27 December 2014
7 June 2014
This said, over my twenty-four years on this planet we call earth I have learnt/observed - I am observant to the bone - many things about people, the world and living in the grand scheme of things so I thought I would pass down the wisdom of my years.
Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean you have to. Sure the 'popular' girls at school are at parties, getting drunk and kissing boys at the weekend. You aren't. In the grand scheme of things, who cares. You can do that at university ... or never. Maybe that isn't your thing. I was a late bloomer going out and boy wise. There is plenty of time to go out partying and kissing boys. It doesn't have to be done at the age of 14 because Sophie, Danielle and Katie are snogging boys and it is the gossip on Monday morning. Either that or being the girl that threw up at the party on Saturday night.
I enjoy a night out. A beverage of the adult nature, a little boogie - not round my handbag, thank you very much - and sometimes a drunken cry about some irrelevant factor that matters little to none pre and post drinks. One thing that has come to light recently that I chose to disbelieve when told before is that hangovers only get worse. Enjoy the late teenage post night out days where activities are do-able.
Girls can be bitches. Most often if they feel inadequate to you. It is a sad fact about females.We can't all just come together as one sex and say she is a beautiful, intelligent girl and I admire her for that. No. She may be beautiful and intelligent but she is also dull, chubby and lacking in social graces. Girls that jiggle got more wiggle - just putting it out there (and 100% getting that on a tshirt.) She may have said something nasty about you but to be honest I wouldn't let it bother you. At the end of the day she is showing herself up and highlighting her own insecurities.
I like clean, tidy is good but a little mess isn't that painful to my soul. Growing up, making my bed was something that I just sort of did on auto pilot. Reaching mid 20s this has become a less regular occurance and has drawn me to the conclusion that making your bed is over rated. My school of thought is almost as soon as I get back to chateau erratic glamour post work the chances of me getting into bed, popping open my laptop and not moving very far or often until my alarm sounds at 7am are high. Therefore why would I waste time, in my already tight getting ready for work procedures making something look tidy that a) no one will see through out the day and b) I will more than likely destroy at 6pm. There is just no logic.
Four things I have learnt in twenty-four years. There are more. Many more but I don't want to ball you all over with my words of wisdom, experience and general straight talking.
Written 9:38 am by Emma Fisken
20 May 2014
Stumbling across Books 4 Less was by accident. As stumbling across something generally is. Being a book lover I had to go in for a look, 15 minutes later I left with 4 books costing a total of £7!!! That is right my inter web chummies, £7.
Being a fan of a thriller/murder mystery I had to pick up three of them. Daniel Silva 'Portrait of a Spy' - and it features Paris. Ian Rankin 'Bleeding Hearts' and 'The Associate' by John Grisham. Two of the three I am almost 100% certain my dad has read and I'm sure he will have heard of Silva's giving. The fourth and final literary delight is a classic. Love a classic. Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey'. I feel that 'Northanger Abbey' is overlooked sometimes for Austens more popular novels like 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Emma' and 'Sense and Sensibility' but following seeing TV adaptations of 'Northanger Abbey' it seems like another slice of Austen at her best.
Bargain books for sure.
Written 7:08 am by Emma Fisken
17 May 2014
Revlon Matte Balm // Elusive
Pale skin and bright lips. Hello. Fake tan has been put back on the shelf until I sort my skin out so naturally new make up needed to come into my life. Meet my Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive. This with pale skin and touch of smudgy eyeliner sounds like a dream. A creamy, matte texture that give a vibrant pop of colour to the lips. Elusive is blue toned pink that is easily toned down with some finger dabbing.
Written 7:46 pm by Emma Fisken
14 May 2014
With longer longs popping out my head left, right & centre it is only fitting that I explore the vast array of hair products up for grabs. After 3 years of pixie cuts and limited products that are useful to a few steps off a buzz cut I have rediscovered the delight in finding a hair product that serves it's very need. Recently I have found products that are working for me and giving me the full, sleek hair I am after. Four products minus shampoo and conditioner might seem excessive to some but each to their own, I guess.
Heat protection is important especially as I want my hair to grow. I think of heat protection like an oven glove, you wouldn't get your pepporoni pizza out the oven without an oven glove would you? So why put high temperatures on your hair without giving a little protection? This One was bought purely because it was on offer and the cheapest. It's good but I've used better but for now it is doing the job. VO5 are good for a hair oil. Affordable and quality products. This is another heat protection product however it provides a smoothing, shine enhancing factor that I love. Pea size drop of this through the ends followed by a little time spent drying your hair properly and you will have lovely sleek hair (with volume in the roots from the mousse, naturally.) I love the VO5 miracle oil but for whatever reasons decided to gander in the oil world a little, I'll be back with the ol' faithful soon. I always do.
Big hair was a love of mine prior to the chop, who wants super sleek straight hair - not me! It just doesn't work for me. Poker straight hair is just not my cup of tea. The Whipped mousse is one of my favourite products. Before I tried this mousse I had found ones that were good but never really amazing. Aussie has a good offering but they just seem to be getting more and more pricey as a brand and I like a bargain. The mousse and hair spray were 2 for £5 in Superdrug so naturally I needed both... Amazing products that definitely do what they say on the tin.
Written 12:07 pm by Emma Fisken
11 May 2014
Written 10:05 am by Emma Fisken
10 May 2014
I love leopard print. Not in the Bet Lynch kind of way. I would say it was more of a subtle yet wonderful love. Aren't they the best kinds...
While browsing ASOS on my lunch break I came across these little beauties and knew I had to get them. At £20 it would be rude not too really. They are sensible and affordable. And hurt like nothing on earth the first few wears but that is void information. This top, also an ASOS buy, is super unflattering think maternity meets Christmas extra weight hider but I love it. Definitely not the best cut for the booby, small waist and larger bums of this world - that's me - but it's too comfortable not to wear.
Written 8:52 am by Emma Fisken
4 May 2014
February 2014 saw the start of my first ever real adult job. 3 months on and Friday was the day I was confirmed as a permanent member of staff after passing my probation period. I'm so happy to have passed this and to be kept on. How exciting to be a permanent member of staff. Definitely a nice way to finish a busy week.
Re arranging my room is a bit of a secret love pass time of mine. It is just so fun to organise my things! Plus my room was hella messy. Who knew so much dust gathers in the 2 weeks since I hoovered last. When I say 2 weeks I mean like 4 1/2.... duh. Now it feels fresh and more organised. Come at me working week!
Tricky to carry out day to day tasks but they look cool. No other excuse is necessary really. I love how they look and actually the challenge of everyday tasks is actually kind of fun... she says on day 1. Currently they are nude but I don't know whether a little colour would look better on them and make them look less fake? #firstworldproblems
Many moons ago - last year, Emma don't exaggerate - I was a Spotify premium user but at £10 a month I just couldn't justify forking out the dolla for music. After a brief break, I am now back in black on Spotify - as a free user. The adverts are a little annoying, there is no denying it but as I work in a media agency this probably blasphemy... I'll score out number one after my boss has sacked me!
Now that I'm back on Spotify I am actually loving it again. So many songs and playlists to keep myself amused with. I mean who doesn't need the mixed generation party playlist in the shower. Nothing beats Lady Gaga followed by The Nolans.
A brand that until recently I had no idea even existed. Utterly shocking, I know. I got a gorgeous printed shift dress with some lace detail on the back from Ark Clothing by Hearts & Bows - obviously. A sale purchased at £14, I think. It's cute maybe a tad short but YOLO! With a little bodycon skirt underneath it should be fine.
Hearts & Bows make really pretty playsuits. I ordered one from Ark that was also a sale item but sadly didn't fit. Damn my lady lumps. I'm joking lady lumps, I am very attached to you. I digress. Cut a long story short, I now am on a major hunt to find a H&A playsuit and to sell the one I picked up that is too small. Tweet me if you are interested and I'll let you know the details.
April wasn't overly productive for me. All I really did was work, well that is how it feels. May I want to be more productive. I need to blog more, read book 4/12 for 12 books for 2014, do more extra curricular activities. Lets see how much I can get done in May!
Written 12:25 pm by Emma Fisken
3 May 2014
After falling back into my love of being teak earlier this month and due to the addiction having a re-birth, I naturally ran out of tan and had to buy more! Fast forward to a trip to Savers and me standing doe-eyed staring at the shelf stacked full of St Moritz goodness. That was the moment I discovered St Moritz spray. Up till now I was a mousse fan but since finding the spray - I am converted. The dark spray comes out really intense. A deep bronze that develops quickly and evenly. It dries a lot faster than the mousse and is easier to apply. Always stand on a towel and make sure anything you definitely don't want sprayed on is out of the way otherwise it'll be a hella mess!
Since I first heard Pumped up Kicks back in the summer of 2010 I have loved Foster the People. Catchy, easy listening that never gets old. There second album Supermodel is not a let down by any means. Filled with the same catchy and different music that we have grown to expect from the Los Angeles trio. Some of my favourite songs from Supermodel are Coming of age, Are you what you want to be and Ask Yourself. Go check out their second album, and their first if you haven't already!
With my super dark tan Models Own neon polishes seriously pop. They are bright and eye-catching - perfect for summer. I had never ventured into the land of neon polishes before tending to stick to dark colours, to match my soul. These little babies have 100% converted me. I only got them in the last weekend in April but that still counts as an April favourite... right?!
I have mentioned this before but it was an important part of my April. The book is one of my favourite books. If you haven't read it then you seriously need to take your little bot down to Waterstones - or any other reputable book dealer - and get yourself a copy of this wonderful book.
The TV adaption from the good ol beeb got mixed reviews. Some complained of poor sound, others of the plot straying from that written by Du Maurier. I loved it. The book is still my favourite but the adaption was good. Jessica Brown Findlay was amazing. Jem Merlynn was a dish.
Written 2:58 pm by Emma Fisken
2 May 2014
When you find a product that works for you, you just have to stick to it.Well that is the theory and we all drift but sometimes you just find products that you go back to and realise how silly you were to ever cheat on them. For me, I have a few products that I will never turn my back on. They just work for me.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Shade 53 £9.99
Estee Lauder Double Wear Eyeliner in Noir £16
Black smudgy eyeliner that probably is a little too much for daytime is my bag, baby. I've tried my fair share of eyeliners over the years but the Estee Lauder Double Wear eyeliner is the only one I go back to again and again. It provides me with suitably too dark eyes for day or night, sticks around much longer than any boy that's been in my life so all in all a strong relationship built on trust. Go buy this if you want dark, long lasting eyeliner.
YSL Faux Cils £24.50
Pricey to some for a mascara but in my opinion it is totally worth the money. This mascara gives me thick, full lashes that are blackest black. Exactly what I look for in a mascara. It lasts well, doesn't flake off down my face and instantly makes me feel like a put together woman. Whether I act like one is a totally different kettle of fish.
What are your forever repurchased products?
Written 7:35 am by Emma Fisken
30 April 2014
After picking up my little beauty of a biker jacket from Zara the other week I have been throwing it on over different bits and pieces. On Sunday I decided to chuck it on over my H&M daisy print tea dress and chuck on my chunky heeled boots. Simple but still more exciting than jeans and a tee. Although I do love jeans and a tee. Who doesn't?! The jacket speaks for itself really. Baby pink isn't hard to avoid. Especially when it comes in the form of a beautiful biker jacket. I actually really like the contrast between the hard biker jacket and the baby pink colour. Nice touch. Also the baby pink really sets off the dress.
Written 7:26 am by Emma Fisken
28 April 2014
I've never been a neon kind of gal. Never. That is until I found myself longing for a neon pink polish - never been much of a pink girl either but we can all change - one Sunday morning. Following the usual getting ready to face my public routine and a wander round a couple of shops I found myself in Boots coo-ing over the Models Own stand. 10 minutes later I left with two neon polishes in my bag and a skip in my step.
I decided to go for the standard highlighter neon pink by Models Own called Bubblegum and a bit more of a subtle (?!) pinky red tone named Pink Punch. Both equally obnoxious and fabulous at the same time. It was 3 for 2 and I totally needed two neon polishes... kay...
Written 7:32 am by Emma Fisken
27 April 2014
Written 9:57 am by Emma Fisken
26 April 2014
You know that way when you see something while online window shopping - it's a thing, trust me - and you keep thinking about it, a bit like having a crush on a boy (yuck!), and eventually either purchase online on a whim or head in store to eye up the said good and eventually part ways with your hard earned cash. I took the latter route. A total planned impulse buy.
Written 11:23 am by Emma Fisken
20 April 2014
Through work I got VIP box tickets to Justin Timberlake. One word - Amazing. JT is so talented and an incredible performer. Totally worth paying money for the tickets - even though I didn't but I totally will in the future.
I need a major skincare re-vamp. Garnier products don't work for me, I know this, so I start using them again. Makes sense... My skin can't seem to handle chemicals at all, it just leads to swollen, dry eyes and blemishes so I am looking into more natural skincare products. Things that aren't going to make my skin go crazy and will allow for my skin to feel healthy and moisturised. Watch this space I guess!
I got my tragus pierced in Janauary and since then have been bitten by the bug. I got my rook pierced which was so much more painful than my tragus but I love how it looks. For some reason, I just really want another one! The piercer was 100% right when she said "I'll see you next time!" Now I'm considering a helix with a hoop or my nose... not sure how my work would feel about the nose one though.
I fell out of love with fake tan for a while but as soon as I sprayed on that St Moritz dark goodness I was so happy to be back to the colour of teak. I just love to be orange, what can I say!
Recently I have been dabbling in You Tube - erratic glamour - as an aside to my blog, I think it is quite nice. For random uploads on random topics go have a wee look around!
How nice is this sunny weather! Makes such a difference to everyone's mood and you can rock a pair of sunnies - love a pair of sunnies. I met my friend Claire for coffee today and she said she missed my Six for Sunday posts so it's only right for this one to be dedicated to her!
Written 4:57 pm by Emma Fisken
5 April 2014
Have you tried this?
Written 7:28 pm by Emma Fisken
23 March 2014
Welcome to the new Sunday feature on erratic glamour! Please contain your excitement. Basically, Six for Sunday was starting to grate on me, sometimes I don't have 6 specific topics - that are interesting - to discuss. A general post sans structure works better for me. I can ramble to my hearts content without sitting searching for a number 5!
This week wasn't overly busy really. I had a few bits on but mostly my time was taken up by work. I started French lessons on Wednesday night which went really well. It is surprising how much you actually remember, the last time I did french was about 7 years ago at school but I remembered bits and pieces. Wednesday was also curry night, I'm not a massive spicy food fan but this curry with a wee glass of wine went down an absolute treat. Be going back there again when the curry cravings come.
A nasty little cold that is doing the rounds in the office finally got to me and due to a horrible cough I managed to ping my back - on going back problem means it is easy to re injure! - so I spent Friday night and most of Saturday resting and trying to shift both. Luckily I am feeling better today apart from a few little pangs of pain and my cough still hanging about I moved myself and went out. I went to Napiers which is a Herbalist here in Edinburgh to get some jojoba oil for my face as I hear it is good for dry skin especially dry skin that appeared due to my own silly choice of using a product I know doesn't agree with my skin! I also picked up some tea tree oil for my face so hopefully my skin will pull it's act together soon. Once I had got my oils, I headed to get my rook pierced - picture here. I had been putting it off for ages but today I was really in the mood to go and get it done so I told myself this frame of mind is the time to get it done and I did. I love it! Getting pierced is so addictive. I should have believed the piercer when she said I'll see you next time!
Written 4:27 pm by Emma Fisken
22 March 2014
H&M home has only recently come to Edinburgh and I for one am very about this. I love a good ol' homeware shop espeically when they have unique bits that are affordable. That is exactly what I found with H&M Home. I only picked up three bits because I have quite a lot of new bits in my room so didn't want to go too crazy. Recently my make up brushes had been stuffed in a white ceramic square pot which served the purpose but when I saw these gorgeous patterned cups, I couldn't walk past them. They have matching bowls and side plates too if you are looking for a little dinner set.
The pillow was bought purely because there is an elephant on it and I love elephants! It is the start of my new collection thing - random cushions for my bed. Every collection of cushions should start with an elephant pillow!
Written 8:50 am by Emma Fisken
21 March 2014
Matching Tailoring. Hello! Nothing makes me smile - in terms of clothes - more than some tailoring, if it has an interesting pattern in a different colour then that is just a big fat bonus. While having one of my many daily scrolls through Pinterest - find me here - I came across a whole host of patterned co-ords that I instantly fell in love with. I wrote about dinner suits in particular over a year ago, if you fancy for suit based musings then you can find that here.
Written 7:27 am by Emma Fisken
20 March 2014
Just a little book TAG I did over on erratic glamour on YouTube! Enjoy! x
Written 6:48 pm by Emma Fisken
18 March 2014
First published in 1936, Daphne Du Maurier sets Jamaica Inn in 1820s Cornwall with the main character being Mary Yellan. I won't go into too much details because there is nothing worse than the story getting ruined. I ruined it for myself while researching Mary Du Maurier, if you want the mystery and suspense of Jamaica Inn to continue for as long as possible stay away from Google!
(I should note, initial and final thoughts are wrapped into one purely because I was too engrossed in the plot to bother jotting down some initial thoughts!)
From the off set, Du Maurier had me hooked. The suspense was there from the get-go. Her style of writing builds up fear and you develop genuine dislike, hate even, towards her Uncle and at first I felt sympathy to her Aunt but I came to loath her purely because she was so helpless. Brainwashed even. I understand she was beaten down, a broken woman essentially but Mary had a fighting spirit and courage that I admired and wanted to see from Aunt Patience as well. Nevertheless, Jamaica Inn is undoubtedly a gripping story that hooks you in early on.
In chapters of dangerous, key events I found myself reading faster and faster to ensure everything was resolved before I got to work or fell asleep. Picking up speed was due to the adrenaline and intensity that came from the events also. From reading Jamaica Inn, I have already planned another couple of Du Maurier books I plan to read - Rebecca and My Cousin, Rachel are next on my list. Her style of writing is beyond perfect with interesting and addictive plot line, a definite on my list of favourite books.
I have also been told that the BBC are releasing a TV adaption of Jamaica Inn this summer I believe which I will without a shadow of a doubt be tuning into and know doubt fall in love with!
Have you read any Du Maurier books? Did you like them?
Written 7:31 pm by Emma Fisken
17 March 2014
I shopped... again. Oopsy. Between buying books and random things I probably don't need, I have picked up a few tops recently. They are versatile and can be worn to work or at the weekend...
Zara Fuchsia Pink Heels via ebay - £14
Written 7:36 am by Emma Fisken
16 March 2014
Chosen as my 3rd read of 2014, Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn is without a doubt one of the most perfectly written novels I've ever read. And I mean ever. Gripping from the get go, this story is just too wonderful. A review to come soon.
So most of this week was spent lying down. I had a bad knock to the end at the gym, went work, felt shit so came home. After a trip to A&E, I have been resting! It isn't fun but as long as my dizzy, fuzzy head stays away then I will be happy. Conclusion, concussion is a weird weird thing! Between naps, YouTube videos and episodes of Suits I've tried to wiggle in some blog post planning.
This afternoon was a bit of a time travel experience, myself and some chums headed to a vintage fair in Edinburgh. After being attracted to every other sparkly, jeweled thing in sight I opted to part ways with my cash for a gorgeous black evening top that I plan to wear to my cousins wedding in April. Razzle Dazzle them and all that!
While resting and recuperating, the delivery man appeared at my flat door with a lovely little Monki order. My first time with the brand everything went smoothly. I bought a blouse and a tee both of which I am sadly returning due to not being 100% sure on them. If you aren't sure, chances are you won't wear them but I think in the future I will be purchasing more from Monki - they seem to be the Queens of printed blouse, dresses with details that are just a little bit different and affordable basics.
Love me if you Dare a French film (with english sub titles) starring Marion Cotillard and Gulliaume Canet. Cotillard is my favourite actress so I figured this film would be a nice way to spend my Thursday night, don't get me wrong it was. Little bit of romance, playful flirtatious bickering but a disappointing ending. There is nothing worse than a let down of an ending!
Written 4:34 pm by Emma Fisken
15 March 2014
As a self confessed introvert, I think, people sometimes misunderstand what an introvert is and that introverts come in all forms. I suppose as with everything in life, there are many shapes and sizes. So I figured, I would put my 2 cents in on the topic.
Being an introvert has a lot of negative stigmas that go along with the label but just because you enjoy some time to yourself or conversation that is meaningful rather than passing the time of day with a person, what is so wrong with that?
Oxford Dictionary Definition of an introvert:
Line breaks: intro|vert
1. A shy, reticent person
Are you an introvert? Do you feel tared by the same brush? While researching introverts, I came across this little quiz on the Guardian website. Go do it if you have a free minute, everyone loves a quiz, right?
Written 10:29 pm by Emma Fisken
14 March 2014
Written 10:41 am by Emma Fisken
12 March 2014
If you haven't already, why not go check out erratic glamour on YouTube!
Written 1:13 pm by Emma Fisken
11 March 2014
TMI Tag! Go watch!
Written 4:01 pm by Emma Fisken
10 March 2014
Following a stint away from working out regularly - and properly- I have re joined the haven that is the gym. Basically since moving flat, getting a full time desk job and being time poor due to this I feel sluggish and like I've gained a few pounds that just don't work for me. As the old cliche goes, "eat well and exercise the weight will take care of itself" They go hand in hand!
This said, I am identified some bad eating habits that I've adopted as of late which I need to break.
- Eating due to boredom. Picking, nibbling, munching... the lot. If you aren't hungry - DON'T EAT. Instead do some sit ups, plans for 30s, get a glass of water. Just do something other than eating because I am bored.
- Carb Overloading. Before my workout lull, I ate little carbs. If I did so, it was complex carbs such as sweet potato. No pasta, no bread... you catch my drift. Instead of carbs fruit & veg with lean protein.
- Sweet Treats. I am not a massive fan of sweets or chocolate, I eat them very rarely but the temptation in an office is always there. Sweets and chocolates getting passed round. Pastries delivered on a Friday. Just no. They aren't worth it especially when you don't enjoy it.
Hopefully with a mix of healthy eating, exercise and a positive attitude I'll be back to my A Game before summer.
Written 8:10 pm by Emma Fisken
9 March 2014
Written 11:48 am by Emma Fisken
8 March 2014
Adding to my pile of books that I want to read this year/soon is not something that I really needed to do but if you see a book you fancy then you should buy it. Books are a sensible use of the dolla. That's my story and I am sticking to it! And if I'm being fair to myself, one book was bought for me so really I only bought three...
Written 7:40 pm by Emma Fisken
7 March 2014
Before writing this post up, I searched through the erratic glamour archive to find out whether one Nicole Richie had actually featured as a style crush before now. She hasn't, too my surprise. I am a massive Nicole fan - her style, her playful love a carry on attitude, she's just great.
Jewel tones for evening. Ripped jeans and simple tees for daytime. The lady can do no wrong. The 3 outfits pictured each play on my senses for the beautiful colours and for the simple details. The shape of a sleeve, a cut. A chevron print - love a chevron. Nicole does effortless chic and does it to perfection.
What do you think of Nicole's style?
Written 7:47 pm by Emma Fisken
4 March 2014
An outfit post, haven't done one of these in a long time. For whatever reason I just stopped doing them but I am back in the swing of blogging regularly so expect more outfits coming up!
This skirt is from Topshop roughly 5 years ago, I love the blue pattern on it especially with quite plain pieces. I teamed the skirt with my fluffy H&M jumper from last year which has seen me through 2 winters, I wish I'd picked it up in other colour. A beautiful pastel pink or cream would look amazing with jeans and Vans. I digress. New Look sale boots, Oasis Leather jacket and my Mango sale bag finished the look off and allowed me to look intensely into the distance of my window and the flats across the street. Oh the shots you get with 10 second self timer and 3 shots. I'm not important, it's my glad rags that are!
I actually really like this outfit and can definitely see me wearing this skirt right into the summer time even though it is a size 14 and hasn't been worn since I fitted into that size but I think even on a size 10 body it still works well. It's too pretty a print to chill in my wardrobe!
Written 7:48 am by Emma Fisken