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A wishful Christmas wish list

C: you ever see something and think OH GOD IM IN LOVE, and then realise that it’s completely unnecessary so you shouldn’t ask for it for Christmas? But secretly you keep thinking about it and wish it was yours? Here is my secret Christmas wish list (in the hope L decides he wants to buy me a lot of extra presents)

David Ayling is a jewellery making genius! I follow him on Facebook and he creates such beautiful pieces, I’m always slightly jelly that I don’t own anything! This ring is my absolute fav, I showed it to L and he said maybe if he gets a bonus in Feb so fingers crossed!!! (On another note, follow DA on Facebook as he also does jewellery making evenings etc. Which are super exciting!)

We then have the Leonore Doc Martens. These are my fave brand for shoes and I already have two pairs (which never wear out so will last forever!) so I don’t NEED these… but I sure as hell would like them! Plus.. fleece lined? Who doesn’t need new winter warm boots?

Thirdly (not a word) we have the Violet Voss Ride or Die palette which is available from beauty bay. I did consider putting this on my list cos you know… just look at it. But I have so many unloved palettes waiting for my attention it seemed silly to get another! Sad face.

Finally we have a Mac Christmas collection of 12 mini lipsticks. Now really, no one needs 12 mini lipsticks but surely everyone wants them? I asked L for these too, and I won’t say what he described them as on here but I’m guessing it’s a no! Alas. I do love miniature things!

So guys, anything you are secretly wishing for for Christmas that is totally unnecessary but super beautiful?! Let me know! Xxx

Ps… obviously I don’t own any of these delights so photos are borrowed from their websites! Any problems and I will remove them for you 🙂

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Baby Diaries: The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift!

C: Now I am still not entirely convinced about baby showers… it is definitely a very American thing to me (although when it comes to Halloween and Christmas they have got the art of celebrating down!) and I didn’t really want one! However, the sister in law can only minority be tamed, so I had a baby shower/afternoon tea on my birthday and it was actually lovely! I didn’t want people to feel like they had to bring a gift, so I made sure that was specified on the invites, but one of the gifts I received I thought deserved a special mention on the blog – the Neals Yard Mother and Baby Organic Collection which is £45 and available here.

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First of all the packaging is absolutely beautiful, and I loved that it is a gift for mums to be as well as babies – its nice to get some pampering in before baby arrives as apparently I won’t have much time for that once my bundle of joy (poo and nappies) is here!

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Obviously I haven’t tried any of the baby products yet, but I shall make sure to update this post once baba has given her verdict on them (She’s still too young to be trying them)! However, the Mothers Bath Oil is by far my favourite product! It smells so lovely and relaxing, and really helps to calm down both me and my troublesome skin! Im not particularly keen on the Massage Oil just because I personally don’t like using oils/I keep dropping it and making a mess and L moans about the slippery bathroom! But the flannel is lovely quality and I enjoyed using the Mothers Balm on those pesky stretch mark areas – it stopped my skin getting itchy and kept it supple and moisturised!

This is literally the perfect gift for any mum to be! It is beautiful and functional, and the bonus is that it is all organic too where possible! I know a lot of pregnant ladies are super concerned about only using organic products on their body as obviously what your body absorbs is potentially finding its way to the little one, so this is perfect! Personally I have still been using what works for me as my skin is too sensitive to be swapping products around, but this is still perfect when you are unsure on what to buy someone for their baby shower – everyone buys baby clothes etc so its lovely to get something different!

What do you guys think of this from Neals Yard? I haven’t tried many of their products before, but I shall definitely be popping in to my local store to see what goodies they have! #twolittleowls

Real-Life Valentines Day Gift Ideas

C: I have seen so many Valentines Day gift idea posts floating around, that I decided to take a look and see what everyone is suggesting. Now, this might just be me as I am probs the only girl ever to not be that fussed about V-day (I told L off last year for wasting money on getting posh flowers delivered – I could have bought a dress with that?!) but does anyone really want horrid red/black underwear? Or beauty products/clothes in varying shades of pink that they wouldn’t wear any other time of year? No I think not. There’s nothing wrong with a nice M&S comfy floral set and neutral make up (starting to feel sorry for L here actually…). So here are my more realistic gift ideas, that I think are lovely for v-day but can be appreciated all year round.

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1. The Lush Valentines Day range – I have already hinted (told) L that I want one of everything! Now clearly I will just end up having to buy these for myself, but seriously. Want to treat that beauty lover girlfriend? These will do the trick, plus they might share with you (if they are nicer than me). If Lush isn’t their cup of tea, have a little nose round and see what brands they like and get another bath time treat.

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2. Flowers. Simple and yet effective. Now I know I already said I told L off for doing this for me, but only because I would have been just as happy if he had picked some out the garden for me. Find out what your loved ones fav flowers are (mine are peonies if you fancy treating me), or go for red roses if you aren’t sure.

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3. Imperial Candles – I found these on facebook, and absolutely love the idea! You can get a beautiful candle (pick your flavour too, my fav is the sound of the English Pear & Vanilla) with a beautiful ring inside! You can even pick a ring size (or go for random if you aren’t sure!). For £28.99 I think these are such a clever idea – just make sure your girlfriend isn’t likely to think you are proposing. Although if that happens please do report back as I would find it very amusing.

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4. Go on a couples spa day! Now this is a photo of the Imagine Spa in Kings Lynn that I have visited before and loved, but obviously you would have to pick one that’s closest to you. L would never do this with me, but I think its such a lovely idea and means you both get a treat!

Now obviously, some of these gift ideas are a little pricey (seriously, just go picking wild flowers) so if in doubt, go for home made. Cook a nice meal, or just think of something she has mentioned she likes and get it as a v-day gift. My favourite V-day present is still when L got me The Sims for the Xbox. Hours of entertainment, and although not typically romantic he knew I would love it, and this year we are going for a cheeky KFC with Annie and Jim (#livingthedream)! Let us know what you decide to go for (or if you share this as a hint) #twolittleowls

A Very Lucky Annie number 2!

A: You can see the first part of this post here, as Chloe and I were both super spoilt over the Christmas period, we decided to split up our ‘haul’ posts into a few separate ones – so here’s my second post! We are in no way bragging about the gifts we have received, we just love reading these kinds of posts on other blogs so thought we would share ours with your lovely readers.

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I got a really lovely selection of beauty products, some new nail varnishes – Barry M, a Sally Hansen and an Essie, all of which I will be reviewing in the future so keep following! My cousin got me some gorgeous Bare Minerals lip glosses too, which I have had my eye on for a while!
Chloe got me the Zoella Soak Opera which I have been after testing out for ages, and she also got me the Holly Go Lightly bath bomb from Lush as well as the most beautiful highlighter/blush in the world from I ❤️ Make Up. She knows me so well! Lastly in the ‘beauty’ section, my brother and sister-in-law got me the Chanel No.5 body lotion, something I have been lusting after since I tested out my Mum’s a few months ago (see here for my review!) so I was super excited to receive this.

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Onto jewellery, my parents got me these beautiful handmade glass earrings from a craft market in Tenerife. And my boyfriend did very well indeed as he got me these pearls, which are beyond precious. I love them so much and can’t wait to wear them and I will treasure them for the rest of my life.

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An AMAZING handbag/backpack from my brother and sister-in-law. I start a new job in January and I’m so excited to pack this up and use it. I’m very particular about bags but this one is perfect, I cannot wait to wear it! It’s Jane Shilton, but it came from TK Maxx – I’m not at all bothered by brands, I love this purely because it’s so practical/patent blue with massive gold fastenings!

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We have two British Blues and because I’m a crazy cat lady I tend to get a lot of cat related gifts. I love this watch so much, my friend Spen bought me it and it’s hideous/amazing at the same time. I also got this book, and the cat on the front cover look exactly like my cats Bill and Ted!

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We also get a lot of campervan related gifts because we have a campervan! This amazing crocheted bag is from my mum and was made by my auntie, she is a genius when it comes to knitting and crocheting – it’s amazing isn’t it!! A lovely campervan moneybox too, to help us save our pennies for how holidays. And a super cute campervan case from my beautiful cousin, which I will be using as a pencil case for my new job!

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/178/63282436/files/2014/12/img_5060.jpgAnd lastly for now, a beautiful faux fur leopard print coat from my lovely aunt and uncle. I CANNOT get enough of this, it’s from Red Herring and feels beautiful to wear. I can guarantee it’ll be in a lot of ootds! An amazing tartan scarf which was actually featured in my Christmas wishlist – well done to my cousin on this one! It’s from ASOS and it’s so cosy! I don’t even care that they totally don’t match, I’m more than happy to wear them at the same time. It’s normal to want to wear all of your Christmas presents at once isn’t it? And finally, these gorgeous Cath Kidston earrings with emerald green colour stones. They are so special, I’ve been wearing them every day since Christmas 🙂

Sorry for the super long post guys, but I hope you enjoyed reading and being nosey! What did you get for Christmas? #twolittleowlsblog

A Very Lucky Annie

A: Well it’s the day after Boxing Day, a day to relax, eat cheese and drink any left over wine for my boyfriend and I. Chloe and I have really had a lovely Christmas, and we hope you guys have too! I thought I’d take some time to have a look through some of the lovely gifts I received, and also thought I’d share them with you. Chloe posted about hers yesterday (click here), so here are a few of mine, and I’ve started with the homeware bits and pieces. I’ll post about everything else another day, I’ve been reallllllly spoilt and it was a little too much to put in one post. By the way, we are in no way bragging about how many presents we got, we love reading these on other blogs and always get really good present ideas from them so if you are interested or need some ideas of your own, carry on reading!

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My nanny bought me this lovely dinner set and egg store. I have a country style kitchen so these will fit in perfectly, and I’ve always wanted a chicken egg store so was super happy about this!

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I also got some beautiful vintage cocktail glasses which I am in love with, a set of 6 which have taken pride of place in my drinks cabinet. There’s also a vintage Bon Bon dish tucked away in one of the photos, if you didn’t already realise I am a big fan of vintage glass wear.
Some Laura Ashley measuring cups, which is something I really needed and they are pretty too so that’s a bonus! And the cutest miniature measuring cups and jugs in the world, for teaspoon and tablespoon measurements. These are from Rosie’s Pantry – and they are adorable. An owl mug, and a chocolate owl – a bit of a theme to Chloe and I’s Christmas presents this year! (I did eat some of the chocolate owl, it looked too yummy to resist).

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My boyfriend and I are a big fan of Le Creseut crockery and my aunt and uncle bought us this lovely set of two mini pie dishes. I will put these to good use over the next few weeks and include a recipe post for you readers too!
My nanny also bought us these steak knives and forks – a perfect gift for us (we are having steak tonight!).
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Burgers are one of our all time favourite foods, and Chloe and her boyfriend bought us this amazing burger recipe book. I’m so excited to use this, again I’m sure there will be some recipes popping up on the blog from us!
Lastly, a hilarious mug ‘PAWS’ from my boyfriend. I did lol a lot when I opened it.

What did you guys get for Christmas? #twolittleowls

P.s sorry some of the photos are a little dark – it’s really grey and miserable outside!!

Blogmas 2014 Day 22- What does the festive season mean to you?

What does the festive season mean to you?

A: To me, Christmas is all about family. I am really lucky because all of my family live within a 10 minute drive from one another. This means that I get to see every single one of them over the Christmas period, and eat loads of yummy food with them! We each go to each others house for Christmas every year, so my Mum’s side of the family come to ours for a day, we go to theirs for a day, and the same with my Dad’s family. This normally means we have to start the festivities a little early to fit everyone in – especially now we all have partners and their families to think about, but it also means they go on for longer 🙂

C: Similarly to Annie the festive season is all about seeing family and friends. I love getting to see my family even more than usual whilst spending the day spoiling them with gifts and eating lots of yummy food. I also love Christmas time as it means that lots of friends come back who have moved away after uni etc to see their families and I get to see them too! My job also means that I often work over the Christmas period, but I am used to that now and making Christmas special for other people makes me very happy too!

What does this time of year mean to you? #twolittleowlsblog

Our Christmas Wishlists!

A & C: If you have even glanced at our blog, you will know that we a HUGE fans of Christmas, and we have lots of fun things planned for this month to share with you. One of them is our Christmas wishlists. These are the things that we would love to have waiting under the tree for us on Christmas morning, if we were super lucky – but hey, we can dream can’t we!

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Somerby Bike by Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton brought out a range of beautiful bikes not long after her amazing performance at the Olympics in 2012, and I’ve had my eye on them ever since. I don’t have a bike at the moment, and haven’t had since I’ve been in my new house which is surrounded by fields so it’s perfect for bike rides. I really like the older style bikes though, and this one matches my car (I have a baby blue Fiat 500 with a brown and cream leather interior, which I love very very much), plus we are going on a biking holiday next year, so I obviously need this so I can bike along with freshly picked flowers in my wicker basket whilst wearing a flowery dress. They are a little pricey though – this one it £294.98 with the basket, and £279.99 without (but you’ve deffo got to have it with). You can have a look at the full range on the Halfords website.

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Kiko Glass From by NKUKU

I adore picture frames, and these are some of my favourite. So pretty and unique, a collection of them would look lovely in any home, plus it’s compulsory to have your favourite photos framed – although these would look lovely with dried flowers too? These start at £19.95 and can be found here.

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Chuppon Self Watering Animal Planter

THESE ARE ADORABLE AND I WANT THEM ALL. Tiny little porcelain animals wearing  tiny backpack plants. Amazing. There are 4 to choose from, each comes with a different plant – either a herb or a strawberry plant. And they water themselves by drinking through the straws. I really can’t cope with how cute they are. The cost £9.99 each, and are available from Firebox.

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Check Scarf with Tassels

I still don’t have a tartan scarf and have been looking for an unusual one for such a long time, but I really love this one. Its extra wide and looks super cosy – and it’s just £16 from ASOS.

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I have had the same coat for 3 years now, and although I still love it (it has a tartan hood… so clearly I love it) I really want a parka with a fluffy hood! I love this one from Asos, which is £85

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So I wrote my Christmas list, gave it to Santa and then I saw this. This palette of fabulousness from Urban Decay. I love it as it contains neutrals like the Naked Palettes as well as some brighter colours too. I have the Naked Basics palette and use it all the time, so I know the quality of this will be perfecto too! You can get it here for £42.

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Now, obviously a new coat and Urban Decay make up is not enough for me. I’m just too spoilt (not really!) and I want a puppy. Yes a puppy. Now I know puppies are for life and not just for Christmas and all that but I am getting desperately broody for a puppy now. L and I have finally bought our house, but it is taking a long time to do all the work on it so as soon as we move in I require a Collie puppy immediately. Like I want to walk through the door and be handed my puppy with a bow round his collar. I’m thinking about a nice manly name like Steve, so it matches Dave the cat. Let me know if you have any good ideas!

What are you guys hoping for for Christmas?! Hope Santa brings you lots of beautiful gifts! #twolittleowls