I really envy those of you who actually enjoy going to the gym and fitness classes. They say three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic, and despite being a member of my local gym for over a year now, I wouldn't quite call my frequenting of it a 'habit'... Today I thought I'd share a few sports I've taken part in over the years which are brilliant for burning calories without even realising you are working out. This sort of fitness is the most rewarding for me, when it's fun too and doesn't feel like a chore!
Firstly, I have no idea where that last rogue post came from (it was an old one about my ipad I posted last year, which decided to show it's pretty face at the front of my blog again?) In case you think I've suffered a bit of a time warp and went back to my brown hair.
I guess this month has been a time warp for me after all. Full of highs and lows and it has left me in a bit of a strange place to be honest. I started on the second series of fill your house for channel four at the beginning of the month, and 4 weeks of 14 hour days didn't leave much time for me to do much else. I managed to cram in some nights out on my rare days off but amongst the madness blogging was really the last thing on my mind. Ever get that feeling where ever day is groundhog day and you're just drifting through rather than actually living in each moment? That's sort of how I've felt for the bulk of the month.
I've got a couple of weeks off now so lots of time to redeem myself and hopefully build my spirits back up and get into blogging again. So I apologise in advance for coming across as a little deflated in this post. Thank you for sticking by me too even though I'm not the most regular blogger on the planet. Feel like I've lost my way at the moment, so any feedback on what you'd like to see from me on here would be greatly appreciated! So, here is a massive sum up of what February held for me! Warning, it's picture heavy :)
I attended an event at Snugglemuffin in Glasgow for lots of lovely tea and awesome cakes! Here's me and Amanda with some cupcakes we decorated.
My faves were the pink champagne cocktails (which tasted just like melted fab ice lollies) the chocolate covered strawberries and the smores brownies. Cocktails and cake are a sure fire way to this girls heart :)
On the same evening I also got my nails done at Rainbow Rooms. I'm a total sucker for a french mani, and couldn't resist a little sparkly fade feature nail.
Just before I started on the channel four job I had a night at the Hydro with my Gran for the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour. I wasn't a massive follower of the show but it was still a very entertaining night. My Gran had a lot of fun too which was lovely to see. She doesn't get night outs like this very often so it was a total joy to treat her.
First week on the job, out and about sourcing materials I popped by my Mums for lunch one day and ended up playing with my sisters dream phone. I never had one myself so I was chuffed that my Mum got a hold of one for her. I spent the rest of the afternoon calling up hot boys of course ;)
Another few days into the job entailed of visiting some of the big scrap yards in Glasgow (you will see why when the show comes on telly this year) It did remind me of the film The Brave Little Toaster. And I got to wear a super cool hard hat and high vis waistcoat for the afternoon too! What an outfit post that would have made for haha.
The first weekend after I started work called for a big girlie night in! Grant came by for a drink before he went out, and Gary and his boyfriend sat in with us for a while too. Once all the boys had vacated we got the tunes on and the alco-pops on ice (classy birds)
Instead of relying on my macbook for music I had a loan of the Pioneer X-SMC11DAB speaker, and all I can say is that I WANT ONE. I never realised how much of a difference in sound there would be from a laptop, to a proper docking system like this. John is a sound engineer so he set it up all up for me and had a play around, and was impressed too. My iphone 5 fit in the dock, which meant I was able to put Spotify on shuffle all night - which made for some hilarious music choices and we danced the night away to mostly 90's and early 00's pop, think Spice Girls, Britney and Christina Aguilera.
The night was full of hilarity and we ended up getting my flatmates unicorn head down for the bookcase and having a dance around with it (he made it when we were at uni... and lets face it what is life without a giant unicorn head) We went to bed at 5am and it was one of those nights where there are many videos and pictures that shall never see the light of day. The speaker also had a CD player and radio built in too, so it was quite nice enjoying it for a couple more days after the party. I love getting music on when I'm tidying up, cooking, or going for a shower. Definitely need to put one of these on my 25th birthday wishlist.
A slightly more sober weekend was to be had after the party, and Kyle treated me to a day of snowboarding up north! I was feeling quite stressed with work at this point so it was great to get away for the day with no phone signal and brush some of the cobwebs away.
I'm getting my roots done tomorrow, but boredom struck a couple of weeks ago and I ended up using Rose from Bleach London to give my hair a pastel pink tinge. This is how it turned out, and it literally washed out the next day. I know it is only meant to last between 2-10 washes but I was still slightly disappointed with the staying power. At least it didn't stain my hair in the slightest! How have you got on using any of their dyes?
I popped my Pinto cherry one lunch time at work before we started filming, and holy crap it was amazing! I'm not a huge fan of mexican or spicy food but the burrito I got was SO GOOD (even though it doesn't take the prettiest food porn picture)
I had the saturday off the weekend of valentines day, and was treated to this lovely parcel from F&F.
OKAY I admit this picture is missing a huge pink hotel chocolat lollypop which was beautifully decorated, but I was naughty and gobbled it up before I got a chance to take the photos.
I got to use my lovely Soap and Glory glow lotion, lipgloss and Essie nail varnish on my date night with John that saturday (oh, and maybe the pretty new underwear set too! Can't believe Tesco have gorgeous sets like this) We went for a drink at Firebird in the west end then to Butchershop Bar and Grill for some epic steaks.
More cocktails at the Butchershop, and then dat steak. Oh my! It was brilliant.
We came a home a bit tipsy and proceeded to pull Dexter in for some selfies. He was less than impressed!
Back to work on sunday for a last minute push to prep for filming on the monday. Here's me with my super talented boss and production designer Laurel.
The week of filming was pretty intense, but it was a great job with a fantastic team and I felt very lucky to be back working alongside such a talented bunch of individuals. Very sad to wave goodbye to Max, Lee and Charis at the end of the week. But you might be seeing more from them sooner rather than later ;) My lips are sealed!
My first day off after filming I spent with John, and we went for a long walk in the south side which ended up in a bit of a pub crawl followed by dinner at Buddys. Another meat induced coma, no wonder I've not lost any weight this month with the amount of food that's been consumed.
The day after I finished up with channel four I ended up doing a comedy pilot with STV for a couple of days, and then my job last week and this week got cancelled :( Which I think turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I was running on empty by the end of the month and didn't realise how much I have needed some time to myself. I met up with Jenn for breakfast the first day I was completely finished with all my telly work, and she borrowed some of my snowboarding stuff for her trip to Switzerland this year. Super jealous! Although I have done lots of snowboarding in scotland I have never been abroad to do it. This definitely needs to change.
After a hearty breakfast of pancakes, bacon and maple syrup I headed into Glasgow to get tattooed. I'm trying to fill some of the gaps on my right arm and got this one on my forearm. A little one for my Mum, who is the biggest source of strength and inspiration in my life ♥ This week I am going to get another gap filled with something for my Dad. Watch this space!
Haha this post is going on for everrrr. Nearly done, I promise. Friday was Dexters 2nd birthday, which he celebrated by watching me doing my accounts, followed by some sleeping and eating of dreamies. It's a hard life eh?
On saturday I went into town to get my nails and eyebrows done, which ended up being a complete disaster. I won't name and shame the company on here but if you follow me on instagram (@hellorogue) you can see the photos and what happened. I bought some new clothes in town which felt so strange after I had been paid because I've not bought myself anything new in absolutely ages. Typical when you have some money to spend you go looking and hardly see anything you want to buy. On saturday night Uncle Greig and his girlfriend Anita came over for dinner, then me and Emma went out for an evening of drinking and dancing. We ended up bumping into Kyle so he came back to mine and stayed with us too. I was in fine spirits when I woke up on sunday morning, until I went out to the car to find this...
My car has been hit, again! After getting the back end fixed only a month ago, I can't believe another driver has rammed into my car and not bothered to stop and leave their details. It really makes me loose my faith and think that there are no honest people out there :( The parking is tight in my street, but I wasn't on a corner or anything so I have no idea how this happened. Currently waiting on a quote to get it fixed, but this is honestly the last thing I need right now. I know it's only a car, but it has been a pretty exhausting month with some personal struggles going on and I really wish this hadn't happened again.
But hey, that's life isn't it? When life gives you lemons, crack open the gin. I picked up my auntys dog murray on sunday afternoon so I've got him to keep me company this week, and have a few other nice bits and bobs planned to keep my spirits up until the next job comes along.
Well this has been the most eclectic and jam packed post ever, but now we are up to date with all of my goings on I promise that things shall get a bit more regular around here :) Remember to let me know what sort of stuff you'd like to see more of from me! And I'm always on twitter and instagram (links in the sidebar) so you can keep in touch via there too.
All the hugs!
This post is very much the opposite of a little hell, I promise you. The title is one of my favourite songs from an amazing band called City and Colour, fronted by Dallas Green of Alexisonfire fame. If you'd like an accompaniment to reading this post you can listen to the song here :) I went to see them live for the second time at the O2 Academy in Glasgow last night and they did not disappoint. Dallas has the most beautiful (and strangely sort of haunting) singing voice. My automatic reaction to hearing him singing is I WANT TO MARRY YOU (sorry John) I'm actually going to quite a few gigs this year, last night was the first and next up are Fall Out Boy, Brand New, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry. Anyways, here is a wee monday round up of my life as of late.
If you follow me on instagram (@hellorogue) then you might have seen that I was puppysitting my auntys dog Murray last week. My Aunty works away as a Purser on a ship so the wee fella came to stay with me for a few days. Murray is a 6 month old Kai-Leo, and was absolute brilliant company to have! Although I keep myself busy while I'm off work, it was nice to have a wee companion to follow me around and after a day he was my best buddy (even more clingy than Dexter) I never realised how trustworthy and loyal dogs are until now!
One of the best things about having Murray to stay was an excuse and the motivation to go out for long walks (something I would rarely do on my own) We met up with Heather and her two pups and went for a massive walk around the south side of Glasgow and Queens Park. We stopped at the Glad Cafe so I could run in and get us a coffee, and when I came back out Heather had inherited a Corgi who's owner had jumped in for a coffee too. I shall now rename her Heather the dog wrangler haha. Murray was absolutely filthy when we got home, so I gave him a bath using the Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner that I used on Dexter and the pigs a couple of weeks ago.
After a long day of walks, a bath and a blow dry we were both very tired and got an early night. I thought that cat naps were nice but dogs naps are even better!
On the friday evening Titan Props were holding a screening of The Shining in their warehouse, so me Gary and Murray went along with some other people that we work with. They had a giant projector screen set up, and some Shining related props scattered about - including their own remake of the creepy door...
I thought that my door picture was good, but I think Murrays professional photo steals the show! He was very well behaved and sat on my knee under a blanket for the whole film without making a peep, then had fun exploring the prop store and saying hello to everyone properly once the film had finished.
Come saturday afternoon I drove over to see Jenn for a catch up and she fell in love with the pup too! I was pretty sad taking him back to my Grans that evening, we'd made a strong little bond in the past few days and had lots of fun. He was no bother at all and the cats weren't fussed in the slightest by him (probably because they'd all met briefly before, and Tink is the same size while Dexter is bigger) so that was a relief because I didn't want them to be upset while their new visitor was there. Hopefully I shall be reunited with my puppy love soon :) Are you a non dog owner that's had a go of dog sitting?
Saturday night I went out to the Cathouse with a big group of about 15 friends, but wasn't drinking as I was gonna be up for snowboarding at 5am the next morning (above is me, Neil, Sean and Heather) It was quite surreal when at two separate points people came up to me that recognised me from this months issue of Front magazine. I wasn't expecting it at all!
I was home and in bed for 3am, and by 9am I was at the top of Glencoe. I think the cold must have frozen any tiredness out of me. Managed to last the whole day snowboarding without feeling that tired or grumpy.
I headed up in the van with a bunch of lovely guys that I went to school/grew up with. Queue boy talk and jokes the whole bloody day. I think I did not bad at keeping up with them though!
Me and Sam on the chairlift heading back down the mountain at 4pm. The conditions were good, lots of nice soft powder coverage but the visibility was a bit rubbish the higher up you got. This is my first time back at Glencoe or even on my board since I ended up in crutches for 2 months last year with a partially torn ligament in my knee. So I was quite nervous about heading up but I took it easy and my old wonky knee handled it fine.
I was so grateful to get home that evening, into my jammies and put the kettle on. I've been using my new Suki Teapot that Louise got me for christmas, along with lots of new loose teas in these cute little tins from Uncle Greig. Think he bought them from a tea shop up in Aberdeen.
Another tea I have been trying this week is the Bootea Detox. I'm on day 5 of 14, not sure if anyone would fancy me doing a little review of this once I'm done? I know these sort of health detoxes can be quite faddy and not quite everyone's cup of tea (excuse the pun - LOLZ!)
Hope your Monday hasn't been too blue so far ♥
I love the fact that in Scotland you can drive out of the city and within half an hour be in front of these incredible landscapes. I've had a busy start to the year work wise and after my macbook needed to go in for some major repairs I thought it was about time to take my cluttered brain up north.
Money Supermarket gave me £20 to celebrate life's 'little wins', and asked what I would do with finding a spare bit of money that I never knew was there. Have a look at the video they have running for the campaign, makes me all gooey inside seeing people happy. It actually reminded me of when I lived at home about 5 years ago and I stumbled across 10 x £20 notes curled up inside my Hello Kitty piggy bank. I must have saved up the money from a birthday or christmas and COMPLETELY forgotten about it. I still remember clear as day what I did with that £200 - I bought my snowboard. With nostalgia getting the better of me and my lungs gasping for some clear, cold country air I decided to spend my £20 towards a day pass at Aviemore.
Well hey there! Here's me somewhat resembling a marshmallow wearing pj's with my friend Pete at the Cairngorms a few weekends ago. The weather wasn't in our favour however and there ended up being a total white out only a few hours after we arrived. 10% visibility isn't the nicest condition to board it so we called it a day by the early afternoon. We did have the best hot chocolate I've ever tasted though :) That half day on the slopes planted a little seed and I found that my boarding bug was raring and ready to go by the next weekend.
I headed to Glencoe with Kyle and the conditions were brilliant. We got some great runs, and ate our lunch and drank tea in the middle of the snowy mountains.
Kyle and me on his instax mini, which I am absolutely lusting over! An hour or so after lunch I took a jump but landed it on my opposite foot with my legs not bent enough and my knee took all of the shock of the landing. At first it just felt like a really bad cramp, but it turns out I have partially torn a ligament in my knee :( We still had a brilliant day and I got a lift back down the mountain on a snow mobile which was FUN. A day and a trip to a&e later I've got crutches and an MRI scan next week. So although my inital £20 got me a blizzardy false start on the slopes and a second shot which ended in tears, I still couldn't be happier and I can't wait to get back on my feet (and board) again :) Would you rekindle any hobbies that tend to lay dormant when you have a lack of funds or time to do it in? Just erm, don't injure yourself like I did.
Before donning my crutches I took some pictures for the Boohoo Global Styler Campaign. Feeling awfy proud to be Scottish in this post, can you tell?
I wore their gorgeous floral skull playsuit with simple gold chain belt and brown wedge heels. With #globalstyler you can win a holiday for you and a friend, plus £1000 Boohoo vouchers just by following the steps below.
Let me know if you enter! I have been searching the Global Styler hashtags for Belfast as I am going with John for his birthday and St Patricks weekend. Trying to stumble across some bloggers from the city for hints on things to see and do. So if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear from you.
I am so not used to this sitting still malarkey. Trying to take it easy this week as I have the Scottish Bloggers Valentine event in Edinburgh this weekend and Kyles birthday/club night. I'm sure cocktails and crutches don't mix so I'm saving all my energy for saturday. While my macbook was away I found I had so much time (or maybe just less distraction) for reading, watching films and crafting again. I think I need to close my laptop more often and remember to spend time relaxing which doesn't involve staring at a screen. Cause lets face it, that's not really relaxing is it? I've got the first two issues of Knit & Stitch magazine to keep me occupied. It is quite challenging but the magazines are so pretty. Can you knit? I am a complete beginner so have been using the introductory dvd and have started making a little pink teddy bear for Dexter (and you know I genuinely say for Dexter after how obsessed he was with the bright blue knitted mouse John got him from a craft fair one day!)