Rules for the award:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Questions I was asked:
  1. Why did you start blogging? Is there a story behind the name of your blog?  I am an engineer by day - so I sit behind a computer, in an office, with predominantly men {who couldn't care less about my new hand bag or the latest sale at Nordstrom}.  I love my job and the people that I work with, but  I was looking for an outlet where I could express my creativity, share my love for fashion, and just be "girlie."  As far as the name of my blog, here's a little background:  My co-workers tell me all the time that I'm always smiling and exude positivity {must be all the coffee I'm drinking lol!}.  I also LOVE anything and everything with stripes - clothes, shoes, bags, office supplies, home decor, etc. etc.  So I put those two things together to create smiles & stripes {best worn daily}.
  2. Spring, summer, autumn, or winter?  SPRING!!! I love spring weather "Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket." hehe {Miss Congeniality reference for those who haven't seen it} But really, I love being outside - running, going to the dog park, eating on patios/roof tops, grilling out, and exploring Atlanta.  Spring in Atlanta is the perfect weather to do all those things that I love.  I also really like spring style - floral prints, pastel colors, white jeans, and sun dresses are my fave!  Another plus - my birthday is in the spring {April 24th}!
  3. If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Chips. And. Queso. {that may be 2 foods, but they go hand-in-hand}
  4. What is your favorite vacation spot?  There are two types of vacations in my book:  1. A relaxing vacay where you plop on the beach, read a book, with drink in hand, and don't move all day.  For this type of vacation, Paradisus Resort in Playa del Carmen is my absolute favorite place.  We visited there on our honeymoon and fell in love with the resort, the staff, the beaches, and the swim-up bar :) 2.  The second type of vacation is one where you're out sight-seeing and exploring all day.  Paris wins this one, hands down.  I loved everything about Paris - the cafes, architecture, history, wine, cheese, people, shopping, and the list goes on.
  5. What is your go-to store to shop at for clothing? LOFT is my go-to, for sure! Since I work in an office all-day, I love that their clothes are so versatile and can be dressed up for the office or down for the weekends.  They also have great sales ALL. THE. TIME.
  6. What is one way you relieve stress at the end of the day?  I relieve stress in 2 ways - Step 1: Go for a run; Step 2: Have a glass of wine
  7. What destination in the U.S. would you like to visit next?  Hawaii! It's at the top of my US bucket list.
  8. What are five beauty products you can’t live without?  Marc Jacobs Mascara, NARS Concealer, Burts Bees Colored Lip Balm, Bare Minerals Bronzer,  NARS blush
  9. What cities or towns have you lived in?  I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL.  I went to college at Auburn University in Auburn, AL.  I worked in Hampton Roads, VA right after college.  Now I live in Atlanta, GA .
  10. Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?  I get a lot of fashion inspiration while traveling.  I love experiencing different cultures and seeing different styles around the world.
  11. Do you own any pets?  Yes! I have two "fur babies" named Lilly & Sammie.  They are both chocolate labs and are spoiled rotten.
My Nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award are:
  1.  Ashley from Ruffled with Grace
  2. Lauren from The LP Daily
  3. Katy from Living My Best Style
  4. Jess from Mirror and Thread
  5. Megan from Bloom Into Beautiful
  6. Kayla from KLaCole
  7. Meagan from Meagan Elizabeth Blog
  8. Nicole from Nicole in every Colour
  9. Brittan from Blue Bonnets and Babes
  10. Carly from Beautiful on a Budget
  11. Kelley from Blushing Blonde Blog
Questions to my nominees:
  1.  Why did you start blogging? Is there a story behind your blog name? {I'm reusing Whitney's first question to me because I LOVE learning this about other bloggers}
  2.  What was your dream job when you were a child?
  3.  What is your favorite hobby?
  4.  If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  5.  What is your proudest accomplishment?
  6.  If you were forced to sing Karaoke, what song would you sing?
  7.   What are 5 of your closet staples?
  8.   What is your passion?
  9.   What is at the top of your travel bucket list?
  10.   Who is your hero?
  11.   What popular fashion trend drives you crazy?
I can't wait to see everyone's answers! 

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