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The Liebster Award

I started this blog as a creative outlet to discuss all things that I love. I had no idea people would actually read it (maybe with the exception of my boyfriend and mom). Ever since I have started, I have received so many kind and supportive messages from friends, family, and fellow bloggers. I am overwhelmed with the support and would like to thank each and everyone one of you for visiting my blog.

The Liebster Award is passed around the blogging community to bloggers who have less than 250 followers as a way of supporting each other. So a big thank you to Sabrina from Morning Dear for the generous nomination. If you haven't already, check out her blog - it's one of my daily reads.  

The Liebster Award rules:
Post the award on your blog.
Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
Write 11 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 250 followers.
Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

My nominees for The Liebster Award are the following: (As much as I would love to include ALL of you, I was forced to select 11)
1. Adriana - The Fashionadri
2. Gabriela - Gab Sessions
4. Lindsay - Shiny Love Affair
5. Michelle - All Wrapped Up
6. Katherine - The Green Bows
7. Marshall - This Blonde Story
8. Carrie - Anchored and Gray
9. Punam - The College Catwalk
10. Nikki - The Darling Pearl
11. Danielle - The Lifestyle Project 

Questions for New Nominees
To those I’ve nominated, here are the 11 questions you must answer in your nomnation blog post. 
1. What is one of your favourite quotes?
2. What is one of the nicest things someone has ever done for you?
3. Were you named after anyone?
4. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and who would you invite?
5. What would be a perfect day for you?
6. What's one of your pet peeves?
7. How did you choose your blog name?
8. What made you decide to start blogging?
9. If you could stay one age forever, what age would it be?
10. What do you value most in a friendship?
11. What do you wish someone would ask you?

Here are 11 random facts about me:
1. I'm an art gallerist and fine art appraiser by profession. 
2. I am the middle child of five kids.
3.  I love organizing. 
4. I'm training for my first half marathon in the fall. 
5. I have a strange addiction to carbonated beverages (perrier, san pellegrino, beer… veuve)
6. I have two family dogs; a pug named Eloise and a lab named Louis. They're pretty cute. 
7. I can't stand walking slowly. 
8. All photographs are take by my wonderful and supportive boyfriend.
9. I've recently become a vegetarian.
10. I like chocolate. A lot.
11. Whenever I am stressed, I like to play music. It soothes me more than a glass of wine. 
Answers to the 11 Questions posed by my nominator:
1. What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give your younger self? 
Love yourself first. 

2. Who do you look up to most?
My dad. He's worked hard to give me, along with my four siblings, so many wonderful opportunities. 

3. What would be your dream dinner-party guest list.
Everyone that I love, all in one room. 

4. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
After majoring in art history in university, I jumped right into a fine art professional career. Curating is such a big part of my life and therefore, felt Curated by Amy was very fitting. 

5. What are your favourite blogs? 
Cupcakes and Cashmere, Pink Peonies, Gal Meets Glam and Suburban Faux-Pas, The Doctor's Closet, Stephanie Sterjovski

6. Describe your dream house.
I've always had a love for symmetry so a centre hall would be perfect. My dads an architect and my moms an interior designer and would be thrilled if they could design it. 

7. Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario. 

8. What’s your morning routine?
Breakfast before anything. 

9. What’s your idea of the perfect weekend? 
Spending time with my boyfriend, friends, and family (of course!)

10. W hat makes you laugh more than anything? 
My older brother - he's the funniest person I know. 

11. What’s your guilty pleasure? 


the little pink dress

sheinside apricot dress

sheinside apricot dress

sheinside apricot dress

sheinside apricot dress

sheinside apricot dress

Last summer, my sister was married in the most stunning Marchesa dress I have ever seen. She was, hands down; the most beautiful bride (sorry, I'm just a little biased). Ever since, I've been on the lookout for a similar cocktail version to add to my wardrobe. While surfing the web one day, I came across this lovely dress from Needless to say, I instantly fell in love with it. 

I'm not  a girly-girl - I like ultra feminine things in small doses. Whenever something is a bit too feminine for my taste, I find that edgier accessories add the perfect balance. The non-girly girl in me decided to pair this dress with snakeskin pumps - the perfect balance. 

A Marchesa-Esque, wallet-friendly, and oh so sweet dress to add to my wardrobe - check! 
xx A


my insta happy dress

oilily floral dress

white aldo clutch

oilily floral dress
Sunnies: Karen Walker / Clutch: Aldo (similar) / Dress: Oilily (Vintage) / Pumps: Nine West / Bracelets: Hermes / Stella & Dot

I love discovering amazing vintage gems in my mom's closet. I remember finding this dress in high school, at which point I so badly wanted to tailor it into a blouse. My mom kindly let me have it, but made me promise to her that I would not alter it in any form. Thankfully, I listened to her advice (Mom's  do know best)

Whenever I throw this dress on, no matter the day, I can't help, but smile. It's my little cloak of happiness :)

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

xx A
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