Holiday vs Home

Hello lovelies! There's something about the colour yellow that makes me instantly happy. I went for afternoon tea at the Hidden Lane Tearooms with my friend Ashley and she snapped some portraits of me out in the lane in front of this wall before we left. Over tea and cakes I've been contemplating my plans for this summer. With a steady tv job until the end of august, I thought a holiday would definitely be on the cards for me. A BIG holiday. But now a curveball has been thrown this way. My Uncle is looking to buy a property in Glasgow and wants to rent it out to me and John. So as of august/september we will be finally moving in together! :) We are both over the moon at getting our own place, and I'm already looking at sky deals, council tax and all the other things we'll need to sort out once we move. We will be helping my Uncle with the selection process and going to viewings so hopefully things should start to move quite quickly soon

Amongst my homely excitement I had totally forgotten about our plans to book a holiday for september. We wanted to enjoy some time away together while we both have steady money coming in (which is pretty much never at the same time!) but with a house on the horizon I feel like we should be saving every spare penny for furnishing what will be a completely unfurnished home. I've picked up bits and bobs during my time of renting other flats but it is all a bit mismatched and I definitely don't have everything we need. John is moving out from his family home so he doesn't have much either. So in a way it would be nice to start from scratch and buy all our own furnishings together :) Here's some inspiration of the options of a holiday vs a home that I have been oogling over.

When I say I was in the mood for a big holiday I wasn't thinking of a last minute city break. I am absolutely desperate to go back to America - in particular Las Vegas. Katy Perry, The Hangover and Fear and Loathing totally sell it for me.

My friend Kyle was in Vegas last year and he got to see Katy Perry in concert there! Must have been an absolutely amazing gig. He said the shopping, casinos and restaurants were all absolutely brilliant too.

One place I've always seen pictures of and wanted to visit is the Neon Graveyard. If I had all the moneys I would take Ashley there to do a photoshoot! This picture doesn't do it justice but if you google it you'll see what I'm talking about.

I can't talk about Las Vegas without mentioning something it is renowned for - the casino entertainment. Remember the Friends episode 'The One In Vegas'? It is one of my favourites. Joey had taken a job in Ceasars Casino/Hotel as a Gladiator and that's where they all stayed. I remember seeing clips of the famous Bellagio too and thinking WOW. I am not much of a gambler as I have mentioned before but I don't think I could visit Vegas without playing some games at a casino, wearing a fancy ballgown and drinking cocktails.

My only knowledge of the games they have on offer is from the films I've seen set in Vegas. But I would love to get all dressed up and have a go on the slot machines (like Phoebe in Friends when she's head to head with a local) try my hand at Blackjack (and have an absolute HOOT like Chevy Chase in Vegas Vacation) and see if I could pull a good poker face like Matt Damon in Rounders. I was thinking how amazing it would be to get to work in the film industry out in America and do a big feature film in Vegas. There certainly have been enough movies set in and around the city and the casinos there.

My Vegas holiday research smoothly linked in to finding some amazing homeware inspiration.

These light up letters are from Out There Interiors and totally resemble the signs in the Neon Graveyard that I spoke about earlier. I think one of these would look fantastic in my new home! But they do come with a bit of a price tag. A girl can dream though eh? Out There Interiors have some pretty awesome and quirky designer furniture (Even their Rattan Furniture is cool! Giant Apple daybed for the garden anyone?) Here's a few more of my favourite finds from their site.

Cow storage cabinet

Teacup stool

Stripy baroque armchair

Distressed painted cabinets

The last one is very similar to some upcycling we did for the Kirstie Allsopp programme last month, which was a job that also added fuel to my homeware inspiration flame. What do I do you guys, book a holiday or furnish my new home?...

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Sunday Best

Super hungover today so I'll try let the pictures do (most of) the talking. Here's a wee run down of my favourite things on a sunday.

Foodie cheat days at the weekend, and wedding planning over breakfast with my girl Luisa who has her big day in August.

My lovely new phone cover from Nikki Strange, a textile print designer with so much pretty work on her website. I was so torn between this and the Starry Eyed pocket mirror. What a beaut. If something catches your eye, you can use the code LITTLEHORRORS to get 10% off. Thank you Nikki :)

Some DIY'ing for boohoo. They provided me with a kit to customise a festival outfit. I wanted to stay true to my style so I'm saving the gems and glitter for perhaps decorating a tote bag. I used the studs from the kit down the neck and shoulders of my tshirt and then did some tie dying with purple Dylon, which only cost me a few pounds from John Lewis. I really like the way my tshirt turned out for a first attempt and would like to try other tie die techniques and colours. Think this tee would be great at a festival with denim shorts, knee high socks and wellies of course!

My workshop for CBBC until the end of august :)

The past couple of weeks I have been working like a trooper, making lots of props and drinking lots of tea too. It's the nicest wee reward to stop for tea break and a calm 5 minutes in the midst of a busy day. I got a sample of some gourmet tea from LoveTea (a monthly tea subscription service, how cool!) and despite me not being very adventurous when it comes to a cuppa, I really loved the blend they sent me. It came as loose leaves with little parcels for me to make up my own teabags. As I mentioned at the start of the post I'm feeling a bit rough today and now I've really got myself in the mood for a cuppa (kettle going on, be right back...)

I got tattooed by the insanely talented Danielle Rose recently too. She did an awesome job on my thigh of Dexter. It took four hours, and the pain was pretty bareable but my thigh is still so swollen.

I've had a wee spend of my hard earned wages recently, going a bit crazy in the new Vans and Forever 21 stores that have opened in Glasgow. I treated myself to some new Jeffery Campbell heels yesterday for my early birthday night out last night. 

Aw my handsome John :) I turn 24 on tuesday so we went to the Grand Ole Opry last night with a bunch of friends. I ended up leaving early as the double gins started to catch up on me. I don't drink much or often so I think I indulged myself a little bit too much. I suppose we're all allowed to do it every once and a while though eh?

Today we just lay in bed with some recovery dominoes pizza and watched The Place Beyond The Pines. If pizza, cuddles with John and Dexter, and Ryan Gosling with tattoos riding a motorbike doesn't make me feel better today I don't know what will. Hope you've had a great weekend whatever you've been upto, and thanks for the nice feedback on my vlog (the lipstick I was wearing for those who asked is Ronnie Red from the Mac Archie's Girls collection)

Inspect A Gadget

Well I've not done one of these in a while... so please be gentle! I got the Philips HD Camcorder to review and thought what better way to get to know it than take it on a real test drive over the weekend. From set up, to filming, and then uploading the files to my macbook it was easy peasy. The quick set up instruction manual got me recording within 10 mins of opening the parcel and the camera has a clever USB built into the bottom which charges it when connected to the computer and transfers your files over too.

I'm really happy with the picture quality, and only slightly less happy with the sound but I think I can adjust the parts that are too loud next time in Imovie. Keeping the microphone out the way of the wind is probably a good idea in hindsight (doh) So all in all I'd honestly say that editing all my footage together and uploading the video was the hardest bit! It was good fun once I got going, but then Imovie took ages to process my 'project' into a film, and then uploading to youtube takes time too. I think the HD footage is worth the little extra wait though. Thanks to the camcorder for being so simple to use, the filming is the fun and easy part! It's small and compact enough to fit in my bag just like a phone, can take pictures as well as record and has some decent presets such as black and white, vintage filters etc. 

At £49.99 (not including memory card, I got a 16gb one for £10, and it holds about 4 hours worth of footage) I'd say this is a pretty nifty budget travel gadget if you're looking for something to take away with you. If you are going on holiday, it means you can keep your mobile phone in the hotel safe and use this wee gem for capturing candid footage when you're out and about. I'll be keeping this fully charged and in my handbag for any opportune moments that pop up over the summer. I love my iphone but filming with something that has a dedicated purpose just feels so much better! I'm looking forward to getting some more footage and hopefully working on my video editing a bit more *cough cough* But definitely at John's house so I can take advantage of his super fast fibre optic broadband when I'm uploading. So yeah, I hope I did okay for my first proper vlogging attempt in many years. Let me know if you'd like to see more of these! And I promise the next one won't be so lengthy...