27 December 2014

7 June 2014

Lessons from Twenty-Four Years.

I'm twenty-four. Nearly twenty-five. Not till October but that isn't that far off. I'm okay with this growing up thing... I really am okay about it. I mean who wants to be a care free twenty year old dancing round their handbag on a Wednesday night with a £2 drink in hand. Not me, that's who. I am okay about it though, I like where I am with my business at the moment. I do sometimes have days where I feel like an adult and realise that actually I am responsible for things and am not a child, other days not so much. I like to describe my outlook on life as adult with a dash of immature. If you can't say 'that's what she said' and giggle when some one asks how big is it? then really you shouldn't be granted an adult passport quite frankly.

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. Sometimes most times post drinking days involve the blind down, duvet over head and minimal movement. It just gets tougher.

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.

20 May 2014

Adding to the Library.


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.


17 May 2014

Nice to Matte you.


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.

14 May 2014

Hair.


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.


This One Is For When The Heat Is On - Blow Dry Spray 
VO5 Smoothly Does It - Heat Protect Serum
Schwarzkopf Got 2 B. - Rise 'n Shine Volume + Shine Whipped Mousse
Schwarzkopf Got 2 B. - Rise 'n Shine Volume + Shine Hairspray 

Applied in the order they appear, these little treasures protect my hair while smoothing fly aways and giving the roots of my hair volume and a bit of texture.

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.


11 May 2014

Six For Sunday.



one // piercing
Thursday lunchtime saw myself and a work chummy taking ourselves off to get piercings. What else would you be doing with your lunch time? I went for a hoop on my helix. Sitting next to my tragus and my rook I think my helix hoop - chuckle chuckle - sits well. Totally worth being slightly late back to work for.

two // illness
This week well since about October actually I have been feeling pretty shitty. I won't go into too much detail because nobody wants that. I spent most of the week feeling weepy, tired and generally crappy! Hopefully by the end of the month there will be a proper diagnosis.

three // new girl
Why, why, why have I never been exposed to the wonders and delights of New Girl before now?! So funny and I am always a fan of a gal with a fringe. Anyone seen pictures of Zooey without a fringe? She looks like a totally different person! 

four // the first Georgians
More TV. A little bit a hugely different type genre. BBC 4 know a good documentary. I love a good documentary. Especially if it is of a time period or a historic point that I have an interest in. Everyday is a school day after all. Lucy Worsley takes us through the first Georgians marking the three hundredth succession of the Hanoverian succession. I am a massive fan of Lucy Worsley - intelligent, engaging and informative she offers all that is to be expected of a historian in a documentary. If my little blurb has tickled your fancy then go please and watch it. Episode two aired on Thursday night and the third and final episode airs this coming Thursday. 

five // books 4 Less
While heading for the post office I stumbled across a shop called Books 4 Less.Anywhere that allows me to get four books for £7 is okay by me. I went for an Austen, a Grisham, a Rankin and a Silva. More books was not something that I needed, at all, but it was a bargain and I love a book!

six // little bit of extra reading
I hate feeling like an idiot. I'm not an idiot but when you lack knowledge that everyone else has - I feel like an idiot. My solution for this is to study. How will I learn if I don't expose myself to it then I can actually contribute something useful to the conversation.This sounds totally cryptic but I guess it is partly advise to myself on the area I want to learn more about and just a little message to anyone that feels the same!

Happy Sunday!

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10 May 2014

You're an Animal.





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.

Leather Jacket + top + skaters // ASOS
Jeans // H&M
Bag // Mango Sale 


4 May 2014

Six For Sunday.




One // Permanent Member of Staff

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.

Two // Spring Clean

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!

Three // Fake Nails

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

Four // Spotify

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.

Five // Hearts & Bows

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.

Six // April in a Whole

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!


3 May 2014

April Favourites.



St Moritz spray tan

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!


Foster the People - Supermodel

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!



Models Own Neon Polishes

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?!


BBC Adaption of Jamaica Inn

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.

2 May 2014

Forever Repurchasing


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

Foundation should be glowy, not too heavy and be easy to apply. Bourjois Healthy Mix ticks every one of these boxes. I repurchase this over and over. The shade range is touch and go but I've worked out what works for me when I'm super tanned, a bit tanned and just plain pasty. Unless I find something that completely sweeps me off my feet. Healthy Mix et moi are staying together in our beautiful glowy paradise. 


 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?

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30 April 2014

Baby Pink Biker.




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.


Jacket - Zara // Dress - H&M // Boots - New Look // Bag - Pull & Bear via ASOS

28 April 2014

Neon.


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...


27 April 2014

Six For Sunday


one // nose piercing



I am in a debate at the moment about whether to get my nose pierced or not. Nothing crazy, just a really simple little stud.What do we think? Would it be totally inappropriate/look ridiculous? Getting a bit of jewellery added to your face is quite a big decision I think. Not like it could be easily hidden.

two // Jamaica Inn

Following reading Daphne Du Mauriers Jamaica Inn back in February/March time I naturally tuned into the BBC adaption running Monday through Wednesday this week. Not as good as the book, as the book is exceptional but still a good watch. I know that some people complained that the sound wasn't too good but I didn't have any problems understanding it... Plus Jem was a total babe <3

three // Taking Back Sunday

I love it when you fall back into listening to a band or an artist. They totally fall off your radar for a few years then one day you hear one of their songs and bam you love them again. Cute without the e, Flicker Fade and Sink into me are the theme songs of my days as of late.

Anyone else fallen back into listening to a band?

four // Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

After falling off my reading challenge. Actually this seems to be a constant theme through my life right now, not sure what happened there?! I am back into my reading challenge and book number 4 is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Very late getting on the band wagon for this one but the movie is out in the Autumn so I need go read it before then. Always read the book first!

So far I am loving it. The writing style is engaging and to the point without lacking description and I've not even each the key lot change!

five // Sunshine

How much of a difference does a nice sunny day make? People are so much chirpier and nice! It makes such a difference plus it means some semi-summer close can be rocked. Come on summer, maxi dresses and sandals all day ery day are calling. So excited for summer days in the Meadows and beer gardens galore! #summer2014

six // hair growth

I haven't done a hair growing update in a long time. I figured there wasn't much point doing it as regularly as when it was really short and growing out because there won't be that much of an obvious difference. My hair has some length to it now and actually I am liking where it is at. Got myself a wee cheeky fringe and a bob compared to where my hair was this time last year - it is crazy!

Happy Sunday!

26 April 2014

Baby Pink.


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.



The result is this beautiful baby bike biker jacket being added to my collection of jackets. At £59.99, I don't feel that bad because it is a versatile piece that I'll get a lot of wear out of... thanks Zara. It also comes in a baby blue colour as well but apparently I am apparently turning into a pink girl. In the words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a changing!





20 April 2014

SIX FOR SUNDAY

I haven't blogged in about a week or so. Why, I'm not entirely sure but I had prepared this Six for Sunday from a few weeks ago so I will just merge 3 weeks! Why not? Life in the fast lane and all that.


one - Justin Timberlake
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. 

two - skincare
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! 

three - piercings
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.

four - fake tan
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!

five - you tube 
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! 

six -springtime
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!

Happy Sunday!

5 April 2014

BEAUTY / GARNIER MICELLER WATER



After trying out L'Oreal attempt at a Miceller Water, I decided to try it's larger bottled rival from Garnier. The main reasoning behind this being it is a larger bottle for cheaper! In the past Garnier products and I haven't gotten along. I have very sensitive skin and certain products strip any moisture out my skin causing an eczema outbreak. Previously the Garnier  Soft Essentials range caused havoc with my skin, it dried out my skin to the extent that my eyelids become so dry they were swollen to double the size. Not my best look.

Unfortunately after a couple of days of use, this product has done the same which is a shame because it is a nice product but I will admit I prefer the L'Oreal. I didn't feel it removed my make up as thoroughly and was a tad abrasive on my skin. Take this with a pinch of salt if your skin isn't a very sensitive. I am passing it on to my mum to use so hopefully she can get some use out of it.

Have you tried this?
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23 March 2014

Sunday Session


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!

Happy Sunday!

22 March 2014

HOME / H&M


H&M home cups £3.99 each


H&M home elephant pillow case £3.99 

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! 



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21 March 2014

FASHION / CO ORDS



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.


three reasons I love co-ords

1. It is classic tailoring (love) with an interesting spin. Chuck in a bright colour or an intricate pattern and you have an outfit that is not only versatile in terms of wearing with different items but it is a little bit different. An probably very eye catching. 

2. A suit is viewed as a masculine piece. I love androgyny so it doesn't bother me too much to wear black tux trousers, a velvet dinner jacket with some sparkly accessories and killer heels (one of my favourtie outfits I won) but a little pattern thrown into the mix can pull the look back from being overly masculine. I mean you don't see every other man walking down the street wearing a well tailored suit with a pink brocade pattern on it! If you have seen a man like this, send him my way please.

3.  They work for all seasons. If it is a winter wedding, chuck on a (faux) fur jacket and some diamonds earrings - channel your inner Marlyn for the day! In summer, open toe sandals with a simple cami that is cut well and you are all set. Even chucking a polo neck under a co-ord in the winter adds detail and interest without going cray cray with more patterns or colours.

To sum up, co-ords are my fave! What do you think of co-ords? Yay or nay?



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20 March 2014

BOOK TAG



Just a little book TAG I did over on erratic glamour on YouTube! Enjoy! x

18 March 2014

BOOK REVIEW / JAMAICA INN



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!

Initial & Final Thoughts

(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?


Next reads

For my 4th books of 2014, I have decided to go for something a bit different. Leant to me by my flatmate, Emma - you might meet her soon - Amor Twoles 'Rules of Civility' will be by April book. They aren't really running month by month but it is my 4th book nonetheless. Alongside this 1930s tale from New York City I shall be dipping in and out of Black Cats & Evil Eyes by Chloe Rhodes. More of a 'coffee table' book, I plan to read this every now and again when I want a quick little literary fix. 

Previous book reviews:

Lunch in Paris

2014 Reading Challenge Reviews

Paris Revealed
Longbourn


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17 March 2014

FASHION / ZARA VIA EBAY



                              Zara blouse via ebay / £24

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...

A random Zara find on ebay, after paying £6(!!) for postage this little beauty arrived and I instantly knew that this top would see me through 2014's Spring & Summer. It was worth the extortionate postage. (I think taking photos of new buys with them on the body works better than it flopped on the floor, what do you think?)

      
Zara Fuchsia Pink Heels via ebay - £14

Fuchsia pointy toe heels have always been on my 'to buy' list, everything about them just screams classic, beautiful shoes. Following a delayed postage I realised they had been sent to my old flat. Long story short, the new tenants in my old flat tried to do me out of my shoes - warning: you cannot keep me from my shoes - after almost walking away empty handed I peered in the hall of my old home and saw them out the corner of my eye. Following a very false "Oh I didn't see them there" from fore mentioned new tenant, off I skipped to the bus stop new pretty shoes in tow. (With a major OH EM GEE conversation with Emma on the phone about the cheek of trying to steal these little beatus from me!) To sum up, they are perfectly gorgeous, I love them and cannot wait to wear them. I can see them in my head with so many things. Keep your eyes peeled for a very lady-like feeling erratic glamour...

In short, Zara find on ebay has been a success. got two pieces that I love and can't wait to wear. Winning. 

What have been your ebay steals?

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16 March 2014

SIX FOR SUNDAY


one - the gym
Tuesday night saw my return to the gym. I used to love going to the gym then I branched out and worked out by myself, I'm not sure what I enjoy more. With summer round the coroner who wants to be cramped up in an airless gym? More on my gym trip later...

two - Jamaica Inn
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.


three - concussion
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. 

four - vintage fair
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! 

five - Monki
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. 

six - Jeux d'enfants 
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!


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15 March 2014

LIFE / INTROVERT


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:

introvert
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NOUN

1. A shy, reticent person

1.1 Psychology A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. Compare with extrovert.

To an extent, I would agree with this definition. Shy, I think, is a word pasted onto all introverts when in fact this doesn't apply to all of us. Personally, being shy or quiet is normal until I am comfortable around that person. Once I'm comfortable you will probably find it incredibly difficult to shut me up!  I love chatter and finding out about people - tip to getting to know people, ask questions! - you just have to give me time to relax into your company. I'm sure there are other 'introverts' that feel the same, just because I am being quiet doesn't mean that I don't want to be there or feel part of the activities. Listening and observing are traits I hold in high regard. Would you really spend a lot of time talking with someone that just doesn't listen to what you say? 

One place where I actually found a definition that I found to be accurate was Urban Dictionary of all places. Not exactly the place you turn to for a sensible definition. I like going out with friends whether it be  nights out, shopping, the pictures, dinner... the list goes on but after spending a long time with people, I just like to chill by myself and re-group. My imagination is a vivid one and sometimes I like to go wandering in it and then come back to earth when I feel recharged. What's so bad about that?! 

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? 



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14 March 2014

STYLE / C R U SH / 35

LAURA JACKSON




Laura Jackson was an unknown to me until I stumbled upon her wardrobe tour video a couple of Sundays ago. To be honest, she still kind of is an unknown - I know she is a presenter and featured in the Tia Maria adverts but apart from that I'm a tad clueless. I digress, Ms Jackson has some good style. She mixes vintage with current and textures with details. Pieces are different without being overly 'in style' or obnoxious. Plus she has a perfect balance between designer, vintage designer and high street.

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12 March 2014

Fashion / Stripes


Another outfit post. I think I've got back into the swing of outfit posts once more. This time, a simple Sunday outfit. I will say before I went out I switched out my H&M pointed toe shoes for my New Look boots - featured here - as the weather was miserable. Wet feet are never fun. I love breton striped tees and am seeking a red and whtie striped one. Oo La La! Worn with black H&M jeans that have sadly gone baggy at the knee so I won't be buying these again... Chuck in an Oasis leather jacket and a Topshop doctors bag from many moons ago and we are set.

If you haven't already, why not go check out erratic glamour on YouTube!



11 March 2014

10 March 2014

L I F E : F I T - T I M E


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. 

9 March 2014

SIX / FOR / SUNDAY

*Picture courtesy of Pinterest

One - Ebay
 As this the past week rolled on, Ebay seemed to play quite a chunk in not only my internet search history but as a method of fashion acquisition.  I have never properly dipped my toe in the Ebay pond fully, I've dabbled but this week - they haven't arrived yet so they could be a total waste of money - I in specific with my search terms and sought out some Zara goodies. Hopefully when they come they a. fit b. aren't in terrible condition. Both are my size and if they are utterly awful quality shouldn't be up for sale really... watch this space. What is your best ebay buy?

Two - charity shops
Saturday was a day spent wandering down through the charity shops of Morningside into Brunstfield before eventually ending in the Old Town. I didn't buy anything because to be honest nothing really grabbed me so there wasn't any point buying anything! I love charity shops for books and nik-naks for around my room. You can find one off pieces that you know everyone won't end up picking up when they pop into Ikea. The day ended with a slice of gateau from Patisserie Valerie. Perfect.

Three - Gabrielle Aplin
Prior to being introduced to Gabrielle Aplin a few months ago, I had never heard of her! Yesterday while getting ready for the above mentioned trip, I listened to her album. It is perfection. So beautifully sung with songs that don't irritate or are full of meaninglessness lyrics (this is a recurring theme.) Seriously beautiful, easy listening music.

Four - 37 Days to War
A three part drama series on the good ol' beeb this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Documentaries, historical dramas ... you name it, I love it. 37 Days to War looks at the behind the scenes story of the final weeks before the out break of The First World War. Although being British and obviously attending a British State School, I never learned much to anything on WW1. History lessons tended to focus on the Second World War leaving the first in it's shadow so with a natural curiosity for history and it being the centenary this year, I figured it would be worthwhile to gain a little bit of knowledge on an event which had a huge impact on the world. If this sounds like something you would be interested in GO WATCH! It is a wonderful piece of television.

Five - Going back to brown
One a more self centered - and probably pointless - note, after a couple of weeks living as a red head of sorts the time has come to go back to brown. I love red hair but the washing out stage is not fun and being close-ish to my natural hair colour is an easier option for me. Brown hair dye has been purchased now it just needs to be slapped on my head!

Six -erratic glamour make over
Currently erratic glamour is going through a little bit of a make over. Every now and then, the fancy takes me to re-do bits, it just keeps things fresh and interesting. Plus I love playing about with different aspects. Stay tuned for more changes coming soon!

8 March 2014

M O R E - B O O K S


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...




Paris by Edward Rutherfurd / Chocolat by Joanne Harris / Black Cats & Evil Eyes by Chloe Rhodes / The Mysterious Affair at Style by Agathe Christie 



7 March 2014

S T Y L E - C R U S H - # 3 4




 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?

4 March 2014

F A S H I O N / OUTFIT



 H&M Jumper similar here / Topshop Skirt Similar here / Oasis Leather Jacket similar here / Mango Bag / New Look Boots

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!