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Award Tour!!

Hi all!

I want to thank every single blogger who has nominated me for an award!  I am truly flattered.  Not to toot my own horn, but there are so many awards that I have been nominated for and tag posts to complete, that I’ve had a hard time keeping up. I feel the best way to share my answers with everyone is to do two or three combined posts over the next week or so to cover all of these great awards and tags!

First up, The Real Neat Blog Award!  A huge thank you to fivezero for nominating me!

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The award rules are:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer the seven questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)

1. How many pillows do you sleep with?

There are seven pillows on my bed, five of which are decorative.  My husband hates the ridiculous amount of fancy pillows on our bed, but I’ve caught him running and jumping into them like a little kid. ;o)

2. What was your favourite TV show as a kid?

I was obsessed with Scooby Doo, like, I’d lose my mind when it came on tv. Haha!

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3. Did you have a childhood celebrity crush?

Sure did.  I was in love with River Phoenix. RIP.

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4. How many pairs of sunglasses do you own? Which pair is your favourite?

I am ashamed to admit how many pairs of sunglasses I own – too many. I also have too many favourites to choose from.

5. What is your favourite takeout dish?

I love the green curry with shrimp and pineapple from the Siam Bistro here in Ottawa, or the fabulous quality sushi from T&T Supermarket near my neighbourhood.  Yum!

6. Name one thing you don’t like that everyone else loves.

Game of Thrones.  Don’t get it, don’t get the appeal (except for Kal Drago – yum) and I dislike fantasy-type shows and movies. No thanks.

7. What was the worst thing you did as a child (run away from home, set fire to the clothesline, etc.)?

I stole a Go-Bot (Transformer-like toy) from my friend, Sherman, when I was about 6 years old. Sigh. My mom found out, marched me to his house, made me apologize in front of his whole family and I got spanked. Not one of my finest moments. Thankfully, Sherman forgave me and we remained friends.

8. What was the most unusual thing you have ever eaten?

I’ve travelled a lot, so I’ve had the pleasure of trying out tons of food that I don’t have access to here like squid ink pasta in Southern Italy and ant eggs in Peru.  Let’s not forget ostrich in Australia and breadfruit in Barbados (not that unusual – it’s like super creamy potato).  Excited to try guinea pig next time I’m in Costa Rica! LOL!

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“I bet you’re tasty with a little bbq sauce!” – just kidding, guys. Look at that face!

I’m passing on the Real Neat Blog Award to ALL of my fellow beauty and fashion bloggers!  Remember – there is no pressure to participate!

The 7 questions I’m passing on are:

  1. What Netflix shows do you binge watch?
  2. Bicycle or car?
  3. Who are your top three celebrity crushes?
  4. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?
  5. What was the last book you read?
  6. Name one thing you don’t like that everyone else loves.
  7. What was the worse thing you did as a child (run away from home, steal candy, etc)?

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week!


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Alright!  Next up is the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award, which celebrates the unique voices of women bloggers around the world! A huge thank you to Concierge Librarian for nominating me!  Be sure to check out her fun and informative blog!

Here are the rules for this award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to your post.
  2. Answer the ten questions given to you.
  3. Pass the award onto seven other bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.
  4. Include the award badge in your post.

Here are my answers to the set of questions given to me by the fashionable Concierge Librarian:

1. If you could do it over again, would you select the same profession?

Hell no.  If given the chance to do it all over again, I would have seized a past opportunity to move to Toronto with my husband and I would have sought a job in the fashion industry.

2. What is your ideal vacation spot?

Positano, Italy

3. What was your favourite subject in high school?

American History in Grade 12.  Our teacher, Mr. Penton, was funny and cool and made learning about history fun.

4. Mascara or eyebrow pencil?


5. How long does it take for you to get ready for the day?

If I’m heading to work, about an hour. If I’m going out to an event, I can easily take the whole day.  Haha! At least I can admit that!!!

6. Where are you from?

London, England

7. Lipstick or lip gloss?


8. Who is your favourite singer?

Jimi Hendrix

9. Netflix or hulu?

Netflix, only because I have yet to try hulu.

10. How many hours do you spend per week blogging?

It all depends on the week.  Maybe about 3-5 hours?

I am Nominating:

Spiritually Fit Mommy Blog

Chic and Polished

Dirty Dishes & Baby Kisses

Mama Keene

The Ginger Life

Fit To Serve

Dorothea Beauty

Thank you so much for nominating me, Concierge Librarian, and thanks to all of you for reading!!


I Love Nail Polish Tag!

One of my favourite blogs, fivezero, just completed this post and as a fellow nail polish lover, I thought I would do it too!  Thanks for posting, fivezero!

Ok!  Here goes:

1. Favorite base coat?

I use Nailtek XTRA for Difficult and Resistant nails.  It’s amazing.

2. Favorite top coat?

Pro FX Quick Dry Top Coat.  It’s amazing too – provides a strong, gel-like, super shiny finish.  I got all of my sisters hooked on it!

3. Top three, favorite nail polish brands?

Chanel, Deborah Lippmann and Nails Inc. Gel Effects

4. How often do you paint your nails?

About once a week…more often in the summer. Too many pretty colours to try!

5. Favorite neutral nail polish?

Chanel Ballerina, Chanel Atmosphère and OPI’s My Vampire is Buff

6. Pink or red nail polishes?

Oh – love both colours too much to choose!

7. Glitter or matte nail polish?

Glitter nail polish, by far.  I don’t really like the look of matte nail polish.

8. Your go-to nail polish at the moment?

Chanel Azuré – the prettiest bluish teal.  It takes on different colours depending on the light and various angles. Worth every red cent.

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9. What’s on your nails now?

Chanel Azuré on my hands, and Essie’s original Lilacism. Essie changed the colour of Lilacism – it’s now a pale blue as opposed to the original pretty lavender that I loved. I bought every bottle of the original colour I could find – haha!

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10. What would you name your own line of nail polishes?

Colour Domination! The first colour I’d develop would be called Supernova – an opalescent royal blue with some purple sparkles.  Yes – I have already thought about this…a lot.

If you would like to do this tag as well, please consider yourself tagged!

Thank you so much for reading this monster post, and again – thanks to everyone who nominated me for an award!  MUAH!!!


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Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. July 14, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Ahhh love your blog congrats! Thanks for the nomination 🙂

  2. July 14, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    loling so much at your little phrase “Not to toot my own horn” – little amuses the innocent eh?! lol Congrats on all your awards lovely – well deserved 🙂 Karen XXX

    • July 14, 2015 / 3:15 pm

      Hahaha! Sigh! I didn’t know how to word that any better without coming off as pompous! I’m thrilled that people like my blog and really, really happy with the support and encouragement I’ve received. This experience has been nothing but positive! Thanks for stopping by! xoxoxo

      • July 14, 2015 / 4:32 pm

        lol lol It was brilliant!!! A real giggle moment for me – just glad I took a sip of my tea before reading it haha Your blog is wonderful, and you’re a great writer so keep up the amazing work huni *hugs* XXXX

        • July 14, 2015 / 6:57 pm

          Thanks so much for your kind comments! Lol! I have a blast writing these posts. Glad people are enjoying them! ?

          • July 15, 2015 / 5:11 pm

            So welcome huni 😀 Keep the awesome posts coming!! XXX

  3. July 14, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    this is the loveliest award post i have seen written xo with mega love xoxoxoxxo

    • July 14, 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks Cat!!! I thought it would be a great way to get all of these fun awards and tags done, Bella!!! xoxox

  4. July 14, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    Aww poor li’l guinea pig! 😀

    Great answers, fun post! And OMG yes, I just looked at Essie Lilacism today, and thought, “What the hell! Why is it blue?” What a shame.

    • July 14, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      Yeah!!! I totally agree! If you are looking for something similar, try Essie’s Play Date…a close match. And I promise you – I could never eat a guinea pig. They are much too cute…and rodent-y. Lol!!! xoxoxo

      • July 14, 2015 / 8:00 pm

        On the wishlist! 🙂 Thanks! And I love those little rodent faces, too.

  5. July 14, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    Great post! Scooby Doo is totally fun, though. 😉 And I agree, I like fantasy settings well enough, but I just don’t really like Game of Thrones. It seems to try too hard, y’know? Hey, I guess if Andrew Zimmern can eat guinea pigs… =P And I have two pet guinea pigs! Those nail polishes are to die for, I’m sure Lilacism is looking beautiful on you!

    • July 14, 2015 / 6:48 pm

      Omg!!! I grew up with guinea pigs!!! I don’t think I could ever eat one! They are too cute!!! And I totally understand about Games of Thrones. Everyone loves it so much, maybe I’ll give it another try, but…meh. Thanks for you kind words about the polishes. They are indeed super pretty!! Thanks so much for reading! xoxo

      • July 14, 2015 / 7:12 pm

        LOL! It’s true, guinea pigs are precious. =( I love how they swish their food back and forth in their mouths! <3

        • July 14, 2015 / 7:28 pm

          Awww! And I love the little noises they make!! Super cute. I had a guinea pig when I was really young called G.P. (of course). He looked just like the one in my blog post. I keep telling my husband I’m going to get another one day!

          • July 14, 2015 / 10:26 pm

            You should!! They add so much life to the home. <3

  6. July 14, 2015 / 7:00 pm

    Ooh, GET IT! Seriously, congrats on all the awards. You’re an amazing blogger and deserve every single one. <3


    P.S. I loved reading all of your answers.

    • July 14, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Awww Dannie! Thank you so much! This means a lot coming from you as your own blog is so great!!! Really happy you enjoyed it! xoxoxox

  7. July 14, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Oh yaay!
    Congratulations babe, great answers lol!

    • July 14, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks, luv! I actually got the idea to lump them together from your own award blog post! Lol! #stalker

  8. July 15, 2015 / 12:39 am

    Congratulations on your awards! You deserve so many!! 😀 xo <3 <3

  9. July 17, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Congrats on all your awards. Much deserved. You’re such a talented writer and personable. I like how you organized the roll out and included photos too.


    • July 17, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      Thanks so much, Asa! Your kind words mean a lot! xoxoxo

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