Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Tangerine Dream

Primark dress // Sak Label necklace // Mandarin hair dye by Directions // black lipstick by Stargazer // flat hair by Lisa

Been feeling a little underwhelmed with my washed out ginger hair. So I stopped off at the 'goth shop' on the way home from work the other night and snapped up a tub of 'Mandarin' Directions. It's been over 10 years since me and Directions got together and Flamingo Pink was always my partner in crime. Mandarin was always going to be a bit of a shot in the dark - especially on ginger/brown hair and not bleach blonde. The result? As close to mandarin as lime is to lemon, but 'spose it'll do for the now. It's pissing it down with rain in Glasgow today - typical - I'll probably end up looking a little 'tangoed' by the end of the day as it starts to run down the back of my neck...

Couldn't leave said 'goth shop' without splashing out on a stick of £1.50 black Stargazer lippy!

Off to the Electric Frog Festival this evening for a bit of dancing - check out Craig's cool 'Electric Frog' necklace - then, if I can muster enough energy, it's off to MENERGY to dance me socks off to choons by none other than the mighty SIMONOTRON from Hot Mess - woo hoo!!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Zara's Brights

Popped into Zara on my way home the other night. Not a place I normally rummage through, but it was open, and I was passing...

I was all over the deliciously brightly coloured offerings like a bee to honey! But, after I'd pawed over a few dresses I began to notice a rather disappointing trend... Loads of polyester and viscose. Sweaty, nasty, synthetics that just don't cut it in the heat. Why, oh why must they produce pretty summer pieces in these vulgar materials?

Not all items were this bad, there was still lots of cotton, and beautiful leather bags, but I'll be checking the label before buying anything.

On another note...
Now my Twitter account is up and running (@Baroque_Boudoir), I've also made a Facebook Page! Feel free to LIKE away to receive updates :-)


Signed up to Twitter @Baroque_Boudoir
Still cannae get the hang of it!

Rick Genest photographed by Steven Klein for Arena Homme Plus SS 2011

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet?

Skull Chair by Pool. As seen on Geeks on the Inside.

Considering entering the new dawn and opening a Twitter account to promote ye olde blog. Who out there tweets??

Sunday, 17 April 2011

We're All Mad Here

Yesterday morning my alarm went off at 9 o'clock signalling time to get up, get my glad rags on and get myself into Glasgow city centre to meet up with Claire from Bee Waits For No One. We had a very important date and didn't want to be late.

Dolled up to the nines, we tottered up the hill to the old red light district. Bit early, I hear you say? It was only 11.30am after all. Not too early to be treated to a glass of bubbling Prosecco at the award winning, *5 star* Blythswood Square Hotel.  We were there at the kind invitation of Ann from Girl in the City Glasgow. In fact, there were 22 of us at the (first ever?) Scottish Bloggers meet-up.

We had been invited to the Monte Carlo Suite for a sneaky peek at the costume and make-up designs for Scottish Ballet's production of Alice. A feast fit for a queen - of hearts - had been laid on by the hotel. An afternoon Mad Hatter's Tea Party with cakes inspired by the Wonderland characters!


The parma violet flavoured cake was my personal favourite, although the warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam were a close second!

Ann had arranged for us to be pampered by girls from the hotel spa - I had a wonderful hand massage - our hair preened by stylists from the Rainbow Rooms, and make-up touched up by Smujj artists. In fact, I was so busy having my hair curled etc that I neglected to take many photos. I only had my crap camera with me anyway, but lots of other lovely ladies had come along far better equipped. I'll pop some links at the end of the post to everyone else's updates.

Claire having her new blonde locks transformed into a cute side bun. Check her tights! And her dress! Bloody fantastic outfit - just wish I'd managed to get her skyscraper red shoes in the pick too - damn!

Now, on to the main event - the ballet itself!

Unfortunately I had to dip out of the event just as everyone headed off in taxis to the Theatre Royal for the matinee performance. Mr G and I had previously arranged a wee date in the fair isle of Rothesay to have dinner with his folks, so it was off to the train station for me instead. BUT, although I missed spending more time with everyone (what a great bunch of gals!), I was lucky enough to have gone along on the opening night (Tuesday) with some friends for a birthday celebration.

I'd never been to the ballet before and to be honest, wasn't really sure what to expect. I didn't expect to be totally blown away! The costumes, the set design, the dancers, the COSTUMES... spectacular! My favourite character was Humpty Dumpty whose costume was obviously inspired by the late, great, Leigh Bowery.

 Alice's Humpty Dumpty

Leigh Bowery

There were elements of Thierry Mugler's A/W 97-98 Chimere dress to be spotted in the Cheshire Cat's corset as well:

 Cheshire Cat

Thierry Mugler

If you are not inspired enough yet to go and see the production, which goes on tour as of next week, here are some beautiful shots to get you in the mood:

I highly recommend you go and see it:

20-23 April - Edinburgh
27-30 April - Inverness
4-7 May - Cardiff 
11-14 May - Aberdeen

More information and booking details here.

Thank you to the wonderful Ann for throwing such a great event, for inviting me to come along and for providing us all with a totally fantastic goody bag stuffed full of delights! Special thanks also to Toni from Lion Loving Tiger who kindly popped a wee treat from Rox Jewellery into each of our bags as well! I had a great afternoon, only wish I'd been able to stay longer to chat with everyone. Think I only managed to say hello to about half the girls, so hopefully there will be another wee event on the horizon soon. 

Miss Claire and Miss Ayden - lovely to catch up ladies! 

Some links to other great reviews by fellow bloggers:

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Things I Love (and Loathe) Thursday

Things What I LOVE...
  1. This image of really radge gothic make-up from Get Messy.
  2.  These designs all inspired by TV test patterns
  3. Not sure whether I love this, or whether it's a bad sign, but I now have a 'usual' in the coffee shop I (obviously) frequent in the morning before work. Mine's a small half shot mocha - no cream. What's yours?
  4. Hideously oversized bug jewellery (From Jak and Jil site) - any idea who the designer is? Kinda makes my Kenneth Jay Lane bee ring look like an ant...
  5. FREE fonts
  6. The Little Black Dresser and the Bad Table from DeMilked (cheers Laura!)

 Things What I LOATHE...
  1. My sinus problems, Feel like I've been hit across the face with a sledge hammer for months now .... BUT, I've finally got off my arse to go to the doctor to get it sorted. Got antibiotics, so hopefully that'll fix it once and for all.
  2. Removing sticky labels from the bottom of new shoes. Bloody nightmare! In fact, there should be a name for this god-awful process!
  3. My complete inability to curl BOTH sides of my hair. Righthand side - perfect bouncy curls, lefthand side - dragged through a hedge backwards - pooh!

    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    Drink Me

    Today is a very good friend's birthday and after another dreary day at work, I'm off for some Malaysian grub at a great wee cafe called 'Rumours' and then on to the Theatre Royal to see Scottish Ballet's interpretation of 'Alice'. I have never been to the ballet before, so I'm super excited!

    Here are some illustrations from one of my favourite artists, Camille Rose Garcia. She illustrated Lewis Carroll's original story a couple of years ago.

    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    We Fade To Grey

    Some of you may remember my post about my search for the perfect new 'lady' bag. It had to be bright coloured, satchel in style, with ordinary handle and a shoulder strap, and most importantly, had to be leather.

    Whilst having a wee browse through some local boutiques on the Southside on Saturday, something caught my eye. Perched on a shelf, just above some lovely acid yellow and cobalt blue dresses sat 'the one'. I quickly pounced and paraded around the shop for about 5 minutes, gleefully swinging it at my side and winking at myself in the mirror. Best not look at the price. I'm pretty skint and should be saving up for my final tattoo session in just over a month. Just wee sneaky peek - you never know... £37 !!?? Woo hoo!! That makes it just about affordable - kinda, well, not really, but it's a bloody good price, and it's... it's...

    NOT leather, NOT bright coloured and NOT a satchel - it's perfect!! (Although not a very good photo)

    Shop girl: "Oh, sorry, I've only got this really big carrier bag for it"

    Me: "Eh? I don't need a bag - it IS a bag! Let me just shove this canvas one inside it. Sorted"

    Then off I trounced to the park swinging my completely out of place shiny 'lady' bag at my side.
    Pleased. As. Punch.

    DI$COUNT - Three Exhibition

    Shots from DI$COUNT's Three Exhibition. 
    I'm particularly loving Jethro Cave in the DI$COUNT thigh high tabi boots! For more info, check out the site.

    Saturday, 9 April 2011

    Cats And Dogs

    dress from Primark // belt and sunglasses from the bottom of the wardrobe // Tarina Tarantino spider hairclip // Sak Label necklace // two-tone tights from joke shop // DMs // Illamasqua lipstick in Underworld // ring from ASOS // Topshop nail polish in Gone Fishing

    If the weatherman was correct, it may have been 1 degree warmer in Glasgow than London today. Every weegie and his dug were out in force. The park was jumpin' and there was far too many corned beef legs on show and lobster streaked beer guts for anyone to hold down their Mr Whippy ice-cream longer than 40 seconds. Needless to say, I jumped on the band wagon! Sunnies -check, 'summer' bag - check, nae coat or cardi - check!

    No idea who the cat belongs to, but s/he was ultra cute and friendly. Neither of our cats would last 2 minutes outside in the real world...

    Today's point of fashion, however, is the exquisite Sak Label necklace I won in Wobblin' Betty's fantastic giveaway! I feel very privileged and I hope Betty approves of my ensemble ;-) 
    If you haven't checked out her site - in fact, if you're not following her, you're seriously missing out. Hop over NOW!

    Hope y'all have a good weekend x

    Soft Death

    Alex Noble AW11 'SOFT DEATH' at LFW by cathal o'brien from Cathal O'Brien on Vimeo.

    A backstage short film by Cathal O' Brien featuring Alex Noble's London Fashion Week debut show for upcoming winter, titled Soft Death. From Fashion Installation.

    I like what I see, but for some reason I'm a little surprised with what I can see of Noble's collection. Not sure what I was expecting, more black maybe? No idea why. Surprised but intrigued.

    Friday, 8 April 2011

    Swatch-It, Bitch!

    How much do I want the lightning bolt Swatch watch?? Just imagine how totally awesome you'd look in a meeting as you push back your jacket sleeve to reveal this baby:

    "Is that the time?? I really must dash! See ya!!"

    Unfortunately, these cute as hell little time bandits are not yet available in the UK - pooh!!
    **edit** Strike that!! A wee birdy told me that she 'clocked' these very time pieces in the window of the Swatch shop in Glasgow city centre!! I (wrongly) assumed they were not available here as I couldn't order one on the UK site. It appears shopping in store has it advantages after all! Now I just need to save up...
    And thank you to Suzanne from Idee Fixe for so kindly offering to pick one up for me and send it over - too kind!!

    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    Matjaz Tancic

    Matjaz Tancic is a Slovenian photographer who appears to be leading the way with 3D photography. The image above was taken as part of Slovenia's Next Top Model.

    To see more of his work, and presumably with 3D glasses on, visit the Richard Young Gallery in London before 21st April.
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