Nomination for the Liebster Award

February 22, 2016

Spring Wrap Dress mikialamode style blogFirst off, I want to thank the lovely The Whimsical Fawn blogger, Crissy who nominated me for this award.  I feel so honored.  Having had some kinks with my google analytics recently and being a newcomer to the personal blogging world, I wasn’t sure anyone was even reading or visiting, so it was a really special to be mentioned by someone as sweet and talented as her.

Here are some rules relating to the Liebster Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog in your post.
2. Show the award in your blog or in your post.
3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
4. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you feel deserve the award.
6. Create a list of new questions for your nominees to answer.
7. Once your blog is published, let your nominees know that they have been nominated & link them to your post for more details.

Crissy asked me a list of questions to answer, and since I haven’t divulged this much about myself, I was excited to take part. I tried my best to answer these, but one that I struggled with, so I’ll return to it later.  I hope you enjoy!

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1) What made you start blogging?

My sister got a random invitation to fashion week. I had never been to a fashion show and hadn’t shown much interest in it before. I had so much fun with her and became hooked. In university, I started buying tickets and entered contests to try and win tickets to Fashion Week in Toronto. I ended up going for back-to-back seasons over many years. I didn’t even mind going alone. I eventually started attending a few shows with a close friend of mine, who eventually launched his own fashion label JUZD.  His label ended up being sold in Holt Renfrew and various upscale boutiques across Canada.  He also started a fashion blog on the side and asked me if I’d be interested in blogging about all of the events and fashion shows I was attending on Fashion Style Blog.  I had wanted to start a blog for about 3-4 years at this point, but didn’t know how, so I really welcomed the invitation and was thrilled to cover a ton of things I attended ranging from fundraisers, grand openings, fashion shows, new launches, etc. With Fashion Style Blog I got to attend fashion week, grand openings, and media events – it’s what I had wanted for years and after a few months of hard work, I put us in a position where I didn’t need to look out for them much anymore. That’s the mentality I wish people to have:  If you really want it, you have to go after it.  The worst that’ll happen is someone will say no – but don’t let that deter you. I loved being seated at the shows and seeing new collections up close. For me, I would say the thrill is equivalent to those who love a great concert or a sports game, except I got to dress up and mingle, and as an extrovert it was up my alley. I really enjoyed that aspect of fashion, but I started wanting to blog on a more personal level. From time to time I still help, but my friend and I both have other aspirations, so we go back to Fashion Style Blog when life isn’t as crazy. Now, Fashion Style Blog is a good source of helping other people who want to blog about designers, style and fashion, without having to start their own blog.

2) Do you have a bucket list? If so, can you share with us a few things on that list?

I have a huge travel and life bucket list.  I travel a lot and used to take short job contract jobs just so I could spend a few weeks travelling in my own time.  I would love to go to Bora Bora, Machu Pichu, Fiji, see Morocco, Southern France, explore Italy, go to Ankor Wat and see the Himalayas.  I love World Heritage Sites.  It would be amazing to re-visit the Maldives, Thailand and Japan with my husband. Eventually, we would like to go to Disneyworld and Hawaii with our families.  I would like to learn how to manage, master metrics and search engine optimization. Collaborating with other bloggers is on my list and I know I’ll eventually work with some good brands with strong ethics. Finally, it would be incredible for blogging be the main source of income for both Tom and I.

Astr Dress mikialamode styleblog3) Tell us one childhood memory that brings a smile to your face!

My family and I used to go to the nearby beach when I was a kid and played a lot of sports.  When I started playing volleyball in grade 4 of elementary school, my dad would pepper (pass the ball) with me and when he got tired, my mom would be a trooper and play with me.  I used to go bike riding with my dad in the neighbourhood, too.  Those are some of the most precious and most wonderful moments of my life.

4) Please tell me about your dream vacation! Where do you want to go & who’s going with you on this amazing trip?

I would like to do Bora Bora, Maldives, Thailand and Machi Pichu with my husband.  We did Dominican Republic, Greece, Spain, Italy and numerous weekend trips to the US in 2015.  Staying in a private hut on the waters of Bora Bora is on the list over the next couple of years.

5) What is your favorite movie of all time?

I loved The Little Mermaid as a kid. In University, it was A Beautiful Mind, which is a drama about an economic theory: the Prisoner’s Dilemma (I know, probably unexpected), and over the last few years, The Devil Wears Prada – probably the only movie I’ve seen more than three times.

6) If you could be one person (alive or dead) for a day who would it be and how would you spend your day?

The struggle is real because I never have an answer to this.  If I ever get asked this during a job interview, I would completely blank.  I really, really need to think about this one.  I find it so hard because there are so many amazing people, but also reasons why I might not choose to be them.  I have to get back to this one later.

7) If you can only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

I can literally live off Haagen Daaz vanilla ice cream with almonds. My husband has to remind me not to eat the whole thing when I buy them because I devour an entire pint in one sitting and frown when I’m done, and not because I feel bad for the calories consumed, but because I want more.  If I could live with working out 5 hours a day, not clog my arteries and gain 1,000 lbs, maybe I could make this work!

8) If you can recommend one book you think everyone should read before they die what would it be & why?

This is probably totally unexpected, but it’s an inspirational coffee table book that has one quote per page.  The book is dedicated to inspiring you to live a fulfilling life and it’s called, May You Live a Life You Love by M.H. Clark.  Even kids can read this.  Less is more.

9) What brand of clothing are you currently loving?

I’m not very brand loyal for anything except my shoes.  I like to wear whatever makes me feel good, adds an extra bounce in my step and helps me feel incredibly confident.  Sometimes it’s something vintage and sometimes it’s new. A few brands that I love include Prada, Missoni, BCBG Max Azria, ZARA, Forever 21, Nike, Self Portrait, Alice McCall, Jonathan Simkhai, David Dixon, Valentino, Gucci, Missguided, Boohoo, Asos, etc.

10) Do you enjoy cooking? If you do, tell us what your favorite thing to cook or bake is!

Yes, I enjoy cooking.  Tom and I actually eat very healthy when we cook, but then we indulge from time to time.  I enjoy making chicken salad, chicken piccata, or steak.  For breakfast, I love avocado toast, coffee, greek yogurt with dragon fruit and blueberries. When I lived in Japan, I loved making sake salmon.  On rare occasions, I enjoy making hot chocolate, but only for Christmas or on cold days now.  I don’t bake treats much because Tom and I really spoil ourselves when we make them.  It usually involves us eating a dozen cookies, an entire cake, two plates of stuffed french toast per person, 5 pancakes each or something absolutely ridiculous in just one sitting.

11) Do you have any goals or aspirations with your blog? If you do, please share them with us!

I would love to be sponsored by a good fashion label, and one that has strong ethics or gives back to the less fortunate would really be great.  I’d also love for blogging to become my main income source down the road.  My lifestyle has revolved around fashion, fitness and travel and I would love for it to remain that way.  Isn’t that the dream?  To do what you love and get paid for it?Spring Wrap Dress mikialamode lifestyle blogAstr Wrap Dress mikialamode


 For this award, I would like to nominate the following amazing bloggers.  I think each have a unique voice and deserve recognition.  I would like to see them all succeed and for us to all grow together.

1) Tazhiana of TazhiLuxe – She has great beauty tips and so cool. Someone I’m sure I’d hang out with & have so much fun with.
2) Linda Arhin, a founder of Spread Style– I like how cool, stylish & talented she is. The girl I’d hang out with, go for brunch/happy hour with.
3) Rach of RD’s Obsessions – I love finding another style blogger that’s pretty new with a great sense of style.
4) Brittny of Brittny Kindred – Total glamazon. Smart, pretty and again another beauty blogger.
5) Adrienne of Beyond the Exterior.  She’s so cute, a total sweetheart and is so passionate about fashion.

The questions I’d like to ask each of them are:

1) How did you get into blogging?
2) What are some bloggers that inspire you?
3) What has been your favorite travel destination?  And, where do you want to go next?
4) Do you have a blogging schedule? What days have you found to be the best to publish your work?
5) What are some of your favorite social media & editing apps?
6) What is the top activity you do to drive traffic to your blog?
7) Can you share a couple of dream collaborations you’d want for your blog?
8) Do you have any guilty pleasures or indulgences? (food, travel, beauty, etc)
9) What’s your next big purchase?
10) Do you have any favorite brands or fashion labels you’re loving right now? If so, which ones?
11) What are some online sites you get amazing deals for beauty, fashion or for your blog?

If you answer these questions, please nominate 5-11 bloggers who you think deserve recognition (under 1000 followers is the recommendation, but not strictly so).  Also ask 11 question’s you’d love to know about them & share it on your blog.

For those that have been nominated, feel free to not do this if this isn’t your thing! I just wanted to give you a shout out and understand that not everyone wants to answer these questions.  For those of you who do participate, please tag me when your blog post is up so I can read your answers! This was a chance for me to share a little more on a personal level.  Thanks so much to Crissy for nominating me!

Outfit: Shoes by Chanel.  Dress by ASTR.

Photo credits to Rise Again BJJ

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  • Adele Miner February 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing.. lovely pictures too! I really like your blog, let me know if you would like to follow each other!

    • miki February 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks, beautiful. You can find me on bloglovin’ and Twitter. 🙂 Xo, Miki

  • Filipa Jackson February 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Wow this dress is absolutely beautiful… also loving your location, these images are perfect

    Happy Monday hope you have an amazing week

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

    • miki February 22, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Happy Monday to you too! Xo, Miki

  • Abby February 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    First off, that dress is simply gorgeous! Looking great on you!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

    • miki February 22, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Rai February 23, 2016 at 1:54 am

    You’re answers are so interesting! I love how you got into blogging! That’s a lot of fashion shows haha
    I’m with you for eating ice cream as the one food for the rest of your life hands down gelato all those different flavours will make it seem like different meals, how can you go wrong?! haha
    Your travel list sounds amazing! At the top of mine is just to travel around Europe I’m saving up as we speak! 🙂

    Rai |

    • miki February 23, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Haha. I know. I literally binged on fashion shows. I love Europe! Where do you plan on visiting?

  • ana February 23, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Nice nomination, the questions are really interesting

    have a nice day

    • miki February 23, 2016 at 10:55 am


  • Ana February 23, 2016 at 5:10 am

    This post is really interesting! xxx

    • miki February 23, 2016 at 10:59 am


  • rasa February 23, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Beautiful photos, love your dress so much! xo

    • miki February 23, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment!!

  • Taylor Aube February 23, 2016 at 6:37 am

    You’re so beautiful! I loved reading this Q&A. A travel destination I’ve been dying to go, just like you, is the south of France! SO beautiful!

    • miki February 23, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Thanks so much! Ooh. I LOVE the idea of going through the south of France. All the food, people, architecture, beautiful landscapes & scenery! 🙂 It would be great if we got to go very soon!

  • Jubyda February 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

    nice post

    • miki February 23, 2016 at 11:02 am


  • Carina February 23, 2016 at 11:53 am

    You look gorgeous and I love how you started blogging! You’re so lucky to have attended so many shows!


    • miki February 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks so much! It was actually a lot of work and hunting at the beginning. Anything worth having in life doesn’t come easy, but the rewards can be awesome. 🙂

  • TOUCHOFGUCCI February 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Your dress is super pretty! Love it! Also loved reading this to get to know you a bit better! x


    • miki February 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks! So sweet.

  • Prudence February 24, 2016 at 1:00 am

    You look stunning in the dress and congrats on getting nominated!


    • miki February 25, 2016 at 10:15 am


  • Faye February 25, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Lovely post, dear!! .x

    • miki February 25, 2016 at 10:12 am


  • Remi Sabbah February 25, 2016 at 8:57 am

    You look stunning honey! It’s great that you got nominated! Congratulations! <3 xxx
    New post on the blog:

    • miki February 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Sally. February 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I LOVE reading these posts so much, congratulations on your nomination. You looked so beautiful in that floral/petal dress. I’d love to visit Bora Bora and Thailand too, it would be such a dream holiday. I could totally live off ice cream too haha, it’s dangerous delicious stuff!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    • miki March 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks so much Sally! 🙂 I hope you’ll find an incredible deal and travel to those places too. They look stunning, don’t they? 🙂

  • vera February 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Beautiful dress.

    Blonde in Cashmere

    • miki February 25, 2016 at 6:14 pm


  • Ella Pinto February 26, 2016 at 5:06 am

    I hope you know you’re a very beautiful human being. And I’ll always read your blog and be here so don’t you worry because you’ll never be alone. You bring alot to the blogging table and I know you’re going to be very successful in this department in the future because you’re so good at it. It’s all a matter of time. If anyone deserves it, you do.

    I like how you said you’re into World Heritage Sites. I say this because as someone who has a degree in Tourism (more precisely to be tour guide), that’s something that’s always been in me. It’s in my blood. When I want to visit a place, I do so because of its history and architecture, and its beauty. Which is what World Heritage Sites are all about in the first place.

    If you allow me this recommendation, and not wanting to sound biased, you should add Portugal to that list. I know we’re a very small country, but if you’re into historic sites, then we’re right there up your alley. I’d say visit Lisbon, Porto, Alentejo. There’s so much to do, and if you ever need I’ll help you out with that.

    Your goals are pretty similar to mine. There’s so much I want to do and achieve. The list is endless.

    Congratulations on this, I loved learning more about you!
    Ella x

    • miki February 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      I really appreciate your kind words! 🙂 Portugal is definitely on my list, and there are so many world heritage sites to see. I almost booked a trip to Porto twice, but just couldn’t work my schedule well enough to make it worth while. 🙂 Maybe next time I’m in Europe!

  • Julia February 26, 2016 at 5:28 am

    I love seeing everyone’s answers! And I’m right there with you with where you want to travel! 🙂

    • miki February 27, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Haha. These are so personal, but often have surprising answers, so I really enjoy reading them too! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Cara February 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Love your answers! The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite movies too <3 and vanilla and almond ice cream sounds amazing x

    • miki February 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, ice cream is a serious weakness. haha

  • Eva February 27, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Such a gorgeous dress. Love it 🙂

    xoxo Eva |

    • miki February 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks so much Eva!!

  • alice February 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Ahh congratulations on the award, so exciting! I loved reading through your responses, it’s always interesting getting a glimpse into another blogger’s daily life!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • miki February 29, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Thanks so much Alice. 🙂

  • Rachel February 28, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Love that dress as well. I like the color of your dress!

    • miki February 29, 2016 at 12:05 am

      Thanks a bunch! 🙂

  • Dianne Tho February 29, 2016 at 1:37 am

    aw, i loved to know more about you, dear 😀
    these pics are marvelous and i’ve already taked notes about that book

    • miki March 3, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      That book is so refreshing. 🙂 Hope you get it. Thanks for visiting!

  • Monique | WritingMonique February 29, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Gorgeous photos! I loved reading this, it’s nice to know a bit more about you know!

    • miki February 29, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Monique! I had a lot of fun writing it. It’s much more personal than my usual posts and appreciate your kind comment! 🙂

  • DEMELER February 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    so lovely

    • miki February 29, 2016 at 9:31 pm


  • March and May February 29, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Great post. Love your questions (and answers). And I love your dress. So beautiful.

    March and May

    • miki February 29, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks so much! So sweet of you.

  • Crissy March 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I am so happy you did this blog post! Sorry that it took me a while to actually leave you a comment! I’ve been so busy since I got back from traveling two weeks ago.

    I really enjoyed reading this post and having a chance to get to know you better. It’s amazing that you made it so stylish too! Love your outfit!

    I love your childhood memory and you and I share our love for Haagen Dazs ice cream! I do hope your dream for this blog comes true! It would be super cool if it does!

    Thanks again for doing this award post!


    • miki March 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks so much! That was really sweet of you. I’ve had a really insanely busy week, too and am just catching up on blogs. I’m looking forward to reading your travel post. 🙂 Now I want to buy haagen daaz before I do more reading. >.<

  • Mademoiselle Coconath March 1, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Lovely dress!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

    • miki March 3, 2016 at 12:20 pm


  • Wynne March 1, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    you look so lovely! do visit Indonesia, you’ll (probably but most likely) like it! 🙂

    • miki March 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      I LOVE indonesia. I was in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali a few years ago. I saw Borobodour and Prambanan. They’re some of my favorite places visited!

  • Melisa March 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

    lovely post, your dress is so gorgeous! <3 x

    • miki March 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Mercy March 6, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Such an interesting post. Love your lavender maxi and pumps.

    • miki March 6, 2016 at 11:46 am


  • DEMELER March 6, 2016 at 10:12 am

    so lovely!

    • miki March 6, 2016 at 11:46 am


  • Williamdep May 19, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Major thanks for the article post. Awesome. Jolly