Funny little frog in my throat


Hiding away from the world and the camera seems to be what I do best these days. Keeping busy may be good for my bank balance, but not so good for my normal rest and play balance. I've been keeping up the running 3 nights a week which I am really getting into the rhythm of now. I went a 3.5 mile run with John on my day off, and I found it hard to keep up with him but my stamina is definitely improving.

I've got about a week and a half left on this movie, then I am off for two weeks - with the list of all to do lists! Things like selling stuff on ebay, having a car boot sale, updating my website etc. Once those 2 weeks are up, I'm back on another job for 6 weeks with the current designer I am working for. Mark designed the likes of This Is England, The Magdalene Sisters, and Neds. So I am really honoured to be a part of his team for the forseeable future.

I have been thinking a lot about blogging lately. What I like to read, and what I think other people like to read. I'm seeing a lot of the same old same old, repeated one after the other. I think I've seen enough glossy boxes, disco pants, ombre hair and instagram photos to last me a life time. But I also dabble in every one of those categories (well, Instaphoto for BB!) so I have a cheek to even comment. I don't know if I'm just feeling this way about life in general at the moment, but I feel in serious need of an upheaval, a spring clean - something fresh and completely different. I don't quite know what I'm trying to say here, but I guess my blogging mojo goes a bit haywire when I look at how often other people post, and how present they are across all their social networking platforms. I feel like I don't give enough in terms of regularity and popular content. I just come on here whenever I can, say whatever I feel at the time, and hope that you guys enjoy. I shouldn't feel like a failure when I see everyone elses blogs blossoming rapidly and mines stuck at the same gradual pace week after week. I want to be here for the long term, not just a one hit wonder because I've got the latest trends down to a T, or the most sought after bag or beauty products. I'd be writing the same old shit whether 1 or 1000 people were reading this. So, insecurities aside, I suppose I better get on with it eh?

As always, here's a little insight into the things making me smile recently...


My Glamorous dress/vest and Litas as planned from the last post, for Leah's house party. Why oh why do I indulge in the wine? This night ended before it even started, as I arrived at my lovely girl Leah's and started to play catch up with the already tipsy household. Fast forward to two hours later and a rather toxified Ayden being sick out the taxi window for the whole of sauchiehall street to see. Making a wee habit of this aren't I? I have never been a big drinker, and it is quite clear that I never will be. Wide awake at 8am on sunday morning, full face of makeup still on and no hangover :) But I am not proud, so please don't follow my lead.


(Dexter sneaking in for his daily morning cuddles, even though I stunk like a brewery!)


On my bestest behaviour the other 99% of the time, I got a lovely wee parcel from BooHoo delivered to my work last week. A hard copy of their A/W lookbook. Now, we've already explained that I'm no fashionista, but there was something really lovely about a hard copy of images bound into a lovely little book. It was a pleasure to look through, and I am going to give you a sneak peak at what they have to offer but I've left the book at John's, so it will need to wait until the next post. Lets pretend in reality he has been sitting flicking through it, oogling over all the lovely outfits while I ignore him and play on the xbox ;) Maybe in a parallel universe...


My fail number two - I have still to try out one of the John Frieda hair tutorials! General consensus from the last post seems to be for me to attempt the 60's beehive :) But I wanted to wait until my mum had cut and dyed my hair - she ended up feeling ill and cancelling on me last weekend so I'll be getting it done this sunday instead. Will be sure to give it a wee go after that. Did any of you end up trying them? I already had the full repair styling spray (above right) which I use on a daily basis, so was very pleased when the lovely folks at John Freida sent me the shampoo and conditioner from the same range to go along with it. For the first time in my entire life, I only have to wash my hair every second day (my hair is normally so oily that every day was a necessity, much to my mums dismay) and feel good knowing that they are giving protection to my abusive blow drying, straightening, curling and colouring. I've been darting between different shampoos for the past 6 months, but this combo actually manages to make my hair feel extremely clean, as well as managable, so I will be sticking with it for as long as I can.

Apart from working, eating, sleeping, running, and stealing whatever spare time I can with my nearest and dearest... do you know what else makes for a bloody good week?




Puppies! Our production dog Daxon Five gave birth to a litter on her last day/scene (good timing eh?) a few weeks ago, and the owner brought her and the pups back onto set for us to pick up a little bit of filming with them. There are 3 (the 4th one died just after it was born, sadly) and they are chihuahua/sausage dog cross. I am not usually a dog person, but ehm, c'mon! My house is already like a farmyard, but you have no idea how close I was to wanting to tuck one of these babes inside my jumper. If you love baby animals and need cheering up after a tough day, Cute Overload will solve all your troubles. Promise!

Ayden x



23 comments:

  1. You know, I totally agree with you. I like following fashion blogs, I love looking at their photos and reading about their lives and all that but sometimes it gets annoying, amd then I realize that EVERYONE is doing it. Glossybox reviews especially have gotten on my last nerve to be frank haha...

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  2. Keep doing what you're doing, can't speak for everyone but I certainly prefer your style of blogging over beauty box reviews *yawn*
    Good luck with keeping up the running, I'm struggling with the motivation myself, helped in part by the Scottish weather! x

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  3. You know lady, I have to say this, your blog is going to stand the test of time, because it's about you, and you are cool as fuck and not some waste of time fad, unlike ombre everything and tiny tester pots of stuff you will never go out of style! Fuck everyone else! (sorry this is a bit sweary, been watching shameless and it's made me lose control! haha) xx

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  4. Darling Ayden, your blog is one of my favourites because it's not same-old, same-old. I like that it's a little slice of your life and love to catch up with what you've been up to ;)
    And I'm currently in a total tattoo-lust mood, kind of wanting one, so I'm loving yours at the moment.
    Won't take this opportunity to make a comment about 'nice puppies'. :/ Oh, I just did. xx

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  5. I totally agree!! I recently unfollowed a ton of blogs because it was just the same ol' posts that all seemed to be identical! I also know what you mean about being a blogger failure - I go through phases of blogging 5 times a week, followed by nothing for a month! I often feel like a failure; I've been blogging for over a year and I have 11 followers!! Hahaha. But blogging is just a hobby at the end of the day, it's what you make of it and NOBODY, least of all yourself, should criticise or judge you due to lack of posts or whatever. We do this for fun, it shouldn't be a contest or a chore. At least that's what I keep telling myself!! Xxx

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  6. I think the fact that you have a bazillion (almost (;) readers and have been around a lot longer than some bloggers says a lot about you and your blog and how likeable you come across in your posts. I think blogging is something you just have to fit in around your life, I feel guilty sometimes not blogging loads if I'm really busy but after all it's your internet space so you can use it how you like (: xx

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  7. I like your blog just the way it is so I'm glad that's the style you like best! ;)

    Those puppies are soooo adorable, want!!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  8. ayden, please dont change your style of blogging! yours is, without doubt, one of my very faves! quality over quantity for sure. i waste enough money on skincare, so beauty boxes arent even on my radar. and as for disco pants, only olivia newton john should be rocking those bad boys. whereas baby animal pics, tattoos, lovely food, not so lovely stories about being sick (from a moving vehicle! epic kudos), etc etc. is right up my street :) so dont change!

    things which i think would be nice to see on your blog; i wish you would post more pics of dexter, he needs his own kitty blog! and a makeup tutorial/what you use would be interesting, yours always looks flawless... so jealous!

    enjoy your time off before your next job :) and thanks for posting the cuteoverload website... i want to tear my eyes out of my head, with the puppies and that site combined, i cant handle all the cuteness!

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  9. AWhhh such cutiesss! Dont be silly Ayden, hate to be repetitive but yours really is one of my favourites to read (alongside Rosie's) because it's almost like catching up with a friend when you post (is that a bit stalkerish?!) and im ever so nosey! Im so boreddd of most blogs at the moment, review post/OOD post/sponsored post. I love the way yours is all composed in a natural dialogue way, it makes it far more interesting! xxx

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  10. Ayden I absolutely love your blog for the reason that it is very you. I wouldn't want the usual posts I see lots of, I love when you do post, but understand it's not the end of the world if you don't. I love the catch up's.
    And another thing, please kidnap (puppynap?) those puppies and send them to me. Love them.
    And another another thing, how can you look so beautiful waking up after a night out on the lash!! Love your lippie.

    xxx

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  11. Oh my god those puppies are so god damn cute!! How you refrained yourself from slipping one into your pocket I have no idea! Also, wish I looked that good first thing in the morning after a night out :) xx

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  12. Those puppies are so cute!!
    Btw well done on your regular jogging, I know it's so hard to stick to it, I'm struggling myself most nights to force myself to go and work out, but it's so worth it in the end and when you can see your stamina and strength improving! Well done x

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  13. Dear god those puppies are ridiculously cute! I want one! You look bloody brilliant after a night out - I generally look like the creature from the swamp the morning after a big night! x

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  14. I agree with the rest of the posts up there, I love the frequency of your blog, it's the equivalent of meeting up with a friend over coffee / drinks to passing them in the street - id rather have in depth, personal posts like yours than standard generic quick posts on the same topics.
    Keep doing what you're doing pet!
    Xx

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  15. Can I just say thank you so much for all your fantastic comments. I went off on a bit of a rant and didn't intend for it to be a main focal point of this post. But it is great to hear everyones opinions! <3 Thanks again xxx

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  17. I would probably try to fight you for those puppies, honestly I'm craving something little and fluffy to cuddle! I love your posts. I for one (well, probably for many as lots seem to agree! ha) am so fed up of beauty boxes, one review and you've seen them all. I only really follow fashion blogs like that when they talk about other things too! You have more to say for yourself and I can always count on a smile when reading your posts. Like Cher Dynamite says, you won't go out of fashion cause 'you're cool as fuck' :) xx
    PS(I accidentally posted as the V&A youth collective, that's the CreateVoice one!)

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  18. I love your blog, it's fab the way it is :-) well done on keeping up with the running, I need to find the motivation to get back on it as had a wee bit of time off :s. love your outfit for the house party - so nice! And wow, how cute are those wee puppies!!! Absolutely gorgeous - thanks for the cute fix!
    Lianne x
    Rubyrubyslippers.blogspot.com

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  19. I love how your blog isn't exactly the same as every other one :) I much prefer it when bloggers let their personality come through; as it seems most people commenting her do :)
    Those tiny puppies are adorable!

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  20. I love your blog the way it is!
    And those puppies?!!! How did you get anything done that day? ;)

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  21. I completely understand what you mean, sometimes I get sick of seeing the same posts repeated on other blogs, sometimes I feel like if I post about just myself and my days that people just won't be as interested as in the blogs that show you their outfits and their diy's and recipes! I rarely wear clothes that look as cute as their's seem to, I certainly don't have enough time to make pretty things and I usually eat my food before I remember to take a picture of it for the blog...

    But, your blog is so refreshing because it's all about you and your life, i love it!

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  22. I LOVE your tats! So jealous..

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