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The Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I am so honored and excited! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by three incredibly talented ladies..Devinne from “Mox and Socks,” Mona from “Curls & Cakes” and Kathy from “Lace & Whimsy” (I know your nomination was a while ago, but I didn’t forget!). If you aren’t already following these lovely ladies, definitely check them out! And thank you so much for the nominations!

So, what is the Liebster Award exactly? It’s an award presented to bloggers by bloggers as a sign of appreciation to them and to help expose their blog to other viewers. Very cool! It’s also a fun way for your readers to get to know you a little better by sharing random facts about yourself and answering some fun questions. (I’m going to also share a couple old, embarrassing photos to make it even more exciting. Haha.)

11 Random facts about me:

1.) My nickname ever since I was a child has been “Mouse” – my parents/grandparents say it stuck because I was such a quiet girl.

My 1st day of kindergarten. 🙂

2.) I have never broken a bone in my body (yet).

3.) The first time I saw the movie E.T. I ran behind a chair and cried when he turned white. I still can’t watch that movie to this day.

4.) I took 7 years of piano lessons, and one of my biggest regrets is not sticking with it longer. I’m seriously tempted to start taking lessons again with a lady down the road.

piano lessons
My brother and me after one of my first piano recitals.

5.) I spent all my summers while in college working at a landfill/recycling center. My family still enjoys quizzing me on my vast and random knowledge of garbage and recyclables. Haha.

6.) In high school I was the homecoming queen, despite not really being all that cool.

7.) My favorite music genre is rock. I love Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat, Halestorm, Chevelle, etc. I also can’t stand country music.

8.) When I was growing up I had a Shetland Pony named Dusty. He now lives on a distant relative’s farm, just a couple miles down the road.

Me with my pony, Dusty.

9.) I grew up in a town of 913 people. Needless to say, we knew every single person and what was going on in their lives.

10.) Any time I’m feeling particularly down in the dumps, I watch Bridget Jones’s Diary to cheer myself up. That movie gets me every time!

11.) I still wear my retainer at night. Is that normal? Haha.

princess costume
Bonus fact: I have ALWAYS enjoyed dressing up. Haha.


What inspired you to start your blog?

I have always enjoyed writing and expressing myself creatively. So, when I quit my job at the news station to pursue my dream of travel, it really left a creative void that I was having a hard time filling. My husband encouraged me to start a blog about the things I enjoy most in life, style and traveling, and even helped me set it up. And the rest is history!

The 1st photo ever uploaded to Have Clothes, Will Travel for a post on India!

Who is your favorite style icon?

Oh, that’s a tough one. Mainly because I don’t really follow any celebrities or designers. I get most of my style inspiration from fellow bloggers. But if I had to pick one style icon, I would say Taylor Swift (feel free to judge me, haha). Her style closely aligns with mine, and she’s a fan of ModCloth. 🙂

Can you name two of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?

Absolutely not. Haha. I have soooo many favorite bloggers there’s no way I could pick just two talented ladies. If you really want to see my list though, check out Blogs I Follow (which probably needs to be updated, I’m sure there are even more bloggers I follow now).

What’s the one wardrobe essential you can’t live without?

My pearl necklace my husband gave me when got married. It goes with so many of my outfits and has just as much sentimental value as my wedding ring.

Inner Fairy Princess
My pearl necklace.

How would you describe your blogging style?

Oh gosh, I’m not sure. I guess I would say I try to blog as though I’m having a conversation with my readers. They’re like friends that I just can’t see. Haha. I let them know what’s going on in my life, share stories as they pop up… and of course talk about clothes and my travels.

What was the last book you read?

Emma by Jane Austen. I love Pride & Prejudice and am currently on a mission to finish the complete works of Jane Austen. Northanger Abbey is my last one, and so far I am loving it…almost as much as Pride & Prejudice. However, I kind of cheated.. because I really just skimmed Mansfield Park. (That one I just couldn’t get into.)

Pride & Prejudice sweater
I even have a Pride & Prejudice sweatshirt to keep me motivated! 🙂

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

EGYPT! I have been dying to see the pyramids every since I was a little girl. I honestly wanted to be an Egyptologist when I grew up and tried to teach myself how to read hieroglyphics. My husband and I are currently planning a trip to Cairo this winter – It seriously feels like I just won a game show or am getting to meet the Queen or something. I’m so excited!

My grandpa sparked my travel bug, teaching me about the world way back in the day. 🙂

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I have absolutely no idea. With our lifestyle, it’s a bit hard to say. Haha. I could be living as an expat in some foreign land (preferably Australia). Or if that doesn’t work out, living somewhere in the states in an actual home (not a corporate housing or hotel situation). But either way, I will still be blogging in five years. That much I can see. Oh, and there will be a dog (bulldog specifically) in my life within five years. I just know it!

What was the first movie or book that made an impact on your life?

Oooh, that is a good question. I would have to say Star Wars because no matter what happened in life (divorce, school changes, bullies, etc.), my brother and I could always watch Star Wars with my mom and escape to a galaxy far, far away. We had our trilogy VHS set worn right down to nothing, practically.

What advice would you give someone who just started blogging?

1.) Network, network, network. Getting to know other bloggers, whether in real life or on the blogosphere, is one of the best parts about blogging! This can also lead to some really exciting opportunities.

2.) Also, I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before, but it’s so true…don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. The best part about your blog is.. it’s you. It’s your heart and soul. Trying to be anyone but yourself is only going to make this feel like a chore.

3.) Blogging is going to be really hard and really frustrating some days. There’ll be days you’re going to work so hard on a post that only a handful of people will take the time to read. And you have to be OK with that. Because there will be other days where you’ll work so hard on a post and suddenly it feels as though the entire internet has read your blog. You just have to take the good with the bad days and know that in the end, it’s worth it.

Here are my 11 nominees:

You ladies don’t have to do this, but I wanted to recognize you anyways!

1.) Heather of “The Arbitrary Fox

2.) Amanda of “Enchanting Elegance

3.) Lauren of “Prefer to be Demure

4.) Joanna of “A Stylish Love Story

5.) Kara of “The Dressed Aesthetic

6.) Jen of “Dressing With Class

7.) Olivia of “Her Name Was Celebration

8.) Ela of “Wunderbliss

9.) Amanda of “Sans Scrubs

10.) Kat of “Covered in Cat Hair

11.) Natassia of “Natassia’s Place for Fashion, High Heels & Geekiness


  1. Heather Gwinn says:

    I’m so behind on everyone’s posts! This gal needs a secretary! I loved reading over your random facts! I wear a retainer to bed too, although I just finished invisalign. With that said I will never go without. I plan to read all the Austin books eventually too. I love her stories. Pride & Prejudice being my favorite romance story (and movie) ever!

    Thank you so much for nominating me! I feel so flattered to be picked by so many wonderful bloggers. Mine will be posted soon.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you, Heather! Glad to hear I’m not the only who still wears their retainer and likes Jane Austen. 🙂 I can’t wait to read yours!

  2. Lauren-Blair says:

    Sorry I’m so behind in reading your blog! I did see this tag on IG though and thanks for the nomination! Mwah! I loved reading more about you, such fun facts! I actually just saw Bridget Jones for the second time ever this weekend (kind of…it was background noise at a friend’s house) and was stunned at how novel it was for her to gain all of that weight when she wasn’t even that big in the movie!! Great advice too!! XO

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Oh my gosh, no need to apologize! I always feel like I’m behind! And thank you! Oh I know, I would say she’s just a regular sized lady in Bridget Jones! However, for the sequel, I would say she gained quite a bit of weight (considering how tiny she usually is).

  3. Ela (@WunderBliss) says:

    Really great getting to know more about you! I love these posts and seeing all ur old photos of u and ur family. Thank you so much for nominating me. I’ve actually done one just like this, but with different questions:-). Loved all the blogging tips, I couldn’t agree more!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you, Ela! I’ll have to see if I can find your post like this! Would love to read your answers. 🙂

  4. Joanna Joy says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post! The picture of you and your pony Dusty is so darn cute!!! You really learn a lot from people with these Liebster Awards 🙂 Star Wars is definitely one of my favorite movies as well. That was an amazing post you did on it the first time coming out of the smoke. Also, your advice for new bloggers was excellent.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you, Joanna! And that is so cool – I had no idea you were a Star Wars fan too! 🙂

  5. dressedapp says:

    Awww I’m so honored that you would think to nominate me! Thank you! Considering you were one of the main catalysts that got me into blogging in the first place, it really means a lot. 🙂 And thank you for introducing me to some great new blogs… This was a great post and I feel like I know you even better now. Not to mention – I would be SO EXCITED if you guys moved to Australia next! Perth is just lovely this time of year… (hint hint 🙂 )

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      That means a lot to me to hear too, Kara! 🙂 You are such an inspiration, and I absolutely love your new blog! I would LOVE to live in Perth haha… one can dream, right?

  6. Amanda Brezovsky says:

    Aw, Im in love with this post!! Loved seeing all of the old photos of you and your family. Its so nice to get to know people even better. Dusty is such a cute little pony and how cool that you have one!! I threw my retainer out long ago so kudos to you! Star Wars is seriously one of the best movies ever. You mist be so excited for the new one in December! Great advice on blogging and let me tell you, T. Swift has some amazing style haha!! No judging here!! Thanks for the nomination too!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you, Amanda! I am SO excited about Star Wars in December – however, I’m cautiously excited. Haha. I really was not a fan of the prequels, at all. So, I’m hoping the new Star Wars isn’t as bad as those prequels. And glad to hear I’m not the only Taylor fan! Haha.

  7. aw thank you so much for nominating me! It means so much to me that you would think of me! I always love stopping by your blog, getting inspired by your style, and commenting on it 🙂 You are one of my favorite fashion bloggers! So thank you again 🙂 <3
    I can definitely relate to many of these- like when I watched ET, him being found in the river really freaked me out for some reason. I couldn't sleep for a week after because that picture really did not sit well with me! Anyway, it was fun reading more about you and getting to know you more!
    Olivia | Her Name Was Celebration

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you too Olivia! That means so much to me to hear! And haha glad to hear there are quite a few of us who didn’t love ET!

  8. I loved the old photos! Such a great addition to this!! And I enjoyed reading your answers very much. I almost put down not having broken a bone as one of my random facts! Haha And I remember getting very upset when ET turns white too! Piano for 7 years! You should definitely pick it up again!!
    The pearl necklace is absolutely beautiful – good choice. And no matter what you think of Taylor Swift there is no denying she has a lovely style in clothes.
    I really enjoyed getting to know you a bit better. So much fun. And you were such a cutie! You’re still very cute 😉
    Much love

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Mona! And thank you for the nomination – it was so much fun to put this post together! Glad I’m not the only one who freaked out when ET turned white haha. And thank you for all the lovely compliments! I loved reading your post, too! 🙂

  9. moxandsocks says:

    I loved reading this, and I especially love that you added all those old pictures of you! (Also, Dusty is the cutest pony I’ve ever seen!) I hope that after five years (and maybe sooner) I’ll be seeing pictures of your bulldog 🙂

    P.S. Good job sticking with your retainer. I threw mine out the day I moved out of my parents’ house!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you, Devinne! And thank you again for the nomination! I hope to be sharing pictures of my future bulldog within five years too. Haha. And haha thank you – I think the only reason I stuck with the retainer is because if I don’t wear it for a few days my teeth hurt SO bad. 😉

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