Meet The Tech Monday featuring Sanita Ozolina…

MEET THE TECH MONDAY

Howdy lovelies…

It’s that time again for another dose of Meet The Tech. A fun feature where we make room on the virtual sofa for an aspiring or professional nail artist to tell us more about their experiences in the industry so far! This week we have the lovely Sanita Ozolina with us chatting about life as a nail tech, including sharing some pics to be proud of!

Don’t forget, if you’re a UK based Nail Tech (or training to become one) then *CLICK HERE* to get yourself over to the Nail Tech Chat & Support UK Facebook Group where you can meet oodles of new nail buddies, pick up a wealth of insider knowledge & chatter with a wide variety of like-minded techs – including some of the UK’s top educators too!

Anyway, that’s enough from me… are you sitting comfy? Then let’s get started…

Sanita

Name:

Sanita Ozolina

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Age:

30

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Are you mobile, home working or salon based?

Salon based

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What training have you undertaken or are intending to take?

I have completed gel beginner course, lady glam nail art course, e-file course, hard gel fading, gel polish application and design, just gel course( gel sculpting and reverse French),One stroke Level1, currently undertaking gel to acrylic course to learn basic acrylics.

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What nail brands do you enjoy using & why?

I use Mosaic and Naba. I love Mosaic as they have good range of gels and I was trained with them in my beginner course. I adapted to Naba during my just gel course and I am taking training with Naba acrylics. Both are high quality brands with reasonable prices and long lasting results.

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How long have you been involved in the industry?

I started my training March 2016. Before that I had training in classic manicure and pedicure as part of my Beauty Therapy studies. Actively have started to work just around month ago.

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Do you offer any other services other than nails?

I do offer some beauty treatments, but my mine focus at the moment is towards nail industry.

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Where do you get ideas for upcoming nail designs?

I go on free workshops when I have a chance, and see what others share in groups and their pages.

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What is your most memorable or favourite set? 

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I think it was my first completed set of my gel beginners course, that made me proud and my teacher as well.

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What has been your least favourite set and why? 

Hard to tell which has been my least favourite set, as I kind of love them all.

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However, this is my least favourite set, it is gel polish. Why? Because I think I can do better than this

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Are there any nail pro’s that inspire you?

I get my inspiration from Zsuszana Varga and Chrissie Pearce.

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How do you deal with difficult clients?

I always try to be polite and do my best to satisfy them.

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How do you keep yourself motivated during quiet times or tough days?

As I am in transition between jobs and work in 2 places at the moment, I do not have too much free time, but I try to use quiet periods to practice and improve my skills.

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What do you find is the most challenging thing about being a nail tech?

Being responsible for your own time and income and dealing with difficult clients, as well as last minute cancellations and no shows challenge.

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How do you cope with business competition?

I simply am what I am and always do my best.

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Are there any aspects of your skills you’d like improve on?

Product application, structure and shape.

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What current trends are your clients loving?

Simple designs with full block color and a slight accent on nails.

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What are your interests outside of nails?

My amazing kids and my professional development.

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What advice would you give to others thinking about starting off in the nail industry?

If you feel that it is what you want, go for it! I didn’t had confidence that I will love it as I hated to work with normal nail varnish, but I am glad my friend encouraged me to give it a try as she saw my potential of becoming great nail tech and I am thankful for that.

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What social media links can we find you on?

Facebook and linkedin

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A huge thanks to the lovely Sanita for taking part in Meet The Tech Monday… be sure to pop by her social media pages to check out her fantastic work or why not take a moment to say a quick howdy in the comments below. As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Changes…

Change

 

Hello, Howdy, Bonjour…

Wow, what a sabbatical it has been!  And yes, I’m having major blogging withdrawal symptoms *sigh* In fact, if you’d have told me 6 months ago that I’d be taking a 60-day break from blogging I’d have laughed merrily and told you to catch a grip… you all know how damn addicted I am to my scribing. But it’s been so so SO worth it as there’s been so many exciting things happening over the last number of weeks that I’ve needed to prioritise… but all will be a bit clearer very soon.  However, in the process of recent events I’ve discovered a few home truths:

 

Cherry Bakewells are not considered part of your ‘five a day’ *sigh*

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Ticking the tiniest tasks of a To-Do list is so satisfying that you start writing things like ‘Wake Up’ & ‘make more tea’.

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I go through more post it notes in one day than toilet roll in a week.

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2 am is most definitely my EUREKA hour.

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I’ve developed a keen skill for looking interested when in fact I’m making mental notes about something completely irrelevant.

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Wearing odd socks is absolutely okay – wearing odd shoes is not.

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Cats make the best company… they listen but don’t interrupt with a reply.

Toilet trips are utterly inconvenient.

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Time is of no meaning when I stray onto YouTube.

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A mason jar full of jelly babies looks super cute on my desk… however consuming vast quantities of orange ones because they may be ‘nutritionally beneficial’ is not an acceptable excuse.

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Anyways, what have I missed? How have you all been? Is everyone keeping well? For those that have been so supportive throughout my break, – thank you! The subscriber count continues to grow daily & I promise to get round to all your recent emails & comments very shortly. In the meantime, you may begin to notice a few new changes with the blog and social media, especially over the next number of weeks… all positive and exciting and I’ll be keeping y’all updated as I go! Don’t worry – more info to follow 🙂

Don’t forget to say a quick hello! It’s been a while  X

Cheerio Chums…

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Confessions 2016/2017 (tag)

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When I first started blogging (quite a few years ago) I remember the flood of tag’s that were always on the go. I adored reading them and getting to know my blog buddies through a wide range of fun questions… then somehow they disappeared into the virtual void & I rarely spotted them again – until now that is.

Needless to say the gorgeous Sarah from Sarah’s Cup Of Beauty, tagged me recently and so akin to my retro blogging ways I just had to roll up my sleeves and give it a go – particularly when as the word ‘Confession’ is involved 😉  Anyways, if you’ve a few minutes to spare or fancy giving this a go yourself then get comfy and keep reading…

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Describe your 2016 in 3 words

Surprising, transformative, eventful

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Write the name of 2 people that have characterised your 2016.

My husband, Steve. No matter what, he never fails to support whatever I do. Most definitely a huge part of the driving force behind my goals ❤

My daughter, Emma, who makes me feel so incredibly blessed to be a mama.

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Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016

Hmmm, that’s a good question – honestly, I’d have to say smoked salted-chilli chicken with noodles. It’s amazing! Nom 🙂

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Write the event which marked you most in 2016.

The decline of my health. When chronic illness hit me I felt utterly isolated in so many ways, particularly being so young. Thankfully keeping my focus on goals (that I can achieve) really has helped me to get through each day with an aim in mind.

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Write the finest purchase you’ve made in 2016, and if you want link a photo.

My nail practice hand. Sounds utterly bizarre, but with so many new nail products on the market it gives me a chance to test them all out on something that is such a great help. Definitely a worth while investment for any nail tech J

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Write 3 good intentions for 2017

1. Be as active as possible without letting chronic pain terrify me into exclusion.

2. Work on some really exciting projects.

3. Spend as much quality time with my family as possible – they come first and foremost!

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Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017

Considering that I’m absolutely terrified of flying I won’t be going very far…. As much as I dream of visiting the United States one day, it feels like it may never happen – unless I manage to overcome my fears! For now, it might just be the local beach…. having said that it’s pretty darn beautiful so no major grumbles here. The weather could be a bit nicer for it though!

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Write 1 plate of food you’d like to eat in 2017.

My Christmas dins – yep, sounds bizarre so early in the year but if I make it to Christmas and spend it with those that mean the most then I’m as happy as can be!

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Here are the tag rules:

1. Mention the creator of the TAG.

2. Use the image that you find in this article.

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3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you.

4. Answer the questions.

5. Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

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And the nominations are….

YOU!

Okay so I might be a bit of a rule breaker.. but without tagging a heap of my blog buddies I thought I’d leave this one open for the any of you lovely lot to attempt.

Feel free to use my main image (very top) or you can use the one above that has been supplied by the original poster.

Don’t forget to give me a mention so I can check out yours too, I’d love to read your answers!

A huge ‘thank you’ to the lovely Sarah over at Sarah’s Cup Of Beauty for nominating me… do pop over and say a huge hello, she’s super friendly!

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As always, whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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2017 Goals… Bring It On!

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Firstly it has to be said… Happy New Year folks!

As much as I hate starting off with what you’ve probably seen COUNTLESS times on social media the past few days, it’s still customary to wish virtually every person you come into contact with a joyful start (to what’s often referred to as) ‘the new chapter’. Oddly enough I’m a bit of a weirdo when it comes to the ‘new chapter’ thing – in fact, I’d prefer a whole ‘new book’ instead. I tend to live my life in volumes rather than chapters, so it seems much more exciting starting a whole new book that just another page; but that’s coming straight from the mouth (or keyboard) of a self-confessed stationery addict, who has more notebooks under her roof than socks, knickers and bras combined. Shameful? Not at all… who needs undies anyways 😉

However, one thing I do appreciate is setting goals. I’m done with the ‘resolutions’ as quite often (in fact, every time) I don’t manage to stick to them. There’s NEVER been a year I can look back on and say “Ahhh I kicked the ass clean outta my New Years Resolutions… I’ve lost weight, bought a house, kicked my fizzy drink habit…” blah blah blah… you get the drift. So instead of setting resolutions, this year, I’m setting goals instead.

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Now you may be questioning ‘what’s the difference between resolutions & goals?’. Well, I was pondering that very same thing a few days ago and came to no conclusive answer either… apart from resolutions being something we tend to do from the word go. For example, waking up on the 1st January and not consuming one droplet of fizzy stuff or emptying the house of all choccies & insisting the diet starts today. Goals, however, are more gentle… they comfort you by being something you’re reaching for. You may be still consuming Fanta next Friday but by mid-March who knows? You see? Much more gentle, right? I’ll just pretend you’re nodding rather than rolling your eyes of course.

SO – in honour of loving a fresh start (just as much as I adore packing away a living room full of Christmas dust collectors) here’s my GOALS for the next 12 months…

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GET HEALTHY – How utterly original huh? But it has to be said, I think we’re all on the boat to Health-Ville come 1st January. Usually, the all-inclusive trip lasts for a few weeks (a month if we’re really persistent) BUT like I say this is a goal, NOT a resolution, so maybe by July I’ll be enjoying bountiful bowls of rocket drizzled in some obscure skinny sauce that tastes like out-dated lemon juice. However, swapping a Tunnocks Mallow for a dry slice of Ryvita is out of the question girls.

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BE MORE ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA – I say this almost every year (as with getting healthy and it seems to be having the opposite effect). I’m STILL not getting the whole Instagram thing. The rush hasn’t hit, nor has the desire to post pictures of random items for no solid reason other than gaining a few new followers. Is it just me or am I the only user that see’s it this way? Hmm, maybe my new phone will change all that considering the camera is super-duper fabulous compared to my last little pensioner iPhone 4. Maybe I’m not using the filters enough? Or hash-tagging the contents of the Oxford dictionary. I’ll carefully revise these methods and report back. Actually, come to think of it I need to be more active in general – let’s cut the bull and include this in all areas of life. Much better.

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WORK ON A SCHEDULE – Ever since I’ve been lumbered with the aches and pains of a 109-year-old, my schedule has gone to pot. In fact, on my worse days, I couldn’t even tell you what day of the week it is let alone what I’m supposed to be doing or where I’m supposed to be going. However, having invested in a fancy-schmancy organiser (that I’m slightly obsessed with) I’m determined to stay grounded and make a rude finger gesture to my Fibro, Arthritis, Lupus or whatever the feck they think it is *rolls eyes*

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DRINK MORE WATER – Here we are back at the consumption stage again. As you can tell I have a slight ‘problem’ with anything that’s not carbonated, however, that being said I’m trialling squashes mixed with fizzy water – which I feel is a MAAHOOOSIVE step for me. These people that love water (and make such a blatant show of it by carrying their Evian bottles round like a Michael Kors clutch) fill me with a sense of curiosity. Are they REALLY enjoying the taste of nothingness OR is it simply a health-conscious fashion accessory? Perhaps it’s psychological trickery of the mind to feel healthier? The jury’s still out, but damn it I’m determined to actually somehow kick my fizzy habit… and waft about with my own little bottle of Evian one of these days – but with the goal of actually drinking the contents of course 😉

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KEEP ABOVE IN PLAIN SIGHT – I always think that writing a New Years’ blog post is more than enough to keep me topped up in enthusiasm, but when the comments trail off and the memory fades, quite often so does the desire to keep the goals alive. So with that in mind, these will be appearing on bill boards (aka the fridge & bedroom mirror) located throughout the Confetti & Curves HQ. Just to remind me what the heck I’m actually aiming for.

We’ve got this girls 😉

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Are you making any New Years Goals? What would you like to achieve in 2017? Let me know in the comments below – who knows, I may even extend my above list through the adopted inspiration of others!

HAPPY NEW YEAR CHUMS!!!

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Why It’s OKAY To Take A Blogging Break…

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A few months ago, the thought of taking a short break from blogging left me riddled with guilt. For over two years I’ve poured my heart and soul into rolling up my sleeves to scribe (what I hope are) engaging blog posts, edit creatively styled photographs & have spent countless hours banging an impatient fist on my desk at the painstaking task of video editing – trust me my poor hand has came off so much worse than my videos usually did *sigh*

However a few weeks ago I was faced with the dilemma of either taking a short-term blogging break or running myself into some sort form of breakdown… considering I’ve already more grey hairs than I can shake a Garnier bottle at I decided on an extended blog holiday instead! So I slipped myself into the background to get a whole host of things tied up, rearranged, planned and not to mention the ongoing health battles that are forever a pain in my existence. Little did I know I was slowly but surely burning myself out… in fact, it TOOK a blogging break for me to realise just how much I pressure I was putting on myself without even realising it.

As much as I initially wandered the floors with a cloud of guilt looming over my head, after a few days I loosened up and slowly began to busy myself with all the things that have been cluttering up my to do list. One thing I will say, is that although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my blogging break I have reeeeeally missed my online community of blog buddies. It’s great to be back but for anyone who’s currently mulling over the prospect of a blogging break here’s a few reasons why you shouldn’t hold back or let guilt deny you a virtual jolly hol…

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1) Time to simmer your creative juices.

Regardless of how much of a super-human blogger you may seem, just like any mere mortal we’re not pre-programmed with an abundant flow of creativity. Writers block and running out of steam can end up making your blog lack it’s orignal sparkle. So if you feel you’re losing your mojo then it’s time to step away for the keyboard until you’re ready to bedazzle your audience once again!

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2) Get some life order.

Like a bazillion other bloggers out there I can’t just spend my days glued to the laptop screen conjuring up my next batch of posts – as much as I’d want to of course! I’m a mum, a wife, I have family commitments, my health etc etc. We ALL have ‘stuff’ outside of the virtual realms – a vacay really helps to focus on getting that other ‘stuff’ done without the pangs of guilt from not hitting the ‘publish’ button. It also enabled ME to see the busiest external areas in my life and work my blogging around my other commitments.

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3) Helps reassess your blog path.

Hmm, this sounds a little deep, however, it’s true. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been really assessing where I want to go with my blog and what I want to do with it. Right now I’m in the throws of organising a mass of stuff for Liquid Glamour, planning for college refresher courses next year, as well as testing a variety of new products I’ve been sent. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE blogging but I feel it needs to reflect & tie in with exactly where I am in life at the moment. People change, evolve, move on etc. I adore Confetti & Curves dearly but my blogging break helped me consider important things like rebranding and how to move forward with content that’s a little more relevant to my present circumstances.

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4) Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Just because you step away from your blog for a while doesn’t mean you stop thinking about it all together, in fact, for me, it had the completely opposite effect. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to wondering if indeed it was getting any views, comments or if it had just disappeared into the blogosphere with a stat count emptier that a chocolate advent calendar on boxing day. I’ve built such great friendships throughout my blogging journey – it’s amazing just how much you miss the community and what a great feel it is stepping back into the arena from a short break. There’s nothing that warms the heart more that the ‘Welcome Back!!’ messages when logging on for a chat – it’s food for the soul!

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5) YOU time.

It’s so easy to forget the one thing that makes a blog the thriving little corner of the internet that it is – YOU. You take a break from school, work and even just a holiday from life in general so why not the same for your blog? Blogging can be bizarrely addictive but if we’re not careful it’s easy to get sucked into a routine of churning out post-after-post. A break from blogging & social media can be just as refreshing as a holiday itself and can really help you evaluate if the amount of effort you’re pouring into your blog works with your lifestyle. Thankfully for me, blogging is simply a hobby – it’s not a means of income or a full time job. However, IF that was the case my uniform would probably be a pair of pj’s and slipper socks… now there’s a life goal to aim for hehe 😉

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Have you thought about taking a blogging break? Maybe it’s something you’ve done in the past? Are you a blogger that often feels guilty about taking time away from your blog? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below.

Ps: Oh and one last thing – GEE I’VE MISSED YOU GUYS!!! 😀 

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Cheerio Chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Rachel from Hey It’s Rach…

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Hey Beauty Buddies…

3 MORE SLEEPS *ahhhhhhhh* Yes, I’m literally powered by merriment at the moment. I have to say reading all your fantastic comments on yesterday’s post Christmas Eve Pamper Essentials had me both giggling and cooing… Anne, I totally get your ability to say bottoms up once too often, hehe, and Kaily what a memory giving little Gabriel his first cup of hot chocolate. You’s have me topped up with Christmas spirit and festive excitement! If you haven’t already checked the post out then get over there and join in the chatter, such a treat reading what you guys love to do on Christmas Eve 😀

Talking of excitement and merriment I have a fabulous blog buddy of mine to introduce y’all too today… it’s the lovely Rachel from Hey It’s Rach. If you’re in need of a cheering up or just fancy a great chatter with a friendly face then visiting Rachel’s blog is just the ticket. She’s super supportive, encouraging and a true inspiration with her natural ability to sprinkle a hefty dose of positivity. If there’s one thing you do today, take a trip over to Rachel’s online haven, hit that follow button & say a huge hello 🙂 I’m pretty sure you’ll adore her every bit as much as I do!

Anyways enough from me… grab your hot chocolate chums & curl up on your comfiest chair as we take a peek Behind The Blog with Rach…

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

Fun, Inspiration, Humor, Variety, & Kindness

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What inspired you to start blogging?

If you ever meet me, I am naturally an extremely chatty, yet relatively distracted kind of person. I almost always have something to say, and I don’t really care when or where I say it. This actually got worse for me whenever I lived in Europe, partially because I was rarely communicating in English (fun fact, I’m fluent in French), and partially because I was in a completely new location that I was so overwhelmed. My blog then developed out of a need to focus, find a way to communicate with myself and others in my native tongue, which is something you do not realize you miss until you cannot use it. And that is how my original blog Fashionista Rachel started while I was living abroad. Once I returned to the States, and I started an Internship with a small startup fashion company (where I gained a lot of my Photoshop skills). I realized that Fashionista Rachel says nothing about who I truly am at all, and I decided to merge that blog with my current blog. Since that time, blogging has become my little side hobby on top of schoolwork, and now work-work (yikes). It’s really just a way for me to keep my mind calm and relax me, which is probably why I have stuck with it for so long.

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

 I was thinking about a name for my blog for probably a good 3 or 4 months before I finally settled on Hey It’s Rach! What actually happened was one day after I left my sister a voicemail she calls me back and asks me why I always start my voicemails by saying “Hey It’s Rach” because my sister clearly knows who she is speaking to, and that was when I decided that had to be my blog title. It was simple, it was fun, and it is something that I already said all the time so incorporating it into my blog and videos is a piece of cake.

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

I think everyone suffers from Blogger’s Block at one moment or another. Sometimes its because I am so stressed out that I cannot even think about what post or video I want to make next, sometimes it is because I actually cannot get excited enough to film a video or write a post about something I have been using. What I do in either of these cases is I just start reading other bloggers posts, and talking to the people around me to figure out what I could potentially write about. Honestly, the people I surround myself with inspire most of my ideas.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

This is honestly such a tough question because every time I learn something new, I am extremely proud of myself, and I feel that I am always improving and learning new things, which is one of many reasons why I started my blog in the first place. But, I think for me, the moment that I was most proud of myself was when I filmed my first ever Haul video, which also happened to be my first video ever. Getting in front of that camera and talking to no one was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do because I felt like I was really throwing myself out there. Although I feel like I film things VERY differently now, you can just tell how excited I was to be filming as I am talking a mile a minute, and my voice is extremely high pitched in the video. Watching it now, you can really see how much I have learned over the past year. If you want to watch that video, click here. You will be very amused.

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Eclectic, but I love a great Rocker Chic look. Most of my wardrobe is actually black, white & red with a little bit of blue mixed in. If you want to know a typical outfit for me, I generally wear high-waisted jeans (my favourite pair is acid wash), with my black lace-up booties, a plaid shirt with a black tank underneath, or a really cool band tee, paired with a scarf, some gold jewellery, and my black leather jacket, which I will probably wear almost every day in the coming months.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

The NYX Super Skinny Marker is probably the darkest, blackest liquid liner pen that you will EVER wear, and I’m obsessed. Also, The Laura Geller Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey is probably the most gorgeous highlighter I have ever owned it is gold, but not so gold that it makes your face look gold whenever your skin is as fair as mine. Finally, my Urban Decay Matte Lipstick in BlackMail is probably one of the most gorgeous colors I have ever seen. It is extremely dark, almost to that it is black, but when you get close enough you can see that it is a deep purple. The formulation of the lipstick is gorgeous, and it isn’t drying on the lips like many other matte lipsticks. Although I haven’t been able to really wear it much in the summer, I expect to be breaking it out quite a bit this fall.

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

First, I will make a cup of tea. As I have an entire bin full of tea, it’s difficult to pick just one variety, but one of my favorites is definitely African Solstice by Tea Forte. It has such a relaxing, and unique scent that just smelling it slowly lifts the stress away. Then I will probably make some sort of junk food, like nachos or bagel bites, which are both awful for you. If I’m not feeling the super junky food, I make popcorn. Then I sit and catch up on trashy TV, like the Bachelor, America’s Next Top Model, or Say Yes to the Dress.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Four words: Netflix, junk food, friends. That is all I need to keep me happy.

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What do you do to relax?

My favourite way to relax is to take a nice, long shower at the end of the day. I feel like it just melts the stress away, and I find it as a kind of symbol for washing all of the figurative and literal dirt and grime that you have had to deal with throughout the day. Being physically clean has a way of cleaning the mind. It truly is awesome.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

One of my really bad habits is probably talking too much, mainly out of nervousness. Talking people’s ears off is unfortunately the best way that my brain processes information. Once you get to know me though, you get extremely used to it, and most people just understand it is my way of going through information. I always just tell people that if I’m speaking too much, let me know. If someone points it out, I’m never offended because it is a personality trait that I’m well aware of and am learning how to control. On top of that, I love anything cheesy, and since I am moderately lactose-intolerant, it always ends badly. I still eat the food anyways, but my friends always wonder why I still eat it if it gives me a stomach-ache. I guess I must suffer for something I love.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Waking up on Christmas morning at like 5 AM, going into my sister’s room and waking her up, then playing with our toys (only the unwrapped ones) and drinking hot chocolate until we were allowed to wake up our parents at 7 AM. Nowadays,  I still wake up at 5 AM, but my sister will not allow me to wake her up until after I wake up Mom and Dad. I guess you could say that even though I’m 22, I’m still a 5 year old at heart!

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What was your favourite school subject?

This one is easy. I loved choir growing up. I was actually in a choir from 5th grade up through my sophomore year of college. Singing and music have been so much a part of my life that I started theatre just because there was an opportunity to sing, which eventually led to me becoming one of the leads in my high school musical. Choir and theatre actually helped me gain a lot of confidence that have made me the woman I am today.

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What’s your dream job?

Honestly, this is a tough one since I just graduated college three months ago, and I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up (although I do now have my first real big girl job). All I know is that if the opportunity arose that Hey It’s Rach! and my YouTube channel could become my full-time job, I would say yes in a heartbeat. Not because I want to be in the public eye, as I like anonymity and privacy, but because of what I can do in the public eye. I really want to be able to shape people’s lives in positive ways and be a role model to young people out there. I know many people out there are not nearly as blessed as I am to have such a wonderful and supportive family in my life that if I can share that love and support with someone else who needs it, I would be more than happy to be that person for them. Overall, I just want to make positive change in the world.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I hope to continue to be surrounded by the love of my family and friends, as they really are my world and I would be lost without them. I’m not sure where I see myself career wise because for me that isn’t that important. I just hope Hey It’s Rach! is still alive and kicking.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Make a positive change in someone else’s life

Return to France and travel all over the country

Meet Ed Sheeran and sing with him (although I might be crying to much to actually sing)

Record a music album

Finally Learn to play the guitar that has been sitting in the corner of my room for years

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Graduating college is hands down my biggest achievement so far. Those four years challenged me so much in not just classwork, but who I was as a person. If I ever met myself on my first day of college (or even a year ago) I probably wouldn’t even recognize myself, as I feel I have changed that much. Not only did I have shifts in who is Rachel, on top of that I was studying, going to 8 AM classes, and passing final exams. How I ever did all of that at the same time and still come out in one piece, I may never know.

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Who inspires you?

My family. And if I had to pick one person within there who inspired me the most, it is definitely my older sister who is one of the smartest go-getters I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She has always known what she wanted, and she was never afraid to go get it and achieve it with flying colors. I would be an extreme different person without her influence in my life, partially due to the fact that when we were little if she did something, I wanted to do it too, and partially due to the fact that she is just such a strong person.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“When in doubt, dance out.” I have no idea who said it, or if I made it up myself, but I like to live myself by this mantra. You can’t stress yourself out in life, and you have to have fun with life. If you have a bad day, what do you do? You blast your favourite song in your room, and you dance and sing into a hairbrush. When you fall down, you turn it into the worm or some other breakdancing move. There is no point in living life worrying. We have all been put on this planet for a reason, and there is always a greater purpose in life, so if you don’t know what to do, and life hands you lemons, you throw them in the air, and then wave your hands around like you just don’t care.

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

Honestly, just go for it. You have nothing to lose. Whenever I started my blog over a year ago, I never expected to still be doing it today, as I am one of those people that change their mind like I change my clothes. I never expected my blog to be like my favourite pair of yoga pants: I never want to take them off or get rid of them. It is now a staple in my life, and you will eventually find your rhythm with it.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea

 

Coke or Pepsi = Coke, although I don’t drink pop anymore

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super Organized. My mind isn’t organized, so my life has to be.

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = PUPPY HANDS DOWN

 

Night In or Night Out = Night In

 

Heels or Flats = Heels

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lipstick

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Rocker Chick

 

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

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Contact Rach:

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/TheRachizzle11
Wordpress: http://www.heyitsrach.com
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cranerk

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Behind The Blog featuring Thistles and Whistles…

Thistles And Whistles

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The official count down to the big day has begun *excited air punch* have you’s all sent your letters off to Santa Claus yet? Or like me, is your list still continuously growing? Thankfully I’ve his email address so he’s used with getting a few new shopping links every couple of days… all thanks to my WordPress news feed of course 😉

Talking of which… some of you may not already know but although Confetti & Curves celebrated it’s 1st birthday back in October I’ve actually been blogging long before that, in fact I’ve had two previous blogs. Unfortunately I fell out of love with both of them. Oddly enough much as I adore the topic of ‘books & writing’ blogging about it is an entirely different ball game… just because you love something doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be any good at blogging about it – as I quickly came to realise! However although I don’t continue to blog about books or the process of writing them, that doesn’t mean to say it stops me from enjoying keeping up with those who do. So today I’d like to introduce y’all to the talented gal behind the beautiful Thistles & Whistles.

Although she’d prefer to remain anonymous, don’t be mislead into thinking her fantastic book & inspirational lifestyle blog doesn’t contain any personality. In fact it’s sprinkled with character & dusted with charm. So why not step out and add a little something different to your news feed, if anything Thistle’s & Whistles will certainly inspire you to curl up on your comfiest chair with a great read – and what could be better on these chilly winter evenings?

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

Bookish conversations and finding inspiration.

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I was a huge food blog reader many years ago; I would constantly look at recipes and read the personal stories attached to each recipe created. It was so inspiring to see how brave those bloggers were to put bits and pieces of their personal lives out there. Finally, about 3 years ago, I decided to take the plunge when I started my first blog on Blogspot which I then abandoned after 3 posts. A year later after that failure, Thistles and Whistles was born.

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

Funny story. Two years ago, when I was doing my Masters in Media and Communication, we were required to start our own blogs to practice writing. Since my first blog was already on Blogspot, I thought I would revive that and use it but our teacher insisted we all use WordPress. Everyone signed up with their own names and I was the only one who refused to do so because I wanted to maintain my privacy. However, no names were coming to me and since this was a class assignment and time was running out, I was panicking and a bit desperate. And then Eureka! I don’t know how but the name Thistles and Whistles just randomly popped into my head. I had never heard of it before, I didn’t know what it meant, it just came to me and it felt right somehow. And I decided to go with it.

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

All the time. I mean literally all the time. I have these huge slumps where I don’t want to even look at my blog anymore but after weeks (or sometimes months!), I’ll remind myself that I am the happiest when I write and that if I don’t go through with this, I’ll always regret giving up too soon. Reminding myself why I started it in the first place always helps me get back on the horse. And reading other blogger posts and responses always gives me the motivation and the instant gratification helps me keep going! 🙂

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What’s your favourite post to date?
I have a couple of them but I want to share the post I wrote called It’s All in the Mind which reflects how I have tried to change the inner dialogues that I keep having with myself.

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Very casual; I prefer leggings, fitted tops, flats and minimal jewellery. I also love wearing dresses so you’ll always find me in either of the two.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

I’m a huge minimalist when it comes to make up,  but I always admire make up on others. From the little that I do use on a regular basis, the top 3 beauty items definitely have to be:

Patanjali Coconut Oil – Love it, recommend it. Coconut oil serves so many purposes and I sometimes use it as a body and hair moisturizer, even as a lip balm, for oil pulling, as part of a natural toothpaste and of course even for cooking. 😉 This particular brand doesn’t have a very overpowering coconut-ty smell which is perfect.

Himalaya Kajal stick – It’s herbal and I always wear it when I go out.

Kenzo Red Lipstick – I just love the color red!
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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

Although I now avoid it, I used to love having a have a cup of hot sweet black tea when I came home tired. It’s so soothing. Apart from that, reading, watching comedy videos on YouTube and sleeping (haha!) are really great stress busters for me.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

I’m normally a quiet homebody on the weekends but if I had to idealize a perfect Saturday night, it would involve going to the beach with a few of my good friends, just sitting there till the sun rose and then going off to breakfast somewhere. 🙂

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What do you do to relax?

I put on some old Bollywood music, put on a lavender scented candle, and either close my eyes and sing along or read a book.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I really need to work more on my planning skills. I start too many things at once, don’t get myself organized and eventually end up giving up on my goals too soon. Also, I procrastinate a lot until the idea becomes redundant.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

My dad always encouraged me to read, read, read and write, write, write. It didn’t matter what I wrote as long as I was consistently doing it. I would write short stories, letters et cetera on an old-fashioned typewriter (we also had a computer but it was a different feeling writing on the typewriter!) and my dad would send them to the local children’s magazines. It was the best feeling when my stuff would get published and the proud look on my parents’ faces was priceless. 🙂

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What was your favourite school subject?

English! I was average at everything else but really good in English.

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What’s your dream job?
I would love to write features and articles for magazines and have my own regular column.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I envision myself having the best level of health and fitness that I’ve ever had in my whole life. I also see myself being my own boss, i.e. being the owner of a small business that brings me joy. I can see myself travelling to a lot of places and speaking a couple of new languages. I can also visualize myself getting published in one form or the other (articles, stories et cetera.)

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Achieving optimum health and fitness

Learning French

Running a 5K

Starting my own small business

Travelling.

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Getting on the permanent path of improving my health and fitness in a naturopathic way since 2010. I still have some way to go, but the journey has been very successful and rewarding so far! 🙂

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Who inspires you?

I wish there was one person who I could attribute my inspiration to but I don’t have just one. Lately I have been getting inspired by so many people – family, friends, bloggers, YouTubers, writers, motivational speakers, leadership coaches, fitness experts, health and nutrition gurus, each one of them have been teaching me valuable lessons that I didn’t know before and I find that there is always so much more to absorb from everyone when you open your eyes to different possibilities.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

This too shall pass.

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

  1. Plan, Plan, Plan – Something I am guilty of not doing very often but trying to be more diligent about. Planning is key before starting any blog. Write down your mission, vision and goals for the blog. Where do your blog to be in the next year? How do you plan on achieving these goals? Write down all your ideas in a notebook.
  2. Find your niche – Don’t get into something that you find everyone else doing. Start blogging about something you personally love and can see yourself continue writing about even 10 years down the line even if it’s something as uncommon as writing about plumbing or something. (Just an example!) Don’t worry, there are plenty of people who will share your interests.
  3. Get chatty – Network with other bloggers and be supportive. Blogging is all about sharing your ideas and opinions with your fellow peers, learn from them and to cheer each other on! It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea

 

Coke or Pepsi = Neither

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super Organized

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute kitten

Night In or Night Out = Night In

 

Heels or Flats = Flats

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip Stick

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop Princess

 

Paperback or E-book = Both; Paperback because it’s old-fashioned and comforting and E-book because it’s convenient!

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Contact Thistles & Whistles:

Blog: www.thistlesandwhistles.wordpress.com
Email:
thistlesandwhistles@hotmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thistlesandwhistles

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/thistlesandwhistles

Bloglovin’: www.bloglovin.com/thistlesandwhistles
Twitter:
@this_whis

Instagram: @this_whis

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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