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The very last Sunday post of the year? From knowledge I've never missed one - even in the rush to get my final coursework done in time back in May. 2012 feels like such a long year and I have to remind myself of some of the stuff that happened this year as it feels like ages ago! Shark diving feels like years ago now - given that graduation, getting a job and moving to Glasgow all happened since then and now.

Christmas feels like ages ago now given how busy my week has been. I returned to my parents' in Aberdeenshire Monday evening, spent Christmas Day at my Uncle's, hit the sales Boxing Day as well as visiting some more family, practiced driving and did blog stuff on Thursday and got my tragus pierced on Friday whilst having a wonder around Aberdeen city centre with Gillian. Then returned to Glasgow Saturday and spent today shopping for food cupboard supplies and raiding the sales some more for the perfect New Years Eve dress. 

And tonight will be spent dying my hair. Still the usual red folks - not doing a big change.

I'm planing to try and get my outfit for the bells up tomorrow but with me hosting pre-drinks at mine for the friends who are staying over (feel like such a grown-up now playing hostess!) it might not be until 2013 I see you guys again! 

If I don't post again until after midnight tomorrow, happy New Year, have an amazing fresh start and I hope you stick to your resolutions! I'll be back on the 1st with my goals for 2013!

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Top 10 Blog Discoveries of 2012


Did you find as many good blogs this year as this chipmunk?

As mentioned Thursday, 2012 had some big things happen but I didn't give much reflection to my blogging experience. My life has certainly grown because of my blog this year. But that's not what this post is about - 'cause this post is about you! All the lovely bloggers I've come across this year and how fabulous I reckon your wee spaces of internet are.

And without do here are my top 10 blog discoveries of 2012.

We shall start with Louise. I'm mentioning her blog first as her blog has altered my life choices. OH YES! Despite having been a vegetarian for moral reasons for close to year when I discovered her blog in April, I had never given a second thought to how many cosmetic companies test on animals. That changed immediately and come my mid-year resolutions in July I made the decision to always research a product first.    She also has some really cute cats.

I first came across Elizabeth's blog when Googling "how to take public outfit photos" and found her post on the subject to be the best of what were generally poor results. There was something about her blog that kept me hanging around - it does contain fashion, food and travel after all! Despite only finding her blog in October she has years of archives and thousand of followers and it was just one of the blogs that made me ponder why it hadn't been on my RSS feed sooner!

I'm still on the hunt for some amazing male fashion blogs and so far in my findings this is is the best of the bunch. Stu introduces himself by saying "It's tough being a straight male fashion blogger, but someone's got to do it" and his writing style remains witty throughout, being a professional writer and all that.

Even though I haven't lived there for four years I still consider myself to be an Aberdonian, but I've found North-East bloggers to be a bit thin on the ground. Enter Christy! Who still lives in the North-East. She blogs about life, fashion and even music! I also love getting little glimpses of my home city through her photos.

And let's not forget Hayley! A blogging buddy that has turned into a 'IRL' friend. Hayley is super lovely if you ever meet her in person and just like me she loves Lush cosmetics and her blog is full of reviews for various products from their range. And her weekly Things That Make Me Happy posts always bring a smile to my face. 

She makes veganism seem so mainstream. Within her vegan food and cruelty-free beauty blog Sascha also talks about fashion, life advice and Gossip Girl.

I've become a bit more inclined to DIY recently and this blog has been one of my main inspirations for that branch of interest. But even when I'm not in the screwdriver and corkboard mood there's always plenty of recipes to be clicking through.

Do I need to describe what this blog is about?

I've been a big fan of Sarah's personal lifestyle blog for years now and don't think there's a blog post I haven't read twice. So when she released a small business blog I was beaming. If you don't work in marketing feel free to ignore this....

If you're Scottish you'll know the scandle that it was when a young girl posted her school meals online. The only thing I wondered was why I didn't come up with this idea when I was her age...

What has been your favourite blog finds of the year?

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Weekend Web Links


   Photo from: The Beauty Department

Christmas has just passed but gift-giving can happen at many dates within a calender year. Sascha of Coffee and Heels wrote about gift giving dos and don'ts.

I'm still looking for a good outfit to ring in the bells but The Beauty Department has posted a nail look I might want to re-create.

I love to cook from scratch and have been known to grow my own food but I've yet to attempt making drinks from scratch - this diy ginger liquer caught my eye.

I only briefly mentioned Hayley's visit to Glasgow to meet myself and Louise, but she wrote a full post on it. Glad you liked my non-christmassy Christmas card!

I tweeted this during the week because it was so good but here it is again: Star Wars Christmas jumpers.

I love breakfast but when it's 8am I don't always have the energy for anything fancier than baked beans on toast. However at the weekends I love a morning kitchen experiment. Here is 10 Breakfast recipes for the holidays - or any day when you're not working.

This would look terrible in my room but if you fancy a DIY project how about a light up headboard?



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Things I Love Thursday: Best bits of 2012


As the year draws to a close and I write my final TiLT post for the year it seems obvious I should focus on what has been great about this past 12 months. I was going to leave this post until Monday but I decided it would be better here. 

Honestly, the past year has been a year of big change. As documented on my blog I finished university, got my first 'proper' job, moved to Glasgow where I found myself an amazing flat with a lovely flatmate and quickly made some new friends. But not so documented was the shuffle in my friends group where I made the decision I was better off without some people and two romantic heartbreaks. So yeah. Not all peachy. This time last year I'd say I was in a really different position than I am right now.  

But less of the boo-boos and more of the yeah yeahs!


I got myself a DLSR
Which I still can't work properly


I became a redhead again
And people I have known years forgot what my natural hair colour is.



I moved to a city I love

It's called Glasgow. It's where I can wear a jacket with bear ears and not get funny looks. Even taking photos of myself in Glasgow Green.







I'm not a loner in said city
I have a flatmate I don't want to kill, have met Glaswegian blog friends in person and have workmates within my age group.


I'm working and earning full-time
Where I wear pleather skirts and studded boots.


I visited one new continent and three new countries
And looked ultra stylish at the Victoria Falls.


I came face-to-face with a great white shark
There is no witty comment to describe this.


I received my first blog freebie
It was a Greek Goddess costume for Eurovision. Which is still my best freebie.


I wore my most complimented Halloween outfit ever
Even if I did look ill wearing my left over green make-up on the morning-after train

Lots of 2012 love and excitedness for 2013.

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Christmas 2012










I hope everyone had an amazing 2012 Christmas! I know I did - this year will easily be put up there with my fav Christmassy times. Christmas dinner was held at my Uncle's house (he's just around the corner) with me pre-paring veggie goodness in my parents' kitchen and with my mum working a morning shift (nursing!) it was pretty much my play-house. I didn't have the energy to prepare sushi on Christmas Eve as I had planned so created it this morning before moving on to my Festive Filo Pastry, which was a hit with the other vegetarian.

I always find that the festive celebrations I spend with 'extended' family (hate that term!) are a lot more enjoyable than the ones with just my parents and grandmother. This year my cousin's girlfriend brought over her mother and sister from her home country Latvia along with her sister's fiancé from the Nederlands, totalling 11 people across 3 different nationalities. So it was packed. But they were super lovely and brought over a ton of gifts for us, and bought me stuff I'd use (final photo) despite not having met me (aside from my cousin's girlfriend). There were a lot of foreign food goodies so that appealed to the foodie in me! I instgramed earlier what my parents and anyone who delivered gifts before the 25th gave me. Super awesome all round.

I did buy a dress specifically for today but forgot to take photos of it! And also forgot to bring up the necklaces I bought to go with it. Ooopss...

Much Christmas love, and if you don't celebrate: lots of love anyway! 

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I'm guessing most people's weekly summaries are going to be very Christmas based. And mine is no exception. As I said weeks earlier I'm getting into the spirit a lot more than usual - my parents' house hasn't been my permanent home for over four years now but this is the first I've ever bothered with my own tree. It's also the first time since primary school that I've made Christmas cards. I wasn't planning to make cards for colleagues, my Gran, parents and flatmate until my work-mate spotted the Christmas cards I was planning to give to Hayley and Louise and went in a pretend strop. So I went one better for the rest of the sales/marketing team. 

I'll probably still do some picture posts tomorrow and Tuesday but as the trains have been temperamental recently we'll see how well I get from Glasgow to Aberdeen (after a half day at work too). I think I need all the luck in the world. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

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What's on my vegetarian Christmas menu?


Three things that are important parts of my personality: I'm vegetarian; I love to plan a party; I can be regularly found in a kitchen. One of my life mottos is also 'go big or go home'. Wrap this all up at Christmas time and you end up with a vegetarian armed with trays of food ready to make a turkey look like a poor person's Christmas. 

Though it didn't get finalised until yesterday. So maybe not an organised Christmas day menu.

Christmas Eve with parents and granny

Almost as far back as I can remember it has been a tradition in my family to have nibble like food on Christmas Eve. And for my Gran to be there. Not a proper meal - small bites such as cheese, crackers, olives, skewers of whatever....but obviously with me being an adult and not being forced fed anything anymore I'll be preparing things (assuming I get up from Glasgow in time).


As a centerpiece I think a food wreath would be ideal. Not nearly as complicated as it looks this is simply crescent rolls topped with cream cheese then green and red veggies of choice. Voila!


And to bring a bit veganism plus something a bit more exciting than cheese and crackers to the coffee table: seasonal sushi! When I first seen this on the vegetarian society website I was a bit 'wtf' as sushi isn't something I'd usually associate with Christmas. But then I decided to make it because 1) I love sushi and 2) being appropriate isn't my strongest trait. But I'm keeping it for Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day, 'cause that would be really odd....

Christmas Day with the extended family


This year's Christmas Day will include a wopping 11 people spanning three different nationalities (before anyone thinks my family is exotic, my cousin just has an exotic girlfriend, who's sister also has an exotic boyfriend). I'm also going to have to prepare two lots of veggie goodness as my cousins-girlfriends-sisters-boyfriend is also vegetarian. Better not do anything less than perfection then!


My take on the vegetarian centerpiece - this is going to be set-up to show-up the turkey. Which it probably won't but when deciding on my Christmas menu I think us salad-eaters need a centerpiece too. 


One of the reasons I'm picking this for Tuesday is because a 'stuffed cabbage' reminds me of a turkey. You know how you would stuff a turkey? I'm stuffing a cabbage instead. Eat me.  

If these vegetarian recipes aren't quite right for you (and you're still more disorganised than me) then check out my Christmas & Winter Pinterest board to see what didn't quite make the cut this year. 

And for dessert my mum is in charge - I am one person, who will need to travel Christmas Eve. Breaks my heart. 

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Weekend Web Links


My friend sent this to me just to say "this is you as a goth".

Sup internet? What has been tickling your fancies this week? Too busy working? Well then take a look at my fav links and enjoy your Saturday morning in bed.

I'll start by linking to the 30 best blogs with pasta recipes which mentions yours truly!

One of my idols Gala Darling celebrated her six-year blogversary this week and she wrote an excellent post on taking risks, sticking to your guns and going after your dreams.

Like every year the best vegetarian Christmas recipes are always on the Vegetarian Society website - and even if you're not veggie they have plenty of ways to add creativity to what compliments the turkey.

I want to re-pin everything on Chelsea McGuffee's Pinterest.

Did we all see the Gossip Girl finale? I was surprised in the identity of GG as I thought it was going to be a much less obvious character. Perez Hilton has an interview with producer Stephanie Savage on her train of thought for the final episode ever.

A woman after my own heart: Kate Bolick who, like me, sees no appeal to marriage.

If you haven't decided on your 2013 resolutions this year then maybe you could use this as a guide: 101 Creative Resolutions.

Planning a project in 2013? Like lists?  Then Amanda Genther has just what you need!

Have fun reading.


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Things I Love Thursday: Christmas



I'm going to admit something that makes me seem like a huge dick: I'm not a huge Christmas person. Yes, I said it. I plan my Halloween costume months in advance, throw a Eurovision party each year, always throw a party for my birthday and list 'must do the whole hog on Valentine's Day' on my ideal man tick-list. But Christmas? I don't get all that too excited.

It might be because I'm a secular person who grew up in a Christian family, which makes the festive decor more Christingles rather than tinsle. Or that Christmas is a tricky time to navigate as a vegetarian.  Or because even as a meat-eater I always found Christmas food too traditional and quite frankly, boring.

Whatever the reason I think it's time to sit down with my blog and have a one-on-one about what I do like at this time of year.

I get to play event manager. There are very few things that get me more excited than planning and plotting my next soiree. Maybe I'd rather be getting my annual Eurovision party underway than deciding how to keep my veggie dish away from the turkey juices but with Christmas Eve nibbles to be planned and a Christmas dinner to be finalised it appeals to one of the main parts of my personality.

I'm allowed to cook for myself. Whilst it is a bit head-scratching to decide what a vegetarian does for a centerpiece it does mean my mum can't insist I eat what I'm served. Even in my meat-eating days I wasn't a fan of Christmas dinner (I don't like plain traditional food) and complained to my mum why we couldn't just have Mexican food and be done with it. Even whilst I do try and keep it traditional (pastry, pies, nutroasts) I can add extra flavours whilst my conventional family get on with eating the bird. 

Shops are open more. Because people go mental at Christmas pretending to be Santa until their kid is eight. But even with the rush it's nice to not have to wait until Saturday/Sunday/Thursday evening to purchase something iwantnow.

Glitter is a bit more acceptable. Okay so I wear glitter a lot anyway but it's nice to see it more widely available.  

Lush's Christmas range. If only Snow Fairy was available all year round. 

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Stocking fillers for the foodie that loves a drink


It's no secret that I consider myself a foodie. But did you know that I'll rarely order the same thing every time I find myself at a bar? I generally find that people who are really into food are also into alcohol, but in a fine wine and liquers kind of way rather than a cheap can of cider for breakfast sort of way.

So if you find that the foodie in your life is also a fan of a tipple why not combine the two hobbies with my last minute gift guide?


Intoxicated Cupcakes by Kate Legere
Of course we need to start with a cupcake book. Because, why not? I flicked through this in town (I believe it was Joy in the Buchanan Galleries) and there was many a liquer to choose from. If someone doesn't buy me this I'm sure going to pick it up anyway.



Rock Shots from Henleys
If you were at the Scottish Blogger meet-up then I may have just ruined the 'secret' part of Secret Santa. Um, sorry?There were plenty of flavours to choose from but I stuck with Cola as it was a safe bet but if you're buying for someone who might prefer a more off-beat flavour you'll be in luck. 


Dougnut Hipflask from Urban Outfitters
If the drunk foodie in your life prefers not to mix the two hobbies quite so literally then a food shaped hipflask should get you brownie points. Or just provide them a funkier bottle to take to parties rather than a cola bottle pre-mixed with vodka. 


Because after all that drinking your post-drunk foodie friend will need to cook something to numb it all. I flicked through this in a shop and it gets the veggie seal of approval!

And for the foodie who prefers their kicks a little stronger...



Stoner's Delight by Dane Noon & Lex Lucid
Um, each to their own?

Lots of alcoholic cake love!

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Blurry out of focus image of the 'other' ugly jumper.

This week has been full of blogging activities and finalising Christmas stuff. My parents' presents are bought, and my Christmas cards are well under way. Obviously the ScotRail staff decided to go on strike so we'll see how easy I find it getting back to my parents in Aberdeen. 

Friday night I met up with my blogging BFF's (haha!) Hayley and Louise to eat at Wagamamas to discuss noodles, Tangle Teezer's and the peeing habits of Louise's cats. I spent my Saturday exploring the East End of Glasgow's city centre to spy out some indie businesses. I didn't buy anything (aside from maybe the most delicious cupcake I've ever eaten) but did spot beautiful jewellery in Merchant Square, more noodle bars, the vegan music venue mono and also about three tarot readers. And today I've been getting crafty as I've decided I'm going to make some last minute Christmas cards. I brought Hayley and Louise their's but as I had them at work a member of the sales team spotted them and wanted to know where his was, so I've made him and other sales guy their own custom card! I'm panning to make more throughout the week for other people in my life. 

And the picture is the jumper I was meant to have been wearing to the Christmas meet-up but didn't arrived. But my Jack Daniels jumper went down a storm anyway!

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How I Looked: How To Win an Ugly Christmas Jumper Competition





I thought for this outfit post I should put on, say, a bit of a tutorial. I believe I'm a bit of a dab hand at fancy dress/not being afraid to dress ridiculously. And if the Scottish Blogger Christmas party is anything to go by I'm not being too cocky with that statement.

When I heard there was a competition for the ugliest Christmas jumper I was all over it like a glitter nail polish. I love the challenge of dressing for a particular theme and I think it's darn rude not to adhere to a dress code (true story, if you're ever invited to one of my bashes you adhere to the dress code goddammit!).

And I made a plan. Just for a Christmas jumper (but a lot of these rules apply to most of my fancy dress escapades)

Don't shop where everyone else will. Okay so we don't necessarily know where 'everyone else' will shop and when you're competition is a bunch of fashion bloggers knowledge of indie brands is high. But I said I wouldn't touch Primark, H&M, or New Look, despite the options available. Too likely someone else will turn up in it. So I headed to the 'granny shops' in the St Enoch centre.

Think outside the box. This is where I have to help you understand what Jack Daniels has to do with Christmas. When debating this jumper in the changing rooms with the snowman one I deliberated between the obvious Christmas jumper and not-so-obvious jumper. My excuse? For some people Christmas involves a lot of whiskey.

Stick to the ugly theme. Don't try and cheat by wearing a pretty Christmas jumper - I won the competition because mine was ugly.

Don't be afraid to dress it up. It might be an ugly Christmas jumper competition but I'm still a fashion blogger so out came the pleather skirt (I do wear other skirts, promise!), studded color, and red lippy.

If in doubt, make your own! I seen plenty on eBay that I could have made myself and if I wasn't running about on adventures all the time I would have sat down with transfers, crafting glue and cotton wool.

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Things I Love Thursday: Blogging





Since this week included my first blogger meet-up in a year and tomorrow night I will be wagamamas-ing it up with Hayley and Louise I thought settling on a blogging topic for this week's Things I Love Thursday would be ideal. Also last week's #bbloggers was about our blogging stories. It's all very fitting. 

I started blogging in one sense or another in 2004 (MSN Spaces, yo!) before starting this blog as a 2011 resolution. Anyone who has followed me from the start (or has sought out my archives) will know that 2010 was a shitty year for me and I was picking myself up from what had been quite a few dire months. I've come far since then and so much is down to my little piece of the internet, and I am 100% grateful to everything this blog has brought me. 

Without blogging I would still be relying on half-assed magazine reviews for beauty products, I wouldn't be nearly half as brave with my outfit choices, I'd still be blindly buying products that were tested on animals, I wouldn't be attending blogger meet-ups where having your phone out is the norm, I wouldn't have had something to set me apart in my marketing interviews, I'd be ignorant to so many indie brands that make the high street look like wishy washy trash, I wouldn't have free beauty products in my bathroom, I wouldn't be into false eyelashes and other trends that non-blogger folk don't see the beauty of.

And for the absolutely mushy part: some of the delightful lovelies I've met through blogging. I'm not what you would describe as a wimp, and I would have no doubt moved to Glasgow anyway, but knowing that there were people I knew through blogging in Glasgow that were excited at the prospect of me moving made the move across the country a lot more comforting. Heck, if it hadn't been for blogging I wouldn't have visited Glasgow and just knew it was where I belonged. There are bloggers I've met, and not met, who have inspired me and changed who I am for the better. And whilst I'm hardly getting the e-mails and comments of Gala Darling (who btw, has changed my life and so many others) I've been touched by comments from people saying I've inspired them to go vegetarian, or if they already are to experiment more and prove that we don't eat salads all day or to travel to somewhere a little more exotic. 

I think everyone should blog. If you're thinking about it, bite the bullet and go for it. If it doesn't enrich your life I'll give you my free Rox earrings.

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