Category Archives: Blogs I Love

Answering some questions

The incredibly sweet Maya asked me (and some other bloggers) a few questions, which I thought I’d answer in a post today.

1. How long have you been blogging?

I’ve blogged since I was in my early teens, but I took a decisive step in forging my own proper little space on the Internet on 1 January 2011. I absolutely adore it, and it’s still very surprising to be approached by people saying that they love visiting my blog every so often.

2. Is there one international blogger whose style you admire most, or aspire to be like? 

I cannot just pick one. Blogs have been my life for so many years, I can’t even remember when I ever started reading and following them. Recent loves: Sophie, Swiss Miss, A Beautiful Mess, Luce, Rosie.

3. What are your top three summer essentials?

Lip balm, sunglasses, and sun cream.

4. Naked face or naked nails?

Naked nails.

5. What are you reading at the moment? 

I’m actually reading a book about another book: Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women.

6. What’s your most recent beauty or fashion related purchase?

I bought a couple of dresses (and a skirt and a blazer) from Promod a few days ago in their July Sale. Some beautiful bits.

7. How do you feel about fashion or beauty trends? A definite must, or more like guidelines that you might incorporate into your own style if you like them? 

I love spotting new trends, but rarely try anything out myself. I have my own little comfortable style with regard to fashion and beauty which I rarely stray from, but I do sometimes like to give a few trends a go. I’ve never tried peplum, for example, but sometimes love trying out the latest hyped-up beauty product.

8. One thing you’re planning to do this summer? 

Work throughout! And survive. And plan the future. And actually receive my notarial warrant. (I know, these are more than “one thing”…)

9. Are you strict with yourself when it comes to scheduling your blogging, or do you prefer to blog as inspiration hits you?

One thing I find really useful is that I have set days when I post certain types of blog posts – like my almost-never-missed-one Things I Love Thursday posts, or my Music Mondays, and my semi-regular photo mishmashes on a Sunday. This means that there’s always personal, regular content on my blog, but there’s plenty of space for spontaneous posts for whenever inspiration strikes.

10. One tip or trick you’ve learnt that helps you with your blogging?

Scheduling! I didn’t really used to embrace it a few years ago, but in the last couple of years it’s been absolutely instrumental in ensuring regular posts, especially when I have other deadlines to meet. It’s great to know that posts will be going up in the following weeks, and I don’t need to worry about the fact that there’s going to be any huge lull in content on my blog.

11. If you had an unlimited budget, where would you love to travel to? 

OH-MY-GOD this is a dream question. My answer? A bunch of really remote or hard-to-get-to places in the world. And North Korea. And New Zealand. And Iceland, always. And everywhere else, please, actually. OOH, AND I’M DYING TO VISIT IRAN. Just give me the unlimited budget, and I’ll be off.

Thanks again to Maya for the awesome questions. :)

My Morning Routine

MorninginMalta_Claire Bonello

Morning routines are some of my favourite posts to read online. How someone spends their mornings is very fascinating to me, especially when they’re from another country or have a drastically different lifestyle when compared to mine. This is just a short post to let you know that the lovely Sarah from Yes and Yes recently interviewed me about my morning routine (as someone from Malta) for her Mornings In series, and I’m really pleased with how it all turned out.

Check out the Mornings in Malta post here, and leave a comment on the post letting me know what you think and whether your morning routine is similar to mine. (My boyfriend Davidpreviously seen here – actually left a rather hilarious comment with his own Maltese morning routine.)

Answering some questions

The lovely Dorianne tagged me for a ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’ on her blog a couple of weeks ago. My tasks are to list 11 facts about myself and to answer questions set by Dorianne. (I should also come up with 11 questions myself and tag people – but I’m settling on just answering Dorianne’s questions, and if anyone would like to do the tag, just go ahead and share some facts about yourself on your own blog!) :)

11 facts about myself:

1. I’ve spent the entirety of my adult life (6 and a half years up till now) as a full-time university student.

2. I’m more of a sunset than a sunrise kind of person.

3. I’m a cat person, not a dog person (although some dogs do make my heart go all a-flutter – like corgis) – however, I’d like to have a kitten and a puppy at some point of my life, and have them grow up together and be all adorable and an integral part of my family.

4. History and English literature are my two favourite school subjects.

5. My everyday outfit/uniform has become dress + cardigan + tights (and just “dress” in the summer), so that’s what I’m usually wearing. I think I’ve only worn trousers a handful of times in the past 3 years.

6. I’m a nail biter.

7. Proofreading is one of my favourite activities – I can’t wait to get back into taking a bunch of jobs once my own thesis is ready.

8. One of my favourite vegetables is asparagus.

9. I’m scared about the future, and yet I’m very ambitious (I’d like to live abroad again, have incredibly satisfying jobs, make a lot of money, make the world a better place, write a book or two or seven, and more and more and more).

10. I am a feminist. (Duh.)

11. I’m one of the most reliable people I know.

Answering 11 questions:

1. Name one thing which makes you smile.

Seeing my parents, boyfriend, and close friends genuinely happy.

2. What’s one beauty trend that you just can’t stand?

(Technically a fashion trend, but still sort of on the same vein…) Professional women wearing crazy high heels. I can’t stand groups of lawyers walking around Valletta with the women being held back as they’re trying to keep up due to their ridiculous high heels. No, thank you.

3. Dogs or cats?

Eek, already answered this in my 11 Facts above. Cats.

4. Your best bargain so far?

A lot of things I buy from Primark which turn out to be of really good quality. Whenever that happens, I realise two years later that I’m still wearing the same thing and it’s still in great condition. For example, a duck print dress I bought from Primark a couple of years ago. Still going strong, and I still wear it a few times a month.

5. Your favourite childhood movie?

The Lion King.

6. Who’s your favourite author? (you can only pick one)

Ian McEwan.

7. Have you made any new year’s resolutions for this year?

Not really. My anxiety about the first half of 2014 has prevented me from really making any, as I usually do.

8. What’s something you’ve done that, perhaps, changed your life to the better?

Entered an essay competition which earned me a place at a summer school at the University of Iceland.

9. Which is worse: too much perfume or body odour?

Too much body odour, I guess.

10. If you could be any influential person for a day who would you be and why?

The President of the USA.

11. Something you’re craving for right now?

Deep fried cheese. I’m not the healthiest, am I?

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This was great fun.

Blogs I Love: A Beautiful Mess

Wait for it: this blog post might change your life. A Beautiful Mess is a blog I discovered over the summer – and it has become my go-to website for beautiful images, perfectly-crafted blog posts, and recipes (yes, even recipes!).

I’m simply addicted to this blog – run by two beautiful and ridiculously-talented sisters. They are just such great bloggers, and I would love to become half as wonderful as they are, one day. =)

I mean, sugar cookies. CHOCOLATE sugar cookies. Seriously?

Favourite posts (even though each and every one is usually pure gold):

Blogging Secrets

Summer Tarts (I’ve made both of these several times and they are to.die.for.)

White Chocolate and Nutella Truffles (cannot WAIT to make these)

I need to make this Cranberry Red Wine Spritzer and this Sangria.

Five Tips for Creating the Perfect Cheese Platter.

Must make this Braided Rug.

(They really do have other blog posts – not just recipes, like beauty and photography – but the vast majority of my favourite ones are definitely the recipes. <3)

Top 11 Blogs I Love (2011)

This has been a toughie. I simply cannot narrow it down. (And that’s leaving aside the fact that there are A KAZILLION awesome blogs out there, many of which I am sadly unaware.) But here are 11 blogs that I’ve particularly loved during 2011:

1. Yes and Yes – A classic. One of the loveliest blogs ever, and super-highly recommended.

2. Swiss Miss – Where on earth does this lady find all her wonderful links, products, and quotes? Most posts on this site will be the best you’ve read all day.

3. Gala Darling – She’s what I like to call the Mother of all Lady Bloggers. And she doesn’t even seem all that motherly! She’s been at it for years, and her posts with lists on how to make your life brighter, happier, and so on are my favourites.

4. Cupcakes and Cashmere – I used to follow this blog a while ago, but then didn’t really keep myself updated. Earlier this year, however, I rediscovered the absolute beauty of this blog, and now I simply adore the daily posts of utterly gorgeous clothes, food, and design.

5. Lifehacker – Not really a blog at all, but I’ve been in love with this amazing website for years and years. Great tips, tricks and hacks for every problem you didn’t even know you had.

6. Charade – Always a favourite. Cheerful blogs with pretty pictures, and Megan is a lovely girl.

7. A Cup of Jo – This blog always gives me nice things to look at, and the writing is so fantastic and effective. Love.

8. Unruly Things – Gorgeous clothes and links.

9. Accidentally, Kle – An adorable Maltese lady living in England with such a lovely blog. In the past year it’s also helped that she’s had her first baby (a.k.a. adorableness overload).

10. Afeitar – A librarian with a great sense of style that I often find myself trying hard to emulate. Also an amazing baker.

11. WishWishWish – Beautiful photos, clothes, and products featured here. Very dreamy, too.

Runners-Up: Flying Saucer, Always Something, Someday Hopes, Le Blog de Betty, The Cherry Blossom Girl, Nubby Twiglet, Smart Pretty and Awkward… SO MANY. It’s no surprise that my Google Reader is absolutely bursting. More lovely blogs have been featured earlier in the year, and there will certainly be lots more in the near future. (Also stay tuned for a Favourite Tumblogs post, and a Favourite Online Comics post!)

Blogs I Love: Why Don’t You…? on Smaggle

This is more specific than an entire blog. I thoroughly enjoy Ms Carly Jacobs’ whole blog, but my favourite posts are her Why Don’t You…? ones. Seriously, they’re the best lists ever. They make me want to go outside and pick flowers while wearing a flowy dress and bright red lipstick. Please scroll through a few of the posts and incorporate some points into your day.

Blogs I Love: Someday Hopes

(from http://somedayhopes.blogspot.com/)

I came across this little gem of a blog very recently, but I am already firmly in love. It’s a very simple concept, but each post-snippet makes me sigh happily and think of how wonderful the future will be.

Some of my favourites are wearing a short wedding dress, buying frilly unmentionables, watching Mumford & Sons live in concert, having a dream job, and wearing fake eyelashes.