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Sunday, 16 February 2014

This week #11 - Meerkats, Recommend me a Book & A Question.

This week has been one of those nothing-really-happened weeks. Sometimes I wish I had the kind of life where traveling the world and hitting up lots of fun parties was the norm. But mostly I'm comfortable with things exactly how they are. I think we all need some time to, well, not do very much at all. That was this week for me.

I scheduled posts for the week last weekend so I had no excuses not to be working on my university assignment and I've really missed reading through my bloglovin' feed and replying to comments. I did get my assignment finished though thank goodness, although I needed a few late nights and emergency gin! ;)


I was lucky enough to win Rachel's giveaway and I was so so excited when a parcel with lots of goodies from all the way from across the world fell through my letterbox at the beginning of last week. I adore this make up bag so much and I've already stuffed it full of my everyday essentials. I'm really looking forward to trying out the blush from Canmake, the colours look stunning and they're exactly the kind of shades I love to wear.

And this little notebook has already been adopted as a place for me to write down all things blog related, it's the perfect size for always having close by. There were so many other lovely things inside that I'm also really excited for - thank you so much, Rachel!


We had to buy home insurance (boring!) but to make it a little more fun we compared the meerkat and a few weeks later little Oleg arrived on our doorstep. Seriously, cutest freakin' thing ever! I think all boring purchases should come with something as cute as this!



This wouldn't usually be my kind of song, but it's so catchy I've been singing it all week and I'm not tired of it yet. It was officially released at midnight and Sam seems like such a nice guy that it's nice to see him doing so well.


For the rest of the weekend I'm going to catch up with some of the the Winter Olympics (I'm in awe of all people who can do amazing things on slippery snow when I can barely stand on solid ground!) and start a new book. I'm torn between Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Have you read either? Which would you recommend?

As a little thank you to you for always being so lovely I'm planning a little make up & beauty giveaway. Would you prefer to win a few pretty things from the drugstore or one higher end product? I'm not sure which to go for!

Are you having a lovely weekend? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

90 comments:

  1. Aaw, I love the prizes you received! The makeup bag is so sweet. I really like the little illustrations :) Eep, I think I'd prefer a few drugstore bits and bobs but I'm sure we'll all love whatever you choose! How exciting :) <3 xxx

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  2. Dear Jennie :)

    sounds like the perfect week to me and congratulations for getting your university assignment finished on time!

    Little Oleg and the make up bag are so cute! :)
    I also won a give away from a drugstore in Germany this week, which I had totally forgotten about and was gifted with some nice bath salts & oils and a jumping rope.

    As to your question regarding a give away: I'd prefer to win a few little things from a drugstore :)

    Enjoy your Sunday!

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    1. Aww that's a lovely prize to win <3 xo

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  3. That baby Oleg is SOOO cute! I'm tempted to renew my home insurance just to get him, is that sad? Not read either of those books before but I did once read something else by Neil Gaiman and really wasn't a fan, but I seem to be in the vast minority. Can't wait to hear your thoughts once you've read both of them. As for the giveaway, I'm all about the high end prizes that I couldn't justify for myself :) x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. Not at all, he's a cutie for sure! xo

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  4. Baby Oleg is ADORABLE! I agree, dull purchases should definitely come with cuddly toys. The world would be a happier place, imo! Xx

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  5. awww the baby meerkat is adorable, damn I wish my insurance was due lol. oooh do let me know about them books as my aim is to read more this year, just recharged my kindle, i have a big habut of buying books but not reading them. One book I recommend to you in The Princess Bride by William Goldman (have you seen the film?) its amazing, such a fairy tale with proncesses, giants, sword fighting but its sooo good, and exactly like the film, great read honest.

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    1. I absolutely will! I haven't but I'll check it out, it sounds amazing! xo

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  6. *at first I found his voice annoying, but I waited for the song to end and yes, it is catchy now. :D
    *your prize are amazing! I never win giveaways. someday..
    *I haven't read any of the books, but I heard a lot about them, so maybe you'll say what you think once you read them!?
    *about the giveaway, maybe just do with products you love and afford to do a giveaway with :)

    imeowlife. ,Dixx

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  7. i loved wonder i read it at the end of last year, its an easy read but really good!! :)
    I would love a few little things in a giveaway - ps how cute is oleg??!

    em @ lipsticklives.blogspot.com

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  8. That Meerkat is so adorable. Makes buying Insurance a little more bearable.
    I would love to win a piece of High End makeup but I would be happy to have the chance to win anything x
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  9. What a sweet post. I, too, enjoy a good relaxing week without much of an agenda - they can be so nice! I haven't read either of those books but I must check them out - they both sound quite good!

    Have a great day,
    Meghan xo

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    1. It's definitely nice to have some down time <3

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  10. Oleeeeg <3 Makes me want to buy home insurance just for his cute paws & ears haha x

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  11. I would love a drugstore giveaway (:
    Baby Oleg is THE cutest thing ever! :D

    Yuen @ The Craziest Paradigm - a 'lil bit of rust & stardust

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  12. Enjoy your prices Jennie c: I love meerkats, they
    are one of my favorite animals in the world! Long
    time ago on National Geographic I believe, there
    was a serie about a pack of meerkats :P Xx

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  13. Aww Oleg! My mum has amassed 7 meerkats for herself, and now myself, my brother and a family friend have 1 each from her (she originally had 10!) x

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    1. oh wow, that's really impressive! Xo

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  14. I haven't read either book but I've heard amazing things about Wonder - its defintiely on my TBR for this year! I'd love to hear what you think of it.
    I'm sure whatever you choose to giveaway will be appreciated, I'd just opt for a product or products that you personally love :) x

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    1. Ahh it's amazing, will definitely pop up a review soon! xo

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  15. What lovely prizes you got! Now I want a meerkat too, although I wouldn't know where to get it here in Portugal.
    X

    www.joanofjuly.com

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  16. I finished reading Stardust a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it :) x

    hepburnspixiecrop.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Looking forward to reading it! Xo

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  17. I'm definitely getting my car insurance with them so I can get Oleg :D
    Rosie x
    Every Word Handwritten

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  18. The makeup bag and notebook are so, so sweet looking! And Oleg is cuuuute :) I've read Stardust, I have to say it's one of the only times I can say that I preferred the film to the book!

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  19. That baby meerkat is the cutest! I am a big Gaiman fan, so I would definitely go for Stardust. It's one of my favourites of his!

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  20. ahhhhh! seeing everything in your hands all the way across the world is so so exciting :) i'm so glad everything arrived in one piece and that you're enjoying the makeup bag. i can't wait to hear what you think of everything, especially the blush which I think will look great on you. Oleg is adorable, i've never heard of it but i love his jammies!

    i'm sure i'd love anything you choose for the giveaway, but since i can't get hold of most UK drugstore gems here in hong kong, i'd say pretty things from the drugstore :)

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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    1. Thank you so much again lovely! I'm so excited to try everything! xo

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  21. Oooh I would read Wonder! I loved that book!

    In terms of the giveaway I would probably prefer a few little drugstore items. :)

    untitledandunfinished.wordpress.com

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  22. Home insurance comparison is such a drag! Glad you got something cute to show for it!

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    1. Made it that little bit better hehe xo

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  23. I would always recommend Neil Gaiman! Little Oleg is adorable--I'm sure you'll give him a good home :) Glad you got your essay finished btw! I don't miss those days :P

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    1. Ahh I bet you don't! I love learning, not so much love for essay writing! xo

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  24. I think any product you choose should just be ones you personally like - regardless of what they cost, it would mean more if it was something you could personally recommend :)

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

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    1. Ohh absolutely, it'll definitely be something I love! xxx

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  25. I definitely agree about needing to take the time to just relax and not have to do anything. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the craziness of schedules, to-do lists, and assignments (so happy to hear you finished yours by the way). Taking the time to enjoy the little things like your awesome new bag are wonderful ways to wind down after a busy week.

    Melanie
    Lace and Combat Boots | a life + style blog

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    1. It really is! Thank you lovely, I hope you had a relaxing weekend <3

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  26. That make up bag is really pretty! And that meerkat is just too cute, haha! :) I've read Stardust but I'm not sure if I would recommend it. I liked it but I didn't think it was amazing! I hope you enjoy it though!

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    1. I'm looking forward to giving it a go but I'm not sure I'm going to love it xo

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  27. Hi sweet! This makeup bag is adorable!!and also the little Oleg!!!<3 i would probably prefer a few things from the drugstore..thank youuu!!!
    Martina

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  28. oh <3 these stuff are so adorable <3 i wish i had some of these, actually!
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  29. Can you believe I haven't read anything by Neil Gaiman yet? I've heard nothing but good things about how books and his writing.
    Have an amazing day!
    http:sheseeksvictoria.wordpress.com

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    1. I haven't either, I think we're missing out hehe xo

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  30. I love love love when you post cute stuff, sometimes I end up ordering something and waiting for it happily for about a week :)

    Lots of love

    Maria

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  31. My baby Oleg is on his way, curtsey on my kittys pet insurance!

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  32. What a pretty set of prizes to win - that Canmake blusher looks so pretty! I really want to read Wonder: I keep seeing it in Tesco when I'm doing the shopping and want to buy it, but I'm trying to resist buying more new books at the moment, but I think I can feel my willpower running out...

    x

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    1. I highly recommend it, such a beautiful book! xo

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  33. I've read wonder eye and I loved every second, I completely and definitely recommend it!
    x

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  34. You won some lovely prizes! I've had a few lucky wins over the years :) x

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  35. Oh gosh the make-up bag is so incredibly sweet!

    Congratulations on finishing your assignment, hope this week is less stressful and more enjoyable for you, it's the least you deserve! <3 Can definitely relate to quiet weeks where not much happens, a lot of the time I go to work then spend evenings at home, tired and wondering if there is a world out there! But I agree sometimes it's necessary for this to happen, and sometimes can't be helped.

    Hope this year brings you all you dream of Jennie, you deserve it all and much more! xox

    Sophie <3

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    1. Aww thank you so much sweet lady <3

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  36. Aww Oleg does look pretty cute! Want to buy insurance now
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. hehe he definitely makes a boring purchase a little easier! Xo

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  37. The prizes are so adorable, love how everything is so pinky~ Good job on finishing those assignments, I'm always doing them last minute haha. I think either option for your giveaway would be awesome :)

    xx becky / star-violet.com

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  38. I'd definitely read Wonder, it's a beautiful book. Honestly I think it should be compulsory reading in schools. Quite possibly the best book I've read this year. Although I haven't read Stardust. I must get around to some Neil Gaiman soon. Hope you enjoy whichever one you choose.

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  39. I can't believe they are still giving away meerkats, but that little baby one is so cute!

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  40. Stardust is one of my favourite books I have ever read <3 Congrats on the giveaway. I need to sort out home insurance soon too. Boring.
    Love Jasmine
    Rabbitwood | beauty and lifestyle blog
    xo

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  41. hahaha that meerkat cracked me up!! what a hilarious little mascot, definitely makes boring adult things more fun. excited for your reviews on these books x

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  42. Baby Oleg soooo cute! Well done on getting your assignment done :) I would choose Wonder over Stardust, purely because I've seen the film Stardust but never heard of Wonder! Any giveaway would be wonderful but I think one high end product is lovely. x

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  43. I haven't read Stardust but Wonder is such a good book!

    Lauren | Bits and Bobs xx

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  44. That makeup bag is soo pretty! Baby oleg is adorable <3


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