The Liebster Award

You guys!!
I've been nominated for the Liebster Award!! Which the internet tells me is an award given by bloggers to bloggers as a sign of appreciation to them and to help expose their blog for other viewers! So it's basically the best kind of award!

My dear friend Devinne of Mox and Socks nominated me! And I feel incredibly honoured, lucky and happy to be nominated by such an intelligent, kind and stylish lady like Devinne. She shares beautiful outfit posts, and photographs everything herself, which Ah-mazing! She also shares all kinds of things like tutorials (she's got awesome hair!), stories and more. Do check out her blog!

I'm supposed to start off with 11 random facts about myself, so here we go!

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I had straight hair for the first 7 years of my life. It gradually started to get waves and then curls, and now it is the curly-wurly unruly mess that I am known for.
  2. I love to sing, but only as long as nobody can hear me.
  3. If I had a choice and it was socially acceptable I would eat desserts for almost every meal.
  4. Ice cream is something I rarely say no to, even though I am lactose intolerant.
  5. I love ballet, and when I was younger I used to dance.
  6. If I wouldn't be working in cancer research I would want to be a musical artist (even though I have none of the talents needed).
  7. I'm a Ravenclaw.
  8. Once I was not allowed to vote because of a mistake made by the people working with the voting. I cried.
  9. I speak three languages, Swedish, English and Farsi. I've studied Spanish, and understand it well enough, and I'm trying to learn French. I also at one point tried to learn Sindarin... Yes I'm a nerd.
  10. I have a genetic blood disorder that made me the most popular student when we were studying our blood cells under the microscope in class at uni. Everyone wanted to look at my defective red blood cells. I've never been so popular!
  11. I have an older sister who is my best friend, and the photographer of Curls & Cakes. Thank you my darling sister for always helping out!


1. What inspired you to start a blog?
I had wanted to start a blog for the longest time, as a means for a creative outlet, however I was unsure if anyone wanted to read what I had to say. But several people started asking me on Instagram if I had a blog, and finally I just thought, why not do it!

2. Who is your favourite style icon?
This is a hard one, but someone that I look up to in terms of style is Zooey Deschanel. I like how she mixes old and new, and that there's always a quirky element to her style.

3. Can you name two of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?
It's hard choosing just two, but one is definitely Liana of Finding Femme. She was (and still is) one of my biggest inspirations when I started blogging, and she is also the sweetest and smartest lady you'd find! Her blog is so chic and classy!
Another is Klara from The Robot That Had a Heart, she is such an amazing photographer and I love how she tells little eloquent stories in her posts. She's incredibly talented and so sweet.

4. What's one wardrobe essential you can't live without?
I want to say a little black dress, one that you can dress up or down. However if I think about it logically, with the weather here in northern Sweden, I probably couldn't live without my black leather boots (that have yet to make an appearance on the blog).

5. How would you describe your blogging style?
I don't really think I have a blogging style. If I have to answer this anyway, I would say I blog like I would talk to a friend. And most of my readers (the ones I know of anyway) are friends, so it is very easy to write in a casual way to them.

6. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
It's probably my degrees in medical science... Or that I'm fighting to get better from my mental illness, it's probably what I'm most proud of doing anyway.

7. What was the last book you read?
I've been rereading the Harry Potter series, so the last book I've read is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Or are we talking books we've read for the first time, because then it's Outlander.

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
London is my favourite place in the world. I just love London, and especially the Warner Bros studios that is just outside of London, where you have the behind the scenes of Harry Potter. But a place I would love to visit that I've never been to is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida.

9. Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I've hopefully finished my PhD in pathology. If I'm lucky I'm doing a Post-doc somewhere and continuing with my research. And by then I wish I will have seen the Wizarding World as well!

10. What was the first movie or book that made an impact on your life?
Oh this is without a doubt Harry Potter! Harry Potter means so much to me. The books introduced me into the world of fantasy, that became my favourite type of literature as a child. Harry Potter was an escape for me, when I was younger I was bullied but escaping into the world of Harry Potter brought me joy and made me happy. There is so much I thank JK Rowling and HP for. It continues until this day to make an impact on my life. I've made both friends and enemies because of Harry Potter, and it continues to make my life magical!

11. What advice would you give someone who just started blogging?
Stay true to yourself. If you enjoy what you are doing, go on doing it no matter how many readers or followers you have. Blog for yourself.

Here are my 11 nominees:

You do not have to do this at all, the choice lies with you. I thought it was fun and wanted to acknowledge some people of my own.
  1. Liana of Finding Femme
  2. Kizzy of The Dainty Dolls House
  3. Emma of Emma's Looking Glass
  4. Lindsey of Have Clothes, Will Travel
  5. Julia of Julia Speaks
  6. Madison of The Mad Girl
  7. Randi of Milk & Twee
  8. Beth of Sewing Soothes the Soul
  9. Sara Lily of In a Nutshell...
  10. Christine of Tea, Books & Tweed
  11. Klara of The Robot That Had a Heart

Much love!


  1. It was so much fun to read your answers! And thank you so much for the nomination lovely! I'm honored! :)

    1. Oh thanks!
      I really enjoy your blog, so I wanted to acknowledge it! <3
      Much love

  2. thank you for the nomination Mona! so lovely of you :) i loved reading all your answers and getting to know you a little better. much love to you too :) x

    1. Oh it was my pleasure! I really like your blog and the content of it! It needed to be recognised!
      Thank you so much! <3
      Much love

  3. I loved reading your answers!! I'm completely with you on eating desserts all the time--once a week, I like to treat myself to ice cream for dinner. And I love Zooey Deschanel's style, too! I especially loved her outfits in (500) Days of Summer (though I'm not sure if that counts since technically those were costumes!). I hope you get to go to WW in Florida one day; it's on my bucket list as well!

    1. Thank you my darling <3
      Ice cream for dinner sounds absolutely fantastic! I might implement that into my diet! Haha
      Oh I loved her style in (500) days of summer too. I especially like the dress she wore for the wedding, so beautiful.
      Thank you, you too! We'll both see it I'm sure!
      Much love

  4. Congratulations on your nomination, Mona! It was great fun reading your answers. I, too, am a long time admirer of Zooey Deschanel's style. I had the greatest hair envy too but that's over now. Haha. It's wonderful to know someone who also shares a huge sweet tooth. That is also my secret desire. :D

    1. Thank you so much!
      She has a great style. Very nice mix of vintage and new. Oh I have hair envy on her as well! She's got awesome hair, and I love straigh across fringes.
      You can always count on me for a sweet tooth ;)
      Much love

  5. Thank you so much Mona for nominating me I'm feeling so honoured and proud :)
    I'm very happy that you like my blog. It was so interesting reading your answers and have a look at the other blogs you nominated. It is a really good idea and I'm excited to give it a try.
    Much love, Christine :*

    1. It was my pleasure Christine!
      Thank you. I like the idea of the award so I wanted to keep it going with blogs that I like! And yours is of course one of them!
      Much love

  6. Oh how FUN! I remember when this circulated last fall too! I loved learning a little bit more about you! Your hair changed from straight to curly!? That's insane! My hair was definitely less curly than it is now when I was young but it always had volume and texture so we kinda knew what was coming ;)

    Thank you for nominating me! I am honored! I will have to work this into my schedule! =D

    1. Yaaay! I thought it was such a brilliant idea this award thingy so I had to share it with the people and blogs that I like!
      Yep, changed from stick straight to curly. I don't even know how it happened! Hahaha "knew what was coming" the battle of curls!
      Yay, will look forward to seeing yours!
      Much love

  7. First of all, thanks for the nomination Mona, that is so nice of you! <3
    It's funny you just read Outlander, because I'm currently watching the series - so is the book (or series of books?) good? I'd love to know if it's worth reading!
    And I can totally see Zooey Deschanel's influence on your own style, especially as she appears in New Girl! :D

    Thank you again, and I'll be posting my answer to this nomination soon!
    Julia xx

    1. It was my pleasure lovely Julia!
      I haven't seen the series, but want to, however I thought I'd read it before hand. The book is good, at least the first one is! Definitely worth a read in my opinion.
      Haha, thank you! I actually have a dress she wore on the show! I bought it before it appeared on the show, so when I saw it on my television I was so surprised! Haha
      I look forward to reading your answers ;D
      Much love

    2. I'll have to get the books then! The show must be quite different from the actual story (as it always is with adaptations), but the actress who plays Claire's part is amazing.
      Wow that's so cool that you wore the exact same dress! It must have been so fun to notice that haha :D x

    3. I'm looking forward to watching it then :D
      It was a lot of fun! I screamed at the television!! Hahaha

  8. Awww, thank you Mona for featuring me in your post --and twice! You're the nicest blogger alive :). It was very interesting to read&get to know more about you, thanks for sharing all the answers! You must be quite the HP fan! :D And I can totally understand, because those books and films are great for both small and big people.

    Also thanks for nominating me! But I actually already took part in Liebster Award last year (I was invited by that cutie Sara Lily!). If you ever wanted to read my answers, you can check them out here: http://robot-heart.blogspot.com/2015/02/lovely-blogs-liebster-award.html

    All the love to you lovely lady! <3

    1. Aww, it was my pleasure lovely Klara. You have such a stunning blog, it needs to get acknowledged.
      Oh yes I'm a big HP fan! I'm going to get an HP tattoo soon-ish, so yeah, big big fan.

      I will check out your answers, thanks for linking to it!
      Much love <3

  9. This was wonderful, great to know more things about you :))) And thank you so much for giving the award to me too, I shall try to do it soon :)))) xx

    1. Thank you so much Kizzy! <3
      Of course, can't wait to read it! :D