Thank you to two of my blogging friends Hilda Smith and Robin Lamonte who both nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Hilda and Robin are loyal insta-friends who I very much look forward to meeting one day. We've followed each other on social media for a while as women of a certain age with something to say… which we do via our blogs! I’m greatly chuffed that fellow bloggers like my work, the nomination is a lovely surprise.
The purpose of the award is to get to know other bloggers who bring sunshine to the blogging community and inspire by their creativity and positive outlook.
Hilda's blog is an absolute delight, covering everything from her home country of Ireland and beyond, style, beauty and midlife wellness. Her cheerful easy manner will certainly bring sunshine to your day, stop by Over the Hilda and see for yourself!
Robin is a skilled interior designer whose eye for style goes way beyond interiors. Her boundless energy and commitment to wellness as we age and her bright and positive attitude makes her blog a go-to for living our best midlife! Meet Robin over at Hello I'm 50ish.
I was further surprised yesterday by another lovely lady who gave me a nomination. Thank you Lisa from Midlife in Bloom. Lisa's blog is as charming as she is in person, I've had the pleasure of meeting her so I know first hand. I am feeling thoroughly spoiled!
as part of the award I was asked some questions:
Why did you start a blog?
My fifties brought about a sense of discontent with a longing to embark on something new and exciting. Running a business that I’d started fifteen years prior to blogging was getting old and less exciting as the years rolled on, burned-out is a phrase that comes to mind!
I accidentally stumbled upon a fashion blog and learned that this was the way forward for brands to advertise and people to shop online. With a lifelong interest in fashion, along with numerous other things I enjoy, writing being one of them, re-inventing myself being another, I decided there was room for this old blogger to join the party!
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
I spent weeks thinking about this as I went about my business. I wanted something catchy, fun and at the same time felt was 'me'. I had lots of ideas all which hubby screwed his nose up at. Then one day it came to me, just popped into my head (as most of my best ideas do) … Above and Beblonde, hubby’s nose stayed still and his head began nodding in a gingerly motion of agreement. Sorted! I've always been blonde, I always strive to go above and beyond, and it was fun and catchy!
How do you get the ideas for your posts?
Things I see in the fashion industry such as a new trend and style. If I love it and would wear it I'm inspired to write about it. I really do wear what I like and not what a woman in her late fifties is pigeon holed into wearing.
I glean a lot from the comments people leave on my daily Instagram posts, recognizing that things I take for granted other people look for help with, those things may turn into blog posts!
Tennis and my general outdoorsy active lifestyle are easy topics, I hope to encourage women to be more active as we age.
Tell me five fun facts about yourself
my nominees for a sunshine blogger award:
Lisa King - The Fulfilled Pharmacist - Lisa is a health and wellness advocate with a wealth of experience in living a wholesome and fulfilled life. She is one of the sweetest women I know and a genuine ray of sunshine.
Kimberly Frick - The Real Golden Girl - Just looking at any of Kimberley's fashion posts will make you smile with her gorgeous photos, impeccable style and fabulous use of color.
Katherine Manley - Divining Style - Katherine has the best sense of humor and has me laughing almost daily with her musings of life in general, and if anyone knows how to style a fabulous dress, Katherine does.
Each one of these ladies will bring a ray of sunshine to your world.
the questions for my nominees:
rules for this award:
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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Click the picture below to see my interview with the lovely Jonet Wooten from Fabulously Chic Over 50