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its a new era…

Hi beautiful twolittleowls followers, Chloe here!

Just a little post to let you guys know that i have a new blog!!!! Super exciting times!

If you like parenting fails, wins, home decor and make up… please pretty please click here and give me a follow!

I also still read all your blogs so it will  be much easier for me to find you all!!!

Love you all and thank you for the previous and (hopefully) future support!

Cxx

The ultimate child proof make up storage?

C: afternoon! A little DIY job (that I can’t take full credit for) today in the form of make up storage! Now Ivy is partial to a lipstick or ten. Eats them, covers her face on them, basically does everything a tiny human can to ruin my beautiful make up collection. So I made a plan to keep it all safe from her teeny evil hands!

So here we have my humble collection, saved from the beast (love her really) by basically being too high to reach. All I did was get two cheap wooden shelves from Homebase, paint them and add a piece of wood (L did it…) to one of the shelves with some door handles screwed in for scarf and bag hangage (not a word apparently).

Finally I used my acrylic storage and some cute jars that I had saved (that normally sit cluttering up my cupboard with no purpose) for a cheap and simple make up solution!

What do you think?!

Guess whose back!

Back again! Chloe and annie are back, tell a friend! That doesn’t quite work does it? Never mind, I’m sure you are all super psyched cos you have been crying every day since our last post.

So let’s have a mini update… I now have a two year old, and annie has an 8 month old baba who is super beaut! After months of reading posts (mainly Rach’s) and missing blogging I decided… it’s time to get back on it.

So this photo currently sums up my life at the mo. Cutie babas, my pooch and living in the county side. So my face is currently a slight disappointment and I need some blogging inspiration to motivate me to love make up and skincare as much as I used to!

We haven’t decided on a blogging schedule yet, basically cos we don’t want to rush things and then realise we have no time to post every day or something cray. So currently I will be posting my usual beauty etc posts and annie will be popping in for some baba updates and to tell me how pretty I am and how much she misses me cos I currently have a constant cold so can’t go smooch them!

So thanks for reading and for staying loyal to our two little owls baby as well as our new (and not so new) real ones! WE MISS YOUUUUU

IKEA Haul!

A & C: We took an impromptu trip too IKEA this week, because Chloe is about to move into her newly renovated home, and Annie can’t say no to homeware. So here’s what Annie bought, Chloe will be showing you her purchases in her New Home post!

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So firstly, I should make you all aware that I have a bit of a problem when it comes to glassware and candles. I’m obsessed. I think there’s actually something wrong with me. And the glassware and IKEA is so cheap that I had to get some, but I did well and limited myself! I bought two new wine glasses, these are a great size (massive!) and were only £1 each. And the cocktail glass was £1.25 so I obviously had to buy that. The carafe with the cork stopper was the best bargain though, it was £1! A whole £1! It’s lovely quality glass too, and will be perfect for summer barbecues. The green bottle is one of my favourites, I actually bought this as part of my wedding prep for a vase for the tables, along with the milk bottle – both £1.25 each. I love the little glass bowl too, I’m going to keep it on my bedside cabinet for my rings and earrings – another bargain for £1! And the candles are so pretty, and are rose scented. These were £3 for the set.

  

These are a little more boring if you don’t have a home – but I even love buying mundane stuff like this!  A few kitchen essentials, and an octopus sock drier (not sure what it’s actually called but it’s got an octopus face and helps dry socks on a washing line…). I won’t bore you to tears about the prices of these, but they were all super cheap.

 

One of my favourite purchases was this – which is a pole you screw to the wall and then thread the hooks on and use it for storage. Again, I’m not sure what this actual name of this is but it’s super practical and you can even by these little pots to hang on it. I’m going to pot herbs in mine, but they can be used for pretty much anything – cutlery, flowers, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste – anything you like! The pole was £6.50, the small hooks £3, the large £6 and the pots £5. 

  

I also got some new bedding (another obsession) which I LOVE. This was £30 for a king size set, including four pillowcases. I’ve had my eye on these for ages now and I’m so pleased that I’ve finally got it! It’s such lovely quality too! Some pretty napkins, which you can never go wrong with for £1, some gorgeous floral fabic for £5 a metre (another bargain!), and these adorable cat rattles for Chloe’s bump. I couldn’t resist these, mainly because one is ginger like me and one is grey like Bill and Ted! Cannot wait to give these to baby! I don’t remember how much these were because I was far too excited about how cute that are.

  

The last thing I got is this false floral wreath. This is so pretty, and I bought it as inspo for my wedding next year. Plus it was £1.50 and too pretty to leave behind.

Have you got any favourites from IKEA? #twolittleowls

A Saturday Haul

A&C: Yesterday we took a trip to our local town and had a mooch around lots of different shops. Amazingly, we didn’t buy any clothes – but with Chloe’s baby belly slowly growing, she had more exciting stuff to buy. We got a real mixture of bits and bobs because we started in Asda, then headed to Dunelm and finished off at The Range (our second favourite shop after TK Maxx). So what did we get?

A: Firstly, some treats from the cosmetics aisle in Asda. Brow drama by Maybelline in Medium Brown. My eyebrows have always been my nemesis. They’re so fair that they’re practically non-existent, and I normally fill them in with eyeshadow. But this does have the tendency to wear off so by the end of the day they’ve normally disappeared. But after I saw Chloe pick this up I thought I might as well give it a go – and it was only £4.99 so a bargain if it does the trick! I then picked up some summery coloured nail varnishes, two from George at Asda’s own make up brand (they were 2 for £3 so I obviously couldn’t just get one!), the lilac and the pale coral. And a super pale mint green from Maybelline’s Speed Dry Collection, which I can’t wait to use!

And from The Range Chloe talked me into buying this hideous (but amazing?!) rug for my living room, which was just £11.99. And this beautiful lampshade was my favourite purchase of the day, with a gorgeous floral print and brightly coloured peacocks. This was £6.99 – a bargain which will be perfect to use as inspiration to decorate my bedroom.

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C: so basically Annie copied me on the Brow Drama – I have seen loads of good reviews, and now I have perfected drawing in my eyebrows I need something to keep them in place all day! And then I proceeded to copy Annie’s nail polish choices! I needed a new lilac as I spilt mine (wahhhh) so I also chose these two in the colours “cool lilac” and “fuzzy peach”. First impressions are good for such cheapies, as I quickly painted my nails yesterday afternoon and they haven’t chipped yet even though I didn’t have time for a top coat!

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I then got this amazing duck egg blue light shade from Dunelm homestore for £12.99 that is gonna look absolutely beautiful in my new bedroom once we move, and this flamingo fabric for £8.99 a metre! I am in love with this fabric, and I am going to get my lovely mother to make some curtains for my nursery with it – as I found out a couple of weeks ago that we are having a girl! This is perfect for us, as we don’t want her room to be bright pink and overly girly. Then lastly I got the same light shade as Annie! Its horrid and I have had to hide it from L so he doesn’t moan but I don’t care I love it!

Let us know what you think of our hauls! We don’t get time to go shopping anymore (boo to Chloe working weekends and having too much uni work) so hauls are few and far between and we loved getting the chance to actually go shopping! #twolittleowls

Chloes Home Decor Update

C: I don’t know how much I have spoken about buying our new house on here, but we are currently in the process of doing it up/the longest hardest project ever. As we can’t currently live there, I have been able to contain my excitement by slowly picking up pieces for the house and whenever Annie and I have a weekend off we love to go house shopping! Whether its Homebase to buy paint, a quick trip to the Range or a long day of Antique shopping… we love it! So here are some of the pieces I have picked up so far! photo 1(27) First up is this beautiful antique washed wood wall rack. L chose this whilst we were looking round one of our local antique shops and I think we are going to hang it in our utility room. We are going for a cottagey/vintage/country home sort of look so this will be perfect! Whilst shopping with Annie on holiday last summer I picked up this basket, which is perfect for storing drinks in (wine) and these cute pots/glasses. I love to keep things like these on my dressing table to store little bits in/just to look pretty (“collect dust” as L would say!) And then we have one of my favourite purchases so far, which is this hexagonal mirror from the Range! It was only like £7 and I absolutely love it! It is so different, and will be going on my bathroom wall. Annie also bought this and sprayed it copper, which looks amazing too, but I personally prefer it as just wood!

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Okay so I have issues with buying bedding/blankets, I think its because I just like napping/being so comfy! L chose this Catherine Lansfield stag/checked bedding and I chose the blue floral set from Homebase! L hates floral stuff, so this way we have compromised and we can alternate (/L never changes the bedding so I will just keep putting floral stuff on). I also picked up this checked throw (hey… can you tell me liked checked stuff?!) from the Range for about £15! It is super soft and cosy, so this will be going on the sofa in our lounge. There is nothing better than chilling in a nice soft throw in the evening with the fire on! photo 3(16)

Last weekend I picked up this herringbone lightshade from the Range (we are slightly addicted to the Range!) for £15. I find light-shades really difficult to pick, but this natural one will go perfectly in our lounge, as we are going for cream/brown walls and then checked curtains! Whilst shopping with L in some independent little home ware shops I also picked up this Bee cushion! I don’t know why I like it so much, as Bees scare me (/anything that might fly into and then live in my hair) but I love it! And then for Christmas I got L this stag candle from TKMaxx! He wanted a stags head for the wall, but they are a million pounds and they scare me a bit so he got this instead… unlucky for him!

So there is my house inspo so far! Although a lot of it is from random shops or isn’t available I love looking for inspiration from other peoples style so wanted to share mine with you! Let me know what you think, or if you have any amazing ideas for us! Now it is starting to be nicer weather, we will start sharing some crafts with you guys too as L doesn’t let me paint inside (I might be slightly messy…) #twolittleowls

A Mini Weekend Haul

A: Okay so I was a little bored and took myself shopping to TK Maxx (our favourite shop ever) today! I was good and didn’t buy too much stuff that I don’t need with money that could definitely be spent on more useful things, but here’s what I did get!

Firstly, this really cute top. I love tops with detail on the back, and this keyhole cut out and ‘v’ shaped split are super cute. Plus I love the vintage print. It’ll be perfect with a navy skirt, tights and boots – or with some skinny jeans. It was £12.99, and fits beautifully.

Another top with detailing on the back, but this one has buttons – another look I can’t refuse. It has such a summery floral print and I love the scalloped hem too. I’m really hankering after some high waisted skinnes for the summer (shock horror, jeans are not something which feature in my wardrobe), and they would look perfect with this and some vans for a dressed down look. This was £6.99 – bargain!

I am well aware that these trousers look hideous, but I really don’t care because I love them. I’m a massive fan of palazzo pants for summer but these have a split in the side of both legs. I’m definitely going to have to tack the splits at my knee or a little higher though cause the split actually doesn’t stop until it gets to the waistband…could quite easily lose any dignity I have left whilst wearing these. They sit just right on my hips though and are super flattering, which is always a winner for me. These were £12.99 and I plan on teaming them with a fitted black tshirt and a statement necklace.

Lastly this cute tray and candle. I can never say no to a candle, especially an Orange Blossom scented one! And this tray was too adorable to not buy, especially for £3.99!!! I love the floral print on it and it’ll be perfect for taking tea and biscuits upstairs for breakfast In bed on the weekends 🙂

What have you guys been buying recently? #twolittleowls

 

Starter Stories: Home Sweet Home

AWe have recently been introduced to Compassand decided to join in on their Starter Stories blog post project about our first homes, the ways we have made them our own and our DIY triumphs. Chloe and I have both been wanting to write a post like this for a while, as we have both recently ventured onto the housing ladder and bought our first homes. My boyfriend and I actually moved into our house two years ago, and have been decorating and making it our own ever since. We still have so much to do – living in a DIY project whilst both working full time is neither a quick or easy task to take on, but we are getting there and we are both really happy with the changes we have made so far. When we moved in, our house was perfectly functional, but we (I!) felt the need to really make it our own but I’ve actually found it really hard to decide on themes and colours for each room. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to stuff like this, and I have put way too much pressure on myself to get everything right but I’ve also been worried that once a room is finished, I’ll change my mind within six months and want to redecorate… I do have a habit of that. To get around this, our bedroom is very simply decorated, with cream walls and a cream blind and curtain voiles – after getting rid of the horrible floral wallpaper obviously.





This means that I can change the bedding whenever I like, and it will still coordinate with the rest of the room. At the moment, this is my favourite bedding….



I love the spring colours in it and the vintage florals – and it goes perfectly with the throw my nanny knitted for me. One of my favourite features in our bedroom is my jewellery storage.

I’ve always struggled to store my jewellery – maybe this is something to do with the copious amount I have, but I came up with this idea and finished the project in just a day! You can see the full blog post about how to make these jewellery hangers by clicking here



Moving onto our living area, this is one of our finished rooms. My boyfriend is a plasterer, and although he is very good at his job, it is sometimes hard work to get him to do decorating jobs at home. But when he does plaster at home, he always wants to show off his skills – understandable. So he created these arches above the fire place, and also bought me this beautiful Moroccan lampshade for a birthday; which made me decide to continue with this theme.

This kitchen and second living area is an on going project. The fireplace was actually only replastered a few weeks ago, and my boyfriend also built an area to store logs (having a woodburner as our main source of heat is a very lovely but very messy experience). We are yet to attach a handmade door, but the addition of the tiny alcoves are one of my favourite things in our home. My boyfriend knows how much I love to light candles, and tea lights in jars look so pretty tucked away in here. 



This has also been one of my favourite projects, and something I enjoyed doing because of it’s history. This set of Victorian drawers was my Granny’s, and a little worse for wear when it arrived at my house. But after sanding, painting and some cute new handles I think it looks lovely. And Granny Kath would certainly be proud I think!

Lastly, I wanted to share some of my favourite trinkets with you. Chloe and I love to go to antique fairs, charity shops, flea markets and junk shops because we both love a bargain, and anything that is unusual, old and vintage. I think it’s these extras that make a house a home, and of course a pair of fat, lazy cats. 



I hope you enjoyed having an insight to our home – and I’d love see some of your favourite features in your own homes? #twolittleowls

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!!

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