2012 in Pictures

Monday, 31 December 2012
As 2012 is nearly at an end I thought I'd pull together a summary of everything that's happened this year and share some photos with you all.  I love doing things like this - looking back through my photos from the year and remembering all the things I've got up to - it's made me realise that I've had a really great year!

January / February

moving - new flat - break in mess - valentines flowers - me & B - sharing dessert - kareoke time - wiiiine - buds

In January & February I......
  • moved into a new flat.....
  • ....which got broken into 5 weeks later
  • started this blog
  • went for Valentines dinner at Tusitala with B
  • had a brilliant night at Electric Circus drinking lots of wine and singing terrible kareoke with friends

March / April

ghost tour - me & B - bday pud at Cellar Door - pressies - Chop Chop buffet - bowling - sisters' bday - charity bake off - derren brown - dinner at E.S.I

In March & April I......
  • went on a ghost tour
  • celebrated several birthdays (including my own!)
  • went bowling with work mates
  • ate lots of cakes at a charity bake off with Jemma
  • had a final steak at E.S.I before it closed
  • joined the gym
  • went to see an interview with Derren Brown

May / June

ready to quest - modern art gallery - cocktails - my little pony hair - old school night out - wedding - musselburgh race day - hi de hi

In May & June I......
  • went laser questing for the first time EVER
  • visited the Modern Art Gallery
  • enjoyed cocktails in Stockbridge
  • dyed my hair purple
  • had a great night out visiting old haunts with old friends
  • attended a lovely wedding at Carberry Tower
  • went to Musselburgh Races on a work day out
  • took a trip to Sunderland to see my sister in Hi De Hi

July / August

fancy dinner - nails! - sophie's kitty - glasgow cakes - spice jones fun - visit from jemma - anniversary

In July & August I......
  • enjoyed a fancy meal with B at A Room in Leith 
  • grew my nails!
  • finally made it to Spice Jones
  • had a lovely day out in Glasgow with Emma and Sophie
  • went to see Michael McIntyre at the Playhouse
  • had a 4 year anniversary dinner with B at Amicus Apple
  • went to see lots of shows at the Edinburgh Festival 
  • had a surprise visit from Jemma and James

September / October

paris times - disney! - our padlock - alton towers - our cottage - catchphrase rudies - b's bday - funky hotel lighting - face

In September & October I......
  • had a lovely romantic break in Paris
  • went to my first ever bloggers meet up
  • took a road trip down to Alton Towers with the girls
  • stayed at the fancy Citizen M hotel in Glasgow for B's birthday

November / December

colin's bday - work christmas do - bloggers party - christmas market fun - pressie opening - dad in his new jumper

In November & December I......
  • had a great time at my works' Christmas do in St Andrews
  • met up with friends for Christmas Market fun times
  • went to the bloggers Christmas party
  • enjoyed a lovely family Christmas

2012 Reviews #5: Fashion

Last up in my 2012 Reviews series is a round up of my favourite outfits and pieces of clothing/accessories that I wore this year.  I only started taking outfit of the day pics later in the year but I'm going to try get better at the fashion blogging side of things in 2013 (might even invest in a tripod so I don't have to rely on squint mirror pics).

I loved this River Island lace dress so much that I bought it in black too....


....which formed part of my staple "going out" outfit for a good few months

loved this laser cut dress from ASOS

and this dress from Primark......even if it was see-through!

these Primark boots were my fave for months until they fell apart :(


loved both these adorable necklaces from River Island

only went to one wedding this year - this was my outfit

cute studded flats from Primark

one of my favourite dresses of the year, this pink number from Matalan

adore this bed jacket from ASOS - it's beauuuutiful

Primark spike necklace

love the colour of this mint H&M dress and it looked so pretty with my sparkly grey Primark jumper

I was wearing this Primark Christmas jumper from October onwards.....

love this dress from Primark - nice and classy for work.  Also love the spike boots!

cute Primark bunny jumper - the cream River Island dress also makes another appearance

finally my work Christmas party outfit....

.......including these amazing glitter boots from Primark!

Looking forward to a year of even better outfits in 2013 :)

What I Got For Christmas

Sunday, 30 December 2012
I know these "what I got for Christmas" posts aren't everyones cup of tea but I really like reading them - it appeals to my nosy side!  I was a lucky girl this year and got lots of lovely gifts from B, my parents, sister and B's family - I've photographed them below.

Be sure to leave me a link to your post in the comments if you've done something similar!

Home Stuff

some kitchen goodies (cocktail glasses, christmas cookie cutters, icing pen, coffee mug, sandwich boxes, party food/drink cookbook); christmas cookie candles; vanilla oil diffuser; drinking fudge sachets; heart hot water bottle; butterfly clock; floral hand warmers; owl magnets and lots of chocolates!

Fashion Stuff

leopard print onesie(yay!); owl slippers; pink nightie; tights; knitted scarf; london tote; owl purse and owl scarf.

Entertainment Stuff

saturdays calendar; girls aloud book; girls aloud DVD (in case you can't tell....I'm a girlband fan!); david thorne book; owl address book; cupcake notebook and bookmark; iphone speaker jar and goosebumps boxset (amazing!)

Beauty Stuff

avon planet spa black soap, olive oil face mask and gold facial gel; avon cranberry and cinnamon room spray; boutique body and hand lotion; fearne bath set; aussie 3 minute miracle; white collection bath set; ducky shower cap; mango body butter and shower gel; lady gaga fame perfume; ice cream lip balms; owl lip balm; geisha nail file set; mini makeup brush set; 2 tangle teasers and an avon mascara (my favourite!)


super cute makeup bag and mirror compact (forgot to include this in the beauty photo set up); disco ball necklace; 4 bangles; 2 rings (1 jewelled flower and 1 bow design); turtle charm; love you quote necklace; love heart ring and cookie jar necklace

2012 Reviews #4 - Beauty

Products I've Loved in 2012

REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser
my favourite cleanser

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask
this mask works wonders on my oily skin

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
my new favourite foundation

Avon Super Enchant Mascara
the best mascara I've found this year

Stila Into The Light
so many great looks from the one palette

Bioderma H2O Micelle Solution
the best makeup remover I've ever used

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer
the perfect base and helps keep my oily skin shine free

Lush Snow Fairy
unbelievably I only tried this for the first time a few months ago and it smells AMAZING

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
one of my favourite masks, leaves my skin looking really fresh

Benefit Hervana
a gorgeous peachy pink blush

Revlon Lip Butters
have these in 6 different shades now - love them all!

Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum
tastes amazing and helps keep my lips soft and smooth

2012 Reviews #3 - Books

Saturday, 29 December 2012

I didn't read anywhere near as many books as I planned to this year so I'm hoping to do a LOT more reading in 2013.

Books I've read in 2012....

I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan
How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Memoirs of a Fruitcake by Chris Evans
Animal Farm by George Orwell (amazingly, I'd never read it before!)

Books I'm planning on reading in 2013....

The rest of the Game of Thrones books (already on A Clash of Kings)
Moranthology by Caitlin Moran
The Hunger Games series
Also my Goosebumps boxset that I got for Christmas!

2012 Reviews #2 - Film

Films I've enjoyed in 2012....

Skyfall (my first Bond film!)
21 Jump Street
Moonrise Kingdom (so adorable)
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Cabin in the Woods
The Imposter
Memento (an oldie, but I first watched it only a few months ago)
The Guard

Films I'm looking forward to in 2013....

Gangster Squad (Gosling.....)
Warm Bodies (cool zombie love story with Nick Hoult)
This is 40 (the follow up to Knocked Up)
World War Z (zombies in Glasgow!)
This Is The End (celebs playing themselves facing an apocalypse)

2012 Reviews #1 - TV

Friday, 28 December 2012
This is the first in a reviews series I'm going to be posting over the next few days in the run up to the new year highlighting what I've enjoyed watching, reading and wearing over the last 12 months.

First up is TV - as I mentioned in a post earlier this month, I'm going to start including more about TV/Films/Books etc on the blog next year as it's something I talk about a lot in real life so it makes sense for it to also form a part of the blog, as well as beauty and fashion.

TV I've enjoyed in 2012....

Fresh Meat
Friday Night Dinner
The Walking Dead
Girls (possibly my favourite new show of 2012)
Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of my Life (a great return for AP)
Inside Men (a brill BBC one-off drama)
The Killing III 
Doctor Who (bye bye Ponds, sob sob)
Game of Thrones
The Thick of It
Breaking Bad (currently up to end of series 3)

TV I'm looking forward to in 2013....

Girls Series 2
Dexter (wasn't that impressed with the last series but I hear this one is great)
True Blood (especially with the new big bad!)
Breaking Bad (need to catch up on season 4!)

My Christmas

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!  I had a pretty chilled out day with B and my family, and I thought I'd share some pics from the day with you.

We started Christmas morning by opening our presents from each other at our flat (post on what I got coming tomorrow) followed by a breakfast of bacon bagels.  After getting ready (both in our Christmas jumpers, of course) we got in the car and drove down to my parents' house in East Lothian (aka the house of coughs.....they all have the cold/flu....as do I now - thanks!).  After opening presents we lounged about for a few hours watching TV and looking through our gifts before setting up the makeshift dining table in the living room (complete with obligatory odd chair) and settling down for a delicious Christmas dinner.

After Doctor Who (how great was that episode?!) we headed back up the road where I promptly changed into my new onesie the minute we got in the front door.  The rest of the evening was spent lying on the sofa watching TV and munching on chocolates before ending the night with the Breaking Bad series 3 finale in bed.  Great day!

one of my presents to B
my pressies from B
tree at my parents' house
me and nik
mum opening her pressies
dad surprised by his gift from me and nik - an owl adoption!

pressie opening
B getting stuck in
not sure the ear warmers are on right....

yaaay it's a onesie!
nik and grandpa
dad in his new christmas jumper

I got the crap chair at the christmas table
finally joining the onesie club