The Sweater Weather Tag

Lainey Loves Life - The Sweater Weather Tag

Before we hop onto another month, I’m doing The Sweater Weather Tag! Thank you Natalie of Natalie’s Beauty Base for tagging me and apologies if it took me a while. I had to push a 7.8 lb baby into this world and I absolutely got busy with my little boy. Please check out Natalie’s blog! She’s an amazing gal. Also check out the other nominees below.

Also, I’d like to give a shoutout to Herl of The Shutter Ink Diary, Jules of What Julie Says and Skin Diary. They nominated me for the Liebster Award, Dragon’s Loyalty Award, and Blogger Recognition Award and I can’t thank them enough for being so supportive. Visit their blogs and read really great entries!

I miss blogging and while I’m drafting some entries I’ve been longing to share with you guys, I’m sharing this tag post with you for now…

Favourite candle scent? 

Anything that has fresh ocean scent excites me!

Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

I love all three! I want my coffee cold, my tea rare, and my chocolate pure and creamy.

What’s the best fall autumn memory you have? 

We don’t have Autumn in the Philippines but I got to travel to countries with four seasons. I love the colours of the autumn leaves. I also love fall fashion collection from differetn brands. 🙂

Which make-up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?

Winged eyeliner is timeless! It looks gorgeous even in black & white.

Best fragrance for fall? 

I don’t think there’s such thing as best fragrance for a certain season. I wear perfume according to my mood.

Favourite Thanksgiving food (or fall autumn food if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving)?

Freshly baked pies and creamy, hot choco!

What is autumn weather like where you live? 

We only have two seasons in the Philippines – rainy season and summer. The rainy season is basically our sweater weather. 🙂

Most worn sweater?

I have a cream sweater that mom gae me many years ago. I still love wearing it.

Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

Leaf piles!

Favourite type of pie?

I like dessert pies like apple, mango and cherry pies.

What song really gets you into the fall autumn spirit? 

If I could have a certain kind of genre for this season, I’d pick alternative/acoustic songs.

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

YES! Anything with a hint of cinnamon and or nutmeg is great! 

I tag you…

Rossy of AyrGalaxy

Amanda of Amanda Bella

Jules of WhatJulieSays

Porsche of Look At Her Hair

Kati of MommyKach

Becca of Becca-Anne Beauty

Rachel of No Space for Milk

Kelly of Kelly’s Fashion Blog

Prei of Shine On!

Brynn of Brynn Frazier

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One Lovely Blog Award

Lainey Loves Life One Lovely Blog Award

Gosh! It’s been almost two months since Elisabeth of www.everythingandnothin.com tagged me to do this post. She’s a beautiful lady who writes about a myriad of interesting Beauty & Makeup posts. If you’re into freebies and deals, you might want to follow her and never miss out on upcoming deals! Check out her blog. I’ve included the link above. 🙂

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. List the rules and display the Award on your post.
  3. Add 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate some bloggers who you think deserve this award!
  5. Check out the other bloggers nominated by the person who nominated you and follow if you like. 🙂 This is to spread the love!

7 Facts about me:

  • I just gave birth to a handsome baby boy and we named him Pierce. From someone who blogs about makeup, he turned me into a mom who enjoys staring at him while he sleeps. I think it will take me a while before I get back to doing the stuff I used to do. I’m happily enjoying every moment with my boy.
  • I love music. I play the piano, guitar, violin, and I want to learn how to play sax too.
  • I recently learned how to do makeup and I’m amazed at how it can wonderfully change pretty to beautiful, and beautiful to stunning!
  • Skincare is #1 – I believe in this. I’ve been working with several organic skincare brands for years now and I promise to write more about what I learned from the experts.
  • I have a dream. I want to create my own line of jewelry and home brand someday. I hope that someday is soon.
  • I have another dream. I want to build a foundation/social network that supports women empowerment and children’s education.
  • My greatest dream (and probably the most challenging) is to be a a great mum to my Pierce. ❤︎

My nominees:

  1. Patricia of Blogue In Louisiana
  2. French Vanilla and Coffee
  3. Anonymous Life
  4. Amanda and Tiffany of Flying Neon Lights
  5. Rhanda of RhandaPanda
  6. Emily Knight
  7. Ariana of Life Made Beautiful
  8. Sophia of Xoxo, Sophia!
  9. Jane of Crushes & Tips
  10. Diana of DianasAdventures

Blogging Tip: Customize a Bloglovin Icon for Wordpress

Laineyloveslife Bloglovin icon

So you launch your first ever blog on Wordpress for free. You feel like a diva after uploading logos, headers, and your first post then somebody mentioned you can do some tweaks and include links to your social media sites. There’s this thing called Bloglovin’ which is like a bloggers’ hive. Of course, you want to be there too! You created an account, only to find out Bloglovin’ does not support Wordpress. You cannot embed their official icons to your blog and link directly. Don’t think you’ve wasted time and effort. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Think of an icon you would like to use as your bloglovin’ icon.
  2. Edit your icon in Photoshop if you want it personalised with your blog name. You can set the image background to transparent if your blog background isn’t white. Another option is to use Canva on your pc or mac. It will allow you to superimpose a transparent logo over a photo.
  3. If you do not know how to use photoshop and would like to do the editing via your smartphone, there are plenty of apps that allow users to add text. I’m using the app Phonto to quickly place text over any image. In smartphone apps though, you’re limited to plain white or coloured background.
  4. If you want a flashing effect like mine – create a gif! make two versions of your image and upload them here: http://gifmaker.me/ Click Create GIF on lower right (you’ll see the preview) and then click Download. It will be saved on your computer. Locate the file (it usually goes to downloads folder or desktop depending on your settings) and rename it.
  5. Go back to your blog’s dashboard. Under themes, click customize. Click widgetsmain sidebaradd widget > IMAGE. You only need to fill 2 information:
    (a) image URL – I uploaded my image onto my blog’s media gallery and copied the link and put it here. The easy way to do this is to open your blog into a new tab or window, go edit any blog entry or create a new one, click add media, add your image there, copy link, and then exit without saving the blog.
    (b) Link URL (when the image is clicked) – open a new tab, go to your bloglovin profile page which displays your posts. Copy the URL and paste it here.
  6. SAVE & PUBLISH!

Get To Know Me Tag

Laineyloveslife-get to know me tagI saw Vanessa’s post (Say Hello to Gorgeous) and I thought I should do this too so you’d get to know me better. 🙂

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

Wavy. 🙂
2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I go to a salon to make sure the colour is even. I recently discovered an organic hair colour solution though, and I’m planning to try it very soon. My OB said I can have my hair colored if I’m going to use organic dye.
3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
I have a very basic and simple style though I am not afraid to try a different one every now and then.
4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I go to a salon. My nail technician is really good. 😀 I don’t know how to use a nipper lol
5. How often do you change your nail polish?
I change my nail enamel twice a month. If I don’t like the colour then I change it a day after. 😀
6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
I polish my toes ALWAYS.
7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
arrgh. Hard question. Is it okay if I say it takes me an hour on days when I’m literally undecided on almost everything? When I’m in a hurry though, you’ll be surprised to see me dashing out of the door in 5 minutes, with full makeup on.
8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
Face! A good base is the key to healthy skin.
9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I buy what I need when I need it. And I get gifts from thoughtful friends. 🙂
10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I have a pair that can be worn daily although I seldom wear them. I have a nother pair that’s for special occasions.. the kind that’s thick and long.
11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
I’m a fan of natural makeup. 🙂
12. Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?
No. I want to keep my face bare and fresh at home..
13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yes, but you’ll be seeing me wearing sunnies all day.
14. How many high-end products do you have?
I have no idea. I’ll have to check!
15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?
I usually plan but I’m also spontaneous so anything goes…
16. How often do you change your handbag?
I change my handbag according to the colour of clothes I’m wearing.
17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I’m bad at this! When I’m tired, I don’t even eat dinner. Most days, I sleep at 11pm and wake up at 7am.
18. How often or when do you workout?
I used to go to the boxing gym daily. Now, preggo me goes up and down the stairs for my daily workout. 😀
19. Left handed or right handed?
Right.
20. How tall are you?
5’5″ 1/2. I wish I’m taller.
21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I speak my mother tongue which is Filipino/Tagalog, limited knowledge of a few other local dialects, and English. I know a few words in Arabic, Mandarin/Hokkien, and French.
22. How many pets do you have?
3 dogs, 6 birds, 1 turtle.
23. How often are you on Blogger?
I’m on WordPress everyday.
24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
Yes! I love reading as much as I love writing.
25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I keep a list on my iphone. 🙂 When there’s a review I liked, I’d put the brand and item name there including the price and check it out the next time I go to the mall.
26. How did you come up with your blog name?
I really wanted touse laineyloves (so I could always complete it with category names like life/love/makeup/food..) but it’s already taken so I decided to use lainey loves life which basically means I love everything there is in my life! I think life is a gift. 🙂
27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?
I only use my iPhone 5s. It’s easy to quickly adjust the brightness before posting on social media sites.
28. How often do you clean your house?
Daily.
29. What’s your favorite color?
black & white, or pastel colours…
30. Do you swear?
Nope.
31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
I’m going to have my 4D ultrasound today! 🙂 I’m going to see my baby. The gender reveal is happening today too. 🙂 I’ll update you all later.
I’d love to know more about you! Do this tag and let me know you’ve done it via the comment box below. 
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The Beautiful Blogger Award

Lainey Loves Life - The Beautiful Blogger AwardI’m so honored to receive The Beautiful Blogger Award. It highlights bloggers with beautiful creativity and I’m grateful that my fellow bloggers appreciate the work that I’ve done on my blog even if I’m a new blogger. Thank you so much R of Shulammitegirl blog for your appreciation! To my blogger friends and readers, please check out R’s blog. She loves baking and crafting and you’ll get plenty of great tips from her.

The Rules

Link the blogger who took the time to nominate you. List seven random things about yourself. Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers. Notify the blogger that you nominated their blog for the award. I’m tweaking this a bit by adding another rule: Please check out (and if you like, follow) the blogger who nominated me (mentioned above), and the bloggers I’m nominating (see list below).

7 Random Things About Myself:
  1. I like watching Disney and Pixar cartoon movies.
  2. I have a glassware and porcelain collection.
  3. I have a vinyl disc player, antique LPs and SPs.
  4. I like classical music.
  5. I’m always interested to know the meaning of people’s names. 🙂
  6. I like singing church songs and playing them on the piano.
  7. I seem like an extrovert, but then all the personality results say I’m an introvert. WEIRD! 😘

My 7 Nominees:

  1. Anna of Bee Beauty does great makeup and she has a new blog series that will feature wedding ideas and planning!
  2. Mirror the Love has interesting finds! I love the most recent she featured Kuttlefish.
  3. Serena‘s daily musings are wonderful to read. I’m always waiting for the next beauty find she’ll feature.
  4. My Daily Dose of Life has a very cute layout. I instantly loved her when I read a tag she did!
  5. Amie of beautitude is a coffee lover like me! She posts a lot about makeup too. You should check her out.
  6. Rachel of Sea of Beauty writes about beauty, fashion, travel and lifestyle. Take a peak at her blog and you’ll love how she organizes her posts! Pretty photos too..
  7. Kelsey of Frugal Beauty is a versatile blogger who writes about so many interesting things like books and technology. Check this beautiful lady out.
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