Tuesday, 30 August 2011

To Chop Or Not?

I'm bored with my hair again. Still loving the colour (although it needs another top up - Manic Panic plans for this weekend!) but I'm toying with the idea of chopping my fringe short.

October 2009. Short bob and teeny tiny fringe.

This option could result in me looking a bit like...

Fashion journalist Lynn Yaeger (scary!), or...

Beth Ditto (not a pretty expression, but i do like how choppy this style is)

Option 2 would be to keep the length as it is now and just take a smidgen off my fringe to 'expose' the brows. But do I really wanna look like an aging emo kid aka Hayley Williams from Paramore?

November 2010. Shoulder length hair, fringe just above the eyebrows.

Hayley Williams

Option 3 would be to keep the fringe long but chop the length back up into a bob:

Or, I could leave it alone and let it grow longer so I can still put it up in a top knot for the winter. I need your help! Please VOTE for your favourite style (righthand nav bar) and I'll go with the majority!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Me And The Monkeys

So we got kicked out the hotel at 12 noon on Friday. It's 34 degrees outside and the flight's not until teatime. How do you kill 4 hours in Tenerife with no access to a pool? MONKEY PARK!!!

Yip, that's MY hand right there, feeding a ring tailed lemur a grape we stole at the breakfast buffet! For a measly 10 Euros you can wander through (a pretty huge and very well kept) enclosure full of lemurs, squirrel monkeys, iguanas, 2 tortoises and that other wee chap you can see above. Some kind of Tamarin I think. Looked like a cross between great uncle Fred and a bat. Made the cutest little chirruping noises too.

Check his wee hand!!! We bonded over our orange tufty hair.

My facial expressions speak for themselves - I was besotted, but for the full effect, here's a wee video of me and the pregnant (maybe just fat?) lemurs.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Hola! Holiday Highs (and Lows)

Mr G and I have just returned from our wee week away in Tenerife. This is an image heavy post, so I'll keep the words to a minimum.

HIGH: endless days of glorious sunshine by the pool. LOW: a giant cockroach dropping out the tree above resulting in me squealing like a wee lassie and Mr G jumping into the pool for safety... with his iPhone in his swim shorts pocket. Major FAIL.

midi length sundress from Primark - matches my Tequila Sunrise

HIGH: Slurping gallons of sangria and cocktails whilst literally LOLing my way through Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman. LOW: all that booze coupled with fried breakfasts, ice-cream lunches and buffet dinners means "I AM FAT"

HIGH: Siam Park Water Kingdom. Amazing rides including a 3m high wave machine.

Bargain sale swimming cosy from Marks and Sparks, set off with ridiculous (but necessary for peely-wally Scottish lassies) bandana from the local market in Los Cristianos. Thunder thighs courtesy of too many second helpings

Pretty much all highs, except... LOW: both of us breaking out in a hideous prickly heat rash the next day resulting in antihistamines, 'special' cream from the pharmacist and emergency 'cover up' clothing for the rest of the hols. My legs are still covered. I look like I have scabies.

HIGH: By day 5 I felt like a total heffer, so when 'Reuben' came looking for ladies to take part in some light aqua aerobics, I decided to take the plunge and joined in. LOW: it made my prickly heat sting :(

HIGH: Boat trip to see whales and dolphins. We saw bottle nosed dolphins and pilot whales (above). We got to stand out on the bow as we bobbed and crashed all the way out into the Atlantic. I squealed with delight each time we when over a giant wave. It was like being on a rollercoaster! LOW: A glut of kids, puking into carrier bags, stinking the place out.

'Easy Rider' top from Primark (last minute panic buy). Kinda love how cheap it looks.

Standard white cotton 'holiday frock' from Warehouse about 3 years ago. 

HIGH: Free booze - a complimentary glass of Cava on arrival, a whole bottle for Mr G's birthday and another glass (and rose for me) as part of the hotel's 'black and white' theme night. LOW: We were the only ones who made the effort to dress in black and white. We should have got another bottle.

HIGH: Literally - very high - Mount Teide, the volcano at the centre of the island, is 3,718 m (12,198 ft) above sea level. We took a coach all the way up through the National Park and then a cable car to the top. The landscape was breathtaking (and it wasn't just the thin air) LOW: I badly needed a wee on the bus up the mountain, forcing Mr G to interrupt the guide mid-sentence to ask him to pull over. I was going to either scream in pain or actually piss myself. However, we stopped 2 minutes later at a lovely wee cafe - emergency thwarted!

HIGH: I got to see indigenous flora and fauna including lots of Gallotia Galloti (wall lizards) and a beautiful blue dragonfly (too fleeting to photo) LOW: It appears I am more afraid of heights than I previously thought. I was literally on the verge of tears as we climbed out of the top elevation on the cable car. The views were incredible, but I just wanted to lie on the ground and cling to the lava rocks.

My favourite scarf from last winter (Tie Rack sale) - they warned it would be cold at the top - it wasn't // ANCIENT vest top from about 6/7 years ago // new sunnies from Ebay // tie-dye trousers from Topshop

Trusty leopard print jumpsuit from H&M sale. A lifesaver after the 'break-out'

HIGH: I got to wear my new sunglasses (cheap knock-off versions of the Topshop Unique ones I blogged about here) and my American Apparel Neon Nails polish. LOW: no decent outfit shots due to scabby legs and Monica-style frizzy hair.

By far the biggest HIGH of the whole holiday was our last day... but that's a whole other post - stay tuned ;-)

Friday, 19 August 2011

Things I Love Thursday - Holiday Rituals

This was actually written yesterday. Better late than never?

Tomorrow we fly to Los Cristianos, Tenerife, for a week. First holiday in almost two years. Obviously I'm really excited about going away, but I'm equally excited about preparing to go away - making lists of all the things that I need to do before we leave and all the little rituals that take place in preparation for leaving make me brim with excitement:

To do:
  • Buff body to within an inch of its life and apply layer number 3 of Dove Summer Glow (remember to add an extra dollop to white patch on left knee - and remember not to cross legs afterwards)
  • Remove all unwanted body hair (including facial hair and eyebrows)
  • Paint toe and finger nails with brand new American Apparel Neon Nails 
  • Do housework BEFORE painting nails
  • Iron stuff (especially the 'holiday clothes' retrieved from bin bag in the back room)
  • Decant shampoo and conditioner into holiday bottles (sellotape lids) and pack alongside SPF 50 (for tattoos), 30, 15 and aftersun
  • Leave out 12 pouches of cat food, 2 boxes of dry food, 2 packets of Dreamies, 4 tins of tuna, various tumblers of water 'hidden' around the flat and Pussy Lawn for 'enrichment'. Make sure Mildred's cushions are lying flat on the couch and leave (smelly) cardigan rolled up on bed - to remind her of mummy
  • Look out holiday purse and stuff it full of fake money (keep a few pound coins for snacks at the airport)
  • Look out european adaptor (and buy an extra one - just in case)
  • Decide whether I really NEED to take hair straighteners - hunt down as many kirby grips as possible and buy an extra pack?
  • Call mobile phone company to set up roaming and turn OFF data roaming
  • Pack travel bag: Caitlin Moran book, iPhone, earphones, holiday purse, sooky sweets, (knock off) sunglasses for arrival, socks for the plane, passport, print out of flight and hotel details (carefully highlighted for quick and easy referral)
  • Pack first aid kit: plasters for blisters, Remegel for over indulgences, paracetamol for hangovers, safety pins incase straps ping or buttons burst, antihistamines in case something bites (not sure about this at all - hope my mum is just taking the piss?)
  • Edit down number of outfits (we're only going for a week), carefully select jewellery and make-up to compliment edited version
Doubt I'll be blogging while we're away, but hopefully I'll still be tweeting! If you are in the slightest bit interested, you can follow our shenanigans by following me here

Cheery-bye xx

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Stop Copying Me - Biatch!

Loving Lady Gaga's outfit in the new You and I video. Turquoise hair and Zana Bayne leather harness? That's soooo 2010. Here's me on NYE:

Sporting turquoise wig and Zana Bayne 3-wing shoulder piece ;-)

Monday, 15 August 2011

MAN the Label

I spotted these beautiful, chunky works of art while browsing through my Google Reader. Pictures of them popped up on various Aussie blogs including Little Black Book and Cake Face. The designer behind them is Sheila Man:

Born into a creative family in Buenos Aires Argentina, Sheila Man has been heavily influenced by her fashion designer mother and architect father. Following her heart to Australia at age 18, she settled in Bondi and immersed herself in fashion design, fashion production and tailoring studies.

MAN blends organic and industrial elements into wearable, adaptable art. Each piece is beautiful, strong and distinctive.

MAN is a labor of love, with Sheila creating each unique piece in her home studio. Her jewellery reflects her South American heritage, extensive travels, and new home in Australia.

Tania from Cake Face sporting multitudes of neck candy

Friday, 12 August 2011

Tartan Time

Top 5 images from Jean Paul Gaultier A/W 2007, Cecilia Hammarborg Storm Coat, Beckerman jacket

Although I fly to Tenerife in a weeks time, the dreich* Scottish summer weather has got me thinking about my favourite season - Autumn! I'm lusting after layer upon layer of tartan, swathes of plaid wrapped around me and swaddled in faux fur. I can hear the crunch, crunch of fallen leaves under my patent leather Louboutins already!

*A combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather. At least 4 of the above adjectives must apply before the weather is truly dreich


Grindhoose is Glasgow's very own FREE grindhouse cinema experience! And it's all organised by my amazing wee brother.

Get your zombie arse down to The Old Hairdresser's (across from Stereo) on Renfield Lane, Glasgow, tomorrow night at 8pm to be transported back in time to 1970s/1980s 42nd Street New York and experience some of the trashiest, sleaziest and wild films ever to have graced the not-so-big-screen.

They will be screening two surprise films back-to-back along with supporting features and crazy trailers. There is a bar downstairs ...and you can drink in the cinema so come along and have a great time! On your arrival you will be escorted to your seats by our lovely usherettes the Zombabes!

You can expect to see anything from horror, Euro-sleaze, gialli, action, martial arts and revenge flicks and it's all FREE!!!

There will also be loads of freebies from Synapse and Alternative Cinema in the form of t-shirts, posters and DVDs so there will be a raffle (free of charge obviously) at the end of the night!

Seats are limited so make sure to "attend" the facebook page and please spread the word!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Murad Mask and Cleanser GIVEAWAY

Hello, my lovelies! I have a great wee giveaway for you courtesy of the team at Zen Lifestyle. After my awesome hot stone massage on Sunday I was given a goody bag of products. As I had such a great time at the salon I thought I'd pass on a few miniature products to you guys as a GIVEAWAY:

Dr Murad's spot busting face mask and facial cleanser:

Clarifying Mask 30ml
"Take a break from blemishes. This natural clay-based formula absorbs impurities as it deep cleans and quiets blemish breakouts. Sulfur reduces blemish severity as it encourages the skin to clear. Soothing zinc and licorice extract comfort and calm irritated skin."

Refreshing Cleanser 45ml
"Start fresh. This foaming wash super cleans all traces of surface impurities and makeup without drying, leaving skin soft and smooth."

To enter you must:
  • Follow Baroque Boudoir using Google Friend Connect OR Bloglovin'
  • Leave me a comment below with an email address that I can contact you on
For extra entries:
  • Become a FAN of Zen Lifestyle on Facebook and tell me your FB name and that you've done it in the comment (1 extra entry)
  • Become a FAN of Baroque Boudoir on Facebook (1 extra entry)
  • Tweet about this giveaway  - don't forget to tell me you've done it in the comment (2 extra entries)
  • Blog about this giveaway - don't forget to tell me you've done it in the comment (2 extra entries)

The giveaway is open internationally and I'll put all entries into a spreadsheet before using a random number generator to select the winner on THURSDAY 1st SEPTEMBER.

As an extra special treat, Zen Lifestyle are offering you guys 25% off your first treatment at any of their three Edinburgh Salons. Simply call 0131 226 6777 to book your appointment and quote 'Baroque Boudoir'. 

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