I have been tagged

February 23, 2012

Look Look Look I have been tagged!! I was so excited to see this in my inbox:

 Hi Aubrey!

Carol over at The Design Pages tagged me in a fun little question and answer game, and now it’s my turn… so I’ve tagged you!
Here’s the link to the article…

 I hope you play along, and have some fun with this!

But I totally understand if you can’t!

Take care,
Sheila Zeller

It was pretty awesome to be included in Sheila's tag along with some of my blogger Idols. Now what is the meaning of this "Tag" you ask:


Rule 1: You must post the rules (I feel like this is fight cub)

Rule 2: You must answer all 11 questions that the tagger has asked you and you as the taggie 
             must ask 11 new questions to the people you have tagged

Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to your post

Rule 4: Let the taggies know you have tagged them

 Alright here goes!

Question 1: What is the biggest compliment you could be given as a result of your blog: 

Besides being asked to join in this game of tag?.... I would say the biggest compliment would be to have another blogger refer to one of my posts. It would mean that I was posting something worthwhile which is always a great thing. BTW... This is actually on my "bucket list"!


Question 2: What gets you out of bed in the morning, and what keeps you up at night?

I wish it was the delightful smell of brewing coffee and the sound of the ocean that got me out of bed but alas... it is the sound of my lil man J calling "maa ma, ma maa" over the baby monitor and if that doesn't do it, it would be our cat Max pawing at my head to feed him, and if that didn't work it would be our two beagle girls running around the bed wanting to be let outside. The only ones not trying to drag me out of my ever so cozy bed (can you tell I love my sleep?) is our cat Rye, Sid the bathroom fighting fish and the hubster (he knows better than that).

Question 2 / Part 2: What keeps you up at night?

Besides Pinterest? Ideas are what keep me up at night. When I get a great idea or plan going on in my head, I can't sleep. I will have to research and plan, make lists, then plan some more, and THEN I will have to journal everything that I came up with. Last week I was so excited about a certain plan/idea that I couldn't sleep for 3 nights! I will eventually share this lovely plan in due time as it is a fabulous one if I do say so!

 Question 3: How do you recharge?


I can't believe I am typing this ...... but I have to say that my Sunday morning runs are my recharger. OMG does this mean I am officially a runner? What happened to the girl who would have answered this by saying drinking a coffee and Bailey's while sitting in front of the fire watching the fabulous Colin Firth play the even more fabulous Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice? Mmmm I think this would work too still!


Question 4: What is your most cherished family tradition?

Christmas Stockings..... I still expect a stocking from my parents SANTA. There is  something so magical about opening your stocking on Christmas morning. This will always be a tradition in our family.

Question 5: If you could pick anything on a menu, what would it be?

Coconut Rice from Ruby Foo's in Manhattan NY. This stuff is to die for! I know it seems silly but I still crave this side dish. The flavour was absolutely delish. My ever so amazing sis-in-law took the hubs and I there on one of our trips out to see her. (Yes she had the privilege of living in the Big Apple and YES I was uber jealous.) A close second to this would be a tuna tataki salad ...mmmm I am hungry now and sad that all there is to eat is gold fish crackers..

Question 6: What's in your closet that has seen better days but you just can't let it go?

BRIDESMAID DRESSES!! I have 4 of them and I just don't have the heart to get rid of them. One is even from 11 years ago. I keep thinking I am going to use the fabric from them and make something amazing. You know, like go all "Pretty in Pink" on them, except make something prettier from them not 100 X worse... just saying the finished prom dress was not my fave.

Question 7: What's a lasting lesson a mother (father, grandparent,...) taught you? 

This is a really tough one for me. ... There are so many lessons that my family has taught me but the one that stands out is from my dad:

Even though my time with my Dad was too short (I was almost 17 when he passed away), he taught me the best lesson of all. He taught me never to give up on a dream. You see my Dad had big dreams of becoming a pro golfer and he practiced and practiced and researched and put his everything into trying to make this dream come true. We are talking even after 3 heart attacks and 2 strokes, not one of these obstacles ever stopped him from trying to reach his goal.

To have such a passion to reach a goal has always flabbergasted me. I have never felt that passionate about something until last week. Remember Question 2 / Part 2? That idea is now my passion, it's all I can think about because I finally have a dream! I am so happy to know that I can now understand this passion that my Dad felt, and since my mom has always said I am my father's daughter, I know with confidence that I will reach my DREAM.

My lasting lesson  is " NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF"

Question 8: Are you seeing a make-up trend that you want gone?


EXTREME smoky eyes = not a fan ....PERIOD

Question 9: Boots! What's your style?


I heart a fab boot.  If I had to choose 1 I would say the Frye Campus Boot. LOVE THEM especially paired with a super cute dress.

Question 10: If you inherited an antique piece of furniture would you modify it in anyway?  Where would you draw the line?

Oh I wish I could tell you that I would re-vamp an inherited antique, but I would have a hard time compromising the original design. I am a bit of a chicken that way. Although if it was a Craigslist find I would have no problem re-working the piece. I suppose I am sentimental that way.

Question 11: Whats Hot and what's not in decor?

Well that's a loaded question...
I am by no means a trend setter. I love classic and timeless for decor with a POP of trend, but I am sensing COLOUR is going to be hot. I know tangerine is the big winner this year but I am really feeling navy and raspberry, although not necessarily together. I am also feeling unique pieces, something out of the ordinary like an incredible light fixture, or a sculpture or a unique chair and table. One star among a chorus line of basics. That's my forecast for 2012.

And the big NO NO for the year .....
I have been in love with design and decor for so many years now, that I have learned that nothing ever goes out of style. It's all about who, what, and where. There is a purpose for everything, and its all about figuring out what works where. We have all seen something that looks amazing in one place but looks terrible somewhere else right?

PHEW and Done!! Thank you so much Sheila for including bellalime as one of your taggies. I had a lot of fun answering your questions. If you haven't checked out Sheila's fabulous blog SZ Interiors make sure you do so be clicking HERE

Alright Lovelies it is my turn to ask the questions and chose some taggies. Eeny Meeny Minny Mo ..
I choose:
Bits of Bee
Mini Manor
Apple Blue
Edin's House
Hello Miss Potter
Mama and the city
Call me Cal
High Styling
Flutter Flutter
My House of Giggles

Here are your 11 questions:
Question 1: What is your theme song?
Question 2: Iphone or Blackberry and why?
Question 3: DIY Project you are "DIYing" to do?
Question 4: Guilty-Pleasure magazine?
Question 5: What is your favorite quote?
Question 6: All-Inclusive or Backpacking (and where?)
Question 7: What is your go to bevie when hosting guests?
Question 8: Your favorite place to shop for your home?
Question 9: Most awesomeness "Pin" you have found on Pinterest.
Question10:What is your favorite space in your house? (make sure to include a pic)
Question11:Article of clothing you would like to get your hands on?


  1. Thanks for the tag Aubrey!! I love my sleep too! Kids have been my alarm clock for 7 years now... I live for weekends! ;)

    1. :) Oh goody, So I have a while before the sleep ins start!...
      Happy Friday Rosa!

  2. I loved reading your answers, Aubrey! I'll head off to NYC and enjoy those tasty dishes with you an.y.time! Have only been once, and once to NYC is not enough! And you have me SO curious about your answer to #2 - I can't wait to hear what that's all about. I can tell, it will be good :-)

    Thanks so much for playing along. I am really glad to have this opportunity to get to know you better!

    Have a great weekend,

    1. No Thank you Sheila! It was alot of fun and it was so wonderful to be included! I would love to be able to jet off to NYC at least once a year. That city is electric!

      Have a great weekend!!

  3. Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com



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