Where have you been all my life?

Blogging from work again because I'm such a cool kid! (Edit* I started this post at lunch and ended up not getting it finished until this evening, typical) I jest - as a member of the art department in the middle of a 5 week shoot, I spend most lunch times eating at my desk and replying to emails etc. I'd saved these pictures last night so just been waiting for a quiet 20 minutes to sit down and add some words :) No rest for the wicked has certainly been my motto over the past month or so. Now that we have finished prep and started our first week of filming last week, absolutely every day is different for me, and I've been driving all over glasgow on errands and to our different locations for the film. One good thing about hanging around set is the catering, but I've actually tried to be on my best behavior when it comes to food, which I'm about to explain a wee bit more about below.

Despite working 12 hour days, 6 days a week I have somehow found this sudden burst of energy inside me to actually do something about my weight and fitness. I bought new trainers, leggings and an ipod holder for my arm, and have been going out running 3 times a week. I am a complete beginner when it comes to this, so when I say running I really mean jogging! But it's a start isn't it? I'm lucky to have a big park right next to where I live so have worked out a decent route that is safe in the evenings by the time I get home from work. I literally come home, get changed and dart back out the door again. My flatmates must think I am mad.

Along with the exercise, I have also been eating healthily and sensibly, with the addition of Skinny Sprinkles to curb my appetite and give me energy to complete such a hectic day. I'm normally quite dubious about this sort of thing, but after reading Lori's review and completely trusting her opinion, I decided to give them a go for myself. You can read all about them on the website, but if anyone wants me to do a more in depth review on these then let me know :) But they are really helping. In a week I have lost about 5lbs so far, and that's in 7 days but with two days at the weekend being much more lazy with my eating (you'll see why in a second) My goal weight is 9 stone, and at the moment I am just over 10. I don't mind sharing my weight on here, it's something that doesn't bother me but even though I am a size 10/12, I would like to tone up and become much fitter in general. I know it will take me a while to get there but I finally have the kick start to get on with it, so hopefully that continues.

Spending more money on my animals and my house rather than myself these days! Some recent buys however (apart from the skinny sprinkles) include these studded shoes, pink crazy colour for my ombre before I go back to brown, and some cute earrings from the Gin In Teacups market when it came to Glasgow a couple of weeks ago. I suppose working lots and not having much time to spend money is a good thing :)

Working lots has however meant seeing less of my nearest and dearest :( So at the weekend, me and John went for an overnight stay at the Blythswood Square Hotel, to spend some much needed quality time together. You've probably heard me speak of the Blythswood on here before - it really is one of my favourite places in Glasgow! With the best afternoon tea I have ever tasted, and the most wonderful spa which I've been lucky enough to experience a couple of times. This time it was John's turn to enjoy some pampering.

We got our room as part of the sunday night deal, which included an overnight stay, 3 course dinner and full breakfast in the morning.

There was a sliding window between the bathroom and the bedroom, which was perfect for watching tv from the comfort of the bath :) As you do! The bathroom was marble, everywhere. We had a bath which was so nice in itsself, because I only have a walk in shower in my house and really miss a good old bubble bath from time to time.

We arrived in the afternoon, checked in and headed straight down to the spa. We chilled in the thermal experience for a couple of hours, before John went for his ILA Vital Energy full body massage. I had went for a Anne Semonin Black Sand Jewel massage a few weekends before, for my birthday, so it was nice to see my boy get pampered this time instead. John was extremely nervous before going for his treatment, but I suppose most guys would be if they weren't used to this kind of thing. This was his first ever massage, and I reassured him that the therapists at the Blythswood are so professional and they take away any awkwardness you'd maybe expect to feel. I promised him it would be worth it! And aren't girlfriends always right ;) He was so pleased with how it went, and for being such a 'guyish guy' (you know what I mean) he said he'd definitely recommend it to other guys out there. I know this is maybe not the kind of thing a man would book on his own accord (John admitted this!) But if you fancy treating your man, ladies, then you've got John's word that they won't be disappointed. And hopefully we won't be starting a rather luxurious habit for them...

After our time in the spa, we got ready for dinner. John was wearing a Levi shirt and jeans, and I had on a starry shirt from New Look, black American Apparel disco pants and my grey suede Jeffery Campbell Lita's (I'm a walking blogger cliche right here) You can see that after 4 days of washing, my super bright pink ombre has faded to a sort of washed out looking, candyfloss pink. I'm kinda liking it though. Planning to go back to brown soon so I just wanted to have a bit of fun with it before I do. I will probably pop some pink crazy colour back in it again for my friend Leah's house warming party this saturday. My faves AX Paris have got a sale on at the moment and I've been eyeing up so many things from the website, which I wish I'd ordered in advance for this weekend.


They've got an extra 10% off for my readers on top of the sale prices if you fancy grabbing a bargain :) Just click the banner above. Anyways, at 7.30pm we went down to the restaurant for our 3 course dinner.

Duck terinne, which was very nice but I always wish there were more crispy bits or toast with this sort of thing. Feels weird eating it on its own!

Steak frites, oh my, need I say more? So simple but delicious.

A very happy John ready to tuck into his steak.

Our desserts were fantastic too! John had a chilli chocolate torte with malt ice cream, and I had the lime cheesecake with mango sorbet. I had a cocktail (Amaretto Sours, my favourite) and John had some red wine to wash everything down. As much as I am really trying to eat healthy and loose weight, I let myself go a bit this weekend but it was so worth it.

After dinner we went to the Tiki Bar for a cocktail. Well, a massive cocktail in a giant shell! We shared this Rum Bongo between us (suppose it measures out to be pitcher size?) and we could have stayed there for hours, but unfortunately had to call it an evening as I was working at 8am on monday morning, and we both wanted to get up to have breakfast together before I left.

Haha, think this picture suggests it was maybe a good idea that we stopped where we did :p Woke up bright and early on monday morning for a wonderful breakfast, feeling well rested and well fed. It was so lovely to spend such quality time together amongst what has really been a busy time for both of us. If I had the money I'd love to do this kind of thing more often, it felt like a wee night away from reality and normality, even though we were in the middle of glasgow city centre. Dexter is getting so big, and is super naughty right now (as kittens are) so it was strange having a night away from him with no one to nibble my ankles under the covers or jump out on me in the middle of the night on the way to the loo! I did miss him though, the wee rascal. 4 weeks left on this job then I will hopefully have some well earned time off. Are you working a lot over the summer or jetting off on holiday? Please make me jealous and give me some inspiration! :)

Love, Ayden x

Blue Jeans & California Dreams

 One of the most fun things about living with one of my best friends has to be embarking on little evenings like the one we had last week. We decided to do a bit of dressing up and have some fun with items I have received for review on the Little Blog Of Horrors. You guys know I am deadly honest when it comes to things like this, I just couldn't not be! So I thought the best way to test these goodies and share the outcome was to create a little challenge for ourselves :)

Lana Del Ray for me, and Katy Perry for Katrina.

Hot Hair headpiece (You'll see what's inside further down the page)

Hot Hair 'Clip in colour'

Skin Art temporary tattoos

I used the Hot Hair Brigette 3/4 Hairpiece as the main component of my look! Katrina gave me a floral headband and white tunic to help me with my Lana-ness a bit more :) Okay, I know I look nothing like her but she gives me ultimate hair envy in the video for Born to Die! This is a 3/4 wig piece because it actually combs in at the top and doesn't have a built in fringe. You can see the idea on the website is to tie this in with your own hair pinned back over the top.

I think the con about this, is that this would be more suited to someone who doesn't mind having their forehead exposed (which was a biggie for a fringe lover like myself) However, my own colour at the moment is not very far off this hairpiece. So I could technically wear my fringe down and use a headband to cover up the start of the headpiece (which is hidden under the flower band above) and just have it placed further back on my hair. I think that combination would look a lot more natural than a full wig with fake fringe - I think that would be slightly harder to pull off. I really do think you'd need to spend some time playing around with it to see how it works for you and how you'd wear it. But the con doesn't even touch the overall pro - instant gorgeous locks! I've even put my facebook profile picture to one of me wearing it because I really don't think it is obvious that it's a wig. What do you think? I am actually going to get rid of my ombre next week and get my overall colour to match this headpiece, so I can wear it more often and blend it into my hair easy peasy :)

Having had boy short hair a couple of years ago, and been trying my hardest to grow it in, this piece is the perfect addition to keep me distracted for a while longer as I wait for my own hair to grow. At £84 it doesn't come cheap, but if you consider how much people pay for hair extensions (Katrina actually got a proper weave in her hair last week which she adores) then I think this is a decent price for a hassle free option that doesn't need much upkeep, and for someone like me who would probably only want to wear this at the weekend rather than to work every day. The piece I have can't be heat styled but instructions say you can freshen up the wig by washing it in cold water and leaving it to dry, and apparently the curls will snap back into shape. So I'll let you know if that is the case when it comes to washing it!

I then had a play about with the Skin Art temporary tattoos. I did some writing on my hand just like Lana's, and also a little loveheart on my ring finger. As someone who has already got quite a number of tattoos, the main appeal to me was testing out on skin that I've maybe been thinking about getting a tattoo on, and seeing how I feel about it. I'm not too much of a fan of the side of my hand, but I would quite fancy a heart on my finger one day and this simple transfer gave me a realistic taster of what it would feel like! You can see the slight shine in them due to my flash on the camera, but in the flesh they genuinely look very convincing close up. The shiny bit is cut so close to the black of the transfer - I am 99% sure you could fool a friend or family member into thinking you'd been inked.

I wish I had taken these during the day without flash to show you how realistic they look. You can sort of see how matt the start of the 'nothing' appears in the above picture, that is probably quite a good indicator. These are the ones we tried on Katrina. The loveheart is something similar to what she's been thinking of getting, along with the writing on her inner arm - which is of course where Miss Perry has a tattoo also. Katrina especially loved the transfers, she only has one other tattoo but they felt like a complete novelty to the both of us :)

We had far too much fun with them, and as you can see we had so many to choose from. I think they are absolutely perfect for someone who wants a quick, non committal tattoo, for a night out, festival, or even on your holiday. I would definitely recommend these to someone who was thinking about getting a tattoo, but was unsure of placement and size etc. I know the existing Skin Art designs might not have the tattoo that you are looking for, but I think they're a great indicator to get you started. They apply just like normal temporary tattoos you'd get when you were wee, damp cloth on the back of the paper, wait 60 seconds then peel off :) I think the only con is the fact that they don't last as long as a henna tattoo for example, maybe just for a few days - but if you want it to last, go get the real deal done ;) They are available at boots for £7.99 per pack, and each pack has a different theme. I've heard they also do glitter tattoos, which I would LOVE to try out for my girly holiday this summer!

Katrina also used the Hot Hair clip in colour extensions, which are heat friendly so she was able to curl and style them into her own hair. I say her own, Katrina has actually just got a weave put in and I think it looks fantastic! Katrina has had full clip in extensions in the past, and said the coloured ones were just the same as these to use. They come in a strip so you can choose the placement in your hair, and when I wear these in the future I will probably get my mum to cut them into my own hair shape a wee bit more, so that if I keep them straight they blend in well. Each strip costs £12 and they are available in 17 different colours (the smaller single strip is £8.80 and available in 9 colours) I chose the pink and blue because they reminded me of when Katy Perry had her hair like that. I find it quite hard to keep up with Katy's hair colour these days! Has anyone seen her film yet? We went on thursday night and it was bloody brilliant. Broke my heart a wee bit though, seeing her cry such genuine tears :(

All in all, lots of fun to be had with these bits and pieces and some quality time with my flatmate :) Now I'd like your opinion on the likes of hair extensions and tattoos. What's hot, and what isn't? I think the major fact is that both subjects can look awful when they are done cheap and nasty. I never thought I'd be so impressed with fake hair and fake ink. It makes me want to grow my own hair super long and get lots more real ink!

Ayden x

Round and round the Mulberry bush

Blogging on my lunch hour, I never thought I'd see the day! Working monday to friday, 8am-7pm is taking its toll on my 'usual' routine. Lots of other things which I normally have more time to do in the evenings have taken priority over blogging - please forgive me. I've had these pictures saved in a blank post for a few days now so I thought I'd share while I'm sitting at my desk having a munch. As you can see above, the hard work is paying off because I was able to treat myself to a Mulberry Tillie a couple of weeks ago. I am a total bag lady, and have wanted one for soooo long, I decided to treat myself as I know I have guaranteed wages coming in for the next couple of months while I work on this feature film. Knowing my luck, I wont get another contract all year after this! Haha, just kidding. I hate to tempt fate but anyone else out there who is self employed know what it's like to get the 'fear'. I've not even taken my bag outside yet, the weather has been bloody awful here in Scotland and I'm worried about rain damage - anyone know what I could do to help protect Miss Tillie?

Since my last update I've not really been upto much apart from working, lunch dates at the weekend and a sneaky wee trip to the Blythswood Spa. On saturday night I had a brilliant night out in Glasgow with Katrina (my flatmate - above) her wee brother, Leah, Kyle, and Heather. I wore this dress from AX Paris, which is quite different from the style I would usually go for but I am branching out and quite enjoying it :) Online shopping normally makes me quite nervous regarding sizes, but at AX Paris I have been a size 10 every time without fail and have been very pleased with the fit. This is coming from someone, who depending on which shop can be anywhere from a size 8 to a size 14! Katrina wore a dress from Topshop and her new spikey Jeffry Campbell Lita's. I was worried about wearing mines because of the rain (again, could a spray or something protect them?) along with my new bag but I am SO glad I didn't. Lets just say the night ended up with me a bit worse for wear, being sick into Johns £120 suit jacket in the back of a taxi. What can I say, I'm a keeper eh girls! Lucky I got it dry cleaned fine and he forgave me...

Spending a lot of time in the office and browsing the internet on my lunch break (dangerous!) I have been using a programme called Clipix to save all the wonderful things I come across and want to remember! I think this might be quite similar to Pintrest? I've not used that before but I'm finding Clipix really friendly to navigate round. You can customise different lists, I've just got the default ones just now and I'm starting to build them up slowly. The thing I especially like about my wishlist is that Clipix will notify me if the item changes price or sells out, which is really useful. If you're like me and love to do a lot of imaginary online shopping, this is great for keeping things together in the one place so you can go back later :) Although, maybe a dangerous thing too as I know there's no way now I will be forgetting anything off my lust list as it is sitting right there infront of me and not hidden in a website shopping basket somewhere. 'Organise your life' is their tagline, which as a manic list writer, could be my favourite motto second to 'Where there's tea, there's hope'.

Me and Katrina had a brilliant night in last night, playing about with some interesting new samples I got for review (think dressing up and tattoos...) and taking lots of photographs so I will be back soon to share them with you all. We are going to see the Katy Perry movie tonight in 3D, cannot wait! (It was Katrina who I went with to meet Katy Perry last year) Major girl crush ♥

Ayden x