Versatile Blogger Award Tag

I've been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award twice now, so it's about time I got my post up. Big thanks to Hannah and Chelsey for tagging me - both have blogs I read regularly and they're definitely worth checking out. I really like the idea behind this, I've enjoyed reading other people's posts, finding new blogs in the nominations, and learning a bit more about the bloggers themselves. It's nice to get to know each other beyond which creams and colours we like to put on our faces, y'know?

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Link their blog to your post.
3. Write 7 facts about yourself.
4. Tag/nominate 15 people to do the same.

As I'm pretty new to the beauty blogging community and a lot of my favourites have already been nominated, I haven't managed to come up with fifteen, but here are ten ladies whose blogs I love:



So, here are my seven facts!

1. I'm a die hard Die Hard fan, and I'm fully in lust with McClane. My best friend and I, after inventing a Die Hard drinking game and playing every week for a few months, immortalised our love of the films with matching "Yippee-ki-yay" ankle tattoos. No, I don't regret the tattoo and no, I'm not going to regret it when I'm older. (Just to be clear though, Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard don't exist as far as I'm concerned. Utter tripe.)

2. I grew up in a bookshop, kind of. My grandparents owned a second-hand bookshop in Cardiff, and I spent a lot of weekends and after-school time there. An obvious result of this is that I love reading, but also I blame it for how much I hate the feel and sight of a brand new book. I like my reading material to be dog eared, well loved and musty smelling. I also have a massive soft spot for cheesy Mills & Boon covers, but probably won't ever go as far as to actually read one.

3. I have a birth mark covering most of my left arm that looks a bit like a giant red cloud. Incredibly, I've managed to never feel self-conscious about it (to be honest, I don't remember ever even really being aware of it). I occasionally get people nervously asking about it though, obviously concerned that it might be a scar from a horrible burn or something, so I figured I'd mention it now in case it shows up in any future swatches and anyone gets curious!

3. I'm a fluent Welsh-speaker. I live in Cardiff and had a Welsh-medium education - felly dwi gallu siarad yr iaith yn rhygl. I get frustrated by people who say it's a dying language, or that it's a pointless one to learn. It made French lessons in school a lot easier because its structure is closer to a lot of European languages than English, and there's an absolutely thriving community of Welsh speakers all over Wales. Hefyd, dwi'n eitha mwynhau siarad am bethau cyfrinachol o flaen pobol sy ddim gallu siarad Cymraeg ;)

4. I'm a plant killer. I want my house to be an indoor jungle, but however many times I go plant shopping full of optimism and intent to remember to water them, I always end up back at square one and have to just settle for a house that contains a dead fern and a wilting peace lily instead. Same story in the garden; every summer I spend way too much in the garden centre and make my little concrete yard look lovely then by September everything's dead.

5. I've done the thing I swore I'd never do when I was a music obsessed, guitar playing, indie kid teenager - I've totally stopped listening to new bands. Not deliberately or anything, I just kind of forgot to keep looking out for new music. I'm big into Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths, Springsteen and Patti Smith, which kind of limits how many gigs I end up going to. (I don't just listen to the music my mother liked though - other favourites include Adam Green, Jesse Malin, Johnny Flynn and I Am Kloot).

6. I like new places. I'm lucky to have visited a whole load of different countries, and I love nothing more than exploring a new place, learning new customs and figuring out the basics of new languages. My family has Polish roots, so other cultures have always been interesting to me. The holidays I was taken on as a teenager shaped me, and I really want my son to grow up with the same wanderlust I inherited from my mother.

7. Misia is the Polish word for teddy-bear, but the name I go by isn't the one listed on my birth certificate. My official name is Michaela, but apparently my grandfather didn't approve of it at all because "Michaela is a Russian man's name". Somehow the debate got quite heated while my mother was in labour, and it culminated with him insisting that he was going to call me Misia. I was born shortly after and the name stuck. Fun fact though: Misia is a man's name in Russia, so I'm apparently a Russian dude either way.
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26 comments:

  1. Haha, I would have never figured you were a Russian dude!
    Thanks for the nomination, but I have been nominated already back when I started blogging, so I will pass for now.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Ha, I hide it well :p
      I seem to have managed to nominate quite a few people who've already done it - oops! I shall go have a read of yours later then :) X

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  2. Congrats on your nomination dear, well deserved! Also loved learning more about you, so cool that you speak Welsh! I also giggled at you being a plant killer hehe. xxxxx

    www.romantiquely.com

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    1. Thanks, lovely! Yeah, it's funny - I really didn't see the point of Welsh when I was actually in school, it's only after I left that I really appreciated having the second language :) X

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  3. loved reading the post......congratulations for the award...

    www.crazyaboutcolors.com

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  4. Lol, Hi Michaela, um Misia, both pretty names. Fab post, made me chuckle in parts and you sound fun. I love old books too, none of this Kindle malarky..we need turned and savoured pages. Thank you for the nomination but if you have a look through my blog you will see a few things about me on my post.Cheers lovely.
    Heidi x

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    1. See, I actually quite like my Kindle! I received one as a gift and was totally against the idea of them before, but it's proved quite useful for travelling with and for some of the free classics you can get on there. It's totally rubbish in terms of finding new reading material though - I find picking a book from a selection much harder than going to a bookshop and having a flick through.
      I'll check out yours later :) X

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  5. Thank you for the nomination, thats so sweet! :) I already did one a few months back but you can find it here - http://www.juicyyyjesss.co.uk/2015/08/the-versatile-blogger-award.html#more

    I struggled to come up with 15 also! I can't stop listening to Catfish and the Bottlemen at the minute, you should give them a listen :) I also LOVE Die Hard too!
    Jess @ JuicyyyJesss

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    1. Ooh, I'll give them a go later, thanks! It's definitely hard to find people - I thought I'd managed to choose people who hadn't done it but obviously didn't look hard enough as about half my nominations have said the same, ha! I shall give yours a read later :) X

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  6. Thanks for the nomination! And I am going to spend the evening checking out all the other bloggers you tagged :) I loved your facts.

    Your fellow plant killer :) Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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    1. They're definitely all worth a read :) And glad to know I'm not the only one who isn't blessed with green fingers! X

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  7. Oh dear, I have never seen Die Hard! I will make the effort to see it. I also have a birth mark on my leg - I never even think about it.
    jaspooleblog.com

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    1. Ooh, you definitely should watch it! It's not *technically* a Christmas film, but it's kind of Christmas themed, but it's always on TV in December! (It's super cheesy, but bloody brilliant!) x

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  8. LOVED this tag and your answers, girlie. I am also a professional plant killer haha. It's amazing that you are fluent in Welsh. We live close to the border with North Wales and I love it whenever we go across, the language reminds me of Harry Potter spells :) But then again, I am not even a native English speaker ;)
    Russian dude would be called Misha, so you are good hon lol ;)
    So nice to get to know you better.
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. There is something a bit Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings-ish about it - the whole Celtic thing I guess :)
      Useful to know the distinction in Russian too! X

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  9. Great post dear! Have a nice day:)

    irenethayer.com

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    1. It is a pretty good one, I'm glad it didn't just end up being "Michaela, cos we liked it"! X

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  11. Aw this is a lovely post, I love these kind of posts :) I'm a little bit jealous of your bookshop-owning grandparents, I could happily take a sleeping bag and move into a bookshop! The story behind your name is lovely, too. I'd love to learn Welsh - I sometimes listen to Welsh radio in my car and it's so soothing & musical to listen to even though I don't understand a word! I think it's a beautiful language.

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It was a brilliant place to grow up! I really like the sound of Welsh too, I unfortunately don't speak it as much as I'd like to anymore :( X

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