Tell Me Something : The Littlest Things



Hey, I'm Sophie from The Littlest Things. I am a serious long-time reader of Simone's blog. I think her blog was the first blog which I stumbled upon. Since then we have become the best of blog friends and I think of her as being my UK mum. She is so lovely! So, I am extremely happy to be guest posting for her today.


Town or Country? 
I'm definitely a town/city girl. But the idea of escaping to the country is so magical. I need to make it happen more often!

Music or Books? 
It definitely used to be music. But now I think it's a tie between the two. I have so many books I want and need to read but everytime I get to the bookshop I always forget which ones I'm looking for. Think I need to ask Simone for a list haha.

Perfect day - shopping/spa or doing absolutely nothing? 
Shopping and Spa would is my idea of the best day ever.

London, Paris, New York or Sydney?

 Sydney...all the way! It has to be the most amazing city, with the most incredible beaches on your door step. But after that it's New York. Only because I haven't visited it yet.


Bread or Cake? 

Cake, cake, cake, cake, cake....CAKEE!!

McDreamy or McSteamy? 
McDreamy all the way. So beautiful and sexy. I have a major crush on him haha.

Romantic Hero or Action Hero?
It would have to be a bit of a mixture.

Prince William or Prince Harry? 
Prince William.

Catherine or Pippa?
 Catherine for sure. She has to be the most beautiful person in the world.

Heels or favourite winter boots? 

This is a toughy...I would have to say heels. Probably only because you don't really need proper winter boots in Sydney.

French chic or Italian sex appeal? 
French chic. Italian sex appeal has to be done perfectly otherwise it's a bit Euro-trash.

Chocolate or Coffee? 
This one is way too tough. I actually can't call it

Great shoes or gorgeous underwear? 
It has to be great shoes. But if it were between shoes and bags then I wouldn't be able to choose between them either.

Pedicure, manicure or massage? 
Ohh it's a tough one between pedicure and massage. I think it has to be massage.

Talk it out or keep it to yourself? 
Definitely talk it out. I can never keep anything which is worrying me to myself. People know straight away when I'm not myself.

Karaoke - first to sing, last to sing or absolutely-no-way-not-ever? 
Haha definitely depends on how many drinks I have had before the idea of Karaoke comes up. I would probably be the second to get up and sing. Always have to let someone go before me.



1. One beauty product or routine that you would recommend or can't live without? I have never had the discipline or the patience to get into a proper beauty routine. But when living in Australia, the beauty product which I would recommend the most is sun cream, sun cream and more sun cream. And drinking lots of water. But everyone says that don't they.

2. One book you would recommend to anyone or that you love and often return to? Either A Thousand Splendid Suns or The Kite Runner, written by the same author. I loved those books so much.

3. One item that you would take to a desert island (can't be a person!)? Probably a pen and paper to write all my thoughts down. (I cheated a bit as that's two items...oops).

4. One life-changing moment? Meeting my boyfriend, George. If I hadn't met him then I doubt I would be living in the U.K right now. And that is majorly life-changing, since I'm all the way on the other side of the world. :)

5. One movie that makes you cry every time? So many do but I would have to say Mamma Mia. Especially the part when they sing "Slipping through my fingers".

6. Who would play the handsome hero in the movie of your life? 
Either Jake Gyllenhaal or Bradley Cooper.

7. How long have you known your oldest friend? I've known them since I was 2. So it's been 20 years!

8. Your favourite book/movie/song? Favourite book is A Thousand Splendid Suns (but that's not including the Harry Potter series), favourite movie is Notting Hill and favourite song is probably anything by Angus & Julia Stone.

9. Three dream cities you have yet to visit? 
New York, Berlin, Stockholm.

10. Three things still on your bucket list? Learn to speak another language, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take cooking or photography classes (or both).

11. School days - happy or sad, good or bad memories? 
(playing basketball for my school)
Overall...happy and good memories. There are always a few teenage dramas.

12.  What - or who - always makes you feel better on those more challenging days? My mum - hands down! And George of course.

13. Recommend a blog to us? Fash-n-Chips. Christine takes some beautiful photos and has inspiring style.

14. Happier now than you were at 20....honestly?! 20 was not too long ago for me. I feel very much the same person. But I do feel happier than 2 years ago. I started a blog within the 2 years and it makes me so happy. 



Please describe yourself in ONE WORD ONLY :) Optimistic.

Tell Me Something : Simple Thoughts


Music or Books?
I love to read, but music always touches my soul

McDreamy or McSteamy?
I never watch tv, unless I’m spending time with one of my daughters.

Heels or favourite winter boots?
heels...I have to disappoint you and confess, I only have one pair.
boots, I have 12!


One beauty product or routine that you would recommend or can't live without?
I have very dry skin. years ago I was a consultant for Lancome.
I had the best skin care at my finger tips.
I’d give anything for that again! I moisturize daily!

One book you would recommend to anyone or that you love and often return to?
I read scriptures daily and if I were stuck on a desert island, I would love to have my bible with me! my favorite series includes The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter.
My favorite inspirational fiction book is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
I love Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe too.

One movie that makes you cry every time?
I always cry during “Sleepless in Seattle”. it was a favorite of mine & my first hubby. It played on tv the evening he passed away. That was 15 years ago and it still gets me.
One life-changing moment?
My major life moments include the birth of each of my girls, marrying two wonderful men, and now sending my first born off to college.



How long have you known your oldest friend?
I’ve known my best friend Kristin ( from Twinkle Life) for what seems like forever.
We grew up across the street from each other.
She has been a loyal , daily encourager to me for decades!

Three dream cities you have yet to visit?
I would love to visit Paris, London & New York ( my husband is from Long Island).

School days - happy or sad, good or bad memories?
School days are happy memories for me, especially high school. I loved high school!

What - or who - always makes you feel better on those more challenging days?
My husband Dan is a constant daily encouragement to me.
He is selfless and kind.
I have no idea how I married such a dream. seriously.

Recommend a blog to us?
My favorite blogs include Life in Grace, Fly Through our Window and Jones Design Company.
Happier now than you were at 20....honestly?!
absolutely! I have loved all stages in my life.
I have had a blessed life and feel so fortunate to come from a family who loved & supported me.
I have friends that have been loyal and supportive to me.
My daughters are the blessings I always hoped for, my little women.

Thank you Simone.
You are a delight. You always have a kind word for me.
While I am far from glamorous, I appreciate you finding loveliness in everyday!


Paige writes the blog Simple Thoughts....it's a blog that is such a pleasure to read every single day.
She has four beautiful girls and as a mother of (just) one daughter, I find it continually inspiring.
It's also about family life.....home life and every day life.
Paige is also a wonderful photographer - all the photos above are her own.

Thanks for writing for me Paige XX

Friday Fabulousness.... Handbags & Handguns

I was so very excited when Simone asked if I'd put together a guest post in her absence. I rattled ideas around in my brain for days. I had an idea then I scratched it. Another came and went. Then, it finally came to me.

My name is Misty, but everyone in blogland knows me as hotpants™. There's a couple of things you should know about me before we can be friends. I love celebrities, vampires and shiny gadgets. I also love Elvis. I could listen to this man sing 24/7. And, that face... those eyes... He was one good lookin' man. As a native Memphian, I thought I'd share a piece of home with each of you.


You're so young and beautiful


And I love you so


Your lips so red


Your eyes that shine


Shame the stars that glow


So fill these lonely arms of mine


And kiss me tenderly


Oh take this heart I offer you


And never set me free


Then you'll be forever young


And beautiful to me




images via pinterest

Tell Me Something : Athena in the Middle


Town or Country?
Country (but not music)

Music or Books?
Music (bc i love to dance -- anywhere and everywhere)

Perfect day - shopping/spa or doing absolutely nothing?
Shopping and Spa

London, Paris, New York or Sydney?
NYC, baby

Bread or Cake?
CAKE - hello!!!! Pastry Chef here.


....this is Summer, isn't she beautiful? 

McDreamy or McSteamy?
Um...neither?

Romantic Hero or Action Hero?
Action Hero (capes are cool)

Prince William or Prince Harry?
HarryHarryHarry

Catherine or Pippa?
Pippa (for her name)

Heels or favourite winter boots?
Winter Boots

French chic or Italian sex appeal?
French chic with a twist of Boho

Chocolate or Coffee?
CHOCOLAT


Great shoes or gorgeous underwear?
Shoes

Pedicure, manicure or massage?
Massage

Talk it out or keep it to yourself?
Talk it out...sometimes too much.

Karaoke - first to sing, last to sing or absolutely-no-way-not-ever?
I let others go first then I sneak in somewhere in the middle.


1. One beauty product or routine that you would recommend or can't live without?
Mascara

2. One book you would recommend to anyone or that you love and often return to?
The Road

3. One item that you would take to a desert island (can't be a person!)?
IPod with a battery that uses the sun as an energy source

4. One life-changing moment?
losing my fallopian tube and almost my life through an ectopic & my father passing from cancer after fighting hard to get to the remission stage.

5. One movie that makes you cry every time?
Waking Ned Devine


6. Who would play the handsome hero in the movie of your life?
Christian Bale in his American Psycho, although he was not so much a hero but very handsome!

7. How long have you known your oldest friend?
32 years

8. Your favourite book/movie/song?
Book - The Road
Movie - The Dark Crystal (this movie terrified me as a child but I am obsessed with it now)
Song - It's a tie --- The Sunshine Song by Jason Mraz bc my dad and I loved that song/Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison - Daddy sang that to me and we danced to it at my wedding and If You Run by The Boxer Rebellion

9. Three dream cities you have yet to visit?
Auckland, New Zealand; Cairo, Egypt; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Summer is studying at night school to be a pastry chef...this photo of her makes me smile :)

10. Three things still on your bucket list?
Sky-dive, climb a mountain, find complete inner peace

11. School days - happy or sad, good or bad memories?
Grammar School = bad bc I was teased and called the Jolly Green Giant.
High school - good and funny.

12. What - or who - always makes you feel better on those more challenging days?
My kitty boys -- Oliver and Tabasco

13. Recommend a blog to us?

14. Happier now than you were at 20....honestly?!
I cannot really say happier, but wiser for sure.
I believe happiness comes and goes throughout your whole life and I try not to compare the old days to the new.
There is plenty of happiness to go around and if I cannot find it, I make it.

Please describe yourself in ONE WORD ONLY :)
-- all that and the kitchen sink. kidding! resilient

And finally, what is the one thing you know for sure?
Life is too short to be unhappy.


I met Summer Bailey Brown (as I like to call her as it's such a lovely name!) through her blog
Athena in the Middle last year and we just connected.
We met in fact when her Daddy - Daddy Butch - was very ill with cancer.
Summer is in NYC and her Daddy was in Louisiana...
Something about the situation and the way Summer wrote about Daddy Butch touched me and I wrote about them here and here ....
Summer had started a "Dollar for Daddy" plan and through my blog, so many of you wrote to Daddy Butch and supported Summer and her family, it was amazing....

Unfortunately, Daddy Butch passed away on October 24 last year....Summer has had an unbelievably hard time.

She is though the most positive - and yes, resilient, girl - you can literally see her pushing herself forward to her goals and dreams.
She writes a great and very honest blog and I am just very fond of her, I know she's a special and very inspiring girl.
She deserves great things.
Thanks so much for writing this for me Summer XX


Tell Me Something : Wildflowers


Town or Country?
I am a small town girl that adores the country ~ how is that for skirting the question!

Music or Books?
OK ~ I cannot choose ~ I cannot imagine my life without either of these

Perfect day - shopping/spa or doing absolutely nothing?
Doing absolutely nothing ~ staying in my pj’s and reading a really good book


London, Paris, New York or Sydney?
Since I have only personally been to one I will have to say New York although London and Paris are on my bucket list

Bread or Cake?
Bread ~ hands down. Squishy fresh bread please

McDreamy or McSteamy?
McDreamy please ~ with whipped cream on top


Romantic Hero or Action Hero?
Romantic Hero all the way ~ I am a sap!

Prince William or Prince Harry?
Wills ~ I think Diana would be proud

Catherine or Pippa?
Catherine ~ she is stunning and carries herself so well. She seems comfortable in her own skin

Heels or favourite winter boots?
Although I cannot wear the heels that I used to I still love to drool over them


French chic or Italian sex appeal?
Ooh la la ~ give me Italian please

Chocolate or Coffee?
I need my coffee in the morning but I would never be able to give up chocolate

Great shoes or gorgeous underwear?
Great shoes all the way


Pedicure, manicure or massage?
Love my tootsies being pampered so a pedi for me please

Talk it out or keep it to yourself?
I tend to do a bit of both but talking it out is the healthier option

Karaoke - first to sing, last to sing or absolutely-no-way-not-ever?
I am usually in the first group of singers ~ it’s all about the music


 
1. One beauty product or routine that you would recommend or can't live without?
I take my makeup off every single night ~ wish I had of started this when I was in my 20’s. Moisturize each and every day ~ my fav is Victoria’s Secret Hand & Body Cream in Pear Glace

2. One book you would recommend to anyone or that you love and often return to?
I so enjoyed reading Water for Elephants and would recommend it to anyone

3. One item that you would take to a desert island (can't be a person!)?
My MP3 player or an iPad with endless battery life!


4. One life-changing moment?
This is a sad one but it would be the day I lost my Dad. It was the first time that I truly felt such a deep loss and having that hole in my heart was huge and changed my life and how I see some things

5. One movie that makes you cry every time?
Dumbo makes me cry and so does Armageddon ~ yup and action packed movie and I was a slobbering idiot!


6. Who would play the handsome hero in the movie of your life?
Richard Gere ~ I could watch him read the phone book

7. How long have you known your oldest friend?
Well since we started Grade 1 together it would have to be Robyn & Tracey ~ we have been friends for 41 years ~ wow I am old!


8. Your favourite book/movie/song?
I have some favourite authors but not one book that I would call my fav.
Pretty Woman has always been on my fav movie list along with St. Elmo’s Fire and Shawshank Redemption.
There are so many songs that speak to me ~ I Hope You Dance by LeeAnn Womack ~ Crazy for You by Madonna and Switchin to Glide by the Kings are on my playlist.

9. Three dream cities you have yet to visit?
London (because of a special girl), Nashville (for my love of country music) and Las Vegas (it is a place that Trev & I want to experience together)


10. Three things still on your bucket list?
Travel, travel, travel and see as much as I can see

11. School days - happy or sad, good or bad memories?
I had lots of friends and had great times so all in all very happy memories

12. What - or who - always makes you feel better on those more challenging days?
I turn to my blog list when I need a chuckle or want to feel inspired

13. Recommend a blog to us?
Farmgirl Paints ~ Becky is such a beautiful person inside and out. I love her honesty, her photography and her faith. It is one of my must reads.
(I read Becky's blog too Lori and love it, it's a great read. I really like Becky, she is wonderfully honest.)

14. Happier now than you were at 20....honestly?!
I am wiser and more content with myself now so I would have to say that I am happier now. I had a blast in my 20’s ~ did some stupid things but I lived through them.


Please describe yourself in ONE WORD ONLY :)
Loyal (kind of makes me sound like a dog!)


And finally, what is the one thing you know for sure?
I know that girlfriends are truly the best treasures in the world.
Whether they have been by your side for years and years or loving you from afar.
No one can tell you like it is or pick you up and dust you off like a girlfriend can.
We are all sisters in our own special way.


Lori is from Canada and writes the blog Wildflowers ....
we've known each other for over 10 years now and - thankfully for me - she is, quite simply, part of my every day XX







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