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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