Outfit: The Fair Isle


Dress: Peacocks
Leggings: Peacocks
Necklace: Bad Passion
Boots: Ebay

You might notice a slight change of scenery in this post. Usually I take outfit photos in the living room but the Christmas tree is currently in the way so I took these ones in my bedroom instead. I much prefer my usual spot where there isn't piles of clothes on the floor and stacks of shoeboxes! I'm sure you've read this on every other blog, but sorry about the dark photos - winter, bah!

I got the train back to my parents' house this afternoon for the holidays and so decided to wear these leggings as I thought they were fittingly festive! I would call this pattern Fairisle but I've seen similar leggings described as Nordic, Aztec or simply 'Christmas' - I have no idea what the difference is! I got these a few weeks ago when I spotted them on the Peacocks website. I love them but I don't really know what else I could wear them with apart from a black dress/top. They were really cheap though so I don't mind if I don't get a huge amount of wear out of them though!

I ordered these boots recently from Ebay as I am severely lacking in nice but also relatively practical ankle boots. They're really comfy and so far are standing up to the weather pretty well, my only complaint is that they squeak whenever I walk! I'm hoping they'll stop doing this once I've worn them in a bit more and they're not so new but seriously, so noisy! By biggest mistake ever was wearing them to the library a couple of weeks ago, death stares from everyone.

This will probably be the last post before Christmas so I hope you all have a wonderful time and eat your bodyweight in Chocolate Oranges! Don't expect a Christmas Day outfit post from me, I will be wearing my onesie all day and quite probably watching Meerkat Manor whilst drinking Bucks Fizz.

Gillian x

Scottish Bloggers Meet



Yesterday I got the train through to Glasgow with the lovely Zoe and Lauren to go to the Scottish Bloggers Meet. I've never been to a bloggers event before so I was really excited to meet the people behind some of the blogs I've been reading for ages as well as discover a few new faces. We started off in The Counting House pub for a drink (pitchers of course) and a chance to get to know everyone a little bit. Charlene and Rani, who organised the whole thing, surprised us all with lovely wee goodie bags full of haircare goodies supplied by Alison Jameson Consultants. The shampoo smells amazing, will definitely be testing it out tomorrow!

Then we all headed over to the Thrill Room at Rox for an amazing afternoon tea. The tiny glittery cupcakes were so good and I couldn't say no to a glass of champagne, of course! The room itself was gorgeous with mirrored walls and ceilings and pretty much the nicest furniture I've ever sat on! The lovely ladies at Rox were kind enough to give us all a little gift bag with a pair of really pretty earrings to take home.

After that we had a wander round a couple of shops and headed to the German market for some sausages followed by churros and crepes (with insane amounts of nutella!). We said goodbye to some of the group who had to make their way home but the rest of us headed off to find a pub where we could get ourselves a much needed sit down and a drink! It was so nice to chat to everyone about blogging and tweeting etc. - I don't think any of my real life friends would be interested if I started talking about Google keyword searches! After a few too many shots and skittle bombs it was time to make my way to the train home again, wish I could have stayed longer!

Hopefully I'll be seeing you all again soon, another meetup in 2012 is definitely necessary! Feel free to add me on Twitter for a chat.

Have you ever been to a blogger meet-up?

Gillian x

Christmas Wishlist


1.Eagle Claw Necklace 2.Vegas Volt Lipstick 3.The Sims 3 Pets 4.Bvlgari Pour Femme 5.Heaven & Earth Palette 6.Chunky Knit Slipper Boots 7.Pincer Vodka 8.Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2012 9.Damnesia by Alkaline Trio 10.Bella Bamba

Getting sick of these kinds of posts yet? Don't worry, it's just over a week until Christmas! When my mum asked me a couple of weeks ago what I wanted for Christmas, I was struggling to think of anything I actually needed/wanted. I do like getting presents, but sometimes it's easier just to get some money or gift vouchers and buy things you actually want in the January sales! This is definitely the reason I never ask for clothes as Christmas presents, I would much rather go shopping and choose something for myself.

As a blogger (and, you know, girl) some makeup was inevitably going to make its way onto the list. After buying my fist Mac lipstick a couple of months ago, I've fallen in love and I can see this being the start of a very long relationship. I was thinking of asking for the Naked Palette, but as I hardly ever wear eyeshadow I thought it seemed silly to spend so much money so I've opted for the bargain (and supposedly really good!) MUA Heaven & Earth palette instead. I also want to start experimenting with blusher more so have put down Benefit's Bella Bamba. I love their Dallas bronzer and use it every day, so I hope this is just as good!

I've run out of my favourite perfume, Bvlgari Pour Femme, so it would be great to replace it. I would like to try some new perfumes but last time I was in Debenhams I didn't really find anything I loved, so sticking with this old favourite for now.

I think most people hate getting socks or slippers for Christmas presents, but I secretly love it! I bought a Primark onesie last week which is amazing but sadly it doesn't have feety bits so I need something to keep my toes warm! I love these Accessorize slipper boots, they look super cosy. Just to remind myself I don't have to live my life in pyjamas and can actually be stylish sometimes, I've also asked for the eagle claw necklace from Bad Passion (see what I've already bought from the collection in this post!).

CDs always used to make up the biggest part of my birthday/Christmas lists when I was younger, so I've got to keep the tradition going with this Alkaline Trio album. Can't believe I haven't bought it already though - I am a total fangirl, they've been my favourite band since I was about 14! The Sims have definitely been on many previous wishlists too, and this year I'm asking for the latest Pets expansion pack for The Sims 3. (I really hope they do a Makin' Magic expansion pack one day, would literally MAKE MY LIFE arrgghh haha). As for books, I'd love this Yearbook of Astronomy (or the Wonders of the Universe book, might have to add that one too!) as I'm fascinated by all things cosmic. Wish I was better at physics so I could understand a bit more behind it, but I love stargazing and pretending to know what I'm talking about (got 2 space questions right on University Challenge this week, I think we all know that means I am an expert).

And keeping it classy, got to have a bottle of booze in there too - it's tradition! My flatmate and I have a bit of a collection of vodka bottles (empty of course, we're not that keen at collecting) so we're always on the look-out for interesting vodkas to try. I really like the bottle of this one plus it's made in Scotland so I had to put it down!

What's on your wishlist?

Gillian x

Review: 17 Wild Metallic Cream Eyeshadow



After reading a few great reviews of these metallic cream eyeshadows from 17, I decided to buy myself some when I was in Boots last week. I am the laziest person ever when it comes to eyeshadow (usually I just don't wear any at all, eyeliner forevz) so I thought these sounded easy and quick to use. I got the shades Wild Nude, Wild Navy and Wild Bronze, as I thought these would be the most wearable everyday shades. Wild Nude is the lightest shade and Wild Bronze is quite similar although a bit darker/warmer. Wild Navy isn't as metallic, but it has tiny bits of glitter through it instead.

The shadows are really creamy and blendable and I find it easiest to apply them with my fingers to create a really simple smudgey/smokey eye effect. They do crease quite easily, however, so I would definitely recommend using a primer before applying them (I use Urban Decay Primer Potion). When I went out on Saturday night I put Wild Nude all over my lid and a bit of Wild Bronze in the crease, plus a bit of Benefit High Beam to highlight. This only added about 2 extra minutes to my routine so I definitely think I will be using these more often to make my eye makeup a bit more interesting! Oh and the lipstick is Mac's Russian Red, if anyone was wondering!

The Wild Navy shade is great on its own to create a really easy smokey eye. With just one coat (layer?) of shadow it was pretty light and not overdramatic for daytime wear, but it was really easy to add more and create a darker smokey eye which would be perfect for night.

Overall I think these metallic cream eyeshadows are great, especially considering they're only £3.99 at the moment. Boots also have an offer on just now so if you buy 2 or more 17 products you get a free gift (an 'Electric Disco' nails kit which includes a black, red and glitter nail polish, nail file and a wee sparkly bag to keep them in).

Have you tried these eyeshadows yet? What do you think of cream eyeshadows?

Gillian x

The Christmas Market



Today my flatmate and I went to the Christmas Market in Edinburgh and we basically just spent two hours eating food and trying on silly hats. I did, in fact, purchase the wolf hat above and I'm wearing it now as I'm tucked up in bed writing this post! What you can't see is underneath my jacket I'm actually wearing a jumper with a wolf on it, I JUST LOVE WOLVES SO MUCH!

We started off in the traditional German Market and had some frankfurters as we wandered around the stalls. My favourite was definitely the Crystal Palace stall (trolol) which sold all kinds of crystals and gemstones. Was very tempted to purchase something but I restrained myself and saved my pennies for spending on food instead. I used to collect windchimes when I was younger so it was hard to walk away from the bright agate stars and moons.

We also tucked into some delicious waffles topped with Nutella chocolate sauce, which was so so good. Over in the more Scottishy section of the market we got a yummy steak and onion baguette to share, and then we had a look round the rides. I was all up for going on the ferris wheel but my flatmate was having none of it! Somehow I also managed to drink two mugs of hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, oops!

If you're visiting Edinburgh over the festive period, I would definitely recommend having a look round the Christmas Market, which is just off Princes Street. It's definitely put me in the mood for Christmas, I'm going to break out the glitter and glue tomorrow and get started making my Christmas cards. Anyone want one?!

Is there a market like this where you live? What gets you in the mood for Christmas?

Gillian x

P.S. sorry for the photo overload, I just couldn't narrow it down any more!

Bad Passion


Crow Skull Necklace and Amethyst Bullet Crystal Necklace

I recently placed my first order at Bad Passion, the latest addition to the This Charming Girl family. Ever since the online jewellery shop launched in October, I have been coveting just about everything on the site. I finally decided to treat myself to a couple of necklaces with some of my birthday money, and this is what I bought.

Bad Passion stocks lots of different edgy pieces, which are right up my street. I've always been a fan of crystals and gemstones (I used to collect them when I was little, forced my parents to take me to a Gemstone museum once - I'm literally the coolest person I know) so I instantly fell in love with this amethyst crystal pendant. The crow skull necklace is very 'me' too, I'm a fan of all things spooky and a bit creepy.

I was really impressed with the quick delivery and great service at Bad Passion, I would definitely recommend ordering yourself something! I especially liked the embossed boxes, it was so nice to get jewellery in pretty packaging rather than just on those plastic tab things like you get in Topshop! If you're stuck for Christmas gift ideas, jewellery from Bad Passion would be great as they're a little bit different without being really expensive. I've already put the Eagle Claw Necklace on my Christmas wishlist!

Have you ordered anything from Bad Passion before? What are your favourite pieces?

Gillian x

Video: Makeup Routine


Products used:
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer
Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation (shade 1.0)
Benefit Erase Paste (Light)
HD Brows Palette (Foxy)
Kryolan Anti-Shine Powder
Chapstick (Apple)
Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
Benefit Dallas
Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara
Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet Mascara
Models Own Cheek & Lip Tint (Rouge Blush).

I've been meaning to make one of these videos for a while but never quite got round to it. Then I recorded one last week and it recorded in some weird format so I couldn't open it in any of the video-editing programmes on my computer, nightmare! But anyway, I recorded again and managed to get it to work this time.

My makeup is usually pretty much exactly the same every day. Sometimes I'll wear lipstick or different blushers/bronzers but otherwise I usually stick to this routine. Cat eyes are definitely my signature look!

I usually don't deviate much from this for night-time makeup either, although I'm much more likely to wear bright lipstick for a night out. I think I really need to branch out and start wearing more eyeshadow - any recommendations for good eyeshadow palettes to buy?

Do you have a daily makeup routine, or do you do something different every day?

Gillian x

Scottish Blogger Meet

P.S. Have all you Scottish bloggers heard about the Scottish Bloggers Christmas Meet in Glasgow? I'm so excited to finally go to a bloggers' event and meet lots of the lovely people behind some of my favourite blogs! Who's going?!

Outfit: Sands of Time



Dress: ebay
Leggings: New Look
Necklace: Accessorize
Belt: H&M
Boots: Primark

I'm currently in the middle of essay hell (less than a week to go before hand in, woo! No essays completed yet, however) so haven't had time to go into town shopping lately. So instead I've been trawling ebay for some bargains, and came across this tunic/dress thing. I usually avoid cowl necks because I thought they would be really unflattering on me, but something about the colour and the pockets attracted me. Turns out, I quite like cowl necks. I still draw the line at polo necks however (they remind me of primary school trips for some reason?!). This outfit is so cosy and comfy, perfect for the hell that is Edinburgh University Main Library on a weekday afternoon.

The necklace is a birthday gift from one of my friends. She chose well, it's definitely something I would have picked out myself! It's a working hourglass - well, more like a 7 second glass because it's tiny (and yes, I did count, this is what my life has been reduced to). Necklaces are definitely my favourite kind of jewellery. I tend to wear the same earrings all the time and hardly ever wear rings, but my necklace changes daily depending on my outfit.

The boots are a purchase from Primark a very long time ago, but they're still holding together surprisingly well. The soles have no grip whatsoever though, so the minute there's rain/snow/ice they get put away again. I had kind of forgotten I even had these, but I saw them lurking under my bed the other day and resurrected them.

Do you like shopping on ebay or prefer to go and visit actual shops?

Gillian x

November Beauty & 7 Things About Me



There are lots of new beauty products I've been wanting to try out lately (Collection 2000 Cream Puff is top of the list) but sadly I haven't had time to go shopping lately. Here are the products I've been loving lots and using the most over the past month or so.

Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet Mascara
When I first received this is my GlossyBox a couple of months ago I really wasn't a fan - it was thick and clumpy and gave me horrible spider lashes. But the more I use it, the more I love this product. It's super black and makes your lashes fuller and longer. However, it does go clumpy really easily so I like to apply a coat of this then comb it through with the wand from another almost empty mascara (I like to use this one because the spiky bits are really small). It gives you really big big lashes, perfect!

Models Own Lip & Cheek Tint in Rouge Blush
I'm really lazy with day time (and also night time, let's not lie) makeup and hardly ever bother with lipstick or lipgloss. I always just dab a wee bit of this on instead and put some chapstick on top. It gives a really natural pink colour to your lips without looking too done up - although adding a couple of extra coats makes it much brighter and great for wearing on a night out. It also lasts forever; I must have had this bottle about 2 years and it hardly looks like it's been touched!

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red
Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had never used any MAC products. When I finally got round to placing an order, this was top of my list - you can never go wrong with a classic red lipstick. I can see what all the fuss is about now. As much as I love cheap brands like Barry M, MAC is definitely superior in terms of finish, staying power and pigmentation. I will definitely be adding more to my collection!

The lovely Natasha from Silhouette Skies recently tagged me in the 'Tell Me About Yourself' blog award so I though I would let you all know seven extremely exciting facts about myself.

1. My top 5 favourite animals of all time are (in no particular order) bats, frogs, wolves, otters and meerkats.
2. I hate tea and coffee, they both give me the absolute boak. I could just about force down a cup of tea if I had to, but I wouldn't drink coffee even if you paid me.
3. I love all things occult and spooky. My friend bought me a deck of tarot cards for my birthday and I'm currently trying to teach myself how to read them. I don't really believe in the supernatural, but I find it fascinating anyway.
4. My favourite book is The Great Gatsby. I was gutted when my English class didn't get to read it in high school and the other class did. Other favourite books include High Fidelity, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Dracula, and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things.
5. I'm currently halfway through my fourth year of my history degree at the University of Edinburgh. Not a clue what I want to do when I graduate!
6. Since I was about 15, I've cut my own hair. With the exception of getting an ever-fashionable 'pob' done before the 6th year school prom, and a trim 2 months ago (which cost me £25 and looked the exact same as it did before - sticking to doing it myself, ta v. much!)
7. I love fancy dress. In the past year I have dressed up as: Elvis, Maverick from Top Gun, a black cat, a leopard, a waitress from True Blood, David Bowie, and 80s Katy Perry from the TGIF video.

I tag anyone who wants to do this - followers, consider yourselves all tagged!

Have you tried any of these beauty products? What makeup have you been loving this month?

Gillian x

Outfit: Fatally Yours


Dress: H&M
Jumper: Topshop
Necklace: River Island
Boots: Rocket Dog

I love this outfit, definitely feels like I'm embracing my inner goth! I bought this maxi dress during the summer and only wore it once or twice, but I can see it making a comeback for winter. I think I need to invest in a few more slouchy jumpers/cardigans to wear it with. I really like this Topshop jumper but it's a bit of a weird length so doesn't look right worn with jeans - wearing it with a dress underneath solves this problem however.

A few weeks ago River Island had one of their student lock-in evenings so I ventured down to grab myself some bargains. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything I liked clothes-wise (that always happens, I swear they hide the good stuff away when there's discount or a sale!) but ended up buying this necklace from the men's section. I'm a big fan of men's jewellery in shops like River Island and Topman, it always seems to be a bit cheaper than women's jewellery and is just as good!

I never know which shoes I should wear with maxi dresses. In-keeping with the '90s goth theme I went for these heavy duty boots from Rocket Dog. They will be mega useful when it (inevitably) starts snowing here soon, but they do remind me of the rigger boots my dad used to wear for working offshore! What kind of shoes do you wear with maxi skirts or dresses during the winter?

It's my birthday on Monday so I'm going to be spending the weekend celebrating, starting with dinner at Wagamama tonight with my friends, followed by lots of drinking at the Union. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Gillian x

Wishlist: Party Season


1.Embellished Sleeve Dress 2.Black Embellished Neck Maxi Dress 3.Crow Skull Necklace 4.Glitter Platform Court 5.Snake Ring 6.Snake Panel Clutch 7.Plum Lattice Bodice Dress 8.Cream Eyelash Lace Top 9.Grey Beaded Mini Skirt 10.MAC Russian Red Lipstick

So it seems Christmas party season is almost upon us again. I use this mainly as an excuse to buy things covered in glitter and sequins, and the shops are doing well to cater to this at the moment. I am loving all the embellished dresses and glittery shoes that are adorning the high street just now.

I really neeeeed this River Island maxi dress in my life. I'm going to my favourite university society's (history soc represent) winter ball at the end of November, so I feel that's the perfect excuse to purchase said dress. I was going to buy it last week but they were completely sold out online, so I ended up ordering a different maxi dress from ebay. Now that this one is back in stock I'm so tempted to order it too. The only problem is that it's backless - there is no way in hell I could go out in public without a bra, would need to come up with some devious solution to keep everything in place!

As always, I am loving animal themed jewellery. Definitely tempted to ask for the Bad Passion bird skull necklace for a birthday present (massive hint to any of my friends who might be reading this!). I'll be 21 next Monday - so old. :(

What are you lusting after in the shops at the moment? Do you like the glitzy side of winter fashion or do you prefer cosy jumpers and wooly tights?

Gillian x

Outfit: Serpentine


Dress: H&M
Shoes: New Look
Necklace: H&M
Earrings: Topshop

Yet another going out outfit, clearly I go out too much! I was at another friend's 21st so I felt that was a good enough reason to buy myself a new dress. I love animal print, although I usually stick to leopard print. This snakeskin print is lovely, a little bit classier than leopard maybe, but still a bit more fun than plain black. This dress is ridiculously short though, definitely verging on a tunic! I think it would look great with leggings and boots for daytime as well so I'm sure I'll get plenty of wear out of it.

Sticking with the snakey theme, I wore these Topshop earrings too. I can't get enough of animal themed jewellery! I'm currently on the lookout for some bat jewellery, but all I've found so far are plastic things clearly meant for children's Halloween costumes!

If you're a regular reader of the blog, I'm sure you will recognise these shoes. They are comfy and go with everything, perf! It does mean I tend to neglect my other shoes, however. I have so many nice pairs of shoes but I always end up choosing something black. It's just the best colour, I can't help it!

Do you like animal themed clothes and jewellery?

Gillian x