Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tag! Beauty vs. Brains

Sorry for the lull in posts but I've been truly busy this past week at work so I thought I'd ease back into things with a fun tag! Now, this was a YouTube tag that I saw on Sprinkle of Glitter but I thought it'd be just as easy to answer the questions on here. I quite liked the tag because it was just something different than what your favorite makeup or outfit of the moment might be. A quick warning to you in advance, I will probably cheat because I believe that most questions can't simply be fulfilled with one answer.

1. What is your favorite book?
I am a big fan of many book series like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Southern Vampire Mysteries, and the Divergent Series, but my favorite singular book would have to be a tie (cheating already) between On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I read a LOT so this was difficult, though ruling out the series made it a tad easier.

2. What is your favorite quote?
Most of the quotes I love come from Oscar Wilde, my favorite being:
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
However, recently I heard this one and it made me melt:
"She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short." -Brian Andreas

3. Do you prefer English or Math?
Definitely English. In high school I did exceptionally well in my English classes and even began college as a Journalism major. Even though I didn't stick with it (see next question), I still love writing and am a grammar hound.

4. Do you prefer Science or Art?
Though I do appreciate the arts, I have never been gifted in them. I graduated from college with a degree in Science and am particularly fond of the life sciences (biology, medicine, genetics, etc).

5. Name five albums or artists that have changed your life.
I love listening to music and listen to a little bit of everything. Not sure that I could say they 'changed my life' but I absolutely love The Shins, Kings of Leon, Marcus Foster, The Black Keys, and 30 Seconds to Mars. I will say that I always look forward to the Twilight films' soundtracks as they always have a nice variety of music and include some indie artists that are worth checking out.

6. What were your favorite and least favorite subjects in school?
In college my favorite subject was Emerging Infectious Diseases (or basically any biology course) and my least favorite was Calculus (or basically any high level math course).

7. Who is your favorite celebrity with a brain?
Emma Watson. She is well spoken, flits between Brown and Oxford for university studies, and it doesn't hurt that she has an impeccable sense of style (she modeled for Burberry for crying out loud).

8. What is your nerdy little secret?
To people who read this blog my nerdy little secret would be my job (I work in a research lab at the US FDA) but to people at my job my nerdy little secret would be this blog. Funny how different people perceive things, isn't it?

9. What beauty gurus do you admire for more than their love of beauty/fashion?
I admire them all for their courage because opening yourself up to anonymous criticism is a scary thing, but I especially admire Zoe (Zoella). She began as a blogger and was shy about starting a YouTube channel but she's amazing! I'm sure you all follow her already, but on the off chance that you don't, go check her out!

10. If you could study anything, anywhere what would it be?
I would literally study anything to do with science somewhere near London. I studied abroad in London for a semester and have just been aching to go back ever since. If I could get my graduate degree at Oxford University, I'd do it in a heart beat but it's just not in the cards for me currently.

11. If your blog couldn't focus on beauty/fashion, what would it focus on?
Probably just life lessons and personal experience but I find that most people are more eager to hear about your opinion on makeup or fashion than they are to hear about your personal life (that is until you have many followers that want to know all of your business, haha).

12. Name something that you're obsessed with but others might find nerdy or strange.
I came across this last night when my husband and I were watching the movie Contagion. I got really into it and was blabbering on about emerging infectious diseases (which he knows nothing about since he's in IT). He was a good sport about it but I could tell that I was either boring or confusing him at most points in the conversation. I just love biology and medicine though.

13. Name five people (excluding family/friends) that inspire you.
First and foremost would be Audrey Hepburn since she was an icon in so many ways (style, cinema, humanitarian). I have loved her since I was a very little girl and my mother introduced me to Breakfast at Tiffany's (any guess as to where my blog name came from? haha). I also adore Grace Kelly, Johnny Depp, and Reese Witherspoon for various reasons. This last one will be controversial, but I have a big girl crush on Kristen Stewart because of the way she is always true to herself (good or bad) even when you can tell everyone is expecting her to be a certain way. Sorry if that offends any of you, but I don't hold people to their mistakes as we all make them and I certainly don't want to be held to any that I have made through the years.

14. Who is your intellectual soulmate?
Probably my best friend Brittany. Intellectually we have similar interests and can carry on conversations for hours if the right topic comes up. Most of our other friends just think we're strange and that's okay!

If you guys have any other fun tags to offer, send them my way or link them in the comments. I tag all of you and hope that you enjoy answering the questions! One last request, as I'm new to the blogging world, any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated. Let me know which posts you've enjoyed, what you'd like to see more of, and anything you haven't liked. Thanks so much!

:: katie golightly x

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  1. What an interesting tag! I'll have to keep this one in my drafts and pull it out on a rainy day or something lol!

    1. yes it was definitely a unique tag that made me think a little harder than others. i plan to do more of these when i'm running thin on blog ideas or super busy like today.

      katie x

  2. Fun! I used to LOVE doing these questions back then! Aww! How wonderful memories this post brought back to me :)

    I'd answer no. 11 and would probably do a Catholic blog for young adults! ♥
    {style + travel}

    1. thanks for answering one of the questions and i'm glad that my post made you remember good times! i'll be sure to check out your blog but thank you for stopping by!

      katie x

  3. I'm reading A Song of Ice and Fire now, I'm soon finished with the second book. After watching the TV series, Game of Thrones, I was totally captivated and can't wait to read whats happening. I have read many books that you listed as your favorites, so if you haven't seen the TV show, or haven't read the books, do it! :D


    1. i've heard that those books are amazing! right now i'm not sure if i want to commit to another long book series though, haha. thanks for the recommendation!

      katie x

  4. I can relate to a lot of what you've said in this post! Just discovered your blog and it's great, I'm following now! I look forward to reading more, and free to check mine out too!

    x Ellie

    1. thank you! i will definitely be following back as soon as i get home. glad you could relate!

  5. great post hun x

  6. Thanks for the great post on your blog, it really gives me an insight on this topic.
    zoe sugg in harry potter


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