I need blue skies, I need them old times.

Soooo, I've just found out that tomorrow is the day we'll be going to collect the kitten :) Seriously feels like christmas! Thank you for all your opinions on the names I've had in mind, it was a pretty even vote between them all and I am still undecided. Tomorrow morning I'm going to the first ever Scottish Topshop event in Silverburn, which I am really looking forward to :) Theres a whole Fashion Festival going on at the shopping centre if you're looking for something to do! Style hunters will be looking for the best dressed shopper over the weekend to hand a £500 Silverburn gift card too. Shame I dress like an absolute moron 100% of the time otherwise being in for a chance of winning that would be AWESOME.

Anyways, after the event I'll be driving down to pick up John and go to the breeders to get our kitty. Having a bit of trouble with my macbook at the moment, so going to try get it into the apple store over the weekend (for the second time) and hopefully they can sort it out for me. So If I'm away for a wee while, that's the reason why. If you will be looking for a fluffy kitten fix I'll be on twitter and tumblr as always. Hoping I'll be back on track by monday as I've got a wonderful giveaway for you from Cheap Frills on the cards to celebrate reaching 1400 readers, which is rather jubilee inspired so stay tuned for that :) Also, thank you so much for your lovely opinions on my dresses in the last post! You make me blush. After cleaning out my wardrobe this week, and claiming I had never heard of Glamorous before, I came across a dress of theirs which I bought from Bank last year! Never even noticed the label before. And today when I was in House Of Fraser I was very pleased to see some other Glamorous dresses hanging on a concession stand. Glamorous are actually having a flash sale with 40% off EVERYTHING tomorrow between 12pm-3pm UK time, so make sure you jump on that if you've got your eye on anything girls, just enter GLAM40 at the checkout.

Apart from writing lots of lists and running errands, here's the little adventure I went on this week to enjoy the (hopefully not last of) the sunshine...









A long drive in the sunshine with King Creosote on the stereo, walks in the forest, and a picnic on the beach. It was absolutely glorious and I hope this is not the last we've seen of Mr Sunshine for this summer. I think the Loch needs a few more weeks of sun to warm up properly, John and I had our swimming stuff and ran full pelt together into the water, but my goodness it was SO cold our bones actually felt sore. I've surfed over on the west coast in april and it didn't even feel that cold (but maybe the wetsuit helped...) Oh Scotland, how I heart thee.

Ayden x

A Week In Dresses

Hello lovelies! I hope you are enjoying the new and improved Little Blog Of Horrors. My own dot com, and a complete makeover thanks to the awesome Kaelah of Little Chief Honeybee. She couldn't have done a better job of it, I am so pleased and I hope you all like it too! I finally have my own little buttons as well, so be sure to grab one from the sidebar if you're looking for one. Anyways, shameless self promotion over, as this title suggests, I've had a rather fun week in dresses :)


Me and the girls headed to Alton Towers for the day, and the highlight of the 4 hour road trip down there (apart from now that's what I call disney on full blast) was discovering Krispy Kreme at one of the motorway stops. I've never been so sleep deprived but happy at the same time!


From left to right - Acorn, Dom, Olivia, Leah, Me, SQUIRREL.


Because we went on a week day, and arrived super early we managed to get around all the big rides in only a few hours. Never waited any more than 20 minutes to get on a ride which was awesome too. I wore my new dress from Glamorous - why did I not know this brand existed until a couple of weeks ago?! Their stuff is absolutely lovely. Really reasonably priced too, and apparently stocked in quite a few boutiques in Glasgow. I saw the pictures from their press night down south on a few blogs and I can't wait to get my hands on some new pieces when they are released. Click the link to their website on my sidebar if you dare!


Dinner at Mother India in Glasgow. By far the BEST curry I have ever had! My boss took myself and the other HOD's on Secret Fortune there one night before we started filming and I knew I had to drag John back at some point. Wearing another dress from Glamorous, with a cute little car print. My waist looks really chunky in the dress while I'm sitting down but I promise I looked a wee bit better than that standing up :) I've not been able to banish my muffin top in time for summer because of this silly pulled muscle in my back. I really want to exercise, and I'm doing the race for life next sunday so I seriously need to get active this week.

Myself, John, Louise and Colin also went to the Glasgow Roller Derby that day. It was me and John's first ever bout, and he seemed to get a hang of the rules quicker than I did, but it was such good fun. Pretty rough too, as I kinda expected. I would love to be a roller girl, those girls are just awesome! Have you ever been before?


A little break in dresses (I'm a cheater, soz!) But I wanted to show off my new flower necklace from Miss Fluff.


Can you believe this is all hand cut? It's flawless! Sare is a graduate of London College Of Fashion and one talented lady. Recent additions to her etsy include skulls, cupcakes, swallows and hearts. What a talented lady. I would never normally be drawn to leather jewellery (constantly stuck in a Tatty Devine-esque rut) so it's nice to branch out to something a little different now and again eh? I need someone to take me shopping, I have far too many bad habits and 'go to's when it comes to clothes and accessories. I always feel worried trying things that are out of my comfort zone, which brings me to dress number 3...


My first ever maxi dress! This little number is from AX Paris. I fell in love with the galaxy print, and wanted to take the plunge and order something that I didn't have anything similar to in my wardrobe.  This one hits the nail on the head. What do you think? I am a shorty but the length was not too bad, it was brushing the ground a bit so I will probably run it through the sewing machine and take it up an inch. But a part of me kinda thinks they're supposed to be super floaty like that? See, I'm rubbish! It is so comfy, and I was really pleased to discover that AX Paris had their own online store, as I'd only seen their stuff in New Look concessions before and I really love it. I wore this into town with my flatmate for lunch, and then took advantage of the beautiful weather we're having and walked all the way to the hospital at the top of town to meet a very special little lady.


My baby sister, Lily Higgins Millar was born at 12.13pm and weighed 8lbs 10oz :) I am so over the moon for my Dad and Stepmum. Lily is a perfect little bundle, an absolute blessing and I am head over heels for her already. She slept the whole time I was at the hospital so hopefully her and mum will be home in the next couple of days and I can go over for some more cuddles (and silence the broody monster inside me - ha!)

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend whatever you're upto. I don't want to jinx it but I hope Mr Blue Sky stays with us for just a wee while longer. We haven't had a 'proper' summer in what seems like forever.

Ayden x


Home Sweet Home

Again, it's been a while since my last update. But life has been keeping me on my toes as usual and I've been working on a couple of new bits and bobs for the blog, as a little celebration for when I hit 1400 readers. Absolute madness, you magnificent bunch. As you have seen from my last posts, I'm trying my hardest at the moment to make my house seem more homely. I can see a theme developing in my pastel coloured, bunting filled bedroom (seriously, you'd think there was a fete going on in there) I love my white furniture but as much as I enjoy ikea (Malm bed and all the trimmings) and what they stand for, I feel like some of their stuff takes 'simple' to the extreme. The Fashion From Home website has been giving me so much inspiration for more stylised looking furniture, which is still within my price range! But I have no where to put any new furniture, as my flat was partly furnished when we moved in, but this will all be going in the inspiration bank for a house of my own one day.


Marina Bench - £179.
Perfect for sitting infront of the bay/town house style windows. I can imagine this with a custom size foam cushion on top, upholstered with some lovely Cath Kidston fabric. Think the drawers underneath would be great for keeping spare bed covers, bath towels etc (we don't have any cupboard space at all in this house and it proves problematic at times)


Marina Secretary Desk - £269.
I think when I am a 'grown up' I'd love my own office, with a beautiful desk like this and a desktop Mac. A girl can dream eh! I actually think if you got a lovely white mirror it would do great as a dressing table too. So pretty.


Grand Beige Premium 2 Seat Sofa - £649
Since all the sofas I have ever had in my flats have been inherited, borrowed or chosen by someone else, BIG pieces of furniture like this really excite me. They are always so bloody expensive, but I will be so satisfied when the day comes that I get to choose something like this for myself. The above would be completely unpractical in a house with children or animals (unless you have a death wish) but my goodness it is lush!

Fashion From Home aim to provide affordable designer furniture, without cutting corners on quality. While I only have limited creative control over my rented accomodation at the moment, looking around their site inspired me to get creative with the latest change to my bedroom - moving houses for the guinea pigs and making a little space for the new addition to my furry family :)

Before:


After:
 


I got a new cage from a local shed company, after eyeing up the cage Jennie has for Ralphie and deciding I wanted to get my boys something similar. Although the kitten hopefully won't bother with the guinea pigs, as he's a ragdoll and very laid back, I thought it was a better idea to move Oscar and Alfie in a house with a roof instead of their open top playpen. It also means that they are able to stay with Dougal too, rather than being in two separate cages :) I painted the whole thing white, recovered the roof with some wax tablecloth material from Mandors, and painted a wooden loveheart blue to match for the centre of the cage.


Oscar peeping up to say hello!


Slightly smaller than their last cages, which I do feel guilty about but now I will be able to give them more floor time, as there is a lot more space for them in my room to run about safely. I've tried my hardest to block every nook and cranny off. They like to get under/in/about/behind EVERYTHING.


And now the wee fella's corner :) I say wee fella, as he is yet to be named!


I got everything above from pets at home, apart from the rug which I got from Ikea. They had so much beautiful stuff, a really great selection so I was able to choose accordingly and pick some things that matched the colour scheme of my room. 


This may all seem a bit vain 'prettying' up my pets surroundings, but while they turn my bedroom into a farmyard I think I have the right to make it look half decent :p But their comfort is my number one priority and I will always make sure these boys are spoiled. I'm really intrigued to see how the ragdoll kitten will get on with the piggies, anyone had any experience of this before?


Here he is! :) Another picture update from the breeder. He who still has no name will be getting his last jags this week, neutured next week, and hopefully we will be able to pick him up next weekend. We literally have everything sitting ready, waiting for him to arrive. His little brown mask is starting to develop so much already, I can't wait to see how his colouring turns out.

Now, I need your opinion on names. What is your favourite out of Dexter, Reuben, and Elliot?

Lots of love,

Ayden x

Questions and Answers



I've been so excited about sharing this picture of me in illustration form by the insanely talented Kelli Murray. Could not have been more pleased with how it turned out :) I'm currently having a lazy sunday morning in bed with a cuppa and some toast and nutella. I've got a 'make under' at Bare Minerals later, and then I'm going to see my dad, wee brother and stepmum for dinner (who is about to burst, baby is due any time now) I've got some good posts lined up for this week, but I thought it was about time to finally do the q&a from when I asked you all weeks ago! Despite being on and off work at the moment, there's a lot of change going on in my wee household (which I shall share at the end of this post) so I've been kept pretty busy since my last update. Plus I've pulled a muscle in my lower back and it's taking about 3 times longer than usual to get anywhere or do anything :( So bloody sore. I went to Johns for a bath to help ease it (that's one thing I miss about my flat, we have an awesome walk in shower but it's just not the same!) and he lit lots of candles for me and popped Bon Iver on his ipad. What a wee gem. If only I could do that every night plz. Noticed I've gained a few more readers lately, hello! So hopefully these questions have came at a decent time too :)

What made you get into blogging? From Anonymous.

We were actually encouraged at uni to start up a blog and write about our experiences. I did this at the very start (which is still there, if you want to go back and have a nosy!) But over time my posts became more and more personal, as I discovered that blogging was actually a 'thing' and that a whole online community existed on here! People started to read and comment on what I was writing... and so it became less uni related and more about me. A few blah blah blah's later, and here we are.
If you could be any fruit what would you be? Top five fave songs? Favourite film quote? Last meal? From Kelly.

I think I would be a Coconut. Is that even a fruit? So I got to sit high at the top of a tree in a lovely warm climate and watch the world go by.

Songs... ahh that's a hard one :( I'm a big pop punk and emo lover at heart. But I'll give you my faves at the moment:

1. City and Colour - What Makes A Man
2. Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
3. Frightened Rabbit - Nothing Like You
4. Micheal Kiwanuka - Bones
5. Charlie Simpson - Cemetary

But depending on my mood, the time of day etc that list can be so different.

Favourite film quote would need to be by Yvaine from Stardust:
"You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn't true. I know a lot about love. I've seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate... It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves... You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and... What I'm trying to say, Tristan is... I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I'd know it for myself. My heart... It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it's trying to escape because it doesn't belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I'd wish for nothing in exchange - no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine"

Last meal would be a medium rare steak with all the trimmings. Those questions were so hard Kel! :(

I want to know: will you marry me, where do you get style inspiration from, if you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? From Bee 

Yes Bee, I will marry you. As for style inspiration, I have no idea, I wish I had more of a sense of style but generally it's just a I see it and I like it. If I could live anywhere in the world it would be Canada. Snowboarding in the winter, surfing in the summer, and booming film industry over there. A little closer to home I'd choose Cornwall, because I love being by the coast and the sea, and it's genuinely full of the kindest and most friendly people I've ever met.

Whats exactly is your job? And do you enjoy it? From Anonymous

I work freelance in the art department for tv and film. I often dabble in a bit of theatre and events too. I'm basically one of those behind the scenes people who works on the set and the props and the overall 'look' of the production. You can see all my grown up worky stuff at www.aydenmillar.com. But depending on the job my title and role can vary greatly! My boss is 99% of the time the production designer, and if you ever watch the extras on film dvd's you'll often see a wee glimpse into the art department and all the scenic artists, prop makers, set dressers etc it takes to get a film or tv set to look the way it does. I've been self employed for 2 years now, and although it is stressful, and has its 'moments', I bloody love my job.

 My question is when did you start blogging and why? From Eilidh

Kinda same answer as the first one - I started in my first year of uni, but properly began posting in the last few years when I realised the blogging presence that existed on here :) I've also recently got a tumblr, which is quite good as a little side line since I am so rubbish at posting on a regular basis.

I was wondering what the inspiration is behind your calf tattoos? Also I was wondering, do you like to read? If so, what genre? From Emma

Some of my tattoos have taken on quite a nautical theme and I guess I wanted to continue that. 'Light Up The Darkness' and the ship in a stormy sea on one calf, and the lighthouse on the other felt like an appropriate thing to get tattooed after I pulled myself out of what was the worst year of my life last year. There will always be those special people, and places, and things that will guide you through the hard times. But all mushyness aside, the actual images were just something I really wanted to take to my tattooist and get him to design for me! Also, I don't read as much as I would like to :( I always feel sick on public transport so I never get the time to read there, when I'm at work I don't get a spare minute or often a real lunch break where I can switch off so that's a no no too. And at home, I'm often caught up in seeing to the piggies and tidying, then falling into bed. I wish I could make time for reading. Any easy going book suggestions to get me started would be much appreciated.

  If you could go on a holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? What would your dream outfit be? (money is no object, could spend any amount on it) From Jess.

I would love to go somewhere tropical like Mauritus or the Maldives - purely for absolute relaxation and a taste of paradise. But ideally I'd prefer somewhere like Hawaii or New Zealand, where I could enjoy the beautiful weather but also go on an adventure and get my surf on, or try out some scuba diving, 4x4'ing or a sky dive. I want to explore what our beautiful world has to offer, and visit the kind of natural wonders you only get to see in national geographic. If I could go a whirlwind tour in my own private helicopter, that would be amazing. A girl can dream eh? And as for my dream outfit, I honestly think if I won the lottery I would just dress the same as I do now! I wouldn't go all flash and designer, I think I would just spend thousands of pounds in Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Lazy Oaf, Drop Dead, Reko, Roxy, and other brands that I drool over but can never completely splurge in. A shopping spree in London and New York would be first on the cards. Sorry, did you say outfit? Sounds like I'm going for whole wardrobe here...

What is your favourite Book? From Alice

My favourite book without a doubt is Wicked by Gregory McGuire. I read it before I went to see the muscial, and now I love the musical more. Which as I said in the other question, makes me sad because I feel like I could only rhyme off on two hands the amount of books I remember reading :( I really do need to rectify this, and I think I would enjoy almost any genre so if you have a favourite book please recommend it to me and I'll promise myself I will make an effort over the coming months and keep you all posted!

 ♥ ♥ ♥

Bloody hell, those questions were all so hard, and took me a lot longer to answer than what I thought. I feel like if I went back and re-read them all I'd probs write something different! Especially when it comes to music and places to go on holiday. I hope you enjoyed reading them none the less :) It's my birthday in less than a month and because of that, my boyfriend and I are introducing a new little person to my fuzzy family...




My yet to be named little pedigree radgoll kitten :) He was born on 28th of feb, and once he's had his final jag and been neutered he'll be coming to stay with me and the piggies. He was born all white, and you can see the little brown mask over his face has slowly started to develop. Ragdolls have beautiful colourings and I can't wait to see how he will turn out. I've spent the past week sourcing and doing up a new cage for Oscar, Alfie and Dougal, one with a top just incase the kitten becomes inquisitive. But ragdolls are known to be very laid back breeds so I'm hoping that with time and a proper introducion he will see the guinea pigs as friends rather than play things. So my bedroom is having a good shuffle while I sort out a living space for all these fuzzy fella's, but I'll be back with a photo update soon and I'd love your opinions! Also, any name suggestions for the kitty? I'm going to need to dash and get ready now, and the layout of this post has went wierd but I can't seem to fix it and don't have the time to sit and play about with it any more just now :( So please excuse me! I hope you all have a lovely sunday whatever you're upto.

Lots of love,

Ayden x