The importance of being Earnest

Okay, I know it's not the same spelling (or even the same meaning) but hundreds of blog posts later I seem to be running out of cheesy emo lyrics for titles. I never thought I'd see the day! Anyways, I hope this finds you all well my dears. I have some lovely jubbly things to show you...

I was gifted by the very nice (I mean that, they have manners and lovely chat!) folks at Ernest Jones with this limited edition polished sterling silver hallmarked bracelet. Now that's a lot of pressure for someone like me, whose jewellery collection contains mostly plastic a la Tatty Devine, wooden brooches a la Lady Luck Rules OK, sparkly rings from Me & Zena and other similar costume jewels. The most 'grown up' jewellery I have, I got for my 21st birthday, a Links of London friendship bracelet and my Pandora charm bracelet.

This one? This one kinda tops all that. It even has my 'online persona' engraved onto it :) I am aware I sound like a right numpty talking about my online persona... But 'Rogue' was an alias I took on way back in the myspace days, and it has trickled through to my twitter, flickr, tumblr names etc. I know I win the number one prize here for being unable to work macro on my SLR. But can you see it? *squints eyes*

It is so simple, and silver, and pretty. I love it. A lot of my jewellery tends to be a bit mad and I can't wear more than a few pieces at once before looking like a travelling market stall on wheels. Pretending to be a grown up, in a grown up job and going to grown up places (like the Scottish Ballet, but more on that later) it is a real treat to have a nice piece of jewellery like this around my wrist. Rather than googly eyes, pirate ships and domino pieces dangling about me (I take that back, I love it really)

Ernest Jones is a site/shop I have visited for gifts for friends and family on special occasions. Their spring/summer 2012 range has been sorted into themed categories, which I really like as it helps nonsensical people like myself arm themselves with the pretense of knowing what goes with what when it comes to jewellery and accessories. It is my birthday in June, so I had a nosy around the website and used their newly launched facebook app to create my own wishlist.

I wonder if more brands and websites will catch on and do this, as it is really a great idea and so simple to use. Once I had signed into the app, all I had to do was press 'like' underneath the item on the Ernest Jones websites and it updated my wishlist on the facebook app automatically. Once full (of 5 items, but I could have kept going...) you have the ability to publish your list for people on your facebook to see, or even private message it directly to someone (LETS JUST SAY I WISH MY DAD HAD FACEBOOK) Here's what I chose, and you can click the pictures to look at the item directly on their website:

How cute is the wee acorn?! Creating this wishlist will keep all these fresh in my mind in case any friends or family ask for some gift inspiration for my birthday (but maybe not the Marco Bicego 18ct yellow gold multi stone bracelet 2nd from the bottom at over £2,500... but everything else is affordable haha!) I tend to hopelessly fill my shopping basket on my favourite websites anyways, but majorly sigh when I see how much my fantasy shopping adds up to :( But on a good note, by creating the wishlist and liking the page I've been entered into a prize draw to win something from my wishlist. Fingers crossed! And let me know if you end up entering too, it only takes a few minutes :) But I take no responsibility for encouraging online window shopping...

I wore my bracelet for the first time, along with a nice dress and heels to see A Streetcar Named Desire at Scottish Ballet on thursday night. Wow, just wow. They have just finished up in Glasgow, but are touring Edinburgh, London, Aberdeen, Inverness and Belfast, finishing up on the 19th of May and I highly suggest going to see it. Even if you are not a massive fan of the ballet, it was my boyfriends first time but he enjoyed it also. I think it was the fusion of the music from the deep south and new orleans in the 1930's, along with the classical twist from the orchestra that set a soundtrack almost as if I was watching a silent movie rather than a ballet.

STELLAAAA! I didn't study this book at school, but I know a lot of people who did but I was surprised to see how fiesty and dark it was, with a lot of sexual tension from the very start. As always, my favourite part was the set and the costumes. I love seeing what Scottish Ballet comes up with next and they absolutely never disappoint. This set was especially clever, with a lot of depth considering how minimalistic it actually was. But I won't ruin it for you, please go and see if you get the chance! It was totally different to the ballets I have seen there before (Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty) a lot less innocent and much more dark, sexy and grown up.

Well it's just past midnight, and that's when I officially turn into an ogre so I'm off to bed. Will be back in a few days with pictures from over my easter break and time off work. Travelling to the North Lakes Tattoo Convention tomorrow to get tattooed, then on monday I'm back to work at the BBC for a couple of weeks. Remember you can always come say hello on twitter or tumblr :)

Ayden x

This city is haunted

Scottish weather, make up your bloody mind. One day I am lying on the beach eating sandwiches with my bestie, the other I'm sitting hungover outside the tattoo convention drinking bovril in the pouring rain, and the next I am fighting the cold and wind (and zombies) on the streets in glasgow city centre. But hai, life is peachy, I went a walk in the heavy rain tonight and realised I wouldn't rather be anywhere else other than where I am right now.

A road trip to Luss with the beautiful Jenn. We sat on the beach, had girly chats and a lovely wee picnic provided by Jenn :) We had to shoo off a rather keen swan at one point, but apart from that it was awesome to just lie on our blanket and chill. I can't wait for summer and more trips like this. I also really can't wait to book up on holiday somewhere. Cornwall with Jenn and some surfing the last week in June, and maybe Tiree with John, his best friend Andy and his girlfriend Olivia could be on the cards. I have never really been on a massive family holiday before, but I think we might all be booking up to go to my Aunty Paula's house in the Algarve for my Aunty Elaine's 50th in september. I AM PALE, BRING MEH SUN! Are you booked up to go away anywhere over the summer months?

I am really enjoying living in the south side of glasgow :) I went to a local haunt with Kirsty, Maired and Ruth a couple of weeks ago (as mentioned in the last post) and it was SO satisfying having a 2 minute taxi ride home. I can't handle my alcohol very well anymore to be honest, but I've never been much of a drinker anyways. It's good to have an excuse to get a pretty outfit on (since I spend most of my time at work looking like an absolute tramp covered in paint and all sorts) and of course to get my fantastic dance moves on. I lie, I can't dance at all. The boy in the top picture asked us if we had any drugs, which proceeded in a lecture and his hat being stolen. I am going to be very un rock and roll and put this out there but I have never been the type of person who has needed drugs to have a good time, and I certainly never will.

I spent the saturday after said night out at the Scottish Tattoo Convention in Edinburgh. Feeling absolutely awful from the night before, but a good bit of banter and some greasy scran did the trick :) I drove myself, Leah, Louise and her fiance Colin through, and we had a brilliant time having a wander round all the stalls. I had a good old nosy at a number of artists portfolios, and collected a bunch of business cards from studios all around the world where I would absolutely love to get tattooed. Might not ever happen, but it's got my feet itching to see the talent that lies outwith tiny Glasgow (and Scotland!) I bought myself and John matching tattoo mugs too. Well, mines has a mermaid and his has a ship but they are of the same shape and style :) I also got a little origami crane tattoo on my wrist, by Harry Morgan from Melbourne. It's super different from any of my other tattoos, but I really like it and Harry was lovely. I'm booked in at Custom Inc in glasgow to get the bottom half of my arm done the day after my birthday in june, but really hoping I'll get a cancellation before then. There were so many fantastic stalls at the convention apart from people tattooing, including artwork, clothes, accessories, jewellery, homeware, and even some ladies doing 50's pin up hair styles! It was a great day out (Thanks Lou &hearts) and I'd definitely go back again next year. I would have loved to get my hair done :( If I knew I wasn't about to spend saturday night doing this...

Armed with a very convincing high heel shoe (afterwards) on saturday night me and John took part in 2.8 hours later. This is a zombie cross city chase game, and it happens all up and down the uk so be sure to check the website and see if it is coming to a city near you! What can I say, apart from it is not for the faint hearted. Zombie apocalypse is basically my worst nightmare :( The I am Legend story especially, is something that my worst fears could see happening in real life. But when I heard the game was coming to glasgow I couldn't resist. Total glutton for punishment! You are released at your allotted time in groups of 5-8 (we ended up with a bunch of folk we didn't know but they turned out to be the nicest people ever!) and use a gridded map and clues along the way to find the 'safe zone' (complete with food and zombie disco might I add) I don't want to give too much away for the people who plan on going but this video from the website is a pretty good indication...


I am a big scaredy pants but I couldn't recommend this night enough. It was great fun, but wasn't plain sailing as it involved a lot of teamwork, map reading, problem solving and RUNNING. There were check points set up along the way, with actors and very convincing set dressing, which added to the story of it all and made it feel like a real journey rather than just a manic free for all. I don't know if I will ever look at my city in the same light again mind you.... oh, and if there is a zombie apocalypse I know the first places NOT to hide! Wahhhh! Have you ever done 2.8 hours later before? 4 out of the group got infected (including poor John) which is basically when you get caught they tag your hand but you are able to continue the game, and you find out at HQ if you have definitely been infected or not. Those people get done up as zombies for the party :) and the lucky survivors don't - which included me! Lets just say I can run pretty darn fast when I know I'm being chased by my worst nightmare (being small and able to dodge in and out helps)

I am still enjoying my sugar coma from the weekend, I hope you all had a wonderful easter break and my chat about flesh eating zombies hasn't put you off your easter eggs too much!

Ayden x

Sans Soleil

A spring clean of my wardrobe has left a little room in my wardrobe (and wallet) for some new goodies. I really struggle in my transition from winter to summer wardrobe. Basic key seems to be add/subtract tights and a cardigan. Ooops! Must try harder...

Bleached denim Vans, New Look wedges and the standard summer white plimsoles from Topshop.

Moustache ring from Accessorise.

Attire from Pulp for my night of 2.8 Hours Later (which I will explain properly in the next post, it's a scary one)

I planned to wear this dress for the zombie disco afterwards, but I was too hungover to contemplate a saturday night out after spending all day hungover at the Scottish Tattoo Convention (Here's looking at YOU Kirsty, Ruth and Maired!) Had a brilliant friday night with these fellow blogging girlies though. Home to bed on saturday afterwards with my fella and some dominoes pizza was a pretty good hangover cure. Not to mention getting an impromptu tattoo at the convention and running away from zombies all of saturday night.

Tee's all from Primark, and dungarees from New Look. Anyone got any tips on how to keep the very thin scalloped edges of these tshirts at bay when you are wearing them? For me, they just end up flicking up everywhere :(

Some new skinny jeans and a vest top, again from New Look. I got a bit carried away, but they have some great stuff in at the moment.

Hallo new purse! This wee pretty from accessorise will need to do until I get my desperate paws on the viv westwood galaxy wallet :( A new purse always feels like a new start for me, hope someone out there knows what I mean?

The comfiest and cutest jammies I ever did see. David and Goliath stuff always makes me chuckle. When I saw these bottoms with sushi and toast on them I couldn't say no. Go on, tell me they don't make you smile! :)

I have a couple of weeks off at the moment before I start my next contract, and apart from the weather taking a turn for the worst today I have been making the most of the sunshine over the past week or so. Enjoying a couple of trips to the seaside (firstly a la Dominique above and driving with the top down) I tried a rather interesting irn bru sorbet from nardinis which was nice! Have any of you seen the latest irn bru adverts on telly that I worked on with my boyfriend?

I met my old designer from Counting With Rodd for lunch and a catch up. It was good to talk all things girly and career wise. I love hearing peoples stories and experiences who have been in the film and tv industry for years and years. I really appreciate having mentor figures who I can look up to and turn to for advice. Really, I just love a bloody good blether. She bought me these lovely tulips, and yes, my windows need cleaned, oops!

I'm actually still looking after a plant I took from the set of Counting With Rodd when we finished up in january. I couldn't even tell you what this is... (can anyone tell me?) but it's not dead - yet - and sits in a giant teacup in my room. Dobbies actually had even BIGGER versions of these teacups for your plants! It really makes me want my own garden. I'm sure Oscar, Alfie and Dougal would be more than happy to keep the grass trimmed for me :) One day!

My old boss Ali also got me a beautiful card (at the front) thanking me for the work I'd done for her. The card on the right came as a cute surprise in the post along with a little love hearts keyring from Lauren :) What a wee gem. I'd love to go back to Brighton and visit, especially now that the weather is a bit more appropriate! It was still an awesome place, even in november. The card on the right is from my buddy Jess in america. We recently exchanged parcels and tried to keep it more beauty related this time, as in the past it's pretty much just been a sugar explosion. This gal packs a good parcel I'm telling ya! Thank you so both so much for these random acts of kindness ♥ See, us girls can be sensible when we want to be! Although she did pop a Peep in there as I told you in the last post, which I INHALED (being the best word)

I really enjoyed reading your feedback about exercise and eating habits - it was so interesting to hear everyones different stories and opinions, and it made me feel a lot better about my attitude towards food in general. Another question for discussion, but if you are on the contraceptive pill, or have been in the past, did you feel like that had an effect on your weight? Having recently came off the pill after being on it since I was 15 I'll be interested to see if my weight goes one way or another, or doesn't do anything at all. Girly chats, c'mon! On that note, I'm about to go for dinner with my boyfriend and his family so I better dash :)

Love Ayden x