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Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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A & C: We both read this book at the end of last year, and after having some time to digest the latest revelations surrounding the ghost writing saga, we’ve decided that it’s time to share our thoughts on it with you.

Review:

A: 13 year old Annie would’ve loved this book. Yes it’s soppy, yes it’s predictable but it is perfectly aimed at its demographic. The protagonist (Penny) has a cute name, she lives in a cute house and she is cute full stop. She doesn’t fit in with anyone in the real world, except with her very best friend who is very gay – so she looks to the Internet and her blog to confide in her problems and her blog takes the world (well, a lot of teenage girls) by storm. I won’t give away anymore of the storyline as I don’t want to spoil it, but she meets a guy (who is also cute) and they hit it off and you can guess the rest. I read the book in a matter of hours, it was very easy to read – but not in a bad way! The first part was a little hard to get into, but once you get past the first few chapters you can easily carry on right through to the end without much difficulty. It has been obviously left wide open for a sequel, which from a business point of view is a no brainier for Zoe and her management team – but it does make me feel like I’m just going to have to continue buying into the Zoella brand to find out what happens to Penny. Although I can’t say that I’m massively bothered about finding out what happens to her. Ten years ago though I would’ve been, and I like that Zoe is playing her part in encouraging teenagers to read – I hope that this is the thing that’s driving her to pursue this dream.

C: As Annie has said I would have loved this when I was a teenager! In total it took me three hours to read, but I did get involved in the storyline and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. However, my favourite part of the book is the inclusion of dealing with anxiety/panic attacks. There are not many books available that deal with such a topic, a topic that can be such a big deal for many teenagers today. It not only manages to explain that such mental health problems are normal, but also includes within the story possible ways of dealing with them which may be a help to many. Plus in my opinion, if one more young person picks up a book due to Zoella’s fame? Well that can’t be bad can it?

Thoughts on the issues surrounding the ‘ghost writing’ revelations:

A&C: After discussing it, we both agree that having had the book “ghost written” was more than a little disappointing. It wasn’t that Zoe had had help with writing it – I mean if we got asked to write a book we wouldn’t even know where to start – it was the deception that was an issue for us. It was implied that Zoe had had a little help with it, a little is different to it being written by a completely different person. Although the characters and plot was of her creation, all of those things come to life through the writing and how an individual depicts them. Thousands of teenagers hang on to “Zoella’s” every word, and although we agree that she is a great role model to have, they have little understanding of Zoe as a brand and will just buy everything she puts her name too. They definitely need to be more open next time to prevent such disappointment, as we are sure just the same amount of people would have bought the book if she had been honest from the start.

Have any of you guys read Zoella’s first book? Let us know what you think/if you agree with our opinions? #twolittleowls

A Boxing Day Christmas Haul!

C: happy Boxing Day guys! Hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and successfully slept off the wine/food from yesterday ready to start again today! We have been doing blogmas2k14, so have been posting every day but now that has finished we will be returning to our usual routine of posting every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and once over the weekends! So to start us off I am going to do my first Christmas haul post – I am splitting it into two as I got super spoilt so today I am going to be showing you the house/other bits I received and then my next post will be the beauty items I received. Please note, this is in no way a method of bragging – I just love reading these on other peoples blogs and wanted to share all the treats I got with you lovely readers. So lets get cracking!

House Stuff

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Russell Hobbs Kettle and Toaster – we are currently doing up a house and are hoping to move in in March (ish) time. I obvs have a kettle and toaster… but I really loved these and mine are super old now so asked for these. I love the cream colour, will look lovely in my farmhouse-style kitchen!

Salter weighing scales – I love baking so I also asked Santa for these (but my nan got them… magic) as my non-electric scales are very old and not very accurate now! Cant wait to bust this out!

Next Sharing Board Gift Set – apologies for the horrendous photo, its dark and foggy here so had to put all the lights on to be able to see anything in the photos! This is a wooden board with two little bowls for oil and balsamic vinegar to dip your bread in! We love doing this, especially when some Brie is involved so can’t wait to use this!

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Rosies Kitchen Fork Knives – seriously. I think these were my favourite present (which my mum wasn’t happy about considering how spoilt I was ha!) They are so cute! I can’t cope with them. They are from Boots, but unfortunately are sold out online but check your local store and try and nab some. They really are beautiful.

Cosmetic Organizer – from my sister! Literally can’t wait to move into my new house and organise my dressing table! Don’t worry, photos will be shared!

River Cottage Every day Veg Cookery Book – I always get a cookery book from L’s parents each year and I love this! Its full of amazing idea’s on how to make veg more interesting (which even the most healthy of us need sometimes!), let me know if you are interested in seeing some recipes!

Yankee Candle in Vanilla Cupcake & Winterwood Candle – I love candles, especially this time of year. It makes the house smell beautiful and look more homely! I got these from my parents/ L’s parents and I can’t wait to try them out!

Owl Related Presents (everyone thought it was funny to get Annie & I owl presents – obvs we agreed)

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Orla Kiely Owl Mug – from the mother in law! Isn’t this amazing!

Owl Mug and Owl Dashboard Toy – our friend Spen bought both of us these! I am waiting until I find the Owl dashboard thing less funny before I put it up else I’ll find it too distracting to drive. Love it.

Owl Candle Holder – you know you are getting a great present when Annie says “I have bought you the worst and yet the best present ever!” and she was right! She painted this for me at our local pottery place! It’s disgusting and I bloody love it. Pride of place on my coffee table!

Random Fun Stuff

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Burgundy Vans – I have ruined mine by wearing them whilst doing my new house up (seriously… they used to be white and are now black) so my lovely parents bought me a new pair!

Glittery Jumper – I am not sure where this is from, but I believe Annie got me it from the Clothes Show! I love it! Perfect for this time of year, and its such a lovely thin material – perfect for shopping etc when you get too hot and cba to remove layers!

Walking Dead Season 1 – fav present from L! So scared of Zombies but can’t wait to watch this!

Emma Bridgewater Diary – another present from L. Last year I asked him to pick me up a new diary as I needed one, so he brought home the most disgusting one he could find. It is pink velour or something, so he bought me a nice one this year to make up for it!

Alphabet Bags make up bag – my work bestie bought me this! Annie has wanted one for ages so she is super jealous! Can’t wait to use it!

So there we go… can you see why I am splitting it into two posts now?! Crazy eh? I have been so spoilt and I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone for the lovely (and funny) presents! What did you guys get this year? #twolittleowls

Tis the Season to be Poorly.

A & C: We would normally be filling your blog feed with photos of yummy food on a Friday (mainly burgers), but it’s that time of year again, and as we are both laid in bed poorly we thought we would share our top tips on how to survive man flu/sick days. The chocolate santa is optional but recommended, and films are based on your own choice obviously.

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In order to make your day seem productive, we recommend some excellent tv/films such as Frozen and Pineapple Express. Comedies are essential to cheer you up and Frozen is perfect for any occasion.  We are also doing a spot of blogging, as it is not often we get a whole day just to write posts!

Lucozade is perfect for keeping your blood sugars up if eating is not possible (Annie is currently unable to eat which makes her super sad), and will keep you hydrated. Chocolate is also necessary to maintain blood sugars and morale. This can come in other forms, but a chocolate Santa is seasonal and tastyyy.

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Puppies are also of your own choosing, here is mine snuggled up in bed with me and his Reindeer toy. We are very ready for Christmas here apparently, but cuddling up with your pet of choice will cheer you up, keep you company and most importantly they are very good as hot water bottles when your feet get cold.

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As beauty bloggers we also love cheering ourselves by relaxing/pampering ourselves with a Lush bath and face mask, I went for the Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment bath melt and S&G’s Fab Pore face mask to clear out my poorly/horrendous looking skin. There is also nothing better than taking your mind off everything by reading a good book, but if all else fails… its all about the Lemsip!

What are your top tips for surviving a sick day? #twolittleowls

Big News (it’s a hoooot!)

A & C: Hi guys! Just a little update to let you know that we have made a twolittleowls Facebook page! Would love it if you could click on this little link here and give us a sneaky like, meaning you can keep up to date on our posts more easily.

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Birchbox – Away We Go (August 2014)

C: I received my Birchbox today, usually this is a super exciting day for me (I know… must get a life) but the past couple of months I have been a little disappointed with my boxes. I am not sure if this is just because the initial novelty of my beauty box subscription has gone, or… the boxes have got worse?! So here is what I got this month, and please let me know what you think!

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So this is how my box came packaged. You can’t see the products very well in the photo but I just wanted to show you all the cute make up bag everything came in. It is super cute and goes well with this months holiday theme, however I must point out that its quite small and being a beauty addict my every day products wouldn’t fit in here! (Update: my little make up bag just broke after using it for the second time!) But anyway, here is what I got:

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And a little close up of the eyeshadow:

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So lets start with the eyeshadow. This is from “Wild about Beauty” and is in the colour “Fern” – Full sized and costs £13. I thought I had the wrong colour in the box, as to me ferns are green… but I checked on the Birchbox website and this is indeed the Fern colour. I like it actually though, especially the little bee!

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect – RRP £20 sample is worth £3. A leave in conditioning spray to help detangle and protect against sun and heat damage. My hair is super knotty and I always have to use a detangling (is that a word?!) product so I will definitely try this out.

Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel – RRP £7.15 sample is worth £0.51. I have heard of this brand before but it has never appealed to me. I can certainly get some use out of this sample – everyone washes – but to me Birchbox is about trying brands that are more high end so you can try before you invest.

Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Microderm – RRP £25 sample is worth £7.35. A product I have never heard of before, however microderm products are usually too harsh for my sensitive skin – something I have filled out in my beauty profile – so I will try this, but doubt it will work well for me.

And lastly I received a sample of the Liason De Parfum in Stay With Me and the first chapter of The Proposal by Tasmina Perry – something that I wont read as I will be super annoyed if I like it and then have to wait for the rest of the book to be delivered!

So the total worth of the box is £23.86 plus the make up bag and little extras which is very good considering the box cost me £12.95 including postage. However, I am still not excited about it? I will get some use out of all of these products but nothing jumps out at me as being super amazing. So what do you guys think? Should I keep my subscription or try out something new? I am leaving it down to you! #twolittleowlsblog

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The Handwriting Tag

A: I spotted this tag on A Room For Thought’s blog a couple of weeks ago – head to her blog and check her out, she’s one of our favourite bloggers! Don’t forget to tag us if you take on the challenge!

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Bedside Table Essentials: Annie

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A: so today you can have an insight into what my bedtime cabinet essentials are, those things that you just can’t put in the draw because you use them so much.
I am a firm believer in pretty lamps. My boyfriend and I haven’t finished decorating our house yet (it’s costs so much and takes up so much time!) so I have resorted to accessorising all of our rooms with way too much clutter and lovely things, including lamps. I love this one on my bedside cabinet because it’s so sparkly. I also have candles everywhere, and often light them on my cabinet when I’m in bed reading because they are so relaxing.
My kindle is never far from me (and neither are my glasses so I can read without feeling like an old lady) and there’s usually a cup of fruit tea somewhere in my vicinity.

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I have a ridiculous obsession with jewellery and have way too much in my life, I use this little teacup (which I bought from Florence’s last tour!) to keep all of the jewellery I wear a lot in, as you can see, I wear a lot of jewellery a lot of the time…

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Lastly, my moisturisers of the moment. These change on a regular basis but at the minute, my favourites are these: Clinique dramatically different my Marc Jacobs Daisy – smells beautiful!!

What’re you’re bedside cabinet essentials? #twolittleowls

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