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Blogmas 2014 Day 17 – Favourite Christmas Photos

Favourite Christmas photos

Here’s a few of Annie’s favourites from the past few years…

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A party with my family, my mum and I all dressed up and my Auntie Mandy looking super glam.

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Our nephew was so excited about Christmas, so we gave him one of his presents early on Christmas eve – a Buzz Lightyear costume!

And a photo of my boyfriend when we had a Jamaican themed Boxing Day, and my cousins thought he’d look better with false lashes and lipstick. It worryingly suited him!

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And one from this year, my boyfriend and I at the Winter Wonderland in Nottingham sipping on mulled wine 🙂

We’d love to see some of your favourite festive photos! #twolittleowlsblog

OOTD: parkers, vintage scarves and glittery jumpers

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Parker: George at Asda

Jumper: Primark

Skirt: New Look

Boots: TK Maxx

Scarf: Vintage

Necklace: Vintage

A: This is a usual everyday look for me for this time of year. You will never see me in a pair of trousers (unless they are pyjamas), skirts and dress are so much comfier. I love this tartan one because it can be worn with pretty much anything, like a glittery jumper! The scarf works perfectly because it brings a bit of colour to the outfit, and my cameo necklace is one I wear all the time. Plus this coat is so so cosy, with its massive hood and faux fur linging – it makes me so happy! I actually bought it last year and I was so excited to get it out this year.

What’re your fave ootd’s for this time of year?

OOTD: raiding your nanny’s wardrobe

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Dress: Vintage

Coat: Vintage

Shoes: New Look

C: I have always loved vintage, so when my beautiful nanny was having a clear out I obviously got first pick of the goodies (plus they don’t fit anyone else… what a shame). The dress and coat are AMAZING! They fit perfectly, and although I am not normally a dressy up sort of person during the day, I would totally wear this to a Christmas party. I was so pleased with these photos – Annie’s photography skills obvs – that I took them round to show my nanny and she was super excited that we were using her clothes! So crack on and make your nanny’s (and your wardrobes) happy, have a little looksie into those old closets and see if you can find some gems!

A: This is such an unusual look for Chloe, but I adore it. Normally she’s kicking around in her Doc Martens (see here!), but she looks so elegant and sophisticated in this outfit (say whattt?!). Her Nanny has SUCH a beautiful taste in clothes, and they fit Chloe perfectly. She is so lucky! And back in the day, clothes were made to be flattering – and this coat and dress really are. The beautiful beading on the dress is still in prefect condition, and the fabric looks brand new. Plus the coat is beyond amazing. We were pretty pleased with how these pictures turned and, and we are both convinced that it’s a result of THE coat (no offence Chloe). Sometimes, vintage just works in such a beautiful way!

What do you think to Chloe’s ootd? #twolittleowls

 

Vinted Christmas Wishlist

A & C: Christmas is one of our most favourite times of the year, and we love nothing more than shopping at Christmas – so when the lovely team at Vinted asked us to put together a wishlist from their catalogue, we jumped at the chance! Vinted is a fantastic app and website which offers an endless array of fashion and accessory choices from one base. Annie recently reviewed the app, so click here for the full lowdown. So let’s get on to our wishlists!

A:

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Fedora Hat – £8.00

I’ve been after one of these for AGES, and I really love the shape of this one, plus its black so can be worn with pretty much the whole of my wardrobe!

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Next Owl Boot Toppers £6.90 + P&P

Heheheheh I probably wouldn’t buy these for myself, but I couldn’t not include them and if someone bought them for me as a present I would love them! Owl boot toppers for Two Little Owls? Amazing. I probably wouldn’t wear these with anything other than wellies, but they would look great with them so totally worth it. Originally priced at £15, another bargain!

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French Connection Gold Sequin £33.50 + P&P

This is PERFECT for Christmas. I love tunic/swing shape dresses (they hide the lumpy bits I don’t want people to see). And this one is beyond beautiful. I love it so much, and it would look great for a Christmas party, or even to wear on Christmas day! Originally £120, and this isn’t brand new, but if you’re looking for a bargain designer dress this is ideal.

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New Look Tartan Cape £16 + P&P

I have been on the look out for a tartan cape for ages now, and I love the colours in this one. Chloe has a monochrome one which suits her perfectly (click here to see it!), and I love to steal it from time to time but the colours just don’t suit me. This is definitely on my Christmas list though!

C:

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Urban Outfitters Tie-Dye Camisole Dress £25 + P&P

I love tie dye and I love dresses… so as soon as I saw this I knew I had to add it to my wish list! I would wear this with tights, ankle boots and my vintage leather jacket for a Christmas party.

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BooHoo Christmas Jumper £9

A Christmas wish list wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas jumper now would it?! I always wear one on Christmas day, and for £9 this is an absolute bargain! Definitely going on my Christmas list.

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Miss Selfridge Gold Metallic Skirt £15

I am in love with this! It is so perfect for a Christmas party, the gold pattern makes it super festive! The skater style also suits me, as it goes in at the waist. For any of you curvy ladies like me, this would be perfect for giving you that hourglass shape!

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Miss Selfridge Sheer Pink, Encrusted Collar Blouse £28

I picked this as I thought it would look amazing with the gold skirt! I love wearing skater skirts with a sheer blouse tucked in. The collar is also beautiful and adds even more bling to the outfit (you can never have too much!)

Have you guys ever used Vinted? It is such a good way to get a bargain! Let us know what you think of our wish lists! #twolittleowls

OOTD: matching your dress to your hair

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Dress: H&M
Boots: TK Maxx
Jewellery: Vintage and stolen from Chloe

A: I LOVE this dress. I bought it one day when I was hunting for something to wear for an evening out with friends, and actually spotted it first in the shirt version. I loved the pattern but the shape just wasn’t right on me, so when I found the same fabric in a swing dress I took it straight to the till. Swing dresses are so fun to wear, they are comfy (and super handy when you’re going out for a massive meal, somewhere to disguise the food baby), and look good on most shapes. I particularly like wearing them because although I’ve got a few lumpy bits, I don’t have a curvy figure and am I little conscious of my lack of chest. This is flattering though, in the best kind of way. And don’t worry, I do realise that it is the same colour as my hair, for some reason I am always drawn to ginger clothes. No idea why cause they don’t always look good (there is such a thing as too much ginger ya know!). This kind of works though (I think??) because of the gorgeous 60’s tile print – which goes perfectly with the swing shape. I love anything vintage, and I think this really carries the retro vibe. The pleating on the back is such a lovely detail too! And it is super wearable, dress it up with heels and a jacket for a night out, or with flats and a cosy cardi for daytime.

C: To me this dress completely sums up Annies style; comfortable, vintage and different. It perfectly suits Annies figure (this shape looks amazing on most, apart from those with all the lady lumps like me, it would look like I was wearing a bin bag) and is perfect for this time of year. You could layer this up with a knitted cardi for day time, or a leather jacket for going out. Plus… it’s ginger. Annies ginger. Perfect combo.

What do you think to Annie’s OOTD? #twolittleowlsblog

A Review: Autumn Nails ft. Oriflame

A: We had the pleasure of meeting the lovely members of the Oriflame team at the #bloggersfestival back in September and they had such an amazing range of their make-up with them. Oriflame was established in 1967 – so they know a thing or two about the beauty world. Their nail polish collection ‘The ONE Long Wear Polish’ really caught our attention, from the amazing choice of colours to the beautiful packaging – and we were lucky enough to be sent some samples to try*!

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Because the weather has suddenly turned very Autumnal, whilst sitting in front of a roaring fire with a hot chocolate in my pj’s, it only felt right to prep my nails for the cold days ahead – and this gorgeous Ruby Rouge is perfect. The photos really don’t do this polish justice, but it is really hard to pick up it’s glossy berry tones with a picture – you will have to trust me on this one!

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Firstly, the pigmentation is amazing. This was after two coats, but the second coat only makes it darker – if you prefer the lighter ‘pinkish’ colour then one coat is opaque enough.  Application is super super easy. The brushes are such a lovely shape and fit to the shape of your nail bed really well. I’ve tried a lot of other polishes which advertise a brush which is the shape of your nail – but these are the best by far.

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I also used some cute gems which we were sent from Born Pretty Store (we’ve mentioned them before on our blog here – they have an amazing range of nail art accessories!). These may be better and stand out more on a paler nail but I love them so much because of their iridescent sparkliness – they will be perfect for Halloween/Christmas nails! We will be featuring these again very soon, but in the mean time you can find the Born Pretty Store here.

We will be reviewing the other colours – Tiramisu and Breeze Blue, very soon so keep following! Click here to see Oriflame’s website – they really do have a beautiful range of products, and you can view their catalogue online too!

What are you perfect Autumn nails? #twolittleowls

*Although we were given this item to review, all views and opinions are our own and unbiased.

Annie’s London Lush Haul

A: As you know, Chloe and I had a little trip to London a couple of weeks ago to attend the #bloggersfestival – and we seeked out Lush on Regent Street because it’s one of our favourite shops.

Firstly, the staff were so lovely – we know this is a standard Lush procedure but they really were. They are always super helpful and recommend all sorts of lovely products to you. Here’s what I went for:

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The Comforter – Bubble Bar 

“Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world. This bar is supersized, so you’ll only need to crumble half a bar under your tap to make enough bubbles for a long, comforting soak. Cassis absolute gives a distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note.”

I went for the classic Comforter Bubble Bar – I had been walking around London all weekend and I was super excited to get home, have a cup of tea and a nice bath, and what better way to finish off a weekend than with a Lush bath. As you can see, I didn’t even have time to take a photo before I used it (soz, I was way too excited). I hadn’t actually tried this before and Chloe suggested I give it a go, I’m so happy she did because it really is lovely. It smells beautiful and makes your bath super pink, whilst making your skin feel super soft and luxurious. The ‘ribena berry’ scent stays with you for ages and the bubble factor is pretty impressive too – which is always a bonus in my book. These are £4.50 but you can get at least two uses, maybe more, out of one.

Ultrabland – Cleanser

“Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin’s natural defences. Smooth over the face, any dirt will cling to the cream and you can remove it with a warm damp cloth or cotton wool. “

A cult classic, but something I haven’t ever tried before. I’ve been using the Benefit They’re Real eyeliner which can be a little tricky to remove so Chloe recommended this cause she said it removes her They’re Real Mascara really well (I know, she should go work for Lush). I have only used it a few times so far, and I have found it to be a little greasy but I am going to persevere. It does leave my skin looking and feeling visibly clear and clean but the morning after, I have woken up an oily/greasy t-zone – which is not something that I normally wake up with. This is £6.95 for the small pot.

Mint Julips Lip Scrub

“A gentle lip scrub with more than a hint of mint humbug about it. Turn chapped lips into mint-choc chip lips: warming peppermint and sweet vanilla combine with real sugar crystals give your lips (and tastebuds) a service, leaving them primed for smooth lipstick application. As soon as you gently rub Mint Julips on your lips, you’ll feel its invigorating peppermint oil tingling away while the sugar crystals buff away any flaky skin.”

Chloe and I both bought one of these, but she went for a different flavour (is that the right word? it smells good enough to eat so we will go with that). With the weather turning a little cooler, chapped lips are on the horizon – but this should deter them. It smells like After Eights too, which is always a reminder of Christmas and chocolate treats (can you tell I’m excited for winter?). I can’t wait to use this, so I will be letting you know what I think in a review as soon as I can. It’s priced at £5.50 and although it’s a small pot, but I think it will last a while.

What are you holy grail Lush products? #twolittleowls

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