I've been sitting on two Leibster awards and it's high time I get around to answering some questions. Don't you think? These awards are so much fun. I always get some warm fuzzies when a fellow blogger nominates me. Thank you so much, Rebecca and Paulette. You guys rock the blog world and I am happy to call you my friends! Here are my answers to their questions. 

1.  What made you want to start blogging?
I have always loved taking pictures and finally got my hands on a DSLR camera after we had Alice. I needed a corner of the internet to post my pics of her and our life for far away family and friends. 

2.  What keeps you motivated to blog?
I am a scientist by day, with a lab coat and everything. It's a very black and white, rule driven world so in my spare time I crave creativity. I love to take pictures and see the beauty in the little moments of life. Sharing them here makes the circle complete. 

3.  What makes your blog stand out in the crowd?
I think my blog has a little bit of everything; photography, nail art, fashion, food, mommy stuff. I just try to make it a good representation of me and my family's life. I'd like to think I'm a unique individual and I hope that comes across in my posts. 

4.  Where do you see your blog a year from now?
I'd like to improve on my photography. I could really use a remote and a proper flash to get the shots I want. I would also like time to write more and integrate that into my blogging. 

5.  How would you describe your style?
I feel like I dress like a high schooler, mid 90's. Or basically my 16 year old self. This might not be good. 

6.  Do you actively grow your blog or do you blog for fun?
I blog for fun. Blogging can be a strange world of competition and self-serving. I'd rather people come to 11 Shakes because they like what I am putting out there. That's why I follow the blogs I do.

7.  What's your best beauty advice?
Do what you want and take a risk. You wanna try short hair? Do it! [It will grow back]

8.  If you had to wear one item of clothing for a month, what would it be?  (this would obviously be part of an outfit ... you wouldn't be wearing just one piece of clothing for a month) 
Maternity leggings. They are the most comfortable things ever! No. Shame.

9.  What beauty product have you used the longest?
Probably Cover Girl simply ageless concealer that was recently (and cruelly) discontinued. Not cool, Cover Girl!

10.  How do you find new blogs to follow?
I have found quite a few I like via Bloglovin's suggestions.

11.  Do you tell people about your blog or is it a secret amongst the community?
I usually tell people if it comes up. I get a lot of questions about my nails, so that usually leads to the blog conversation.

Have I lost you yet? No? Good. Here's more...

1. What, or who, inspires you to blog?
Other bloggers. My daughter. My mom- she always tells me how much she loves my blog. My camera- gotta put all those pictures somewhere.
2. Which three songs are at the top of your playlist?
Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence (favorite song of all time)
The Handsome Family Far From Any Road (True Detective, Am I right?!?!)
Idina Menzel Let It Go (Frozen obsessed!)
3. If you could go back in time and be someone else, who would it be, and why?
Probably Jane Austen. She had all that time to write with no distractions like iphones or TV. And the dresses and romance of the period!
4. Which era of fashion do you feel most inspired by?
Late 50's, early 60's. 
5. What was your most awkward moment?
I once tripped and fell while walking to the bathroom in a crowded restaurant. Had to put my hand on a couple's table to get up. Then I had to walk back through the restaurant after my bathroom visit. That was pretty awkward. 

6. What is your favorite movie, and why?
Silence of the Lambs. It's just such a good film!

7. If you could have the vacation of your dreams, where would you go, and who would you take with you?
I would go to Paris with my art-loving husband and my dessert-loving BFF.

8. What are the three beauty products you can't live without?
Lip Balm. Under eye concealer. Mascara. 

9. What is your favorite day of the week, and why? 
Tuesday. It just has a nice ring to it. Lets you know the week is progressing.

10. What was your favorite subject in school? 
I nominate Allison, Kim, and Sinead
My questions for them.
1. Why do you blog?
2. What one song really moves your soul?
3. What is your favorite movie?
4. If you could read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
5. What is the one item you can not live without?
6. When was the last time you laughed so hard you nearly peed your pants?
7. What makes you smile?
8. Is there a movie that always makes you cry?
9. Coffee or tea?
10. Are you a serious or silly person?

You can see the set of questions from my first win here


  1. Loved all your answers, Emily! And I adore the Regency period as well...I could very happily step into Jane Austen's shoes. "Becoming Jane" is a favorite movie of mine.

    1. That is a great movie. I love James McAvoy.

  2. I totally agree about your answer to the first number 6, and about your photography - "gotta put all those pictures somewhere". I'm exactly the same! Photos are probably the reason why I've continued blogging. I take tons of them and I don't like any of the photo sharing options out there, not even the self hosted scripts. Smugmug has a nice new interface but I don't like to pay for photo sharing when I already have my own webspace.
    By the way, thanks for nominating me!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

  4. Congrats to you and your blogger friends! LOVE your blog!

  5. I just read that your favorite song is Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode... sigh. Words cannot describe how much I love them!! "Precious" is another one of my favorite songs by them.