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    The Blogger Awards

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    Happy Sunday! What’s everyone up to this weekend? It’s the end of my first week of internship since I ended uni a month ago. What a milestone! It’s been a good week meeting new people and getting settled in,¬†though I did fall ill with the flu on my very first day (just my luck). I’m still down with the sniffles but feeling much better than I did earlier this week. Hopefully a weekend of recuperation will do me some good.

    About a few months back, Pam from Unapologetically Pam nominated me for The Blogger Awards. Similar to the Liebster Award and The Versatile Blogger Award, The Blogger Awards is by tag basis and is a fun way for bloggers to network and get to know more about each other, not so much a physical award. This post is long overdue (oops), but I hope that it’s a good way to allow you guys to get to know me better ūüôā

    First off, here are the rules for the post:
    – Tag the blogger that nominated you
    – Answer the questions you were given
    – Nominate 10 bloggers
    – Create new questions for your nominees to answer
    – Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them

    Pam has chosen some wonderful questions for me to answer. Here we go!

    1) What do you do outside of blogging/writing? Or is this your full-time gig?

    I’m a graduating Communication Studies student. I’m no longer attending lessons, but my official graduation is in July, so I’m sort of in the awkward middle stage where I’m neither here nor there when it comes to university. I recently started a copywriting internship at an advertising agency, which was part of the plan for my after-uni life so I’m hoping for the best!

    2) How do you balance freelance writing with everything else in your career?

    This is a skill that I’m still working at. I think planning and scheduling is key, but also knowing how to give and take when other things in your life start taking higher priority.

    3) What’s your favourite way to wind down at the end of a long day?

    In bed with a face mask on, a candle lit and some good music playing. ūüôā

    4) How has blogging impacted you, positively or negatively?

    I think blogging has allowed me to experiment a lot with my creative ideas, be it in terms of writing, content creation, styling or photography. Having a creative outlet is so important to me because it allows me to express myself and develop key skills, especially important for my preferred career options. I also love how blogging has allowed me to network with so many people from all over the world. This, in itself, allows me to be exposed to fresh perspectives and gain a wider understanding of the fashion and beauty industry.

    However, every experience comes with a negative side. I think a lot of times during my blogging years,¬†I felt like I had¬†so many expectations to live up to because I kept comparing myself to other bloggers. This didn’t give me much motivation, and instead, made me feel like I didn’t belong or I wasn’t putting up my best work.

    Now I realise that it was unhealthy and I’ve started going back to the reasons why I started blogging in the first place – because I wanted an avenue to document my thoughts on fashion and beauty. I also realise that it was an experience that lots of bloggers go through as well, so it’s great to know that you’re not alone and that there’s always pieces of advice available to you when you need it. The international blogging community is such a welcoming one, and I’m thankful that I found it through blogging ‚ô•

    5) If a celebrity wanted you to write about their life, who would you want it to be and why?

    I would LOVE to write about Eva Chen! She has such an amazing career, a colourful personality and a wonderful outlook on life. I’d really like to discover more about her personal inspirations on everything from fashion to beauty to family… she connects with her followers so well and seems very personable. How amazing would it be to get the chance to work together with her?

    For the Bloggers Award, I’m nominating these bloggers:

    1. Eyman – Blankologie
    2. Liyana – Affordorable
    3. Zahra – Diary of a Deera
    4. Carina РRunning White Horses
    5. May – The Mayden
    6. Sadiya – Sadiya Hearts
    7. Charisse – No Grace Kelly
    8. Pari – Fairy P
    9. Tania – When Tania Talks
    10. Taja – Shavae

    Here are the questions I’d like them to answer:

    1. How do you define success with your blog?
    2. Describe your top 3 blogging habits.
    3. Name something that you wish someone told you about blogging before you started.
    4. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog?
    5. Where do you see your blog going in the long term?

    Looking forward to reading all the responses!

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    The Versatile Blogger Award

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    Last week, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! This award was created for bloggers, by bloggers, to recognise blogs with unique content and high-quality photography. Special thanks to Tara from By Catstello for granting me this special opportunity to share a little more about myself and to help to recognise other bloggers as well!

    Before I nominate 15 other bloggers for this award, here are 7 lesser-known facts about myself:

    1. I am extremely picky when it comes to shopping. It takes me forever to decide on a purchase, unless it’s a unique piece that’s a really good bargain for its quality, which explains why I love flea markets and thrift shops so much!

    2. I’m super¬†particular about my shoes – I’ve had too many bad cheap shoe experiences so these days I make it a point to invest in good quality footwear that will stay with me for a long time. This¬†doesn’t mean that the shoes I wear are expensive, it just means that I’m doing extra checks on the sole, material and a price tag that validates what I’m paying for.

    3. I don’t use¬†many accessories because I always end up losing¬†my favourite ones.

    4. I started experimenting with makeup when I was 14. Oh, those good ol’ eyeliner and terribly-blended eyeshadow days!

    5. I’ve recently adopted cycling as a form of transport from home to my nearest bus/train stations and back. (It’s not very far but it still cuts my travelling time by quite a bit!) Glad to be reliving my old Rotterdam days!

    6. I have a sweet tooth! I’m especially fond of caramel.

    7. I have a soft spot for scented products – scented candles, scented body wash, scented lip balm and the list goes on… ¬†I don’t have a favourite scent but I have preferences for scent type according the the product e.g. I prefer sweet/fresh scents for bath products but more rich, flowery scents for candles.

    Through Bloglovin, Twitter and Instagram,¬†I’ve been having lots of fun discovering and getting to know many great bloggers from all over the world. Here are the top 15 that I’m nominating for the Versatile Blogger Award:

    1. Style Wish Blog

    2. Blushing Wit

    3. Lotus Closet

    4. Soph’s Choices

    5. Beneath the Brush

    6. Ramona Crisstea

    7. Cheeky Billo Blog

    8. Secrets of a Rose

    9. A Blog by Bry 

    10. Blue Eyed Fashionista

    11. Ordaining Serendipity

    12. Michelle Alice

    13. VieAvecLeigh 

    14. Brass Buttons & Confidence

    15. DrenchColor

    Blogger awards like this are amazing because they foster¬†stronger ties within the blogger community and give us the extra push to connect with one another. Over this past year and three months of Rouge & Ruche, I’ve come across so many wonderful people and it’s great to see everyone working together and creating content that they love!

    Blogging, Personal

    Mid-week Musings: What is a blogger?

    I’ve been blogging on Rouge & Ruche for about a year now mainly publishing outfit posts, but since it is a new year, I think it’ll be good to try new things for the blog. From time to time I ponder over certain issues related to personal style, fashion or blogging that I feel strongly about. I suppose it’s healthy to voice them out and I’d very much like to know if you feel the same, or otherwise. Feel free to contribute to the conversation via comments below or even emailing me directly – it’s always good to hear from others.

    Many times I’ve summoned up courage to use the term”blogger”, but always backed down after realising how cringe-worthy it could appear when used to refer to a small fry like me. By the dictionary’s definition, I can be considered one – somebody who owns a website and writes about her personal interests and experiences. But by today’s standards, it takes so much more than just a website to consider someone a “blogger” – the term comes attached with expectations of a huge following, advertising opportunities and massive influence. Declaring that you are a “blogger” is like declaring a career – blogging has become more than just a mere side hobby and people are making a living out of that art of digital expression.

    And then there are those who avoid the term altogether. When I first started blogging, I read an article on heartifb.com about bloggers who find new ways to express their craft, some of which include calling themselves writers¬†or even editors. It’s as if the word “blogger” doesn’t do justice to their work ’cause their blogs have become even bigger than the term encompasses. Most of these blogs have become fashion or lifestyle resources, branching out from their initial stages of existing only as writings of personal experience.

    Most of the members of the international fashion blogging community are open with using the term “blogger” regardless of how experienced he or she is. However in our circles, it might pass off as being too indulgent or showy. I’ve never been comfortable calling myself a “blogger” and have always resorted to telling people that “I own a personal style blog”, because that would induce¬†a less skeptical response. It appears that it has become rather odd for a “blogger” to blog as a hobby and not commercially. That’s not to say that I’ve never considered the possibility of working with brands and producing content that serve a commercial purpose, but for now, I’m stuck in the in-between because by my current standards, I am not worthy of that term.

    But I suppose when you’re really enjoying the process, these seemingly minor things don’t really matter as much – whether you can call yourself a “blogger” or not – because it’s really about sharing what you love to those who are open to receiving it. Nevertheless, it would be nicer if I could be completely at ease when talking about Rouge & Ruche openly.

    What do you think? Should the term “blogger” be reserved for the big names or should it include everybody in the blogging sphere?