Hello beautiful people!



I finally found the time to write about a nomination that I have very gladly received for the 'Shine on' blogging award! - nominated by the lovely and fabulous Fraquoh and Franchomme from the Attire Club - that I received a while ago. 

The idea of this award has been created with several rules that all bloggers who receive a nomination have to follow. One of which is to mention the blogger who nominated you. I was nominated by one of my favorite male fashion bloggers: Fraquoh and Franchomme from the Attire Club blog/site! I have been following their blog for a while now, and it is a great pleasure to be nominated by them :)

Additionally, when nominated, you should also nominate 15 other bloggers that you think deserve this award! I will post the names of my nominations later on in this post x

I also have to answer several questions, so all my readers can get a feel of how this blog has been established, and also know more about me as a blogger :)

Let's get started!


How was your blog born?

AlBalsamLife.com has been established in June 2013. I have been in the business of fashion blogging for over four years now - where I previously owned a blog under the name 'Everything Balsam'. After I decided to maintain my blogging profession at a more serious scale, I decided to start from scratch with a new blog in order to start a more professional online career. That was the birth of albalsamlife.com! It remains to be a source of my inspiration every minute.


What is the most important thing in your life?

Those who know me, will know that I am such a family oriented person. I live and would die for my family. They are the most important part of my life.


Do you have any other passions?

I am the type of person to get bored rather easily, which is bad because I find it difficult to find something I'm really passionate about. Fashion is certainly my number one passion. Other than that, I have a slightly 'nerdy' side as I find it very entertaining to play around with HTML codes. Coding in general is something I really love alongside fashion. Poetry and Arabic literature are also a favorite of mine.


Are you an ambitious person or are you one who likes to get carried away?

I've been told - by somebody extremely close to me - that the following song lyrics from the song 'Vienna' by Billy Joel resemble me as a person. 
"Slow down, you crazy child
you're so ambitious for a juvenile"
I am an extremely ambitious person. However, I do tend to call myself a dreamer quote often.


What is your style?

I find my style very evolving. I change as I get older, wiser, and experience more things in life. I am a strong believer that one's sense of style does portray one's life experiences. 'Fashion is an instant language' and I use that language to express my inner thoughts and feelings without having to say a word. 

I would describe my style with the following word: Freedom; simply because I think one should use fashion to express freedom, and not limitation.


What is your favorite place?

I am a traveler. I really hate to stay in the same place for a long period of time. I believe that traveling opens up so many new ideas and inspirations! and the people I meet while traveling always add more into my way of thinking. I have several favorite places. My all time favorite is Milan. That city - to me - is pure beauty.


What is a quote that characterizes you?

It is always hard to talk about myself. That's one of the main reasons why my 'About me' page in my blog is always neglected by myself. I think Alexnder McQueen's quote 
"Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment."
reperesents my form of thinking for anything, not just fashion. I very much appreciate freedom, and it's one of my favorite words. It has a very nice ring to it, don't you think so?


As for the nominations, I am happy to nominate the following fabulous bloggers that I really enjoy following and learning from:

1. Bayan from Been's Blog: bayanola.blogspot.com
2. Noura Ahmad from All about Noon: http://t.co/vQzsUSwaTC
3. Rona Pradipta from Rona Pradipta: http://t.co/J1MANzwocQ
4. Sara Al-Hashar from Photography from an Arabian eye: http://saraalhashar.blogspot.nl/
5. Alex Gens from Bronzed Sun Daze: http://t.co/trVXcbCxAl
6. Eugenia Giraldi from Honey Go-Lightly: http://www.honeygolightly.com/
7. Hannah Bella from Bella Girl Beauty: http://t.co/nnxyMwfyJ1
8. Manal from the Arab Feminist: http://t.co/ib8G49bEO0
9. Adored in Armour: http://adornedinarmor.com/
10. Style Vanity: http://stylevanity.com/
11. Fashion is evolution: http://fashionisevolution.blogspot.com
12. Closet walk through: http://closetwalkthru.com/
13. Barely Practical: http://www.barelypractical.com/ 
14. Searching for Style: http://searchingforstyle.com/
15. Curvy Elle: http://www.thecurvyelle.com/


with love,