Outfit: The Fair Isle

23.12.11

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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

20.12.11

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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

16.12.11


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

12.12.11

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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

7.12.11

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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

3.12.11

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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