This time of year always really gets me going. If you know me personally, you know that spreading the love is a big deal around the Brandt-Johnson household. Forming meaningful relationships is our M.O. So when I was nominated for The Liebster award by Laura over at Weird Cult(ure), I knew I had to join in. She is an awesome St. Louis blogger and her personal style is killer. Needless to say, I'm flattered. If you're not familiar, The Liebster award is a sort of like a modern chain-letter. Remember those? You nominate someone and ask them questions, they answer, write a new set of questions and nominate a new group. I can dig it.

While we're in the mood for spreading the love and sharing the joy, can I give a shout-out to my ever-talented spouse? He has always been in the business of creating, but lately he has been building some pretty incredible furniture for our little abode. The two photos above of the platform bed and the rustic bench are his designs. Killer, right? Anyway, onto the questions! Thanks again, Laura!

Why did you start blogging? I always have to be creating something. My husband and I joke that our down time really isn't down time. We're always busy setting goals, making plans and being creative. When I'm not at my piano writing, I usually have my camera and a few years ago I found that blogging was a great way to combine my love of writing and taking photos. As an added bonus I've met so many amazing people, bloggers and beyond.

Who is your favorite designer? I'm really into Mara Hoffman. I've been a fan of hers for a long time. I also like Amanda Valentine, Charlotte Ronson and Francesca Liberatore. Locally, Michael Drummond, Grace Kubilius and the folks at Skif International.

What local boutique do you frequent most? Probably Leopard in Webster Groves. It's on my way home from work. Dangerous.

What do you splurge on? Not much! We just bought a house. But, good wine always, dinner with my handsome man, faux leather jackets, Christmas presents, the perfect scented candles, Free People, boots and fresh flowers.

What is staple in your closet for fall? Leather jackets, chunky-heeled booties, braided hair, statement rings.

Where is your dream travel destination? I spent a little time in the UK when I was younger and I've been aching to go back ever since. But since we're talking about travel....Arizona, New Mexico, Yellow Stone National Park, The Redwoods, just take me to The Redwoods and I'll always go to Tennessee. My sweetheart turned me onto it and it's slowly becoming my favorite.

What was the first concert you ever attended? My dad practicing with his band. Then The Backstreet Boys. But, as a music major, you can see why I wouldn't want to say The Backstreet Boys first.

Provel- yay or nay? Cheese is my weakness.

What is your favorite film? An impossible question. I could go for days. But I'll just say Almost Famous.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? My heart out, my words.

My turn! Nominated bloggers will come in a separate post. See you soon!

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