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Happy Thursday!!! I'm jumping on the Blogland Tour bandwagon and sharing my process! A huge thank you to Leslie, Lindsay, Julie, Olya & Kerri for asking me to share!!

What are you working on right now?

Right now I'm working on my Friday Favorites post (taking that super literally) and coming up with ideas for the next few weeks. I try to have a good idea of what thing are looking like for the week starting on Sunday, but sometimes posts get bumped because of a Link-up I want to participate in or another idea that sounds more appealing to write about! I don't write posts out too far in advance and I rarely have anything in drafts! 

How does your work differ from others in its genre?

I think that the biggest difference between my blog and others is it's my voice that is coming through in the writing and I hope you guys can "hear" that. I try to write how I speak! Aside from that, I don't think my blog is that much different than other life & style bloggers out there! Although I did have fun posting my first Vlog so I'm hoping to incorporate a few more of those next year!! 

Why do you write/create what you do?

It's 100% pure fun for me!! It's the creative outlet that I have always wanted and it's led to so many friendships that I wouldn't have made otherwise, not to mention the opportunities that I've garnered from my little space have been amazing!! The interaction I have with everyone is why I keep blogging! 

How does your writing/creative process work?

I'm pretty similar to other bloggers in the sense that everything around me brings ideas out!! If it's cold outside it sparks a "winters essentials post," or if I'm traveling a "how to pack a carry-on" post is born. I just make sure to jot ideas down and then when I'm struggling for posts or things to write about, I'll pick those. Magazines are a huge source of inspiration for me as is Pinterest!!! 

I'm keeping the tour going with three more blogging beauties!! 

Karly from Miss in the Midwest
Karly is a born and raised Midwest girl. After living in three different Midwest location in the past year, Karly and her little family finally just settled down in their first home in northern Wisconsin. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life & style in the Heartland by sharing product reviews and outfit inspiration and chatting about random life musings! 

Pamela is a Florida girl and a huge football fan!!! She is mommy to an adorable fur-baby and when she's not busy dancing with friends or tailgating at games, she showcases her incredible style on her blog! I seriously wish I could pull of a bold lip color the way she does!!

Amanda from Meet @ the Barre
Amanda is a "Jill of all trades!!" When she's not busy being a Nurse Practitioner you can find her teaching barre or teaching students at USF. She's easily the funniest person I've ever met and it shows through all her posts!! She's also about to become a Mrs. in February and I obviously love reading all her wedding posts!! 

I was also nominated by Amanda from Kids & Cabernet for the Lovely Blog award to share seven random facts so here we go. I always love learning more about other bloggers so I hope you enjoy these!! 

1// I speak Russian fluently and actually learned to speak it before learning English! 
2// In keeping with the "Russian theme" I played competitive tennis for 12 years and had the Anna Kournikova braid to prove it!

3// I could eat sushi every single day of the week if not for the threat of mercury poisoning! I could also eat french fries every day...
4//I have to sleep with the fan on even if it's freezing outside. Something about the white noise that puts me at ease!
5//I am purse obsessed!! I have more than I care to admit and "treat" myself to a nice bag each year, usually around my birthday! My dream bag is the classic Chanel Flap Bag....swooning! It's an investment right!?
6//I always knew I'd move to Boston after college, but after visiting Charleston this past March I would love to live there...or retire there! 

7// I love office supplies - specifically notepads and pens!! I don't know what it is but a new pen always makes me happy!! 


That's a whole lot about me today...but I hope you enjoyed it!! Do we share anything commonalities?! 

xo,
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65 comments

  1. I have to sleep with a fan on too...and I LOVE Charleston--it's the best city! Loved getting to know more about you, friend!! :)

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  2. I love these kinds of post, it's always fun learning more about a great blog lady! WE NEEEEEED a Vlog of you speaking russian and a tennis picture of you with the braid….prettty please! xoxo

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  3. Loved getting to learn a little more about you! And I'm seconding the request for the tennis picture! Do you still play?

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  4. I have to sleep with a fan on, too- and how cool you played competitive tennis for all those years! Loved learning more about you + your process, doll!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  5. Ok, how did I not know played tennis!?! I played a bit throughout college. You'd probably crush me though, I haven't played in like 6 years! And I'm totally purse obsessed too! :) Thanks for the nomination girl!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  6. Love these posts! I love the variety that your blog has to offer. You are such a sweet and encouraging friend. Even when I am super busy I always stop by your blog daily! Love the girls you featured as well. Have a great day! xo

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  7. that's my dream purse too!! i just can't spend the money on it. i found a similar one by rebecca minkoff that's under $300! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  8. Obviously, I know Amanda...but I will have to check the other two girls out!!!

    I have to sleep with a fan at night too no matter the time of year. And when Chris and I travel to the beach or Gatlinburg (or anywhere by car), the fan travels with us! Mmmmmm sushi and french fries! A girl after my heart! And one of my life goals is to own a quilted Channel bag like you pictured above!! Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade adorn my closet currently..but one day....my precious!!!! Haha!

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  9. So fun learning new things about how and why you blog. Impressed, I didn't know you speak Russian. I took a class in college for tennis, but I am not very good.

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  10. I also sleep with a fan which drives H nuts when it's cold, I just can't sleep in complete silence :-P

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  11. I loved reading about your creative blog process - it's so fun to see how each of us handles our little spaces of the Web! Thanks so much for nominating me - I hope to do it in the next few weeks or right away in January depending on the craziness of our move. :) Girl, I also sleep with a fan on regardless of the weather. Also, school supplies? Pretty much my favorite thing to shop for.

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  12. Ok I think we're the same person after reading your bullet points (minus the Russian and tennis things) haha! Charleston is our favorite place ever! Oh--have you ever had sushi WITH french fries? It's my FAVORITE combination ever. Just trust me on this one. It's so good.

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  13. I need a picture of you with this braid stat. I for real use to be obsessed with her ponytail braid. I use to always try to make one but my hair is so thin it's a pitiful attempt. I'm in great company!!! Now I get how this whole thing works not going to lie it was slightly confusing. Thanks for all your sweet words! I think the person more funny is me is Mark....with a few adult bevs on board and there happens to be a man in head to toe bring Tennessee orange who owns a tree removal business.....but that is quite specific ;-) xoxoxo

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  14. i could eat ff every day too! and i have to sleep with a fan on!

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  15. I love that you try to write as you speak... that's what I do! Someday, girl! Someday we will meet in real life :)
    I hardly ever have drafts saved! Some bloggers pull out drafts from years ago and I'm like, seriously? I wish I had all sorts of back up ideas in my drafts, ha ha! I do have post ideas in my "notes" section of my phone though... my brain is fried after being pregnant (seriously, pregnancy brain and mom brain are REAL!) and if I think of an idea, I have to make a note or I will totally forget by the time I can sit down at the computer!
    Charleston is on my vacation destination list! But you know my love for Boston! I only wish I could live there someday!

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  16. You and I have the same dream bag. It's the first thing I'm buying as a splurge once I can pay cash and get rid of credit cards!

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  17. My mom has that bag and I swoon every time. I should use it while she's out of town. Just kidding! Chris's parents live 1.5-2 hours from Charleston. We really want to go there, so hopefully our next trip down there we can. I keep a notebook with post ideas and try to draft something the day or night before. I look forward to reading your posts every and I have enjoyed getting to know you. You are beautiful, funny, and smart. Someday I hope to meet you too! :-) Have a great day lady!!

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  18. Let's go to Charleston ;) this cold is killing meeeeee!

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  19. I sleep with a fan, too! Without it: ZERO chance of sleep!

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  20. Office supplies obsessed and definitely must sleep with the fab on no matter how cold outside! Yep, that's me too! Loved this post!

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  21. Yes yes yes on the fan!! Even when it's freezing and I have my big fluffy blanket around me under the covers... There must be a fan!

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  22. Love this! I think I could eat sushi every single day of the week too and that chanel is definitely my dream bag as well!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  23. It is a bit ridiculous the amount of notepads I have, but it's still not enough! There is always a cuter one out there that I must have too! Love this post and getting to know new things about you :)

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  24. we totally sleep with a fan.. heck right now we have 2 box fans, and in the summer we sleep with the ceiling fan as well. at home, we never had AC so surviving the aussie summer was impossible without a fan directed at your face, and it stayed on all year (just moved it during the 'winter' lol). um i could eat french fries every day as well.. every meal, actually. at least that wont give me mercury poisoning ;) though it will make me fat. lol. i have never been to Charleston! one day.. one day.

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  25. Yes to the sushi, no to the fan! Anytime there is a fan on I wake up stuffy… it's weird! And I didn't know you were fluent in Russian… I lost that a longggg time ago. I can understand my mom but that's about it. And Charleston would definitely be a great place to retire- it has the perfect relaxed atmosphere and most importantly, amazing comfort food!! xo

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  26. I love all of these tidbits about you. I'm with you on the sushi and the new office supplies thing. I am so excited to organize my new notebook for work and have a brand new pen to write with!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  27. I always love these kinds of posts, it's so nice to hear more about the lady behind the blog. I'm kind of disappointed that you didn't post a picture of the braid! That's so cool that you played competitively for 12 years. A classic Chanel will probably always be a good investment. And I am definitely going to have to check Charleston out. Boston is still a dream of mine. Maybe in a few years...

    prosecco in the park

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  28. That's so cool that you speak Russian! I've never been to Charleston but I definitely want to go someday soon!

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  29. wow I didn't know you speak Russian! and yeaah I would love myself some Chanel :D

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  30. Loved learning a little more about you! And so glad I have your blog to visit every day. And Russian?! How cool is that!
    xo Southern Style

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  31. russian that's so cool! i want to move to charleston too :) xo

    cheshirekatblog.com

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  32. So interesting to hear all about ya! I loved this :)
    xo ClassToCloset

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  33. Oh I loved your vlog and reading more about your wrting process which is pretty much how I do things with my blog. Sundays have turned into a day fully dedicated to blogging...making recipes, taking pictures, brainstorming, writing and scheduling posts... before the busy work week beings.

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  34. All those blogs are great! Loved hearing about your process girly! Watching your first vlog now!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  35. 100% pure fun is what its all about!! :)
    I am a fan person too - to me, its keeping air circulating. I feel like I'm suffocating otherwise... & know that's all in my head :)

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  36. Loved reading this post! That's great that you speak Russian!!

    xx,

    La Joie de Vivre

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  37. I LOVE this!! So fun getting know my blogger buds! Wow! Seriously impressed that you can speak two languages fluently! I am obsessed with moving to Charleston as well. It's just oozing with charm and it never gets that cold...#bonus. I would eat french fries every day too if I could...ever dip them in honey mustard?? THE BEST!! And you should def treat yourself self to that Chanel. Life is too short...that's what I tell my husband with each new purchase...ha ha!

    www.taffetaandtulips.com

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  38. I love these "About Me" posts...so fun! And YES...you MUST do more vlogs next bc yours was fabulous! I'm firmly on the same page with you that a great handbag is an investment!

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  39. I'm determined to talk my husband into moving to Charleston - slowly but surely! And girl, you need that bag!! It's fabulous! I also have to sleep with a fan on 365 days a year, glad I'm not the only one :)

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  40. Charleston is one of my favorite areas! We've vacationed there a few times and you just can't beat it. I'm glad to know somebody else is obsessed with pens. They seriously make my day turn around!

    -Claire
    www.fashionandfeathers.com

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  41. I would loveee to eat sushi every day, it's so good! Love that Chanel purse, it's definitely a worthwhile investment :)

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  42. I love hearing about the creative process for different people & how they get inspired. Looks like we kind of think the same way. My boyfriend literally said the same thing about sushi last week. The whole bit of eating it every day even with mercury poisoning. Haha. :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  43. Totally with you on the fan at night - year round! I actually can't sleep when it's too quiet... And you should def move to Charleston. I went to grad school in Savannah, which is basically a smaller Charleston and absolutely LOVE lowcountry!

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  44. Love this! So glad I found your blog!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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  45. Yes, fan at night even when it is cold. Sometimes I find my writing style is like I am writing an academic paper. I have found that when I write like I speak that it is a lot more fun and entertaining. I have lots of inspiring ideas but my job gets in the way of me following up on them all... sometimes I even forget.

    Charleston looks absolutely gorg!

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  46. I've never been to Charleston, it's on my list!

    I love hearing Russian spoken.

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  47. Love this little tour...it's so fun to learn about everyone's process! Also, loving your 7 facts! I'm with you on the fan, I HAVE to have it otherwise I will never fall asleep. The silence at night is beyond creepy!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  48. Would you believe I live in the South and have never been to Charleston???? I blame this (and all lack of fun things) on my ex and too many years with his sorry ass. Making up for lost time now!!!

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  49. I love this post! So fun to get to know you better!

    Heidi D.
    www.wishesandreality.com

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  50. Yay, I am so glad you shared your writing process. Also, your seven random facts are kinda creepy to me because i could literally copy and paste most of them, and they would apply! I did competitive tennis too, but only in high school. (I did the other "Russian" thing before that and trained at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy. I ended up quitting after many, many years because I wanted to be a normal kid and see my friends instead of training 10-12 hours a day! Haha.) I was planning to move to Boston after college before I met Chris (even though I had never been before October. I had always felt a weird pull to the city), and now I am SO obsessed with wanting to visit Charleston. Thankfully, Chris has an interview there in January!

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  51. High five on the award! I love these posts. So with you on the sushi, french fries, and office supplies too :)

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  52. YES to more vlogs! I loved the hair one! And I'm not really a big bag person, but I think they can definitely be an investment and are worth the splurge every now and then :)

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  53. Loved reading this! Right there with you on sushi! It's soo good. And the classic chanel flap bag has been on our list forever. Maybe one day. It is definitely an investment :)

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  54. Aww I just love this post!! I think you are such a great blogger and I really do love reading your posts everyday. They are also so fun and happy!! and if you want a Chanel bag, which of course - who doesnt?!, I know of a few places to get some great deals!! :)

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  55. I need a fan to sleep too! For the longest time we only had one fan and every time my parents would visit they would steal it because they need one too. We now have two...phew! We actually almost ended up in Charleston which is crazy to us because we're Canadian. My boyfriend had a job opportunity there, but he ultimately decided he wanted to go back to school. We would love to explore that option later though as long as there are job opportunities for both of us!

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  56. well i, for one, am so glad i found you because you're one of my favorites!! :) love this idea!!

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  57. Such a fun post!!! I LOVE tennis and Anna Kournikova used to be my FAVORITE! Mainly because she was so cute!

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  58. Love this post! And so glad I found your blog (through Amandas actually :D)

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  59. This is great! I'm loving these tour through blog lands! Also, I love that purse!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  60. Loved learning more about you! These are always some of my favorite posts. We have a lot of similarities! Xo

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  61. I wish I spoke another language! I have a degree in/used to teach Latin but that doesn't exactly count since it's not a spoken language.
    I was born and raised in Charleston! Such a pretty city.

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  62. Your so adorable Biana! Love all these things about you! :) Thanks for participating and keeping the tour going! :) I definitely love your blogging style and all of your mixture of posts! :)

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  63. We are tennis twins! I played as well and had the Anna braid. And I love office supplies! I could collect hundreds of notepads. Obsessed.
    I know like 2 things in Russian and that's as far as I got. :)
    Love learning more about you!

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