See You Soon…

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The time has come. Just one more sleep…

Only one more night of shut eye before we set sail for England (Birkenhead to be exact) and road trip ourselves down to South Wales. Our bags are packed, we’re ready to go. The final wedding of 2016 draws oh-so-near as my gorgeous step-daughter Hayley prepares for her trip down the aisle. I can’t believe the little girl I first met back in the summer of 2004 is now all grown up and getting ready to marry the groom of her dreams! It’s her fairytale day – and my does she deserve it!!

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(Hayley on her bridal shower)

Hayley (and Jessica – my eldest step-daughter) lost their mum, Sian, to breast cancer just a few years before I met their dad; my hubby Steve. It’s almost impossible for me to fathom just how raw it must feel when you’re a little girl, losing one of the most important and cherished people in your life. But they have coped astoundingly well, in fact, they’re two of the bravest girls I know. They’re also two of the most accepting and beautifully natured in their own extra special ways, and I’m beyond blessed to have been so warmly welcomed into the family all those years ago.

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Of course, the little thread that bound us even closer together was the arrival of my daughter Emma – their little sis. Em’s hasn’t slept a wink these past few nights with excitement for the trip… and the all important task of being one of her big sister’s bridesmaids! Seeing my three girls together again will be incredible. I’m not even going to speculate the sheer amount of emotional selfies I’ll return home with ❤

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(My 3 gorgeous girls… Jessica, Emma & Hayley)

So to keep today’s post short & sweet, it’s just to say I’ll be taking this week to spend time with my girls, catch up with family I haven’t seen in years, help with wedding planning and of course celebrate with the occasional strawberry daiquiri… you should all know by how vulnerable my weakness for vibrant coloured cocktails is!

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Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead, whatever you’re up to – I’ll be back early next week to resume normal blogging service!

Cheerio Chums…

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Cocktails, Cake & Celebrations…

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As promised, I mentioned I would post a few pics of the wedding for y’all to have a gander at! For those new to Confetti & Curves, it was my mum’s wedding recently & as we celebrated the occasion the shameless selfies were in full flow! Here’s just a few of the fun shenanigans that made her wedding day such a memorable one…

The location…

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The bride and groom choose the Dunadry hotel, a gorgeous old mill house tucked away in the country side with a real cosy family feel.

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The staff were incredible – as were the cocktails 😉

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Of course to help burn off all those extra calories the hotel had a leisure suite & swimming pool which Steve, Emma & I managed to visit during our stay. Ridiculous as it may seem, it was actually my first time in a jacuzzi… what a relaxing experience that was after emerging from the hot mass of bubbles *happy sigh*

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The night before…

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With most of the bride’s closest family members checked in, the celebrations were already in full swing the night before the wedding as we gathered for mums last meal as a single gal! How excited does she look?

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Naturally it wasn’t long before the silliness & selfies commenced… thanks to my younger sis Leah for bringing along some fun face accessories 😀

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Somebody call Vogue….. my two brothers, Kirk & Curtis posing for the camera.

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Even uncle Clifford gave it a go!

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Leah *pretending* to look civilised 😉

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The Big Day…

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The morning of the wedding seemed a bit hit or miss with a few light showers… however by afternoon the sun rays were peeking through the clouds. How gorgeous is the garden?!

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It was an early start in the bridal suite as the makeup artists arrived to work their magic ❤

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Shameless self promo alert: a quick peek at my wedding nails – don’t forget to pop over to Liquid Glamour on Facebook & hit the like button!

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By midday we were glammed up and ready to go! Nerves were on the up but the champagne & strawberries helped keep us all a little more chilled out *clink*

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Lynn (our incredibly talented hairdresser & family friend) who is skilled beyond words… not a follicle out of place the entire day! How gorgeous do both these ladies look? Loving Leah’s floral dress!

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Finally it was time to take our seats and test our waterproof mascara as the ceremony commenced. Such a beautiful room!

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The bride and groom getting ready to sign the register as little Emma watched over her gran ❤

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Officially husband & wife as the witnesses sign the register!

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The cutest favour bags filled with homemade fudge (thanks to Leah’s baking skills) along with my little crafted ‘Eat Me’ tags… such a fun project that was so simple to make!

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The cutting of the cake… a very happy Mr & Mrs Smith ready to dance the rest of the evening away!

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What a gorgeous few days filled with celebrations, love, & plenty of laughter.

Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend whatever your plans are – don’t forget to say a quick howdy in the comments below! 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Keeping Up With Karen…

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What a week it’s been here at Confetti & Curves HQ as the overnight bags were packed & we all set sail for the gorgeous Dunadry Hotel to help celebrate the wedding of Mr & Mrs Smith (aka mum & her new hubby!) There was confetti, strawberry daiquiris & plenty of water proof mascara (accompanied by copious amounts of tissues) as the happy tears rolled. It was brilliant – however I’m still in hotel mode… Oh to be waited on – I could easily get used to that lifestyle no problemo gals 😉

As for yesterday we took a fab family trip out to our local aquarium Exploris in Portaferry, which has just reopened its doors after a lengthy refurbishment. If anyone’s planning on visiting the gorgeous Co. Down coast line be sure to pop in – it’s a fantastic day for the entire clan. Needless to say our trip ended with a yummy meal in the Quays restaurant… and yes the ‘Death by Chocolate’ fudge cake was every crumb as ahhhhmazing as the glowing recommendations *nom*

And so today is all about catching up with the mountain that is my ‘To Do’ list. As much of a fun week as it’s been I’m in desperate need to get back into a routine and simmer into reality again. But for the moment it’s time to chill & catch up with some blog reading as I sip on my Sunday morning cuppa. And if you’re doing the same then why not check out a few of the fun features that’s been hot of the virtual press this week on Confetti & Curves.

What are you up to today? Don’t forget to say a quick howdy in the comments below ❤

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Websites for Free Makeup & Beauty Samples

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Fancy testing out a range of hot new products? Then why not check out Monday’s post which features some of the most popular freebie sites from around the interweb!

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The Big Day Has Arrived

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Wednesday’s post was short and sweet as I paid a quick little blogging tribute to celebrating the big day! Thanks to everyone who left such lovely well wishes and kind messages – much appreciated ladies ❤

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10 Tips for Blogging On A Busy Schedule

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With some heading back to school, some juggling the school runs or snowed under with work – it can be tricky squeezing in time to maintain your blog *sigh* Friday’s post I re-shared a few of my own personal tips for blogging on a super tight schedule that just might be as helpful to you as they have been for me!

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As always, thank y’all so much for the support, comments, re-tweets, shares, likes & just darn right loveliness. You lot really are an awesome bunch. Do feel free to pop a favourite link from your blog in the comments below for the rest of us to check out, otherwise do stop by & say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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The Big Day Has Arrived…

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Today’s the day my mum is getting married. Seems strange typing those words… my mum, getting married. It’s been a crazy year with lots of fun prep and she’s been excitedly counting down the days – getting more nervous as the weeks pass, just like every bride does.

Of course, it’s not everyone gets to see their mum getting married. However I’m one of the lucky few who can watch her take her vows knowing that she is the happiest I have seen her in a very long time. Thank you Ray, you’ve brought a whole lotta sunshine into her life (no pun intended, hehe)

So today, I’m donning my best dress, have my waterproof mascara on and am ready to celebrate two awesome people saying their ” I Do’s”. Only instead of it being a friend it’s my mum – and I’m so utterly happy for her.

Love you mum, hope you have the day you’ve always dreamed off. No matter what your surname is or who you walk down the aisle too, when you look around I’ll always be there making sure you’re okay ❤

Now time to party… have a great day folks, see y’all when I’m back on Friday!

Cheerio Chums…

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The Nail File: Bridal Nail Art Designs…

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With two major weddings this year to attend (my mums in just over a week and my step-daughters in mid November) its certainly been wedding fever gallore within the Rees household. Bridesmaid dresses, outfits, sparkly accessories, hotels booked etc etc It really is all go. Having worked in the bridal industry a good few years ago it takes me back to some of the fun being involved in planning weddings – of course at the time I had a bridal shop and was working closely with a number of brides from all aspects of their outfits. However now I’ve moved on it’s great once again to get the opportunity to be creative with some other aspects of bridal designs – namely nails. This week I thought I’d showcase some of the fun and simple nail art I’ve been working on over the last few days, it may even inspire any brides-to-be readers. Sitting comfy? Then let’s take a peek…

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Simple French tip with an antique gold flower design 

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A slightly unique twist on a classy bridal favourite – the French tip. This would also look stunning in silver or rose gold… alternatively it could be put into the same colour as your maids dresses. What a cute way to blend in perfectly!

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Lace effect matte nail in ‘Cake Pop’ pink

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I must admit I’ve never been a fan of matte but I love the lace design against the backdrop of this beautiful opaque pink. This would also be equally stunning is a huge array of other colours too… I’m tempted to try it with a black and white design!

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Gold floral lace-effect stamp on nude gel base

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Although I’m usually more creative on longer nails, it gives a really good impression of just how pretty shorter nails can look too. If you’re anything like me, long nails are a certainly bit of a challenge to work with… don’t even get me started on attempting to type with them! *rolls eyes*

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Bride-To-Be pink & white nail with single crystal & mermaid effect nail powder over white

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I love this cute little design I spotted recently on Facebook, unfortunately I can’t remember the artists name to credit them but it really inspired me to give it a go myself! I adore the teeny necklace which adds such a fun yet simple elegant to the design.

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The Grooms Tux black & white nail design

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Bit of a unique one – but super fun for any bride who fancies something a little different that will certainly catch the eye of her guests and look really playful in photographs too!

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Do you have a favourite design featured above or any fun suggestions for future nail art projects? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by to say a quick howdy lovelies :)

Cheerio Chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Dawn from March To The Aisle…

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It’s Tuesday which can only mean one thing on Confetti & Curves… our first fun-filled Behind The Blogger of the week joins us on the virtual sofa! *woo hoo* Today I’m deeelighted to introduce the lovely Dawn from March To The Aisle. As I’m sure you can tell, Dawn’s blog follows her journey as a bride-to-be in the throws of wedding planing alongside her fiance Lee (the rather handsome chap pictured below!) Of course being a seemingly cool & collected bride, Dawn is taking to wedding planning like a duck to water and as a result her blog is sprinkled with some valuable hints & tips that will undoubtedly come into great use for others in the same bridal boat.

However fear not for those readers who aren’t currently up to their eye’s in bridal fairs and dress fittings, as Dawn wonderfully intertwines a sprinkling of beauty & life-style features to keep readers of all marital statuses entertained along the way.

You know the drill by now ladies, flick the kettle switch & nestle into your comfiest chair as we take a quick peek Behind The Blog

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Weddings, wanderings and wonderful things

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I’m a designer but have always been interested in writing. I wrote a few blog posts a couple of years ago when I ran my first marathon and then just stopped (for no real reason) once the race was over. Once I was engaged last September I found my self reading lots of online resources for brides to be. My one issue with some of them is that they’re not that ‘real’ and so my idea for a blog where I would share my real life journey was born. Finally in June I published my first post and I’m enjoying writing about my journey so far. March To The Aisle isn’t just about the big day, it’s all the little things that happen in the lead up, so I’ll be reviewing products that help me in my everyday life and trips I take with my fiancé for example.

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

March To The Aisle is a bit of a play on words. I’m heading to the aisle myself in March next year and The Wedding March is traditionally played at a wedding ceremony. So it’s my journey to the aisle next year, and I’ll be doing it in March. It made sense to me when I thought of it…

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

I’ve only been actively blogging for just a few months and so at the moment ideas seem to be flowing thick and fast. I tend to do a lot of my writing on the train (as I have an hour commute to work) and I carry my iPad with me most of the time to note down any ideas I have. I’m trying to make a note whenever I think of an idea for a potential post so that I can expand on it later and I’m hoping that if I ever get Blogger’s Block I’ll have a little pool of ideas to turn to. Failing that I always find that a little browse on Pinterest helps to fuel my creative ideas.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

For me this is a tough one. It’s a toss up between Honeymoon planning: It’s all booked https://marchtotheaisle.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/honeymoon-planning-its-all-booked/ and Saving our date https://marchtotheaisle.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/saving-our-date/

I loved writing about our honeymoon plans as it makes me feel excited about the amazing trip we’re going to take and I got to reminisce about holidays Lee and I have taken. But the save the dates were a chance for me to share some of my designs with my readers and it was cathartic to list out why I’d been delaying sending them for so long. I’ll let you pick a favourite!

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

At the moment I wear a lot of pencil skirts, camisole tops and leather flip flops. Once the weather cools down I’ll be back in skinny jeans, chunky jumpers and ankle boots!

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Coconut oil – it’s so versatile

Benefit Gimme Brow – makes my brows look full and groomed

Perfectil – I’m not sure if it’s helping my hair but it’s definitely improved the dark circles under my eyes

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

I like to cook a nice dinner and enjoy it with my fiancé Lee, then sit on the sofa with our cats Freddy and Missy and watch a good film.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

A nice meal and cocktails with Lee and our friends.

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What do you do to relax?

I enjoy running and find that a good run will help to clear my head if I’m stressed. Otherwise I absolutely love a facial, it’s one of my favourite treats!

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I can find it quite hard to make decisions. It’s actually driving Lee a bit nuts with the wedding plans I think. For example I’ll suggest a style of cake I like and then 2 days later will find another one and then be unsure of which I prefer.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Holidays with my mum, dad, brother and nan.

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What was your favourite school subject?

Graphics, I loved drawing and designing and now I get to do both everyday.

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What’s your dream job?

Formula One reporter – If I ever win the lottery I’m going to spend a year going to every race on the calendar!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Married, happy and doing something I love.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Go on safari

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Start a family

Start my own business

Get an article published in a magazine

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Running the London Marathon. It’s an achievement in its own right but it’s also how I met the love of my life.

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Who inspires you?

As cheesy as it sounds mum is a total inspiration to me. She is the kindest, most selfless person I know. She works hard and it’s the centre of our family, I admire the way she lives her life and what she has achieved. If I grow up to be like my mum it would make me proud.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

Never above you, never below you, always beside you – Walter Winchell

It’s something my friends and I say to each other if we’re going to have a shot when we’re out drinking. I have the most amazing group of girlfriends from school and I know we’re always there for each other no matter how our lives change. This quote just fits us so well.

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

Give it a go, what do you have to lose. There’s never going to be a right time to start blogging and you could put it off forever. I’d say write about something you have passion for as this will come across in your posts and things will develop from there.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea (in a teapot)

Coke or Pepsi = Coke

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Playful puppy (but only because I already have 2 cute cats)

Night In or Night Out = Night out

Heels or Flats = Heels

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip gloss

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop princess

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

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Contact Dawn:

http://www.marchtotheaisle.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/MarchToTheAisle

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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Ask Me Anything…

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Hey Blog Buddies,

 As most of you know, I launched Confetti & Curves back in October of 2014. Since then I’ve had the utter pleasure of making so many new interweb chummies – all thanks to the powers of WordPress & Social Media! Starting off in the blogging world is always pretty nerve wrecking but having a community of such supportive & encouraging folk really does wonders for the confidence and builds amazing new friendships along the way.

Of course being marinated with kindness from you lovely lot has also recently given me incentive and courage to even start my own YouTube channel *click here to check it out*… something I NEVER thought was personally achievable, yet it’s happened and I’m loving the *slightly intimidating* fun I’m having making my weekly rants and rambles. However recently it occurred to me that even though I blog 5 days a week, interview many of you guys for the roaringly successful Behind The blog series, read your posts & interact with as many of you as time allows me to, I thought it would be fun to invite you to ask me any questions you just might have that I normally don’t cover in my day-to-day posts. Sounds like fun? *Hmm* I thought so too 😀

So if there’s anything YOU would like to know – it could be about likes, dislikes, friends, personal life, family life, relationships, work, beauty, career, coping with anxiety, health, parenting, the blog…. *the list goes on*… then by all means leave your question in the comments below & I’ll be sure to tackle it all in a Q&A video. Oh, and do feel free to leave the url to your blog/YouTube channel too (if) you’d like me to include it in your mention.

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Wishing ya’ll a rather jolly Monday *if that’s at all possible* 😉

Cheerio chums…

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100 Questions No One Ever Asks TAG…

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Hey Beauty Buddies…

 I’m deeelighted to post a super fun little TAG I was nominated to participate in by the adorable Katie over at Plus+ Beauty. If you haven’t already checked out her virtual haven for us beauty obsessives then get yourself over pronto… you’ll not regret it!

So considering there’s a whole heap of questions to battle through I suppose I’d better jump right in and get started! Grab yourself a cuppa, it could be a long one ladies…

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Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Oddly enough, I don’t have a closet in my bedroom but if I did they be well and truly closed!

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Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from the hotel?

Doesn’t everyone? 😉 Plus they’re super handy for when friends or family come to stay… just a thoughtful little touch to set on the guest bed. As long as they don’t think you’re hinting that they need a good wash!!

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Tucked in, but not too tight – I like a little bit of breathing space!

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Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

Huh?

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Do you like to use post-it notes?

ALL THE TIME! I’m obsessed with the little fella’s. There’s blocks of them in the bedroom, on my desk, in the kitchen, in the car…

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Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

Can’t say I have but I’ve watched some TV programmes where people get a little OCD about collecting them. Kinda scared I’d go down the same route lol

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Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?

Lovely question… I’d take the bear – quicker way to go than the slow torturous death of bee stings *ouch*

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Do you have freckles?

Being Irish I have a few too many… especially in the summer months *sigh*

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Do you always smile for pictures?

Awkwardly, yes.

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What is your biggest pet peeve?

Like Katie, I’d have to say drastically slooooow people are my peeve, particularly in supermarkets when I just need to dash in and out. I also get a bit narked at these folks who take it upon themselves to have a half hour catch up in the middle of an aisle *grrr*

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Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

Not anymore but I’m pretty sure it was something I did when I was a kid… along with stepping over cracks and lines in the pavements. My mum just loved taking me out for walks lol

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Have you ever peed in the woods?

Surprisingly I can’t remember but I’m sure it’s happened numerous times when I was little. When ya gotta go, ya gotta go!

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What about pooped in the woods?

Oh heck nooooo.

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Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?

Absolutely… my little ‘happy dance’ is legendary round these parts 😉

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Do you chew your pens and pencils?

EURRRUGH NO! Especially not the pencils as most of them have that little piece of metal that holds a miniature erasure on the end… if that was to touch a filling *bluurrrrugh*

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How many people have you slept with this week?

Oooookay…. erm, just the one, my hubby, who I curl up beside every night – thanks for asking!

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What size is your bed?

It’s a very roomy king-size and I bloomin’ love it!

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What is your song of the week?

Taylor Swift, Style. She’s really belting out some catchy little numbers lately. Slowly becoming a fan!

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Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

Sure, just the same as it is for girls to wear blue, right?

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Do you still watch cartoons?

I do! Emma usually puts them on on a Saturday morning when eating her cereal however I don’t think the modern ones are as good as the oldies. I still love the old Loonie Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Scooby Doo & even some of the 90’s cartoons like Doug, Hey Arnold, Johnny Bravo, Cat Dog etc… whatever happened to them, they were amazing! Oh and of course not forgetting Spongebob – he rocks 😉

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What’s your least favorite movie?

Dune. It’s a sci-fi movie starring Sting & Kyle McLaughlin. Steve asked made me watch it and I couldn’t quite grasp that anyone would electively spend 90 minutes of their lives rewatching it after the 1st time. Disasterous is my only description of it.

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Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?

Well if I told you it wouldn’t be hidden!

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What do you drink with dinner?

Anything fizzy, usually cola, orange or lemonade. I have an adversion to anything flat hence why I detest squash/water. However I am partial to strawberry Ribena!

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What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

The bin?!Okay, I actually don’t eat chicken nuggets or pretty much any processed foods as I buy all our meat fresh from a local butcher *insert conscious consumer speech* lol However just for the sake of answering I’d probably go for bbq sauce or a sweet chilli dip.

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What is your favorite food?

Noodles, without a doubt. Providing they’re stir fried in rich soya sauce with lots of crunchy veg such as water chestnuts, peppers, baby corns, onions etc Yummmm!

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What movies could you watch over and over and still love?

Oooh gee I have such a huge list: Trains, Planes & Automobiles, Working Girl, BIG, You’ve Got Mail, GoodFella’s, Bram Stokers Dracula, Forrest Gump, Sex And The City (1&2), The Notebook… Oooh there’s just sooo many more!

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Last person you kissed/kissed you?

Steve, literally 10 minutes before I wrote this lol

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Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

No but I was a Brownie which is like a junior version of a girl guide/scout. I’ve such good memories of that little group! Loved being a Brownie *cheesy grin*

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Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?

Whaaaa? Ain’t nobody got time for dat!!!

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When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

Last year. I sent a gift over to my in-laws and wrote them a little letter that I popped into the package too!

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Can you change the oil on a car?

Wouldn’t have a clue.

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Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

Actually I haven’t! Not that I’m surprised by that, I’m a super careful driver!

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Ever ran out of gas?

Nope.

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Favorite kind of sandwich?

Hmmm, probably a really nice quality ham with a skimming of mustard – very refined eh?! *hooo rahh*

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Best thing to eat for breakfast?

Wheaten bread with butter, topped with homemade raspberry jam. Nom.

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What is your usual bedtime?

Usually about 11:30 week nights and anything up to 2am on a weekend… thanks to lots of editing *yawwwn*

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Are you lazy?

Definitely not. Well, at least I don’t think so!!!!

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When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?

It was always one of two things: a Witch OR Draculas Daughter. I could NEVER understand other kids who dressed up in non spooky gear such a fairy princesses etc… Halloween’s supposed to be scary so ya gotta look it right?!

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What is your Chinese astrological sign?

A Dog apparently… that’s just not making me happy right now! I’d much have preferred something really cute like a Kiwi bird *dramatic sigh*

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Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

Not at the moment but I use to subscribe to Cosmopolitan in my early twenties. Loved getting a fresh new copy through the door!

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Which are better, legos or lincoln logs?

Never heard of a Lincoln Log in all my life so sticking with Lego bricks. Also, when I was a kid Lego was SO my thing – wasn’t really into baby dolls, I was far too busy building little villages and towns with my giant tub of lego bricks.

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Are you stubborn?

As much as I hate to admit it I am one of the most stubborn people I know!!!!! Seriously.

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Who is better, Leno or Letterman?

Hmm, I’ve never watched Leno but we do get Letterman over here and I reeeeally like him, so I’d have to go with Letterman.

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Ever watch soap operas?

No, I can’t stand them they’re so darn depressing! However I do love sitcoms (especially American ones) such as Frasier, Friends, The Office…

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Are you afraid of heights?

Bloody terrified.

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Do you sing in the car?

All the time.

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Do you sing in the shower?

All the time.

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Do you dance in the car?

I’ve been spotted breaking a few moves occasionally, shoulder shrugs are my speciality 😉

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Ever used a gun?

Just a water gun… that counts right?!

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Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

Hmmm, considering my hubby is a photographer you’d expect it to be a little more recent, however I think it was about 4 years ago. It was an interview and promo shots for a local Business Centre about women in business!

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Do you think musicals are cheesy?

I don’t think they’re cheesy I’m just not that into watching them!

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Is Christmas stressful?

It used to be (when I let the commercialism of it take control) however these last few years it’s been pretty lovely – very family orientated & not focused on how big or expensive the gifts below the tree are. However I have been blessed enough to give & receive a selection of gorgeous pressies! Personally I think the media make it more stressful by ranting on about so much negativity.

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Ever eat a pierogi?

Never heard of it so I’m guessing not.

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Favorite type of fruit pie?

Does Banoffee Pie count? I’m going with that!

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Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

An Embalmer – in fact it’s still one of my dream jobs. As morbid as it may seem to others, I think it would be such a fascinating career.

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Do you believe in ghosts?

I absolutely do. 100%. I’ve had a few incredible experiences in my life to not acknowledge the paranormal.

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Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?

At least 3 or 4 times a month and at the most random of times!!

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Take a vitamin daily?

Since taking two horrid bouts of flu at Christmas I swore I would start taking vitamins everyday in hope it would help build my immune system. Unfortunately most days I completely forget all about them.

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Wear slippers?

Nahhh, I’m a slipper sock gal.

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Wear a bath robe?

Not unless I’m dashing in/out of the bath/shower. Around the house I’m much more comfy in pj’s!

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What do you wear to bed?

PJ’s in autumn/winter and usually a comfy nighty in spring/summer

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First concert?

U2 at Slane Castle… utterly terrifying and exhilarating experience all rolled into one gooey mess!

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Wal-Mart, Target, or Kmart?

We don’t have any of those here in Ireland but we do have ASDA which I believe is owned by Wal-Mart, so I guess I’ll have to stick to it for the time being… at least until I get to visit the US and make my own mind up on a few me spree’s 😉

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Nike or Adidas?

Whatever does the job best… I’ve absolutely no clue or preference to sports brands as I know so little about them. Just for the sake of it though I’ll go with Nike, I like their little tick logo thingy. Next…

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Cheetos or Fritos?

I’d have to say Cheeto’s… isn’t that right Leah from The Pink Impact?! Haaaha 😀

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Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

Peanuts all the way! Sunflower seeds? *euugh*

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Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?

Nope.

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Ever take dance lessons?

Never.

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Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?

Hmm, well seeing as I already have a spouse I’d have to say Photography, simply because that’s part of what he does now and has such a passion for.

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Can you curl your tongue?

Yep. Seeeeeee:

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Ever won a spelling bee?

I’ve never participated in one!

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Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

Absolutely! I’m a crier so I cry when I’m happy/sad/overwhelmed/anxious/proud/excited/surprised… the list goes on and on and on! Thankfully I contain it well otherwise I’d be soppy mass 24/7 lol

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Own any record albums?

I don’t unfortunately however the first music I was ever bought was when I was 4 years old by my aunt Karen. It was a little 7” single single of Michael Jackson’s BAD, I adored his tunes as a little girl. I played it constantly on my mum’s record player and have such awesome memories dancing my little legs off to it.

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Own a record player?

Nope.

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Regularly burn incense?

As much as I’d love to incense usually bestows me with a horrendous headache. Having said that, there are some candles and radiator sachets I can use instead which are equally are fabulous!

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Ever been in love?

I sure am.

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Who would you like to see in concert?

Bit of an eclectic mix here but probably Muse, Tenacious D, Aerosmith, Katie Mellua, Christina Aguillera, Pink & Enya. I know, slightly diverse with the Enya thing but I love her haunting celtic melodies, amazing chillaxing music.

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What was the last concert you saw?

U2 at Slane… really gotta get myself back out into the music scene again!

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Hot tea or cold tea?

Definitely hot.

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Tea or coffee?

I’m more of a tea gal but will never say no to a Costas Café Caramella

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Sugar or Snickerdoodles?

What the heck’s a snickerdoodle?! Gonna play it safe with sugar!

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Can you swim well?

Surprisingly really, really well!

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Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?

Yep.

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Are you patient?

Nope, I like things done yesterday! I really should work on that oo.

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DJ or band, at a wedding?

Defintely a DJ… I’ve heard a fair few ‘duff’ wedding bands in my time *rolls eyes*

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Ever won a contest?

I sure have, I won the Shell Live Wire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Fife) back in 2007 for my very first business venture within the wedding industry. I lived in Scotland at the time so I was unbelievably chuffed & honoured to have received such an exciting award outside of my home country 🙂

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Ever have a plastic surgery?

I never have and hopefully I won’t need to, however if it was to benefit my health I would definitely consider it.

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Which are better, black or green olives?

Not at all fussy, they’re both equally as yummy!

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Can you knit or crochet?

Nope.

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Best room for a fireplace?

For me it’s gotta be the living room, though I’ve always wanted a little corner stove in the kitchen. Just a cosy little nook to curl up with a cuppa and good book would be perfect!

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Do you want to get married?

Already am!

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If married, how long have you been married?

8 years this July! My how it’s flown by *gasp*

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Who was your HS crush?

I was never one for boys of my own age – too immature! I much preferred older eye candy instead 😉 whilst my friends bedroom walls were adorned with teen pop stars, mine was covered in posters of Gary Oldman from Bram Stokers Dracula, Brad Pitt (Legends of the fall & Interview with the Vampire) and Keanu Reeves from Speed. Not a bad selection eh ladies? *tee hee*

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Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

I don’t, instead I’ll have a little private huff a really good argument in my head with the person. After I’ve ‘mentally’ said all I need to I’m then a much calmer person for it! Call me weird but it works for me lol

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Do you have kids?

I do! I have two beautiful step-daughters – Jessica who lives in Scotland & Hayley who lives in Wales. Both of them are in their early 20’s so they’re all grown up but they’re still my little chicks, regardless of age.

Then of course there’s our gorgeous little daughter Emma, she’s 9 and every bit as adorable as the day she came into the world. My mini bestie.

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Do you want kids?

I think I’m done with two ready made girlies and one of my own!! Our little family seems complete just as it is 🙂

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What’s your favorite color?

Raspberry. Not pink, not Fusicia but raspberry! There IS a difference.

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Do you miss anyone right now?

I do. I miss my gran who’s in hospital (I can’t get to see much of her due to distance and really awkward visiting hours) I also miss family who don’t live close enough for us to see all the time – Jessica, Hayley & Steve’s super supportive parents. I guess it makes seeing them during occasional holidays even more special.

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Pheeeewww. That was a long one. Once again thanks so much to the gorgeous Katie for tagging me – even if it did take a mini lifetime to type lol It was bundles of fun & hopefully you’ve all got to know me a little bit better from it!

Okay so my nominees are *dramatic drum roll*

Leah – The Pink Impact

Amanda – Inside The Life of Moi

Natalie – Natalie Charlotte’s 1992 Blog

V – Say Hello To Gorgeous

Nadine – Ladies & Lace

Cyndel – Cyndel Bee

Stephie – Stephie Estie

Rachel – Rachel Ellis

YOU – Yes YOU!

If you fancy rolling up your sleeves and giving it a bash then consider yourself nominated. Don’t forget to post your link in the comments below so I can read when you’ve posted!

As always thanks so much for stopping by and reading my random blatherings, do say a quick hello  – always a treat catching up with you lovely lot!

Cheerio chums…

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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!

100 Posts… Yippeeeee!!

Thank You

Hey Beauty Buddies…

Yesterday I got a rather exciting little notification from WordPress that I’d finally hit 100 Posts!

*happy dance/flailing of limbs*

When I first launched Confetti & Curves (just under 5 months ago) I literally had no idea what a merry little journey of fun & friendship would lie ahead. Confetti and Curves hasn’t just been a place where I can share my views, interests, thoughts, ideas & ramblings – it’s also been the catalyst to meeting such unforgettable friends & blog buddies the world over.

However it’s pretty apparent that all of this wouldn’t be possible (or at least anywhere near as much fun) without you guys tagging along with me. So with that in mind here’s a few little ‘Thank You’s’ I owe every single one of you in one way or another…

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Thank you for welcoming me into such an amazing community of inspiring bloggers.

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Thank you for reading my posts… it’s by far the biggest compliment!

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Thank you for the ridiculously fun awards & tags – it’s so endearing to be thought off.

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Thank you to everyone who’s participated in Behind The Blog – your support has been the foundation to it’s phenomenal success.

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Thank you for taking the time to follow, like & comment on a daily basis. Your kindness and dedication is food for the soul.

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Thank you for giving me a sense of belief and self confidence.

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Thank you for unknowingly cheering me up when I’m having a rough day & for helping me celebrate the better ones!

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Thank you for your friendship. Many of you I may not ever physically meet but I feel I’ve known you a lifetime.

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Thank you for making Confetti & Curves one of my proudest projects to date.

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Thank you for joining in my journey… and here’s to the next 100 Posts!

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Thank you. For everything.

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