Sunday, 29 April 2012

Instagram #2

What is it?/Harry Potter/Sunshine in Aberdeen/Stitched up/detail of vintage top/
Parcels/egg salad (nom)/Topshop make-up/Golden half camera/Tea from my best friend

I have spent this week mainly in work, receiving too many parcels,moaning about the weather and adding 7 cameras to my collection. Yes,I did just say 7! My camera obsession is the same as my make-up - I don't need it, but I will buy it :). I'm running out of space now.

How has your week been?

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Sometimes you just have to follow your heart...

I wouldn't say that I'm a particularly reflective person nor do I usually post things like this. However today my attention was caught by a girl walking down the street with a lot of coloured paper.Not unusual, right? This, as I  later realised, was for Aberdeen's Torcher parade - Europe's largest torchlit student parade. I also realised that it was 3 years since I last participated which in turn meant it has been 3 years since I graduated uni. 

Three years? What have I achieved in those three years? Not a lot if i'm particularly honest. I'm still in the same position that I was back then, just now with a honours degree and weirdly less money. It's not like I've been lazy either - quite the polar opposite. I have been working my bum off  trying to move forward with my life, trying to find that balance which suits both my social life and my career. I don't want to be counting hours every single week  and making sure that I can survive for the next month. I also don't want to be saying no to my friends when we plan things, even if its a simple night out. I want reassurance that my degree wasn't a complete waste of time and all those hours where I could've been sleeping instead of working on uni assignments were not put to waste (hello 36 hours at once doing one assignment). I understand that it is difficult in this current climate and that it's not only me. I left uni naive and thinking that my 'perfect life' would fall into place after I had received that all important certificate. How wrong was I?

I am a frequent tweeter/addict and there's been countless times I've come across students with the same naivety that I left uni with. I want to shake some sense into them before they realise that life after uni is not all a bed of roses. Yes, there will be triumphs but along with that there will be three times as much rejection. It's a hard road and you will have good days and bad days, but if you get through that, you will come out the other end smiling.

I'll leave you with some pictures from my final torcher parade where my float had a theme of  'A mythical safari':

This was in no way meant to be a rant or aimed at anyone in particular. It's not even about a job. It's more to do with getting started in life and finding out who you are as an individual and where your life will take you.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Instagram #1

Smooshy face/Cup of tea/Maoam/Favourite kindle picture (Darwin's finches - Geek alert)/almost home/bored/Jewellery supplies/Brought my thesis back to abdn/hobbycraft basket/doggies/drawing from school/laptop marks/rekordelig/princess nails

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sunday thought

Photo by me :)
Oops, I apologies to the persons washing which is now all over the interwebz now...

As you may have seen I have been reading 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde (which is thoroughly enjoyable at the moment) and in the preface I came across this quote:

"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated.For these there is hope."

Oscar Wilde

I think that this is a very apt quote for life in general and one which should be remembered. What do you think?

Saturday, 21 April 2012

MAC: Prep and Prime Skin base visage

Attempting to get the sparkly packaging - I'm such a magpie. Glitter and it's mine.

Until about 6 months ago, I had never used a primer. It wasn't until I ordered some MAC goodies that I received a small sample of this product. Once the product ran out, I immediately purchased the full-size. The full-size retails at £18.50 for 30ml. Yes, this is a lot of hard earned money at once for something so small. However, I found that I only need to use one pump a day. One pump is plenty for your face with a tiny bit left over. The liquid is white when it comes out and once applied it glides on so smoothly. It's so smooth that you will be touching your face to feel the smoothness all day (not advised as 1)you will look like a prize idiot and 2) hands have lots of germs). Now the question is: does it actually do as it says? I think the answer is yes. I found that my make-up (especially foundation) did stay on and looked fresher for much longer. The only time it didn't was today when I got caught in a torrential downpour, where it actually felt like I had been swimming. It was that bad. I honestly don't think whatever primer you used would have held onto that make-up. Since using this primer, I have found that overall my skin is much better.This is probably due to the fact that my make-up is not going directly onto my face, rather onto the primer which acts as a barrier. I also found that I have nowhere near as much blemishes and the other day I even ventured out (not far I may add) without my usual haul of make-up on. Result!

Would I buy this primer again? Yes, most definitely!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Goal update #2

Since I last posted this, I've managed to score another few items of my list.

Here is the 2012 list:

001) Aim higher in my career *reworded 17/04/12

002) Go to the gym at least 3 times per week in progress 17/04/12

003) Launch creative project 1 completed 10/03/12 - visit

004) Launch creative project 2

005) Watch Trainspotting completed 10/03/12

006) Get my first tattoo

007) Decorate my bedroom

008) Paint my hallway

009) Visit home more often to see my parents

010) Be less materialistic

011) See much more of my friends

012) Run/jog/walk Race for life

013) Read the Hunger Games - completed 17/04/12

014) Read the Virgin Suicides

015) Re-tune my drawing skills ie re-learn to draw (I seem to have left my ability behind in school) - in progress 17/04/12

016) Participate in p52 @

017) Shoot more rolls of film (target: 10 rolls) - in progress 10/03/12

018) Film some videos for YouTube (target: 5 videos)completed 10/03/12

019) Learn to use my sewing machine

020) Print out much more of my photography

021) Read The Picture of Dorian Gray

022)Write some creative pieces (target: 3 pieces)

023) Comment on many more blogs - in progress 10/03/12

024) Read The Scarlet Lettercompleted 17/04/12

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Last night I went to see 'Mirror Mirror' at the cinema with friends. It was actually a really good film but what I was most blown away by was the costumes. Normally I don't pay much attention to costumes, but these were breathtaking.

Designed by the late Eiko Ishioka, who was an oscar winning costume designer, the costumes are a mirage of spectacular craftsmanship and pure fantasy. Every time I saw a new one, I was totally taken back.

What do you think of Eiko Ishioka's work? Could you see yourself wearing one of these for even a few minutes?