Get Ready With Me: Peachy Summer Makeup Look…

Howdy Chums…

It’s feels like ages since I’ve filmed a ‘Get Ready With Me’ style makeup video, so having woke up to a few cheery sun rays peeking through my bedroom blinds I was inspired to get the camera out and hit record when trying out a summery peachy look – which always works a treat on warming up my translucent Irish complexion!

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So what’s on my face?! Here’s a run down of the products featured in today’s video…

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To prep my face I used No7 Airbrush Away Primer (£16.50) along with No7 Colour Calming Primer Green (£10.50) – both are utterly amazing at prepping skin, particularly if you suffer from red patches like moi!

For foundation I’m using my current fav, No7 Lift & Luminate (£16.50) which hydrates and add a dewy look to brighten up my skin. *Click Here* to check out my recent review 🙂

And the rest……

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Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Palette – £8.00

Sleek Face Form Contour Kit: Fair – £9.99

**Billion Dollar Brows 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows kit – £24

**Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel – £17

Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ Push Up Drama Mascara: Black – £7.99

Collection ‘Work The Colour’ Lip Butter: 03 Vintage Rose – £2.99

(Products marked ‘**’ available online only)

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Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend guys, hope you like the finished look! Don’t forget, *CLICK HERE* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss an upload!

What your favourite colours for summer? Are you a fan of soft peach tones? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a chatter 🙂

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Why I’m Going Self Employed As A Nail Technician…

Howdy Chums,

After posting last Friday’s feature “GIVEAWAY: Help Me Name My Nail Business” quite a few of blog buddies and regular readers got in contact to wish me well (thanks so much!!) but also to ask a some questions about my venture into self-employment. Of course the best way for me to tackle questions that need a little more explaining is by hosting a quick chatter – kind of like a life update on this particular topic – which is exactly what I’m doing today!

For those of you eagerly following my mini YouTube series of ‘What’s In My Makeup Drawers‘ I’ll be back on track next week with Part 3 as planned. It just seemed better to address all the questions I’ve been asked in light of things recently than leaving it a few weeks down the line.

Soooooo….. once again a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s wished me well, been super encouraging, supportive and shown such a keen interest in keeping up with my journey. If there’s any other questions I can answer or anything you’d like to know then by all means leave me a comment down below or you can drop me an email and I’ll do my best to get back to y’all pronto!

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Friday’s post as I’ll be announcing the winner of last weeks Giveaway along with the name of my new nail business *woo hoo*

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Cheerio Chums…

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Beach Bag Essentials…

Beach Bag Essentials

Considering that I live a mere stone’s throw away from a gorgeous sandy cove on the edge of the Irish Sea it comes as no surprise that I spend most of the sunny summer weekends perched under a parasol enjoying the view that’s right in my door step. After all, what could be more perfect than whittling away the hours in front glistening turquoise waves whilst sipping on a cool drink & absorbing my troubles away with the latest copy of my favourite glossy?!
However as most of you know I thrive on organisation and what trip to the seaside would be complete without the obligatory check list; particularly when it involves packing a sassy little beach bag full of my favourite sunny- day goodies. So if you’re thinking of taking a trip to the coast this summer then why not take note of this handy checklist to ensure you don’t miss a trick…

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Clarins New Sun Care Milk Lotion Spray – UVB 50+

Clarins Sun Care Milk SPF 50

The most important thing in any beach bag… the sun screen. And if you’ve a paler than pale complexion that turns radioactive pink at the mere sight of a sun ray then you’ll appreciate this factor 50 sunscreen from Clarins!

An ultra-sheer and surprisingly light water and perspiration resistant very high sun protector for the body. Again bearing Clarins signature fresh, fruity, floral scent of summer!

*Click Here* to purchase

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No 7 BB Lips Lip Balm

Boots No 7 BB Lips Lip Balm

B Beauty Lips Beauty Balm is an all-in- one lip balm that provides 3 lip-loving benefits of; Beautiful colour, soothing nourishment & UV Protection The Creamy formula provides a finish similar to lip gloss with a transparent hint of colour in a selection of easy to wear shades. Rich emollients help to sooth and nourish the lips keeping skin soft and supple. Anti- Oxidants and SPF15 help to prevent UV damage by protecting the lips from the environment and sun

*Click Here* to purchase

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Bourjois Sun Glasses

Bourjois Sunglasses

I LOVE these sunglasses, they’re so incredibly comfy! They don’t feel heavy, nor do the leave nasty cheek marks plus they’re big enough to block out all the sun so you’re not left squinting behind your shades. Best of all they’re totally FREE if you get yourself down to Superdrug and treat yourself to 3 Bourjois items while stocks last *woo hoo*

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Havianas Freedom Flops in Lilac

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How pretty are these lilac Haviana’s?! Not only am I in love with the colour but they’d be perfect for slipping neatly into your beach bag without taking up too much room! I’m also digging the little sling back design to ensure they say on your feet… comfort & style combined = win win!

*Click Here* to purchase

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Rainbow Striped Towel

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I adore brightly coloured beach towels, and what could be more eye catching than this stripey little accessory?  100% quality cotton and anti-piling with a handy little carry loop it’s ideal for beach visits and picnics alike!

*Click Here* to purchase

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Garnier Micellar Makeup Wipes

Garnier Micellar WIpes

Great for whenever my makeup decides to melt down my face, these Garnier Micellar Cleansing wipes do a super job of keeping my skin feeling clean and fresh. Keep a handy supply in your beach bag and you’ll be ready for any skin care clean up!

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Caudalie Grape Water

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To help keep my skin feeling cool in the hot summer sunshine, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a soothing face mist. I love this one from Caudalie which consists of 100% organic grape water which helps gives skin an instant boost of hydration throughout the day!

*Click Here* to purchase

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Handy Fan 

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Another cute little way to keep yourself from getting hot and bothered is by keeping a mini fan to hand. I adore these teeny little fruit and veg themed ones available from Ebay… in fact I’ve another one on the way for Emma who’s also fallen in love with them too. Cute huh?

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4Head stick 

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If you’re anything like myself then a day bathing in the hot sunshine will most likely end up in nursing one thumper of a headache come home-time! 4head is a natural specially designed treatment for headaches which is applied directly to the forehead for fast, effective headache relief without the need for gobbling down any pills.

*Click Here* to purchase

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Notepad & Pen

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What dedicated Beauty Blogger dares leave the house without being equipped with a stash of notepads and supply of pens? Essential for taking notes when you’re feeling relaxed and inspired… you’ll be amazed at how a random post pop’s into your head at the most unlikely of times – even when you’re lazing the afternoon away on golden sands!

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Non Slip Hair Bobble

Hair Bobbles

If you’re tired of trying to tame your tresses in bobbles that constantly slip and cause pressure headaches then stop what you’re doing and take a note of these nifty little hair must-haves! Colourful, waterproof, ideal for all thickness hair and easy to remove these are essentials for any trip to the beach… in fact I wear mine almost everyday to work, yep they’re THAT good. You can buy them online or in any good supermarket/drug store!

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Tangle Tamer Brush

Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra

If your hair ends up in a mass of frizzy tangles the moment you step outdoors then you’ll appreciate this handy brush by Denman. The Tangle Tamer Ultra is an extra wide brush which effectively removes tats and tangles from your hair without the agony of a normal comb or brush. If you haven’t already treated your tresses to one then you’re truly missing out – they’re awesome!

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Baby Powder

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As much as I love an afternoon by the seaside one thing I CANNOT abide is sandy feet… or hands or anything for that matter *Eurrrrgggh*  A light dusting of baby powder and you’ll be amazed at how quickly it removes any sandy residue leaving you totally grit free! You’re welcome gals 😀

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Bobbi Brown Beach Hand & Body Lotion

Bobbi Brown Moisturiser

This lightweight body moisturiser contains a soothing and hydrating blend of aloe vera, plus olive, jojoba, and sunflower oils. Green tea and vitamin E provide antioxidant protection. Lightly scented with Bobbi’s beach fragrance— a lightly intoxicating blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.

*Click Here* to purchase

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Favourite Glossies

Magazines

What a better time to catch up on all the gossip by taking along your favourite glossy mag. Personally I’m a Cosmopolitan & Glamour kinda gal, but getting a few hours to relax and indulge in some girly reading material helps to inspire new blog post ideas and keep me up with the latest trends.

Is it beach O’clock yet?

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What essentials do you like to carry in your beach bag? Have you any other recommendations for a day trip to the seaside? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say hello 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Gorgeous Summer Nail Shades: A Cocktail of Coral…

Coral Nail Polish

From hot sassy pinks to punchy peach corals, there’s nothing that says ‘summer jolly hols’ more than a wash of vibrant girly shades to paint your claws with. Stepping out of spring and into summer colours seems such a naturally fun transition from pastels to bright eye catching shades but if a cocktail of corals sounds like your kinda nail flair then check out these stunning shades for the sunshine. Best of all they’re all under £5! *woo hoo*

Rimmel 313 Salon Pro Cocktail Passion

Rimmel Salon Pro 313 Cocktail Passion

“Up to 10 days chip resistant nail colour with gel shine finish! Including amazing shades created by Kate Moss. Includes our precision maxi brush for salon perfection! All the benefits of a professional salon manicure. Strengthening base coat, top coat and gel shine all in one. Ultra flexible Lycra formula; colour is shock proof, chip resistant and anti-fading. Long lasting for up to 10 days.”

*CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT*

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NYC Bubblegum Pink

NYC Bubblegum Pink

“Feel like showing off? Get ready for Broadway beauty that lasts all day and night! Our nail polish is a treasure trove of luxurious, deep, rich colour shades for maximum drama. So glamour, these hot shades will resist any daytime or night time city life. Don’t worry about your mani, start acting like a busy New York star. This formula delivers a glossy, high-shine finish that lasts for up to 10 days”

*CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT*

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NYC Quick Dry in Greenwich Village

NYC Quick Dry Greenwich Village

“At last, a manicure that moves at the speed of Manhattan. Feel the need for speed? Just paint and run. NYC’s In a New York Color Minute nail polish will bring your nails a beautiful mani from runway shows in less than 60 seconds. With its special flat brush, just dispenses the right amount of color, for perfect and ultra-fast application…even if you need to apply while heading across town in a taxi.”

*CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT*

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Avon Nailwear Pro in Seduce Me Strawberry

Avon Nailwear Pro Seduce Me Strawberry

“Nail enamel fortified with Dura-Plus Complex and acrylic gel for strength. 12 days of lasting colour, 10 days of shine and a nick-resistant finish. 10ml”

*CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT*

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NYC Expert Last in Permanent Pink

NYC Permanent Pink

“NYC Expert Last Nail Polish contains a unique UV Inhibitor to protect against colour fading. Also a blend of Iron and Calcium meant to give your nails a smooth, chip-resistant surface and to strengthen then by up to 50% in five days. The precision brush allows for expert application.”

*CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT*

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A Finishing Touch of Sparkle…

Crush On You 3d Texture Miss Sporty

If (like me) you’re partial to a sprinkling of subtle bling then why not consider a glittering top coat! I recently picked up this cute little Crush On You polish in Pink Bloom 65 from Miss Sporty for only £2.99. It gives the nails a subtle hint of glistening pink sunset with the teeny blush & gold sparkle. It also makes your polish that little bit more durable… and extra sassy if you ask me 😉

*CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT*

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Are you a fan of hot pinks and bright corals? What’s your favourite shade to wear in the summer months?  Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a chatter! Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend 🙂

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Bargain Acrylic Make-Up Storage Finds….

 

Acrylic Makeup Storage

I’m pretty sure we’re all in agreement that there’s nothing more sweeter in the run up to pay day than spotting a few great bargains to add to the wishlist… especially when they’re super pretty storage items to hoard all your favourite beauty goodies in. So if you’re on the hunt for a new home to stash all your most treasured make-up essentials then look no further than this lovely lot….

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3 Drawer Coloured Organiser 

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For those of you who like a pop of colour in your storage this gorgeous little 3 drawer acrylic set is perfect for adding a pop of girly colour to your vanity table or makeup area. Available in a multitude of eye catching shades, it can be built up to create a mini stack or simply housed on it’s own for those little bits n bobs. I love it!

*CLICK HERE* to check it out

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Dust-Free Brush Holder

Dust Free Makeup Brush Holder

For those amongst us who are conscious about keeping their brushes as clean as can be, here’s a surprisingly sizable device for doing just that. The Dust-Free Brush Holder allows you to store your most treasured collection of brushes in a safe and hygienic clear acrylic case, best of all those pretty little pink pearls come included in the package too!

*CLICK HERE* to check it out

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Clear Acrylic 4 Drawer Organiser

4 Drawer Acrylic Storage

Having received a whopping 4.5 stars out of 121 reviews it’s a given that for a mere £14.97 you’re getting a great product for such little investment. Acrylic storage can be pretty pricey but this looks a great storage solution that lets you see what you need at a glance, when you need it!

*CLICK HERE* to check it out

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EF Lipstick Organiser Stand Display

Lip Stick Holder

Lipstick storage is always a bit of a hassle for me but I can imagine just how pretty this would look filled with my growing lippy stash. What a sassy accessory for any beauty bloggers vanity table!

*CLICK HERE* to check it out

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Discoball 360 Degree Rotating Cosmetic Organiser

Rotating Makeup Storage Holder

Personally I think this would be a fantastic solution to house a few of my daily staples so that they’re easy to reach. Eye make-up remover, toner, brushes, balms, cotton pads – you get my drift ladies. Everything at your fingers tips at a mere swivel. It’s like a mini cosmetic stand you can fill with all your very own favourites 😀

*CLICK HERE* to check it out

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Brush Holder for Air Drying

Acrylic Brush holder for drying

Even though it’s an essential chore of any make-up maven, weirdly enough I actually really enjoy washing my brushes. However what I don’t enjoy is finding a decent parking space for them all to air dry afterwards. This takes away all that unnecessary hassle, giving you a neat little solution to allowing your brush collection to air dry perfectly without the risk of any mishaped bristles or water residue lying in the roots of the brush. Pretty neat eh?

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Hompo Roll Up Hanging Travel Cosmetic Bag

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Okay, okay, so it’s not acrylic – but this find was way too nifty not to mention. For anyone planning their jolly hols or find themselves on the move then this would be the ideal temporary storage for your range of travelling cosmetic essentials. For only £5.99 it’s clearly a great little purchase for any budding mobile beautician or jet setter!

*CLICK HERE* to check it out

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Eyebrow Pencil / Lip Pencil Holder

Makeup Pencil Holder

This is a great device to store all your pencils on, allowing you quick access at a mere glance. Whether it be lip, brows or eye liners. In fact you could have a little segment for each. Or if you’re really organised, you could colour co-ordinate instead 😉

*CLICK HERE* to check it out

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Are you a fan of acrylic storage? Have you uncovered any great bargain finds? How do you store your collection of beauty goodies? Whatever your thoughts we’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello 🙂

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Makeup Revolution Iconic 2: Metallic Eyes…

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 Eye Shadow Palette

 

I’m in love. Sounds a bit over dramatic when it comes to eye shadow, huh?

Of course this past number of weeks I’ve been so wrapped up in pastels & pinks that I’ve almost managed to forget how beautiful a metallic semi-smokey eye really is… and how damn wearable whether it be day, night, summer or winter. Although I’m often intimidated by bold shades of lippy, a dramatic eye never fazes me. In fact, the bolder the better is quite often my motto when it comes to dressing up my lids. So this weekend I waved a dismissive hand to pastels and said hello to mesmerising metallic’s; all thanks to the pocket friendly Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 palette & it’s array of show-stopping shades…

MUR Redemption Iconic 2

Okay so the title may be a tad grammatically dramatic but it’s certainly in keeping with the pigmentation that’s simmering below the lid. But let’s start at the beginning gals = price. Everyone knows I LOVE a bargain, and what could be better than parting ways with a mere £4 for a medley of twelve cool toned shadows? For just short of fiver, Makeup Revolution have managed to create what I’d consider to be the closest dupe to the Naked 2 I’ve yet to sample. Crazy, huh?

MUR Redemption Iconic 2 palette

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In fact, the pigmentation is so good it makes me question if high end offerings are indeed overpriced and over-rated in comparison. Are we unnecessarily paying an arm and a leg just for fancy schmancy packaging? Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE my pricier palettes, but for anyone who hasn’t yet invested in any I’d be pretty quick to recommend the Makeup Revolution as a worthy alternative equivalent.

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 Palette Review

Taking a quick peek at the shade selection, it’s a sassy range of cool matte & shimmering metallic tones that will undoubtedly work well with pretty much any complexion. One thing I will say is that the lighter matte shades are slightly disappointing compared to the rest of the colours. The highlighter & base tones pale into insignificance against the mighty pop of the bold metal tones which are even more impressive if you decide to use them with a slightly dampened brush = a semi foiled finish that’s utterly multifaceted *swoon* The colour literally lights up the lid *more swooning* Check out a close up of the scrummy copper coloured look I created this weekend…

Copper and Gold Metalic Eye Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 Palette

Of course any cosmetic craver will more than likely agree that when you find something so damn fabulous in (almost) every way you can’t help but insist anyone with a pulse NEEDS to have it in their life. But what’s not to love? The pricing, pigmentation & consistency are all clear winners. Okay, so the outer casing is a tad uninspiring but I’d much rather have quality on the inside than pretty packaging containing shadows that pack as much colour punch as self-raising flour *sigh*

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The finished look…

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So if there’s any pocket friendly treat you’re putting on your ‘pay day me spree’ this month make it the Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 palette. Your bank account & eyes will love you for it ❤

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Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution eye shadow palettes? Is there any top of your current wish list? What been your favourite shadow shades recently? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂

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The Blog Makeover: A Whole New Look for Confetti & Curves…

 

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I can’t believe it’s been 18 months from I launched Confetti & Curves. As many of you will wholeheartedly sympathise, it’s surprisingly nerve shredding putting yourself out into the big wide blogisphere. Granted I’d had a teeny bit of experience with a previous blog that I dabbled with once or twice a month, but nothing to the extent of what I’m doing now. Over the space of a year and a half I’ve met countless fantastic blog buddies, worked with some fabulous brands, tripled my wish list, set up a YouTube channel, have watched a video boom to almost 400K views (and counting), have been supported daily by so many regular readers, and best of all I’m STILL loving the learning curve of it. Blogging is one of the most exciting creative journeys I’ve been on. I’ve adored every moment of it – yep, even the occasional drizzle of ‘bloggers block’ has been a bizarre and enjoyable challenge. However, when you pour your heart into something you adore so much the testing times become irrelevant very quickly!

Being a proud blog mama though, you know when it’s time for a change. As much as I love my little virtual haven just the way it is, I feel like I’m ready to give it a bit of a make-over… especially as it’s hosted so many makeover’s of my own face!! During the past few weeks I’ve spent some time rolling up my sleeves and getting creative with branding & design. Oddly enough it’s felt like I’ve been redecorating a sacred part of my home. I’ve had mental mood boards and spent many cups of tea deliberating over colour schemes… including all those little accessories that are so important to the finishing touches ( aka = the widgets!!)

FINALLY today is the day I can throw my hands in the air, perform a ritualistic happy dance & declare the transformation complete *excited air punch* The new design feels crisp, clean, minimal, a little chic but still a tad playful – pretty much everything I’ve aimed to encapsulate. Even down to the little widgets on the side wall, everything blends, feels comfy and has a harmonious mood for me… don’t worry I won’t start humming loudly whilst trying to contort myself into one of those pretzel shaped yoga poses!

So for those of you who are used to the old branding & graphics, it’s certainly a little bit different to what it was before but I really hope y’all like the new changes as much as I do.

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Thanks so much for an amazing 18 months of support, encouragement & friendship! You guys rock the socks off blogging 😀

Cheerio Chums…

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