I'm made of wax, Larry, what are you made of?

Hello! Jeez - I feel like every time I come on here I'm apologising for it being so long since the last time I updated :( I wish I could blog more often, but my little life is super busy at the moment. I am loving every minute of it though. I've got steady work coming in, good people around me, and lots of hard work to be done but lots to look forward to also.  So as long as you don't mind me popping my head in to say hello whenever I can, I hope you will all keep reading :)

Currently sitting in bed with a cuppa and some toast and nutella. Its 11pm on sunday night, and the last couple of weeks I have been working away on some scenic projects and 3 new irn bru adverts to be aired at the end of march (I think) It was brilliant fun - first proper ad work that I've done and it was very fast paced with 16 hour days and 6am starts, but I was totally buzzing throughout it! Could tell I'd reached my peak when I fell asleep after my friend Olivias 21st at her house on friday night, as everyone partied away in the living room. But I've had the weekend to recharge my batteries and I'm ready for my next job starting this week. I'm designing the CBBC 10th birthday bash celebrations at BBC pacific quay, so that will be fun. I've got a belated valentines date to enjoy with John tomorrow, lunch at the Blythswood with a movie at the GFT or Grosvenor afterwards hopefully. I've got my dress all ironed and laid out, I'm very excited, what a loosa! After sleeping off our hangovers from Olivia's birthday party, I came home last night and spent the evening and the whole of today completely gutting the house. Tidied and cleaned every room, did FOUR washings, and rearranged a lot of my bedroom with all the new bits and pieces I've bought for it over the last couple of weeks (curtains, rug, frames, fairy lights...) Not exactly a wild weekend, but it was so satisfying. Would you like to see a picture of my room in the next post maybe? I've also spent quite a bit of money on new stuff for the kitchen and bathroom. Completely drooling in Next Home, Ikea and Tesco (of all places! their home stuff is so cute) has skint me but a lot of the stuff I previously had from the flat was inherited or bought with my ex boyfriend. So it's kinda nice to start a fresh and have things that I've bought all by myself, y'know?

I have so many pictures to share as bloody usual, so I'll give the first few in this post and save the rest for the next one! Also, thanks for all your questions for my Q&A post I plan to do soon :) Feel free to leave a comment/question on it if you haven't already had a chance to. Knowing my luck it will take a couple of weeks before I get around to actually posting it! Anywayssss, here's some bits and bobs of what I've been upto:

I held afternoon tea for my ladies along with a Jemma Kidd Makeup Masterclass, which I won via Jen's blog :) THANKS JEN! We had a great time, our tutor was so nice and it was brilliant fun being able to do something like this from the comfort of your own living room (and what better excuse to get the tea and cakes out?)

My face chart - my GOODNESS I've made it look like a clown, haha but this is what it looked like on my actual face...

Our class was about perfecting a natural makeup look. It helped me to think of different ways of approaching my makeup. I tend to be a fan of the 'slap it all over and hope for the best' technique, with foundation first and eyes etc afterwards. But we actually learned to do our eyes first, followed by selective facial coverage afterwards (something that out of habit I have never, ever done before, cue fear!) And I was worried at first about how it would look and if my face would appear patchy. But it actually turned out pretty well! and mascara splodges or eyeshadow fallout were so much easier to fix, because they'd fallen onto bare face rather than a thick layer of foundation (a situation I ashamedly often find myself in)

All the ladies at the end of the class :)

Me, Dominique and Leah - What d'ya think? :) We were all really impressed with the Jemma Kidd makeup too. At first I thought the products were quite expensive but to be honest they are no more expensive than the fail safe options I always end up going for at Mac, Benefit etc. Her brushes were very easy to use, and I particularly liked the foundation and the creme blusher, normally I'd always stick to powder but it had such a soft and smooth finish, I'm definitely a fan! I think a class like this would be perfect for a hen night (with their night time look class) for example. Because we all had a giggle but genuinely feel like we learned a lot.

From makeup to other girly things... here's some new things I bought for the kitchen. From the home section at Tesco, I am in love!

New toaster and kettle, hiya! The lid fell off the top of my kettle, so I went to buy a new one and went all weak at the knees when I saw there was a toaster to match. Such a sucker. Also got new stuff for the bathroom but they are a bit boring (ha, MORE boring than the above!) so I'll leave them out for now.

My flowers from John :) They match the lillies on my side perfectly, such a beautiful colour when they were all in bloom. Dead now :( I LOVE FLOWERS. But hate that they don't last forevz.

I don't even know why I take photos of my glossybox anymore, as there are always so many floating about but I actually wanted to discuss with you all if and what boxes you subscribe to? I was ready for cancelling my glossybox this month, but I'm glad I forgot to as news of the Harrods themed box has reeled me right in again (see, I told you I was a sucker) I totally can't justify the £12.95 a month anymore when I'm not using most of the products I receive, but I just knoooow as soon as I cancel there will be a box with something amazing in it and I will have major regrets! Woe is life eh. I think I actually just like getting things in the post that's not bills or dominoes menus.

John was doing the sound at the Scottish Wedding Fayre at the SECC, and whilst being surrounded by bridezilla's and beauty counter girls he was still thinking of me and managed to snag me a really awesome goody bag, which one of the ladies passed around some of the stalls for them all to put a little something in for me. What a boy! I got a wonderful wee selection, including YSL blusher and bracelet, Philip Kingsley Hair Selection, Destination Skin facial cloth, Medik8 Cleanser and a prescription facial worth £75 at Frasers. Mega brownie points to him :)

John's sister Eilidh (HEY if you're reading this lovely!) also got me a brilliant present back from her holiday to Shetland. This recipe book does just what it says on the front - and has the cutest selection of mini nibbles. Even little ice lollies, so sweet! Think this will be perfect for the summer. Can't wait to buy deckchairs for the back garden, sitting out sunbathing with a cider, bbq and lots of little goodies like above. Thanks Eilidh ♥

I was digging through my bookshelf as I put my new book on it, and came across this Cath Kidston book my friend Dominique got me for a birthday (or maybe christmas?) a wee while ago. I've been desperate to use it but never had the time. Hoping when I'm next off I can take a wee run to Mandors and Hobbycraft to buy some supplies and get making. Really enjoyed cross stitching last year, and I'd love to make the time to do all that kind of crafty stuff again for my own personal self rather than for at work.

I guess that's all from me for now. I've added a buttons/banner page at the top which have pictures that Cameron from Cameron+Whitney made me :) So feel free to steal any of them if you fancy my wee chubby face enough. Hope you're all swell, lots of love as always....

Ayden x


  1. Aww this was lovely, you've got a good man there, keep him foreber, even if you need to keep him in a bottle! Can I steal your kitchen, the whole thing, not just the cute stuff? :D xx

  2. Glad to see you're enjoying yourself lady, and you sound like you're suuuper busy! But sometimes keeping busy is the best thing! That makeup class sounds really awesome. I wish I had more know-how in that field! And I'm so envious of all the cookbooks and swagbags you get your hands on!

    Much love,

  3. Wonderful as always, the infrequent posts don't put me off at all, just means I'm super excited when I spot a new one.

    Your makeup all looks wonderful and sounds like a great night. Doing the eyes first is something I always try and do on models, saves a lot of cleaning up time, but on myself I rarely bother, unless I'm wearing particularly heavy eye shadow...and that doesn't happen often.

    That toaster and kettle set is amazing, so retro looking I love it! I've never had my own place that I've known I'll be staying in for a substantial amount of time so I don't get to do the home shopping :( very sad, I love that kind of stuff!

    Good luck with your new job this week and I'll be looking out for your ads!!


  4. Love the new toaster and kettle!

  5. Your afternoon tea and make-up masterclass sound so fun.
    Best of luck with the new job this week! x

  6. Well done on all of your work! It sounds great xo

  7. luv your post :)
    even though sparse...i always enjoy reading your posts...and always look forward for the next one...waiting def does not put me off :) enjoy all your new kitchen stuff...they look adorable !!


  8. Loved reading this post! Your work sounds amazing, irn bur adverts how cool! Do you work for the Leith agency/company? I know they do irn bur adverts, if i remember correctly. Apologies if i'm wrong (I probs am!)

    Amazing goodie bag!

    Ginger Pickle ♥


  9. Love these catch up's.
    So weird I was lusting after the same toaster and kettle this weekend. Saving up for a purchase now. How are the tea and toast making abilities?! :)
    You and the girls look gorgeous, sounds a fun time.

  10. DAWHH hello Madam!! AWH you're exactly like me, I get rather too excited over home stuff! I also think that's quite a nice idea for a hen celebration, then out for dinner after or something! Bless your man, what a keeper! xxx

  11. I always love your rambly posts! I am SO EXCITED by home stuff (probably cause I am moving into mine next month - eee) so please keep posting about it.

    The make up night looks like great fun too xx

  12. Gosh, you are a busy bee! love your posts xx

  13. glad to hear everything is good with you, and enjoy your belated V day ;)

    snap with the tesco kitchen things btw, my mum bought me those storage jars for xmas and i love them! :) xx

  14. You always manage to fit so much into your hectic life and it always looks like you have the best people around you. Must admit I'm a bit of a home furnishings girl and love both the kettle and toaster! xxx

  15. I think the thing that got me most excited about university wasn't the thought of endless nights out, but buying cooking equipment. That kettle makes me wish I was a hot drinks girl, I don't drink tea or coffee so it's kind of useless buying one :( Sounds like work is amazing too, LOVE Irn Bru (hopefully you can nab yourself some freebies!)
    Laura xx

  16. homeware isn't boring ;) love the photos!

    laila x

  17. That toaster is amazing.
    I hope you get some free time to make some things from your "Make" book now that your work has quieted down for a while.

  18. I know this is going to sound daft, but BHS has some amazing bits and pieces in their homeware department, from kitcheny bits to cushions and photo frames!!

    Glad you are loving life, even if you are very busy! I was in that lovely little cafe I took you to a week or so ago, made me wish you could come back and visit!! xxx

  19. its always lovely to see a new post from you ayden :) afternoon tea & jemma kidd makeup sounds like a perfect day to me. i look forward to seeing your work for irn bru! xx

  20. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Tescos goodies. I have a set of mugs from the range with the cupcakes on- they're packed away with the few items I did keep from uni.

    sounds like a busy period, but glad to see some fun stuff happening.

    Muchos ♥

  21. I have been terribly behind on reading blogs lately but I always dip into yours, I love seeing what you've been up to! I actually really love how long your posts are, feels like a lovely newsy letter from a friend. The makeup masterclass sounds great - I used to do face first then eyes but I swapped over because I found that I'd do my eyes last, then do my hair and my fringe would get stuck in my still-wet mascara! So now I do my liquid liner and my mascara first, then my face, and then my lower-lid eyeliner last (because otherwise putting my concealer smudges it). I am sure you found that very exciting.

    Love all your new purchases! I got a few glossyboxes sent to me and I found myself giving all the stuff away. It's a lovely idea in principle but I just don't use the products, a shame though!

  22. I am really sad that your blog NEVER appears in my dashboard anymore. I miss everything. I have the exact same kitchen things from Tesco :) Make up looks lovely and dewy! xxx

  23. I want that toaster and kettle!! X

  24. Let us know how you get along with the cath kidston book! It looks adorable.