What’s In My Work Bag?

Hey Beauty Buddies…

I was invited by the fabulous Fiona over at Fiona’s Wonderland to participate in her exciting new ‘What’s In My Bag’ blog series. Of course being a huuuuge fan of these fun features I jumped at the chance to participate! I must admit it was also a darn good excuse for a thorough clearout… anyone else’s bag literally swarming in receipts?! *sigh*

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For those of you who fancy popping over to check out the interview style post live on Fiona’s blog (or maybe even get involved in the series yourself) then do take a trip over & check it out.  Of course being my usual ‘YouTube Wednesday’ feature, I couldn’t resist attempting a corresponding ‘What’s In My Work Bag’ video to compliment all the action over at Fiona’s!  So all’s left to do is get the kettle on & press play as I talk you through the contents of my work bag!

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What’s your absolute handbag essentials? What can’t you leave the house without? Whatever your thoughts, don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below!

Cheerio Chums…

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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

 

 

Hey Beauty Buddies,

So I believe it’s Mama’s Day today for all my US chummies – whatever you’re doing I hope it’s fun and you’re spending time with those that mean the most to you! Our Mother’s day here in the UK was back in March but as a mum (and a daughter) I’m every so grateful for my own little girl and fantastic mum who has done so much for me over the years! Talking of special ladies today is my little sisters’ birthday *woo hoo* can’t wait to celebrate such an exciting day… a huge big Happy Birthday if you’re reading Leah!!!  ❤

In other news… if you’ve popped on for a little Sunday read of the latest blogging shenanigans, then why not have a quick peek at this weeks Confetti & Curves features. Sitting comfy? Then let’s get started…

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My Favourite Eye-Look Tutorial with Urban Decay Naked 3

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Yes, I broke out one of my favourite palettes to give you guys a simple tutorial of one of my everyday looks! Have you got a favourite shadow combination? If so let me know and I’ll be sure to give it a go 🙂

Behind The Blog… featuring Janie from No Plain Janie

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Catch up with Tuesday’s blogger, the lovely Janie from No Plain Janie. If you haven’t checked out her blog be sure to pay her a quick visit, she’s a gem of a gal!

The Lipstick Tag

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Thanks to the gorgeous Katie over at Plus Beauty for nominating me, I made this weeks YouTube ramble all about my lip stash! *Click here* to check out my channel or on the link above to visit the post.

Behind The Blog… featuring Lizzi from Thoughts and Things

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Thursdays Behind The Blog post as Lizzi from Thoughts and Things gives us an insight into how she tackles bloggers block, her favourite post to date and what 3 goodies are top of her make-up menu!

My Top YouTube Channels 

My Top YouTube Channels

Considering that I watch more YouTube than I do TV these days, I thought it was high time to share a few of my favourite faces… you just might recognise a few! Don’t forget to leave any recommendations of your own – or better still, a link to your own Channel if you already have one 🙂

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There you have it lovelies…  you’ve officially ‘Kept Up With Karen’ 😀 Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend, don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below, it’s always such a treat chatting with you lovely lot!

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Wannabe A Sponsored Blogger?

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Hey Beauty Buddies..

As Confetti & Curves has *virtually* blossomed to life, so has the exciting opportunities as a beauty & lifestyle blogger! Over the last few months I’ve been approached by some great brands and PR companies that are always on the lookout for new blogs to help promote their range of products or services.

However, as much as I thoroughly enjoy testing and reviewing such goodies, unfortunately I’ve not been able to participate in all of these exciting opportunities *sigh* Often this can be due to location, clothes size or even just general unsuitability to the product or item on offer.

Rather than let any more charming little opportunities slip through the net I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of any Confetti & Curve readers that may want to take avail of me passing along their blog url to any prospective companies who are seeking reviewers that I’m unable to participate in. After all, you delightful bunch have been incredibly supportive towards my blog so I’d be only too happy to return the kindness in any way possible!

Do bear in mind I’m not suggesting you’ll have an inbox riddled with opportunities by any means, in fact I can’t guarantee anything at all! However, I’d much rather forward a list of blogs with the aim that you guys may get the chance to potentially sponsor a post than let it go to waste! Capiche?

If this sounds right up your blogging-alley or indeed something you’d like me to include you in, all you simply have to do is leave your blog URL in the link below with your country of residence! Example:

“Hey Karen, please include me: http://confettiandcurves.com/ (N. Ireland)”

So should any further sponsorship opportunities arise that I can’t personally be a part of I’ll be only too happy to forward a list of blog enthusiasts who are ready & willing to get involved!

Cheerio Chums…

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Ps: Please don’t forget to check your contact page is up to date with a current email address should any potential Brands/PR companies want to drop you a line to propose a sponsorship opportunity!

My Weekend In Pictures…

My Weekend In Picture

Happy Monday Beauty Buddies…

Did you all enjoy the weekend? I have to admit, mine was super special and in honour of having such a great time I thought I’d share it with you guys *woo hoo* So here’s a snippet of my weekend in pictures…

Friday Night:

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Seeing as Steve and I aren’t huge fans of celebrating Valentines by hitting by town, we usually opt for having a little extra special date night at home together. Since I was attending a pre-booked showing of Fifty Shades of Grey with my sister on Saturday night, we decided to move our mini valentines celebrations to Friday instead (I know, I’ve such a great hubby eh!?) which thankfully worked out just as perfect as we’d planned!

Much to my surprise, Steve pulled out all the stops and wowed me with a gorgeous candle lit meal for the both of us which went down an absolute treat for our rumbling tums – a creamy coconut infused chicken curry with a medley of mixed veg… nom!!

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Funnily enough both of us had agreed not to buy anything… however we’re obviously a pair of rebels as we surprised each other with a few sneaky little goodies – which also handily served as a yummy dessert 😉 I’m such a lucky lady, he really is amazing!

Saturday:

 Saturday afternoon was spent mulling over a comfy but smart casual outfit choice for a girls night out to Fifty Shades of Mortification Grey. Usually after an hour of sitting in the cinema I’m either wilting like a dried flower or teeth-chatteringly cold (thanks to the indecisive air con system) all whilst battling the ill-effects of numb bum *sigh*  So I decided to play it safe with light layers, warm jeans, comfy leather flats and a few of my fav accessories such as cute owl earring, my ‘Miranda’ bag from Accessorize *swoon* and of course my signature scent of the season – Miss Dior by Dior

All that was left to do was raid my make-up collection for some glam inspiration…

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Leah convinced me to swap my ‘safe & boring’ lip gloss for some sassy MUA red-lippy instead. It would seem that meeting Mr Grey is the perfect opportunity to break out a sultry lip look *raised eyebrow* I admit, it’s not a colour I wear often (simply because I feel I’m wayyyy too pale to pull it off) however here’s the final result:

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Finally… all ready for Mr Grey!

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So there you have it girls (most of) my weekend in pictures! I’m afraid Sunday is a bit of a lazy day in the Rees household so apart from yawning, reading, writing and eating things that are disgracefully bad for my waistline, there wasn’t very much else to take pictures off… lucky you eh?!

So what did you get up to this weekend? Were you out painting the town red or curled up on the sofa enjoying a cosy night in?

As always thanks for reading & don’t forget to say hi in the comments below! You all know by now how much I enjoy a good chatter 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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What To Consider When Choosing The Perfect Handbag…

Choosing the perfect Hand bag

Hello lovelies,

Firstly, time to wish you all a very happy November, I trust everyone had a fun-filled Halloween weekend? We certainly did, and although it didn’t quite transpire into what we were expecting a last minute trip to a local Fireworks display certainly perked up our moods… who would’ve thought standing in the drizzly rain for an hour on a cold October night could be so much fun?

Anyway, yesterday I decided it was high time to have a good clear out and needless to say handbags were top of my list. I seem to have accumulated a collection of bags that I’ve used to death then pretty much slung below my bed and forgotten about. They were EVERYWHERE.

Now as much as I’d love a Carrie Bradshaw style closet to display all my shoes & accessories, I simply don’t have the room (or funds) to do so. But having a clear out did get me thinking about my buying habits when it comes to picking handbags… so with that in mind my first post of November is things to consider when shopping for that next tantalizing tote, captivating clutch or dazzling duffle:

Quality:

I must admit I’m a bit of an impulse shopper – if I see it, I like it, I buy it. Even more so if it’s affordable, after all who doesn’t love a bargain? However quality has now become much more of a priority to me than simply dashing to the tills with something that’s ‘cheap as chips’ simply because many ‘bargains’ I’ve purchased in the past have only lasted a few months (at most) due to poor manufacturing. Before buying, check things such as: stitching, zips, pockets, the quality of the lining/leather for any defects or warning signs that your bag might not endure everyday wear and tear. If necessary, hold out for an end of season sales that enable you to get a better quality item for half the original price.

Style:

A few years ago I spotted a beautiful Pauls Boutique bag in a sale for £15!! *gasp* Being the last one on the shelf I snapped it up and happily took it home without even thinking about the consequences. Much to my disappointment, I realised that I had forgotten one huge fundamental issue in the midst of my excitement – what would it go with? My next question (as I stood bewildered in my bedroom) was ‘What was I thinking?’ It was like nothing I normally wore and suddenly realised it actually clashed with everything rather than complimented it. If you’re planning on using your bag everyday just make sure it’s actually going to suit your every day style, if your wardrobe is a little unpredictable stick to black or neutrals so you don’t end up wasting money on something you’ll probably not get the full use out of. Yes… like me *sigh*

Comfort:

I don’t know about you, but I like a bag that I’m able to sling over my shoulder, as for me there is nothing more frustrating than having to constantly set my it down when I’m rummaging through my favourite shops and need both hands to look at something – which is also a recipe for disaster if you’re prone to forgetfulness! Trying before you buy can really make a difference. I doubt I’m not the only one who has bought a bag that just doesn’t feel comfy once I start using it and ends up below the bed with early retirement.

Size:

From a personal point of view I love a bag that has lots of little compartments and is big enough for me to fit the following: phone, my money/card purse, lippies, small tube of hand cream, perfume, body spray, note pad and a bottle of something to keep me hydrated. If I can’t cram all that in then it’s just not going to work. Others however prefer to travel a little lighter and can neatly pack all their essentials into one compact little carrier. Just make sure you can too before you end up splashing your cash on something that is going to leave you scratching your head in wonderment when trying to fit everything in.

Material:

It’s all very well falling head over heels for a gorgeous suede bag that will go perfect with your current wardrobe style but if you spend your winter morning standing at a drizzly wet bus stop waiting on the no.5 to arrive, you’ll probably not appreciate your awesome new arm-piece (and its contents) getting drenched in the process. Considering Ireland is a pretty damp place this time of year I always opt for something that’s going to hold up come wind, rain, sleet or snow. Are you heavy handed with your bags and throw them at your feet or into the car without a second thought to where it will land? Or do you prefer to dust it down and then set it neatly on the back seat? Take a moment to consider how, when and where you’ll be using your new accessory to avoid any potential material melt downs well before its time.

What’s your top priority when it comes to investing in some new arm candy? I’d love to read your thoughts, tips or comments below…

As always, thanks for reading! Cheerio chums 🙂

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New Beginnings…

Welcome to Confetti & Curves, a place that I intend to house all my inner most thoughts, opinions and fuzzy warm feelings about a few of life’s little pleasures that make everyday life as a 30 something mum/wife/make-up addict a tad more jolly.

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Although the bulk of my freelance writing revolves around weddings, Confetti & Curves not only aims to throw a few wedding related tips and pearls of wisdom for those preparing to walk down the aisle, it’s also a place where I can share a generous dollop of all my other favourite topics and shocking revelations such as what tantalizing make-up products are currently gracing the belly of my cosmetic bag, what delectable beauty lotions and potions I’ve recently tried,tested and survived unblemished, what ‘must have’ accessories are gracing the top of my wish list along with a tiny sprinkling of my everyday life… yes expect a few rants and ramblings along the way. I should also mention that being a rather un-petite size 22, do expect a few items that are perfect for us gals with more curves than a bowl of steaming hot spaghetti.

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Yep, that’s quite a few curves…

So without further ado, it’s time to get working on my next post. This initial ‘Hi, my name is…’  is always the worst wouldn’t you say? However, if you’re intrigued enough to know a little bit more about me then click here and I’ll fill you in on pretty much all you need to know.

Thanks for reading…

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