Monday, 14 April 2014

Gym and Juice

 Woops! I seem to have been abducted into TV land again while working on my latest job. I'm with BBC3 for 6 weeks, and the first 2 weeks have absolutely flown in. Which is great, however there seems to be not enough hours in the day and days in the week for me to do all the things I want to do.  The perks of having a semi long contract (6 weeks, I know... may not seem like long for most people but for me it is!) are definitely a guaranteed pay day every friday, and having weekends off. The downside is I am super tired, all day every day, and my poor wee blog and newly found gym routine seems to have been neglected. 

The scales in my house are broken, which has sort of been a blessing in disguise because I would weigh myself every other day and obsess about the number on the display screen. I've really needed to break out of this habit for a while now, and I feel a lot better for it. I feel like I am 'listening' to my body and focusing on how I feel and how my clothes sit on me instead. I used to swear by My Fitness Pal, but it also stressed me out a bit - logging all my calories and freaking out if I went 30 over my daily recommended intake. Instead, I am eating 3 meals a day and only eating healthy snacks in between when hunger strikes. Oh, and I'm also not denying myself chocolate or a little treat every now and again. I definitely don't feel like this relaxed approach has made me pile any pounds on, so when I do get back to the gym I will weigh myself out of curiosity and see what the past month has done to me weight wise.

Anyway, I did not mean to start this post on a bit of a rant/downer, but I hope other people can relate to how I feel, and how it feels to see others making a lot of progress with their fitness and body goals while you feel like you're up a creek without a paddle. This time last month I was off to such a good start! So I'm not gonna let this dip put me off. The last few times I did go to the gym a couple of weeks ago I decided to mix up my usual protein shake routine with post workout juices instead. Currys kindly sent me a Phillips Juicer as part of their Juiced Up campaign, and sent me on my merry way to make the perfect workout drink.

I was randomly given this juice book a few months ago on my last job, and rather intrigued at the juice detox's etc I kept a few pages bookmarked with the intention of looking into them further. Now with a juicer on my kitchen counter I didn't really have an excuse not to get to work! There are a lot of vegetable based juices, but I decided to break myself in easily with a rather fruity concoction called the Peak Performer.

One thing I will say, all the fruit for the recipe wasn't cheap! I spent around £8 in Tesco getting the above, but I think if this were to become a regular thing I would definitely stock up at my local green grocers, rather than the expensive convenience of a Tesco Metro. When I saw it all plated up, I thought how the hell am I going to consume all of this?

Alas, the juicer was amazing! So easy to set up for use and clean afterwards, and it literally blitzed the fruits whole. It was strangely satisfying watching each piece of fruit get blitzed haha. The only thing I had to cut up were the apples so they fit down the top of the juicer. But it literally whizzed up everything - stalks, stems and seeds included. I don't know why I initially had a smoothie consistency in my head (come on Ayden, this is a JUICER after all) and all the pulp left from the fruit was squished into a little compartment at the bottom of the machine.

This is how much juice my recipe made. Definitely enough for two large glasses or three small ones, so you could stagger drinking them throughout the day, or make a couple of days worth at the one time. Now I understand why proper juice companies charge so much for a weeks plan. It did taste absolutely delicious and satisfyingly guilt free. I think next time I will be a little more adventurous and try one of the more vegetable based recipes. With my first juice made I headed over to my local Virgin Active gym with a visitors pass to try out a CXWORKS class. It was pretty tough and focused on tightening and toning your core muscles. It was nice to visit a different gym for a change, and I've found out that my own gym does this class too so I will definitely give it another go. I am more of a classes person rather than the bog standard gym, but maybe this will change as I start to make more focused goals and understand what sort exercises I want to focus on for my body.

A few of my blogging friends including Ruth have been digging the juicing recently. What do you think about it? Is it something you would try at home if you had the right tools?

Monday, 7 April 2014

Little april shower

A couple of weekends ago my lovely friend Sally came to visit from London for the weekend. We had tickets for Fall Out Boy on the Saturday night at the Hydro, so I wanted to spend the rest of the weekend giving her a super quick tour of Glasgow. Sally does the same job as me but down in London, so we always manage to have a good gossip about work (and boys, and unicorns... all the usual stuff really)

Last time Sally and I saw each other was during my London trip in October, and I definitely need to do that again this year. Some of the highlights from that trip were Drink Shop & Do with Sally and Chloe, Spitalfields Market with Erin, epic hotel room gin drinking with Matt, Dim Sum with Max, and all the wandering around the shops that I did on my lonesome during the days (WAH Nails, Lauduree, Drop Dead, Liberty, the list goes on...) London is a dangerous place to spend your wages! Not to mention The Harry Potter Studio Tour. Oh my days, I would do that again in a heartbeat. Next time I'm down I've got my eye on taking the Muggle Tours which I spied on the Hotel Direct events calendar. It is a tour of Harry Potter film locations around London, and sounds right up my street. I wish we had more stuff like that up here :( But I'm a proud Glasgow Girl and I was still determined to give my London sweetheart a weekend to remember!

Glasgow was rainy for Sally's arrival, but not surprised with that weather to be honest! I like that the days are getting longer - well, it's lighter into the evening. Reassuring sign that summer is on its way.  We went to the Cathouse on the friday night for lots of drinking and dancing, and on Saturday before the gig I took Sally to my local BBQ joint, Buddys. It's only a 10 min walk away so we braved the showers and took a stroll. The odd thing about the weather at this time of year (especially in Scotland) is that it can be raining one minute, then sun bursting through the clouds the next. I love wrapping up cosy, but still want to feel colourful and able to strip the layers off if I need to.

Jacket: Fred Perry
Snood: Zalando
Dress: Zalando
Bag: Mulberry
Shoes: Dr Marten at Cloggs

This is probably my best attempt at cross seasonal dressing. Thick tights and these new (and surprisingly comfy) Dr Martens shoes, along with a waterproof raincoat and snood. The dress from Zalando was actually quite thick, almost a velvet like material so quite warm even though it doesn't look it! Oh, and I may have dyed my hair pink :) I used crazy colour so after a couple of weeks it has faded to a pastel pink now, which I am quite enjoying. Any tips for dressing between seasons? I absolutely hate getting caught out, and can be a very grumpy lady if I'm out and about but too hot or too cold (and wet feet too, bloody awful)

We got some well earned burgers and poutine at Buddys, and if my memory serves me right had to go home for a nap before the gig because we were so stuffed! Fall Out Boy were brilliant and we spent the concert dancing away, reliving our youth :) On sunday Sally had to catch the train home at 3pm, so we went into the city centre for a wander around the shops and some lunch. I was very sad to wave this lady goodbye.

London and Glasgow, have you been to either city? What are your favourite things to do in both? I'm a total home bird but wondering if my career will maybe take me to London one day (and knowing my luck, I'll take the rain clouds down with me) Watch this space ;) ♥

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Getting back on the wagon

Ahh exercise and healthy eating... I have missed you my old friend! To be honest I feel like a bit of a hypocrite sitting writing this post when I've just had an ice lolly for dinner, but my time back on the wagon had been great until I came down with the cold at the weekend (and ironically feel like my whole body is on fire) I also got my inner arm tattooed on sunday, so these two combined are leaving me feeling a little worse for wear. But hopefully by this weekend I'll be on top form again and can continue with my best of intentions.

After all the luxuries and laziness of Christmas and New Year were well out the way I was determined to start again with the healthy lifestyle I seemed to live for the bulk of last year. I struggled for weeks to find the motivation, and wish it had been as easy as pushing a 'start' button. One morning I decided to weigh myself, and saw that I had put on the half a stone that I worked so hard to loose last year. That was it! Enough to flip me into action and get the ball rolling.

I was approached by Quorn to become one of their new Ambassadors, which was a lovely surprise as I have been using their meat free products a lot in my cooking over the past 6 months in an aim to get more protein in my diet (and also take a break each week from real meat which is slightly more fatty and calorific) I am by no means a vegetarian, but I will pop a link up to my first post for Quorn once it is live over on their blog, so you can have a read and see some of my reasons for using a meat free alternative at least once a week.


Quorn very kindly gave me a donation towards my fitness goals, which meant I could finally take the plunge and join my loyal gym! This is the first time I have been a gym member in over 3 years, but went to boot camp and did a bit of running in between. I joined the Glasgow Life Gym which means I have access to classes and the swimming pool as well as the gym for £31 a month. Managed to bag a cheeky wee BBC discount on my membership too. I got a colourful new Ripcurl bag from Spartoo to use as my new gym bag, and next on the list is to update my sports attire as my current stuff is looking a bit sad. Where can I buy some pretty new work out gear from you guyssss?

The Ripcurl bag is pretty big and comfortably fits my whole gym kit (which is handy if I'm coming straight from work) plus a towel, deodorant, water bottle and protein shaker. I have been using the chocolate impact whey protein from Myprotein mixed with milk straight after my workout. It is genuinely the nicest and most drinkable of all protein shakes I've tried so far, and tastes just like chocolate milkshake! I'm not normally too adventurous with this sort of thing but would quite like to try some of the other flavours which they do. I'm a bit clueless at the moment when it comes to protein shakes and post workout juices so would love to hear your experiences and advice!

You may have heard me mention about my Jawbone UP on the blog before. It was out of action for ages because I lost the charger (doh) and only recently discovered you could buy a replacement on the website for £6! So my old faithful has returned, and I literally wear this little gadget morning, noon and through the night.

This clever little piece of kit plugs into your phone via the headphone jack and sync's up with its very own app.

The motion sensors inside the band track your sleeping patterns during the night, your movement throughout the day, and can also sync up with other apps such as My Fitness Pal to track your food. A closer look at the daily steps shows me how far I have walked each day, calories burned, and a steps goal (which you can set to whatever you please but I am currently at the recommended level for my age, weight etc)

I bought the Jawbone from the Apple Store, but I think Nike also do a similar band. It is quite addictive to use once you get into it, and the band vibrates if I have been sitting idle for too long so it is a good reminder for me to get up and about during the day and stretch my legs - even if I have been sitting in front of the computer all day.

Everything I have mentioned above has helped to kick start me back into a healthy lifestyle. I don't want any more fad diets or obsessing unhealthily over my weight. I want to make sensible and long term goals that are actually achievable, with the aim of feeling happy and healthy. If I loose some weight in the process then that would be great, but I am finished with letting the scales ruin my mood! I love food and hope that I can have a positive relationship with it, along with the addition of some regular exercise to keep my anxiety levels at bay too.

I'd love to hear your current fitness/food goals, stories or woes! It's reassuring to know that I'm not alone in my journey.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur.

It's been a while since I featured my favourite fuzzy boy on the blog, so I thought I'd spam you with kitty goodness and show you Dexters latest 'haul', his bamboo radiator bed from Swell Pets

Forgot these pictures featured a wee cameo from my flatmates cat (and Dexters BFF) Tinkerbell. She's a wee cutie! Dexter is quite a big boy so I was initially worried that he wouldn't fit in the bed, but he can lie there quite snug with his tail hanging out the other end. The soft padding inside gets nice and warm once the radiator has been on for a while, and it gets these two fighting over a place inside it. Dexter already has two normal cat beds which he never uses, to it's nice to see him going for a snooze somewhere that isn't my bed/ontop of my wardrobe/ontop of my freshly dried clothes! Fellow cat owners will know my pain with this one. And with a cat like Dexter as the warmer months are coming in... WHITE FLUFF EVERYWHERE!

Does your cat or dog like to sleep anywhere and everywhere that isn't their own bed?

P.S a baby photo of my baby cat thrown in for good measure!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Do blondes have more fun?

For years I asked myself that question, and upon becoming blonde in the past 6 months or so I think I've been having fun no matter what my hair colour is. Apart from the time I used Bleach Londons Rose and it lasted a grand total of 48 hours, that wasn't so fun. It took a while to gradually lighten my hair up to the current colour, and the upkeep of getting your roots dyed every 6 weeks (or in my case whenever I can nag my mumma-bear) is beginning to get a BIT boring. But it is distracting me from going crazy and chop it all off a la 2010 pixie cut. So we will see how long the blondeness lasts this year.

My Mum is a hairdresser by trade but spends most of her days now teaching and session styling for photoshoots. She does one day a week in a salon to keep her old clients ticking over, so I popped in the other weeks to get my roots done. My wee mammy dearest is also a bit of a master with the old hair extensions and wig making...

You can view more of my Mums portfolio on her website, but look at these insane creations she made for a shoot last year! I had some new Foxy Extensions I was looking to get cut into my own hair, so we sorted that while getting my roots done too. As great as most extensions can be out of the packet you really need to get them cut and almost 'tailored' into your own haircut so that they flow seamlessly, and avoid that obvious poker straight SHE'S WEARING HAIR EXTENSIONS look.

First up, my mum washed the extensions and put a toner on them just to tie them into my own colour a little bit more. That's the major risk you take when buying hair online rather than being able to colour match in person. That lovely ball of hair above was the total loss we got from washing, toning, brushing and drying - which my mum said is quite normal as even expensive hair extensions can be highly processed before they hit the shelves, so there is bound to be a bit of loss as we start to use and abuse them. But now all the hard work has been done I promise to treat them with the utmost of care.

I was super pleased with the final outcome and think my Mum did a great job. I wanted a bit of a wavy look because I was going out after these photos were taken, but I will be sure to post a picture soon of them in and just straightened normally. As I mentioned before, she cut them into my own hair shape so I have 4 layers that I need to put in in a specific order for them to really look their best. From the base of my head there is a row of 4, row of 4, row of 3 to the right hand side, row of 2 to the left and a final row of 2 at the top just under my fringe.

What are your experiences with hair extensions? I am enjoying these clip in's from Foxy because they're an easy and temporary solution to long hair lust ♥

Monday, 3 March 2014

Not all those who wander are lost.

Firstly, I have no idea where that last rogue post came from (it was an old one about my ipad I posted last year, which decided to show it's pretty face at the front of my blog again?) In case you think I've suffered a bit of a time warp and went back to my brown hair.

I guess this month has been a time warp for me after all. Full of highs and lows and it has left me in a bit of a strange place to be honest. I started on the second series of fill your house for channel four at the beginning of the month, and 4 weeks of 14 hour days didn't leave much time for me to do much else. I managed to cram in some nights out on my rare days off but amongst the madness blogging was really the last thing on my mind. Ever get that feeling where ever day is groundhog day and you're just drifting through rather than actually living in each moment? That's sort of how I've felt for the bulk of the month.

I've got a couple of weeks off now so lots of time to redeem myself and hopefully build my spirits back up and get into blogging again. So I apologise in advance for coming across as a little deflated in this post. Thank you for sticking by me too even though I'm not the most regular blogger on the planet. Feel like I've lost my way at the moment, so any feedback on what you'd like to see from me on here would be greatly appreciated! So, here is a massive sum up of what February held for me! Warning, it's picture heavy :)

I attended an event at Snugglemuffin in Glasgow for lots of lovely tea and awesome cakes! Here's me and Amanda with some cupcakes we decorated.

My faves were the pink champagne cocktails (which tasted just like melted fab ice lollies) the chocolate covered strawberries and the smores brownies. Cocktails and cake are a sure fire way to this girls heart :)

On the same evening I also got my nails done at Rainbow Rooms. I'm a total sucker for a french mani, and couldn't resist a little sparkly fade feature nail.

Just before I started on the channel four job I had a night at the Hydro with my Gran for the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour. I wasn't a massive follower of the show but it was still a very entertaining night. My Gran had a lot of fun too which was lovely to see. She doesn't get night outs like this very often so it was a total joy to treat her.

First week on the job, out and about sourcing materials I popped by my Mums for lunch one day and ended up playing with my sisters dream phone. I never had one myself so I was chuffed that my Mum got a hold of one for her. I spent the rest of the afternoon calling up hot boys of course ;)

Another few days into the job entailed of visiting some of the big scrap yards in Glasgow (you will see why when the show comes on telly this year) It did remind me of the film The Brave Little Toaster. And I got to wear a super cool hard hat and high vis waistcoat for the afternoon too! What an outfit post that would have made for haha.

The first weekend after I started work called for a big girlie night in! Grant came by for a drink before he went out, and Gary and his boyfriend sat in with us for a while too. Once all the boys had vacated we got the tunes on and the alco-pops on ice (classy birds)

Instead of relying on my macbook for music I had a loan of the Pioneer X-SMC11DAB speaker, and all I can say is that I WANT ONE. I never realised how much of a difference in sound there would be from a laptop, to a proper docking system like this. John is a sound engineer so he set it up all up for me and had a play around, and was impressed too. My iphone 5 fit in the dock, which meant I was able to put Spotify on shuffle all night - which made for some hilarious music choices and we danced the night away to mostly 90's and early 00's pop, think Spice Girls, Britney and Christina Aguilera.

The night was full of hilarity and we ended up getting my flatmates unicorn head down for the bookcase and having a dance around with it (he made it when we were at uni... and lets face it what is life without a giant unicorn head) We went to bed at 5am and it was one of those nights where there are many videos and pictures that shall never see the light of day. The speaker also had a CD player and radio built in too, so it was quite nice enjoying it for a couple more days after the party. I love getting music on when I'm tidying up, cooking, or going for a shower. Definitely need to put one of these on my 25th birthday wishlist.

A slightly more sober weekend was to be had after the party, and Kyle treated me to a day of snowboarding up north! I was feeling quite stressed with work at this point so it was great to get away for the day with no phone signal and brush some of the cobwebs away.

I'm getting my roots done tomorrow, but boredom struck a couple of weeks ago and I ended up using Rose from Bleach London to give my hair a pastel pink tinge. This is how it turned out, and it literally washed out the next day. I know it is only meant to last between 2-10 washes but I was still slightly disappointed with the staying power. At least it didn't stain my hair in the slightest! How have you got on using any of their dyes?

I popped my Pinto cherry one lunch time at work before we started filming, and holy crap it was amazing! I'm not a huge fan of mexican or spicy food but the burrito I got was SO GOOD (even though it doesn't take the prettiest food porn picture)

I had the saturday off the weekend of valentines day, and was treated to this lovely parcel from F&F. 
OKAY I admit this picture is missing a huge pink hotel chocolat lollypop which was beautifully decorated, but I was naughty and gobbled it up before I got a chance to take the photos.

I got to use my lovely Soap and Glory glow lotion, lipgloss and Essie nail varnish on my date night with John that saturday (oh, and maybe the pretty new underwear set too! Can't believe Tesco have gorgeous sets like this) We went for a drink at Firebird in the west end then to Butchershop Bar and Grill for some epic steaks.

More cocktails at the Butchershop, and then dat steak. Oh my! It was brilliant.

We came a home a bit tipsy and proceeded to pull Dexter in for some selfies. He was less than impressed!

Back to work on sunday for a last minute push to prep for filming on the monday. Here's me with my super talented boss and production designer Laurel.

The week of filming was pretty intense, but it was a great job with a fantastic team and I felt very lucky to be back working alongside such a talented bunch of individuals. Very sad to wave goodbye to Max, Lee and Charis at the end of the week. But you might be seeing more from them sooner rather than later ;) My lips are sealed!

My first day off after filming I spent with John, and we went for a long walk in the south side which ended up in a bit of a pub crawl followed by dinner at Buddys. Another meat induced coma, no wonder I've not lost any weight this month with the amount of food that's been consumed.

The day after I finished up with channel four I ended up doing a comedy pilot with STV for a couple of days, and then my job last week and this week got cancelled :( Which I think turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I was running on empty by the end of the month and didn't realise how much I have needed some time to myself. I met up with Jenn for breakfast the first day I was completely finished with all my telly work, and she borrowed some of my snowboarding stuff for her trip to Switzerland this year. Super jealous! Although I have done lots of snowboarding in scotland I have never been abroad to do it. This definitely needs to change.

After a hearty breakfast of pancakes, bacon and maple syrup I headed into Glasgow to get tattooed. I'm trying to fill some of the gaps on my right arm and got this one on my forearm. A little one for my Mum, who is the biggest source of strength and inspiration in my life ♥ This week I am going to get another gap filled with something for my Dad. Watch this space!

Haha this post is going on for everrrr. Nearly done, I promise. Friday was Dexters 2nd birthday, which he celebrated by watching me doing my accounts, followed by some sleeping and eating of dreamies. It's a hard life eh?

On saturday I went into town to get my nails and eyebrows done, which ended up being a complete disaster. I won't name and shame the company on here but if you follow me on instagram (@hellorogue) you can see the photos and what happened. I bought some new clothes in town which felt so strange after I had been paid because I've not bought myself anything new in absolutely ages. Typical when you have some money to spend you go looking and hardly see anything you want to buy. On saturday night Uncle Greig and his girlfriend Anita came over for dinner, then me and Emma went out for an evening of drinking and dancing. We ended up bumping into Kyle so he came back to mine and stayed with us too. I was in fine spirits when I woke up on sunday morning, until I went out to the car to find this...

My car has been hit, again! After getting the back end fixed only a month ago, I can't believe another driver has rammed into my car and not bothered to stop and leave their details. It really makes me loose my faith and think that there are no honest people out there :( The parking is tight in my street, but I wasn't on a corner or anything so I have no idea how this happened. Currently waiting on a quote to get it fixed, but this is honestly the last thing I need right now. I know it's only a car, but it has been a pretty exhausting month with some personal struggles going on and I really wish this hadn't happened again.

But hey, that's life isn't it? When life gives you lemons, crack open the gin. I picked up my auntys dog murray on sunday afternoon so I've got him to keep me company this week, and have a few other nice bits and bobs planned to keep my spirits up until the next job comes along.

Well this has been the most eclectic and jam packed post ever, but now we are up to date with all of my goings on I promise that things shall get a bit more regular around here :) Remember to let me know what sort of stuff you'd like to see more of from me! And I'm always on twitter and instagram (links in the sidebar) so you can keep in touch via there too.

All the hugs!