This is the Liebster Award! The word Liebster means 'Beloved' in German--and a show of love and support is what this award is all about. The idea is to bring attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
The rules of winning this award are the following:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment at their blog.
3. Post the Award on your blog.
4. Enjoy the love of some of the most supportive people on the Internet!
Usually, I despise chain emails/letters/texts/facebook status'/etc. but I genuinely think that this is a lovely way to promote up-and-coming bloggers who work very hard to maintain their blogs, come up with new content, sometimes pour their hearts out and generally just deserve some recognition!
I hadn't previously heard of this award until the lovely Bexx from bexxoxo.com nominated me as one of her choices! She has a fab blog; it is lifestyle based focusing on health - food recipes, fitness, food and workout diaries for example (very motivating!) - and features make-up, clothing, whatever a girl needs basically! I am very grateful to her, not only for nominating me but for being so supportive as a fellow blogger - I wish her all the success with her blog!
So, now to my choices; as the rules state above, these are my top five picks for the Liebster Award!
Firstly, I am going to nominate the very inspirational Kat from Kat's Beauty Reviews, a genuinely nice freelance writer who blogs about all things beauty (as the name suggests!), from make-up and skincare to hair and fashion. Also, she has created the 'Positive Beauty Pledge', and incredible feature which allows bloggers to share their pledge in order to promote a positive beauty image - what's not to love?
Secondly is the lovely Laura from Laura Rose. A fashion and marketing student whose passion for her work is shown in her blog. She regularly features items she loves, posts on how to achieve the latest looks and some fab photos. Of course it doesn't just stop at clothing, she posts about hairstyles, make-up and celebs - a great read for girly girls (like me!)
Next up is the fab Danielle from stardustduck. I started following her blog after swapping several tweets and she has a wonderful lifestyle blog. It is great looking at all of her posts, especially the ones about her time in LA (which makes me so badly want to go back there!) and at all of her great photography. If you like celebrating and living life, then this blog is for you!
Charlotte, of charlywarr, has recently joined Walton's Publications as a Features Writer and she is proving to be a great addition to the team. Her blog features posts about issues that people have to deal with as well as thoughts on certain topics and updates on her life. For me, this is definitely a blog to look out for in the future...
And last, but definitely not least, in Raven Ebony Twigg; I have known this girl since she was born - literally! I've known her family since I was three years old (ish!) and watched her grow - ahh! This blog is basically her opinions, and she definitely has plenty of those! She focuses on issues that affects teenagers all over and has a writing style that makes you want to keep reading - another up and coming blogger heading for big things!
So, those are my five picks for the Liebster award - all have promising futures as bloggers and are definitely 'ones to watch'!