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Top O’ The Mornin’ Y’all…

Okay, so before I unleash the contents of today’s rather snappy post, I just wanna say a mahoosive thank you to all who left such lovely comments & messages on yesterday’s post Happy 1st Blogiversary Confetti & Curves. I’m beyond blessed to have such a amazing bunch of people who’ve filled this year with fun & great blogging memories & I’m really looking forward to what the next 12 months have in store!

However seeing as my reader audience has expanded a little since the last time I done one of these shout-out’s I though it might be handy to post my social media links for some of my latest followers… aren’t I just so darn thoughtful? *polishes halo* 😀

As with all my awesome inter-web buddies, there are soooooo many others platforms we can reach each other on; and as I adore a good chatter (and getting to know you all so much) here’s a few of the others places you can find me noseying around throughout the morning, afternoon, evening & occasionally *sigh* middle of the night!

Do pop by, say hello & hit a like button if you haven’t done so already. Just click on the links & you’ll be digitally transported right to me… yeeehaaa!

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Twitter: @KarenHeidiRees

YouTube: Confetti & Curves

Instagram: karenheidirees

BlogLovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12982215

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If you’d like to share any of your social media links such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc – please feel free to post them in the comments below & we’ll be sure to check it out 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Behind The Blog… featuring Chloe & Annie from Two Little Owls

Two Little Owls

Hey Beauty Buddies…

Firstly a huuuge thank you to all who stopped by yesterday’s post Simple Design Layout Tips For Your Beauty Blog, the feedback was pretty incredible – so many fantastic comments, emails & messages. That’s the great thing about this community, we’re all on our own virtual learning curve, it’s great to share & discover others valuable little pearls of wisdom picked up along the way. Reading lots of other bloggers comments & suggestions can be a real source of support and encouragement… so thanks y’all for taking the time to stop by and say a quick hello. Much appreciated!

Talking of great blog buddies I have a fabulous duo of talented ladies gracing the virtual sofa this morning as the gorgeous Chloe and Annie stop by to chat about their cute corner of the interweb Two Little Owls! For a gal who’s OBSESSED with owls, I knew instinctively I’d utterly adore these two ladies. If you’re a cosmetic craver, beauty addict, fashion fanatic or simply looking for a fabulous little online haven to check out then get yourself over and say a huge hello. I’ve no doubt you’ll adore them every bit as much as the rest of us do 🙂

Time to grab your cuppa & curl up as we get to meet the girls Behind The Blog…

Chloe and Annie

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What inspired you to start blogging?

C: I had been reading blogs for a long time and suddenly decided that I wanted to do it too! I asked Annie and she was down with it… we both got super excited and had set up our blog, email, twitter and instagram within about an hour!

A: I was pretty unaware of the whole blogging world until Chloe mentioned it, and then I was hooked! We both started watching youtubers and reading blogs, and she suggested we go for it – so we did!

Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

C: We were originally twowise owls…but we managed to break that blog so had to start again!

A: And we aren’t sure that we are that wise – so we went with two little owls instead, thought it had a nice ring to it!

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

C: Not really, sometimes I am too lazy to blog? But that is the good thing about running the blog with Annie, when one of us is having a bit of a slump the other can take over for a while! We also keep lots of drafts saved ready for posting emergencies!

A: No – we both share in it together. I’ve had a bit of a manic time since I started my new jobs and struggle to find time to blog as much, and Chloe has done a super good job of taking charge. I know it’ll be my time when Chloe’ s baby arrives though so I’ve been filling my blogging notebook with ideas!

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

A & C: I think for both of us it would have to be our post on the Bloggers festival which we attended last September, it was our first proper bloggers event and we absolutely loved it!

The post for which is here: https://twolittleowlsblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/our-first-blogging-event-bloggersfestival/

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

C: I love anything sparkly, glittery or slightly strange! I also really hate wearing trousers, so my every day look would be a flowery dress, tights and my doc martens, but when going out you could basically just change that to a sparkly dress!

A: I don’t like anything normal either – give me velvet/floral/lace/crochet/sequins any day of the week and I’ll be happy!

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

C: Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Mac Lipstick in Creme Cup and  Clinique Dramaticall Different Moisturising Gel

A: Instablur from The Bodyshop, Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in 03 and Lush Ultrabland.

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

C: Ideally by eating lots of pasta/bread/cheese and having a nap!

A: Hahaha same as Chloe but with a spritzer thrown in (I’m sure she would say the same if she could have a drink!).

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

C: When I wasn’t pregnant this would have been by going out for a few drinks with friends, or by going camping for the weekend. Now my ideal Saturday night involved a Domino’s pizza and being asleep by 8.30~!

A: This is boring but pretty much the same as Chloe (we are friends after all so have the same interests!). Our friendship group is pretty close, our bf’s are basically as bezzie as us so any evening spent with them is a winner for me. Camping is ideal, hopefully without the rain and with a bbq!

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What do you do to relax?

C: Watch Pretty Little Liars on Netflix all day! I purposely save episodes up so I can have a little marathon when I have had a bad day or need to relax!

A: I’m really into reading at the moment, I’ve always loved it but I’m finding more time for it now. Especially teamed with the hammock in our garden – bliss!

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

C: I am super messy, Annie always gets mad because her house looks like a bomb has hit it when I am round! I literally leave my stuff everywhere and then loose it!

A: (^^^^ this is SO true) my worst habit (and one that makes me super mad), is not being as creative as I used to be. I love sewing and craft projects but I struggle to find the enthusiasm for them now and it makes me so mad!

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

C: I have no idea, I had an amazing childhood and was really lucky. I get on so well with my brothers and sister, and we live on a farm so my whole childhood was pretty fun!

A: Not one in particular – but we used to go caravanning/camping with my aunt, uncle and cousins and my grandparents basically every holiday when we were little and it was the best fun ever.

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What was your favourite school subject?

C: It was maths until I got to secondary school and it started getting too complicated! I then loved English, as I have always enjoyed reading!

A: Textiles and Art equally!

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What’s your dream job?

C: my dream job is to be a Clinical Psychologist! I am handing in my Masters thesis soon, and then I will be freeeeee!!!! So hopefully after a little break (/having a baby = not a break apparently) I can get a job as an assistant psychologist and then get onto my doctorate!

A: Owing a little tea/antique shop would be perfect.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

C: Hopefully as a clinical psychologist, who still blogs with Annie and loves it!

A: Happily married and starting a family (hopefully!), and obviously running the blog and pushing ourselves to the max with it!

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

C: Have a healthy baby come September, become a clinical psychologist, attend more bloggers events, go to New York and own a Burberry handbag.

A: Get married to the most annoying person in the world (I do like him really), hopefully go to Sweden (?!) for our honeymoon, push myself with blogging, finish working on our house, start a family. Surely that’s all manageable hahaha.

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

C: the past year has been my biggest achievement. I will have finished my masters, bought a house/done it up with L, and had a baby. You can’t get much more productive than that in a year!

A: I’m doing a job I love, I’m with someone I love, I have friends and family around that I love – I’m happy and I think that’s a pretty big achievement!

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Who inspires you?

C: my parents. If I am as happy as them when I am 55 I will be a very happy lady.

A: My aunt.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

C: Nope!

 

A: Not particularly inspirational, but Everything Happens for a Reason!

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

A & C: Just go for it! If its something you really want to do then you will love it, just know it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance, but if you love doing it then it wont seem like a chore!

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = C: tea, A: neither..

 

Coke or Pepsi = C: Pepsi, A: neither..

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = C:mixture of both, A: both!

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = C: puppy every time, cats are the devil (apart from Annies), A: cats everytime.

 

Night In or Night Out = C: night in, A: in I think!

 

Heels or Flats = C: flats! I am already 5ft10, A: flats 100%

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = C: lipstick every time., A: lipstick

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = C: mmm…neither? More Rock Chick than Pop Princess though, A: same as Chloe!

 

Paperback or E-book = C: paperback. Nothing better than a real book, A: I do love my kindle for holidays but I also love a proper book!

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Contact Chloe & Annie

Blog: https://twolittleowlsblog.wordpress.com/

Email: twolittleowls@hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: twolittleowls1

Instagram: twolittleowlsblog

Bloglovin: twolittleowlsblog

Facebook: twolittleowls

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves  🙂

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Planning The Ultimate Girls Night In…

Girls Night In

Hello lovelies…

As our long summer evenings are all but a distant memory, it’s now the season to dig out your onesie, round up your gal pals and opt for a cosy night in. What could be better on these chilly autumn evenings than curling up in front of a roaring fire as you giggle uncontrollably with your besties? So to help bring on the season of jolly nights in & sparkling slumber parties, here’s a few pearls of inspiration for hosting an evening your ladies will love…

 The Attire

Super-ultra-comfy is the dress code for this posse party. You’re not hitting the clubs, pubs or that new fancy-shmancy restaurant… the furthest you’ll be shuffling is into the kitchen to top up that wine glass. That’s right ladies, kick off those stilettos and don your cosiest pair of slipper socks. Forget the little black dress – it’s all about the little pink onesie tonight!

 The Nibbles

Unless you’re hosting a pyjama party the eve before your slimming club weigh-in (BAD idea) then this isn’t the night for hiding your snack bowls. It’s okay to let your hair down once in a while and stock up on goodies – as long as it’s all in moderation. If you’re planning on ordering takeaway food but watching the calories is still priority, then why not opt for something with lots of veg or healthier side orders such as boiled rice rather than fried. Don’t forget to provide lighter snacks throughout the night such as homemade popcorn, various vegetable sticks with creamy dips, chocolate covered strawberries, frozen yoghurt with a drizzle of syrup etc. Whoever said you can’t be naughty & nice all at once?

 The Drinks

What girly night in wouldn’t be complete without a colourful tipple or two? And nowadays there’s more choice than ever with freezable cocktails and brightly coloured Spritzers lining shop shelves. However if you’re planning on staying a little more sober for the occasion then you could opt for virgin cocktails, alcohol free beer, shandy, ice-cream floats, milk shakes, hot chocolate… you don’t need a head-melting hangover to have fun, just a great set of mates!

 The Entertainment

Avoid scheduling activities and just go with the flow, however keep in mind a few really fun things to do such as board games, box sets, movies, mini make-over, Charades, Twister. You could go for a theme such as Nintendo Wii Dance Challenge Night which combines fun & exercise all in one go – perfect for health & fitness fanatics. If something a little more relaxing is on the cards then there’s probably nothing more suiting than a good old pamper party consisting of face masks, manicures & make-up. Don’t forget to throw in a few classic episodes of Sex And The City… give them a night Carrie & the gals would be proud off.

 Finishing Touches

Don’t forget to lace your space with a few little essentials to help set the mood. Strategically placed tea-lights, scented candles and battery operated fairy lights can really make for a cosy crib. It’s also a good idea to have all your glasses, snacks and entertainment goodies at hand so you don’t have to dig things out things or hunt for a missing DVD half way through your evening.

What’s your must have’s for spending a great night in with friends? Have you any interesting games or treat ideas? As always I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Cheerio chums…

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