Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Super Comments Award

This week when I checked in on one of my favorite blogs to catch up on the chic life in the Welsh wilderness at Life The Universe and All That's In It, I was so pleased to read that Ruth had kindly nominated me for this award.  Thank you Ruth!
The rules are ....
Post it on your blog
Thank and link the person who gave it to you.
Answer the ten questions that come with the award.
Nominate some of your favourite blogs.

Why do you blog?
I started this blog to write about and why you should invest in estate jewelry.  Also I wanted to share my shopping philosophy which comes down to 3 principles:
'friends don't let friends pay retail'
'friends don't let friends waste money on costume jewelry'
'smart women invest in assets with long term style (estate jewelry), not trendy fashions'
Obviously three years later my BHB blog has morphed into something else entirely because I have opinions about all kinds of stuff, and this is where I express them.
What are your three best memories?
Taking my horses out on the beach, and into the ocean, on the coast of Carpenteria.
Skiing with my children in the French/Swiss Alps resort, Avoriaz.
A vacation in Cabo San Lucas.
If you had to change your name, what would it be?
There was a time when I would have liked to have changed my name from a simple English two syllable name with a diminutive 'y' on the end, that was once described in a book as a "maid's name", to a stronger European multisyllabic name like Cassiopeia, Alexandra, Genevieve or Brunhilde.
I've also secretly loved masculine/feminine names like Sydney and Whitney.
Name five things you couldn't live without?
My family, my friends, my job, sunshine and a sense of humor.
Four best books that you have read?
How can I pick just four great books when there have been so many.
For non-fiction
'Modern Times' by Paul Johnson.  I separate the world into those who have read the book and those who haven't and anyone who hasn't read the book should.  I also love all of Johnson's history books including 'Intellectuals' and 'The Birth of the Modern'.  (Like Wendy B, I love Barbara Tuchman's history books as well) 'Mistress to an Age' by Herold, 'The Road to Serfdom' by F.A. Hayek and 'Journey into the Whirlwind' and 'Within the Whirlwind' by Eugenia Semenova Ginsburg, 'Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World' by Young-Bruehl and all of the books by economist Thomas Sowell.
For fiction
The works of Zola. 'The Magic Mountain' and 'Buddenbrooks' by Thomas Mann, 'Foucault's Pendulum' by Umberto Eco, 'Daniel Martin' by John Fowles, 'Possession' by A.S. Byatt, and the works of Edith Wharton.
Tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself?
A picture of me was once on the cover a specific sports magazine with the tag line "Is it a sport or an addiction".
What do you love best about yourself?
The fact that I am no longer naive
What is the best movie ever made?
Oh come on....this question is impossible to answer.
If you had a "Freaky Friday" experience, who would you change places with and why?
Germaine de Stael because that bitch was everywhere and met everyone of importance of her era from Goethe to Tallyrand to Pitt
or Hannah Arendt because of the legacy that she left.
What is the best part about being a woman?
The best part about being a woman is getting older and not taking yourself so seriously.

Well Ok then....questions answered.
and I further nominate
Bourbon and Pearls
Admiral Cod - obviously change the gender in the 10th question

BTW, if I haven't made myself clear about this before, I do so appreciate all of you who have taken the time to leave a comment or multiple comments on BHB.  I love reading your thoughts and opinions.  I do my best to comment on all of your blogs as well....I wish there were more hours in the day.
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Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Belle, what a great read! I loved the "What couldn't you live without?" A sense of humour. Excellent answer. There are lots of books you've mentioned I haven't read I shall be looking into too xx

Wildernesschic said...

Belle I love your answers and I love the reason you started blogging such great advice, you know I am a huge fan of older jewellery, and if I do buy something modern it has to be silver, because I can afford it and it somehow stays timeless longer... for me .. there are millions who will disagree.
But I love the fact your blog has morphed as it is always interesting and a pleasure to visit.. and I love the jewellery posts
Love Ruth xx

Anonymous said...

What fun, I love reading the minutiae of other people's lives. Paul Johnson, aargh it's on my shelf but I never finished it - Dunce's cap on.

Thanks so much, I'll do this at the weekend!

Hmm, I really can't see AC posting that panda!
(He may skin it and post it as rug)

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