Throwback Thursday: Fancy Dress

Thursday, 13 August 2015
Last weekend I went to an 80's themed 30th birthday party dressed as Madonna.  I was planning on doing a full outfit post but the pictures didn't come out great so that idea went out of the window.  Here's a pre-party selfie though!

It was a pretty simple outfit - black jeggins and a vest top with a black kimono/cardi over the top, then shitloads of jewellery (and lace gloves, obvs).  Hair was backcombed to fuck with a quiff and headband.  Makeup wise I went for a a brown smoky eye, red lip, lots of bronzer, and of course that famous Madonna mole.

The party was at an old school pals house, so I went back to my parents place to get ready to avoid getting the bus in my Madonna makeup.  It felt like the old days, getting ready in my old bedroom and then getting a lift from my mum to the party.  Before heading out I had a look through a few boxes of old photos as I need a couple of childhood pictures for the wedding.

Pretty Little Liars S6 E10 Predictions

Monday, 10 August 2015

This Wednesday the Pretty Little Liars mid season finale will air on Netflix, and after 6 seasons we will finally find out EVERYTHING.  EVERYTHIIIIING.  Maybe.  Apparently.  So we're told.

I actually only started watching the show a few months ago.  I binged the first 5 seasons in quick succession after becoming immediately obsessed.  By the time season 6 started airing I was still halfway through season 5 which meant I didn't have that agonising wait after the S5 finale to find out what the F was going on with that dollhouse.  Lucky me!  I caught up around episode 4 of S6 though so had to join the rest of you and actually WAIT a week for each new episode.  

The wait this last week has been so annoying after that (predictable) cliffhanger.  We're sooooo close to finding out who A is and I'm way more excited than a 30 year old woman should be about what is essentially a young adult drama.

Ahead of the much anticipated episode 10 I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on what I think is going to happen.

It goes without saying that here be spoilers past the jump!

Picnic Cocktail Package at Monboddo

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ahh summer in Scotland.  The myth, the legend.  That joyous moment in August (sometimes July, sometimes May) where we get to experience a solid week of "taps aff" sunshine.  A week where we'll complain about melting on stifling hot buses or sweating in stuffy festival venues, being chased by wasps and midges, and the fact that our pasty skin will burn a beautiful shade of pink after spending 5 minutes outside.  But what a week!

In case you can't tell by that sarcastic tone, we generally don't get the best luck with summer weather in Scotland.  I had a call with a client in Hampshire the other day and she was complaining about it being "only" 19 degrees.  When I told her it was set to rain for the next 5 days in Edinburgh she exclaimed "awwww Lynne, that's terrible", as if I'd just given her some grave news. 

Camera Roll #2

Saturday, 1 August 2015
Hello!  I've been a bit sporadic with blogging recently, if I'm honest I'm struggling to find the motivation to sit down and write - I do have a couple of ideas floating around in my head but I haven't really been in the mood to actually type them up.  I think every blogger goes through these periods where they don't feel that interested in blogging, and I'm sure it will pass soon so just bear with me!

I thought an easy post for me to ease myself back into things was a "what I've been doing lately" update, so here's a little peek at the photos I've taken over the last few weeks and the stories behind them.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a couple of these photos before - they are from my Auntie's 70th birthday party up in Aberdeen last month.  What a fun day this was - we started off with champers at my cousins house before getting in a surprise limo into town where we had afternoon tea at a hotel.  Then it was back to the house for a bbq which lasted into the night.  I love taking trips up to Aberdeen to visit this side of my family - when I was a kid we used to go up once a year, so it feels a bit like a second home.  My sister and I snuck off at one point for a play in the park, a proper trip down memory lane!  I vlogged some of the weekend actually so if you want to see more check out this video on my Youtube channel.

1) How AMAZING does this dessert look??  It's a sundae with salted caramel ice cream, peanuts and popcorn - although unfortunately you'd have to go all the way to Paris to recreate it, as I got it from Market by Jean-Georges whilst over there for a meeting a few weeks ago.  Sooooo good!

2) A cute wee lunchtime picnic with my pal Lianne, which you can read all about in my post here.  I still haven't had a chance to take my picnic blanket out since though as the weather has been so bad.  Rain rain rain every day.  Boooooo to wet summers!  Oh actually, that reminds me - if you haven't started watching Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix then you must.   Start with the original film, then move onto the new TV show prequel.  Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper and more in a brilliantly weird summer camp parody.  Do it!!

3) and 4) More fun with friends - this was a delightful little dinner party with some of my blogger pals at Gillian and Laura's flat.  They went all out with an amazing 3 course meal in a Pinterest worthy setting (flowers in glass bottles, washi taped napkins, cocktails with paper straws).  The star of the show was undoubtably the 2 desserts (yep that's right - 2!) - creme brûlée and pavlova - both were absolutely delicious.  Good job gals!

For our work summer event this year we split into teams and took part in a treasure hunt around Edinburgh.  It was a lot of fun - the highlights being taking a spin on the big wheel, accosting random tourists for photos, drinking shots of Sambuca at 3pm, and being photobombed by another team whilst taking photos with the door staff at The Balmoral.  My team ended up winning which was a nice bonus (we did have the MD in our team, so we probably had a slight advantage!).  Our prizes were cinema vouchers, so I used mine today going on my first ever solo cinema trip (to see Jurassic World).  I felt like such a grown up.

1) and 2) I took a trip down to Cliveden House last week for a work visit.  The house and the grounds are absolutely stunning, so I love getting to have a wander round, especially on a beautiful sunny day.

3) Before flying home from London I did a little bit of duty free shopping as it will probably be the last time I'm at an airport before the wedding and there's a few things I wanted to get.  I was mainly looking for perfume and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, as I'd heard duty free was the cheapest place to get it.  I was successful on the perfume front (after smelling literally EVERY perfume Jo Malone have, I settled on Pomegranate Noir), but left without the Advanced Night Repair as it was actually really expensive.  The cheapest they had was a 50ml bottle for £57.50, but I had a quick Google on my phone and discovered that several sites had it for £50 so I ended up buying it from Debenhams the next day (it was down to £45 for the 30ml in the sale, bonus!).  

4) We had a bit of an office disaster this week, coming in on Thursday morning to find it raining from the ceiling due to a dislodged pipe on the floor above.  Thanks to the leak the electrics in our kitchen and bathroom area were off on Thurs/Fri which meant I had to go out and buy torches so we could still use the toilets.  Peeing by torch light was an experience.  It felt like we were camping.

So that's what I've been up to for the last 6 weeks or so - July seems to have completely flown by, how is it August already?!  I know I keep mentioning it all the bloody time, but I get married in 7 weeks now….7 weeks!  Jesus Christ.