London and Bristol

Merry Christmas everyone :) No matter where you are, or who you're with, or what you're doing today (and even if you don't celebrate this holiday at all) I hope you're all well and spending quality time with the people you love. However I know that's not always possible as so many people are working at this time of year too. I've spent christmas eve with some friends and boyfriend (yes... you heard it! ♥) christmas day with my mums side of the family and tomorrow I'll be going over to my dads for a boxing day lunch with him, my step mum, max and baby bump. Still cannot believe I'm going to be a sister again in 2012!

Aaaanyways, I feel like I have so many random pictures to share over the next wee while - blog meets, parcels, trip to the ballet, days out etc. I don't want them getting mega backdated, and showing you pics from my yummy christmas dinner (macbook resting on my food baby as I write this) in the middle of january. So be prepared for a few rather eclectic posts coming up. Thanks for your kind words about my new tattoos in the last post, they're healing nicely but I just can't bloody wait to get them finished on the 4th of january. Thought for this post I'd share some pictures from what I got up to last week in London and Bristol, so here goes :)


Dinner with Sally at The Diner on Carnaby Street! Sally is an absolute diamond, and an art department trooper for film and tv like myself. We started talking through twitter this year, exchanged amazing parcels at the start of the month and I was lucky enough to meet her when I went down to London.


She's like a long lost sister - and loves Hello Kitty, Unicorns and other sickeningly disgusting girly things even more than me. Utter legend :) Her blog is pretty awesome too, she made the most amazing star wars themed snowflakes for christmas. One talented lady I feel so very honoured to now call my friend. We went for dinner one night and a walk around the shops, and she took me to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland the next.


I went with Sally, two of her friends, another friend of hers who was actually on my Art Dept course! And another twitter friend of mines Matt (who I got to meet for the first time which was lovely too) and his art dept pal who was doing the course the days after we'd finished.





We ate donuts and bratwursts, went in the fun house, sang along to the christmas music and took lots of silly pictures. I didn't get to see much else of London while I was there unfortunately. My uncle stays in Forest Hill and my course was at Aldgate East so travel wise my journey worked out to be pretty straight forward. I did do something every evening, dinner, Hyde Park, and Blood Brothers at the theatre one night too but to be honest I was so exhausted every single day. I genuinely found it quite hard to keep up with the pace of London life, even just for a week! Convinced that time goes double quick there. I didn't enjoy the underground at all (Matt and co were laughing at me cause I kept calling it the subway - I'm from Glasgow okay! We have an inner and outer circle and thats it :p) So I did as much as I could for being tired at nights and spending all day working my wee art department brain :)

Friday came and it was time to travel to Bristol for the South West Blogger meet. Excited beyond words, I went to WAH Nails in the morning to give myself an early christmas present, set off on the train and met up with the ladies in Bristol. The next few photos are stolen from the blogs of Lyzi, Stephanie, Bee, Rosie and Joseph (thank you guys, I took my camera but never actually took any pictures, doh!) All of which I got to meet at the event, along with a load of other girls who were the best fun, and turned out to be my saving graces later on in the night (you all know who you are ♥) Bunch of legends to say the least!






My Street Chic held this wonderful event at Java in Bristol. Boo Hoo did an awesome fashion show for us, and there were goody bags and cocktails flowing :) It was a really buzzing night and everyone seemed really happy and excited to be there! It was great fun. Bristol was lovely, wish I'd gotten to see more of it but I especially liked the Motel shop just down from Java, was full of the most beauuutiful stuff. We headed back to the hotel at 11pm so a few of the girls could put their bags in etc before we went back out, and thats about the last thing I remember as I spent the next 12 hours after that lying on the bathroom floor and being sick constantly :( I literally have no recollection of what went on for those first 4 hours until I sobered up, all I can slightly remember is Bee hugging me from behind (brave girl haha) talking to me and making sure I was alright. Thank you to the rest of you who saw me in this rather embarassing position - and I am very glad to say that alcohol aside (I hadn't even had that much to drink to be honest) my awful state of being turned out to be severe food poisoning :( It just struck at the WORST possible time. 

I realised at about 8am that this was not a hangover, and the girls were amazing and phoned for an ambulance for me (under instruction of NHS 24) when I still wouldn't stop being sick and literally couldn't walk. I don't know what I would have done if you all weren't there, its too scary to think about :'( The paramedic gave me a drip at the hotel to try and hydrate me, and I got another one at the hospital along with blood tests and anti sickness medication. I can't mention this without saying how much of a legend Rosie was, coming with me to the hospital and being there by my side while I was being sick and crying like a big baby :( You're an amazing friend and I love you! And now that you've seen me in such a state that's us friends for life I'm afraid :p I got the all clear about 4ish when the results of my blood tests came back, and Rosie went for her train home. No spiked drink (thank goodness) or alcohol related illness, and I never realised how serious food poisoning could be but holy shit it floored me.

My uncle was pretty amazing to say the least, and drove all the way from London to pick me up. I spent the saturday night sleeping and still feeling absolutely awful, and went for my train home to Glasgow at 2pm on sunday. But of a whirlwind trip, and it didn't end the way I hoped. But it was all worth it as I got to meet some really amazing people and make so many new friends. I think I'd move down south for the people and Krispy Kreme... but that's about it ;) Was very glad to be standing outside a chilly Central Station in Glasgow at 7pm on sunday night waiting on a taxi home! This week has been busy, but still a lot more chilled (stress levels wise) 2011 has absolutely gubbed me, and I will be welcoming a new year and a new start with the most open of arms.

I don't start my new job until mid jan, and I've still got lots to update on here so I'll be back with another post soon :) If you read all that and were able to keep up, well done! Lots of love, and again, have a merry little Christmas,

Ayden x

Brighton Part 2 & other bits ♥

Can't believe it's taken me so long to get around to writing this post. I thought I'd have lots of leisurely time in London to blog, and write my christmas cards on the train etc (second time lucky) But boy was I wrong. Time seemed to go at double speed down there - no joke. I was back home before I knew it! I'll save my London and Bristol pictures for the next post, but here's a few bits and bobs left over from things I bought in Brighton and what else I've been upto lately...


Goodies from Cyber Candy



Fallen in love with Krispy Kreme - oh my!


Possibly the best tea bags ever


Turns out the club photographer at Revolution in Brighton was from the town next to my home town, and was pleased to see some scottish company :) Gifted us with this picture at the end of the night - what a sweetheart.



Enjoying my cosy buys from Beyond Retro, could have spent a whole day in there :)


Macaroons left over from the Weakest Link wrap party. The catering was amazing and fortunately not many people got stuck into the macaroons, so I walked away with a full platter of them at the end. SCORE!


A pre christmas parcel from the lovely Char :) Such a perfect little bundle, thank you gal ♥ Recognise the card too? I love it, and if you follow me on tumblr maybe you'll know I got it from another very special someone a few weeks ago too.


How awesome is the paper Char used?! I've still not finished wrapping all my christmas presents. Started off very enthusiastically with lots of bows and ribbon and fancy things going on... but I'm beginning to get bored of it already haha. I also wrote 60 christmas cards in 60 minutes yesterday and felt like I was going to pass out. Oh joyus christmas!


Another parcel that came today from Sarah, all the way from New Zealand. Thank you Sarah! I can't wait to try the sweets and I must say New Zealand Marmite was a random request (well, she suggested it just as I was thinking about it) but their Marmite is theeee best ever. Don't think anyone will be fighting over it in my house though :) Do you love it or hate it?


I finally got started on my calves yesterday as some of you might already know if you follow me on twitter or tumblr (if you don't, please come say hello/follow because I'm pretty active on there in compharison to my little blog of horrors) Not a great blackberry picture, but they're only outlines at the moment so I'll get a proper photo on my SLR I think in january when they're all done.

And finally -  just in time for christmas I am running a rather quick competition for you to win a pair of tickets to the Scottish Ballet's production of Sleeping Beauty! I am going with my friend Olivia tomorrow night, and will be choosing a winner by the time (ish) the curtains close tomorrow evening. So you have until 10pm GMT to leave a comment on this post stating if you want to enter with your email address and twitter link (if you have one) You can comment on this post as usual, even if you don't want to enter, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets then state clearly what I've mentioned above :) NOW CLOSED! The tickets are for a venue and time of your choice, so before you enter make sure there is a tour date and place that suits you here. (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle)


For some videos to make you smile and have a little sneak peek of the characters up close, click click

For me, christmas wouldn't be christmas without going to see a panto or ballet, it is one of the biggest things to get me in the seasonal spirit, and Scottish Ballet's productions are just too magical to miss. I am so excited about going tomorrow night, I'll have a review and some pictures to follow :)

Away to do some late night shopping and get something to wear on christmas day. I'll announce the Ballet winner on twitter tomorrow (and they'll get an email whether they have twitter or not) Only readers of the Little Blog Of Horrors may enter I'm afraid. My way of saying thank you for reading, and Merry Christmas from me and Scottish Ballet, to you!

Ayden x

Brighton - Part 1

I'm on the train to London as I type this, only 2 hours left of my journey so I thought I'd share some pictures from Brighton last weekend. There's quite a few... and probs a part 2 to follow this. Enjoy!


Katrina in the North Laines


LOL. Enough said.


Frighton.


Such a lovely wee shop.


Giraffe for dinner :) Well, not literally.


Could have spend hooours in there.


Just huggin' a giant teddy, as you do.


Guess what?


That's what! Finally gave in to this rather strange and tickly experience.


Enjoying my mustache elixir from Cyber Candy.


In the hotel getting ready to go out :)




Despite warnings we ended up at Revolution... and had a really amazing night!


And ended up getting pretty drunk. Totoro hat anyone? Best buy from the whole trip!


Of course, then the elixir kicked in and our mustaches grew.


Sunday morning we did more shopping and went for tea at Temptation.


And met up with the amazing Lauren for a wee catch up :) She was so so lovely - and also sorted us with our hotel for the weekend, what a legend! Sad we didn't get to meet Sophie :( Maybe next time though.


More wandering and stumbling across amazing places :)


It was pretty windy, but still lovely jubbly.


Took a wander through the arcade, played on the dance mat and then saw THIS!


Plus my new ride.


And my sexy new boyfriend?


Brighton was an absolutely fantastic place to visit, just as you all ranted and raved it would be. Even though the weather was a bit chilly it stayed dry, which was great but I can imagine it's totally brilliant in summer. It is the seaside after all! We took a wander around the shops, and I managed to get a lot of christmas shopping especially from all the quirky wee places in the north laines. I got some lovely stuff but I'll share that in the next post because I think there's quite enough in this one as it is! We had a great night out too, stumbled into bed about 1am and made the most of our sunday morning/afternoon too before we had to go for the train home. Amazing people, amazing shops and a really amazing place in general. Most certainly would like to go back - and thanks for all the suggestions you made in my previous posts because we really were able to cram a lot into 2 days there.

I'm London bound this week with my 3 day Art Department course, then friday I'm travelling to Bristol to the South West Blogger meet! Can't wait to see everyone, should be a really fun night. Leave me a comment if you're going too? Again, wanting to cram as much as I can into my evenings in London so if you've got any suggestions of places to eat, drink or things to do at night please let me know. I'm meeting my friend Sally for dinner tomorrow night, and we're going to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland on thursday :) My uncle works at the National Theatre so I'll hopefully get tickets for something there, and maybe something else in the west end. Got wifi at the house so should be able to stay connected this week :) It was my last day at work on saturday, and my last job until january so I've been looking forward to this wee holiday. Hope you're all not having too hectic a run up to christmas?

Lots of love,

Ayden x

Ps. Remember I said in the last post I'd forget something to take to Brighton? I only went and forgot all my bloody christmas cards I was gonna write on the journey there! Numpty. Got them with me this time though :) So let's wait and see what I forgot in their place...
 

Brand New Colony






Low and behold my tickets and diana mini for a weekend trip to Brighton :) Me and Katrina get the train to London at 6.30am tomorrow morning. Ha, it's 20 past midnight just now as I'm typing this which is seriously depressing but the guinea pig sheets are taking an age to dry and I need them all cleaned out before I go away :( So looks like it's gonna be a 3 or 4 hour sleep for me tonight, but shall snooze on the train as I've got my comfy (note, skanky) clothes for the journey.


Why is it that you always run out of your staple makeup items all at the one time? I really couldn't hang on until christmas for these goodies... so today after work I took a trip into town and got a few bits and bobs I've been desperately needing (literally been scraping the barrel before that, its AMAZING how much you can get out of a tube when you cut the bloody thing right open!)


I also took advantage of the paperchase 3 for 2 and got myself christmas cards, wrapping paper and lots of bows and ribbons :) Uhh, now I just need some actual presents to wrap... Brighton I hope your shops are mighty fine! Hope to get some nice pressies while I'm down there. Taking my cards to write on the train, so that should kill some time. Unless I sleep the whole journey, which at the rate tonight is going I can see that happening!


Little rolly case, all packed up and ready to go. Have also got my Cath Kidston bag and handbag too, aaand a bag of food (even though we'll be in Brighton for 1pm and shouldn't even need mega munchies for the journey!) I can't help but being a bag lady in situations like this, and even amongst that I know I'll have forgotten something. Such is life!

Thank you for all your suggestions and emails of where to go in Brighton, we're hoping to cram in as much as possible, and getting to meet the lovely Sophie and Lauren on sunday morning :) Girls, I hope you know somewhere that does good hangover coffee and cake and other yummy breakfast stuff :p It's going to be a bit of a whirlwind weekend but I can't wait. 7 and 6 day weeks in work merit playing hard too, right? December already - I feel like I'm actually struggling to keep up with 2011. Have a great one whatever you've got planned ♥

Ayden x