Wednesday, January 19, 2011


The lovely Miss B over at Champagne & Macarons passed the Stylish Blogger Award to me with the caveat that I share 7 things about myself.

I attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison and graduated with a degree in English and in Journalism with an emphasis on advertising and public relations. I stayed in Madison post-graduation and each winter I wonder why I torture myself with a snow-covered life here. A sunnier location is tempting, but I love Madison summers too much to leave - especially outdoor dinners on State Street (above). The people watching is ideal.

I took belly dancing lessons and plan to enroll in another class. It's an incredible workout that helps tone isolated muscles - during just a six week course, I lost an inch from my waist. And, yes, I can undulate my stomach.

I don't play favorites. I don't have a favorite song. No favorite movie. My preferred color changes daily. And I certainly can't pick a favorite ice cream flavor. Variety is the spice of life, why limit yourself?

My day job has gotten infinitely cooler this year. I work at a local business magazine. I started four years ago doing sales support, right out of college. Since then, I've held a handful of positions with the company, including maintaining our website and managing events (my true love). We've finally hired someone to take over the Web so I can transition to events full time - and I couldn't be more excited, especially since I see event management as my career path. However, I'm pulling for a new title: Event Architect and/or Social Director.

I collect seashells. The collection is separated by location and stored in a variety of clear glass vases and apothecary jars. Each jar is a different beach and a different memory - and it's interesting to see how shells and sand differ throughout the world. I'm quite fond of the shells collected on The Netherlands' North Sea coast. These are kept in a "kleintje" (translation: itty bitty) Heineken glass.

I'm hopeless with directions. Do you remember the days before the GPS? I was the one taping Mapquest directions to my steering wheel to reference during the drive. And don't even talk to me about the days before Mapquest ... I would have never found my way home. Thank goodness for Garmin. (But I can use a compass.)

I briefly mentioned this before, but there's a possibility that I'll visit China this year. At work, we've been working on an Executive Summit to Beijing and Tianjin, China. This is an opportunity for companies to meet Chinese executives, government leaders and embassy officials. As we've quickly learned, doing business in China is all about relationships - and we've been fortunate to make vital inroads. If we can sell 20 tickets at $5,400 (12 days, all inclusive), I get to go along. Perk of being the, ahem, Event Architect. Besides, I feel like the trip is part of my divine plan - when I was a wee one, my great aunt went to China and returned with a pair of embroidered, red silk baby booties for me. It all goes back to fashion, doesn't it?

Stylish Blogger Award Rules

1. Thank and link back to the person whom awarded you.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Award 10 great bloggers that you've recently discovered.

I'm passing along the karma points to the first 10 people who commented on yesterday's blog post, the ladies behind these blogs:
  1. Fashion's Maven
  2. Fashion Clocked
  3. Musings of an Offbeat Biped
  4. Chic 'n Cheap Living
  5. Jemina
  6. Janetteria
  7. Stylish Chatterboxing
  8. Statements in Fashion
  9. Petit Pooh Mon Amour
  10. Fashion Frugality


  1. Congrats on the award!
    Belly dancing sounds awesome, always wanted to try it!

  2. Congrats on the award! I still think you need to move to Cali ;)

  3. Ahh! Fun! I will be working on this this week! Thank you! :)

  4. Also - I have ALWAYS wanted to take a belly dancing class! Might have to work on that...

    The title Event Architect is fantastic and sounds SO fun!

    I'm in the stone age and still don't have a GPS. Yep, I'm that girl with a book full of old Mapquest directions in my car... :)

  5. Omg I can get lost w.GPS! I'm horrible w.directions. and your job sounds exciting!

  6. I'd love to try belly dancing - my best friend loves it and we always meant to take a class together and then I went and moved away for grad school and every time I even think of signing up for one on my own I get all teary eyed!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  7. Congratulations on the award! I've been following your blog from very beginning and it's amazing how much you've accomplished since!

    I used to belly dance back in college and it really is an amazing workout. xx


  8. Thank you for the award! :)

  9. I took one night of a belly dancing class and loved it! Unfortunately I had a conflict from then on with the time, but it was soo fun!

    This post was great. All these little facts about you are so interesting and it really gives context behind the blog. You should share more of this through your posts =)

  10. I visited Madison with a friend before I moved here and it was SO fun!

  11. Congrats on the award, you deserve it dear
    and thank you so much for awarding it to me, such an honour!!!

    I love reading these 7 things about you, thank you for sharing with us

    Much Appreciated

    PS: I will update by AWARD section at my blog, thanks again dear, mwah...

  12. Aww thanks darling! Event architect - love the title and hope you can architect a trip to China then!

  13. Congrats on your well deserved award! So great that you love your job. Visiting China would be the ultimate, huh? I am kind of hopeless w/ directions too.... say yes to the GPS! xo


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